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 18 September 2014 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Rank 563 530 567
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +37
Contract jobs citing PDA 50 54 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.087% 0.10% 0.071%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.28% 0.33% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 29 16
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£165 £325 £255
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-49.23% +27.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £148 £101
10% offered a daily rate of more than £377 £415 £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £180 £345 £270
% change year-on-year
-47.82% +27.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 8 11
Average hourly rate £17.00 £22.00 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.72% +76.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £20.00 £6.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £26.40 £21.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 £13.88
% change year-on-year
-15.00% +44.14%

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
17571 16146 17261
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.54% 31.06% 29.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 10696 9949 9991
Average daily rate £400 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £243 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 731 661 874
Average hourly rate £18.73 £18.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.02% -28.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.42 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.90 £17.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+8.00% -32.69%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 18 September 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 -29 38 £180 -24.21% 20
London -9 11 £165 -17.50% 5
Scotland -23 10 £110 -67.28% 3
West Midlands -8 9 £210 -47.50%
North West -1 6 £180 -57.89% 6
South West -31 5 - - 3
Aberdeen - 5 £110 -
South East -13 4 £413 +55.66% 2
City of London +23 3 £153 -35.78% 3
Wiltshire - 3 - - 3
Surrey - 2 - -
Kent - 2 - -
Birmingham - 2 £180 -
Glasgow -15 1 £338 - 1
Hampshire -18 1 £413 +55.66%
Malmesbury - 1 - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Reading - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Whitstable - - - -
Berkshire - - - - 1
Cheshire - - - - 2
Dorset - - - -
Essex - - - -
Havant - - - -
Hitchin - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
Bradford - - - -
Bristol - - - -

PDA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 67 (77.01%) Windows
2 54 (62.07%) Microsoft
3 45 (51.72%) MS Office
4 41 (47.13%) Blackberry
5 39 (44.83%) Active Directory
6 36 (41.38%) Windows XP
7 35 (40.23%) Windows 7
8 33 (37.93%) Citrix
9 31 (35.63%) SCCM
10 27 (31.03%) Windows Server 2003
11 26 (29.89%) Dell
11 26 (29.89%) MS Exchange
12 25 (28.74%) Windows Server 2008
13 23 (26.44%) Security Cleared
14 21 (24.14%) SC Cleared
15 20 (22.99%) VMware
16 18 (20.69%) DNS
16 18 (20.69%) Exchange Server 2003
17 17 (19.54%) DHCP
18 16 (18.39%) XenApp
19 15 (17.24%) XenServer
19 15 (17.24%) XenDesktop
19 15 (17.24%) NAS
19 15 (17.24%) VLAN
19 15 (17.24%) SAN
20 14 (16.09%) VMware Infrastructure
21 13 (14.94%) MS Excel
22 11 (12.64%) Analytical Skills
23 10 (11.49%) Degree
23 10 (11.49%) TCP/IP

PDA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 26 (29.89%) MS Exchange
2 18 (20.69%) Exchange Server 2003
3 3 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (3.45%) Lync
4 2 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (2.30%) ColdFusion
4 2 (2.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 2 (2.30%) IIS
5 1 (1.15%) SharePoint
Applications
1 45 (51.72%) MS Office
2 13 (14.94%) MS Excel
3 2 (2.30%) MS Project
3 2 (2.30%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.15%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 18 (20.69%) DNS
2 17 (19.54%) DHCP
3 15 (17.24%) SAN
3 15 (17.24%) VLAN
3 15 (17.24%) NAS
4 10 (11.49%) TCP/IP
4 10 (11.49%) VPN
5 2 (2.30%) Broadband
5 2 (2.30%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (2.30%) Wireless
5 2 (2.30%) Internet
5 2 (2.30%) 3G
6 1 (1.15%) Firewall
6 1 (1.15%) GPRS
6 1 (1.15%) LAN
6 1 (1.15%) VoIP
6 1 (1.15%) WAN
6 1 (1.15%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.30%) DataStage
2 1 (1.15%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (5.75%) WinRunner
1 5 (5.75%) TestDirector
1 5 (5.75%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (1.15%) Appcelerator Titanium
General
1 8 (9.20%) Norwegian Language
2 5 (5.75%) Finance
3 4 (4.60%) Telecoms
4 3 (3.45%) Legal
5 2 (2.30%) Banking
5 2 (2.30%) Law
5 2 (2.30%) Back Office
6 1 (1.15%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.15%) Marketing
6 1 (1.15%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 31 (35.63%) Analyst
2 17 (19.54%) Support Engineer
3 15 (17.24%) Desktop Support
4 10 (11.49%) Desktop Engineer
5 9 (10.34%) 3rd Line Support
5 9 (10.34%) Support Analyst
5 9 (10.34%) Help Desk Analyst
5 9 (10.34%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 8 (9.20%) Desktop Analyst
6 8 (9.20%) VMware Engineer
6 8 (9.20%) Service Analyst
6 8 (9.20%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 7 (8.05%) Service Desk Analyst
8 6 (6.90%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 6 (6.90%) Citrix Engineer
9 5 (5.75%) Project Manager
10 4 (4.60%) Rollout Engineer
11 3 (3.45%) IT Support
11 3 (3.45%) 2nd Line Support
11 3 (3.45%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.30%) Middleware
1 2 (2.30%) .NET
2 1 (1.15%) Web Services
2 1 (1.15%) HTML
2 1 (1.15%) BAPI
2 1 (1.15%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.15%) HTML5
2 1 (1.15%) Sencha Touch
2 1 (1.15%) .NET Compact Framework
2 1 (1.15%) MEAP
Miscellaneous
1 41 (47.13%) Blackberry
2 11 (12.64%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (6.90%) iPad
4 5 (5.75%) Clustering
5 4 (4.60%) iPhone
6 3 (3.45%) Mobile App
6 3 (3.45%) Handset
6 3 (3.45%) Fat Client
6 3 (3.45%) Thin Client
7 2 (2.30%) Management Information System
7 2 (2.30%) Smartphone
8 1 (1.15%) Statistics
8 1 (1.15%) NHS
8 1 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 67 (77.01%) Windows
2 36 (41.38%) Windows XP
3 35 (40.23%) Windows 7
4 27 (31.03%) Windows Server 2003
5 25 (28.74%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (8.05%) Apple iOS
7 5 (5.75%) AIX
8 4 (4.60%) Windows Vista
8 4 (4.60%) Android
9 3 (3.45%) Windows Phone
10 2 (2.30%) Windows 8
11 1 (1.15%) BlackBerry OS
11 1 (1.15%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (1.15%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (10.34%) ITIL
2 6 (6.90%) Service Delivery
3 5 (5.75%) Change Management
3 5 (5.75%) Software Testing
3 5 (5.75%) Test Automation
3 5 (5.75%) Time Management
4 4 (4.60%) Mobile Device Management
4 4 (4.60%) Test Scripting
5 3 (3.45%) Service Management
5 3 (3.45%) Document Management
5 3 (3.45%) Practice Management
5 3 (3.45%) CRM
5 3 (3.45%) CAD
6 2 (2.30%) Project Management
6 2 (2.30%) PRINCE2
6 2 (2.30%) PDM
6 2 (2.30%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (2.30%) Incident Management
6 2 (2.30%) Technical Analysis
6 2 (2.30%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 9 (10.34%) Java
1 9 (10.34%) SQL
2 2 (2.30%) C#
Qualifications
1 23 (26.44%) Security Cleared
2 21 (24.14%) SC Cleared
3 10 (11.49%) Degree
4 7 (8.05%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (6.90%) MCITP
6 5 (5.75%) ISTQB
6 5 (5.75%) MCTS
6 5 (5.75%) MCSE
6 5 (5.75%) MCSA
7 3 (3.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (1.15%) MOS
8 1 (1.15%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (11.49%) SLA
2 1 (1.15%) PAS 55
2 1 (1.15%) GxP
System Software
1 39 (44.83%) Active Directory
2 16 (18.39%) XenApp
3 15 (17.24%) XenServer
3 15 (17.24%) XenDesktop
4 14 (16.09%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (9.20%) VMware Server
6 5 (5.75%) Hyper-V
6 5 (5.75%) Terminal Services
6 5 (5.75%) VMware ESX
7 3 (3.45%) MetaFrame
8 1 (1.15%) UAG
Systems Management
1 31 (35.63%) SCCM
2 8 (9.20%) Norton AntiVirus
3 5 (5.75%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (5.75%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (5.75%) Netcool
4 2 (2.30%) Sysprep
5 1 (1.15%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 54 (62.07%) Microsoft
2 33 (37.93%) Citrix
3 26 (29.89%) Dell
4 20 (22.99%) VMware
5 10 (11.49%) HP
6 8 (9.20%) Symantec
7 7 (8.05%) ServiceNow
8 6 (6.90%) Acronis
9 5 (5.75%) McAfee
9 5 (5.75%) Compaq
9 5 (5.75%) Veritas
10 3 (3.45%) Avaya
11 2 (2.30%) Cisco
11 2 (2.30%) Altiris
11 2 (2.30%) Remedy
12 1 (1.15%) Syclo
12 1 (1.15%) Appcelerator
12 1 (1.15%) LANDesk
12 1 (1.15%) SonicWALL
12 1 (1.15%) Infor
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