Period
to 7 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Azure Active Directory skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Azure Active Directory over the 6 months to 7 March 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 Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
UK
6 months to
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 201 252 315
Rank change year-on-year +51 +63 +223
Contract jobs citing Azure Active Directory 617 658 828
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.28% 1.00% 0.85%
As % of the Cloud Services category 3.78% 3.30% 3.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 585 445 612
Median daily rate £450 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +2.70% -0.96%
10th Percentile £300 £314 £325
90th Percentile £600 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £450 £439
% change year-on-year -13.33% +2.56% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 2 4
Median hourly rate £47.50 £80.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.63% +400.00% -12.93%
10th Percentile £27.25 £77.50 £15.50
90th Percentile £53.80 £82.50 £22.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £80.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -64.38% +400.00% -12.93%

Azure Active Directory is in the Cloud Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills.

All Cloud Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for cloud computing skills 16,330 19,921 25,556
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.95% 30.16% 26.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,639 14,000 17,960
Median daily rate £500 £493 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.52% -1.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £310 £280 £310
90th Percentile £650 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 315 302 264
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +14.29% -2.78%
10th Percentile £12.30 £12.76 £11.50
90th Percentile £61.00 £60.70 £47.85
Median hourly rate £19.50 £19.00 £17.43
% change year-on-year +2.63% +9.01% +16.20%

Azure Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Azure Active Directory as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Azure Active Directory in the UK

Azure Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Azure Active Directory.

Daily rate trend for Azure Active Directory in the UK

Azure Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Azure Active Directory over the 6 months to 7 March 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Azure Active Directory in the UK

Azure Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Azure Active Directory.

Hourly rate trend for Azure Active Directory in the UK

Azure Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Azure Active Directory over the 6 months to 7 March 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Azure Active Directory in the UK

Azure 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 Azure Active Directory within the UK over the 6 months to 7 March 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 +43 452 £450 -5.26% 204
UK excluding London +41 242 £390 -13.33% 148
Work from Home -63 239 £450 -5.26% 30
London +60 233 £475 - 65
South East +66 80 £425 -10.53% 39
North of England +20 52 £375 -16.67% 40
Scotland +22 44 £400 - 10
North West +45 40 £394 -12.50% 28
Midlands +25 30 £405 -11.23% 25
South West +55 24 £350 -33.33% 14
West Midlands +7 20 £388 -18.42% 13
Yorkshire +13 11 £425 -22.73% 8
East Midlands +31 10 £405 +35.00% 12
East of England +48 8 £200 -50.00% 16
Wales +19 4 £368 -3.92% 3
North East +6 1 £300 -29.41% 4
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 7 March 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Azure 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 Azure Active Directory.

1 614 (99.51%) Azure
2 486 (78.77%) Active Directory
3 367 (59.48%) Microsoft
4 270 (43.76%) Microsoft 365
5 249 (40.36%) Windows
6 202 (32.74%) PowerShell
7 167 (27.07%) DevOps
8 138 (22.37%) Microsoft Intune
9 132 (21.39%) SharePoint
10 115 (18.64%) Windows Server
11 110 (17.83%) Migration
12 105 (17.02%) Agile Software Development
13 97 (15.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 94 (15.24%) SQL Server
15 92 (14.91%) SQL
16 89 (14.42%) Windows 10
17 84 (13.61%) VMware
17 84 (13.61%) Security Cleared
18 82 (13.29%) Finance
19 75 (12.16%) Public Sector
20 74 (11.99%) SC Cleared
21 71 (11.51%) SCCM
21 71 (11.51%) OneDrive
21 71 (11.51%) Terraform
22 68 (11.02%) DNS
23 66 (10.70%) Identity Access Management
24 64 (10.37%) Single Sign-On
25 61 (9.89%) VMware Infrastructure
25 61 (9.89%) PaaS
26 60 (9.72%) .NET

Azure 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
1 132 (21.39%) SharePoint
2 26 (4.21%) MS Exchange
3 19 (3.08%) Skype for Business
4 13 (2.11%) IIS
5 11 (1.78%) BizTalk Server
6 8 (1.30%) Confluence
7 7 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.32%) Apache
9 2 (0.32%) CMS
10 1 (0.16%) Apache Pig
10 1 (0.16%) Apache ServiceMix
10 1 (0.16%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Fuse
10 1 (0.16%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
Applications
1 39 (6.32%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.13%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.97%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.49%) assyst
2 2 (0.32%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.16%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 614 (99.51%) Azure
2 270 (43.76%) Microsoft 365
3 71 (11.51%) OneDrive
4 61 (9.89%) PaaS
5 60 (9.72%) IaaS
6 53 (8.59%) AWS
7 46 (7.46%) Power Platform
8 41 (6.65%) SaaS
9 17 (2.76%) Serverless
10 15 (2.43%) Logic Apps
11 13 (2.11%) AWS CloudFormation
11 13 (2.11%) Boomi
12 12 (1.94%) Power Automate
13 11 (1.78%) PowerApps
14 10 (1.62%) Amazon GuardDuty
15 9 (1.46%) Azure Functions
15 9 (1.46%) GCP
16 8 (1.30%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 7 (1.13%) Dynamics 365
18 4 (0.65%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 68 (11.02%) DNS
2 51 (8.27%) Firewall
3 43 (6.97%) VPN
4 35 (5.67%) WAN
5 32 (5.19%) DHCP
6 30 (4.86%) Network Security
7 22 (3.57%) SAN
8 21 (3.40%) Skype
9 18 (2.92%) LAN
9 18 (2.92%) VSAN
10 17 (2.76%) Wi-Fi
11 16 (2.59%) TCP/IP
12 15 (2.43%) VLAN
13 12 (1.94%) Ethernet
14 7 (1.13%) DMZ
14 7 (1.13%) Kerberos
14 7 (1.13%) SSL
15 6 (0.97%) Remote Desktop
16 5 (0.81%) SMTP
16 5 (0.81%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (15.24%) SQL Server
2 33 (5.35%) Power BI
3 26 (4.21%) Azure SQL Database
4 12 (1.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 10 (1.62%) Cosmos DB
6 9 (1.46%) HBase
6 9 (1.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 8 (1.30%) Hadoop
8 6 (0.97%) NoSQL
9 5 (0.81%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 5 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
10 4 (0.65%) Data Lake
11 3 (0.49%) SQLite
12 2 (0.32%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
12 2 (0.32%) Relational Database
12 2 (0.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database
13 1 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 26 (4.21%) Octopus Deploy
2 18 (2.92%) JIRA
3 12 (1.94%) Git (software)
4 10 (1.62%) Jenkins
5 6 (0.97%) GitLab
5 6 (0.97%) Visual Studio
6 4 (0.65%) Cucumber
6 4 (0.65%) JMeter
6 4 (0.65%) Selenium
6 4 (0.65%) SonarQube
7 3 (0.49%) git-flow
7 3 (0.49%) Hudson
7 3 (0.49%) JUnit
7 3 (0.49%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.49%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.32%) Artifactory
8 2 (0.32%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.32%) Gerrit
8 2 (0.32%) MSI
9 1 (0.16%) Gradle
General
1 82 (13.29%) Finance
2 75 (12.16%) Public Sector
3 23 (3.73%) Telecoms
4 22 (3.57%) Manufacturing
5 18 (2.92%) Legal
6 17 (2.76%) Electronics
6 17 (2.76%) Marketing
7 11 (1.78%) Banking
8 9 (1.46%) Law
9 8 (1.30%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.97%) Back Office
10 6 (0.97%) Local Government
11 5 (0.81%) Front Office
12 4 (0.65%) Publishing
13 3 (0.49%) Fire and Rescue
13 3 (0.49%) Retail
14 2 (0.32%) Billing
15 1 (0.16%) German Language
15 1 (0.16%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 121 (19.61%) Architect
2 95 (15.40%) Azure Engineer
3 85 (13.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 82 (13.29%) Consultant
5 47 (7.62%) Azure Architect
6 44 (7.13%) Developer
7 42 (6.81%) DevOps Engineer
8 40 (6.48%) Office 365 Engineer
9 37 (6.00%) Azure DevOps Engineer
10 29 (4.70%) Cloud Architect
11 28 (4.54%) Active Directory Engineer
11 28 (4.54%) Administrator
12 26 (4.21%) Analyst
12 26 (4.21%) Solutions Architect
13 21 (3.40%) Azure Consultant
14 20 (3.24%) .NET Developer
14 20 (3.24%) Platform Engineer
15 19 (3.08%) Office 365 Consultant
16 18 (2.92%) Active Directory Consultant
17 17 (2.76%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (9.72%) .NET
2 44 (7.13%) OAuth
3 38 (6.16%) ASP.NET
4 36 (5.83%) SAML
5 31 (5.02%) React
6 29 (4.70%) AngularJS
6 29 (4.70%) ASP.NET Core
7 26 (4.21%) OAuth2
8 25 (4.05%) .NET Core
9 23 (3.73%) LDAP
10 22 (3.57%) Node.js
10 22 (3.57%) OpenID
11 15 (2.43%) XML
12 14 (2.27%) JSON
13 11 (1.78%) Web Services
14 10 (1.62%) Express
15 9 (1.46%) CSS
15 9 (1.46%) SailPoint
16 8 (1.30%) COM
16 8 (1.30%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 58 (9.40%) Greenfield Project
2 27 (4.38%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (3.57%) Data Centre
4 20 (3.24%) PKI
5 18 (2.92%) Cloud Native
6 15 (2.43%) Hybrid Cloud
6 15 (2.43%) Management Information System
7 14 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
8 13 (2.11%) Replication
8 13 (2.11%) User Experience
9 11 (1.78%) Mobile App
9 11 (1.78%) Smartcard
10 10 (1.62%) Public Cloud
10 10 (1.62%) Self-Motivation
11 8 (1.30%) Enterprise Cloud
12 5 (0.81%) Private Cloud
13 4 (0.65%) NHS
13 4 (0.65%) Social Media
14 3 (0.49%) Augmented Reality
14 3 (0.49%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 249 (40.36%) Windows
2 115 (18.64%) Windows Server
3 89 (14.42%) Windows 10
4 41 (6.65%) Linux
5 38 (6.16%) Windows Server 2012
6 32 (5.19%) Windows Server 2016
7 20 (3.24%) Windows Server 2019
8 19 (3.08%) Android
9 18 (2.92%) Apple iOS
10 16 (2.59%) Ubuntu
11 14 (2.27%) Windows 7
11 14 (2.27%) Windows Server 2008
12 13 (2.11%) VMS
13 12 (1.94%) Windows Mobile
14 11 (1.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 8 (1.30%) CentOS
16 7 (1.13%) Unix
17 1 (0.16%) HPUX
17 1 (0.16%) Windows NT
17 1 (0.16%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 167 (27.07%) DevOps
2 110 (17.83%) Migration
3 105 (17.02%) Agile Software Development
4 97 (15.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 66 (10.70%) Identity Access Management
6 58 (9.40%) ITIL
7 57 (9.24%) Identity Management
8 56 (9.08%) Infrastructure as Code
9 51 (8.27%) Business Intelligence
10 42 (6.81%) Multi-Factor Authentication
11 37 (6.00%) Network Virtualisation
12 36 (5.83%) Continuous Integration
13 33 (5.35%) Analytics
14 32 (5.19%) Mentoring
15 31 (5.02%) Project Delivery
16 28 (4.54%) Software Engineering
16 28 (4.54%) Stakeholder Management
17 27 (4.38%) Scrum
17 27 (4.38%) TDD
18 26 (4.21%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 202 (32.74%) PowerShell
2 92 (14.91%) SQL
3 53 (8.59%) C#
4 44 (7.13%) JavaScript
5 23 (3.73%) Java
5 23 (3.73%) TypeScript
6 15 (2.43%) Python
7 13 (2.11%) T-SQL
8 10 (1.62%) Bash Shell
9 6 (0.97%) Ada
10 5 (0.81%) ES6
10 5 (0.81%) VBScript
11 4 (0.65%) VB
12 3 (0.49%) C
12 3 (0.49%) Perl
12 3 (0.49%) Ruby
12 3 (0.49%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.32%) Groovy
13 2 (0.32%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.16%) PHP
Qualifications
1 84 (13.61%) Security Cleared
2 74 (11.99%) SC Cleared
3 34 (5.51%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (3.08%) Degree
5 18 (2.92%) MCSE
6 13 (2.11%) MCSA
7 9 (1.46%) CISSP
8 7 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (0.97%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (0.81%) CCNA
10 5 (0.81%) MCP
11 3 (0.49%) CCNP
11 3 (0.49%) CISM
11 3 (0.49%) Network+ Certification
11 3 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.32%) CISA
12 2 (0.32%) Citrix Certification
12 2 (0.32%) PMP
12 2 (0.32%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (5.51%) QA
2 18 (2.92%) SLA
3 7 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.65%) NIST
5 3 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (0.49%) NCSC
6 2 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.32%) GDPR
6 2 (0.32%) PMO
7 1 (0.16%) HL7
7 1 (0.16%) NIST 800
7 1 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 486 (78.77%) Active Directory
2 61 (9.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (4.86%) Hyper-V
4 20 (3.24%) VMware ESXi
5 19 (3.08%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
5 19 (3.08%) Virtual Desktop
6 15 (2.43%) Microsoft App-V
6 15 (2.43%) Virtual Machines
6 15 (2.43%) VMware NSX
6 15 (2.43%) vSphere
7 13 (2.11%) Docker
8 9 (1.46%) HDFS
8 9 (1.46%) XenApp
9 4 (0.65%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.49%) DFS Replication
10 3 (0.49%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.16%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.16%) LXC
11 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.16%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 138 (22.37%) Microsoft Intune
2 71 (11.51%) SCCM
2 71 (11.51%) Terraform
3 64 (10.37%) Single Sign-On
4 24 (3.89%) Ansible
5 23 (3.73%) Kubernetes
6 17 (2.76%) vCenter Server
7 15 (2.43%) SCOM
8 9 (1.46%) PowerCLI
9 6 (0.97%) Packer
9 6 (0.97%) WSUS
10 5 (0.81%) FortiGate
11 4 (0.65%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.65%) Nessus
11 4 (0.65%) Puppet
11 4 (0.65%) QRadar
12 3 (0.49%) CA Single Sign-On
12 3 (0.49%) EMC VPLEX
12 3 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
12 3 (0.49%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 367 (59.48%) Microsoft
2 84 (13.61%) VMware
3 38 (6.16%) Dell
4 32 (5.19%) Cisco
5 29 (4.70%) Citrix
5 29 (4.70%) SAP
6 22 (3.57%) Okta
6 22 (3.57%) Oracle
7 16 (2.59%) EMC
8 13 (2.11%) Google
9 12 (1.94%) HP
10 11 (1.78%) CA
10 11 (1.78%) ServiceNow
11 10 (1.62%) CyberArk
11 10 (1.62%) Palo Alto
12 9 (1.46%) Apple
13 8 (1.30%) Databricks
13 8 (1.30%) Samsung
14 7 (1.13%) Forcepoint
14 7 (1.13%) SolarWinds