The table below looks at the prevalence of the term PDA in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited PDA over the 3 months to 6 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
6 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 627 571 581
Rank change year-on-year
-56 +10
Contract jobs citing PDA 11 78 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.022% 0.14% 0.085%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.066% 0.43% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 48 33
Median daily rate £90 £185 £170
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-51.35% +8.82%
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £250 £150
% change year-on-year
-64.00% +66.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 13
Median hourly rate - £16.20 £13.57
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +19.42%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £13.50 £13.00
% change year-on-year
- +3.84%

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
16556 18240 17894
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 32.52% 33.34% 31.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 10728 11465 11353
Median daily rate £430 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.17% +4.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £620 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £385 £363
% change year-on-year
-1.29% +6.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 582 787 748
Median hourly rate £19.38 £20.63 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.06% +22.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.32 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.81 £20.00 £16.72
% change year-on-year
-5.93% +19.61%

PDA
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing PDA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 6 December 2016.

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 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PDA within the UK over the 3 months to 6 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -17 2 £475 +179.41% 1
Erskine -21 2 £260 -14.75%
Renfrewshire -24 2 £260 -14.75%
Scotland -25 2 £260 -13.33%
City of London +3 1 £475 -
London -14 1 £475 +216.66%

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing PDA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for PDA.

1 22 (78.57%) Microsoft
1 22 (78.57%) Active Directory
2 19 (67.86%) MS Exchange
2 19 (67.86%) DHCP
2 19 (67.86%) DNS
3 14 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (46.43%) Windows
5 12 (42.86%) Microsoft Certification
6 11 (39.29%) TCP/IP
6 11 (39.29%) MCDST
6 11 (39.29%) Data Centre
7 10 (35.71%) Security Cleared
8 9 (32.14%) Incident Management
8 9 (32.14%) VMware
8 9 (32.14%) Billing
8 9 (32.14%) Citrix
9 8 (28.57%) SAN
9 8 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (28.57%) Blackberry
9 8 (28.57%) Dell
9 8 (28.57%) VLAN
9 8 (28.57%) Windows Server
9 8 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
9 8 (28.57%) NAS
10 7 (25.00%) SC Cleared
10 7 (25.00%) MS Office
11 6 (21.43%) VMware Infrastructure
12 5 (17.86%) Virtual Team
12 5 (17.86%) XenApp
12 5 (17.86%) XenServer

PDA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 19 (67.86%) MS Exchange
2 5 (17.86%) Exchange Server 2003
3 3 (10.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (7.14%) IBM Notes
5 1 (3.57%) MQSeries
Applications
1 7 (25.00%) MS Office
2 2 (7.14%) MS Project
2 2 (7.14%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 19 (67.86%) DHCP
1 19 (67.86%) DNS
2 11 (39.29%) TCP/IP
3 8 (28.57%) NAS
3 8 (28.57%) SAN
3 8 (28.57%) VLAN
4 3 (10.71%) Firewall
5 2 (7.14%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.57%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (3.57%) DB2
1 1 (3.57%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle BI EE
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3 (10.71%) TestDirector
2 2 (7.14%) Dreamweaver
3 1 (3.57%) HP UFT
3 1 (3.57%) WinRunner
General
1 9 (32.14%) Billing
2 2 (7.14%) Publishing
3 1 (3.57%) Finance
3 1 (3.57%) French Language
3 1 (3.57%) Retail
Job Titles
1 16 (57.14%) Analyst
2 11 (39.29%) Help Desk Analyst
3 9 (32.14%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
4 5 (17.86%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 5 (17.86%) 3rd Line Support
4 5 (17.86%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 5 (17.86%) Citrix Engineer
4 5 (17.86%) Citrix Support
4 5 (17.86%) Citrix Support Engineer
4 5 (17.86%) Support Engineer
4 5 (17.86%) VMware Engineer
4 5 (17.86%) VMware Support Engineer
5 3 (10.71%) Network Analyst
5 3 (10.71%) Server Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Administrator
6 2 (7.14%) Cisco Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Cisco Network Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Citrix Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (7.14%) Test Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 14 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (39.29%) Data Centre
3 8 (28.57%) Blackberry
4 5 (17.86%) Virtual Team
5 3 (10.71%) Fat Client
5 3 (10.71%) Thin Client
6 2 (7.14%) iPhone
7 1 (3.57%) Clustering
7 1 (3.57%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (3.57%) Mainframe
7 1 (3.57%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 13 (46.43%) Windows
2 8 (28.57%) Windows Server
2 8 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
2 8 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (14.29%) Unix
4 3 (10.71%) Linux
4 3 (10.71%) Solaris
4 3 (10.71%) SUSE
4 3 (10.71%) Windows 7
4 3 (10.71%) Windows XP
5 1 (3.57%) AIX
5 1 (3.57%) Android
5 1 (3.57%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (32.14%) Incident Management
2 5 (17.86%) Patch Management
3 3 (10.71%) Change Management
3 3 (10.71%) Logistics
3 3 (10.71%) Smoke Testing
3 3 (10.71%) Software Testing
3 3 (10.71%) Test Scripting
4 2 (7.14%) ITIL
4 2 (7.14%) Problem Management
4 2 (7.14%) Service Management
4 2 (7.14%) Test Automation
5 1 (3.57%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (3.57%) Mobile Application Development
5 1 (3.57%) Performance Testing
5 1 (3.57%) PRINCE2
5 1 (3.57%) Project Management
5 1 (3.57%) Service Delivery
5 1 (3.57%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (3.57%) Supplier Management
5 1 (3.57%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.57%) C
1 1 (3.57%) COBOL
1 1 (3.57%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (42.86%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (39.29%) MCDST
3 10 (35.71%) Security Cleared
4 7 (25.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (10.71%) ISTQB
6 1 (3.57%) MCITP
6 1 (3.57%) MCSA
6 1 (3.57%) MCSE
6 1 (3.57%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.14%) SLA
2 1 (3.57%) QA
System Software
1 22 (78.57%) Active Directory
2 6 (21.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (17.86%) VMware Server
3 5 (17.86%) XenApp
3 5 (17.86%) XenDesktop
3 5 (17.86%) XenServer
4 3 (10.71%) Terminal Server
5 1 (3.57%) Hyper-V
5 1 (3.57%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 5 (17.86%) SCCM
2 1 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.57%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (3.57%) Netcool
Vendors
1 22 (78.57%) Microsoft
2 9 (32.14%) Citrix
2 9 (32.14%) VMware
3 8 (28.57%) Dell
4 3 (10.71%) 3Com
4 3 (10.71%) Avaya
4 3 (10.71%) CheckPoint
4 3 (10.71%) Cisco
4 3 (10.71%) HP
5 2 (7.14%) Adobe
5 2 (7.14%) IBM
5 2 (7.14%) Lotus
6 1 (3.57%) Intel Security
6 1 (3.57%) Netezza
6 1 (3.57%) Oracle
6 1 (3.57%) TIBCO
6 1 (3.57%) Veritas