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 27 November 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
27 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank 603 573 566
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -7
Contract jobs citing NLBS 9 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.016% 0.010% 0.006%
As % of the System Software category 0.17% 0.097% 0.065%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 4 3
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£353 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.71% +16.66%
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
5439 5154 4602
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.56% 10.10% 9.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 2983 2677 2182
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £175 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 681 637 705
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.15 £31.56 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.80 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+4.43% -4.24%

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 27 November 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 20 (100.00%) Windows
1 20 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 20 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 19 (95.00%) MS Exchange
2 19 (95.00%) LAN
2 19 (95.00%) WAN
2 19 (95.00%) Cisco
2 19 (95.00%) CheckPoint
2 19 (95.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 19 (95.00%) MPLS
2 19 (95.00%) Blackberry
2 19 (95.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 19 (95.00%) DSL
2 19 (95.00%) Service Management
2 19 (95.00%) Firewall
2 19 (95.00%) BIG-IP
2 19 (95.00%) Performance Management
2 19 (95.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 18 (90.00%) MS Office
3 18 (90.00%) ITIL
3 18 (90.00%) Windows 7
4 17 (85.00%) WSUS
4 17 (85.00%) Problem Management
5 15 (75.00%) Thin Client
5 15 (75.00%) Citrix
5 15 (75.00%) Fat Client
5 15 (75.00%) Xen
5 15 (75.00%) Hyper-V
5 15 (75.00%) VMware
5 15 (75.00%) VMware Infrastructure

NLBS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 November 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 (95.00%) MS Exchange
1 19 (95.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (5.00%) IIS
Applications
1 18 (90.00%) MS Office
2 1 (5.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 19 (95.00%) LAN
1 19 (95.00%) WAN
1 19 (95.00%) MPLS
1 19 (95.00%) DSL
1 19 (95.00%) Firewall
1 19 (95.00%) BIG-IP
2 13 (65.00%) SAN
3 1 (5.00%) NAS
3 1 (5.00%) DHCP
3 1 (5.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (5.00%) DNS
3 1 (5.00%) LDAP
General
1 4 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (80.00%) Analyst
2 14 (70.00%) Operations Analyst
3 8 (40.00%) 3rd Line Support
4 6 (30.00%) Support Analyst
5 5 (25.00%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
6 3 (15.00%) Citrix Analyst
6 3 (15.00%) Team Leader
6 3 (15.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 3 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (15.00%) Support Engineer
7 2 (10.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 2 (10.00%) Citrix Support
7 2 (10.00%) Wintel Engineer
7 2 (10.00%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (10.00%) Infrastructure Operations Analyst
7 2 (10.00%) Operations Engineer
7 2 (10.00%) Operations Team Leader
7 2 (10.00%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
8 1 (5.00%) Citrix Support Specialist
8 1 (5.00%) 3rd Line Server Support
Miscellaneous
1 19 (95.00%) Blackberry
2 15 (75.00%) Thin Client
2 15 (75.00%) Fat Client
3 1 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.00%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 20 (100.00%) Windows
2 19 (95.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 19 (95.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 18 (90.00%) Windows 7
4 4 (20.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (95.00%) Service Management
1 19 (95.00%) Performance Management
2 18 (90.00%) ITIL
3 17 (85.00%) Problem Management
4 12 (60.00%) Disaster Recovery
5 11 (55.00%) ITSM
5 11 (55.00%) Business Continuity
5 11 (55.00%) BCP
5 11 (55.00%) Business Continuity Planning
6 3 (15.00%) Time Management
7 2 (10.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (10.00%) Capacity Management
8 1 (5.00%) Line Management
8 1 (5.00%) Asset Management
8 1 (5.00%) Incident Management
8 1 (5.00%) Data Protection
8 1 (5.00%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (15.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (5.00%) CCA
2 1 (5.00%) Citrix Certification
2 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (5.00%) MCSE
2 1 (5.00%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.00%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 15 (75.00%) Xen
2 15 (75.00%) Hyper-V
2 15 (75.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (55.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 11 (55.00%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 17 (85.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 20 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 19 (95.00%) Cisco
2 19 (95.00%) CheckPoint
3 15 (75.00%) Citrix
3 15 (75.00%) VMware