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

Microsoft Active Directory
UK
6 months to
2 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 37 26 30
Rank change year-on-year -11 +4 +4
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 4,481 8,861 10,442
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 5.94% 7.31% 6.94%
As % of the System Software category 32.51% 42.96% 44.28%
Number of salaries quoted 4,484 7,849 9,115
Median annual salary £41,000 £37,500 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.33% -2.60% +5.48%
10th Percentile £23,500 £22,750 £22,500
90th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £36,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +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 13,784 20,624 23,581
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.29% 17.01% 15.68%
Number of salaries quoted 11,360 17,049 19,470
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £29,750 £25,850 £25,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +11.76% - +6.25%

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 2 March 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 2 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
England -10 4,074 £40,000 +6.67% 762
UK excluding London -3 2,900 £36,000 +2.86% 646
London -22 1,342 £55,000 +29.41% 173
South East -3 856 £39,000 +11.43% 154
North of England +2 741 £36,000 - 172
Work from Home 0 689 £45,000 -25.00% 112
Midlands -7 524 £35,000 -1.41% 141
South West -22 345 £35,000 +7.69% 63
Yorkshire +1 333 £31,000 -15.07% 56
West Midlands -10 303 £37,500 - 78
North West -21 295 £40,000 +11.11% 97
East Midlands +3 221 £34,000 -2.86% 63
East of England -6 213 £32,500 -7.14% 54
Scotland -23 139 £32,500 +3.17% 37
North East +22 113 £40,000 +14.29% 19
Wales +10 90 £35,000 -6.67% 21
Northern Ireland +8 6 £47,500 +31.94% 4
Channel Islands +1 2 - -

For the 6 months to 2 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 with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 3,310 (73.87%) Windows
2 2,712 (60.52%) Microsoft
3 2,544 (56.77%) Microsoft 365
4 2,232 (49.81%) Azure
5 1,907 (42.56%) Windows Server
6 1,800 (40.17%) VMware
7 1,114 (24.86%) Windows 10
8 1,093 (24.39%) VMware Infrastructure
9 1,085 (24.21%) DNS
10 1,026 (22.90%) PowerShell
11 962 (21.47%) Azure Active Directory
12 957 (21.36%) Firewall
13 893 (19.93%) ITIL
14 845 (18.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 811 (18.10%) DHCP
16 787 (17.56%) Hyper-V
17 742 (16.56%) SCCM
18 725 (16.18%) Citrix
19 684 (15.26%) SQL
20 672 (15.00%) MS Exchange
21 639 (14.26%) Windows Server 2012
22 638 (14.24%) Cisco
23 615 (13.72%) AWS
24 610 (13.61%) SharePoint
25 577 (12.88%) Linux
26 572 (12.77%) Microsoft Office
27 556 (12.41%) SQL Server
28 534 (11.92%) Windows Server 2016
29 530 (11.83%) WAN
30 528 (11.78%) Problem-Solving

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
1 672 (15.00%) MS Exchange
2 610 (13.61%) SharePoint
3 179 (3.99%) IIS
4 142 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2013
5 129 (2.88%) Skype for Business
6 122 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2010
7 84 (1.87%) Confluence
8 42 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2007
9 22 (0.49%) Apache
9 22 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
10 17 (0.38%) CMS
11 15 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2003
11 15 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
12 14 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
13 12 (0.27%) Drupal
13 12 (0.27%) IBM Domino
14 11 (0.25%) Tomcat
15 9 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
16 8 (0.18%) WordPress
17 7 (0.16%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 572 (12.77%) Microsoft Office
2 82 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (0.49%) AutoCAD
4 22 (0.49%) Revit
5 15 (0.33%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.045%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.022%) SOLIDWORKS
8 1 (0.022%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 11 (0.25%) Workfront
4 9 (0.20%) Sentinel
5 8 (0.18%) NetSuite
6 6 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
6 6 (0.13%) Quorum
7 5 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
8 4 (0.089%) Carpe Diem
8 4 (0.089%) Eikon
8 4 (0.089%) iTrent
8 4 (0.089%) Northgate Housing
8 4 (0.089%) Oracle Applications
9 3 (0.067%) Visualfiles
10 2 (0.045%) Dynamics GP
10 2 (0.045%) Dynamics NAV
10 2 (0.045%) Oracle EBS R12
10 2 (0.045%) Relativity
10 2 (0.045%) Tradar
11 1 (0.022%) Line 50
Cloud Services
1 2,544 (56.77%) Microsoft 365
2 2,232 (49.81%) Azure
3 962 (21.47%) Azure Active Directory
4 615 (13.72%) AWS
5 349 (7.79%) IaaS
6 321 (7.16%) PaaS
7 239 (5.33%) SaaS
8 192 (4.28%) OneDrive
9 126 (2.81%) Serverless
10 118 (2.63%) Power Platform
11 92 (2.05%) Mimecast
12 85 (1.90%) Azure Functions
13 58 (1.29%) Logic Apps
14 56 (1.25%) GCP
15 49 (1.09%) G Suite
16 45 (1.00%) PowerApps
17 44 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
18 36 (0.80%) Azure Data Factory
18 36 (0.80%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 29 (0.65%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1,085 (24.21%) DNS
2 957 (21.36%) Firewall
3 811 (18.10%) DHCP
4 530 (11.83%) WAN
5 526 (11.74%) TCP/IP
6 476 (10.62%) LAN
7 427 (9.53%) VPN
8 411 (9.17%) SAN
9 282 (6.29%) VoIP
10 262 (5.85%) VLAN
11 186 (4.15%) Skype
12 162 (3.62%) Wireless
13 151 (3.37%) Network Security
14 140 (3.12%) Wi-Fi
15 125 (2.79%) Internet
15 125 (2.79%) Remote Desktop
16 115 (2.57%) NAS
17 73 (1.63%) Unified Communications
18 71 (1.58%) NetScaler
19 65 (1.45%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 556 (12.41%) SQL Server
2 125 (2.79%) Azure SQL Database
3 96 (2.14%) Amazon RDS
4 63 (1.41%) Power BI
5 54 (1.21%) MySQL
5 54 (1.21%) PostgreSQL
6 47 (1.05%) Cosmos DB
7 34 (0.76%) SQL Server 2012
8 23 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 21 (0.47%) Relational Database
10 19 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
11 18 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 16 (0.36%) Big Data
13 15 (0.33%) Data Warehouse
14 14 (0.31%) Hadoop
15 13 (0.29%) NoSQL
15 13 (0.29%) SQL Server 2016
16 12 (0.27%) Blockchain
16 12 (0.27%) MongoDB
17 11 (0.25%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 142 (3.17%) Jenkins
2 130 (2.90%) Git (software)
3 119 (2.66%) JIRA
4 44 (0.98%) Bitbucket
5 25 (0.56%) Visual Studio
6 19 (0.42%) IntelliJ
7 17 (0.38%) Gradle
7 17 (0.38%) Maven
7 17 (0.38%) Team Foundation Server
7 17 (0.38%) TeamCity
8 16 (0.36%) Artifactory
9 11 (0.25%) Gerrit
9 11 (0.25%) GitLab
9 11 (0.25%) MSI
10 8 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
11 6 (0.13%) Cucumber
11 6 (0.13%) Octopus Deploy
11 6 (0.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 5 (0.11%) Bitbucket Server
13 4 (0.089%) Gatling
General
1 502 (11.20%) Finance
2 132 (2.95%) Telecoms
3 129 (2.88%) Law
4 126 (2.81%) Public Sector
5 99 (2.21%) Legal
6 95 (2.12%) Banking
7 85 (1.90%) Manufacturing
8 58 (1.29%) Marketing
9 57 (1.27%) Retail
10 40 (0.89%) Electronics
11 30 (0.67%) Back Office
12 28 (0.62%) Billing
13 27 (0.60%) Advertising
14 26 (0.58%) Aerospace
15 23 (0.51%) Automotive
16 18 (0.40%) Financial Institution
16 18 (0.40%) French Language
16 18 (0.40%) German Language
17 16 (0.36%) Local Government
18 15 (0.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 703 (15.69%) Analyst
2 690 (15.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 632 (14.10%) Support Engineer
4 491 (10.96%) IT Support
5 459 (10.24%) IT Engineer
6 329 (7.34%) Support Analyst
7 289 (6.45%) 2nd Line Support
8 260 (5.80%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 256 (5.71%) Azure Engineer
10 247 (5.51%) IT Analyst
11 232 (5.18%) Consultant
12 228 (5.09%) Architect
13 222 (4.95%) 3rd Line Support
14 216 (4.82%) Service Analyst
15 202 (4.51%) Service Desk Analyst
16 198 (4.42%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 196 (4.37%) IT Support Engineer
18 177 (3.95%) Administrator
19 168 (3.75%) Cloud Engineer
20 153 (3.41%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 123 (2.74%) Web Services
2 97 (2.16%) .NET
3 88 (1.96%) SAML
4 72 (1.61%) OAuth
5 68 (1.52%) LDAP
6 47 (1.05%) JSON
7 40 (0.89%) YAML
8 39 (0.87%) HTML
9 32 (0.71%) XML
10 31 (0.69%) CSS
11 25 (0.56%) .NET Core
11 25 (0.56%) ASP.NET Web API
12 22 (0.49%) AngularJS
12 22 (0.49%) jQuery
12 22 (0.49%) REST
13 21 (0.47%) OpenID
14 19 (0.42%) Spring Boot
14 19 (0.42%) Vue.js
15 18 (0.40%) Elastic Stack
15 18 (0.40%) React
Miscellaneous
1 287 (6.40%) Data Centre
2 250 (5.58%) Analytical Skills
3 209 (4.66%) Management Information System
4 143 (3.19%) Self-Motivation
5 135 (3.01%) Public Cloud
6 130 (2.90%) Clustering
7 114 (2.54%) Replication
8 105 (2.34%) Driving Licence
9 93 (2.08%) PKI
10 69 (1.54%) Hybrid Cloud
11 59 (1.32%) Private Cloud
12 47 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
13 46 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
14 44 (0.98%) User Experience
15 40 (0.89%) Smartphone
16 37 (0.83%) Cyberthreat
17 33 (0.74%) Client/Server
18 32 (0.71%) Hedge funds
19 31 (0.69%) Fat Client
19 31 (0.69%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 3,310 (73.87%) Windows
2 1,907 (42.56%) Windows Server
3 1,114 (24.86%) Windows 10
4 639 (14.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 577 (12.88%) Linux
6 534 (11.92%) Windows Server 2016
7 373 (8.32%) Windows Server 2008
8 336 (7.50%) Windows 7
9 331 (7.39%) Windows Server 2019
10 127 (2.83%) Android
11 99 (2.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 97 (2.16%) Unix
13 88 (1.96%) Mac OS
14 85 (1.90%) Windows 8
15 66 (1.47%) CentOS
16 62 (1.38%) Ubuntu
17 57 (1.27%) Apple iOS
18 55 (1.23%) Mac OS X
19 48 (1.07%) VMS
20 44 (0.98%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 893 (19.93%) ITIL
2 845 (18.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 528 (11.78%) Problem-Solving
4 456 (10.18%) DevOps
5 383 (8.55%) Migration
6 325 (7.25%) Agile Software Development
7 271 (6.05%) Disaster Recovery
8 268 (5.98%) Service Management
9 233 (5.20%) Project Delivery
10 226 (5.04%) Project Management
11 218 (4.86%) Configuration Management
12 215 (4.80%) Cybersecurity
13 212 (4.73%) Service Delivery
14 197 (4.40%) Identity Access Management
15 183 (4.08%) Continuous Improvement
15 183 (4.08%) Information Security
15 183 (4.08%) Mentoring
16 181 (4.04%) Change Management
17 169 (3.77%) Incident Management
18 148 (3.30%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 1,026 (22.90%) PowerShell
2 684 (15.26%) SQL
3 164 (3.66%) Python
4 113 (2.52%) Bash Shell
5 79 (1.76%) C#
6 78 (1.74%) JavaScript
7 76 (1.70%) Java
8 56 (1.25%) Perl
9 45 (1.00%) T-SQL
10 37 (0.83%) C++
11 36 (0.80%) C
12 33 (0.74%) Ruby
13 30 (0.67%) VBScript
14 26 (0.58%) VB
15 20 (0.45%) Shell Script
16 14 (0.31%) Groovy
17 12 (0.27%) PHP
18 11 (0.25%) VB.NET
19 10 (0.22%) VBA
20 6 (0.13%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 443 (9.89%) Microsoft Certification
2 269 (6.00%) Degree
3 247 (5.51%) Cisco Certification
4 244 (5.45%) Security Cleared
5 234 (5.22%) MCSE
6 201 (4.49%) SC Cleared
7 188 (4.20%) CCNA
8 161 (3.59%) MCSA
9 102 (2.28%) MCP
10 98 (2.19%) CISSP
11 84 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
12 83 (1.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 78 (1.74%) CCNP
14 73 (1.63%) MCITP
15 61 (1.36%) CISM
16 43 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
17 37 (0.83%) A+ Certification
18 36 (0.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 33 (0.74%) DV Cleared
20 30 (0.67%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 398 (8.88%) SLA
2 133 (2.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 104 (2.32%) GDPR
4 55 (1.23%) NIST
5 54 (1.21%) QA
6 45 (1.00%) Cyber Essentials
7 36 (0.80%) PCI DSS
8 28 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 13 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 12 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 11 (0.25%) ISO 9001
12 9 (0.20%) PMO
13 7 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 6 (0.13%) BS25999
15 5 (0.11%) Data Quality
15 5 (0.11%) NCSC
16 4 (0.089%) ISO 22301
17 3 (0.067%) NIST 800
18 2 (0.045%) COBIT
18 2 (0.045%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 1,093 (24.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 787 (17.56%) Hyper-V
3 247 (5.51%) VMware ESXi
4 197 (4.40%) vSphere
5 184 (4.11%) XenApp
6 159 (3.55%) Docker
7 149 (3.33%) XenDesktop
8 127 (2.83%) Virtual Machines
9 100 (2.23%) Virtual Servers
10 70 (1.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 52 (1.16%) Virtual Desktop
12 45 (1.00%) VMware NSX
13 44 (0.98%) Firmware
14 43 (0.96%) BitLocker
15 30 (0.67%) VMware Workstation
16 26 (0.58%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 26 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
17 25 (0.56%) VMware Server
18 21 (0.47%) Terminal Services
19 15 (0.33%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 742 (16.56%) SCCM
2 461 (10.29%) Microsoft Intune
3 245 (5.47%) Terraform
4 204 (4.55%) Ansible
5 168 (3.75%) Kubernetes
6 160 (3.57%) SCOM
7 109 (2.43%) Single Sign-On
8 104 (2.32%) WSUS
9 86 (1.92%) Puppet
10 71 (1.58%) Microsoft Clustering
11 63 (1.41%) vCenter Server
12 58 (1.29%) Nagios
13 56 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
14 49 (1.09%) Failover Clustering
14 49 (1.09%) SCVMM
15 41 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
16 39 (0.87%) Backup Exec
16 39 (0.87%) NetBackup
17 37 (0.83%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
18 34 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 2,712 (60.52%) Microsoft
2 1,800 (40.17%) VMware
3 725 (16.18%) Citrix
4 638 (14.24%) Cisco
5 272 (6.07%) Veeam
6 166 (3.70%) Dell
6 166 (3.70%) HP
7 162 (3.62%) Apple
8 147 (3.28%) Oracle
9 125 (2.79%) SolarWinds
10 121 (2.70%) Red Hat
11 117 (2.61%) ServiceNow
12 111 (2.48%) Google
13 105 (2.34%) Sophos
14 103 (2.30%) Symantec
15 90 (2.01%) McAfee
15 90 (2.01%) Meraki
16 88 (1.96%) NetApp
17 83 (1.85%) EMC
18 73 (1.63%) SonicWALL