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

Microsoft Active Directory
UK
6 months to
2 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 27 30 34
Rank change year-on-year +3 +4 -4
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 8,256 10,410 11,285
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 7.05% 7.03% 6.38%
As % of the System Software category 41.33% 43.99% 46.88%
Number of salaries quoted 7,181 9,006 9,928
Median annual salary £38,500 £38,500 £36,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.48% +4.29%
10th Percentile £23,000 £22,750 £21,250
90th Percentile £68,750 £70,000 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year - +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 19,974 23,666 24,073
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.05% 15.99% 13.60%
Number of salaries quoted 16,216 19,220 19,664
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,750 £24,750
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%

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 April 2020.

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 April 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 +2 7,586 £38,872 +0.97% 1,057
UK excluding London +4 5,046 £35,000 - 877
London -3 2,945 £45,000 - 257
South East -2 1,497 £35,000 -3.45% 228
North of England -5 1,076 £37,500 +10.29% 219
Midlands +2 844 £35,000 -12.50% 131
South West +24 665 £33,000 -5.71% 117
North West +2 603 £37,500 +7.14% 118
East of England +1 544 £37,500 +7.14% 105
West Midlands +3 527 £35,000 -12.50% 83
Yorkshire -9 376 £37,500 +10.29% 60
Work from Home +16 359 £60,000 - 50
East Midlands +7 315 £35,000 -6.67% 46
Scotland +36 271 £31,500 -4.36% 40
Wales +2 149 £37,500 +16.28% 39
North East +2 97 £31,500 -3.08% 41
Northern Ireland +6 4 £24,500 +6.52%
Channel Islands -8 4 £25,000 -25.37%

For the 6 months to 2 April 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 6,553 (79.37%) Windows
2 4,972 (60.22%) Microsoft
3 4,399 (53.28%) Office 365
4 3,457 (41.87%) Windows Server
5 3,046 (36.89%) VMware
6 2,883 (34.92%) Azure
7 2,327 (28.19%) Windows 10
8 1,925 (23.32%) VMware Infrastructure
9 1,844 (22.34%) DNS
10 1,747 (21.16%) ITIL
11 1,567 (18.98%) Firewall
12 1,553 (18.81%) PowerShell
13 1,547 (18.74%) MS Exchange
14 1,533 (18.57%) SCCM
15 1,506 (18.24%) DHCP
16 1,448 (17.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 1,400 (16.96%) Citrix
18 1,386 (16.79%) Microsoft Office
19 1,338 (16.21%) Hyper-V
20 1,280 (15.50%) Windows Server 2012
21 1,207 (14.62%) Cisco
22 1,122 (13.59%) Windows 7
23 1,119 (13.55%) SQL Server
24 1,092 (13.23%) Finance
25 1,085 (13.14%) SQL
26 1,084 (13.13%) Problem-Solving
27 1,075 (13.02%) TCP/IP
28 1,062 (12.86%) Windows Server 2016
29 1,052 (12.74%) Microsoft Certification
30 1,006 (12.19%) 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 1,547 (18.74%) MS Exchange
2 1,006 (12.19%) SharePoint
3 467 (5.66%) Exchange Server 2010
4 381 (4.61%) Exchange Server 2013
5 372 (4.51%) Skype for Business
6 362 (4.38%) IIS
7 73 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
8 64 (0.78%) Confluence
9 41 (0.50%) Apache
10 37 (0.45%) SharePoint 2013
11 35 (0.42%) Tomcat
12 31 (0.38%) Drupal
13 30 (0.36%) SharePoint 2010
14 29 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
14 29 (0.35%) WebSphere
15 19 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
16 18 (0.22%) CMS
17 15 (0.18%) JBoss
18 13 (0.16%) OpenStack
19 12 (0.15%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 1,386 (16.79%) Microsoft Office
2 145 (1.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 81 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 42 (0.51%) MS Visio
5 15 (0.18%) AutoCAD
6 10 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
7 8 (0.097%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 8 (0.097%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.061%) Acrobat
8 5 (0.061%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (0.061%) InDesign
9 4 (0.048%) Adobe Captivate
9 4 (0.048%) Camtasia
10 3 (0.036%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.036%) Spreadsheet
11 2 (0.024%) Mozilla Thunderbird
11 2 (0.024%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 46 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
3 15 (0.18%) Elite 3E
4 12 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 10 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
6 8 (0.097%) Dynamics AX
6 8 (0.097%) NetSuite
7 7 (0.085%) assyst
8 6 (0.073%) Sentinel
9 5 (0.061%) Infor SunSystems
9 5 (0.061%) iTrent
10 4 (0.048%) SAP Business One
10 4 (0.048%) Unit4 Business World
11 3 (0.036%) Exchequer
11 3 (0.036%) Sage 200
11 3 (0.036%) Sage 50
12 2 (0.024%) Eikon
12 2 (0.024%) Epicor Tropos
12 2 (0.024%) Oracle EBS
12 2 (0.024%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 4,399 (53.28%) Office 365
2 2,883 (34.92%) Azure
3 936 (11.34%) AWS
4 932 (11.29%) Azure Active Directory
5 393 (4.76%) IaaS
6 326 (3.95%) PaaS
6 326 (3.95%) SaaS
7 264 (3.20%) OneDrive
8 132 (1.60%) Power Platform
9 128 (1.55%) Mimecast
10 124 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
11 79 (0.96%) Serverless
12 69 (0.84%) G Suite
13 67 (0.81%) GCP
14 61 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
14 61 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
15 58 (0.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 46 (0.56%) PowerApps
17 45 (0.55%) Amazon S3
18 41 (0.50%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 1,844 (22.34%) DNS
2 1,567 (18.98%) Firewall
3 1,506 (18.24%) DHCP
4 1,075 (13.02%) TCP/IP
5 991 (12.00%) LAN
6 899 (10.89%) WAN
7 748 (9.06%) VPN
8 671 (8.13%) SAN
9 445 (5.39%) VoIP
10 422 (5.11%) Skype
11 367 (4.45%) VLAN
12 351 (4.25%) Wireless
13 249 (3.02%) Internet
14 232 (2.81%) Wi-Fi
15 209 (2.53%) NAS
16 206 (2.50%) Remote Desktop
17 194 (2.35%) NetScaler
18 172 (2.08%) Network Security
19 114 (1.38%) Cisco ASA
20 99 (1.20%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,119 (13.55%) SQL Server
2 128 (1.55%) Amazon RDS
3 119 (1.44%) SQL Server 2012
4 102 (1.24%) MySQL
5 101 (1.22%) SQL Server 2016
6 83 (1.01%) Power BI
7 75 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
8 68 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
9 66 (0.80%) Azure SQL Database
10 65 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 53 (0.64%) Relational Database
12 52 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 32 (0.39%) SQL Server 2014
14 31 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
14 31 (0.38%) Oracle Database
14 31 (0.38%) RDBMS
14 31 (0.38%) SQL Server 2017
15 28 (0.34%) Data Lake
16 26 (0.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 24 (0.29%) GIS
Development Applications
1 161 (1.95%) JIRA
2 135 (1.64%) Git (software)
3 80 (0.97%) Jenkins
4 64 (0.78%) TeamCity
4 64 (0.78%) Visual Studio
5 58 (0.70%) Octopus Deploy
6 47 (0.57%) Visual Studio Team System
7 42 (0.51%) MSI
8 38 (0.46%) Bitbucket
9 32 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
10 23 (0.28%) NUnit
11 21 (0.25%) GitLab
12 18 (0.22%) Subversion
13 15 (0.18%) Sonatype Nexus
14 14 (0.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 14 (0.17%) Maven
15 13 (0.16%) Chocolatey
16 11 (0.13%) InstallShield
16 11 (0.13%) SonarQube
16 11 (0.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 1,092 (13.23%) Finance
2 290 (3.51%) Public Sector
3 248 (3.00%) Retail
4 237 (2.87%) Legal
5 221 (2.68%) Law
6 200 (2.42%) Telecoms
7 152 (1.84%) Banking
8 117 (1.42%) Manufacturing
9 112 (1.36%) Marketing
10 96 (1.16%) Advertising
11 76 (0.92%) Back Office
12 71 (0.86%) Local Government
13 55 (0.67%) Aerospace
14 46 (0.56%) Games
15 40 (0.48%) Electronics
16 38 (0.46%) Billing
17 24 (0.29%) Military
18 21 (0.25%) Publishing
19 19 (0.23%) Financial Institution
20 17 (0.21%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,489 (18.04%) Analyst
2 1,265 (15.32%) Support Engineer
3 1,142 (13.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1,136 (13.76%) IT Support
5 792 (9.59%) IT Engineer
6 733 (8.88%) Support Analyst
7 626 (7.58%) 2nd Line Support
8 524 (6.35%) Consultant
9 479 (5.80%) IT Analyst
10 467 (5.66%) IT Support Engineer
11 424 (5.14%) Administrator
12 417 (5.05%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 409 (4.95%) Desktop Support
14 389 (4.71%) Service Analyst
15 374 (4.53%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 360 (4.36%) Architect
17 354 (4.29%) 3rd Line Support
17 354 (4.29%) Service Desk Analyst
18 318 (3.85%) IT Support Analyst
19 299 (3.62%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 174 (2.11%) .NET
2 154 (1.87%) LDAP
3 107 (1.30%) Web Services
4 60 (0.73%) JSON
5 54 (0.65%) HTML
6 52 (0.63%) REST
7 49 (0.59%) CSS
8 43 (0.52%) .NET Framework
9 36 (0.44%) XML
10 35 (0.42%) SAML
11 34 (0.41%) ASP.NET
11 34 (0.41%) Node.js
12 32 (0.39%) LAMP
13 26 (0.31%) OAuth
14 25 (0.30%) Middleware
15 23 (0.28%) .NET Core
15 23 (0.28%) Entity Framework
16 18 (0.22%) AngularJS
16 18 (0.22%) SOAP
17 17 (0.21%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 767 (9.29%) Data Centre
2 453 (5.49%) Analytical Skills
3 415 (5.03%) Management Information System
4 325 (3.94%) Self-Motivation
5 226 (2.74%) Clustering
6 220 (2.66%) Driving Licence
7 161 (1.95%) PKI
8 147 (1.78%) Video Conferencing
9 128 (1.55%) Replication
10 126 (1.53%) Hybrid Cloud
11 116 (1.41%) Private Cloud
12 113 (1.37%) Public Cloud
13 110 (1.33%) Smartphone
14 109 (1.32%) iPhone
15 107 (1.30%) iPad
16 89 (1.08%) Blackberry
17 84 (1.02%) User Experience
18 76 (0.92%) Enterprise Storage
19 71 (0.86%) Linux Command Line
20 58 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 6,553 (79.37%) Windows
2 3,457 (41.87%) Windows Server
3 2,327 (28.19%) Windows 10
4 1,280 (15.50%) Windows Server 2012
5 1,122 (13.59%) Windows 7
6 1,062 (12.86%) Windows Server 2016
7 938 (11.36%) Linux
8 856 (10.37%) Windows Server 2008
9 286 (3.46%) Windows 8
10 252 (3.05%) Windows Server 2019
11 246 (2.98%) Android
12 224 (2.71%) Apple iOS
13 220 (2.66%) Windows Server 2003
14 173 (2.10%) Mac OS
15 169 (2.05%) Unix
16 155 (1.88%) Mac OS X
17 105 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 85 (1.03%) Windows XP
19 79 (0.96%) CentOS
20 69 (0.84%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,747 (21.16%) ITIL
2 1,448 (17.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 1,084 (13.13%) Problem-Solving
4 593 (7.18%) Migration
5 524 (6.35%) Agile Software Development
6 460 (5.57%) DevOps
7 396 (4.80%) Mentoring
8 393 (4.76%) Service Delivery
9 386 (4.68%) Disaster Recovery
10 375 (4.54%) Project Management
11 365 (4.42%) Information Security
12 354 (4.29%) Service Management
13 351 (4.25%) Project Delivery
14 334 (4.05%) Change Management
15 316 (3.83%) Incident Management
16 299 (3.62%) Cybersecurity
17 253 (3.06%) ITSM
17 253 (3.06%) Presales
18 230 (2.79%) Time Management
19 219 (2.65%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 1,553 (18.81%) PowerShell
2 1,085 (13.14%) SQL
3 236 (2.86%) Python
4 148 (1.79%) Bash Shell
5 135 (1.64%) VBScript
6 117 (1.42%) C#
7 107 (1.30%) Java
8 91 (1.10%) JavaScript
9 77 (0.93%) C
10 58 (0.70%) T-SQL
11 55 (0.67%) Shell Script
12 50 (0.61%) Perl
13 49 (0.59%) Ruby
14 36 (0.44%) VB
15 33 (0.40%) PHP
16 23 (0.28%) C++
17 22 (0.27%) Go
18 19 (0.23%) R
19 17 (0.21%) VBA
20 10 (0.12%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1,052 (12.74%) Microsoft Certification
2 590 (7.15%) Degree
3 528 (6.40%) MCSE
4 412 (4.99%) MCSA
5 403 (4.88%) Cisco Certification
6 399 (4.83%) Security Cleared
7 304 (3.68%) CCNA
8 248 (3.00%) SC Cleared
9 203 (2.46%) MCP
10 174 (2.11%) ITIL Certification
11 170 (2.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 141 (1.71%) CCNP
13 124 (1.50%) DV Cleared
14 122 (1.48%) Computer Science Degree
15 106 (1.28%) MCITP
16 103 (1.25%) CISSP
17 99 (1.20%) A+ Certification
18 74 (0.90%) DBS Check
19 53 (0.64%) CISM
20 50 (0.61%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 909 (11.01%) SLA
2 268 (3.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 113 (1.37%) GDPR
4 94 (1.14%) QA
5 85 (1.03%) PCI DSS
6 83 (1.01%) Cyber Essentials
7 39 (0.47%) ISO 9001
8 31 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 22 (0.27%) COBIT
10 19 (0.23%) NIST
11 14 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 13 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 10 (0.12%) NCSC
14 7 (0.085%) PMO
15 4 (0.048%) Data Quality
15 4 (0.048%) GPG13
15 4 (0.048%) GxP
15 4 (0.048%) ISO 14001
15 4 (0.048%) NIST 800
16 3 (0.036%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 1,925 (23.32%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1,338 (16.21%) Hyper-V
3 515 (6.24%) XenApp
4 480 (5.81%) vSphere
5 430 (5.21%) VMware ESXi
6 328 (3.97%) XenDesktop
7 195 (2.36%) Virtual Machines
8 137 (1.66%) Virtual Servers
9 132 (1.60%) Docker
10 109 (1.32%) Microsoft App-V
11 80 (0.97%) Terminal Services
12 79 (0.96%) Virtual Desktop
13 78 (0.94%) Firmware
14 65 (0.79%) VMware NSX
15 57 (0.69%) BitLocker
16 50 (0.61%) Terminal Server
17 49 (0.59%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 49 (0.59%) VMware Workstation
18 32 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 30 (0.36%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1,533 (18.57%) SCCM
2 580 (7.03%) Microsoft Intune
3 333 (4.03%) WSUS
4 330 (4.00%) SCOM
5 195 (2.36%) Ansible
6 171 (2.07%) vCenter Server
7 146 (1.77%) Terraform
8 122 (1.48%) Puppet
9 110 (1.33%) Backup Exec
10 106 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
11 99 (1.20%) Kubernetes
12 91 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
13 86 (1.04%) Nagios
14 84 (1.02%) SCVMM
15 57 (0.69%) NetBackup
16 53 (0.64%) Jamf Pro
16 53 (0.64%) Microsoft Clustering
17 51 (0.62%) AirWatch
17 51 (0.62%) SCOrch
18 50 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 4,972 (60.22%) Microsoft
2 3,046 (36.89%) VMware
3 1,400 (16.96%) Citrix
4 1,207 (14.62%) Cisco
5 552 (6.69%) HP
6 351 (4.25%) Veeam
7 344 (4.17%) Apple
8 319 (3.86%) Dell
9 257 (3.11%) NetApp
10 192 (2.33%) Oracle
11 187 (2.27%) EMC
12 179 (2.17%) ServiceNow
13 175 (2.12%) Symantec
14 151 (1.83%) Meraki
15 149 (1.80%) Palo Alto
16 147 (1.78%) SolarWinds
17 144 (1.74%) Red Hat
18 138 (1.67%) Google
19 134 (1.62%) McAfee
20 124 (1.50%) Avaya