Period
to 24 April 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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 30 15 28
Rank change year-on-year -15 +13 +9
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 81 79 129
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 6.21% 7.50% 6.53%
As % of the System Software category 46.02% 72.48% 60.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 49 62
Cheshire median daily rate £280 £325 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.85% -23.53% +8.97%
10th Percentile £133 £169 £225
90th Percentile £395 £518 £499
North West median daily rate £330 £325 £368
% change year-on-year +1.54% -11.56% +27.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 21 28
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £16.00 £14.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.75% +13.56% +0.64%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £10.35
90th Percentile £21.80 £23.75 £37.50
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year -3.23% +10.71% +7.69%

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 176 109 215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 13.49% 10.35% 10.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 69 113
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £350 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -17.65% -5.56%
10th Percentile £173 £175 £240
90th Percentile £602 £515 £525
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 22 30
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £16.50 £15.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.21% +6.38% +9.44%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £10.45
90th Percentile £21.80 £23.75 £37.50
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% -1.56% +14.29%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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 -17 16 £350 +7.69% 15
Macclesfield +7 12 - - 1
Chester -4 12 £265 -7.83% 9
Knutsford -3 10 £393 +12.14%
Crewe -14 5 - - 5
Wilmslow - 4 £211 - 4
Ellesmere Port +1 3 - -
Lymm - 1 - - 1
Active Directory
North West

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 71 (87.65%) Windows
2 36 (44.44%) Microsoft
3 32 (39.51%) Office 365
4 31 (38.27%) Migration
5 30 (37.04%) Windows Server
6 24 (29.63%) Windows 10
7 23 (28.40%) SCCM
7 23 (28.40%) PowerShell
7 23 (28.40%) Microsoft Office
8 22 (27.16%) Windows 7
9 21 (25.93%) Citrix
9 21 (25.93%) VMware
10 19 (23.46%) Windows Server 2003
11 18 (22.22%) SQL Server
11 18 (22.22%) Windows Server 2008
12 17 (20.99%) Cisco
13 16 (19.75%) MS Exchange
14 15 (18.52%) LAN
14 15 (18.52%) WAN
14 15 (18.52%) DHCP
14 15 (18.52%) DNS
14 15 (18.52%) Data Centre
15 14 (17.28%) Windows Server 2012
15 14 (17.28%) Hyper-V
15 14 (17.28%) Microsoft Azure
15 14 (17.28%) Skype for Business
16 13 (16.05%) ITIL
16 13 (16.05%) SCOM
17 12 (14.81%) VMware Infrastructure
17 12 (14.81%) 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 16 (19.75%) MS Exchange
2 14 (17.28%) Skype for Business
3 8 (9.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (8.64%) IIS
5 6 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (6.17%) Exchange Server 2003
6 5 (6.17%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (3.70%) Confluence
8 2 (2.47%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (2.47%) SharePoint
Applications
1 23 (28.40%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.47%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 1 (1.23%) Line 50
1 1 (1.23%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 32 (39.51%) Office 365
2 14 (17.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (9.88%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (3.70%) OneDrive
5 2 (2.47%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (2.47%) PaaS
6 1 (1.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (1.23%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (1.23%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (1.23%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (1.23%) Amazon S3
6 1 (1.23%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (1.23%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (1.23%) AWS CloudTrail
6 1 (1.23%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 1 (1.23%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (1.23%) Serverless
6 1 (1.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 15 (18.52%) DHCP
1 15 (18.52%) DNS
1 15 (18.52%) LAN
1 15 (18.52%) WAN
2 9 (11.11%) Firewall
2 9 (11.11%) SAN
3 7 (8.64%) MPLS
3 7 (8.64%) TCP/IP
3 7 (8.64%) VoIP
4 5 (6.17%) Reverse Proxy
4 5 (6.17%) VPN
5 4 (4.94%) Skype
6 2 (2.47%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (2.47%) DMZ
6 2 (2.47%) EIGRP
6 2 (2.47%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (2.47%) SMTP
6 2 (2.47%) VLAN
7 1 (1.23%) Internet
7 1 (1.23%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.47%) Big Data
2 2 (2.47%) Hadoop
2 2 (2.47%) MS Access
2 2 (2.47%) MySQL
2 2 (2.47%) Power BI
3 1 (1.23%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.23%) Amazon Redshift
3 1 (1.23%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 3 (3.70%) JIRA
2 2 (2.47%) Git (software)
2 2 (2.47%) Jenkins
2 2 (2.47%) MSI
2 2 (2.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 12 (14.81%) Local Government
2 4 (4.94%) Finance
3 1 (1.23%) Banking
Job Titles
1 21 (25.93%) Server Engineer
2 14 (17.28%) Desktop Support
3 12 (14.81%) Windows Engineer
4 10 (12.35%) Desktop Engineer
5 9 (11.11%) Analyst
6 7 (8.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 7 (8.64%) Support Engineer
7 6 (7.41%) Active Directory Support
7 6 (7.41%) IT Engineer
7 6 (7.41%) IT Support
7 6 (7.41%) Service Analyst
7 6 (7.41%) Service Desk Analyst
7 6 (7.41%) Windows Server Engineer
8 5 (6.17%) 2nd Line Support
8 5 (6.17%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 5 (6.17%) Office 365 Engineer
8 5 (6.17%) Support Technician
9 4 (4.94%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 4 (4.94%) Network Engineer
9 4 (4.94%) Senior Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.94%) LDAP
2 3 (3.70%) JSON
3 2 (2.47%) .NET
3 2 (2.47%) Anaconda
3 2 (2.47%) OAuth
3 2 (2.47%) REST
3 2 (2.47%) SAML
3 2 (2.47%) Web Services
3 2 (2.47%) XML
4 1 (1.23%) boto
4 1 (1.23%) HTML
4 1 (1.23%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (18.52%) Data Centre
2 10 (12.35%) PKI
3 4 (4.94%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (4.94%) Public Cloud
3 4 (4.94%) Replication
4 3 (3.70%) Clustering
4 3 (3.70%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.47%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.23%) BYOD
6 1 (1.23%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.23%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (1.23%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.23%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 71 (87.65%) Windows
2 30 (37.04%) Windows Server
3 24 (29.63%) Windows 10
4 22 (27.16%) Windows 7
5 19 (23.46%) Windows Server 2003
6 18 (22.22%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (17.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (9.88%) Windows XP
9 7 (8.64%) Linux
10 6 (7.41%) Windows 2000
11 4 (4.94%) Android
11 4 (4.94%) Windows 8
12 3 (3.70%) Apple iOS
13 2 (2.47%) Unix
14 1 (1.23%) Mac OS
14 1 (1.23%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (38.27%) Migration
2 13 (16.05%) ITIL
3 8 (9.88%) Time Management
4 7 (8.64%) Break/Fix
4 7 (8.64%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (7.41%) Configuration Management
5 6 (7.41%) PRINCE2
6 5 (6.17%) High Availability
6 5 (6.17%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (6.17%) Server Building
7 4 (4.94%) Capacity Management
7 4 (4.94%) Incident Management
7 4 (4.94%) Procure-to-Pay
8 3 (3.70%) Asset Management
8 3 (3.70%) Network Virtualisation
8 3 (3.70%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (3.70%) Virtual Environments
9 2 (2.47%) Behavioural Analytics
9 2 (2.47%) Case Management
9 2 (2.47%) Email Filtering
Programming Languages
1 23 (28.40%) PowerShell
2 9 (11.11%) SQL
3 8 (9.88%) VBScript
4 4 (4.94%) Python
5 3 (3.70%) C#
6 2 (2.47%) Bash Shell
6 2 (2.47%) Java
7 1 (1.23%) Perl
7 1 (1.23%) Ruby
7 1 (1.23%) VB
Qualifications
1 9 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 8 (9.88%) SC Cleared
3 5 (6.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (4.94%) CCNA
4 4 (4.94%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (3.70%) MCITP
5 3 (3.70%) MCTS
6 1 (1.23%) AWS Certification
6 1 (1.23%) MCSA
6 1 (1.23%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.17%) SLA
2 3 (3.70%) GDPR
System Software
1 14 (17.28%) Hyper-V
2 12 (14.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (14.81%) XenApp
3 10 (12.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 7 (8.64%) Docker
5 5 (6.17%) vSphere
6 4 (4.94%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (3.70%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (2.47%) XenDesktop
9 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (1.23%) Terminal Services
9 1 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (1.23%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 23 (28.40%) SCCM
2 13 (16.05%) SCOM
3 8 (9.88%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (7.41%) McAfee ePO
4 6 (7.41%) WSUS
5 4 (4.94%) SmoothWall
6 3 (3.70%) HP SIM
6 3 (3.70%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (3.70%) vCenter Server
6 3 (3.70%) vMotion
7 2 (2.47%) Puppet
7 2 (2.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (1.23%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (1.23%) Kubernetes
8 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (1.23%) PaperCut
8 1 (1.23%) Salt
8 1 (1.23%) Tivoli
8 1 (1.23%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
Vendors
1 36 (44.44%) Microsoft
2 21 (25.93%) Citrix
2 21 (25.93%) VMware
3 17 (20.99%) Cisco
4 8 (9.88%) McAfee
5 5 (6.17%) Apple
5 5 (6.17%) Avaya
6 4 (4.94%) HP
6 4 (4.94%) Ivanti
7 3 (3.70%) Altiris
7 3 (3.70%) IBM
8 2 (2.47%) Atlassian
8 2 (2.47%) Blue Coat
8 2 (2.47%) Infoblox
8 2 (2.47%) Red Hat
8 2 (2.47%) Sage
8 2 (2.47%) ServiceNow
8 2 (2.47%) Sophos
8 2 (2.47%) Splunk
8 2 (2.47%) Symantec