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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 573 548 532
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -16
Contract jobs citing PDA 38 45 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.067% 0.082% 0.10%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.21% 0.26% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 19 20
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£135 £110 £150
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.72% -26.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £75 £75 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £376 £282
UK excluding London average daily rate £128 £110 £146
% change year-on-year
+15.90% -24.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 18
Average hourly rate £13.50 £13.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -31.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £9.40 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £18.10 £22.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £13.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -24.63%

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
18080 17436 16925
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 31.69% 31.87% 33.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 11387 10584 10034
Average daily rate £415 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £608 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 691 668 744
Average hourly rate £19.69 £20.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.17% -6.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £12.51 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.08 £21.63 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +8.12%

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 28 July 2015.

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
Top 21 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 28 July 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 -28 27 £138 +14.58% 11
London +11 13 £140 +21.73% 4
South East -11 7 £135 -67.27% 2
West Sussex - 5 £135 -
South West +2 4 £375 - 2
Dorset - 3 £375 - 1
Bournemouth - 3 £375 - 1
West Midlands -11 2 £170 - 1
Woodford Green - 2 £148 -
Erskine +9 1 £355 -5.33%
Renfrewshire +3 1 £355 -5.33%
Hampshire 0 1 - -
Devon -6 1 - -
Scotland -9 1 £355 +222.72% 1
North West -25 1 - - 1
Kent - 1 £90 -
Warwickshire - 1 £225 -
Manchester - 1 - -
Rugby - 1 £225 -
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Coventry - 1 £115 - 1

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, 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 43 (52.44%) Microsoft
2 41 (50.00%) Windows
3 30 (36.59%) Windows 7
4 28 (34.15%) Windows XP
5 24 (29.27%) Active Directory
6 23 (28.05%) Windows Server 2003
7 20 (24.39%) MS Office
8 18 (21.95%) Citrix
9 17 (20.73%) Degree
10 16 (19.51%) SQL
10 16 (19.51%) SLA
10 16 (19.51%) Windows Server 2008
11 15 (18.29%) Analytical Skills
11 15 (18.29%) Blackberry
12 14 (17.07%) MS Excel
13 13 (15.85%) Office 365
13 13 (15.85%) Security Cleared
14 12 (14.63%) SC Cleared
14 12 (14.63%) ITIL
15 10 (12.20%) MS Exchange
15 10 (12.20%) ISTQB
15 10 (12.20%) VMware
16 9 (10.98%) Change Management
16 9 (10.98%) Software Testing
16 9 (10.98%) McAfee
16 9 (10.98%) TestDirector
17 8 (9.76%) Test Automation
17 8 (9.76%) HP Quality Center
17 8 (9.76%) Hyper-V
17 8 (9.76%) McAfee ePO

PDA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, 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 10 (12.20%) MS Exchange
2 5 (6.10%) SharePoint
3 4 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (3.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 20 (24.39%) MS Office
2 14 (17.07%) MS Excel
3 6 (7.32%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (4.88%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 13 (15.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.76%) TCP/IP
2 6 (7.32%) LAN
2 6 (7.32%) WAN
2 6 (7.32%) DHCP
3 5 (6.10%) VPN
3 5 (6.10%) DNS
4 4 (4.88%) VoIP
5 2 (2.44%) SAN
5 2 (2.44%) Internet
6 1 (1.22%) 3G
6 1 (1.22%) Firewall
6 1 (1.22%) IP Telephony
6 1 (1.22%) VLAN
6 1 (1.22%) NAS
6 1 (1.22%) Broadband
6 1 (1.22%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.88%) DB2
2 1 (1.22%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (10.98%) TestDirector
2 8 (9.76%) HP UFT
2 8 (9.76%) WinRunner
3 4 (4.88%) Rational Rose
General
1 6 (7.32%) Back Office
2 3 (3.66%) Banking
3 2 (2.44%) Retail
3 2 (2.44%) Japanese Language
3 2 (2.44%) Finance
3 2 (2.44%) Law
4 1 (1.22%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.22%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 41 (50.00%) Analyst
2 17 (20.73%) Support Analyst
2 17 (20.73%) Service Analyst
3 14 (17.07%) 2nd Line Support
4 13 (15.85%) Service Desk Analyst
4 13 (15.85%) 1st Line Support
5 9 (10.98%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 7 (8.54%) 1st Line Support Analyst
6 7 (8.54%) Test Engineer
7 6 (7.32%) Support Engineer
7 6 (7.32%) Help Desk Analyst
7 6 (7.32%) Desktop Support
7 6 (7.32%) Trainer
8 5 (6.10%) Junior
8 5 (6.10%) Junior Analyst
9 4 (4.88%) Business Analyst
9 4 (4.88%) Project Manager
10 3 (3.66%) Test Analyst
10 3 (3.66%) Help Desk Support
10 3 (3.66%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.88%) .NET
1 4 (4.88%) XML
1 4 (4.88%) EDIFACT
1 4 (4.88%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 15 (18.29%) Blackberry
1 15 (18.29%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (9.76%) Clustering
3 6 (7.32%) Mobile App
4 4 (4.88%) Data Centre
5 2 (2.44%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (2.44%) iPhone
5 2 (2.44%) NHS
6 1 (1.22%) EPoS
6 1 (1.22%) IVR
6 1 (1.22%) Celerra
6 1 (1.22%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.22%) Handset
6 1 (1.22%) CLARiiON
Operating Systems
1 41 (50.00%) Windows
2 30 (36.59%) Windows 7
3 28 (34.15%) Windows XP
4 23 (28.05%) Windows Server 2003
5 16 (19.51%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (9.76%) AIX
7 5 (6.10%) Windows 2000 Server
8 3 (3.66%) UNIX
9 2 (2.44%) Android
10 1 (1.22%) Apple iOS
10 1 (1.22%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (14.63%) ITIL
2 9 (10.98%) Change Management
2 9 (10.98%) Software Testing
3 8 (9.76%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (9.76%) Test Automation
3 8 (9.76%) Migration
4 7 (8.54%) Test Scripting
5 5 (6.10%) Configuration Management
6 4 (4.88%) UML
6 4 (4.88%) Data Migration
6 4 (4.88%) Web Application Development
6 4 (4.88%) Use Case
7 3 (3.66%) Open Source
7 3 (3.66%) Asset Management
7 3 (3.66%) Validation
8 2 (2.44%) Enterprise Architecture
8 2 (2.44%) Electronic Design Automation
8 2 (2.44%) ITIL V3
8 2 (2.44%) Patch Management
8 2 (2.44%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 16 (19.51%) SQL
2 2 (2.44%) Java
3 1 (1.22%) C
Qualifications
1 17 (20.73%) Degree
2 13 (15.85%) Security Cleared
3 12 (14.63%) SC Cleared
4 10 (12.20%) ISTQB
5 8 (9.76%) MCTS
5 8 (9.76%) MCITP
5 8 (9.76%) MCSE
5 8 (9.76%) MCSA
5 8 (9.76%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (7.32%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (1.22%) A+ Certification
7 1 (1.22%) CCNP
7 1 (1.22%) CCNA
7 1 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (19.51%) SLA
2 2 (2.44%) GMP
System Software
1 24 (29.27%) Active Directory
2 8 (9.76%) VMware ESX
2 8 (9.76%) Hyper-V
3 6 (7.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (3.66%) Terminal Server
5 2 (2.44%) XenApp
6 1 (1.22%) XenServer
6 1 (1.22%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.22%) vSphere
6 1 (1.22%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 8 (9.76%) HP Quality Center
1 8 (9.76%) McAfee ePO
2 7 (8.54%) Netcool
3 5 (6.10%) SCCM
4 3 (3.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (2.44%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (1.22%) WSUS
Vendors
1 43 (52.44%) Microsoft
2 18 (21.95%) Citrix
3 10 (12.20%) VMware
4 9 (10.98%) McAfee
5 8 (9.76%) Veritas
6 4 (4.88%) Cisco
7 3 (3.66%) Northgate
8 2 (2.44%) Symantec
9 1 (1.22%) Dell
9 1 (1.22%) EMC
9 1 (1.22%) Reuters
9 1 (1.22%) Bloomberg
9 1 (1.22%) LANDesk
9 1 (1.22%) Altiris
City of London
iKonnect
Rate: £160 - £220 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
LA International
Rate: £270 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Connectus
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago