Period
to 10 May 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 10 May 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
England > London
6 months to
10 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 65 47 48
Rank change year-on-year -18 +1 +5
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 851 1,094 2,062
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 3.66% 5.11% 5.00%
As % of the System Software category 25.70% 34.32% 32.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 587 774 1,456
10th Percentile £197 £139 £135
25th Percentile £318 £190 £185
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £438 £350 £388
Median % change year-on-year +25.00% -9.68% +10.71%
75th Percentile £519 £493 £500
90th Percentile £575 £571 £583
England median daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 56 79
10th Percentile £14.88 £12.42 £12.76
25th Percentile £15.06 £14.78 £15.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - -
75th Percentile " £22.63 £23.38
90th Percentile £39.35 £40.61 £45.21
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.10
% change year-on-year -3.03% +9.29% +0.65%

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 London with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 3,311 3,188 6,404
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 14.23% 14.90% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,465 2,346 4,674
10th Percentile £350 £211 £210
25th Percentile £438 £399 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £525
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% -4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £606 £600 £600
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
England median daily rate £488 £470 £475
% change year-on-year +3.72% -1.05% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 72 109
10th Percentile £19.51 £12.42 £13.00
25th Percentile £36.50 £15.69 £16.08
Median hourly rate £48.50 £19.00 £20.33
Median % change year-on-year +155.26% -6.52% +1.63%
75th Percentile £61.25 £26.81 £36.67
90th Percentile £76.03 £47.83 £47.09
England median hourly rate £20.00 £16.95 £16.50
% change year-on-year +17.99% +2.73% +4.04%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in London

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Daily rate trend for Active Directory in London

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Active Directory in London over the 6 months to 10 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Active Directory in London

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Hourly rate trend for Active Directory in London

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Active Directory in London over the 6 months to 10 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in London

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 10 May 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
Central London -1 149 £460 +48.39% 60
West London -5 24 £500 +138.10% 26
East London -9 12 £403 +27.98% 16
South London +2 9 £450 +123.60% 9
North London -2 1 £140 -17.65%
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 10 May 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 London region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 528 (62.04%) Windows
2 464 (54.52%) Microsoft
3 460 (54.05%) Azure
4 364 (42.77%) Microsoft 365
5 255 (29.96%) Azure Active Directory
6 242 (28.44%) PowerShell
7 205 (24.09%) VMware
8 204 (23.97%) Windows Server
9 195 (22.91%) Finance
10 171 (20.09%) Social Skills
11 162 (19.04%) Windows 10
12 158 (18.57%) DNS
13 142 (16.69%) VMware Infrastructure
14 137 (16.10%) DevOps
15 134 (15.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 126 (14.81%) SharePoint
17 122 (14.34%) SQL Server
18 119 (13.98%) Migration
18 119 (13.98%) Firewall
19 115 (13.51%) SCCM
20 105 (12.34%) Citrix
21 103 (12.10%) Linux
21 103 (12.10%) Security Cleared
22 95 (11.16%) Cisco
23 91 (10.69%) Windows Server 2012
24 90 (10.58%) SC Cleared
24 90 (10.58%) Agile Software Development
25 87 (10.22%) ITIL
25 87 (10.22%) SQL
25 87 (10.22%) Microsoft Intune

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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
1 126 (14.81%) SharePoint
2 78 (9.17%) MS Exchange
3 37 (4.35%) Skype for Business
4 22 (2.59%) IIS
5 20 (2.35%) Exchange Server 2010
6 16 (1.88%) Confluence
7 15 (1.76%) Apache
8 12 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (1.06%) ArcGIS
10 8 (0.94%) Oracle Workflow
10 8 (0.94%) Tomcat
11 4 (0.47%) Mule
12 3 (0.35%) JBoss
12 3 (0.35%) nginx
12 3 (0.35%) SAS
12 3 (0.35%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.35%) WebSphere Application Server
13 2 (0.24%) CMS
13 2 (0.24%) Drupal
13 2 (0.24%) Joomla!
Applications
1 77 (9.05%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.94%) Photoshop
4 7 (0.82%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.59%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.47%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 4 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.24%) Autodesk Flame
7 2 (0.24%) CINEMA 4D
7 2 (0.24%) Maya
7 2 (0.24%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 6 (0.71%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.24%) Workday HCM
3 1 (0.12%) Maximo
3 1 (0.12%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
Cloud Services
1 460 (54.05%) Azure
2 364 (42.77%) Microsoft 365
3 255 (29.96%) Azure Active Directory
4 85 (9.99%) AWS
5 63 (7.40%) PaaS
6 59 (6.93%) IaaS
7 53 (6.23%) Power Platform
8 40 (4.70%) OneDrive
9 39 (4.58%) SaaS
10 22 (2.59%) Mimecast
11 21 (2.47%) Serverless
12 19 (2.23%) GCP
13 15 (1.76%) Cloud Computing
14 13 (1.53%) GitHub
14 13 (1.53%) Google Workspace
15 12 (1.41%) Amazon EC2
16 11 (1.29%) AWS CloudFormation
17 10 (1.18%) Azure Key Vault
18 9 (1.06%) AWS Lambda
18 9 (1.06%) Azure App Service
Communications & Networking
1 158 (18.57%) DNS
2 119 (13.98%) Firewall
3 85 (9.99%) DHCP
4 79 (9.28%) VPN
5 55 (6.46%) WAN
6 49 (5.76%) TCP/IP
7 37 (4.35%) Skype
8 36 (4.23%) SAN
9 31 (3.64%) LAN
10 30 (3.53%) Internet
11 26 (3.06%) Kerberos
12 24 (2.82%) Network Security
13 23 (2.70%) Wireless
14 21 (2.47%) Wi-Fi
15 19 (2.23%) SMTP
16 18 (2.12%) MPLS
17 17 (2.00%) DMZ
17 17 (2.00%) FTP
18 16 (1.88%) HTTP
19 15 (1.76%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (14.34%) SQL Server
2 40 (4.70%) Power BI
3 16 (1.88%) Azure SQL Database
4 11 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (1.29%) Oracle Database
4 11 (1.29%) SQL Server 2016
5 10 (1.18%) SQL Server 2012
6 9 (1.06%) MySQL
6 9 (1.06%) SQL Server 2014
7 8 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
7 8 (0.94%) GIS
7 8 (0.94%) SQL Server 2008
8 5 (0.59%) Big Data
8 5 (0.59%) Data Lake
8 5 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (0.59%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (0.47%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.47%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.35%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 35 (4.11%) Octopus Deploy
2 32 (3.76%) JIRA
3 26 (3.06%) Jenkins
4 16 (1.88%) TeamCity
5 13 (1.53%) Git (software)
6 8 (0.94%) Visual Studio
7 7 (0.82%) Subversion
8 6 (0.71%) GitLab
8 6 (0.71%) JMeter
9 5 (0.59%) Cucumber
9 5 (0.59%) Postman
10 4 (0.47%) Hudson
10 4 (0.47%) MSI
10 4 (0.47%) Serena SBM
10 4 (0.47%) SonarQube
11 3 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 3 (0.35%) REST Assured
11 3 (0.35%) Selenium
11 3 (0.35%) Sonatype Nexus
11 3 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 195 (22.91%) Finance
2 171 (20.09%) Social Skills
3 64 (7.52%) Public Sector
4 35 (4.11%) Telecoms
5 34 (4.00%) Banking
6 29 (3.41%) Analytical Skills
7 25 (2.94%) Manufacturing
8 24 (2.82%) Marketing
9 23 (2.70%) Electronics
9 23 (2.70%) Legal
9 23 (2.70%) Organisational Skills
10 19 (2.23%) Law
11 13 (1.53%) Retail
12 11 (1.29%) Financial Institution
12 11 (1.29%) Publishing
13 8 (0.94%) Influencing Skills
14 7 (0.82%) Presentation Skills
15 5 (0.59%) International Banking
16 4 (0.47%) Back Office
16 4 (0.47%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 108 (12.69%) Architect
2 94 (11.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 88 (10.34%) Consultant
4 86 (10.11%) Analyst
5 61 (7.17%) Azure Engineer
6 51 (5.99%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
7 47 (5.52%) Support Engineer
8 40 (4.70%) Developer
9 33 (3.88%) DevOps Engineer
9 33 (3.88%) Security Engineer
10 32 (3.76%) Administrator
11 30 (3.53%) Windows Engineer
12 27 (3.17%) Cloud Engineer
13 26 (3.06%) Active Directory Engineer
13 26 (3.06%) Azure Architect
13 26 (3.06%) Service Analyst
14 25 (2.94%) Technical Architect
15 24 (2.82%) Service Desk Analyst
15 24 (2.82%) Technical Leader
16 23 (2.70%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (8.58%) .NET
2 49 (5.76%) LDAP
3 41 (4.82%) ASP.NET
4 35 (4.11%) ASP.NET Core
5 33 (3.88%) React
6 32 (3.76%) AngularJS
7 27 (3.17%) OAuth
8 23 (2.70%) SAML
9 14 (1.65%) OpenID
10 13 (1.53%) REST
10 13 (1.53%) Web Services
11 12 (1.41%) .NET Core
11 12 (1.41%) SailPoint
12 9 (1.06%) Elastic Stack
13 8 (0.94%) OAuth2
13 8 (0.94%) XML
14 7 (0.82%) CSS
14 7 (0.82%) HTML
14 7 (0.82%) Node.js
14 7 (0.82%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 46 (5.41%) Data Centre
2 38 (4.47%) Greenfield Project
3 34 (4.00%) PKI
4 21 (2.47%) Clustering
4 21 (2.47%) Management Information System
4 21 (2.47%) Replication
5 17 (2.00%) Public Cloud
6 14 (1.65%) Self-Motivation
7 13 (1.53%) Social Media
7 13 (1.53%) User Experience
8 12 (1.41%) Blackberry
8 12 (1.41%) Hybrid Cloud
8 12 (1.41%) NHS
9 11 (1.29%) Cloud Native
9 11 (1.29%) Mobile App
10 9 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (0.94%) Hedge funds
11 8 (0.94%) Private Cloud
11 8 (0.94%) Virtual Team
12 7 (0.82%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 528 (62.04%) Windows
2 204 (23.97%) Windows Server
3 162 (19.04%) Windows 10
4 103 (12.10%) Linux
5 91 (10.69%) Windows Server 2012
6 70 (8.23%) Windows Server 2016
7 60 (7.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 51 (5.99%) Windows 7
9 43 (5.05%) Windows Server 2019
10 36 (4.23%) Android
10 36 (4.23%) Apple iOS
11 35 (4.11%) Unix
12 24 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 20 (2.35%) Windows Mobile
14 14 (1.65%) Mac OS
15 7 (0.82%) Solaris
15 7 (0.82%) Ubuntu
15 7 (0.82%) Windows Server 2003
16 6 (0.71%) CentOS
17 5 (0.59%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (16.10%) DevOps
2 134 (15.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 119 (13.98%) Migration
4 90 (10.58%) Agile Software Development
5 87 (10.22%) ITIL
6 65 (7.64%) Problem-Solving
7 60 (7.05%) Business Intelligence
8 56 (6.58%) Identity Access Management
9 51 (5.99%) Project Delivery
10 50 (5.88%) Mentoring
11 46 (5.41%) Cybersecurity
12 44 (5.17%) Change Management
13 43 (5.05%) Information Security
14 42 (4.94%) Analytics
15 39 (4.58%) Identity Management
16 38 (4.47%) Continuous Improvement
17 37 (4.35%) Continuous Integration
18 33 (3.88%) Mobile Device Management
18 33 (3.88%) TDD
19 32 (3.76%) Scaled Agile Framework
Programming Languages
1 242 (28.44%) PowerShell
2 87 (10.22%) SQL
3 53 (6.23%) C#
4 48 (5.64%) Python
5 46 (5.41%) JavaScript
6 29 (3.41%) TypeScript
7 23 (2.70%) Bash Shell
7 23 (2.70%) Java
8 18 (2.12%) C
9 15 (1.76%) VB
10 12 (1.41%) Perl
11 11 (1.29%) VBScript
12 10 (1.18%) Ruby
13 9 (1.06%) Shell Script
13 9 (1.06%) T-SQL
14 5 (0.59%) Go
14 5 (0.59%) PHP
15 4 (0.47%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.35%) Java 8
17 2 (0.24%) XPath
Qualifications
1 103 (12.10%) Security Cleared
2 90 (10.58%) SC Cleared
3 56 (6.58%) Microsoft Certification
4 37 (4.35%) Degree
5 29 (3.41%) MCSE
6 23 (2.70%) DV Cleared
7 15 (1.76%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (1.76%) MCSA
8 14 (1.65%) ITIL Certification
9 12 (1.41%) CISSP
10 10 (1.18%) DBS Check
11 8 (0.94%) MCITP
12 7 (0.82%) CCNA
13 6 (0.71%) AWS Certification
13 6 (0.71%) CISA
13 6 (0.71%) CISM
13 6 (0.71%) Citrix Certification
13 6 (0.71%) Computer Science Degree
13 6 (0.71%) GIAC
13 6 (0.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (5.17%) QA
2 43 (5.05%) SLA
3 29 (3.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 13 (1.53%) GDPR
5 12 (1.41%) NIST
6 5 (0.59%) COBIT
6 5 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 2 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.24%) ISO 22301
9 2 (0.24%) NCSC
9 2 (0.24%) PMO
10 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.12%) FISMA
10 1 (0.12%) GRC
10 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 142 (16.69%) VMware Infrastructure
2 66 (7.76%) Hyper-V
3 41 (4.82%) VMware ESXi
4 36 (4.23%) vSphere
5 24 (2.82%) Docker
6 22 (2.59%) XenApp
7 15 (1.76%) VMware NSX
8 14 (1.65%) Virtual Machines
9 13 (1.53%) Virtual Desktop
10 12 (1.41%) XenDesktop
11 8 (0.94%) NFS
11 8 (0.94%) Virtual Servers
12 7 (0.82%) BitLocker
13 6 (0.71%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 6 (0.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 5 (0.59%) Microsoft App-V
14 5 (0.59%) VMware Workstation
15 4 (0.47%) Veritas File System
15 4 (0.47%) VMware Server
16 3 (0.35%) Samba
Systems Management
1 115 (13.51%) SCCM
2 87 (10.22%) Microsoft Intune
3 53 (6.23%) Ansible
4 49 (5.76%) Terraform
5 43 (5.05%) Single Sign-On
6 30 (3.53%) Kubernetes
7 24 (2.82%) SCOM
8 19 (2.23%) Puppet
9 17 (2.00%) Packer
10 16 (1.88%) Opscode Chef
11 13 (1.53%) vCenter Server
12 11 (1.29%) Microsoft Clustering
13 9 (1.06%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 8 (0.94%) EMC NetWorker
14 8 (0.94%) QRadar
14 8 (0.94%) vRealize
15 7 (0.82%) Backup Exec
15 7 (0.82%) Control-M
15 7 (0.82%) Netcool
15 7 (0.82%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 464 (54.52%) Microsoft
2 205 (24.09%) VMware
3 105 (12.34%) Citrix
4 95 (11.16%) Cisco
5 41 (4.82%) ServiceNow
6 39 (4.58%) Oracle
7 35 (4.11%) SAP
8 33 (3.88%) Okta
9 32 (3.76%) CyberArk
10 28 (3.29%) Red Hat
11 25 (2.94%) HP
12 23 (2.70%) EMC
12 23 (2.70%) SolarWinds
13 22 (2.59%) Dell
14 19 (2.23%) Splunk
15 18 (2.12%) F5
16 17 (2.00%) CheckPoint
17 15 (1.76%) Samsung
18 14 (1.65%) McAfee
18 14 (1.65%) Symantec