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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 2022 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 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 44 42 23
Rank change year-on-year -2 -19 +10
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 4,337 2,983 3,276
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.95% 5.12% 6.80%
As % of the System Software category 37.16% 35.87% 43.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,116 1,984 2,077
10th Percentile £150 £138 £130
25th Percentile £200 £220 £185
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £360
Median % change year-on-year - +11.11% -0.69%
75th Percentile £538 £500 £488
90th Percentile £625 £585 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £285 £325 £350
% change year-on-year -12.31% -7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 234 205 327
10th Percentile £12.68 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.25 £12.98 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.23 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year +7.83% -1.64% +10.00%
75th Percentile £22.25 £23.75 £20.75
90th Percentile £37.50 £51.75 £40.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.88 £15.70 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.48% -1.88% +7.74%

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 11,671 8,317 7,464
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.33% 14.26% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,382 5,759 5,065
10th Percentile £200 £230 £180
25th Percentile £400 £385 £338
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £465
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.38% -2.11%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £660 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 299 292 375
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.66 £11.26
25th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £13.31
Median hourly rate £19.00 £21.25 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -10.59% +21.43% +9.38%
75th Percentile £40.00 £48.94 £24.01
90th Percentile £59.18 £64.43 £51.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.27 £16.40
% change year-on-year -4.21% +11.40% +9.33%

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 2022.

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 2022.

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 2022. 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
Jobs
England +1 3,706 £400 +6.31% 1,189
UK excluding London +1 2,299 £285 -12.31% 1,009
Work from Home -14 1,650 £450 +1.12% 325
London +6 1,482 £475 +5.56% 261
South East -4 598 £375 -6.25% 225
North of England +5 548 £250 -10.71% 308
Midlands -4 404 £225 -16.67% 181
North West 0 291 £258 +3.00% 154
South West +1 262 £300 -3.23% 106
East of England +1 238 £325 +46.07% 103
West Midlands 0 230 £275 -3.93% 98
Yorkshire +1 205 £213 -26.09% 118
East Midlands 0 166 £220 +3.53% 81
Scotland -13 158 £325 -20.73% 51
Wales +10 90 £350 +64.71% 19
North East +14 55 £263 -34.38% 36
Northern Ireland -8 10 £305 -23.75% 16
Channel Islands -5 1 £175 -

For the 6 months to 24 May 2022, 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 2,834 (65.34%) Windows
2 2,355 (54.30%) Microsoft
3 1,978 (45.61%) Microsoft 365
4 1,707 (39.36%) Azure
5 1,076 (24.81%) VMware
6 1,049 (24.19%) Windows 10
7 1,046 (24.12%) Windows Server
8 1,032 (23.80%) Social Skills
9 981 (22.62%) Azure Active Directory
10 964 (22.23%) PowerShell
11 855 (19.71%) DNS
12 767 (17.69%) SCCM
13 736 (16.97%) VMware Infrastructure
14 732 (16.88%) ITIL
15 630 (14.53%) Microsoft Office
16 560 (12.91%) Citrix
17 555 (12.80%) Security Cleared
18 547 (12.61%) Migration
19 532 (12.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 523 (12.06%) DHCP
21 517 (11.92%) Linux
22 514 (11.85%) SQL
23 507 (11.69%) Firewall
24 503 (11.60%) Finance
25 483 (11.14%) Microsoft Intune
26 449 (10.35%) SC Cleared
27 434 (10.01%) Problem-Solving
28 421 (9.71%) SharePoint
29 411 (9.48%) SQL Server
30 396 (9.13%) MS Exchange

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
1 421 (9.71%) SharePoint
2 396 (9.13%) MS Exchange
3 161 (3.71%) IIS
4 100 (2.31%) Skype for Business
5 81 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2010
6 78 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2013
7 69 (1.59%) Confluence
8 33 (0.76%) Apache
9 27 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
10 26 (0.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 21 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
12 16 (0.37%) WebSphere
13 15 (0.35%) nginx
14 14 (0.32%) IBM Domino
15 13 (0.30%) JBoss
16 12 (0.28%) Tomcat
16 12 (0.28%) WebLogic
17 10 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
18 9 (0.21%) Apache Spark
18 9 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 630 (14.53%) Microsoft Office
2 110 (2.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 39 (0.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 36 (0.83%) MS Visio
5 26 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.092%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.069%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.046%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.023%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.023%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.023%) Autodesk Inventor
10 1 (0.023%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.023%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 26 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (0.51%) Sentinel
3 10 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.16%) assyst
4 7 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
4 7 (0.16%) Markit EDM
4 7 (0.16%) thinkFolio
5 6 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
6 5 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
6 5 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
6 5 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 4 (0.092%) NetSuite
8 3 (0.069%) Oracle Cash Management
8 3 (0.069%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.069%) Oracle FAH
8 3 (0.069%) Oracle Utilities
9 2 (0.046%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.046%) SAP ERP
10 1 (0.023%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 1 (0.023%) SAP EHS
Cloud Services
1 1,978 (45.61%) Microsoft 365
2 1,707 (39.36%) Azure
3 981 (22.62%) Azure Active Directory
4 376 (8.67%) AWS
5 208 (4.80%) IaaS
6 181 (4.17%) PaaS
7 169 (3.90%) SaaS
8 162 (3.74%) OneDrive
9 123 (2.84%) Power Platform
10 96 (2.21%) Azure Monitor
11 77 (1.78%) GCP
12 75 (1.73%) Mimecast
13 54 (1.25%) OpenShift
14 53 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
15 52 (1.20%) GitHub
16 49 (1.13%) Azure Sentinel
16 49 (1.13%) Serverless
17 44 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
18 43 (0.99%) Azure Logic Apps
19 40 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 855 (19.71%) DNS
2 523 (12.06%) DHCP
3 507 (11.69%) Firewall
4 257 (5.93%) WAN
5 256 (5.90%) VPN
6 248 (5.72%) TCP/IP
7 247 (5.70%) LAN
8 141 (3.25%) SAN
9 125 (2.88%) Network Security
10 121 (2.79%) VoIP
11 120 (2.77%) Wi-Fi
12 115 (2.65%) Skype
13 103 (2.37%) Wireless
14 90 (2.08%) Internet
14 90 (2.08%) Kerberos
15 78 (1.80%) Remote Desktop
16 73 (1.68%) VLAN
17 64 (1.48%) SSL
18 53 (1.22%) NetScaler
19 46 (1.06%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 411 (9.48%) SQL Server
2 73 (1.68%) Power BI
3 57 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
4 56 (1.29%) MySQL
5 41 (0.95%) Azure SQL Database
6 29 (0.67%) MongoDB
7 26 (0.60%) Amazon RDS
8 24 (0.55%) Relational Database
9 22 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
10 19 (0.44%) Oracle Database
11 17 (0.39%) DB2
12 16 (0.37%) Data Lake
13 14 (0.32%) Oracle Database 11g
13 14 (0.32%) Oracle Database 12c
14 12 (0.28%) NoSQL
14 12 (0.28%) Redis
14 12 (0.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 9 (0.21%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 9 (0.21%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 9 (0.21%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 131 (3.02%) JIRA
2 97 (2.24%) Jenkins
3 86 (1.98%) Git (software)
4 45 (1.04%) TeamCity
5 40 (0.92%) GitLab
6 35 (0.81%) SonarQube
7 29 (0.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 27 (0.62%) Cucumber
9 26 (0.60%) Sonatype Nexus
10 20 (0.46%) Hudson
11 18 (0.42%) Selenium
11 18 (0.42%) Visual Studio
12 17 (0.39%) Octopus Deploy
12 17 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
13 16 (0.37%) Subversion
13 16 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
14 15 (0.35%) Robot Framework
15 14 (0.32%) Maven
16 12 (0.28%) Gradle
16 12 (0.28%) MSI
General
1 1,032 (23.80%) Social Skills
2 503 (11.60%) Finance
3 384 (8.85%) Public Sector
4 203 (4.68%) Analytical Skills
5 143 (3.30%) Banking
6 73 (1.68%) Retail
7 68 (1.57%) Law
8 65 (1.50%) Telecoms
9 58 (1.34%) Organisational Skills
10 54 (1.25%) Presentation Skills
11 48 (1.11%) Legal
12 45 (1.04%) Documentation Skills
12 45 (1.04%) Manufacturing
13 30 (0.69%) Advertising
13 30 (0.69%) Marketing
14 29 (0.67%) Influencing Skills
15 28 (0.65%) Back Office
15 28 (0.65%) Financial Institution
16 26 (0.60%) Front Office
17 22 (0.51%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 674 (15.54%) Analyst
2 558 (12.87%) Support Engineer
3 453 (10.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 419 (9.66%) Architect
5 341 (7.86%) 2nd Line Support
6 316 (7.29%) IT Support
7 264 (6.09%) Service Analyst
8 252 (5.81%) Desktop Support
9 250 (5.76%) Service Desk Analyst
10 239 (5.51%) Support Analyst
11 206 (4.75%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 204 (4.70%) IT Analyst
13 203 (4.68%) Desktop Engineer
14 199 (4.59%) IT Engineer
15 197 (4.54%) Azure Engineer
16 187 (4.31%) Consultant
17 163 (3.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 157 (3.62%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
19 150 (3.46%) Cloud Engineer
20 148 (3.41%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 158 (3.64%) LDAP
2 116 (2.67%) .NET
3 80 (1.84%) SAML
4 77 (1.78%) HTML
5 76 (1.75%) REST
6 70 (1.61%) Web Services
7 67 (1.54%) JSON
8 50 (1.15%) CSS
8 50 (1.15%) SailPoint
9 42 (0.97%) Middleware
10 40 (0.92%) OAuth
11 39 (0.90%) ARM Templates
12 37 (0.85%) .NET Framework
12 37 (0.85%) XML
13 36 (0.83%) OpenID
14 32 (0.74%) .NET Core
15 29 (0.67%) ASP.NET
15 29 (0.67%) YAML
16 23 (0.53%) Microsoft Graph
16 23 (0.53%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 232 (5.35%) Data Centre
2 219 (5.05%) PKI
3 153 (3.53%) Clustering
4 129 (2.97%) Replication
5 116 (2.67%) Management Information System
6 112 (2.58%) NHS
7 109 (2.51%) Public Cloud
8 73 (1.68%) User Experience
9 71 (1.64%) Data Protection Act
10 68 (1.57%) Self-Motivation
11 61 (1.41%) Cloud Native
12 57 (1.31%) Driving Licence
13 56 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
14 55 (1.27%) iPhone
15 52 (1.20%) iPad
16 51 (1.18%) Blackberry
17 50 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
18 49 (1.13%) Smartphone
19 48 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
20 40 (0.92%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 2,834 (65.34%) Windows
2 1,049 (24.19%) Windows 10
3 1,046 (24.12%) Windows Server
4 517 (11.92%) Linux
5 327 (7.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 297 (6.85%) Windows 7
7 288 (6.64%) Windows Server 2016
8 237 (5.46%) Windows Server 2008
9 195 (4.50%) Windows Server 2019
10 168 (3.87%) Apple iOS
11 159 (3.67%) Android
12 128 (2.95%) Unix
13 97 (2.24%) Mac OS
14 79 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 76 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
16 63 (1.45%) Windows 8
17 50 (1.15%) Ubuntu
17 50 (1.15%) VMS
18 32 (0.74%) Windows XP
19 31 (0.71%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 732 (16.88%) ITIL
2 547 (12.61%) Migration
3 532 (12.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 434 (10.01%) Problem-Solving
5 371 (8.55%) Agile
6 336 (7.75%) DevOps
7 250 (5.76%) Change Management
8 215 (4.96%) Incident Management
9 206 (4.75%) Cybersecurity
10 198 (4.57%) CI/CD
11 194 (4.47%) Service Management
12 181 (4.17%) ITSM
13 175 (4.04%) Identity Management
14 160 (3.69%) Identity Access Management
15 153 (3.53%) Service Delivery
16 152 (3.50%) Project Delivery
17 150 (3.46%) Project Management
18 146 (3.37%) Stakeholder Management
19 144 (3.32%) Disaster Recovery
20 141 (3.25%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 964 (22.23%) PowerShell
2 514 (11.85%) SQL
3 190 (4.38%) Python
4 113 (2.61%) C#
5 108 (2.49%) JavaScript
6 79 (1.82%) Bash
6 79 (1.82%) Java
7 70 (1.61%) VBScript
8 38 (0.88%) C
9 31 (0.71%) Shell Script
10 29 (0.67%) VB
11 25 (0.58%) Perl
12 22 (0.51%) PHP
13 19 (0.44%) T-SQL
14 14 (0.32%) Groovy
15 13 (0.30%) Apple Swift
15 13 (0.30%) Ruby
16 11 (0.25%) PL/SQL
17 9 (0.21%) Go
18 8 (0.18%) C++
Qualifications
1 555 (12.80%) Security Cleared
2 449 (10.35%) SC Cleared
3 229 (5.28%) Microsoft Certification
4 155 (3.57%) Degree
5 135 (3.11%) DV Cleared
6 133 (3.07%) MCSE
7 90 (2.08%) MCP
8 87 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
9 80 (1.84%) CCNA
10 76 (1.75%) MCSA
11 58 (1.34%) DBS Check
12 57 (1.31%) ITIL Certification
13 56 (1.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 45 (1.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 35 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
16 23 (0.53%) MCITP
17 22 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
18 21 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
19 20 (0.46%) A+ Certification
20 19 (0.44%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 353 (8.14%) SLA
2 102 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 75 (1.73%) QA
4 51 (1.18%) GDPR
5 33 (0.76%) Cyber Essentials
6 27 (0.62%) NIST
7 26 (0.60%) PMO
8 24 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 21 (0.48%) PCI DSS
10 14 (0.32%) COBIT
10 14 (0.32%) NCSC
11 12 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 10 (0.23%) Data Quality
13 9 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 7 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
15 6 (0.14%) GxP
16 5 (0.12%) GRC
17 4 (0.092%) Accessibility
17 4 (0.092%) ISO 22301
17 4 (0.092%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 736 (16.97%) VMware Infrastructure
2 332 (7.66%) Hyper-V
3 230 (5.30%) vSphere
4 168 (3.87%) VMware ESXi
5 144 (3.32%) XenApp
6 105 (2.42%) Virtual Machines
7 102 (2.35%) Docker
8 97 (2.24%) Virtual Desktop
9 81 (1.87%) Microsoft App-V
10 79 (1.82%) XenDesktop
11 64 (1.48%) Virtual Servers
12 58 (1.34%) BitLocker
13 56 (1.29%) VMware NSX
14 52 (1.20%) NFS
15 38 (0.88%) Firmware
16 24 (0.55%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
17 18 (0.42%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 17 (0.39%) Terminal Services
19 15 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
20 14 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 767 (17.69%) SCCM
2 483 (11.14%) Microsoft Intune
3 258 (5.95%) Terraform
4 201 (4.63%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 170 (3.92%) Ansible
6 159 (3.67%) Single Sign-On
7 152 (3.50%) Kubernetes
8 99 (2.28%) Microsoft Clustering
8 99 (2.28%) vCenter Server
9 89 (2.05%) WSUS
10 75 (1.73%) SCOM
11 56 (1.29%) AirWatch
12 55 (1.27%) vRealize
13 49 (1.13%) Puppet
14 46 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
15 33 (0.76%) NetBackup
16 29 (0.67%) PowerCLI
16 29 (0.67%) vRealize Orchestrator
17 28 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
17 28 (0.65%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 2,355 (54.30%) Microsoft
2 1,076 (24.81%) VMware
3 560 (12.91%) Citrix
4 362 (8.35%) Cisco
5 222 (5.12%) ServiceNow
6 189 (4.36%) HP
7 167 (3.85%) Oracle
8 129 (2.97%) Dell
9 120 (2.77%) Apple
10 117 (2.70%) Red Hat
11 95 (2.19%) Google
11 95 (2.19%) Splunk
12 93 (2.14%) McAfee
13 91 (2.10%) NetApp
14 80 (1.84%) Veeam
15 77 (1.78%) Okta
15 77 (1.78%) SAP
16 74 (1.71%) Ivanti
17 73 (1.68%) SolarWinds
18 70 (1.61%) Remedy