Period
to 25 October 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 25 October 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
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 44 36 23
Rank change year-on-year -8 -13 +11
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 4,420 1,746 5,862
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.21% 5.48% 6.95%
As % of the System Software category 37.36% 37.74% 44.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,034 1,112 3,775
10th Percentile £136 £133 £130
25th Percentile £200 £225 £180
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £413 £350
Median % change year-on-year -3.03% +17.86% +4.48%
75th Percentile £528 £503 £475
90th Percentile £618 £581 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £383 £345
% change year-on-year -24.84% +10.87% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 131 514
10th Percentile £11.58 £11.15 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.00 £11.88 £12.76
Median hourly rate £16.00 £14.20 £15.86
Median % change year-on-year +12.68% -10.47% +2.45%
75th Percentile £21.00 £19.45 £20.00
90th Percentile £31.00 £25.50 £39.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.24 £13.66 £15.76
% change year-on-year +11.57% -13.32% +5.07%

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 11,831 4,627 13,152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.95% 14.53% 15.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,413 3,107 8,831
10th Percentile £205 £218 £163
25th Percentile £400 £363 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £570
90th Percentile £676 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £432 £413
% change year-on-year -0.93% +4.61% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 394 180 644
10th Percentile £12.08 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £12.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year - +6.06% +3.13%
75th Percentile £37.26 £39.00 £24.41
90th Percentile £65.00 £53.78 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00

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 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 25 October 2021.

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 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 +1 3,730 £380 -5.00% 1,654
UK excluding London -2 2,348 £288 -24.84% 1,353
London +4 1,475 £475 +5.56% 409
Work from Home -7 943 £475 +11.76% 213
South East +3 621 £360 -6.49% 304
North of England +11 556 £225 -33.33% 428
Midlands +7 449 £244 -39.06% 241
North West -6 271 £288 -17.86% 245
South West -9 248 £286 -36.39% 107
Yorkshire +17 242 £200 -38.46% 132
West Midlands -2 240 £250 -42.03% 137
East of England +11 228 £256 -21.15% 156
East Midlands +7 205 £220 -7.37% 103
Scotland -28 184 £375 -16.67% 68
Wales -9 61 £205 -38.35% 42
North East +20 43 £200 -23.81% 51
Northern Ireland +6 15 £123 -23.44% 7

For the 6 months to 25 October 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 2,889 (65.36%) Windows
2 2,204 (49.86%) Microsoft
3 1,893 (42.83%) Microsoft 365
4 1,745 (39.48%) Azure
5 1,121 (25.36%) Windows Server
6 1,092 (24.71%) VMware
7 1,033 (23.37%) Social Skills
8 1,015 (22.96%) Windows 10
9 931 (21.06%) Azure Active Directory
10 887 (20.07%) PowerShell
11 814 (18.42%) ITIL
12 771 (17.44%) SCCM
13 709 (16.04%) DNS
14 707 (16.00%) VMware Infrastructure
15 600 (13.57%) Microsoft Office
16 590 (13.35%) Migration
17 551 (12.47%) Citrix
18 526 (11.90%) Firewall
19 519 (11.74%) Security Cleared
20 518 (11.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 506 (11.45%) SQL
22 501 (11.33%) SharePoint
23 488 (11.04%) Finance
24 485 (10.97%) DevOps
25 474 (10.72%) Linux
26 439 (9.93%) DHCP
27 437 (9.89%) Microsoft Intune
28 421 (9.52%) SQL Server
29 403 (9.12%) Cisco
30 400 (9.05%) AWS

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
1 501 (11.33%) SharePoint
2 365 (8.26%) MS Exchange
3 116 (2.62%) IIS
4 94 (2.13%) Confluence
5 87 (1.97%) Skype for Business
6 58 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2013
7 54 (1.22%) Apache
8 51 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2010
9 27 (0.61%) Tomcat
10 19 (0.43%) Apache Spark
11 18 (0.41%) nginx
12 16 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
12 16 (0.36%) IBM Notes
12 16 (0.36%) WebSphere
13 14 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
14 13 (0.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 13 (0.29%) JBoss
15 12 (0.27%) ArcGIS
15 12 (0.27%) CMS
15 12 (0.27%) OpenStack
Applications
1 600 (13.57%) Microsoft Office
2 140 (3.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (0.72%) MS Visio
4 19 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 15 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 12 (0.27%) Photoshop
7 10 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
8 6 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.045%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.023%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.023%) CINEMA 4D
10 1 (0.023%) Figma
10 1 (0.023%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 41 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (0.32%) assyst
4 12 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
4 12 (0.27%) Sentinel
5 9 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
5 9 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 4 (0.090%) SAP S/4HANA
7 3 (0.068%) StreamServe
7 3 (0.068%) Workday HCM
8 2 (0.045%) Magento
8 2 (0.045%) Maximo
8 2 (0.045%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.045%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.045%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.045%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.045%) SAP HR
9 1 (0.023%) Cerner Millennium
9 1 (0.023%) SAP APO
9 1 (0.023%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,893 (42.83%) Microsoft 365
2 1,745 (39.48%) Azure
3 931 (21.06%) Azure Active Directory
4 400 (9.05%) AWS
5 223 (5.05%) PaaS
6 206 (4.66%) IaaS
7 172 (3.89%) OneDrive
8 171 (3.87%) SaaS
9 142 (3.21%) Power Platform
10 95 (2.15%) Serverless
11 85 (1.92%) PowerApps
12 76 (1.72%) GCP
13 67 (1.52%) Mimecast
14 62 (1.40%) GitHub
15 60 (1.36%) Amazon EC2
15 60 (1.36%) Azure Key Vault
16 55 (1.24%) Dynamics 365
17 54 (1.22%) Azure Storage
18 51 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
19 50 (1.13%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 709 (16.04%) DNS
2 526 (11.90%) Firewall
3 439 (9.93%) DHCP
4 345 (7.81%) VPN
5 289 (6.54%) WAN
6 283 (6.40%) LAN
7 228 (5.16%) TCP/IP
8 151 (3.42%) SAN
9 140 (3.17%) Skype
10 117 (2.65%) VoIP
11 103 (2.33%) Wireless
12 92 (2.08%) Network Security
13 90 (2.04%) Kerberos
14 83 (1.88%) VLAN
15 82 (1.86%) Wi-Fi
16 78 (1.76%) Internet
17 69 (1.56%) Remote Desktop
18 67 (1.52%) SSL
19 63 (1.43%) NetScaler
20 48 (1.09%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 421 (9.52%) SQL Server
2 85 (1.92%) Azure SQL Database
3 72 (1.63%) Power BI
4 70 (1.58%) MySQL
5 62 (1.40%) Data Lake
6 51 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
7 45 (1.02%) Big Data
8 44 (1.00%) SQL Server 2016
9 43 (0.97%) PostgreSQL
10 39 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
11 38 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
12 37 (0.84%) Relational Database
13 36 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
14 32 (0.72%) Oracle Database
15 28 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
16 22 (0.50%) SQL Server 2019
17 20 (0.45%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 18 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 17 (0.38%) NoSQL
20 15 (0.34%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 145 (3.28%) JIRA
2 96 (2.17%) Git (software)
2 96 (2.17%) Jenkins
3 30 (0.68%) MSI
4 27 (0.61%) Bitbucket
4 27 (0.61%) GitLab
4 27 (0.61%) SonarQube
4 27 (0.61%) Subversion
5 26 (0.59%) Visual Studio
6 25 (0.57%) TeamCity
7 17 (0.38%) Sonatype Nexus
8 15 (0.34%) Maven
9 14 (0.32%) Postman
9 14 (0.32%) Selenium
10 12 (0.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 11 (0.25%) Robot Framework
12 10 (0.23%) Cucumber
12 10 (0.23%) Gradle
13 9 (0.20%) JUnit
14 7 (0.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 1,033 (23.37%) Social Skills
2 488 (11.04%) Finance
3 284 (6.43%) Public Sector
4 204 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
5 161 (3.64%) Banking
6 92 (2.08%) Organisational Skills
7 91 (2.06%) Retail
8 78 (1.76%) Documentation Skills
9 76 (1.72%) Telecoms
10 55 (1.24%) Presentation Skills
11 52 (1.18%) Legal
12 42 (0.95%) Manufacturing
13 40 (0.90%) Marketing
14 38 (0.86%) Law
15 35 (0.79%) Back Office
16 34 (0.77%) Financial Institution
16 34 (0.77%) Investment Banking
17 31 (0.70%) Influencing Skills
18 30 (0.68%) Electronics
19 20 (0.45%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 672 (15.20%) Analyst
2 508 (11.49%) Support Engineer
3 444 (10.05%) Architect
4 423 (9.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 331 (7.49%) Service Analyst
6 317 (7.17%) Service Desk Analyst
7 283 (6.40%) IT Support
8 246 (5.57%) 2nd Line Support
9 244 (5.52%) Consultant
10 243 (5.50%) Azure Engineer
11 225 (5.09%) Desktop Support
12 223 (5.05%) IT Engineer
13 194 (4.39%) Desktop Engineer
14 171 (3.87%) Support Analyst
15 166 (3.76%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 158 (3.57%) Developer
17 156 (3.53%) IT Analyst
18 143 (3.24%) 3rd Line Engineer
19 137 (3.10%) Windows Engineer
20 133 (3.01%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 184 (4.16%) LDAP
2 179 (4.05%) .NET
3 132 (2.99%) SAML
4 100 (2.26%) Web Services
5 93 (2.10%) OAuth
6 81 (1.83%) REST
7 72 (1.63%) HTML
8 66 (1.49%) OpenID
9 63 (1.43%) JSON
10 57 (1.29%) CSS
11 52 (1.18%) .NET Framework
11 52 (1.18%) XML
12 48 (1.09%) SOAP
13 46 (1.04%) .NET Core
14 44 (1.00%) ASP.NET
15 42 (0.95%) ARM Templates
16 41 (0.93%) J2EE
17 38 (0.86%) SailPoint
18 37 (0.84%) OAuth2
19 35 (0.79%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 213 (4.82%) Data Centre
2 136 (3.08%) PKI
3 105 (2.38%) Clustering
4 95 (2.15%) Data Protection Act
5 94 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
6 79 (1.79%) Management Information System
7 77 (1.74%) Video Conferencing
8 76 (1.72%) NHS
9 74 (1.67%) Public Cloud
10 71 (1.61%) Replication
11 63 (1.43%) Cloud Native
12 56 (1.27%) Driving Licence
13 48 (1.09%) User Experience
14 47 (1.06%) Blackberry
15 46 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
16 45 (1.02%) Virtual Team
17 43 (0.97%) Smartphone
18 42 (0.95%) iPhone
19 35 (0.79%) Greenfield Project
20 34 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2,889 (65.36%) Windows
2 1,121 (25.36%) Windows Server
3 1,015 (22.96%) Windows 10
4 474 (10.72%) Linux
5 371 (8.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 329 (7.44%) Windows 7
7 302 (6.83%) Windows Server 2016
8 250 (5.66%) Windows Server 2019
9 212 (4.80%) Windows Server 2008
10 172 (3.89%) Android
11 146 (3.30%) Apple iOS
12 128 (2.90%) Unix
13 115 (2.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 100 (2.26%) Mac OS
15 45 (1.02%) Windows XP
16 43 (0.97%) Windows Server 2003
17 40 (0.90%) Windows 8
18 38 (0.86%) Mac OS X
19 32 (0.72%) Ubuntu
20 25 (0.57%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 814 (18.42%) ITIL
2 590 (13.35%) Migration
3 518 (11.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 485 (10.97%) DevOps
5 388 (8.78%) Agile Software Development
6 365 (8.26%) Problem-Solving
7 226 (5.11%) Service Management
8 222 (5.02%) ITSM
9 185 (4.19%) Incident Management
10 170 (3.85%) Configuration Management
11 159 (3.60%) Identity Management
12 154 (3.48%) Change Management
12 154 (3.48%) Project Delivery
13 150 (3.39%) Service Delivery
14 149 (3.37%) Data Protection
15 140 (3.17%) Identity Access Management
16 137 (3.10%) Cybersecurity
17 130 (2.94%) Mobile Device Management
18 129 (2.92%) Disaster Recovery
19 125 (2.83%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 887 (20.07%) PowerShell
2 506 (11.45%) SQL
3 212 (4.80%) Python
4 152 (3.44%) C#
5 146 (3.30%) Java
6 141 (3.19%) JavaScript
7 78 (1.76%) Bash Shell
8 76 (1.72%) C
9 55 (1.24%) VB
10 54 (1.22%) Shell Script
10 54 (1.22%) VBScript
11 48 (1.09%) Perl
12 41 (0.93%) T-SQL
13 32 (0.72%) TypeScript
14 23 (0.52%) VB.NET
15 19 (0.43%) VBA
16 17 (0.38%) PHP
17 11 (0.25%) PL/SQL
18 10 (0.23%) Go
19 8 (0.18%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 519 (11.74%) Security Cleared
2 380 (8.60%) SC Cleared
3 252 (5.70%) Microsoft Certification
4 161 (3.64%) Degree
5 130 (2.94%) DV Cleared
6 123 (2.78%) MCSE
7 107 (2.42%) Cisco Certification
8 83 (1.88%) CCNA
9 70 (1.58%) ITIL Certification
9 70 (1.58%) MCP
10 55 (1.24%) DBS Check
11 53 (1.20%) MCSA
12 38 (0.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 34 (0.77%) MCITP
14 30 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
15 27 (0.61%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 25 (0.57%) CISSP
17 24 (0.54%) BPSS Clearance
18 19 (0.43%) CCNP
18 19 (0.43%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 293 (6.63%) SLA
2 75 (1.70%) GDPR
3 74 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 43 (0.97%) QA
5 32 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 28 (0.63%) NIST
7 25 (0.57%) PCI DSS
8 23 (0.52%) COBIT
9 15 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
10 13 (0.29%) PMO
11 10 (0.23%) NCSC
12 9 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
13 6 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 3 (0.068%) Data Quality
14 3 (0.068%) GRC
14 3 (0.068%) GxP
15 2 (0.045%) Accessibility
15 2 (0.045%) ISO 9000
15 2 (0.045%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 2 (0.045%) SOC 2
System Software
1 707 (16.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 262 (5.93%) Hyper-V
3 179 (4.05%) vSphere
4 154 (3.48%) Virtual Desktop
5 137 (3.10%) VMware ESXi
6 132 (2.99%) Docker
7 125 (2.83%) Virtual Machines
8 110 (2.49%) XenApp
9 92 (2.08%) XenDesktop
10 69 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
11 65 (1.47%) VMware NSX
12 47 (1.06%) BitLocker
13 42 (0.95%) NFS
13 42 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
14 34 (0.77%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 29 (0.66%) OpenAM
16 22 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 22 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
17 21 (0.48%) Firmware
18 20 (0.45%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 771 (17.44%) SCCM
2 437 (9.89%) Microsoft Intune
3 267 (6.04%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 233 (5.27%) Terraform
5 231 (5.23%) Ansible
6 177 (4.00%) Single Sign-On
7 169 (3.82%) Kubernetes
8 88 (1.99%) WSUS
9 85 (1.92%) SCOM
10 71 (1.61%) vCenter Server
11 59 (1.33%) vRealize
12 56 (1.27%) Microsoft Clustering
13 51 (1.15%) Puppet
14 48 (1.09%) AirWatch
15 41 (0.93%) Jamf Pro
16 38 (0.86%) Opscode Chef
17 37 (0.84%) FortiGate
18 30 (0.68%) NetBackup
19 27 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
19 27 (0.61%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 2,204 (49.86%) Microsoft
2 1,092 (24.71%) VMware
3 551 (12.47%) Citrix
4 403 (9.12%) Cisco
5 280 (6.33%) Oracle
6 220 (4.98%) ServiceNow
7 177 (4.00%) HP
8 151 (3.42%) Apple
9 133 (3.01%) Dell
10 132 (2.99%) Red Hat
11 104 (2.35%) SAP
12 93 (2.10%) Google
13 87 (1.97%) McAfee
14 84 (1.90%) Veeam
15 82 (1.86%) Ivanti
16 76 (1.72%) NetApp
16 76 (1.72%) Symantec
17 70 (1.58%) CyberArk
18 68 (1.54%) EMC
19 64 (1.45%) Okta