The first 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 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all terms in our Miscellaneous category.

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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 543 521 535
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +14
Contract jobs citing PDA 47 52 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.086% 0.10% 0.080%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.34% 0.39% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 20 13
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£110 £179 £204
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-38.46% -12.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £75 £138 £108
10% offered a daily rate of more than £376 £282 £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £110 £153 £248
% change year-on-year
-27.86% -38.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 18 16
Average hourly rate £13.25 £19.00 £13.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.26% +43.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.60 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.85 £22.95 £20.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £17.25 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-24.63% +27.77%
Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
13768 13356 14247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 25.20% 26.12% 24.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 8319 8076 8176
Average daily rate £413 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 569 596 791
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -12.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.42 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.55 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £20.50 £25.73
% change year-on-year
- -20.32%

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 August 2014.

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 August 2014.

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 August 2014. 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 -16 31 £120 -32.86% 28
West Midlands -2 13 - - 1
Scotland -17 9 £110 - 1
North West -2 6 - -
Aberdeen - 5 £110 -
London -12 4 £115 -36.98% 8
South West -32 4 - - 8
West Yorkshire 0 2 - -
Yorkshire -1 2 - - 2
Lancashire - 2 - -
Wakefield - 2 - -
City of London +21 1 - - 2
East Midlands -3 1 £120 - 1
Wiltshire -4 1 - - 3
Glasgow -7 1 £338 - 1
Hampshire -10 1 £413 +214.28% 2
South East -12 1 £413 +214.28% 6
Northamptonshire - 1 £120 -
Oxfordshire - - - - 1
Somerset - - - - 1
South Yorkshire - - - -
Havant - - - - 1
Leeds - - - -
North East - - - -
Wellingborough - - - -
West Bromwich - - - -
Berkshire - - - - 1
Cheshire - - - -
Dorset - - - - 1
Durham - - - -

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, 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 56 (75.68%) Windows
2 52 (70.27%) Microsoft
3 33 (44.59%) MS Office
4 32 (43.24%) Windows XP
5 31 (41.89%) Active Directory
5 31 (41.89%) Windows 7
6 26 (35.14%) SCCM
6 26 (35.14%) Windows Server 2003
7 25 (33.78%) Citrix
8 24 (32.43%) Windows Server 2008
9 23 (31.08%) Blackberry
10 22 (29.73%) Dell
11 21 (28.38%) VMware
12 20 (27.03%) MS Exchange
13 19 (25.68%) Security Cleared
14 18 (24.32%) SC Cleared
15 15 (20.27%) DHCP
15 15 (20.27%) Exchange Server 2003
16 14 (18.92%) DNS
16 14 (18.92%) XenApp
17 13 (17.57%) XenServer
17 13 (17.57%) XenDesktop
17 13 (17.57%) NAS
17 13 (17.57%) VMware Infrastructure
17 13 (17.57%) VLAN
17 13 (17.57%) SAN
18 12 (16.22%) Degree
19 11 (14.86%) SLA
20 10 (13.51%) VPN
20 10 (13.51%) SQL

PDA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, 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 20 (27.03%) MS Exchange
2 15 (20.27%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.70%) IIS
3 2 (2.70%) ColdFusion
3 2 (2.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.35%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.35%) Lync
Applications
1 33 (44.59%) MS Office
2 9 (12.16%) MS Excel
3 2 (2.70%) MS Project
3 2 (2.70%) MS Visio
3 2 (2.70%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 15 (20.27%) DHCP
2 14 (18.92%) DNS
3 13 (17.57%) NAS
3 13 (17.57%) VLAN
3 13 (17.57%) SAN
4 10 (13.51%) VPN
5 2 (2.70%) TCP/IP
5 2 (2.70%) Broadband
5 2 (2.70%) Internet
5 2 (2.70%) 3G
5 2 (2.70%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (1.35%) Wireless
6 1 (1.35%) Firewall
6 1 (1.35%) GPRS
6 1 (1.35%) LAN
6 1 (1.35%) VoIP
6 1 (1.35%) WAN
6 1 (1.35%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.70%) DataStage
2 1 (1.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (10.81%) TestDirector
2 7 (9.46%) QuickTest Pro
2 7 (9.46%) WinRunner
General
1 8 (10.81%) Norwegian Language
2 5 (6.76%) Finance
3 3 (4.05%) Banking
3 3 (4.05%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.70%) Back Office
5 1 (1.35%) Marketing
5 1 (1.35%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.35%) Law
5 1 (1.35%) Legal
Job Titles
1 32 (43.24%) Analyst
2 13 (17.57%) Desktop Support
3 12 (16.22%) Support Engineer
4 10 (13.51%) Desktop Engineer
5 9 (12.16%) 3rd Line Support
5 9 (12.16%) Help Desk Analyst
6 7 (9.46%) Support Analyst
6 7 (9.46%) Service Analyst
6 7 (9.46%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 6 (8.11%) VMware Engineer
7 6 (8.11%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 6 (8.11%) Service Desk Analyst
7 6 (8.11%) Desktop Analyst
8 5 (6.76%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 5 (6.76%) Citrix Engineer
8 5 (6.76%) Test Analyst
8 5 (6.76%) IT Support
9 4 (5.41%) Project Manager
9 4 (5.41%) Test Engineer
10 3 (4.05%) Project Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.70%) .NET
1 2 (2.70%) Middleware
2 1 (1.35%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.35%) .NET Compact Framework
Miscellaneous
1 23 (31.08%) Blackberry
2 7 (9.46%) Clustering
3 3 (4.05%) Fat Client
3 3 (4.05%) Handset
3 3 (4.05%) Thin Client
4 2 (2.70%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.70%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.70%) Smartphone
5 1 (1.35%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.35%) iPhone
5 1 (1.35%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 56 (75.68%) Windows
2 32 (43.24%) Windows XP
3 31 (41.89%) Windows 7
4 26 (35.14%) Windows Server 2003
5 24 (32.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (9.46%) AIX
7 3 (4.05%) Windows Vista
7 3 (4.05%) Android
7 3 (4.05%) Apple iOS
8 2 (2.70%) Windows 2000
9 1 (1.35%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (1.35%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (12.16%) Change Management
1 9 (12.16%) Software Testing
2 7 (9.46%) Test Scripting
2 7 (9.46%) Test Automation
3 6 (8.11%) ITIL
4 5 (6.76%) Service Delivery
4 5 (6.76%) Time Management
5 3 (4.05%) PDM
5 3 (4.05%) Portfolio Management
5 3 (4.05%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (4.05%) Waterfall
6 2 (2.70%) Technical Analysis
6 2 (2.70%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 2 (2.70%) Information Assurance
6 2 (2.70%) PRINCE2
6 2 (2.70%) Project Management
6 2 (2.70%) Service Management
6 2 (2.70%) Incident Management
7 1 (1.35%) Document Management
7 1 (1.35%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (13.51%) SQL
2 3 (4.05%) Java
3 2 (2.70%) C#
Qualifications
1 19 (25.68%) Security Cleared
2 18 (24.32%) SC Cleared
3 12 (16.22%) Degree
4 10 (13.51%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (12.16%) ISTQB
6 8 (10.81%) MCITP
7 7 (9.46%) MCTS
7 7 (9.46%) MCSE
7 7 (9.46%) MCSA
8 1 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (1.35%) MCP
8 1 (1.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (14.86%) SLA
System Software
1 31 (41.89%) Active Directory
2 14 (18.92%) XenApp
3 13 (17.57%) XenServer
3 13 (17.57%) XenDesktop
3 13 (17.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (9.46%) VMware ESX
4 7 (9.46%) Hyper-V
5 6 (8.11%) VMware Server
6 3 (4.05%) Terminal Services
7 1 (1.35%) MetaFrame
7 1 (1.35%) UAG
Systems Management
1 26 (35.14%) SCCM
2 7 (9.46%) Netcool
2 7 (9.46%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (9.46%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (2.70%) Sysprep
3 2 (2.70%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.35%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 52 (70.27%) Microsoft
2 25 (33.78%) Citrix
3 22 (29.73%) Dell
4 21 (28.38%) VMware
5 9 (12.16%) HP
6 7 (9.46%) Veritas
6 7 (9.46%) McAfee
7 6 (8.11%) Acronis
7 6 (8.11%) ServiceNow
8 5 (6.76%) Compaq
9 2 (2.70%) Cisco
9 2 (2.70%) Symantec
9 2 (2.70%) Remedy
9 2 (2.70%) Toshiba
9 2 (2.70%) Altiris
10 1 (1.35%) SonicWALL
10 1 (1.35%) LANDesk
10 1 (1.35%) Apple
10 1 (1.35%) Motorola
10 1 (1.35%) CA
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