Period
to 3 March 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 3 March 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
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 69 46 50
Rank change year-on-year -23 +4 +2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 681 1,377 2,157
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 3.41% 4.96% 5.00%
As % of the System Software category 24.88% 33.74% 31.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 570 1,018 1,557
Median daily rate £446 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +27.29% -6.67% +10.29%
10th Percentile £166 £134 £135
90th Percentile £574 £575 £588
England median daily rate £375 £350 £365
% change year-on-year +7.14% -4.11% +16.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 75 98
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £18.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.11% -1.39% +7.20%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.44 £12.75
90th Percentile £23.38 £24.65 £41.51
England median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +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 2,737 4,081 6,785
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 13.69% 14.69% 15.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,010 3,051 4,993
Median daily rate £509 £500 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.75% -4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £315 £200 £205
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
England median daily rate £475 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 91 121
Median hourly rate £23.00 £18.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.32% -7.50% +2.56%
10th Percentile £12.56 £12.44 £12.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £33.49 £46.37
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.06% +3.13% +0.88%

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 3 March 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 3 March 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 3 March 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 -9 126 £435 +28.41% 37
West London +7 29 £500 +138.10% 24
East London -6 9 £165 +10.00% 13
South London +15 8 £165 -37.74% 3
North London -3 2 £229 +30.86% 2
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 439 (64.46%) Windows
2 387 (56.83%) Microsoft
3 363 (53.30%) Azure
4 277 (40.68%) Microsoft 365
5 200 (29.37%) PowerShell
6 181 (26.58%) Azure Active Directory
7 174 (25.55%) Windows Server
8 156 (22.91%) VMware
9 155 (22.76%) Windows 10
10 144 (21.15%) Finance
11 123 (18.06%) DNS
12 117 (17.18%) VMware Infrastructure
13 112 (16.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 108 (15.86%) SCCM
14 108 (15.86%) DevOps
15 107 (15.71%) Firewall
16 99 (14.54%) SQL Server
17 91 (13.36%) SharePoint
18 86 (12.63%) Migration
18 86 (12.63%) Security Cleared
19 83 (12.19%) ITIL
20 79 (11.60%) Linux
21 77 (11.31%) Microsoft Office
21 77 (11.31%) Citrix
22 74 (10.87%) VPN
23 73 (10.72%) Cisco
24 70 (10.28%) SQL
24 70 (10.28%) SC Cleared
25 65 (9.54%) Windows Server 2012
26 64 (9.40%) 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 91 (13.36%) SharePoint
2 56 (8.22%) MS Exchange
3 47 (6.90%) Skype for Business
4 25 (3.67%) IIS
5 14 (2.06%) Confluence
6 13 (1.91%) ArcGIS
6 13 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
8 9 (1.32%) Apache
9 6 (0.88%) CMS
9 6 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.29%) Drupal
10 2 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.29%) JBoss
10 2 (0.29%) nginx
10 2 (0.29%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.29%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.29%) WordPress
Applications
1 77 (11.31%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.76%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (1.76%) Photoshop
3 7 (1.03%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.59%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.29%) Workday HCM
2 1 (0.15%) Maximo
2 1 (0.15%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
2 1 (0.15%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 363 (53.30%) Azure
2 277 (40.68%) Microsoft 365
3 181 (26.58%) Azure Active Directory
4 64 (9.40%) AWS
5 57 (8.37%) IaaS
6 55 (8.08%) PaaS
7 34 (4.99%) Power Platform
8 32 (4.70%) SaaS
9 22 (3.23%) OneDrive
10 12 (1.76%) GCP
10 12 (1.76%) Serverless
11 10 (1.47%) Cloud Computing
11 10 (1.47%) Mimecast
11 10 (1.47%) Power Automate
12 9 (1.32%) AWS CloudFormation
13 8 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
13 8 (1.17%) GitHub
14 7 (1.03%) Amazon ELB
14 7 (1.03%) AWS Lambda
15 6 (0.88%) Amazon ECS
Communications & Networking
1 123 (18.06%) DNS
2 107 (15.71%) Firewall
3 74 (10.87%) VPN
4 58 (8.52%) DHCP
5 52 (7.64%) Skype
6 47 (6.90%) WAN
7 41 (6.02%) TCP/IP
8 29 (4.26%) DMZ
9 27 (3.96%) LAN
9 27 (3.96%) SAN
10 25 (3.67%) Internet
11 24 (3.52%) Wireless
12 22 (3.23%) Intranet
13 19 (2.79%) Wi-Fi
14 15 (2.20%) Kerberos
14 15 (2.20%) MPLS
15 13 (1.91%) Network Security
16 11 (1.62%) NetScaler
17 10 (1.47%) SMTP
17 10 (1.47%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 99 (14.54%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.52%) Power BI
3 14 (2.06%) Azure SQL Database
4 10 (1.47%) Cosmos DB
5 8 (1.17%) GIS
6 7 (1.03%) MySQL
7 6 (0.88%) Relational Database
7 6 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (0.73%) Oracle Database
9 4 (0.59%) DB2
9 4 (0.59%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.59%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (0.59%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.44%) Big Data
10 3 (0.44%) MongoDB
10 3 (0.44%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 24 (3.52%) JIRA
2 23 (3.38%) Octopus Deploy
3 22 (3.23%) Jenkins
4 12 (1.76%) TeamCity
5 10 (1.47%) Git (software)
6 6 (0.88%) GitLab
6 6 (0.88%) Hudson
7 5 (0.73%) Artifactory
7 5 (0.73%) MSI
7 5 (0.73%) ReSharper
7 5 (0.73%) SonarQube
7 5 (0.73%) Subversion
8 4 (0.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (0.59%) Serena SBM
9 3 (0.44%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.44%) Selenium
9 3 (0.44%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (0.29%) JMeter
10 2 (0.29%) JUnit
10 2 (0.29%) Visual Studio
General
1 144 (21.15%) Finance
2 41 (6.02%) Banking
3 39 (5.73%) Public Sector
4 21 (3.08%) Telecoms
5 19 (2.79%) Legal
6 12 (1.76%) Financial Institution
6 12 (1.76%) Law
6 12 (1.76%) Manufacturing
7 11 (1.62%) Electronics
7 11 (1.62%) Marketing
8 7 (1.03%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.88%) Retail
10 5 (0.73%) International Banking
11 4 (0.59%) French Language
11 4 (0.59%) Local Government
12 3 (0.44%) Advertising
12 3 (0.44%) Back Office
12 3 (0.44%) Publishing
12 3 (0.44%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 77 (11.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 72 (10.57%) Architect
3 69 (10.13%) Consultant
4 56 (8.22%) Azure Engineer
5 54 (7.93%) Analyst
6 44 (6.46%) Support Engineer
7 36 (5.29%) Windows Engineer
8 35 (5.14%) Office 365 Engineer
9 31 (4.55%) DevOps Engineer
10 30 (4.41%) Administrator
11 29 (4.26%) Desktop Support
12 28 (4.11%) Developer
13 27 (3.96%) Security Engineer
14 26 (3.82%) Active Directory Engineer
15 23 (3.38%) Cloud Engineer
16 22 (3.23%) VMware Engineer
17 18 (2.64%) 3rd Line Support
17 18 (2.64%) Service Analyst
18 17 (2.50%) Systems Administrator
18 17 (2.50%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (8.22%) .NET
2 38 (5.58%) LDAP
3 33 (4.85%) ASP.NET
4 25 (3.67%) ASP.NET Core
5 21 (3.08%) SailPoint
6 20 (2.94%) AngularJS
7 19 (2.79%) React
8 16 (2.35%) Web Services
9 15 (2.20%) SAML
10 13 (1.91%) .NET Core
10 13 (1.91%) REST
11 9 (1.32%) Elastic Stack
12 8 (1.17%) SOAP
13 6 (0.88%) OAuth
13 6 (0.88%) XML
14 5 (0.73%) .NET Framework
14 5 (0.73%) OpenID
14 5 (0.73%) YAML
15 4 (0.59%) CSS
15 4 (0.59%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 40 (5.87%) Data Centre
2 37 (5.43%) PKI
3 26 (3.82%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (3.67%) Greenfield Project
5 24 (3.52%) Management Information System
5 24 (3.52%) NHS
6 17 (2.50%) Self-Motivation
7 16 (2.35%) Clustering
8 13 (1.91%) Blackberry
8 13 (1.91%) Private Cloud
9 12 (1.76%) Hybrid Cloud
10 11 (1.62%) Replication
11 10 (1.47%) Public Cloud
11 10 (1.47%) Video Conferencing
12 9 (1.32%) Cloud Native
12 9 (1.32%) Mobile App
13 8 (1.17%) Enterprise Cloud
13 8 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
14 7 (1.03%) iSeries
15 6 (0.88%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 439 (64.46%) Windows
2 174 (25.55%) Windows Server
3 155 (22.76%) Windows 10
4 79 (11.60%) Linux
5 65 (9.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 62 (9.10%) Windows 7
7 57 (8.37%) Windows Server 2016
8 50 (7.34%) Windows Server 2008
9 36 (5.29%) Windows Server 2019
10 26 (3.82%) Unix
11 23 (3.38%) Apple iOS
12 18 (2.64%) Android
13 16 (2.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 11 (1.62%) Windows Mobile
15 7 (1.03%) Mac OS
15 7 (1.03%) Mac OS X
16 6 (0.88%) Solaris
16 6 (0.88%) Ubuntu
17 5 (0.73%) CentOS
18 4 (0.59%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (16.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 108 (15.86%) DevOps
3 86 (12.63%) Migration
4 83 (12.19%) ITIL
5 56 (8.22%) Agile Software Development
6 45 (6.61%) Information Security
7 44 (6.46%) Identity Access Management
8 37 (5.43%) Problem-Solving
9 36 (5.29%) Cybersecurity
9 36 (5.29%) SIEM
10 35 (5.14%) Project Delivery
11 33 (4.85%) Business Intelligence
11 33 (4.85%) Identity Management
11 33 (4.85%) Mobile Device Management
11 33 (4.85%) Patch Management
12 29 (4.26%) Service Delivery
13 28 (4.11%) Change Management
14 27 (3.96%) Analytics
14 27 (3.96%) ITSM
14 27 (3.96%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 200 (29.37%) PowerShell
2 70 (10.28%) SQL
3 45 (6.61%) C#
4 44 (6.46%) Python
5 32 (4.70%) JavaScript
6 22 (3.23%) Bash Shell
7 21 (3.08%) VB
8 18 (2.64%) TypeScript
9 14 (2.06%) Java
10 13 (1.91%) C
11 12 (1.76%) VBScript
12 11 (1.62%) Perl
13 9 (1.32%) Ruby
14 8 (1.17%) T-SQL
15 5 (0.73%) Go
16 4 (0.59%) PL/SQL
16 4 (0.59%) Shell Script
17 3 (0.44%) BeanShell
18 2 (0.29%) Groovy
18 2 (0.29%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 86 (12.63%) Security Cleared
2 70 (10.28%) SC Cleared
3 62 (9.10%) Microsoft Certification
4 26 (3.82%) MCSE
5 23 (3.38%) DV Cleared
6 22 (3.23%) Degree
7 20 (2.94%) MCSA
8 18 (2.64%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (2.64%) CISSP
9 13 (1.91%) ITIL Certification
10 9 (1.32%) MCP
10 9 (1.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 8 (1.17%) CCNA
12 7 (1.03%) DBS Check
12 7 (1.03%) HPE ATP
13 6 (0.88%) CISM
13 6 (0.88%) SSCP
14 5 (0.73%) MCITP
15 4 (0.59%) CREST Certified
15 4 (0.59%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (3.96%) QA
2 23 (3.38%) SLA
3 17 (2.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 15 (2.20%) NIST
5 8 (1.17%) COBIT
6 7 (1.03%) GDPR
7 6 (0.88%) Government Security Classifications
8 5 (0.73%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 5 (0.73%) NCSC
8 5 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 2 (0.29%) PMO
11 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.15%) GxP
11 1 (0.15%) ISO 31000
11 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 117 (17.18%) VMware Infrastructure
2 42 (6.17%) Hyper-V
3 39 (5.73%) VMware ESXi
4 35 (5.14%) vSphere
5 20 (2.94%) Docker
6 16 (2.35%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (1.76%) VMware NSX
8 8 (1.17%) XenApp
9 6 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (0.73%) BitLocker
10 5 (0.73%) DFS Replication
10 5 (0.73%) Virtual Desktop
11 4 (0.59%) UAG
11 4 (0.59%) VMFS
11 4 (0.59%) VMware Server
12 3 (0.44%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 3 (0.44%) Microsoft App-V
12 3 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (0.29%) NFS
13 2 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 108 (15.86%) SCCM
2 64 (9.40%) Microsoft Intune
3 40 (5.87%) Ansible
4 35 (5.14%) Single Sign-On
5 34 (4.99%) Terraform
6 19 (2.79%) Kubernetes
7 16 (2.35%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (2.35%) Puppet
8 15 (2.20%) SCOM
9 14 (2.06%) Packer
10 13 (1.91%) vCenter Server
10 13 (1.91%) WSUS
11 9 (1.32%) Microsoft Clustering
11 9 (1.32%) vRealize
12 8 (1.17%) Jamf Pro
13 7 (1.03%) PowerCLI
14 6 (0.88%) Backup Exec
14 6 (0.88%) EMC NetWorker
14 6 (0.88%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 6 (0.88%) QRadar
Vendors
1 387 (56.83%) Microsoft
2 156 (22.91%) VMware
3 77 (11.31%) Citrix
4 73 (10.72%) Cisco
5 37 (5.43%) Oracle
6 36 (5.29%) ServiceNow
7 33 (4.85%) HP
8 27 (3.96%) Okta
9 26 (3.82%) CyberArk
10 22 (3.23%) SolarWinds
11 21 (3.08%) Dell
11 21 (3.08%) SAP
12 18 (2.64%) EMC
12 18 (2.64%) Sophos
13 16 (2.35%) Lumension
13 16 (2.35%) Red Hat
13 16 (2.35%) Symantec
14 15 (2.20%) Apple
15 14 (2.06%) Qualys
16 13 (1.91%) Palo Alto