The table below looks at the statistics for NLBS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited NLBS over the 3 months to 25 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank - 627 615
Contract jobs citing NLBS 0 11 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK - 0.020% 0.021%
As % of the System Software category - 0.20% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 11 9
Median daily rate - £335 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +11.66%
UK excluding London median daily rate - - £288
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
6527 5540 5262
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.15% 10.22% 9.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 4000 3086 2788
Median daily rate £400 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £180 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £465
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £325 £315
% change year-on-year
+10.76% +3.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 663 647
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.76% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.48 £11.00 £10.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £38.23 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £16.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+15.15% +4.76%

NLBS
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing NLBS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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