Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 22 32 38
Rank change year-on-year +10 +6 +2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 3,276 5,645 5,631
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.80% 6.16% 5.59%
As % of the System Software category 43.89% 39.85% 41.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,032 3,626 3,416
Median daily rate £363 £370 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.03% +13.85% +1.09%
10th Percentile £130 £130 £123
90th Percentile £550 £569 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £300
% change year-on-year - +16.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 351 504 676
Median hourly rate £17.25 £15.14 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.97% +0.90% +0.57%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.92 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.51 £41.91 £32.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £14.86 £14.55
% change year-on-year +11.04% +2.13% +0.34%

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 7,464 14,164 13,519
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.50% 15.45% 13.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,778 9,430 8,741
Median daily rate £463 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +6.51%
10th Percentile £180 £180 £183
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 621 791
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.50 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.15% +4.04% -0.88%
10th Percentile £11.55 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.12 £47.50 £45.87
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.19 £15.00
% change year-on-year +15.21% +1.27% -3.23%

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 24 May 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 24 May 2020.

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 24 May 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 +9 2,859 £350 -6.67% 322
UK excluding London +8 2,192 £350 - 265
London -3 986 £375 -6.25% 82
South East +7 571 £338 -12.90% 67
North of England +19 486 £360 +15.20% 71
South West -2 329 £350 -6.67% 49
Midlands +15 279 £375 +15.38% 34
Scotland +10 271 £400 +23.08% 16
North West +20 266 £375 +19.05% 36
East of England +15 199 £294 -2.08% 19
West Midlands +19 190 £425 +21.43% 21
Yorkshire +11 155 £350 +7.69% 24
Work from Home +11 118 £425 -3.41% 28
East Midlands 0 86 £310 +10.71% 13
North East +15 65 £375 +114.29% 11
Wales +2 59 £195 -13.33% 8
Northern Ireland +13 10 £248 -17.50% 2
Channel Islands +8 2 £350 -8.50%

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 2,370 (72.34%) Windows
2 1,584 (48.35%) Microsoft
3 1,197 (36.54%) Office 365
4 1,061 (32.39%) Windows Server
5 954 (29.12%) Azure
6 935 (28.54%) Windows 10
7 760 (23.20%) VMware
8 667 (20.36%) PowerShell
9 660 (20.15%) SCCM
10 598 (18.25%) Windows 7
11 551 (16.82%) Microsoft Office
12 541 (16.51%) ITIL
13 516 (15.75%) DNS
14 499 (15.23%) Security Cleared
15 492 (15.02%) Citrix
16 465 (14.19%) Windows Server 2012
17 446 (13.61%) Azure Active Directory
18 440 (13.43%) Migration
18 440 (13.43%) VMware Infrastructure
19 396 (12.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 379 (11.57%) Windows Server 2008
21 376 (11.48%) DHCP
22 358 (10.93%) SQL
23 356 (10.87%) SharePoint
23 356 (10.87%) Windows Server 2016
24 352 (10.74%) MS Exchange
24 352 (10.74%) SC Cleared
25 330 (10.07%) Firewall
26 329 (10.04%) SQL Server
27 325 (9.92%) Problem-Solving

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
1 356 (10.87%) SharePoint
2 352 (10.74%) MS Exchange
3 149 (4.55%) Skype for Business
4 120 (3.66%) IIS
5 106 (3.24%) Exchange Server 2010
6 82 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2013
7 37 (1.13%) Apache
8 34 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
9 33 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2007
10 32 (0.98%) IBM Domino
11 29 (0.89%) IBM Notes
12 26 (0.79%) Confluence
13 24 (0.73%) Tomcat
14 20 (0.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 15 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
16 13 (0.40%) CMS
16 13 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
17 12 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 11 (0.34%) ArcGIS
19 9 (0.27%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 551 (16.82%) Microsoft Office
2 113 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 82 (2.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 77 (2.35%) MS Visio
5 35 (1.07%) Microsoft Project
6 23 (0.70%) Acrobat
7 13 (0.40%) Photoshop
8 11 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.061%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.061%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.061%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.031%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 36 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 29 (0.89%) Remedy ITSM
3 14 (0.43%) assyst
4 9 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
4 9 (0.27%) Sentinel
5 8 (0.24%) Elite 3E
6 7 (0.21%) Documaker
6 7 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
7 5 (0.15%) Carpe Diem
7 5 (0.15%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
9 3 (0.092%) ION MarketView
10 2 (0.061%) Dynamics NAV
10 2 (0.061%) FLEXCUBE
10 2 (0.061%) Payment Gateway
10 2 (0.061%) ResourceLink
11 1 (0.031%) Actimize
11 1 (0.031%) Line 500
11 1 (0.031%) Lorenzo
11 1 (0.031%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1,197 (36.54%) Office 365
2 954 (29.12%) Azure
3 446 (13.61%) Azure Active Directory
4 234 (7.14%) AWS
5 140 (4.27%) OneDrive
6 119 (3.63%) IaaS
7 111 (3.39%) PaaS
8 109 (3.33%) SaaS
9 79 (2.41%) Power Platform
10 62 (1.89%) PowerApps
11 51 (1.56%) Serverless
12 40 (1.22%) Logic Apps
13 38 (1.16%) Dynamics 365
14 37 (1.13%) Azure Functions
15 36 (1.10%) Yammer
16 35 (1.07%) Mimecast
16 35 (1.07%) Power Automate
17 25 (0.76%) G Suite
17 25 (0.76%) GCP
18 23 (0.70%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 516 (15.75%) DNS
2 376 (11.48%) DHCP
3 330 (10.07%) Firewall
4 237 (7.23%) VPN
5 222 (6.78%) WAN
6 212 (6.47%) LAN
7 204 (6.23%) Skype
8 175 (5.34%) TCP/IP
9 171 (5.22%) SAN
10 118 (3.60%) Internet
11 109 (3.33%) VoIP
12 97 (2.96%) Network Security
13 87 (2.66%) Remote Desktop
14 83 (2.53%) Wireless
15 82 (2.50%) NetScaler
16 64 (1.95%) Wi-Fi
17 55 (1.68%) SSL
18 54 (1.65%) VLAN
19 52 (1.59%) Kerberos
20 40 (1.22%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 329 (10.04%) SQL Server
2 45 (1.37%) Power BI
3 37 (1.13%) MySQL
3 37 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 33 (1.01%) Azure SQL Database
4 33 (1.01%) SQL Server 2016
4 33 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 26 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
6 24 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
7 21 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
8 19 (0.58%) Amazon RDS
9 16 (0.49%) Oracle Database
9 16 (0.49%) SQL Server 2014
10 15 (0.46%) Cosmos DB
11 13 (0.40%) Big Data
11 13 (0.40%) Data Lake
12 12 (0.37%) DB2
12 12 (0.37%) Hadoop
13 11 (0.34%) Apache Accumulo
13 11 (0.34%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 62 (1.89%) JIRA
2 55 (1.68%) Git (software)
3 53 (1.62%) Visual Studio
4 36 (1.10%) MSI
5 35 (1.07%) Jenkins
6 22 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
7 19 (0.58%) Bitbucket
8 17 (0.52%) Visual Studio Team System
9 16 (0.49%) GitLab
10 14 (0.43%) Subversion
11 13 (0.40%) Eclipse
12 12 (0.37%) Selenium
13 11 (0.34%) TeamCity
14 10 (0.31%) Ant
15 9 (0.27%) AdminStudio
15 9 (0.27%) Artifactory
15 9 (0.27%) JUnit
16 7 (0.21%) Hudson
16 7 (0.21%) Rational Team Concert
17 5 (0.15%) Trac
General
1 293 (8.94%) Finance
2 239 (7.30%) Public Sector
3 112 (3.42%) Banking
4 50 (1.53%) Telecoms
5 45 (1.37%) Retail
6 42 (1.28%) Law
7 33 (1.01%) Legal
8 29 (0.89%) Manufacturing
9 26 (0.79%) Local Government
10 24 (0.73%) Back Office
11 18 (0.55%) Aerospace
11 18 (0.55%) Marketing
12 17 (0.52%) Financial Institution
13 15 (0.46%) Electronics
14 12 (0.37%) Publishing
15 11 (0.34%) Advertising
16 9 (0.27%) Military
17 8 (0.24%) German Language
17 8 (0.24%) Police
18 7 (0.21%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 504 (15.38%) Analyst
2 403 (12.30%) Support Engineer
3 309 (9.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 262 (8.00%) Desktop Support
5 241 (7.36%) 2nd Line Support
6 216 (6.59%) Architect
7 214 (6.53%) Service Analyst
8 212 (6.47%) Windows Engineer
9 209 (6.38%) Consultant
10 205 (6.26%) Service Desk Analyst
11 182 (5.56%) IT Support
12 176 (5.37%) Desktop Engineer
13 164 (5.01%) Support Analyst
14 141 (4.30%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 137 (4.18%) IT Engineer
16 127 (3.88%) Active Directory Engineer
17 126 (3.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 109 (3.33%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
19 106 (3.24%) Server Engineer
20 105 (3.21%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 137 (4.18%) LDAP
2 120 (3.66%) .NET
3 90 (2.75%) SAML
4 81 (2.47%) Web Services
5 74 (2.26%) XML
6 51 (1.56%) OAuth
7 50 (1.53%) HTML
7 50 (1.53%) OpenID
8 46 (1.40%) REST
8 46 (1.40%) SOAP
9 37 (1.13%) JSON
9 37 (1.13%) SailPoint
10 29 (0.89%) ASP.NET
11 27 (0.82%) AngularJS
11 27 (0.82%) Middleware
12 26 (0.79%) Node.js
13 19 (0.58%) OAuth2
14 18 (0.55%) Servlets
15 17 (0.52%) JSP
16 15 (0.46%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 209 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
2 187 (5.71%) Data Centre
3 157 (4.79%) PKI
4 113 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
5 103 (3.14%) Management Information System
6 91 (2.78%) Clustering
7 73 (2.23%) NHS
8 72 (2.20%) Blackberry
9 45 (1.37%) Replication
10 42 (1.28%) Smartphone
11 41 (1.25%) Driving Licence
11 41 (1.25%) User Experience
12 39 (1.19%) Video Conferencing
13 37 (1.13%) Fat Client
13 37 (1.13%) iPhone
13 37 (1.13%) Thin Client
14 35 (1.07%) Public Cloud
15 27 (0.82%) iPad
16 24 (0.73%) Hybrid Cloud
17 23 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 2,370 (72.34%) Windows
2 1,061 (32.39%) Windows Server
3 935 (28.54%) Windows 10
4 598 (18.25%) Windows 7
5 465 (14.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 379 (11.57%) Windows Server 2008
7 356 (10.87%) Windows Server 2016
8 314 (9.58%) Linux
9 107 (3.27%) Android
9 107 (3.27%) Windows Server 2003
10 100 (3.05%) Unix
11 99 (3.02%) Apple iOS
12 96 (2.93%) Windows Server 2019
13 88 (2.69%) Windows XP
14 59 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 56 (1.71%) Windows 8
16 55 (1.68%) Mac OS
17 35 (1.07%) Windows Vista
18 27 (0.82%) Mac OS X
19 26 (0.79%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 541 (16.51%) ITIL
2 440 (13.43%) Migration
3 396 (12.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 325 (9.92%) Problem-Solving
5 207 (6.32%) DevOps
6 192 (5.86%) Agile Software Development
7 145 (4.43%) Configuration Management
8 132 (4.03%) Cybersecurity
9 127 (3.88%) Change Management
10 126 (3.85%) Service Management
11 122 (3.72%) Incident Management
12 116 (3.54%) ITSM
13 103 (3.14%) Identity Access Management
14 100 (3.05%) Information Security
15 97 (2.96%) Project Management
16 91 (2.78%) Identity Management
17 87 (2.66%) Disaster Recovery
18 83 (2.53%) SIEM
19 74 (2.26%) Project Delivery
20 73 (2.23%) Application Packaging
Programming Languages
1 667 (20.36%) PowerShell
2 358 (10.93%) SQL
3 115 (3.51%) Java
4 79 (2.41%) C#
5 76 (2.32%) Python
6 72 (2.20%) JavaScript
7 61 (1.86%) VB
8 51 (1.56%) Bash Shell
9 50 (1.53%) VBScript
10 33 (1.01%) C
10 33 (1.01%) Perl
11 30 (0.92%) Shell Script
12 20 (0.61%) T-SQL
13 14 (0.43%) PHP
13 14 (0.43%) REXX
13 14 (0.43%) Tcl
13 14 (0.43%) VB.NET
14 13 (0.40%) BeanShell
15 12 (0.37%) Korn
15 12 (0.37%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 499 (15.23%) Security Cleared
2 352 (10.74%) SC Cleared
3 286 (8.73%) Microsoft Certification
4 138 (4.21%) MCSE
5 127 (3.88%) DV Cleared
6 102 (3.11%) Degree
7 82 (2.50%) MCSA
8 75 (2.29%) Cisco Certification
9 69 (2.11%) CISSP
10 55 (1.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 51 (1.56%) CCNA
11 51 (1.56%) ITIL Certification
12 42 (1.28%) MCP
13 40 (1.22%) Citrix Certification
14 37 (1.13%) CCNP
15 36 (1.10%) DBS Check
16 29 (0.89%) MCITP
17 23 (0.70%) CCA
18 21 (0.64%) A+ Certification
19 20 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 157 (4.79%) SLA
2 60 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 33 (1.01%) GDPR
4 30 (0.92%) QA
5 22 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials
6 14 (0.43%) NCSC
7 10 (0.31%) PCI DSS
8 7 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 7 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
8 7 (0.21%) HIPAA
8 7 (0.21%) NIST
9 4 (0.12%) BS7799
9 4 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (0.092%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.092%) PMO
10 3 (0.092%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.061%) Data Quality
11 2 (0.061%) ISO 22301
11 2 (0.061%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.061%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 440 (13.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 225 (6.87%) Hyper-V
3 202 (6.17%) XenApp
4 156 (4.76%) VMware ESXi
5 150 (4.58%) vSphere
6 115 (3.51%) XenDesktop
7 86 (2.63%) Microsoft App-V
8 66 (2.01%) Virtual Machines
9 64 (1.95%) Virtual Desktop
10 60 (1.83%) Docker
11 54 (1.65%) VMware NSX
12 51 (1.56%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 45 (1.37%) Terminal Services
14 39 (1.19%) Virtual Servers
15 35 (1.07%) BitLocker
16 24 (0.73%) DFS Replication
17 19 (0.58%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
18 13 (0.40%) Firmware
18 13 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 13 (0.40%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 660 (20.15%) SCCM
2 189 (5.77%) Microsoft Intune
3 116 (3.54%) SCOM
4 102 (3.11%) Ansible
4 102 (3.11%) WSUS
5 90 (2.75%) Single Sign-On
6 52 (1.59%) Microsoft Clustering
6 52 (1.59%) vRealize
7 49 (1.50%) Terraform
8 44 (1.34%) Puppet
9 39 (1.19%) AirWatch
9 39 (1.19%) PowerCLI
10 37 (1.13%) Kubernetes
11 35 (1.07%) vCenter Server
12 30 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
13 29 (0.89%) Jamf Pro
13 29 (0.89%) NetBackup
14 28 (0.85%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 28 (0.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 27 (0.82%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 1,584 (48.35%) Microsoft
2 760 (23.20%) VMware
3 492 (15.02%) Citrix
4 302 (9.22%) Cisco
5 165 (5.04%) HP
6 137 (4.18%) Oracle
7 101 (3.08%) NetApp
8 100 (3.05%) Apple
9 98 (2.99%) ServiceNow
10 76 (2.32%) McAfee
11 73 (2.23%) Ivanti
12 72 (2.20%) Dell
13 68 (2.08%) Red Hat
14 67 (2.05%) Symantec
15 59 (1.80%) Google
15 59 (1.80%) IBM
16 58 (1.77%) Remedy
17 49 (1.50%) EMC
18 44 (1.34%) Adobe
19 42 (1.28%) Sophos