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 28 September 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
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 626 615 588
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -27
Contract jobs citing PDA 22 45 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.041% 0.077% 0.082%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.12% 0.23% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 30 24
Median daily rate £240 £190 £173
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.31% +10.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £90 £75 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £375 £378
UK excluding London median daily rate £240 £300 £180
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +66.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 10
Median hourly rate - £11.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -35.29%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £13.75 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -19.11%

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
17780 19182 18392
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 33.28% 33.01% 32.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 11513 11998 11144
Median daily rate £425 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 644 816 800
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £18.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +2.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.72 £11.88 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £44.50 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £18.52 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+13.39% +5.82%

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 28 September 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
Top 9 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 28 September 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
England +10 13 £240 +60.00% 1
West Midlands -14 8 £240 +6.66%
Worcester - 8 £240 -
Worcestershire - 8 £240 -
London -15 5 £475 +239.28%
City of London +22 1 £475 -
Scotland -5 1 £260 -13.33%
Renfrewshire -28 1 £260 -14.75%
Erskine -34 1 £260 -14.75%

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 September 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 30 (81.08%) Microsoft
2 27 (72.97%) Active Directory
3 24 (64.86%) Windows
4 17 (45.95%) MS Exchange
4 17 (45.95%) Citrix
4 17 (45.95%) Security Cleared
5 16 (43.24%) VMware
5 16 (43.24%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (43.24%) DHCP
5 16 (43.24%) DNS
6 15 (40.54%) Windows Server 2003
6 15 (40.54%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (37.84%) Analytical Skills
8 13 (35.14%) Windows XP
9 12 (32.43%) MS Office
9 12 (32.43%) Windows 7
10 11 (29.73%) SC Cleared
11 10 (27.03%) VMware Infrastructure
11 10 (27.03%) Test Scripting
11 10 (27.03%) Change Management
11 10 (27.03%) Windows Server
12 9 (24.32%) Smoke Testing
12 9 (24.32%) Software Testing
12 9 (24.32%) Test Automation
12 9 (24.32%) ISTQB
12 9 (24.32%) TestDirector
12 9 (24.32%) Blackberry
13 8 (21.62%) Netcool
13 8 (21.62%) Intel Security
13 8 (21.62%) HP UFT

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 17 (45.95%) MS Exchange
2 6 (16.22%) Exchange Server 2003
3 3 (8.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.41%) IBM Notes
5 1 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (2.70%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (32.43%) MS Office
2 3 (8.11%) MS Project
2 3 (8.11%) MS Visio
3 2 (5.41%) MS Excel
4 1 (2.70%) Acrobat
4 1 (2.70%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.70%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 16 (43.24%) DHCP
1 16 (43.24%) DNS
2 8 (21.62%) NAS
2 8 (21.62%) SAN
2 8 (21.62%) TCP/IP
2 8 (21.62%) VLAN
3 3 (8.11%) Firewall
4 2 (5.41%) LAN
4 2 (5.41%) VPN
5 1 (2.70%) Internet
5 1 (2.70%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (2.70%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (2.70%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 9 (24.32%) TestDirector
2 8 (21.62%) HP UFT
2 8 (21.62%) WinRunner
3 2 (5.41%) Dreamweaver
General
1 6 (16.22%) Billing
2 2 (5.41%) Publishing
3 1 (2.70%) Finance
3 1 (2.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 17 (45.95%) Analyst
2 8 (21.62%) Help Desk Analyst
3 7 (18.92%) Support Engineer
4 6 (16.22%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
5 5 (13.51%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 5 (13.51%) 3rd Line Support
5 5 (13.51%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 5 (13.51%) Citrix Engineer
5 5 (13.51%) Citrix Support
5 5 (13.51%) Citrix Support Engineer
5 5 (13.51%) Test Analyst
5 5 (13.51%) VMware Engineer
5 5 (13.51%) VMware Support Engineer
6 4 (10.81%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 4 (10.81%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
7 3 (8.11%) Network Analyst
7 3 (8.11%) Server Analyst
7 3 (8.11%) Test Manager
8 2 (5.41%) Administrator
8 2 (5.41%) Desktop Support
Miscellaneous
1 14 (37.84%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (24.32%) Blackberry
3 8 (21.62%) Clustering
3 8 (21.62%) Data Centre
4 5 (13.51%) Virtual Team
5 3 (8.11%) Fat Client
5 3 (8.11%) Thin Client
6 2 (5.41%) iPhone
7 1 (2.70%) Driving Licence
7 1 (2.70%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 24 (64.86%) Windows
2 15 (40.54%) Windows Server 2003
2 15 (40.54%) Windows Server 2008
3 13 (35.14%) Windows XP
4 12 (32.43%) Windows 7
5 10 (27.03%) Windows Server
6 8 (21.62%) AIX
7 3 (8.11%) Linux
7 3 (8.11%) Solaris
7 3 (8.11%) SUSE
7 3 (8.11%) Unix
8 1 (2.70%) Android
8 1 (2.70%) Windows 2000
8 1 (2.70%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (27.03%) Change Management
1 10 (27.03%) Test Scripting
2 9 (24.32%) Smoke Testing
2 9 (24.32%) Software Testing
2 9 (24.32%) Test Automation
3 7 (18.92%) Incident Management
4 5 (13.51%) Patch Management
5 3 (8.11%) ITIL
5 3 (8.11%) Service Delivery
6 2 (5.41%) Logistics
6 2 (5.41%) Problem Management
6 2 (5.41%) Service Management
6 2 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (5.41%) Validation
7 1 (2.70%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (2.70%) Data Validation
7 1 (2.70%) ITSM
7 1 (2.70%) Performance Testing
7 1 (2.70%) Supplier Management
7 1 (2.70%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (21.62%) SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (45.95%) Security Cleared
2 16 (43.24%) Microsoft Certification
3 11 (29.73%) SC Cleared
4 9 (24.32%) ISTQB
5 8 (21.62%) MCDST
5 8 (21.62%) MCITP
5 8 (21.62%) MCSA
5 8 (21.62%) MCSE
5 8 (21.62%) MCTS
6 2 (5.41%) Degree
7 1 (2.70%) A+ Certification
7 1 (2.70%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.81%) SLA
2 1 (2.70%) QA
System Software
1 27 (72.97%) Active Directory
2 10 (27.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (21.62%) Hyper-V
3 8 (21.62%) VMware ESX
4 5 (13.51%) VMware Server
4 5 (13.51%) XenApp
4 5 (13.51%) XenDesktop
4 5 (13.51%) XenServer
5 3 (8.11%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 8 (21.62%) HP Quality Center
1 8 (21.62%) McAfee ePO
1 8 (21.62%) Netcool
2 5 (13.51%) SCCM
3 1 (2.70%) ServiceCenter
3 1 (2.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 30 (81.08%) Microsoft
2 17 (45.95%) Citrix
3 16 (43.24%) VMware
4 8 (21.62%) Dell
4 8 (21.62%) Intel Security
4 8 (21.62%) Veritas
5 4 (10.81%) HP
6 3 (8.11%) 3Com
6 3 (8.11%) Adobe
6 3 (8.11%) Avaya
6 3 (8.11%) CheckPoint
6 3 (8.11%) Cisco
7 2 (5.41%) Lotus
8 1 (2.70%) Apple
8 1 (2.70%) IBM
8 1 (2.70%) LANDesk
8 1 (2.70%) Netezza
8 1 (2.70%) Peregrine
8 1 (2.70%) Remedy
8 1 (2.70%) TIBCO