Period
to 24 June 2018

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 June 2018 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 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 817 792 841
Rank change year-on-year -25 +49 -71
Contract jobs citing PDA 66 49 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.066% 0.053% 0.050%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.20% 0.16% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 40 32
UK median daily rate £285 £90 £271
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +216.67% -66.73% +93.21%
10th Percentile £225 £90 £89
90th Percentile £410 £179 £349
UK excluding London median daily rate £285 £124 £285
% change year-on-year +130.29% -56.50% +7.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 7
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £16.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -15.79% +28.81%
10th Percentile £18.50 £14.20 £16.75
90th Percentile £23.75 £17.80 £61.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.25 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +23.61% -5.26% +52.00%

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 33,846 31,314 36,081
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.76% 34.19% 33.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,101 20,303 23,628
UK median daily rate £455 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.11% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £270 £263 £250
90th Percentile £656 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +1.25% +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,052 1,093 1,200
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £20.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.76% -2.38% +13.51%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +16.22% -11.90% +20.00%

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 June 2018.

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 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 6 months to 24 June 2018. 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
UK excluding London +9 50 £285 +130.29% 7
Scotland - 41 £285 - 1
England -48 21 £425 +203.57% 7
London -45 14 £425 +60.38% 1
South East -24 5 £235 +113.64% 3
Yorkshire - 2 - -
North of England - 2 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -
Wales - 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 24 June 2018, IT contractor jobs citing PDA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for PDA.

1 49 (74.24%) Windows
1 49 (74.24%) Microsoft
2 48 (72.73%) Active Directory
2 48 (72.73%) Windows 7
3 45 (68.18%) Test Scripting
3 45 (68.18%) Windows Server 2003
4 44 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 44 (66.67%) Test Automation
5 43 (65.15%) Software Testing
6 42 (63.64%) Security Cleared
7 41 (62.12%) SC Cleared
7 41 (62.12%) ISTQB
7 41 (62.12%) Change Management
8 39 (59.09%) SQL
9 38 (57.58%) Office 365
10 37 (56.06%) HP ALM
10 37 (56.06%) AIX
10 37 (56.06%) HP
10 37 (56.06%) Citrix
10 37 (56.06%) WinRunner
10 37 (56.06%) HP UFT
10 37 (56.06%) Veritas
10 37 (56.06%) McAfee
10 37 (56.06%) VMware
10 37 (56.06%) Clustering
10 37 (56.06%) Hyper-V
10 37 (56.06%) VMware ESXi
11 36 (54.55%) McAfee ePO
11 36 (54.55%) DHCP
11 36 (54.55%) DNS

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 3 (4.55%) MS Exchange
2 2 (3.03%) MQSeries
2 2 (3.03%) WebSphere
3 1 (1.52%) Confluence
3 1 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.52%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (7.58%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 38 (57.58%) Office 365
2 5 (7.58%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 36 (54.55%) DHCP
1 36 (54.55%) DNS
2 5 (7.58%) SMS
3 3 (4.55%) LAN
3 3 (4.55%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (1.52%) VPN
4 1 (1.52%) WAN
Development Applications
1 37 (56.06%) HP UFT
1 37 (56.06%) WinRunner
2 9 (13.64%) TestDirector
3 6 (9.09%) Selenium
4 5 (7.58%) Appium
4 5 (7.58%) Selendroid
5 4 (6.06%) JMeter
6 2 (3.03%) Cucumber
6 2 (3.03%) JIRA
6 2 (3.03%) Rational Rose
6 2 (3.03%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.52%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.52%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (3.03%) Retail
2 1 (1.52%) Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (48.48%) Analyst
2 22 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 12 (18.18%) Test Leader
4 9 (13.64%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 9 (13.64%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
4 9 (13.64%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 6 (9.09%) Desktop Analyst
5 6 (9.09%) Desktop Support
6 5 (7.58%) Tester
7 4 (6.06%) Infrastructure Support
7 4 (6.06%) Test Automation Specialist
7 4 (6.06%) Test Specialist
8 3 (4.55%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) IT Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Support Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Test Engineer
9 2 (3.03%) Business Analyst
9 2 (3.03%) Field Engineer
9 2 (3.03%) Infrastructure Tester
9 2 (3.03%) Mobile Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.55%) Gherkin
1 3 (4.55%) Regular Expression
2 1 (1.52%) .NET
2 1 (1.52%) JSON
2 1 (1.52%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 37 (56.06%) Clustering
2 7 (10.61%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (9.09%) Video Conferencing
4 5 (7.58%) Analytical Mindset
4 5 (7.58%) Smartphone
5 4 (6.06%) Client/Server
5 4 (6.06%) iPad
6 3 (4.55%) Blackberry
7 2 (3.03%) Driving Licence
7 2 (3.03%) iPhone
7 2 (3.03%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 49 (74.24%) Windows
2 48 (72.73%) Windows 7
3 45 (68.18%) Windows Server 2003
4 44 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 37 (56.06%) AIX
6 12 (18.18%) Windows XP
7 8 (12.12%) Android
8 2 (3.03%) Mac OS X
8 2 (3.03%) Windows 10
8 2 (3.03%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.52%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (68.18%) Test Scripting
2 44 (66.67%) Test Automation
3 43 (65.15%) Software Testing
4 41 (62.12%) Change Management
5 33 (50.00%) Smoke Testing
6 14 (21.21%) Problem-Solving
7 7 (10.61%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (10.61%) Functional Testing
7 7 (10.61%) Scrum
8 6 (9.09%) Regression Testing
8 6 (9.09%) Scenario Testing
9 5 (7.58%) API Testing
9 5 (7.58%) Logistics
10 4 (6.06%) Kanban
10 4 (6.06%) Validation
11 3 (4.55%) Open Source
11 3 (4.55%) Pattern Matching
11 3 (4.55%) Records Management
11 3 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
11 3 (4.55%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 39 (59.09%) SQL
2 5 (7.58%) Java
3 3 (4.55%) Python
3 3 (4.55%) Ruby
4 2 (3.03%) C#
Qualifications
1 42 (63.64%) Security Cleared
2 41 (62.12%) ISTQB
2 41 (62.12%) SC Cleared
3 8 (12.12%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (9.09%) MCITP
4 6 (9.09%) MCSA
4 6 (9.09%) MCSE
4 6 (9.09%) MCTS
5 4 (6.06%) Degree
6 2 (3.03%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.52%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.52%) SLA
System Software
1 48 (72.73%) Active Directory
2 37 (56.06%) Hyper-V
2 37 (56.06%) VMware ESXi
3 33 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 31 (46.97%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (1.52%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 37 (56.06%) HP ALM
2 36 (54.55%) McAfee ePO
3 6 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (7.58%) Netcool
5 2 (3.03%) SCCM
6 1 (1.52%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 49 (74.24%) Microsoft
2 37 (56.06%) Citrix
2 37 (56.06%) HP
2 37 (56.06%) McAfee
2 37 (56.06%) Veritas
2 37 (56.06%) VMware
3 31 (46.97%) Ivanti
4 2 (3.03%) Cisco
4 2 (3.03%) Remedy
4 2 (3.03%) ServiceNow
4 2 (3.03%) Sun
5 1 (1.52%) Arqiva
5 1 (1.52%) IBM