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 22 June 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 15 21 30
Rank change year-on-year +6 +9  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 48 72 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 7.55% 7.83% 4.87%
As % of the System Software category 53.93% 68.57% 42.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 44 24
Median daily rate £300 £425 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -29.41% +31.78%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £229 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 15
Median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.81% -3.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £10.00 £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.21 £13.50 £18.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  

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 89 105 116
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 13.99% 11.41% 11.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 67 66
Median daily rate £350 £410 £427
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.63% -3.98%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £190 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £480 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 10 18
Median hourly rate £14.25 £13.50 £14.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.55% -5.89%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.85 £10.00 £12.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.58 £21.00 £18.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.58% +22.85%  

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 22 June 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 3 months to 22 June 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
Chester +19 17 £300 -30.23% 1
Warrington +2 15 £278 -34.70% 13
Runcorn - 5 £300 -
Knutsford - 2 £350 - 2
Northwich - 2 - -
Macclesfield - 1 £95 -
Winsford - 1 - -
Active Directory
North West

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 50 (61.73%) Windows
2 45 (55.56%) Microsoft
3 28 (34.57%) Office 365
4 24 (29.63%) Windows Server
5 23 (28.40%) SCCM
5 23 (28.40%) Citrix
6 22 (27.16%) Migration
7 21 (25.93%) MS Exchange
8 20 (24.69%) Windows Server 2008
9 19 (23.46%) DNS
10 18 (22.22%) ITIL
10 18 (22.22%) PKI
11 17 (20.99%) SharePoint
12 16 (19.75%) VMware
12 16 (19.75%) SQL Server
12 16 (19.75%) PowerShell
12 16 (19.75%) Skype for Business
13 14 (17.28%) Microsoft Azure
13 14 (17.28%) Data Centre
14 13 (16.05%) Exchange Server 2010
14 13 (16.05%) Microsoft Office
15 12 (14.81%) Windows Server 2003
15 12 (14.81%) Security Cleared
16 11 (13.58%) SC Cleared
16 11 (13.58%) Windows Server 2012
16 11 (13.58%) IIS
16 11 (13.58%) Finance
17 10 (12.35%) Exchange Server 2013
18 9 (11.11%) Local Government
18 9 (11.11%) McAfee

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 21 (25.93%) MS Exchange
2 17 (20.99%) SharePoint
3 16 (19.75%) Skype for Business
4 13 (16.05%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (13.58%) IIS
6 10 (12.35%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (6.17%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (6.17%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (4.94%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (3.70%) Apache
9 3 (3.70%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (3.70%) Site Server
10 2 (2.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (1.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (16.05%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.23%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 28 (34.57%) Office 365
2 14 (17.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (8.64%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (3.70%) OneDrive
4 3 (3.70%) Yammer
5 2 (2.47%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (1.23%) IaaS
6 1 (1.23%) PaaS
6 1 (1.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (23.46%) DNS
2 9 (11.11%) DHCP
2 9 (11.11%) LAN
2 9 (11.11%) WAN
3 8 (9.88%) SAN
4 7 (8.64%) Firewall
4 7 (8.64%) Skype
4 7 (8.64%) TCP/IP
5 4 (4.94%) LDAP
5 4 (4.94%) NAS
5 4 (4.94%) NetScaler
5 4 (4.94%) Reverse Proxy
5 4 (4.94%) VPN
6 3 (3.70%) Internet
7 2 (2.47%) Network Security
7 2 (2.47%) Remote Desktop
8 1 (1.23%) Intranet
8 1 (1.23%) IP Telephony
8 1 (1.23%) SSH
8 1 (1.23%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (19.75%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.70%) MS Access
2 3 (3.70%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (3.70%) SQL Server 2014
2 3 (3.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.47%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.23%) MySQL
General
1 11 (13.58%) Finance
2 9 (11.11%) Local Government
3 5 (6.17%) Banking
4 3 (3.70%) Investment Banking
4 3 (3.70%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.23%) Advertising
5 1 (1.23%) Back Office
5 1 (1.23%) French Language
5 1 (1.23%) Games
5 1 (1.23%) German Language
5 1 (1.23%) Portuguese Language
5 1 (1.23%) Russian Language
5 1 (1.23%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 17 (20.99%) Consultant
2 10 (12.35%) Architect
3 8 (9.88%) Administrator
4 7 (8.64%) Server Engineer
5 5 (6.17%) Active Directory Support
5 5 (6.17%) Analyst
5 5 (6.17%) Exchange Support
5 5 (6.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (6.17%) IT Support
5 5 (6.17%) Technical Consultant
6 4 (4.94%) Desktop Support
6 4 (4.94%) IT Support Technician
6 4 (4.94%) IT Technician
6 4 (4.94%) SCCM Engineer
6 4 (4.94%) Security Officer
6 4 (4.94%) Support Technician
7 3 (3.70%) 1st Line Support
7 3 (3.70%) Coordinator
7 3 (3.70%) Service Analyst
7 3 (3.70%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.17%) Web Services
2 4 (4.94%) .NET
3 3 (3.70%) .NET Framework
3 3 (3.70%) Ajax
3 3 (3.70%) ASP.NET
3 3 (3.70%) CSS
3 3 (3.70%) CSS3
3 3 (3.70%) EDI
3 3 (3.70%) HTML
3 3 (3.70%) HTML5
3 3 (3.70%) JSON
3 3 (3.70%) Software Packaging
3 3 (3.70%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 3 (3.70%) WAP
3 3 (3.70%) XML
4 2 (2.47%) LAMP
5 1 (1.23%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 18 (22.22%) PKI
2 14 (17.28%) Data Centre
3 5 (6.17%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (6.17%) Clustering
3 5 (6.17%) Management Information System
4 4 (4.94%) Blackberry
4 4 (4.94%) Replication
5 3 (3.70%) CESG
6 2 (2.47%) BYOD
6 2 (2.47%) iPhone
7 1 (1.23%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.23%) EMC VNX
7 1 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.23%) Fat Client
7 1 (1.23%) Handset
7 1 (1.23%) iPad
7 1 (1.23%) Smartphone
7 1 (1.23%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 50 (61.73%) Windows
2 24 (29.63%) Windows Server
3 20 (24.69%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (14.81%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (13.58%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (9.88%) Windows 7
7 6 (7.41%) Windows XP
8 5 (6.17%) Windows 10
8 5 (6.17%) Windows 8
9 4 (4.94%) AIX
9 4 (4.94%) Apple iOS
9 4 (4.94%) Linux
9 4 (4.94%) Unix
10 2 (2.47%) Android
10 2 (2.47%) CentOS
10 2 (2.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (1.23%) Mac OS
11 1 (1.23%) Windows 2000
11 1 (1.23%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (1.23%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (27.16%) Migration
2 18 (22.22%) ITIL
3 6 (7.41%) Customer Requirements
3 6 (7.41%) Information Security
3 6 (7.41%) Line Management
3 6 (7.41%) Service Management
4 5 (6.17%) Network Management
4 5 (6.17%) Project Management
5 4 (4.94%) Information Security Management
5 4 (4.94%) Load Balancing
5 4 (4.94%) Mobile Device Management
5 4 (4.94%) Patch Management
5 4 (4.94%) Presales
5 4 (4.94%) Security Management
5 4 (4.94%) Server Building
6 3 (3.70%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (3.70%) ERP
6 3 (3.70%) Multi-Factor Authentication
6 3 (3.70%) Task Automation
6 3 (3.70%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 16 (19.75%) PowerShell
2 4 (4.94%) C#
3 3 (3.70%) JavaScript
3 3 (3.70%) VBScript
4 2 (2.47%) SQL
5 1 (1.23%) Java
5 1 (1.23%) VB
5 1 (1.23%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 12 (14.81%) Security Cleared
2 11 (13.58%) SC Cleared
3 5 (6.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (4.94%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (4.94%) ISEB
5 3 (3.70%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (2.47%) CCNA
6 2 (2.47%) MCSA
6 2 (2.47%) MCSE
7 1 (1.23%) MCDST
7 1 (1.23%) MCP
7 1 (1.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (3.70%) COBIT
3 2 (2.47%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 8 (9.88%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (8.64%) XenApp
3 6 (7.41%) vSphere
4 4 (4.94%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 4 (4.94%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (3.70%) UAG
6 2 (2.47%) Hyper-V
7 1 (1.23%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (1.23%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 23 (28.40%) SCCM
2 7 (8.64%) SCOM
3 4 (4.94%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (4.94%) vCenter Server
3 4 (4.94%) WSUS
4 3 (3.70%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 3 (3.70%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 3 (3.70%) SmoothWall
4 3 (3.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 2 (2.47%) Ansible
5 2 (2.47%) Puppet
5 2 (2.47%) vMotion
6 1 (1.23%) AirWatch
6 1 (1.23%) BladeLogic
6 1 (1.23%) DameWare
6 1 (1.23%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (1.23%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (1.23%) Nagios
6 1 (1.23%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (1.23%) vRealize
Vendors
1 45 (55.56%) Microsoft
2 23 (28.40%) Citrix
3 16 (19.75%) VMware
4 9 (11.11%) McAfee
5 7 (8.64%) HP
6 6 (7.41%) Cisco
7 5 (6.17%) Symantec
8 4 (4.94%) Apple
8 4 (4.94%) IBM
8 4 (4.94%) Juniper
9 3 (3.70%) AppSense
9 3 (3.70%) Dell
9 3 (3.70%) Splunk
9 3 (3.70%) Trustwave
10 2 (2.47%) CA
10 2 (2.47%) EMC
10 2 (2.47%) Red Hat
11 1 (1.23%) BMC
11 1 (1.23%) NetApp
11 1 (1.23%) Veritas
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