The table below looks at the statistics 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 22 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank 572 554 573
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +19
Contract jobs citing NLBS 11 3 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.022% 0.006% 0.004%
As % of the System Software category 0.22% 0.063% 0.044%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 2 1
Average daily rate
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£340 £393 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.37% +30.83%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £393 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

System Software Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
4976 4742 4560
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.76% 9.74% 8.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2798 2475 2250
Average daily rate £325 £340 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.41% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £178 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 604 568 570
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% +5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £32.50 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +6.06%

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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 22 (100.00%) Windows
2 21 (95.45%) Active Directory
3 20 (90.91%) MS Exchange
3 20 (90.91%) LAN
3 20 (90.91%) WAN
3 20 (90.91%) MS Office
3 20 (90.91%) Cisco
3 20 (90.91%) Microsoft
3 20 (90.91%) CheckPoint
3 20 (90.91%) Windows Server 2003
3 20 (90.91%) MPLS
3 20 (90.91%) DSL
3 20 (90.91%) Blackberry
3 20 (90.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 20 (90.91%) Firewall
3 20 (90.91%) BIG-IP
3 20 (90.91%) Windows Server 2008
3 20 (90.91%) Windows 7
4 17 (77.27%) WSUS
4 17 (77.27%) Performance Management
4 17 (77.27%) Service Management
4 17 (77.27%) ITIL
5 16 (72.73%) Citrix
5 16 (72.73%) VMware
5 16 (72.73%) Thin Client
5 16 (72.73%) Xen
5 16 (72.73%) Hyper-V
5 16 (72.73%) Fat Client
5 16 (72.73%) VMware Infrastructure
6 15 (68.18%) SAN

NLBS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 20 (90.91%) MS Exchange
1 20 (90.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 2 (9.09%) IIS
3 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2000
3 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 20 (90.91%) MS Office
2 2 (9.09%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 20 (90.91%) LAN
1 20 (90.91%) WAN
1 20 (90.91%) MPLS
1 20 (90.91%) DSL
1 20 (90.91%) Firewall
1 20 (90.91%) BIG-IP
2 15 (68.18%) SAN
3 5 (22.73%) NAS
4 3 (13.64%) DHCP
4 3 (13.64%) TCP/IP
4 3 (13.64%) DNS
5 2 (9.09%) LDAP
6 1 (4.55%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (4.55%) VLAN
6 1 (4.55%) iSCSI
General
1 3 (13.64%) Finance
2 1 (4.55%) Games
Job Titles
1 14 (63.64%) Analyst
2 11 (50.00%) Operations Analyst
3 5 (22.73%) 3rd Line Support
4 4 (18.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (13.64%) Infrastructure Operations Analyst
5 3 (13.64%) Senior Analyst
5 3 (13.64%) Team Leader
5 3 (13.64%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 3 (13.64%) Citrix Engineer
5 3 (13.64%) Citrix Support
6 2 (9.09%) Server Support
6 2 (9.09%) Support Analyst
6 2 (9.09%) Support Engineer
6 2 (9.09%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (9.09%) Operations Team Leader
7 1 (4.55%) Infrastructure Operations Team Leader
7 1 (4.55%) Operations Engineer
7 1 (4.55%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) Wintel Engineer
7 1 (4.55%) Senior Operations Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 20 (90.91%) Blackberry
2 16 (72.73%) Thin Client
2 16 (72.73%) Fat Client
3 3 (13.64%) EqualLogic
4 2 (9.09%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 22 (100.00%) Windows
2 20 (90.91%) Windows Server 2003
2 20 (90.91%) Windows Server 2008
2 20 (90.91%) Windows 7
3 3 (13.64%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (77.27%) Performance Management
1 17 (77.27%) Service Management
1 17 (77.27%) ITIL
2 14 (63.64%) Problem Management
3 8 (36.36%) Disaster Recovery
3 8 (36.36%) ITSM
4 7 (31.82%) Business Continuity
4 7 (31.82%) BCP
4 7 (31.82%) Business Continuity Planning
5 3 (13.64%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (13.64%) Capacity Management
6 2 (9.09%) Incident Management
7 1 (4.55%) Configuration Management
7 1 (4.55%) Migration
7 1 (4.55%) Asset Management
7 1 (4.55%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 2 (9.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (18.18%) Security Cleared
2 3 (13.64%) CCA
2 3 (13.64%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (4.55%) CCNA
3 1 (4.55%) MCSE
3 1 (4.55%) MCSA
3 1 (4.55%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (4.55%) SC Cleared
3 1 (4.55%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.09%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (95.45%) Active Directory
2 16 (72.73%) Xen
2 16 (72.73%) Hyper-V
2 16 (72.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (45.45%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 10 (45.45%) XenApp
4 1 (4.55%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 17 (77.27%) WSUS
2 3 (13.64%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 3 (13.64%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 20 (90.91%) Cisco
1 20 (90.91%) Microsoft
1 20 (90.91%) CheckPoint
2 16 (72.73%) Citrix
2 16 (72.73%) VMware
3 4 (18.18%) NetApp
4 3 (13.64%) Symantec
5 1 (4.55%) Veeam