The first table below looks at the demand 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 28 July 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.

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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank 587 561 581
Rank change year-on-year
-26 +20
Contract jobs citing NLBS 17 4 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.031% 0.008% 0.003%
As % of the System Software category 0.33% 0.080% 0.042%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 2 1
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£330 £393 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.92% +30.83%
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
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5229 5008 4757
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.56% 9.80% 8.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 2879 2536 2262
Average daily rate £325 £342 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.97% +2.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £190 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £301 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.44% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 620 626 648
Average hourly rate £16.00 £18.50 £17.34
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.51% +6.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £32.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +2.94%

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing NLBS within the UK over the 3 months to 28 July 2014.

NLBS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

NLBS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 24 (100.00%) Windows
2 23 (95.83%) Active Directory
3 20 (83.33%) Microsoft
4 19 (79.17%) SAN
5 18 (75.00%) CheckPoint
5 18 (75.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 18 (75.00%) MPLS
5 18 (75.00%) Blackberry
5 18 (75.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 18 (75.00%) Cisco
5 18 (75.00%) MS Office
5 18 (75.00%) MS Exchange
5 18 (75.00%) LAN
5 18 (75.00%) WAN
5 18 (75.00%) DSL
5 18 (75.00%) Firewall
5 18 (75.00%) BIG-IP
5 18 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 18 (75.00%) Windows 7
6 16 (66.67%) Hyper-V
6 16 (66.67%) VMware Infrastructure
6 16 (66.67%) Problem Management
6 16 (66.67%) Xen
6 16 (66.67%) Fat Client
6 16 (66.67%) VMware
6 16 (66.67%) Thin Client
6 16 (66.67%) Citrix
7 15 (62.50%) ITIL
7 15 (62.50%) Service Management
7 15 (62.50%) Performance Management

NLBS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 18 (75.00%) MS Exchange
1 18 (75.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 6 (25.00%) IIS
3 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2000
3 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 18 (75.00%) MS Office
2 5 (20.83%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 19 (79.17%) SAN
2 18 (75.00%) MPLS
2 18 (75.00%) DSL
2 18 (75.00%) Firewall
2 18 (75.00%) BIG-IP
2 18 (75.00%) LAN
2 18 (75.00%) WAN
3 8 (33.33%) NAS
4 7 (29.17%) TCP/IP
5 6 (25.00%) DNS
5 6 (25.00%) DHCP
6 5 (20.83%) LDAP
7 1 (4.17%) VLAN
7 1 (4.17%) iSCSI
7 1 (4.17%) Cisco ASA
General
1 3 (12.50%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Games
Job Titles
1 12 (50.00%) Analyst
2 9 (37.50%) Operations Analyst
3 6 (25.00%) Server Support
4 5 (20.83%) Support Engineer
4 5 (20.83%) Server Support Engineer
4 5 (20.83%) Server Engineer
5 4 (16.67%) 3rd Line Support
6 3 (12.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 3 (12.50%) Citrix Engineer
6 3 (12.50%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (12.50%) Team Leader
6 3 (12.50%) Citrix Support
6 3 (12.50%) Infrastructure Operations Analyst
7 2 (8.33%) Operations Team Leader
8 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Operations Team Leader
8 1 (4.17%) 3rd Line Server Support
8 1 (4.17%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
8 1 (4.17%) Senior Operations Analyst
8 1 (4.17%) Firewall Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 18 (75.00%) Blackberry
2 16 (66.67%) Fat Client
2 16 (66.67%) Thin Client
3 6 (25.00%) Clustering
4 3 (12.50%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 24 (100.00%) Windows
2 18 (75.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 18 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 18 (75.00%) Windows 7
3 3 (12.50%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (66.67%) Problem Management
2 15 (62.50%) Performance Management
2 15 (62.50%) Service Management
2 15 (62.50%) ITIL
3 7 (29.17%) Continuous Improvement
4 6 (25.00%) Capacity Management
4 6 (25.00%) Incident Management
4 6 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 6 (25.00%) ITSM
5 5 (20.83%) BCP
5 5 (20.83%) Business Continuity
5 5 (20.83%) Business Continuity Planning
6 1 (4.17%) Data Protection
6 1 (4.17%) Asset Management
6 1 (4.17%) Configuration Management
6 1 (4.17%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 6 (25.00%) SQL
2 1 (4.17%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 3 (12.50%) MCSE
2 3 (12.50%) CCA
2 3 (12.50%) Citrix Certification
2 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (8.33%) MCDBA
4 1 (4.17%) CCNA
4 1 (4.17%) MCSA
4 1 (4.17%) SC Cleared
4 1 (4.17%) CTC Cleared
4 1 (4.17%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (25.00%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (95.83%) Active Directory
2 16 (66.67%) Xen
2 16 (66.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (66.67%) Hyper-V
3 10 (41.67%) XenApp
3 10 (41.67%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (4.17%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 15 (62.50%) WSUS
2 3 (12.50%) WhatsUp Gold
2 3 (12.50%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 20 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 18 (75.00%) CheckPoint
2 18 (75.00%) Cisco
3 16 (66.67%) VMware
3 16 (66.67%) Citrix
4 5 (20.83%) NetApp
5 3 (12.50%) Symantec
6 1 (4.17%) Veeam