Period
to 23 January 2022

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 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK
6 months to
23 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 53 39 26
Rank change year-on-year -14 -13 +5
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 7,018 3,930 9,369
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 5.48% 6.21% 7.45%
As % of the System Software category 30.72% 33.88% 43.61%
Number of salaries quoted 5,770 3,351 7,921
10th Percentile £24,000 £23,500 £22,500
25th Percentile £28,003 £29,000 £26,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £39,000 £40,000 £36,050
Median % change year-on-year -2.50% +10.96% -3.87%
75th Percentile £55,175 £57,500 £52,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £72,500 £66,125
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £33,000
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -5.71%

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 22,846 11,601 21,482
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.84% 18.33% 17.07%
Number of salaries quoted 15,336 9,798 17,754
10th Percentile £28,000 £29,750 £25,500
25th Percentile £38,500 £38,750 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £78,750 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +11.76% -

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 23 January 2022.

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 23 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -12 6,265 £38,500 -3.75% 1,573
UK excluding London -1 4,459 £35,000 - 1,250
London -20 2,210 £48,625 -11.59% 411
North of England -1 1,188 £35,000 - 359
Work from Home -12 1,172 £50,000 +7.53% 224
South East -5 1,105 £36,000 -4.00% 276
Midlands +1 809 £35,000 - 265
North West +13 605 £32,500 -13.33% 195
West Midlands +1 496 £36,250 -2.03% 166
Yorkshire -1 492 £37,500 +25.00% 134
East of England -2 488 £32,500 +3.17% 136
South West +5 444 £32,500 -7.14% 118
East Midlands -5 306 £32,500 -4.41% 97
Scotland +6 234 £34,750 -7.33% 60
Wales +5 184 £30,000 -20.00% 25
North East -19 91 £34,000 -15.00% 30
Northern Ireland -5 31 £31,250 -30.56% 12
Channel Islands - 4 £50,000 -

For the 6 months to 23 January 2022, 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 5,169 (73.65%) Windows
2 4,399 (62.68%) Microsoft
3 4,323 (61.60%) Microsoft 365
4 3,556 (50.67%) Azure
5 2,676 (38.13%) Windows Server
6 2,241 (31.93%) VMware
7 1,993 (28.40%) Windows 10
8 1,983 (28.26%) Social Skills
9 1,566 (22.31%) ITIL
10 1,526 (21.74%) Azure Active Directory
11 1,463 (20.85%) VMware Infrastructure
12 1,395 (19.88%) PowerShell
13 1,385 (19.73%) DNS
14 1,317 (18.77%) Firewall
15 1,192 (16.98%) Problem-Solving
16 1,166 (16.61%) Microsoft Office
17 1,154 (16.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 1,148 (16.36%) DHCP
19 1,128 (16.07%) SCCM
20 1,083 (15.43%) Citrix
21 1,052 (14.99%) SharePoint
22 1,019 (14.52%) Finance
23 916 (13.05%) Hyper-V
24 904 (12.88%) Microsoft Intune
25 894 (12.74%) MS Exchange
25 894 (12.74%) SQL
26 889 (12.67%) LAN
27 888 (12.65%) SQL Server
28 867 (12.35%) WAN
29 846 (12.05%) Cisco

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 1,052 (14.99%) SharePoint
2 894 (12.74%) MS Exchange
3 348 (4.96%) IIS
4 135 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
5 117 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2010
6 96 (1.37%) Skype for Business
7 59 (0.84%) Confluence
8 47 (0.67%) CMS
9 45 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
10 26 (0.37%) Apache
11 21 (0.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 20 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
13 19 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
14 18 (0.26%) Tomcat
15 17 (0.24%) WordPress
16 16 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
16 16 (0.23%) Drupal
16 16 (0.23%) OpenStack
17 15 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
18 12 (0.17%) JBoss
Applications
1 1,166 (16.61%) Microsoft Office
2 139 (1.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 71 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
5 14 (0.20%) Chatbot
6 13 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
7 11 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 11 (0.16%) MS Visio
8 7 (0.100%) AutoCAD
9 5 (0.071%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.057%) SketchUp
11 2 (0.028%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.028%) PTC Creo
12 1 (0.014%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 52 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (0.60%) Sentinel
3 32 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
4 18 (0.26%) SAP Business One
5 17 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 14 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
7 12 (0.17%) NetSuite
8 10 (0.14%) Workfront
9 8 (0.11%) Elite 3E
9 8 (0.11%) Sage 200
9 8 (0.11%) SAP R/3
10 6 (0.085%) Carpe Diem
10 6 (0.085%) Magento
11 5 (0.071%) Visualfiles
12 4 (0.057%) BambooHR
12 4 (0.057%) Misys Midas
12 4 (0.057%) SAP Business ByDesign
13 3 (0.043%) Dynamics AX
13 3 (0.043%) Relativity
13 3 (0.043%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 4,323 (61.60%) Microsoft 365
2 3,556 (50.67%) Azure
3 1,526 (21.74%) Azure Active Directory
4 844 (12.03%) AWS
5 492 (7.01%) IaaS
6 450 (6.41%) PaaS
7 405 (5.77%) SaaS
8 387 (5.51%) OneDrive
9 252 (3.59%) Power Platform
10 181 (2.58%) Serverless
11 156 (2.22%) Mimecast
12 139 (1.98%) PowerApps
13 131 (1.87%) GCP
14 120 (1.71%) Azure Monitor
15 98 (1.40%) Google Workspace
16 80 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
17 78 (1.11%) Azure Sentinel
18 77 (1.10%) Dynamics 365
19 60 (0.85%) Azure Key Vault
19 60 (0.85%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 1,385 (19.73%) DNS
2 1,317 (18.77%) Firewall
3 1,148 (16.36%) DHCP
4 889 (12.67%) LAN
5 867 (12.35%) WAN
6 843 (12.01%) TCP/IP
7 794 (11.31%) VPN
8 403 (5.74%) SAN
9 375 (5.34%) VoIP
10 332 (4.73%) VLAN
11 297 (4.23%) Network Security
12 290 (4.13%) Wireless
13 252 (3.59%) Wi-Fi
14 214 (3.05%) Remote Desktop
15 153 (2.18%) Skype
16 140 (1.99%) Internet
17 125 (1.78%) NAS
18 112 (1.60%) Unified Communications
19 109 (1.55%) SSL
20 99 (1.41%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 888 (12.65%) SQL Server
2 136 (1.94%) MySQL
3 110 (1.57%) Power BI
4 98 (1.40%) Amazon RDS
5 84 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
6 66 (0.94%) Azure SQL Database
7 54 (0.77%) InfluxDB
8 52 (0.74%) MariaDB
9 37 (0.53%) Big Data
10 35 (0.50%) Oracle Database
11 34 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 33 (0.47%) SQL Server 2016
13 32 (0.46%) Relational Database
14 28 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 27 (0.38%) SQL Server 2012
16 23 (0.33%) SQL Server 2019
17 18 (0.26%) Data Lake
18 12 (0.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 11 (0.16%) DB2
19 11 (0.16%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 130 (1.85%) JIRA
2 109 (1.55%) Git (software)
3 72 (1.03%) Jenkins
4 52 (0.74%) TeamCity
4 52 (0.74%) Visual Studio Team System
5 45 (0.64%) Octopus Deploy
6 27 (0.38%) Visual Studio
7 22 (0.31%) Bitbucket
8 17 (0.24%) MSI
9 16 (0.23%) GitLab
9 16 (0.23%) Subversion
10 10 (0.14%) Cucumber
10 10 (0.14%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (0.13%) Bitbucket Server
11 9 (0.13%) Sonatype Nexus
12 8 (0.11%) SpecFlow
13 7 (0.100%) NUnit
14 5 (0.071%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 5 (0.071%) Selenium
14 5 (0.071%) SonarQube
General
1 1,983 (28.26%) Social Skills
2 1,019 (14.52%) Finance
3 490 (6.98%) Analytical Skills
4 287 (4.09%) Manufacturing
5 278 (3.96%) Public Sector
6 252 (3.59%) Retail
7 247 (3.52%) Organisational Skills
8 230 (3.28%) Law
9 225 (3.21%) Telecoms
10 206 (2.94%) Banking
11 203 (2.89%) Marketing
12 171 (2.44%) Legal
13 161 (2.29%) Documentation Skills
14 146 (2.08%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 88 (1.25%) Advertising
16 78 (1.11%) Back Office
17 69 (0.98%) Automotive
18 65 (0.93%) Presentation Skills
19 62 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
20 48 (0.68%) Games
Job Titles
1 1,408 (20.06%) Analyst
2 1,056 (15.05%) Support Engineer
3 1,005 (14.32%) IT Support
4 944 (13.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 790 (11.26%) IT Engineer
6 688 (9.80%) Support Analyst
7 513 (7.31%) 2nd Line Support
8 504 (7.18%) IT Analyst
9 444 (6.33%) Service Analyst
10 437 (6.23%) IT Support Engineer
11 408 (5.81%) Service Desk Analyst
12 401 (5.71%) Architect
13 347 (4.94%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 337 (4.80%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 322 (4.59%) IT Support Analyst
16 306 (4.36%) Consultant
17 263 (3.75%) 3rd Line Support
18 260 (3.70%) Desktop Support
19 236 (3.36%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
20 231 (3.29%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 171 (2.44%) .NET
2 153 (2.18%) LDAP
3 116 (1.65%) JSON
4 106 (1.51%) SAML
5 93 (1.33%) Web Services
6 89 (1.27%) ARM Templates
7 86 (1.23%) HTML
8 66 (0.94%) CSS
9 58 (0.83%) REST
10 50 (0.71%) OAuth
11 47 (0.67%) XML
12 46 (0.66%) ASP.NET
13 38 (0.54%) SailPoint
14 28 (0.40%) Elastic Stack
15 24 (0.34%) ASP.NET Web API
15 24 (0.34%) OpenID
16 22 (0.31%) .NET Framework
17 21 (0.30%) .NET Core
17 21 (0.30%) EDI
17 21 (0.30%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 519 (7.40%) Data Centre
2 338 (4.82%) Self-Motivation
3 326 (4.65%) Public Cloud
4 207 (2.95%) Driving Licence
5 205 (2.92%) Management Information System
6 189 (2.69%) PKI
7 179 (2.55%) Clustering
8 153 (2.18%) Video Conferencing
9 142 (2.02%) Replication
10 123 (1.75%) User Experience
11 88 (1.25%) Smartphone
12 84 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
13 73 (1.04%) iPhone
14 71 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
15 69 (0.98%) Cyberthreat
16 66 (0.94%) Cloud Native
17 62 (0.88%) Blackberry
18 56 (0.80%) Data Protection Act
19 53 (0.76%) Mobile App
20 52 (0.74%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 5,169 (73.65%) Windows
2 2,676 (38.13%) Windows Server
3 1,993 (28.40%) Windows 10
4 791 (11.27%) Linux
5 781 (11.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 747 (10.64%) Windows Server 2016
7 608 (8.66%) Windows Server 2019
8 458 (6.53%) Windows 7
9 371 (5.29%) Windows Server 2008
10 266 (3.79%) Apple iOS
11 254 (3.62%) Android
12 222 (3.16%) Mac OS
13 141 (2.01%) Mac OS X
14 121 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 112 (1.60%) Windows 8
16 104 (1.48%) Unix
17 91 (1.30%) CentOS
18 84 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
19 54 (0.77%) Ubuntu
20 41 (0.58%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,566 (22.31%) ITIL
2 1,192 (16.98%) Problem-Solving
3 1,154 (16.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 585 (8.34%) DevOps
5 575 (8.19%) Agile Software Development
6 540 (7.69%) Cybersecurity
7 510 (7.27%) Migration
8 503 (7.17%) Service Delivery
9 450 (6.41%) Service Management
10 420 (5.98%) Change Management
11 388 (5.53%) ITSM
12 371 (5.29%) Presales
13 365 (5.20%) Project Management
14 357 (5.09%) Incident Management
15 355 (5.06%) Disaster Recovery
16 332 (4.73%) Time Management
17 325 (4.63%) Mentoring
18 274 (3.90%) Project Delivery
19 248 (3.53%) Asset Management
19 248 (3.53%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1,395 (19.88%) PowerShell
2 894 (12.74%) SQL
3 238 (3.39%) Python
4 159 (2.27%) Bash
5 135 (1.92%) C#
6 91 (1.30%) JavaScript
7 60 (0.85%) Perl
8 56 (0.80%) T-SQL
9 54 (0.77%) Java
10 52 (0.74%) VB
11 51 (0.73%) C
12 42 (0.60%) VBScript
13 34 (0.48%) VB.NET
14 30 (0.43%) PHP
15 15 (0.21%) PL/SQL
15 15 (0.21%) TypeScript
16 12 (0.17%) Shell Script
16 12 (0.17%) VBA
17 11 (0.16%) C++
17 11 (0.16%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 811 (11.56%) Microsoft Certification
2 526 (7.50%) Degree
3 462 (6.58%) Security Cleared
4 326 (4.65%) SC Cleared
5 274 (3.90%) MCSE
6 264 (3.76%) Cisco Certification
7 221 (3.15%) MCSA
8 211 (3.01%) CCNA
9 133 (1.90%) MCP
10 120 (1.71%) DV Cleared
11 112 (1.60%) ITIL Certification
12 95 (1.35%) A+ Certification
13 93 (1.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 92 (1.31%) DBS Check
15 90 (1.28%) Computer Science Degree
16 82 (1.17%) CISSP
17 66 (0.94%) MCITP
18 61 (0.87%) CCNP
19 54 (0.77%) AWS Certification
20 46 (0.66%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 711 (10.13%) SLA
2 253 (3.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 185 (2.64%) GDPR
4 136 (1.94%) Cyber Essentials
5 77 (1.10%) PCI DSS
6 74 (1.05%) NIST
7 62 (0.88%) QA
8 27 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 26 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 24 (0.34%) ISAE 3402
11 17 (0.24%) NCSC
12 14 (0.20%) Data Quality
12 14 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 14 (0.20%) PMO
13 12 (0.17%) ISO 22301
14 10 (0.14%) ISO 9001
15 9 (0.13%) Accessibility
16 7 (0.100%) GxP
16 7 (0.100%) HIPAA
17 6 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1,463 (20.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 916 (13.05%) Hyper-V
3 332 (4.73%) VMware ESXi
4 297 (4.23%) vSphere
5 243 (3.46%) Virtual Desktop
6 212 (3.02%) XenApp
7 162 (2.31%) Virtual Machines
8 117 (1.67%) XenDesktop
9 113 (1.61%) Docker
10 103 (1.47%) Virtual Servers
11 65 (0.93%) BitLocker
12 43 (0.61%) Firmware
13 40 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 40 (0.57%) Terminal Services
14 39 (0.56%) VMware Workstation
15 38 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
16 27 (0.38%) NFS
17 15 (0.21%) KVM
18 14 (0.20%) VMware Server
19 13 (0.19%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 1,128 (16.07%) SCCM
2 904 (12.88%) Microsoft Intune
3 262 (3.73%) Terraform
4 209 (2.98%) Single Sign-On
5 198 (2.82%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 195 (2.78%) WSUS
7 179 (2.55%) SCOM
8 150 (2.14%) Ansible
9 130 (1.85%) Kubernetes
10 94 (1.34%) Puppet
11 87 (1.24%) FortiGate
11 87 (1.24%) Jamf Pro
12 66 (0.94%) vCenter Server
13 63 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
14 56 (0.80%) Microsoft Clustering
15 48 (0.68%) Backup Exec
15 48 (0.68%) NetBackup
16 47 (0.67%) SCVMM
17 44 (0.63%) Nagios
18 35 (0.50%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 4,399 (62.68%) Microsoft
2 2,241 (31.93%) VMware
3 1,083 (15.43%) Citrix
4 846 (12.05%) Cisco
5 403 (5.74%) Apple
5 403 (5.74%) Veeam
6 325 (4.63%) HP
7 277 (3.95%) ServiceNow
8 210 (2.99%) Dell
9 201 (2.86%) Google
10 176 (2.51%) Meraki
11 167 (2.38%) Sophos
12 151 (2.15%) Oracle
13 135 (1.92%) SolarWinds
14 113 (1.61%) SAP
15 104 (1.48%) Red Hat
16 103 (1.47%) Remedy
17 97 (1.38%) Fortinet
18 90 (1.28%) Okta
19 86 (1.23%) Avaya