The table below looks at the statistics for Active Directory skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Active Directory over the 3 months to 25 September 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 30 30 24
Rank change year-on-year
0 -6
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 198 240 215
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.66% 5.36% 6.74%
As % of the System Software category 57.23% 54.05% 63.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 116 107
Median daily rate £325 £255 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.45% -7.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £146 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £300 £289
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 60 57
Median hourly rate £14.81 £14.42 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% -3.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.21 £9.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.87 £19.50 £29.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.86 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+2.48% -3.33%
Active Directory
England

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

System Software Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
346 444 338
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.89% 9.92% 10.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 243 181
Median daily rate £400 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £202 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £475 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £352 £350 £320
% change year-on-year
+0.42% +9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 60 68
Median hourly rate £14.93 £14.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.96% -17.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.64 £10.42 £9.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.90 £21.15 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -5.88%

Active Directory
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Active Directory as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the System Software category.

Active Directory Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Active Directory
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Active Directory Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Active Directory across the North West region over the 3 months to 25 September 2016.

Active Directory Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Active Directory Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Active Directory across the North West region over the 3 months to 25 September 2016.

Active Directory Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +5 119 £313 +25.00% 46
Cheshire -4 38 £388 +11.99% 10
Lancashire +6 17 £190 -25.49% 6
Merseyside -12 14 £350 +75.00% 7
Cumbria - 1 - -
Active Directory
England

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 328 (74.89%) Windows
2 206 (47.03%) Microsoft
3 147 (33.56%) Windows Server
4 143 (32.65%) VMware
5 113 (25.80%) Citrix
6 100 (22.83%) Windows Server 2012
7 88 (20.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 84 (19.18%) Migration
9 80 (18.26%) DNS
10 75 (17.12%) SCCM
11 73 (16.67%) DHCP
11 73 (16.67%) MS Excel
12 71 (16.21%) ITIL
13 69 (15.75%) MS Exchange
14 67 (15.30%) Windows Server 2003
14 67 (15.30%) Data Centre
15 66 (15.07%) SQL
16 64 (14.61%) Cisco
16 64 (14.61%) VMware Infrastructure
17 62 (14.16%) Linux
18 59 (13.47%) Windows 7
19 57 (13.01%) Firewall
20 52 (11.87%) MS Office
20 52 (11.87%) Security Cleared
21 50 (11.42%) HP
22 48 (10.96%) Office 365
23 47 (10.73%) PowerShell
24 46 (10.50%) SQL Server
25 45 (10.27%) LAN
26 43 (9.82%) WAN

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 69 (15.75%) MS Exchange
2 31 (7.08%) SharePoint
3 25 (5.71%) Skype for Business
4 23 (5.25%) Exchange Server 2010
5 21 (4.79%) IIS
6 12 (2.74%) IBM Notes
7 11 (2.51%) BizTalk Server
8 8 (1.83%) JBoss
9 7 (1.60%) SharePoint 2013
9 7 (1.60%) Tomcat
10 6 (1.37%) Apache
10 6 (1.37%) CMS
10 6 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2003
10 6 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
11 4 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (0.91%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.68%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.46%) SAS
14 1 (0.23%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 73 (16.67%) MS Excel
2 52 (11.87%) MS Office
3 6 (1.37%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (1.14%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.23%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.91%) Markit EDM
2 2 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.46%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.23%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 48 (10.96%) Office 365
2 40 (9.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (4.11%) Azure Active Directory
4 16 (3.65%) Amazon AWS
5 12 (2.74%) IaaS
6 11 (2.51%) PaaS
7 7 (1.60%) SaaS
8 3 (0.68%) Amazon S3
8 3 (0.68%) IBM Cloud
8 3 (0.68%) SoftLayer
9 2 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 80 (18.26%) DNS
2 73 (16.67%) DHCP
3 57 (13.01%) Firewall
4 45 (10.27%) LAN
5 43 (9.82%) WAN
6 36 (8.22%) SAN
7 28 (6.39%) TCP/IP
8 25 (5.71%) Internet
9 23 (5.25%) Network Security
9 23 (5.25%) VLAN
10 22 (5.02%) VPN
11 14 (3.20%) Skype
12 12 (2.74%) VoIP
13 11 (2.51%) Wi-Fi
14 10 (2.28%) NAS
14 10 (2.28%) NetScaler
15 9 (2.05%) LDAP
15 9 (2.05%) Unified Communications
16 8 (1.83%) SSL
17 7 (1.60%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (10.50%) SQL Server
2 23 (5.25%) DB2
3 10 (2.28%) Data Mining
4 7 (1.60%) Amazon RDS
5 6 (1.37%) MySQL
5 6 (1.37%) Oracle Database
5 6 (1.37%) Oracle Database 11g
6 4 (0.91%) GIS
7 3 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (0.68%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.23%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.23%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.23%) HBase
9 1 (0.23%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.23%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 4 (0.91%) Octopus Deploy
1 4 (0.91%) Vagrant
General
1 34 (7.76%) Finance
2 18 (4.11%) Manufacturing
3 9 (2.05%) Banking
4 8 (1.83%) French Language
5 7 (1.60%) German Language
5 7 (1.60%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.37%) Italian Language
7 5 (1.14%) Dutch Language
8 4 (0.91%) Local Government
8 4 (0.91%) Portuguese Language
9 3 (0.68%) Back Office
9 3 (0.68%) Marketing
9 3 (0.68%) Retail
10 2 (0.46%) Law
10 2 (0.46%) Legal
11 1 (0.23%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.23%) Electronics
11 1 (0.23%) Publishing
11 1 (0.23%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 91 (20.78%) Analyst
2 66 (15.07%) Architect
3 40 (9.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 39 (8.90%) Support Analyst
5 36 (8.22%) Support Engineer
6 29 (6.62%) Consultant
7 28 (6.39%) Service Analyst
8 27 (6.16%) Service Desk Analyst
9 23 (5.25%) Desktop Support
10 22 (5.02%) 2nd Line Support
10 22 (5.02%) Solutions Architect
11 20 (4.57%) 1st Line Support
12 19 (4.34%) IT Support
13 18 (4.11%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 17 (3.88%) 3rd Line Support
14 17 (3.88%) Administrator
14 17 (3.88%) Help Desk Support
15 15 (3.42%) Infrastructure Support
15 15 (3.42%) Systems Administrator
16 14 (3.20%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.97%) Middleware
2 7 (1.60%) .NET
3 6 (1.37%) .NET Framework
3 6 (1.37%) JSP
3 6 (1.37%) LAMP
4 5 (1.14%) EDI
5 4 (0.91%) Web Services
6 3 (0.68%) WAMP
7 1 (0.23%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.23%) XML
7 1 (0.23%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 67 (15.30%) Data Centre
2 30 (6.85%) PKI
3 25 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (5.25%) Mainframe
5 21 (4.79%) Fat Client
5 21 (4.79%) Thin Client
6 17 (3.88%) NHS
7 14 (3.20%) Driving Licence
8 10 (2.28%) Computer Science
8 10 (2.28%) Management Information System
9 9 (2.05%) Blackberry
9 9 (2.05%) Life Science
9 9 (2.05%) Replication
10 7 (1.60%) Client/Server
10 7 (1.60%) Clustering
10 7 (1.60%) Smartcard
11 6 (1.37%) Biometrics
11 6 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
11 6 (1.37%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 328 (74.89%) Windows
2 147 (33.56%) Windows Server
3 100 (22.83%) Windows Server 2012
4 88 (20.09%) Windows Server 2008
5 67 (15.30%) Windows Server 2003
6 62 (14.16%) Linux
7 59 (13.47%) Windows 7
8 42 (9.59%) Windows XP
9 39 (8.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 34 (7.76%) Solaris
11 33 (7.53%) Unix
11 33 (7.53%) Windows 8
12 28 (6.39%) AIX
13 24 (5.48%) HPUX
14 20 (4.57%) Windows 10
15 5 (1.14%) Apple iOS
16 3 (0.68%) Android
16 3 (0.68%) Windows 2000
16 3 (0.68%) Windows Phone
16 3 (0.68%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (19.18%) Migration
2 71 (16.21%) ITIL
3 35 (7.99%) Project Management
4 30 (6.85%) ERP
4 30 (6.85%) PRINCE2
5 25 (5.71%) TOGAF
6 19 (4.34%) Application Packaging
6 19 (4.34%) Stakeholder Management
7 18 (4.11%) SOA
8 15 (3.42%) Service Management
9 14 (3.20%) Information Security
9 14 (3.20%) SIEM
10 13 (2.97%) Cybersecurity
10 13 (2.97%) Service Delivery
10 13 (2.97%) Threat Management
10 13 (2.97%) Vulnerability Management
11 12 (2.74%) Data Management
11 12 (2.74%) Disaster Recovery
11 12 (2.74%) Security Patching
11 12 (2.74%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 66 (15.07%) SQL
2 47 (10.73%) PowerShell
3 11 (2.51%) Java
4 10 (2.28%) PHP
5 9 (2.05%) C
6 4 (0.91%) JavaScript
7 3 (0.68%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.46%) VBScript
9 1 (0.23%) Python
9 1 (0.23%) VB
Qualifications
1 52 (11.87%) Security Cleared
2 43 (9.82%) Microsoft Certification
3 32 (7.31%) SC Cleared
4 23 (5.25%) MCSE
5 18 (4.11%) Cisco Certification
6 16 (3.65%) CCNA
7 14 (3.20%) MCP
8 13 (2.97%) CISSP
9 12 (2.74%) CISM
9 12 (2.74%) MCSA
10 10 (2.28%) ITIL Certification
10 10 (2.28%) MCITP
11 9 (2.05%) MCTS
12 7 (1.60%) DBS Check
12 7 (1.60%) Degree
12 7 (1.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 6 (1.37%) PMI Certification
13 6 (1.37%) RHCE
14 4 (0.91%) GCFA
14 4 (0.91%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (5.48%) PCI DSS
2 21 (4.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 21 (4.79%) SLA
3 12 (2.74%) COBIT
4 4 (0.91%) QA
5 3 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 64 (14.61%) VMware Infrastructure
2 33 (7.53%) XenApp
3 28 (6.39%) VMware ESX
4 23 (5.25%) Hyper-V
5 18 (4.11%) vSphere
6 14 (3.20%) Microsoft App-V
7 10 (2.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 7 (1.60%) UAG
9 6 (1.37%) Virtual Machines
9 6 (1.37%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.68%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (0.68%) Xen
11 2 (0.46%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.46%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.46%) Firmware
11 2 (0.46%) NFS
11 2 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.46%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.23%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 75 (17.12%) SCCM
2 34 (7.76%) SCOM
3 18 (4.11%) Norton AntiVirus
4 17 (3.88%) McAfee ePO
5 15 (3.42%) WSUS
6 12 (2.74%) Backup Exec
7 10 (2.28%) Puppet
8 6 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
8 6 (1.37%) Red Hat Satellite
8 6 (1.37%) SCOrch
9 5 (1.14%) SCVMM
10 4 (0.91%) EnCase
10 4 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
11 3 (0.68%) EMC NetWorker
11 3 (0.68%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 3 (0.68%) NetBackup
11 3 (0.68%) SmoothWall
11 3 (0.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 2 (0.46%) HP SIM
12 2 (0.46%) vMotion
Vendors
1 206 (47.03%) Microsoft
2 143 (32.65%) VMware
3 113 (25.80%) Citrix
4 64 (14.61%) Cisco
5 50 (11.42%) HP
6 42 (9.59%) Oracle
7 40 (9.13%) EMC
8 39 (8.90%) Intel Security
9 29 (6.62%) Symantec
10 19 (4.34%) Dell
11 18 (4.11%) AppSense
12 17 (3.88%) Splunk
12 17 (3.88%) Wyse
13 14 (3.20%) Red Hat
14 13 (2.97%) IBM
14 13 (2.97%) NetApp
15 12 (2.74%) CheckPoint
15 12 (2.74%) Lotus
16 10 (2.28%) Clearswift
17 9 (2.05%) Avaya
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