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 2 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank 601 581 586
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +5
Contract jobs citing NLBS 10 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.004% 0.003%
As % of the System Software category 0.19% 0.039% 0.042%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 1 1
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.75% +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
5377 5143 4784
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.52% 9.62% 8.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 3029 2668 2324
Average daily rate £325 £338 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% +0.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £180 £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 635 580 580
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +6.06%
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 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +9.37%

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 2 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 21 (100.00%) Windows
2 20 (95.24%) Active Directory
3 19 (90.48%) MS Exchange
3 19 (90.48%) LAN
3 19 (90.48%) WAN
3 19 (90.48%) MS Office
3 19 (90.48%) Cisco
3 19 (90.48%) Microsoft
3 19 (90.48%) CheckPoint
3 19 (90.48%) Windows Server 2003
3 19 (90.48%) MPLS
3 19 (90.48%) DSL
3 19 (90.48%) Blackberry
3 19 (90.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 19 (90.48%) Firewall
3 19 (90.48%) BIG-IP
3 19 (90.48%) Windows Server 2008
3 19 (90.48%) Windows 7
4 17 (80.95%) ITIL
5 16 (76.19%) Citrix
5 16 (76.19%) Xen
5 16 (76.19%) WSUS
5 16 (76.19%) Fat Client
5 16 (76.19%) Performance Management
5 16 (76.19%) Service Management
5 16 (76.19%) VMware
5 16 (76.19%) Thin Client
5 16 (76.19%) Hyper-V
5 16 (76.19%) VMware Infrastructure
6 15 (71.43%) SAN

NLBS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 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 19 (90.48%) MS Exchange
1 19 (90.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 2 (9.52%) IIS
3 1 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2000
3 1 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 19 (90.48%) MS Office
2 2 (9.52%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 19 (90.48%) LAN
1 19 (90.48%) WAN
1 19 (90.48%) MPLS
1 19 (90.48%) DSL
1 19 (90.48%) Firewall
1 19 (90.48%) BIG-IP
2 15 (71.43%) SAN
3 5 (23.81%) NAS
4 3 (14.29%) DHCP
4 3 (14.29%) TCP/IP
4 3 (14.29%) DNS
5 2 (9.52%) LDAP
6 1 (4.76%) VLAN
6 1 (4.76%) iSCSI
6 1 (4.76%) Cisco ASA
General
1 3 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (4.76%) Games
Job Titles
1 13 (61.90%) Analyst
2 10 (47.62%) Operations Analyst
3 5 (23.81%) 3rd Line Support
4 4 (19.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (14.29%) Team Leader
5 3 (14.29%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 3 (14.29%) Citrix Engineer
5 3 (14.29%) Citrix Support
5 3 (14.29%) Infrastructure Operations Analyst
5 3 (14.29%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (9.52%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (9.52%) Operations Team Leader
6 2 (9.52%) Server Support
6 2 (9.52%) Support Analyst
6 2 (9.52%) Support Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Systems Administrator
7 1 (4.76%) Network Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Administrator
7 1 (4.76%) Server Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Firewall Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 19 (90.48%) Blackberry
2 16 (76.19%) Fat Client
2 16 (76.19%) Thin Client
3 3 (14.29%) EqualLogic
4 2 (9.52%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 21 (100.00%) Windows
2 19 (90.48%) Windows Server 2003
2 19 (90.48%) Windows Server 2008
2 19 (90.48%) Windows 7
3 3 (14.29%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (80.95%) ITIL
2 16 (76.19%) Service Management
2 16 (76.19%) Performance Management
3 13 (61.90%) Problem Management
4 7 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
4 7 (33.33%) ITSM
5 6 (28.57%) BCP
5 6 (28.57%) Business Continuity
5 6 (28.57%) Business Continuity Planning
6 3 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (14.29%) Capacity Management
7 2 (9.52%) Incident Management
8 1 (4.76%) Data Protection
8 1 (4.76%) Line Management
8 1 (4.76%) Asset Management
8 1 (4.76%) Configuration Management
8 1 (4.76%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 2 (9.52%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (14.29%) CCA
1 3 (14.29%) Citrix Certification
1 3 (14.29%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.76%) MCSE
2 1 (4.76%) MCSA
2 1 (4.76%) CCNA
2 1 (4.76%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (95.24%) Active Directory
2 16 (76.19%) Xen
2 16 (76.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (76.19%) Hyper-V
3 10 (47.62%) XenApp
3 10 (47.62%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (4.76%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 16 (76.19%) WSUS
2 3 (14.29%) WhatsUp Gold
2 3 (14.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 19 (90.48%) Cisco
1 19 (90.48%) Microsoft
1 19 (90.48%) CheckPoint
2 16 (76.19%) VMware
2 16 (76.19%) Citrix
3 4 (19.05%) NetApp
4 3 (14.29%) Symantec
5 1 (4.76%) Veeam