Period
to 20 August 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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 27 31 23
Rank change year-on-year +4 -8 +1
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 391 301 497
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.43% 5.23% 6.64%
As % of the System Software category 48.51% 50.84% 61.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 196 250
North West median daily rate £305 £300 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.67% -18.92% +35.78%
10th Percentile £110 £113 £159
90th Percentile £475 £518 £500
England median daily rate £325 £315 £330
% change year-on-year +3.17% -4.55% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 44 71
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £14.13 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.19% +4.63% -3.57%
10th Percentile £11.03 £10.31 £10.00
90th Percentile £27.63 £17.43 £19.00
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +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 806 592 806
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.25% 10.29% 10.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 498 374 416
North West median daily rate £400 £386 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.56% -2.22% +17.04%
10th Percentile £157 £152 £190
90th Percentile £575 £543 £511
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +17.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 47 78
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £14.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -3.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.18
90th Percentile £26.13 £17.97 £21.00
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.77
% change year-on-year +3.13% +1.47% -3.71%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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 +9 185 £300 -4.00% 59
Cheshire +4 105 £280 -6.67% 25
Lancashire 0 48 £453 +2.84% 12
Merseyside +13 38 £350 +40.00% 9
Cumbria -10 5 £400 +77.78% 3
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 301 (76.98%) Windows
2 147 (37.60%) Microsoft
3 141 (36.06%) Windows Server
4 124 (31.71%) Office 365
5 95 (24.30%) Windows 7
6 89 (22.76%) Windows 10
7 87 (22.25%) ITIL
8 83 (21.23%) VMware
9 80 (20.46%) SCCM
10 73 (18.67%) DNS
11 72 (18.41%) Citrix
12 69 (17.65%) Microsoft Azure
13 68 (17.39%) MS Exchange
14 61 (15.60%) Migration
15 55 (14.07%) PowerShell
16 50 (12.79%) Security Cleared
16 50 (12.79%) Firewall
16 50 (12.79%) DHCP
17 49 (12.53%) Windows Server 2008
17 49 (12.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 48 (12.28%) VMware Infrastructure
19 47 (12.02%) Problem-Solving
20 46 (11.76%) SC Cleared
20 46 (11.76%) Skype for Business
20 46 (11.76%) Linux
20 46 (11.76%) Microsoft Office
21 43 (11.00%) Cisco
22 42 (10.74%) Windows Server 2012
23 40 (10.23%) SAN
24 38 (9.72%) LAN

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 68 (17.39%) MS Exchange
2 46 (11.76%) Skype for Business
3 31 (7.93%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (5.63%) IIS
5 19 (4.86%) Exchange Server 2013
6 18 (4.60%) SharePoint
7 9 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2003
7 9 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.77%) Confluence
10 2 (0.51%) nginx
10 2 (0.51%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.26%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.26%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 46 (11.76%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (2.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (2.05%) Microsoft Project
4 7 (1.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (1.02%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (0.77%) Teamcenter
2 2 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.51%) Line 50
2 2 (0.51%) Sage X3
3 1 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 124 (31.71%) Office 365
2 69 (17.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (8.44%) Azure Active Directory
4 30 (7.67%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (1.53%) Amazon EC2
5 6 (1.53%) IaaS
5 6 (1.53%) OneDrive
5 6 (1.53%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 4 (1.02%) Amazon ELB
6 4 (1.02%) SaaS
7 3 (0.77%) PaaS
8 2 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.51%) Boomi
8 2 (0.51%) iPaaS
9 1 (0.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.26%) AWS CloudTrail
9 1 (0.26%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 1 (0.26%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.26%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 73 (18.67%) DNS
2 50 (12.79%) DHCP
2 50 (12.79%) Firewall
3 40 (10.23%) SAN
4 38 (9.72%) LAN
5 37 (9.46%) WAN
6 35 (8.95%) TCP/IP
7 32 (8.18%) Skype
8 25 (6.39%) VPN
9 18 (4.60%) DMZ
10 15 (3.84%) VLAN
10 15 (3.84%) VoIP
11 8 (2.05%) Internet
11 8 (2.05%) NAS
12 6 (1.53%) MPLS
12 6 (1.53%) Network Security
12 6 (1.53%) SMTP
13 5 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
14 4 (1.02%) NetScaler
14 4 (1.02%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (8.18%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
2 3 (0.77%) Big Data
2 3 (0.77%) Oracle Database
2 3 (0.77%) Power BI
3 2 (0.51%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (0.51%) DB2
3 2 (0.51%) MS Access
3 2 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.26%) Amazon Redshift
4 1 (0.26%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (0.26%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.26%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.26%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (0.26%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (1.79%) Jenkins
2 5 (1.28%) JIRA
3 2 (0.51%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.51%) MSI
3 2 (0.51%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.26%) GitLab
General
1 17 (4.35%) Finance
2 11 (2.81%) Local Government
3 7 (1.79%) Law
3 7 (1.79%) Telecoms
4 6 (1.53%) French Language
5 5 (1.28%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.02%) Back Office
6 4 (1.02%) Danish Language
6 4 (1.02%) German Language
6 4 (1.02%) Hungarian Language
6 4 (1.02%) Latvian Language
6 4 (1.02%) Norwegian Language
6 4 (1.02%) Swedish Language
7 3 (0.77%) Banking
8 2 (0.51%) Retail
9 1 (0.26%) Billing
9 1 (0.26%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.26%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.26%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 69 (17.65%) Analyst
2 45 (11.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 43 (11.00%) Desktop Support
4 37 (9.46%) Service Analyst
4 37 (9.46%) Service Desk Analyst
5 34 (8.70%) 2nd Line Support
5 34 (8.70%) Support Engineer
6 28 (7.16%) Server Engineer
7 23 (5.88%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 22 (5.63%) 1st Line Support
8 22 (5.63%) Administrator
9 21 (5.37%) 1st/2nd Line Support
10 20 (5.12%) Support Analyst
10 20 (5.12%) Windows Engineer
11 19 (4.86%) Desktop Engineer
11 19 (4.86%) IT Support
12 18 (4.60%) Active Directory Support
13 17 (4.35%) Architect
14 15 (3.84%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
14 15 (3.84%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (3.32%) Web Services
2 8 (2.05%) LDAP
3 6 (1.53%) .NET
4 3 (0.77%) JSON
5 2 (0.51%) ADO.NET
5 2 (0.51%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.51%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (0.51%) HTML
5 2 (0.51%) LINQ
5 2 (0.51%) Middleware
5 2 (0.51%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (0.51%) SAML
5 2 (0.51%) WCF
5 2 (0.51%) XML
5 2 (0.51%) YAML
6 1 (0.26%) boto
6 1 (0.26%) CSS
6 1 (0.26%) jQuery
6 1 (0.26%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 21 (5.37%) Data Centre
2 19 (4.86%) Blackberry
2 19 (4.86%) PKI
3 12 (3.07%) Management Information System
4 10 (2.56%) Client/Server
4 10 (2.56%) Clustering
5 7 (1.79%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (1.79%) Public Cloud
6 6 (1.53%) Fat Client
6 6 (1.53%) Thin Client
7 5 (1.28%) CMDB
7 5 (1.28%) Driving Licence
7 5 (1.28%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (1.02%) Virtual Team
9 3 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (0.77%) Mainframe
9 3 (0.77%) Mobile App
9 3 (0.77%) NHS
10 2 (0.51%) Replication
10 2 (0.51%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 301 (76.98%) Windows
2 141 (36.06%) Windows Server
3 95 (24.30%) Windows 7
4 89 (22.76%) Windows 10
5 49 (12.53%) Windows Server 2008
6 46 (11.76%) Linux
7 42 (10.74%) Windows Server 2012
8 37 (9.46%) Windows XP
9 32 (8.18%) Windows Server 2003
10 18 (4.60%) Unix
10 18 (4.60%) Windows 8
11 17 (4.35%) Windows 2000
12 14 (3.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 11 (2.81%) AIX
13 11 (2.81%) Solaris
13 11 (2.81%) Windows Embedded Compact
13 11 (2.81%) Windows NT
14 10 (2.56%) Mac OS
15 8 (2.05%) Apple iOS
16 7 (1.79%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (22.25%) ITIL
2 61 (15.60%) Migration
3 49 (12.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 47 (12.02%) Problem-Solving
5 20 (5.12%) Disaster Recovery
6 17 (4.35%) Service Management
6 17 (4.35%) Time Management
7 15 (3.84%) Change Management
7 15 (3.84%) ITSM
8 14 (3.58%) Incident Management
9 13 (3.32%) DevOps
10 12 (3.07%) Asset Management
11 11 (2.81%) Agile Software Development
11 11 (2.81%) Break/Fix
11 11 (2.81%) Project Management
11 11 (2.81%) Service Delivery
12 10 (2.56%) Configuration Management
12 10 (2.56%) Continuous Improvement
13 9 (2.30%) Data Protection
13 9 (2.30%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 55 (14.07%) PowerShell
2 38 (9.72%) SQL
3 15 (3.84%) VBScript
4 13 (3.32%) VB
5 4 (1.02%) C#
6 3 (0.77%) C
6 3 (0.77%) Python
7 2 (0.51%) Ruby
8 1 (0.26%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.26%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.26%) Perl
8 1 (0.26%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 50 (12.79%) Security Cleared
2 46 (11.76%) SC Cleared
3 24 (6.14%) Microsoft Certification
4 14 (3.58%) MCSE
5 12 (3.07%) MCTS
6 9 (2.30%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (2.30%) MCITP
7 7 (1.79%) Degree
7 7 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
7 7 (1.79%) MCSA
7 7 (1.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 6 (1.53%) CCNA
8 6 (1.53%) MCP
9 3 (0.77%) A+ Certification
9 3 (0.77%) AWS Certification
9 3 (0.77%) CCNP
9 3 (0.77%) ISEB
9 3 (0.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.51%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.26%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (5.12%) SLA
2 6 (1.53%) GDPR
2 6 (1.53%) QA
3 3 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.26%) GCP
System Software
1 48 (12.28%) VMware Infrastructure
2 38 (9.72%) Hyper-V
3 26 (6.65%) XenApp
4 17 (4.35%) vSphere
5 16 (4.09%) XenDesktop
6 11 (2.81%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (2.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 9 (2.30%) Virtual Machines
8 9 (2.30%) Virtual Servers
9 8 (2.05%) Docker
10 7 (1.79%) Microsoft App-V
10 7 (1.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 6 (1.53%) Terminal Services
12 5 (1.28%) Forefront TMG
12 5 (1.28%) Virtual Desktop
12 5 (1.28%) VMware NSX
13 3 (0.77%) XenServer
14 2 (0.51%) BitLocker
14 2 (0.51%) Xen
15 1 (0.26%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 80 (20.46%) SCCM
2 23 (5.88%) SCOM
3 12 (3.07%) vCenter Server
4 11 (2.81%) Microsoft Intune
4 11 (2.81%) WSUS
5 10 (2.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 9 (2.30%) Opscode Chef
7 8 (2.05%) NetBackup
7 8 (2.05%) Single Sign-On
8 7 (1.79%) Microsoft Clustering
8 7 (1.79%) Puppet
9 6 (1.53%) McAfee ePO
10 5 (1.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 4 (1.02%) Ansible
12 3 (0.77%) IBM BigFix
12 3 (0.77%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 3 (0.77%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 3 (0.77%) Terraform
13 2 (0.51%) Norton AntiVirus
13 2 (0.51%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
Vendors
1 147 (37.60%) Microsoft
2 83 (21.23%) VMware
3 72 (18.41%) Citrix
4 43 (11.00%) Cisco
5 18 (4.60%) McAfee
6 15 (3.84%) EMC
7 14 (3.58%) IBM
7 14 (3.58%) Red Hat
8 13 (3.32%) HP
9 12 (3.07%) Palo Alto
10 11 (2.81%) Apple
10 11 (2.81%) Hitachi
10 11 (2.81%) Ivanti
10 11 (2.81%) NetApp
10 11 (2.81%) ServiceNow
10 11 (2.81%) Sun
10 11 (2.81%) Veritas
11 9 (2.30%) Clearswift
12 8 (2.05%) IronPort
13 7 (1.79%) Veeam