Period
to 4 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 4 March 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
4 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 29 25 29
Rank change year-on-year -4 +4 +4
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 2,928 5,461 6,192
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 6.85% 7.94% 7.35%
As % of the System Software category 38.22% 47.41% 47.58%
Number of salaries quoted 2,875 4,725 5,287
Median annual salary £35,865 £35,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.47% - +7.69%
10th Percentile £21,500 £21,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £61,550 £60,000 £63,750
UK median annual salary £40,750 £37,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year +8.67% -2.60% +5.48%

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 the UK excluding London with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 7,661 11,518 13,013
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 17.94% 16.74% 15.44%
Number of salaries quoted 6,360 9,453 10,552
Median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.76% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £24,020 £23,250
90th Percentile £71,250 £68,750 £67,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +11.11%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Active Directory as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Active Directory in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

Salary distribution for jobs citing Active Directory in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 4 March 2021.

Salary histogram for Active Directory in the UK excluding London

Active Directory
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 4 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East -3 865 £38,500 +10.00% 151
North of England +2 747 £36,000 -1.37% 182
Midlands -7 529 £36,000 +1.41% 142
South West -21 347 £35,000 +7.69% 77
Yorkshire +2 337 £31,000 -17.33% 61
West Midlands -8 305 £37,500 - 80
North West -20 297 £40,000 +8.11% 104
East Midlands +5 224 £34,000 -2.86% 62
East of England -5 214 £34,500 -1.43% 54
Scotland -26 139 £32,500 +3.17% 41
North East +20 113 £40,000 +14.29% 18
Wales +8 92 £33,750 -10.00% 24
Northern Ireland +7 6 £47,500 +31.94% 3
Channel Islands +2 3 - -
Active Directory
UK

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 2,246 (76.71%) Windows
2 1,785 (60.96%) Microsoft
3 1,669 (57.00%) Microsoft 365
4 1,328 (45.36%) Azure
5 1,321 (45.12%) VMware
6 1,284 (43.85%) Windows Server
7 813 (27.77%) VMware Infrastructure
8 808 (27.60%) DNS
9 762 (26.02%) Windows 10
10 718 (24.52%) Firewall
11 632 (21.58%) ITIL
12 612 (20.90%) Hyper-V
13 611 (20.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 606 (20.70%) DHCP
15 552 (18.85%) PowerShell
16 502 (17.14%) Citrix
17 487 (16.63%) Azure Active Directory
18 475 (16.22%) Windows Server 2012
19 464 (15.85%) MS Exchange
20 460 (15.71%) SCCM
21 422 (14.41%) Cisco
22 404 (13.80%) WAN
23 400 (13.66%) SQL
24 383 (13.08%) Microsoft Office
25 376 (12.84%) SharePoint
26 375 (12.81%) Linux
27 370 (12.64%) TCP/IP
28 368 (12.57%) AWS
29 364 (12.43%) Windows Server 2016
30 362 (12.36%) LAN

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 464 (15.85%) MS Exchange
2 376 (12.84%) SharePoint
3 116 (3.96%) IIS
4 108 (3.69%) Exchange Server 2013
5 85 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
6 50 (1.71%) Confluence
7 48 (1.64%) Skype for Business
8 33 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2007
9 16 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
10 15 (0.51%) CMS
11 12 (0.41%) Apache
11 12 (0.41%) Drupal
12 11 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
12 11 (0.38%) SharePoint Server
12 11 (0.38%) Tomcat
13 9 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
14 8 (0.27%) WordPress
15 6 (0.20%) Apache Spark
16 4 (0.14%) JBoss
16 4 (0.14%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 383 (13.08%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (1.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 15 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.10%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.068%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.034%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 12 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 11 (0.38%) Workfront
3 9 (0.31%) Sentinel
4 8 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.17%) NetSuite
6 4 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.10%) Visualfiles
8 2 (0.068%) Carpe Diem
8 2 (0.068%) Oracle EBS R12
9 1 (0.034%) assyst
9 1 (0.034%) BASE24
9 1 (0.034%) Dynamics AX
9 1 (0.034%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.034%) Line 50
9 1 (0.034%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 1,669 (57.00%) Microsoft 365
2 1,328 (45.36%) Azure
3 487 (16.63%) Azure Active Directory
4 368 (12.57%) AWS
5 184 (6.28%) IaaS
6 182 (6.22%) PaaS
7 145 (4.95%) SaaS
8 121 (4.13%) OneDrive
9 56 (1.91%) Serverless
10 40 (1.37%) Power Platform
11 39 (1.33%) Mimecast
12 35 (1.20%) Azure Functions
13 32 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
14 31 (1.06%) Logic Apps
15 29 (0.99%) G Suite
16 25 (0.85%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 22 (0.75%) OpenShift
17 22 (0.75%) PowerApps
18 21 (0.72%) Azure Data Factory
19 16 (0.55%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 808 (27.60%) DNS
2 718 (24.52%) Firewall
3 606 (20.70%) DHCP
4 404 (13.80%) WAN
5 370 (12.64%) TCP/IP
6 362 (12.36%) LAN
7 308 (10.52%) SAN
8 283 (9.67%) VPN
9 207 (7.07%) VLAN
10 188 (6.42%) VoIP
11 126 (4.30%) Wireless
12 110 (3.76%) NAS
13 107 (3.65%) Skype
14 95 (3.24%) Wi-Fi
15 93 (3.18%) Remote Desktop
16 82 (2.80%) Network Security
17 71 (2.42%) Internet
18 47 (1.61%) WLAN
19 44 (1.50%) MPLS
20 40 (1.37%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 348 (11.89%) SQL Server
2 62 (2.12%) Amazon RDS
3 61 (2.08%) Azure SQL Database
4 42 (1.43%) MySQL
5 19 (0.65%) Power BI
6 18 (0.61%) Cosmos DB
6 18 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
7 17 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
8 15 (0.51%) Relational Database
9 13 (0.44%) Hadoop
10 11 (0.38%) Big Data
11 8 (0.27%) Oracle Database
11 8 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
11 8 (0.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 7 (0.24%) Apache Accumulo
12 7 (0.24%) NoSQL
12 7 (0.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 5 (0.17%) GIS
14 4 (0.14%) RDBMS
14 4 (0.14%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 69 (2.36%) Jenkins
2 63 (2.15%) JIRA
3 52 (1.78%) Git (software)
4 38 (1.30%) Bitbucket
5 15 (0.51%) Gradle
5 15 (0.51%) Maven
6 14 (0.48%) Visual Studio
7 8 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (0.20%) Visual Studio Team System
9 5 (0.17%) Artifactory
9 5 (0.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 4 (0.14%) Fiddler
10 4 (0.14%) MSI
11 3 (0.10%) GitLab
11 3 (0.10%) Subversion
12 2 (0.068%) Rational Team Concert
12 2 (0.068%) WinDbg
13 1 (0.034%) InstallShield
13 1 (0.034%) TeamCity
13 1 (0.034%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 209 (7.14%) Finance
2 98 (3.35%) Telecoms
3 78 (2.66%) Public Sector
4 70 (2.39%) Law
5 61 (2.08%) Manufacturing
6 58 (1.98%) Legal
7 36 (1.23%) Marketing
8 28 (0.96%) Electronics
9 27 (0.92%) Back Office
10 23 (0.79%) Automotive
11 22 (0.75%) Billing
12 21 (0.72%) Aerospace
13 20 (0.68%) Retail
14 15 (0.51%) Advertising
15 14 (0.48%) French Language
16 13 (0.44%) Local Government
17 9 (0.31%) Military
17 9 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
18 8 (0.27%) Banking
19 6 (0.20%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 514 (17.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 476 (16.26%) Analyst
3 448 (15.30%) Support Engineer
4 381 (13.01%) IT Engineer
5 360 (12.30%) IT Support
6 213 (7.27%) 2nd Line Support
7 209 (7.14%) Support Analyst
8 197 (6.73%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 182 (6.22%) IT Analyst
10 172 (5.87%) 3rd Line Support
11 168 (5.74%) Service Analyst
12 161 (5.50%) Service Desk Analyst
13 157 (5.36%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 149 (5.09%) IT Support Engineer
15 143 (4.88%) Azure Engineer
16 125 (4.27%) Administrator
17 106 (3.62%) Architect
18 104 (3.55%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
18 104 (3.55%) Cloud Engineer
19 100 (3.42%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (1.95%) Web Services
2 56 (1.91%) SAML
3 44 (1.50%) LDAP
4 43 (1.47%) .NET
5 28 (0.96%) JSON
6 20 (0.68%) YAML
7 18 (0.61%) OAuth
8 16 (0.55%) HTML
9 14 (0.48%) REST
10 11 (0.38%) Kafka
11 10 (0.34%) Apache NiFi
11 10 (0.34%) XML
12 9 (0.31%) CSS
13 8 (0.27%) SailPoint
14 7 (0.24%) OpenID
15 6 (0.20%) EDI
15 6 (0.20%) Express
15 6 (0.20%) JMS
15 6 (0.20%) OAuth2
15 6 (0.20%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 210 (7.17%) Data Centre
2 152 (5.19%) Analytical Skills
3 122 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 114 (3.89%) Self-Motivation
5 100 (3.42%) Driving Licence
6 88 (3.01%) Clustering
7 82 (2.80%) Replication
8 81 (2.77%) Public Cloud
9 54 (1.84%) PKI
10 43 (1.47%) Hybrid Cloud
11 42 (1.43%) Private Cloud
12 32 (1.09%) Smartphone
13 30 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
14 26 (0.89%) Fat Client
14 26 (0.89%) Thin Client
15 24 (0.82%) Client/Server
15 24 (0.82%) Life Science
16 23 (0.79%) Cloud Native
16 23 (0.79%) Cyberthreat
17 22 (0.75%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2,246 (76.71%) Windows
2 1,284 (43.85%) Windows Server
3 762 (26.02%) Windows 10
4 475 (16.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 375 (12.81%) Linux
6 364 (12.43%) Windows Server 2016
7 262 (8.95%) Windows Server 2008
8 239 (8.16%) Windows Server 2019
9 197 (6.73%) Windows 7
10 80 (2.73%) Android
11 67 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 58 (1.98%) Windows 8
13 56 (1.91%) Unix
14 44 (1.50%) CentOS
15 43 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
16 36 (1.23%) Mac OS
16 36 (1.23%) VMS
17 33 (1.13%) Apple iOS
18 31 (1.06%) Ubuntu
19 30 (1.02%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 632 (21.58%) ITIL
2 611 (20.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 328 (11.20%) Problem-Solving
4 225 (7.68%) DevOps
5 216 (7.38%) Service Management
6 198 (6.76%) Migration
7 175 (5.98%) Agile Software Development
8 174 (5.94%) Disaster Recovery
9 150 (5.12%) Project Management
10 141 (4.82%) Configuration Management
11 140 (4.78%) Project Delivery
12 138 (4.71%) Change Management
13 124 (4.23%) Cybersecurity
14 123 (4.20%) Service Delivery
15 119 (4.06%) Mentoring
16 115 (3.93%) Incident Management
17 111 (3.79%) Identity Access Management
18 109 (3.72%) Continuous Improvement
19 108 (3.69%) Information Security
20 95 (3.24%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 552 (18.85%) PowerShell
2 400 (13.66%) SQL
3 60 (2.05%) Python
4 49 (1.67%) Bash Shell
5 30 (1.02%) Perl
6 27 (0.92%) Java
7 19 (0.65%) C
7 19 (0.65%) C++
8 14 (0.48%) VB
9 12 (0.41%) C#
9 12 (0.41%) T-SQL
10 10 (0.34%) VB.NET
11 9 (0.31%) JavaScript
12 8 (0.27%) VBScript
13 7 (0.24%) PHP
14 6 (0.20%) Tcl
14 6 (0.20%) VBA
15 4 (0.14%) PL/SQL
15 4 (0.14%) Ruby
16 3 (0.10%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 324 (11.07%) Microsoft Certification
2 189 (6.45%) Security Cleared
3 174 (5.94%) MCSE
4 159 (5.43%) Cisco Certification
5 158 (5.40%) SC Cleared
6 144 (4.92%) Degree
7 122 (4.17%) CCNA
8 111 (3.79%) MCSA
9 65 (2.22%) MCP
10 63 (2.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 55 (1.88%) ITIL Certification
12 48 (1.64%) MCITP
13 40 (1.37%) CCNP
14 37 (1.26%) BPSS Clearance
15 34 (1.16%) CISSP
16 29 (0.99%) DV Cleared
17 24 (0.82%) DBS Check
18 22 (0.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 21 (0.72%) A+ Certification
20 19 (0.65%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 311 (10.62%) SLA
2 87 (2.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 66 (2.25%) GDPR
4 34 (1.16%) Cyber Essentials
5 24 (0.82%) PCI DSS
6 18 (0.61%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 16 (0.55%) NIST
8 15 (0.51%) QA
9 12 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 6 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 5 (0.17%) PMO
12 4 (0.14%) Data Quality
12 4 (0.14%) ISO 9001
12 4 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 4 (0.14%) NCSC
13 3 (0.10%) NIST 800
14 2 (0.068%) GAMP
14 2 (0.068%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 1 (0.034%) ISO 22301
15 1 (0.034%) JSP 440
System Software
1 813 (27.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 612 (20.90%) Hyper-V
3 183 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
4 146 (4.99%) vSphere
5 115 (3.93%) XenApp
6 85 (2.90%) Virtual Machines
6 85 (2.90%) XenDesktop
7 84 (2.87%) Docker
8 80 (2.73%) Virtual Servers
9 53 (1.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 38 (1.30%) Virtual Desktop
11 35 (1.20%) Firmware
12 31 (1.06%) VMware NSX
13 27 (0.92%) BitLocker
14 24 (0.82%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 23 (0.79%) VMware Workstation
16 16 (0.55%) Terminal Services
17 13 (0.44%) Shibboleth
18 12 (0.41%) VMware Server
19 11 (0.38%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 460 (15.71%) SCCM
2 239 (8.16%) Microsoft Intune
3 111 (3.79%) Terraform
4 109 (3.72%) Ansible
5 103 (3.52%) SCOM
6 86 (2.94%) WSUS
7 80 (2.73%) Kubernetes
8 51 (1.74%) Microsoft Clustering
9 46 (1.57%) vCenter Server
10 45 (1.54%) SCVMM
11 43 (1.47%) Single Sign-On
12 38 (1.30%) NetBackup
13 33 (1.13%) Nagios
14 30 (1.02%) McAfee ePO
14 30 (1.02%) Puppet
15 27 (0.92%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 27 (0.92%) vRealize
16 26 (0.89%) Norton AntiVirus
17 25 (0.85%) Backup Exec
18 14 (0.48%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 1,785 (60.96%) Microsoft
2 1,321 (45.12%) VMware
3 502 (17.14%) Citrix
4 422 (14.41%) Cisco
5 229 (7.82%) Veeam
6 132 (4.51%) Dell
7 118 (4.03%) HP
8 93 (3.18%) Oracle
9 90 (3.07%) SolarWinds
10 86 (2.94%) Apple
11 85 (2.90%) Red Hat
12 83 (2.83%) Symantec
13 78 (2.66%) Sophos
14 76 (2.60%) McAfee
15 64 (2.19%) ServiceNow
16 63 (2.15%) Google
17 61 (2.08%) EMC
18 60 (2.05%) Meraki
19 59 (2.02%) NetApp
20 53 (1.81%) IBM