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 3 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 575 553 497
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -56
Contract jobs citing PDA 38 39 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.068% 0.074% 0.12%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.22% 0.23% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 15 23
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£135 £108 £150
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.58% -28.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £75 £75 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £117 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £128 £91 £350
% change year-on-year
+39.72% -73.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 20
Average hourly rate £13.50 £13.00 £17.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -26.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £9.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £16.95 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £13.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -23.52%

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
17514 16879 16449
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 31.37% 31.89% 33.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 10919 10366 9706
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 £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 651 644 726
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £42.85 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year
-15.55% +9.75%

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 3 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 28 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 3 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 -29 29 £135 +17.39% 8
London 0 15 £140 +21.73% 2
South East -9 8 £135 -61.42% 3
West Sussex - 5 £135 -
Devon -6 2 - -
South West -8 2 - -
Woodford Green - 2 £148 -
Scotland 0 1 £355 +222.72% 1
West Midlands -11 1 £115 +6.97% 1
North West -19 1 - -
West Yorkshire -20 1 £340 -
Yorkshire -21 1 £340 -
City of London - 1 £475 -
Hampshire - 1 - -
Kent - 1 £90 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £165 -
Renfrewshire - 1 £355 -
Suffolk - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 - -
Oxford - 1 £165 -
Wembley - 1 £140 - 1
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Coventry - 1 £115 -
Enfield - 1 - -
Erskine - 1 £355 -
Ipswich - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 £340 -
East of England - 1 - -

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 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 54 (59.34%) Windows
2 49 (53.85%) Microsoft
3 41 (45.05%) Windows 7
4 39 (42.86%) Windows XP
5 33 (36.26%) Windows Server 2003
6 29 (31.87%) Active Directory
7 25 (27.47%) Citrix
8 24 (26.37%) Windows Server 2008
9 23 (25.27%) MS Office
10 22 (24.18%) SQL
11 20 (21.98%) Security Cleared
12 19 (20.88%) SC Cleared
13 18 (19.78%) Analytical Skills
13 18 (19.78%) MS Excel
14 17 (18.68%) Blackberry
15 16 (17.58%) SLA
15 16 (17.58%) VMware
15 16 (17.58%) ISTQB
15 16 (17.58%) Degree
16 15 (16.48%) ITIL
17 14 (15.38%) McAfee
17 14 (15.38%) TestDirector
17 14 (15.38%) Change Management
17 14 (15.38%) Software Testing
18 13 (14.29%) MCTS
18 13 (14.29%) MCITP
18 13 (14.29%) Test Automation
18 13 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
18 13 (14.29%) Hyper-V
18 13 (14.29%) McAfee ePO

PDA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 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 13 (14.29%) MS Exchange
2 9 (9.89%) SharePoint
3 4 (4.40%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (3.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 23 (25.27%) MS Office
2 18 (19.78%) MS Excel
3 5 (5.49%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (5.49%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 12 (13.19%) Office 365
2 1 (1.10%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (10.99%) LAN
2 9 (9.89%) WAN
3 7 (7.69%) TCP/IP
4 5 (5.49%) VPN
4 5 (5.49%) DNS
4 5 (5.49%) DHCP
5 4 (4.40%) VoIP
6 3 (3.30%) SAN
6 3 (3.30%) Internet
7 2 (2.20%) Firewall
8 1 (1.10%) VLAN
8 1 (1.10%) NAS
8 1 (1.10%) 3G
8 1 (1.10%) Broadband
8 1 (1.10%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.49%) DB2
2 2 (2.20%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (15.38%) TestDirector
2 13 (14.29%) HP UFT
2 13 (14.29%) WinRunner
3 4 (4.40%) Rational Rose
General
1 3 (3.30%) Back Office
2 2 (2.20%) Telecoms
2 2 (2.20%) Finance
2 2 (2.20%) Law
2 2 (2.20%) Manufacturing
2 2 (2.20%) Banking
2 2 (2.20%) Retail
2 2 (2.20%) Japanese Language
3 1 (1.10%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 46 (50.55%) Analyst
2 20 (21.98%) Service Analyst
3 16 (17.58%) 2nd Line Support
3 16 (17.58%) 1st Line Support
3 16 (17.58%) Service Desk Analyst
3 16 (17.58%) Support Analyst
4 10 (10.99%) Test Engineer
5 9 (9.89%) Help Desk Analyst
5 9 (9.89%) Desktop Support
6 7 (7.69%) Support Engineer
6 7 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 7 (7.69%) 1st Line Support Analyst
7 6 (6.59%) Help Desk Support
7 6 (6.59%) Test Analyst
8 5 (5.49%) Junior
8 5 (5.49%) Junior Analyst
9 4 (4.40%) Project Manager
9 4 (4.40%) Business Analyst
9 4 (4.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 3 (3.30%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.59%) .NET
2 4 (4.40%) XML
2 4 (4.40%) EDIFACT
2 4 (4.40%) JSON
3 1 (1.10%) WCF
3 1 (1.10%) HTML5
3 1 (1.10%) CSS3
3 1 (1.10%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.10%) CSS
3 1 (1.10%) Web Services
3 1 (1.10%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 18 (19.78%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (18.68%) Blackberry
3 13 (14.29%) Clustering
4 7 (7.69%) Mobile App
5 5 (5.49%) Data Centre
6 2 (2.20%) Celerra
6 2 (2.20%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (2.20%) iPhone
6 2 (2.20%) Handset
6 2 (2.20%) CLARiiON
7 1 (1.10%) IVR
7 1 (1.10%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.10%) EPoS
7 1 (1.10%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 54 (59.34%) Windows
2 41 (45.05%) Windows 7
3 39 (42.86%) Windows XP
4 33 (36.26%) Windows Server 2003
5 24 (26.37%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (14.29%) AIX
7 8 (8.79%) Windows 2000 Server
8 3 (3.30%) UNIX
9 1 (1.10%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.10%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (16.48%) ITIL
2 14 (15.38%) Change Management
2 14 (15.38%) Software Testing
3 13 (14.29%) Test Automation
4 12 (13.19%) Test Scripting
5 10 (10.99%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (9.89%) Migration
7 5 (5.49%) Configuration Management
7 5 (5.49%) Data Migration
7 5 (5.49%) Web Application Development
8 4 (4.40%) Use Case
8 4 (4.40%) UML
9 3 (3.30%) Validation
9 3 (3.30%) Open Source
9 3 (3.30%) Patch Management
10 2 (2.20%) Mobile Device Management
10 2 (2.20%) Asset Management
10 2 (2.20%) Enterprise Architecture
10 2 (2.20%) Electronic Design Automation
10 2 (2.20%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 22 (24.18%) SQL
2 2 (2.20%) Java
3 1 (1.10%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.10%) C
3 1 (1.10%) C#
Qualifications
1 20 (21.98%) Security Cleared
2 19 (20.88%) SC Cleared
3 16 (17.58%) ISTQB
3 16 (17.58%) Degree
4 13 (14.29%) MCTS
4 13 (14.29%) MCITP
4 13 (14.29%) MCSE
4 13 (14.29%) MCSA
4 13 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (10.99%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (2.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (2.20%) CCNP
6 2 (2.20%) CCNA
6 2 (2.20%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.10%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (17.58%) SLA
2 2 (2.20%) GMP
System Software
1 29 (31.87%) Active Directory
2 13 (14.29%) VMware ESX
2 13 (14.29%) Hyper-V
3 7 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (3.30%) Terminal Server
5 2 (2.20%) XenApp
5 2 (2.20%) vSphere
6 1 (1.10%) BitLocker
6 1 (1.10%) XenServer
6 1 (1.10%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
1 13 (14.29%) McAfee ePO
2 11 (12.09%) Netcool
3 5 (5.49%) SCCM
4 3 (3.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (2.20%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (1.10%) WSUS
Vendors
1 49 (53.85%) Microsoft
2 25 (27.47%) Citrix
3 16 (17.58%) VMware
4 14 (15.38%) McAfee
5 13 (14.29%) Veritas
6 5 (5.49%) Cisco
7 2 (2.20%) EMC
7 2 (2.20%) Symantec
8 1 (1.10%) Altiris
8 1 (1.10%) LANDesk
8 1 (1.10%) Cognos
8 1 (1.10%) Dell
8 1 (1.10%) Reuters
8 1 (1.10%) Bloomberg