Period
to 13 July 2020

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 13 July 2020 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
13 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 19 31 30
Rank change year-on-year +12 -1 +2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 197 319 375
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 7.76% 5.96% 6.06%
As % of the System Software category 41.21% 40.79% 47.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 193 211
Median daily rate £370 £315 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.46% +2.44% +2.50%
10th Percentile £126 £121 £109
90th Percentile £508 £488 £475
England median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year - +15.38% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 29 72
Median hourly rate £14.75 £15.86 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.00% +5.73% -3.23%
10th Percentile £11.71 £12.35 £11.17
90th Percentile £25.29 £19.10 £29.91
England median hourly rate £17.50 £15.31 £15.86
% change year-on-year +14.30% -3.47% +5.73%

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 478 782 786
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.83% 14.60% 12.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 515 481
Median daily rate £429 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.94% +9.38% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £156
90th Percentile £663 £600 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 35 75
Median hourly rate £15.50 £15.86 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.27% +5.73% -3.23%
10th Percentile £11.78 £12.60 £11.17
90th Percentile £25.29 £22.45 £29.63
Median hourly rate £19.08 £16.95 £16.50
% change year-on-year +12.58% +2.73% +3.13%

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 13 July 2020.

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 13 July 2020.

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 13 July 2020. 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 +21 117 £398 +22.31% 27
Lancashire +18 32 £275 -8.33% 5
Cheshire +3 28 £308 -2.38% 9
Merseyside -12 15 £335 +11.67% 4
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 13 July 2020, 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.

1 128 (64.97%) Windows
2 89 (45.18%) Microsoft
3 73 (37.06%) Office 365
4 68 (34.52%) Azure
5 62 (31.47%) Windows Server
6 59 (29.95%) Windows 10
7 58 (29.44%) VMware
8 55 (27.92%) SCCM
9 48 (24.37%) ITIL
10 39 (19.80%) DNS
11 37 (18.78%) Azure Active Directory
12 30 (15.23%) DHCP
12 30 (15.23%) Migration
13 29 (14.72%) Windows 7
13 29 (14.72%) Problem-Solving
14 28 (14.21%) VMware Infrastructure
15 27 (13.71%) PowerShell
15 27 (13.71%) Linux
16 26 (13.20%) Cisco
16 26 (13.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 25 (12.69%) Firewall
18 24 (12.18%) WAN
18 24 (12.18%) Microsoft Office
18 24 (12.18%) Citrix
19 23 (11.68%) Security Cleared
20 21 (10.66%) Microsoft Intune
20 21 (10.66%) Windows Server 2012
20 21 (10.66%) SQL
21 20 (10.15%) SC Cleared
21 20 (10.15%) Skype

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 15 (7.61%) SharePoint
2 13 (6.60%) MS Exchange
3 11 (5.58%) IIS
4 10 (5.08%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (4.06%) Skype for Business
6 5 (2.54%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (2.54%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (2.54%) Office Communications Server
7 4 (2.03%) Apache
8 3 (1.52%) CMS
9 2 (1.02%) Documentum
9 2 (1.02%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.51%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.51%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.51%) WordPress
Applications
1 24 (12.18%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.51%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 73 (37.06%) Office 365
2 68 (34.52%) Azure
3 37 (18.78%) Azure Active Directory
4 17 (8.63%) AWS
5 5 (2.54%) IaaS
5 5 (2.54%) SaaS
6 4 (2.03%) OneDrive
7 3 (1.52%) PaaS
8 2 (1.02%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (1.02%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (1.02%) Power Platform
8 2 (1.02%) PowerApps
9 1 (0.51%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.51%) Apigee
9 1 (0.51%) CloudFront
9 1 (0.51%) Datadog
9 1 (0.51%) G Suite
9 1 (0.51%) GitHub
9 1 (0.51%) Kong
9 1 (0.51%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 39 (19.80%) DNS
2 30 (15.23%) DHCP
3 25 (12.69%) Firewall
4 24 (12.18%) WAN
5 20 (10.15%) Skype
6 17 (8.63%) LAN
7 15 (7.61%) Network Security
7 15 (7.61%) SAN
8 13 (6.60%) TCP/IP
9 12 (6.09%) VPN
10 11 (5.58%) VoIP
11 8 (4.06%) MPLS
12 7 (3.55%) SSL
13 6 (3.05%) Cisco ASA
13 6 (3.05%) NetScaler
13 6 (3.05%) Wi-Fi
14 4 (2.03%) Cisco Firepower
15 3 (1.52%) Intranet
15 3 (1.52%) Remote Desktop
15 3 (1.52%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (7.61%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.03%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (2.03%) SQL Server 2012
2 4 (2.03%) SQL Server 2014
2 4 (2.03%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (1.02%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (1.02%) Big Data
3 2 (1.02%) Data Lake
3 2 (1.02%) MySQL
3 2 (1.02%) NoSQL
3 2 (1.02%) Power BI
4 1 (0.51%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (2.03%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.52%) Hudson
2 3 (1.52%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.52%) MSI
3 2 (1.02%) GitLab
3 2 (1.02%) Subversion
3 2 (1.02%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.51%) JIRA
4 1 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.51%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 18 (9.14%) Finance
2 14 (7.11%) Public Sector
3 7 (3.55%) Banking
4 6 (3.05%) Retail
5 4 (2.03%) Legal
6 3 (1.52%) Local Government
7 2 (1.02%) Law
8 1 (0.51%) Advertising
8 1 (0.51%) Back Office
8 1 (0.51%) Housing Association
8 1 (0.51%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.51%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (11.68%) Consultant
2 21 (10.66%) Analyst
3 20 (10.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 18 (9.14%) Architect
4 18 (9.14%) Support Engineer
5 17 (8.63%) Security Engineer
6 14 (7.11%) 2nd Line Support
7 11 (5.58%) Desktop Support
7 11 (5.58%) Wintel Engineer
8 10 (5.08%) Network Engineer
8 10 (5.08%) Network Security Engineer
8 10 (5.08%) Service Analyst
8 10 (5.08%) Service Desk Analyst
9 9 (4.57%) DevOps Engineer
9 9 (4.57%) Windows Engineer
10 8 (4.06%) 1st Line Support
11 7 (3.55%) Azure Engineer
12 6 (3.05%) Active Directory Engineer
12 6 (3.05%) Infrastructure Architect
12 6 (3.05%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.06%) SAML
1 8 (4.06%) Web Services
2 6 (3.05%) LDAP
3 4 (2.03%) .NET
3 4 (2.03%) SOAP
3 4 (2.03%) XML
3 4 (2.03%) XSLT
4 2 (1.02%) Ajax
4 2 (1.02%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.02%) CSS
4 2 (1.02%) Flash
4 2 (1.02%) HTML
4 2 (1.02%) J2EE
4 2 (1.02%) jQuery
4 2 (1.02%) JSP
4 2 (1.02%) Servlets
4 2 (1.02%) Silverlight
4 2 (1.02%) XHTML
5 1 (0.51%) Kafka
5 1 (0.51%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.15%) Data Centre
2 18 (9.14%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (5.08%) Management Information System
4 6 (3.05%) Cyberthreat
5 5 (2.54%) NHS
5 5 (2.54%) Public Cloud
6 4 (2.03%) Fat Client
6 4 (2.03%) Thin Client
7 3 (1.52%) Clustering
7 3 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (1.02%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (1.02%) PKI
8 2 (1.02%) User Experience
9 1 (0.51%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.51%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.51%) Enterprise Storage
9 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Licensing
9 1 (0.51%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.51%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.51%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 128 (64.97%) Windows
2 62 (31.47%) Windows Server
3 59 (29.95%) Windows 10
4 29 (14.72%) Windows 7
5 27 (13.71%) Linux
6 21 (10.66%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (9.14%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (8.12%) Windows Server 2016
9 15 (7.61%) Unix
10 4 (2.03%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (2.03%) Windows Server 2019
11 2 (1.02%) Android
12 1 (0.51%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.51%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.51%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.51%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (24.37%) ITIL
2 30 (15.23%) Migration
3 29 (14.72%) Problem-Solving
4 26 (13.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 19 (9.64%) Agile Software Development
5 19 (9.64%) Identity Management
6 17 (8.63%) Cybersecurity
7 14 (7.11%) DevOps
8 10 (5.08%) Service Management
8 10 (5.08%) SIEM
9 9 (4.57%) Application Virtualisation
9 9 (4.57%) B2C
9 9 (4.57%) Change Management
9 9 (4.57%) Load Balancing
9 9 (4.57%) Multi-Factor Authentication
9 9 (4.57%) Patch Management
9 9 (4.57%) Problem Management
10 8 (4.06%) Desktop Virtualisation
10 8 (4.06%) IT Strategy
10 8 (4.06%) Storage Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (13.71%) PowerShell
2 21 (10.66%) SQL
3 3 (1.52%) Bash Shell
3 3 (1.52%) C#
3 3 (1.52%) Python
4 2 (1.02%) Java
4 2 (1.02%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.02%) VB.NET
5 1 (0.51%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 23 (11.68%) Security Cleared
2 20 (10.15%) SC Cleared
3 18 (9.14%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (5.58%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (5.58%) MCSE
5 9 (4.57%) CISSP
6 7 (3.55%) MCP
7 6 (3.05%) CCNA
8 5 (2.54%) CCNP
8 5 (2.54%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (2.03%) CISM
9 4 (2.03%) JNCIA
9 4 (2.03%) JNCIP
9 4 (2.03%) JNCIS
10 3 (1.52%) BC Cleared
10 3 (1.52%) DBS Check
10 3 (1.52%) MCITP
10 3 (1.52%) MCSA
10 3 (1.52%) MCTS
11 2 (1.02%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.61%) SLA
2 6 (3.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (3.05%) QA
3 2 (1.02%) GDPR
3 2 (1.02%) NCSC
3 2 (1.02%) NIST
System Software
1 28 (14.21%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (4.06%) XenApp
3 6 (3.05%) Hyper-V
4 5 (2.54%) BitLocker
4 5 (2.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 5 (2.54%) VMware NSX
5 4 (2.03%) Firmware
5 4 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (2.03%) ProxySG
5 4 (2.03%) Virtual Desktop
5 4 (2.03%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (1.52%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 3 (1.52%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.51%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 55 (27.92%) SCCM
2 21 (10.66%) Microsoft Intune
3 16 (8.12%) SCOM
3 16 (8.12%) WSUS
4 11 (5.58%) NetBackup
5 4 (2.03%) Single Sign-On
5 4 (2.03%) vCenter Server
5 4 (2.03%) vRealize
6 3 (1.52%) Ansible
6 3 (1.52%) FortiGate
6 3 (1.52%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 3 (1.52%) Puppet
6 3 (1.52%) Terraform
7 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (1.02%) Oracle Identity Management
7 2 (1.02%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 2 (1.02%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.51%) HP SIM
8 1 (0.51%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.51%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 89 (45.18%) Microsoft
2 58 (29.44%) VMware
3 26 (13.20%) Cisco
4 24 (12.18%) Citrix
5 12 (6.09%) EMC
5 12 (6.09%) HP
6 11 (5.58%) NetApp
6 11 (5.58%) Palo Alto
7 10 (5.08%) McAfee
7 10 (5.08%) Oracle
8 7 (3.55%) F5
8 7 (3.55%) ServiceNow
8 7 (3.55%) Siebel
8 7 (3.55%) Sitecore
9 6 (3.05%) CheckPoint
9 6 (3.05%) Ivanti
9 6 (3.05%) Juniper
9 6 (3.05%) Meraki
10 5 (2.54%) Apple
11 4 (2.03%) Blue Coat