Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK
6 months to
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 24 30 35
Rank change year-on-year +6 +5 -5
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 9,364 10,498 11,244
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.45% 6.92% 6.44%
As % of the System Software category 43.61% 44.61% 49.18%
Number of salaries quoted 7,842 8,798 9,790
UK median annual salary £36,500 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £22,500 £21,500 £21,250
90th Percentile £66,125 £70,000 £63,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £33,000 £35,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year -5.71% +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 21,471 23,532 22,863
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.07% 15.50% 13.09%
Number of salaries quoted 17,516 19,166 19,029
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% +7.14%
10th Percentile £25,500 £25,500 £24,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Active Directory.

Salary trend for Active Directory in the UK

Active Directory
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory over the 6 months to 23 January 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 23 January 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 +5 8,669 £37,000 -1.33% 1,759
UK excluding London +6 5,678 £33,000 -5.71% 1,473
London -2 3,377 £41,000 -8.89% 394
South East 0 1,667 £32,500 -7.14% 389
North of England +2 1,256 £35,000 +4.48% 393
Midlands +6 943 £35,000 -6.67% 228
South West +36 826 £32,500 -2.26% 181
North West +2 694 £35,000 +7.69% 223
West Midlands +4 604 £35,000 -10.26% 121
East of England 0 572 £34,500 +2.99% 174
Yorkshire -5 492 £32,500 -4.41% 128
East Midlands +8 339 £35,000 +7.69% 107
Scotland +38 256 £31,000 -16.22% 59
Wales -7 147 £37,125 +6.07% 42
North East -5 70 £36,500 +15.87% 42
Northern Ireland +12 12 £36,000 +46.94% 6
Channel Islands -2 4 £25,000 -25.37% 1

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 7,464 (79.71%) Windows
2 5,633 (60.16%) Microsoft
3 4,832 (51.60%) Office 365
4 3,767 (40.23%) Windows Server
5 3,400 (36.31%) VMware
6 3,029 (32.35%) Azure
7 2,656 (28.36%) Windows 10
8 2,185 (23.33%) DNS
9 2,177 (23.25%) VMware Infrastructure
10 2,172 (23.20%) ITIL
11 1,880 (20.08%) MS Exchange
12 1,803 (19.25%) Microsoft Office
13 1,792 (19.14%) DHCP
14 1,678 (17.92%) SCCM
15 1,665 (17.78%) Citrix
16 1,640 (17.51%) PowerShell
17 1,628 (17.39%) Firewall
18 1,518 (16.21%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 1,514 (16.17%) Windows Server 2012
20 1,467 (15.67%) Windows 7
21 1,431 (15.28%) Hyper-V
22 1,353 (14.45%) Finance
23 1,320 (14.10%) Cisco
24 1,236 (13.20%) Microsoft Certification
25 1,208 (12.90%) TCP/IP
26 1,182 (12.62%) SQL
27 1,167 (12.46%) Problem-Solving
28 1,136 (12.13%) SQL Server
29 1,114 (11.90%) Windows Server 2008
30 1,111 (11.86%) LAN

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 1,880 (20.08%) MS Exchange
2 1,086 (11.60%) SharePoint
3 558 (5.96%) Exchange Server 2010
4 477 (5.09%) Skype for Business
5 472 (5.04%) Exchange Server 2013
6 416 (4.44%) IIS
7 113 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2007
8 69 (0.74%) Confluence
9 67 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
10 66 (0.70%) Apache
11 46 (0.49%) IBM Notes
12 44 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
13 36 (0.38%) Tomcat
14 31 (0.33%) WebSphere
15 30 (0.32%) CMS
15 30 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2003
16 28 (0.30%) Drupal
17 26 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
18 24 (0.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
19 17 (0.18%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 1,803 (19.25%) Microsoft Office
2 184 (1.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 118 (1.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 81 (0.87%) MS Visio
5 24 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 22 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
7 20 (0.21%) AutoCAD
8 14 (0.15%) Acrobat
9 8 (0.085%) Photoshop
10 5 (0.053%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.053%) InDesign
11 4 (0.043%) Adobe Captivate
11 4 (0.043%) Camtasia
12 3 (0.032%) Spreadsheet
13 2 (0.021%) Mozilla Thunderbird
13 2 (0.021%) Windchill
14 1 (0.011%) 3ds Max
14 1 (0.011%) Adobe Premiere
14 1 (0.011%) Autodesk Inventor
14 1 (0.011%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 64 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 49 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
3 17 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 16 (0.17%) assyst
4 16 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
5 14 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
6 12 (0.13%) Elite 3E
7 7 (0.075%) NetSuite
8 6 (0.064%) Sage 200
9 5 (0.053%) Dynamics NAV
10 4 (0.043%) SAP Business One
10 4 (0.043%) Visualfiles
10 4 (0.043%) Workfront
11 2 (0.021%) Eikon
11 2 (0.021%) Epicor Tropos
11 2 (0.021%) Unit4 Business World
12 1 (0.011%) Infor M3
12 1 (0.011%) Northgate Housing
12 1 (0.011%) Sage X3
12 1 (0.011%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 4,832 (51.60%) Office 365
2 3,029 (32.35%) Azure
3 1,041 (11.12%) AWS
4 995 (10.63%) Azure Active Directory
5 345 (3.68%) IaaS
6 313 (3.34%) SaaS
7 284 (3.03%) OneDrive
8 254 (2.71%) PaaS
9 153 (1.63%) Cloud Computing
10 103 (1.10%) Power Platform
11 100 (1.07%) Mimecast
12 89 (0.95%) Serverless
13 82 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
14 81 (0.87%) G Suite
15 66 (0.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 64 (0.68%) GCP
17 63 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
18 54 (0.58%) PowerApps
19 53 (0.57%) Amazon S3
20 49 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 2,185 (23.33%) DNS
2 1,792 (19.14%) DHCP
3 1,628 (17.39%) Firewall
4 1,208 (12.90%) TCP/IP
5 1,111 (11.86%) LAN
6 1,068 (11.41%) WAN
7 767 (8.19%) VPN
8 720 (7.69%) SAN
9 539 (5.76%) Skype
10 493 (5.26%) VoIP
11 455 (4.86%) VLAN
12 431 (4.60%) Wireless
13 284 (3.03%) Internet
14 247 (2.64%) NAS
15 245 (2.62%) Remote Desktop
16 227 (2.42%) Wi-Fi
17 201 (2.15%) Network Security
18 193 (2.06%) NetScaler
19 127 (1.36%) MPLS
20 122 (1.30%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,136 (12.13%) SQL Server
2 108 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
3 107 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
4 85 (0.91%) MySQL
5 83 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 82 (0.88%) Azure SQL Database
7 71 (0.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 71 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
8 69 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 68 (0.73%) Relational Database
10 55 (0.59%) Power BI
11 53 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
11 53 (0.57%) RDBMS
11 53 (0.57%) SQL Server 2005
12 39 (0.42%) Big Data
13 37 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
14 36 (0.38%) SQL Server 2017
15 30 (0.32%) Oracle Database
16 29 (0.31%) SQL Server 2014
17 27 (0.29%) GIS
Development Applications
1 178 (1.90%) JIRA
2 156 (1.67%) Git (software)
3 121 (1.29%) Jenkins
4 90 (0.96%) TeamCity
5 88 (0.94%) Visual Studio
6 82 (0.88%) MSI
7 66 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
8 58 (0.62%) Octopus Deploy
9 34 (0.36%) InstallShield
9 34 (0.36%) NUnit
10 33 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
11 30 (0.32%) Bitbucket
11 30 (0.32%) JUnit
12 29 (0.31%) Maven
13 26 (0.28%) GitLab
14 21 (0.22%) Subversion
15 20 (0.21%) AdminStudio
16 18 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
17 16 (0.17%) FishEye
17 16 (0.17%) Hudson
General
1 1,353 (14.45%) Finance
2 315 (3.36%) Public Sector
3 289 (3.09%) Retail
4 259 (2.77%) Telecoms
5 237 (2.53%) Law
6 235 (2.51%) Legal
7 163 (1.74%) Marketing
8 158 (1.69%) Banking
8 158 (1.69%) Manufacturing
9 103 (1.10%) Advertising
10 77 (0.82%) Back Office
11 62 (0.66%) Electronics
12 59 (0.63%) Aerospace
13 42 (0.45%) Games
14 41 (0.44%) Local Government
15 35 (0.37%) Billing
16 32 (0.34%) French Language
17 30 (0.32%) Financial Institution
18 29 (0.31%) Publishing
19 28 (0.30%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,901 (20.30%) Analyst
2 1,452 (15.51%) Support Engineer
3 1,364 (14.57%) IT Support
4 1,215 (12.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 958 (10.23%) Support Analyst
6 857 (9.15%) IT Engineer
7 772 (8.24%) 2nd Line Support
8 661 (7.06%) IT Analyst
9 558 (5.96%) Service Analyst
10 523 (5.59%) IT Support Engineer
11 518 (5.53%) Service Desk Analyst
12 502 (5.36%) Consultant
13 481 (5.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 467 (4.99%) Desktop Support
15 451 (4.82%) IT Support Analyst
16 442 (4.72%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 424 (4.53%) Administrator
18 415 (4.43%) Architect
19 364 (3.89%) 3rd Line Support
20 322 (3.44%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 208 (2.22%) .NET
2 207 (2.21%) LDAP
3 151 (1.61%) Web Services
4 97 (1.04%) JSON
5 69 (0.74%) REST
6 56 (0.60%) Middleware
7 53 (0.57%) ASP.NET
8 52 (0.56%) Node.js
8 52 (0.56%) XML
9 48 (0.51%) CSS
10 43 (0.46%) SAML
11 40 (0.43%) .NET Framework
11 40 (0.43%) HTML
12 29 (0.31%) LAMP
13 27 (0.29%) Kafka
14 25 (0.27%) Apache Flex
15 24 (0.26%) 802.1X
15 24 (0.26%) COM
16 22 (0.23%) Spring
17 21 (0.22%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 833 (8.90%) Data Centre
2 552 (5.89%) Management Information System
3 470 (5.02%) Analytical Skills
4 325 (3.47%) Self-Motivation
5 300 (3.20%) Driving Licence
6 255 (2.72%) Clustering
7 239 (2.55%) Video Conferencing
8 165 (1.76%) Replication
9 145 (1.55%) Hybrid Cloud
10 143 (1.53%) iPhone
11 142 (1.52%) Public Cloud
12 140 (1.50%) Blackberry
12 140 (1.50%) PKI
13 129 (1.38%) Smartphone
14 111 (1.19%) Private Cloud
15 109 (1.16%) iPad
16 87 (0.93%) User Experience
17 86 (0.92%) Hedge funds
18 76 (0.81%) Linux Command Line
19 72 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 7,464 (79.71%) Windows
2 3,767 (40.23%) Windows Server
3 2,656 (28.36%) Windows 10
4 1,514 (16.17%) Windows Server 2012
5 1,467 (15.67%) Windows 7
6 1,114 (11.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 1,056 (11.28%) Linux
8 379 (4.05%) Windows 8
9 290 (3.10%) Android
10 281 (3.00%) Windows Server 2003
11 259 (2.77%) Apple iOS
12 244 (2.61%) Unix
13 233 (2.49%) Mac OS
14 200 (2.14%) Mac OS X
15 138 (1.47%) Windows XP
16 98 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 91 (0.97%) Solaris
18 81 (0.87%) CentOS
19 67 (0.72%) Ubuntu
20 41 (0.44%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,172 (23.20%) ITIL
2 1,518 (16.21%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 1,167 (12.46%) Problem-Solving
4 675 (7.21%) Migration
5 623 (6.65%) Agile Software Development
6 503 (5.37%) Mentoring
7 492 (5.25%) DevOps
8 464 (4.96%) Service Management
9 455 (4.86%) Service Delivery
10 407 (4.35%) Change Management
11 397 (4.24%) Project Management
12 390 (4.16%) Information Security
13 371 (3.96%) Project Delivery
14 369 (3.94%) Disaster Recovery
15 326 (3.48%) Incident Management
16 314 (3.35%) ITSM
17 297 (3.17%) Cybersecurity
18 293 (3.13%) Mobile Device Management
19 292 (3.12%) Time Management
20 271 (2.89%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 1,640 (17.51%) PowerShell
2 1,182 (12.62%) SQL
3 270 (2.88%) Python
4 177 (1.89%) Bash Shell
5 146 (1.56%) C
6 141 (1.51%) C#
7 132 (1.41%) Java
8 122 (1.30%) VBScript
9 111 (1.19%) JavaScript
10 73 (0.78%) Ruby
11 55 (0.59%) Perl
12 54 (0.58%) T-SQL
13 46 (0.49%) PHP
14 44 (0.47%) VB
15 39 (0.42%) Shell Script
16 31 (0.33%) Go
17 28 (0.30%) C++
18 18 (0.19%) VBA
19 16 (0.17%) Java 8
19 16 (0.17%) R
Qualifications
1 1,236 (13.20%) Microsoft Certification
2 676 (7.22%) Degree
3 646 (6.90%) MCSE
4 537 (5.73%) MCSA
5 468 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
6 426 (4.55%) Security Cleared
7 375 (4.00%) CCNA
8 290 (3.10%) MCP
9 256 (2.73%) SC Cleared
10 192 (2.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 164 (1.75%) CCNP
12 141 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
13 128 (1.37%) MCITP
14 126 (1.35%) DV Cleared
15 112 (1.20%) DBS Check
16 101 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
17 100 (1.07%) A+ Certification
18 72 (0.77%) CISSP
19 67 (0.72%) Citrix Certification
20 62 (0.66%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,084 (11.58%) SLA
2 234 (2.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 102 (1.09%) PCI DSS
4 89 (0.95%) Cyber Essentials
5 74 (0.79%) QA
6 70 (0.75%) GDPR
7 39 (0.42%) COBIT
7 39 (0.42%) ISO 9001
8 27 (0.29%) NIST
9 25 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 24 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 17 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 13 (0.14%) PMO
13 10 (0.11%) Data Quality
14 7 (0.075%) NCSC
15 4 (0.043%) DICOM
15 4 (0.043%) GPG13
16 3 (0.032%) EMIR
16 3 (0.032%) HL7
16 3 (0.032%) MiFID
System Software
1 2,177 (23.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1,431 (15.28%) Hyper-V
3 609 (6.50%) XenApp
4 542 (5.79%) vSphere
5 444 (4.74%) VMware ESXi
6 386 (4.12%) XenDesktop
7 222 (2.37%) Virtual Machines
8 173 (1.85%) Virtual Servers
9 147 (1.57%) Docker
10 146 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
11 131 (1.40%) Firmware
12 116 (1.24%) Terminal Services
13 115 (1.23%) Virtual Desktop
14 78 (0.83%) VMware NSX
15 56 (0.60%) BitLocker
15 56 (0.60%) NFS
16 53 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 49 (0.52%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 48 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
19 33 (0.35%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 1,678 (17.92%) SCCM
2 585 (6.25%) Microsoft Intune
3 366 (3.91%) WSUS
4 360 (3.84%) SCOM
5 199 (2.13%) Ansible
6 155 (1.66%) vCenter Server
7 132 (1.41%) Puppet
7 132 (1.41%) Terraform
8 114 (1.22%) Backup Exec
9 112 (1.20%) Kubernetes
10 91 (0.97%) Nagios
10 91 (0.97%) Single Sign-On
11 87 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
12 80 (0.85%) SCVMM
13 69 (0.74%) SCOrch
14 67 (0.72%) AirWatch
15 64 (0.68%) Norton AntiVirus
16 62 (0.66%) NetBackup
17 57 (0.61%) Jamf Pro
18 54 (0.58%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 5,633 (60.16%) Microsoft
2 3,400 (36.31%) VMware
3 1,665 (17.78%) Citrix
4 1,320 (14.10%) Cisco
5 562 (6.00%) HP
6 429 (4.58%) Veeam
7 401 (4.28%) Apple
8 328 (3.50%) Dell
9 318 (3.40%) ServiceNow
10 262 (2.80%) Oracle
11 248 (2.65%) NetApp
12 218 (2.33%) Symantec
13 203 (2.17%) EMC
14 185 (1.98%) SolarWinds
15 157 (1.68%) Meraki
16 147 (1.57%) Palo Alto
17 139 (1.48%) McAfee
18 138 (1.47%) Avaya
19 130 (1.39%) Red Hat
20 127 (1.36%) Adobe