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 3 March 2015 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
Rank 586 562 523
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -39
Contract jobs citing NLBS 1 4 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.002% 0.008% 0.018%
As % of the System Software category 0.020% 0.084% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 3
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£340 £250 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate - £250 £250
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
5012 4743 4336
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.53% 9.35% 9.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 2792 2323 2057
Average daily rate £385 £350 £334
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +4.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £170 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £486 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £310 £315
% change year-on-year
+14.51% -1.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 553 550 715
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £10.81
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.43 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £16.13 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-3.87% -5.14%

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 4 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 3 March 2015. 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
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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
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -10 1 £340 +36.00% 1
East of England - - - - 1
Watford - - - - 1
Hertfordshire - - - - 1

NLBS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, 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 10 (100.00%) Windows
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 10 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 10 (100.00%) Problem Management
2 9 (90.00%) BIG-IP
2 9 (90.00%) Firewall
2 9 (90.00%) Performance Management
2 9 (90.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 9 (90.00%) MS Exchange
2 9 (90.00%) LAN
2 9 (90.00%) WAN
2 9 (90.00%) Cisco
2 9 (90.00%) SAN
2 9 (90.00%) CheckPoint
2 9 (90.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 9 (90.00%) MPLS
2 9 (90.00%) Blackberry
2 9 (90.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 9 (90.00%) DSL
2 9 (90.00%) Service Management
3 8 (80.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 8 (80.00%) BCP
3 8 (80.00%) Thin Client
3 8 (80.00%) Citrix
3 8 (80.00%) MS Office
3 8 (80.00%) ITIL
3 8 (80.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (80.00%) Fat Client
3 8 (80.00%) Windows 7
3 8 (80.00%) ITSM

NLBS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, 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 9 (90.00%) MS Exchange
1 9 (90.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (10.00%) IIS
Applications
1 8 (80.00%) MS Office
2 1 (10.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 9 (90.00%) LAN
1 9 (90.00%) WAN
1 9 (90.00%) SAN
1 9 (90.00%) MPLS
1 9 (90.00%) DSL
1 9 (90.00%) Firewall
1 9 (90.00%) BIG-IP
2 1 (10.00%) NAS
2 1 (10.00%) DHCP
2 1 (10.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (10.00%) DNS
2 1 (10.00%) LDAP
General
1 1 (10.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (80.00%) Analyst
2 7 (70.00%) Operations Analyst
2 7 (70.00%) 3rd Line Support
3 5 (50.00%) Support Analyst
3 5 (50.00%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
4 3 (30.00%) Citrix Analyst
5 2 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (20.00%) Support Engineer
6 1 (10.00%) Support Specialist
6 1 (10.00%) Server Support
6 1 (10.00%) Server Support Engineer
6 1 (10.00%) Citrix Specialist
6 1 (10.00%) Citrix Support
6 1 (10.00%) Wintel Engineer
6 1 (10.00%) Operations Engineer
6 1 (10.00%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (10.00%) Citrix Support Specialist
6 1 (10.00%) 3rd Line Server Support
6 1 (10.00%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
6 1 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 9 (90.00%) Blackberry
2 8 (80.00%) Fat Client
2 8 (80.00%) Thin Client
3 1 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (10.00%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 10 (100.00%) Windows
2 9 (90.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 9 (90.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (80.00%) Windows 7
4 1 (10.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (100.00%) Problem Management
2 9 (90.00%) Service Management
2 9 (90.00%) Performance Management
3 8 (80.00%) Business Continuity Planning
3 8 (80.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 8 (80.00%) ITSM
3 8 (80.00%) Business Continuity
3 8 (80.00%) ITIL
3 8 (80.00%) BCP
4 3 (30.00%) Time Management
5 1 (10.00%) Incident Management
5 1 (10.00%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (10.00%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) MCSE
1 1 (10.00%) MCDBA
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (20.00%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 8 (80.00%) Xen
2 8 (80.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (80.00%) Hyper-V
3 7 (70.00%) XenApp
3 7 (70.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 8 (80.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 9 (90.00%) CheckPoint
2 9 (90.00%) Cisco
3 8 (80.00%) VMware
3 8 (80.00%) Citrix