The table below looks at the prevalence of the term PDA in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited PDA over the 3 months to 27 April 2015 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 117 121 99
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -22
Contract jobs citing PDA 8 8 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.27% 0.30% 0.76%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.11% 1.18% 2.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 6
Average daily rate
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£325 £335 £356
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.98% -5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £317 £124 £330
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £378 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £275 £353
% change year-on-year
+16.36% -21.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Average hourly rate - £15.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +10.71%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £12.25 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -33.78%
PDA
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised in the Scotland region.

Miscellaneous Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
720 680 662
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 24.10% 25.87% 27.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 393 360 307
Average daily rate £375 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £236 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 13 21
Average hourly rate £30.75 £25.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.00% +78.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £14.50 £10.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £25.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £21.25
% change year-on-year
-13.63% +3.52%

PDA
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing PDA across the Scotland region as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

PDA Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

PDA
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

PDA Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

PDA
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing PDA across the Scotland region.

PDA Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

PDA
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PDA within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 27 April 2015. 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
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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
Live
Job
Vacancies
Renfrewshire -1 5 £325 -9.09%
Glasgow -1 2 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
PDA
UK

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing PDA 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 PDA.

1 26 (92.86%) Windows
2 24 (85.71%) Windows XP
2 24 (85.71%) Windows 7
3 21 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (75.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 19 (67.86%) Citrix
4 19 (67.86%) ISTQB
5 18 (64.29%) Software Testing
5 18 (64.29%) Change Management
5 18 (64.29%) Microsoft
5 18 (64.29%) TestDirector
6 17 (60.71%) QuickTest Pro
6 17 (60.71%) WinRunner
6 17 (60.71%) SC Cleared
6 17 (60.71%) Security Cleared
6 17 (60.71%) Test Automation
7 16 (57.14%) Test Scripting
7 16 (57.14%) Hyper-V
7 16 (57.14%) HP Quality Center
7 16 (57.14%) McAfee ePO
7 16 (57.14%) MCTS
7 16 (57.14%) MCITP
7 16 (57.14%) VMware
7 16 (57.14%) VMware ESX
7 16 (57.14%) Clustering
7 16 (57.14%) Veritas
7 16 (57.14%) McAfee
7 16 (57.14%) Microsoft Certification
7 16 (57.14%) SQL
7 16 (57.14%) AIX

PDA
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing PDA 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 PDA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (7.14%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (10.71%) MS Office
1 3 (10.71%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 4 (14.29%) TCP/IP
2 3 (10.71%) DNS
3 2 (7.14%) VoIP
4 1 (3.57%) DHCP
Development Applications
1 18 (64.29%) TestDirector
2 17 (60.71%) QuickTest Pro
2 17 (60.71%) WinRunner
Job Titles
1 13 (46.43%) Test Engineer
2 10 (35.71%) Analyst
3 7 (25.00%) Test Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) Support Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) Desktop Support
4 2 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support
5 1 (3.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) Tester
5 1 (3.57%) Support Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (3.57%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 1 (3.57%) Technical Tester
5 1 (3.57%) Windows Support Analyst
5 1 (3.57%) Deskside Support
5 1 (3.57%) Deskside Analyst
5 1 (3.57%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
5 1 (3.57%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 16 (57.14%) Clustering
2 12 (42.86%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (10.71%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 26 (92.86%) Windows
2 24 (85.71%) Windows XP
2 24 (85.71%) Windows 7
3 21 (75.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 21 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 16 (57.14%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (64.29%) Change Management
1 18 (64.29%) Software Testing
2 17 (60.71%) Test Automation
3 16 (57.14%) Test Scripting
4 2 (7.14%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (57.14%) SQL
2 1 (3.57%) Java
Qualifications
1 19 (67.86%) ISTQB
2 17 (60.71%) SC Cleared
2 17 (60.71%) Security Cleared
3 16 (57.14%) MCSE
3 16 (57.14%) MCSA
3 16 (57.14%) Microsoft Certification
3 16 (57.14%) MCTS
3 16 (57.14%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (57.14%) VMware ESX
1 16 (57.14%) Hyper-V
2 6 (21.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (10.71%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 16 (57.14%) HP Quality Center
1 16 (57.14%) McAfee ePO
2 15 (53.57%) Netcool
3 1 (3.57%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (3.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 19 (67.86%) Citrix
2 18 (64.29%) Microsoft
3 16 (57.14%) Veritas
3 16 (57.14%) McAfee
3 16 (57.14%) VMware
4 1 (3.57%) Altiris
4 1 (3.57%) Symantec