Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 827 797 800
Rank change year-on-year -30 +3 -63
Contract jobs citing PDA 50 31 93
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.049% 0.033% 0.087%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.15% 0.100% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 23 64
UK median daily rate £285 £90 £182
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +216.67% -50.62% -17.16%
10th Percentile £252 £90 £87
90th Percentile £425 £140 £348
UK excluding London median daily rate £285 - £282
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 11
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +52.00%
10th Percentile £17.30 £18.00 £9.00
90th Percentile £20.00 £18.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £18.25
% change year-on-year +5.56% -1.37% +46.00%

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 34,255 31,129 35,649
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.88% 33.59% 33.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,522 20,211 23,186
UK median daily rate £450 £436 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.21% +2.59% +6.25%
10th Percentile £265 £260 £248
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,066 1,098 1,264
UK median hourly rate £21.79 £20.97 £21.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.91% -0.94% +20.97%
10th Percentile £11.47 £11.32 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.88 £50.00 £49.58
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +10.53% -9.52% +21.85%

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 19 April 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 7 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 19 April 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 +6 32 £285 - 7
England -35 25 £425 +203.57% 10
Scotland - 21 £285 -
London -26 15 £425 +203.57% 3
South East -18 9 £184 - 4
East of England -8 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 April 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 29 (58.00%) Microsoft
2 28 (56.00%) Windows
3 26 (52.00%) Active Directory
3 26 (52.00%) Test Scripting
3 26 (52.00%) Test Automation
3 26 (52.00%) Windows 7
4 24 (48.00%) Software Testing
4 24 (48.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 23 (46.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 22 (44.00%) SC Cleared
6 22 (44.00%) Security Cleared
6 22 (44.00%) ISTQB
6 22 (44.00%) Change Management
6 22 (44.00%) SQL
7 20 (40.00%) Citrix
7 20 (40.00%) VMware
8 19 (38.00%) Clustering
8 19 (38.00%) Hyper-V
8 19 (38.00%) McAfee ePO
8 19 (38.00%) HP
8 19 (38.00%) AIX
8 19 (38.00%) McAfee
8 19 (38.00%) WinRunner
8 19 (38.00%) HP UFT
8 19 (38.00%) Veritas
8 19 (38.00%) VMware ESXi
8 19 (38.00%) Office 365
8 19 (38.00%) HP ALM
9 18 (36.00%) DHCP
9 18 (36.00%) 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 2 (4.00%) MQSeries
1 2 (4.00%) WebSphere
2 1 (2.00%) Confluence
2 1 (2.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.00%) Acrobat
2 1 (2.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (2.00%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (2.00%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 19 (38.00%) Office 365
2 5 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 18 (36.00%) DHCP
1 18 (36.00%) DNS
2 6 (12.00%) SMS
3 2 (4.00%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (2.00%) Internet
4 1 (2.00%) LAN
4 1 (2.00%) TCP/IP
4 1 (2.00%) VPN
4 1 (2.00%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (2.00%) WLAN
Development Applications
1 19 (38.00%) HP UFT
1 19 (38.00%) WinRunner
2 7 (14.00%) TestDirector
3 6 (12.00%) Selenium
4 5 (10.00%) Appium
4 5 (10.00%) Selendroid
5 4 (8.00%) JMeter
6 3 (6.00%) Rational Rose
7 2 (4.00%) Cucumber
7 2 (4.00%) JIRA
7 2 (4.00%) SpecFlow
8 1 (2.00%) LoadRunner
8 1 (2.00%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (8.00%) Retail
2 1 (2.00%) Banking
2 1 (2.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 23 (46.00%) Analyst
2 12 (24.00%) Test Analyst
3 8 (16.00%) Test Leader
4 6 (12.00%) Desktop Support
4 6 (12.00%) IT Engineer
5 5 (10.00%) Desktop Analyst
6 4 (8.00%) Field Engineer
6 4 (8.00%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 4 (8.00%) Test Automation Specialist
6 4 (8.00%) Test Specialist
7 3 (6.00%) Business Analyst
7 3 (6.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 3 (6.00%) Infrastructure Support
7 3 (6.00%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
7 3 (6.00%) Tester
8 2 (4.00%) Applications Specialist
8 2 (4.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 2 (4.00%) Infrastructure Tester
8 2 (4.00%) Lead Test Analyst
8 2 (4.00%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.00%) Gherkin
1 3 (6.00%) Regular Expression
2 1 (2.00%) .NET
2 1 (2.00%) JSON
2 1 (2.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 19 (38.00%) Clustering
2 5 (10.00%) Smartphone
2 5 (10.00%) Video Conferencing
3 4 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (8.00%) Client/Server
3 4 (8.00%) Driving Licence
4 3 (6.00%) Analytical Mindset
4 3 (6.00%) Blackberry
4 3 (6.00%) iPad
5 2 (4.00%) Mobile App
6 1 (2.00%) iPhone
6 1 (2.00%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 28 (56.00%) Windows
2 26 (52.00%) Windows 7
3 24 (48.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 23 (46.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 19 (38.00%) AIX
6 10 (20.00%) Windows XP
7 9 (18.00%) Android
8 1 (2.00%) Linux
8 1 (2.00%) Mac OS X
8 1 (2.00%) Windows Embedded Compact
8 1 (2.00%) Windows Server
8 1 (2.00%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (52.00%) Test Automation
1 26 (52.00%) Test Scripting
2 24 (48.00%) Software Testing
3 22 (44.00%) Change Management
4 16 (32.00%) Smoke Testing
5 11 (22.00%) Problem-Solving
6 8 (16.00%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (16.00%) Scrum
7 7 (14.00%) Functional Testing
8 6 (12.00%) Logistics
8 6 (12.00%) Regression Testing
8 6 (12.00%) Scenario Testing
9 5 (10.00%) API Testing
9 5 (10.00%) Kanban
10 4 (8.00%) Validation
11 3 (6.00%) Pattern Matching
11 3 (6.00%) Performance Tuning
11 3 (6.00%) Stakeholder Management
11 3 (6.00%) TDD
11 3 (6.00%) UML
Programming Languages
1 22 (44.00%) SQL
2 5 (10.00%) Java
3 3 (6.00%) Python
3 3 (6.00%) Ruby
4 2 (4.00%) C#
Qualifications
1 22 (44.00%) ISTQB
1 22 (44.00%) SC Cleared
1 22 (44.00%) Security Cleared
2 7 (14.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (10.00%) Degree
3 5 (10.00%) MCITP
3 5 (10.00%) MCSA
3 5 (10.00%) MCSE
3 5 (10.00%) MCTS
4 1 (2.00%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.00%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (52.00%) Active Directory
2 19 (38.00%) Hyper-V
2 19 (38.00%) VMware ESXi
3 16 (32.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (28.00%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (2.00%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 19 (38.00%) HP ALM
1 19 (38.00%) McAfee ePO
2 5 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (10.00%) Netcool
3 2 (4.00%) SCCM
4 1 (2.00%) AirWatch
4 1 (2.00%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 29 (58.00%) Microsoft
2 20 (40.00%) Citrix
2 20 (40.00%) VMware
3 19 (38.00%) HP
3 19 (38.00%) McAfee
3 19 (38.00%) Veritas
4 14 (28.00%) Ivanti
5 4 (8.00%) Cisco
5 4 (8.00%) Sun
6 1 (2.00%) Arqiva
6 1 (2.00%) IBM
6 1 (2.00%) Remedy
6 1 (2.00%) ServiceNow