Period
to 2 June 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding 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 2 June 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
2 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 16 24 27
Rank change year-on-year +8 +3 +2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 2,048 3,365 3,514
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 8.21% 6.93% 6.54%
As % of the System Software category 51.26% 45.31% 48.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,202 2,019 1,971
Median daily rate £350 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +16.67% -
10th Percentile £123 £125 £120
90th Percentile £538 £538 £488
UK median daily rate £370 £370 £325
% change year-on-year - +13.85% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 247 376 528
Median hourly rate £16.40 £15.00 £14.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.33% +2.06% +1.36%
10th Percentile £11.06 £10.75 £10.40
90th Percentile £35.00 £26.83 £28.85
UK median hourly rate £17.17 £15.37 £15.00
% change year-on-year +11.73% +2.47% -

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 the UK excluding London with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 3,995 7,426 7,244
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 16.02% 15.29% 13.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,403 4,586 4,176
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £160 £163 £163
90th Percentile £599 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £465 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.11% +5.56% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 303 456 615
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.76 £15.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.04% +3.68% -1.94%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.92 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.90 £47.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate £19.25 £16.74 £15.86
% change year-on-year +14.98% +5.56% -0.88%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Daily rate trend for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Active Directory in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 2 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Hourly rate trend for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Active Directory in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 2 June 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding 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 UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 2 June 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
South East +5 538 £338 -12.90% 80
North of England +17 457 £363 +20.83% 70
South West -1 304 £350 -6.67% 58
Midlands +14 258 £375 +15.38% 39
Scotland +10 251 £416 +28.08% 7
North West +20 247 £375 +19.05% 38
East of England +16 186 £288 -4.17% 24
West Midlands +17 176 £425 +21.43% 24
Yorkshire +14 148 £350 +7.69% 21
East Midlands -2 79 £313 +11.61% 15
North East +19 62 £425 +151.85% 11
Wales 0 58 £180 -12.73% 13
Northern Ireland +15 10 £248 -17.50% 2
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 2 June 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 1,482 (72.36%) Windows
2 1,005 (49.07%) Microsoft
3 714 (34.86%) Office 365
4 709 (34.62%) Windows Server
5 588 (28.71%) Windows 10
6 526 (25.68%) Azure
7 491 (23.97%) VMware
8 426 (20.80%) SCCM
9 418 (20.41%) Security Cleared
10 394 (19.24%) PowerShell
11 388 (18.95%) Microsoft Office
12 378 (18.46%) Windows 7
13 325 (15.87%) ITIL
14 310 (15.14%) Citrix
15 307 (14.99%) DNS
16 303 (14.79%) Windows Server 2012
17 300 (14.65%) SC Cleared
18 279 (13.62%) VMware Infrastructure
19 258 (12.60%) Windows Server 2008
20 257 (12.55%) Migration
21 249 (12.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 244 (11.91%) Azure Active Directory
23 230 (11.23%) DHCP
24 219 (10.69%) MS Exchange
25 218 (10.64%) Windows Server 2016
26 208 (10.16%) Microsoft Certification
27 205 (10.01%) SQL
28 201 (9.81%) Problem-Solving
29 200 (9.77%) SharePoint
30 199 (9.72%) Linux

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding 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
1 219 (10.69%) MS Exchange
2 200 (9.77%) SharePoint
3 98 (4.79%) Skype for Business
4 66 (3.22%) IIS
5 53 (2.59%) Exchange Server 2013
6 46 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2010
7 31 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2007
8 30 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2003
8 30 (1.46%) IBM Notes
9 24 (1.17%) IBM Domino
10 20 (0.98%) Apache
11 18 (0.88%) Confluence
12 11 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 11 (0.54%) Tomcat
13 8 (0.39%) OpenStack
14 6 (0.29%) Apache Spark
14 6 (0.29%) ArcGIS
15 5 (0.24%) CMS
15 5 (0.24%) Office Communications Server
16 4 (0.20%) WordPress
Applications
1 388 (18.95%) Microsoft Office
2 77 (3.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 50 (2.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 49 (2.39%) MS Visio
5 32 (1.56%) Microsoft Project
6 21 (1.03%) Acrobat
7 11 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.29%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.049%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.049%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 26 (1.27%) Remedy ITSM
2 13 (0.63%) assyst
2 13 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.44%) Oracle Applications
4 7 (0.34%) Documaker
5 6 (0.29%) Elite 3E
5 6 (0.29%) Sentinel
6 5 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
6 5 (0.24%) NetSuite
7 3 (0.15%) Carpe Diem
7 3 (0.15%) ION MarketView
8 2 (0.098%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.098%) ResourceLink
9 1 (0.049%) BusinessWorks
9 1 (0.049%) Line 500
9 1 (0.049%) Lorenzo
9 1 (0.049%) Oracle EBS
9 1 (0.049%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 714 (34.86%) Office 365
2 526 (25.68%) Azure
3 244 (11.91%) Azure Active Directory
4 144 (7.03%) AWS
5 67 (3.27%) OneDrive
6 49 (2.39%) SaaS
7 44 (2.15%) IaaS
8 43 (2.10%) PaaS
9 40 (1.95%) Power Platform
10 35 (1.71%) PowerApps
11 17 (0.83%) Serverless
12 14 (0.68%) G Suite
13 13 (0.63%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 13 (0.63%) Azure Functions
13 13 (0.63%) Dynamics 365
13 13 (0.63%) Logic Apps
13 13 (0.63%) Yammer
14 11 (0.54%) GCP
15 10 (0.49%) Amazon S3
15 10 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 307 (14.99%) DNS
2 230 (11.23%) DHCP
3 182 (8.89%) Firewall
4 142 (6.93%) WAN
5 141 (6.88%) Skype
6 131 (6.40%) LAN
7 123 (6.01%) VPN
8 106 (5.18%) TCP/IP
9 92 (4.49%) SAN
10 68 (3.32%) VoIP
11 61 (2.98%) Remote Desktop
12 56 (2.73%) Network Security
13 44 (2.15%) Wireless
14 41 (2.00%) Internet
15 39 (1.90%) NetScaler
16 36 (1.76%) SSL
16 36 (1.76%) VLAN
17 32 (1.56%) Kerberos
18 30 (1.46%) Wi-Fi
19 28 (1.37%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 192 (9.38%) SQL Server
2 22 (1.07%) Azure SQL Database
3 21 (1.03%) MySQL
4 17 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
5 16 (0.78%) Power BI
6 15 (0.73%) Oracle Database
6 15 (0.73%) SQL Server 2008
7 14 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
8 13 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 12 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 11 (0.54%) Apache Accumulo
10 11 (0.54%) DB2
10 11 (0.54%) Hadoop
11 10 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
12 9 (0.44%) Amazon RDS
12 9 (0.44%) Big Data
12 9 (0.44%) DB2 UDB
12 9 (0.44%) SQL Server 2014
13 8 (0.39%) Cosmos DB
13 8 (0.39%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 36 (1.76%) JIRA
2 35 (1.71%) Git (software)
3 33 (1.61%) MSI
4 26 (1.27%) Jenkins
5 22 (1.07%) Visual Studio
6 18 (0.88%) Bitbucket
7 13 (0.63%) Eclipse
7 13 (0.63%) Subversion
8 10 (0.49%) Selenium
9 9 (0.44%) Ant
10 8 (0.39%) GitLab
11 7 (0.34%) AdminStudio
11 7 (0.34%) Artifactory
11 7 (0.34%) JUnit
12 6 (0.29%) Hudson
13 5 (0.24%) Trac
14 4 (0.20%) Android Studio
14 4 (0.20%) Fiddler
14 4 (0.20%) TeamCity
14 4 (0.20%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 161 (7.86%) Public Sector
2 123 (6.01%) Finance
3 44 (2.15%) Banking
4 36 (1.76%) Retail
5 25 (1.22%) Telecoms
6 21 (1.03%) Legal
7 18 (0.88%) Manufacturing
8 17 (0.83%) Aerospace
8 17 (0.83%) Law
9 14 (0.68%) Local Government
10 12 (0.59%) Back Office
11 9 (0.44%) Electronics
11 9 (0.44%) Financial Institution
12 8 (0.39%) Marketing
13 7 (0.34%) Corporate Banking
14 6 (0.29%) Advertising
14 6 (0.29%) Investment Banking
14 6 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.24%) Military
15 5 (0.24%) Police
Job Titles
1 328 (16.02%) Analyst
2 260 (12.70%) Support Engineer
3 195 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 180 (8.79%) Desktop Support
5 164 (8.01%) 2nd Line Support
6 139 (6.79%) Service Analyst
7 138 (6.74%) Windows Engineer
8 133 (6.49%) Service Desk Analyst
9 128 (6.25%) Architect
10 125 (6.10%) Desktop Engineer
11 115 (5.62%) IT Support
12 105 (5.13%) Consultant
13 102 (4.98%) Support Analyst
14 92 (4.49%) IT Engineer
15 91 (4.44%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 88 (4.30%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 85 (4.15%) Administrator
18 72 (3.52%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
19 70 (3.42%) 1st Line Support
20 65 (3.17%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (3.96%) LDAP
2 56 (2.73%) XML
3 54 (2.64%) .NET
4 53 (2.59%) SAML
5 38 (1.86%) OAuth
6 37 (1.81%) Web Services
7 34 (1.66%) OpenID
8 33 (1.61%) REST
9 31 (1.51%) HTML
10 30 (1.46%) SOAP
11 24 (1.17%) JSON
12 23 (1.12%) SailPoint
13 22 (1.07%) Middleware
14 20 (0.98%) Node.js
15 19 (0.93%) AngularJS
16 17 (0.83%) OAuth2
17 14 (0.68%) ASP.NET
18 13 (0.63%) Apache NiFi
19 12 (0.59%) Kafka
19 12 (0.59%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 125 (6.10%) Analytical Skills
2 114 (5.57%) Data Centre
3 106 (5.18%) PKI
4 76 (3.71%) Self-Motivation
5 66 (3.22%) Clustering
6 65 (3.17%) Management Information System
7 42 (2.05%) NHS
8 38 (1.86%) Blackberry
9 35 (1.71%) Replication
10 29 (1.42%) Smartphone
11 28 (1.37%) Public Cloud
12 27 (1.32%) Driving Licence
13 23 (1.12%) Fat Client
13 23 (1.12%) Thin Client
14 22 (1.07%) User Experience
15 21 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
16 19 (0.93%) PDA
17 13 (0.63%) Client/Server
17 13 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
18 12 (0.59%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1,482 (72.36%) Windows
2 709 (34.62%) Windows Server
3 588 (28.71%) Windows 10
4 378 (18.46%) Windows 7
5 303 (14.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 258 (12.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 218 (10.64%) Windows Server 2016
8 199 (9.72%) Linux
9 90 (4.39%) Windows Server 2003
10 76 (3.71%) Windows XP
11 72 (3.52%) Windows Server 2019
12 61 (2.98%) Unix
13 44 (2.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 43 (2.10%) Android
15 40 (1.95%) Apple iOS
16 35 (1.71%) Windows Vista
17 34 (1.66%) Mac OS
17 34 (1.66%) Windows 8
18 24 (1.17%) Windows 2000
19 15 (0.73%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 325 (15.87%) ITIL
2 257 (12.55%) Migration
3 249 (12.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 201 (9.81%) Problem-Solving
5 136 (6.64%) Agile Software Development
6 116 (5.66%) DevOps
7 103 (5.03%) Configuration Management
8 90 (4.39%) Change Management
9 77 (3.76%) ITSM
9 77 (3.76%) Service Management
10 74 (3.61%) Cybersecurity
10 74 (3.61%) Incident Management
11 58 (2.83%) Disaster Recovery
11 58 (2.83%) Service Delivery
12 57 (2.78%) Identity Management
13 55 (2.69%) Application Packaging
13 55 (2.69%) Identity Access Management
14 51 (2.49%) Information Security
14 51 (2.49%) Project Management
15 47 (2.29%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 394 (19.24%) PowerShell
2 205 (10.01%) SQL
3 59 (2.88%) Java
4 51 (2.49%) Python
5 40 (1.95%) JavaScript
5 40 (1.95%) VB
6 38 (1.86%) Bash Shell
7 30 (1.46%) C#
8 28 (1.37%) VBScript
9 26 (1.27%) Perl
10 20 (0.98%) C
11 16 (0.78%) Shell Script
12 14 (0.68%) REXX
12 14 (0.68%) Tcl
13 12 (0.59%) Korn
14 10 (0.49%) T-SQL
15 9 (0.44%) BeanShell
15 9 (0.44%) Bourne shell
16 8 (0.39%) PHP
17 7 (0.34%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 418 (20.41%) Security Cleared
2 300 (14.65%) SC Cleared
3 208 (10.16%) Microsoft Certification
4 99 (4.83%) DV Cleared
5 90 (4.39%) MCSE
6 63 (3.08%) Cisco Certification
7 61 (2.98%) Degree
8 59 (2.88%) MCSA
9 43 (2.10%) CCNA
10 32 (1.56%) MCP
11 31 (1.51%) CCNP
12 26 (1.27%) CISSP
13 23 (1.12%) ITIL Certification
14 22 (1.07%) DBS Check
15 20 (0.98%) Citrix Certification
16 18 (0.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 17 (0.83%) MCITP
18 13 (0.63%) A+ Certification
19 12 (0.59%) BPSS Clearance
19 12 (0.59%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (5.66%) SLA
2 41 (2.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 18 (0.88%) GDPR
3 18 (0.88%) QA
4 8 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
5 7 (0.34%) NCSC
5 7 (0.34%) PCI DSS
6 6 (0.29%) NIST
7 4 (0.20%) BS7799
8 3 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.098%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.098%) ISO 22301
9 2 (0.098%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.098%) PMO
10 1 (0.049%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.049%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.049%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.049%) ITGC
10 1 (0.049%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 279 (13.62%) VMware Infrastructure
2 149 (7.28%) Hyper-V
3 127 (6.20%) XenApp
4 97 (4.74%) vSphere
5 86 (4.20%) VMware ESXi
6 60 (2.93%) Microsoft App-V
6 60 (2.93%) XenDesktop
7 47 (2.29%) VMware NSX
8 44 (2.15%) Virtual Desktop
9 38 (1.86%) Terminal Services
10 33 (1.61%) Docker
10 33 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
11 28 (1.37%) Virtual Servers
12 18 (0.88%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 15 (0.73%) BitLocker
14 14 (0.68%) DFS Replication
15 13 (0.63%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 13 (0.63%) Firmware
16 12 (0.59%) OpenAM
17 11 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 426 (20.80%) SCCM
2 100 (4.88%) Microsoft Intune
3 77 (3.76%) SCOM
4 74 (3.61%) WSUS
5 49 (2.39%) Single Sign-On
6 48 (2.34%) Ansible
7 45 (2.20%) Microsoft Clustering
7 45 (2.20%) vRealize
8 34 (1.66%) PowerCLI
9 28 (1.37%) NetBackup
9 28 (1.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 28 (1.37%) Terraform
10 26 (1.27%) Puppet
10 26 (1.27%) vCenter Server
11 22 (1.07%) Failover Clustering
12 20 (0.98%) ServiceCenter
13 18 (0.88%) OpenView Configuration Management
14 17 (0.83%) McAfee ePO
14 17 (0.83%) Tivoli
15 16 (0.78%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 1,005 (49.07%) Microsoft
2 491 (23.97%) VMware
3 310 (15.14%) Citrix
4 166 (8.11%) Cisco
5 101 (4.93%) HP
6 97 (4.74%) Oracle
7 70 (3.42%) NetApp
8 60 (2.93%) Apple
9 59 (2.88%) ServiceNow
10 55 (2.69%) McAfee
11 54 (2.64%) Red Hat
12 52 (2.54%) Remedy
13 43 (2.10%) Dell
13 43 (2.10%) Ivanti
14 38 (1.86%) Symantec
15 37 (1.81%) IBM
16 36 (1.76%) Google
17 33 (1.61%) Adobe
18 28 (1.37%) EMC
19 24 (1.17%) CheckPoint