The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for NLBS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited NLBS over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Network Load Balancing Services (NLBS)
UK / England
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - - 620
Contract jobs citing NLBS 0 0 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England - - 0.031%
As % of the System Software category - - 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 16
Median daily rate - - £338
UK excluding London median daily rate - - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

NLBS is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 4885 6004 5478
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.32% 12.32% 10.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 3144 3805 3133
Median daily rate £413 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 288 424 579
Median hourly rate £17.00 £19.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.52% +2.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.02 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.18 £21.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.60% +24.28%  

NLBS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing NLBS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for NLBS in England

NLBS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing NLBS in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for NLBS in England