Period
to 25 October 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 25 October 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
25 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 35 22 33
Rank change year-on-year -13 +11 +3
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 1,746 5,862 6,312
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.48% 6.95% 6.10%
As % of the System Software category 37.74% 44.57% 40.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,186 3,790 3,820
Median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - +16.67%
10th Percentile £133 £130 £124
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 158 534 788
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.88% +2.32% +3.33%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £41.84 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.35 £15.85 £15.00
% change year-on-year -9.46% +5.67% +5.63%

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 4,627 13,152 15,567
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.53% 15.59% 15.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,865 8,655 10,157
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £213 £166 £180
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 214 676 912
Median hourly rate £19.45 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.38% +6.25% -3.03%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.58
90th Percentile £53.53 £47.38 £43.75
Median hourly rate £17.63 £16.00 £15.80
% change year-on-year +10.16% +1.27% +1.94%

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 25 October 2020.

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 25 October 2020.

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 25 October 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 -18 1,434 £400 +14.29% 591
UK excluding London -5 1,050 £375 +7.14% 498
London -25 543 £450 +20.00% 133
Work from Home -11 263 £403 -10.56% 58
South East -7 254 £370 -1.24% 128
North of England -10 214 £325 +3.17% 128
South West +2 175 £450 +23.29% 61
Midlands -11 145 £375 +19.05% 103
North West -2 136 £338 +7.14% 58
Scotland +3 133 £450 +38.46% 26
West Midlands -8 95 £425 +25.93% 62
East of England -14 81 £325 -7.14% 37
Yorkshire -17 66 £275 -15.38% 56
East Midlands -7 50 £238 -17.39% 40
Wales -1 47 £175 -61.11% 14
North East +1 12 £300 +71.43% 14
Northern Ireland +3 8 £160 +10.34% 2

For the 6 months to 25 October 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 1,158 (66.32%) Windows
2 932 (53.38%) Microsoft
3 629 (36.03%) Azure
4 567 (32.47%) Office 365
5 463 (26.52%) Windows Server
6 444 (25.43%) Windows 10
7 431 (24.68%) VMware
8 385 (22.05%) PowerShell
9 369 (21.13%) Security Cleared
10 330 (18.90%) SCCM
11 319 (18.27%) DNS
12 303 (17.35%) Azure Active Directory
13 300 (17.18%) VMware Infrastructure
14 284 (16.27%) Migration
15 276 (15.81%) ITIL
16 244 (13.97%) SC Cleared
17 238 (13.63%) SQL Server
18 224 (12.83%) Microsoft Office
19 222 (12.71%) Citrix
20 221 (12.66%) Windows 7
21 212 (12.14%) Linux
22 201 (11.51%) DevOps
23 200 (11.45%) DHCP
24 197 (11.28%) Firewall
25 195 (11.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 193 (11.05%) Windows Server 2012
27 185 (10.60%) Finance
28 182 (10.42%) SQL
29 179 (10.25%) SharePoint
30 176 (10.08%) 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
1 179 (10.25%) SharePoint
2 147 (8.42%) MS Exchange
3 105 (6.01%) Skype for Business
4 81 (4.64%) IIS
5 60 (3.44%) Exchange Server 2010
6 31 (1.78%) Confluence
7 27 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2013
8 25 (1.43%) BizTalk Server
9 20 (1.15%) Apache
10 16 (0.92%) Tomcat
11 15 (0.86%) ArcGIS
12 14 (0.80%) CMS
12 14 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2007
13 13 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
14 11 (0.63%) nginx
14 11 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
15 10 (0.57%) WebSphere
16 8 (0.46%) JBoss
16 8 (0.46%) Office Communications Server
17 6 (0.34%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 224 (12.83%) Microsoft Office
2 49 (2.81%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (1.37%) MS Visio
4 20 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 15 (0.86%) Photoshop
6 5 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.23%) CATIA
7 4 (0.23%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.057%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.057%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.057%) Stata
Business Applications
1 10 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.46%) Sentinel
3 5 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.23%) ION MarketView
4 4 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
5 3 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.11%) Infor M3
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.057%) assyst
7 1 (0.057%) BusinessWorks
7 1 (0.057%) iTrent
7 1 (0.057%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.057%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.057%) Orchard Housing
7 1 (0.057%) ReMetrica
7 1 (0.057%) ResourceLink
7 1 (0.057%) Towers Watson Igloo
7 1 (0.057%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 629 (36.03%) Azure
2 567 (32.47%) Office 365
3 303 (17.35%) Azure Active Directory
4 138 (7.90%) AWS
5 90 (5.15%) IaaS
6 83 (4.75%) SaaS
7 77 (4.41%) PaaS
8 66 (3.78%) OneDrive
9 37 (2.12%) Power Platform
10 25 (1.43%) GCP
11 23 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
12 21 (1.20%) GitHub
13 17 (0.97%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 16 (0.92%) Amazon EC2
14 16 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
15 14 (0.80%) Logic Apps
15 14 (0.80%) Yammer
16 13 (0.74%) Amazon S3
16 13 (0.74%) Azure Data Factory
17 12 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 319 (18.27%) DNS
2 200 (11.45%) DHCP
3 197 (11.28%) Firewall
4 148 (8.48%) Skype
5 120 (6.87%) VPN
6 118 (6.76%) WAN
7 88 (5.04%) SAN
8 84 (4.81%) LAN
9 83 (4.75%) TCP/IP
10 53 (3.04%) Kerberos
11 51 (2.92%) Network Security
12 48 (2.75%) VoIP
13 46 (2.63%) Wireless
14 34 (1.95%) VSAN
15 33 (1.89%) Internet
16 32 (1.83%) SSL
17 31 (1.78%) Wi-Fi
18 29 (1.66%) DMZ
19 27 (1.55%) X.500
20 26 (1.49%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 238 (13.63%) SQL Server
2 36 (2.06%) Azure SQL Database
3 32 (1.83%) Cosmos DB
3 32 (1.83%) MySQL
4 25 (1.43%) Power BI
5 22 (1.26%) GIS
6 18 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
6 18 (1.03%) Hadoop
6 18 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
7 14 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
7 14 (0.80%) DB2
8 12 (0.69%) Data Lake
9 11 (0.63%) MariaDB
9 11 (0.63%) QGIS
9 11 (0.63%) SAP HANA
10 10 (0.57%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 10 (0.57%) Big Data
10 10 (0.57%) Relational Database
10 10 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
11 9 (0.52%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 42 (2.41%) JIRA
2 34 (1.95%) Jenkins
3 28 (1.60%) Git (software)
3 28 (1.60%) MSI
4 26 (1.49%) Visual Studio
5 25 (1.43%) Bitbucket
6 12 (0.69%) Subversion
7 11 (0.63%) Sonatype Nexus
8 10 (0.57%) Hudson
9 8 (0.46%) GitLab
10 7 (0.40%) SonarQube
10 7 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
11 5 (0.29%) AdminStudio
11 5 (0.29%) JUnit
11 5 (0.29%) ReSharper
11 5 (0.29%) Selenium
11 5 (0.29%) TeamCity
11 5 (0.29%) Visual Studio Coded UI
11 5 (0.29%) Visual Studio Team System
12 4 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 185 (10.60%) Finance
2 118 (6.76%) Public Sector
3 75 (4.30%) Banking
4 35 (2.00%) Telecoms
5 31 (1.78%) Retail
6 21 (1.20%) Investment Banking
7 20 (1.15%) Legal
8 16 (0.92%) Manufacturing
9 14 (0.80%) Marketing
10 13 (0.74%) Financial Institution
10 13 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
11 11 (0.63%) Back Office
11 11 (0.63%) Electronics
12 10 (0.57%) Local Government
12 10 (0.57%) Military
12 10 (0.57%) Publishing
13 8 (0.46%) Automotive
13 8 (0.46%) Front Office
13 8 (0.46%) German Language
13 8 (0.46%) Law
Job Titles
1 195 (11.17%) Analyst
2 173 (9.91%) Architect
3 156 (8.93%) Support Engineer
4 149 (8.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 114 (6.53%) Consultant
6 88 (5.04%) Desktop Support
7 83 (4.75%) Windows Engineer
8 74 (4.24%) Azure Engineer
9 71 (4.07%) Desktop Engineer
10 70 (4.01%) 2nd Line Support
11 69 (3.95%) Developer
12 64 (3.67%) Service Analyst
13 63 (3.61%) Administrator
14 61 (3.49%) IT Engineer
15 58 (3.32%) Active Directory Engineer
16 56 (3.21%) Service Desk Analyst
17 54 (3.09%) Support Analyst
18 53 (3.04%) IT Support
19 48 (2.75%) DevOps Engineer
20 47 (2.69%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (6.47%) LDAP
2 80 (4.58%) .NET
3 54 (3.09%) SAML
4 42 (2.41%) SailPoint
5 36 (2.06%) Web Services
6 34 (1.95%) REST
7 33 (1.89%) XML
8 32 (1.83%) OAuth
9 31 (1.78%) OpenID
10 29 (1.66%) HTML
11 23 (1.32%) Middleware
12 20 (1.15%) Node.js
13 19 (1.09%) CSS
14 18 (1.03%) JSON
15 17 (0.97%) SOAP
16 15 (0.86%) Kafka
17 13 (0.74%) Software Packaging
18 11 (0.63%) .NET Framework
18 11 (0.63%) RESTful
18 11 (0.63%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 128 (7.33%) Data Centre
2 111 (6.36%) PKI
3 83 (4.75%) Management Information System
4 82 (4.70%) Analytical Skills
5 56 (3.21%) NHS
6 54 (3.09%) Replication
7 53 (3.04%) Self-Motivation
8 42 (2.41%) Public Cloud
9 38 (2.18%) Clustering
10 30 (1.72%) Private Cloud
10 30 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
11 23 (1.32%) Blackberry
11 23 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
12 20 (1.15%) Smartphone
13 18 (1.03%) Driving Licence
13 18 (1.03%) Fat Client
13 18 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
13 18 (1.03%) Smartcard
13 18 (1.03%) Thin Client
14 17 (0.97%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,158 (66.32%) Windows
2 463 (26.52%) Windows Server
3 444 (25.43%) Windows 10
4 221 (12.66%) Windows 7
5 212 (12.14%) Linux
6 193 (11.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 159 (9.11%) Windows Server 2016
8 148 (8.48%) Windows Server 2008
9 98 (5.61%) Windows Server 2019
10 89 (5.10%) Unix
11 56 (3.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 32 (1.83%) Apple iOS
12 32 (1.83%) CentOS
13 31 (1.78%) Windows Server 2003
14 30 (1.72%) Windows 8
15 29 (1.66%) Solaris
15 29 (1.66%) Windows XP
16 24 (1.37%) Android
17 22 (1.26%) Ubuntu
18 15 (0.86%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 284 (16.27%) Migration
2 276 (15.81%) ITIL
3 201 (11.51%) DevOps
4 195 (11.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 167 (9.56%) Agile Software Development
6 133 (7.62%) Problem-Solving
7 96 (5.50%) Identity Management
8 94 (5.38%) Cybersecurity
9 91 (5.21%) Identity Access Management
10 88 (5.04%) Configuration Management
11 84 (4.81%) Information Security
12 74 (4.24%) High Availability
13 70 (4.01%) Scrum
14 68 (3.89%) Change Management
15 67 (3.84%) Disaster Recovery
16 62 (3.55%) Multi-Factor Authentication
17 59 (3.38%) Application Packaging
17 59 (3.38%) Incident Management
18 54 (3.09%) Service Management
19 50 (2.86%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 385 (22.05%) PowerShell
2 182 (10.42%) SQL
3 102 (5.84%) Python
4 84 (4.81%) Java
5 67 (3.84%) C#
6 55 (3.15%) Bash Shell
7 49 (2.81%) JavaScript
8 42 (2.41%) C
9 33 (1.89%) VBScript
10 27 (1.55%) Perl
10 27 (1.55%) VB
11 12 (0.69%) Shell Script
11 12 (0.69%) VB.NET
12 11 (0.63%) T-SQL
13 8 (0.46%) Ruby
14 7 (0.40%) PHP
15 6 (0.34%) BeanShell
16 5 (0.29%) MATLAB
16 5 (0.29%) TypeScript
17 4 (0.23%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 369 (21.13%) Security Cleared
2 244 (13.97%) SC Cleared
3 146 (8.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 130 (7.45%) DV Cleared
5 66 (3.78%) MCSE
6 57 (3.26%) CISSP
7 51 (2.92%) Cisco Certification
8 46 (2.63%) Degree
9 33 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
10 30 (1.72%) CCNA
11 28 (1.60%) MCSA
12 24 (1.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 23 (1.32%) DBS Check
14 19 (1.09%) MCP
15 14 (0.80%) CCNP
15 14 (0.80%) CISM
16 13 (0.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 11 (0.63%) Novell Certification
18 9 (0.52%) A+ Certification
19 8 (0.46%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (4.41%) SLA
2 36 (2.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 29 (1.66%) GDPR
4 22 (1.26%) QA
5 18 (1.03%) NIST
6 15 (0.86%) COBIT
6 15 (0.86%) NCSC
7 14 (0.80%) Government Security Classifications
8 11 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
8 11 (0.63%) PCI DSS
9 9 (0.52%) Data Quality
9 9 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 8 (0.46%) HIPAA
11 7 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 6 (0.34%) ISO 9001
13 4 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
13 4 (0.23%) PMO
14 3 (0.17%) ISO 31000
14 3 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 300 (17.18%) VMware Infrastructure
2 115 (6.59%) Hyper-V
3 106 (6.07%) VMware ESXi
4 79 (4.52%) vSphere
5 67 (3.84%) Microsoft App-V
6 65 (3.72%) Docker
7 61 (3.49%) XenApp
8 55 (3.15%) VMware NSX
9 52 (2.98%) Virtual Machines
10 40 (2.29%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 38 (2.18%) Virtual Desktop
12 27 (1.55%) XenDesktop
13 20 (1.15%) NDS
13 20 (1.15%) NetIQ eDirectory
14 19 (1.09%) VMware Workstation
15 17 (0.97%) BitLocker
16 16 (0.92%) Firmware
17 14 (0.80%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 14 (0.80%) Terminal Services
18 11 (0.63%) NFS
Systems Management
1 330 (18.90%) SCCM
2 147 (8.42%) Microsoft Intune
3 95 (5.44%) Ansible
4 77 (4.41%) Single Sign-On
5 71 (4.07%) Terraform
6 65 (3.72%) WSUS
7 63 (3.61%) SCOM
8 56 (3.21%) Kubernetes
9 50 (2.86%) Puppet
10 39 (2.23%) vCenter Server
11 34 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
12 28 (1.60%) vRealize
13 19 (1.09%) Microsoft Clustering
14 18 (1.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 18 (1.03%) NetIQ Identity Manager
14 18 (1.03%) Tivoli
15 16 (0.92%) PowerCLI
16 13 (0.74%) AirWatch
17 12 (0.69%) McAfee ePO
18 10 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 932 (53.38%) Microsoft
2 431 (24.68%) VMware
3 222 (12.71%) Citrix
4 176 (10.08%) Cisco
5 118 (6.76%) Oracle
6 100 (5.73%) HP
7 55 (3.15%) Dell
8 46 (2.63%) McAfee
9 44 (2.52%) ServiceNow
10 43 (2.46%) Red Hat
11 41 (2.35%) SolarWinds
12 39 (2.23%) Veeam
13 35 (2.00%) Ivanti
13 35 (2.00%) SAP
14 34 (1.95%) NetApp
15 33 (1.89%) Apple
16 30 (1.72%) Splunk
17 27 (1.55%) EMC
17 27 (1.55%) Palo Alto
18 26 (1.49%) Meraki