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 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Active Directory
England / North West
Rank 31 23 32
Rank change year-on-year -8 +9  
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 146 235 195
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.70% 6.16% 5.58%
As % of the System Software category 56.59% 57.88% 56.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 114 72
Median daily rate £313 £359 £294
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.89% +22.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £122 £172 £166
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £476 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £308 £320 £300
% change year-on-year -3.90% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 37 45
Median hourly rate £15.25 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.92% +7.69%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.85 £10.63 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.65 £25.82 £23.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.75 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year -8.33% +7.14%  

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 258 406 344
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 10.08% 10.64% 9.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 203 153
Median daily rate £350 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £225 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £678
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 47 49
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +10.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £11.65 £10.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.40 £40.00 £47.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.85 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.93% +6.45%  

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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Active Directory in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 23 March 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 +4 61 £325 +18.18% 38
Cheshire +3 34 £300 -29.41% 18
Merseyside +9 24 £250 -37.50% 9
Lancashire +3 16 £431 +14.80% 4
Cumbria +2 4 £220 -17.75% 1
Active Directory
England

Active Directory
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 March 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.

1 208 (70.75%) Windows
2 118 (40.14%) Microsoft
3 95 (32.31%) Windows Server
4 83 (28.23%) VMware
5 64 (21.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 60 (20.41%) DNS
7 56 (19.05%) MS Exchange
7 56 (19.05%) ITIL
8 55 (18.71%) Windows Server 2008
9 53 (18.03%) Office 365
10 51 (17.35%) Citrix
10 51 (17.35%) Migration
11 49 (16.67%) Windows 7
12 48 (16.33%) SCCM
13 43 (14.63%) Linux
14 40 (13.61%) Security Cleared
15 39 (13.27%) Exchange Server 2010
16 37 (12.59%) MS Office
17 35 (11.90%) SC Cleared
18 34 (11.56%) PowerShell
18 34 (11.56%) MS Excel
19 33 (11.22%) VMware Infrastructure
20 32 (10.88%) DHCP
20 32 (10.88%) Firewall
21 29 (9.86%) Data Centre
22 28 (9.52%) Windows 10
22 28 (9.52%) SQL Server
23 27 (9.18%) Microsoft Azure
23 27 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
24 25 (8.50%) Cisco

Active Directory
Top Related 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 56 (19.05%) MS Exchange
2 39 (13.27%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (5.10%) Skype for Business
4 13 (4.42%) Exchange Server 2007
4 13 (4.42%) IIS
4 13 (4.42%) SharePoint
5 10 (3.40%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (2.72%) IBM Notes
7 5 (1.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (1.36%) Apache
8 4 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2003
8 4 (1.36%) SAS
8 4 (1.36%) WebLogic
9 3 (1.02%) Confluence
9 3 (1.02%) JBoss
9 3 (1.02%) nginx
9 3 (1.02%) Oracle 10gAS
9 3 (1.02%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.68%) Exchange Server 5.5
11 1 (0.34%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 37 (12.59%) MS Office
2 34 (11.56%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.02%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.68%) SPSS
5 1 (0.34%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.36%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.34%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 53 (18.03%) Office 365
2 27 (9.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (5.10%) Azure Active Directory
4 11 (3.74%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (3.06%) Amazon S3
6 7 (2.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 7 (2.38%) Amazon EC2
6 7 (2.38%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (2.38%) AWS Lambda
6 7 (2.38%) PaaS
6 7 (2.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 4 (1.36%) Amazon ELB
7 4 (1.36%) Amazon EMR
7 4 (1.36%) Amazon SQS
7 4 (1.36%) AWS CloudTrail
7 4 (1.36%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 4 (1.36%) IaaS
8 3 (1.02%) Route 53
9 2 (0.68%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.34%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 60 (20.41%) DNS
2 32 (10.88%) DHCP
2 32 (10.88%) Firewall
3 24 (8.16%) LAN
4 23 (7.82%) WAN
5 20 (6.80%) LDAP
6 16 (5.44%) SAN
7 15 (5.10%) VPN
8 11 (3.74%) Internet
8 11 (3.74%) SSL
9 10 (3.40%) Kerberos
9 10 (3.40%) VLAN
10 9 (3.06%) SMTP
10 9 (3.06%) TCP/IP
11 6 (2.04%) NAS
11 6 (2.04%) Network Security
11 6 (2.04%) Skype
11 6 (2.04%) VoIP
12 5 (1.70%) IP Telephony
12 5 (1.70%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (9.52%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.36%) Amazon RDS
2 4 (1.36%) Amazon Redshift
2 4 (1.36%) Blockchain
2 4 (1.36%) Oracle Database
2 4 (1.36%) Oracle Database 11g
3 3 (1.02%) Big Data
3 3 (1.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (0.68%) Data Mining
4 2 (0.68%) KNIME
4 2 (0.68%) MS Access
4 2 (0.68%) Power BI
4 2 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.34%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 8 (2.72%) Jenkins
1 8 (2.72%) JIRA
2 4 (1.36%) GitLab
2 4 (1.36%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (0.68%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.34%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.34%) MSI
General
1 25 (8.50%) Finance
2 9 (3.06%) Local Government
2 9 (3.06%) Manufacturing
3 8 (2.72%) Banking
4 3 (1.02%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.68%) Electronics
5 2 (0.68%) Games
6 1 (0.34%) Advertising
6 1 (0.34%) Back Office
6 1 (0.34%) Billing
6 1 (0.34%) French Language
6 1 (0.34%) German Language
6 1 (0.34%) Portuguese Language
6 1 (0.34%) Russian Language
6 1 (0.34%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 44 (14.97%) Analyst
2 32 (10.88%) 2nd Line Support
3 23 (7.82%) Architect
3 23 (7.82%) Service Desk Analyst
4 22 (7.48%) Service Analyst
5 20 (6.80%) Consultant
6 19 (6.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 18 (6.12%) Desktop Support
7 18 (6.12%) IT Support
8 17 (5.78%) Active Directory Support
8 17 (5.78%) Support Engineer
9 16 (5.44%) Administrator
10 13 (4.42%) Windows Engineer
11 12 (4.08%) Support Analyst
12 11 (3.74%) 1st/2nd Line Support
12 11 (3.74%) Exchange Support
12 11 (3.74%) IT Analyst
13 10 (3.40%) 3rd Line Support
13 10 (3.40%) Server Engineer
14 9 (3.06%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (4.42%) Middleware
2 10 (3.40%) HTML
3 9 (3.06%) JSON
4 5 (1.70%) Ajax
4 5 (1.70%) HTML5
4 5 (1.70%) JAAS
4 5 (1.70%) Java SE
4 5 (1.70%) jQuery
4 5 (1.70%) SAML
4 5 (1.70%) Web Services
5 4 (1.36%) boto
5 4 (1.36%) Software Packaging
5 4 (1.36%) YAML
6 3 (1.02%) OAuth2
6 3 (1.02%) OpenID
6 3 (1.02%) Oracle Fusion
7 1 (0.34%) .NET
7 1 (0.34%) COM
7 1 (0.34%) EDI
7 1 (0.34%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 29 (9.86%) Data Centre
2 27 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (5.44%) PKI
4 12 (4.08%) Blackberry
5 9 (3.06%) Life Science
6 7 (2.38%) Mobile App
6 7 (2.38%) NHS
6 7 (2.38%) Video Conferencing
7 6 (2.04%) Clustering
7 6 (2.04%) Fat Client
7 6 (2.04%) iPhone
7 6 (2.04%) Management Information System
7 6 (2.04%) Thin Client
8 5 (1.70%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (1.36%) iPad
9 4 (1.36%) Mainframe
10 3 (1.02%) Private Cloud
10 3 (1.02%) Replication
10 3 (1.02%) Smartphone
11 2 (0.68%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 208 (70.75%) Windows
2 95 (32.31%) Windows Server
3 64 (21.77%) Windows Server 2012
4 55 (18.71%) Windows Server 2008
5 49 (16.67%) Windows 7
6 43 (14.63%) Linux
7 28 (9.52%) Windows 10
8 24 (8.16%) Windows Server 2003
9 18 (6.12%) Windows 8
10 17 (5.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 14 (4.76%) Windows XP
12 12 (4.08%) Unix
13 9 (3.06%) Oracle Linux
14 8 (2.72%) AIX
15 7 (2.38%) Android
16 6 (2.04%) Apple iOS
16 6 (2.04%) Solaris
17 4 (1.36%) HPUX
17 4 (1.36%) zOS
18 3 (1.02%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (19.05%) ITIL
2 51 (17.35%) Migration
3 18 (6.12%) Identity Management
4 16 (5.44%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (5.44%) Change Management
5 15 (5.10%) Incident Management
6 14 (4.76%) Service Management
7 13 (4.42%) Disaster Recovery
8 11 (3.74%) DevOps
8 11 (3.74%) Problem Management
9 9 (3.06%) Mobile Device Management
10 8 (2.72%) Project Management
10 8 (2.72%) Scrum
10 8 (2.72%) Stakeholder Management
10 8 (2.72%) Time Management
11 7 (2.38%) Multi-Factor Authentication
11 7 (2.38%) Server Building
11 7 (2.38%) Service Delivery
12 6 (2.04%) Continuous Integration
12 6 (2.04%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 34 (11.56%) PowerShell
2 19 (6.46%) SQL
3 12 (4.08%) Perl
3 12 (4.08%) Python
4 8 (2.72%) Java
5 5 (1.70%) Go
5 5 (1.70%) JavaScript
5 5 (1.70%) Ruby
6 4 (1.36%) VBScript
7 3 (1.02%) VB
8 2 (0.68%) R
8 2 (0.68%) VB6
9 1 (0.34%) PHP
Qualifications
1 40 (13.61%) Security Cleared
2 35 (11.90%) SC Cleared
3 24 (8.16%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (6.80%) MCSE
5 11 (3.74%) MCP
6 8 (2.72%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (2.38%) MCSA
8 6 (2.04%) MCITP
9 5 (1.70%) CCNA
10 4 (1.36%) AWS Certification
11 3 (1.02%) ISEB
11 3 (1.02%) MCTS
11 3 (1.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 2 (0.68%) CCNP
12 2 (0.68%) CISM
12 2 (0.68%) CISSP
13 1 (0.34%) CCDP
13 1 (0.34%) CCIE
13 1 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.06%) SLA
2 3 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.02%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.34%) QA
3 1 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 33 (11.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (5.78%) vSphere
3 16 (5.44%) XenApp
4 15 (5.10%) Hyper-V
5 9 (3.06%) VMware ESX
6 8 (2.72%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 5 (1.70%) Virtual Servers
7 5 (1.70%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (1.36%) Docker
8 4 (1.36%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (1.02%) BitLocker
9 3 (1.02%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.02%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.68%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.68%) VMware GSX
11 1 (0.34%) NDS
11 1 (0.34%) NetIQ eDirectory
11 1 (0.34%) Shibboleth
11 1 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.34%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 48 (16.33%) SCCM
2 12 (4.08%) SCOM
3 9 (3.06%) Kubernetes
3 9 (3.06%) Red Hat Satellite
3 9 (3.06%) ZABBIX
4 8 (2.72%) WSUS
5 7 (2.38%) Puppet
6 5 (1.70%) AirWatch
7 4 (1.36%) Docker Swarm
7 4 (1.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 4 (1.36%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (1.02%) Backup Exec
8 3 (1.02%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (1.02%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (1.02%) Rsyslog
8 3 (1.02%) SCOrch
8 3 (1.02%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 3 (1.02%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 3 (1.02%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 118 (40.14%) Microsoft
2 83 (28.23%) VMware
3 51 (17.35%) Citrix
4 25 (8.50%) Cisco
5 24 (8.16%) Red Hat
6 22 (7.48%) HP
7 19 (6.46%) Oracle
8 12 (4.08%) Symantec
9 11 (3.74%) NetApp
10 10 (3.40%) Intel Security
11 8 (2.72%) AppSense
11 8 (2.72%) Lotus
12 7 (2.38%) Dell
12 7 (2.38%) IBM
12 7 (2.38%) IronPort
12 7 (2.38%) Polycom
13 6 (2.04%) Apple
13 6 (2.04%) Intel
13 6 (2.04%) SAP
14 5 (1.70%) Sophos
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Cheshire
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