The table below looks at the statistics for NLBS skills in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited NLBS over the 3 months to 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank 396 423 381
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -42
Contract jobs citing NLBS 6 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.026% 0.008% 0.014%
As % of the System Software category 0.30% 0.091% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 3
Average daily rate
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£365 £290 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.86% -3.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate - - -
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 London region.

System Software Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
1986 2196 1757
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 8.58% 9.02% 8.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 1303 1372 1018
Average daily rate £375 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 139 122 216
Average hourly rate £14.75 £16.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.60% -17.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £24.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -11.42%

NLBS
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

NLBS Jobs Demand Trend in London

NLBS
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

NLBS Daily Rate Trend in London

NLBS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 16 (100.00%) Windows
1 16 (100.00%) MS Exchange
1 16 (100.00%) LAN
1 16 (100.00%) WAN
1 16 (100.00%) Cisco
1 16 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 16 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 16 (100.00%) CheckPoint
1 16 (100.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 16 (100.00%) MPLS
1 16 (100.00%) DSL
1 16 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 16 (100.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 16 (100.00%) Service Management
1 16 (100.00%) Firewall
1 16 (100.00%) BIG-IP
1 16 (100.00%) Performance Management
1 16 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 15 (93.75%) Windows 7
2 15 (93.75%) MS Office
2 15 (93.75%) ITIL
3 14 (87.50%) WSUS
3 14 (87.50%) Problem Management
4 13 (81.25%) Fat Client
4 13 (81.25%) Xen
4 13 (81.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (81.25%) Hyper-V
4 13 (81.25%) Thin Client
4 13 (81.25%) Citrix
4 13 (81.25%) VMware

NLBS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 16 (100.00%) MS Exchange
1 16 (100.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 15 (93.75%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 16 (100.00%) LAN
1 16 (100.00%) WAN
1 16 (100.00%) MPLS
1 16 (100.00%) DSL
1 16 (100.00%) Firewall
1 16 (100.00%) BIG-IP
2 10 (62.50%) SAN
General
1 4 (25.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (81.25%) Analyst
2 11 (68.75%) Operations Analyst
3 7 (43.75%) 3rd Line Support
4 5 (31.25%) Support Analyst
4 5 (31.25%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 3 (18.75%) Team Leader
5 3 (18.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (12.50%) Citrix Support
6 2 (12.50%) Wintel Engineer
6 2 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (12.50%) Operations Engineer
6 2 (12.50%) Operations Team Leader
6 2 (12.50%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (12.50%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (12.50%) Support Engineer
6 2 (12.50%) Citrix Analyst
7 1 (6.25%) Support Specialist
7 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 1 (6.25%) Citrix Support Specialist
7 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 16 (100.00%) Blackberry
2 13 (81.25%) Fat Client
2 13 (81.25%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 16 (100.00%) Windows
1 16 (100.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 16 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 15 (93.75%) Windows 7
3 4 (25.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (100.00%) Service Management
1 16 (100.00%) Performance Management
2 15 (93.75%) ITIL
3 14 (87.50%) Problem Management
4 11 (68.75%) Disaster Recovery
5 10 (62.50%) Business Continuity Planning
5 10 (62.50%) ITSM
5 10 (62.50%) Business Continuity
5 10 (62.50%) BCP
6 3 (18.75%) Time Management
7 1 (6.25%) Configuration Management
7 1 (6.25%) Line Management
7 1 (6.25%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (6.25%) Capacity Management
7 1 (6.25%) Data Protection
7 1 (6.25%) Asset Management
Qualifications
1 3 (18.75%) Security Cleared
2 1 (6.25%) CCA
2 1 (6.25%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 13 (81.25%) Xen
2 13 (81.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (81.25%) Hyper-V
3 9 (56.25%) XenApp
3 9 (56.25%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 14 (87.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 16 (100.00%) Cisco
1 16 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 16 (100.00%) CheckPoint
2 13 (81.25%) Citrix
2 13 (81.25%) VMware