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 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.

Microsoft Active Directory
North West / Lancashire
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 15 17 18
Rank change year-on-year +2 +1  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 16 40 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 7.84% 9.32% 7.83%
As % of the System Software category 76.19% 65.57% 52.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 27 12
Median daily rate £431 £375 £256
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.80% +46.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £280 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £412 £319
UK excluding London median daily rate £306 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -4.29% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 15
Median hourly rate - £12.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -7.69%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year -10.00% +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 Lancashire with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 21 61 59
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 10.29% 14.22% 14.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 38 27
Median daily rate £420 £375 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% +25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £341 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £511 £425 £501
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -3.97% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 11 15
Median hourly rate - £20.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +53.84%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.93 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -3.45% +4.10%  

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire 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 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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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 +5 13 £425 +13.40% 1
Active Directory
North West

Active Directory
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire

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

1 16 (76.19%) Windows
2 15 (71.43%) DNS
3 13 (61.90%) Migration
4 11 (52.38%) VMware
5 10 (47.62%) SC Cleared
5 10 (47.62%) Security Cleared
6 9 (42.86%) Linux
7 8 (38.10%) Windows Server
8 7 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
9 6 (28.57%) Middleware
10 5 (23.81%) Microsoft
11 4 (19.05%) DHCP
11 4 (19.05%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (19.05%) MCSE
11 4 (19.05%) AIX
11 4 (19.05%) HPUX
11 4 (19.05%) Solaris
11 4 (19.05%) SQL Server
11 4 (19.05%) ITIL
11 4 (19.05%) Mainframe
12 3 (14.29%) Backup Exec
12 3 (14.29%) IIS
12 3 (14.29%) SAN
12 3 (14.29%) Symantec
12 3 (14.29%) Hyper-V
12 3 (14.29%) vSphere
12 3 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (9.52%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 2 (9.52%) Data Centre
13 2 (9.52%) IP Telephony

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 3 (14.29%) IIS
2 2 (9.52%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (9.52%) MS Exchange
3 1 (4.76%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (4.76%) MS Excel
1 1 (4.76%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (4.76%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (9.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (4.76%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.52%) Office 365
2 1 (4.76%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 15 (71.43%) DNS
2 4 (19.05%) DHCP
3 3 (14.29%) SAN
4 2 (9.52%) IP Telephony
4 2 (9.52%) NAS
5 1 (4.76%) DSL
5 1 (4.76%) Firewall
5 1 (4.76%) Internet
5 1 (4.76%) iSCSI
5 1 (4.76%) LAN
5 1 (4.76%) LDAP
5 1 (4.76%) MPLS
5 1 (4.76%) Structured Cabling
5 1 (4.76%) VPN
5 1 (4.76%) VRRP
5 1 (4.76%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (19.05%) SQL Server
2 2 (9.52%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 2 (9.52%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (33.33%) Architect
2 4 (19.05%) Administrator
2 4 (19.05%) Infrastructure Architect
3 3 (14.29%) Linux Administrator
3 3 (14.29%) Linux Systems Administrator
3 3 (14.29%) Systems Administrator
3 3 (14.29%) Windows Administrator
4 2 (9.52%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (9.52%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) Active Directory Architect
4 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) Migration Architect
4 2 (9.52%) Service Architect
4 2 (9.52%) Support Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) VMware Specialist
4 2 (9.52%) Windows Systems Administrator
5 1 (4.76%) Windows Server Administrator
5 1 (4.76%) Windows Specialist
5 1 (4.76%) Wintel Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (28.57%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (19.05%) Mainframe
2 2 (9.52%) Clustering
2 2 (9.52%) Data Centre
2 2 (9.52%) Life Science
3 1 (4.76%) AS400
3 1 (4.76%) Management Information System
3 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Licensing
3 1 (4.76%) PKI
3 1 (4.76%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 16 (76.19%) Windows
2 9 (42.86%) Linux
3 8 (38.10%) Windows Server
4 4 (19.05%) AIX
4 4 (19.05%) HPUX
4 4 (19.05%) Solaris
5 3 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (4.76%) Windows 10
6 1 (4.76%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (4.76%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (61.90%) Migration
2 4 (19.05%) ITIL
3 2 (9.52%) Change Management
3 2 (9.52%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (9.52%) ERP
3 2 (9.52%) Release Management
4 1 (4.76%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (4.76%) CRM
4 1 (4.76%) E-Commerce
4 1 (4.76%) Infrastructure Management
4 1 (4.76%) Knowledge Management
4 1 (4.76%) Open Source
4 1 (4.76%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (4.76%) Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (4.76%) Server Monitoring
4 1 (4.76%) Service Delivery
4 1 (4.76%) Service Management
4 1 (4.76%) Software Licensing
4 1 (4.76%) Technical Analysis
4 1 (4.76%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (9.52%) PowerShell
2 1 (4.76%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (47.62%) SC Cleared
1 10 (47.62%) Security Cleared
2 4 (19.05%) MCSE
2 4 (19.05%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (9.52%) MCITP
4 1 (4.76%) BC Cleared
4 1 (4.76%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (4.76%) CCNA
4 1 (4.76%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (4.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 7 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (14.29%) Hyper-V
2 3 (14.29%) vSphere
3 1 (4.76%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 3 (14.29%) Backup Exec
2 2 (9.52%) SCCM
2 2 (9.52%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (9.52%) WSUS
3 1 (4.76%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (4.76%) SCOM
3 1 (4.76%) vMotion
Vendors
1 11 (52.38%) VMware
2 5 (23.81%) Microsoft
3 3 (14.29%) Symantec
4 2 (9.52%) Dell
4 2 (9.52%) HP
4 2 (9.52%) Kaseya
4 2 (9.52%) Kaspersky
4 2 (9.52%) Oracle
4 2 (9.52%) SAP
4 2 (9.52%) SolarWinds
5 1 (4.76%) Canon
5 1 (4.76%) Cisco
5 1 (4.76%) EqualLogic
5 1 (4.76%) IBM
5 1 (4.76%) Intel Security
5 1 (4.76%) NETGEAR
5 1 (4.76%) SonicWALL
5 1 (4.76%) Veeam