Period
to 19 January 2021

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 19 January 2021 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
19 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 35 20 35
Rank change year-on-year -15 +15 +1
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 1,799 4,685 5,557
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.26% 7.18% 6.14%
As % of the System Software category 35.56% 45.90% 39.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,350 3,096 3,556
Median daily rate £400 £350 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -5.41% +19.35%
10th Percentile £135 £130 £130
90th Percentile £563 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £400 £350 £356
% change year-on-year +14.29% -1.75% +14.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 158 471 606
Median hourly rate £14.52 £16.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.27% +4.92% +4.10%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.17 £10.39
90th Percentile £40.83 £25.00 £25.63
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £15.42
% change year-on-year -6.25% +3.74% +6.18%

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 5,059 10,206 14,100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.80% 15.64% 15.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,432 6,950 9,500
Median daily rate £475 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +8.57%
10th Percentile £220 £163 £185
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £463
% change year-on-year +5.56% -2.70% +8.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 546 710
Median hourly rate £17.25 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.55% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £59.63 £46.54 £43.75
Median hourly rate £17.75 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.58% +3.13% +0.88%

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 19 January 2021.

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 19 January 2021.

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 19 January 2021. 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 -24 652 £450 +32.35% 145
South East -6 375 £400 +8.11% 119
North of England -5 265 £338 -3.57% 169
Midlands -11 187 £325 +8.33% 94
South West 0 172 £350 - 47
North West -2 154 £350 - 85
West Midlands -13 110 £325 - 53
East of England -12 101 £263 -24.79% 32
Yorkshire -7 94 £344 -1.71% 69
East Midlands -2 76 £270 -6.09% 40
North East -11 17 £300 -17.24% 15
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 2021, 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 1,241 (68.98%) Windows
2 934 (51.92%) Microsoft
3 676 (37.58%) Azure
4 638 (35.46%) Office 365
5 467 (25.96%) Windows 10
6 442 (24.57%) VMware
7 431 (23.96%) Windows Server
8 336 (18.68%) PowerShell
9 333 (18.51%) SCCM
10 331 (18.40%) Security Cleared
11 323 (17.95%) DNS
11 323 (17.95%) Azure Active Directory
12 303 (16.84%) VMware Infrastructure
13 257 (14.29%) ITIL
14 247 (13.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 242 (13.45%) Firewall
16 241 (13.40%) Linux
17 238 (13.23%) Microsoft Office
18 233 (12.95%) Migration
19 227 (12.62%) SC Cleared
20 220 (12.23%) DevOps
21 209 (11.62%) Finance
22 206 (11.45%) DHCP
23 201 (11.17%) SQL Server
24 195 (10.84%) Cisco
25 192 (10.67%) Citrix
26 190 (10.56%) SharePoint
26 190 (10.56%) Windows Server 2012
27 189 (10.51%) Windows 7
28 174 (9.67%) SQL

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
1 190 (10.56%) SharePoint
2 153 (8.50%) MS Exchange
3 80 (4.45%) Skype for Business
4 78 (4.34%) IIS
5 41 (2.28%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (1.11%) BizTalk Server
7 19 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
8 18 (1.00%) Confluence
9 15 (0.83%) Apache
10 13 (0.72%) ArcGIS
11 12 (0.67%) JBoss
12 11 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
12 11 (0.61%) WebSphere
13 10 (0.56%) CMS
14 8 (0.44%) Tomcat
15 7 (0.39%) nginx
16 6 (0.33%) NetWeaver
16 6 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
17 5 (0.28%) Documentum
17 5 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 238 (13.23%) Microsoft Office
2 63 (3.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (1.50%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 13 (0.72%) Photoshop
6 10 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.22%) CATIA
8 2 (0.11%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.056%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.056%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.056%) Stata
Business Applications
1 6 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.17%) Infor M3
3 3 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.11%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.056%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.056%) iTrent
5 1 (0.056%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.056%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.056%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.056%) Orchard Housing
5 1 (0.056%) ReMetrica
5 1 (0.056%) ResourceLink
5 1 (0.056%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.056%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 676 (37.58%) Azure
2 638 (35.46%) Office 365
3 323 (17.95%) Azure Active Directory
4 148 (8.23%) AWS
5 91 (5.06%) IaaS
6 79 (4.39%) PaaS
7 68 (3.78%) SaaS
8 58 (3.22%) OneDrive
9 42 (2.33%) Power Platform
10 23 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
11 21 (1.17%) GCP
12 18 (1.00%) Mimecast
13 17 (0.94%) Logic Apps
14 15 (0.83%) GitHub
14 15 (0.83%) PowerApps
15 14 (0.78%) Serverless
16 13 (0.72%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 13 (0.72%) Power Automate
17 12 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
18 9 (0.50%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 323 (17.95%) DNS
2 242 (13.45%) Firewall
3 206 (11.45%) DHCP
4 142 (7.89%) VPN
5 138 (7.67%) WAN
6 108 (6.00%) Skype
7 99 (5.50%) LAN
8 94 (5.23%) TCP/IP
9 88 (4.89%) SAN
10 46 (2.56%) Wi-Fi
11 44 (2.45%) Network Security
11 44 (2.45%) Wireless
12 39 (2.17%) Internet
13 37 (2.06%) VLAN
13 37 (2.06%) VSAN
14 34 (1.89%) DMZ
15 31 (1.72%) VoIP
16 26 (1.45%) SSL
17 25 (1.39%) Remote Desktop
18 24 (1.33%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 201 (11.17%) SQL Server
2 33 (1.83%) Azure SQL Database
2 33 (1.83%) Cosmos DB
3 27 (1.50%) MySQL
4 22 (1.22%) Power BI
5 20 (1.11%) Hadoop
6 15 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
7 13 (0.72%) Relational Database
8 12 (0.67%) Big Data
9 11 (0.61%) Amazon RDS
9 11 (0.61%) DB2
9 11 (0.61%) SQL Server 2016
10 9 (0.50%) GIS
10 9 (0.50%) HBase
10 9 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
10 9 (0.50%) RDBMS
11 8 (0.44%) Apache Hive
11 8 (0.44%) Impala
11 8 (0.44%) MariaDB
12 7 (0.39%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 40 (2.22%) JIRA
2 27 (1.50%) Jenkins
3 20 (1.11%) Git (software)
4 17 (0.94%) Bitbucket
5 15 (0.83%) ReSharper
5 15 (0.83%) Sonatype Nexus
6 12 (0.67%) MSI
7 10 (0.56%) SonarQube
7 10 (0.56%) TeamCity
7 10 (0.56%) Visual Studio
8 9 (0.50%) Hudson
9 8 (0.44%) GitLab
9 8 (0.44%) Subversion
10 7 (0.39%) Artifactory
10 7 (0.39%) Octopus Deploy
10 7 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (0.33%) Bitbucket Server
11 6 (0.33%) CA Release Automation
12 5 (0.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 4 (0.22%) AdminStudio
General
1 209 (11.62%) Finance
2 124 (6.89%) Public Sector
3 66 (3.67%) Banking
4 50 (2.78%) Telecoms
5 29 (1.61%) Manufacturing
5 29 (1.61%) Retail
6 27 (1.50%) Legal
7 25 (1.39%) Electronics
7 25 (1.39%) Marketing
8 15 (0.83%) Financial Institution
9 12 (0.67%) Investment Banking
9 12 (0.67%) Law
9 12 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
10 10 (0.56%) Back Office
10 10 (0.56%) Publishing
11 8 (0.44%) Automotive
11 8 (0.44%) German Language
11 8 (0.44%) Local Government
12 6 (0.33%) French Language
12 6 (0.33%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 228 (12.67%) Analyst
2 196 (10.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 177 (9.84%) Architect
4 151 (8.39%) Support Engineer
5 115 (6.39%) Consultant
6 109 (6.06%) Service Analyst
7 101 (5.61%) Service Desk Analyst
8 85 (4.72%) Windows Engineer
9 82 (4.56%) Desktop Support
10 80 (4.45%) Azure Engineer
11 75 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support
12 72 (4.00%) IT Engineer
13 67 (3.72%) Cloud Engineer
14 66 (3.67%) IT Support
15 61 (3.39%) Desktop Engineer
16 55 (3.06%) Office 365 Engineer
17 52 (2.89%) Developer
17 52 (2.89%) Support Analyst
18 51 (2.83%) Administrator
18 51 (2.83%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (4.67%) LDAP
2 66 (3.67%) .NET
3 48 (2.67%) SailPoint
4 45 (2.50%) SAML
5 40 (2.22%) REST
6 35 (1.95%) Middleware
7 28 (1.56%) Web Services
8 20 (1.11%) ASP.NET
9 18 (1.00%) OpenID
10 17 (0.94%) .NET Framework
11 16 (0.89%) OAuth
12 15 (0.83%) .NET Core
13 13 (0.72%) HTML
13 13 (0.72%) SOAP
13 13 (0.72%) Software Packaging
13 13 (0.72%) XML
14 12 (0.67%) Elastic Stack
15 11 (0.61%) ASP.NET Core
16 10 (0.56%) CSS
17 8 (0.44%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 104 (5.78%) Data Centre
2 80 (4.45%) Analytical Skills
3 79 (4.39%) PKI
4 57 (3.17%) NHS
5 53 (2.95%) Management Information System
6 44 (2.45%) Clustering
7 43 (2.39%) Replication
8 35 (1.95%) Self-Motivation
9 34 (1.89%) Public Cloud
10 29 (1.61%) Video Conferencing
11 24 (1.33%) Private Cloud
12 21 (1.17%) Hybrid Cloud
13 20 (1.11%) CMDB
14 19 (1.06%) Blackberry
14 19 (1.06%) Cloud Native
14 19 (1.06%) Enterprise Cloud
15 17 (0.94%) EMC VNX
15 17 (0.94%) Smartphone
16 16 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
16 16 (0.89%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 1,241 (68.98%) Windows
2 467 (25.96%) Windows 10
3 431 (23.96%) Windows Server
4 241 (13.40%) Linux
5 190 (10.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 189 (10.51%) Windows 7
7 145 (8.06%) Windows Server 2016
8 117 (6.50%) Windows Server 2008
9 93 (5.17%) Windows Server 2019
10 83 (4.61%) Unix
11 62 (3.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 40 (2.22%) Apple iOS
13 33 (1.83%) Windows XP
14 32 (1.78%) CentOS
15 29 (1.61%) Ubuntu
16 27 (1.50%) Android
17 25 (1.39%) Solaris
17 25 (1.39%) Windows Server 2003
18 20 (1.11%) Windows Mobile
19 19 (1.06%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 257 (14.29%) ITIL
2 247 (13.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 233 (12.95%) Migration
4 220 (12.23%) DevOps
5 139 (7.73%) Agile Software Development
6 130 (7.23%) Problem-Solving
7 101 (5.61%) Identity Access Management
8 99 (5.50%) Identity Management
9 76 (4.22%) Cybersecurity
10 71 (3.95%) Change Management
10 71 (3.95%) Project Delivery
11 70 (3.89%) Service Management
12 65 (3.61%) Information Security
13 64 (3.56%) Service Delivery
14 60 (3.34%) Configuration Management
14 60 (3.34%) Disaster Recovery
14 60 (3.34%) SIEM
15 59 (3.28%) Incident Management
16 57 (3.17%) Patch Management
17 56 (3.11%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 336 (18.68%) PowerShell
2 174 (9.67%) SQL
3 66 (3.67%) Python
4 48 (2.67%) C#
5 36 (2.00%) Bash Shell
6 35 (1.95%) Java
7 32 (1.78%) VB
8 30 (1.67%) VBScript
9 29 (1.61%) C
10 28 (1.56%) JavaScript
11 24 (1.33%) Perl
12 13 (0.72%) Shell Script
13 10 (0.56%) Ruby
13 10 (0.56%) T-SQL
14 6 (0.33%) VB.NET
15 5 (0.28%) BeanShell
15 5 (0.28%) MATLAB
16 4 (0.22%) Go
16 4 (0.22%) PL/SQL
17 3 (0.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 331 (18.40%) Security Cleared
2 227 (12.62%) SC Cleared
3 110 (6.11%) DV Cleared
4 106 (5.89%) Microsoft Certification
5 54 (3.00%) MCSE
6 41 (2.28%) Cisco Certification
7 39 (2.17%) Degree
8 35 (1.95%) CISSP
9 31 (1.72%) MCSA
10 30 (1.67%) DBS Check
11 29 (1.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 28 (1.56%) CCNA
13 24 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
14 20 (1.11%) MCP
15 11 (0.61%) CISM
16 10 (0.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 9 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
18 7 (0.39%) Citrix Certification
18 7 (0.39%) SSCP
19 6 (0.33%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (6.84%) SLA
2 33 (1.83%) NIST
3 29 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (1.06%) GDPR
5 16 (0.89%) COBIT
6 15 (0.83%) QA
7 11 (0.61%) PCI DSS
8 8 (0.44%) NCSC
9 7 (0.39%) Data Quality
10 6 (0.33%) Government Security Classifications
10 6 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 5 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 4 (0.22%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.17%) GxP
13 3 (0.17%) ISO 31000
13 3 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 2 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
14 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 2 (0.11%) PMO
15 1 (0.056%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 303 (16.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 116 (6.45%) VMware ESXi
3 112 (6.23%) Hyper-V
4 91 (5.06%) vSphere
5 56 (3.11%) VMware NSX
6 52 (2.89%) Docker
7 45 (2.50%) Virtual Machines
8 36 (2.00%) XenApp
9 29 (1.61%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 28 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
11 23 (1.28%) Virtual Desktop
12 16 (0.89%) NDS
12 16 (0.89%) NetIQ eDirectory
13 15 (0.83%) XenDesktop
14 14 (0.78%) Firmware
15 13 (0.72%) BitLocker
16 11 (0.61%) HDFS
16 11 (0.61%) NFS
16 11 (0.61%) Terminal Services
17 10 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 333 (18.51%) SCCM
2 164 (9.12%) Microsoft Intune
3 90 (5.00%) Ansible
4 84 (4.67%) Terraform
5 79 (4.39%) Single Sign-On
6 67 (3.72%) vCenter Server
7 54 (3.00%) Kubernetes
8 48 (2.67%) SCOM
9 42 (2.33%) WSUS
10 41 (2.28%) vRealize
11 36 (2.00%) Puppet
12 32 (1.78%) Microsoft Clustering
12 32 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
13 16 (0.89%) IBM BigFix
14 14 (0.78%) Jamf Pro
14 14 (0.78%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 14 (0.78%) PowerCLI
15 13 (0.72%) AirWatch
15 13 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
15 13 (0.72%) NetIQ Identity Manager
Vendors
1 934 (51.92%) Microsoft
2 442 (24.57%) VMware
3 195 (10.84%) Cisco
4 192 (10.67%) Citrix
5 93 (5.17%) Oracle
6 89 (4.95%) HP
7 72 (4.00%) Dell
8 69 (3.84%) Red Hat
9 58 (3.22%) ServiceNow
10 49 (2.72%) SAP
11 47 (2.61%) EMC
11 47 (2.61%) Veeam
12 41 (2.28%) SolarWinds
13 36 (2.00%) CyberArk
14 31 (1.72%) Apple
14 31 (1.72%) McAfee
15 30 (1.67%) Symantec
16 27 (1.50%) Google
17 26 (1.45%) Okta
18 25 (1.39%) Ivanti