The table below looks at the statistics for NLBS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited NLBS over the 3 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank 604 583 602
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +19
Contract jobs citing NLBS 8 3 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.014% 0.006% 0.003%
As % of the System Software category 0.15% 0.060% 0.042%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 1
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£308 £400 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.12% +33.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £400 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5498 5016 4776
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.54% 9.51% 8.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3068 2659 2298
Average daily rate £338 £338 £338
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £180 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 670 566 590
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +4.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £32.50 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +6.45%

NLBS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

NLBS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

NLBS
Daily Rate Trend

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

NLBS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

NLBS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 23 (100.00%) Windows
2 22 (95.65%) Active Directory
3 21 (91.30%) MS Exchange
3 21 (91.30%) LAN
3 21 (91.30%) WAN
3 21 (91.30%) MS Office
3 21 (91.30%) Cisco
3 21 (91.30%) Microsoft
3 21 (91.30%) CheckPoint
3 21 (91.30%) Windows Server 2003
3 21 (91.30%) MPLS
3 21 (91.30%) DSL
3 21 (91.30%) Blackberry
3 21 (91.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 21 (91.30%) Firewall
3 21 (91.30%) BIG-IP
3 21 (91.30%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (91.30%) Windows 7
4 19 (82.61%) ITIL
5 18 (78.26%) WSUS
5 18 (78.26%) Performance Management
5 18 (78.26%) Service Management
6 17 (73.91%) VMware
6 17 (73.91%) Fat Client
6 17 (73.91%) Xen
6 17 (73.91%) Citrix
6 17 (73.91%) Thin Client
6 17 (73.91%) Hyper-V
6 17 (73.91%) VMware Infrastructure
7 16 (69.57%) SAN

NLBS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 21 (91.30%) MS Exchange
1 21 (91.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 2 (8.70%) IIS
3 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 21 (91.30%) MS Office
2 2 (8.70%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 21 (91.30%) LAN
1 21 (91.30%) WAN
1 21 (91.30%) MPLS
1 21 (91.30%) DSL
1 21 (91.30%) Firewall
1 21 (91.30%) BIG-IP
2 16 (69.57%) SAN
3 5 (21.74%) NAS
4 3 (13.04%) DHCP
4 3 (13.04%) TCP/IP
4 3 (13.04%) DNS
5 2 (8.70%) LDAP
6 1 (4.35%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (4.35%) iSCSI
6 1 (4.35%) VLAN
General
1 4 (17.39%) Finance
2 1 (4.35%) Games
Job Titles
1 15 (65.22%) Analyst
2 11 (47.83%) Operations Analyst
3 7 (30.43%) 3rd Line Support
4 5 (21.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (17.39%) Support Analyst
6 3 (13.04%) Infrastructure Operations Analyst
6 3 (13.04%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
6 3 (13.04%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 3 (13.04%) Support Engineer
6 3 (13.04%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 3 (13.04%) Team Leader
6 3 (13.04%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (13.04%) Citrix Engineer
6 3 (13.04%) Citrix Support
7 2 (8.70%) Wintel Engineer
7 2 (8.70%) Server Support
7 2 (8.70%) Operations Engineer
7 2 (8.70%) Operations Team Leader
7 2 (8.70%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
8 1 (4.35%) 3rd Line Server Support
Miscellaneous
1 21 (91.30%) Blackberry
2 17 (73.91%) Fat Client
2 17 (73.91%) Thin Client
3 3 (13.04%) EqualLogic
4 2 (8.70%) Clustering
4 2 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 23 (100.00%) Windows
2 21 (91.30%) Windows Server 2003
2 21 (91.30%) Windows Server 2008
2 21 (91.30%) Windows 7
3 4 (17.39%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (82.61%) ITIL
2 18 (78.26%) Performance Management
2 18 (78.26%) Service Management
3 15 (65.22%) Problem Management
4 8 (34.78%) Disaster Recovery
4 8 (34.78%) ITSM
5 7 (30.43%) Business Continuity
5 7 (30.43%) BCP
5 7 (30.43%) Business Continuity Planning
6 3 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (13.04%) Capacity Management
7 2 (8.70%) Incident Management
8 1 (4.35%) Line Management
8 1 (4.35%) Configuration Management
8 1 (4.35%) Migration
8 1 (4.35%) Data Protection
8 1 (4.35%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.70%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
1 3 (13.04%) CCA
1 3 (13.04%) Citrix Certification
2 1 (4.35%) CCNA
2 1 (4.35%) MCSE
2 1 (4.35%) MCSA
2 1 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (95.65%) Active Directory
2 17 (73.91%) Xen
2 17 (73.91%) Hyper-V
2 17 (73.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (43.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 10 (43.48%) XenApp
4 1 (4.35%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 18 (78.26%) WSUS
2 3 (13.04%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 3 (13.04%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 21 (91.30%) Cisco
1 21 (91.30%) Microsoft
1 21 (91.30%) CheckPoint
2 17 (73.91%) VMware
2 17 (73.91%) Citrix
3 4 (17.39%) NetApp
4 3 (13.04%) Symantec
5 1 (4.35%) Veeam
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