Period
to 22 September 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies 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 22 September 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK
6 months to
22 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 32 25 33
Rank change year-on-year -7 +8 -1
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 3,275 10,453 10,970
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 6.58% 7.51% 6.59%
As % of the System Software category 35.22% 43.36% 44.75%
Number of salaries quoted 3,113 9,357 9,512
Median annual salary £45,000 £37,500 £36,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +20.00% +2.74% +4.29%
10th Percentile £25,750 £22,500 £21,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,713 £34,750 £32,500
% change year-on-year +8.53% +6.92% -

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 with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 9,300 24,106 24,514
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 17.33% 14.72%
Number of salaries quoted 7,790 19,719 20,029
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £49,039
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% +1.96% +8.97%
10th Percentile £30,750 £25,500 £24,750
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,660 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +9.79% - +10.39%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Active Directory over the 6 months to 22 September 2020.

Salary histogram for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Top 17 Job Locations

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 over the 6 months to 22 September 2020. 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
England -7 3,032 £45,000 +20.00% 594
UK excluding London -6 1,944 £37,713 +8.53% 541
London -2 1,222 £55,000 +29.41% 98
South East -5 567 £42,000 +23.12% 127
North of England -14 488 £36,750 +9.70% 143
Work from Home -4 324 £50,000 -20.00% 58
Midlands -7 282 £37,500 - 107
South West -7 264 £37,500 +4.17% 71
North West -19 218 £40,000 +14.29% 67
East of England -2 200 £40,000 +23.08% 46
Yorkshire -5 188 £35,000 +7.69% 58
West Midlands -15 177 £39,500 - 60
East Midlands -4 105 £36,500 -2.67% 47
Scotland +24 86 £42,500 +30.77% 26
North East +18 82 £33,000 -9.59% 18
Wales +2 71 £36,500 +12.31% 17
Northern Ireland -4 5 £57,500 +130.00% 4

For the 6 months to 22 September 2020, 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 with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 2,475 (75.57%) Windows
2 1,966 (60.03%) Microsoft
3 1,648 (50.32%) Office 365
4 1,515 (46.26%) Azure
5 1,380 (42.14%) Windows Server
6 1,342 (40.98%) VMware
7 796 (24.31%) VMware Infrastructure
8 779 (23.79%) DNS
9 746 (22.78%) PowerShell
10 736 (22.47%) Windows 10
11 678 (20.70%) ITIL
12 657 (20.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 630 (19.24%) Firewall
14 605 (18.47%) Cisco
15 601 (18.35%) SCCM
16 595 (18.17%) DHCP
17 584 (17.83%) Citrix
18 567 (17.31%) Finance
19 564 (17.22%) Azure Active Directory
20 562 (17.16%) Hyper-V
21 547 (16.70%) AWS
22 513 (15.66%) SQL
23 477 (14.56%) SQL Server
24 476 (14.53%) Microsoft Office
24 476 (14.53%) Linux
24 476 (14.53%) Windows Server 2012
25 453 (13.83%) MS Exchange
26 449 (13.71%) TCP/IP
27 441 (13.47%) Windows Server 2016
28 423 (12.92%) SharePoint

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
1 453 (13.83%) MS Exchange
2 423 (12.92%) SharePoint
3 196 (5.98%) IIS
4 133 (4.06%) Skype for Business
5 112 (3.42%) Exchange Server 2010
6 95 (2.90%) Confluence
6 95 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2013
7 28 (0.85%) Tomcat
8 24 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
9 18 (0.55%) Apache
10 13 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
10 13 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
11 12 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2007
11 12 (0.37%) OpenStack
12 11 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
13 10 (0.31%) CMS
13 10 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
14 8 (0.24%) WebSphere
15 7 (0.21%) Apache Spark
16 6 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 476 (14.53%) Microsoft Office
2 62 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 32 (0.98%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.18%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.061%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.031%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.031%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.031%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.031%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.031%) InDesign
7 1 (0.031%) LightWave 3D
7 1 (0.031%) MODO
7 1 (0.031%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.031%) Revit
7 1 (0.031%) SketchUp
7 1 (0.031%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 27 (0.82%) Sentinel
2 15 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
4 8 (0.24%) Distributed Ledger
4 8 (0.24%) R3 Corda
5 7 (0.21%) iTrent
5 7 (0.21%) Northgate Housing
6 6 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
7 5 (0.15%) Carpe Diem
7 5 (0.15%) Elite 3E
7 5 (0.15%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (0.12%) FastStats
8 4 (0.12%) Unica
9 3 (0.092%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 2 (0.061%) Maximo
10 2 (0.061%) ResourceLink
10 2 (0.061%) Unit4 Business World
10 2 (0.061%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 1,648 (50.32%) Office 365
2 1,515 (46.26%) Azure
3 564 (17.22%) Azure Active Directory
4 547 (16.70%) AWS
5 259 (7.91%) IaaS
6 217 (6.63%) PaaS
7 129 (3.94%) OneDrive
8 126 (3.85%) SaaS
9 57 (1.74%) Power Platform
10 53 (1.62%) Mimecast
11 50 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
12 46 (1.40%) GCP
13 45 (1.37%) Serverless
14 41 (1.25%) Slack
15 40 (1.22%) Route 53
16 27 (0.82%) Logic Apps
16 27 (0.82%) PowerApps
17 25 (0.76%) Azure Functions
18 24 (0.73%) Amazon S3
18 24 (0.73%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 779 (23.79%) DNS
2 630 (19.24%) Firewall
3 595 (18.17%) DHCP
4 449 (13.71%) TCP/IP
5 406 (12.40%) WAN
6 405 (12.37%) LAN
7 307 (9.37%) SAN
8 303 (9.25%) VPN
9 172 (5.25%) Skype
10 170 (5.19%) VoIP
11 162 (4.95%) Wireless
12 126 (3.85%) Network Security
13 125 (3.82%) Wi-Fi
14 111 (3.39%) VLAN
15 109 (3.33%) Internet
16 98 (2.99%) Remote Desktop
17 83 (2.53%) Unified Communications
18 59 (1.80%) NetScaler
19 52 (1.59%) iSCSI
19 52 (1.59%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 477 (14.56%) SQL Server
2 60 (1.83%) Amazon RDS
3 48 (1.47%) Azure SQL Database
4 41 (1.25%) MySQL
5 33 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
6 26 (0.79%) Big Data
6 26 (0.79%) Power BI
7 23 (0.70%) SQL Server 2016
8 19 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
9 17 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 16 (0.49%) MongoDB
11 15 (0.46%) Relational Database
12 14 (0.43%) Hadoop
12 14 (0.43%) SQL Server 2008
13 13 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 12 (0.37%) Blockchain
14 12 (0.37%) Data Lake
14 12 (0.37%) Data Warehouse
14 12 (0.37%) Oracle Database
15 8 (0.24%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 123 (3.76%) JIRA
2 61 (1.86%) Git (software)
3 55 (1.68%) Jenkins
4 15 (0.46%) Bitbucket
4 15 (0.46%) Octopus Deploy
4 15 (0.46%) TeamCity
5 14 (0.43%) GitLab
5 14 (0.43%) Metasploit
5 14 (0.43%) Visual Studio Team System
6 13 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 10 (0.31%) Visual Studio
8 9 (0.27%) Artifactory
8 9 (0.27%) Gerrit
8 9 (0.27%) IntelliJ
9 6 (0.18%) MSI
10 5 (0.15%) CircleCI
11 4 (0.12%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 3 (0.092%) Cucumber
12 3 (0.092%) Team Foundation Server
13 2 (0.061%) Mercurial
General
1 567 (17.31%) Finance
2 133 (4.06%) Banking
3 123 (3.76%) Public Sector
4 102 (3.11%) Telecoms
5 93 (2.84%) Manufacturing
6 81 (2.47%) Legal
7 77 (2.35%) Law
8 61 (1.86%) Marketing
9 53 (1.62%) Retail
10 47 (1.44%) Electronics
11 36 (1.10%) Local Government
12 33 (1.01%) Advertising
13 29 (0.89%) Military
14 23 (0.70%) Back Office
15 19 (0.58%) Investment Banking
16 18 (0.55%) Financial Institution
17 13 (0.40%) Publishing
18 12 (0.37%) Housing Association
19 8 (0.24%) Games
19 8 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 530 (16.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 471 (14.38%) Analyst
3 397 (12.12%) Support Engineer
4 303 (9.25%) IT Support
5 287 (8.76%) IT Engineer
6 192 (5.86%) 2nd Line Support
7 188 (5.74%) Support Analyst
8 185 (5.65%) Architect
9 183 (5.59%) Consultant
10 176 (5.37%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 139 (4.24%) Systems Engineer
12 138 (4.21%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 137 (4.18%) 3rd Line Support
14 134 (4.09%) IT Analyst
15 127 (3.88%) Administrator
15 127 (3.88%) Network Engineer
16 124 (3.79%) Windows Engineer
17 121 (3.69%) IT Support Engineer
18 112 (3.42%) Server Engineer
19 111 (3.39%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (3.51%) .NET
2 103 (3.15%) Web Services
3 93 (2.84%) LDAP
4 53 (1.62%) SAML
5 51 (1.56%) OAuth
6 35 (1.07%) SailPoint
7 27 (0.82%) OpenID
8 26 (0.79%) XML
9 25 (0.76%) HTML
9 25 (0.76%) JSON
10 19 (0.58%) REST
11 17 (0.52%) XMPP
12 16 (0.49%) Middleware
12 16 (0.49%) YAML
13 14 (0.43%) CSS
13 14 (0.43%) OAuth2
14 13 (0.40%) Elastic Stack
15 12 (0.37%) RESTful
16 11 (0.34%) Spring Boot
17 9 (0.27%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 296 (9.04%) Data Centre
2 172 (5.25%) Management Information System
3 163 (4.98%) Analytical Skills
4 102 (3.11%) Self-Motivation
5 96 (2.93%) PKI
6 85 (2.60%) Public Cloud
7 80 (2.44%) Clustering
7 80 (2.44%) Driving Licence
8 64 (1.95%) Replication
9 55 (1.68%) User Experience
10 50 (1.53%) Hybrid Cloud
11 49 (1.50%) Cyberthreat
12 41 (1.25%) iPhone
13 40 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
13 40 (1.22%) Private Cloud
14 35 (1.07%) Cloud Native
15 34 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
16 33 (1.01%) Fat Client
16 33 (1.01%) Thin Client
17 27 (0.82%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 2,475 (75.57%) Windows
2 1,380 (42.14%) Windows Server
3 736 (22.47%) Windows 10
4 476 (14.53%) Linux
4 476 (14.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 441 (13.47%) Windows Server 2016
6 325 (9.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 277 (8.46%) Windows 7
8 174 (5.31%) Windows Server 2019
9 104 (3.18%) Unix
10 94 (2.87%) Windows 8
11 81 (2.47%) Windows Server 2003
12 78 (2.38%) Android
13 55 (1.68%) CentOS
14 50 (1.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 44 (1.34%) Mac OS X
16 40 (1.22%) Apple iOS
17 30 (0.92%) Ubuntu
18 25 (0.76%) Mac OS
19 22 (0.67%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 678 (20.70%) ITIL
2 657 (20.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 275 (8.40%) Problem-Solving
4 255 (7.79%) DevOps
5 225 (6.87%) Agile Software Development
6 217 (6.63%) Disaster Recovery
7 210 (6.41%) Cybersecurity
8 207 (6.32%) Migration
9 185 (5.65%) Information Security
10 160 (4.89%) Project Delivery
11 152 (4.64%) Identity Management
12 146 (4.46%) Change Management
13 143 (4.37%) Service Delivery
14 139 (4.24%) Incident Management
15 137 (4.18%) Service Management
16 135 (4.12%) Project Management
17 123 (3.76%) Mentoring
18 121 (3.69%) Configuration Management
19 115 (3.51%) Continuous Improvement
19 115 (3.51%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 746 (22.78%) PowerShell
2 513 (15.66%) SQL
3 147 (4.49%) Python
4 79 (2.41%) Bash Shell
5 56 (1.71%) Java
6 55 (1.68%) VB.NET
7 47 (1.44%) C#
8 42 (1.28%) C
9 41 (1.25%) T-SQL
10 40 (1.22%) VBScript
11 33 (1.01%) JavaScript
12 29 (0.89%) Shell Script
13 20 (0.61%) Perl
14 19 (0.58%) VB
15 14 (0.43%) Ruby
16 9 (0.27%) Groovy
16 9 (0.27%) Kotlin
17 8 (0.24%) VBA
18 5 (0.15%) C++
18 5 (0.15%) R
Qualifications
1 418 (12.76%) Microsoft Certification
2 253 (7.73%) Security Cleared
3 199 (6.08%) Degree
4 191 (5.83%) MCSE
5 179 (5.47%) Cisco Certification
6 169 (5.16%) MCSA
7 153 (4.67%) SC Cleared
8 142 (4.34%) CCNA
9 106 (3.24%) DV Cleared
10 78 (2.38%) ITIL Certification
11 73 (2.23%) CISSP
12 72 (2.20%) MCP
13 59 (1.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 53 (1.62%) CISM
15 46 (1.40%) SANS
16 40 (1.22%) CCNP
17 39 (1.19%) MCITP
17 39 (1.19%) Server+ Certification
18 33 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
19 29 (0.89%) CREST Certified
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 283 (8.64%) SLA
2 139 (4.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 83 (2.53%) GDPR
4 54 (1.65%) NIST
5 46 (1.40%) PCI DSS
6 30 (0.92%) QA
7 25 (0.76%) NCSC
8 24 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 15 (0.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 14 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
10 14 (0.43%) NIST 800
11 9 (0.27%) COBIT
12 7 (0.21%) Data Quality
13 6 (0.18%) PMO
14 5 (0.15%) ISO 9001
15 3 (0.092%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 2 (0.061%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 2 (0.061%) ISO 9000
17 1 (0.031%) HL7
17 1 (0.031%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 796 (24.31%) VMware Infrastructure
2 562 (17.16%) Hyper-V
3 194 (5.92%) vSphere
4 176 (5.37%) VMware ESXi
5 158 (4.82%) XenApp
6 100 (3.05%) XenDesktop
7 92 (2.81%) Virtual Machines
8 79 (2.41%) Docker
9 63 (1.92%) Virtual Servers
10 58 (1.77%) Virtual Desktop
11 34 (1.04%) VMware Server
12 31 (0.95%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 28 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 26 (0.79%) Terminal Server
15 24 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
15 24 (0.73%) VMware Workstation
16 23 (0.70%) BitLocker
16 23 (0.70%) Forefront TMG
17 22 (0.67%) ISA Server
18 21 (0.64%) NDS
Systems Management
1 601 (18.35%) SCCM
2 318 (9.71%) Microsoft Intune
3 160 (4.89%) WSUS
4 154 (4.70%) Ansible
5 147 (4.49%) SCOM
6 110 (3.36%) Terraform
7 107 (3.27%) Puppet
8 96 (2.93%) Opscode Chef
9 70 (2.14%) Single Sign-On
10 69 (2.11%) SCVMM
11 53 (1.62%) Kubernetes
12 45 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
12 45 (1.37%) vCenter Server
13 43 (1.31%) Backup Exec
14 36 (1.10%) Nagios
15 26 (0.79%) NetBackup
15 26 (0.79%) QRadar
16 20 (0.61%) vRealize
17 19 (0.58%) Cisco CUCM
17 19 (0.58%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 1,966 (60.03%) Microsoft
2 1,342 (40.98%) VMware
3 605 (18.47%) Cisco
4 584 (17.83%) Citrix
5 203 (6.20%) HP
6 143 (4.37%) Veeam
7 137 (4.18%) Oracle
8 132 (4.03%) Dell
9 102 (3.11%) NetApp
10 86 (2.63%) Palo Alto
11 76 (2.32%) EMC
12 75 (2.29%) IBM
13 74 (2.26%) Apple
13 74 (2.26%) Red Hat
14 70 (2.14%) CheckPoint
15 68 (2.08%) SolarWinds
15 68 (2.08%) Symantec
16 64 (1.95%) ServiceNow
16 64 (1.95%) Sophos
17 62 (1.89%) Google