Period
to 24 August 2017

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term PDA in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PDA over the 6 months to 24 August 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
UK
6 months to
24 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 788 855 813
Rank change year-on-year +67 -42 -25
Contract jobs citing PDA 64 37 75
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.067% 0.034% 0.067%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.20% 0.10% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 21 46
UK median daily rate £90 £250 £140
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -64.00% +78.57% +9.80%
UK excluding London median daily rate £124 £253 £248
% change year-on-year -50.99% +2.02% -3.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 12
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £19.50 £14.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.95% +38.05% +4.63%
10th Percentile £14.30 £17.28 £11.03
90th Percentile £17.70 £84.83 £69.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £13.13
% change year-on-year -5.26% +44.76% -0.94%

PDA is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 32066 35826 36010
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.35% 33.15% 31.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 20926 23463 22505
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £263 £253 £238
90th Percentile £644 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 978 1208 1406
UK median hourly rate £21.28 £21.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.31% +10.53% -5.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.32 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.17 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -4.76% +13.51% -7.50%

PDA
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing PDA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for PDA in the UK

PDA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for PDA in the UK

PDA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing PDA over the 6 months to 24 August 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for PDA in the UK

PDA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing PDA.

Contractor hourly rate trend for PDA in the UK

PDA
Top 8 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 6 months to 24 August 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +40 27 £263 +9.38% 1
London +26 19 £350 +150.00%
UK excluding London +19 10 £124 -50.99% 1
South East +26 3 £110 -68.57% 1
East of England -2 3 £138 -
North of England +61 2 - -
Yorkshire +38 2 - -
Scotland +13 2 £115 -55.77%

For the 6 months to 24 August 2017, 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 47 (73.44%) Microsoft
2 28 (43.75%) Active Directory
3 25 (39.06%) MS Exchange
4 24 (37.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 22 (34.38%) DNS
5 22 (34.38%) DHCP
5 22 (34.38%) TCP/IP
5 22 (34.38%) MCDST
5 22 (34.38%) Incident Management
6 19 (29.69%) SLA
7 17 (26.56%) Analytical Skills
8 16 (25.00%) Office 365
8 16 (25.00%) Degree
9 14 (21.88%) Skype for Business
10 11 (17.19%) Agile Software Development
10 11 (17.19%) Windows
11 10 (15.63%) Microsoft Office
12 9 (14.06%) Windows 7
13 8 (12.50%) Scrum
14 6 (9.38%) Blackberry
14 6 (9.38%) ITIL
14 6 (9.38%) JIRA
14 6 (9.38%) Test Automation
15 5 (7.81%) Data Centre
15 5 (7.81%) Service Management
15 5 (7.81%) Finance
15 5 (7.81%) Java
15 5 (7.81%) Windows XP
15 5 (7.81%) HP
16 4 (6.25%) LoadRunner

PDA
Co-occurring 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 25 (39.06%) MS Exchange
2 14 (21.88%) Skype for Business
3 4 (6.25%) Confluence
4 2 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (3.13%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.56%) WebSphere
Applications
1 10 (15.63%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (4.69%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (3.13%) Acrobat
4 2 (3.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (3.13%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (3.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (3.13%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.56%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 16 (25.00%) Office 365
2 2 (3.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.56%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.56%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 22 (34.38%) DHCP
1 22 (34.38%) DNS
1 22 (34.38%) TCP/IP
2 3 (4.69%) Remote Desktop
3 2 (3.13%) Internet
3 2 (3.13%) LAN
3 2 (3.13%) VPN
3 2 (3.13%) WAN
3 2 (3.13%) WebEx
3 2 (3.13%) WLAN
4 1 (1.56%) Firewall
4 1 (1.56%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.25%) Big Data
2 1 (1.56%) Data Lake
2 1 (1.56%) DataStage
2 1 (1.56%) DB2
2 1 (1.56%) Hadoop
2 1 (1.56%) IBM InfoSphere
2 1 (1.56%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.56%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.56%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.56%) RDBMS
2 1 (1.56%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.56%) SAP BW
2 1 (1.56%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (9.38%) JIRA
2 4 (6.25%) Cucumber
2 4 (6.25%) LoadRunner
3 3 (4.69%) Appium
4 1 (1.56%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.56%) JMeter
4 1 (1.56%) Maven
General
1 5 (7.81%) Finance
2 3 (4.69%) Banking
2 3 (4.69%) Billing
2 3 (4.69%) Publishing
3 1 (1.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 44 (68.75%) Analyst
2 33 (51.56%) Help Desk Analyst
3 13 (20.31%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
4 8 (12.50%) Support Engineer
5 7 (10.94%) Desktop Support
5 7 (10.94%) Service Desk Analyst
6 6 (9.38%) Service Analyst
7 4 (6.25%) Deskside Engineer
8 3 (4.69%) Automation Analyst
8 3 (4.69%) Help Desk Engineer
8 3 (4.69%) Help Desk Support
8 3 (4.69%) Help Desk Support Engineer
8 3 (4.69%) IT Analyst
8 3 (4.69%) Mobile Test Analyst
8 3 (4.69%) Test Analyst
9 2 (3.13%) 1st Line Engineer
9 2 (3.13%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
9 2 (3.13%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 2 (3.13%) Deskside Support Engineer
9 2 (3.13%) Service Desk Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.25%) Gherkin
2 1 (1.56%) .NET
2 1 (1.56%) AngularJS
2 1 (1.56%) IBM Integration Bus
2 1 (1.56%) Node.js
2 1 (1.56%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 17 (26.56%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (9.38%) Blackberry
3 5 (7.81%) Data Centre
4 3 (4.69%) Driving Licence
4 3 (4.69%) Mobile App
4 3 (4.69%) Mobile Banking
4 3 (4.69%) Smartphone
5 2 (3.13%) AS400
5 2 (3.13%) NHS
6 1 (1.56%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.56%) DataPower
6 1 (1.56%) IVR
6 1 (1.56%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 11 (17.19%) Windows
2 9 (14.06%) Windows 7
3 5 (7.81%) Windows XP
4 3 (4.69%) Android
4 3 (4.69%) Mac OS X
4 3 (4.69%) Windows Server
5 2 (3.13%) Windows 2000
5 2 (3.13%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (3.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (3.13%) Windows Vista
6 1 (1.56%) Linux
6 1 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.56%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (34.38%) Incident Management
2 11 (17.19%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (12.50%) Scrum
4 6 (9.38%) ITIL
4 6 (9.38%) Test Automation
5 5 (7.81%) Service Management
6 4 (6.25%) Functional Testing
6 4 (6.25%) ITSM
6 4 (6.25%) Performance Testing
6 4 (6.25%) Scenario Testing
6 4 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (6.25%) TDD
7 3 (4.69%) BDD
7 3 (4.69%) Business Transformation
7 3 (4.69%) Data Transformation
7 3 (4.69%) Data Validation
7 3 (4.69%) Logistics
7 3 (4.69%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (4.69%) Problem Management
7 3 (4.69%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (7.81%) Java
2 2 (3.13%) SQL
3 1 (1.56%) Bash Shell
3 1 (1.56%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.56%) Python
3 1 (1.56%) Scala
3 1 (1.56%) Shell Script
3 1 (1.56%) VBA
Qualifications
1 24 (37.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (34.38%) MCDST
3 16 (25.00%) Degree
4 3 (4.69%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.13%) CCNP
5 2 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (3.13%) MCP
5 2 (3.13%) MCSA
5 2 (3.13%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (3.13%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.56%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (29.69%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (43.75%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.13%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 4 (6.25%) DameWare
1 4 (6.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (3.13%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 2 (3.13%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (1.56%) MAILsweeper
3 1 (1.56%) SCCM
3 1 (1.56%) SCOM
Vendors
1 47 (73.44%) Microsoft
2 5 (7.81%) HP
3 3 (4.69%) Cisco
3 3 (4.69%) VMware
4 2 (3.13%) Adobe
4 2 (3.13%) Bomgar
4 2 (3.13%) IBM
4 2 (3.13%) Remedy
4 2 (3.13%) Symantec
5 1 (1.56%) Altiris
5 1 (1.56%) CheckPoint
5 1 (1.56%) Citrix
5 1 (1.56%) Clearswift
5 1 (1.56%) CommVault
5 1 (1.56%) Oracle
5 1 (1.56%) SAP
5 1 (1.56%) Siebel
5 1 (1.56%) Sophos
5 1 (1.56%) Teradata
5 1 (1.56%) TIBCO