Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 34 34 33
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 -4
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 282 306 386
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.24% 5.17% 4.76%
As % of the System Software category 48.04% 50.50% 54.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 169 166 197
North West median daily rate £280 £325 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.85% +4.00% +13.64%
10th Percentile £120 £113 £149
90th Percentile £510 £550 £475
England median daily rate £313 £325 £310
% change year-on-year -3.85% +4.84% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 49 104
North West median hourly rate £15.69 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.60% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.45 £10.83
90th Percentile £30.00 £21.00 £34.63
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year - +3.45% -2.88%

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 587 606 711
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 10.91% 10.23% 8.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 362 360
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +15.38%
10th Percentile £135 £140 £165
90th Percentile £575 £575 £525
England median daily rate £450 £418 £388
% change year-on-year +7.78% +7.74% +7.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 53 119
North West median hourly rate £16.36 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.07% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £11.22 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £33.00 £23.50 £37.50
England median hourly rate £16.22 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +1.34% +6.67% -3.23%

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 21 February 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 21 February 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 21 February 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 +1 133 £275 - 80
Cheshire -18 64 £280 -26.32% 36
Merseyside +22 43 £180 -12.20% 9
Lancashire -4 13 £325 -23.08% 5
Cumbria +4 11 £281 - 1
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 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.

1 212 (75.18%) Windows
2 150 (53.19%) Microsoft
3 92 (32.62%) Windows Server
4 83 (29.43%) VMware
5 77 (27.30%) Windows 7
6 76 (26.95%) ITIL
7 65 (23.05%) SCCM
8 64 (22.70%) Office 365
9 60 (21.28%) Windows 10
10 59 (20.92%) Microsoft Azure
11 53 (18.79%) DNS
12 51 (18.09%) MS Exchange
13 49 (17.38%) Citrix
14 48 (17.02%) Migration
15 43 (15.25%) Windows Server 2012
16 42 (14.89%) Windows Server 2008
16 42 (14.89%) DHCP
17 37 (13.12%) VMware Infrastructure
18 35 (12.41%) Service Management
19 32 (11.35%) Cisco
19 32 (11.35%) Security Cleared
20 30 (10.64%) SC Cleared
20 30 (10.64%) SAN
20 30 (10.64%) LAN
20 30 (10.64%) Microsoft Office
20 30 (10.64%) SQL Server
21 28 (9.93%) Hyper-V
22 27 (9.57%) PowerShell
23 26 (9.22%) Management Information System
23 26 (9.22%) SQL

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 51 (18.09%) MS Exchange
2 20 (7.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 17 (6.03%) Skype for Business
4 14 (4.96%) Exchange Server 2013
5 11 (3.90%) IIS
6 7 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (2.13%) SharePoint
8 4 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (1.06%) SAS
10 2 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.71%) Confluence
10 2 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.71%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.35%) Apache
11 1 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.35%) JBoss
11 1 (0.35%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.35%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.35%) WebSphere Application Server
11 1 (0.35%) WordPress
Applications
1 30 (10.64%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (3.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (2.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.71%) HipChat
5 1 (0.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.71%) SAP CO
1 2 (0.71%) SAP FI
1 2 (0.71%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 64 (22.70%) Office 365
2 59 (20.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (6.03%) Azure Active Directory
4 14 (4.96%) Amazon AWS
5 10 (3.55%) PaaS
6 8 (2.84%) IaaS
7 6 (2.13%) Google Drive
8 4 (1.42%) Boomi
8 4 (1.42%) iPaaS
8 4 (1.42%) SaaS
9 3 (1.06%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (1.06%) Amazon S3
9 3 (1.06%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (1.06%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (1.06%) Route 53
9 3 (1.06%) Serverless
9 3 (1.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.35%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 53 (18.79%) DNS
2 42 (14.89%) DHCP
3 30 (10.64%) LAN
3 30 (10.64%) SAN
4 26 (9.22%) WAN
5 23 (8.16%) Firewall
6 19 (6.74%) VPN
7 12 (4.26%) MPLS
7 12 (4.26%) TCP/IP
7 12 (4.26%) VLAN
8 11 (3.90%) Skype
8 11 (3.90%) VoIP
9 7 (2.48%) Network Security
9 7 (2.48%) Remote Desktop
10 6 (2.13%) NAS
11 5 (1.77%) ADSL
11 5 (1.77%) Internet
11 5 (1.77%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (1.42%) SSL
12 4 (1.42%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (10.64%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.77%) Big Data
3 4 (1.42%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (1.42%) BusinessObjects
3 4 (1.42%) MS Access
4 3 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (1.06%) Blockchain
4 3 (1.06%) MySQL
4 3 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.71%) Hadoop
5 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.35%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.35%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.35%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 9 (3.19%) JIRA
1 9 (3.19%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.77%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 3 (1.06%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.06%) GitLab
3 3 (1.06%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.06%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (0.71%) Cucumber
4 2 (0.71%) LSMW
4 2 (0.71%) MSI
General
1 22 (7.80%) Finance
2 17 (6.03%) Publishing
3 13 (4.61%) Local Government
4 9 (3.19%) Retail
5 4 (1.42%) Banking
5 4 (1.42%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.06%) Back Office
6 3 (1.06%) Retail Finance
7 2 (0.71%) General Ledger
7 2 (0.71%) Law
8 1 (0.35%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.35%) Legal
8 1 (0.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 57 (20.21%) Analyst
2 32 (11.35%) Service Analyst
3 30 (10.64%) Service Desk Analyst
4 26 (9.22%) Consultant
4 26 (9.22%) Desktop Support
5 24 (8.51%) Support Engineer
6 23 (8.16%) Desktop Engineer
7 22 (7.80%) Support Analyst
8 20 (7.09%) IT Support
8 20 (7.09%) Server Engineer
9 19 (6.74%) IT Analyst
9 19 (6.74%) IT Engineer
10 17 (6.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 16 (5.67%) 1st Line Support
11 16 (5.67%) 3rd Line Support
11 16 (5.67%) Active Directory Support
12 15 (5.32%) Architect
13 13 (4.61%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 12 (4.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 11 (3.90%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.67%) Web Services
2 13 (4.61%) LDAP
3 10 (3.55%) .NET
4 9 (3.19%) JSON
4 9 (3.19%) XML
5 4 (1.42%) ADO.NET
5 4 (1.42%) ASP.NET
5 4 (1.42%) HTML
5 4 (1.42%) KML
5 4 (1.42%) REST
5 4 (1.42%) RESTful
5 4 (1.42%) SAML
5 4 (1.42%) SOAP
6 3 (1.06%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (1.06%) LINQ
6 3 (1.06%) Software Packaging
6 3 (1.06%) WCF
7 2 (0.71%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.71%) OAuth
7 2 (0.71%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 26 (9.22%) Management Information System
2 23 (8.16%) Data Centre
3 17 (6.03%) PKI
4 11 (3.90%) Smartphone
5 9 (3.19%) Blackberry
5 9 (3.19%) Mobile App
6 8 (2.84%) Replication
7 7 (2.48%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (1.77%) Clustering
9 4 (1.42%) Driving Licence
9 4 (1.42%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (1.42%) Private Cloud
9 4 (1.42%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.42%) User Experience
10 3 (1.06%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.06%) EMC VNX
10 3 (1.06%) iPhone
10 3 (1.06%) Mainframe
10 3 (1.06%) NHS
10 3 (1.06%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 212 (75.18%) Windows
2 92 (32.62%) Windows Server
3 77 (27.30%) Windows 7
4 60 (21.28%) Windows 10
5 43 (15.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (14.89%) Windows Server 2008
7 26 (9.22%) Linux
8 23 (8.16%) Windows Server 2003
9 12 (4.26%) Android
9 12 (4.26%) Apple iOS
10 11 (3.90%) Windows XP
11 9 (3.19%) Windows 8
12 7 (2.48%) Unix
13 6 (2.13%) AIX
13 6 (2.13%) HPUX
14 5 (1.77%) SUSE
15 4 (1.42%) CentOS
15 4 (1.42%) Solaris
16 3 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (1.06%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (26.95%) ITIL
2 48 (17.02%) Migration
3 35 (12.41%) Service Management
4 20 (7.09%) Disaster Recovery
5 13 (4.61%) Incident Management
6 12 (4.26%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (4.26%) Service Delivery
7 11 (3.90%) Facilities Management
7 11 (3.90%) Problem Management
8 9 (3.19%) PRINCE2
8 9 (3.19%) Time Management
9 8 (2.84%) Break/Fix
9 8 (2.84%) Change Control
9 8 (2.84%) Kalman Filter
10 7 (2.48%) Analytics
10 7 (2.48%) Continuous Improvement
10 7 (2.48%) Cybersecurity
10 7 (2.48%) DevOps
10 7 (2.48%) Identity Access Management
10 7 (2.48%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 27 (9.57%) PowerShell
2 26 (9.22%) SQL
3 9 (3.19%) C
4 8 (2.84%) C#
5 6 (2.13%) VBScript
6 5 (1.77%) Python
7 4 (1.42%) JavaScript
7 4 (1.42%) VB
8 3 (1.06%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.71%) Java
9 2 (0.71%) VBA
10 1 (0.35%) Perl
10 1 (0.35%) PHP
Qualifications
1 32 (11.35%) Security Cleared
2 30 (10.64%) SC Cleared
3 25 (8.87%) Microsoft Certification
4 22 (7.80%) ITIL Certification
5 17 (6.03%) MCP
6 14 (4.96%) MCSA
7 10 (3.55%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (3.55%) MCSE
8 8 (2.84%) CCNA
8 8 (2.84%) MCITP
9 7 (2.48%) DBS Check
10 5 (1.77%) CCNP
11 4 (1.42%) CCIE
12 3 (1.06%) CTC Cleared
12 3 (1.06%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 3 (1.06%) MCSD
12 3 (1.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 2 (0.71%) Degree
13 2 (0.71%) JNCIA
13 2 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (6.74%) SLA
2 3 (1.06%) GDPR
3 2 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.71%) PMO
4 1 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.35%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.35%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.35%) QA
4 1 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 37 (13.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 28 (9.93%) Hyper-V
3 16 (5.67%) XenApp
4 15 (5.32%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (3.19%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (3.19%) vSphere
6 6 (2.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 5 (1.77%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.71%) VMware Server
8 2 (0.71%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.35%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.35%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.35%) iptables
9 1 (0.35%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.35%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.35%) Tivoli Directory Server
9 1 (0.35%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 65 (23.05%) SCCM
2 14 (4.96%) SCOM
2 14 (4.96%) WSUS
3 10 (3.55%) McAfee ePO
3 10 (3.55%) Microsoft Clustering
4 9 (3.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 8 (2.84%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (2.13%) Puppet
7 5 (1.77%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 5 (1.77%) NetBackup
7 5 (1.77%) vCenter Server
8 3 (1.06%) HP SIM
8 3 (1.06%) Rsyslog
8 3 (1.06%) SmoothWall
9 2 (0.71%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.71%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 2 (0.71%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (0.71%) vMotion
10 1 (0.35%) EdgeSight
10 1 (0.35%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 150 (53.19%) Microsoft
2 83 (29.43%) VMware
3 49 (17.38%) Citrix
4 32 (11.35%) Cisco
5 17 (6.03%) HP
6 16 (5.67%) Apple
7 12 (4.26%) McAfee
8 10 (3.55%) Capita
8 10 (3.55%) NetApp
8 10 (3.55%) Oracle
9 9 (3.19%) IBM
10 8 (2.84%) Red Hat
11 7 (2.48%) Ivanti
12 6 (2.13%) EMC
12 6 (2.13%) Google
12 6 (2.13%) IronPort
12 6 (2.13%) Juniper
12 6 (2.13%) Lumension
13 5 (1.77%) Avaya
13 5 (1.77%) Dell