Period
to 25 May 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 25 May 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
25 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 35 31 27
Rank change year-on-year -4 -4 +1
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 335 293 456
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.71% 5.39% 5.89%
As % of the System Software category 47.99% 52.51% 57.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 181 243
North West median daily rate £328 £301 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.99% -19.87% +40.85%
10th Percentile £120 £120 £167
90th Percentile £488 £500 £500
England median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 54 72
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.33 £10.12
90th Percentile £30.61 £18.63 £27.50
England median hourly rate £15.45 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.00% - -

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 698 558 793
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.89% 10.27% 10.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 417 346 403
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £158 £163 £207
90th Percentile £575 £547 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 57 88
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.26
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.19% +3.71%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.65 £10.50
90th Percentile £30.72 £19.80 £40.00
England median hourly rate £16.22 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +1.34% +3.23% -3.13%

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 25 May 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 25 May 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 25 May 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 +3 149 £350 +24.44% 79
Cheshire -13 82 £280 -6.82% 19
Merseyside +9 39 £400 +73.91% 13
Lancashire -12 31 £425 -2.35% 10
Cumbria -3 11 £309 +40.34% 2
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 25 May 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.

1 254 (75.82%) Windows
2 143 (42.69%) Microsoft
3 126 (37.61%) Windows Server
4 90 (26.87%) VMware
5 89 (26.57%) ITIL
6 79 (23.58%) Windows 7
7 76 (22.69%) Office 365
8 68 (20.30%) Microsoft Azure
9 66 (19.70%) SCCM
10 65 (19.40%) Migration
10 65 (19.40%) Windows 10
11 62 (18.51%) Citrix
12 56 (16.72%) DNS
13 49 (14.63%) MS Exchange
14 47 (14.03%) PowerShell
15 46 (13.73%) Cisco
16 45 (13.43%) VMware Infrastructure
16 45 (13.43%) Windows Server 2012
17 44 (13.13%) SAN
18 43 (12.84%) Windows Server 2008
19 42 (12.54%) Microsoft Office
20 40 (11.94%) Linux
20 40 (11.94%) DHCP
20 40 (11.94%) Firewall
20 40 (11.94%) Security Cleared
21 38 (11.34%) Hyper-V
21 38 (11.34%) SQL Server
22 37 (11.04%) SQL
22 37 (11.04%) SC Cleared
23 34 (10.15%) 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 49 (14.63%) MS Exchange
2 32 (9.55%) Skype for Business
3 20 (5.97%) IIS
4 17 (5.07%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (4.78%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2003
7 6 (1.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 6 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.49%) SharePoint
9 4 (1.19%) Confluence
10 2 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.60%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.30%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.30%) WordPress
Applications
1 42 (12.54%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (4.18%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (2.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.79%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.60%) HipChat
5 2 (0.60%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 2 (0.60%) SAP CO
1 2 (0.60%) SAP FI
1 2 (0.60%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (0.30%) Line 50
2 1 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.30%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 76 (22.69%) Office 365
2 68 (20.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (8.36%) Amazon AWS
4 22 (6.57%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (3.28%) IaaS
5 11 (3.28%) PaaS
6 6 (1.79%) Boomi
6 6 (1.79%) iPaaS
7 5 (1.49%) SaaS
8 3 (0.90%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.30%) Amazon ELB
10 1 (0.30%) Amazon EMR
10 1 (0.30%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.30%) Amazon SQS
10 1 (0.30%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 1 (0.30%) G Suite
10 1 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 56 (16.72%) DNS
2 44 (13.13%) SAN
3 40 (11.94%) DHCP
3 40 (11.94%) Firewall
4 34 (10.15%) LAN
5 31 (9.25%) WAN
6 28 (8.36%) TCP/IP
7 21 (6.27%) VPN
8 19 (5.67%) Skype
9 18 (5.37%) VLAN
10 14 (4.18%) VoIP
11 13 (3.88%) DMZ
12 12 (3.58%) MPLS
13 9 (2.69%) Remote Desktop
14 6 (1.79%) Internet
14 6 (1.79%) NetScaler
15 5 (1.49%) Network Security
15 5 (1.49%) Reverse Proxy
15 5 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
16 4 (1.19%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (11.34%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.79%) BusinessObjects
3 4 (1.19%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (1.19%) Azure SQL Database
3 4 (1.19%) Big Data
3 4 (1.19%) MS Access
3 4 (1.19%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (0.90%) Hadoop
5 2 (0.60%) DB2
5 2 (0.60%) MySQL
5 2 (0.60%) Power BI
5 2 (0.60%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.30%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (0.30%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.30%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.30%) Electronic Patient Records
6 1 (0.30%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 8 (2.39%) JIRA
2 6 (1.79%) Visual Studio
3 5 (1.49%) Git (software)
3 5 (1.49%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.90%) MSI
5 2 (0.60%) Cucumber
5 2 (0.60%) LSMW
5 2 (0.60%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.30%) GitLab
General
1 16 (4.78%) Finance
1 16 (4.78%) Local Government
2 10 (2.99%) Publishing
3 7 (2.09%) Law
4 6 (1.79%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.19%) Back Office
6 3 (0.90%) Banking
7 2 (0.60%) French Language
7 2 (0.60%) General Ledger
7 2 (0.60%) Retail
8 1 (0.30%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.30%) Legal
8 1 (0.30%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.30%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 55 (16.42%) Analyst
2 34 (10.15%) Service Analyst
2 34 (10.15%) Service Desk Analyst
3 33 (9.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 32 (9.55%) Desktop Support
5 31 (9.25%) Server Engineer
6 26 (7.76%) Support Engineer
7 21 (6.27%) Consultant
7 21 (6.27%) Desktop Engineer
8 20 (5.97%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 19 (5.67%) Windows Engineer
10 17 (5.07%) 2nd Line Support
11 15 (4.48%) 1st Line Support
11 15 (4.48%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 15 (4.48%) Architect
11 15 (4.48%) IT Analyst
11 15 (4.48%) IT Support
12 14 (4.18%) IT Engineer
13 13 (3.88%) Active Directory Support
14 12 (3.58%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (5.37%) Web Services
2 12 (3.58%) LDAP
3 11 (3.28%) .NET
3 11 (3.28%) JSON
4 10 (2.99%) XML
5 6 (1.79%) ADO.NET
5 6 (1.79%) ASP.NET
6 5 (1.49%) ASP.NET Web API
6 5 (1.49%) LINQ
6 5 (1.49%) SAML
6 5 (1.49%) WCF
7 4 (1.19%) HTML
7 4 (1.19%) REST
8 3 (0.90%) KML
8 3 (0.90%) OAuth
8 3 (0.90%) RESTful
8 3 (0.90%) SOAP
9 2 (0.60%) .NET Framework
9 2 (0.60%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 2 (0.60%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 26 (7.76%) Data Centre
2 20 (5.97%) Management Information System
3 19 (5.67%) PKI
4 17 (5.07%) Blackberry
5 13 (3.88%) Clustering
5 13 (3.88%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (2.69%) Public Cloud
7 7 (2.09%) Client/Server
8 6 (1.79%) Private Cloud
9 5 (1.49%) Analytical Skills
10 4 (1.19%) CMDB
10 4 (1.19%) Mobile App
11 3 (0.90%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (0.90%) iPhone
11 3 (0.90%) Replication
11 3 (0.90%) User Experience
12 2 (0.60%) Data Structures
12 2 (0.60%) Mainframe
12 2 (0.60%) Smartphone
12 2 (0.60%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 254 (75.82%) Windows
2 126 (37.61%) Windows Server
3 79 (23.58%) Windows 7
4 65 (19.40%) Windows 10
5 45 (13.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 43 (12.84%) Windows Server 2008
7 40 (11.94%) Linux
8 30 (8.96%) Windows Server 2003
9 24 (7.16%) Windows XP
10 14 (4.18%) Unix
10 14 (4.18%) Windows 2000
11 11 (3.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 11 (3.28%) Windows 8
12 8 (2.39%) AIX
12 8 (2.39%) Android
12 8 (2.39%) Solaris
12 8 (2.39%) Windows Embedded Compact
12 8 (2.39%) Windows NT
13 5 (1.49%) Mac OS
14 4 (1.19%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (26.57%) ITIL
2 65 (19.40%) Migration
3 32 (9.55%) Problem-Solving
4 23 (6.87%) Service Management
5 21 (6.27%) Disaster Recovery
6 16 (4.78%) Time Management
7 15 (4.48%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (4.48%) DevOps
8 13 (3.88%) Configuration Management
9 12 (3.58%) Incident Management
10 11 (3.28%) Asset Management
10 11 (3.28%) Data Management
10 11 (3.28%) ITSM
10 11 (3.28%) Project Management
11 9 (2.69%) Break/Fix
11 9 (2.69%) Change Management
11 9 (2.69%) Network Virtualisation
11 9 (2.69%) PRINCE2
11 9 (2.69%) Server Building
11 9 (2.69%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 47 (14.03%) PowerShell
2 37 (11.04%) SQL
3 17 (5.07%) VBScript
4 11 (3.28%) C#
5 10 (2.99%) VB
6 8 (2.39%) Python
7 7 (2.09%) C
8 3 (0.90%) Bash Shell
8 3 (0.90%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.60%) Java
9 2 (0.60%) Perl
9 2 (0.60%) Ruby
9 2 (0.60%) VBA
10 1 (0.30%) PHP
Qualifications
1 40 (11.94%) Security Cleared
2 37 (11.04%) SC Cleared
3 17 (5.07%) ITIL Certification
3 17 (5.07%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (3.58%) MCP
5 9 (2.69%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (2.39%) MCSA
7 7 (2.09%) CCNA
7 7 (2.09%) MCSE
8 5 (1.49%) MCITP
9 4 (1.19%) MCTS
9 4 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 3 (0.90%) CCNP
10 3 (0.90%) Degree
10 3 (0.90%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (0.60%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.60%) ISEB
11 2 (0.60%) MCSD
12 1 (0.30%) A+ Certification
12 1 (0.30%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.88%) SLA
2 9 (2.69%) GDPR
3 5 (1.49%) QA
4 2 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.30%) GCP
5 1 (0.30%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.30%) PMO
System Software
1 45 (13.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 38 (11.34%) Hyper-V
3 28 (8.36%) XenApp
4 21 (6.27%) vSphere
5 12 (3.58%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 11 (3.28%) XenDesktop
7 8 (2.39%) Virtual Machines
7 8 (2.39%) Virtual Servers
8 7 (2.09%) Docker
8 7 (2.09%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (2.09%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (1.49%) VMware NSX
10 4 (1.19%) Forefront TMG
10 4 (1.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.60%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.60%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.30%) ProxySG
12 1 (0.30%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.30%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.30%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 66 (19.70%) SCCM
2 24 (7.16%) SCOM
3 17 (5.07%) Microsoft Clustering
4 11 (3.28%) vCenter Server
5 10 (2.99%) Microsoft Intune
5 10 (2.99%) Single Sign-On
6 9 (2.69%) Opscode Chef
6 9 (2.69%) WSUS
7 8 (2.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 7 (2.09%) McAfee ePO
8 7 (2.09%) NetBackup
9 6 (1.79%) Puppet
10 4 (1.19%) HP SIM
10 4 (1.19%) IBM BigFix
10 4 (1.19%) SmoothWall
11 3 (0.90%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 3 (0.90%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (0.90%) vMotion
12 2 (0.60%) Nagios
12 2 (0.60%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 143 (42.69%) Microsoft
2 90 (26.87%) VMware
3 62 (18.51%) Citrix
4 46 (13.73%) Cisco
5 15 (4.48%) Ivanti
6 14 (4.18%) EMC
7 13 (3.88%) NetApp
8 12 (3.58%) HP
8 12 (3.58%) IBM
8 12 (3.58%) McAfee
9 11 (3.28%) Capita
9 11 (3.28%) Red Hat
10 10 (2.99%) Apple
10 10 (2.99%) Palo Alto
11 9 (2.69%) ServiceNow
11 9 (2.69%) Veritas
12 8 (2.39%) Hitachi
12 8 (2.39%) Okta
12 8 (2.39%) Oracle
12 8 (2.39%) Sun