The table below looks at the statistics for Active Directory skills in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Active Directory over the 3 months to 4 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 27 38 41
Rank change year-on-year
+11 +3
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 7540 6154 5812
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 7.09% 5.77% 5.43%
As % of the System Software category 58.30% 56.75% 54.87%
Number of salaries quoted 6446 5288 4900
Average salary £35,000 £35,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- -6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £22,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £32,500 £32,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year
- -7.14%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK.

System Software Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
12934 10845 10592
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 12.16% 10.16% 9.90%
Number of salaries quoted 10770 8972 8854
Average salary £41,000 £41,500 £42,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-1.20% -1.19%
90% offered a salary of more than £24,500 £25,000 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £37,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -

Active Directory
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Active Directory within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

Active Directory Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Active Directory
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Active Directory within the UK.

Active Directory Salary Trend in the UK

Active Directory
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Active Directory over the 3 months to 4 March 2015 within the UK.

Active Directory Salary Histogram in the UK

Active Directory
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the UK over the 3 months to 4 March 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +12 7189 £35,000 - 995
London +16 3163 £40,000 - 356
South East +2 1491 £34,000 -2.85% 222
City of London +14 809 £45,000 - 109
East of England +9 567 £32,500 -7.14% 68
Yorkshire +5 515 £30,000 +7.14% 75
South West +8 412 £34,000 -2.85% 80
West Yorkshire +8 392 £30,000 +7.14% 44
Berkshire -6 388 £40,000 -3.61% 67
North West +19 386 £32,000 +16.36% 88
West Midlands +9 368 £30,750 +2.50% 43
Surrey +6 341 £32,500 - 50
Hampshire +1 311 £30,500 - 36
Leeds +17 249 £32,000 +28.00% 29
East Midlands +23 246 £27,500 -21.42% 42
Manchester +22 229 £31,000 +12.72% 49
Hertfordshire -1 181 £32,500 - 33
Reading -15 152 £38,500 -14.44% 34
Birmingham +5 144 £32,500 -2.98% 11
Essex +5 136 £32,000 +2.40% 10
Scotland -1 132 £30,000 -14.28% 24
Buckinghamshire +7 124 £37,500 +36.36% 21
Cambridgeshire +10 119 £32,500 -13.33% 15
Wales +6 111 £34,000 -6.84% 15
South Wales +2 109 £34,500 -6.75% 13
West Sussex +17 106 £40,000 +6.66% 10
Bristol +1 102 £37,500 +7.14% 20
Cheshire +17 98 £37,500 +25.00% 22
Milton Keynes +23 96 £35,000 -7.89% 14
Wiltshire +9 91 £30,000 -22.07% 9

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, IT jobs within the UK citing Active Directory also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited Active Directory.

1 13174 (85.41%) Windows
2 9035 (58.57%) Microsoft
3 6513 (42.22%) VMware
4 5994 (38.86%) MS Exchange
5 5230 (33.91%) Windows Server 2008
6 4495 (29.14%) MS Excel
7 4267 (27.66%) VMware Infrastructure
8 4265 (27.65%) Citrix
9 3839 (24.89%) ITIL
10 3752 (24.32%) MS Office
11 3712 (24.06%) Windows 7
12 3527 (22.87%) DNS
13 3336 (21.63%) Windows Server 2003
14 3318 (21.51%) Windows Server 2012
15 2997 (19.43%) Cisco
16 2955 (19.16%) Microsoft Certification
17 2918 (18.92%) Firewall
18 2901 (18.81%) SQL Server
19 2838 (18.40%) Exchange Server 2010
20 2581 (16.73%) SAN
21 2559 (16.59%) SQL
22 2488 (16.13%) Finance
23 2479 (16.07%) DHCP
24 2416 (15.66%) TCP/IP
25 2325 (15.07%) Hyper-V
26 2231 (14.46%) Windows XP
27 2029 (13.15%) LAN
28 2003 (12.99%) MCSE
29 1953 (12.66%) SCCM
30 1932 (12.53%) WAN

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, IT jobs within the UK citing Active Directory also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited Active Directory. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5994 (38.86%) MS Exchange
2 2838 (18.40%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1722 (11.16%) SharePoint
4 1590 (10.31%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1426 (9.24%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1419 (9.20%) IIS
7 1287 (8.34%) Lync
8 998 (6.47%) Exchange Server 2003
9 959 (6.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 280 (1.82%) Apache
10 280 (1.82%) SharePoint 2010
11 206 (1.34%) SharePoint 2013
12 183 (1.19%) IBM Notes
13 156 (1.01%) Office Communications Server
14 128 (0.83%) Tomcat
15 97 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2000
16 87 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
17 75 (0.49%) WorkSite
18 72 (0.47%) Lotus Domino
19 66 (0.43%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4495 (29.14%) MS Excel
2 3752 (24.32%) MS Office
3 265 (1.72%) MS PowerPoint
4 133 (0.86%) MS Visio
5 74 (0.48%) MS Project
6 25 (0.16%) InfoPath
7 18 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 16 (0.10%) Photoshop
9 13 (0.084%) Spreadsheet
10 10 (0.065%) AutoCAD
11 8 (0.052%) SPSS
11 8 (0.052%) Adobe Illustrator
12 7 (0.045%) Acrobat
13 6 (0.039%) PowerPivot
14 5 (0.032%) S-PLUS
14 5 (0.032%) Revit
15 3 (0.019%) Final Cut Pro
16 2 (0.013%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 162 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 73 (0.47%) Dynamics GP
3 55 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
4 54 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
5 27 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 26 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
7 17 (0.11%) Eikon
8 15 (0.097%) Towers Watson Igloo
9 12 (0.078%) SalesLogix
10 9 (0.058%) CA PPM
10 9 (0.058%) AWD
10 9 (0.058%) assyst
11 8 (0.052%) RiskWrite
12 7 (0.045%) Maximo
13 6 (0.039%) Oracle EBS R12
13 6 (0.039%) GoldMine
13 6 (0.039%) Google Analytics
13 6 (0.039%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
13 6 (0.039%) Cognos TM1
14 5 (0.032%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 1150 (7.46%) Office 365
2 433 (2.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 137 (0.89%) SaaS
4 134 (0.87%) IaaS
5 132 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
6 118 (0.76%) Amazon AWS
7 82 (0.53%) Google Apps
8 76 (0.49%) PaaS
9 18 (0.12%) Amazon EC2
10 16 (0.10%) Yammer
11 15 (0.097%) Terremark
12 14 (0.091%) Amazon S3
13 10 (0.065%) CloudFront
14 6 (0.039%) GitHub
15 5 (0.032%) Amazon ELB
15 5 (0.032%) OpenShift
15 5 (0.032%) Amazon ElastiCache
15 5 (0.032%) ElastiCache
16 4 (0.026%) Trello
17 3 (0.019%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 3527 (22.87%) DNS
2 2918 (18.92%) Firewall
3 2581 (16.73%) SAN
4 2479 (16.07%) DHCP
5 2416 (15.66%) TCP/IP
6 2029 (13.15%) LAN
7 1932 (12.53%) WAN
8 1518 (9.84%) VPN
9 786 (5.10%) VoIP
10 753 (4.88%) Internet
11 582 (3.77%) NAS
12 536 (3.47%) Wireless
13 524 (3.40%) VLAN
14 388 (2.52%) Network Security
15 377 (2.44%) iSCSI
16 285 (1.85%) Cisco ASA
17 263 (1.71%) LDAP
18 254 (1.65%) Wi-Fi
19 244 (1.58%) SMTP
20 231 (1.50%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2901 (18.81%) SQL Server
2 754 (4.89%) SQL Server 2008
3 425 (2.76%) SQL Server 2005
4 282 (1.83%) SQL Server 2012
5 250 (1.62%) MySQL
6 150 (0.97%) Oracle Database
7 142 (0.92%) SQL Server 2000
8 132 (0.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 105 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 85 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 79 (0.51%) Relational Database
12 61 (0.40%) MS Access
13 57 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
14 55 (0.36%) Oracle Database 11g
14 55 (0.36%) IDOL
15 53 (0.34%) EDRMS
16 50 (0.32%) Oracle Database 10g
17 46 (0.30%) Crystal Reports
18 42 (0.27%) Big Data
19 38 (0.25%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 99 (0.64%) Subversion
2 97 (0.63%) Visual Studio
3 91 (0.59%) JIRA
4 73 (0.47%) Jenkins
5 67 (0.43%) MSI
6 65 (0.42%) Team Foundation Server
7 51 (0.33%) Git (software)
8 30 (0.19%) TeamCity
9 26 (0.17%) LoadRunner
10 22 (0.14%) Hudson
10 22 (0.14%) InstallShield
11 20 (0.13%) NUnit
12 19 (0.12%) Moq
13 18 (0.12%) AdminStudio
14 15 (0.097%) Artifactory
14 15 (0.097%) Selenium
15 13 (0.084%) QuickTest Pro
16 12 (0.078%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 12 (0.078%) VSS/SourceSafe
17 11 (0.071%) Ant
General
1 2488 (16.13%) Finance
2 662 (4.29%) Law
3 614 (3.98%) Banking
4 522 (3.38%) Telecoms
5 478 (3.10%) Legal
6 442 (2.87%) Retail
7 281 (1.82%) Advertising
8 214 (1.39%) Back Office
9 171 (1.11%) Financial Institution
10 142 (0.92%) Investment Banking
11 137 (0.89%) Marketing
12 119 (0.77%) Manufacturing
13 96 (0.62%) Publishing
14 71 (0.46%) Front Office
15 62 (0.40%) Games
16 56 (0.36%) German Language
17 50 (0.32%) Electronics
18 47 (0.30%) French Language
19 45 (0.29%) Spanish Language
20 37 (0.24%) Billing
Job Titles
1 3763 (24.40%) Analyst
2 2622 (17.00%) Support Engineer
3 1895 (12.29%) Support Analyst
4 1584 (10.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1354 (8.78%) IT Support
6 1280 (8.30%) 2nd Line Support
7 1106 (7.17%) Service Analyst
8 1081 (7.01%) Service Desk Analyst
9 957 (6.20%) 3rd Line Support
10 945 (6.13%) Administrator
11 906 (5.87%) Consultant
12 853 (5.53%) Desktop Support
13 658 (4.27%) Systems Administrator
14 649 (4.21%) Technical Support
15 573 (3.71%) Systems Engineer
16 543 (3.52%) Architect
17 530 (3.44%) 1st Line Support
18 500 (3.24%) IT Support Analyst
19 488 (3.16%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
20 481 (3.12%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 611 (3.96%) .NET
2 256 (1.66%) Web Services
3 238 (1.54%) ASP.NET
4 204 (1.32%) HTML
5 145 (0.94%) CSS
6 141 (0.91%) Application Packaging
7 129 (0.84%) XML
8 86 (0.56%) jQuery
9 81 (0.53%) .NET Framework
10 78 (0.51%) Software Packaging
11 77 (0.50%) WCF
12 56 (0.36%) Ajax
13 55 (0.36%) Middleware
14 51 (0.33%) SOAP
15 50 (0.32%) COM
16 43 (0.28%) WPF
17 42 (0.27%) LAMP
18 40 (0.26%) MSMQ
19 39 (0.25%) HTML5
20 37 (0.24%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 1680 (10.89%) Blackberry
2 888 (5.76%) Clustering
3 883 (5.72%) Analytical Skills
4 484 (3.14%) Management Information System
5 455 (2.95%) Computer Science
6 373 (2.42%) Replication
7 297 (1.93%) Fat Client
7 297 (1.93%) Thin Client
8 277 (1.80%) iPhone
9 256 (1.66%) Hedge funds
10 153 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
11 152 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
12 147 (0.95%) iPad
13 137 (0.89%) Client/Server
14 136 (0.88%) PKI
15 123 (0.80%) Statistics
16 95 (0.62%) PDA
17 87 (0.56%) EqualLogic
18 86 (0.56%) Mathematics
19 75 (0.49%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 13174 (85.41%) Windows
2 5230 (33.91%) Windows Server 2008
3 3712 (24.06%) Windows 7
4 3336 (21.63%) Windows Server 2003
5 3318 (21.51%) Windows Server 2012
6 2231 (14.46%) Windows XP
7 1682 (10.90%) Linux
8 1562 (10.13%) Windows 8
9 565 (3.66%) UNIX
10 442 (2.87%) Windows Vista
11 399 (2.59%) Mac OS X
12 371 (2.41%) Android
13 303 (1.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 279 (1.81%) Apple iOS
15 246 (1.59%) Windows 2000
16 203 (1.32%) Windows 2000 Server
17 177 (1.15%) Solaris
18 159 (1.03%) CentOS
19 153 (0.99%) Mac OS
20 84 (0.54%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 3839 (24.89%) ITIL
2 972 (6.30%) Disaster Recovery
3 852 (5.52%) Service Delivery
4 762 (4.94%) Migration
5 657 (4.26%) Service Management
6 610 (3.95%) Project Management
7 573 (3.71%) Incident Management
8 520 (3.37%) Change Management
9 497 (3.22%) Mentoring
10 448 (2.90%) Problem Management
11 388 (2.52%) Business Continuity
12 347 (2.25%) CRM
13 335 (2.17%) Configuration Management
14 329 (2.13%) Time Management
15 301 (1.95%) Load Balancing
16 300 (1.94%) Information Security
17 296 (1.92%) Change Control
18 282 (1.83%) Asset Management
19 265 (1.72%) Agile Software Development
20 263 (1.71%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2559 (16.59%) SQL
2 1602 (10.39%) PowerShell
3 350 (2.27%) VBScript
4 326 (2.11%) C#
5 296 (1.92%) VB
6 270 (1.75%) Perl
7 210 (1.36%) C
8 194 (1.26%) Python
9 190 (1.23%) JavaScript
10 183 (1.19%) Java
11 166 (1.08%) Bash Shell
12 142 (0.92%) T-SQL
13 118 (0.76%) PHP
14 91 (0.59%) VB.NET
15 82 (0.53%) Shell Script
16 79 (0.51%) VBA
17 61 (0.40%) Ruby
18 50 (0.32%) C++
19 26 (0.17%) PL/SQL
20 24 (0.16%) VB6
Qualifications
1 2955 (19.16%) Microsoft Certification
2 2003 (12.99%) MCSE
3 1441 (9.34%) Degree
4 1074 (6.96%) MCP
5 1055 (6.84%) Cisco Certification
6 966 (6.26%) Security Cleared
7 964 (6.25%) MCSA
8 892 (5.78%) CCNA
9 883 (5.72%) MCITP
10 733 (4.75%) SC Cleared
11 697 (4.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 362 (2.35%) MCTS
13 347 (2.25%) DV Cleared
14 326 (2.11%) CCNP
15 317 (2.06%) VCP4
16 307 (1.99%) Citrix Certification
17 300 (1.94%) ITIL Certification
18 258 (1.67%) CCA
19 175 (1.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 157 (1.02%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1462 (9.48%) SLA
2 227 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 157 (1.02%) PCI DSS
4 94 (0.61%) QA
5 91 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 76 (0.49%) ISO 9001
7 27 (0.18%) COBIT
8 7 (0.045%) JSP 440
9 6 (0.039%) GPG13
9 6 (0.039%) BS7799
10 5 (0.032%) ISO/IEC 17799
10 5 (0.032%) PMBOK
11 3 (0.019%) ISO 9000
12 1 (0.006%) ISO 14001
12 1 (0.006%) GMP
12 1 (0.006%) GLP
12 1 (0.006%) GxP
12 1 (0.006%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.006%) Solvency II
12 1 (0.006%) HL7
System Software
1 4267 (27.66%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2325 (15.07%) Hyper-V
3 1564 (10.14%) XenApp
4 1333 (8.64%) vSphere
5 762 (4.94%) VMware ESX
6 631 (4.09%) XenDesktop
7 500 (3.24%) VMware ESXi
8 400 (2.59%) Terminal Services
9 306 (1.98%) Microsoft App-V
10 300 (1.94%) XenServer
11 187 (1.21%) ISA Server
12 160 (1.04%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 160 (1.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 142 (0.92%) VMware Server
14 115 (0.75%) vCloud
15 114 (0.74%) Xen
16 102 (0.66%) Forefront TMG
17 100 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
18 90 (0.58%) NFS
19 79 (0.51%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 1953 (12.66%) SCCM
2 1088 (7.05%) SCOM
3 537 (3.48%) Backup Exec
4 399 (2.59%) WSUS
5 346 (2.24%) NetBackup
6 315 (2.04%) Norton AntiVirus
7 198 (1.28%) SCVMM
8 192 (1.24%) Nagios
9 143 (0.93%) Puppet
10 138 (0.89%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 109 (0.71%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 109 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 91 (0.59%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 88 (0.57%) Tivoli
14 87 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
15 76 (0.49%) SCDPM
16 74 (0.48%) OpenView
17 73 (0.47%) SCOrch
18 72 (0.47%) HP SIM
19 64 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 9035 (58.57%) Microsoft
2 6513 (42.22%) VMware
3 4265 (27.65%) Citrix
4 2997 (19.43%) Cisco
5 1692 (10.97%) HP
6 961 (6.23%) Symantec
7 752 (4.88%) NetApp
8 741 (4.80%) Dell
9 625 (4.05%) Oracle
10 571 (3.70%) Apple
11 570 (3.70%) EMC
12 423 (2.74%) Red Hat
13 350 (2.27%) Avaya
14 339 (2.20%) Juniper
15 312 (2.02%) IBM
16 299 (1.94%) Veeam
17 280 (1.82%) CheckPoint
18 263 (1.71%) Bloomberg
19 262 (1.70%) Sophos
20 257 (1.67%) McAfee
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