Period
to 5 August 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 5 August 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
5 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 24 24 35
Rank change year-on-year 0 +11 +6
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 2,271 5,945 6,025
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.38% 6.53% 5.86%
As % of the System Software category 42.35% 41.94% 41.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,438 3,808 3,665
Median daily rate £400 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% +11.54% +4.84%
10th Percentile £135 £130 £123
90th Percentile £550 £563 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £305
% change year-on-year +7.14% +14.75% +1.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 212 508 737
Median hourly rate £17.00 £15.86 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.19% +2.32% +3.33%
10th Percentile £11.16 £11.00 £10.79
90th Percentile £40.61 £42.53 £31.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.33 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +8.83% - +4.17%

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 5,362 14,176 14,533
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.06% 15.56% 14.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,349 9,371 9,393
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £200 £178 £181
90th Percentile £630 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 285 637 876
Median hourly rate £19.39 £17.00 £16.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.06% +5.92% +0.31%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £44.63
Median hourly rate £17.63 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +10.16% +0.88% +5.73%

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 5 August 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 5 August 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 5 August 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 +1 1,961 £400 +6.67% 550
UK excluding London +2 1,422 £375 +7.14% 460
London -10 748 £425 +6.25% 112
South East +1 359 £285 -25.00% 122
North of England +2 260 £338 +12.03% 116
South West +2 236 £460 +26.90% 66
Midlands +6 204 £403 +23.85% 85
Scotland +7 180 £418 +26.04% 17
Work from Home -3 168 £425 -4.49% 44
North West +3 166 £325 +4.00% 69
West Midlands +14 141 £438 +25.00% 43
East of England +7 135 £325 - 48
Yorkshire -19 72 £275 -15.38% 34
East Midlands -5 62 £350 +16.67% 42
Wales +1 46 £200 -32.20% 6
North East +10 22 £375 +134.38% 13
Northern Ireland +13 9 £160 +6.67% 2

For the 6 months to 5 August 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 1,600 (70.45%) Windows
2 1,121 (49.36%) Microsoft
3 759 (33.42%) Office 365
4 731 (32.19%) Windows Server
5 701 (30.87%) Azure
6 609 (26.82%) Windows 10
7 593 (26.11%) VMware
8 491 (21.62%) PowerShell
9 446 (19.64%) SCCM
10 398 (17.53%) Security Cleared
11 383 (16.86%) ITIL
12 378 (16.64%) VMware Infrastructure
13 355 (15.63%) DNS
14 351 (15.46%) Microsoft Office
15 344 (15.15%) Windows 7
16 329 (14.49%) Migration
16 329 (14.49%) Azure Active Directory
17 324 (14.27%) Windows Server 2012
17 324 (14.27%) Citrix
18 276 (12.15%) SQL Server
19 275 (12.11%) Linux
20 272 (11.98%) Firewall
20 272 (11.98%) Windows Server 2016
21 267 (11.76%) SC Cleared
22 257 (11.32%) Windows Server 2008
23 255 (11.23%) DHCP
24 249 (10.96%) Cisco
24 249 (10.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 239 (10.52%) SharePoint
26 238 (10.48%) 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
1 239 (10.52%) SharePoint
2 238 (10.48%) MS Exchange
3 122 (5.37%) Skype for Business
4 87 (3.83%) Exchange Server 2010
4 87 (3.83%) IIS
5 59 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2013
6 38 (1.67%) Confluence
7 29 (1.28%) IBM Notes
8 28 (1.23%) Apache
9 26 (1.14%) Tomcat
10 24 (1.06%) IBM Domino
11 20 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
12 16 (0.70%) ArcGIS
13 14 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2003
13 14 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
14 8 (0.35%) Apache Spark
14 8 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 8 (0.35%) CMS
14 8 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 8 (0.35%) WebSphere
Applications
1 351 (15.46%) Microsoft Office
2 60 (2.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (1.41%) MS Visio
4 30 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 18 (0.79%) Photoshop
6 14 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.22%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.13%) Acrobat
8 3 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.088%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.044%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 14 (0.62%) Sentinel
2 10 (0.44%) Oracle Applications
3 8 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.31%) Documaker
4 7 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (0.18%) assyst
6 4 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.18%) ION MarketView
7 3 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.088%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.088%) ResourceLink
9 1 (0.044%) Actimize
9 1 (0.044%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.044%) Line 500
9 1 (0.044%) NetSuite
9 1 (0.044%) Oracle BPM
9 1 (0.044%) Towers Watson Igloo
9 1 (0.044%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 759 (33.42%) Office 365
2 701 (30.87%) Azure
3 329 (14.49%) Azure Active Directory
4 162 (7.13%) AWS
5 86 (3.79%) OneDrive
6 84 (3.70%) IaaS
7 81 (3.57%) SaaS
8 76 (3.35%) PaaS
9 52 (2.29%) Power Platform
10 33 (1.45%) PowerApps
11 31 (1.37%) GCP
12 25 (1.10%) Yammer
13 22 (0.97%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 22 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
14 21 (0.92%) Amazon S3
15 20 (0.88%) Amazon EC2
16 18 (0.79%) Mimecast
17 17 (0.75%) GitHub
18 16 (0.70%) Serverless
19 14 (0.62%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 355 (15.63%) DNS
2 272 (11.98%) Firewall
3 255 (11.23%) DHCP
4 175 (7.71%) WAN
5 169 (7.44%) Skype
6 156 (6.87%) VPN
7 131 (5.77%) LAN
8 129 (5.68%) SAN
9 127 (5.59%) TCP/IP
10 85 (3.74%) Network Security
11 79 (3.48%) VoIP
12 73 (3.21%) Internet
13 71 (3.13%) Wireless
14 56 (2.47%) Remote Desktop
15 48 (2.11%) NetScaler
16 42 (1.85%) Intranet
17 41 (1.81%) Kerberos
17 41 (1.81%) Wi-Fi
18 37 (1.63%) VLAN
19 33 (1.45%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 276 (12.15%) SQL Server
2 43 (1.89%) MySQL
3 39 (1.72%) Azure SQL Database
4 30 (1.32%) Cosmos DB
5 25 (1.10%) GIS
6 22 (0.97%) Power BI
6 22 (0.97%) SQL Server 2016
7 21 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
8 20 (0.88%) Hadoop
8 20 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
9 18 (0.79%) Data Lake
9 18 (0.79%) Oracle Database
10 17 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
11 15 (0.66%) Apache Accumulo
11 15 (0.66%) DB2
12 13 (0.57%) Relational Database
12 13 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
13 12 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
14 11 (0.48%) QGIS
14 11 (0.48%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 59 (2.60%) JIRA
2 42 (1.85%) Visual Studio
3 36 (1.59%) MSI
4 32 (1.41%) Git (software)
5 27 (1.19%) Bitbucket
5 27 (1.19%) Jenkins
6 21 (0.92%) Subversion
7 13 (0.57%) Eclipse
7 13 (0.57%) Selenium
8 12 (0.53%) JUnit
9 11 (0.48%) Team Foundation Server
10 9 (0.40%) AdminStudio
10 9 (0.40%) Ant
11 8 (0.35%) TeamCity
12 7 (0.31%) Hudson
12 7 (0.31%) Visual Studio Team System
13 6 (0.26%) SonarQube
13 6 (0.26%) Sonatype Nexus
14 5 (0.22%) GitLab
14 5 (0.22%) Trac
General
1 220 (9.69%) Finance
2 161 (7.09%) Public Sector
3 112 (4.93%) Banking
4 45 (1.98%) Telecoms
5 29 (1.28%) Retail
6 25 (1.10%) Manufacturing
7 21 (0.92%) Aerospace
8 19 (0.84%) Legal
9 17 (0.75%) Marketing
10 16 (0.70%) Investment Banking
10 16 (0.70%) Law
10 16 (0.70%) Local Government
11 14 (0.62%) Financial Institution
12 12 (0.53%) Electronics
13 11 (0.48%) Back Office
14 10 (0.44%) Military
14 10 (0.44%) Publishing
15 8 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
16 7 (0.31%) Front Office
17 6 (0.26%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 335 (14.75%) Analyst
2 228 (10.04%) Support Engineer
3 197 (8.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 175 (7.71%) Architect
5 145 (6.38%) 2nd Line Support
6 144 (6.34%) Desktop Support
7 138 (6.08%) Consultant
8 127 (5.59%) Windows Engineer
9 125 (5.50%) Service Analyst
10 119 (5.24%) Service Desk Analyst
11 103 (4.54%) Support Analyst
12 98 (4.32%) Desktop Engineer
12 98 (4.32%) IT Support
13 91 (4.01%) Administrator
13 91 (4.01%) Developer
14 81 (3.57%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 77 (3.39%) Active Directory Engineer
16 75 (3.30%) IT Engineer
17 74 (3.26%) Azure Engineer
18 69 (3.04%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 124 (5.46%) LDAP
2 98 (4.32%) .NET
3 71 (3.13%) SAML
4 62 (2.73%) Web Services
5 58 (2.55%) XML
6 46 (2.03%) HTML
7 39 (1.72%) OAuth
7 39 (1.72%) OpenID
8 38 (1.67%) SailPoint
9 33 (1.45%) Middleware
10 30 (1.32%) Node.js
11 29 (1.28%) REST
11 29 (1.28%) SOAP
12 26 (1.14%) JSON
12 26 (1.14%) Kafka
13 19 (0.84%) AngularJS
14 17 (0.75%) JSP
14 17 (0.75%) OAuth2
14 17 (0.75%) Servlets
15 16 (0.70%) Apache NiFi
Miscellaneous
1 163 (7.18%) Analytical Skills
2 147 (6.47%) Data Centre
3 109 (4.80%) PKI
4 97 (4.27%) Management Information System
5 89 (3.92%) Self-Motivation
6 72 (3.17%) Clustering
7 65 (2.86%) NHS
8 36 (1.59%) Public Cloud
9 33 (1.45%) Blackberry
10 30 (1.32%) Replication
11 26 (1.14%) Driving Licence
11 26 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
12 25 (1.10%) Fat Client
12 25 (1.10%) Thin Client
13 24 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
14 23 (1.01%) Cyberthreat
14 23 (1.01%) User Experience
14 23 (1.01%) Video Conferencing
15 21 (0.92%) Mobile App
16 20 (0.88%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 1,600 (70.45%) Windows
2 731 (32.19%) Windows Server
3 609 (26.82%) Windows 10
4 344 (15.15%) Windows 7
5 324 (14.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 275 (12.11%) Linux
7 272 (11.98%) Windows Server 2016
8 257 (11.32%) Windows Server 2008
9 109 (4.80%) Unix
10 98 (4.32%) Windows Server 2019
11 66 (2.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 64 (2.82%) Windows Server 2003
13 63 (2.77%) Apple iOS
14 50 (2.20%) Android
15 44 (1.94%) Windows XP
16 36 (1.59%) Windows 8
17 26 (1.14%) Mac OS
18 21 (0.92%) CentOS
19 19 (0.84%) Windows Mobile
20 17 (0.75%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 383 (16.86%) ITIL
2 329 (14.49%) Migration
3 249 (10.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 230 (10.13%) Problem-Solving
5 182 (8.01%) DevOps
6 152 (6.69%) Agile Software Development
7 133 (5.86%) Cybersecurity
8 126 (5.55%) Configuration Management
9 118 (5.20%) Change Management
10 107 (4.71%) Information Security
11 90 (3.96%) Project Management
12 84 (3.70%) Identity Management
13 79 (3.48%) Incident Management
14 78 (3.43%) SIEM
15 77 (3.39%) Service Management
16 76 (3.35%) High Availability
16 76 (3.35%) Identity Access Management
17 73 (3.21%) Disaster Recovery
18 65 (2.86%) Patch Management
19 62 (2.73%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 491 (21.62%) PowerShell
2 230 (10.13%) SQL
3 134 (5.90%) Java
4 81 (3.57%) Python
5 74 (3.26%) C#
6 70 (3.08%) JavaScript
7 52 (2.29%) VB
8 49 (2.16%) Bash Shell
9 46 (2.03%) VBScript
10 39 (1.72%) C
11 35 (1.54%) Perl
12 21 (0.92%) Shell Script
13 16 (0.70%) PHP
13 16 (0.70%) T-SQL
14 14 (0.62%) BeanShell
15 10 (0.44%) Korn
15 10 (0.44%) VB.NET
16 9 (0.40%) Bourne shell
16 9 (0.40%) Ruby
17 7 (0.31%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 398 (17.53%) Security Cleared
2 267 (11.76%) SC Cleared
3 210 (9.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 127 (5.59%) DV Cleared
5 86 (3.79%) MCSE
6 79 (3.48%) Cisco Certification
7 73 (3.21%) CISSP
8 63 (2.77%) MCSA
9 61 (2.69%) Degree
10 48 (2.11%) CCNA
11 45 (1.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 43 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
13 37 (1.63%) CCNP
14 28 (1.23%) MCP
15 26 (1.14%) DBS Check
16 18 (0.79%) GIAC
17 17 (0.75%) Citrix Certification
17 17 (0.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 16 (0.70%) CISA
19 15 (0.66%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (4.27%) SLA
2 49 (2.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 31 (1.37%) QA
4 23 (1.01%) GDPR
5 14 (0.62%) Government Security Classifications
5 14 (0.62%) NCSC
6 13 (0.57%) Cyber Essentials
7 9 (0.40%) PCI DSS
8 7 (0.31%) HIPAA
8 7 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (0.22%) COBIT
9 5 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
9 5 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 5 (0.22%) PMO
10 4 (0.18%) Data Quality
10 4 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 3 (0.13%) ISO 9001
12 2 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.088%) ISO 22301
12 2 (0.088%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 378 (16.64%) VMware Infrastructure
2 182 (8.01%) Hyper-V
3 135 (5.94%) XenApp
4 117 (5.15%) VMware ESXi
5 109 (4.80%) vSphere
6 76 (3.35%) Microsoft App-V
7 66 (2.91%) Docker
8 55 (2.42%) XenDesktop
9 54 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
10 53 (2.33%) VMware NSX
11 47 (2.07%) Virtual Desktop
12 35 (1.54%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 31 (1.37%) Terminal Services
14 25 (1.10%) BitLocker
15 23 (1.01%) Virtual Servers
16 19 (0.84%) VMware Workstation
17 16 (0.70%) Apache ZooKeeper
18 15 (0.66%) Firmware
19 14 (0.62%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
20 13 (0.57%) NFS
Systems Management
1 446 (19.64%) SCCM
2 164 (7.22%) Microsoft Intune
3 99 (4.36%) Ansible
4 86 (3.79%) SCOM
5 77 (3.39%) WSUS
6 65 (2.86%) Single Sign-On
7 51 (2.25%) Kubernetes
8 49 (2.16%) Puppet
9 42 (1.85%) Microsoft Clustering
9 42 (1.85%) Terraform
10 38 (1.67%) vRealize
11 34 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
12 29 (1.28%) PowerCLI
13 28 (1.23%) vCenter Server
14 26 (1.14%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 24 (1.06%) Failover Clustering
16 18 (0.79%) Tivoli
17 17 (0.75%) Norton AntiVirus
17 17 (0.75%) vMotion
18 15 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 1,121 (49.36%) Microsoft
2 593 (26.11%) VMware
3 324 (14.27%) Citrix
4 249 (10.96%) Cisco
5 146 (6.43%) Oracle
6 137 (6.03%) HP
7 78 (3.43%) NetApp
8 76 (3.35%) Red Hat
9 75 (3.30%) ServiceNow
10 58 (2.55%) Dell
10 58 (2.55%) McAfee
11 57 (2.51%) Apple
12 48 (2.11%) IBM
13 43 (1.89%) SAP
13 43 (1.89%) Symantec
14 38 (1.67%) Meraki
15 37 (1.63%) Google
16 36 (1.59%) CyberArk
16 36 (1.59%) EMC
17 35 (1.54%) CheckPoint