The first table below looks at the demand for NLBS skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited NLBS over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the System Software category for the England region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank 583 496 568
Rank change year-on-year
-87 +72
Contract jobs citing NLBS 7 7 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.014% 0.016% 0.016%
As % of the System Software category 0.15% 0.17% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 4
Average daily rate £275 £250 £278
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -9.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £250 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £250 £332
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £250 -
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
System Software Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
4826 4033 4364
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.40% 9.36% 7.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2493 1988 2160
Average daily rate £350 £340 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 583 600 543
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.72 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.31% -1.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £31.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -6.06%
NLBS
UK

NLBS
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing NLBS across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

NLBS Jobs Demand Trend in England

NLBS
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing NLBS across the England region.

NLBS Daily Rate Trend in England

NLBS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing NLBS across the England region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

NLBS Daily Rate Histogram in England

NLBS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NLBS within the England region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Find
Job
Vacancies
South East -14 6 £263 +5.00%
London - 1 £298 -
NLBS
UK

NLBS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing NLBS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited NLBS.

1 8 (100.00%) Windows
2 7 (87.50%) Active Directory
2 7 (87.50%) Problem Management
3 6 (75.00%) Clustering
3 6 (75.00%) Incident Management
3 6 (75.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 6 (75.00%) SLA
3 6 (75.00%) TCP/IP
3 6 (75.00%) SQL
3 6 (75.00%) IIS
3 6 (75.00%) SAN
4 5 (62.50%) LDAP
4 5 (62.50%) MS Excel
4 5 (62.50%) DNS
4 5 (62.50%) DHCP
4 5 (62.50%) Capacity Management
4 5 (62.50%) NAS
5 4 (50.00%) Microsoft
6 2 (25.00%) BIG-IP
6 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (25.00%) Cisco
6 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (25.00%) MS Exchange
6 2 (25.00%) LAN
6 2 (25.00%) WAN
6 2 (25.00%) MCSE
6 2 (25.00%) MCDBA
6 2 (25.00%) Firewall
6 2 (25.00%) NetApp
6 2 (25.00%) CheckPoint

NLBS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing NLBS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited NLBS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (75.00%) IIS
2 2 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (25.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 5 (62.50%) MS Excel
2 1 (12.50%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 6 (75.00%) TCP/IP
1 6 (75.00%) SAN
2 5 (62.50%) LDAP
2 5 (62.50%) DNS
2 5 (62.50%) DHCP
2 5 (62.50%) NAS
3 2 (25.00%) BIG-IP
3 2 (25.00%) LAN
3 2 (25.00%) WAN
3 2 (25.00%) Firewall
3 2 (25.00%) MPLS
3 2 (25.00%) DSL
General
1 1 (12.50%) Games
Job Titles
1 6 (75.00%) Server Support
2 5 (62.50%) Support Engineer
2 5 (62.50%) Server Support Engineer
2 5 (62.50%) Server Engineer
3 2 (25.00%) Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support
4 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) Network Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Operations Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Network Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Server Support
4 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 6 (75.00%) Clustering
2 2 (25.00%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 8 (100.00%) Windows
2 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (12.50%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (87.50%) Problem Management
2 6 (75.00%) Incident Management
2 6 (75.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 5 (62.50%) Capacity Management
4 1 (12.50%) BCP
4 1 (12.50%) ITSM
4 1 (12.50%) Service Management
4 1 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (12.50%) Performance Management
4 1 (12.50%) Business Continuity
4 1 (12.50%) Business Continuity Planning
Programming Languages
1 6 (75.00%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) C
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (25.00%) MCSE
1 2 (25.00%) MCDBA
2 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
2 1 (12.50%) CTC Cleared
2 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (75.00%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (87.50%) Active Directory
2 1 (12.50%) Hyper-V
2 1 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (25.00%) Cisco
2 2 (25.00%) NetApp
2 2 (25.00%) CheckPoint
3 1 (12.50%) VMware