Period
to 20 October 2018

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 20 October 2018 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
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 17 26 25
Rank change year-on-year +9 -1 +5
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 109 74 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 8.35% 5.76% 5.96%
As % of the System Software category 56.77% 46.54% 62.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 74 49
Cheshire median daily rate £290 £300 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% -25.00% +23.08%
10th Percentile £120 £124 £122
90th Percentile £467 £473 £675
North West median daily rate £300 £280 £341
% change year-on-year +7.14% -17.95% +30.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 5 15
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -3.70% -3.57%
10th Percentile £13.15 £11.00 £12.55
90th Percentile £20.13 £23.10 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £14.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +13.29% +3.70% -5.89%

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 192 159 152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 14.71% 12.38% 9.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 126 90
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £325 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -18.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £223 £184 £199
90th Percentile £485 £543 £578
North West median daily rate £380 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +1.33% - +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 9 17
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -3.70% -3.57%
10th Percentile £13.32 £11.00 £12.70
90th Percentile £21.00 £33.80 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +5.73% +7.14% -3.45%

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 20 October 2018.

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 20 October 2018. 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 +1 31 £313 +11.61% 19
Macclesfield +12 17 - - 2
Wilmslow +5 16 £325 +236.79% 3
Chester -3 15 £280 -6.67% 12
Knutsford -9 5 - -
Alderley Edge - 4 - -
Crewe -16 3 £118 -67.70% 1
Runcorn +1 1 - - 2
Nantwich - 1 £118 - 1
Active Directory
North West

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 89 (81.65%) Windows
2 66 (60.55%) Office 365
3 52 (47.71%) Microsoft
4 41 (37.61%) Windows Server
5 38 (34.86%) SCCM
6 37 (33.94%) Windows 10
7 36 (33.03%) VMware
8 30 (27.52%) Migration
8 30 (27.52%) Microsoft Azure
9 28 (25.69%) Windows 7
9 28 (25.69%) Microsoft Office
10 27 (24.77%) MS Exchange
11 25 (22.94%) LAN
11 25 (22.94%) WAN
12 23 (21.10%) Skype for Business
13 21 (19.27%) VMware Infrastructure
13 21 (19.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 19 (17.43%) DNS
14 19 (17.43%) PowerShell
14 19 (17.43%) Apple iOS
15 18 (16.51%) Software Deployment
15 18 (16.51%) SC Cleared
15 18 (16.51%) Security Cleared
15 18 (16.51%) Mac OS
15 18 (16.51%) Apple
16 17 (15.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 17 (15.60%) Firewall
16 17 (15.60%) Exchange Server 2010
16 17 (15.60%) OneDrive
17 16 (14.68%) Skype

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 27 (24.77%) MS Exchange
2 23 (21.10%) Skype for Business
3 17 (15.60%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (11.01%) SharePoint
5 7 (6.42%) Exchange Server 2003
5 7 (6.42%) Exchange Server 2007
5 7 (6.42%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.83%) IIS
7 1 (0.92%) Confluence
Applications
1 28 (25.69%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.92%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.75%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.92%) Line 50
2 1 (0.92%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 66 (60.55%) Office 365
2 30 (27.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (15.60%) OneDrive
4 14 (12.84%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (2.75%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (2.75%) IaaS
6 2 (1.83%) SaaS
7 1 (0.92%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 25 (22.94%) LAN
1 25 (22.94%) WAN
2 19 (17.43%) DNS
3 17 (15.60%) Firewall
4 16 (14.68%) DHCP
4 16 (14.68%) Skype
5 14 (12.84%) SAN
6 13 (11.93%) TCP/IP
6 13 (11.93%) VPN
7 6 (5.50%) VoIP
8 5 (4.59%) MPLS
9 4 (3.67%) DMZ
9 4 (3.67%) NAS
10 3 (2.75%) SMTP
11 2 (1.83%) Network Security
11 2 (1.83%) VLAN
12 1 (0.92%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 1 (0.92%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 1 (0.92%) Reverse Proxy
12 1 (0.92%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (8.26%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.92%) MS Access
2 1 (0.92%) Power BI
2 1 (0.92%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (0.92%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (0.92%) Visual Studio
1 1 (0.92%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 8 (7.34%) Local Government
2 7 (6.42%) Finance
3 6 (5.50%) Marketing
4 3 (2.75%) Back Office
5 1 (0.92%) Banking
5 1 (0.92%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.92%) Law
5 1 (0.92%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 20 (18.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 16 (14.68%) Analyst
3 15 (13.76%) Server Engineer
4 14 (12.84%) Desktop Support
5 12 (11.01%) Support Engineer
6 9 (8.26%) Administrator
7 7 (6.42%) Desktop Engineer
7 7 (6.42%) Service Analyst
7 7 (6.42%) Service Desk Analyst
8 6 (5.50%) 1st/2nd Line Support
8 6 (5.50%) 2nd Line Support
8 6 (5.50%) Customer Engineer
8 6 (5.50%) IT Support
9 5 (4.59%) Active Directory Support
9 5 (4.59%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 5 (4.59%) Exchange Support
9 5 (4.59%) IT Analyst
9 5 (4.59%) Senior Customer Engineer
9 5 (4.59%) Senior Windows Administrator
9 5 (4.59%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.59%) LDAP
2 4 (3.67%) Middleware
3 1 (0.92%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (12.84%) Data Centre
2 9 (8.26%) PKI
3 6 (5.50%) IBM Mainframe
3 6 (5.50%) Mainframe
3 6 (5.50%) Management Information System
4 5 (4.59%) Fat Client
4 5 (4.59%) Public Cloud
4 5 (4.59%) Replication
4 5 (4.59%) Thin Client
5 4 (3.67%) Enterprise Storage
5 4 (3.67%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (2.75%) Clustering
7 2 (1.83%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (1.83%) NHS
8 1 (0.92%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.92%) iPhone
8 1 (0.92%) IPTV
8 1 (0.92%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.92%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 89 (81.65%) Windows
2 41 (37.61%) Windows Server
3 37 (33.94%) Windows 10
4 28 (25.69%) Windows 7
5 19 (17.43%) Apple iOS
6 18 (16.51%) Mac OS
7 11 (10.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (9.17%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (8.26%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (8.26%) Windows XP
10 7 (6.42%) Linux
10 7 (6.42%) Unix
11 5 (4.59%) Windows 8
12 3 (2.75%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.92%) AIX
13 1 (0.92%) Android
13 1 (0.92%) CentOS
13 1 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.92%) Solaris
13 1 (0.92%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (27.52%) Migration
2 21 (19.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 18 (16.51%) Software Deployment
4 15 (13.76%) Asset Management
5 12 (11.01%) ITSM
6 9 (8.26%) Disaster Recovery
7 7 (6.42%) ITIL
7 7 (6.42%) Risk Management
7 7 (6.42%) Server Building
8 6 (5.50%) Break/Fix
8 6 (5.50%) Matrix Organization
9 5 (4.59%) Continuous Improvement
9 5 (4.59%) Time Management
10 4 (3.67%) Capacity Management
10 4 (3.67%) Customer Requirements
10 4 (3.67%) Procure-to-Pay
10 4 (3.67%) Test Scripting
11 3 (2.75%) DevOps
11 3 (2.75%) Email Filtering
11 3 (2.75%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 19 (17.43%) PowerShell
2 13 (11.93%) SQL
3 1 (0.92%) T-SQL
3 1 (0.92%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 18 (16.51%) SC Cleared
1 18 (16.51%) Security Cleared
2 9 (8.26%) A+ Certification
3 2 (1.83%) Degree
4 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.17%) SLA
2 1 (0.92%) GDPR
2 1 (0.92%) PMO
2 1 (0.92%) QA
System Software
1 21 (19.27%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (9.17%) VMware ESXi
3 9 (8.26%) XenApp
4 8 (7.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 7 (6.42%) Hyper-V
6 4 (3.67%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (2.75%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.92%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.92%) vSphere
8 1 (0.92%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.92%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 38 (34.86%) SCCM
2 17 (15.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 11 (10.09%) SCOM
4 7 (6.42%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (5.50%) vCenter Server
5 6 (5.50%) WSUS
6 4 (3.67%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (3.67%) OpenView
7 3 (2.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 3 (2.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (1.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.92%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.92%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.92%) Foglight
9 1 (0.92%) HP SIM
9 1 (0.92%) PaperCut
9 1 (0.92%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 52 (47.71%) Microsoft
2 36 (33.03%) VMware
3 18 (16.51%) Apple
4 16 (14.68%) ServiceNow
5 14 (12.84%) Citrix
6 9 (8.26%) Cisco
7 8 (7.34%) IBM
7 8 (7.34%) McAfee
8 7 (6.42%) HP
9 6 (5.50%) Veeam
10 5 (4.59%) Clearswift
10 5 (4.59%) Teradici
11 4 (3.67%) Dell
11 4 (3.67%) Symantec
11 4 (3.67%) Veritas
12 3 (2.75%) NetApp
12 3 (2.75%) Splunk
12 3 (2.75%) Trustwave
13 1 (0.92%) F5
13 1 (0.92%) Meraki