The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 28 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 / Lancashire
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 18 31 22
Rank change year-on-year +13 -9  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 27 18 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 8.01% 4.05% 5.97%
As % of the System Software category 51.92% 52.94% 46.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 4 11
Median daily rate £440 £288 £230
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +53.04% +25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £129 £189
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £473 £270
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £324 £300
% change year-on-year -7.44% +8.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 5
Median hourly rate - £14.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -12.50%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.67 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -8.31% +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 Lancashire with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 52 34 49
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 15.43% 7.66% 12.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 20 112
Median daily rate £450 £410 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.75% +49.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £353 £213 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £458 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 6
Median hourly rate - £14.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -26.31%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -28.88% +28.57%  

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

Job postings citing Active Directory as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Lancashire.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in Lancashire

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in Lancashire

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in Lancashire over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in Lancashire

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in Lancashire

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

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 Lancashire region over the 3 months to 28 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
Preston -4 22 £449 +99.44% 3
Blackburn - 1 £420 - 1
Active Directory
North West

For the 6 months to 28 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 37 (86.05%) DNS
2 32 (74.42%) Migration
3 24 (55.81%) Windows
4 18 (41.86%) SC Cleared
4 18 (41.86%) Security Cleared
5 14 (32.56%) Data Centre
6 13 (30.23%) Linux
7 12 (27.91%) VMware
8 10 (23.26%) VMware Infrastructure
8 10 (23.26%) Windows Server
9 9 (20.93%) Middleware
9 9 (20.93%) IBM
10 8 (18.60%) HPUX
10 8 (18.60%) Solaris
11 7 (16.28%) AIX
11 7 (16.28%) DHCP
12 6 (13.95%) SQL Server
13 5 (11.63%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (11.63%) Mainframe
13 5 (11.63%) Microsoft
13 5 (11.63%) Office 365
14 4 (9.30%) Hyper-V
14 4 (9.30%) HP
14 4 (9.30%) MS Exchange
14 4 (9.30%) ITIL
15 3 (6.98%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 3 (6.98%) Disaster Recovery
15 3 (6.98%) Firewall
15 3 (6.98%) CRM
15 3 (6.98%) Microsoft Certification

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 4 (9.30%) MS Exchange
2 3 (6.98%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (4.65%) IIS
3 2 (4.65%) SAS
3 2 (4.65%) Skype for Business
4 1 (2.33%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (2.33%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.33%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (2.33%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (2.33%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (6.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (4.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (2.33%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (11.63%) Office 365
2 1 (2.33%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.33%) Amazon S3
2 1 (2.33%) AWS CloudFormation
2 1 (2.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.33%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 37 (86.05%) DNS
2 7 (16.28%) DHCP
3 3 (6.98%) Firewall
3 3 (6.98%) SAN
4 2 (4.65%) DSL
4 2 (4.65%) Internet
4 2 (4.65%) IP Telephony
4 2 (4.65%) iSCSI
4 2 (4.65%) MPLS
4 2 (4.65%) NAS
4 2 (4.65%) Structured Cabling
4 2 (4.65%) VRRP
5 1 (2.33%) Broadband
5 1 (2.33%) Ethernet
5 1 (2.33%) LAN
5 1 (2.33%) LDAP
5 1 (2.33%) Skype
5 1 (2.33%) SNMP
5 1 (2.33%) VoIP
5 1 (2.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.95%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.65%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (2.33%) Jenkins
General
1 2 (4.65%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.33%) Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (34.88%) Architect
2 6 (13.95%) Active Directory Architect
2 6 (13.95%) Infrastructure Architect
2 6 (13.95%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 4 (9.30%) Active Directory Specialist
3 4 (9.30%) Administrator
3 4 (9.30%) Service Architect
4 3 (6.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) Linux Administrator
4 3 (6.98%) Linux Systems Administrator
4 3 (6.98%) Migration Architect
4 3 (6.98%) Systems Administrator
4 3 (6.98%) VMware Specialist
4 3 (6.98%) Windows Administrator
5 2 (4.65%) Migration Specialist
5 2 (4.65%) Server Specialist
5 2 (4.65%) Windows Infrastructure Specialist
5 2 (4.65%) Windows Specialist
5 2 (4.65%) Windows Systems Administrator
6 1 (2.33%) Linux Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (20.93%) Middleware
2 1 (2.33%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 14 (32.56%) Data Centre
2 5 (11.63%) Mainframe
3 2 (4.65%) Clustering
3 2 (4.65%) Life Science
3 2 (4.65%) Microsoft Licensing
4 1 (2.33%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.33%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.33%) DataPower
4 1 (2.33%) PKI
4 1 (2.33%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 24 (55.81%) Windows
2 13 (30.23%) Linux
3 10 (23.26%) Windows Server
4 8 (18.60%) HPUX
4 8 (18.60%) Solaris
5 7 (16.28%) AIX
6 5 (11.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (6.98%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (4.65%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (2.33%) Windows 2000
9 1 (2.33%) Windows 7
9 1 (2.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (74.42%) Migration
2 4 (9.30%) ITIL
3 3 (6.98%) CRM
3 3 (6.98%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (4.65%) Change Management
4 2 (4.65%) E-Commerce
4 2 (4.65%) ERP
4 2 (4.65%) Procure-to-Pay
4 2 (4.65%) Release Management
4 2 (4.65%) Software Licensing
4 2 (4.65%) Time Management
5 1 (2.33%) Asset Management
5 1 (2.33%) DevOps
5 1 (2.33%) Information Security
5 1 (2.33%) IT Asset Management
5 1 (2.33%) Line Management
5 1 (2.33%) Network Design
5 1 (2.33%) Release Automation
5 1 (2.33%) Service Delivery
5 1 (2.33%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (4.65%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 18 (41.86%) SC Cleared
1 18 (41.86%) Security Cleared
2 3 (6.98%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (4.65%) MCITP
3 2 (4.65%) MCSE
4 1 (2.33%) BC Cleared
4 1 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (2.33%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.33%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (23.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (9.30%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.33%) BitLocker
3 1 (2.33%) Docker
3 1 (2.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (6.98%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 2 (4.65%) Backup Exec
2 2 (4.65%) SCCM
2 2 (4.65%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (4.65%) vMotion
2 2 (4.65%) WSUS
3 1 (2.33%) Ansible
3 1 (2.33%) Control-M
3 1 (2.33%) Kubernetes
3 1 (2.33%) Puppet
3 1 (2.33%) SCOM
3 1 (2.33%) Terraform
Vendors
1 12 (27.91%) VMware
2 9 (20.93%) IBM
3 5 (11.63%) Microsoft
4 4 (9.30%) HP
5 2 (4.65%) Citrix
5 2 (4.65%) Dell
5 2 (4.65%) Kaseya
5 2 (4.65%) Kaspersky
5 2 (4.65%) NETGEAR
5 2 (4.65%) Oracle
5 2 (4.65%) PlateSpin
5 2 (4.65%) SAP
5 2 (4.65%) SolarWinds
5 2 (4.65%) SonicWALL
5 2 (4.65%) Symantec
6 1 (2.33%) BeyondTrust
6 1 (2.33%) Canon
6 1 (2.33%) Cisco
6 1 (2.33%) MobileIron
6 1 (2.33%) ScanSafe