Period
to 26 November 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 26 November 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Active Directory
UK
6 months to
26 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 32 24 31
Rank change year-on-year -8 +7 +3
Permanent jobs citing Active Directory 3,603 10,172 10,961
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 6.56% 7.49% 6.81%
As % of the System Software category 35.17% 43.63% 44.69%
Number of salaries quoted 3,554 8,994 9,554
Median annual salary £42,500 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.33% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £25,000 £22,500 £21,250
90th Percentile £73,750 £68,750 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £36,000 £35,000 £33,591
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.20% +4.97%

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 10,245 23,313 24,526
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.65% 17.17% 15.23%
Number of salaries quoted 8,761 19,183 20,026
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £29,750 £25,625 £25,000
90th Percentile £86,250 £85,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +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 26 November 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 26 November 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 -7 3,334 £42,500 +13.33% 685
UK excluding London -5 2,239 £36,000 +2.86% 607
London -9 1,218 £56,000 +34.94% 132
South East 0 700 £37,500 +10.29% 154
North of England -10 563 £35,000 - 177
Work from Home -1 464 £47,500 -24.00% 104
Midlands -10 346 £35,000 -6.67% 117
South West -12 288 £36,525 +7.43% 64
Yorkshire -6 253 £32,500 -2.99% 67
North West -15 236 £37,500 +1.35% 91
East of England +4 199 £34,500 - 41
West Midlands -13 197 £37,500 -2.60% 68
East Midlands +6 149 £33,000 -9.59% 49
Scotland -9 92 £37,500 +15.38% 35
North East +10 74 £42,500 +21.43% 19
Wales 0 73 £37,500 +1.35% 16
Northern Ireland +6 3 £52,500 +59.09% 4

For the 6 months to 26 November 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 2,694 (74.77%) Windows
2 2,172 (60.28%) Microsoft
3 1,916 (53.18%) Office 365
4 1,679 (46.60%) Azure
5 1,480 (41.08%) Windows Server
6 1,440 (39.97%) VMware
7 919 (25.51%) DNS
8 879 (24.40%) Windows 10
9 846 (23.48%) VMware Infrastructure
10 726 (20.15%) ITIL
11 723 (20.07%) Firewall
12 722 (20.04%) PowerShell
13 691 (19.18%) DHCP
14 665 (18.46%) Azure Active Directory
15 649 (18.01%) Cisco
16 641 (17.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 606 (16.82%) Hyper-V
18 595 (16.51%) SCCM
19 575 (15.96%) Citrix
20 572 (15.88%) AWS
21 558 (15.49%) SQL
22 531 (14.74%) Windows Server 2012
23 527 (14.63%) MS Exchange
24 517 (14.35%) Microsoft Office
25 507 (14.07%) SQL Server
26 496 (13.77%) TCP/IP
27 493 (13.68%) Finance
28 483 (13.41%) SharePoint
29 477 (13.24%) WAN
30 455 (12.63%) Linux

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
1 527 (14.63%) MS Exchange
2 483 (13.41%) SharePoint
3 179 (4.97%) IIS
4 159 (4.41%) Skype for Business
5 103 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2013
6 98 (2.72%) Confluence
7 92 (2.55%) Exchange Server 2010
8 23 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
9 22 (0.61%) Apache
10 19 (0.53%) Tomcat
11 17 (0.47%) CMS
11 17 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
12 16 (0.44%) Oracle Workflow
13 13 (0.36%) IBM Domino
14 11 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2003
14 11 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
15 10 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
16 9 (0.25%) Apache Spark
17 8 (0.22%) IBM Notes
17 8 (0.22%) OpenStack
Applications
1 517 (14.35%) Microsoft Office
2 74 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 32 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.056%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.056%) Revit
6 2 (0.056%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.028%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.028%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.028%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.028%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.028%) InDesign
7 1 (0.028%) LightWave 3D
7 1 (0.028%) MODO
7 1 (0.028%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.028%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 21 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.56%) Sentinel
3 9 (0.25%) iTrent
3 9 (0.25%) Northgate Housing
4 8 (0.22%) Distributed Ledger
4 8 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
4 8 (0.22%) R3 Corda
5 7 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 6 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
6 6 (0.17%) NetSuite
6 6 (0.17%) Quorum
6 6 (0.17%) Workfront
7 5 (0.14%) Carpe Diem
8 3 (0.083%) Eikon
8 3 (0.083%) Elite 3E
9 2 (0.056%) Dynamics NAV
10 1 (0.028%) BASE24
10 1 (0.028%) Oracle EBS R12
10 1 (0.028%) Remedy ITSM
10 1 (0.028%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 1,916 (53.18%) Office 365
2 1,679 (46.60%) Azure
3 665 (18.46%) Azure Active Directory
4 572 (15.88%) AWS
5 277 (7.69%) IaaS
6 229 (6.36%) PaaS
7 165 (4.58%) OneDrive
8 144 (4.00%) SaaS
9 73 (2.03%) Serverless
10 72 (2.00%) Mimecast
11 70 (1.94%) Power Platform
12 54 (1.50%) GCP
13 51 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
14 48 (1.33%) Azure Functions
15 44 (1.22%) Route 53
15 44 (1.22%) Slack
16 36 (1.00%) G Suite
17 35 (0.97%) Logic Apps
18 33 (0.92%) PowerApps
19 25 (0.69%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 919 (25.51%) DNS
2 723 (20.07%) Firewall
3 691 (19.18%) DHCP
4 496 (13.77%) TCP/IP
5 477 (13.24%) WAN
6 446 (12.38%) LAN
7 362 (10.05%) SAN
7 362 (10.05%) VPN
8 209 (5.80%) VoIP
9 204 (5.66%) Skype
10 169 (4.69%) Wireless
11 167 (4.64%) VLAN
12 164 (4.55%) Network Security
13 145 (4.02%) Wi-Fi
14 117 (3.25%) Internet
15 99 (2.75%) Unified Communications
16 97 (2.69%) Remote Desktop
17 73 (2.03%) NAS
18 61 (1.69%) iSCSI
18 61 (1.69%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 507 (14.07%) SQL Server
2 69 (1.92%) Azure SQL Database
3 66 (1.83%) Amazon RDS
4 52 (1.44%) PostgreSQL
5 45 (1.25%) MySQL
6 36 (1.00%) Power BI
7 24 (0.67%) Cosmos DB
8 22 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
9 20 (0.56%) Hadoop
9 20 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 19 (0.53%) Big Data
11 17 (0.47%) Blockchain
11 17 (0.47%) MongoDB
12 14 (0.39%) Relational Database
13 13 (0.36%) NoSQL
13 13 (0.36%) SQL Server 2008
14 12 (0.33%) Data Warehouse
15 10 (0.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 9 (0.25%) GIS
16 9 (0.25%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 120 (3.33%) JIRA
2 84 (2.33%) Jenkins
3 80 (2.22%) Git (software)
4 25 (0.69%) IntelliJ
5 24 (0.67%) Bitbucket
6 18 (0.50%) Artifactory
7 16 (0.44%) GitLab
8 15 (0.42%) Gerrit
9 14 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
10 12 (0.33%) Visual Studio
11 10 (0.28%) TeamCity
12 7 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (0.19%) Cucumber
12 7 (0.19%) MSI
13 6 (0.17%) Bitbucket Server
13 6 (0.17%) Gradle
13 6 (0.17%) Maven
14 5 (0.14%) Metasploit
14 5 (0.14%) Octopus Deploy
15 4 (0.11%) Fiddler
General
1 493 (13.68%) Finance
2 132 (3.66%) Telecoms
3 118 (3.28%) Banking
4 112 (3.11%) Public Sector
5 86 (2.39%) Manufacturing
6 77 (2.14%) Law
7 68 (1.89%) Legal
8 64 (1.78%) Retail
9 61 (1.69%) Marketing
10 45 (1.25%) Electronics
11 35 (0.97%) Advertising
12 31 (0.86%) Back Office
13 25 (0.69%) Local Government
13 25 (0.69%) Military
14 20 (0.56%) Investment Banking
15 19 (0.53%) Aerospace
16 18 (0.50%) Publishing
17 14 (0.39%) Billing
18 13 (0.36%) German Language
18 13 (0.36%) Housing Association
Job Titles
1 548 (15.21%) Analyst
2 533 (14.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 493 (13.68%) Support Engineer
4 340 (9.44%) IT Support
5 337 (9.35%) IT Engineer
6 243 (6.74%) 2nd Line Support
7 227 (6.30%) Support Analyst
8 212 (5.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 188 (5.22%) Architect
10 183 (5.08%) Consultant
11 167 (4.64%) IT Analyst
12 164 (4.55%) Service Analyst
13 161 (4.47%) Azure Engineer
14 160 (4.44%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 158 (4.39%) 3rd Line Support
16 155 (4.30%) IT Support Engineer
17 144 (4.00%) Service Desk Analyst
18 141 (3.91%) Systems Engineer
19 136 (3.77%) Administrator
20 131 (3.64%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (2.72%) Web Services
2 97 (2.69%) .NET
3 90 (2.50%) LDAP
4 76 (2.11%) OAuth
5 75 (2.08%) SAML
6 40 (1.11%) JSON
7 34 (0.94%) HTML
7 34 (0.94%) XML
8 33 (0.92%) SailPoint
9 32 (0.89%) YAML
10 26 (0.72%) OpenID
11 25 (0.69%) Spring Boot
12 22 (0.61%) CSS
13 19 (0.53%) Elastic Stack
13 19 (0.53%) XMPP
14 18 (0.50%) REST
15 11 (0.31%) OAuth2
15 11 (0.31%) RESTful
16 10 (0.28%) Middleware
16 10 (0.28%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 275 (7.63%) Data Centre
2 203 (5.63%) Management Information System
3 190 (5.27%) Analytical Skills
4 131 (3.64%) Self-Motivation
5 106 (2.94%) Public Cloud
6 87 (2.41%) Driving Licence
7 76 (2.11%) Clustering
7 76 (2.11%) Replication
8 65 (1.80%) PKI
9 62 (1.72%) Cyberthreat
10 61 (1.69%) Hybrid Cloud
10 61 (1.69%) User Experience
11 50 (1.39%) Private Cloud
12 46 (1.28%) iPhone
13 45 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
14 41 (1.14%) Smartphone
14 41 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
15 39 (1.08%) Fat Client
15 39 (1.08%) Thin Client
16 37 (1.03%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 2,694 (74.77%) Windows
2 1,480 (41.08%) Windows Server
3 879 (24.40%) Windows 10
4 531 (14.74%) Windows Server 2012
5 455 (12.63%) Linux
6 443 (12.30%) Windows Server 2016
7 322 (8.94%) Windows Server 2008
8 305 (8.47%) Windows 7
9 212 (5.88%) Windows Server 2019
10 97 (2.69%) Unix
11 95 (2.64%) Android
12 85 (2.36%) Windows 8
13 72 (2.00%) CentOS
14 63 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 61 (1.69%) Mac OS X
16 45 (1.25%) Mac OS
17 44 (1.22%) Windows Server 2003
18 37 (1.03%) Apple iOS
19 31 (0.86%) Windows XP
20 28 (0.78%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 726 (20.15%) ITIL
2 641 (17.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 355 (9.85%) DevOps
4 329 (9.13%) Problem-Solving
5 232 (6.44%) Agile Software Development
6 230 (6.38%) Disaster Recovery
7 213 (5.91%) Migration
8 203 (5.63%) Cybersecurity
9 181 (5.02%) Information Security
10 156 (4.33%) Service Management
11 153 (4.25%) Service Delivery
12 148 (4.11%) Configuration Management
13 144 (4.00%) Identity Management
13 144 (4.00%) Project Delivery
14 143 (3.97%) Mentoring
15 142 (3.94%) Change Management
16 139 (3.86%) Identity Access Management
17 134 (3.72%) Project Management
18 132 (3.66%) Incident Management
19 128 (3.55%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 722 (20.04%) PowerShell
2 558 (15.49%) SQL
3 174 (4.83%) Python
4 96 (2.66%) Java
5 87 (2.41%) Bash Shell
6 61 (1.69%) JavaScript
7 47 (1.30%) C#
8 46 (1.28%) Perl
9 43 (1.19%) VB.NET
10 42 (1.17%) C
11 34 (0.94%) T-SQL
12 33 (0.92%) VBScript
13 29 (0.80%) C++
14 24 (0.67%) Shell Script
15 20 (0.56%) Ruby
16 19 (0.53%) VB
17 16 (0.44%) Groovy
18 12 (0.33%) VBA
19 11 (0.31%) Kotlin
20 6 (0.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 418 (11.60%) Microsoft Certification
2 236 (6.55%) Security Cleared
3 223 (6.19%) Degree
4 198 (5.50%) Cisco Certification
5 195 (5.41%) MCSE
6 169 (4.69%) MCSA
7 160 (4.44%) SC Cleared
8 151 (4.19%) CCNA
9 96 (2.66%) CISSP
10 79 (2.19%) MCP
11 76 (2.11%) ITIL Certification
12 72 (2.00%) DV Cleared
13 58 (1.61%) CISM
14 56 (1.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 51 (1.42%) CCNP
16 45 (1.25%) MCITP
17 40 (1.11%) Server+ Certification
18 36 (1.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 28 (0.78%) SANS
20 26 (0.72%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 300 (8.33%) SLA
2 121 (3.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 97 (2.69%) GDPR
4 68 (1.89%) NIST
5 42 (1.17%) PCI DSS
6 23 (0.64%) QA
7 22 (0.61%) Cyber Essentials
8 12 (0.33%) NCSC
8 12 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 9 (0.25%) COBIT
9 9 (0.25%) Data Quality
10 7 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 7 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 7 (0.19%) PMO
11 5 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 4 (0.11%) NIST 800
13 3 (0.083%) ISO 9001
14 2 (0.056%) GAMP
14 2 (0.056%) ISO 9000
14 2 (0.056%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 846 (23.48%) VMware Infrastructure
2 606 (16.82%) Hyper-V
3 174 (4.83%) vSphere
4 148 (4.11%) VMware ESXi
5 132 (3.66%) XenApp
6 107 (2.97%) Docker
7 93 (2.58%) Virtual Machines
8 81 (2.25%) XenDesktop
9 74 (2.05%) Virtual Servers
10 48 (1.33%) Virtual Desktop
11 37 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 36 (1.00%) VMware Server
13 35 (0.97%) BitLocker
13 35 (0.97%) Firmware
14 30 (0.83%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 25 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
16 21 (0.58%) NDS
16 21 (0.58%) NetIQ eDirectory
17 20 (0.56%) KVM
18 19 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 595 (16.51%) SCCM
2 341 (9.46%) Microsoft Intune
3 184 (5.11%) Ansible
4 151 (4.19%) Terraform
5 127 (3.52%) SCOM
6 126 (3.50%) WSUS
7 121 (3.36%) Puppet
8 100 (2.78%) Kubernetes
9 95 (2.64%) Opscode Chef
10 67 (1.86%) Single Sign-On
11 50 (1.39%) Nagios
12 49 (1.36%) SCVMM
13 48 (1.33%) vCenter Server
14 39 (1.08%) Microsoft Clustering
15 32 (0.89%) Backup Exec
16 27 (0.75%) NetBackup
17 22 (0.61%) Cisco CUCM
17 22 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
18 21 (0.58%) Failover Clustering
19 18 (0.50%) QRadar
Vendors
1 2,172 (60.28%) Microsoft
2 1,440 (39.97%) VMware
3 649 (18.01%) Cisco
4 575 (15.96%) Citrix
5 186 (5.16%) Veeam
6 159 (4.41%) HP
7 120 (3.33%) Dell
8 114 (3.16%) Oracle
9 107 (2.97%) Apple
10 105 (2.91%) NetApp
11 91 (2.53%) SolarWinds
12 83 (2.30%) Red Hat
12 83 (2.30%) Sophos
13 78 (2.16%) ServiceNow
14 77 (2.14%) Google
15 76 (2.11%) Palo Alto
16 69 (1.92%) IBM
16 69 (1.92%) Symantec
17 68 (1.89%) EMC
18 59 (1.64%) Meraki