Period
to 21 January 2020

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 January 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
6 months to
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 20 33 36
Rank change year-on-year +13 +3 -4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 5,283 6,087 5,534
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.25% 6.16% 5.60%
As % of the System Software category 46.50% 40.18% 43.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,299 3,723 3,369
UK median daily rate £350 £355 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.41% +13.60% -3.85%
10th Percentile £128 £128 £123
90th Percentile £569 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £300
% change year-on-year - +16.67% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 559 690 579
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.40 £10.19
90th Percentile £42.00 £37.50 £34.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -3.45%

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 11,362 15,150 12,650
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.59% 15.33% 12.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,449 9,945 8,214
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +8.82% +6.12%
10th Percentile £163 £180 £160
90th Percentile £638 £638 £622
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £413 £375
% change year-on-year - +10.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 675 810 698
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -0.50% +0.50%
10th Percentile £11.26 £10.50 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.83 £45.00 £45.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33% -

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Active Directory.

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory over the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory over the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Top 17 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 January 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
England +15 4,745 £350 -4.76% 1,725
UK excluding London +11 3,575 £350 - 1,425
London +11 1,600 £336 -10.33% 398
South East +9 1,066 £370 -1.79% 372
North of England +8 689 £350 +3.70% 388
South West +8 515 £350 -6.67% 174
Midlands +10 510 £300 -9.09% 222
North West +2 371 £350 +14.75% 224
East of England +6 361 £350 +16.67% 171
West Midlands +19 324 £325 -9.72% 120
Scotland +14 293 £369 +63.89% 52
Yorkshire +13 246 £340 -6.21% 126
East Midlands +8 182 £288 +48.39% 102
Wales +21 128 £375 +20.00% 39
North East +9 73 £368 -2.00% 38
Northern Ireland +10 17 £145 -55.38% 6
Channel Islands -6 7 £185 -64.76% 1

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

1 3,910 (74.01%) Windows
2 2,566 (48.57%) Microsoft
3 2,019 (38.22%) Office 365
4 1,634 (30.93%) Windows 10
5 1,611 (30.49%) Windows Server
6 1,414 (26.77%) Azure
7 1,210 (22.90%) VMware
8 1,177 (22.28%) SCCM
9 1,130 (21.39%) Windows 7
10 990 (18.74%) DNS
11 959 (18.15%) PowerShell
12 932 (17.64%) Microsoft Office
13 880 (16.66%) ITIL
14 795 (15.05%) Migration
15 791 (14.97%) Security Cleared
16 755 (14.29%) Citrix
17 736 (13.93%) DHCP
18 735 (13.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 704 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
20 695 (13.16%) Azure Active Directory
21 686 (12.99%) Windows Server 2012
22 597 (11.30%) MS Exchange
23 596 (11.28%) Windows Server 2008
24 580 (10.98%) SQL
25 552 (10.45%) SC Cleared
26 544 (10.30%) SharePoint
27 475 (8.99%) Finance
28 471 (8.92%) Firewall
29 447 (8.46%) SQL Server
30 427 (8.08%) Cisco

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
1 597 (11.30%) MS Exchange
2 544 (10.30%) SharePoint
3 317 (6.00%) Skype for Business
4 178 (3.37%) Exchange Server 2010
5 155 (2.93%) IIS
6 139 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2013
7 50 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
8 47 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2003
9 37 (0.70%) Confluence
10 34 (0.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 32 (0.61%) IBM Notes
12 29 (0.55%) Apache
13 21 (0.40%) IBM Domino
14 17 (0.32%) Apache Spark
15 16 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
15 16 (0.30%) Tomcat
16 15 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
17 14 (0.27%) OpenStack
18 12 (0.23%) CMS
19 11 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 932 (17.64%) Microsoft Office
2 125 (2.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 81 (1.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 74 (1.40%) MS Visio
5 43 (0.81%) Microsoft Project
6 24 (0.45%) Acrobat
7 21 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.076%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 4 (0.076%) Chatbot
8 4 (0.076%) CINEMA 4D
8 4 (0.076%) Mozilla Thunderbird
8 4 (0.076%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.057%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.038%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.019%) 3ds Max
11 1 (0.019%) FileZilla
11 1 (0.019%) Houdini
11 1 (0.019%) Maya
11 1 (0.019%) Revit
11 1 (0.019%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 64 (1.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (0.74%) Remedy ITSM
3 14 (0.27%) assyst
4 11 (0.21%) Elite 3E
5 9 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
6 8 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
7 7 (0.13%) Carpe Diem
7 7 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
8 5 (0.095%) Oracle EBS
9 4 (0.076%) Dynamics AX
9 4 (0.076%) NetSuite
9 4 (0.076%) Oracle EBS R12
9 4 (0.076%) SystmOne
10 2 (0.038%) Cognos TM1
10 2 (0.038%) FLEXCUBE
10 2 (0.038%) ION MarketView
10 2 (0.038%) Magento
10 2 (0.038%) Unit4 Business World
10 2 (0.038%) Workfront
11 1 (0.019%) Exchequer
Cloud Services
1 2,019 (38.22%) Office 365
2 1,414 (26.77%) Azure
3 695 (13.16%) Azure Active Directory
4 403 (7.63%) AWS
5 211 (3.99%) IaaS
6 189 (3.58%) PaaS
7 178 (3.37%) SaaS
8 175 (3.31%) OneDrive
9 86 (1.63%) Power Platform
10 84 (1.59%) Serverless
11 57 (1.08%) Azure Functions
12 56 (1.06%) Dynamics 365
13 55 (1.04%) Mimecast
14 54 (1.02%) PowerApps
15 49 (0.93%) Yammer
16 44 (0.83%) GitHub
17 42 (0.80%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 38 (0.72%) G Suite
19 37 (0.70%) Microsoft Flow
20 33 (0.62%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 990 (18.74%) DNS
2 736 (13.93%) DHCP
3 471 (8.92%) Firewall
4 360 (6.81%) VPN
5 346 (6.55%) Skype
6 317 (6.00%) LAN
7 302 (5.72%) TCP/IP
7 302 (5.72%) WAN
8 251 (4.75%) SAN
9 166 (3.14%) VoIP
10 151 (2.86%) Internet
11 128 (2.42%) Remote Desktop
12 123 (2.33%) VLAN
13 111 (2.10%) Network Security
14 102 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
15 88 (1.67%) Wireless
16 81 (1.53%) NetScaler
17 70 (1.33%) NAS
18 60 (1.14%) Kerberos
19 54 (1.02%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 447 (8.46%) SQL Server
2 76 (1.44%) Azure SQL Database
3 73 (1.38%) Power BI
4 55 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 45 (0.85%) Amazon RDS
6 44 (0.83%) SQL Server 2016
7 41 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
8 38 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 35 (0.66%) MySQL
10 33 (0.62%) Relational Database
11 31 (0.59%) Big Data
12 23 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
13 22 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
14 20 (0.38%) Data Lake
15 18 (0.34%) SQL Server 2014
15 18 (0.34%) SQL Server 2017
16 17 (0.32%) Apache Hive
16 17 (0.32%) Impala
16 17 (0.32%) Pentaho
17 15 (0.28%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 106 (2.01%) JIRA
2 85 (1.61%) Git (software)
3 70 (1.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 61 (1.15%) Visual Studio
5 53 (1.00%) Jenkins
6 49 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
7 41 (0.78%) MSI
8 22 (0.42%) Octopus Deploy
9 21 (0.40%) InstallShield
10 20 (0.38%) Artifactory
11 19 (0.36%) Bitbucket
12 17 (0.32%) TeamCity
13 16 (0.30%) StarTeam
14 14 (0.27%) Subversion
15 13 (0.25%) GitLab
16 12 (0.23%) Rational Team Concert
17 11 (0.21%) AdminStudio
17 11 (0.21%) Hudson
18 8 (0.15%) Android Studio
18 8 (0.15%) Maven
General
1 475 (8.99%) Finance
2 308 (5.83%) Public Sector
3 149 (2.82%) Banking
4 127 (2.40%) Retail
5 102 (1.93%) Telecoms
6 96 (1.82%) Law
7 47 (0.89%) Legal
8 43 (0.81%) Back Office
9 41 (0.78%) Local Government
9 41 (0.78%) Manufacturing
10 33 (0.62%) Advertising
11 31 (0.59%) Marketing
12 24 (0.45%) Electronics
13 18 (0.34%) Investment Banking
13 18 (0.34%) Publishing
14 15 (0.28%) German Language
14 15 (0.28%) Military
15 12 (0.23%) Financial Institution
16 10 (0.19%) Games
17 8 (0.15%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 847 (16.03%) Analyst
2 719 (13.61%) Support Engineer
3 587 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 454 (8.59%) Desktop Support
5 426 (8.06%) 2nd Line Support
6 412 (7.80%) Service Analyst
7 396 (7.50%) Service Desk Analyst
8 365 (6.91%) Architect
9 356 (6.74%) Desktop Engineer
10 354 (6.70%) Windows Engineer
11 296 (5.60%) IT Support
12 279 (5.28%) Consultant
13 273 (5.17%) Support Analyst
14 235 (4.45%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 229 (4.33%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 227 (4.30%) IT Engineer
17 226 (4.28%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 188 (3.56%) 1st Line Support
19 184 (3.48%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
20 183 (3.46%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 159 (3.01%) LDAP
2 149 (2.82%) .NET
3 113 (2.14%) SAML
4 111 (2.10%) Web Services
5 84 (1.59%) JSON
6 77 (1.46%) XML
7 60 (1.14%) OAuth
8 59 (1.12%) OpenID
9 57 (1.08%) REST
10 47 (0.89%) ASP.NET
11 46 (0.87%) HTML
12 40 (0.76%) SailPoint
12 40 (0.76%) SOAP
13 38 (0.72%) .NET Framework
14 37 (0.70%) AngularJS
15 35 (0.66%) .NET Core
16 31 (0.59%) Node.js
17 29 (0.55%) React
18 27 (0.51%) RESTful
19 25 (0.47%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 278 (5.26%) Data Centre
2 230 (4.35%) PKI
3 221 (4.18%) Analytical Skills
4 149 (2.82%) Blackberry
5 140 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
6 134 (2.54%) Clustering
7 125 (2.37%) Management Information System
8 116 (2.20%) NHS
9 110 (2.08%) Smartphone
10 108 (2.04%) Replication
11 90 (1.70%) Driving Licence
12 87 (1.65%) iPhone
13 86 (1.63%) Video Conferencing
14 83 (1.57%) Enterprise Software
15 72 (1.36%) Fat Client
15 72 (1.36%) Thin Client
16 66 (1.25%) Public Cloud
17 53 (1.00%) User Experience
18 48 (0.91%) iPad
19 26 (0.49%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 3,910 (74.01%) Windows
2 1,634 (30.93%) Windows 10
3 1,611 (30.49%) Windows Server
4 1,130 (21.39%) Windows 7
5 686 (12.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 596 (11.28%) Windows Server 2008
7 424 (8.03%) Linux
8 227 (4.30%) Android
9 168 (3.18%) Windows Server 2003
10 167 (3.16%) Windows XP
11 150 (2.84%) Apple iOS
12 132 (2.50%) Windows 8
13 124 (2.35%) Unix
14 105 (1.99%) Mac OS
15 68 (1.29%) Mac OS X
16 63 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 42 (0.80%) Windows Vista
18 37 (0.70%) VMS
19 35 (0.66%) CentOS
20 33 (0.62%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 880 (16.66%) ITIL
2 795 (15.05%) Migration
3 735 (13.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 418 (7.91%) Problem-Solving
5 295 (5.58%) DevOps
6 263 (4.98%) Agile Software Development
7 228 (4.32%) ITSM
8 219 (4.15%) Identity Access Management
8 219 (4.15%) Service Management
9 193 (3.65%) Incident Management
10 166 (3.14%) Break/Fix
11 164 (3.10%) Disaster Recovery
12 155 (2.93%) Time Management
13 144 (2.73%) Change Management
14 139 (2.63%) Project Delivery
15 138 (2.61%) Service Delivery
16 134 (2.54%) Information Security
17 133 (2.52%) Mobile Device Management
18 127 (2.40%) Stakeholder Management
19 125 (2.37%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 959 (18.15%) PowerShell
2 580 (10.98%) SQL
3 124 (2.35%) C#
4 82 (1.55%) JavaScript
5 73 (1.38%) VBScript
6 70 (1.33%) VB
7 67 (1.27%) Java
7 67 (1.27%) Python
8 61 (1.15%) Bash Shell
9 50 (0.95%) C
10 44 (0.83%) T-SQL
11 29 (0.55%) Shell Script
12 28 (0.53%) Perl
13 14 (0.27%) Ruby
13 14 (0.27%) XPath
14 11 (0.21%) VBA
15 9 (0.17%) VB.NET
16 8 (0.15%) PHP
16 8 (0.15%) Tcl
17 7 (0.13%) REXX
Qualifications
1 791 (14.97%) Security Cleared
2 552 (10.45%) SC Cleared
3 388 (7.34%) Microsoft Certification
4 248 (4.69%) MCSE
5 198 (3.75%) DV Cleared
6 175 (3.31%) Degree
7 109 (2.06%) MCSA
8 99 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
9 87 (1.65%) MCP
10 85 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
11 71 (1.34%) CCNA
12 59 (1.12%) Citrix Certification
13 54 (1.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 53 (1.00%) MCITP
15 51 (0.97%) CCA
16 47 (0.89%) DBS Check
17 40 (0.76%) CISSP
18 39 (0.74%) ISTQB
19 37 (0.70%) Computer Science Degree
20 31 (0.59%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 304 (5.75%) SLA
2 69 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 43 (0.81%) GDPR
4 36 (0.68%) QA
5 28 (0.53%) PCI DSS
6 23 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
7 20 (0.38%) NCSC
8 18 (0.34%) NIST
9 15 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 12 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 11 (0.21%) HL7
12 9 (0.17%) COBIT
13 7 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
13 7 (0.13%) PMO
13 7 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 6 (0.11%) Data Quality
15 5 (0.095%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 4 (0.076%) BS7799
17 2 (0.038%) ISO 9001
17 2 (0.038%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 704 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 388 (7.34%) Hyper-V
3 282 (5.34%) XenApp
4 237 (4.49%) vSphere
5 235 (4.45%) VMware ESXi
6 207 (3.92%) XenDesktop
7 127 (2.40%) Virtual Machines
8 117 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
9 97 (1.84%) Docker
10 78 (1.48%) Virtual Desktop
11 72 (1.36%) Virtual Servers
12 59 (1.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 54 (1.02%) DFS Replication
14 48 (0.91%) BitLocker
15 39 (0.74%) VMware NSX
16 38 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 26 (0.49%) Terminal Services
18 21 (0.40%) Firmware
18 21 (0.40%) NDS
19 19 (0.36%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 1,177 (22.28%) SCCM
2 268 (5.07%) Microsoft Intune
3 179 (3.39%) Single Sign-On
4 173 (3.27%) SCOM
5 146 (2.76%) WSUS
6 111 (2.10%) Ansible
7 85 (1.61%) AirWatch
8 84 (1.59%) Terraform
9 72 (1.36%) Kubernetes
10 65 (1.23%) vCenter Server
11 56 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
12 55 (1.04%) Jamf Pro
13 53 (1.00%) Microsoft Clustering
14 48 (0.91%) NetBackup
14 48 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
15 43 (0.81%) Puppet
16 34 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
17 32 (0.61%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 29 (0.55%) SCVMM
19 28 (0.53%) Nessus
Vendors
1 2,566 (48.57%) Microsoft
2 1,210 (22.90%) VMware
3 755 (14.29%) Citrix
4 427 (8.08%) Cisco
5 216 (4.09%) HP
6 209 (3.96%) Apple
7 154 (2.92%) McAfee
8 141 (2.67%) ServiceNow
9 136 (2.57%) Dell
9 136 (2.57%) Ivanti
9 136 (2.57%) Oracle
10 125 (2.37%) Symantec
11 119 (2.25%) NetApp
12 87 (1.65%) Google
13 78 (1.48%) EMC
14 73 (1.38%) Remedy
15 71 (1.34%) Red Hat
16 64 (1.21%) Adobe
17 57 (1.08%) Veeam
18 55 (1.04%) Juniper