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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank 580 537 576
Rank change year-on-year
-43 +39
Contract jobs citing NLBS 7 7 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.012% 0.015% 0.020%
As % of the System Software category 0.13% 0.16% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 4
Average daily rate £275 £250 £278
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -9.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £250 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £250 £332
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £250 -
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
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
5255 4391 4700
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.33% 9.20% 7.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2686 2123 2314
Average daily rate £350 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £190 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 604 624 570
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.06 £31.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -6.06%

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 18 April 2014.

NLBS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

NLBS
Top 5 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NLBS within the UK over the 3 months to 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -87 7 £275 +10.00%
Berkshire -5 6 £263 +5.00%
South East -14 6 £263 +5.00%
Reading -2 4 £263 +5.00%
London - 1 £298 -

NLBS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 8 (100.00%) Windows
2 7 (87.50%) Active Directory
2 7 (87.50%) Problem Management
3 6 (75.00%) Clustering
3 6 (75.00%) Incident Management
3 6 (75.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 6 (75.00%) SLA
3 6 (75.00%) TCP/IP
3 6 (75.00%) SQL
3 6 (75.00%) IIS
3 6 (75.00%) SAN
4 5 (62.50%) LDAP
4 5 (62.50%) MS Excel
4 5 (62.50%) DNS
4 5 (62.50%) DHCP
4 5 (62.50%) Capacity Management
4 5 (62.50%) NAS
5 4 (50.00%) Microsoft
6 2 (25.00%) BIG-IP
6 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (25.00%) Cisco
6 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (25.00%) MS Exchange
6 2 (25.00%) LAN
6 2 (25.00%) WAN
6 2 (25.00%) MCSE
6 2 (25.00%) MCDBA
6 2 (25.00%) Firewall
6 2 (25.00%) NetApp
6 2 (25.00%) CheckPoint

NLBS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 6 (75.00%) IIS
2 2 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (25.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 5 (62.50%) MS Excel
2 1 (12.50%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 6 (75.00%) TCP/IP
1 6 (75.00%) SAN
2 5 (62.50%) LDAP
2 5 (62.50%) DNS
2 5 (62.50%) DHCP
2 5 (62.50%) NAS
3 2 (25.00%) BIG-IP
3 2 (25.00%) LAN
3 2 (25.00%) WAN
3 2 (25.00%) Firewall
3 2 (25.00%) MPLS
3 2 (25.00%) DSL
General
1 1 (12.50%) Games
Job Titles
1 6 (75.00%) Server Support
2 5 (62.50%) Support Engineer
2 5 (62.50%) Server Support Engineer
2 5 (62.50%) Server Engineer
3 2 (25.00%) Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support
4 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) Network Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Operations Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Network Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Server Support
4 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 6 (75.00%) Clustering
2 2 (25.00%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 8 (100.00%) Windows
2 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (12.50%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (87.50%) Problem Management
2 6 (75.00%) Incident Management
2 6 (75.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 5 (62.50%) Capacity Management
4 1 (12.50%) BCP
4 1 (12.50%) ITSM
4 1 (12.50%) Service Management
4 1 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (12.50%) Performance Management
4 1 (12.50%) Business Continuity
4 1 (12.50%) Business Continuity Planning
Programming Languages
1 6 (75.00%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) C
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (25.00%) MCSE
1 2 (25.00%) MCDBA
2 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
2 1 (12.50%) CTC Cleared
2 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (75.00%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (87.50%) Active Directory
2 1 (12.50%) Hyper-V
2 1 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (25.00%) Cisco
2 2 (25.00%) NetApp
2 2 (25.00%) CheckPoint
3 1 (12.50%) VMware