Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 21 37 31
Rank change year-on-year +16 -6 -2
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 418 283 353
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.97% 4.99% 5.43%
As % of the System Software category 47.88% 47.32% 54.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 239 167 190
North West median daily rate £300 £275 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -12.00% +9.65%
10th Percentile £115 £113 £113
90th Percentile £488 £521 £519
England median daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year +16.67% -7.69% +4.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 43 56
North West median hourly rate £16.50 £15.69 £14.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.16% +5.59% +2.48%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £20.30 £24.80 £21.00
England median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -

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 873 598 653
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.55% 10.55% 10.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 557 371 384
North West median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £155 £133 £145
90th Percentile £625 £575 £538
England median daily rate £467 £436 £413
% change year-on-year +7.11% +5.70% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 50 63
North West median hourly rate £16.50 £16.43 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.43% +9.53% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £21.15 £41.20 £27.75
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +3.23%

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 14 December 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 14 December 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 14 December 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 +18 222 £294 +10.33% 76
Cheshire +24 108 £320 +14.29% 27
Merseyside -2 42 £275 +52.78% 15
Lancashire +3 38 £435 +42.62% 11
Cumbria -8 4 £450 +36.36% 3
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 14 December 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.

1 324 (77.51%) Windows
2 195 (46.65%) Microsoft
3 187 (44.74%) Office 365
4 146 (34.93%) Windows 10
5 135 (32.30%) Windows Server
6 113 (27.03%) Windows 7
6 113 (27.03%) VMware
7 96 (22.97%) Microsoft Azure
8 90 (21.53%) SCCM
9 83 (19.86%) MS Exchange
10 80 (19.14%) Microsoft Office
11 77 (18.42%) ITIL
12 75 (17.94%) DNS
13 72 (17.22%) Citrix
14 65 (15.55%) PowerShell
15 60 (14.35%) Migration
16 52 (12.44%) LAN
17 45 (10.77%) WAN
17 45 (10.77%) VMware Infrastructure
17 45 (10.77%) Windows Server 2012
17 45 (10.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 44 (10.53%) SQL
19 42 (10.05%) DHCP
20 41 (9.81%) Azure Active Directory
21 40 (9.57%) Windows Server 2008
22 39 (9.33%) Problem-Solving
23 38 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
23 38 (9.09%) VPN
24 36 (8.61%) Microsoft Certification
24 36 (8.61%) Skype for Business

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 83 (19.86%) MS Exchange
2 38 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 36 (8.61%) Skype for Business
4 21 (5.02%) SharePoint
5 20 (4.78%) Exchange Server 2013
6 14 (3.35%) IIS
7 13 (3.11%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2003
9 4 (0.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.48%) Confluence
10 2 (0.48%) nginx
11 1 (0.24%) Apache
11 1 (0.24%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.24%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
Applications
1 80 (19.14%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.20%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.20%) Teamcenter
3 4 (0.96%) Eikon
4 2 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.24%) Retail-J
Cloud Services
1 187 (44.74%) Office 365
2 96 (22.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 41 (9.81%) Azure Active Directory
4 21 (5.02%) OneDrive
5 17 (4.07%) Amazon AWS
6 11 (2.63%) Google Cloud Platform
7 10 (2.39%) IaaS
8 6 (1.44%) PaaS
9 5 (1.20%) Serverless
10 4 (0.96%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.96%) Amazon ELB
10 4 (0.96%) Azure Functions
10 4 (0.96%) SaaS
10 4 (0.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.48%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.24%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 1 (0.24%) AWS Lambda
12 1 (0.24%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 75 (17.94%) DNS
2 52 (12.44%) LAN
3 45 (10.77%) WAN
4 42 (10.05%) DHCP
5 38 (9.09%) VPN
6 33 (7.89%) Firewall
7 30 (7.18%) TCP/IP
8 29 (6.94%) Skype
9 26 (6.22%) SAN
10 11 (2.63%) NAS
11 9 (2.15%) Internet
12 8 (1.91%) DMZ
13 7 (1.67%) SMTP
14 6 (1.44%) SSL
14 6 (1.44%) VLAN
14 6 (1.44%) Wireless
15 5 (1.20%) Intranet
15 5 (1.20%) MPLS
15 5 (1.20%) VoIP
15 5 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (6.22%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.20%) Oracle Database
3 4 (0.96%) Power BI
4 3 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (0.72%) RDBMS
4 3 (0.72%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (0.48%) Big Data
5 2 (0.48%) MS Access
5 2 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.24%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (0.24%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.24%) Electronic Patient Records
6 1 (0.24%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.24%) Informix
6 1 (0.24%) MySQL
6 1 (0.24%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (2.63%) Visual Studio Team System
2 9 (2.15%) MSI
3 5 (1.20%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.72%) InstallShield
5 2 (0.48%) JIRA
6 1 (0.24%) AdminStudio
6 1 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.24%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.24%) Visual Studio
General
1 21 (5.02%) Finance
2 8 (1.91%) Local Government
2 8 (1.91%) Telecoms
3 6 (1.44%) Banking
3 6 (1.44%) Marketing
3 6 (1.44%) Pharmaceutical
3 6 (1.44%) Retail
4 4 (0.96%) Financial Institution
4 4 (0.96%) Front Office
4 4 (0.96%) Investment Banking
4 4 (0.96%) Law
4 4 (0.96%) Manufacturing
5 3 (0.72%) Back Office
6 2 (0.48%) Danish Language
6 2 (0.48%) French Language
6 2 (0.48%) German Language
6 2 (0.48%) Hungarian Language
6 2 (0.48%) Latvian Language
6 2 (0.48%) Legal
6 2 (0.48%) Norwegian Language
Job Titles
1 82 (19.62%) Analyst
2 46 (11.00%) Service Analyst
2 46 (11.00%) Service Desk Analyst
3 44 (10.53%) Support Engineer
4 40 (9.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 33 (7.89%) 1st Line Support
6 30 (7.18%) 2nd Line Support
7 28 (6.70%) Desktop Support
8 25 (5.98%) IT Support
9 24 (5.74%) Consultant
10 22 (5.26%) 1st/2nd Line Support
10 22 (5.26%) Support Analyst
11 21 (5.02%) Architect
12 18 (4.31%) Active Directory Engineer
12 18 (4.31%) IT Analyst
13 17 (4.07%) Active Directory Support
14 16 (3.83%) Administrator
14 16 (3.83%) Windows Engineer
15 15 (3.59%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 15 (3.59%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (2.15%) .NET
1 9 (2.15%) Web Services
2 6 (1.44%) Middleware
3 5 (1.20%) LDAP
4 3 (0.72%) Itk
5 2 (0.48%) 802.1X
5 2 (0.48%) ADO
5 2 (0.48%) HTML
5 2 (0.48%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.24%) .NET Core
6 1 (0.24%) boto
6 1 (0.24%) CSS
6 1 (0.24%) jQuery
6 1 (0.24%) JSON
6 1 (0.24%) LAMP
6 1 (0.24%) LAPP Stack
6 1 (0.24%) REST
6 1 (0.24%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 30 (7.18%) Data Centre
2 23 (5.50%) Management Information System
3 15 (3.59%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (2.87%) Blackberry
5 9 (2.15%) Driving Licence
6 8 (1.91%) Replication
7 7 (1.67%) Data Protection Act
7 7 (1.67%) PKI
8 6 (1.44%) Clustering
8 6 (1.44%) Enterprise Storage
8 6 (1.44%) Fat Client
8 6 (1.44%) IBM Mainframe
8 6 (1.44%) Mainframe
8 6 (1.44%) Smartphone
8 6 (1.44%) Thin Client
9 5 (1.20%) Client/Server
9 5 (1.20%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.20%) YubiKey
10 4 (0.96%) Fixed Income
10 4 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 324 (77.51%) Windows
2 146 (34.93%) Windows 10
3 135 (32.30%) Windows Server
4 113 (27.03%) Windows 7
5 45 (10.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 40 (9.57%) Windows Server 2008
7 26 (6.22%) Linux
7 26 (6.22%) Mac OS
8 23 (5.50%) Apple iOS
9 20 (4.78%) Windows Server 2003
10 18 (4.31%) Windows XP
11 15 (3.59%) Unix
12 13 (3.11%) Windows 8
13 11 (2.63%) Android
14 6 (1.44%) CentOS
14 6 (1.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 6 (1.44%) VMS
15 5 (1.20%) Solaris
16 4 (0.96%) Windows 2000
16 4 (0.96%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (18.42%) ITIL
2 60 (14.35%) Migration
3 45 (10.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 39 (9.33%) Problem-Solving
5 27 (6.46%) ITSM
6 22 (5.26%) Software Deployment
7 18 (4.31%) Asset Management
8 17 (4.07%) Service Delivery
9 16 (3.83%) Data Protection
10 15 (3.59%) DevOps
10 15 (3.59%) Service Management
11 13 (3.11%) Change Control
11 13 (3.11%) Continuous Improvement
11 13 (3.11%) Disaster Recovery
12 12 (2.87%) Incident Management
13 11 (2.63%) Information Security
14 10 (2.39%) Break/Fix
14 10 (2.39%) PRINCE2
15 9 (2.15%) Informatics
16 8 (1.91%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 65 (15.55%) PowerShell
2 44 (10.53%) SQL
3 10 (2.39%) VB
4 7 (1.67%) VBScript
5 4 (0.96%) C#
6 3 (0.72%) Python
6 3 (0.72%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.48%) C
7 2 (0.48%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.48%) Perl
7 2 (0.48%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.24%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.24%) Java
Qualifications
1 36 (8.61%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (7.89%) Security Cleared
3 31 (7.42%) SC Cleared
4 30 (7.18%) MCSE
5 23 (5.50%) MCSA
6 17 (4.07%) Degree
7 12 (2.87%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 9 (2.15%) A+ Certification
8 9 (2.15%) MCP
8 9 (2.15%) MCTS
9 8 (1.91%) ITIL Certification
9 8 (1.91%) MCITP
10 6 (1.44%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (0.96%) AWS Certification
11 4 (0.96%) CCNP
11 4 (0.96%) DBS Check
11 4 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.48%) CCNA
12 2 (0.48%) HP APS
12 2 (0.48%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (5.50%) SLA
2 9 (2.15%) GxP
3 4 (0.96%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.72%) GDPR
4 3 (0.72%) PMO
5 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.24%) QA
System Software
1 45 (10.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 27 (6.46%) Hyper-V
3 21 (5.02%) VMware ESXi
4 16 (3.83%) XenApp
5 13 (3.11%) Virtual Desktop
6 12 (2.87%) vSphere
7 8 (1.91%) Virtual Machines
8 7 (1.67%) Docker
9 6 (1.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 6 (1.44%) Microsoft App-V
9 6 (1.44%) Terminal Services
9 6 (1.44%) XenDesktop
10 5 (1.20%) BitLocker
11 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 3 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.72%) XenServer
12 2 (0.48%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.48%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (0.48%) NFS
12 2 (0.48%) Xen
Systems Management
1 90 (21.53%) SCCM
2 23 (5.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 15 (3.59%) SCOM
4 11 (2.63%) OpenView
4 11 (2.63%) WSUS
5 7 (1.67%) Microsoft Intune
5 7 (1.67%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (1.44%) vCenter Server
7 5 (1.20%) Kubernetes
7 5 (1.20%) Microsoft Clustering
7 5 (1.20%) OVSD
7 5 (1.20%) Puppet
8 4 (0.96%) Ansible
8 4 (0.96%) Terraform
9 3 (0.72%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 3 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.72%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 2 (0.48%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 195 (46.65%) Microsoft
2 113 (27.03%) VMware
3 72 (17.22%) Citrix
4 30 (7.18%) Apple
5 29 (6.94%) Cisco
6 28 (6.70%) ServiceNow
7 22 (5.26%) HP
8 17 (4.07%) Veeam
9 13 (3.11%) Google
10 12 (2.87%) McAfee
11 11 (2.63%) IBM
12 10 (2.39%) Meraki
12 10 (2.39%) Red Hat
13 9 (2.15%) Acronis
13 9 (2.15%) Avaya
14 8 (1.91%) Oracle
15 7 (1.67%) Remedy
16 6 (1.44%) Altiris
16 6 (1.44%) Veritas
17 5 (1.20%) IronPort