Period
to 9 December 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 9 December 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
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 12 37 25
Rank change year-on-year +25 -12 +4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 111 57 88
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 8.97% 4.31% 6.36%
As % of the System Software category 64.53% 42.22% 66.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 41 49
Cheshire median daily rate £320 £280 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -26.32% +11.76%
10th Percentile £120 £128 £122
90th Percentile £453 £613 £675
North West median daily rate £300 £275 £325
% change year-on-year +9.09% -15.38% +13.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 9 17
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -13.33% +5.84%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.00 £13.15
90th Percentile £19.20 £22.00 £23.00
North West median hourly rate £16.63 £14.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year +14.66% - -

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 172 135 133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 13.90% 10.21% 9.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 91 78
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £325 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -13.91% +7.55%
10th Percentile £238 £128 £142
90th Percentile £475 £575 £608
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 10 19
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -27.78% +27.01%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.00 £13.20
90th Percentile £20.13 £21.50 £24.75
North West median hourly rate £16.63 £16.50 £14.75
% change year-on-year +0.76% +11.86% -1.67%

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 9 December 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 9 December 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 +5 36 £325 +12.07% 5
Macclesfield +10 17 - - 2
Wilmslow +4 16 - - 3
Chester +6 12 £280 - 5
Alderley Edge - 7 - -
Knutsford -2 6 £425 +51.79% 1
Crewe -10 2 £118 -67.70%
Runcorn +4 1 - - 2
Nantwich - 1 £118 -
Active Directory
North West

For the 6 months to 9 December 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 91 (81.98%) Windows
2 64 (57.66%) Office 365
3 56 (50.45%) Microsoft
4 41 (36.94%) Windows 10
5 40 (36.04%) SCCM
6 38 (34.23%) Windows Server
7 34 (30.63%) Windows 7
7 34 (30.63%) VMware
8 31 (27.93%) Microsoft Office
8 31 (27.93%) Microsoft Azure
9 27 (24.32%) MS Exchange
10 24 (21.62%) Migration
11 22 (19.82%) LAN
11 22 (19.82%) WAN
11 22 (19.82%) Mac OS
11 22 (19.82%) Apple iOS
11 22 (19.82%) Software Deployment
12 21 (18.92%) Apple
12 21 (18.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 21 (18.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 20 (18.02%) DNS
13 20 (18.02%) Exchange Server 2010
14 19 (17.12%) ServiceNow
14 19 (17.12%) OneDrive
15 17 (15.32%) Asset Management
15 17 (15.32%) PowerShell
16 16 (14.41%) VMware Infrastructure
16 16 (14.41%) SC Cleared
16 16 (14.41%) Security Cleared
16 16 (14.41%) Skype for Business

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 (24.32%) MS Exchange
2 20 (18.02%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (14.41%) Skype for Business
4 10 (9.01%) SharePoint
5 9 (8.11%) Exchange Server 2007
5 9 (8.11%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (1.80%) Confluence
8 1 (0.90%) IIS
8 1 (0.90%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 31 (27.93%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.90%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.70%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 64 (57.66%) Office 365
2 31 (27.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (17.12%) OneDrive
4 15 (13.51%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (2.70%) IaaS
6 2 (1.80%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (1.80%) SaaS
7 1 (0.90%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.90%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.90%) Amazon EMR
7 1 (0.90%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.90%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.90%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.90%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (0.90%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 1 (0.90%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.90%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.90%) Serverless
7 1 (0.90%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 22 (19.82%) LAN
1 22 (19.82%) WAN
2 20 (18.02%) DNS
3 16 (14.41%) DHCP
4 11 (9.91%) Skype
4 11 (9.91%) TCP/IP
5 10 (9.01%) Firewall
6 9 (8.11%) SAN
6 9 (8.11%) VPN
7 4 (3.60%) NAS
8 3 (2.70%) DMZ
8 3 (2.70%) SMTP
9 2 (1.80%) MPLS
9 2 (1.80%) Network Security
10 1 (0.90%) Internet
10 1 (0.90%) Intranet
10 1 (0.90%) PSTN
10 1 (0.90%) Reverse Proxy
10 1 (0.90%) SSL
10 1 (0.90%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.31%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.90%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.90%) Amazon Redshift
2 1 (0.90%) Electronic Patient Records
2 1 (0.90%) MS Access
2 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (0.90%) AdminStudio
1 1 (0.90%) Jenkins
1 1 (0.90%) JIRA
1 1 (0.90%) Visual Studio
1 1 (0.90%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (6.31%) Local Government
2 6 (5.41%) Finance
2 6 (5.41%) Marketing
3 3 (2.70%) Back Office
4 1 (0.90%) Banking
4 1 (0.90%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.90%) Law
4 1 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 19 (17.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 16 (14.41%) Analyst
3 11 (9.91%) Desktop Support
4 10 (9.01%) Support Engineer
5 9 (8.11%) Administrator
5 9 (8.11%) Customer Engineer
5 9 (8.11%) Server Engineer
6 8 (7.21%) Senior Customer Engineer
7 7 (6.31%) 1st/2nd Line Support
7 7 (6.31%) 2nd Line Support
7 7 (6.31%) Service Analyst
7 7 (6.31%) Service Desk Analyst
8 6 (5.41%) Active Directory Support
8 6 (5.41%) Desktop Engineer
8 6 (5.41%) Exchange Support
8 6 (5.41%) IT Analyst
8 6 (5.41%) IT Support
9 5 (4.50%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 5 (4.50%) Senior Windows Administrator
9 5 (4.50%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.60%) Middleware
2 1 (0.90%) boto
2 1 (0.90%) HTML
2 1 (0.90%) JSON
2 1 (0.90%) LDAP
2 1 (0.90%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.81%) Data Centre
2 7 (6.31%) PKI
3 6 (5.41%) IBM Mainframe
3 6 (5.41%) Mainframe
3 6 (5.41%) Management Information System
4 5 (4.50%) Fat Client
4 5 (4.50%) Replication
4 5 (4.50%) Thin Client
5 4 (3.60%) Enterprise Storage
5 4 (3.60%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (2.70%) Clustering
7 2 (1.80%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (1.80%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.90%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.90%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.90%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 91 (81.98%) Windows
2 41 (36.94%) Windows 10
3 38 (34.23%) Windows Server
4 34 (30.63%) Windows 7
5 22 (19.82%) Apple iOS
5 22 (19.82%) Mac OS
6 15 (13.51%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (9.01%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (9.01%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (7.21%) Windows XP
9 6 (5.41%) Unix
10 4 (3.60%) Windows 8
11 3 (2.70%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.90%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (21.62%) Migration
2 22 (19.82%) Software Deployment
3 21 (18.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 17 (15.32%) Asset Management
5 14 (12.61%) ITSM
6 9 (8.11%) ITIL
7 7 (6.31%) Risk Management
8 6 (5.41%) Matrix Organization
9 5 (4.50%) Break/Fix
9 5 (4.50%) Continuous Improvement
9 5 (4.50%) Problem-Solving
9 5 (4.50%) Server Building
10 4 (3.60%) Customer Requirements
10 4 (3.60%) Decision-Making
10 4 (3.60%) Disaster Recovery
11 3 (2.70%) DevOps
11 3 (2.70%) Email Filtering
11 3 (2.70%) Kalman Filter
11 3 (2.70%) Root Cause Analysis
11 3 (2.70%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (15.32%) PowerShell
2 13 (11.71%) SQL
3 2 (1.80%) VBScript
4 1 (0.90%) Perl
4 1 (0.90%) Python
4 1 (0.90%) T-SQL
4 1 (0.90%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (14.41%) SC Cleared
1 16 (14.41%) Security Cleared
2 9 (8.11%) A+ Certification
3 3 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (1.80%) Degree
4 2 (1.80%) MCITP
5 1 (0.90%) AWS Certification
5 1 (0.90%) MCP
5 1 (0.90%) MCSA
5 1 (0.90%) MCSE
5 1 (0.90%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.31%) SLA
2 1 (0.90%) GDPR
2 1 (0.90%) PMO
2 1 (0.90%) QA
System Software
1 16 (14.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (9.01%) VMware ESXi
3 8 (7.21%) XenApp
4 6 (5.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 4 (3.60%) Virtual Desktop
5 4 (3.60%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (1.80%) DFS Replication
6 2 (1.80%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.90%) Docker
7 1 (0.90%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.90%) vSphere
7 1 (0.90%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.90%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 40 (36.04%) SCCM
2 21 (18.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 9 (8.11%) SCOM
4 6 (5.41%) vCenter Server
4 6 (5.41%) WSUS
5 4 (3.60%) McAfee ePO
5 4 (3.60%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (3.60%) OpenView
6 3 (2.70%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (2.70%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 3 (2.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 2 (1.80%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.90%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.90%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.90%) HP SIM
8 1 (0.90%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.90%) Salt
8 1 (0.90%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 56 (50.45%) Microsoft
2 34 (30.63%) VMware
3 21 (18.92%) Apple
4 19 (17.12%) ServiceNow
5 14 (12.61%) Citrix
6 8 (7.21%) McAfee
7 7 (6.31%) HP
7 7 (6.31%) IBM
8 6 (5.41%) Veeam
9 5 (4.50%) Cisco
9 5 (4.50%) Clearswift
9 5 (4.50%) Teradici
10 4 (3.60%) Dell
10 4 (3.60%) Symantec
10 4 (3.60%) Veritas
11 3 (2.70%) Splunk
11 3 (2.70%) Trustwave
12 2 (1.80%) Adobe
12 2 (1.80%) NetApp
13 1 (0.90%) Avaya