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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 514 535 495
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -40
Contract jobs citing PDA 62 31 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.062% 0.094%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.40% 0.20% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 12 8
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£265 £200 £236
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.50% -15.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £75 £141 £121
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £325 £338
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £325 £150
% change year-on-year
-18.46% +116.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 6 16
Average hourly rate £12.50 £15.50 £19.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.35% -19.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.35 £12.90 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.75 £21.00 £23.88
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £15.50 £17.75
% change year-on-year
-19.35% -12.67%

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
15635 15394 13687
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 29.79% 30.63% 30.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 9683 9376 8207
Average daily rate £425 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 589 614 778
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £20.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% +4.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.91 £11.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.50%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 27 February 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 -11 35 £265 +32.50% 12
Scotland +14 20 £318 -
Renfrewshire - 9 £323 -
West Midlands -5 8 £225 -30.76%
London -19 8 £313 +108.33% 7
South East -23 8 £138 -60.71% 1
East of England +8 4 £265 - 2
Warwickshire - 4 - -
Warwick - 4 - -
City of London +18 3 £475 +90.00%
South West -18 3 - - 2
Watford - 3 £265 - 1
Hampshire - 3 £425 - 1
Hertfordshire - 3 £265 - 2
Kent - 3 £138 -
Berkshire - 2 £115 -
Gloucestershire -14 1 - - 1
North West -14 1 £290 +93.33%
Reading - 1 £115 -
Southampton - - - -
Stansted - - - -
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Swadlincote - - - -
Malmesbury - - - - 1
Milton Keynes - - - -
Newbury - - - -
Paisley - - - -
Potters Bar - - - -
Barrow-in-Furness - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 76 (69.72%) Windows
2 62 (56.88%) Microsoft
3 57 (52.29%) Windows 7
4 49 (44.95%) Windows XP
5 43 (39.45%) Citrix
5 43 (39.45%) Windows Server 2003
6 35 (32.11%) Security Cleared
6 35 (32.11%) Windows Server 2008
7 34 (31.19%) SC Cleared
7 34 (31.19%) MS Office
8 32 (29.36%) VMware
9 31 (28.44%) Active Directory
10 29 (26.61%) Analytical Skills
11 25 (22.94%) Blackberry
11 25 (22.94%) VMware ESX
12 24 (22.02%) SQL
13 22 (20.18%) MCSE
13 22 (20.18%) Microsoft Certification
13 22 (20.18%) TestDirector
13 22 (20.18%) Change Management
13 22 (20.18%) Software Testing
13 22 (20.18%) ISTQB
14 21 (19.27%) Hyper-V
14 21 (19.27%) Test Automation
14 21 (19.27%) QuickTest Pro
14 21 (19.27%) WinRunner
14 21 (19.27%) MCSA
15 20 (18.35%) AIX
15 20 (18.35%) Veritas
15 20 (18.35%) McAfee

PDA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 11 (10.09%) MS Exchange
2 10 (9.17%) SharePoint
3 8 (7.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 4 (3.67%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.92%) Lync
5 1 (0.92%) IIS
Applications
1 34 (31.19%) MS Office
2 16 (14.68%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.92%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.92%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (3.67%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 14 (12.84%) Office 365
2 1 (0.92%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (12.84%) TCP/IP
2 13 (11.93%) LAN
2 13 (11.93%) DNS
3 12 (11.01%) SAN
4 11 (10.09%) DHCP
5 10 (9.17%) WAN
6 8 (7.34%) VPN
7 6 (5.50%) Ethernet
7 6 (5.50%) FTP
7 6 (5.50%) SMTP
7 6 (5.50%) iSCSI
7 6 (5.50%) Fibre Channel
8 5 (4.59%) RTSP
9 4 (3.67%) Internet
10 3 (2.75%) VLAN
10 3 (2.75%) Firewall
10 3 (2.75%) Wireless
10 3 (2.75%) NAS
11 2 (1.83%) VoIP
12 1 (0.92%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.75%) SQL Server
1 3 (2.75%) DB2
Development Applications
1 22 (20.18%) TestDirector
2 21 (19.27%) QuickTest Pro
2 21 (19.27%) WinRunner
3 5 (4.59%) MSI
4 1 (0.92%) Appcelerator Titanium
General
1 6 (5.50%) Back Office
2 4 (3.67%) Finance
3 3 (2.75%) Legal
3 3 (2.75%) Banking
4 2 (1.83%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.83%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.83%) Japanese Language
5 1 (0.92%) Law
5 1 (0.92%) Retail
Job Titles
1 43 (39.45%) Analyst
2 19 (17.43%) 1st Line Support
3 18 (16.51%) 2nd Line Support
4 17 (15.60%) Support Analyst
4 17 (15.60%) Desktop Support
5 15 (13.76%) Service Analyst
6 14 (12.84%) Test Engineer
7 12 (11.01%) Service Desk Analyst
8 11 (10.09%) Help Desk Analyst
9 10 (9.17%) 1st Line Support Analyst
10 9 (8.26%) Test Analyst
10 9 (8.26%) Help Desk Support
11 7 (6.42%) Support Engineer
12 5 (4.59%) Junior
12 5 (4.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 5 (4.59%) Deskside Support
13 4 (3.67%) Senior Infrastructure Specialist
13 4 (3.67%) Infrastructure Specialist
13 4 (3.67%) VMware Engineer
13 4 (3.67%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.67%) .NET
2 2 (1.83%) Web Services
2 2 (1.83%) HTML5
2 2 (1.83%) HTML
3 1 (0.92%) CSS3
3 1 (0.92%) Sencha Touch
3 1 (0.92%) MEAP
3 1 (0.92%) BAPI
3 1 (0.92%) WCF
3 1 (0.92%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.92%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 29 (26.61%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (22.94%) Blackberry
3 20 (18.35%) Clustering
4 7 (6.42%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.75%) Celerra
5 3 (2.75%) iPhone
5 3 (2.75%) Handset
5 3 (2.75%) CLARiiON
6 2 (1.83%) iPad
7 1 (0.92%) Statistics
7 1 (0.92%) GIS
7 1 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.92%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 76 (69.72%) Windows
2 57 (52.29%) Windows 7
3 49 (44.95%) Windows XP
4 43 (39.45%) Windows Server 2003
5 35 (32.11%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (18.35%) AIX
7 8 (7.34%) Windows 2000 Server
8 3 (2.75%) Apple iOS
8 3 (2.75%) UNIX
9 2 (1.83%) Windows 8
9 2 (1.83%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.92%) BlackBerry OS
10 1 (0.92%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (20.18%) Change Management
1 22 (20.18%) Software Testing
2 21 (19.27%) Test Automation
3 20 (18.35%) Test Scripting
4 13 (11.93%) ITIL
5 6 (5.50%) Mobile Device Management
6 5 (4.59%) Software Deployment
7 4 (3.67%) Service Delivery
7 4 (3.67%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (2.75%) Validation
8 3 (2.75%) Migration
8 3 (2.75%) Business Continuity
8 3 (2.75%) Configuration Management
8 3 (2.75%) Web Application Development
8 3 (2.75%) Data Migration
9 2 (1.83%) CRM
9 2 (1.83%) Practice Management
9 2 (1.83%) Document Management
10 1 (0.92%) Software Engineering
10 1 (0.92%) Knowledge Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (22.02%) SQL
2 9 (8.26%) Java
3 1 (0.92%) JavaScript
3 1 (0.92%) C#
Qualifications
1 35 (32.11%) Security Cleared
2 34 (31.19%) SC Cleared
3 22 (20.18%) ISTQB
3 22 (20.18%) MCSE
3 22 (20.18%) Microsoft Certification
4 21 (19.27%) MCSA
5 20 (18.35%) MCTS
5 20 (18.35%) MCITP
6 14 (12.84%) Degree
7 7 (6.42%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (3.67%) MCP
9 3 (2.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (2.75%) CCNP
9 3 (2.75%) CCNA
9 3 (2.75%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (2.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (1.83%) MCDST
10 2 (1.83%) VCP4
11 1 (0.92%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (16.51%) SLA
2 1 (0.92%) PAS 55
System Software
1 31 (28.44%) Active Directory
2 25 (22.94%) VMware ESX
3 21 (19.27%) Hyper-V
4 18 (16.51%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (7.34%) XenDesktop
5 8 (7.34%) vSphere
6 3 (2.75%) XenApp
6 3 (2.75%) XenServer
6 3 (2.75%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 20 (18.35%) HP Quality Center
1 20 (18.35%) McAfee ePO
2 18 (16.51%) Netcool
3 9 (8.26%) Norton AntiVirus
4 5 (4.59%) SCCM
5 3 (2.75%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.92%) WSUS
Vendors
1 62 (56.88%) Microsoft
2 43 (39.45%) Citrix
3 32 (29.36%) VMware
4 20 (18.35%) Veritas
4 20 (18.35%) McAfee
5 9 (8.26%) Symantec
6 6 (5.50%) Dell
7 3 (2.75%) EMC
7 3 (2.75%) Cisco
8 2 (1.83%) HP
9 1 (0.92%) Oracle
9 1 (0.92%) Sybase
9 1 (0.92%) SAP
9 1 (0.92%) Cognos
9 1 (0.92%) Avaya
9 1 (0.92%) Altiris
9 1 (0.92%) Infor
9 1 (0.92%) Sencha
9 1 (0.92%) Syclo
9 1 (0.92%) Appcelerator
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