Period
to 1 August 2021

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 1 August 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK
6 months to
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 52 33 26
Rank change year-on-year -19 -7 +9
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 6,054 4,474 10,561
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 5.36% 6.58% 7.37%
As % of the System Software category 28.97% 36.78% 43.01%
Number of salaries quoted 5,160 3,820 9,013
10th Percentile £23,500 £25,000 £22,500
25th Percentile £29,750 £30,500 £26,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £42,500 £37,500
Median % change year-on-year - +13.33% +4.17%
75th Percentile £58,000 £57,500 £53,750
90th Percentile £73,875 £73,750 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +7.69%

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 20,894 12,164 24,555
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.49% 17.89% 17.14%
Number of salaries quoted 14,830 10,121 20,441
10th Percentile £29,750 £29,000 £25,750
25th Percentile £39,750 £38,500 £33,000
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 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £87,500 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -

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 1 August 2021.

Salary histogram for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Top 18 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 1 August 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
England -18 5,474 £42,500 - 1,430
UK excluding London -5 3,920 £37,500 - 1,207
London -37 1,802 £52,500 - 304
North of England +3 1,061 £37,500 - 339
South East -9 1,011 £40,000 +6.67% 271
Work from Home -24 1,000 £50,000 -13.04% 194
Midlands +8 771 £37,500 - 245
North West +17 529 £39,500 -1.25% 168
West Midlands -1 464 £37,500 -6.25% 115
Yorkshire +6 424 £37,500 -3.85% 129
South West -21 408 £33,819 -3.37% 142
East of England -3 318 £37,000 -0.16% 128
East Midlands +15 307 £37,500 +7.14% 129
Scotland -14 220 £37,000 -10.30% 40
Wales +4 127 £32,500 -7.14% 36
North East -4 108 £37,000 +17.46% 42
Northern Ireland -21 12 £50,000 -16.67% 7
Channel Islands - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 4,434 (73.24%) Windows
2 3,739 (61.76%) Microsoft
3 3,539 (58.46%) Microsoft 365
4 3,141 (51.88%) Azure
5 2,478 (40.93%) Windows Server
6 2,155 (35.60%) VMware
7 1,564 (25.83%) Social Skills
8 1,532 (25.31%) Windows 10
9 1,521 (25.12%) PowerShell
10 1,473 (24.33%) Azure Active Directory
11 1,376 (22.73%) VMware Infrastructure
12 1,375 (22.71%) Firewall
13 1,321 (21.82%) DNS
14 1,258 (20.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 1,210 (19.99%) ITIL
16 1,049 (17.33%) Hyper-V
17 1,025 (16.93%) DHCP
18 932 (15.39%) Microsoft Office
19 896 (14.80%) SCCM
20 883 (14.59%) Citrix
21 874 (14.44%) SharePoint
22 852 (14.07%) SQL
23 825 (13.63%) Linux
24 814 (13.45%) AWS
25 811 (13.40%) MS Exchange
26 780 (12.88%) Cisco
27 764 (12.62%) Microsoft Intune
28 729 (12.04%) Problem-Solving
29 716 (11.83%) WAN
30 713 (11.78%) Windows Server 2012

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
1 874 (14.44%) SharePoint
2 811 (13.40%) MS Exchange
3 302 (4.99%) IIS
4 171 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2013
5 135 (2.23%) Skype for Business
6 124 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2010
7 88 (1.45%) Confluence
8 58 (0.96%) Apache
9 34 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
9 34 (0.56%) nginx
10 27 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
11 26 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
11 26 (0.43%) Tomcat
12 20 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
13 17 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
14 15 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
15 13 (0.21%) SAS
15 13 (0.21%) SharePoint Server
16 12 (0.20%) Apache Spark
17 11 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 932 (15.39%) Microsoft Office
2 83 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 39 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (0.25%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.17%) AutoCAD
5 10 (0.17%) Photoshop
6 8 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 8 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.13%) Revit
7 7 (0.12%) Acrobat
8 6 (0.099%) Adobe Illustrator
8 6 (0.099%) InDesign
8 6 (0.099%) Siemens NX
8 6 (0.099%) Solid Edge
9 5 (0.083%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.050%) Houdini
10 3 (0.050%) Maya
10 3 (0.050%) NUKE
11 2 (0.033%) Spreadsheet
12 1 (0.017%) ImageReady
Business Applications
1 50 (0.83%) Sentinel
2 39 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
3 24 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
4 14 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
5 11 (0.18%) Sage 200
6 7 (0.12%) Relativity
7 6 (0.099%) NetSuite
7 6 (0.099%) Teamcenter
8 5 (0.083%) AlphaBridge
8 5 (0.083%) Alphatax
8 5 (0.083%) Farmplan
8 5 (0.083%) KEYPrime
8 5 (0.083%) Unica
9 4 (0.066%) assyst
9 4 (0.066%) Dynamics GP
9 4 (0.066%) FastStats
10 3 (0.050%) Magento
10 3 (0.050%) Maximo
10 3 (0.050%) Sage 300 ERP
10 3 (0.050%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 3,539 (58.46%) Microsoft 365
2 3,141 (51.88%) Azure
3 1,473 (24.33%) Azure Active Directory
4 814 (13.45%) AWS
5 559 (9.23%) IaaS
6 491 (8.11%) PaaS
7 380 (6.28%) SaaS
8 284 (4.69%) OneDrive
9 198 (3.27%) Power Platform
10 128 (2.11%) GCP
10 128 (2.11%) Mimecast
11 117 (1.93%) Cloud Computing
12 89 (1.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 82 (1.35%) Google Workspace
14 76 (1.26%) Serverless
15 75 (1.24%) PowerApps
16 69 (1.14%) Azure Sentinel
16 69 (1.14%) Azure Storage
17 63 (1.04%) Power Automate
18 60 (0.99%) Azure Key Vault
Communications & Networking
1 1,375 (22.71%) Firewall
2 1,321 (21.82%) DNS
3 1,025 (16.93%) DHCP
4 716 (11.83%) WAN
5 701 (11.58%) LAN
6 651 (10.75%) VPN
7 630 (10.41%) TCP/IP
8 476 (7.86%) SAN
9 298 (4.92%) VoIP
10 290 (4.79%) VLAN
11 248 (4.10%) Wireless
12 213 (3.52%) Network Security
13 210 (3.47%) Wi-Fi
14 183 (3.02%) Remote Desktop
15 176 (2.91%) Skype
16 146 (2.41%) Internet
16 146 (2.41%) NAS
17 117 (1.93%) SSL
18 107 (1.77%) MPLS
19 98 (1.62%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 676 (11.17%) SQL Server
2 99 (1.64%) Azure SQL Database
3 89 (1.47%) Power BI
4 78 (1.29%) MySQL
5 72 (1.19%) Amazon RDS
6 59 (0.97%) Big Data
7 39 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 34 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
9 26 (0.43%) SQL Server 2014
10 25 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
10 25 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 24 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
12 23 (0.38%) NoSQL
13 22 (0.36%) Oracle Database
13 22 (0.36%) SQL Server 2016
14 19 (0.31%) Tableau
15 15 (0.25%) SQL Server 2008
16 14 (0.23%) Data Lake
16 14 (0.23%) MariaDB
17 13 (0.21%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 182 (3.01%) JIRA
2 162 (2.68%) Git (software)
3 135 (2.23%) Jenkins
4 50 (0.83%) Octopus Deploy
5 48 (0.79%) TeamCity
6 44 (0.73%) GitLab
7 42 (0.69%) Visual Studio
8 41 (0.68%) Bitbucket
9 26 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
10 24 (0.40%) Visual Studio Team System
11 21 (0.35%) Cypress.io
11 21 (0.35%) Jasmine
11 21 (0.35%) Karma Test Runner
12 16 (0.26%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 12 (0.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 12 (0.20%) Maven
14 11 (0.18%) MSI
14 11 (0.18%) SonarQube
15 10 (0.17%) Gradle
15 10 (0.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 1,564 (25.83%) Social Skills
2 635 (10.49%) Finance
3 380 (6.28%) Analytical Skills
4 225 (3.72%) Public Sector
5 218 (3.60%) Telecoms
6 216 (3.57%) Law
7 191 (3.15%) Legal
8 173 (2.86%) Manufacturing
9 167 (2.76%) Organisational Skills
10 132 (2.18%) Retail
11 99 (1.64%) Banking
12 90 (1.49%) Documentation Skills
13 84 (1.39%) Marketing
14 65 (1.07%) Advertising
15 62 (1.02%) Presentation Skills
16 42 (0.69%) Electronics
17 40 (0.66%) Automotive
18 36 (0.59%) Back Office
19 35 (0.58%) Billing
20 31 (0.51%) Inclusion and Diversity
Job Titles
1 1,028 (16.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 980 (16.19%) Analyst
3 846 (13.97%) Support Engineer
4 734 (12.12%) IT Support
5 592 (9.78%) IT Engineer
6 475 (7.85%) Support Analyst
7 379 (6.26%) 2nd Line Support
8 375 (6.19%) Azure Engineer
9 366 (6.05%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 333 (5.50%) IT Analyst
11 314 (5.19%) Service Analyst
12 304 (5.02%) Service Desk Analyst
13 284 (4.69%) Consultant
14 283 (4.67%) Architect
15 281 (4.64%) IT Support Engineer
16 276 (4.56%) Cloud Engineer
17 265 (4.38%) Administrator
18 263 (4.34%) 3rd Line Support
19 243 (4.01%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 232 (3.83%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 203 (3.35%) Web Services
2 133 (2.20%) LDAP
3 126 (2.08%) SAML
4 123 (2.03%) .NET
5 102 (1.68%) OAuth
6 72 (1.19%) JSON
6 72 (1.19%) OpenID
7 55 (0.91%) HTML
8 54 (0.89%) XML
9 45 (0.74%) SailPoint
10 39 (0.64%) CSS
11 37 (0.61%) OAuth2
12 36 (0.59%) Elastic Stack
12 36 (0.59%) RESTful
13 35 (0.58%) Node.js
14 34 (0.56%) .NET Core
15 30 (0.50%) REST
16 29 (0.48%) RabbitMQ
17 28 (0.46%) COM
18 25 (0.41%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 470 (7.76%) Data Centre
2 219 (3.62%) Public Cloud
3 215 (3.55%) Management Information System
4 213 (3.52%) Self-Motivation
5 190 (3.14%) Clustering
6 170 (2.81%) Driving Licence
7 160 (2.64%) Hybrid Cloud
8 145 (2.40%) PKI
9 115 (1.90%) Replication
10 109 (1.80%) Cloud Native
11 104 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
12 95 (1.57%) User Experience
13 73 (1.21%) Private Cloud
14 62 (1.02%) iPhone
15 49 (0.81%) BYOD
16 48 (0.79%) Fat Client
16 48 (0.79%) Thin Client
17 45 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
18 43 (0.71%) NHS
19 42 (0.69%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 4,434 (73.24%) Windows
2 2,478 (40.93%) Windows Server
3 1,532 (25.31%) Windows 10
4 825 (13.63%) Linux
5 713 (11.78%) Windows Server 2012
6 562 (9.28%) Windows Server 2016
7 494 (8.16%) Windows Server 2019
8 419 (6.92%) Windows 7
9 386 (6.38%) Windows Server 2008
10 248 (4.10%) Android
11 176 (2.91%) Apple iOS
12 130 (2.15%) Windows 8
13 126 (2.08%) Mac OS
14 98 (1.62%) Windows Server 2003
15 96 (1.59%) Unix
16 92 (1.52%) CentOS
17 86 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 84 (1.39%) Mac OS X
19 69 (1.14%) Ubuntu
20 65 (1.07%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,258 (20.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 1,210 (19.99%) ITIL
3 729 (12.04%) Problem-Solving
4 609 (10.06%) DevOps
5 541 (8.94%) Migration
6 432 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
7 339 (5.60%) Service Delivery
8 334 (5.52%) Disaster Recovery
9 328 (5.42%) Mentoring
10 320 (5.29%) Project Management
11 287 (4.74%) Service Management
12 284 (4.69%) Project Delivery
13 280 (4.63%) Cybersecurity
14 243 (4.01%) Continuous Improvement
15 234 (3.87%) ITSM
16 203 (3.35%) Infrastructure as Code
17 197 (3.25%) Change Management
18 194 (3.20%) Information Security
19 190 (3.14%) Incident Management
20 188 (3.11%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 1,521 (25.12%) PowerShell
2 852 (14.07%) SQL
3 203 (3.35%) Python
4 117 (1.93%) Bash Shell
5 102 (1.68%) C#
6 64 (1.06%) VB
7 62 (1.02%) Java
8 58 (0.96%) JavaScript
9 57 (0.94%) VBScript
10 48 (0.79%) C
11 41 (0.68%) T-SQL
12 38 (0.63%) Perl
13 37 (0.61%) Ruby
14 26 (0.43%) PHP
15 19 (0.31%) Shell Script
16 16 (0.26%) C++
16 16 (0.26%) VB.NET
17 12 (0.20%) PL/SQL
18 11 (0.18%) TypeScript
19 9 (0.15%) R
Qualifications
1 584 (9.65%) Microsoft Certification
2 447 (7.38%) Degree
3 296 (4.89%) Security Cleared
4 266 (4.39%) MCSE
5 234 (3.87%) Cisco Certification
6 199 (3.29%) SC Cleared
7 182 (3.01%) CCNA
8 162 (2.68%) MCSA
9 118 (1.95%) MCP
10 106 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
11 91 (1.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 80 (1.32%) MCITP
13 77 (1.27%) CISSP
14 72 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
15 59 (0.97%) CCNP
16 56 (0.93%) A+ Certification
17 53 (0.88%) DBS Check
18 51 (0.84%) Citrix Certification
19 46 (0.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 38 (0.63%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 467 (7.71%) SLA
2 176 (2.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 111 (1.83%) GDPR
4 49 (0.81%) NIST
5 47 (0.78%) Cyber Essentials
6 41 (0.68%) QA
7 34 (0.56%) PCI DSS
8 29 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 28 (0.46%) Data Quality
10 21 (0.35%) PMO
11 18 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 16 (0.26%) ISO 9001
13 12 (0.20%) NCSC
14 11 (0.18%) GRC
15 10 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 9 (0.15%) ITGC
17 8 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27005
18 6 (0.099%) SOC 2
19 5 (0.083%) ISO 22301
20 3 (0.050%) FedRAMP
System Software
1 1,376 (22.73%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1,049 (17.33%) Hyper-V
3 294 (4.86%) vSphere
4 258 (4.26%) VMware ESXi
5 224 (3.70%) Virtual Machines
6 206 (3.40%) XenApp
7 184 (3.04%) Docker
8 180 (2.97%) XenDesktop
9 146 (2.41%) Virtual Desktop
10 98 (1.62%) Virtual Servers
11 49 (0.81%) BitLocker
12 46 (0.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 43 (0.71%) Terminal Server
14 36 (0.59%) Terminal Services
15 34 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
16 33 (0.55%) NDS
16 33 (0.55%) NetIQ eDirectory
17 26 (0.43%) RHEV
18 23 (0.38%) Citrix Hypervisor
19 22 (0.36%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 896 (14.80%) SCCM
2 764 (12.62%) Microsoft Intune
3 253 (4.18%) Terraform
4 250 (4.13%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 249 (4.11%) Kubernetes
6 248 (4.10%) Ansible
7 203 (3.35%) Single Sign-On
8 165 (2.73%) SCOM
9 136 (2.25%) Puppet
10 122 (2.02%) WSUS
11 103 (1.70%) Jamf Pro
12 94 (1.55%) Microsoft Clustering
13 83 (1.37%) vCenter Server
14 81 (1.34%) Opscode Chef
15 49 (0.81%) Nagios
16 46 (0.76%) AirWatch
17 45 (0.74%) Backup Exec
17 45 (0.74%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
18 44 (0.73%) Prometheus
19 42 (0.69%) Grafana
Vendors
1 3,739 (61.76%) Microsoft
2 2,155 (35.60%) VMware
3 883 (14.59%) Citrix
4 780 (12.88%) Cisco
5 333 (5.50%) Veeam
6 235 (3.88%) HP
7 232 (3.83%) Dell
8 214 (3.53%) Apple
9 194 (3.20%) Meraki
10 183 (3.02%) Oracle
11 182 (3.01%) Google
11 182 (3.01%) ServiceNow
12 151 (2.49%) Sophos
13 148 (2.44%) NetApp
14 117 (1.93%) Red Hat
15 102 (1.68%) SolarWinds
16 94 (1.55%) SonicWALL
17 90 (1.49%) McAfee
18 89 (1.47%) Palo Alto
19 88 (1.45%) SAP