Period
to 18 February 2019

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 February 2019 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 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 20 34 17
Rank change year-on-year +14 -17 +13
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 87 63 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 7.34% 4.86% 7.53%
As % of the System Software category 64.44% 47.01% 73.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 35 54
Cheshire median daily rate £325 £280 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.07% -26.32% +8.26%
10th Percentile £150 £197 £120
90th Percentile £460 £605 £675
North West median daily rate £311 £280 £325
% change year-on-year +11.16% -13.85% +6.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 20 20
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £14.25 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.81% -16.18% +0.95%
10th Percentile £16.01 £11.24 £12.83
90th Percentile £17.97 £26.78 £23.75
North West median hourly rate £17.13 £15.78 £15.00
% change year-on-year +8.56% +5.17% -

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 135 134 125
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 11.38% 10.35% 10.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 76 75
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £338 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% -10.00% -6.25%
10th Percentile £238 £222 £122
90th Percentile £475 £550 £615
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 21 21
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £14.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -17.65% +0.95%
10th Percentile £16.03 £11.25 £13.00
90th Percentile £18.30 £26.00 £23.75
North West median hourly rate £17.25 £16.43 £15.00
% change year-on-year +4.99% +9.53% -

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 February 2019.

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 February 2019. 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 +12 32 £325 -7.14% 10
Macclesfield +4 12 £173 - 5
Chester -1 9 £320 +14.29% 9
Alderley Edge - 7 - - 1
Wilmslow - 6 - - 7
Knutsford -8 4 £120 -57.14%
Crewe -7 1 £100 -62.26% 1
Northwich - 1 - - 2
Runcorn - 1 - - 3
Active Directory
North West

For the 6 months to 18 February 2019, 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 73 (83.91%) Windows
2 54 (62.07%) Office 365
3 46 (52.87%) Microsoft
4 33 (37.93%) Windows 10
5 31 (35.63%) SCCM
6 30 (34.48%) Windows Server
7 29 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
8 28 (32.18%) VMware
9 25 (28.74%) Windows 7
10 19 (21.84%) Microsoft Azure
10 19 (21.84%) Apple iOS
10 19 (21.84%) Mac OS
10 19 (21.84%) Software Deployment
11 18 (20.69%) OneDrive
11 18 (20.69%) Migration
11 18 (20.69%) Apple
11 18 (20.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 18 (20.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 17 (19.54%) LAN
12 17 (19.54%) WAN
12 17 (19.54%) ServiceNow
13 16 (18.39%) PowerShell
13 16 (18.39%) SC Cleared
13 16 (18.39%) Security Cleared
14 15 (17.24%) Asset Management
15 14 (16.09%) MS Exchange
15 14 (16.09%) DNS
15 14 (16.09%) Skype for Business
16 13 (14.94%) Citrix
17 12 (13.79%) ITSM

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 14 (16.09%) MS Exchange
1 14 (16.09%) Skype for Business
2 9 (10.34%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (9.20%) SharePoint
4 6 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (5.75%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (1.15%) Confluence
7 1 (1.15%) IIS
7 1 (1.15%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 29 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.45%) MS Visio
3 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 54 (62.07%) Office 365
2 19 (21.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (20.69%) OneDrive
4 3 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (3.45%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (1.15%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (1.15%) Amazon EMR
5 1 (1.15%) Amazon S3
5 1 (1.15%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (1.15%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (1.15%) AWS CloudTrail
5 1 (1.15%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 1 (1.15%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (1.15%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.15%) IaaS
5 1 (1.15%) Mimecast
5 1 (1.15%) SaaS
5 1 (1.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 17 (19.54%) LAN
1 17 (19.54%) WAN
2 14 (16.09%) DNS
3 11 (12.64%) DHCP
3 11 (12.64%) SAN
3 11 (12.64%) Skype
4 10 (11.49%) TCP/IP
4 10 (11.49%) VPN
5 9 (10.34%) Firewall
6 4 (4.60%) NAS
7 2 (2.30%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (2.30%) DMZ
7 2 (2.30%) MPLS
7 2 (2.30%) Network Security
7 2 (2.30%) SMTP
7 2 (2.30%) VoIP
7 2 (2.30%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (1.15%) Internet
8 1 (1.15%) Intranet
8 1 (1.15%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.75%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.15%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (1.15%) Amazon Redshift
2 1 (1.15%) Electronic Patient Records
2 1 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (2.30%) AdminStudio
1 2 (2.30%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.15%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.15%) JIRA
2 1 (1.15%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 6 (6.90%) Local Government
1 6 (6.90%) Marketing
2 4 (4.60%) Finance
3 1 (1.15%) Law
3 1 (1.15%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 18 (20.69%) Analyst
2 15 (17.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 9 (10.34%) Customer Engineer
4 8 (9.20%) Senior Customer Engineer
4 8 (9.20%) Service Analyst
4 8 (9.20%) Service Desk Analyst
5 7 (8.05%) Desktop Engineer
5 7 (8.05%) IT Analyst
6 6 (6.90%) Consultant
6 6 (6.90%) Desktop Support
7 5 (5.75%) Infrastructure Consultant
7 5 (5.75%) Server Engineer
7 5 (5.75%) Support Engineer
8 4 (4.60%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 4 (4.60%) IT Support
8 4 (4.60%) Support Analyst
9 3 (3.45%) Administrator
9 3 (3.45%) IT Support Analyst
9 3 (3.45%) Migration Architect
9 3 (3.45%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.60%) Middleware
2 1 (1.15%) boto
2 1 (1.15%) HTML
2 1 (1.15%) JSON
2 1 (1.15%) LDAP
2 1 (1.15%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (11.49%) Data Centre
2 5 (5.75%) IBM Mainframe
2 5 (5.75%) Mainframe
2 5 (5.75%) Management Information System
2 5 (5.75%) Replication
3 4 (4.60%) Enterprise Storage
3 4 (4.60%) PKI
4 3 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (2.30%) Clustering
6 1 (1.15%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.15%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.15%) iPhone
6 1 (1.15%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (1.15%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.15%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.15%) User Experience
6 1 (1.15%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 73 (83.91%) Windows
2 33 (37.93%) Windows 10
3 30 (34.48%) Windows Server
4 25 (28.74%) Windows 7
5 19 (21.84%) Apple iOS
5 19 (21.84%) Mac OS
6 10 (11.49%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (8.05%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (8.05%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (5.75%) Unix
9 2 (2.30%) Windows XP
10 1 (1.15%) Linux
10 1 (1.15%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (21.84%) Software Deployment
2 18 (20.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 18 (20.69%) Migration
3 15 (17.24%) Asset Management
4 12 (13.79%) ITSM
5 9 (10.34%) ITIL
6 6 (6.90%) Problem-Solving
7 5 (5.75%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (5.75%) Risk Management
8 4 (4.60%) Decision-Making
8 4 (4.60%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (4.60%) Matrix Organization
8 4 (4.60%) Server Building
9 3 (3.45%) Break/Fix
9 3 (3.45%) DevOps
9 3 (3.45%) Server Management
10 2 (2.30%) Agile Software Development
10 2 (2.30%) Compatibility Testing
10 2 (2.30%) Kalman Filter
10 2 (2.30%) Threat Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (18.39%) PowerShell
2 3 (3.45%) SQL
2 3 (3.45%) VBScript
3 2 (2.30%) VB
4 1 (1.15%) Perl
4 1 (1.15%) Python
Qualifications
1 16 (18.39%) SC Cleared
1 16 (18.39%) Security Cleared
2 7 (8.05%) A+ Certification
3 2 (2.30%) Degree
3 2 (2.30%) MCITP
3 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.15%) AWS Certification
4 1 (1.15%) MCP
4 1 (1.15%) MCSA
4 1 (1.15%) MCSE
4 1 (1.15%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.60%) SLA
2 1 (1.15%) GDPR
2 1 (1.15%) PMO
System Software
1 12 (13.79%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (6.90%) XenApp
3 5 (5.75%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (4.60%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 4 (4.60%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (3.45%) Hyper-V
6 2 (2.30%) DFS Replication
6 2 (2.30%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.15%) Docker
7 1 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 31 (35.63%) SCCM
2 18 (20.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 4 (4.60%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (4.60%) NetBackup
3 4 (4.60%) OpenView
3 4 (4.60%) SCOM
4 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (2.30%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (2.30%) WSUS
5 1 (1.15%) AirWatch
5 1 (1.15%) Docker Swarm
5 1 (1.15%) Foglight
5 1 (1.15%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (1.15%) Kubernetes
5 1 (1.15%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (1.15%) MIIS
5 1 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (1.15%) Salt
5 1 (1.15%) SmoothWall
5 1 (1.15%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 46 (52.87%) Microsoft
2 28 (32.18%) VMware
3 18 (20.69%) Apple
4 17 (19.54%) ServiceNow
5 13 (14.94%) Citrix
6 7 (8.05%) Cisco
6 7 (8.05%) HP
7 6 (6.90%) IBM
7 6 (6.90%) Veeam
7 6 (6.90%) Veritas
8 3 (3.45%) Adobe
8 3 (3.45%) IronPort
8 3 (3.45%) Symantec
9 2 (2.30%) EMC
9 2 (2.30%) Ivanti
9 2 (2.30%) McAfee
9 2 (2.30%) NetApp
10 1 (1.15%) F5
10 1 (1.15%) SolarWinds
10 1 (1.15%) TippingPoint