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 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 27 32 33
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +1
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 189 143 176
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.98% 4.91% 5.26%
As % of the System Software category 64.07% 47.19% 61.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 59 56
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£275 £275 £281
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -2.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £140 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £350 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £275 £288
% change year-on-year
+1.81% -4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 44 58
Average hourly rate £15.00 £20.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.45 £10.65 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.90 £35.00 £26.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
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
295 303 286
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.33% 10.41% 8.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 160 132 102
Average daily rate £300 £294 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.04% -19.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £402
UK excluding London average daily rate £316 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-2.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 59 64
Average hourly rate £18.00 £30.00 £15.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.00% +95.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.98 £11.27 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.56 £26.45
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 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 18 September 2014.

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 18 September 2014.

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 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
Manchester +9 72 £255 +6.25% 40
Cheshire +6 59 £280 +24.44% 15
Lancashire -3 37 £275 -21.42% 9
Merseyside -3 13 £164 -6.42% 6
Cumbria -8 3 £170 -38.18%
Active Directory
England

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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.

1 365 (86.90%) Windows
2 166 (39.52%) Microsoft
3 157 (37.38%) Citrix
4 154 (36.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 146 (34.76%) Windows Server 2003
6 136 (32.38%) VMware
7 117 (27.86%) Windows 7
8 112 (26.67%) Windows XP
9 104 (24.76%) MS Exchange
10 103 (24.52%) DNS
11 90 (21.43%) SCCM
12 86 (20.48%) DHCP
13 84 (20.00%) ITIL
14 65 (15.48%) MS Office
15 58 (13.81%) Microsoft Certification
15 58 (13.81%) Exchange Server 2010
16 57 (13.57%) SharePoint
17 54 (12.86%) TCP/IP
18 53 (12.62%) VMware Infrastructure
19 50 (11.90%) SQL Server
19 50 (11.90%) SQL
20 49 (11.67%) Windows Server 2012
21 48 (11.43%) Security Cleared
21 48 (11.43%) XenApp
22 47 (11.19%) SC Cleared
23 45 (10.71%) MS Excel
24 44 (10.48%) Exchange Server 2003
25 43 (10.24%) IIS
25 43 (10.24%) SAN
26 41 (9.76%) MCSE

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

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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
1 104 (24.76%) MS Exchange
2 58 (13.81%) Exchange Server 2010
3 57 (13.57%) SharePoint
4 44 (10.48%) Exchange Server 2003
5 43 (10.24%) IIS
6 29 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2007
7 17 (4.05%) SharePoint 2010
7 17 (4.05%) Lync
8 11 (2.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 5 (1.19%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.95%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.71%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.24%) MS Project Server
12 1 (0.24%) WorkSite
12 1 (0.24%) Apache
12 1 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2013
12 1 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 65 (15.48%) MS Office
2 45 (10.71%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.71%) MS Project
4 1 (0.24%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.24%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.19%) Office 365
2 1 (0.24%) IaaS
2 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.24%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 103 (24.52%) DNS
2 86 (20.48%) DHCP
3 54 (12.86%) TCP/IP
4 43 (10.24%) SAN
5 30 (7.14%) VPN
5 30 (7.14%) LAN
6 27 (6.43%) WAN
7 22 (5.24%) Firewall
8 19 (4.52%) SMS
9 17 (4.05%) Wi-Fi
10 14 (3.33%) Wireless
10 14 (3.33%) 3G
11 11 (2.62%) VoIP
12 8 (1.90%) LDAP
12 8 (1.90%) VLAN
13 5 (1.19%) SSL
13 5 (1.19%) NAS
14 4 (0.95%) Wireshark
14 4 (0.95%) Cisco ASA
14 4 (0.95%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (11.90%) SQL Server
2 25 (5.95%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (5.00%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.48%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.24%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.24%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (0.71%) AdminStudio
1 3 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.24%) Wise Package Studio
2 1 (0.24%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.24%) MSI
2 1 (0.24%) InstallShield
General
1 39 (9.29%) Finance
2 19 (4.52%) Local Government
3 16 (3.81%) Banking
4 6 (1.43%) Manufacturing
5 4 (0.95%) Telecoms
5 4 (0.95%) Legal
6 3 (0.71%) Back Office
7 2 (0.48%) Retail
7 2 (0.48%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.48%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.24%) German Language
8 1 (0.24%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.24%) Law
Job Titles
1 71 (16.90%) Analyst
2 63 (15.00%) Support Engineer
3 51 (12.14%) Desktop Support
4 40 (9.52%) 2nd Line Support
5 30 (7.14%) Desktop Engineer
5 30 (7.14%) 3rd Line Support
6 28 (6.67%) Service Analyst
6 28 (6.67%) Service Desk Analyst
7 24 (5.71%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 24 (5.71%) Administrator
8 23 (5.48%) 1st Line Support
8 23 (5.48%) Support Analyst
9 20 (4.76%) Consultant
10 19 (4.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 18 (4.29%) Server Engineer
12 17 (4.05%) Project Manager
13 13 (3.10%) IT Support
14 12 (2.86%) Support Technician
15 11 (2.62%) Wintel Analyst
15 11 (2.62%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (4.52%) .NET
2 10 (2.38%) Application Packaging
3 3 (0.71%) ActiveMQ
3 3 (0.71%) Web Services
4 2 (0.48%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (0.24%) XML
5 1 (0.24%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 35 (8.33%) Clustering
2 29 (6.90%) Blackberry
3 12 (2.86%) Management Information System
3 12 (2.86%) Thin Client
3 12 (2.86%) Fat Client
4 10 (2.38%) PKI
4 10 (2.38%) iPad
5 7 (1.67%) Replication
5 7 (1.67%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (1.43%) Handset
7 5 (1.19%) Tandem
8 4 (0.95%) Smartcard
8 4 (0.95%) Smartphone
9 3 (0.71%) PDA
10 2 (0.48%) Statistics
10 2 (0.48%) iPhone
10 2 (0.48%) Open Source
10 2 (0.48%) CESG
10 2 (0.48%) Economics
10 2 (0.48%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 365 (86.90%) Windows
2 154 (36.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 146 (34.76%) Windows Server 2003
4 117 (27.86%) Windows 7
5 112 (26.67%) Windows XP
6 49 (11.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 26 (6.19%) Linux
7 26 (6.19%) Windows Vista
8 13 (3.10%) UNIX
9 12 (2.86%) Windows 8
10 9 (2.14%) Windows 2000
11 5 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.95%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.71%) Windows 2000 Server
13 3 (0.71%) Android
13 3 (0.71%) AIX
14 2 (0.48%) Solaris
14 2 (0.48%) NetWare
14 2 (0.48%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.48%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (20.00%) ITIL
2 40 (9.52%) Migration
3 23 (5.48%) Project Management
4 18 (4.29%) Load Balancing
5 14 (3.33%) Software Deployment
6 11 (2.62%) Disaster Recovery
7 10 (2.38%) PRINCE2
8 9 (2.14%) Incident Management
8 9 (2.14%) Change Control
9 8 (1.90%) High Availability
9 8 (1.90%) Stakeholder Management
9 8 (1.90%) Information Security
10 7 (1.67%) Service Management
10 7 (1.67%) Change Management
10 7 (1.67%) Problem Management
11 6 (1.43%) User Acceptance Testing
11 6 (1.43%) Capacity Planning
11 6 (1.43%) Continuous Improvement
11 6 (1.43%) Performance Tuning
11 6 (1.43%) TQM
Programming Languages
1 50 (11.90%) SQL
2 41 (9.76%) PowerShell
3 16 (3.81%) VBScript
4 10 (2.38%) C
5 7 (1.67%) VB
6 6 (1.43%) Shell Script
7 5 (1.19%) T-SQL
8 3 (0.71%) C#
9 1 (0.24%) PHP
9 1 (0.24%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 58 (13.81%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (11.43%) Security Cleared
3 47 (11.19%) SC Cleared
4 41 (9.76%) MCSE
5 24 (5.71%) MCITP
6 20 (4.76%) MCTS
7 18 (4.29%) MCP
8 15 (3.57%) MCSA
9 11 (2.62%) ITIL Certification
10 8 (1.90%) CCNA
10 8 (1.90%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (1.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (1.19%) Degree
13 4 (0.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (0.71%) PMP
14 3 (0.71%) PMI Certification
14 3 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 2 (0.48%) ISEB
15 2 (0.48%) CISSP
15 2 (0.48%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (7.86%) SLA
2 4 (0.95%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.48%) QA
System Software
1 53 (12.62%) VMware Infrastructure
2 48 (11.43%) XenApp
3 34 (8.10%) Hyper-V
4 32 (7.62%) Microsoft App-V
5 28 (6.67%) XenServer
6 18 (4.29%) XenDesktop
7 15 (3.57%) vSphere
7 15 (3.57%) VMware ESX
8 10 (2.38%) ISA Server
9 7 (1.67%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 7 (1.67%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.95%) Terminal Services
11 3 (0.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 3 (0.71%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (0.48%) Terminal Server
12 2 (0.48%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.24%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 90 (21.43%) SCCM
2 34 (8.10%) SCOM
3 10 (2.38%) Backup Exec
4 8 (1.90%) HP Data Protector
5 6 (1.43%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 6 (1.43%) NetBackup
6 5 (1.19%) Norton AntiVirus
6 5 (1.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (1.19%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.95%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.71%) WSUS
8 3 (0.71%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (0.48%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.48%) ServiceCenter
9 2 (0.48%) HP SIM
9 2 (0.48%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.24%) ZENworks
10 1 (0.24%) Cisco IPCC
10 1 (0.24%) OpenView
10 1 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 166 (39.52%) Microsoft
2 157 (37.38%) Citrix
3 136 (32.38%) VMware
4 35 (8.33%) AppSense
5 34 (8.10%) HP
6 33 (7.86%) Cisco
7 21 (5.00%) CA
8 18 (4.29%) Dell
8 18 (4.29%) Symantec
9 14 (3.33%) McAfee
9 14 (3.33%) Cyber-Ark
10 10 (2.38%) Lumension
10 10 (2.38%) Remedy
11 9 (2.14%) Sophos
12 8 (1.90%) CheckPoint
12 8 (1.90%) SolarWinds
13 7 (1.67%) SonicWALL
13 7 (1.67%) NetApp
13 7 (1.67%) IBM
13 7 (1.67%) Compaq
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