Period
to 21 September 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 21 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
England > London
6 months to
21 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 65 62 43
Rank change year-on-year -3 -19 +9
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 1,351 565 2,043
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 4.01% 4.27% 5.31%
As % of the System Software category 29.29% 29.67% 34.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 982 388 1,494
10th Percentile £178 £165 £135
25th Percentile £310 £281 £185
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £438 £375
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +16.67% +7.14%
75th Percentile £575 £525 £500
90th Percentile £638 £575 £588
England median daily rate £400 £410 £357
% change year-on-year -2.44% +14.85% +6.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 17 72
10th Percentile £14.83 £12.62 £12.47
25th Percentile £15.81 £12.76 £13.66
Median hourly rate £24.25 £19.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year +27.63% - +10.14%
75th Percentile £25.50 £40.75 £22.06
90th Percentile £28.75 £47.48 £43.17
England median hourly rate £15.50 £15.75 £15.63
% change year-on-year -1.59% +0.77% +0.84%

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 4,613 1,904 5,883
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 13.69% 14.38% 15.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,427 1,364 4,358
10th Percentile £350 £297 £200
25th Percentile £456 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £513
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -2.44% +2.50%
75th Percentile £638 £600 £600
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
England median daily rate £500 £485 £475
% change year-on-year +3.20% +2.00% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 23 100
10th Percentile £15.00 £12.71 £12.76
25th Percentile £20.50 £14.19 £16.08
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +7.14% +9.80%
75th Percentile £45.89 £42.25 £35.26
90th Percentile £53.92 £47.71 £50.00
England median hourly rate £17.00 £17.63 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.55% +10.16% -

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 21 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
Central London -4 189 £475 +0.26% 119
West London +5 39 £185 -39.09% 49
South London -1 18 £173 -50.71% 15
East London -9 11 £255 -2.86% 19
North London +7 6 £400 -11.11% 3
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 21 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 London region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 791 (58.55%) Windows
2 685 (50.70%) Azure
3 670 (49.59%) Microsoft
4 578 (42.78%) Microsoft 365
5 387 (28.65%) Azure Active Directory
6 377 (27.91%) VMware
7 317 (23.46%) PowerShell
8 306 (22.65%) Windows Server
9 296 (21.91%) Finance
10 294 (21.76%) Social Skills
11 268 (19.84%) VMware Infrastructure
12 241 (17.84%) Windows 10
13 238 (17.62%) DNS
14 232 (17.17%) SCCM
15 208 (15.40%) Migration
16 206 (15.25%) DevOps
17 195 (14.43%) ITIL
18 182 (13.47%) Citrix
19 180 (13.32%) SharePoint
20 174 (12.88%) AWS
20 174 (12.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 170 (12.58%) SQL
22 165 (12.21%) Firewall
23 163 (12.07%) Linux
24 161 (11.92%) DHCP
25 160 (11.84%) Microsoft Intune
26 159 (11.77%) SQL Server
27 153 (11.32%) Microsoft Office
27 153 (11.32%) Cisco
28 136 (10.07%) Security Cleared

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
1 180 (13.32%) SharePoint
2 81 (6.00%) MS Exchange
3 46 (3.40%) Confluence
4 40 (2.96%) IIS
5 22 (1.63%) Apache
6 17 (1.26%) Skype for Business
7 12 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
7 12 (0.89%) Tomcat
8 11 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
9 7 (0.52%) Apache Spark
9 7 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
10 6 (0.44%) Apache Pig
10 6 (0.44%) ArcGIS
10 6 (0.44%) nginx
11 5 (0.37%) Mule
12 4 (0.30%) OpenStack
12 4 (0.30%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.30%) WebSphere
13 3 (0.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (0.22%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 153 (11.32%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (2.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.33%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.52%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 6 (0.44%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.074%) Figma
8 1 (0.074%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 7 (0.52%) Sentinel
2 6 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.15%) Magento
4 2 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.15%) Workday HCM
5 1 (0.074%) Cerner Millennium
5 1 (0.074%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.074%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.074%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 685 (50.70%) Azure
2 578 (42.78%) Microsoft 365
3 387 (28.65%) Azure Active Directory
4 174 (12.88%) AWS
5 79 (5.85%) IaaS
6 75 (5.55%) PaaS
7 67 (4.96%) SaaS
8 63 (4.66%) OneDrive
9 59 (4.37%) Power Platform
10 37 (2.74%) Mimecast
11 36 (2.66%) Serverless
12 32 (2.37%) GCP
13 30 (2.22%) GitHub
14 25 (1.85%) PowerApps
15 23 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
15 23 (1.70%) Google Workspace
16 22 (1.63%) Azure Data Factory
16 22 (1.63%) Power Automate
17 21 (1.55%) Azure Storage
18 19 (1.41%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 238 (17.62%) DNS
2 165 (12.21%) Firewall
3 161 (11.92%) DHCP
4 81 (6.00%) VPN
5 75 (5.55%) WAN
6 71 (5.26%) TCP/IP
7 60 (4.44%) LAN
8 58 (4.29%) SAN
9 45 (3.33%) Kerberos
10 34 (2.52%) Internet
11 33 (2.44%) VoIP
12 29 (2.15%) NAS
13 28 (2.07%) Network Security
14 27 (2.00%) SSL
15 26 (1.92%) Skype
15 26 (1.92%) Wireless
16 25 (1.85%) SMTP
17 24 (1.78%) SD-WAN
18 20 (1.48%) Wi-Fi
19 19 (1.41%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 159 (11.77%) SQL Server
2 37 (2.74%) Power BI
3 29 (2.15%) Big Data
4 28 (2.07%) PostgreSQL
5 26 (1.92%) Azure SQL Database
6 24 (1.78%) Data Lake
6 24 (1.78%) Data Warehouse
7 21 (1.55%) SQL Server 2016
8 19 (1.41%) MySQL
9 18 (1.33%) SQL Server 2012
9 18 (1.33%) SQL Server 2014
10 16 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
11 14 (1.04%) Oracle Database
12 12 (0.89%) Relational Database
13 11 (0.81%) Amazon RDS
13 11 (0.81%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 11 (0.81%) SQL Server 2019
14 10 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 7 (0.52%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 7 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 70 (5.18%) JIRA
2 33 (2.44%) Git (software)
3 28 (2.07%) Jenkins
4 15 (1.11%) Subversion
4 15 (1.11%) TeamCity
5 13 (0.96%) MSI
6 9 (0.67%) SonarQube
6 9 (0.67%) Sonatype Nexus
7 8 (0.59%) Postman
7 8 (0.59%) Visual Studio
8 7 (0.52%) Cucumber
9 6 (0.44%) GitLab
9 6 (0.44%) Maven
9 6 (0.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 5 (0.37%) InstallShield
10 5 (0.37%) Octopus Deploy
10 5 (0.37%) Selenium
10 5 (0.37%) Serena SBM
11 4 (0.30%) JMeter
11 4 (0.30%) PowerDesigner
General
1 296 (21.91%) Finance
2 294 (21.76%) Social Skills
3 94 (6.96%) Banking
4 78 (5.77%) Public Sector
5 48 (3.55%) Analytical Skills
6 32 (2.37%) Documentation Skills
6 32 (2.37%) Telecoms
7 31 (2.29%) Legal
8 27 (2.00%) Organisational Skills
9 25 (1.85%) Investment Banking
10 22 (1.63%) Presentation Skills
10 22 (1.63%) Retail
11 21 (1.55%) Financial Institution
12 20 (1.48%) Law
13 19 (1.41%) Marketing
14 16 (1.18%) Manufacturing
15 15 (1.11%) Electronics
16 12 (0.89%) Digital Economy
16 12 (0.89%) Influencing Skills
17 9 (0.67%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 194 (14.36%) Architect
2 162 (11.99%) Analyst
3 137 (10.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 120 (8.88%) Support Engineer
5 100 (7.40%) Azure Engineer
6 98 (7.25%) Consultant
7 70 (5.18%) Developer
7 70 (5.18%) IT Support
8 58 (4.29%) Technical Architect
8 58 (4.29%) Windows Engineer
9 57 (4.22%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
10 55 (4.07%) Service Analyst
11 54 (4.00%) DevOps Engineer
12 49 (3.63%) Service Desk Analyst
13 45 (3.33%) Active Directory Engineer
14 44 (3.26%) Desktop Support
15 43 (3.18%) IT Engineer
15 43 (3.18%) Security Engineer
15 43 (3.18%) Solutions Architect
16 42 (3.11%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (6.51%) LDAP
2 81 (6.00%) .NET
3 54 (4.00%) SAML
4 48 (3.55%) OAuth
5 36 (2.66%) REST
5 36 (2.66%) Web Services
6 31 (2.29%) ASP.NET
7 30 (2.22%) OpenID
8 27 (2.00%) AngularJS
8 27 (2.00%) CSS
9 26 (1.92%) HTML
10 24 (1.78%) React
11 23 (1.70%) .NET Framework
12 19 (1.41%) OAuth2
12 19 (1.41%) SOAP
13 18 (1.33%) JSON
13 18 (1.33%) SailPoint
14 17 (1.26%) ARM Templates
14 17 (1.26%) RESTful
15 13 (0.96%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 73 (5.40%) Data Centre
2 40 (2.96%) Clustering
3 36 (2.66%) Management Information System
4 32 (2.37%) Virtual Team
5 29 (2.15%) Video Conferencing
6 25 (1.85%) PKI
6 25 (1.85%) Replication
7 22 (1.63%) Hedge funds
8 21 (1.55%) Public Cloud
9 20 (1.48%) Data Protection Act
10 19 (1.41%) Cloud Native
11 18 (1.33%) Blackberry
11 18 (1.33%) Mobile App
12 17 (1.26%) NHS
13 16 (1.18%) User Experience
14 15 (1.11%) Self-Motivation
15 13 (0.96%) Fat Client
15 13 (0.96%) Thin Client
16 12 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
17 11 (0.81%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 791 (58.55%) Windows
2 306 (22.65%) Windows Server
3 241 (17.84%) Windows 10
4 163 (12.07%) Linux
5 128 (9.47%) Windows Server 2012
6 95 (7.03%) Windows Server 2016
7 90 (6.66%) Windows Server 2019
8 74 (5.48%) Windows 7
9 66 (4.89%) Windows Server 2008
10 56 (4.15%) Android
11 50 (3.70%) Apple iOS
12 44 (3.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 43 (3.18%) Unix
14 42 (3.11%) Mac OS
15 20 (1.48%) Mac OS X
16 14 (1.04%) Ubuntu
17 13 (0.96%) Solaris
18 8 (0.59%) Windows Mobile
19 7 (0.52%) Windows 8
20 6 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 208 (15.40%) Migration
2 206 (15.25%) DevOps
3 195 (14.43%) ITIL
4 174 (12.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 135 (9.99%) Agile Software Development
6 125 (9.25%) Problem-Solving
7 74 (5.48%) Change Management
8 73 (5.40%) Cybersecurity
9 72 (5.33%) Project Delivery
10 70 (5.18%) Service Management
11 66 (4.89%) ITSM
12 57 (4.22%) Identity Management
12 57 (4.22%) Information Security
13 54 (4.00%) Identity Access Management
14 51 (3.77%) Business Intelligence
15 48 (3.55%) Stakeholder Management
16 46 (3.40%) Scrum
17 45 (3.33%) Analytics
17 45 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
17 45 (3.33%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 317 (23.46%) PowerShell
2 170 (12.58%) SQL
3 69 (5.11%) C#
3 69 (5.11%) Python
4 52 (3.85%) JavaScript
5 51 (3.77%) Java
6 43 (3.18%) C
7 31 (2.29%) Bash Shell
8 24 (1.78%) T-SQL
9 21 (1.55%) Perl
9 21 (1.55%) VB.NET
10 19 (1.41%) VB
11 18 (1.33%) TypeScript
12 16 (1.18%) Shell Script
12 16 (1.18%) VBScript
13 10 (0.74%) PHP
13 10 (0.74%) VBA
14 8 (0.59%) Ruby
15 5 (0.37%) Go
15 5 (0.37%) R
Qualifications
1 136 (10.07%) Security Cleared
2 109 (8.07%) SC Cleared
3 65 (4.81%) Microsoft Certification
4 57 (4.22%) Degree
5 34 (2.52%) MCSE
6 30 (2.22%) DV Cleared
7 20 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
8 19 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
9 16 (1.18%) CISSP
10 14 (1.04%) CCNA
10 14 (1.04%) MCSA
10 14 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 13 (0.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (0.89%) PMI Certification
12 12 (0.89%) PMP
13 11 (0.81%) DBS Check
13 11 (0.81%) MCP
14 9 (0.67%) MCITP
15 7 (0.52%) CISM
16 6 (0.44%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (4.74%) SLA
2 52 (3.85%) GDPR
3 49 (3.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 24 (1.78%) QA
5 17 (1.26%) NIST
6 9 (0.67%) COBIT
6 9 (0.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.44%) PCI DSS
8 5 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
8 5 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 5 (0.37%) PMO
9 3 (0.22%) ISO 22301
10 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 2 (0.15%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.074%) DICOM
11 1 (0.074%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.074%) FISMA
11 1 (0.074%) Government Security Classifications
11 1 (0.074%) HL7
11 1 (0.074%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 268 (19.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 96 (7.11%) Hyper-V
3 55 (4.07%) Docker
4 50 (3.70%) Virtual Desktop
5 45 (3.33%) vSphere
6 42 (3.11%) XenApp
7 40 (2.96%) VMware ESXi
8 37 (2.74%) XenDesktop
9 35 (2.59%) Virtual Machines
10 29 (2.15%) Microsoft App-V
11 19 (1.41%) NFS
12 17 (1.26%) VMware NSX
13 13 (0.96%) Virtual Servers
14 11 (0.81%) VMware Workstation
15 10 (0.74%) OpenAM
16 8 (0.59%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 8 (0.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 7 (0.52%) BitLocker
17 7 (0.52%) OpenDJ
18 6 (0.44%) OpenIDM
Systems Management
1 232 (17.17%) SCCM
2 160 (11.84%) Microsoft Intune
3 95 (7.03%) Ansible
4 88 (6.51%) Terraform
5 87 (6.44%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 77 (5.70%) Single Sign-On
7 68 (5.03%) Kubernetes
8 32 (2.37%) SCOM
9 27 (2.00%) Puppet
10 24 (1.78%) Microsoft Clustering
11 18 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
12 17 (1.26%) Jamf Pro
13 13 (0.96%) EMC NetWorker
13 13 (0.96%) vRealize
13 13 (0.96%) vRealize Orchestrator
14 12 (0.89%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 12 (0.89%) WSUS
15 11 (0.81%) Netcool
15 11 (0.81%) vCenter Server
16 10 (0.74%) QRadar
Vendors
1 670 (49.59%) Microsoft
2 377 (27.91%) VMware
3 182 (13.47%) Citrix
4 153 (11.32%) Cisco
5 97 (7.18%) Oracle
6 86 (6.37%) ServiceNow
7 54 (4.00%) HP
8 52 (3.85%) Red Hat
9 47 (3.48%) Dell
10 46 (3.40%) Apple
11 42 (3.11%) Ivanti
12 39 (2.89%) Okta
13 38 (2.81%) CyberArk
14 34 (2.52%) EMC
15 32 (2.37%) SAP
15 32 (2.37%) Splunk
16 30 (2.22%) SolarWinds
17 26 (1.92%) CheckPoint
17 26 (1.92%) Google
18 24 (1.78%) NetApp