Period
to 18 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Active Directory skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Active Directory over the 6 months to 18 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Active Directory
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 29 24 30
Rank change year-on-year -5 +6 -10
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 71 99 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 5.33% 6.70% 5.09%
As % of the System Software category 46.10% 70.21% 53.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 52 57
Cheshire median daily rate £300 £380 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.05% +11.76% +25.93%
10th Percentile £164 £127 £149
90th Percentile £500 £675 £603
North West median daily rate £280 £335 £295
% change year-on-year -16.42% +13.56% +7.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 17 33
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £14.86 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.52% +6.14% -2.41%
10th Percentile £11.00 £13.15 £9.90
90th Percentile £21.50 £21.60 £31.80
North West median hourly rate £14.25 £14.29 £14.50
% change year-on-year -0.28% -1.45% -3.33%

Active Directory is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 154 141 199
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 11.55% 9.54% 9.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 81 113
Cheshire median daily rate £325 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.47% +1.33% +25.00%
10th Percentile £219 £143 £203
90th Percentile £575 £575 £618
North West median daily rate £386 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.00% +7.14% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 18 35
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £14.86 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.52% +6.14% -6.67%
10th Percentile £11.05 £13.18 £9.92
90th Percentile £20.55 £21.45 £29.85
North West median hourly rate £15.69 £14.34 £14.50
% change year-on-year +9.41% -1.10% -3.33%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing Active Directory as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in Cheshire

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Active Directory in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in Cheshire

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in Cheshire over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in Cheshire

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in Cheshire

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Active Directory within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington 0 28 £284 -27.24% 10
Chester +15 14 £300 +50.00% 2
Runcorn +2 4 £300 -24.76% 2
Crewe -10 3 £364 - 1
Knutsford -13 3 £280 -33.73% 3
Wilmslow +6 2 £97 -51.75%
Northwich - 2 - -
Macclesfield -3 1 - - 2
Daresbury - 1 - -
Lymm - 1 - -
Active Directory
North West

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 47 (66.20%) Windows
2 39 (54.93%) Microsoft
3 28 (39.44%) Office 365
4 25 (35.21%) MS Exchange
5 21 (29.58%) SCCM
6 20 (28.17%) Citrix
6 20 (28.17%) VMware
7 19 (26.76%) Security Cleared
8 18 (25.35%) SC Cleared
8 18 (25.35%) Migration
8 18 (25.35%) DNS
8 18 (25.35%) ITIL
8 18 (25.35%) Windows Server
9 16 (22.54%) Microsoft Azure
10 14 (19.72%) Windows Server 2008
10 14 (19.72%) PKI
10 14 (19.72%) SharePoint
11 13 (18.31%) Microsoft Office
12 12 (16.90%) PowerShell
12 12 (16.90%) Windows 7
12 12 (16.90%) Skype for Business
12 12 (16.90%) Exchange Server 2013
13 11 (15.49%) Exchange Server 2010
13 11 (15.49%) SQL Server
13 11 (15.49%) Data Centre
13 11 (15.49%) Windows 10
14 10 (14.08%) DHCP
14 10 (14.08%) Windows Server 2003
14 10 (14.08%) Windows Server 2012
15 8 (11.27%) Local Government

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 25 (35.21%) MS Exchange
2 14 (19.72%) SharePoint
3 12 (16.90%) Exchange Server 2013
3 12 (16.90%) Skype for Business
4 11 (15.49%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (7.04%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (5.63%) Exchange Server 2003
6 4 (5.63%) IIS
7 3 (4.23%) Site Server
8 2 (2.82%) JBoss
8 2 (2.82%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (2.82%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (2.82%) WebSphere
8 2 (2.82%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (2.82%) WordPress
9 1 (1.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 13 (18.31%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.82%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.41%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 28 (39.44%) Office 365
2 16 (22.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (7.04%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (5.63%) PaaS
4 4 (5.63%) SaaS
5 2 (2.82%) OneDrive
5 2 (2.82%) Yammer
6 1 (1.41%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (1.41%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (25.35%) DNS
2 10 (14.08%) DHCP
3 7 (9.86%) SAN
4 6 (8.45%) Skype
5 5 (7.04%) Firewall
6 4 (5.63%) NAS
6 4 (5.63%) TCP/IP
7 3 (4.23%) LAN
7 3 (4.23%) WAN
8 2 (2.82%) Internet
8 2 (2.82%) SMS
9 1 (1.41%) ADSL
9 1 (1.41%) FTP
9 1 (1.41%) HTTP
9 1 (1.41%) IPsec
9 1 (1.41%) ISDN
9 1 (1.41%) LDAP
9 1 (1.41%) MPLS
9 1 (1.41%) VPN
9 1 (1.41%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (15.49%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.23%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (2.82%) MySQL
3 2 (2.82%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (2.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (2.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (2.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.41%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (1.41%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.41%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (1.41%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (11.27%) Local Government
2 4 (5.63%) Banking
2 4 (5.63%) Finance
3 2 (2.82%) Publishing
4 1 (1.41%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (15.49%) Consultant
2 7 (9.86%) Administrator
2 7 (9.86%) Analyst
2 7 (9.86%) Architect
3 6 (8.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (8.45%) Server Engineer
4 5 (7.04%) Support Engineer
5 4 (5.63%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (5.63%) 3rd Line Support
5 4 (5.63%) Active Directory Support
5 4 (5.63%) Exchange Consultant
5 4 (5.63%) Infrastructure Support
5 4 (5.63%) IT Engineer
5 4 (5.63%) Service Analyst
5 4 (5.63%) Service Desk Analyst
5 4 (5.63%) Technical Consultant
6 3 (4.23%) 1st/2nd Line Support
6 3 (4.23%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
6 3 (4.23%) Azure Architect
6 3 (4.23%) Exchange Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.63%) .NET
2 3 (4.23%) Software Packaging
3 2 (2.82%) .NET Framework
3 2 (2.82%) Ajax
3 2 (2.82%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.82%) CSS
3 2 (2.82%) CSS3
3 2 (2.82%) HTML
3 2 (2.82%) HTML5
3 2 (2.82%) JSON
3 2 (2.82%) Middleware
3 2 (2.82%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 2 (2.82%) Velocity
3 2 (2.82%) WAP
3 2 (2.82%) Web Services
3 2 (2.82%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (19.72%) PKI
2 11 (15.49%) Data Centre
3 5 (7.04%) Replication
4 3 (4.23%) Blackberry
4 3 (4.23%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.82%) EMC VNX
5 2 (2.82%) EMC VNXe
5 2 (2.82%) Mainframe
5 2 (2.82%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.41%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.41%) BYOD
6 1 (1.41%) CESG
6 1 (1.41%) Clustering
6 1 (1.41%) iPhone
6 1 (1.41%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 47 (66.20%) Windows
2 18 (25.35%) Windows Server
3 14 (19.72%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (16.90%) Windows 7
5 11 (15.49%) Windows 10
6 10 (14.08%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (14.08%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (7.04%) Linux
8 4 (5.63%) Apple iOS
9 3 (4.23%) AIX
9 3 (4.23%) Windows XP
10 2 (2.82%) Android
10 2 (2.82%) Windows 8
11 1 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (1.41%) Unix
11 1 (1.41%) Windows 2000
11 1 (1.41%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (25.35%) ITIL
1 18 (25.35%) Migration
2 6 (8.45%) Line Management
2 6 (8.45%) Mobile Device Management
2 6 (8.45%) Project Management
3 4 (5.63%) Change Management
3 4 (5.63%) Disaster Recovery
3 4 (5.63%) Patch Management
3 4 (5.63%) Presales
3 4 (5.63%) Server Building
3 4 (5.63%) Service Management
4 3 (4.23%) Break/Fix
4 3 (4.23%) Capacity Planning
4 3 (4.23%) Customer Requirements
4 3 (4.23%) High Availability
4 3 (4.23%) Load Balancing
4 3 (4.23%) Network Management
4 3 (4.23%) Software Deployment
5 2 (2.82%) Problem Management
5 2 (2.82%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (16.90%) PowerShell
2 5 (7.04%) SQL
3 3 (4.23%) C#
4 2 (2.82%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.82%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 19 (26.76%) Security Cleared
2 18 (25.35%) SC Cleared
3 6 (8.45%) Microsoft Certification
4 5 (7.04%) MCSA
5 4 (5.63%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (4.23%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (4.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 3 (4.23%) MCITP
7 2 (2.82%) CCIE
7 2 (2.82%) CCNA
7 2 (2.82%) CCNP
7 2 (2.82%) MCSE
8 1 (1.41%) CCDP
8 1 (1.41%) CISM
8 1 (1.41%) CISSP
8 1 (1.41%) Degree
8 1 (1.41%) ISEB
8 1 (1.41%) JNCIA
8 1 (1.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (1.41%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.82%) COBIT
2 1 (1.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.41%) QA
System Software
1 7 (9.86%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (8.45%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (7.04%) XenApp
4 4 (5.63%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 4 (5.63%) Hyper-V
4 4 (5.63%) vSphere
5 2 (2.82%) Tivoli Directory Server
5 2 (2.82%) UAG
6 1 (1.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (29.58%) SCCM
2 7 (9.86%) SCOM
3 5 (7.04%) NetBackup
4 3 (4.23%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (2.82%) PowerBroker
5 2 (2.82%) Tivoli
5 2 (2.82%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (1.41%) AirWatch
6 1 (1.41%) Ansible
6 1 (1.41%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (1.41%) Puppet
6 1 (1.41%) SmoothWall
6 1 (1.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (1.41%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 39 (54.93%) Microsoft
2 20 (28.17%) Citrix
2 20 (28.17%) VMware
3 7 (9.86%) HP
3 7 (9.86%) IBM
4 5 (7.04%) Cisco
5 4 (5.63%) Apple
5 4 (5.63%) Dell
5 4 (5.63%) EMC
5 4 (5.63%) Veritas
6 3 (4.23%) EqualLogic
6 3 (4.23%) Oracle
7 2 (2.82%) CyberArk
7 2 (2.82%) IBM Sterling
7 2 (2.82%) Juniper
7 2 (2.82%) LANDesk
7 2 (2.82%) Lumension
7 2 (2.82%) NetApp
7 2 (2.82%) Red Hat
7 2 (2.82%) Symantec