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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 26 22 20
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 50 59 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 6.14% 6.43% 6.54%
As % of the System Software category 70.42% 55.66% 59.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 13 18
Average daily rate
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£279 £225 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.88% -37.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £108 £217 £117
10% offered a daily rate of more than £343 £324 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £285
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -3.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 29 18
Average hourly rate £17.67 £30.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.10% +114.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.65 £11.74 £11.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.20 £35.00 £19.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.44%
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
71 106 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 8.72% 11.55% 11.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 33 34
Average daily rate £316 £225 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+40.55% -39.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £210 £309
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £550 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 33 18
Average hourly rate £31.50 £31.56 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.17% +125.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.95 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £36.07 £28.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.92 £15.38 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+10.04% -0.80%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 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 14 £400 +77.77% 1
Warrington 0 11 £300 +114.28% 3
Runcorn 0 7 £183 - 1
Knutsford +3 4 - - 1
Crewe -8 2 - -
Ellesmere Port - - - - 1
Macclesfield - - - - 1
Widnes - - - -
Wilmslow - - - - 4
Winsford - - - -
Daresbury - - - -
Active Directory
North West

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 127 (88.81%) Windows
2 79 (55.24%) Windows Server 2008
3 78 (54.55%) Windows Server 2003
4 62 (43.36%) Microsoft
5 49 (34.27%) VMware
6 41 (28.67%) TCP/IP
7 39 (27.27%) Citrix
8 38 (26.57%) MS Exchange
9 34 (23.78%) SQL Server
9 34 (23.78%) DNS
10 32 (22.38%) IIS
10 32 (22.38%) Windows 7
11 31 (21.68%) SharePoint
12 28 (19.58%) Clustering
13 27 (18.88%) PowerShell
14 25 (17.48%) SCCM
14 25 (17.48%) Windows XP
15 24 (16.78%) ITIL
16 22 (15.38%) SQL
16 22 (15.38%) Microsoft Certification
17 21 (14.69%) Linux
17 21 (14.69%) Windows Server 2012
18 20 (13.99%) Exchange Server 2010
18 20 (13.99%) Exchange Server 2003
18 20 (13.99%) DHCP
19 18 (12.59%) Finance
19 18 (12.59%) SQL Server 2008
20 17 (11.89%) VMware Infrastructure
20 17 (11.89%) SQL Server 2005
20 17 (11.89%) SAN

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 38 (26.57%) MS Exchange
2 32 (22.38%) IIS
3 31 (21.68%) SharePoint
4 20 (13.99%) Exchange Server 2010
4 20 (13.99%) Exchange Server 2003
5 16 (11.19%) Exchange Server 2007
6 13 (9.09%) SharePoint 2010
7 7 (4.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (2.80%) Tomcat
8 4 (2.80%) Lync
9 2 (1.40%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 14 (9.79%) MS Office
2 13 (9.09%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.70%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 41 (28.67%) TCP/IP
2 34 (23.78%) DNS
3 20 (13.99%) DHCP
4 17 (11.89%) SAN
5 13 (9.09%) VPN
6 9 (6.29%) Firewall
7 8 (5.59%) WAN
7 8 (5.59%) LAN
8 6 (4.20%) Wireless
9 5 (3.50%) LDAP
10 3 (2.10%) VoIP
10 3 (2.10%) VLAN
11 2 (1.40%) SMTP
11 2 (1.40%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (1.40%) SSL
12 1 (0.70%) Internet
12 1 (0.70%) SNMP
12 1 (0.70%) ADSL
12 1 (0.70%) Broadband
12 1 (0.70%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (23.78%) SQL Server
2 18 (12.59%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (11.89%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.70%) MySQL
4 1 (0.70%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (2.10%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.40%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.70%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 18 (12.59%) Finance
2 13 (9.09%) Local Government
3 12 (8.39%) Banking
4 4 (2.80%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.10%) Legal
6 2 (1.40%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.70%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.70%) Retail
7 1 (0.70%) Law
7 1 (0.70%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.70%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 31 (21.68%) Analyst
2 13 (9.09%) 1st Line Support
3 12 (8.39%) Support Analyst
3 12 (8.39%) Administrator
4 11 (7.69%) Support Engineer
4 11 (7.69%) Desktop Support
5 10 (6.99%) Server Engineer
6 9 (6.29%) Windows Server Engineer
6 9 (6.29%) 2nd Line Support
7 8 (5.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 8 (5.59%) Help Desk Analyst
7 8 (5.59%) Help Desk Support
7 8 (5.59%) Wintel Engineer
7 8 (5.59%) Wintel Analyst
8 7 (4.90%) Service Analyst
9 6 (4.20%) 3rd Line Support
9 6 (4.20%) Desktop Engineer
9 6 (4.20%) Consultant
9 6 (4.20%) SharePoint Administrator
9 6 (4.20%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (11.19%) .NET
2 5 (3.50%) Application Packaging
3 3 (2.10%) ActiveMQ
4 2 (1.40%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (0.70%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 28 (19.58%) Clustering
2 12 (8.39%) Management Information System
3 6 (4.20%) PKI
4 5 (3.50%) Blackberry
5 3 (2.10%) iPad
5 3 (2.10%) Handset
5 3 (2.10%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.40%) Replication
6 2 (1.40%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.40%) Open Source
7 1 (0.70%) User Experience
7 1 (0.70%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 127 (88.81%) Windows
2 79 (55.24%) Windows Server 2008
3 78 (54.55%) Windows Server 2003
4 32 (22.38%) Windows 7
5 25 (17.48%) Windows XP
6 21 (14.69%) Linux
6 21 (14.69%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (4.20%) UNIX
8 4 (2.80%) Windows Vista
8 4 (2.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (2.80%) Windows 8
9 2 (1.40%) Apple iOS
9 2 (1.40%) Android
9 2 (1.40%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.70%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (16.78%) ITIL
2 15 (10.49%) Load Balancing
3 12 (8.39%) Migration
4 8 (5.59%) Service Management
5 7 (4.90%) Incident Management
5 7 (4.90%) High Availability
6 6 (4.20%) Problem Management
7 5 (3.50%) Change Management
7 5 (3.50%) Disaster Recovery
7 5 (3.50%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (2.80%) Capacity Management
8 4 (2.80%) Capacity Planning
8 4 (2.80%) Web Development
9 3 (2.10%) Product Management
9 3 (2.10%) ITIL V3
9 3 (2.10%) Risk Analysis
9 3 (2.10%) Release Management
9 3 (2.10%) Risk Management
9 3 (2.10%) Project Management
9 3 (2.10%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 27 (18.88%) PowerShell
2 22 (15.38%) SQL
3 6 (4.20%) VB
3 6 (4.20%) Shell Script
4 4 (2.80%) T-SQL
5 3 (2.10%) VBScript
6 1 (0.70%) C#
Qualifications
1 22 (15.38%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (10.49%) SC Cleared
2 15 (10.49%) Security Cleared
3 14 (9.79%) MCITP
4 12 (8.39%) MCTS
5 11 (7.69%) MCSE
6 5 (3.50%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (2.80%) MCSA
7 4 (2.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (2.10%) MCP
8 3 (2.10%) MCDST
8 3 (2.10%) PMP
8 3 (2.10%) PMI Certification
9 2 (1.40%) Degree
9 2 (1.40%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.70%) ISSAP
10 1 (0.70%) CCNP
10 1 (0.70%) CCNA
10 1 (0.70%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.29%) SLA
2 3 (2.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 17 (11.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (9.79%) Hyper-V
3 12 (8.39%) XenApp
4 10 (6.99%) VMware ESX
5 6 (4.20%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (2.10%) vSphere
6 3 (2.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (1.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (1.40%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.70%) Firmware
8 1 (0.70%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.70%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.70%) DFS Replication
8 1 (0.70%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 25 (17.48%) SCCM
2 14 (9.79%) SCOM
3 4 (2.80%) Norton AntiVirus
3 4 (2.80%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 3 (2.10%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 3 (2.10%) Backup Exec
5 2 (1.40%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.70%) WSUS
6 1 (0.70%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.70%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.70%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 62 (43.36%) Microsoft
2 49 (34.27%) VMware
3 39 (27.27%) Citrix
4 11 (7.69%) Symantec
5 9 (6.29%) Cyber-Ark
6 7 (4.90%) Cisco
7 6 (4.20%) Sophos
7 6 (4.20%) SonicWALL
7 6 (4.20%) Draytek
8 5 (3.50%) McAfee
8 5 (3.50%) CA
9 4 (2.80%) Red Hat
9 4 (2.80%) HP
10 3 (2.10%) Dell
10 3 (2.10%) Remedy
10 3 (2.10%) AppSense
11 2 (1.40%) Wincor Nixdorf
11 2 (1.40%) Apple
11 2 (1.40%) Oracle
11 2 (1.40%) Juniper
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