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 3 months to 26 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
England / North West
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 32 26 23
Rank change year-on-year -6 -3  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 161 240 232
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.46% 6.40% 6.28%
As % of the System Software category 50.31% 63.16% 50.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 108 109
Median daily rate £300 £388 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.58% +47.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £194 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 41 50
Median hourly rate £15.50 £13.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.23% -7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.36 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.20 £14.50 £20.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.25% +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 the North West with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 320 380 456
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 10.85% 10.13% 12.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 192 240
Median daily rate £394 £385 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.20% +28.41%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £200 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 43 56
Median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.81% -10.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.43 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £162.50 £16.00 £22.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.18 £21.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.60% +24.28%  

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 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
Manchester -15 58 £263 -25.00% 51
Cheshire +7 45 £300 -29.41% 20
Lancashire +13 26 £440 +25.71% 7
Merseyside -9 21 £175 -32.69% 3
Cumbria +3 6 £225 -10.00%
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 26 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 North West region with a requirement for Active Directory.

1 205 (66.34%) Windows
2 138 (44.66%) Microsoft
3 115 (37.22%) Windows Server
4 107 (34.63%) DNS
5 91 (29.45%) Office 365
6 88 (28.48%) MS Exchange
7 77 (24.92%) VMware
8 73 (23.62%) Migration
9 69 (22.33%) Windows Server 2012
10 66 (21.36%) Exchange Server 2010
10 66 (21.36%) Windows Server 2008
11 61 (19.74%) ITIL
12 60 (19.42%) Windows 7
13 54 (17.48%) Security Cleared
14 53 (17.15%) Citrix
15 52 (16.83%) Microsoft Office
16 51 (16.50%) SC Cleared
17 50 (16.18%) DHCP
18 49 (15.86%) SCCM
19 44 (14.24%) VMware Infrastructure
19 44 (14.24%) Data Centre
20 42 (13.59%) Microsoft Azure
21 40 (12.94%) PowerShell
22 34 (11.00%) Windows 10
23 32 (10.36%) SQL Server
24 28 (9.06%) Linux
24 28 (9.06%) PKI
24 28 (9.06%) Skype for Business
24 28 (9.06%) Exchange Server 2013
25 26 (8.41%) SharePoint

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 88 (28.48%) MS Exchange
2 66 (21.36%) Exchange Server 2010
3 28 (9.06%) Exchange Server 2013
3 28 (9.06%) Skype for Business
4 26 (8.41%) SharePoint
5 16 (5.18%) IIS
6 11 (3.56%) Exchange Server 2007
7 8 (2.59%) IBM Notes
7 8 (2.59%) SAS
8 7 (2.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 6 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2003
9 6 (1.94%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (1.29%) Confluence
11 3 (0.97%) Apache
11 3 (0.97%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (0.97%) Site Server
12 2 (0.65%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.65%) Tomcat
13 1 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
13 1 (0.32%) WebLogic
Applications
1 52 (16.83%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.65%) SPSS
5 1 (0.32%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.32%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (2.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.29%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 91 (29.45%) Office 365
2 42 (13.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (5.18%) Azure Active Directory
4 12 (3.88%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (1.94%) Amazon S3
5 6 (1.94%) AWS CloudFormation
6 5 (1.62%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 5 (1.62%) Amazon EC2
6 5 (1.62%) AWS Lambda
6 5 (1.62%) OneDrive
6 5 (1.62%) Route 53
6 5 (1.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 4 (1.29%) IaaS
8 3 (0.97%) Google Drive
8 3 (0.97%) PaaS
8 3 (0.97%) Yammer
9 1 (0.32%) G Suite
9 1 (0.32%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.32%) SaaS
9 1 (0.32%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 107 (34.63%) DNS
2 50 (16.18%) DHCP
3 23 (7.44%) Firewall
4 22 (7.12%) LAN
5 20 (6.47%) WAN
6 16 (5.18%) SAN
7 15 (4.85%) TCP/IP
8 14 (4.53%) VPN
9 13 (4.21%) Internet
10 12 (3.88%) Skype
11 11 (3.56%) NAS
12 10 (3.24%) VoIP
13 7 (2.27%) LDAP
13 7 (2.27%) SSL
14 5 (1.62%) NetScaler
14 5 (1.62%) Network Security
14 5 (1.62%) SMTP
14 5 (1.62%) Wi-Fi
15 4 (1.29%) iSCSI
15 4 (1.29%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (10.36%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.27%) SQL Server 2012
2 7 (2.27%) SQL Server 2014
3 5 (1.62%) Big Data
3 5 (1.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (1.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (1.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (0.97%) Blockchain
4 3 (0.97%) MS Access
5 2 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.65%) Data Mining
5 2 (0.65%) KNIME
5 2 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.65%) Power BI
5 2 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.65%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.32%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.32%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 10 (3.24%) JIRA
2 7 (2.27%) Jenkins
3 6 (1.94%) GitLab
3 6 (1.94%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.32%) Git (software)
General
1 24 (7.77%) Finance
2 15 (4.85%) Manufacturing
3 9 (2.91%) Banking
3 9 (2.91%) Local Government
4 4 (1.29%) Games
5 3 (0.97%) Back Office
5 3 (0.97%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.65%) Law
7 1 (0.32%) Advertising
7 1 (0.32%) Billing
7 1 (0.32%) Electronics
7 1 (0.32%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 47 (15.21%) Analyst
2 35 (11.33%) Architect
3 30 (9.71%) Consultant
4 29 (9.39%) 2nd Line Support
5 22 (7.12%) Administrator
5 22 (7.12%) Support Engineer
6 21 (6.80%) Desktop Support
7 19 (6.15%) IT Support
8 18 (5.83%) Active Directory Support
8 18 (5.83%) Support Analyst
9 17 (5.50%) Service Analyst
10 16 (5.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 16 (5.18%) Service Desk Analyst
11 13 (4.21%) Exchange Support
11 13 (4.21%) Server Engineer
12 12 (3.88%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 12 (3.88%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 11 (3.56%) 1st Line Support
13 11 (3.56%) 1st/2nd Line Support
14 10 (3.24%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.56%) Middleware
2 9 (2.91%) Software Packaging
3 6 (1.94%) HTML
4 5 (1.62%) .NET
4 5 (1.62%) Ajax
4 5 (1.62%) HTML5
4 5 (1.62%) JSON
4 5 (1.62%) Web Services
5 3 (0.97%) .NET Framework
5 3 (0.97%) ASP.NET
5 3 (0.97%) CSS
5 3 (0.97%) CSS3
5 3 (0.97%) EDI
5 3 (0.97%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (0.97%) WAP
5 3 (0.97%) XML
6 2 (0.65%) JAAS
6 2 (0.65%) Java SE
6 2 (0.65%) jQuery
6 2 (0.65%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 44 (14.24%) Data Centre
2 28 (9.06%) PKI
3 22 (7.12%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (3.56%) Replication
5 10 (3.24%) Blackberry
5 10 (3.24%) Life Science
5 10 (3.24%) Video Conferencing
6 8 (2.59%) Clustering
6 8 (2.59%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (2.27%) iPhone
8 6 (1.94%) Mainframe
9 5 (1.62%) iPad
9 5 (1.62%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.62%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.62%) Smartphone
10 3 (0.97%) BYOD
10 3 (0.97%) CESG
10 3 (0.97%) Microsoft Licensing
10 3 (0.97%) RSA SecurID
11 1 (0.32%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 205 (66.34%) Windows
2 115 (37.22%) Windows Server
3 69 (22.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 66 (21.36%) Windows Server 2008
5 60 (19.42%) Windows 7
6 34 (11.00%) Windows 10
7 28 (9.06%) Linux
8 22 (7.12%) Windows 8
9 20 (6.47%) Windows Server 2003
10 17 (5.50%) Windows XP
11 13 (4.21%) Apple iOS
12 11 (3.56%) AIX
13 8 (2.59%) Android
13 8 (2.59%) HPUX
13 8 (2.59%) Solaris
14 7 (2.27%) CentOS
14 7 (2.27%) Unix
15 6 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (0.97%) Windows 2000
16 3 (0.97%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (23.62%) Migration
2 61 (19.74%) ITIL
3 17 (5.50%) Service Management
4 14 (4.53%) Disaster Recovery
5 11 (3.56%) Cybersecurity
6 10 (3.24%) Identity Access Management
7 9 (2.91%) Customer Requirements
7 9 (2.91%) Incident Management
7 9 (2.91%) Project Management
8 8 (2.59%) Change Management
8 8 (2.59%) CRM
8 8 (2.59%) Information Security
8 8 (2.59%) ITIL V3
8 8 (2.59%) Line Management
8 8 (2.59%) Mobile Device Management
9 7 (2.27%) Password Management
9 7 (2.27%) Time Management
10 6 (1.94%) Agile Software Development
10 6 (1.94%) DevOps
10 6 (1.94%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (12.94%) PowerShell
2 21 (6.80%) SQL
3 5 (1.62%) JavaScript
4 4 (1.29%) C#
5 3 (0.97%) Java
5 3 (0.97%) VBScript
6 2 (0.65%) Go
6 2 (0.65%) Perl
6 2 (0.65%) Python
6 2 (0.65%) R
6 2 (0.65%) Ruby
7 1 (0.32%) VB
7 1 (0.32%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 54 (17.48%) Security Cleared
2 51 (16.50%) SC Cleared
3 25 (8.09%) Microsoft Certification
4 18 (5.83%) MCP
5 13 (4.21%) MCSE
6 11 (3.56%) BPSS Clearance
7 8 (2.59%) MCSA
8 7 (2.27%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (1.94%) CCNA
9 6 (1.94%) MCITP
10 4 (1.29%) ISEB
11 3 (0.97%) MCTS
12 2 (0.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 1 (0.32%) A+ Certification
13 1 (0.32%) CCSP
13 1 (0.32%) CISM
13 1 (0.32%) CISSP
13 1 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.32%) JNCIA
13 1 (0.32%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.59%) SLA
2 5 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.97%) COBIT
3 3 (0.97%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.65%) QA
4 2 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 44 (14.24%) VMware Infrastructure
2 15 (4.85%) Hyper-V
3 12 (3.88%) XenApp
4 11 (3.56%) vSphere
5 8 (2.59%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (1.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 4 (1.29%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (0.97%) UAG
8 2 (0.65%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.32%) Docker
9 1 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.32%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 49 (15.86%) SCCM
2 18 (5.83%) SCOM
3 9 (2.91%) Puppet
3 9 (2.91%) WSUS
4 7 (2.27%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (1.94%) vCenter Server
6 5 (1.62%) Rsyslog
6 5 (1.62%) vMotion
7 4 (1.29%) AirWatch
7 4 (1.29%) Ansible
7 4 (1.29%) EMC NetWorker
7 4 (1.29%) SCOrch
8 3 (0.97%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (0.97%) Kubernetes
8 3 (0.97%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (0.97%) SmoothWall
8 3 (0.97%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 3 (0.97%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 3 (0.97%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (0.65%) Nagios
Vendors
1 138 (44.66%) Microsoft
2 77 (24.92%) VMware
3 53 (17.15%) Citrix
4 24 (7.77%) Cisco
4 24 (7.77%) HP
5 17 (5.50%) IBM
6 12 (3.88%) Red Hat
7 10 (3.24%) Dell
8 9 (2.91%) Apple
8 9 (2.91%) McAfee
8 9 (2.91%) Symantec
9 8 (2.59%) Lotus
10 7 (2.27%) Polycom
11 6 (1.94%) Adobe
11 6 (1.94%) EMC
11 6 (1.94%) Google
11 6 (1.94%) SonicWALL
12 5 (1.62%) Intel
12 5 (1.62%) Juniper
12 5 (1.62%) NetApp
Liverpool, Merseyside
Oscar
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester
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Rate: £120 - £170 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheshire
Roc Search
Rate: £95 - £98 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
North West
Rullion
Posted: 4 days ago