Period
to 15 January 2021

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 January 2021 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 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 20 19 21
Rank change year-on-year -1 +2 +16
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 154 370 384
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 6.38% 7.46% 6.77%
As % of the System Software category 46.67% 47.99% 47.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 231 223
Median daily rate £350 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £111 £128 £120
90th Percentile £500 £530 £515
England median daily rate £400 £350 £363
% change year-on-year +14.29% -3.45% +16.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 56 72
Median hourly rate £20.25 £16.25 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.62% -4.41% +7.19%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.03
90th Percentile £60.23 £26.88 £20.13
England median hourly rate £14.54 £15.86 £15.28
% change year-on-year -8.35% +3.83% +4.27%

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 330 771 808
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.68% 15.55% 14.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 494 519
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £164 £156 £156
90th Percentile £553 £600 £650
England median daily rate £475 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +7.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 61 80
Median hourly rate £25.50 £16.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.55% -2.94% +3.03%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £28.75 £21.00
Median hourly rate £17.25 £16.20 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.48% +1.25% -

Active Directory
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Active Directory as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Active Directory in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Active Directory in the North West

Active Directory
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Active Directory in the North West over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Active Directory in the North West

Active Directory
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Active Directory in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Active Directory in the North West

Active Directory
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Active Directory in the North West over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

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 January 2021. 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 -6 80 £363 +3.57% 41
Lancashire +1 34 £419 +37.30% 6
Cheshire -5 22 £344 +14.63% 17
Merseyside -10 9 £254 -30.00% 16
Cumbria +15 5 £180 -57.65% 3
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 15 January 2021, 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.

1 105 (68.18%) Windows
2 73 (47.40%) Office 365
3 66 (42.86%) Microsoft
4 59 (38.31%) Windows 10
5 56 (36.36%) Azure
6 38 (24.68%) SCCM
7 36 (23.38%) ITIL
8 32 (20.78%) Security Cleared
9 30 (19.48%) SC Cleared
9 30 (19.48%) Azure Active Directory
10 29 (18.83%) Windows Server
11 23 (14.94%) Identity Access Management
11 23 (14.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 23 (14.94%) DNS
11 23 (14.94%) Windows 7
12 22 (14.29%) PowerShell
13 18 (11.69%) VMware
13 18 (11.69%) Linux
13 18 (11.69%) SQL Server
13 18 (11.69%) AWS
14 17 (11.04%) SLA
15 16 (10.39%) SharePoint
15 16 (10.39%) Microsoft Office
15 16 (10.39%) Migration
15 16 (10.39%) Microsoft Intune
15 16 (10.39%) Agile Software Development
16 15 (9.74%) DHCP
16 15 (9.74%) DevOps
17 14 (9.09%) Citrix
17 14 (9.09%) MS Exchange

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 16 (10.39%) SharePoint
2 14 (9.09%) MS Exchange
3 11 (7.14%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (3.25%) IIS
4 5 (3.25%) Skype for Business
5 3 (1.95%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (1.95%) JBoss
6 1 (0.65%) CMS
6 1 (0.65%) Confluence
6 1 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 16 (10.39%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.65%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 73 (47.40%) Office 365
2 56 (36.36%) Azure
3 30 (19.48%) Azure Active Directory
4 18 (11.69%) AWS
5 3 (1.95%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 3 (1.95%) CloudFront
5 3 (1.95%) OpenShift
6 2 (1.30%) Logic Apps
6 2 (1.30%) Power Automate
6 2 (1.30%) SaaS
7 1 (0.65%) GCP
7 1 (0.65%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.65%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 23 (14.94%) DNS
2 15 (9.74%) DHCP
3 8 (5.19%) Firewall
4 7 (4.55%) SAN
5 6 (3.90%) LAN
6 5 (3.25%) Network Security
6 5 (3.25%) Skype
6 5 (3.25%) WAAS
7 4 (2.60%) TCP/IP
7 4 (2.60%) VPN
7 4 (2.60%) WAN
8 3 (1.95%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (1.30%) SNMP
9 2 (1.30%) VLAN
10 1 (0.65%) Internet
10 1 (0.65%) IP Telephony
10 1 (0.65%) NetScaler
10 1 (0.65%) SMTP
10 1 (0.65%) VoIP
10 1 (0.65%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (11.69%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.90%) Apache Hive
2 6 (3.90%) Big Data
2 6 (3.90%) Hadoop
2 6 (3.90%) Impala
3 3 (1.95%) RDBMS
3 3 (1.95%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (3.25%) JIRA
2 4 (2.60%) Hudson
3 3 (1.95%) Bitbucket Server
3 3 (1.95%) CA Release Automation
3 3 (1.95%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.95%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.95%) SonarQube
3 3 (1.95%) Sonatype Nexus
3 3 (1.95%) TeamCity
4 2 (1.30%) MSI
5 1 (0.65%) Rational DOORS
General
1 11 (7.14%) Banking
1 11 (7.14%) Public Sector
2 6 (3.90%) Finance
2 6 (3.90%) Legal
2 6 (3.90%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.25%) Retail
4 2 (1.30%) Law
4 2 (1.30%) Local Government
5 1 (0.65%) Electronics
5 1 (0.65%) French Language
5 1 (0.65%) German Language
5 1 (0.65%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.65%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 30 (19.48%) Analyst
2 21 (13.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 21 (13.64%) Service Analyst
2 21 (13.64%) Service Desk Analyst
3 19 (12.34%) Architect
4 18 (11.69%) 1st Line Support
5 13 (8.44%) Active Directory Support
5 13 (8.44%) Service Desk Support
5 13 (8.44%) Service Desk Support Analyst
5 13 (8.44%) Support Engineer
6 12 (7.79%) 1st Line Support Analyst
7 11 (7.14%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
7 11 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support
8 10 (6.49%) Active Directory Analyst
8 10 (6.49%) Active Directory Support Analyst
9 9 (5.84%) Cloud Engineer
9 9 (5.84%) Desktop Support
9 9 (5.84%) IT Engineer
10 8 (5.19%) Azure Engineer
11 6 (3.90%) Service Desk Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (8.44%) SAML
2 9 (5.84%) REST
3 6 (3.90%) SailPoint
4 5 (3.25%) Middleware
5 4 (2.60%) Kafka
5 4 (2.60%) Web Services
6 3 (1.95%) Elastic Stack
6 3 (1.95%) Spring Boot
7 1 (0.65%) .NET
7 1 (0.65%) .NET Core
7 1 (0.65%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.65%) RESTful
7 1 (0.65%) SOAP
7 1 (0.65%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.49%) Smartcard
2 6 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.90%) Video Conferencing
3 5 (3.25%) Clustering
3 5 (3.25%) EMC VNX
3 5 (3.25%) NHS
4 4 (2.60%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.60%) Public Cloud
5 3 (1.95%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.95%) Data Protection Act
6 2 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (1.30%) iPhone
6 2 (1.30%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.65%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.65%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.65%) CMDB
7 1 (0.65%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.65%) iPad
7 1 (0.65%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.65%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 105 (68.18%) Windows
2 59 (38.31%) Windows 10
3 29 (18.83%) Windows Server
4 23 (14.94%) Windows 7
5 18 (11.69%) Linux
6 13 (8.44%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (7.14%) Windows XP
8 8 (5.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (3.90%) Windows Server 2016
10 4 (2.60%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.95%) Windows Server 2019
12 2 (1.30%) Apple iOS
12 2 (1.30%) Unix
13 1 (0.65%) Android
13 1 (0.65%) VMS
13 1 (0.65%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (23.38%) ITIL
2 23 (14.94%) Identity Access Management
2 23 (14.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 16 (10.39%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (10.39%) Migration
4 15 (9.74%) DevOps
5 13 (8.44%) Problem-Solving
6 11 (7.14%) Identity Management
6 11 (7.14%) Multi-Factor Authentication
7 10 (6.49%) Two-Factor Authentication
8 9 (5.84%) Strategic Roadmap
9 8 (5.19%) Change Control
9 8 (5.19%) Cryptography
9 8 (5.19%) Infrastructure as Code
9 8 (5.19%) Observability
10 6 (3.90%) Time Management
11 5 (3.25%) Availability Management
11 5 (3.25%) Change Management
11 5 (3.25%) Disaster Recovery
12 4 (2.60%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (14.29%) PowerShell
2 9 (5.84%) Python
3 6 (3.90%) Bash Shell
4 3 (1.95%) Perl
4 3 (1.95%) SQL
5 1 (0.65%) C
Qualifications
1 32 (20.78%) Security Cleared
2 30 (19.48%) SC Cleared
3 5 (3.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (1.95%) CCNA
4 3 (1.95%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (1.95%) MCP
5 2 (1.30%) Citrix Certification
5 2 (1.30%) DBS Check
5 2 (1.30%) MCSA
5 2 (1.30%) MCSE
6 1 (0.65%) A+ Certification
6 1 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.65%) CCA
6 1 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (0.65%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (11.04%) SLA
2 3 (1.95%) QA
3 2 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.65%) GMP
4 1 (0.65%) NIST
System Software
1 12 (7.79%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
2 10 (6.49%) Docker
2 10 (6.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.90%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 6 (3.90%) BitLocker
3 6 (3.90%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.60%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (1.95%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.65%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.65%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 38 (24.68%) SCCM
2 16 (10.39%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (8.44%) Single Sign-On
4 11 (7.14%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (6.49%) Kubernetes
6 9 (5.84%) Terraform
7 6 (3.90%) Ansible
8 5 (3.25%) FortiGate
8 5 (3.25%) IBM BigFix
8 5 (3.25%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (1.95%) Jamf Pro
9 3 (1.95%) Kibana
10 2 (1.30%) vCenter Server
10 2 (1.30%) WMI
11 1 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
11 1 (0.65%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 1 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
11 1 (0.65%) SCOM
11 1 (0.65%) SCSM
11 1 (0.65%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 66 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 18 (11.69%) VMware
3 14 (9.09%) Citrix
4 8 (5.19%) Red Hat
5 7 (4.55%) Cisco
6 6 (3.90%) Cloudera
7 5 (3.25%) EMC
7 5 (3.25%) Ivanti
8 4 (2.60%) Google
9 3 (1.95%) AppDynamics
9 3 (1.95%) Apple
9 3 (1.95%) CommVault
9 3 (1.95%) Oracle
9 3 (1.95%) Polycom
9 3 (1.95%) Samsung
9 3 (1.95%) Splunk
10 2 (1.30%) iManage
11 1 (0.65%) Ruckus Wireless
11 1 (0.65%) SonicWALL
11 1 (0.65%) Veeam