The first table below looks at the demand 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 1 August 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 London 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank 395 - 408
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing NLBS 13 0 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.055% - 0.008%
As % of the System Software category 0.62% - 0.095%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 0 1
Average daily rate
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£340 - £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £393 -
% change year-on-year
-23.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
System Software Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
2104 1920 2096
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 8.97% 7.91% 7.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1323 1147 1166
Average daily rate £365 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £204 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 164 197
Average hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.38% +8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.94 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £30.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +2.94%
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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 1 August 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 14 (100.00%) Windows
1 14 (100.00%) MS Exchange
1 14 (100.00%) LAN
1 14 (100.00%) WAN
1 14 (100.00%) Cisco
1 14 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 14 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 14 (100.00%) MS Office
1 14 (100.00%) CheckPoint
1 14 (100.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 14 (100.00%) MPLS
1 14 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 14 (100.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 14 (100.00%) DSL
1 14 (100.00%) Service Management
1 14 (100.00%) Firewall
1 14 (100.00%) BIG-IP
1 14 (100.00%) Performance Management
1 14 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 14 (100.00%) Windows 7
2 13 (92.86%) ITIL
3 12 (85.71%) Thin Client
3 12 (85.71%) Citrix
3 12 (85.71%) VMware
3 12 (85.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (85.71%) Hyper-V
3 12 (85.71%) Fat Client
3 12 (85.71%) Xen
4 11 (78.57%) WSUS
5 9 (64.29%) SAN

NLBS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 14 (100.00%) MS Exchange
1 14 (100.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 14 (100.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 14 (100.00%) LAN
1 14 (100.00%) WAN
1 14 (100.00%) MPLS
1 14 (100.00%) DSL
1 14 (100.00%) Firewall
1 14 (100.00%) BIG-IP
2 9 (64.29%) SAN
General
1 3 (21.43%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (71.43%) Analyst
2 8 (57.14%) Operations Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (21.43%) Citrix Support
3 3 (21.43%) Team Leader
3 3 (21.43%) Citrix Engineer
3 3 (21.43%) 3rd Line Support
4 2 (14.29%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Senior Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Infrastructure Operations Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Operations Team Leader
5 1 (7.14%) Infrastructure Operations Team Leader
5 1 (7.14%) Senior Operations Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Infrastructure Team Leader
5 1 (7.14%) Senior Infrastructure Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 14 (100.00%) Blackberry
2 12 (85.71%) Thin Client
2 12 (85.71%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 14 (100.00%) Windows
1 14 (100.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 14 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 14 (100.00%) Windows 7
2 3 (21.43%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (100.00%) Service Management
1 14 (100.00%) Performance Management
2 13 (92.86%) ITIL
3 9 (64.29%) Problem Management
4 6 (42.86%) Disaster Recovery
5 5 (35.71%) Business Continuity
5 5 (35.71%) ITSM
5 5 (35.71%) BCP
5 5 (35.71%) Business Continuity Planning
6 1 (7.14%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (7.14%) Capacity Management
6 1 (7.14%) Data Protection
6 1 (7.14%) Asset Management
6 1 (7.14%) Configuration Management
Qualifications
1 4 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 3 (21.43%) CCA
2 3 (21.43%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (7.14%) SC Cleared
3 1 (7.14%) CTC Cleared
System Software
1 14 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 12 (85.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (85.71%) Hyper-V
2 12 (85.71%) Xen
3 9 (64.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 9 (64.29%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (78.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 14 (100.00%) Cisco
1 14 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 14 (100.00%) CheckPoint
2 12 (85.71%) Citrix
2 12 (85.71%) VMware