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 3 months to 22 June 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 587 627 604
Rank change year-on-year +40 -23  
Contract jobs citing PDA 28 18 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.060% 0.033% 0.069%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.18% 0.10% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 9 26
Median daily rate £90 £260 £135
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -65.38% +92.59%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £260 £135
% change year-on-year -65.38% +92.59%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 5
Median hourly rate £15.00 £19.25 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.07% +32.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.20 £18.65 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.80 £19.85 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £19.25 £13.50
% change year-on-year - +42.59%  

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

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 15523 17976 17815
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 33.12% 33.34% 31.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 10081 11797 11169
Median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.02% +3.53%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 497 589 658
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +18.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.39 £47.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.75 £18.69
% change year-on-year +9.89% +21.72%  

PDA
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing PDA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

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 3 months to 22 June 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 12 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 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +50 10 £138 -60.71% 2
London +17 5 £375 - 1
South East +23 3 £110 -68.57%
East of England -3 2 £138 -
Epsom - 2 £110 -
Surrey - 2 £110 -
Thurrock - 1 £138 -
Hampshire - 1 - -
Essex - 1 £138 -
Bedfordshire - 1 £138 -
Bedford - 1 £138 -
Basingstoke - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 36 (73.47%) Microsoft
2 20 (40.82%) Active Directory
2 20 (40.82%) SLA
3 19 (38.78%) TCP/IP
4 18 (36.73%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (32.65%) DNS
5 16 (32.65%) DHCP
5 16 (32.65%) MS Exchange
5 16 (32.65%) MCDST
6 14 (28.57%) Incident Management
6 14 (28.57%) Degree
6 14 (28.57%) Office 365
7 13 (26.53%) Analytical Skills
8 12 (24.49%) Skype for Business
8 12 (24.49%) Windows
9 10 (20.41%) Microsoft Office
10 9 (18.37%) Windows 7
11 8 (16.33%) Data Centre
12 7 (14.29%) Blackberry
13 6 (12.24%) ITIL
14 5 (10.20%) Windows XP
14 5 (10.20%) Service Management
14 5 (10.20%) Symantec
14 5 (10.20%) Billing
15 4 (8.16%) Agile Software Development
15 4 (8.16%) Security Cleared
15 4 (8.16%) Java
16 3 (6.12%) Norton AntiVirus
16 3 (6.12%) Citrix
16 3 (6.12%) Back Office

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 16 (32.65%) MS Exchange
2 12 (24.49%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.04%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (20.41%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.04%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 14 (28.57%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 19 (38.78%) TCP/IP
2 16 (32.65%) DHCP
2 16 (32.65%) DNS
3 2 (4.08%) LAN
3 2 (4.08%) WAN
3 2 (4.08%) WLAN
4 1 (2.04%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.04%) Big Data
1 1 (2.04%) Data Lake
1 1 (2.04%) DataStage
1 1 (2.04%) IBM InfoSphere
1 1 (2.04%) NoSQL
1 1 (2.04%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (2.04%) RDBMS
1 1 (2.04%) Relational Database
1 1 (2.04%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.04%) JIRA
1 1 (2.04%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (10.20%) Billing
2 3 (6.12%) Back Office
2 3 (6.12%) Banking
2 3 (6.12%) Publishing
3 1 (2.04%) Finance
3 1 (2.04%) Legal
3 1 (2.04%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 36 (73.47%) Analyst
2 28 (57.14%) Help Desk Analyst
3 13 (26.53%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
4 6 (12.24%) Desktop Support
4 6 (12.24%) Support Engineer
5 5 (10.20%) Service Analyst
5 5 (10.20%) Service Desk Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) Deskside Engineer
6 3 (6.12%) Deskside Support
6 3 (6.12%) Deskside Support Engineer
7 2 (4.08%) 1st Line Engineer
7 2 (4.08%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) Cisco Engineer
7 2 (4.08%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 2 (4.08%) Desktop Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) Network Engineer
7 2 (4.08%) Service Desk Engineer
7 2 (4.08%) Support Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.04%) .NET
1 1 (2.04%) J2EE
1 1 (2.04%) JSP
1 1 (2.04%) ODBC
1 1 (2.04%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (26.53%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (16.33%) Data Centre
3 7 (14.29%) Blackberry
4 3 (6.12%) Driving Licence
5 2 (4.08%) AS400
5 2 (4.08%) NHS
5 2 (4.08%) Smartphone
6 1 (2.04%) IVR
6 1 (2.04%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 12 (24.49%) Windows
2 9 (18.37%) Windows 7
3 5 (10.20%) Windows XP
4 2 (4.08%) Mac OS X
5 1 (2.04%) AIX
5 1 (2.04%) Android
5 1 (2.04%) Linux
5 1 (2.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (2.04%) Unix
5 1 (2.04%) Windows 10
5 1 (2.04%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (28.57%) Incident Management
2 6 (12.24%) ITIL
3 5 (10.20%) Service Management
4 4 (8.16%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (6.12%) Problem Management
5 3 (6.12%) Scrum
6 2 (4.08%) Change Management
6 2 (4.08%) ITIL V2
6 2 (4.08%) ITSM
6 2 (4.08%) Line Management
6 2 (4.08%) PRINCE2
7 1 (2.04%) Analytics
7 1 (2.04%) Continuous Delivery
7 1 (2.04%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (2.04%) E-Commerce
7 1 (2.04%) ETL
7 1 (2.04%) Migration
7 1 (2.04%) Performance Testing
7 1 (2.04%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (2.04%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.16%) Java
2 1 (2.04%) Bash Shell
2 1 (2.04%) Shell Script
2 1 (2.04%) SQL
2 1 (2.04%) UniBasic
2 1 (2.04%) VB
2 1 (2.04%) VB6
2 1 (2.04%) VBA
Qualifications
1 18 (36.73%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (32.65%) MCDST
3 14 (28.57%) Degree
4 4 (8.16%) Security Cleared
5 3 (6.12%) SC Cleared
6 2 (4.08%) CCNP
6 2 (4.08%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (4.08%) MCP
6 2 (4.08%) MCSA
6 2 (4.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (2.04%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (40.82%) SLA
2 1 (2.04%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.04%) QA
System Software
1 20 (40.82%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.08%) Terminal Services
2 2 (4.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (6.12%) Norton AntiVirus
2 2 (4.08%) Cisco CUCM
2 2 (4.08%) DameWare
Vendors
1 36 (73.47%) Microsoft
2 5 (10.20%) Symantec
3 3 (6.12%) Citrix
4 2 (4.08%) Cisco
4 2 (4.08%) VMware
5 1 (2.04%) Altiris
5 1 (2.04%) IBM
5 1 (2.04%) Redback