The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester 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 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
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Active Directory
Cheshire / Chester
Rank 13 13 23
Rank change year-on-year 0 +10  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 8 17 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 7.84% 11.26% 5.49%
As % of the System Software category 80.00% 68.00% 100.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 8 4
Median daily rate £295 £313 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.60% -30.55%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -3.12% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 9 6
Median hourly rate £14.00 £14.18 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.26% +1.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.90 £14.00 £12.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.05 £35.00 £14.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year -6.66% +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 Chester with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 10 25 10
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 9.80% 16.56% 5.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 12 4
Median daily rate £295 £275 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.27% -38.88%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 9 6
Median hourly rate £15.50 £16.84 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.95% +20.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.00 £12.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.38 £35.00 £14.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.87% +6.45%  

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Chester 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 Chester

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Active Directory in Chester.

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in Chester

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory in Chester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in Chester

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Chester

For the 6 months to 22 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 Chester region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 11 (100.00%) Windows
2 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
3 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (45.45%) Citrix
3 5 (45.45%) SCCM
3 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (45.45%) Windows Server
4 4 (36.36%) Migration
5 3 (27.27%) Intel Security
5 3 (27.27%) MS Exchange
5 3 (27.27%) SQL Server
5 3 (27.27%) ITIL
5 3 (27.27%) Windows 7
5 3 (27.27%) SCOM
5 3 (27.27%) Local Government
5 3 (27.27%) PKI
6 2 (18.18%) CESG
6 2 (18.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (18.18%) Application Packaging
6 2 (18.18%) Information Security
6 2 (18.18%) Reverse Proxy
6 2 (18.18%) IIS
6 2 (18.18%) AIX
6 2 (18.18%) LDAP
6 2 (18.18%) SharePoint
6 2 (18.18%) Windows XP
6 2 (18.18%) LAN
6 2 (18.18%) WAN
6 2 (18.18%) HP
6 2 (18.18%) ISEB

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills in Chester 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 3 (27.27%) MS Exchange
2 2 (18.18%) IIS
2 2 (18.18%) SharePoint
2 2 (18.18%) Skype for Business
3 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 1 (9.09%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (9.09%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (18.18%) Firewall
1 2 (18.18%) LAN
1 2 (18.18%) LDAP
1 2 (18.18%) Reverse Proxy
1 2 (18.18%) SAN
1 2 (18.18%) WAN
2 1 (9.09%) Remote Desktop
2 1 (9.09%) SSL
2 1 (9.09%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (27.27%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (9.09%) MSI
General
1 3 (27.27%) Local Government
2 1 (9.09%) Back Office
2 1 (9.09%) French Language
2 1 (9.09%) German Language
2 1 (9.09%) Portuguese Language
2 1 (9.09%) Russian Language
2 1 (9.09%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 2 (18.18%) 1st Line Support
1 2 (18.18%) Active Directory Support
1 2 (18.18%) Exchange Support
1 2 (18.18%) SCCM Engineer
1 2 (18.18%) Security Officer
1 2 (18.18%) Server Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Analyst
2 1 (9.09%) Data Centre Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Desktop Support
2 1 (9.09%) First Line Help Desk Support
2 1 (9.09%) Help Desk Support
2 1 (9.09%) IT Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Senior Server Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Service Analyst
2 1 (9.09%) Service Desk Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 3 (27.27%) PKI
2 2 (18.18%) CESG
2 2 (18.18%) Clustering
2 2 (18.18%) Data Centre
2 2 (18.18%) Management Information System
3 1 (9.09%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 11 (100.00%) Windows
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2003
2 5 (45.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (27.27%) Windows 7
4 2 (18.18%) AIX
4 2 (18.18%) Unix
4 2 (18.18%) Windows 10
4 2 (18.18%) Windows XP
5 1 (9.09%) Android
5 1 (9.09%) Apple iOS
5 1 (9.09%) Windows 2000
5 1 (9.09%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (36.36%) Migration
2 3 (27.27%) ITIL
3 2 (18.18%) Application Packaging
3 2 (18.18%) Information Security
3 2 (18.18%) Information Security Management
3 2 (18.18%) Security Management
4 1 (9.09%) Data Analysis
4 1 (9.09%) Data Migration
4 1 (9.09%) Incident Management
4 1 (9.09%) Mobile Device Management
4 1 (9.09%) Multi-Factor Authentication
4 1 (9.09%) PRINCE2
4 1 (9.09%) Server Building
4 1 (9.09%) Time Management
4 1 (9.09%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 1 (9.09%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 2 (18.18%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (9.09%) BitLocker
1 1 (9.09%) Citrix Presentation Server
1 1 (9.09%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 5 (45.45%) SCCM
2 3 (27.27%) SCOM
3 2 (18.18%) SmoothWall
4 1 (9.09%) DameWare
4 1 (9.09%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
2 5 (45.45%) Citrix
3 3 (27.27%) Intel Security
4 2 (18.18%) Cisco
4 2 (18.18%) HP
4 2 (18.18%) Juniper
5 1 (9.09%) AppSense
5 1 (9.09%) VMware