Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK > England
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 36 28 29
Rank change year-on-year -8 +1 +5
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 4,558 7,329 9,936
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 6.16% 6.98% 7.20%
As % of the System Software category 32.40% 40.50% 43.91%
Number of salaries quoted 3,916 6,247 8,324
10th Percentile £24,000 £23,250 £22,500
25th Percentile £29,750 £27,500 £27,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £41,500 £38,000 £37,500
Median % change year-on-year +9.21% +1.33% +1.35%
75th Percentile £57,500 £53,750 £55,000
90th Percentile £73,750 £67,500 £70,000
UK median annual salary £41,500 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +10.67% - +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 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 14,069 18,096 22,630
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 19.03% 17.23% 16.40%
Number of salaries quoted 11,579 15,021 18,566
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,250 £26,000
25th Percentile £40,000 £35,500 £34,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £75,000 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,263 £87,500 £83,750
UK median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +11.11%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 -20 1,511 £52,500 +16.67% 222
South East -3 891 £39,000 +11.43% 135
North of England +6 856 £37,250 +3.47% 194
Midlands -1 609 £37,500 +7.14% 148
West Midlands -3 383 £39,250 +12.14% 90
North West -7 372 £40,000 +9.59% 105
Yorkshire +8 366 £31,500 -16.00% 59
South West -23 365 £35,000 +7.69% 76
East of England -4 227 £35,000 -5.56% 71
East Midlands -1 226 £35,000 - 58
North East +10 118 £39,250 +26.61% 30
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 13 April 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 3,380 (74.16%) Windows
2 2,748 (60.29%) Microsoft
3 2,603 (57.11%) Microsoft 365
4 2,321 (50.92%) Azure
5 1,910 (41.90%) Windows Server
6 1,798 (39.45%) VMware
7 1,135 (24.90%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1,131 (24.81%) PowerShell
9 1,128 (24.75%) Windows 10
10 1,077 (23.63%) DNS
11 1,014 (22.25%) Azure Active Directory
12 975 (21.39%) Firewall
13 909 (19.94%) ITIL
14 898 (19.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 795 (17.44%) DHCP
16 772 (16.94%) SCCM
17 763 (16.74%) Hyper-V
18 754 (16.54%) Citrix
19 661 (14.50%) MS Exchange
20 643 (14.11%) SQL
21 636 (13.95%) SharePoint
22 601 (13.19%) Linux
23 597 (13.10%) AWS
24 589 (12.92%) Microsoft Office
25 588 (12.90%) Cisco
26 584 (12.81%) Problem-Solving
27 571 (12.53%) Windows Server 2012
28 546 (11.98%) Finance
29 543 (11.91%) SQL Server
30 510 (11.19%) Windows Server 2016

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
1 661 (14.50%) MS Exchange
2 636 (13.95%) SharePoint
3 178 (3.91%) IIS
4 125 (2.74%) Exchange Server 2010
5 121 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2013
6 94 (2.06%) Skype for Business
7 80 (1.76%) Confluence
8 35 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2007
9 21 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
10 16 (0.35%) Apache
11 15 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
12 14 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
13 12 (0.26%) CMS
13 12 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
14 11 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
14 11 (0.24%) Drupal
14 11 (0.24%) WordPress
15 7 (0.15%) nginx
16 5 (0.11%) IBM Notes
16 5 (0.11%) OpenStack
Applications
1 589 (12.92%) Microsoft Office
2 74 (1.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 25 (0.55%) AutoCAD
4 25 (0.55%) Revit
5 14 (0.31%) MS Visio
6 12 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.11%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.088%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.066%) Houdini
9 3 (0.066%) Maya
9 3 (0.066%) NUKE
10 1 (0.022%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.022%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.022%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.022%) InDesign
10 1 (0.022%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 20 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
2 16 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.35%) Sentinel
3 11 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 9 (0.20%) Workfront
5 5 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.088%) Relativity
6 4 (0.088%) Visualfiles
7 3 (0.066%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.066%) Eikon
7 3 (0.066%) NetSuite
7 3 (0.066%) Sage 200
8 2 (0.044%) assyst
8 2 (0.044%) Carpe Diem
8 2 (0.044%) Dynamics GP
8 2 (0.044%) Quorum
8 2 (0.044%) Sage X3
8 2 (0.044%) Tradar
9 1 (0.022%) iTrent
9 1 (0.022%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2,603 (57.11%) Microsoft 365
2 2,321 (50.92%) Azure
3 1,014 (22.25%) Azure Active Directory
4 597 (13.10%) AWS
5 407 (8.93%) IaaS
6 358 (7.85%) PaaS
7 286 (6.27%) SaaS
8 187 (4.10%) OneDrive
9 121 (2.65%) Power Platform
10 97 (2.13%) Serverless
11 92 (2.02%) Mimecast
12 70 (1.54%) Azure Functions
13 62 (1.36%) GCP
13 62 (1.36%) Google Workspace
14 56 (1.23%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 54 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
16 40 (0.88%) PowerApps
17 37 (0.81%) Logic Apps
18 36 (0.79%) Azure Data Factory
19 26 (0.57%) Adobe Creative Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1,077 (23.63%) DNS
2 975 (21.39%) Firewall
3 795 (17.44%) DHCP
4 492 (10.79%) TCP/IP
5 478 (10.49%) WAN
6 432 (9.48%) LAN
7 425 (9.32%) VPN
8 401 (8.80%) SAN
9 257 (5.64%) VLAN
9 257 (5.64%) VoIP
10 163 (3.58%) Skype
11 162 (3.55%) Network Security
12 153 (3.36%) Remote Desktop
13 145 (3.18%) Wireless
14 137 (3.01%) NAS
15 124 (2.72%) Wi-Fi
16 118 (2.59%) Internet
17 62 (1.36%) MPLS
17 62 (1.36%) NetScaler
18 60 (1.32%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 543 (11.91%) SQL Server
2 93 (2.04%) Azure SQL Database
3 91 (2.00%) Amazon RDS
4 60 (1.32%) MySQL
5 59 (1.29%) Power BI
6 45 (0.99%) Cosmos DB
7 44 (0.97%) PostgreSQL
8 28 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
9 23 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 21 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 18 (0.39%) Big Data
12 17 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
13 16 (0.35%) Data Warehouse
13 16 (0.35%) Relational Database
14 14 (0.31%) NoSQL
15 13 (0.29%) SQL Server 2014
15 13 (0.29%) SQL Server 2016
16 11 (0.24%) MongoDB
17 9 (0.20%) Blockchain
18 8 (0.18%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 119 (2.61%) Git (software)
2 111 (2.44%) JIRA
3 109 (2.39%) Jenkins
4 42 (0.92%) Bitbucket
5 29 (0.64%) TeamCity
6 27 (0.59%) Visual Studio
7 20 (0.44%) GitLab
8 19 (0.42%) Octopus Deploy
9 17 (0.37%) Gradle
9 17 (0.37%) Maven
9 17 (0.37%) MSI
10 16 (0.35%) IntelliJ
10 16 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
11 12 (0.26%) Artifactory
12 10 (0.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 9 (0.20%) Gerrit
14 8 (0.18%) Cypress.io
14 8 (0.18%) Jasmine
14 8 (0.18%) Karma Test Runner
14 8 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 546 (11.98%) Finance
2 157 (3.44%) Law
3 152 (3.33%) Telecoms
4 137 (3.01%) Legal
5 120 (2.63%) Public Sector
6 101 (2.22%) Banking
7 82 (1.80%) Manufacturing
8 67 (1.47%) Retail
9 54 (1.18%) Marketing
10 40 (0.88%) Electronics
11 31 (0.68%) Back Office
12 25 (0.55%) Automotive
12 25 (0.55%) Billing
13 21 (0.46%) Advertising
13 21 (0.46%) Aerospace
14 20 (0.44%) Financial Institution
15 19 (0.42%) Local Government
16 18 (0.39%) French Language
17 15 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
18 12 (0.26%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 769 (16.87%) Analyst
2 723 (15.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 647 (14.19%) Support Engineer
4 504 (11.06%) IT Support
5 471 (10.33%) IT Engineer
6 350 (7.68%) Support Analyst
7 302 (6.63%) 2nd Line Support
8 276 (6.06%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 274 (6.01%) Azure Engineer
10 263 (5.77%) IT Analyst
11 256 (5.62%) Architect
12 253 (5.55%) Service Analyst
13 246 (5.40%) Service Desk Analyst
14 214 (4.70%) 3rd Line Support
15 203 (4.45%) IT Support Engineer
16 189 (4.15%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 175 (3.84%) Cloud Engineer
18 166 (3.64%) Administrator
18 166 (3.64%) Consultant
18 166 (3.64%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 150 (3.29%) Web Services
2 97 (2.13%) .NET
3 89 (1.95%) OAuth
4 88 (1.93%) SAML
5 83 (1.82%) LDAP
6 40 (0.88%) HTML
7 38 (0.83%) OpenID
7 38 (0.83%) XML
8 36 (0.79%) CSS
8 36 (0.79%) JSON
9 34 (0.75%) YAML
10 30 (0.66%) Elastic Stack
10 30 (0.66%) SailPoint
11 28 (0.61%) .NET Core
12 26 (0.57%) AngularJS
12 26 (0.57%) ASP.NET Web API
13 25 (0.55%) jQuery
14 23 (0.50%) REST
15 21 (0.46%) COM
16 20 (0.44%) React
Miscellaneous
1 324 (7.11%) Data Centre
2 287 (6.30%) Analytical Skills
3 186 (4.08%) Management Information System
4 155 (3.40%) Public Cloud
5 153 (3.36%) Clustering
6 133 (2.92%) Self-Motivation
7 118 (2.59%) Replication
8 94 (2.06%) PKI
9 93 (2.04%) Hybrid Cloud
10 92 (2.02%) Driving Licence
11 63 (1.38%) Private Cloud
12 52 (1.14%) Cloud Native
13 48 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
14 39 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
14 39 (0.86%) Hedge funds
14 39 (0.86%) User Experience
15 38 (0.83%) Smartphone
16 37 (0.81%) iPhone
17 32 (0.70%) Fat Client
17 32 (0.70%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 3,380 (74.16%) Windows
2 1,910 (41.90%) Windows Server
3 1,128 (24.75%) Windows 10
4 601 (13.19%) Linux
5 571 (12.53%) Windows Server 2012
6 510 (11.19%) Windows Server 2016
7 355 (7.79%) Windows Server 2019
8 339 (7.44%) Windows Server 2008
9 316 (6.93%) Windows 7
10 142 (3.12%) Android
11 100 (2.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 100 (2.19%) Unix
12 77 (1.69%) Mac OS
13 73 (1.60%) Windows 8
14 72 (1.58%) CentOS
15 70 (1.54%) Apple iOS
16 53 (1.16%) Mac OS X
17 49 (1.08%) Ubuntu
18 44 (0.97%) Windows Server 2003
19 43 (0.94%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 909 (19.94%) ITIL
2 898 (19.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 584 (12.81%) Problem-Solving
4 439 (9.63%) DevOps
5 403 (8.84%) Migration
6 315 (6.91%) Agile Software Development
7 256 (5.62%) Disaster Recovery
8 251 (5.51%) Service Management
9 210 (4.61%) Project Delivery
10 209 (4.59%) Mentoring
11 206 (4.52%) Project Management
11 206 (4.52%) Service Delivery
12 204 (4.48%) Cybersecurity
13 198 (4.34%) Continuous Improvement
14 180 (3.95%) Configuration Management
15 178 (3.91%) Identity Access Management
16 173 (3.80%) Information Security
17 171 (3.75%) Change Management
18 169 (3.71%) Incident Management
19 151 (3.31%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 1,131 (24.81%) PowerShell
2 643 (14.11%) SQL
3 155 (3.40%) Python
4 97 (2.13%) Bash Shell
5 79 (1.73%) C#
6 75 (1.65%) JavaScript
7 73 (1.60%) Java
8 51 (1.12%) Perl
9 40 (0.88%) C
9 40 (0.88%) T-SQL
10 39 (0.86%) Ruby
11 33 (0.72%) VBScript
12 30 (0.66%) VB
13 26 (0.57%) C++
14 20 (0.44%) Shell Script
15 14 (0.31%) Groovy
15 14 (0.31%) PHP
15 14 (0.31%) VB.NET
16 10 (0.22%) VBA
17 7 (0.15%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 443 (9.72%) Microsoft Certification
2 273 (5.99%) Degree
3 246 (5.40%) Security Cleared
4 231 (5.07%) Cisco Certification
5 229 (5.02%) MCSE
6 200 (4.39%) SC Cleared
7 173 (3.80%) CCNA
8 139 (3.05%) MCSA
9 100 (2.19%) CISSP
10 94 (2.06%) ITIL Certification
11 90 (1.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 86 (1.89%) CCNP
13 77 (1.69%) MCP
14 60 (1.32%) MCITP
15 57 (1.25%) CISM
16 39 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
16 39 (0.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 34 (0.75%) DV Cleared
18 33 (0.72%) A+ Certification
19 32 (0.70%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 395 (8.67%) SLA
2 133 (2.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 80 (1.76%) GDPR
4 53 (1.16%) NIST
5 50 (1.10%) Cyber Essentials
6 40 (0.88%) QA
7 34 (0.75%) PCI DSS
8 31 (0.68%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 15 (0.33%) Data Quality
10 14 (0.31%) ISO 9001
10 14 (0.31%) PMO
11 11 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 10 (0.22%) GRC
12 10 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 10 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 6 (0.13%) BS25999
13 6 (0.13%) NCSC
14 5 (0.11%) SOC 2
15 3 (0.066%) FedRAMP
15 3 (0.066%) NIST 800
System Software
1 1,135 (24.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 763 (16.74%) Hyper-V
3 251 (5.51%) VMware ESXi
4 200 (4.39%) vSphere
5 165 (3.62%) XenApp
6 144 (3.16%) XenDesktop
7 143 (3.14%) Virtual Machines
8 128 (2.81%) Docker
9 103 (2.26%) Virtual Servers
10 84 (1.84%) Virtual Desktop
11 80 (1.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 45 (0.99%) VMware NSX
13 38 (0.83%) BitLocker
14 34 (0.75%) Firmware
15 29 (0.64%) Terminal Server
15 29 (0.64%) VMware Workstation
16 27 (0.59%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 27 (0.59%) Terminal Services
17 25 (0.55%) VMware Server
18 24 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 772 (16.94%) SCCM
2 494 (10.84%) Microsoft Intune
3 225 (4.94%) Terraform
4 219 (4.80%) Ansible
5 177 (3.88%) Kubernetes
6 172 (3.77%) SCOM
7 128 (2.81%) Single Sign-On
8 110 (2.41%) WSUS
9 100 (2.19%) Puppet
10 93 (2.04%) Microsoft Clustering
11 77 (1.69%) vCenter Server
12 60 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
13 56 (1.23%) SCVMM
14 49 (1.08%) Failover Clustering
14 49 (1.08%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 47 (1.03%) Jamf Pro
16 45 (0.99%) NetBackup
17 41 (0.90%) Nagios
18 40 (0.88%) Backup Exec
18 40 (0.88%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 2,748 (60.29%) Microsoft
2 1,798 (39.45%) VMware
3 754 (16.54%) Citrix
4 588 (12.90%) Cisco
5 265 (5.81%) Veeam
6 181 (3.97%) Dell
7 177 (3.88%) HP
8 148 (3.25%) Apple
9 125 (2.74%) Google
10 124 (2.72%) ServiceNow
11 121 (2.65%) Oracle
12 118 (2.59%) Red Hat
13 109 (2.39%) SolarWinds
14 106 (2.33%) Sophos
15 101 (2.22%) Symantec
16 100 (2.19%) McAfee
17 95 (2.08%) Meraki
18 88 (1.93%) NetApp
19 81 (1.78%) EMC
20 67 (1.47%) IBM