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 September 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 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 18 24 17
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -7
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 59 52 71
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 7.54% 5.77% 7.83%
As % of the System Software category 79.73% 51.49% 63.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 12 31
Average daily rate
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£280 £225 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% -35.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £106 £225 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £325 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £275 £288
% change year-on-year
+1.81% -4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 27 20
Average hourly rate £14.35 £31.56 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.53% +125.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £13.48 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.23 £20.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
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
74 101 111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 9.46% 11.21% 12.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 34 45
Average daily rate £300 £235 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.65% -36.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £107 £210 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £510 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £316 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-2.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 31 22
Average hourly rate £18.50 £31.56 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.37% +125.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £20.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.57 £27.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +6.45%

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 September 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 September 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 September 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 13 - -
Runcorn 0 10 £265 - 1
Warrington -3 10 £376 +168.75% 5
Knutsford +10 3 - - 1
Wilmslow +1 3 - - 5
Crewe -3 2 - -
Nantwich - - - -
Winsford - - - -
Daresbury - - - -
Active Directory
North West

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 137 (90.13%) Windows
2 89 (58.55%) Windows Server 2003
3 87 (57.24%) Windows Server 2008
4 66 (43.42%) Microsoft
5 56 (36.84%) VMware
6 41 (26.97%) TCP/IP
6 41 (26.97%) Citrix
7 40 (26.32%) DNS
7 40 (26.32%) IIS
8 38 (25.00%) SQL Server
9 37 (24.34%) MS Exchange
10 35 (23.03%) SharePoint
11 30 (19.74%) Clustering
11 30 (19.74%) Windows 7
12 29 (19.08%) Windows Server 2012
13 27 (17.76%) SCCM
13 27 (17.76%) DHCP
14 26 (17.11%) PowerShell
15 24 (15.79%) Exchange Server 2003
15 24 (15.79%) Windows XP
15 24 (15.79%) ITIL
16 22 (14.47%) SQL
16 22 (14.47%) Exchange Server 2010
17 21 (13.82%) VMware Infrastructure
17 21 (13.82%) Exchange Server 2007
17 21 (13.82%) Linux
17 21 (13.82%) SAN
18 20 (13.16%) Microsoft Certification
18 20 (13.16%) SCOM
18 20 (13.16%) Hyper-V

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 40 (26.32%) IIS
2 37 (24.34%) MS Exchange
3 35 (23.03%) SharePoint
4 24 (15.79%) Exchange Server 2003
5 22 (14.47%) Exchange Server 2010
6 21 (13.82%) Exchange Server 2007
7 14 (9.21%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (3.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (2.63%) Tomcat
9 4 (2.63%) Lync
10 2 (1.32%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 16 (10.53%) MS Excel
2 13 (8.55%) MS Office
3 1 (0.66%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.66%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 41 (26.97%) TCP/IP
2 40 (26.32%) DNS
3 27 (17.76%) DHCP
4 21 (13.82%) SAN
5 16 (10.53%) WAN
5 16 (10.53%) LAN
6 11 (7.24%) VPN
7 9 (5.92%) Firewall
8 6 (3.95%) LDAP
9 5 (3.29%) Wireless
10 4 (2.63%) VLAN
11 3 (1.97%) VoIP
12 2 (1.32%) SMTP
12 2 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
12 2 (1.32%) SSL
13 1 (0.66%) Internet
13 1 (0.66%) SNMP
13 1 (0.66%) ADSL
13 1 (0.66%) Broadband
13 1 (0.66%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 18 (11.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (11.18%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.66%) MySQL
4 1 (0.66%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (1.97%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.66%) AdminStudio
General
1 18 (11.84%) Finance
2 17 (11.18%) Local Government
3 12 (7.89%) Banking
4 5 (3.29%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.97%) Legal
6 2 (1.32%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.66%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.66%) Retail
7 1 (0.66%) Law
7 1 (0.66%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.66%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 31 (20.39%) Analyst
2 13 (8.55%) Administrator
3 12 (7.89%) 1st Line Support
4 11 (7.24%) 2nd Line Support
4 11 (7.24%) Support Analyst
5 10 (6.58%) Server Engineer
5 10 (6.58%) Wintel Engineer
6 9 (5.92%) Desktop Support
6 9 (5.92%) Support Engineer
6 9 (5.92%) Wintel Analyst
7 8 (5.26%) Windows Server Engineer
8 7 (4.61%) Help Desk Analyst
8 7 (4.61%) Help Desk Support
8 7 (4.61%) Consultant
9 6 (3.95%) Technical Consultant
9 6 (3.95%) SharePoint Administrator
10 5 (3.29%) Service Analyst
10 5 (3.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 5 (3.29%) Architect
10 5 (3.29%) Infrastructure Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (10.53%) .NET
2 5 (3.29%) Application Packaging
3 3 (1.97%) ActiveMQ
4 2 (1.32%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (0.66%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 30 (19.74%) Clustering
2 10 (6.58%) Management Information System
3 9 (5.92%) PKI
4 4 (2.63%) Blackberry
5 3 (1.97%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.32%) Open Source
6 2 (1.32%) iPad
6 2 (1.32%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.32%) Handset
6 2 (1.32%) Replication
6 2 (1.32%) CESG
7 1 (0.66%) iPhone
7 1 (0.66%) Firmware
7 1 (0.66%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 137 (90.13%) Windows
2 89 (58.55%) Windows Server 2003
3 87 (57.24%) Windows Server 2008
4 30 (19.74%) Windows 7
5 29 (19.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 24 (15.79%) Windows XP
7 21 (13.82%) Linux
8 8 (5.26%) UNIX
9 4 (2.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (1.97%) Windows 8
10 3 (1.97%) Windows Vista
11 2 (1.32%) Android
11 2 (1.32%) Windows 2000
11 2 (1.32%) AIX
11 2 (1.32%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.66%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (15.79%) ITIL
2 16 (10.53%) Migration
3 15 (9.87%) Load Balancing
4 8 (5.26%) High Availability
5 7 (4.61%) Incident Management
6 6 (3.95%) Problem Management
7 5 (3.29%) Web Development
7 5 (3.29%) Change Management
7 5 (3.29%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (2.63%) Capacity Management
8 4 (2.63%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (2.63%) Project Management
8 4 (2.63%) Service Management
8 4 (2.63%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (2.63%) Capacity Planning
9 3 (1.97%) Performance Management
9 3 (1.97%) Release Management
9 3 (1.97%) Risk Analysis
9 3 (1.97%) Risk Management
9 3 (1.97%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 26 (17.11%) PowerShell
2 22 (14.47%) SQL
3 6 (3.95%) Shell Script
4 4 (2.63%) T-SQL
4 4 (2.63%) VB
5 2 (1.32%) VBScript
6 1 (0.66%) C#
Qualifications
1 20 (13.16%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (9.87%) SC Cleared
2 15 (9.87%) Security Cleared
3 14 (9.21%) MCITP
4 11 (7.24%) MCSE
4 11 (7.24%) MCTS
5 5 (3.29%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (2.63%) MCSA
6 4 (2.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (1.97%) MCP
7 3 (1.97%) PMP
7 3 (1.97%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.32%) MCDST
8 2 (1.32%) Degree
9 1 (0.66%) ISSAP
9 1 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.66%) ISEB
9 1 (0.66%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.61%) SLA
2 3 (1.97%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 21 (13.82%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (13.16%) Hyper-V
3 13 (8.55%) XenApp
3 13 (8.55%) VMware ESX
4 6 (3.95%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.97%) vSphere
5 3 (1.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 3 (1.97%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 2 (1.32%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.66%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.66%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.66%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.66%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 27 (17.76%) SCCM
2 20 (13.16%) SCOM
3 5 (3.29%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 4 (2.63%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (1.97%) Backup Exec
5 3 (1.97%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (1.32%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.66%) WSUS
7 1 (0.66%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.66%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.66%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 66 (43.42%) Microsoft
2 56 (36.84%) VMware
3 41 (26.97%) Citrix
4 12 (7.89%) Symantec
4 12 (7.89%) Cyber-Ark
5 8 (5.26%) McAfee
5 8 (5.26%) Cisco
6 6 (3.95%) Sophos
6 6 (3.95%) SonicWALL
6 6 (3.95%) Draytek
7 5 (3.29%) CA
8 4 (2.63%) Red Hat
8 4 (2.63%) Remedy
8 4 (2.63%) HP
9 3 (1.97%) Dell
9 3 (1.97%) Juniper
10 2 (1.32%) IBM
10 2 (1.32%) Oracle
10 2 (1.32%) Apple
10 2 (1.32%) AppSense
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