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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 511 517 493
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -24
Contract jobs citing PDA 72 36 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.075% 0.10%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.47% 0.24% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 20 7
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£170 £250 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-32.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £75 £146 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £328 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £155 £325 £150
% change year-on-year
-52.30% +116.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 5 21
Average hourly rate £12.50 £15.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.35% -11.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.60 £11.75 £10.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.10 £19.75 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-19.35% -11.42%

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
15251 14775 13370
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 29.89% 30.68% 29.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 9638 9110 7984
Average daily rate £425 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+5.71% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 606 589 811
Average hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.50% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £11.69 £11.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.78
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -12.50%

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 30 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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 -14 39 £215 -14.00% 14
Scotland +11 21 £325 - 1
Renfrewshire - 12 £350 - 1
South East +3 10 £130 -62.85% 2
West Midlands +2 9 £225 -30.76% 1
London -13 8 £475 +216.66% 3
Warwick - 6 - -
Warwickshire - 6 - -
South West -13 5 £678 +59.47% 2
City of London +13 4 £475 +90.00% 1
Gloucestershire -13 4 £678 - 1
East of England 0 2 £244 +43.38% 3
Hampshire - 2 £425 -
Kent - 2 £138 -
Bedfordshire -9 1 £113 -33.82% 1
North West -11 1 £290 +93.33% 2
Cheltenham -19 1 £678 - 1
Berkshire - 1 £115 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £375 - 1
Watford - 1 £375 -
Paisley - 1 - -
Reading - 1 £115 -
Southampton - - - -
Stansted - - - -
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Swadlincote - - - -
Wallsend - - - -
Peterborough - - - - 1
Potters Bar - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 77 (71.30%) Windows
2 64 (59.26%) Microsoft
3 55 (50.93%) Windows 7
4 49 (45.37%) Windows XP
5 46 (42.59%) Citrix
6 44 (40.74%) MS Office
7 39 (36.11%) Windows Server 2003
8 36 (33.33%) Blackberry
8 36 (33.33%) Active Directory
9 35 (32.41%) Security Cleared
10 33 (30.56%) SC Cleared
11 31 (28.70%) Windows Server 2008
12 29 (26.85%) VMware
13 26 (24.07%) Analytical Skills
14 21 (19.44%) MS Excel
15 20 (18.52%) TCP/IP
15 20 (18.52%) VMware ESX
16 18 (16.67%) SLA
16 18 (16.67%) Microsoft Certification
16 18 (16.67%) SQL
16 18 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
17 17 (15.74%) ITIL
17 17 (15.74%) MCSE
17 17 (15.74%) MS Exchange
17 17 (15.74%) DNS
18 16 (14.81%) WinRunner
18 16 (14.81%) TestDirector
18 16 (14.81%) QuickTest Pro
18 16 (14.81%) MCSA
18 16 (14.81%) Change Management

PDA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 17 (15.74%) MS Exchange
2 10 (9.26%) SharePoint
3 8 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2003
4 7 (6.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 4 (3.70%) Lync
6 1 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.93%) IIS
Applications
1 44 (40.74%) MS Office
2 21 (19.44%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.93%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.85%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 14 (12.96%) Office 365
2 1 (0.93%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (18.52%) TCP/IP
2 17 (15.74%) DNS
3 14 (12.96%) SAN
3 14 (12.96%) DHCP
4 13 (12.04%) LAN
5 10 (9.26%) VPN
5 10 (9.26%) WAN
6 7 (6.48%) Ethernet
7 6 (5.56%) FTP
7 6 (5.56%) SMTP
7 6 (5.56%) iSCSI
7 6 (5.56%) Fibre Channel
8 5 (4.63%) NAS
8 5 (4.63%) VLAN
8 5 (4.63%) RTSP
9 4 (3.70%) Internet
9 4 (3.70%) Firewall
9 4 (3.70%) Wireless
10 1 (0.93%) 4G
10 1 (0.93%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.78%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.93%) DB2
Development Applications
1 16 (14.81%) WinRunner
1 16 (14.81%) TestDirector
1 16 (14.81%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (4.63%) MSI
3 1 (0.93%) Appcelerator Titanium
General
1 7 (6.48%) Back Office
2 5 (4.63%) Finance
3 3 (2.78%) Banking
3 3 (2.78%) Legal
3 3 (2.78%) Manufacturing
3 3 (2.78%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.93%) Japanese Language
4 1 (0.93%) Law
Job Titles
1 41 (37.96%) Analyst
2 19 (17.59%) Desktop Support
2 19 (17.59%) Support Analyst
2 19 (17.59%) 1st Line Support
2 19 (17.59%) 2nd Line Support
3 13 (12.04%) Service Desk Analyst
3 13 (12.04%) Service Analyst
4 11 (10.19%) Help Desk Analyst
5 10 (9.26%) 1st Line Support Analyst
5 10 (9.26%) Support Engineer
5 10 (9.26%) Test Engineer
6 9 (8.33%) Help Desk Support
7 7 (6.48%) Test Analyst
8 6 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support
8 6 (5.56%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 6 (5.56%) Desktop Analyst
8 6 (5.56%) VMware Engineer
8 6 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 5 (4.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (4.63%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.85%) Web Services
1 2 (1.85%) HTML
1 2 (1.85%) .NET
1 2 (1.85%) HTML5
2 1 (0.93%) CSS3
2 1 (0.93%) Sencha Touch
2 1 (0.93%) WCF
2 1 (0.93%) MEAP
2 1 (0.93%) BAPI
2 1 (0.93%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.93%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 36 (33.33%) Blackberry
2 26 (24.07%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (13.89%) Clustering
4 7 (6.48%) iPad
5 5 (4.63%) iPhone
6 4 (3.70%) Mobile App
7 3 (2.78%) Celerra
7 3 (2.78%) Handset
7 3 (2.78%) CLARiiON
8 1 (0.93%) Statistics
8 1 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.93%) GIS
8 1 (0.93%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 77 (71.30%) Windows
2 55 (50.93%) Windows 7
3 49 (45.37%) Windows XP
4 39 (36.11%) Windows Server 2003
5 31 (28.70%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (13.89%) AIX
7 8 (7.41%) Windows 2000 Server
8 4 (3.70%) Apple iOS
9 3 (2.78%) Windows Phone
10 2 (1.85%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.93%) BlackBerry OS
11 1 (0.93%) Android
11 1 (0.93%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (15.74%) ITIL
2 16 (14.81%) Change Management
2 16 (14.81%) Test Automation
2 16 (14.81%) Test Scripting
2 16 (14.81%) Software Testing
3 6 (5.56%) Mobile Device Management
4 5 (4.63%) Software Deployment
4 5 (4.63%) Service Delivery
5 4 (3.70%) CAD
6 3 (2.78%) Business Continuity
7 2 (1.85%) CRM
7 2 (1.85%) Practice Management
7 2 (1.85%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (1.85%) Document Management
8 1 (0.93%) Network Architecture
8 1 (0.93%) Data Entry
8 1 (0.93%) Incident Management
8 1 (0.93%) Knowledge Management
8 1 (0.93%) Problem Management
8 1 (0.93%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 18 (16.67%) SQL
2 12 (11.11%) Java
3 1 (0.93%) C#
3 1 (0.93%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 35 (32.41%) Security Cleared
2 33 (30.56%) SC Cleared
3 18 (16.67%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (15.74%) MCSE
5 16 (14.81%) MCSA
5 16 (14.81%) ISTQB
6 15 (13.89%) MCTS
6 15 (13.89%) MCITP
7 14 (12.96%) Degree
8 7 (6.48%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (5.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 4 (3.70%) MCP
11 3 (2.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (2.78%) CCNP
11 3 (2.78%) CCNA
11 3 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (1.85%) MCDST
13 1 (0.93%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (16.67%) SLA
2 1 (0.93%) PAS 55
2 1 (0.93%) GxP
System Software
1 36 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 20 (18.52%) VMware ESX
3 18 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (14.81%) Hyper-V
5 10 (9.26%) XenDesktop
6 8 (7.41%) vSphere
7 5 (4.63%) XenApp
7 5 (4.63%) XenServer
7 5 (4.63%) VMware Server
8 3 (2.78%) Terminal Services
8 3 (2.78%) MetaFrame
9 1 (0.93%) UAG
Systems Management
1 15 (13.89%) HP Quality Center
1 15 (13.89%) McAfee ePO
2 13 (12.04%) Norton AntiVirus
2 13 (12.04%) Netcool
3 11 (10.19%) SCCM
Vendors
1 64 (59.26%) Microsoft
2 46 (42.59%) Citrix
3 29 (26.85%) VMware
4 15 (13.89%) Veritas
4 15 (13.89%) McAfee
5 13 (12.04%) Symantec
6 11 (10.19%) Dell
7 5 (4.63%) HP
8 4 (3.70%) Avaya
8 4 (3.70%) Cisco
9 3 (2.78%) EMC
10 1 (0.93%) Syclo
10 1 (0.93%) Infor
10 1 (0.93%) SonicWALL
10 1 (0.93%) Sencha
10 1 (0.93%) Appcelerator
10 1 (0.93%) Acronis
10 1 (0.93%) ServiceNow
10 1 (0.93%) Altiris
10 1 (0.93%) Cognos
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