Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 816 817 767
Rank change year-on-year +1 -50 +1
Contract jobs citing PDA 53 26 112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.052% 0.027% 0.10%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.16% 0.083% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 20 70
UK median daily rate £170 £90 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +88.89% -43.66% -15.92%
10th Percentile £90 £90 £87
90th Percentile £425 £287 £343
UK excluding London median daily rate £170 £260 £298
% change year-on-year -34.62% -12.61% +32.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 10
UK median hourly rate £19.00 - £17.10
10th Percentile £16.90 - £9.00
90th Percentile £19.50 - £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 - £13.63

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 33,895 31,187 35,078
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.38% 32.73% 32.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,683 20,358 22,599
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £245
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,010 1,108 1,317
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -2.44% +17.14%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.32 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.68 £47.56 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +15.79% -5.00% +18.17%

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 20 February 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 13 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 20 February 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
England -15 36 £235 +67.86% 15
UK excluding London +13 26 £170 -34.62% 16
South East - 18 £170 - 5
London -17 14 £425 +203.57% 3
Wales - 2 - - 1
South West - 2 - - 1
Scotland -15 1 £90 -65.38% 2
North of England - 1 - - 1
East of England - 1 - - 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1
East Midlands - 1 - - 1
Midlands - 1 - - 4
North West - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 18 (33.96%) Windows
2 15 (28.30%) Microsoft
2 15 (28.30%) Active Directory
3 14 (26.42%) SMS
4 13 (24.53%) Windows 10
5 11 (20.75%) Video Conferencing
5 11 (20.75%) Windows 7
5 11 (20.75%) Internet
6 10 (18.87%) Degree
7 9 (16.98%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (16.98%) Smartphone
7 9 (16.98%) SLA
8 8 (15.09%) Visual Studio
8 8 (15.09%) Scrum
8 8 (15.09%) Office 365
8 8 (15.09%) Windows 8
9 7 (13.21%) Functional Testing
9 7 (13.21%) Scenario Testing
9 7 (13.21%) Android
9 7 (13.21%) Test Automation
9 7 (13.21%) Incident Management
9 7 (13.21%) Publishing
9 7 (13.21%) Service Management
9 7 (13.21%) Microsoft Certification
9 7 (13.21%) Java
10 6 (11.32%) DNS
10 6 (11.32%) DHCP
10 6 (11.32%) TCP/IP
10 6 (11.32%) Blackberry
10 6 (11.32%) Logistics

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 6 (11.32%) Skype for Business
2 5 (9.43%) MS Exchange
3 2 (3.77%) Confluence
3 2 (3.77%) IBM Notes
3 2 (3.77%) MQSeries
3 2 (3.77%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.89%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.89%) Acrobat
2 1 (1.89%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 8 (15.09%) Office 365
2 5 (9.43%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 14 (26.42%) SMS
2 11 (20.75%) Internet
3 6 (11.32%) DHCP
3 6 (11.32%) DNS
3 6 (11.32%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.89%) LAN
4 1 (1.89%) VPN
4 1 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.89%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.89%) Big Data
1 1 (1.89%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 8 (15.09%) Visual Studio
2 6 (11.32%) Appium
2 6 (11.32%) Selenium
3 5 (9.43%) JMeter
3 5 (9.43%) Selendroid
4 3 (5.66%) Cucumber
4 3 (5.66%) LoadRunner
4 3 (5.66%) Rational Rose
5 2 (3.77%) JIRA
5 2 (3.77%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.89%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (13.21%) Publishing
2 3 (5.66%) Retail
3 2 (3.77%) Finance
4 1 (1.89%) Banking
Job Titles
1 34 (64.15%) Analyst
2 16 (30.19%) Desktop Support
3 12 (22.64%) Desktop Analyst
3 12 (22.64%) Help Desk Analyst
4 10 (18.87%) Service Desk Analyst
5 9 (16.98%) Service Analyst
6 7 (13.21%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 7 (13.21%) IT Analyst
6 7 (13.21%) Support Analyst
7 5 (9.43%) Desktop Engineer
7 5 (9.43%) IT Engineer
7 5 (9.43%) Support Engineer
8 4 (7.55%) Business Analyst
8 4 (7.55%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
8 4 (7.55%) Test Automation Specialist
8 4 (7.55%) Test Specialist
9 3 (5.66%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 3 (5.66%) Field Engineer
10 2 (3.77%) Applications Specialist
10 2 (3.77%) Mobile Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.55%) Gherkin
2 3 (5.66%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 11 (20.75%) Video Conferencing
2 9 (16.98%) Smartphone
3 6 (11.32%) Blackberry
3 6 (11.32%) Driving Licence
4 4 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (5.66%) Client/Server
5 3 (5.66%) Mobile App
6 2 (3.77%) User Experience
7 1 (1.89%) Algorithms
7 1 (1.89%) iPad
7 1 (1.89%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (1.89%) NHS
7 1 (1.89%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 18 (33.96%) Windows
2 13 (24.53%) Windows 10
3 11 (20.75%) Windows 7
4 8 (15.09%) Windows 8
5 7 (13.21%) Android
6 2 (3.77%) Linux
7 1 (1.89%) Windows Embedded Compact
7 1 (1.89%) Windows Vista
7 1 (1.89%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (16.98%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (15.09%) Scrum
3 7 (13.21%) Functional Testing
3 7 (13.21%) Incident Management
3 7 (13.21%) Scenario Testing
3 7 (13.21%) Service Management
3 7 (13.21%) Test Automation
4 6 (11.32%) Logistics
5 5 (9.43%) API Testing
5 5 (9.43%) ITIL
5 5 (9.43%) Kanban
5 5 (9.43%) Regression Testing
6 4 (7.55%) TDD
6 4 (7.55%) Validation
7 3 (5.66%) BDD
7 3 (5.66%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (5.66%) Open Source
7 3 (5.66%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (5.66%) Test Scripting
7 3 (5.66%) UML
Programming Languages
1 7 (13.21%) Java
2 4 (7.55%) Python
2 4 (7.55%) SQL
3 3 (5.66%) Ruby
4 2 (3.77%) C#
5 1 (1.89%) Scala
Qualifications
1 10 (18.87%) Degree
2 7 (13.21%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (9.43%) MCDST
4 4 (7.55%) SC Cleared
4 4 (7.55%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.77%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.89%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (16.98%) SLA
2 1 (1.89%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 15 (28.30%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.89%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 5 (9.43%) SCCM
2 1 (1.89%) AirWatch
2 1 (1.89%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 1 (1.89%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 15 (28.30%) Microsoft
2 3 (5.66%) Cisco
2 3 (5.66%) Sun
3 2 (3.77%) HP
3 2 (3.77%) Lotus
4 1 (1.89%) Arqiva
4 1 (1.89%) Citrix
4 1 (1.89%) Hortonworks
4 1 (1.89%) Remedy
4 1 (1.89%) VMware