Period
to 29 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Active Directory skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Active Directory over the 6 months to 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK > England
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 52 32 26
Rank change year-on-year -20 -6 +9
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 5,458 4,185 9,820
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 5.46% 6.59% 7.38%
As % of the System Software category 28.74% 36.58% 42.54%
Number of salaries quoted 4,700 3,629 8,355
10th Percentile £23,500 £25,250 £22,500
25th Percentile £29,750 £30,500 £26,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £42,500 £37,500
Median % change year-on-year - +13.33% +2.74%
75th Percentile £58,750 £57,500 £53,375
90th Percentile £75,000 £74,250 £67,500
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +13.33% +5.63%

Active Directory is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 18,994 11,442 23,082
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 19.00% 18.01% 17.34%
Number of salaries quoted 13,471 9,615 19,231
10th Percentile £29,750 £29,000 £26,000
25th Percentile £40,000 £38,750 £33,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +10.00% +2.04%
75th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £70,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £88,750 £85,000
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.26%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Active Directory in England.

Salary trend for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing Active Directory in England over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Salary histogram for Active Directory in England

Active Directory
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the England region over the 6 months to 29 July 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -38 1,789 £52,500 - 318
North of England +5 1,062 £37,500 - 333
South East -12 1,006 £40,000 +6.67% 268
Midlands +8 773 £37,500 - 239
North West +13 529 £39,500 -1.25% 172
West Midlands +1 466 £37,500 -1.96% 118
Yorkshire +3 426 £37,500 -3.85% 121
South West -27 406 £33,819 -3.37% 151
East of England -4 317 £37,000 -0.16% 140
East Midlands +11 307 £37,500 +7.14% 120
North East -3 107 £37,000 +17.46% 40
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads across the England region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 4,006 (73.40%) Windows
2 3,393 (62.17%) Microsoft
3 3,190 (58.45%) Microsoft 365
4 2,815 (51.58%) Azure
5 2,209 (40.47%) Windows Server
6 1,971 (36.11%) VMware
7 1,430 (26.20%) Social Skills
8 1,388 (25.43%) Windows 10
9 1,381 (25.30%) PowerShell
10 1,297 (23.76%) Azure Active Directory
11 1,261 (23.10%) Firewall
12 1,238 (22.68%) VMware Infrastructure
13 1,224 (22.43%) DNS
14 1,130 (20.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 1,118 (20.48%) ITIL
16 948 (17.37%) DHCP
17 921 (16.87%) Hyper-V
18 862 (15.79%) Microsoft Office
19 831 (15.23%) Citrix
20 802 (14.69%) SharePoint
21 801 (14.68%) SCCM
22 784 (14.36%) SQL
23 765 (14.02%) MS Exchange
24 722 (13.23%) AWS
25 712 (13.05%) Cisco
26 709 (12.99%) Linux
27 684 (12.53%) Microsoft Intune
28 663 (12.15%) Problem-Solving
29 638 (11.69%) Windows Server 2012
30 636 (11.65%) WAN

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 802 (14.69%) SharePoint
2 765 (14.02%) MS Exchange
3 268 (4.91%) IIS
4 157 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2013
5 119 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2010
6 104 (1.91%) Skype for Business
7 86 (1.58%) Confluence
8 44 (0.81%) Apache
9 34 (0.62%) nginx
10 29 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
11 27 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
12 26 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
13 20 (0.37%) Cloud Foundry
14 13 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
14 13 (0.24%) SAS
14 13 (0.24%) Tomcat
15 12 (0.22%) SharePoint Server
16 9 (0.16%) CMS
16 9 (0.16%) WordPress
17 7 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 862 (15.79%) Microsoft Office
2 73 (1.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 34 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.18%) AutoCAD
5 9 (0.16%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.16%) Photoshop
6 8 (0.15%) Revit
7 7 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 7 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
8 6 (0.11%) Acrobat
8 6 (0.11%) Siemens NX
8 6 (0.11%) Solid Edge
9 5 (0.092%) Adobe Illustrator
9 5 (0.092%) InDesign
9 5 (0.092%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.055%) Houdini
10 3 (0.055%) Maya
10 3 (0.055%) NUKE
11 1 (0.018%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.018%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 36 (0.66%) Remedy ITSM
2 32 (0.59%) Sentinel
3 23 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
4 13 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
5 11 (0.20%) Sage 200
6 7 (0.13%) Relativity
7 6 (0.11%) Teamcenter
8 5 (0.092%) AlphaBridge
8 5 (0.092%) Alphatax
8 5 (0.092%) Farmplan
8 5 (0.092%) KEYPrime
8 5 (0.092%) Unica
9 4 (0.073%) Dynamics GP
9 4 (0.073%) FastStats
9 4 (0.073%) NetSuite
10 3 (0.055%) Magento
10 3 (0.055%) Maximo
10 3 (0.055%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 3 (0.055%) Sage 300 ERP
10 3 (0.055%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 3,190 (58.45%) Microsoft 365
2 2,815 (51.58%) Azure
3 1,297 (23.76%) Azure Active Directory
4 722 (13.23%) AWS
5 520 (9.53%) IaaS
6 438 (8.02%) PaaS
7 353 (6.47%) SaaS
8 255 (4.67%) OneDrive
9 168 (3.08%) Power Platform
10 122 (2.24%) Mimecast
11 110 (2.02%) Cloud Computing
12 106 (1.94%) GCP
13 82 (1.50%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 69 (1.26%) Google Workspace
15 66 (1.21%) Azure Storage
16 65 (1.19%) PowerApps
17 58 (1.06%) Serverless
18 54 (0.99%) Azure Service Bus
19 53 (0.97%) Power Automate
20 50 (0.92%) Azure Sentinel
Communications & Networking
1 1,261 (23.10%) Firewall
2 1,224 (22.43%) DNS
3 948 (17.37%) DHCP
4 636 (11.65%) WAN
5 627 (11.49%) LAN
6 601 (11.01%) VPN
7 569 (10.43%) TCP/IP
8 419 (7.68%) SAN
9 269 (4.93%) VLAN
10 267 (4.89%) VoIP
11 219 (4.01%) Wireless
12 185 (3.39%) Wi-Fi
13 184 (3.37%) Network Security
14 177 (3.24%) Remote Desktop
15 143 (2.62%) Skype
16 138 (2.53%) NAS
17 137 (2.51%) Internet
18 108 (1.98%) SSL
19 102 (1.87%) MPLS
20 89 (1.63%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 605 (11.08%) SQL Server
2 86 (1.58%) Azure SQL Database
3 83 (1.52%) Power BI
4 69 (1.26%) Amazon RDS
5 61 (1.12%) MySQL
6 55 (1.01%) Big Data
7 39 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 33 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
9 24 (0.44%) SQL Server 2014
10 23 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
10 23 (0.42%) SQL Server 2016
11 21 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 19 (0.35%) Data Warehouse
13 18 (0.33%) Oracle Database
14 16 (0.29%) NoSQL
15 15 (0.27%) SQL Server 2008
15 15 (0.27%) Tableau
16 13 (0.24%) Crystal Reports
16 13 (0.24%) MariaDB
16 13 (0.24%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 167 (3.06%) JIRA
2 153 (2.80%) Git (software)
3 114 (2.09%) Jenkins
4 47 (0.86%) Octopus Deploy
5 45 (0.82%) TeamCity
6 43 (0.79%) GitLab
7 40 (0.73%) Bitbucket
8 37 (0.68%) Visual Studio
9 26 (0.48%) Team Foundation Server
10 24 (0.44%) Visual Studio Team System
11 21 (0.38%) Cypress.io
11 21 (0.38%) Jasmine
11 21 (0.38%) Karma Test Runner
12 16 (0.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 12 (0.22%) Maven
14 11 (0.20%) MSI
15 10 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 10 (0.18%) Gradle
16 9 (0.16%) SonarQube
17 8 (0.15%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 1,430 (26.20%) Social Skills
2 589 (10.79%) Finance
3 337 (6.17%) Analytical Skills
4 209 (3.83%) Law
5 201 (3.68%) Public Sector
6 195 (3.57%) Telecoms
7 187 (3.43%) Legal
8 164 (3.00%) Organisational Skills
9 160 (2.93%) Manufacturing
10 104 (1.91%) Retail
11 86 (1.58%) Banking
12 75 (1.37%) Marketing
13 74 (1.36%) Documentation Skills
14 58 (1.06%) Presentation Skills
15 42 (0.77%) Advertising
15 42 (0.77%) Electronics
16 36 (0.66%) Back Office
17 30 (0.55%) Billing
18 29 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
19 28 (0.51%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 933 (17.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 885 (16.21%) Analyst
3 786 (14.40%) Support Engineer
4 661 (12.11%) IT Support
5 535 (9.80%) IT Engineer
6 419 (7.68%) Support Analyst
7 371 (6.80%) 2nd Line Support
8 345 (6.32%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 344 (6.30%) Azure Engineer
10 296 (5.42%) Service Analyst
11 293 (5.37%) IT Analyst
12 287 (5.26%) Service Desk Analyst
13 259 (4.75%) IT Support Engineer
14 252 (4.62%) Architect
15 242 (4.43%) 3rd Line Support
15 242 (4.43%) Cloud Engineer
16 236 (4.32%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 236 (4.32%) Administrator
17 214 (3.92%) Consultant
18 202 (3.70%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 184 (3.37%) Web Services
2 113 (2.07%) LDAP
3 111 (2.03%) SAML
4 107 (1.96%) .NET
5 101 (1.85%) OAuth
6 71 (1.30%) OpenID
7 64 (1.17%) JSON
8 53 (0.97%) XML
9 49 (0.90%) HTML
10 45 (0.82%) SailPoint
11 36 (0.66%) OAuth2
12 35 (0.64%) Node.js
12 35 (0.64%) RESTful
13 34 (0.62%) .NET Core
13 34 (0.62%) CSS
14 30 (0.55%) Elastic Stack
15 28 (0.51%) COM
16 27 (0.49%) RabbitMQ
17 25 (0.46%) SOAP
18 24 (0.44%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 425 (7.79%) Data Centre
2 195 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
3 193 (3.54%) Management Information System
4 190 (3.48%) Public Cloud
5 177 (3.24%) Clustering
6 149 (2.73%) Driving Licence
7 142 (2.60%) Hybrid Cloud
8 134 (2.46%) PKI
9 100 (1.83%) Replication
10 97 (1.78%) Video Conferencing
11 92 (1.69%) User Experience
12 91 (1.67%) Cloud Native
13 71 (1.30%) Private Cloud
14 61 (1.12%) iPhone
15 45 (0.82%) Fat Client
15 45 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
15 45 (0.82%) Thin Client
16 42 (0.77%) NHS
17 40 (0.73%) iPad
18 38 (0.70%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 4,006 (73.40%) Windows
2 2,209 (40.47%) Windows Server
3 1,388 (25.43%) Windows 10
4 709 (12.99%) Linux
5 638 (11.69%) Windows Server 2012
6 513 (9.40%) Windows Server 2016
7 461 (8.45%) Windows Server 2019
8 384 (7.04%) Windows 7
9 371 (6.80%) Windows Server 2008
10 237 (4.34%) Android
11 160 (2.93%) Apple iOS
12 115 (2.11%) Windows 8
13 106 (1.94%) Mac OS
14 89 (1.63%) Unix
15 83 (1.52%) Windows Server 2003
16 81 (1.48%) Mac OS X
17 73 (1.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 70 (1.28%) CentOS
19 59 (1.08%) Ubuntu
20 54 (0.99%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,130 (20.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 1,118 (20.48%) ITIL
3 663 (12.15%) Problem-Solving
4 526 (9.64%) DevOps
5 444 (8.13%) Migration
6 385 (7.05%) Agile Software Development
7 306 (5.61%) Disaster Recovery
8 301 (5.51%) Service Delivery
9 297 (5.44%) Mentoring
10 265 (4.86%) Project Management
11 255 (4.67%) Cybersecurity
12 253 (4.64%) Service Management
13 230 (4.21%) Project Delivery
14 225 (4.12%) Continuous Improvement
15 212 (3.88%) ITSM
16 185 (3.39%) Change Management
17 179 (3.28%) Infrastructure as Code
18 177 (3.24%) Incident Management
19 172 (3.15%) Information Security
20 167 (3.06%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 1,381 (25.30%) PowerShell
2 784 (14.36%) SQL
3 172 (3.15%) Python
4 99 (1.81%) Bash Shell
5 89 (1.63%) C#
6 58 (1.06%) Java
7 52 (0.95%) VBScript
8 51 (0.93%) JavaScript
9 49 (0.90%) C
10 43 (0.79%) VB
11 35 (0.64%) T-SQL
12 33 (0.60%) Perl
12 33 (0.60%) Ruby
13 22 (0.40%) PHP
14 18 (0.33%) Shell Script
15 13 (0.24%) C++
16 11 (0.20%) TypeScript
17 10 (0.18%) VB.NET
18 9 (0.16%) R
19 8 (0.15%) VBA
Qualifications
1 519 (9.51%) Microsoft Certification
2 388 (7.11%) Degree
3 243 (4.45%) Security Cleared
4 230 (4.21%) MCSE
5 228 (4.18%) Cisco Certification
6 178 (3.26%) CCNA
7 172 (3.15%) SC Cleared
8 141 (2.58%) MCSA
9 103 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
10 88 (1.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 85 (1.56%) MCP
12 75 (1.37%) CISSP
13 64 (1.17%) Computer Science Degree
14 63 (1.15%) MCITP
15 60 (1.10%) CCNP
16 50 (0.92%) Citrix Certification
17 49 (0.90%) DBS Check
18 45 (0.82%) A+ Certification
18 45 (0.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 37 (0.68%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 426 (7.81%) SLA
2 148 (2.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 95 (1.74%) GDPR
4 45 (0.82%) NIST
5 40 (0.73%) Cyber Essentials
6 36 (0.66%) QA
7 31 (0.57%) PCI DSS
8 29 (0.53%) Data Quality
8 29 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 21 (0.38%) PMO
10 17 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 15 (0.27%) ISO 9001
12 12 (0.22%) NCSC
13 9 (0.16%) ITGC
14 8 (0.15%) GRC
14 8 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 7 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 3 (0.055%) COBIT
16 3 (0.055%) FedRAMP
16 3 (0.055%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1,238 (22.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 921 (16.87%) Hyper-V
3 251 (4.60%) vSphere
4 236 (4.32%) VMware ESXi
5 195 (3.57%) Virtual Machines
6 185 (3.39%) XenApp
7 163 (2.99%) XenDesktop
8 153 (2.80%) Docker
9 133 (2.44%) Virtual Desktop
10 80 (1.47%) Virtual Servers
11 47 (0.86%) BitLocker
12 43 (0.79%) Terminal Server
13 41 (0.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 35 (0.64%) Terminal Services
15 33 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
16 30 (0.55%) NDS
16 30 (0.55%) NetIQ eDirectory
17 23 (0.42%) RHEV
18 22 (0.40%) VMware NSX
19 20 (0.37%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 801 (14.68%) SCCM
2 684 (12.53%) Microsoft Intune
3 228 (4.18%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 219 (4.01%) Ansible
5 215 (3.94%) Terraform
6 214 (3.92%) Kubernetes
7 185 (3.39%) Single Sign-On
8 144 (2.64%) SCOM
9 114 (2.09%) Puppet
10 109 (2.00%) WSUS
11 96 (1.76%) Microsoft Clustering
12 85 (1.56%) Jamf Pro
13 79 (1.45%) vCenter Server
14 66 (1.21%) Opscode Chef
15 42 (0.77%) Backup Exec
16 40 (0.73%) Prometheus
17 38 (0.70%) Grafana
17 38 (0.70%) NetBackup
18 37 (0.68%) Nagios
19 36 (0.66%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 3,393 (62.17%) Microsoft
2 1,971 (36.11%) VMware
3 831 (15.23%) Citrix
4 712 (13.05%) Cisco
5 297 (5.44%) Veeam
6 222 (4.07%) HP
7 216 (3.96%) Dell
8 204 (3.74%) Apple
9 179 (3.28%) Meraki
10 162 (2.97%) ServiceNow
11 159 (2.91%) Google
12 150 (2.75%) Oracle
13 146 (2.67%) NetApp
14 140 (2.57%) Sophos
15 94 (1.72%) SolarWinds
16 86 (1.58%) McAfee
16 86 (1.58%) Palo Alto
16 86 (1.58%) Red Hat
17 85 (1.56%) SAP
18 84 (1.54%) SonicWALL