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 1 April 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
1 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 533 562 511
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -51
Contract jobs citing PDA 53 31 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.095% 0.057% 0.070%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.32% 0.18% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 12 10
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£315 £354 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.95% +41.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £114 £141 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £396 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £343 £305
% change year-on-year
-8.02% +12.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 6 9
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -29.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.90 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £75.00 £21.00 £23.88
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £21.75
% change year-on-year
- -28.73%

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
16777 16783 14506
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.09% 31.01% 30.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 10299 10326 8737
Average daily rate £425 £410 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% -3.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 664 649 742
Average hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -17.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.91%

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 1 April 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
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 1 April 2015.

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 1 April 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 +4 33 £290 -17.14% 12
Scotland -7 16 £320 -7.58%
West Midlands 0 8 £100 -28.57% 2
Renfrewshire -4 8 £320 -10.48%
South East -17 6 £140 -60.00% 1
East of England +15 5 £265 -
London +5 5 £300 -24.24% 4
Hertfordshire - 5 £265 -
Watford - 5 £265 -
South West +2 3 - - 2
Warwick - 3 - -
Warwickshire - 3 - -
Kent - 2 £140 -
Hampshire - 2 - - 1
Dorset - 2 - -
Buckinghamshire -4 1 - -
North West -19 1 £290 +93.33% 1
City of London - 1 £475 - 1
Berkshire - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Derbyshire - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - - 1
Lancashire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Malmesbury - - - -

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 April 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 72 (64.86%) Windows
2 67 (60.36%) Microsoft
3 55 (49.55%) Windows 7
4 47 (42.34%) Windows XP
5 46 (41.44%) Windows Server 2003
6 44 (39.64%) Citrix
7 36 (32.43%) Windows Server 2008
8 33 (29.73%) VMware
9 32 (28.83%) Active Directory
9 32 (28.83%) SC Cleared
9 32 (28.83%) Security Cleared
9 32 (28.83%) Analytical Skills
10 31 (27.93%) MS Office
11 26 (23.42%) SQL
12 25 (22.52%) VMware ESX
13 22 (19.82%) Change Management
13 22 (19.82%) MCSE
13 22 (19.82%) Microsoft Certification
13 22 (19.82%) TestDirector
13 22 (19.82%) Software Testing
13 22 (19.82%) ISTQB
14 21 (18.92%) Hyper-V
14 21 (18.92%) Test Automation
14 21 (18.92%) QuickTest Pro
14 21 (18.92%) McAfee
14 21 (18.92%) WinRunner
14 21 (18.92%) SLA
14 21 (18.92%) MCSA
15 20 (18.02%) MS Excel
15 20 (18.02%) AIX

PDA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 April 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 12 (10.81%) MS Exchange
2 11 (9.91%) SharePoint
3 9 (8.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 5 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.90%) IIS
5 1 (0.90%) Lync
Applications
1 31 (27.93%) MS Office
2 20 (18.02%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.90%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (4.50%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 16 (14.41%) Office 365
2 1 (0.90%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (13.51%) LAN
2 14 (12.61%) DNS
3 13 (11.71%) SAN
4 12 (10.81%) WAN
4 12 (10.81%) DHCP
4 12 (10.81%) TCP/IP
5 10 (9.01%) VPN
6 6 (5.41%) iSCSI
6 6 (5.41%) Fibre Channel
6 6 (5.41%) Ethernet
6 6 (5.41%) FTP
6 6 (5.41%) SMTP
7 5 (4.50%) Internet
7 5 (4.50%) RTSP
8 4 (3.60%) NAS
8 4 (3.60%) VLAN
9 3 (2.70%) VoIP
9 3 (2.70%) Firewall
10 2 (1.80%) Wireless
10 2 (1.80%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.50%) DB2
2 3 (2.70%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 22 (19.82%) TestDirector
2 21 (18.92%) QuickTest Pro
2 21 (18.92%) WinRunner
3 5 (4.50%) MSI
General
1 5 (4.50%) Back Office
2 4 (3.60%) Finance
3 3 (2.70%) Banking
4 2 (1.80%) Retail
4 2 (1.80%) Japanese Language
4 2 (1.80%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.80%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.90%) Law
5 1 (0.90%) Legal
5 1 (0.90%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 44 (39.64%) Analyst
2 22 (19.82%) 1st Line Support
3 19 (17.12%) Desktop Support
4 18 (16.22%) Support Analyst
5 17 (15.32%) 2nd Line Support
6 16 (14.41%) Service Analyst
7 15 (13.51%) Test Engineer
8 13 (11.71%) Service Desk Analyst
9 12 (10.81%) Help Desk Analyst
9 12 (10.81%) 1st Line Support Analyst
10 10 (9.01%) Help Desk Support
11 8 (7.21%) Support Engineer
11 8 (7.21%) Test Analyst
12 5 (4.50%) Junior
12 5 (4.50%) Infrastructure Specialist
12 5 (4.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 5 (4.50%) 3rd Line Support
12 5 (4.50%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
13 4 (3.60%) VMware Engineer
13 4 (3.60%) Deskside Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.41%) .NET
2 1 (0.90%) HTML
2 1 (0.90%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.90%) CSS
2 1 (0.90%) Web Services
2 1 (0.90%) WCF
2 1 (0.90%) HTML5
2 1 (0.90%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 32 (28.83%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (18.02%) Blackberry
2 20 (18.02%) Clustering
3 9 (8.11%) Mobile App
4 3 (2.70%) Handset
4 3 (2.70%) CLARiiON
4 3 (2.70%) iPhone
4 3 (2.70%) Celerra
5 2 (1.80%) Open Source
6 1 (0.90%) EPoS
6 1 (0.90%) GIS
6 1 (0.90%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.90%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 72 (64.86%) Windows
2 55 (49.55%) Windows 7
3 47 (42.34%) Windows XP
4 46 (41.44%) Windows Server 2003
5 36 (32.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (18.02%) AIX
7 9 (8.11%) Windows 2000 Server
8 3 (2.70%) UNIX
9 1 (0.90%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (19.82%) Change Management
1 22 (19.82%) Software Testing
2 21 (18.92%) Test Automation
3 20 (18.02%) Test Scripting
4 13 (11.71%) ITIL
5 6 (5.41%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (4.50%) Migration
6 5 (4.50%) Web Application Development
6 5 (4.50%) Software Deployment
6 5 (4.50%) Data Migration
7 3 (2.70%) Configuration Management
7 3 (2.70%) Service Delivery
7 3 (2.70%) Validation
7 3 (2.70%) Business Continuity
7 3 (2.70%) Mobile Device Management
8 2 (1.80%) Enterprise Architecture
8 2 (1.80%) Electronic Design Automation
9 1 (0.90%) CAD
9 1 (0.90%) ERP
9 1 (0.90%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (23.42%) SQL
2 6 (5.41%) Java
3 1 (0.90%) JavaScript
3 1 (0.90%) C
3 1 (0.90%) C#
Qualifications
1 32 (28.83%) SC Cleared
1 32 (28.83%) Security Cleared
2 22 (19.82%) MCSE
2 22 (19.82%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (19.82%) ISTQB
3 21 (18.92%) MCSA
4 20 (18.02%) MCTS
4 20 (18.02%) MCITP
5 16 (14.41%) Degree
6 8 (7.21%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (3.60%) MCP
8 3 (2.70%) CCNP
8 3 (2.70%) CCNA
8 3 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (2.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (2.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (1.80%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (18.92%) SLA
System Software
1 32 (28.83%) Active Directory
2 25 (22.52%) VMware ESX
3 21 (18.92%) Hyper-V
4 20 (18.02%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (8.11%) XenDesktop
6 8 (7.21%) vSphere
7 5 (4.50%) XenApp
8 4 (3.60%) XenServer
9 3 (2.70%) VMware Server
10 2 (1.80%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 20 (18.02%) HP Quality Center
1 20 (18.02%) McAfee ePO
2 18 (16.22%) Netcool
3 7 (6.31%) SCCM
4 6 (5.41%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (2.70%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.90%) WSUS
Vendors
1 67 (60.36%) Microsoft
2 44 (39.64%) Citrix
3 33 (29.73%) VMware
4 21 (18.92%) McAfee
5 20 (18.02%) Veritas
6 6 (5.41%) Symantec
7 5 (4.50%) Dell
7 5 (4.50%) Cisco
8 3 (2.70%) EMC
9 1 (0.90%) Reuters
9 1 (0.90%) Bloomberg
9 1 (0.90%) Avaya
9 1 (0.90%) HP
9 1 (0.90%) Cognos
9 1 (0.90%) LANDesk
9 1 (0.90%) Altiris