Period
to 15 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 15 October 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
England > North West
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 20 33 26
Rank change year-on-year +13 -7 -1
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 414 295 430
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.99% 5.28% 5.99%
As % of the System Software category 49.82% 48.44% 57.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 194 218
North West median daily rate £300 £280 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -20.00% +33.33%
10th Percentile £110 £113 £122
90th Percentile £475 £507 £553
England median daily rate £350 £300 £330
% change year-on-year +16.67% -9.09% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 43 76
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £14.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.29% +3.70% -5.89%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.38
90th Percentile £21.00 £25.60 £20.29
England median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year - +3.33% -

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 the North West with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 831 609 745
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.03% 10.90% 10.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 518 379 409
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £144 £132 £173
90th Percentile £588 £544 £511
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +13.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 50 82
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £15.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +8.93% -3.45%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.98 £10.50
90th Percentile £22.29 £43.00 £21.00
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.81 £15.75
% change year-on-year -4.79% +6.70% -1.56%

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Active Directory as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Active Directory in the North West

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Active Directory in the North West

Active Directory
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in the North West over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Active Directory in the North West

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Active Directory in the North West

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Active Directory in the North West over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Active Directory in the North West

Active Directory
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 6 months to 15 October 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
Manchester +12 205 £300 +9.09% 81
Cheshire +9 111 £280 -6.67% 41
Merseyside +14 50 £300 +70.21% 18
Lancashire -2 37 £411 +9.47% 10
Cumbria -4 4 £400 - 3
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 North West region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 318 (76.81%) Windows
2 177 (42.75%) Microsoft
3 176 (42.51%) Office 365
4 145 (35.02%) Windows Server
5 118 (28.50%) Windows 10
6 103 (24.88%) VMware
7 101 (24.40%) Windows 7
8 93 (22.46%) Microsoft Azure
9 92 (22.22%) SCCM
10 84 (20.29%) MS Exchange
11 78 (18.84%) ITIL
12 75 (18.12%) DNS
13 74 (17.87%) Citrix
14 71 (17.15%) Microsoft Office
15 62 (14.98%) Migration
15 62 (14.98%) PowerShell
16 54 (13.04%) Skype for Business
17 53 (12.80%) VMware Infrastructure
17 53 (12.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 52 (12.56%) DHCP
19 48 (11.59%) WAN
19 48 (11.59%) LAN
20 47 (11.35%) SQL
20 47 (11.35%) Firewall
21 44 (10.63%) Skype
22 42 (10.14%) Security Cleared
23 41 (9.90%) Exchange Server 2010
23 41 (9.90%) VPN
23 41 (9.90%) Cisco
24 40 (9.66%) Azure Active Directory

Active Directory
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 84 (20.29%) MS Exchange
2 54 (13.04%) Skype for Business
3 41 (9.90%) Exchange Server 2010
4 25 (6.04%) Exchange Server 2013
5 22 (5.31%) SharePoint
6 17 (4.11%) IIS
7 11 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2007
8 8 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.48%) Confluence
9 2 (0.48%) nginx
10 1 (0.24%) Apache
10 1 (0.24%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
Applications
1 71 (17.15%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.21%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.97%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.72%) Teamcenter
2 2 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.24%) Line 50
3 1 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.24%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 176 (42.51%) Office 365
2 93 (22.46%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (9.66%) Azure Active Directory
4 17 (4.11%) Amazon AWS
4 17 (4.11%) OneDrive
5 7 (1.69%) IaaS
6 6 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (1.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 5 (1.21%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (0.97%) Amazon ELB
9 3 (0.72%) PaaS
10 2 (0.48%) SaaS
11 1 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.24%) Amazon EMR
11 1 (0.24%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.24%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.24%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 1 (0.24%) G Suite
11 1 (0.24%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 75 (18.12%) DNS
2 52 (12.56%) DHCP
3 48 (11.59%) LAN
3 48 (11.59%) WAN
4 47 (11.35%) Firewall
5 44 (10.63%) Skype
6 41 (9.90%) VPN
7 35 (8.45%) SAN
7 35 (8.45%) TCP/IP
8 14 (3.38%) DMZ
9 12 (2.90%) VLAN
9 12 (2.90%) VoIP
10 11 (2.66%) NAS
11 9 (2.17%) Internet
12 8 (1.93%) MPLS
13 7 (1.69%) SMTP
14 6 (1.45%) Wireless
15 5 (1.21%) Intranet
15 5 (1.21%) SSL
15 5 (1.21%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.21%) Oracle Database
3 3 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.48%) Big Data
4 2 (0.48%) MS Access
4 2 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.24%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (0.24%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.24%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.24%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (0.24%) Informix
5 1 (0.24%) MySQL
5 1 (0.24%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.24%) Power BI
5 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (1.69%) MSI
1 7 (1.69%) Visual Studio Team System
2 5 (1.21%) Jenkins
3 3 (0.72%) JIRA
4 1 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.24%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.24%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.24%) Visual Studio
General
1 21 (5.07%) Finance
2 8 (1.93%) Local Government
2 8 (1.93%) Telecoms
3 6 (1.45%) Manufacturing
4 5 (1.21%) Back Office
4 5 (1.21%) Marketing
5 4 (0.97%) Danish Language
5 4 (0.97%) French Language
5 4 (0.97%) German Language
5 4 (0.97%) Hungarian Language
5 4 (0.97%) Latvian Language
5 4 (0.97%) Law
5 4 (0.97%) Norwegian Language
5 4 (0.97%) Swedish Language
6 3 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.48%) Banking
7 2 (0.48%) Retail
8 1 (0.24%) Billing
8 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.24%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 80 (19.32%) Analyst
2 49 (11.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 46 (11.11%) Service Analyst
3 46 (11.11%) Service Desk Analyst
4 39 (9.42%) Desktop Support
5 35 (8.45%) Support Engineer
6 31 (7.49%) 2nd Line Support
7 29 (7.00%) 1st Line Support
8 24 (5.80%) Architect
9 21 (5.07%) IT Support
10 20 (4.83%) 1st/2nd Line Support
10 20 (4.83%) Server Engineer
11 19 (4.59%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 19 (4.59%) Support Analyst
12 18 (4.35%) Consultant
13 17 (4.11%) Desktop Engineer
13 17 (4.11%) IT Analyst
14 16 (3.86%) Administrator
15 13 (3.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 13 (3.14%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (2.17%) LDAP
1 9 (2.17%) Web Services
2 6 (1.45%) Middleware
3 5 (1.21%) .NET
4 2 (0.48%) 802.1X
4 2 (0.48%) HTML
4 2 (0.48%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (0.48%) SAML
5 1 (0.24%) boto
5 1 (0.24%) CSS
5 1 (0.24%) jQuery
5 1 (0.24%) JSON
5 1 (0.24%) LAMP
5 1 (0.24%) LAPP Stack
5 1 (0.24%) OAuth
5 1 (0.24%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 31 (7.49%) Data Centre
2 19 (4.59%) Management Information System
3 17 (4.11%) Blackberry
4 15 (3.62%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (2.66%) PKI
6 7 (1.69%) Client/Server
6 7 (1.69%) Replication
7 6 (1.45%) Clustering
7 6 (1.45%) Driving Licence
7 6 (1.45%) Enterprise Storage
7 6 (1.45%) Public Cloud
8 5 (1.21%) Fat Client
8 5 (1.21%) IBM Mainframe
8 5 (1.21%) Mainframe
8 5 (1.21%) Mobile App
8 5 (1.21%) Smartphone
8 5 (1.21%) Thin Client
8 5 (1.21%) YubiKey
9 4 (0.97%) NHS
9 4 (0.97%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 318 (76.81%) Windows
2 145 (35.02%) Windows Server
3 118 (28.50%) Windows 10
4 101 (24.40%) Windows 7
5 39 (9.42%) Windows Server 2012
6 37 (8.94%) Windows Server 2008
7 36 (8.70%) Linux
8 26 (6.28%) Windows XP
9 22 (5.31%) Windows Server 2003
10 21 (5.07%) Mac OS
11 19 (4.59%) Windows 8
12 18 (4.35%) Apple iOS
12 18 (4.35%) Unix
13 8 (1.93%) Android
13 8 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 7 (1.69%) AIX
14 7 (1.69%) Solaris
14 7 (1.69%) Windows 2000
14 7 (1.69%) Windows Embedded Compact
14 7 (1.69%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (18.84%) ITIL
2 62 (14.98%) Migration
3 53 (12.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 38 (9.18%) Problem-Solving
5 26 (6.28%) ITSM
6 23 (5.56%) Disaster Recovery
7 18 (4.35%) Software Deployment
8 17 (4.11%) Asset Management
8 17 (4.11%) Continuous Improvement
8 17 (4.11%) Service Management
9 16 (3.86%) Incident Management
10 12 (2.90%) Service Delivery
11 11 (2.66%) Change Management
11 11 (2.66%) Data Protection
11 11 (2.66%) DevOps
12 10 (2.42%) Time Management
13 9 (2.17%) Test Scripting
14 8 (1.93%) Break/Fix
15 7 (1.69%) Cybersecurity
15 7 (1.69%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 62 (14.98%) PowerShell
2 47 (11.35%) SQL
3 12 (2.90%) VB
4 9 (2.17%) VBScript
5 3 (0.72%) C
6 2 (0.48%) Perl
7 1 (0.24%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.24%) Java
7 1 (0.24%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.24%) Python
7 1 (0.24%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.24%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 42 (10.14%) Security Cleared
2 38 (9.18%) SC Cleared
3 29 (7.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 21 (5.07%) MCSE
5 17 (4.11%) MCSA
6 13 (3.14%) Degree
7 8 (1.93%) A+ Certification
7 8 (1.93%) MCITP
7 8 (1.93%) MCTS
8 7 (1.69%) MCP
9 6 (1.45%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (1.21%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (0.97%) CCNP
11 4 (0.97%) DBS Check
11 4 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.72%) AWS Certification
12 3 (0.72%) MCDST
13 2 (0.48%) CCNA
13 2 (0.48%) HP APS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (5.80%) SLA
2 7 (1.69%) GxP
3 5 (1.21%) GDPR
4 3 (0.72%) PMO
4 3 (0.72%) QA
5 2 (0.48%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 53 (12.80%) VMware Infrastructure
2 33 (7.97%) Hyper-V
3 21 (5.07%) XenApp
4 15 (3.62%) VMware ESXi
4 15 (3.62%) XenDesktop
5 12 (2.90%) Virtual Desktop
6 11 (2.66%) vSphere
7 8 (1.93%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 8 (1.93%) Virtual Machines
7 8 (1.93%) Virtual Servers
8 7 (1.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 6 (1.45%) Forefront TMG
10 5 (1.21%) Terminal Services
11 4 (0.97%) XenServer
12 3 (0.72%) BitLocker
12 3 (0.72%) Docker
12 3 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.48%) Xen
14 1 (0.24%) ProxySG
14 1 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 92 (22.22%) SCCM
2 19 (4.59%) SCOM
2 19 (4.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 12 (2.90%) Microsoft Intune
4 9 (2.17%) OpenView
5 8 (1.93%) WSUS
6 7 (1.69%) Single Sign-On
7 6 (1.45%) vCenter Server
8 5 (1.21%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (0.97%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 4 (0.97%) McAfee ePO
9 4 (0.97%) Puppet
10 3 (0.72%) Ansible
10 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 3 (0.72%) OVSD
10 3 (0.72%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 3 (0.72%) Terraform
10 3 (0.72%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.48%) Packer
11 2 (0.48%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 177 (42.75%) Microsoft
2 103 (24.88%) VMware
3 74 (17.87%) Citrix
4 41 (9.90%) Cisco
5 26 (6.28%) ServiceNow
6 23 (5.56%) Apple
6 23 (5.56%) HP
7 15 (3.62%) McAfee
8 13 (3.14%) IBM
9 11 (2.66%) Veeam
10 10 (2.42%) Oracle
11 9 (2.17%) Palo Alto
11 9 (2.17%) Red Hat
12 8 (1.93%) Clearswift
12 8 (1.93%) NetApp
12 8 (1.93%) Remedy
13 7 (1.69%) Acronis
13 7 (1.69%) EMC
13 7 (1.69%) Hitachi
13 7 (1.69%) Sun