Period
to 28 October 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 28 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK
6 months to
28 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 55 35 25
Rank change year-on-year -20 -10 +9
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 6,600 3,233 10,231
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 5.19% 6.51% 7.47%
As % of the System Software category 29.10% 35.31% 43.47%
Number of salaries quoted 5,470 2,824 8,768
10th Percentile £23,500 £25,000 £22,500
25th Percentile £28,250 £31,250 £26,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £42,500 £36,000
Median % change year-on-year -5.88% +18.06% -1.37%
75th Percentile £56,250 £60,000 £52,500
90th Percentile £71,250 £75,000 £66,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £36,500 £33,500
% change year-on-year -4.11% +8.96% +3.08%

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 22,681 9,156 23,536
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.84% 18.45% 17.18%
Number of salaries quoted 15,553 7,862 19,698
10th Percentile £28,500 £30,000 £25,500
25th Percentile £38,750 £40,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £86,250 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -

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 28 October 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 28 October 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 -17 5,977 £40,000 -5.88% 1,787
UK excluding London -2 4,378 £35,000 -4.11% 1,411
London -40 1,942 £50,000 -9.09% 489
North of England +6 1,183 £35,000 -2.78% 439
South East -11 1,104 £37,500 +2.74% 320
Work from Home -32 1,096 £50,000 - 233
Midlands +8 815 £37,500 +7.14% 261
North West +14 592 £33,341 -11.09% 253
Yorkshire +3 496 £37,500 +11.94% 142
West Midlands +11 488 £37,500 - 149
South West -8 459 £31,000 -15.13% 118
East of England -4 440 £33,000 -5.71% 152
East Midlands +3 323 £37,500 +7.14% 110
Scotland -1 217 £36,250 -14.71% 69
Wales -2 165 £33,000 -10.20% 44
North East -10 95 £33,500 -16.25% 44
Northern Ireland -28 17 £22,500 -59.09% 8
Channel Islands - 4 £50,000 -

For the 6 months to 28 October 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 4,834 (73.24%) Windows
2 4,159 (63.02%) Microsoft
3 3,880 (58.79%) Microsoft 365
4 3,359 (50.89%) Azure
5 2,569 (38.92%) Windows Server
6 2,196 (33.27%) VMware
7 1,806 (27.36%) Windows 10
8 1,786 (27.06%) Social Skills
9 1,471 (22.29%) Azure Active Directory
10 1,453 (22.02%) VMware Infrastructure
11 1,401 (21.23%) ITIL
12 1,385 (20.98%) PowerShell
13 1,379 (20.89%) DNS
14 1,354 (20.52%) Firewall
15 1,120 (16.97%) DHCP
15 1,120 (16.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 1,087 (16.47%) Microsoft Office
17 1,066 (16.15%) Hyper-V
18 969 (14.68%) SCCM
19 960 (14.55%) SharePoint
20 956 (14.48%) Problem-Solving
21 934 (14.15%) Microsoft Intune
22 930 (14.09%) Citrix
23 896 (13.58%) SQL
24 865 (13.11%) AWS
25 862 (13.06%) SQL Server
26 825 (12.50%) MS Exchange
27 819 (12.41%) LAN
28 813 (12.32%) Microsoft Certification
29 800 (12.12%) Finance

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
1 960 (14.55%) SharePoint
2 825 (12.50%) MS Exchange
3 354 (5.36%) IIS
4 151 (2.29%) Exchange Server 2013
5 109 (1.65%) Skype for Business
6 99 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2010
7 97 (1.47%) Confluence
8 58 (0.88%) Apache
9 43 (0.65%) CMS
10 33 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2007
11 28 (0.42%) nginx
12 25 (0.38%) Tomcat
13 20 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
14 19 (0.29%) Apache Spark
14 19 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
15 18 (0.27%) SAS
15 18 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
16 17 (0.26%) Drupal
17 16 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
18 13 (0.20%) WordPress
Applications
1 1,087 (16.47%) Microsoft Office
2 96 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 60 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 12 (0.18%) MS Visio
6 10 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
7 7 (0.11%) Acrobat
7 7 (0.11%) AutoCAD
8 6 (0.091%) Spreadsheet
9 5 (0.076%) Adobe Illustrator
9 5 (0.076%) InDesign
9 5 (0.076%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.076%) Siemens NX
9 5 (0.076%) Solid Edge
10 4 (0.061%) Chatbot
10 4 (0.061%) SketchUp
11 1 (0.015%) ImageReady
11 1 (0.015%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.015%) Revit
11 1 (0.015%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 50 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 48 (0.73%) Sentinel
3 34 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
4 17 (0.26%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 14 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
6 12 (0.18%) Sage 200
6 12 (0.18%) SAP Business One
7 8 (0.12%) Elite 3E
7 8 (0.12%) NetSuite
8 7 (0.11%) Relativity
9 5 (0.076%) BambooHR
9 5 (0.076%) SAP R/3
9 5 (0.076%) Teamcenter
9 5 (0.076%) Unica
10 4 (0.061%) Carpe Diem
10 4 (0.061%) Magento
10 4 (0.061%) SAP Business ByDesign
10 4 (0.061%) Workfront
11 3 (0.045%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 3 (0.045%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 3,880 (58.79%) Microsoft 365
2 3,359 (50.89%) Azure
3 1,471 (22.29%) Azure Active Directory
4 865 (13.11%) AWS
5 515 (7.80%) IaaS
6 456 (6.91%) PaaS
7 396 (6.00%) SaaS
8 296 (4.48%) OneDrive
9 238 (3.61%) Power Platform
10 195 (2.95%) Serverless
11 164 (2.48%) Mimecast
12 140 (2.12%) GCP
13 127 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
14 105 (1.59%) PowerApps
15 89 (1.35%) Google Workspace
16 87 (1.32%) Power Automate
17 83 (1.26%) Azure Key Vault
18 69 (1.05%) Dynamics 365
19 64 (0.97%) Azure Sentinel
20 59 (0.89%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 1,379 (20.89%) DNS
2 1,354 (20.52%) Firewall
3 1,120 (16.97%) DHCP
4 819 (12.41%) LAN
5 796 (12.06%) WAN
6 774 (11.73%) VPN
7 730 (11.06%) TCP/IP
8 419 (6.35%) SAN
9 341 (5.17%) VLAN
10 318 (4.82%) VoIP
11 280 (4.24%) Wireless
12 253 (3.83%) Network Security
13 248 (3.76%) Wi-Fi
14 161 (2.44%) Remote Desktop
15 145 (2.20%) Skype
16 140 (2.12%) Internet
17 132 (2.00%) NAS
18 126 (1.91%) MPLS
19 116 (1.76%) SSL
19 116 (1.76%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 862 (13.06%) SQL Server
2 124 (1.88%) Power BI
3 96 (1.45%) MySQL
4 79 (1.20%) Azure SQL Database
5 76 (1.15%) Amazon RDS
6 59 (0.89%) Big Data
7 42 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 39 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
9 30 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
10 26 (0.39%) SQL Server 2016
11 25 (0.38%) SQL Server 2014
11 25 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 22 (0.33%) Data Lake
12 22 (0.33%) Data Warehouse
12 22 (0.33%) Oracle Database
12 22 (0.33%) SQL Server 2019
13 19 (0.29%) Relational Database
14 17 (0.26%) Hadoop
15 16 (0.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 15 (0.23%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 196 (2.97%) JIRA
2 127 (1.92%) Git (software)
3 119 (1.80%) Jenkins
4 56 (0.85%) Visual Studio Team System
5 49 (0.74%) TeamCity
6 48 (0.73%) Octopus Deploy
7 41 (0.62%) Visual Studio
8 40 (0.61%) Bitbucket
9 28 (0.42%) Team Foundation Server
10 27 (0.41%) GitLab
11 14 (0.21%) Cypress.io
12 13 (0.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 12 (0.18%) Jasmine
13 12 (0.18%) Karma Test Runner
13 12 (0.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 11 (0.17%) Sonatype Nexus
15 10 (0.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 10 (0.15%) SonarQube
16 8 (0.12%) MSI
17 7 (0.11%) Selenium
General
1 1,786 (27.06%) Social Skills
2 800 (12.12%) Finance
3 457 (6.92%) Analytical Skills
4 282 (4.27%) Public Sector
5 228 (3.45%) Law
5 228 (3.45%) Retail
6 220 (3.33%) Manufacturing
7 215 (3.26%) Telecoms
8 186 (2.82%) Organisational Skills
9 185 (2.80%) Legal
10 158 (2.39%) Banking
11 99 (1.50%) Marketing
12 96 (1.45%) Documentation Skills
13 88 (1.33%) Advertising
14 75 (1.14%) Automotive
15 64 (0.97%) Back Office
16 63 (0.95%) Presentation Skills
17 47 (0.71%) Inclusion and Diversity
18 46 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
19 36 (0.55%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 1,166 (17.67%) Analyst
2 976 (14.79%) Support Engineer
3 919 (13.92%) IT Support
4 904 (13.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 684 (10.36%) IT Engineer
6 572 (8.67%) Support Analyst
7 434 (6.58%) 2nd Line Support
8 410 (6.21%) IT Analyst
9 387 (5.86%) Service Analyst
10 373 (5.65%) Service Desk Analyst
11 365 (5.53%) IT Support Engineer
12 359 (5.44%) Architect
13 319 (4.83%) Consultant
14 311 (4.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 287 (4.35%) Azure Engineer
16 285 (4.32%) IT Support Analyst
17 282 (4.27%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 268 (4.06%) 3rd Line Support
19 253 (3.83%) Administrator
19 253 (3.83%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 227 (3.44%) Web Services
2 187 (2.83%) .NET
3 143 (2.17%) LDAP
4 112 (1.70%) SAML
5 106 (1.61%) JSON
6 92 (1.39%) ARM Templates
7 76 (1.15%) HTML
8 64 (0.97%) OAuth
9 55 (0.83%) CSS
10 50 (0.76%) REST
11 48 (0.73%) XML
12 39 (0.59%) OpenID
13 36 (0.55%) RESTful
14 34 (0.52%) ASP.NET
15 32 (0.48%) .NET Core
16 26 (0.39%) Node.js
16 26 (0.39%) SOAP
17 25 (0.38%) .NET Framework
18 24 (0.36%) RabbitMQ
19 23 (0.35%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 551 (8.35%) Data Centre
2 370 (5.61%) Public Cloud
3 308 (4.67%) Self-Motivation
4 247 (3.74%) Management Information System
5 219 (3.32%) Driving Licence
6 181 (2.74%) Clustering
7 176 (2.67%) PKI
8 152 (2.30%) Video Conferencing
9 127 (1.92%) User Experience
10 125 (1.89%) Replication
11 124 (1.88%) Hybrid Cloud
12 79 (1.20%) Cloud Native
12 79 (1.20%) iPhone
13 77 (1.17%) Smartphone
14 62 (0.94%) Cyberthreat
15 61 (0.92%) Private Cloud
16 58 (0.88%) Fat Client
16 58 (0.88%) Thin Client
17 56 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
18 54 (0.82%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 4,834 (73.24%) Windows
2 2,569 (38.92%) Windows Server
3 1,806 (27.36%) Windows 10
4 768 (11.64%) Windows Server 2012
5 764 (11.58%) Linux
6 611 (9.26%) Windows Server 2016
7 530 (8.03%) Windows Server 2019
8 470 (7.12%) Windows 7
9 347 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
10 296 (4.48%) Android
11 250 (3.79%) Apple iOS
12 202 (3.06%) Mac OS
13 155 (2.35%) Windows 8
14 111 (1.68%) Mac OS X
15 96 (1.45%) Unix
16 84 (1.27%) CentOS
17 80 (1.21%) Windows Server 2003
18 62 (0.94%) Windows XP
19 60 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
20 54 (0.82%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,401 (21.23%) ITIL
2 1,120 (16.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 956 (14.48%) Problem-Solving
4 648 (9.82%) DevOps
5 498 (7.55%) Cybersecurity
6 470 (7.12%) Agile Software Development
7 459 (6.95%) Migration
8 448 (6.79%) Service Delivery
9 376 (5.70%) Service Management
10 374 (5.67%) Disaster Recovery
11 369 (5.59%) Project Management
12 360 (5.45%) Presales
13 306 (4.64%) ITSM
14 300 (4.55%) Project Delivery
15 297 (4.50%) Mentoring
16 265 (4.02%) Change Management
17 243 (3.68%) Incident Management
17 243 (3.68%) Time Management
18 238 (3.61%) Information Security
19 234 (3.55%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 1,385 (20.98%) PowerShell
2 896 (13.58%) SQL
3 189 (2.86%) Python
4 133 (2.02%) C#
5 110 (1.67%) Bash Shell
6 83 (1.26%) JavaScript
7 52 (0.79%) VB
8 49 (0.74%) T-SQL
9 48 (0.73%) C
10 45 (0.68%) VBScript
11 36 (0.55%) Perl
12 34 (0.52%) Java
13 30 (0.45%) PHP
14 28 (0.42%) VB.NET
15 17 (0.26%) Ruby
16 14 (0.21%) C++
17 13 (0.20%) PL/SQL
18 10 (0.15%) Shell Script
18 10 (0.15%) VBA
19 9 (0.14%) R
Qualifications
1 813 (12.32%) Microsoft Certification
2 552 (8.36%) Degree
3 315 (4.77%) Security Cleared
4 292 (4.42%) MCSE
5 264 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
6 225 (3.41%) MCSA
7 212 (3.21%) CCNA
8 209 (3.17%) SC Cleared
9 163 (2.47%) MCP
10 102 (1.55%) Computer Science Degree
11 100 (1.52%) A+ Certification
11 100 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
12 97 (1.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 77 (1.17%) DBS Check
13 77 (1.17%) MCITP
14 64 (0.97%) CCNP
15 62 (0.94%) CISSP
16 59 (0.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 56 (0.85%) AWS Certification
18 55 (0.83%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 570 (8.64%) SLA
2 210 (3.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 153 (2.32%) GDPR
4 93 (1.41%) Cyber Essentials
5 53 (0.80%) QA
6 46 (0.70%) NIST
7 33 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 31 (0.47%) PCI DSS
9 29 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 21 (0.32%) PMO
11 14 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 12 (0.18%) Data Quality
13 10 (0.15%) ISO 22301
13 10 (0.15%) ISO 9001
13 10 (0.15%) NCSC
14 7 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 7 (0.11%) ITGC
15 6 (0.091%) Accessibility
16 3 (0.045%) HIPAA
16 3 (0.045%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 1,453 (22.02%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1,066 (16.15%) Hyper-V
3 332 (5.03%) vSphere
4 252 (3.82%) VMware ESXi
5 215 (3.26%) XenApp
6 198 (3.00%) Virtual Machines
7 169 (2.56%) Docker
8 165 (2.50%) Virtual Desktop
9 152 (2.30%) XenDesktop
10 101 (1.53%) Virtual Servers
11 71 (1.08%) BitLocker
12 39 (0.59%) Terminal Services
13 33 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
14 32 (0.48%) NFS
15 30 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
16 27 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 23 (0.35%) Firmware
18 19 (0.29%) Terminal Server
19 17 (0.26%) VMware Server
20 15 (0.23%) KVM
Systems Management
1 969 (14.68%) SCCM
2 934 (14.15%) Microsoft Intune
3 231 (3.50%) Single Sign-On
4 226 (3.42%) Terraform
5 219 (3.32%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 189 (2.86%) Kubernetes
7 175 (2.65%) WSUS
8 168 (2.55%) Ansible
9 157 (2.38%) SCOM
10 111 (1.68%) Jamf Pro
11 95 (1.44%) Puppet
12 75 (1.14%) Microsoft Clustering
13 55 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
14 50 (0.76%) FortiGate
15 44 (0.67%) Backup Exec
16 42 (0.64%) vCenter Server
17 41 (0.62%) AirWatch
17 41 (0.62%) Failover Clustering
17 41 (0.62%) NetBackup
18 38 (0.58%) Nagios
Vendors
1 4,159 (63.02%) Microsoft
2 2,196 (33.27%) VMware
3 930 (14.09%) Citrix
4 797 (12.08%) Cisco
5 371 (5.62%) Apple
6 346 (5.24%) Veeam
7 267 (4.05%) ServiceNow
8 247 (3.74%) HP
9 216 (3.27%) Dell
10 184 (2.79%) Meraki
11 180 (2.73%) Google
12 176 (2.67%) Sophos
13 160 (2.42%) Oracle
14 122 (1.85%) SAP
15 116 (1.76%) NetApp
16 98 (1.48%) Red Hat
16 98 (1.48%) SolarWinds
17 95 (1.44%) Adobe
18 87 (1.32%) Remedy
19 85 (1.29%) Palo Alto