The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 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 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Active Directory
North West / Merseyside
Rank 15 25 12
Rank change year-on-year +10 -13  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 24 14 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 7.41% 4.13% 8.07%
As % of the System Software category 48.98% 35.90% 73.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 6 8
Median daily rate £250 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -37.50% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £228 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £500 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -3.12% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 3
Median hourly rate £13.00 £13.00 £13.00
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 Merseyside with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 49 39 38
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 15.12% 11.50% 10.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 23 9
Median daily rate £350 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £450 £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 3
Median hourly rate £13.00 £13.00 £13.00
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 Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside 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 Merseyside

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in Merseyside

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in Merseyside over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in Merseyside

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in Merseyside

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region over the 3 months to 24 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
Liverpool +12 19 £250 -13.79% 7
Active Directory
North West

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 24 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 24 (70.59%) Windows
2 14 (41.18%) Security Cleared
2 14 (41.18%) Windows Server
3 13 (38.24%) SC Cleared
3 13 (38.24%) MS Exchange
4 12 (35.29%) VMware
5 11 (32.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 10 (29.41%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (29.41%) Windows 7
6 10 (29.41%) Microsoft
7 8 (23.53%) Citrix
7 8 (23.53%) ITIL
7 8 (23.53%) SCCM
7 8 (23.53%) Exchange Server 2010
8 6 (17.65%) Internet
8 6 (17.65%) DNS
8 6 (17.65%) Office 365
8 6 (17.65%) XenApp
8 6 (17.65%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (14.71%) Windows 10
9 5 (14.71%) PowerShell
10 4 (11.76%) Migration
10 4 (11.76%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (11.76%) SQL Server
10 4 (11.76%) Mobile Device Management
11 3 (8.82%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (8.82%) Skype for Business
11 3 (8.82%) ITIL V3
11 3 (8.82%) IIS
11 3 (8.82%) MS Office

Active Directory
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside 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 13 (38.24%) MS Exchange
2 8 (23.53%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (11.76%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (8.82%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (8.82%) IIS
4 3 (8.82%) Skype for Business
5 2 (5.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (5.88%) SharePoint
6 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (2.94%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (8.82%) MS Office
2 2 (5.88%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 6 (17.65%) Office 365
2 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.94%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (2.94%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (2.94%) Amazon S3
3 1 (2.94%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (2.94%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (2.94%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (2.94%) G Suite
3 1 (2.94%) OneDrive
3 1 (2.94%) Route 53
3 1 (2.94%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 6 (17.65%) DNS
1 6 (17.65%) Internet
2 3 (8.82%) DHCP
3 2 (5.88%) TCP/IP
3 2 (5.88%) WAN
4 1 (2.94%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (2.94%) Firewall
4 1 (2.94%) LAN
4 1 (2.94%) NAS
4 1 (2.94%) NetScaler
4 1 (2.94%) SAN
4 1 (2.94%) SMTP
4 1 (2.94%) SSL
4 1 (2.94%) VLAN
4 1 (2.94%) VoIP
4 1 (2.94%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.94%) Big Data
2 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (2.94%) GitLab
1 1 (2.94%) Jenkins
1 1 (2.94%) Sonatype Nexus
Job Titles
1 7 (20.59%) Desktop Support
2 5 (14.71%) Administrator
2 5 (14.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 4 (11.76%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
3 4 (11.76%) 2nd Line Support
4 3 (8.82%) 1st/2nd Line Desktop Support
4 3 (8.82%) 1st/2nd Line Support
4 3 (8.82%) Active Directory Support
4 3 (8.82%) Desktop Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Exchange Support
4 3 (8.82%) Server Administrator
4 3 (8.82%) Support Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Windows Administrator
4 3 (8.82%) Windows Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Windows Server Administrator
5 2 (5.88%) Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) Consultant
5 2 (5.88%) Server Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.94%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.82%) PKI
2 2 (5.88%) Blackberry
2 2 (5.88%) Data Centre
2 2 (5.88%) Mobile App
2 2 (5.88%) Replication
3 1 (2.94%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 24 (70.59%) Windows
2 14 (41.18%) Windows Server
3 11 (32.35%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (29.41%) Windows 7
4 10 (29.41%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (14.71%) Windows 10
6 3 (8.82%) Linux
6 3 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (5.88%) Android
7 2 (5.88%) Apple iOS
7 2 (5.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (5.88%) Windows 8
8 1 (2.94%) CentOS
8 1 (2.94%) Solaris
8 1 (2.94%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (23.53%) ITIL
2 4 (11.76%) Migration
2 4 (11.76%) Mobile Device Management
3 3 (8.82%) ITIL V3
4 2 (5.88%) Patch Management
4 2 (5.88%) Performance Management
4 2 (5.88%) Virtual Infrastructure
5 1 (2.94%) Asset Management
5 1 (2.94%) Auto-Scaling
5 1 (2.94%) Capacity Planning
5 1 (2.94%) Change Control
5 1 (2.94%) Data Centre Operations
5 1 (2.94%) Email Migration
5 1 (2.94%) Security Patching
5 1 (2.94%) Server Building
5 1 (2.94%) Service Management
5 1 (2.94%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (14.71%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.94%) SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (41.18%) Security Cleared
2 13 (38.24%) SC Cleared
3 6 (17.65%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (2.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 6 (17.65%) XenApp
2 2 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.94%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (2.94%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (23.53%) SCCM
2 2 (5.88%) AirWatch
2 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (2.94%) Nagios
3 1 (2.94%) Puppet
3 1 (2.94%) Rsyslog
Vendors
1 12 (35.29%) VMware
2 10 (29.41%) Microsoft
3 8 (23.53%) Citrix
4 3 (8.82%) Cisco
4 3 (8.82%) Red Hat
5 2 (5.88%) NetApp
6 1 (2.94%) F5
6 1 (2.94%) Google
6 1 (2.94%) IBM
6 1 (2.94%) Lumension
6 1 (2.94%) SolarWinds
6 1 (2.94%) Sourcefire