Period
to 28 September 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 28 September 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
28 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 40 41 24
Rank change year-on-year +1 -17 +11
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3,512 1,383 5,314
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.41% 5.40% 6.68%
As % of the System Software category 38.07% 37.07% 42.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,443 886 3,490
10th Percentile £135 £139 £130
25th Percentile £200 £240 £188
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £420 £350
Median % change year-on-year -4.65% +19.86% +2.94%
75th Percentile £520 £506 £488
90th Percentile £613 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £420 £350
% change year-on-year -4.76% +20.00% +7.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 256 94 419
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.10 £11.00
25th Percentile £12.75 £12.03 £12.50
Median hourly rate £15.44 £15.38 £15.50
Median % change year-on-year +0.42% -0.81% -
75th Percentile £19.82 £19.23 £19.50
90th Percentile £25.50 £23.45 £26.20
UK median hourly rate £15.66 £15.13 £15.86
% change year-on-year +3.54% -4.63% +2.32%

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 9,225 3,731 12,448
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.21% 14.58% 15.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,583 2,534 8,511
10th Percentile £200 £230 £176
25th Percentile £380 £375 £340
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £481 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +1.21% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 320 138 529
10th Percentile £11.77 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £12.78 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.88 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.90% +11.72% -
75th Percentile £28.75 £40.00 £23.75
90th Percentile £63.83 £51.83 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.75 £16.62
% change year-on-year -1.41% +6.83% +3.84%

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 28 September 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 28 September 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 28 September 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 -1 1,392 £475 +5.56% 372
South East +3 586 £386 +4.29% 276
North of England +8 510 £235 -27.69% 375
Midlands +6 433 £265 -38.55% 229
North West 0 251 £294 -16.07% 217
West Midlands -6 232 £276 -38.61% 136
South West -13 231 £290 -38.03% 129
East of England +7 216 £253 -22.31% 132
Yorkshire +23 213 £200 -38.46% 116
East Midlands +10 197 £263 -28.08% 92
North East +13 46 £225 - 42
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 28 September 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 2,320 (66.06%) Windows
2 1,753 (49.91%) Microsoft
3 1,511 (43.02%) Microsoft 365
4 1,353 (38.53%) Azure
5 916 (26.08%) Windows Server
6 914 (26.03%) VMware
7 808 (23.01%) Windows 10
8 801 (22.81%) Social Skills
9 708 (20.16%) Azure Active Directory
10 688 (19.59%) PowerShell
11 641 (18.25%) ITIL
12 618 (17.60%) SCCM
13 586 (16.69%) VMware Infrastructure
14 557 (15.86%) DNS
15 485 (13.81%) Microsoft Office
16 444 (12.64%) Citrix
17 440 (12.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 431 (12.27%) Migration
19 430 (12.24%) Security Cleared
20 404 (11.50%) Firewall
21 403 (11.47%) Finance
22 397 (11.30%) SQL
23 388 (11.05%) DevOps
24 374 (10.65%) SharePoint
25 373 (10.62%) DHCP
26 348 (9.91%) SQL Server
27 345 (9.82%) Cisco
28 333 (9.48%) Linux
29 308 (8.77%) AWS
30 306 (8.71%) Windows Server 2012

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
1 374 (10.65%) SharePoint
2 281 (8.00%) MS Exchange
3 82 (2.33%) IIS
4 67 (1.91%) Skype for Business
5 64 (1.82%) Confluence
6 47 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2013
7 41 (1.17%) Apache
8 38 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2010
9 18 (0.51%) Tomcat
10 16 (0.46%) nginx
11 14 (0.40%) IBM Notes
12 12 (0.34%) Apache Spark
13 10 (0.28%) ArcGIS
13 10 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 10 (0.28%) WebSphere
14 9 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2007
15 8 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
15 8 (0.23%) Documentum
15 8 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
15 8 (0.23%) JBoss
Applications
1 485 (13.81%) Microsoft Office
2 130 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 25 (0.71%) MS Visio
4 15 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.28%) Photoshop
6 7 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 6 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
8 4 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.057%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.028%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.028%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.028%) Figma
10 1 (0.028%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 11 (0.31%) assyst
2 10 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.20%) Sentinel
5 4 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.085%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.085%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 3 (0.085%) Workday HCM
7 2 (0.057%) Magento
7 2 (0.057%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.057%) StreamServe
8 1 (0.028%) Cerner Millennium
8 1 (0.028%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.028%) Maximo
8 1 (0.028%) Oracle Payables
8 1 (0.028%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.028%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.028%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 1,511 (43.02%) Microsoft 365
2 1,353 (38.53%) Azure
3 708 (20.16%) Azure Active Directory
4 308 (8.77%) AWS
5 149 (4.24%) PaaS
6 143 (4.07%) IaaS
7 133 (3.79%) SaaS
8 129 (3.67%) OneDrive
9 101 (2.88%) Power Platform
10 63 (1.79%) Serverless
11 62 (1.77%) Mimecast
12 54 (1.54%) GCP
13 49 (1.40%) PowerApps
14 45 (1.28%) GitHub
15 42 (1.20%) Azure Storage
15 42 (1.20%) Power Automate
16 38 (1.08%) Azure Key Vault
17 37 (1.05%) Azure Data Factory
18 34 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
19 33 (0.94%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 557 (15.86%) DNS
2 404 (11.50%) Firewall
3 373 (10.62%) DHCP
4 274 (7.80%) VPN
5 216 (6.15%) WAN
6 214 (6.09%) LAN
7 161 (4.58%) TCP/IP
8 132 (3.76%) SAN
9 106 (3.02%) Skype
10 104 (2.96%) VoIP
11 84 (2.39%) Wireless
12 73 (2.08%) Internet
13 70 (1.99%) VLAN
14 66 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
15 63 (1.79%) SSL
16 62 (1.77%) Network Security
17 59 (1.68%) Kerberos
18 55 (1.57%) Remote Desktop
19 49 (1.40%) NetScaler
20 44 (1.25%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 348 (9.91%) SQL Server
2 66 (1.88%) Azure SQL Database
3 60 (1.71%) Power BI
4 57 (1.62%) MySQL
5 51 (1.45%) Data Lake
6 46 (1.31%) SQL Server 2012
7 43 (1.22%) SQL Server 2016
8 41 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
9 36 (1.03%) Big Data
10 33 (0.94%) Data Warehouse
10 33 (0.94%) SQL Server 2008
11 27 (0.77%) SQL Server 2014
12 24 (0.68%) Oracle Database
13 21 (0.60%) Relational Database
14 19 (0.54%) Amazon RDS
15 18 (0.51%) SQL Server 2019
16 15 (0.43%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
16 15 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 12 (0.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 10 (0.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 108 (3.08%) JIRA
2 71 (2.02%) Git (software)
3 50 (1.42%) Jenkins
4 26 (0.74%) MSI
5 20 (0.57%) GitLab
6 18 (0.51%) SonarQube
6 18 (0.51%) Subversion
6 18 (0.51%) TeamCity
6 18 (0.51%) Visual Studio
7 13 (0.37%) Bitbucket
8 12 (0.34%) Sonatype Nexus
9 10 (0.28%) Postman
10 9 (0.26%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 8 (0.23%) Maven
11 8 (0.23%) Selenium
12 7 (0.20%) Cucumber
12 7 (0.20%) InstallShield
13 6 (0.17%) AdminStudio
13 6 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
14 5 (0.14%) JUnit
General
1 801 (22.81%) Social Skills
2 403 (11.47%) Finance
3 196 (5.58%) Public Sector
4 154 (4.38%) Analytical Skills
5 120 (3.42%) Banking
6 73 (2.08%) Retail
7 71 (2.02%) Organisational Skills
8 68 (1.94%) Documentation Skills
8 68 (1.94%) Telecoms
9 46 (1.31%) Marketing
10 44 (1.25%) Law
11 43 (1.22%) Legal
12 42 (1.20%) Presentation Skills
13 41 (1.17%) Manufacturing
14 32 (0.91%) Electronics
15 26 (0.74%) Investment Banking
16 25 (0.71%) Back Office
16 25 (0.71%) Financial Institution
17 16 (0.46%) Influencing Skills
18 14 (0.40%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 563 (16.03%) Analyst
2 406 (11.56%) Support Engineer
3 366 (10.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 320 (9.11%) Architect
5 269 (7.66%) Service Analyst
6 258 (7.35%) Service Desk Analyst
7 242 (6.89%) IT Support
8 187 (5.32%) 2nd Line Support
8 187 (5.32%) IT Engineer
9 175 (4.98%) Azure Engineer
9 175 (4.98%) Consultant
10 169 (4.81%) Desktop Support
11 155 (4.41%) Desktop Engineer
12 143 (4.07%) Support Analyst
13 136 (3.87%) Developer
14 123 (3.50%) IT Analyst
15 122 (3.47%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 122 (3.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 113 (3.22%) 1st Line Support
17 110 (3.13%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 154 (4.38%) LDAP
2 135 (3.84%) .NET
3 115 (3.27%) SAML
4 79 (2.25%) OAuth
5 67 (1.91%) Web Services
6 59 (1.68%) REST
7 55 (1.57%) JSON
8 54 (1.54%) OpenID
9 50 (1.42%) HTML
10 47 (1.34%) XML
11 44 (1.25%) CSS
12 41 (1.17%) .NET Framework
13 40 (1.14%) AngularJS
13 40 (1.14%) ARM Templates
14 39 (1.11%) ASP.NET
15 35 (1.00%) SailPoint
16 34 (0.97%) .NET Core
17 33 (0.94%) SOAP
18 29 (0.83%) ASP.NET Web API
19 28 (0.80%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 156 (4.44%) Data Centre
2 105 (2.99%) PKI
3 92 (2.62%) Clustering
4 76 (2.16%) Data Protection Act
5 70 (1.99%) Management Information System
6 63 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
7 61 (1.74%) Video Conferencing
8 53 (1.51%) NHS
9 47 (1.34%) Driving Licence
9 47 (1.34%) User Experience
10 44 (1.25%) Public Cloud
11 41 (1.17%) Replication
12 40 (1.14%) Cloud Native
13 36 (1.03%) Greenfield Project
14 35 (1.00%) Virtual Team
15 33 (0.94%) Blackberry
16 31 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
17 30 (0.85%) iPad
18 29 (0.83%) iPhone
19 27 (0.77%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 2,320 (66.06%) Windows
2 916 (26.08%) Windows Server
3 808 (23.01%) Windows 10
4 333 (9.48%) Linux
5 306 (8.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 261 (7.43%) Windows 7
7 245 (6.98%) Windows Server 2016
8 213 (6.06%) Windows Server 2019
9 162 (4.61%) Windows Server 2008
10 134 (3.82%) Android
11 98 (2.79%) Apple iOS
12 89 (2.53%) Unix
13 69 (1.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 66 (1.88%) Mac OS
15 38 (1.08%) Windows 8
16 33 (0.94%) Windows XP
17 32 (0.91%) Mac OS X
18 30 (0.85%) Windows Server 2003
19 24 (0.68%) Ubuntu
20 18 (0.51%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 641 (18.25%) ITIL
2 440 (12.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 431 (12.27%) Migration
4 388 (11.05%) DevOps
5 291 (8.29%) Problem-Solving
6 278 (7.92%) Agile Software Development
7 172 (4.90%) Service Management
8 163 (4.64%) ITSM
9 155 (4.41%) Configuration Management
10 131 (3.73%) Incident Management
11 128 (3.64%) Service Delivery
12 123 (3.50%) Data Protection
13 120 (3.42%) Change Management
14 116 (3.30%) Stakeholder Management
15 114 (3.25%) Project Delivery
16 111 (3.16%) Identity Access Management
16 111 (3.16%) Identity Management
17 108 (3.08%) Cybersecurity
18 104 (2.96%) Mobile Device Management
19 93 (2.65%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 688 (19.59%) PowerShell
2 397 (11.30%) SQL
3 131 (3.73%) Python
4 127 (3.62%) C#
5 101 (2.88%) JavaScript
6 91 (2.59%) Java
7 70 (1.99%) C
8 69 (1.96%) Bash Shell
9 41 (1.17%) VBScript
10 40 (1.14%) VB
11 33 (0.94%) T-SQL
12 31 (0.88%) Perl
13 30 (0.85%) Shell Script
13 30 (0.85%) TypeScript
14 24 (0.68%) VB.NET
15 17 (0.48%) VBA
16 14 (0.40%) PHP
17 11 (0.31%) Ruby
18 9 (0.26%) PL/SQL
19 7 (0.20%) Go
Qualifications
1 430 (12.24%) Security Cleared
2 301 (8.57%) SC Cleared
3 195 (5.55%) Microsoft Certification
4 115 (3.27%) Degree
5 112 (3.19%) DV Cleared
6 93 (2.65%) Cisco Certification
6 93 (2.65%) MCSE
7 74 (2.11%) CCNA
8 69 (1.96%) ITIL Certification
9 56 (1.59%) MCP
10 54 (1.54%) DBS Check
11 43 (1.22%) MCSA
12 37 (1.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 30 (0.85%) MCITP
14 22 (0.63%) CISSP
15 18 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
16 15 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 14 (0.40%) CCNP
17 14 (0.40%) PMP
17 14 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 237 (6.75%) SLA
2 66 (1.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 62 (1.77%) GDPR
4 40 (1.14%) QA
5 27 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 25 (0.71%) NIST
7 19 (0.54%) COBIT
7 19 (0.54%) PCI DSS
8 14 (0.40%) PMO
9 11 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
10 6 (0.17%) NCSC
11 5 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
11 5 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 3 (0.085%) Data Quality
12 3 (0.085%) GRC
12 3 (0.085%) ISO 22301
13 2 (0.057%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.057%) GxP
13 2 (0.057%) SOC 2
14 1 (0.028%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 586 (16.69%) VMware Infrastructure
2 239 (6.81%) Hyper-V
3 145 (4.13%) vSphere
4 110 (3.13%) VMware ESXi
5 103 (2.93%) Docker
6 96 (2.73%) XenApp
7 89 (2.53%) Virtual Machines
8 88 (2.51%) Virtual Desktop
9 73 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
10 68 (1.94%) XenDesktop
11 40 (1.14%) VMware NSX
12 33 (0.94%) Virtual Servers
13 30 (0.85%) NFS
14 27 (0.77%) BitLocker
14 27 (0.77%) OpenAM
15 22 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
16 17 (0.48%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 17 (0.48%) Firmware
16 17 (0.48%) Terminal Services
17 16 (0.46%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 618 (17.60%) SCCM
2 305 (8.68%) Microsoft Intune
3 187 (5.32%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 175 (4.98%) Terraform
5 160 (4.56%) Ansible
6 134 (3.82%) Single Sign-On
7 123 (3.50%) Kubernetes
8 75 (2.14%) WSUS
9 74 (2.11%) SCOM
10 51 (1.45%) Microsoft Clustering
11 48 (1.37%) vRealize
12 43 (1.22%) vCenter Server
13 37 (1.05%) Puppet
14 34 (0.97%) AirWatch
15 28 (0.80%) Jamf Pro
16 27 (0.77%) NetBackup
16 27 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
16 27 (0.77%) SCVMM
17 26 (0.74%) FortiGate
18 24 (0.68%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 1,753 (49.91%) Microsoft
2 914 (26.03%) VMware
3 444 (12.64%) Citrix
4 345 (9.82%) Cisco
5 192 (5.47%) Oracle
6 164 (4.67%) ServiceNow
7 149 (4.24%) HP
8 112 (3.19%) Apple
9 108 (3.08%) Dell
10 89 (2.53%) Red Hat
11 75 (2.14%) Ivanti
12 69 (1.96%) McAfee
13 67 (1.91%) SAP
14 65 (1.85%) Google
14 65 (1.85%) Veeam
15 62 (1.77%) Symantec
16 61 (1.74%) CyberArk
17 60 (1.71%) NetApp
18 57 (1.62%) IBM
19 53 (1.51%) CheckPoint