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 1 May 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
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 629 601 593
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -8
Contract jobs citing PDA 35 46 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.063% 0.081% 0.053%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.19% 0.26% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 20 15
Median daily rate £265 £265 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- -20.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £111 £120 £88
10% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £453 £396
UK excluding London median daily rate £271 £295 £275
% change year-on-year
-8.30% +7.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 2
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.50 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.15% -4.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.65 £12.50 £15.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £79.20 £75.00 £18.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +12.90%

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
18208 17980 17517
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 32.58% 31.69% 32.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 11846 10898 10690
Median daily rate £425 £420 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +4.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 596 704 760
Median hourly rate £22.00 £18.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.91% -11.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £11.96 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.39 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.75 £18.90 £20.21
% change year-on-year
+15.07% -6.45%

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 1 May 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
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 May 2016.

PDA Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

PDA
Top 20 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 1 May 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
Scotland -7 20 £271 -23.80%
Renfrewshire -20 17 £268 -24.57%
Erskine -27 16 £271 -23.80%
England -24 14 £140 -47.16%
London -18 9 £140 +5.66%
Glasgow +6 2 £213 -
South West +6 2 - -
West Midlands -15 2 £350 +225.58%
City of London +44 1 £650 +36.84%
Buckinghamshire +9 1 £350 -
Birmingham +4 1 - -
Yorkshire -1 1 £108 -68.38%
Coventry -9 1 £350 +204.34%
South East -19 1 £350 +129.50%
Bristol - 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 £350 -
Gloucester - 1 - -
Sheffield - 1 £108 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £108 -

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 58 (65.91%) Microsoft
2 56 (63.64%) Windows
3 48 (54.55%) Windows XP
4 46 (52.27%) Windows 7
5 44 (50.00%) Active Directory
6 39 (44.32%) Citrix
7 38 (43.18%) Windows Server 2003
8 37 (42.05%) Windows Server 2008
9 36 (40.91%) Microsoft Certification
10 34 (38.64%) Change Management
11 33 (37.50%) TestDirector
11 33 (37.50%) MCSE
11 33 (37.50%) MCSA
12 32 (36.36%) SQL
12 32 (36.36%) HP UFT
12 32 (36.36%) WinRunner
12 32 (36.36%) VMware
12 32 (36.36%) Software Testing
12 32 (36.36%) Test Scripting
12 32 (36.36%) MCTS
12 32 (36.36%) MCITP
12 32 (36.36%) HP Quality Center
12 32 (36.36%) Test Automation
13 31 (35.23%) Hyper-V
13 31 (35.23%) McAfee ePO
13 31 (35.23%) ISTQB
13 31 (35.23%) VMware ESX
13 31 (35.23%) Clustering
13 31 (35.23%) Veritas
13 31 (35.23%) Netcool

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 13 (14.77%) Skype for Business
2 3 (3.41%) Exchange Server 2003
2 3 (3.41%) Exchange Server 2007
2 3 (3.41%) IBM Notes
2 3 (3.41%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.14%) IIS
Applications
1 16 (18.18%) MS Office
2 6 (6.82%) MS Excel
3 4 (4.55%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (4.55%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (3.41%) Acrobat
4 3 (3.41%) MS Project
4 3 (3.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (3.41%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 13 (14.77%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 13 (14.77%) TCP/IP
2 6 (6.82%) DHCP
2 6 (6.82%) DNS
3 4 (4.55%) Internet
3 4 (4.55%) WebEx
4 3 (3.41%) Remote Desktop
4 3 (3.41%) VPN
5 2 (2.27%) WAN
6 1 (1.14%) GoToMeeting
6 1 (1.14%) IPX
6 1 (1.14%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.14%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (1.14%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 33 (37.50%) TestDirector
2 32 (36.36%) HP UFT
2 32 (36.36%) WinRunner
3 1 (1.14%) MSI
3 1 (1.14%) Xcode
General
1 7 (7.95%) Back Office
1 7 (7.95%) Banking
2 5 (5.68%) Billing
2 5 (5.68%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.14%) Finance
3 1 (1.14%) Law
3 1 (1.14%) Legal
Job Titles
1 51 (57.95%) Analyst
2 24 (27.27%) Test Analyst
3 21 (23.86%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 21 (23.86%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
4 19 (21.59%) Support Analyst
5 13 (14.77%) Help Desk Analyst
6 8 (9.09%) Desktop Support
6 8 (9.09%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
7 7 (7.95%) 1st Line Support
7 7 (7.95%) 2nd Line Support
7 7 (7.95%) Help Desk Support
7 7 (7.95%) Help Desk Support Analyst
7 7 (7.95%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
8 6 (6.82%) 1st Line Support Analyst
8 6 (6.82%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
8 6 (6.82%) Desktop Engineer
8 6 (6.82%) Tester
9 5 (5.68%) First Line Help Desk Support
9 5 (5.68%) Infrastructure Tester
10 4 (4.55%) Desktop Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.27%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 31 (35.23%) Clustering
2 28 (31.82%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (17.05%) Blackberry
4 6 (6.82%) Data Centre
5 2 (2.27%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.14%) AS400
6 1 (1.14%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.14%) e-Learning
6 1 (1.14%) Handset
6 1 (1.14%) IVR
6 1 (1.14%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.14%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.14%) PKI
6 1 (1.14%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.14%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 56 (63.64%) Windows
2 48 (54.55%) Windows XP
3 46 (52.27%) Windows 7
4 38 (43.18%) Windows Server 2003
5 37 (42.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 31 (35.23%) AIX
7 6 (6.82%) Windows Server
8 4 (4.55%) Windows 2000
9 3 (3.41%) Windows Vista
10 1 (1.14%) Apple iOS
10 1 (1.14%) Linux
10 1 (1.14%) Mac OS X
10 1 (1.14%) NetWare
10 1 (1.14%) Unix
10 1 (1.14%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (38.64%) Change Management
2 32 (36.36%) Software Testing
2 32 (36.36%) Test Automation
2 32 (36.36%) Test Scripting
3 6 (6.82%) Incident Management
4 4 (4.55%) ITIL
5 3 (3.41%) ITSM
5 3 (3.41%) Records Management
6 2 (2.27%) Coaching
6 2 (2.27%) Line Management
6 2 (2.27%) Logistics
6 2 (2.27%) Service Delivery
6 2 (2.27%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (2.27%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (1.14%) Data Management
7 1 (1.14%) Document Management
7 1 (1.14%) Information Management
7 1 (1.14%) Information Security
7 1 (1.14%) Project Management
7 1 (1.14%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 32 (36.36%) SQL
2 7 (7.95%) Java
3 1 (1.14%) C#
3 1 (1.14%) C++
3 1 (1.14%) Objective-C
3 1 (1.14%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.14%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 36 (40.91%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (37.50%) MCSA
2 33 (37.50%) MCSE
3 32 (36.36%) MCITP
3 32 (36.36%) MCTS
4 31 (35.23%) ISTQB
5 29 (32.95%) Security Cleared
6 17 (19.32%) SC Cleared
7 14 (15.91%) Degree
8 3 (3.41%) MCP
9 1 (1.14%) A+ Certification
9 1 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.14%) MOS
9 1 (1.14%) Server+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (28.41%) SLA
System Software
1 44 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 31 (35.23%) Hyper-V
2 31 (35.23%) VMware ESX
3 13 (14.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.14%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 32 (36.36%) HP Quality Center
2 31 (35.23%) McAfee ePO
2 31 (35.23%) Netcool
3 7 (7.95%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (3.41%) ServiceCenter
4 3 (3.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (1.14%) SCCM
Vendors
1 58 (65.91%) Microsoft
2 39 (44.32%) Citrix
3 32 (36.36%) VMware
4 31 (35.23%) Intel Security
4 31 (35.23%) Veritas
5 7 (7.95%) Symantec
6 5 (5.68%) HP
7 3 (3.41%) Adobe
7 3 (3.41%) Bomgar
7 3 (3.41%) Dell
7 3 (3.41%) Lotus
7 3 (3.41%) Peregrine
7 3 (3.41%) Remedy
8 2 (2.27%) Cisco
8 2 (2.27%) IBM
8 2 (2.27%) Sun
9 1 (1.14%) Apple
9 1 (1.14%) iManage
9 1 (1.14%) Interwoven
9 1 (1.14%) Novell