Period
to 24 October 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Active Directory skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Active Directory over the 6 months to 24 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK > England
6 months to
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 39 23 32
Rank change year-on-year -16 +9 +6
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 1,436 5,255 5,758
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.25% 6.82% 6.09%
As % of the System Software category 36.58% 43.74% 39.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 955 3,450 3,484
Median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - +16.67%
10th Percentile £135 £130 £125
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £400 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 448 709
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.79 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.36% +1.84% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £31.99
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.50
% change year-on-year +0.88% +2.32% +3.33%

Active Directory is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 3,926 12,014 14,424
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.36% 15.59% 15.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,470 8,048 9,481
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £222 £175 £185
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 176 568 819
Median hourly rate £19.39 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.52% +3.13% -4.79%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.58
90th Percentile £48.34 £47.50 £43.75
Median hourly rate £19.45 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +14.38% +6.25% -4.48%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Active Directory as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Active Directory in England.

Daily rate trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Active Directory in England over the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Active Directory in England.

Hourly rate trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Active Directory in England over the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the England region over the 6 months to 24 October 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -24 544 £450 +20.00% 127
South East -6 254 £370 -1.24% 122
North of England -11 215 £325 +3.17% 122
South West +2 175 £450 +24.14% 57
Midlands -11 145 £375 +19.05% 101
North West -2 137 £338 +7.14% 55
West Midlands -8 95 £425 +25.93% 62
East of England -14 81 £325 -7.14% 36
Yorkshire -14 66 £275 -15.38% 53
East Midlands -7 50 £238 -17.39% 38
North East -3 12 £300 +71.43% 14
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 24 October 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 962 (66.99%) Windows
2 766 (53.34%) Microsoft
3 538 (37.47%) Azure
4 475 (33.08%) Office 365
5 380 (26.46%) Windows 10
6 371 (25.84%) Windows Server
7 355 (24.72%) VMware
8 314 (21.87%) PowerShell
9 279 (19.43%) SCCM
10 267 (18.59%) DNS
11 257 (17.90%) Security Cleared
12 253 (17.62%) Azure Active Directory
13 240 (16.71%) VMware Infrastructure
13 240 (16.71%) ITIL
14 234 (16.30%) Migration
15 192 (13.37%) Microsoft Office
16 191 (13.30%) SQL Server
17 186 (12.95%) DHCP
18 181 (12.60%) Linux
19 176 (12.26%) Windows 7
20 173 (12.05%) Firewall
21 169 (11.77%) Finance
21 169 (11.77%) DevOps
21 169 (11.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 168 (11.70%) SC Cleared
23 162 (11.28%) Citrix
24 159 (11.07%) SQL
25 158 (11.00%) Windows Server 2012
26 156 (10.86%) Cisco
27 149 (10.38%) Agile Software Development

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 132 (9.19%) SharePoint
2 118 (8.22%) MS Exchange
3 88 (6.13%) Skype for Business
4 69 (4.81%) IIS
5 46 (3.20%) Exchange Server 2010
6 30 (2.09%) Confluence
7 21 (1.46%) BizTalk Server
8 19 (1.32%) Apache
9 18 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2013
10 16 (1.11%) Tomcat
11 12 (0.84%) ArcGIS
11 12 (0.84%) CMS
12 11 (0.77%) nginx
13 10 (0.70%) WebSphere
14 8 (0.56%) JBoss
15 7 (0.49%) SharePoint 2013
16 6 (0.42%) Apache Solr
16 6 (0.42%) IBM Notes
16 6 (0.42%) NetWeaver
16 6 (0.42%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 192 (13.37%) Microsoft Office
2 43 (2.99%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (1.53%) MS Visio
4 19 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.84%) Photoshop
6 5 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.28%) CATIA
7 4 (0.28%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.070%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.070%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.070%) Stata
Business Applications
1 8 (0.56%) Sentinel
2 7 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
4 3 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.14%) Infor M3
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.070%) assyst
6 1 (0.070%) iTrent
6 1 (0.070%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.070%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.070%) Orchard Housing
6 1 (0.070%) ReMetrica
6 1 (0.070%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.070%) Towers Watson Igloo
6 1 (0.070%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 538 (37.47%) Azure
2 475 (33.08%) Office 365
3 253 (17.62%) Azure Active Directory
4 126 (8.77%) AWS
5 84 (5.85%) IaaS
6 77 (5.36%) SaaS
7 68 (4.74%) PaaS
8 50 (3.48%) OneDrive
9 33 (2.30%) Power Platform
10 24 (1.67%) GCP
11 23 (1.60%) Cloud Computing
12 17 (1.18%) GitHub
13 16 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
14 15 (1.04%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 14 (0.97%) Logic Apps
15 14 (0.97%) Yammer
16 13 (0.91%) Amazon S3
17 12 (0.84%) Azure Data Factory
18 10 (0.70%) Dynamics 365
18 10 (0.70%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 267 (18.59%) DNS
2 186 (12.95%) DHCP
3 173 (12.05%) Firewall
4 126 (8.77%) Skype
5 104 (7.24%) WAN
6 102 (7.10%) VPN
7 77 (5.36%) SAN
8 71 (4.94%) TCP/IP
9 69 (4.81%) LAN
10 44 (3.06%) Network Security
10 44 (3.06%) VoIP
11 41 (2.86%) Wireless
12 30 (2.09%) Internet
13 29 (2.02%) DMZ
14 27 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
15 25 (1.74%) Kerberos
16 24 (1.67%) Intranet
17 23 (1.60%) SSL
18 20 (1.39%) VSAN
19 17 (1.18%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 191 (13.30%) SQL Server
2 32 (2.23%) Azure SQL Database
2 32 (2.23%) MySQL
3 30 (2.09%) Cosmos DB
4 21 (1.46%) Power BI
5 20 (1.39%) GIS
6 18 (1.25%) Hadoop
6 18 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
7 16 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
8 14 (0.97%) DB2
9 12 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
10 11 (0.77%) Data Lake
10 11 (0.77%) MariaDB
10 11 (0.77%) QGIS
10 11 (0.77%) SAP HANA
11 10 (0.70%) Relational Database
11 10 (0.70%) SQL Server 2016
12 9 (0.63%) Big Data
12 9 (0.63%) SQL Server 2019
13 8 (0.56%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 41 (2.86%) JIRA
2 23 (1.60%) Bitbucket
3 21 (1.46%) Jenkins
4 20 (1.39%) Visual Studio
5 17 (1.18%) MSI
6 15 (1.04%) Git (software)
7 12 (0.84%) Subversion
8 10 (0.70%) Sonatype Nexus
9 8 (0.56%) GitLab
9 8 (0.56%) Hudson
10 6 (0.42%) SonarQube
11 5 (0.35%) AdminStudio
11 5 (0.35%) JUnit
11 5 (0.35%) ReSharper
11 5 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
11 5 (0.35%) TeamCity
11 5 (0.35%) Visual Studio Coded UI
11 5 (0.35%) Visual Studio Team System
12 4 (0.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 4 (0.28%) Selenium
General
1 169 (11.77%) Finance
2 91 (6.34%) Public Sector
3 66 (4.60%) Banking
4 32 (2.23%) Telecoms
5 31 (2.16%) Retail
6 19 (1.32%) Legal
7 16 (1.11%) Investment Banking
8 15 (1.04%) Manufacturing
9 14 (0.97%) Marketing
10 13 (0.91%) Financial Institution
11 12 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
12 11 (0.77%) Electronics
13 10 (0.70%) Back Office
13 10 (0.70%) Publishing
14 8 (0.56%) Automotive
14 8 (0.56%) Law
14 8 (0.56%) Local Government
14 8 (0.56%) Military
15 6 (0.42%) Aerospace
16 5 (0.35%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 161 (11.21%) Analyst
2 152 (10.58%) Architect
3 137 (9.54%) Support Engineer
4 130 (9.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 90 (6.27%) Consultant
6 72 (5.01%) Desktop Support
7 71 (4.94%) Windows Engineer
8 61 (4.25%) Desktop Engineer
9 60 (4.18%) 2nd Line Support
10 55 (3.83%) Azure Engineer
11 54 (3.76%) Developer
12 52 (3.62%) Administrator
12 52 (3.62%) IT Engineer
12 52 (3.62%) Service Analyst
13 45 (3.13%) IT Support
13 45 (3.13%) Service Desk Analyst
14 42 (2.92%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 41 (2.86%) Systems Engineer
16 40 (2.79%) Office 365 Engineer
17 39 (2.72%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (5.64%) LDAP
2 67 (4.67%) .NET
3 53 (3.69%) SAML
4 42 (2.92%) SailPoint
5 36 (2.51%) Web Services
6 33 (2.30%) REST
7 31 (2.16%) OpenID
8 30 (2.09%) OAuth
9 26 (1.81%) HTML
10 23 (1.60%) Middleware
11 22 (1.53%) XML
12 17 (1.18%) Node.js
13 16 (1.11%) CSS
13 16 (1.11%) SOAP
14 15 (1.04%) JSON
14 15 (1.04%) Kafka
15 13 (0.91%) Software Packaging
16 11 (0.77%) PostGIS
17 10 (0.70%) AngularJS
18 9 (0.63%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 107 (7.45%) Data Centre
2 79 (5.50%) PKI
3 69 (4.81%) Management Information System
4 68 (4.74%) Analytical Skills
5 51 (3.55%) NHS
6 43 (2.99%) Self-Motivation
7 38 (2.65%) Public Cloud
8 34 (2.37%) Clustering
9 32 (2.23%) Replication
10 27 (1.88%) Private Cloud
11 25 (1.74%) Video Conferencing
12 21 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
13 17 (1.18%) Blackberry
13 17 (1.18%) CMDB
13 17 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
14 16 (1.11%) Smartcard
15 15 (1.04%) Client/Server
15 15 (1.04%) Fat Client
15 15 (1.04%) Thin Client
16 14 (0.97%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 962 (66.99%) Windows
2 380 (26.46%) Windows 10
3 371 (25.84%) Windows Server
4 181 (12.60%) Linux
5 176 (12.26%) Windows 7
6 158 (11.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 140 (9.75%) Windows Server 2016
8 115 (8.01%) Windows Server 2008
9 84 (5.85%) Windows Server 2019
10 82 (5.71%) Unix
11 46 (3.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 29 (2.02%) Apple iOS
13 26 (1.81%) Windows 8
14 25 (1.74%) Windows XP
15 24 (1.67%) Solaris
16 23 (1.60%) Windows Server 2003
17 22 (1.53%) CentOS
18 21 (1.46%) Android
19 19 (1.32%) Ubuntu
20 15 (1.04%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 240 (16.71%) ITIL
2 234 (16.30%) Migration
3 169 (11.77%) DevOps
3 169 (11.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 149 (10.38%) Agile Software Development
5 117 (8.15%) Problem-Solving
6 88 (6.13%) Cybersecurity
7 86 (5.99%) Identity Access Management
8 80 (5.57%) Identity Management
9 79 (5.50%) Information Security
10 68 (4.74%) High Availability
11 65 (4.53%) Scrum
12 62 (4.32%) Configuration Management
13 60 (4.18%) Disaster Recovery
14 58 (4.04%) Change Management
15 54 (3.76%) Multi-Factor Authentication
16 50 (3.48%) Incident Management
16 50 (3.48%) Service Management
17 48 (3.34%) Project Management
17 48 (3.34%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 314 (21.87%) PowerShell
2 159 (11.07%) SQL
3 86 (5.99%) Python
4 79 (5.50%) Java
5 62 (4.32%) C#
6 50 (3.48%) Bash Shell
7 47 (3.27%) JavaScript
8 39 (2.72%) C
9 28 (1.95%) VBScript
10 25 (1.74%) Perl
10 25 (1.74%) VB
11 11 (0.77%) T-SQL
11 11 (0.77%) VB.NET
12 10 (0.70%) Shell Script
13 8 (0.56%) Ruby
14 7 (0.49%) PHP
15 6 (0.42%) BeanShell
16 5 (0.35%) MATLAB
16 5 (0.35%) TypeScript
17 4 (0.28%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 257 (17.90%) Security Cleared
2 168 (11.70%) SC Cleared
3 112 (7.80%) Microsoft Certification
4 101 (7.03%) DV Cleared
5 55 (3.83%) CISSP
6 45 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
7 44 (3.06%) MCSE
8 36 (2.51%) Degree
9 28 (1.95%) MCSA
10 26 (1.81%) CCNA
10 26 (1.81%) ITIL Certification
11 21 (1.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 19 (1.32%) MCP
13 18 (1.25%) DBS Check
14 13 (0.91%) CISM
14 13 (0.91%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 9 (0.63%) A+ Certification
15 9 (0.63%) CCNP
16 8 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 7 (0.49%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (5.08%) SLA
2 36 (2.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 29 (2.02%) GDPR
4 18 (1.25%) NIST
4 18 (1.25%) QA
5 15 (1.04%) NCSC
6 14 (0.97%) COBIT
7 13 (0.91%) Government Security Classifications
8 10 (0.70%) Cyber Essentials
8 10 (0.70%) PCI DSS
9 9 (0.63%) Data Quality
10 8 (0.56%) HIPAA
10 8 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 7 (0.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 6 (0.42%) ISO 9001
13 4 (0.28%) PMO
14 3 (0.21%) ISO 31000
15 2 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
15 2 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 2 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 240 (16.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 100 (6.96%) Hyper-V
3 90 (6.27%) VMware ESXi
4 63 (4.39%) Docker
4 63 (4.39%) vSphere
5 42 (2.92%) XenApp
6 40 (2.79%) Virtual Machines
7 38 (2.65%) VMware NSX
8 35 (2.44%) Microsoft App-V
9 28 (1.95%) Virtual Desktop
10 20 (1.39%) NDS
10 20 (1.39%) NetIQ eDirectory
11 19 (1.32%) XenDesktop
12 18 (1.25%) VMware Workstation
13 15 (1.04%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 15 (1.04%) BitLocker
14 14 (0.97%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 11 (0.77%) Firmware
15 11 (0.77%) NFS
16 8 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 279 (19.43%) SCCM
2 131 (9.12%) Microsoft Intune
3 85 (5.92%) Ansible
4 69 (4.81%) Single Sign-On
5 55 (3.83%) SCOM
5 55 (3.83%) Terraform
6 54 (3.76%) Kubernetes
7 53 (3.69%) WSUS
8 47 (3.27%) Puppet
9 34 (2.37%) Opscode Chef
9 34 (2.37%) vCenter Server
10 20 (1.39%) vRealize
11 19 (1.32%) Microsoft Clustering
12 18 (1.25%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 18 (1.25%) NetIQ Identity Manager
13 17 (1.18%) Tivoli
14 11 (0.77%) McAfee ePO
15 10 (0.70%) Failover Clustering
16 9 (0.63%) AirWatch
16 9 (0.63%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 766 (53.34%) Microsoft
2 355 (24.72%) VMware
3 162 (11.28%) Citrix
4 156 (10.86%) Cisco
5 107 (7.45%) Oracle
6 78 (5.43%) HP
7 47 (3.27%) Dell
8 42 (2.92%) Red Hat
8 42 (2.92%) ServiceNow
9 41 (2.86%) McAfee
10 39 (2.72%) SolarWinds
11 37 (2.58%) Veeam
12 32 (2.23%) SAP
13 28 (1.95%) Apple
14 26 (1.81%) NetApp
15 24 (1.67%) IBM
15 24 (1.67%) Splunk
16 23 (1.60%) Google
16 23 (1.60%) Palo Alto
17 22 (1.53%) ESRI