Period
to 10 May 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 10 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK
6 months to
10 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 39 29 29
Rank change year-on-year -10 0 +6
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 5,291 6,958 10,493
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 6.03% 6.95% 7.15%
As % of the System Software category 32.32% 40.20% 43.76%
Number of salaries quoted 4,512 5,854 8,821
10th Percentile £23,750 £23,500 £22,500
25th Percentile £30,000 £27,500 £27,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £39,000 £37,500
Median % change year-on-year +8.97% +4.00% +3.66%
75th Percentile £57,500 £53,750 £55,000
90th Percentile £73,750 £68,750 £68,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £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 16,371 17,310 23,976
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.66% 17.30% 16.34%
Number of salaries quoted 12,958 14,256 19,712
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,500 £25,750
25th Percentile £38,750 £36,250 £33,750
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 £72,312 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +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 10 May 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 10 May 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 -8 4,794 £42,500 +7.59% 917
UK excluding London -3 3,402 £37,500 +7.14% 750
London -20 1,579 £52,500 +11.70% 212
North of England +7 940 £37,500 +7.14% 198
South East -4 895 £40,000 +14.29% 153
Work from Home -8 848 £50,000 -16.67% 139
Midlands -1 665 £37,500 +7.14% 182
West Midlands +1 417 £40,000 +14.29% 90
North West +2 412 £41,000 +9.33% 108
Yorkshire +11 399 £32,500 -13.33% 72
South West -21 378 £35,000 +7.69% 96
East Midlands -1 249 £35,000 +0.84% 91
East of England -9 232 £36,500 +4.29% 77
Scotland -15 182 £35,125 +7.25% 32
North East +11 129 £37,750 +25.83% 18
Wales +3 105 £32,500 -13.33% 11
Northern Ireland +6 6 £45,000 +83.67% 2
Channel Islands +4 3 - -

For the 6 months to 10 May 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 3,898 (73.67%) Windows
2 3,195 (60.39%) Microsoft
3 3,010 (56.89%) Microsoft 365
4 2,721 (51.43%) Azure
5 2,220 (41.96%) Windows Server
6 2,046 (38.67%) VMware
7 1,355 (25.61%) Social Skills
8 1,343 (25.38%) PowerShell
9 1,299 (24.55%) VMware Infrastructure
10 1,271 (24.02%) Windows 10
11 1,241 (23.45%) Azure Active Directory
12 1,200 (22.68%) DNS
13 1,151 (21.75%) Firewall
14 1,120 (21.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 1,026 (19.39%) ITIL
16 905 (17.10%) Hyper-V
17 894 (16.90%) DHCP
18 869 (16.42%) SCCM
19 846 (15.99%) Citrix
20 766 (14.48%) SQL
21 754 (14.25%) Linux
22 738 (13.95%) MS Exchange
23 724 (13.68%) AWS
24 713 (13.48%) SharePoint
25 706 (13.34%) Microsoft Office
26 693 (13.10%) Cisco
27 669 (12.64%) Windows Server 2012
28 657 (12.42%) Problem-Solving
29 613 (11.59%) SQL Server
30 603 (11.40%) Microsoft Intune

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
1 738 (13.95%) MS Exchange
2 713 (13.48%) SharePoint
3 230 (4.35%) IIS
4 141 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2013
5 138 (2.61%) Exchange Server 2010
6 125 (2.36%) Skype for Business
7 88 (1.66%) Confluence
8 41 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2007
9 29 (0.55%) Apache
10 25 (0.47%) Oracle Workflow
11 23 (0.43%) nginx
11 23 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
12 16 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
13 15 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
14 14 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
15 11 (0.21%) WordPress
16 10 (0.19%) CMS
16 10 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2003
17 9 (0.17%) Tomcat
18 8 (0.15%) Drupal
Applications
1 706 (13.34%) Microsoft Office
2 85 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 25 (0.47%) AutoCAD
4 25 (0.47%) Revit
5 15 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.26%) MS Visio
7 5 (0.095%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.076%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.057%) Houdini
9 3 (0.057%) Maya
9 3 (0.057%) NUKE
9 3 (0.057%) Siemens NX
9 3 (0.057%) Solid Edge
10 2 (0.038%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.019%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.019%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.019%) InDesign
11 1 (0.019%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.019%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 31 (0.59%) Sentinel
2 22 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
3 14 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
4 8 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 7 (0.13%) Workfront
6 6 (0.11%) Sage 200
7 4 (0.076%) assyst
7 4 (0.076%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.076%) Relativity
7 4 (0.076%) Visualfiles
8 3 (0.057%) Teamcenter
9 2 (0.038%) Carpe Diem
9 2 (0.038%) Dynamics GP
9 2 (0.038%) Line 50
9 2 (0.038%) Magento
9 2 (0.038%) Oracle EBS R12
9 2 (0.038%) Sage 300 ERP
9 2 (0.038%) Sage CRM
9 2 (0.038%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 3,010 (56.89%) Microsoft 365
2 2,721 (51.43%) Azure
3 1,241 (23.45%) Azure Active Directory
4 724 (13.68%) AWS
5 471 (8.90%) IaaS
6 433 (8.18%) PaaS
7 326 (6.16%) SaaS
8 229 (4.33%) OneDrive
9 145 (2.74%) Power Platform
10 120 (2.27%) Serverless
11 99 (1.87%) Mimecast
12 79 (1.49%) GCP
13 72 (1.36%) Google Workspace
14 70 (1.32%) Azure Functions
15 68 (1.29%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 67 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
17 58 (1.10%) Azure Key Vault
18 55 (1.04%) Azure Logic Apps
19 49 (0.93%) PowerApps
20 46 (0.87%) Azure Sentinel
Communications & Networking
1 1,200 (22.68%) DNS
2 1,151 (21.75%) Firewall
3 894 (16.90%) DHCP
4 571 (10.79%) WAN
5 559 (10.57%) TCP/IP
6 530 (10.02%) LAN
7 507 (9.58%) VPN
8 445 (8.41%) SAN
9 292 (5.52%) VoIP
10 270 (5.10%) VLAN
11 193 (3.65%) Wireless
12 189 (3.57%) Skype
13 184 (3.48%) Network Security
14 180 (3.40%) Remote Desktop
15 162 (3.06%) Wi-Fi
16 149 (2.82%) NAS
17 129 (2.44%) Internet
18 88 (1.66%) WLAN
19 72 (1.36%) SSL
20 68 (1.29%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 613 (11.59%) SQL Server
2 134 (2.53%) Azure SQL Database
3 91 (1.72%) Amazon RDS
4 64 (1.21%) MySQL
5 63 (1.19%) Power BI
6 47 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
7 31 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 28 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
9 24 (0.45%) Big Data
9 24 (0.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 23 (0.43%) SQL Server 2014
11 22 (0.42%) NoSQL
12 16 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
13 14 (0.26%) MongoDB
13 14 (0.26%) Relational Database
13 14 (0.26%) SQL Server 2008
13 14 (0.26%) SQL Server 2016
14 12 (0.23%) Oracle Database
15 10 (0.19%) Tableau
16 9 (0.17%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 155 (2.93%) Git (software)
2 142 (2.68%) JIRA
3 135 (2.55%) Jenkins
4 42 (0.79%) Bitbucket
5 33 (0.62%) GitLab
6 32 (0.60%) TeamCity
6 32 (0.60%) Visual Studio
7 25 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
8 17 (0.32%) Gradle
8 17 (0.32%) Maven
8 17 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
9 16 (0.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 15 (0.28%) IntelliJ
11 13 (0.25%) MSI
12 12 (0.23%) Cypress.io
12 12 (0.23%) Jasmine
12 12 (0.23%) Karma Test Runner
13 10 (0.19%) Artifactory
14 9 (0.17%) Visual Studio Team System
15 8 (0.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 1,355 (25.61%) Social Skills
2 597 (11.28%) Finance
3 330 (6.24%) Analytical Skills
4 183 (3.46%) Public Sector
5 176 (3.33%) Telecoms
6 165 (3.12%) Law
7 151 (2.85%) Legal
8 119 (2.25%) Organisational Skills
9 118 (2.23%) Manufacturing
10 107 (2.02%) Banking
11 105 (1.98%) Retail
12 71 (1.34%) Presentation Skills
13 69 (1.30%) Marketing
14 49 (0.93%) Electronics
15 36 (0.68%) Advertising
15 36 (0.68%) Automotive
16 35 (0.66%) Back Office
17 33 (0.62%) Billing
18 20 (0.38%) Financial Institution
18 20 (0.38%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 910 (17.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 881 (16.65%) Analyst
3 704 (13.31%) Support Engineer
4 581 (10.98%) IT Support
5 514 (9.71%) IT Engineer
6 408 (7.71%) Support Analyst
7 343 (6.48%) Azure Engineer
8 320 (6.05%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 317 (5.99%) 2nd Line Support
10 299 (5.65%) IT Analyst
11 284 (5.37%) Architect
12 280 (5.29%) Service Analyst
13 270 (5.10%) Service Desk Analyst
14 242 (4.57%) Consultant
15 239 (4.52%) 3rd Line Support
16 223 (4.21%) Cloud Engineer
17 216 (4.08%) IT Support Engineer
18 205 (3.87%) 2nd Line Engineer
19 199 (3.76%) Administrator
20 194 (3.67%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 189 (3.57%) Web Services
2 123 (2.32%) SAML
3 114 (2.15%) LDAP
4 107 (2.02%) OAuth
5 104 (1.97%) .NET
6 58 (1.10%) JSON
6 58 (1.10%) OpenID
7 52 (0.98%) XML
8 43 (0.81%) HTML
9 40 (0.76%) SailPoint
10 37 (0.70%) Elastic Stack
11 36 (0.68%) CSS
12 30 (0.57%) .NET Core
12 30 (0.57%) YAML
13 27 (0.51%) AngularJS
13 27 (0.51%) REST
14 25 (0.47%) jQuery
15 24 (0.45%) COM
16 23 (0.43%) ASP.NET Web API
17 22 (0.42%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 381 (7.20%) Data Centre
2 186 (3.52%) Clustering
3 179 (3.38%) Management Information System
4 173 (3.27%) Public Cloud
5 157 (2.97%) Self-Motivation
6 128 (2.42%) PKI
7 121 (2.29%) Replication
8 115 (2.17%) Hybrid Cloud
9 110 (2.08%) Driving Licence
10 72 (1.36%) Cloud Native
11 67 (1.27%) Private Cloud
12 59 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
13 51 (0.96%) User Experience
14 44 (0.83%) iPhone
14 44 (0.83%) NHS
15 42 (0.79%) BYOD
16 36 (0.68%) Hedge funds
17 33 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
17 33 (0.62%) iPad
17 33 (0.62%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 3,898 (73.67%) Windows
2 2,220 (41.96%) Windows Server
3 1,271 (24.02%) Windows 10
4 754 (14.25%) Linux
5 669 (12.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 561 (10.60%) Windows Server 2016
7 403 (7.62%) Windows Server 2019
8 396 (7.48%) Windows Server 2008
9 362 (6.84%) Windows 7
10 172 (3.25%) Android
11 121 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 107 (2.02%) Unix
13 97 (1.83%) Apple iOS
14 86 (1.63%) Windows 8
15 83 (1.57%) Ubuntu
16 82 (1.55%) Mac OS
17 79 (1.49%) CentOS
17 79 (1.49%) Windows Server 2003
18 64 (1.21%) VMS
19 61 (1.15%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,120 (21.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 1,026 (19.39%) ITIL
3 657 (12.42%) Problem-Solving
4 557 (10.53%) DevOps
5 499 (9.43%) Migration
6 392 (7.41%) Agile Software Development
7 289 (5.46%) Service Management
8 284 (5.37%) Project Delivery
9 276 (5.22%) Disaster Recovery
10 271 (5.12%) Project Management
11 268 (5.07%) Service Delivery
12 257 (4.86%) Mentoring
13 244 (4.61%) Cybersecurity
14 231 (4.37%) Identity Access Management
15 222 (4.20%) Continuous Improvement
16 209 (3.95%) Configuration Management
17 190 (3.59%) Change Management
18 186 (3.52%) Incident Management
19 167 (3.16%) Information Security
19 167 (3.16%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 1,343 (25.38%) PowerShell
2 766 (14.48%) SQL
3 184 (3.48%) Python
4 121 (2.29%) Bash Shell
5 93 (1.76%) C#
6 84 (1.59%) Java
7 77 (1.46%) JavaScript
8 49 (0.93%) VB
9 45 (0.85%) C
10 44 (0.83%) Ruby
11 43 (0.81%) Perl
12 41 (0.77%) T-SQL
13 37 (0.70%) VBScript
14 25 (0.47%) Shell Script
15 22 (0.42%) C++
16 16 (0.30%) PHP
16 16 (0.30%) VB.NET
17 11 (0.21%) Groovy
18 9 (0.17%) PL/SQL
19 7 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 491 (9.28%) Microsoft Certification
2 333 (6.29%) Degree
3 286 (5.41%) Security Cleared
4 253 (4.78%) MCSE
5 239 (4.52%) Cisco Certification
6 226 (4.27%) SC Cleared
7 179 (3.38%) CCNA
8 155 (2.93%) MCSA
9 99 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
9 99 (1.87%) MCP
10 91 (1.72%) CISSP
11 85 (1.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 80 (1.51%) CCNP
13 72 (1.36%) MCITP
14 52 (0.98%) CISM
15 38 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
16 37 (0.70%) A+ Certification
16 37 (0.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 34 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
18 33 (0.62%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 441 (8.33%) SLA
2 151 (2.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 92 (1.74%) GDPR
4 55 (1.04%) NIST
5 53 (1.00%) QA
6 50 (0.95%) Cyber Essentials
7 37 (0.70%) PCI DSS
8 30 (0.57%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 27 (0.51%) Data Quality
10 18 (0.34%) ISO 9001
11 17 (0.32%) PMO
12 15 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 14 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 13 (0.25%) GRC
15 11 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 11 (0.21%) NCSC
16 7 (0.13%) ISO 22301
16 7 (0.13%) SOC 2
17 6 (0.11%) BS25999
17 6 (0.11%) ITGC
System Software
1 1,299 (24.55%) VMware Infrastructure
2 905 (17.10%) Hyper-V
3 291 (5.50%) VMware ESXi
4 234 (4.42%) vSphere
5 180 (3.40%) XenApp
6 174 (3.29%) Virtual Machines
7 168 (3.18%) Docker
8 158 (2.99%) XenDesktop
9 116 (2.19%) Virtual Servers
10 102 (1.93%) Virtual Desktop
11 74 (1.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 43 (0.81%) VMware NSX
13 38 (0.72%) BitLocker
14 36 (0.68%) Terminal Server
15 32 (0.60%) NDS
15 32 (0.60%) NetIQ eDirectory
16 31 (0.59%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 31 (0.59%) VMware Workstation
17 30 (0.57%) Firmware
18 29 (0.55%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 869 (16.42%) SCCM
2 603 (11.40%) Microsoft Intune
3 290 (5.48%) Terraform
4 260 (4.91%) Ansible
5 221 (4.18%) Kubernetes
6 184 (3.48%) SCOM
7 152 (2.87%) Single Sign-On
8 121 (2.29%) WSUS
9 113 (2.14%) Puppet
10 98 (1.85%) vCenter Server
11 97 (1.83%) Microsoft Clustering
12 73 (1.38%) Opscode Chef
13 64 (1.21%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 63 (1.19%) Nagios
15 62 (1.17%) Jamf Pro
16 55 (1.04%) SCVMM
17 54 (1.02%) Failover Clustering
18 44 (0.83%) NetBackup
19 42 (0.79%) Backup Exec
19 42 (0.79%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 3,195 (60.39%) Microsoft
2 2,046 (38.67%) VMware
3 846 (15.99%) Citrix
4 693 (13.10%) Cisco
5 314 (5.93%) Veeam
6 212 (4.01%) Dell
7 211 (3.99%) Oracle
8 195 (3.69%) HP
9 159 (3.01%) Apple
10 152 (2.87%) ServiceNow
11 142 (2.68%) Google
12 131 (2.48%) Meraki
12 131 (2.48%) Red Hat
13 126 (2.38%) Sophos
14 119 (2.25%) SolarWinds
15 106 (2.00%) NetApp
15 106 (2.00%) Symantec
16 104 (1.97%) McAfee
17 96 (1.81%) EMC
18 77 (1.46%) SonicWALL