Period
to 29 March 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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 20 35 38
Rank change year-on-year +15 +3 -2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3,916 5,417 5,062
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.89% 6.09% 5.43%
As % of the System Software category 44.27% 39.14% 41.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,434 3,452 3,147
Median daily rate £350 £370 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.47% +15.63% -1.54%
10th Percentile £130 £130 £125
90th Percentile £556 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £313
% change year-on-year - +12.00% -3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 429 516 544
Median hourly rate £16.50 £15.31 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.77% +2.07% -
10th Percentile £11.23 £10.58 £10.40
90th Percentile £35.00 £36.50 £30.61
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.42 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.99% +2.82% +3.45%

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 8,846 13,839 12,152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.57% 15.56% 13.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,747 9,231 7,972
Median daily rate £450 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £167 £185 £175
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £465 £450
% change year-on-year -3.23% +3.33% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 526 625 641
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.21 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.99% +1.28% -
10th Percentile £11.35 £10.82 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.00 £47.50 £46.00
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.21 £15.73
% change year-on-year +11.08% +3.02% -1.69%

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 29 March 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 29 March 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 29 March 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 +1 1,326 £350 -8.26% 313
South East +6 850 £350 -6.91% 264
North of England +15 611 £350 +2.94% 246
South West -1 420 £318 -15.33% 136
Midlands +14 414 £308 -5.38% 157
North West +18 322 £350 +8.53% 134
East of England +10 294 £325 +8.33% 121
West Midlands +18 265 £330 -7.11% 93
Yorkshire +10 206 £350 - 71
East Midlands +4 146 £300 +26.32% 63
North East +15 84 £375 +19.05% 41
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 2,929 (74.80%) Windows
2 1,894 (48.37%) Microsoft
3 1,485 (37.92%) Office 365
4 1,256 (32.07%) Windows Server
5 1,170 (29.88%) Windows 10
6 1,094 (27.94%) Azure
7 897 (22.91%) VMware
8 837 (21.37%) SCCM
9 781 (19.94%) Windows 7
10 734 (18.74%) PowerShell
11 705 (18.00%) DNS
12 690 (17.62%) Microsoft Office
13 665 (16.98%) ITIL
14 560 (14.30%) DHCP
15 556 (14.20%) Citrix
16 538 (13.74%) Migration
17 528 (13.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 525 (13.41%) Windows Server 2012
19 509 (13.00%) Azure Active Directory
20 503 (12.84%) VMware Infrastructure
21 491 (12.54%) Security Cleared
22 439 (11.21%) SQL
23 424 (10.83%) Windows Server 2008
24 412 (10.52%) MS Exchange
25 385 (9.83%) Windows Server 2016
26 377 (9.63%) SharePoint
27 376 (9.60%) SQL Server
28 375 (9.58%) Firewall
29 356 (9.09%) Problem-Solving
30 328 (8.38%) Linux

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
1 412 (10.52%) MS Exchange
2 377 (9.63%) SharePoint
3 224 (5.72%) Skype for Business
4 118 (3.01%) IIS
5 112 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2010
6 99 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2013
7 37 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2003
8 35 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2007
9 30 (0.77%) Apache
10 24 (0.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 22 (0.56%) Confluence
12 20 (0.51%) IBM Notes
13 17 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
13 17 (0.43%) Tomcat
14 13 (0.33%) Apache Spark
15 11 (0.28%) CMS
15 11 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
16 8 (0.20%) Documentum
17 7 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 6 (0.15%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 690 (17.62%) Microsoft Office
2 115 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 88 (2.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 75 (1.92%) MS Visio
5 41 (1.05%) Microsoft Project
6 28 (0.72%) Acrobat
7 23 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.10%) Chatbot
9 3 (0.077%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.077%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.051%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.026%) 3ds Max
11 1 (0.026%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.026%) Houdini
11 1 (0.026%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.026%) Maya
11 1 (0.026%) Mozilla Thunderbird
11 1 (0.026%) Revit
11 1 (0.026%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.026%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 44 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (1.00%) Remedy ITSM
3 11 (0.28%) assyst
3 11 (0.28%) Elite 3E
4 9 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
5 7 (0.18%) Carpe Diem
6 6 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.13%) NetSuite
7 5 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.051%) FLEXCUBE
8 2 (0.051%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.051%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.051%) Sentinel
9 1 (0.026%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.026%) Line 500
9 1 (0.026%) Lorenzo
9 1 (0.026%) Magento
9 1 (0.026%) Oracle BPM
9 1 (0.026%) Sage 1000
9 1 (0.026%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 1,485 (37.92%) Office 365
2 1,094 (27.94%) Azure
3 509 (13.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 282 (7.20%) AWS
5 157 (4.01%) IaaS
6 144 (3.68%) PaaS
7 129 (3.29%) SaaS
8 121 (3.09%) OneDrive
9 74 (1.89%) Power Platform
10 70 (1.79%) Serverless
11 52 (1.33%) PowerApps
12 45 (1.15%) Mimecast
13 43 (1.10%) Azure Functions
14 41 (1.05%) Dynamics 365
15 38 (0.97%) Yammer
16 35 (0.89%) G Suite
17 34 (0.87%) Microsoft Flow
18 33 (0.84%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 31 (0.79%) GCP
20 24 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 705 (18.00%) DNS
2 560 (14.30%) DHCP
3 375 (9.58%) Firewall
4 292 (7.46%) VPN
5 266 (6.79%) LAN
6 265 (6.77%) WAN
7 249 (6.36%) Skype
8 225 (5.75%) TCP/IP
9 215 (5.49%) SAN
10 148 (3.78%) VoIP
11 115 (2.94%) Internet
12 109 (2.78%) Network Security
13 106 (2.71%) Remote Desktop
14 94 (2.40%) NetScaler
15 80 (2.04%) VLAN
16 77 (1.97%) Wireless
17 75 (1.92%) Wi-Fi
18 46 (1.17%) SSL
19 45 (1.15%) Kerberos
20 43 (1.10%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 376 (9.60%) SQL Server
2 59 (1.51%) Power BI
3 55 (1.40%) Azure SQL Database
4 41 (1.05%) MySQL
5 40 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 33 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
7 31 (0.79%) SQL Server 2016
7 31 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 30 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
9 24 (0.61%) Data Lake
10 23 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
11 19 (0.49%) Relational Database
12 17 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
13 16 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
14 15 (0.38%) Big Data
15 14 (0.36%) Cosmos DB
16 10 (0.26%) Apache Hive
16 10 (0.26%) Impala
16 10 (0.26%) Oracle Database
16 10 (0.26%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 70 (1.79%) Git (software)
2 56 (1.43%) JIRA
3 47 (1.20%) Visual Studio
4 44 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
5 34 (0.87%) Jenkins
5 34 (0.87%) MSI
6 30 (0.77%) Visual Studio Team System
7 20 (0.51%) Bitbucket
8 18 (0.46%) AdminStudio
9 17 (0.43%) Subversion
10 16 (0.41%) Artifactory
11 15 (0.38%) InstallShield
12 14 (0.36%) TeamCity
13 13 (0.33%) GitLab
13 13 (0.33%) Octopus Deploy
14 12 (0.31%) Hudson
15 11 (0.28%) Eclipse
16 9 (0.23%) JUnit
17 8 (0.20%) Selenium
18 7 (0.18%) Maven
General
1 324 (8.27%) Finance
2 241 (6.15%) Public Sector
3 117 (2.99%) Banking
4 70 (1.79%) Retail
5 68 (1.74%) Law
6 55 (1.40%) Telecoms
7 41 (1.05%) Local Government
8 39 (1.00%) Legal
9 27 (0.69%) Manufacturing
10 24 (0.61%) Back Office
11 23 (0.59%) Marketing
12 16 (0.41%) Advertising
13 15 (0.38%) Electronics
14 14 (0.36%) Financial Institution
15 12 (0.31%) Publishing
16 10 (0.26%) Aerospace
16 10 (0.26%) German Language
17 8 (0.20%) Games
17 8 (0.20%) Military
18 6 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 631 (16.11%) Analyst
2 528 (13.48%) Support Engineer
3 401 (10.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 332 (8.48%) 2nd Line Support
5 324 (8.27%) Desktop Support
6 276 (7.05%) Service Analyst
7 270 (6.89%) Service Desk Analyst
8 265 (6.77%) Architect
9 258 (6.59%) Windows Engineer
10 249 (6.36%) Consultant
11 228 (5.82%) IT Support
12 227 (5.80%) Desktop Engineer
13 224 (5.72%) Support Analyst
14 176 (4.49%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 172 (4.39%) IT Engineer
16 160 (4.09%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 156 (3.98%) 1st Line Support
18 141 (3.60%) 3rd Line Engineer
19 140 (3.58%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
20 134 (3.42%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 139 (3.55%) LDAP
2 116 (2.96%) .NET
3 98 (2.50%) SAML
4 77 (1.97%) Web Services
5 64 (1.63%) XML
6 57 (1.46%) HTML
6 57 (1.46%) JSON
7 52 (1.33%) OpenID
7 52 (1.33%) REST
8 51 (1.30%) SOAP
9 50 (1.28%) OAuth
10 36 (0.92%) Node.js
11 35 (0.89%) SailPoint
12 29 (0.74%) ASP.NET
13 25 (0.64%) CSS
14 24 (0.61%) AngularJS
15 22 (0.56%) Middleware
16 21 (0.54%) .NET Framework
17 19 (0.49%) YAML
18 15 (0.38%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 224 (5.72%) Analytical Skills
2 213 (5.44%) Data Centre
3 158 (4.03%) PKI
4 124 (3.17%) Self-Motivation
5 106 (2.71%) Blackberry
6 99 (2.53%) Management Information System
7 94 (2.40%) Clustering
8 78 (1.99%) NHS
9 69 (1.76%) Replication
10 68 (1.74%) iPhone
11 62 (1.58%) Video Conferencing
12 61 (1.56%) Driving Licence
13 55 (1.40%) Fat Client
13 55 (1.40%) Thin Client
14 54 (1.38%) Smartphone
15 46 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
16 41 (1.05%) iPad
17 39 (1.00%) User Experience
18 38 (0.97%) Public Cloud
19 25 (0.64%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 2,929 (74.80%) Windows
2 1,256 (32.07%) Windows Server
3 1,170 (29.88%) Windows 10
4 781 (19.94%) Windows 7
5 525 (13.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 424 (10.83%) Windows Server 2008
7 385 (9.83%) Windows Server 2016
8 328 (8.38%) Linux
9 153 (3.91%) Android
10 131 (3.35%) Apple iOS
11 110 (2.81%) Unix
12 108 (2.76%) Windows Server 2003
13 101 (2.58%) Windows Server 2019
14 96 (2.45%) Windows XP
15 83 (2.12%) Mac OS
16 67 (1.71%) Windows 8
17 51 (1.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 47 (1.20%) Windows Vista
19 43 (1.10%) Mac OS X
20 27 (0.69%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 665 (16.98%) ITIL
2 538 (13.74%) Migration
3 528 (13.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 356 (9.09%) Problem-Solving
5 248 (6.33%) DevOps
6 189 (4.83%) Agile Software Development
7 162 (4.14%) Service Management
8 157 (4.01%) ITSM
9 148 (3.78%) Incident Management
10 127 (3.24%) Identity Access Management
11 117 (2.99%) Change Management
12 109 (2.78%) Cybersecurity
12 109 (2.78%) Disaster Recovery
13 102 (2.60%) Service Delivery
14 101 (2.58%) Information Security
15 96 (2.45%) Project Delivery
16 93 (2.37%) Configuration Management
17 92 (2.35%) Break/Fix
17 92 (2.35%) Identity Management
18 90 (2.30%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 734 (18.74%) PowerShell
2 439 (11.21%) SQL
3 95 (2.43%) Java
4 92 (2.35%) C#
5 72 (1.84%) JavaScript
6 69 (1.76%) Python
7 63 (1.61%) VB
8 61 (1.56%) VBScript
9 55 (1.40%) Bash Shell
10 30 (0.77%) C
11 28 (0.72%) Perl
12 20 (0.51%) T-SQL
13 17 (0.43%) PHP
13 17 (0.43%) Shell Script
14 13 (0.33%) Ruby
15 10 (0.26%) BeanShell
15 10 (0.26%) C++
16 8 (0.20%) VB.NET
16 8 (0.20%) XPath
17 6 (0.15%) Korn
Qualifications
1 491 (12.54%) Security Cleared
2 320 (8.17%) SC Cleared
3 302 (7.71%) Microsoft Certification
4 183 (4.67%) MCSE
5 141 (3.60%) DV Cleared
6 103 (2.63%) Degree
7 81 (2.07%) MCSA
8 67 (1.71%) Cisco Certification
9 65 (1.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 63 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
11 58 (1.48%) CCNA
12 54 (1.38%) MCP
13 51 (1.30%) Citrix Certification
14 40 (1.02%) DBS Check
15 38 (0.97%) CISSP
16 37 (0.94%) CCA
17 33 (0.84%) MCITP
18 28 (0.72%) A+ Certification
19 25 (0.64%) CCNP
20 16 (0.41%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 233 (5.95%) SLA
2 57 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (0.72%) GDPR
4 20 (0.51%) NCSC
5 18 (0.46%) QA
6 15 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
7 13 (0.33%) PCI DSS
8 11 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 11 (0.28%) NIST
9 9 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 8 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
11 5 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 4 (0.10%) BS7799
12 4 (0.10%) COBIT
12 4 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 3 (0.077%) PMO
13 3 (0.077%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 2 (0.051%) ISO 22301
14 2 (0.051%) ISO 9001
15 1 (0.026%) GxP
System Software
1 503 (12.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 281 (7.18%) Hyper-V
3 216 (5.52%) XenApp
4 172 (4.39%) VMware ESXi
5 166 (4.24%) vSphere
6 140 (3.58%) XenDesktop
7 113 (2.89%) Microsoft App-V
8 98 (2.50%) Virtual Machines
9 71 (1.81%) Docker
10 69 (1.76%) Virtual Desktop
11 59 (1.51%) Virtual Servers
12 45 (1.15%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 34 (0.87%) BitLocker
13 34 (0.87%) DFS Replication
14 25 (0.64%) VMware NSX
15 24 (0.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 17 (0.43%) Terminal Services
17 15 (0.38%) Firmware
18 12 (0.31%) vCloud
19 11 (0.28%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Systems Management
1 837 (21.37%) SCCM
2 200 (5.11%) Microsoft Intune
3 148 (3.78%) SCOM
4 130 (3.32%) WSUS
5 106 (2.71%) Single Sign-On
6 89 (2.27%) Ansible
7 62 (1.58%) AirWatch
8 58 (1.48%) Terraform
9 57 (1.46%) Microsoft Clustering
10 46 (1.17%) Kubernetes
11 45 (1.15%) Puppet
12 44 (1.12%) Jamf Pro
12 44 (1.12%) Norton AntiVirus
13 40 (1.02%) NetBackup
14 34 (0.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 32 (0.82%) McAfee ePO
16 28 (0.72%) vRealize
17 27 (0.69%) Failover Clustering
17 27 (0.69%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
17 27 (0.69%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 1,894 (48.37%) Microsoft
2 897 (22.91%) VMware
3 556 (14.20%) Citrix
4 324 (8.27%) Cisco
5 202 (5.16%) HP
6 154 (3.93%) Apple
7 122 (3.12%) Oracle
8 110 (2.81%) McAfee
9 108 (2.76%) ServiceNow
10 103 (2.63%) Symantec
11 102 (2.60%) Dell
12 97 (2.48%) NetApp
13 81 (2.07%) Ivanti
14 80 (2.04%) Google
15 76 (1.94%) Remedy
16 63 (1.61%) Red Hat
17 57 (1.46%) Adobe
18 50 (1.28%) EMC
19 38 (0.97%) Juniper
19 38 (0.97%) MobileIron