Period
to 22 July 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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 21 23 25
Rank change year-on-year +2 +2 +5
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 97 81 132
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 7.12% 6.52% 7.06%
As % of the System Software category 46.41% 55.10% 61.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 73 70
Cheshire median daily rate £280 £300 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% -29.41% +27.82%
10th Percentile £109 £123 £225
90th Percentile £369 £450 £491
North West median daily rate £308 £300 £375
% change year-on-year +2.50% -20.00% +36.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 12 19
Cheshire median hourly rate £14.50 £15.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.92% +12.96% -3.57%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.38 £10.00
90th Percentile £21.00 £18.74 £17.96
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% +14.81% -

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 209 147 214
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 15.35% 11.84% 11.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 119 114
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £350 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -17.65% -5.56%
10th Percentile £231 £146 £233
90th Percentile £500 £505 £525
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +20.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 15 21
Cheshire median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +11.11% -3.57%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.75 £10.00
90th Percentile £21.00 £20.10 £21.00
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year -3.23% +14.81% -3.57%

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 22 July 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in Cheshire over the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 22 July 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 -3 19 £263 -4.55% 11
Macclesfield +14 15 - - 7
Wilmslow +4 12 £325 +236.79% 1
Knutsford +1 12 £393 +12.14% 3
Chester -10 12 £280 -6.67% 2
Crewe - 7 £118 - 2
Ellesmere Port -1 2 - -
Nantwich - 1 £118 - 1
Active Directory
North West

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 86 (88.66%) Windows
2 47 (48.45%) Office 365
3 44 (45.36%) Windows Server
4 40 (41.24%) Microsoft
5 39 (40.21%) Migration
6 34 (35.05%) Windows 10
7 30 (30.93%) Windows 7
8 27 (27.84%) SCCM
8 27 (27.84%) PowerShell
8 27 (27.84%) MS Exchange
9 26 (26.80%) Skype for Business
10 24 (24.74%) VMware
11 22 (22.68%) Citrix
11 22 (22.68%) Microsoft Azure
12 21 (21.65%) Windows Server 2008
12 21 (21.65%) Windows Server 2012
12 21 (21.65%) Windows Server 2003
13 20 (20.62%) SQL Server
13 20 (20.62%) Microsoft Office
14 18 (18.56%) LAN
14 18 (18.56%) WAN
14 18 (18.56%) VMware Infrastructure
15 17 (17.53%) SCOM
15 17 (17.53%) DNS
16 16 (16.49%) Exchange Server 2010
17 15 (15.46%) SQL
18 14 (14.43%) DHCP
18 14 (14.43%) PKI
18 14 (14.43%) Hyper-V
18 14 (14.43%) XenApp

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 (27.84%) MS Exchange
2 26 (26.80%) Skype for Business
3 16 (16.49%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (8.25%) Exchange Server 2003
4 8 (8.25%) Exchange Server 2007
4 8 (8.25%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (7.22%) SharePoint
6 6 (6.19%) IIS
7 3 (3.09%) Confluence
8 2 (2.06%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 20 (20.62%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.06%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 3 (3.09%) Teamcenter
2 2 (2.06%) Line 50
2 2 (2.06%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 47 (48.45%) Office 365
2 22 (22.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (12.37%) Azure Active Directory
4 10 (10.31%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (5.15%) OneDrive
6 2 (2.06%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (2.06%) IaaS
6 2 (2.06%) PaaS
6 2 (2.06%) SaaS
6 2 (2.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (1.03%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (1.03%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (1.03%) Amazon EMR
7 1 (1.03%) Amazon S3
7 1 (1.03%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (1.03%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (1.03%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (1.03%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 1 (1.03%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (1.03%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 18 (18.56%) LAN
1 18 (18.56%) WAN
2 17 (17.53%) DNS
3 14 (14.43%) DHCP
4 13 (13.40%) Firewall
4 13 (13.40%) Skype
5 11 (11.34%) SAN
6 9 (9.28%) VoIP
7 7 (7.22%) VPN
8 6 (6.19%) MPLS
9 5 (5.15%) Reverse Proxy
9 5 (5.15%) TCP/IP
10 3 (3.09%) DMZ
11 2 (2.06%) SMTP
11 2 (2.06%) VLAN
12 1 (1.03%) NAS
12 1 (1.03%) Network Security
12 1 (1.03%) Remote Desktop
12 1 (1.03%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (20.62%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.09%) Power BI
3 2 (2.06%) Big Data
3 2 (2.06%) Hadoop
3 2 (2.06%) MySQL
4 1 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.03%) Amazon Redshift
4 1 (1.03%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 3 (3.09%) JIRA
2 2 (2.06%) Git (software)
2 2 (2.06%) Jenkins
2 2 (2.06%) MSI
General
1 13 (13.40%) Local Government
2 9 (9.28%) Finance
3 3 (3.09%) Back Office
4 1 (1.03%) Banking
4 1 (1.03%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 25 (25.77%) Server Engineer
2 18 (18.56%) Desktop Support
3 14 (14.43%) Windows Engineer
4 13 (13.40%) Support Engineer
5 11 (11.34%) Analyst
5 11 (11.34%) Desktop Engineer
6 10 (10.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 8 (8.25%) Administrator
8 7 (7.22%) Active Directory Engineer
8 7 (7.22%) Service Analyst
8 7 (7.22%) Service Desk Analyst
9 6 (6.19%) Active Directory Support
9 6 (6.19%) Windows Server Engineer
10 5 (5.15%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 5 (5.15%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 5 (5.15%) IT Support
10 5 (5.15%) Senior Windows Administrator
10 5 (5.15%) Windows Administrator
11 4 (4.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 4 (4.12%) Senior Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.15%) LDAP
2 3 (3.09%) JSON
2 3 (3.09%) Web Services
3 2 (2.06%) .NET
3 2 (2.06%) Anaconda
3 2 (2.06%) OAuth
3 2 (2.06%) REST
3 2 (2.06%) SAML
3 2 (2.06%) XML
4 1 (1.03%) boto
4 1 (1.03%) HTML
4 1 (1.03%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (14.43%) Data Centre
1 14 (14.43%) PKI
2 6 (6.19%) Fat Client
2 6 (6.19%) Thin Client
3 5 (5.15%) Public Cloud
4 3 (3.09%) Clustering
4 3 (3.09%) Hybrid Cloud
4 3 (3.09%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (2.06%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.06%) NHS
6 1 (1.03%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.03%) BYOD
6 1 (1.03%) iPhone
6 1 (1.03%) IPTV
6 1 (1.03%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (1.03%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.03%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 86 (88.66%) Windows
2 44 (45.36%) Windows Server
3 34 (35.05%) Windows 10
4 30 (30.93%) Windows 7
5 21 (21.65%) Windows Server 2003
5 21 (21.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 21 (21.65%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (13.40%) Windows XP
7 11 (11.34%) Linux
8 9 (9.28%) Windows 8
9 7 (7.22%) Apple iOS
9 7 (7.22%) Windows 2000
10 4 (4.12%) Mac OS
10 4 (4.12%) Windows Vista
11 3 (3.09%) Unix
12 2 (2.06%) Android
13 1 (1.03%) AIX
13 1 (1.03%) CentOS
13 1 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (1.03%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (40.21%) Migration
2 11 (11.34%) ITIL
3 10 (10.31%) Break/Fix
3 10 (10.31%) Time Management
4 8 (8.25%) Server Building
5 7 (7.22%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (5.15%) Capacity Management
6 5 (5.15%) Customer Requirements
6 5 (5.15%) High Availability
6 5 (5.15%) PRINCE2
6 5 (5.15%) Procure-to-Pay
6 5 (5.15%) Software Deployment
7 4 (4.12%) Asset Management
7 4 (4.12%) Incident Management
7 4 (4.12%) Information Security
7 4 (4.12%) Test Scripting
8 3 (3.09%) Configuration Management
8 3 (3.09%) Network Virtualisation
8 3 (3.09%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (3.09%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 27 (27.84%) PowerShell
2 15 (15.46%) SQL
3 8 (8.25%) VBScript
4 4 (4.12%) Python
5 3 (3.09%) C#
6 2 (2.06%) Bash Shell
6 2 (2.06%) Java
7 1 (1.03%) Perl
7 1 (1.03%) Ruby
7 1 (1.03%) VB
Qualifications
1 13 (13.40%) Security Cleared
2 12 (12.37%) SC Cleared
3 4 (4.12%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (3.09%) MCITP
4 3 (3.09%) MCTS
5 2 (2.06%) CCNA
5 2 (2.06%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.03%) A+ Certification
6 1 (1.03%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.31%) SLA
2 1 (1.03%) GDPR
2 1 (1.03%) QA
System Software
1 18 (18.56%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (14.43%) Hyper-V
2 14 (14.43%) XenApp
3 13 (13.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 9 (9.28%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (7.22%) Docker
5 7 (7.22%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (5.15%) vSphere
7 3 (3.09%) XenDesktop
8 2 (2.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (2.06%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (1.03%) Terminal Services
9 1 (1.03%) VMware Server
9 1 (1.03%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 27 (27.84%) SCCM
2 17 (17.53%) SCOM
3 11 (11.34%) WSUS
4 9 (9.28%) McAfee ePO
4 9 (9.28%) vCenter Server
5 8 (8.25%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (6.19%) Microsoft Intune
7 5 (5.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 4 (4.12%) SmoothWall
9 3 (3.09%) HP SIM
9 3 (3.09%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (3.09%) vMotion
10 2 (2.06%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 2 (2.06%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 2 (2.06%) PaperCut
10 2 (2.06%) Puppet
10 2 (2.06%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 1 (1.03%) Docker Swarm
11 1 (1.03%) Kubernetes
11 1 (1.03%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
Vendors
1 40 (41.24%) Microsoft
2 24 (24.74%) VMware
3 22 (22.68%) Citrix
4 13 (13.40%) McAfee
5 12 (12.37%) Cisco
6 5 (5.15%) Avaya
6 5 (5.15%) Clearswift
6 5 (5.15%) Teradici
7 4 (4.12%) Apple
7 4 (4.12%) Ivanti
7 4 (4.12%) Splunk
7 4 (4.12%) Symantec
8 3 (3.09%) Altiris
8 3 (3.09%) HP
8 3 (3.09%) IBM
8 3 (3.09%) Red Hat
8 3 (3.09%) Sage
8 3 (3.09%) ServiceNow
9 2 (2.06%) Blue Coat
9 2 (2.06%) Sophos