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 25 November 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
25 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 24 26 28
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 186 153 154
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 5.85% 5.52% 4.96%
As % of the System Software category 65.03% 50.83% 50.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 51 49
Average daily rate
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£270 £225 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -28.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £132 £135 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £389 £350 £392
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £275 £280
% change year-on-year
+5.45% -1.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 47 34
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.50 £13.81
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +19.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.30 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £31.56 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.44%
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
286 301 307
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.99% 10.85% 9.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 131 126
Average daily rate £305 £275 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.90% -21.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £170 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £420 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 61 46
Average hourly rate £15.00 £30.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.81% +96.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £39.22 £35.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%

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 25 November 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 25 November 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 25 November 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 92 £310 +125.45% 63
Cheshire -12 33 £260 -1.88% 17
Lancashire 0 29 £250 +17.64% 4
Merseyside +3 24 £258 +21.17% 6
Cumbria - 5 £173 - 2
Active Directory
England

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 November 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.

1 343 (87.72%) Windows
2 164 (41.94%) Microsoft
3 154 (39.39%) Citrix
4 136 (34.78%) Windows Server 2008
5 128 (32.74%) VMware
6 121 (30.95%) Windows 7
7 116 (29.67%) Windows Server 2003
8 107 (27.37%) Windows XP
9 95 (24.30%) MS Exchange
10 88 (22.51%) DNS
11 76 (19.44%) ITIL
12 70 (17.90%) DHCP
13 66 (16.88%) SCCM
14 64 (16.37%) MS Office
15 61 (15.60%) Microsoft Certification
16 58 (14.83%) VMware Infrastructure
17 56 (14.32%) Windows Server 2012
17 56 (14.32%) SQL
18 55 (14.07%) SQL Server
19 54 (13.81%) TCP/IP
20 50 (12.79%) XenApp
21 48 (12.28%) Migration
22 47 (12.02%) SAN
23 45 (11.51%) SharePoint
23 45 (11.51%) Exchange Server 2010
24 44 (11.25%) IIS
25 42 (10.74%) MS Excel
26 41 (10.49%) MCSE
27 40 (10.23%) Clustering
27 40 (10.23%) PowerShell

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

For the 6 months to 25 November 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 95 (24.30%) MS Exchange
2 45 (11.51%) SharePoint
2 45 (11.51%) Exchange Server 2010
3 44 (11.25%) IIS
4 31 (7.93%) Exchange Server 2003
5 19 (4.86%) Exchange Server 2007
6 14 (3.58%) SharePoint 2010
7 11 (2.81%) IBM Notes
8 10 (2.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 10 (2.56%) Lync
9 5 (1.28%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (0.77%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.51%) Apache
11 2 (0.51%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.26%) WorkSite
12 1 (0.26%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 64 (16.37%) MS Office
2 42 (10.74%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.28%) MS Project
4 1 (0.26%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.26%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.30%) Office 365
2 5 (1.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.51%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.26%) IaaS
4 1 (0.26%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 88 (22.51%) DNS
2 70 (17.90%) DHCP
3 54 (13.81%) TCP/IP
4 47 (12.02%) SAN
5 30 (7.67%) LAN
6 25 (6.39%) WAN
7 23 (5.88%) Firewall
8 18 (4.60%) SMS
9 17 (4.35%) NAS
10 16 (4.09%) VPN
11 13 (3.32%) Wi-Fi
12 12 (3.07%) VoIP
13 11 (2.81%) Fibre Channel
14 10 (2.56%) Wireless
14 10 (2.56%) 3G
15 9 (2.30%) iSCSI
15 9 (2.30%) VLAN
15 9 (2.30%) DMZ
16 7 (1.79%) Cisco ASA
16 7 (1.79%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (14.07%) SQL Server
2 24 (6.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (5.37%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.26%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.26%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.26%) MySQL
5 1 (0.26%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (0.77%) MSI
1 3 (0.77%) AdminStudio
2 1 (0.26%) Fiddler
2 1 (0.26%) JIRA
2 1 (0.26%) Subversion
2 1 (0.26%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.26%) Dreamweaver
General
1 35 (8.95%) Finance
2 13 (3.32%) Local Government
3 9 (2.30%) Banking
4 4 (1.02%) Legal
4 4 (1.02%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.02%) Back Office
5 3 (0.77%) Retail
5 3 (0.77%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.51%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.26%) German Language
7 1 (0.26%) Law
Job Titles
1 66 (16.88%) Analyst
2 43 (11.00%) Desktop Support
3 42 (10.74%) Support Engineer
4 33 (8.44%) 3rd Line Support
5 31 (7.93%) Service Analyst
6 29 (7.42%) Service Desk Analyst
7 28 (7.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 28 (7.16%) 2nd Line Support
8 26 (6.65%) Administrator
9 21 (5.37%) 1st Line Support
10 19 (4.86%) Project Manager
11 18 (4.60%) Server Engineer
12 17 (4.35%) Consultant
12 17 (4.35%) Support Analyst
13 15 (3.84%) Desktop Engineer
14 14 (3.58%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 11 (2.81%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 11 (2.81%) Support Technician
16 10 (2.56%) IT Support
16 10 (2.56%) Wintel Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (4.35%) .NET
2 6 (1.53%) Application Packaging
3 4 (1.02%) Web Services
4 3 (0.77%) ActiveMQ
5 2 (0.51%) WebSphere MQ
6 1 (0.26%) Regular Expression
6 1 (0.26%) SOAP
6 1 (0.26%) XML
6 1 (0.26%) ADSI
Miscellaneous
1 40 (10.23%) Clustering
2 24 (6.14%) Blackberry
3 12 (3.07%) Replication
4 10 (2.56%) Management Information System
4 10 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (2.30%) Fat Client
5 9 (2.30%) Thin Client
6 8 (2.05%) iPad
7 7 (1.79%) Celerra
8 6 (1.53%) Handset
8 6 (1.53%) PKI
8 6 (1.53%) Life Science
9 3 (0.77%) User Experience
9 3 (0.77%) PDA
9 3 (0.77%) Tandem
9 3 (0.77%) Smartcard
10 2 (0.51%) Economics
10 2 (0.51%) Statistics
10 2 (0.51%) iPhone
10 2 (0.51%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 343 (87.72%) Windows
2 136 (34.78%) Windows Server 2008
3 121 (30.95%) Windows 7
4 116 (29.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 107 (27.37%) Windows XP
6 56 (14.32%) Windows Server 2012
7 22 (5.63%) Linux
8 21 (5.37%) UNIX
9 19 (4.86%) Windows Vista
10 12 (3.07%) Windows 2000
11 11 (2.81%) Windows 8
12 10 (2.56%) Solaris
13 6 (1.53%) Apple iOS
14 5 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.77%) Android
15 3 (0.77%) Windows 2000 Server
16 2 (0.51%) NetWare
16 2 (0.51%) HPUX
16 2 (0.51%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.26%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (19.44%) ITIL
2 48 (12.28%) Migration
3 24 (6.14%) Project Management
4 19 (4.86%) Load Balancing
5 16 (4.09%) Disaster Recovery
6 14 (3.58%) High Availability
7 12 (3.07%) Change Control
8 11 (2.81%) Software Deployment
8 11 (2.81%) Service Management
9 10 (2.56%) Performance Tuning
10 9 (2.30%) PRINCE2
11 7 (1.79%) Incident Management
11 7 (1.79%) Service Delivery
12 6 (1.53%) Configuration Management
12 6 (1.53%) Information Security
12 6 (1.53%) Change Management
12 6 (1.53%) User Acceptance Testing
12 6 (1.53%) Compatibility Testing
12 6 (1.53%) Root Cause Analysis
13 4 (1.02%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 56 (14.32%) SQL
2 40 (10.23%) PowerShell
3 15 (3.84%) VBScript
4 10 (2.56%) C
5 7 (1.79%) VB
6 5 (1.28%) Shell Script
6 5 (1.28%) T-SQL
7 3 (0.77%) C#
8 2 (0.51%) PHP
9 1 (0.26%) Java
9 1 (0.26%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.26%) Python
Qualifications
1 61 (15.60%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (10.49%) MCSE
3 29 (7.42%) SC Cleared
3 29 (7.42%) Security Cleared
4 25 (6.39%) MCITP
5 17 (4.35%) MCTS
6 15 (3.84%) MCSA
6 15 (3.84%) MCP
7 11 (2.81%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (2.56%) CCNA
9 8 (2.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 6 (1.53%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 3 (0.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 3 (0.77%) MCDST
13 2 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 2 (0.51%) Degree
14 1 (0.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 1 (0.26%) CCEE
14 1 (0.26%) CCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (5.63%) SLA
2 4 (1.02%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.51%) QA
4 1 (0.26%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 58 (14.83%) VMware Infrastructure
2 50 (12.79%) XenApp
3 37 (9.46%) Hyper-V
4 23 (5.88%) Microsoft App-V
5 22 (5.63%) XenServer
5 22 (5.63%) VMware ESX
6 17 (4.35%) XenDesktop
7 13 (3.32%) vSphere
8 11 (2.81%) Terminal Services
9 7 (1.79%) VMware ESXi
9 7 (1.79%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 6 (1.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 5 (1.28%) DFS Replication
11 5 (1.28%) Firmware
11 5 (1.28%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.26%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.26%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 66 (16.88%) SCCM
2 23 (5.88%) SCOM
3 9 (2.30%) Backup Exec
4 7 (1.79%) HP Data Protector
5 5 (1.28%) SCVMM
5 5 (1.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 4 (1.02%) Cisco Prime
7 3 (0.77%) WSUS
7 3 (0.77%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.51%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.51%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.51%) ServiceCenter
8 2 (0.51%) HP SIM
9 1 (0.26%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.26%) SAP Afaria
9 1 (0.26%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.26%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.26%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.26%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.26%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 164 (41.94%) Microsoft
2 154 (39.39%) Citrix
3 128 (32.74%) VMware
4 32 (8.18%) HP
5 30 (7.67%) Cisco
6 29 (7.42%) AppSense
7 18 (4.60%) Dell
8 14 (3.58%) EMC
9 13 (3.32%) Symantec
10 11 (2.81%) Lotus
11 10 (2.56%) NetApp
11 10 (2.56%) CheckPoint
11 10 (2.56%) Oracle
11 10 (2.56%) SolarWinds
12 9 (2.30%) Cyber-Ark
13 7 (1.79%) McAfee
13 7 (1.79%) IBM
14 6 (1.53%) Sophos
14 6 (1.53%) CA
15 5 (1.28%) Veeam
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