Period
to 16 June 2019

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 16 June 2019 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
16 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 31 32 29
Rank change year-on-year +1 -3 -5
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 283 334 304
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.56% 5.73% 5.56%
As % of the System Software category 39.53% 47.78% 52.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 180 193
North West median daily rate £318 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.31% +8.33% -20.00%
10th Percentile £128 £119 £120
90th Percentile £500 £488 £500
England median daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +15.38% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 75 57
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.73% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £12.35 £11.17 £10.40
90th Percentile £19.10 £30.41 £18.71
England median hourly rate £15.44 £15.53 £15.00
% change year-on-year -0.63% +3.55% -

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 716 699 576
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.08% 12.00% 10.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 464 415 363
North West median daily rate £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £202 £156 £163
90th Percentile £613 £575 £538
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 76 60
North West median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.73% -1.64% +8.93%
10th Percentile £12.55 £11.17 £10.73
90th Percentile £20.15 £30.36 £18.78
England median hourly rate £16.86 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +2.18% +3.13% +1.59%

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 16 June 2019.

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 16 June 2019.

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 16 June 2019. 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 +8 148 £325 -1.89% 19
Merseyside +1 45 £313 -21.88% 5
Cheshire -12 45 £313 +11.61% 14
Lancashire -3 36 £350 -17.16% 10
Cumbria 0 4 £185 -42.64%
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 16 June 2019, 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.

1 206 (72.79%) Windows
2 116 (40.99%) Microsoft
3 105 (37.10%) Office 365
4 88 (31.10%) Windows Server
5 79 (27.92%) Microsoft Azure
6 66 (23.32%) Citrix
6 66 (23.32%) VMware
7 63 (22.26%) Windows 10
8 57 (20.14%) SCCM
9 54 (19.08%) Windows 7
10 53 (18.73%) DNS
11 49 (17.31%) ITIL
12 44 (15.55%) Microsoft Office
12 44 (15.55%) PowerShell
13 41 (14.49%) Migration
14 40 (14.13%) Azure Active Directory
15 38 (13.43%) DHCP
16 37 (13.07%) VMware Infrastructure
17 36 (12.72%) Amazon AWS
17 36 (12.72%) SQL Server
18 35 (12.37%) SQL
18 35 (12.37%) SharePoint
19 34 (12.01%) MS Exchange
19 34 (12.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 31 (10.95%) Cisco
21 30 (10.60%) Security Cleared
22 29 (10.25%) Skype for Business
22 29 (10.25%) Skype
23 28 (9.89%) Windows Server 2012
24 27 (9.54%) Microsoft Certification

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 35 (12.37%) SharePoint
2 34 (12.01%) MS Exchange
3 29 (10.25%) Skype for Business
4 10 (3.53%) IIS
5 6 (2.12%) Confluence
5 6 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (1.77%) IBM Notes
7 4 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (1.06%) Apache
8 3 (1.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (1.06%) SAS
8 3 (1.06%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.35%) Site Server
10 1 (0.35%) Umbraco
Applications
1 44 (15.55%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.12%) Microsoft Project
2 6 (2.12%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (4.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.71%) OPENHousing
3 1 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 105 (37.10%) Office 365
2 79 (27.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (14.13%) Azure Active Directory
4 36 (12.72%) Amazon AWS
5 14 (4.95%) Power Platform
5 14 (4.95%) Serverless
6 12 (4.24%) IaaS
7 11 (3.89%) Amazon S3
7 11 (3.89%) Azure Functions
7 11 (3.89%) PaaS
7 11 (3.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 10 (3.53%) OneDrive
9 8 (2.83%) Amazon EC2
10 6 (2.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 6 (2.12%) AWS CloudFormation
11 5 (1.77%) Amazon ECS
11 5 (1.77%) Amazon EKS
11 5 (1.77%) Amazon ELB
11 5 (1.77%) Route 53
12 4 (1.41%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 53 (18.73%) DNS
2 38 (13.43%) DHCP
3 29 (10.25%) Skype
4 23 (8.13%) VPN
5 21 (7.42%) TCP/IP
6 18 (6.36%) Firewall
7 15 (5.30%) SAN
8 14 (4.95%) LAN
9 13 (4.59%) WAN
10 10 (3.53%) Cisco IOS
10 10 (3.53%) VoIP
11 7 (2.47%) Network Security
11 7 (2.47%) Remote Desktop
12 6 (2.12%) PBX
12 6 (2.12%) SSL
13 5 (1.77%) HTTP
13 5 (1.77%) Internet
13 5 (1.77%) Wi-Fi
14 4 (1.41%) Intranet
14 4 (1.41%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (12.72%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.59%) Power BI
3 8 (2.83%) MS Access
4 7 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (2.12%) Amazon RDS
6 5 (1.77%) Apache Cassandra
6 5 (1.77%) MongoDB
7 4 (1.41%) Big Data
8 3 (1.06%) DB2
8 3 (1.06%) EDRMS
8 3 (1.06%) Hadoop
8 3 (1.06%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 3 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
8 3 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.71%) IDOL
9 2 (0.71%) MySQL
10 1 (0.35%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.35%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (0.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (3.89%) Visual Studio Team System
2 10 (3.53%) Jenkins
3 7 (2.47%) MSI
4 6 (2.12%) JIRA
5 5 (1.77%) GitLab
5 5 (1.77%) SonarQube
5 5 (1.77%) Visual Studio
6 4 (1.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 4 (1.41%) Git (software)
7 3 (1.06%) Bitbucket
7 3 (1.06%) Maven
7 3 (1.06%) Subversion
8 2 (0.71%) AdminStudio
9 1 (0.35%) eggPlant
9 1 (0.35%) Hudson
General
1 25 (8.83%) Finance
2 13 (4.59%) Telecoms
3 7 (2.47%) Law
3 7 (2.47%) Legal
3 7 (2.47%) Local Government
3 7 (2.47%) Retail
4 4 (1.41%) Banking
5 3 (1.06%) Advertising
5 3 (1.06%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.35%) Billing
6 1 (0.35%) Electronics
6 1 (0.35%) Marketing
6 1 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 31 (10.95%) Analyst
2 29 (10.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 26 (9.19%) Architect
4 21 (7.42%) Support Engineer
5 20 (7.07%) Consultant
6 18 (6.36%) 2nd Line Support
7 17 (6.01%) Desktop Engineer
8 14 (4.95%) Desktop Support
9 12 (4.24%) IT Engineer
9 12 (4.24%) Support Analyst
10 11 (3.89%) Service Analyst
11 10 (3.53%) 1st/2nd Line Support
11 10 (3.53%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 10 (3.53%) Developer
11 10 (3.53%) Service Desk Analyst
12 9 (3.18%) Windows Engineer
13 8 (2.83%) AWS Engineer
13 8 (2.83%) DevOps Engineer
13 8 (2.83%) IT Analyst
13 8 (2.83%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.65%) .NET
2 9 (3.18%) ADO
3 7 (2.47%) Web Services
4 5 (1.77%) Elastic Stack
5 3 (1.06%) .NET Core
5 3 (1.06%) Kafka
6 2 (0.71%) 802.1X
6 2 (0.71%) GraphQL
6 2 (0.71%) HTML
6 2 (0.71%) JSON
6 2 (0.71%) LDAP
6 2 (0.71%) Middleware
7 1 (0.35%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.35%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.35%) jQuery
7 1 (0.35%) RESTful
7 1 (0.35%) SailPoint
7 1 (0.35%) SAML
7 1 (0.35%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (5.65%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (4.59%) Management Information System
3 12 (4.24%) PKI
4 10 (3.53%) Public Cloud
5 8 (2.83%) Driving Licence
6 7 (2.47%) Data Centre
6 7 (2.47%) Private Cloud
7 6 (2.12%) Clustering
8 5 (1.77%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (1.41%) Blackberry
9 4 (1.41%) Mobile App
9 4 (1.41%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.06%) iPhone
10 3 (1.06%) NHS
10 3 (1.06%) Self-Motivation
10 3 (1.06%) User Experience
11 2 (0.71%) Cyberthreat
11 2 (0.71%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 206 (72.79%) Windows
2 88 (31.10%) Windows Server
3 63 (22.26%) Windows 10
4 54 (19.08%) Windows 7
5 28 (9.89%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (8.13%) Android
7 22 (7.77%) Linux
8 20 (7.07%) Windows Server 2008
9 18 (6.36%) Windows Server 2003
10 14 (4.95%) Apple iOS
11 11 (3.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (2.83%) Unix
13 6 (2.12%) Windows 8
13 6 (2.12%) Windows XP
14 5 (1.77%) CentOS
14 5 (1.77%) Solaris
14 5 (1.77%) Windows Phone
15 3 (1.06%) Amazon Linux
15 3 (1.06%) Fedora
16 2 (0.71%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (17.31%) ITIL
2 41 (14.49%) Migration
3 34 (12.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 22 (7.77%) DevOps
5 18 (6.36%) Problem-Solving
6 17 (6.01%) CRM
7 16 (5.65%) Business Intelligence
8 15 (5.30%) Information Security
8 15 (5.30%) Load Balancing
9 14 (4.95%) Disaster Recovery
9 14 (4.95%) Microservices
10 13 (4.59%) Infrastructure Management
10 13 (4.59%) Technical Architecture
11 12 (4.24%) High Availability
12 11 (3.89%) Agile Software Development
12 11 (3.89%) Identity Access Management
13 10 (3.53%) Patch Management
13 10 (3.53%) Service Management
14 9 (3.18%) Change Management
14 9 (3.18%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 44 (15.55%) PowerShell
2 35 (12.37%) SQL
3 12 (4.24%) C#
4 10 (3.53%) Python
5 9 (3.18%) Java
5 9 (3.18%) VB
6 7 (2.47%) VBScript
7 5 (1.77%) T-SQL
8 4 (1.41%) C
8 4 (1.41%) JavaScript
9 3 (1.06%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.06%) Ruby
9 3 (1.06%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
10 2 (0.71%) PHP
10 2 (0.71%) VBA
Qualifications
1 30 (10.60%) Security Cleared
2 27 (9.54%) Microsoft Certification
3 26 (9.19%) SC Cleared
4 16 (5.65%) MCSE
5 8 (2.83%) MCP
6 7 (2.47%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (2.47%) Degree
7 6 (2.12%) CCNA
7 6 (2.12%) MCSA
8 5 (1.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (1.41%) CCNP
9 4 (1.41%) CISSP
9 4 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (1.06%) MCITP
10 3 (1.06%) MCTS
10 3 (1.06%) VCP5
10 3 (1.06%) VCP6
11 2 (0.71%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.71%) JNCIA
11 2 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (8.13%) SLA
2 5 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.71%) GDPR
3 2 (0.71%) GxP
3 2 (0.71%) PA-DSS
3 2 (0.71%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.35%) PMO
System Software
1 37 (13.07%) VMware Infrastructure
2 21 (7.42%) Docker
3 16 (5.65%) Hyper-V
4 12 (4.24%) XenApp
5 11 (3.89%) Microsoft App-V
5 11 (3.89%) vSphere
6 10 (3.53%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (1.77%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (1.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 4 (1.41%) ProxySG
8 4 (1.41%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (1.06%) BitLocker
9 3 (1.06%) RACF
9 3 (1.06%) Squid
10 2 (0.71%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 2 (0.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.71%) NFS
10 2 (0.71%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.71%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 57 (20.14%) SCCM
2 20 (7.07%) Kubernetes
3 13 (4.59%) Microsoft Intune
4 12 (4.24%) SCOM
5 11 (3.89%) Single Sign-On
6 9 (3.18%) NetBackup
6 9 (3.18%) Puppet
6 9 (3.18%) Terraform
7 7 (2.47%) Grafana
8 6 (2.12%) AirWatch
8 6 (2.12%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 5 (1.77%) Packer
9 5 (1.77%) PaperCut
9 5 (1.77%) Prometheus
9 5 (1.77%) WSUS
10 4 (1.41%) vCenter Server
11 3 (1.06%) Ansible
11 3 (1.06%) CA Single Sign-On
11 3 (1.06%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (1.06%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 116 (40.99%) Microsoft
2 66 (23.32%) Citrix
2 66 (23.32%) VMware
3 31 (10.95%) Cisco
4 18 (6.36%) Oracle
5 12 (4.24%) Symantec
6 9 (3.18%) HP
6 9 (3.18%) NetApp
7 8 (2.83%) CA
7 8 (2.83%) IronPort
8 7 (2.47%) ServiceNow
9 6 (2.12%) Dell
9 6 (2.12%) Red Hat
9 6 (2.12%) Veritas
10 5 (1.77%) Ivanti
10 5 (1.77%) Lotus
11 4 (1.41%) Blue Coat
11 4 (1.41%) Brocade
11 4 (1.41%) Infoblox
11 4 (1.41%) SolarWinds