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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Active Directory over the 3 months to 3 March 2015 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 32 22 20
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 175 188 164
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.09% 6.81% 6.82%
As % of the System Software category 58.72% 59.87% 61.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 59 53
Average daily rate
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£288 £250 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.00% +6.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £187 £134 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £401 £381
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £260 £263
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -0.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 56 51
Average hourly rate £13.00 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.21% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.33 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.30 £33.53 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.65 £15.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year
-9.00% +1.69%
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
298 314 267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.67% 11.38% 11.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 105 90
Average daily rate £350 £260 £269
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.61% -3.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £135 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £375 £421
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £310 £315
% change year-on-year
+14.51% -1.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 66 64
Average hourly rate £13.00 £26.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.94% +17.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.01 £11.82 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.54 £43.50 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £16.13 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-3.87% -5.14%

Active Directory
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 3 March 2015.

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 3 March 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the North West region over the 3 months to 3 March 2015. 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
Manchester -14 76 £288 +15.00% 38
Cheshire -13 37 £310 +12.72% 24
Merseyside +7 28 £375 -16.66% 8
Lancashire -14 23 £250 +47.05% 9
Cumbria -7 3 - -
Active Directory
England

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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.

1 319 (87.88%) Windows
2 178 (49.04%) Microsoft
3 136 (37.47%) Citrix
4 121 (33.33%) Windows 7
5 111 (30.58%) VMware
6 105 (28.93%) Windows Server 2008
7 95 (26.17%) Windows XP
8 93 (25.62%) MS Exchange
9 77 (21.21%) Windows Server 2003
10 74 (20.39%) MS Office
11 66 (18.18%) MS Excel
11 66 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
12 65 (17.91%) ITIL
13 58 (15.98%) Migration
14 57 (15.70%) Hyper-V
15 56 (15.43%) VMware Infrastructure
16 50 (13.77%) DNS
17 49 (13.50%) SQL Server
18 48 (13.22%) DHCP
19 47 (12.95%) SCCM
20 46 (12.67%) SAN
21 42 (11.57%) TCP/IP
22 40 (11.02%) XenApp
23 38 (10.47%) IIS
23 38 (10.47%) Firewall
24 36 (9.92%) Clustering
25 35 (9.64%) SQL
25 35 (9.64%) Microsoft Certification
25 35 (9.64%) Cisco
26 33 (9.09%) WAN

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 93 (25.62%) MS Exchange
2 38 (10.47%) IIS
3 32 (8.82%) Exchange Server 2010
4 19 (5.23%) SharePoint
5 15 (4.13%) IBM Notes
6 13 (3.58%) Exchange Server 2007
7 9 (2.48%) Lync
7 9 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2013
7 9 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2003
8 8 (2.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 8 (2.20%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (1.65%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.55%) Apache
11 2 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.55%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.28%) WorkSite
Applications
1 74 (20.39%) MS Office
2 66 (18.18%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.83%) MS Project
4 1 (0.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.83%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 18 (4.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (3.86%) Office 365
3 3 (0.83%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.28%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 50 (13.77%) DNS
2 48 (13.22%) DHCP
3 46 (12.67%) SAN
4 42 (11.57%) TCP/IP
5 38 (10.47%) Firewall
6 33 (9.09%) WAN
7 29 (7.99%) LAN
8 24 (6.61%) NAS
9 21 (5.79%) Fibre Channel
10 20 (5.51%) iSCSI
11 19 (5.23%) Wireless
12 18 (4.96%) DMZ
13 13 (3.58%) VPLS
13 13 (3.58%) BGP
13 13 (3.58%) Internet
13 13 (3.58%) MPLS
14 12 (3.31%) OSPF
14 12 (3.31%) EIGRP
14 12 (3.31%) Cisco ASA
15 11 (3.03%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (13.50%) SQL Server
2 9 (2.48%) Oracle Database
3 6 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (1.38%) SQL Server 2005
5 4 (1.10%) MySQL
6 3 (0.83%) RDBMS
6 3 (0.83%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.28%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 5 (1.38%) MSI
2 4 (1.10%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.55%) Fiddler
3 2 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.28%) WiX
4 1 (0.28%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.28%) Dreamweaver
4 1 (0.28%) Subversion
4 1 (0.28%) JIRA
General
1 23 (6.34%) Finance
2 9 (2.48%) Local Government
3 7 (1.93%) Telecoms
3 7 (1.93%) Back Office
4 6 (1.65%) Banking
4 6 (1.65%) Retail
5 5 (1.38%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.10%) Dutch Language
6 4 (1.10%) German Language
7 3 (0.83%) French Language
8 2 (0.55%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.55%) Law
8 2 (0.55%) Legal
8 2 (0.55%) Russian Language
9 1 (0.28%) Automotive
9 1 (0.28%) Electronics
9 1 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.28%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.28%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 88 (24.24%) Analyst
2 45 (12.40%) Service Analyst
3 43 (11.85%) Service Desk Analyst
4 37 (10.19%) Support Engineer
5 31 (8.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 30 (8.26%) 3rd Line Support
7 29 (7.99%) Desktop Support
8 27 (7.44%) 2nd Line Support
9 25 (6.89%) Architect
10 22 (6.06%) 1st Line Support
10 22 (6.06%) Support Analyst
11 16 (4.41%) Support Technician
12 14 (3.86%) Consultant
13 12 (3.31%) Desktop Engineer
14 11 (3.03%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 11 (3.03%) Project Manager
14 11 (3.03%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 11 (3.03%) IT Support
15 9 (2.48%) Administrator
15 9 (2.48%) Wintel Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.03%) Application Packaging
2 6 (1.65%) Web Services
3 4 (1.10%) .NET
4 3 (0.83%) Middleware
5 2 (0.55%) SAML
5 2 (0.55%) CSS
5 2 (0.55%) OAuth
5 2 (0.55%) CSS3
6 1 (0.28%) Regular Expression
6 1 (0.28%) SOAP
6 1 (0.28%) XML
6 1 (0.28%) ADSI
6 1 (0.28%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 36 (9.92%) Clustering
2 22 (6.06%) Replication
3 19 (5.23%) Blackberry
4 15 (4.13%) Celerra
5 12 (3.31%) NHS
6 10 (2.75%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (2.20%) iPad
8 6 (1.65%) Thin Client
8 6 (1.65%) Life Science
8 6 (1.65%) Fat Client
9 5 (1.38%) iPhone
10 4 (1.10%) Mobile App
11 3 (0.83%) Open Source
11 3 (0.83%) Handset
12 2 (0.55%) Management Information System
12 2 (0.55%) Video Conferencing
12 2 (0.55%) Enterprise Storage
12 2 (0.55%) Computer Science
13 1 (0.28%) Data Structures
13 1 (0.28%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 319 (87.88%) Windows
2 121 (33.33%) Windows 7
3 105 (28.93%) Windows Server 2008
4 95 (26.17%) Windows XP
5 77 (21.21%) Windows Server 2003
6 66 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
7 24 (6.61%) UNIX
8 23 (6.34%) Windows 8
9 17 (4.68%) Solaris
10 15 (4.13%) Linux
10 15 (4.13%) Apple iOS
11 11 (3.03%) Android
12 10 (2.75%) Windows Vista
12 10 (2.75%) Windows 2000
13 3 (0.83%) CentOS
14 2 (0.55%) HPUX
14 2 (0.55%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.55%) NetWare
15 1 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.28%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (17.91%) ITIL
2 58 (15.98%) Migration
3 23 (6.34%) Disaster Recovery
4 21 (5.79%) Project Management
5 15 (4.13%) Configuration Management
6 14 (3.86%) Change Control
7 13 (3.58%) High Availability
8 11 (3.03%) Business Continuity
9 10 (2.75%) Stakeholder Management
10 9 (2.48%) Root Cause Analysis
11 8 (2.20%) Software Deployment
11 8 (2.20%) Compatibility Testing
11 8 (2.20%) Validation
11 8 (2.20%) Incident Management
11 8 (2.20%) Service Management
12 7 (1.93%) Mobile Device Management
12 7 (1.93%) Performance Tuning
13 6 (1.65%) Business Intelligence
14 5 (1.38%) Information Security
14 5 (1.38%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 35 (9.64%) SQL
2 33 (9.09%) PowerShell
3 13 (3.58%) VBScript
4 9 (2.48%) VB
5 8 (2.20%) C
6 3 (0.83%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.55%) C#
7 2 (0.55%) PHP
7 2 (0.55%) VBA
7 2 (0.55%) Python
7 2 (0.55%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.28%) Ruby
8 1 (0.28%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.28%) Java
8 1 (0.28%) Perl
8 1 (0.28%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 35 (9.64%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (5.23%) MCSE
3 18 (4.96%) Cisco Certification
4 16 (4.41%) Security Cleared
5 15 (4.13%) CCNA
6 14 (3.86%) SC Cleared
7 13 (3.58%) VCP4
8 7 (1.93%) MCITP
8 7 (1.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 7 (1.93%) MCSA
9 6 (1.65%) MCP
10 4 (1.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 4 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.83%) Citrix Certification
11 3 (0.83%) Degree
12 2 (0.55%) MCTS
12 2 (0.55%) CCEE
12 2 (0.55%) CCIA
12 2 (0.55%) CCEA
13 1 (0.28%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (5.23%) SLA
2 1 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.28%) QA
2 1 (0.28%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.28%) HIPAA
System Software
1 57 (15.70%) Hyper-V
2 56 (15.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (11.02%) XenApp
4 30 (8.26%) VMware ESX
5 19 (5.23%) Terminal Services
5 19 (5.23%) Microsoft App-V
6 15 (4.13%) EMC RecoverPoint
7 14 (3.86%) XenDesktop
8 11 (3.03%) vSphere
8 11 (3.03%) VMware ESXi
9 7 (1.93%) DFS Replication
10 6 (1.65%) XenServer
10 6 (1.65%) Firmware
11 2 (0.55%) Terminal Server
11 2 (0.55%) Xen
11 2 (0.55%) NFS
12 1 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
12 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.28%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.28%) Samba
Systems Management
1 47 (12.95%) SCCM
2 7 (1.93%) SCOM
3 6 (1.65%) SCVMM
4 5 (1.38%) EMC NetWorker
5 4 (1.10%) WMI
5 4 (1.10%) WSUS
5 4 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (1.10%) Cisco Prime
6 3 (0.83%) Backup Exec
6 3 (0.83%) Puppet
7 2 (0.55%) ServiceCenter
7 2 (0.55%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.55%) Ansible
7 2 (0.55%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (0.55%) Salt
8 1 (0.28%) Opsview
8 1 (0.28%) XenMobile
8 1 (0.28%) MOM
8 1 (0.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.28%) Nagios
Vendors
1 178 (49.04%) Microsoft
2 136 (37.47%) Citrix
3 111 (30.58%) VMware
4 35 (9.64%) Cisco
5 25 (6.89%) Oracle
6 24 (6.61%) AppSense
7 23 (6.34%) NetApp
8 22 (6.06%) EMC
9 18 (4.96%) HP
10 15 (4.13%) Lotus
10 15 (4.13%) CheckPoint
11 13 (3.58%) SolarWinds
11 13 (3.58%) Dell
11 13 (3.58%) Nortel
12 9 (2.48%) LANDesk
13 7 (1.93%) Avaya
13 7 (1.93%) Symantec
14 6 (1.65%) Apple
15 5 (1.38%) SAP
15 5 (1.38%) McAfee
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