The table below looks at the prevalence of the term PDA in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited PDA over the 3 months to 21 October 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 582 531 547
Rank change year-on-year
-51 +16
Contract jobs citing PDA 36 55 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.062% 0.10% 0.070%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.20% 0.33% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 33 13
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£180 £313 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-42.40% +15.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £133 £151 £101
10% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £410 £298
UK excluding London average daily rate £180 £333 £270
% change year-on-year
-45.98% +23.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 1 11
Average hourly rate £17.00 £9.00 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+88.88% -28.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.68 £9.00 £6.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £9.00 £17.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £9.00 £12.50
% change year-on-year
+88.88% -28.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
17922 16584 17034
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.78% 31.55% 30.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 11192 10372 9992
Average daily rate £413 £410 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.60% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 733 670 841
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.79 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.69 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-1.07% -21.37%

PDA
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing PDA within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

PDA Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

PDA
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing PDA within the UK.

PDA Daily Rate Trend in the UK

PDA
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing PDA within the UK over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

PDA Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

PDA
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing PDA within the UK.

PDA Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

PDA
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing PDA within the UK over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

PDA Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

PDA
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PDA within the UK over the 3 months to 21 October 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
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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 -32 34 £180 -28.00% 12
London -11 12 £165 -17.50% 4
West Midlands -9 7 £210 +40.00% 2
North West -13 4 £180 -57.89% 1
South East -30 4 - - 3
South West -32 4 - - 2
Wiltshire - 4 - -
City of London +22 3 £165 -34.00%
Birmingham -4 2 £180 +20.00% 1
Scotland -22 2 £375 +11.94%
Surrey - 2 - - 2
Kent - 2 - -
Yorkshire -6 1 - -
West Yorkshire -7 1 - -
Hampshire -22 1 - - 1
Malmesbury - 1 - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Reading - - - -
Salford - - - - 1
Whitstable - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Devon - - - -
Dorset - - - -
Essex - - - -
Bradford - - - -
Bristol - - - - 2
Croydon - - - -
Exeter - - - -
Farnham - - - -
Ferndown - - - -

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PDA 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 PDA.

1 61 (77.22%) Windows
2 50 (63.29%) Microsoft
3 41 (51.90%) MS Office
4 39 (49.37%) Blackberry
5 37 (46.84%) Active Directory
6 33 (41.77%) Citrix
7 31 (39.24%) SCCM
7 31 (39.24%) Windows 7
8 29 (36.71%) Windows XP
9 26 (32.91%) Windows Server 2003
10 25 (31.65%) Dell
10 25 (31.65%) Security Cleared
11 24 (30.38%) Windows Server 2008
11 24 (30.38%) MS Exchange
12 23 (29.11%) SC Cleared
13 22 (27.85%) VMware
14 19 (24.05%) DNS
15 18 (22.78%) DHCP
15 18 (22.78%) Exchange Server 2003
16 16 (20.25%) SAN
16 16 (20.25%) VMware Infrastructure
16 16 (20.25%) XenDesktop
17 15 (18.99%) NAS
17 15 (18.99%) XenApp
17 15 (18.99%) XenServer
17 15 (18.99%) VLAN
18 10 (12.66%) MS Excel
18 10 (12.66%) TCP/IP
18 10 (12.66%) HP
19 9 (11.39%) VPN

PDA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PDA 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 PDA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 24 (30.38%) MS Exchange
2 18 (22.78%) Exchange Server 2003
3 3 (3.80%) Lync
4 2 (2.53%) IIS
4 2 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (2.53%) ColdFusion
5 1 (1.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 41 (51.90%) MS Office
2 10 (12.66%) MS Excel
3 2 (2.53%) MS Project
3 2 (2.53%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.27%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 19 (24.05%) DNS
2 18 (22.78%) DHCP
3 16 (20.25%) SAN
4 15 (18.99%) VLAN
4 15 (18.99%) NAS
5 10 (12.66%) TCP/IP
6 9 (11.39%) VPN
7 2 (2.53%) Ethernet
7 2 (2.53%) Wireless
8 1 (1.27%) RTSP
8 1 (1.27%) Firewall
8 1 (1.27%) FTP
8 1 (1.27%) Fibre Channel
8 1 (1.27%) iSCSI
8 1 (1.27%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.53%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 5 (6.33%) WinRunner
1 5 (6.33%) TestDirector
1 5 (6.33%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (1.27%) MSI
2 1 (1.27%) Appcelerator Titanium
General
1 6 (7.59%) Norwegian Language
2 4 (5.06%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.80%) Finance
3 3 (3.80%) Back Office
3 3 (3.80%) Banking
4 2 (2.53%) Legal
5 1 (1.27%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.27%) Law
Job Titles
1 22 (27.85%) Analyst
2 17 (21.52%) Support Engineer
3 15 (18.99%) Desktop Support
4 10 (12.66%) Support Analyst
5 9 (11.39%) 3rd Line Support
5 9 (11.39%) Desktop Engineer
5 9 (11.39%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 8 (10.13%) Desktop Analyst
6 8 (10.13%) VMware Engineer
6 8 (10.13%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 6 (7.59%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 6 (7.59%) Citrix Engineer
7 6 (7.59%) Help Desk Analyst
8 5 (6.33%) Project Manager
9 4 (5.06%) Service Analyst
9 4 (5.06%) 2nd Line Support
9 4 (5.06%) IT Support
9 4 (5.06%) Service Desk Analyst
9 4 (5.06%) Rollout Engineer
10 3 (3.80%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.53%) Middleware
2 1 (1.27%) BAPI
2 1 (1.27%) HTML5
2 1 (1.27%) Sencha Touch
2 1 (1.27%) MEAP
2 1 (1.27%) HTML
2 1 (1.27%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 39 (49.37%) Blackberry
2 7 (8.86%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (7.59%) iPad
4 5 (6.33%) Clustering
5 4 (5.06%) iPhone
6 3 (3.80%) Handset
6 3 (3.80%) Fat Client
6 3 (3.80%) Thin Client
7 2 (2.53%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.27%) NHS
8 1 (1.27%) Statistics
8 1 (1.27%) Mobile App
8 1 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 61 (77.22%) Windows
2 31 (39.24%) Windows 7
3 29 (36.71%) Windows XP
4 26 (32.91%) Windows Server 2003
5 24 (30.38%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (8.86%) Apple iOS
7 5 (6.33%) AIX
8 4 (5.06%) Android
9 3 (3.80%) Windows Phone
10 2 (2.53%) Windows 8
10 2 (2.53%) Windows Vista
11 1 (1.27%) BlackBerry OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (8.86%) ITIL
2 5 (6.33%) Service Delivery
2 5 (6.33%) Change Management
2 5 (6.33%) Software Testing
2 5 (6.33%) Time Management
2 5 (6.33%) Test Automation
3 4 (5.06%) Mobile Device Management
3 4 (5.06%) Test Scripting
4 3 (3.80%) CAD
5 2 (2.53%) Project Management
5 2 (2.53%) PRINCE2
5 2 (2.53%) CRM
5 2 (2.53%) Practice Management
5 2 (2.53%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 2 (2.53%) Information Assurance
5 2 (2.53%) Document Management
5 2 (2.53%) Technical Analysis
6 1 (1.27%) Knowledge Management
6 1 (1.27%) Incident Management
6 1 (1.27%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (11.39%) Java
2 7 (8.86%) SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (31.65%) Security Cleared
2 23 (29.11%) SC Cleared
3 8 (10.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (7.59%) MCSE
4 6 (7.59%) MCITP
4 6 (7.59%) Degree
5 5 (6.33%) ISTQB
5 5 (6.33%) MCTS
5 5 (6.33%) MCSA
6 3 (3.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.27%) MOS
7 1 (1.27%) MCDST
7 1 (1.27%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.59%) SLA
2 1 (1.27%) PAS 55
2 1 (1.27%) GxP
System Software
1 37 (46.84%) Active Directory
2 16 (20.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (20.25%) XenDesktop
3 15 (18.99%) XenApp
3 15 (18.99%) XenServer
4 8 (10.13%) VMware Server
5 6 (7.59%) Hyper-V
5 6 (7.59%) VMware ESX
6 5 (6.33%) Terminal Services
7 3 (3.80%) MetaFrame
8 1 (1.27%) vSphere
8 1 (1.27%) UAG
Systems Management
1 31 (39.24%) SCCM
2 8 (10.13%) Norton AntiVirus
3 5 (6.33%) Netcool
3 5 (6.33%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (6.33%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (2.53%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 50 (63.29%) Microsoft
2 33 (41.77%) Citrix
3 25 (31.65%) Dell
4 22 (27.85%) VMware
5 10 (12.66%) HP
6 8 (10.13%) Symantec
7 7 (8.86%) ServiceNow
8 6 (7.59%) Acronis
9 5 (6.33%) McAfee
9 5 (6.33%) Veritas
9 5 (6.33%) Compaq
10 4 (5.06%) Avaya
11 2 (2.53%) Altiris
12 1 (1.27%) SonicWALL
12 1 (1.27%) Infor
12 1 (1.27%) Sencha
12 1 (1.27%) Apple
12 1 (1.27%) Oracle
12 1 (1.27%) Sybase
12 1 (1.27%) SAP
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