Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 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.

Microsoft Active Directory
England > North West
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 35 25 27
Rank change year-on-year -10 +2 -6
Contract jobs citing Active Directory 299 399 456
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.24% 5.82% 5.37%
As % of the System Software category 48.30% 57.83% 53.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 191 206 233
North West median daily rate £280 £336 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.73% +15.95% +5.45%
10th Percentile £110 £113 £140
90th Percentile £510 £554 £475
England median daily rate £300 £325 £310
% change year-on-year -7.69% +4.84% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 71 104
North West median hourly rate £14.25 £14.29 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.28% -1.45% -3.33%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £25.21 £20.73 £23.93
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.00

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 619 690 857
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 10.84% 10.06% 10.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 389 389 454
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.29% +13.33%
10th Percentile £125 £143 £163
90th Percentile £550 £514 £513
England median daily rate £425 £410 £375
% change year-on-year +3.66% +9.33% +8.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 77 107
North West median hourly rate £15.69 £14.34 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.41% -1.10% -3.33%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £39.30 £21.60 £25.90
England median hourly rate £16.50 £15.88 £16.00
% change year-on-year +3.94% -0.78% +6.67%

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 22 November 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 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 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 2017. 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 -8 157 £200 -38.46% 48
Cheshire -4 73 £300 -21.05% 25
Merseyside +13 39 £180 -48.57% 6
Lancashire +2 15 £305 +35.56% 2
Cumbria -1 8 £313 +25.00% 3
Active Directory
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 221 (73.91%) Windows
2 146 (48.83%) Microsoft
3 105 (35.12%) Windows Server
4 90 (30.10%) DNS
5 84 (28.09%) ITIL
6 83 (27.76%) MS Exchange
7 82 (27.42%) VMware
7 82 (27.42%) Office 365
8 67 (22.41%) Windows 7
8 67 (22.41%) DHCP
9 62 (20.74%) SCCM
10 61 (20.40%) Citrix
11 53 (17.73%) Windows Server 2012
12 52 (17.39%) Windows Server 2008
13 50 (16.72%) Windows 10
14 48 (16.05%) Microsoft Azure
14 48 (16.05%) Exchange Server 2010
14 48 (16.05%) Microsoft Office
15 47 (15.72%) Security Cleared
16 43 (14.38%) SC Cleared
16 43 (14.38%) Migration
17 38 (12.71%) VMware Infrastructure
18 32 (10.70%) SQL Server
18 32 (10.70%) Cisco
18 32 (10.70%) PowerShell
19 31 (10.37%) Microsoft Certification
19 31 (10.37%) Service Management
20 30 (10.03%) Hyper-V
21 28 (9.36%) Firewall
21 28 (9.36%) 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 83 (27.76%) MS Exchange
2 48 (16.05%) Exchange Server 2010
3 28 (9.36%) SharePoint
4 27 (9.03%) Skype for Business
5 24 (8.03%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (2.34%) IIS
6 7 (2.34%) SAS
7 6 (2.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 5 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (1.00%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (1.00%) IBM Notes
9 3 (1.00%) JBoss
9 3 (1.00%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (1.00%) Site Server
9 3 (1.00%) Tomcat
9 3 (1.00%) WebSphere
9 3 (1.00%) WebSphere Application Server
10 2 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.67%) WordPress
Applications
1 48 (16.05%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (2.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.67%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.00%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.67%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 82 (27.42%) Office 365
2 48 (16.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (5.69%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
5 8 (2.68%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (2.34%) OneDrive
7 6 (2.01%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 6 (2.01%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (2.01%) Amazon S3
7 6 (2.01%) AWS Lambda
7 6 (2.01%) Google Drive
7 6 (2.01%) Route 53
7 6 (2.01%) Serverless
7 6 (2.01%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 5 (1.67%) PaaS
8 5 (1.67%) SaaS
9 2 (0.67%) IaaS
9 2 (0.67%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 90 (30.10%) DNS
2 67 (22.41%) DHCP
3 28 (9.36%) Firewall
3 28 (9.36%) LAN
4 26 (8.70%) WAN
5 23 (7.69%) TCP/IP
6 21 (7.02%) SAN
7 20 (6.69%) VPN
8 18 (6.02%) Skype
8 18 (6.02%) VoIP
9 15 (5.02%) MPLS
10 14 (4.68%) VLAN
11 13 (4.35%) NAS
11 13 (4.35%) Network Security
12 11 (3.68%) Junos
12 11 (3.68%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (3.01%) SSL
14 8 (2.68%) LDAP
15 7 (2.34%) ISDN
16 6 (2.01%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (10.70%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.01%) Big Data
3 4 (1.34%) Blockchain
3 4 (1.34%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (1.00%) MySQL
4 3 (1.00%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.33%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.33%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (2.68%) Jenkins
2 7 (2.34%) Visual Studio
3 6 (2.01%) GitLab
3 6 (2.01%) Sonatype Nexus
4 5 (1.67%) JIRA
5 3 (1.00%) MorphX
5 3 (1.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 2 (0.67%) Git (software)
General
1 27 (9.03%) Finance
2 16 (5.35%) Retail
3 9 (3.01%) Banking
4 8 (2.68%) Local Government
5 7 (2.34%) Manufacturing
5 7 (2.34%) Publishing
5 7 (2.34%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.67%) Retail Finance
7 4 (1.34%) Law
8 3 (1.00%) Legal
9 2 (0.67%) Back Office
9 2 (0.67%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.33%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 61 (20.40%) Analyst
2 36 (12.04%) Desktop Support
3 33 (11.04%) Support Analyst
4 27 (9.03%) Support Engineer
5 26 (8.70%) Consultant
6 25 (8.36%) Service Analyst
7 23 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support
7 23 (7.69%) Service Desk Analyst
8 20 (6.69%) Architect
8 20 (6.69%) IT Support
9 19 (6.35%) 3rd Line Support
10 18 (6.02%) Desktop Engineer
10 18 (6.02%) Server Engineer
11 17 (5.69%) Active Directory Support
11 17 (5.69%) IT Analyst
12 15 (5.02%) 1st Line Support
13 13 (4.35%) Administrator
13 13 (4.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 12 (4.01%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 12 (4.01%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (3.01%) .NET
1 9 (3.01%) Software Packaging
2 8 (2.68%) Web Services
3 7 (2.34%) Middleware
4 2 (0.67%) .NET Framework
4 2 (0.67%) Ajax
4 2 (0.67%) ASP.NET
4 2 (0.67%) CSS
4 2 (0.67%) CSS3
4 2 (0.67%) HTML
4 2 (0.67%) HTML5
4 2 (0.67%) JSON
4 2 (0.67%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (0.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 2 (0.67%) Velocity
4 2 (0.67%) WAP
4 2 (0.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 27 (9.03%) PKI
2 25 (8.36%) Data Centre
3 17 (5.69%) Management Information System
4 16 (5.35%) Blackberry
5 15 (5.02%) Replication
6 13 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
7 9 (3.01%) iPhone
7 9 (3.01%) Smartphone
8 8 (2.68%) Mainframe
8 8 (2.68%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.67%) iPad
9 5 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (1.00%) Driving Licence
10 3 (1.00%) Fat Client
10 3 (1.00%) NHS
10 3 (1.00%) RSA SecurID
10 3 (1.00%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.67%) Cyberthreat
11 2 (0.67%) EMC VNX
11 2 (0.67%) EMC VNXe
Operating Systems
1 221 (73.91%) Windows
2 105 (35.12%) Windows Server
3 67 (22.41%) Windows 7
4 53 (17.73%) Windows Server 2012
5 52 (17.39%) Windows Server 2008
6 50 (16.72%) Windows 10
7 26 (8.70%) Linux
8 21 (7.02%) Apple iOS
8 21 (7.02%) Windows Server 2003
9 20 (6.69%) Windows 8
10 19 (6.35%) Android
11 11 (3.68%) Windows XP
12 7 (2.34%) AIX
13 6 (2.01%) CentOS
13 6 (2.01%) HPUX
14 5 (1.67%) Mac OS
14 5 (1.67%) Unix
15 4 (1.34%) Solaris
15 4 (1.34%) SUSE
15 4 (1.34%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (28.09%) ITIL
2 43 (14.38%) Migration
3 31 (10.37%) Service Management
4 16 (5.35%) Disaster Recovery
5 15 (5.02%) Cybersecurity
6 14 (4.68%) Change Management
6 14 (4.68%) Incident Management
7 11 (3.68%) Project Management
7 11 (3.68%) Service Delivery
8 10 (3.34%) Break/Fix
8 10 (3.34%) Network Management
9 9 (3.01%) Agile Software Development
9 9 (3.01%) DevOps
10 8 (2.68%) Release Management
10 8 (2.68%) SIEM
11 7 (2.34%) Capacity Planning
11 7 (2.34%) Identity Management
11 7 (2.34%) Kalman Filter
11 7 (2.34%) Line Management
11 7 (2.34%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 32 (10.70%) PowerShell
2 18 (6.02%) SQL
3 3 (1.00%) C#
3 3 (1.00%) VBScript
3 3 (1.00%) X++
4 2 (0.67%) C
4 2 (0.67%) JavaScript
4 2 (0.67%) Perl
4 2 (0.67%) PHP
4 2 (0.67%) Python
5 1 (0.33%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 47 (15.72%) Security Cleared
2 43 (14.38%) SC Cleared
3 31 (10.37%) Microsoft Certification
4 14 (4.68%) MCSE
5 12 (4.01%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (4.01%) MCSA
6 11 (3.68%) CCNA
6 11 (3.68%) ITIL Certification
6 11 (3.68%) MCITP
6 11 (3.68%) MCP
7 7 (2.34%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (2.01%) DBS Check
9 5 (1.67%) Degree
9 5 (1.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 5 (1.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 4 (1.34%) CCIE
10 4 (1.34%) CCNP
10 4 (1.34%) CISSP
10 4 (1.34%) JNCIA
11 3 (1.00%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (5.35%) SLA
2 3 (1.00%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.00%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.67%) COBIT
3 2 (0.67%) PMO
4 1 (0.33%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.33%) QA
4 1 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 38 (12.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 30 (10.03%) Hyper-V
3 16 (5.35%) XenApp
4 15 (5.02%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (3.34%) XenDesktop
6 8 (2.68%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (1.67%) ProxySG
7 5 (1.67%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (1.67%) vSphere
8 4 (1.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 4 (1.34%) XenServer
9 3 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.67%) Docker
10 2 (0.67%) Tivoli Directory Server
10 2 (0.67%) UAG
10 2 (0.67%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.33%) Forefront TMG
11 1 (0.33%) iptables
11 1 (0.33%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.33%) Xen
Systems Management
1 62 (20.74%) SCCM
2 15 (5.02%) Puppet
3 12 (4.01%) SCOM
3 12 (4.01%) WSUS
4 11 (3.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (2.01%) Rsyslog
6 5 (1.67%) AirWatch
6 5 (1.67%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (1.67%) NetBackup
7 4 (1.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 4 (1.34%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (1.00%) Ansible
8 3 (1.00%) PowerBroker
8 3 (1.00%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.67%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.67%) Cacti
9 2 (0.67%) Nagios
9 2 (0.67%) OpenNMS
9 2 (0.67%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 2 (0.67%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 146 (48.83%) Microsoft
2 82 (27.42%) VMware
3 61 (20.40%) Citrix
4 32 (10.70%) Cisco
5 21 (7.02%) Apple
6 18 (6.02%) HP
7 14 (4.68%) Juniper
8 10 (3.34%) Dell
9 9 (3.01%) CheckPoint
9 9 (3.01%) IBM
10 8 (2.68%) Red Hat
10 8 (2.68%) Veeam
11 7 (2.34%) AppSense
11 7 (2.34%) Google
11 7 (2.34%) McAfee
11 7 (2.34%) NetApp
12 6 (2.01%) Adobe
12 6 (2.01%) Lumension
12 6 (2.01%) Oracle
12 6 (2.01%) Palo Alto