The table below looks at the statistics for Active Directory skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Active Directory over the 3 months to 18 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 42 21 26
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +5
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 27 61 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 3.46% 6.20% 6.10%
As % of the System Software category 45.00% 61.62% 51.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 14 16
Average daily rate
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£294 £265 £254
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.84% +4.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £180 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £374 £347 £361
UK excluding London average daily rate £295 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+7.27% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 33 15
Average hourly rate £16.21 £16.00 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.28% -14.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £12.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.92 £31.56 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.87 £14.30 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.96% -4.68%
Active Directory
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

System Software Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
60 99 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 7.69% 10.06% 11.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 30 34
Average daily rate £388 £283 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+37.16% -16.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £257 £225 £124
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £420 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 39 20
Average hourly rate £35.00 £31.56 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.91% +19.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.23 £12.50 £12.12
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.80 £42.38 £50.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -11.42%

Active Directory
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

Active Directory Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Active Directory
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Active Directory across the Cheshire region.

Active Directory Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Active Directory across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 18 December 2014.

Active Directory Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory across the Cheshire region.

Active Directory Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Active Directory across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 18 December 2014.

Active Directory Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 18 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester -1 7 £355 +18.33% 1
Warrington -13 6 £218 -3.33% 5
Knutsford +2 3 £200 -24.52% 2
Runcorn +2 1 £260 - 1
Nantwich - 1 £320 -
Lymm - 1 £288 -
Macclesfield - - - -
Crewe - - - -
Ellesmere Port - - - -
Northwich - - - -
Sandbach - - - - 1
Widnes - - - -
Daresbury - - - -
Active Directory
North West

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Active Directory also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Active Directory.

1 76 (88.37%) Windows
2 42 (48.84%) Windows Server 2008
3 36 (41.86%) Windows Server 2003
4 33 (38.37%) Microsoft
5 29 (33.72%) VMware
6 26 (30.23%) Citrix
7 24 (27.91%) MS Exchange
8 23 (26.74%) TCP/IP
8 23 (26.74%) Windows 7
9 19 (22.09%) PowerShell
10 18 (20.93%) DNS
11 17 (19.77%) SharePoint
11 17 (19.77%) SQL Server
11 17 (19.77%) Windows XP
11 17 (19.77%) Microsoft Certification
12 16 (18.60%) IIS
13 14 (16.28%) Clustering
14 13 (15.12%) MS Office
15 12 (13.95%) ITIL
15 12 (13.95%) Local Government
15 12 (13.95%) SCCM
15 12 (13.95%) VMware Infrastructure
16 11 (12.79%) Exchange Server 2007
16 11 (12.79%) SQL Server 2008
16 11 (12.79%) Windows Server 2012
16 11 (12.79%) SQL
16 11 (12.79%) MS Excel
17 10 (11.63%) .NET
17 10 (11.63%) Finance
17 10 (11.63%) SQL Server 2005

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Active Directory also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Active Directory. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 24 (27.91%) MS Exchange
2 17 (19.77%) SharePoint
3 16 (18.60%) IIS
4 11 (12.79%) Exchange Server 2007
5 10 (11.63%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (9.30%) Exchange Server 2003
7 7 (8.14%) SharePoint 2010
8 5 (5.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (2.33%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (2.33%) Lync
Applications
1 13 (15.12%) MS Office
2 11 (12.79%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.16%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.16%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 23 (26.74%) TCP/IP
2 18 (20.93%) DNS
3 7 (8.14%) LAN
3 7 (8.14%) VPN
3 7 (8.14%) WAN
4 6 (6.98%) DHCP
4 6 (6.98%) SAN
5 3 (3.49%) LDAP
5 3 (3.49%) Wireless
5 3 (3.49%) Firewall
6 2 (2.33%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (2.33%) SSL
6 2 (2.33%) VLAN
7 1 (1.16%) Internet
7 1 (1.16%) SNMP
7 1 (1.16%) SMTP
7 1 (1.16%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (19.77%) SQL Server
2 11 (12.79%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (11.63%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.16%) MySQL
4 1 (1.16%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (4.65%) AdminStudio
2 3 (3.49%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (3.49%) MSI
3 1 (1.16%) JIRA
3 1 (1.16%) Subversion
General
1 12 (13.95%) Local Government
2 10 (11.63%) Finance
3 4 (4.65%) Banking
4 3 (3.49%) Legal
5 2 (2.33%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.33%) Retail
6 1 (1.16%) Retail Banking
6 1 (1.16%) Law
6 1 (1.16%) Back Office
6 1 (1.16%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (19.77%) Analyst
2 11 (12.79%) 1st Line Support
2 11 (12.79%) Administrator
3 7 (8.14%) Windows Server Engineer
3 7 (8.14%) Server Engineer
3 7 (8.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 7 (8.14%) Service Analyst
3 7 (8.14%) Support Analyst
4 6 (6.98%) Help Desk Analyst
4 6 (6.98%) Support Engineer
4 6 (6.98%) 2nd Line Support
4 6 (6.98%) Help Desk Support
4 6 (6.98%) Service Desk Analyst
4 6 (6.98%) SharePoint Administrator
5 5 (5.81%) Desktop Support
5 5 (5.81%) Applications Packager
6 4 (4.65%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (3.49%) Consultant
7 3 (3.49%) Developer
7 3 (3.49%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (11.63%) .NET
2 4 (4.65%) Application Packaging
3 2 (2.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (16.28%) Clustering
2 6 (6.98%) Management Information System
3 5 (5.81%) Blackberry
4 3 (3.49%) iPad
4 3 (3.49%) Handset
5 2 (2.33%) PKI
5 2 (2.33%) Open Source
5 2 (2.33%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.16%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 76 (88.37%) Windows
2 42 (48.84%) Windows Server 2008
3 36 (41.86%) Windows Server 2003
4 23 (26.74%) Windows 7
5 17 (19.77%) Windows XP
6 11 (12.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (10.47%) Linux
8 5 (5.81%) Windows 8
9 3 (3.49%) Windows Vista
9 3 (3.49%) UNIX
10 2 (2.33%) Apple iOS
10 2 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (2.33%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (13.95%) ITIL
2 10 (11.63%) Load Balancing
3 7 (8.14%) Service Management
4 4 (4.65%) Migration
4 4 (4.65%) Incident Management
4 4 (4.65%) Compatibility Testing
5 3 (3.49%) High Availability
6 2 (2.33%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (2.33%) Performance Management
6 2 (2.33%) Root Cause Analysis
6 2 (2.33%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (2.33%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (2.33%) Service Desk Management
7 1 (1.16%) Technical Analysis
7 1 (1.16%) ITIL V3
7 1 (1.16%) DevOps
7 1 (1.16%) Vulnerability Management
7 1 (1.16%) Capacity Management
7 1 (1.16%) SIEM
7 1 (1.16%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 19 (22.09%) PowerShell
2 11 (12.79%) SQL
3 5 (5.81%) VBScript
3 5 (5.81%) VB
4 3 (3.49%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.16%) Python
5 1 (1.16%) C#
5 1 (1.16%) Java
Qualifications
1 17 (19.77%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (11.63%) MCITP
3 8 (9.30%) MCSE
3 8 (9.30%) MCTS
4 7 (8.14%) SC Cleared
4 7 (8.14%) Security Cleared
5 5 (5.81%) MCSA
6 3 (3.49%) MCP
6 3 (3.49%) MCDST
7 2 (2.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (2.33%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (1.16%) Degree
8 1 (1.16%) CISSP
8 1 (1.16%) CCNP
8 1 (1.16%) CCNA
8 1 (1.16%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.49%) SLA
2 1 (1.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 12 (13.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (10.47%) XenApp
3 5 (5.81%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (4.65%) VMware ESX
4 4 (4.65%) Hyper-V
5 3 (3.49%) vSphere
6 2 (2.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 2 (2.33%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.16%) VMware Server
7 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (1.16%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 12 (13.95%) SCCM
2 7 (8.14%) SCOM
3 2 (2.33%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.16%) SCOrch
4 1 (1.16%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (1.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 33 (38.37%) Microsoft
2 29 (33.72%) VMware
3 26 (30.23%) Citrix
4 4 (4.65%) AppSense
4 4 (4.65%) Symantec
4 4 (4.65%) Cisco
4 4 (4.65%) Cyber-Ark
5 3 (3.49%) McAfee
6 2 (2.33%) Oracle
6 2 (2.33%) Sophos
6 2 (2.33%) EMC
6 2 (2.33%) Red Hat
6 2 (2.33%) Juniper
6 2 (2.33%) SonicWALL
6 2 (2.33%) Draytek
7 1 (1.16%) Avaya
7 1 (1.16%) CA
7 1 (1.16%) NetApp