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 3 months to 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Active Directory
North West / Cheshire
Rank 19 22 28
Rank change year-on-year +3 +6  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 36 71 47
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 6.75% 7.36% 5.50%
As % of the System Software category 75.00% 56.80% 44.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 29 16
Median daily rate £313 £425 £366
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -26.47% +16.04%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £192 £249 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £513 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £323 £300
% change year-on-year -3.87% +7.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 17 18
Median hourly rate £15.50 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.20 £10.53
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.87 £30.23 £17.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year -10.00% +7.14%  

Active Directory is in the system software skills category. The next 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.

Contract System Software Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 48 125 106
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 9.01% 12.95% 12.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 56 60
Median daily rate £350 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.64% -5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £245 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -3.97% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 17 20
Median hourly rate £16.00 £14.18 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.83% +1.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.60 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.74 £35.00 £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.82 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -4.13% +4.10%  

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing Active Directory as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

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 3 months to 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +6 11 £300 -29.16% 7
Chester 0 8 £295 -5.60% 2
Ellesmere Port - 1 £263 -
Winsford - 1 - - 1
Active Directory
North West

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 54 (67.50%) Windows
2 47 (58.75%) Microsoft
3 19 (23.75%) SCCM
4 18 (22.50%) Windows Server
5 17 (21.25%) MS Exchange
6 16 (20.00%) Citrix
6 16 (20.00%) ITIL
6 16 (20.00%) Migration
7 14 (17.50%) PowerShell
7 14 (17.50%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (17.50%) Office 365
8 11 (13.75%) VMware
8 11 (13.75%) VPN
9 10 (12.50%) Finance
9 10 (12.50%) Windows 7
9 10 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
10 9 (11.25%) Microsoft Azure
10 9 (11.25%) Change Management
10 9 (11.25%) Firewall
10 9 (11.25%) Blackberry
10 9 (11.25%) LAN
10 9 (11.25%) WAN
10 9 (11.25%) Windows Server 2003
10 9 (11.25%) MS Excel
10 9 (11.25%) Windows Server 2012
10 9 (11.25%) Data Centre
10 9 (11.25%) Windows 10
11 8 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
11 8 (10.00%) Python
11 8 (10.00%) MS Office

Active Directory
Top Related 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 17 (21.25%) MS Exchange
2 10 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (10.00%) Skype for Business
4 6 (7.50%) IIS
5 5 (6.25%) SharePoint
6 4 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (3.75%) Apache
7 3 (3.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (3.75%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (3.75%) JBoss
7 3 (3.75%) nginx
7 3 (3.75%) Oracle 10gAS
7 3 (3.75%) Tomcat
7 3 (3.75%) WebLogic
8 2 (2.50%) Exchange Server 5.5
9 1 (1.25%) Confluence
Applications
1 9 (11.25%) MS Excel
2 8 (10.00%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 14 (17.50%) Office 365
2 9 (11.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (8.75%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (6.25%) Amazon S3
5 4 (5.00%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 4 (5.00%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (5.00%) Amazon ELB
5 4 (5.00%) Amazon EMR
5 4 (5.00%) Amazon SQS
5 4 (5.00%) AWS CloudFormation
5 4 (5.00%) AWS CloudTrail
5 4 (5.00%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 4 (5.00%) AWS Lambda
5 4 (5.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (2.50%) PaaS
7 1 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (1.25%) IaaS
7 1 (1.25%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (13.75%) VPN
2 9 (11.25%) Firewall
2 9 (11.25%) LAN
2 9 (11.25%) WAN
3 7 (8.75%) DNS
3 7 (8.75%) LDAP
3 7 (8.75%) SSL
4 6 (7.50%) DHCP
4 6 (7.50%) Kerberos
4 6 (7.50%) SAN
5 5 (6.25%) Skype
6 4 (5.00%) TCP/IP
7 3 (3.75%) IPsec
7 3 (3.75%) NAS
7 3 (3.75%) Reverse Proxy
7 3 (3.75%) VLAN
8 2 (2.50%) Internet
8 2 (2.50%) IP Telephony
8 2 (2.50%) Network Security
8 2 (2.50%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.00%) Amazon RDS
2 4 (5.00%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (2.50%) MS Access
4 1 (1.25%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 4 (5.00%) Jenkins
2 2 (2.50%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.25%) JIRA
3 1 (1.25%) MSI
General
1 10 (12.50%) Finance
2 6 (7.50%) Local Government
3 3 (3.75%) Banking
4 2 (2.50%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.25%) Advertising
5 1 (1.25%) Back Office
5 1 (1.25%) French Language
5 1 (1.25%) Games
5 1 (1.25%) German Language
5 1 (1.25%) Portuguese Language
5 1 (1.25%) Russian Language
5 1 (1.25%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 9 (11.25%) Consultant
2 8 (10.00%) Analyst
3 7 (8.75%) Active Directory Support
4 6 (7.50%) Architect
4 6 (7.50%) Exchange Support
4 6 (7.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
5 5 (6.25%) IT Support
5 5 (6.25%) Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (6.25%) Support Technician
6 4 (5.00%) Active Directory Consultant
6 4 (5.00%) Active Directory Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) AWS Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) IT Support Technician
6 4 (5.00%) IT Technician
6 4 (5.00%) SCCM Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) Server Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) Service Analyst
7 3 (3.75%) Office 365 Architect
7 3 (3.75%) SCCM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.25%) HTML
1 5 (6.25%) JSON
1 5 (6.25%) SAML
2 4 (5.00%) boto
2 4 (5.00%) YAML
3 3 (3.75%) Middleware
3 3 (3.75%) OAuth2
3 3 (3.75%) OpenID
3 3 (3.75%) Oracle Fusion
3 3 (3.75%) Web Services
4 1 (1.25%) .NET
4 1 (1.25%) Ajax
4 1 (1.25%) HTML5
4 1 (1.25%) JAAS
4 1 (1.25%) Java SE
4 1 (1.25%) jQuery
4 1 (1.25%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.25%) Blackberry
1 9 (11.25%) Data Centre
2 8 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (10.00%) PKI
3 5 (6.25%) Linux Command Line
3 5 (6.25%) Management Information System
4 3 (3.75%) Clustering
4 3 (3.75%) Smartphone
5 2 (2.50%) CESG
5 2 (2.50%) iPhone
5 2 (2.50%) NHS
5 2 (2.50%) Smartcard
6 1 (1.25%) BYOD
6 1 (1.25%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.25%) Handset
6 1 (1.25%) iPad
6 1 (1.25%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.25%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 54 (67.50%) Windows
2 18 (22.50%) Windows Server
3 14 (17.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (12.50%) Windows 7
5 9 (11.25%) Windows 10
5 9 (11.25%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (11.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (8.75%) Windows XP
7 6 (7.50%) Unix
7 6 (7.50%) Windows 8
8 5 (6.25%) Android
8 5 (6.25%) Linux
9 3 (3.75%) AIX
9 3 (3.75%) Apple iOS
9 3 (3.75%) Windows Phone
10 2 (2.50%) Windows 2000
10 2 (2.50%) Windows Vista
11 1 (1.25%) Mac OS
11 1 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (20.00%) ITIL
1 16 (20.00%) Migration
2 9 (11.25%) Change Management
3 8 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (10.00%) Identity Management
3 8 (10.00%) Incident Management
4 6 (7.50%) DevOps
4 6 (7.50%) Multi-Factor Authentication
5 5 (6.25%) Mobile Device Management
5 5 (6.25%) Problem Management
6 4 (5.00%) Automated Testing
6 4 (5.00%) High Availability
6 4 (5.00%) Information Security
6 4 (5.00%) PRINCE2
6 4 (5.00%) Project Management
6 4 (5.00%) Scrum
6 4 (5.00%) Service Management
6 4 (5.00%) Two-Factor Authentication
7 3 (3.75%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (3.75%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 14 (17.50%) PowerShell
2 8 (10.00%) Perl
2 8 (10.00%) Python
3 4 (5.00%) Java
3 4 (5.00%) SQL
3 4 (5.00%) VBScript
4 3 (3.75%) VB
5 2 (2.50%) VB6
6 1 (1.25%) Go
6 1 (1.25%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 6 (7.50%) Microsoft Certification
1 6 (7.50%) Security Cleared
2 4 (5.00%) AWS Certification
3 3 (3.75%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (3.75%) ISEB
3 3 (3.75%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.50%) MCSE
5 1 (1.25%) CCNA
5 1 (1.25%) Degree
5 1 (1.25%) MCDST
5 1 (1.25%) MCP
5 1 (1.25%) MCSA
5 1 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.25%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.25%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (6.25%) Hyper-V
2 4 (5.00%) Docker
2 4 (5.00%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (3.75%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 3 (3.75%) VMware ESX
3 3 (3.75%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (2.50%) BitLocker
4 2 (2.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (2.50%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (2.50%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (2.50%) VMware GSX
4 2 (2.50%) XenApp
5 1 (1.25%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 19 (23.75%) SCCM
2 5 (6.25%) Kubernetes
2 5 (6.25%) SCOM
3 4 (5.00%) Docker Swarm
3 4 (5.00%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (5.00%) Puppet
3 4 (5.00%) WSUS
4 3 (3.75%) AirWatch
4 3 (3.75%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 3 (3.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 3 (3.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 2 (2.50%) MAILsweeper
5 2 (2.50%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (2.50%) MOM
5 2 (2.50%) Salt
5 2 (2.50%) SmoothWall
5 2 (2.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (1.25%) DameWare
6 1 (1.25%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (1.25%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 47 (58.75%) Microsoft
2 16 (20.00%) Citrix
3 11 (13.75%) VMware
4 8 (10.00%) Cisco
4 8 (10.00%) Symantec
5 7 (8.75%) Intel Security
6 6 (7.50%) HP
7 3 (3.75%) Apple
7 3 (3.75%) Dell
7 3 (3.75%) Juniper
7 3 (3.75%) Oracle
7 3 (3.75%) Splunk
7 3 (3.75%) Trustwave
8 2 (2.50%) AppSense
8 2 (2.50%) IronPort
8 2 (2.50%) NetApp
8 2 (2.50%) SolarWinds
8 2 (2.50%) Sophos
8 2 (2.50%) Trend Micro
9 1 (1.25%) Red Hat
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