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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Active Directory
Rank 25 30 28
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 198 150 180
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 6.42% 5.19% 5.43%
As % of the System Software category 64.92% 48.23% 58.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 55 58
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£270 £275 £238
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.81% +15.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £146 £169 £113
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £355 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £275 £290
% change year-on-year
- -5.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 54 57
Average hourly rate £15.00 £20.00 £16.73
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +19.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £10.50 £10.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.20 £35.00 £33.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -
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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
305 311 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.89% 10.76% 9.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 128 117
Average daily rate £280 £294 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% -9.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £193 £146
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £429 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 67 67
Average hourly rate £19.75 £27.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.18% +66.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.25 £11.36 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £33.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +9.37%

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 27 August 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 27 August 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 27 August 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Cheshire +17 73 £280 +21.73% 17
Manchester +2 65 £254 -5.48% 33
Lancashire +3 39 £275 -19.11% 6
Merseyside -1 11 £164 -6.42% 4
Cumbria -6 5 £105 -58.00% 1
Active Directory
England

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 382 (87.02%) Windows
2 175 (39.86%) Microsoft
3 174 (39.64%) Citrix
4 168 (38.27%) Windows Server 2008
5 158 (35.99%) Windows Server 2003
6 147 (33.49%) VMware
7 117 (26.65%) Windows XP
8 114 (25.97%) DNS
9 110 (25.06%) Windows 7
10 105 (23.92%) MS Exchange
11 97 (22.10%) DHCP
12 96 (21.87%) SCCM
13 91 (20.73%) ITIL
14 67 (15.26%) MS Office
14 67 (15.26%) Security Cleared
15 65 (14.81%) SC Cleared
15 65 (14.81%) Microsoft Certification
16 63 (14.35%) VMware Infrastructure
17 60 (13.67%) SharePoint
18 59 (13.44%) XenApp
19 58 (13.21%) Exchange Server 2010
20 52 (11.85%) Windows Server 2012
21 49 (11.16%) MCSE
21 49 (11.16%) SQL Server
21 49 (11.16%) SQL
21 49 (11.16%) TCP/IP
22 45 (10.25%) SAN
22 45 (10.25%) Exchange Server 2003
23 43 (9.79%) MS Excel
24 42 (9.57%) Migration

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

For the 6 months to 27 August 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
1 105 (23.92%) MS Exchange
2 60 (13.67%) SharePoint
3 58 (13.21%) Exchange Server 2010
4 45 (10.25%) Exchange Server 2003
5 39 (8.88%) IIS
6 28 (6.38%) Exchange Server 2007
7 22 (5.01%) SharePoint 2010
8 15 (3.42%) Lync
9 8 (1.82%) SharePoint 2013
9 8 (1.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.91%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.46%) Lotus Domino
11 2 (0.46%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.23%) MS Project Server
12 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 67 (15.26%) MS Office
2 43 (9.79%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.68%) MS Project
4 1 (0.23%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.23%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.91%) Office 365
2 1 (0.23%) IaaS
2 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.23%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 114 (25.97%) DNS
2 97 (22.10%) DHCP
3 49 (11.16%) TCP/IP
4 45 (10.25%) SAN
5 32 (7.29%) LAN
6 25 (5.69%) VPN
6 25 (5.69%) WAN
7 21 (4.78%) SMS
7 21 (4.78%) Firewall
8 18 (4.10%) Wi-Fi
9 17 (3.87%) Wireless
9 17 (3.87%) 3G
10 10 (2.28%) VoIP
11 6 (1.37%) LDAP
11 6 (1.37%) VLAN
12 5 (1.14%) IP Telephony
13 4 (0.91%) Wireshark
13 4 (0.91%) Cisco ASA
13 4 (0.91%) Intranet
13 4 (0.91%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (11.16%) SQL Server
2 21 (4.78%) SQL Server 2008
3 18 (4.10%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.46%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.23%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.23%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (0.68%) AdminStudio
2 2 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (0.46%) MSI
3 1 (0.23%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.23%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 39 (8.88%) Finance
2 15 (3.42%) Local Government
3 14 (3.19%) Banking
4 6 (1.37%) Manufacturing
5 3 (0.68%) Legal
5 3 (0.68%) Back Office
5 3 (0.68%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.46%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.23%) German Language
7 1 (0.23%) Law
7 1 (0.23%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.23%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 74 (16.86%) Support Engineer
2 70 (15.95%) Analyst
3 55 (12.53%) Desktop Support
4 43 (9.79%) 2nd Line Support
5 37 (8.43%) Desktop Engineer
6 31 (7.06%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 30 (6.83%) 3rd Line Support
8 26 (5.92%) Support Analyst
9 25 (5.69%) Administrator
9 25 (5.69%) Service Analyst
9 25 (5.69%) Service Desk Analyst
10 24 (5.47%) Server Engineer
11 22 (5.01%) 1st Line Support
12 19 (4.33%) Consultant
12 19 (4.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 17 (3.87%) Project Manager
14 15 (3.42%) Windows Server Engineer
14 15 (3.42%) Wintel Engineer
15 13 (2.96%) IT Support
16 12 (2.73%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (4.33%) .NET
2 9 (2.05%) Application Packaging
3 5 (1.14%) Web Services
4 3 (0.68%) ActiveMQ
5 2 (0.46%) WebSphere MQ
5 2 (0.46%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
Miscellaneous
1 33 (7.52%) Clustering
2 26 (5.92%) Blackberry
3 16 (3.64%) Thin Client
3 16 (3.64%) Fat Client
4 13 (2.96%) Management Information System
5 10 (2.28%) PKI
6 9 (2.05%) iPad
7 7 (1.59%) Smartcard
8 6 (1.37%) Handset
8 6 (1.37%) Replication
9 5 (1.14%) Tandem
10 4 (0.91%) Smartphone
11 3 (0.68%) PDA
11 3 (0.68%) Statistics
11 3 (0.68%) NHS
12 2 (0.46%) Economics
12 2 (0.46%) CESG
12 2 (0.46%) iPhone
12 2 (0.46%) Open Source
13 1 (0.23%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 382 (87.02%) Windows
2 168 (38.27%) Windows Server 2008
3 158 (35.99%) Windows Server 2003
4 117 (26.65%) Windows XP
5 110 (25.06%) Windows 7
6 52 (11.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 28 (6.38%) Windows Vista
8 25 (5.69%) Linux
9 14 (3.19%) Windows 8
10 12 (2.73%) UNIX
11 8 (1.82%) Windows 2000
12 5 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.68%) Windows 2000 Server
13 3 (0.68%) AIX
14 2 (0.46%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.46%) Windows Mobile
15 1 (0.23%) Solaris
15 1 (0.23%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (20.73%) ITIL
2 42 (9.57%) Migration
3 26 (5.92%) Project Management
4 17 (3.87%) Software Deployment
5 16 (3.64%) Load Balancing
6 13 (2.96%) PRINCE2
7 11 (2.51%) Disaster Recovery
8 10 (2.28%) Change Control
9 9 (2.05%) High Availability
9 9 (2.05%) TQM
10 8 (1.82%) Change Management
10 8 (1.82%) Stakeholder Management
10 8 (1.82%) Incident Management
10 8 (1.82%) Problem Management
11 7 (1.59%) Performance Tuning
11 7 (1.59%) Information Security
12 6 (1.37%) Web Development
12 6 (1.37%) Service Delivery
12 6 (1.37%) Service Management
12 6 (1.37%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 49 (11.16%) SQL
2 40 (9.11%) PowerShell
3 13 (2.96%) VBScript
4 7 (1.59%) VB
5 6 (1.37%) Shell Script
5 6 (1.37%) C
6 4 (0.91%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.23%) C#
Qualifications
1 67 (15.26%) Security Cleared
2 65 (14.81%) SC Cleared
2 65 (14.81%) Microsoft Certification
3 49 (11.16%) MCSE
4 24 (5.47%) MCITP
5 19 (4.33%) MCTS
6 18 (4.10%) MCP
7 14 (3.19%) MCSA
8 11 (2.51%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (2.28%) CCNA
10 9 (2.05%) ITIL Certification
11 7 (1.59%) Degree
12 6 (1.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 4 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (0.68%) PMP
14 3 (0.68%) PMI Certification
14 3 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 2 (0.46%) CISSP
15 2 (0.46%) ISEB
15 2 (0.46%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (7.74%) SLA
2 4 (0.91%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.46%) QA
System Software
1 63 (14.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 59 (13.44%) XenApp
3 37 (8.43%) XenServer
4 35 (7.97%) Hyper-V
5 33 (7.52%) Microsoft App-V
6 25 (5.69%) vSphere
6 25 (5.69%) XenDesktop
7 15 (3.42%) VMware ESX
8 10 (2.28%) ISA Server
9 7 (1.59%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 7 (1.59%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.91%) Terminal Services
11 3 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 3 (0.68%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (0.46%) Terminal Server
12 2 (0.46%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.23%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 96 (21.87%) SCCM
2 34 (7.74%) SCOM
3 9 (2.05%) Backup Exec
4 8 (1.82%) HP Data Protector
5 6 (1.37%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 5 (1.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (1.14%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 5 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
6 5 (1.14%) NetBackup
7 4 (0.91%) WSUS
7 4 (0.91%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.68%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (0.46%) FortiGate
9 2 (0.46%) OpenView
9 2 (0.46%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.46%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.23%) ZENworks
10 1 (0.23%) Cisco IPCC
10 1 (0.23%) HP SIM
10 1 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 175 (39.86%) Microsoft
2 174 (39.64%) Citrix
3 147 (33.49%) VMware
4 42 (9.57%) HP
5 36 (8.20%) Cisco
6 35 (7.97%) AppSense
7 26 (5.92%) Dell
8 23 (5.24%) CA
9 17 (3.87%) Compaq
9 17 (3.87%) Symantec
10 14 (3.19%) McAfee
10 14 (3.19%) Cyber-Ark
11 13 (2.96%) Lumension
12 10 (2.28%) Remedy
13 9 (2.05%) Sophos
13 9 (2.05%) IBM
14 8 (1.82%) CheckPoint
15 7 (1.59%) SolarWinds
16 6 (1.37%) SonicWALL
16 6 (1.37%) Draytek
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