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 1 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 30 34 34
Rank change year-on-year
+4 0
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 187 135 170
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.85% 4.64% 5.15%
As % of the System Software category 62.54% 47.20% 59.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 54 50
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£270 £275 £306
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.81% -10.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £168 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £350 £391
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £275 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.81% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 43 54
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 £9.73 £10.60 £10.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.90 £34.31 £25.34
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.80
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -5.40%
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
299 286 286
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.36% 9.82% 8.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 169 126 97
Average daily rate £300 £293 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.38% -20.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £324 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.21% -1.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 56 59
Average hourly rate £17.50 £30.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.66% +87.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.98 £11.36 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £38.90 £26.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.22%

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 1 October 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 1 October 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 1 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
Manchester +3 69 £255 -10.91% 41
Cheshire +4 54 £280 +24.44% 24
Lancashire -3 39 £275 -19.11% 4
Merseyside -5 15 £164 -6.42% 6
Cumbria -6 5 £170 -38.18%
Active Directory
England

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 356 (86.83%) Windows
2 155 (37.80%) Microsoft
3 152 (37.07%) Citrix
4 151 (36.83%) Windows Server 2008
5 147 (35.85%) Windows Server 2003
6 136 (33.17%) VMware
7 117 (28.54%) Windows 7
8 112 (27.32%) Windows XP
9 102 (24.88%) DNS
10 100 (24.39%) MS Exchange
11 87 (21.22%) DHCP
11 87 (21.22%) SCCM
12 78 (19.02%) ITIL
13 59 (14.39%) MS Office
14 58 (14.15%) Exchange Server 2010
15 56 (13.66%) SharePoint
15 56 (13.66%) TCP/IP
16 53 (12.93%) Microsoft Certification
17 50 (12.20%) SQL
17 50 (12.20%) VMware Infrastructure
17 50 (12.20%) XenApp
18 49 (11.95%) SQL Server
19 47 (11.46%) Security Cleared
19 47 (11.46%) Windows Server 2012
20 46 (11.22%) SC Cleared
21 43 (10.49%) Exchange Server 2003
21 43 (10.49%) IIS
22 41 (10.00%) MS Excel
22 41 (10.00%) Migration
22 41 (10.00%) PowerShell

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

For the 6 months to 1 October 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
1 100 (24.39%) MS Exchange
2 58 (14.15%) Exchange Server 2010
3 56 (13.66%) SharePoint
4 43 (10.49%) Exchange Server 2003
4 43 (10.49%) IIS
5 28 (6.83%) Exchange Server 2007
6 17 (4.15%) SharePoint 2010
7 15 (3.66%) Lync
8 11 (2.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 5 (1.22%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (1.22%) IBM Notes
10 4 (0.98%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.73%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.24%) MS Project Server
12 1 (0.24%) WorkSite
12 1 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2013
12 1 (0.24%) Apache
12 1 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 59 (14.39%) MS Office
2 41 (10.00%) MS Excel
3 4 (0.98%) 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 (1.22%) Office 365
2 1 (0.24%) PaaS
2 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.24%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 102 (24.88%) DNS
2 87 (21.22%) DHCP
3 56 (13.66%) TCP/IP
4 40 (9.76%) SAN
5 26 (6.34%) VPN
5 26 (6.34%) LAN
6 24 (5.85%) WAN
7 22 (5.37%) SMS
7 22 (5.37%) Firewall
8 19 (4.63%) Wi-Fi
9 15 (3.66%) 3G
10 11 (2.68%) VoIP
11 9 (2.20%) Wireless
12 7 (1.71%) VLAN
12 7 (1.71%) LDAP
13 5 (1.22%) NAS
13 5 (1.22%) SSL
14 4 (0.98%) ADSL
14 4 (0.98%) Wireshark
14 4 (0.98%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (11.95%) SQL Server
2 25 (6.10%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (5.12%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.49%) 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 (0.73%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (0.49%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.24%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (0.24%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.24%) MSI
3 1 (0.24%) InstallShield
General
1 39 (9.51%) Finance
2 16 (3.90%) Banking
2 16 (3.90%) Local Government
3 4 (0.98%) Legal
3 4 (0.98%) Manufacturing
4 3 (0.73%) Back Office
5 2 (0.49%) Retail
5 2 (0.49%) Investment Banking
5 2 (0.49%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.49%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.24%) German Language
6 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.24%) Law
Job Titles
1 66 (16.10%) Analyst
2 59 (14.39%) Support Engineer
3 54 (13.17%) Desktop Support
4 31 (7.56%) 3rd Line Support
4 31 (7.56%) 2nd Line Support
5 30 (7.32%) Desktop Engineer
6 25 (6.10%) Administrator
7 24 (5.85%) Service Analyst
7 24 (5.85%) Service Desk Analyst
7 24 (5.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 21 (5.12%) 1st Line Support
9 20 (4.88%) Consultant
9 20 (4.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 19 (4.63%) Support Analyst
11 18 (4.39%) Server Engineer
11 18 (4.39%) Project Manager
12 12 (2.93%) Support Technician
12 12 (2.93%) Windows Server Engineer
12 12 (2.93%) Wintel Analyst
13 11 (2.68%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (4.39%) .NET
2 9 (2.20%) Application Packaging
3 3 (0.73%) ActiveMQ
3 3 (0.73%) Web Services
4 2 (0.49%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (0.24%) XML
5 1 (0.24%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 34 (8.29%) Clustering
2 27 (6.59%) Blackberry
3 13 (3.17%) Fat Client
3 13 (3.17%) Thin Client
4 12 (2.93%) Management Information System
5 9 (2.20%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (1.95%) PKI
7 7 (1.71%) iPad
7 7 (1.71%) Replication
8 5 (1.22%) Handset
8 5 (1.22%) Tandem
9 4 (0.98%) Smartcard
10 3 (0.73%) PDA
11 2 (0.49%) Economics
11 2 (0.49%) Mobile App
11 2 (0.49%) User Experience
11 2 (0.49%) Statistics
11 2 (0.49%) iPhone
11 2 (0.49%) Open Source
12 1 (0.24%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 356 (86.83%) Windows
2 151 (36.83%) Windows Server 2008
3 147 (35.85%) Windows Server 2003
4 117 (28.54%) Windows 7
5 112 (27.32%) Windows XP
6 47 (11.46%) Windows Server 2012
7 26 (6.34%) Linux
8 20 (4.88%) Windows Vista
9 11 (2.68%) UNIX
10 10 (2.44%) Windows 8
11 9 (2.20%) Windows 2000
12 5 (1.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (1.22%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.73%) Android
13 3 (0.73%) Windows 2000 Server
14 2 (0.49%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.49%) Solaris
14 2 (0.49%) NetWare
15 1 (0.24%) AIX
15 1 (0.24%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (19.02%) ITIL
2 41 (10.00%) Migration
3 23 (5.61%) Project Management
4 18 (4.39%) Load Balancing
5 13 (3.17%) Software Deployment
6 12 (2.93%) Disaster Recovery
7 9 (2.20%) High Availability
7 9 (2.20%) Change Control
7 9 (2.20%) Incident Management
7 9 (2.20%) Stakeholder Management
7 9 (2.20%) PRINCE2
8 7 (1.71%) Problem Management
8 7 (1.71%) Change Management
8 7 (1.71%) Service Management
8 7 (1.71%) Information Security
9 6 (1.46%) TQM
9 6 (1.46%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (1.46%) Performance Tuning
9 6 (1.46%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (1.46%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 50 (12.20%) SQL
2 41 (10.00%) PowerShell
3 15 (3.66%) VBScript
4 10 (2.44%) C
5 8 (1.95%) VB
6 6 (1.46%) Shell Script
7 5 (1.22%) T-SQL
8 3 (0.73%) C#
9 1 (0.24%) PHP
9 1 (0.24%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 53 (12.93%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (11.46%) Security Cleared
3 46 (11.22%) SC Cleared
4 35 (8.54%) MCSE
5 24 (5.85%) MCITP
6 17 (4.15%) MCTS
7 14 (3.41%) MCP
8 13 (3.17%) MCSA
9 11 (2.68%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (1.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 6 (1.46%) Cisco Certification
11 6 (1.46%) CCNA
12 4 (0.98%) PMP
12 4 (0.98%) PMI Certification
12 4 (0.98%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 3 (0.73%) Degree
14 2 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 2 (0.49%) CISSP
14 2 (0.49%) ISEB
14 2 (0.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (6.83%) SLA
2 4 (0.98%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.49%) QA
System Software
1 50 (12.20%) VMware Infrastructure
1 50 (12.20%) XenApp
2 34 (8.29%) Hyper-V
3 28 (6.83%) XenServer
3 28 (6.83%) Microsoft App-V
4 18 (4.39%) XenDesktop
5 17 (4.15%) VMware ESX
6 15 (3.66%) vSphere
7 9 (2.20%) ISA Server
8 7 (1.71%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 7 (1.71%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.73%) Forefront TMG
9 3 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 3 (0.73%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.49%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.24%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.24%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.24%) Firmware
11 1 (0.24%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 87 (21.22%) SCCM
2 30 (7.32%) SCOM
3 10 (2.44%) Backup Exec
4 8 (1.95%) HP Data Protector
5 6 (1.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (1.46%) NetBackup
5 6 (1.46%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 5 (1.22%) Norton AntiVirus
7 4 (0.98%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.98%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.73%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (0.49%) ARCserve
9 2 (0.49%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.49%) HP SIM
9 2 (0.49%) WSUS
9 2 (0.49%) ServiceCenter
10 1 (0.24%) SCVMM
10 1 (0.24%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.24%) SAP Afaria
Vendors
1 155 (37.80%) Microsoft
2 152 (37.07%) Citrix
3 136 (33.17%) VMware
4 34 (8.29%) HP
5 33 (8.05%) AppSense
6 27 (6.59%) Cisco
7 18 (4.39%) Symantec
7 18 (4.39%) CA
8 16 (3.90%) Dell
9 14 (3.41%) Cyber-Ark
10 12 (2.93%) McAfee
11 9 (2.20%) Lumension
11 9 (2.20%) Sophos
12 8 (1.95%) CheckPoint
13 7 (1.71%) SolarWinds
13 7 (1.71%) SonicWALL
13 7 (1.71%) IBM
13 7 (1.71%) Compaq
13 7 (1.71%) NetApp
13 7 (1.71%) EMC
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