Period
to 21 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 April 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
UK
6 months to
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 39 20 33
Rank change year-on-year -19 +13 +4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 2,758 3,990 5,809
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.16% 7.05% 6.08%
As % of the System Software category 35.52% 45.46% 39.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,786 2,520 3,687
10th Percentile £135 £128 £128
25th Percentile £220 £180 £180
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £390 £350 £350
Median % change year-on-year +11.43% - +12.00%
75th Percentile £488 £475 £463
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £346 £350
% change year-on-year -6.14% -1.07% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 210 418 524
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.17 £10.75
25th Percentile £13.00 £13.00 £12.25
Median hourly rate £16.25 £16.50 £15.49
Median % change year-on-year -1.52% +6.54% +3.25%
75th Percentile £24.00 £20.44 £20.00
90th Percentile £54.00 £34.53 £38.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £14.92
% change year-on-year -3.13% +7.24% +2.90%

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 with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 7,764 8,776 14,610
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.53% 15.51% 15.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,350 5,912 9,875
10th Percentile £235 £168 £180
25th Percentile £375 £324 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £481 £450 £475
Median % change year-on-year +6.95% -5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £563 £575
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 281 478 637
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.26 £10.92
25th Percentile £13.98 £13.37 £12.76
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% +0.88%
75th Percentile £47.50 £22.00 £25.75
90th Percentile £60.25 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.75 £16.45 £15.42
% change year-on-year +7.90% +6.66% +2.82%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Active Directory over the 6 months to 21 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Active Directory over the 6 months to 21 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Top 18 Contract Locations

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 over the 6 months to 21 April 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
England -19 2,189 £375 +7.14% 823
UK excluding London -3 1,545 £325 -6.14% 641
London -20 796 £425 +21.43% 221
Work from Home -24 712 £446 +1.94% 121
South East -1 445 £400 +18.69% 137
North of England -1 296 £280 -20.00% 189
Midlands -3 262 £268 -14.40% 131
Scotland -18 182 £400 +2.30% 25
North West -4 174 £250 -30.80% 99
South West -6 166 £303 -6.92% 77
West Midlands -9 141 £298 -13.45% 79
East of England -4 135 £223 -30.47% 63
East Midlands +2 119 £200 -33.33% 52
Yorkshire -3 101 £288 -17.86% 62
Wales -7 42 £189 -11.18% 13
North East -6 21 £375 - 28
Northern Ireland +10 16 £400 +19.40% 7
Channel Islands +5 3 - -

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

1 1,795 (65.08%) Windows
2 1,400 (50.76%) Microsoft
3 1,127 (40.86%) Azure
4 1,080 (39.16%) Microsoft 365
5 672 (24.37%) Windows Server
6 659 (23.89%) VMware
7 642 (23.28%) Windows 10
8 605 (21.94%) PowerShell
9 576 (20.88%) Azure Active Directory
10 506 (18.35%) DNS
11 491 (17.80%) Security Cleared
12 464 (16.82%) VMware Infrastructure
13 448 (16.24%) SCCM
14 383 (13.89%) Migration
15 374 (13.56%) SC Cleared
16 373 (13.52%) DevOps
17 371 (13.45%) ITIL
18 349 (12.65%) Firewall
19 345 (12.51%) Microsoft Office
20 335 (12.15%) Linux
21 331 (12.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 326 (11.82%) SharePoint
23 305 (11.06%) Citrix
24 289 (10.48%) Finance
25 276 (10.01%) SQL Server
26 274 (9.93%) Windows Server 2012
27 254 (9.21%) MS Exchange
28 252 (9.14%) SQL
29 245 (8.88%) Cisco
30 241 (8.74%) Public Sector

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 326 (11.82%) SharePoint
2 254 (9.21%) MS Exchange
3 86 (3.12%) Skype for Business
4 78 (2.83%) IIS
5 68 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2010
6 47 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2013
7 23 (0.83%) Confluence
8 22 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2007
9 20 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2003
10 19 (0.69%) Apache
11 15 (0.54%) Documentum
12 13 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
13 12 (0.44%) JBoss
14 11 (0.40%) ArcGIS
14 11 (0.40%) OpenStack
15 9 (0.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 9 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
15 9 (0.33%) WebSphere
16 8 (0.29%) Office Communications Server
16 8 (0.29%) Tomcat
Applications
1 345 (12.51%) Microsoft Office
2 71 (2.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (0.83%) MS Visio
4 20 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 10 (0.36%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.073%) Autodesk Flame
8 2 (0.073%) CINEMA 4D
8 2 (0.073%) Maya
8 2 (0.073%) NUKE
9 1 (0.036%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.036%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.036%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.036%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 10 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.33%) Sentinel
3 6 (0.22%) assyst
4 4 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.073%) Maximo
5 2 (0.073%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.073%) Workday HCM
6 1 (0.036%) HealthRoster
6 1 (0.036%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.036%) ION MarketView
6 1 (0.036%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.036%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
6 1 (0.036%) SAP Hybris
6 1 (0.036%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 1,127 (40.86%) Azure
2 1,080 (39.16%) Microsoft 365
3 576 (20.88%) Azure Active Directory
4 222 (8.05%) AWS
5 131 (4.75%) PaaS
6 128 (4.64%) IaaS
7 105 (3.81%) SaaS
8 103 (3.73%) OneDrive
9 86 (3.12%) Power Platform
10 48 (1.74%) Serverless
11 30 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
11 30 (1.09%) GCP
12 29 (1.05%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 28 (1.02%) Mimecast
14 27 (0.98%) PowerApps
15 26 (0.94%) OpenShift
16 24 (0.87%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 21 (0.76%) Azure Functions
17 21 (0.76%) GitHub
18 19 (0.69%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 506 (18.35%) DNS
2 349 (12.65%) Firewall
3 228 (8.27%) DHCP
4 190 (6.89%) VPN
5 185 (6.71%) WAN
6 151 (5.47%) LAN
7 123 (4.46%) SAN
8 115 (4.17%) Skype
9 106 (3.84%) TCP/IP
10 72 (2.61%) Internet
10 72 (2.61%) Network Security
11 69 (2.50%) Wireless
12 66 (2.39%) Kerberos
13 62 (2.25%) VoIP
14 54 (1.96%) VLAN
14 54 (1.96%) Wi-Fi
15 41 (1.49%) Remote Desktop
16 40 (1.45%) SSL
17 37 (1.34%) X.500
18 34 (1.23%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 276 (10.01%) SQL Server
2 55 (1.99%) Power BI
3 40 (1.45%) Azure SQL Database
4 28 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
4 28 (1.02%) MySQL
5 19 (0.69%) Hadoop
6 18 (0.65%) Oracle Database
6 18 (0.65%) SQL Server 2016
7 16 (0.58%) Big Data
7 16 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
7 16 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
8 12 (0.44%) Amazon RDS
8 12 (0.44%) Relational Database
9 11 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 10 (0.36%) GIS
10 10 (0.36%) SQL Server 2014
11 9 (0.33%) HBase
11 9 (0.33%) MongoDB
12 8 (0.29%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 8 (0.29%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 83 (3.01%) Jenkins
2 68 (2.47%) JIRA
3 67 (2.43%) Git (software)
4 42 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
5 26 (0.94%) MSI
6 22 (0.80%) Visual Studio
7 21 (0.76%) TeamCity
8 18 (0.65%) SonarQube
9 17 (0.62%) JMeter
10 14 (0.51%) LoadRunner
11 13 (0.47%) ReSharper
12 12 (0.44%) Bitbucket
13 11 (0.40%) InstallShield
13 11 (0.40%) Postman
13 11 (0.40%) Subversion
14 10 (0.36%) Sonatype Nexus
15 9 (0.33%) Cucumber
15 9 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
16 8 (0.29%) Burp Suite
16 8 (0.29%) GitLab
General
1 289 (10.48%) Finance
2 241 (8.74%) Public Sector
3 84 (3.05%) Telecoms
4 69 (2.50%) Banking
5 54 (1.96%) Manufacturing
6 39 (1.41%) Retail
7 38 (1.38%) Legal
8 35 (1.27%) Marketing
9 33 (1.20%) Electronics
10 26 (0.94%) Back Office
11 23 (0.83%) Law
12 16 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
13 14 (0.51%) Publishing
14 10 (0.36%) German Language
15 8 (0.29%) French Language
15 8 (0.29%) Military
16 7 (0.25%) Advertising
16 7 (0.25%) Financial Institution
16 7 (0.25%) Local Government
17 6 (0.22%) Police
Job Titles
1 395 (14.32%) Analyst
2 284 (10.30%) Architect
3 260 (9.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 201 (7.29%) Support Engineer
5 195 (7.07%) Consultant
6 194 (7.03%) Service Analyst
7 187 (6.78%) Service Desk Analyst
8 166 (6.02%) Azure Engineer
9 123 (4.46%) IT Support
10 113 (4.10%) Windows Engineer
11 107 (3.88%) DevOps Engineer
12 100 (3.63%) Active Directory Engineer
13 99 (3.59%) 2nd Line Support
14 94 (3.41%) Developer
15 93 (3.37%) Support Analyst
16 92 (3.34%) Cloud Engineer
16 92 (3.34%) Desktop Support
17 90 (3.26%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
18 82 (2.97%) IT Engineer
19 76 (2.76%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 131 (4.75%) LDAP
2 119 (4.31%) .NET
3 64 (2.32%) SAML
4 59 (2.14%) ASP.NET
5 53 (1.92%) Web Services
6 50 (1.81%) OAuth
7 44 (1.60%) Middleware
8 40 (1.45%) REST
9 39 (1.41%) AngularJS
9 39 (1.41%) ASP.NET Core
10 37 (1.34%) SailPoint
11 35 (1.27%) CSS
11 35 (1.27%) React
12 34 (1.23%) HTML
13 30 (1.09%) OpenID
13 30 (1.09%) XML
14 27 (0.98%) .NET Core
15 20 (0.73%) .NET Framework
16 18 (0.65%) RESTful
17 17 (0.62%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 149 (5.40%) Data Centre
2 142 (5.15%) PKI
3 135 (4.89%) Analytical Skills
4 78 (2.83%) Management Information System
5 74 (2.68%) Clustering
6 72 (2.61%) Replication
7 62 (2.25%) Greenfield Project
8 61 (2.21%) NHS
9 47 (1.70%) Organisational Skills
10 43 (1.56%) Self-Motivation
11 42 (1.52%) Public Cloud
11 42 (1.52%) User Experience
12 36 (1.31%) Blackberry
13 32 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
14 31 (1.12%) Cloud Native
14 31 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
15 30 (1.09%) Hybrid Cloud
16 27 (0.98%) EMC VNX
17 23 (0.83%) Private Cloud
18 21 (0.76%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1,795 (65.08%) Windows
2 672 (24.37%) Windows Server
3 642 (23.28%) Windows 10
4 335 (12.15%) Linux
5 274 (9.93%) Windows Server 2012
6 202 (7.32%) Windows 7
7 198 (7.18%) Windows Server 2016
8 179 (6.49%) Windows Server 2008
9 132 (4.79%) Windows Server 2019
10 82 (2.97%) Unix
11 80 (2.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 63 (2.28%) Android
13 61 (2.21%) Apple iOS
14 52 (1.89%) Windows Server 2003
15 36 (1.31%) Windows XP
16 31 (1.12%) CentOS
17 30 (1.09%) Windows 8
18 29 (1.05%) Mac OS
19 20 (0.73%) Windows Mobile
20 19 (0.69%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 383 (13.89%) Migration
2 373 (13.52%) DevOps
3 371 (13.45%) ITIL
4 331 (12.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 216 (7.83%) Agile Software Development
6 215 (7.80%) Problem-Solving
7 132 (4.79%) Identity Access Management
7 132 (4.79%) Identity Management
8 108 (3.92%) Service Delivery
9 101 (3.66%) Project Delivery
10 100 (3.63%) Service Management
11 98 (3.55%) Change Management
12 96 (3.48%) ITSM
13 95 (3.44%) Incident Management
14 93 (3.37%) Configuration Management
15 91 (3.30%) Cybersecurity
16 89 (3.23%) Disaster Recovery
16 89 (3.23%) Mobile Device Management
17 84 (3.05%) Mentoring
18 81 (2.94%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 605 (21.94%) PowerShell
2 252 (9.14%) SQL
3 126 (4.57%) Python
4 97 (3.52%) C#
5 93 (3.37%) JavaScript
6 53 (1.92%) Bash Shell
7 46 (1.67%) Java
8 40 (1.45%) VB
9 30 (1.09%) C
10 29 (1.05%) TypeScript
10 29 (1.05%) VBScript
11 26 (0.94%) Perl
12 24 (0.87%) Ruby
13 23 (0.83%) Shell Script
14 20 (0.73%) PHP
15 13 (0.47%) T-SQL
16 7 (0.25%) PL/SQL
17 6 (0.22%) C++
17 6 (0.22%) Go
18 5 (0.18%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 491 (17.80%) Security Cleared
2 374 (13.56%) SC Cleared
3 171 (6.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 124 (4.50%) DV Cleared
5 97 (3.52%) Degree
5 97 (3.52%) MCSE
6 49 (1.78%) Cisco Certification
6 49 (1.78%) ITIL Certification
7 36 (1.31%) DBS Check
8 34 (1.23%) MCSA
9 33 (1.20%) CCNA
10 28 (1.02%) Computer Science Degree
11 25 (0.91%) CISSP
12 23 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 17 (0.62%) MCP
14 16 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
14 16 (0.58%) Novell Certification
15 15 (0.54%) MCITP
16 12 (0.44%) CISA
17 11 (0.40%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (6.24%) SLA
2 62 (2.25%) QA
3 40 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 25 (0.91%) NIST
5 18 (0.65%) GDPR
6 10 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (0.33%) COBIT
7 9 (0.33%) PCI DSS
8 7 (0.25%) PMO
9 6 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
10 5 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
10 5 (0.18%) NCSC
11 3 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 3 (0.11%) Data Quality
11 3 (0.11%) HL7
11 3 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 2 (0.073%) GRC
12 2 (0.073%) GxP
12 2 (0.073%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.036%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 464 (16.82%) VMware Infrastructure
2 214 (7.76%) Hyper-V
3 147 (5.33%) VMware ESXi
4 82 (2.97%) vSphere
5 64 (2.32%) Docker
6 62 (2.25%) XenApp
7 60 (2.18%) Virtual Machines
8 55 (1.99%) Microsoft App-V
9 52 (1.89%) Virtual Desktop
10 46 (1.67%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 45 (1.63%) VMware NSX
12 28 (1.02%) XenDesktop
13 25 (0.91%) Terminal Services
14 24 (0.87%) BitLocker
15 21 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
16 15 (0.54%) DFS Replication
17 14 (0.51%) Firmware
18 12 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
19 11 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 11 (0.40%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 448 (16.24%) SCCM
2 240 (8.70%) Microsoft Intune
3 146 (5.29%) Terraform
4 118 (4.28%) Ansible
5 96 (3.48%) Single Sign-On
6 71 (2.57%) Kubernetes
7 66 (2.39%) vCenter Server
8 60 (2.18%) SCOM
9 45 (1.63%) Opscode Chef
9 45 (1.63%) WSUS
10 41 (1.49%) Puppet
11 40 (1.45%) Microsoft Clustering
12 37 (1.34%) vRealize
13 27 (0.98%) IBM BigFix
14 25 (0.91%) AirWatch
15 21 (0.76%) Failover Clustering
16 18 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
17 17 (0.62%) Packer
18 16 (0.58%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
18 16 (0.58%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 1,400 (50.76%) Microsoft
2 659 (23.89%) VMware
3 305 (11.06%) Citrix
4 245 (8.88%) Cisco
5 117 (4.24%) Oracle
6 98 (3.55%) Red Hat
7 88 (3.19%) HP
8 79 (2.86%) ServiceNow
9 76 (2.76%) SAP
10 75 (2.72%) Dell
11 67 (2.43%) EMC
12 64 (2.32%) Ivanti
13 59 (2.14%) CyberArk
14 57 (2.07%) Veeam
15 52 (1.89%) McAfee
16 48 (1.74%) SolarWinds
17 47 (1.70%) Apple
18 44 (1.60%) Okta
19 41 (1.49%) NetApp
20 38 (1.38%) Symantec