Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 801 854 805
Rank change year-on-year +53 -49 -15
Contract jobs citing PDA 74 30 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.075% 0.028% 0.083%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.22% 0.085% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 18 60
UK median daily rate £90 £240 £140
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -62.50% +71.43% -11.11%
UK excluding London median daily rate £143 £250 £298
% change year-on-year -43.00% -15.97% +65.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 8
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £19.25 £14.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.88% +36.28% +2.73%
10th Percentile £14.20 £17.08 £10.70
90th Percentile £17.00 £20.23 £26.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £19.25 £13.75
% change year-on-year - +40.00% +1.85%

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 33347 35358 37028
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.57% 33.30% 32.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 22047 23176 23428
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £240
90th Percentile £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 993 1199 1462
UK median hourly rate £20.94 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.68% +5.26% +1.60%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.71 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.05 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.21 £20.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -1.41% +13.89% -2.70%

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 21 October 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 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 21 October 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 +57 38 £225 -6.25%
UK excluding London +54 24 £143 -43.00%
London +15 19 £275 -42.11%
South East - 12 £170 -
Scotland +18 3 £90 -65.38%
North of England - 3 - -
East of England -20 2 £138 -
South West - 2 - -
Wales - 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 - -
Midlands +30 1 - -
North West - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 41 (55.41%) Microsoft
2 34 (45.95%) Active Directory
3 24 (32.43%) Windows
4 22 (29.73%) MS Exchange
5 21 (28.38%) Microsoft Certification
5 21 (28.38%) Incident Management
6 19 (25.68%) MCDST
6 19 (25.68%) DHCP
6 19 (25.68%) TCP/IP
6 19 (25.68%) DNS
7 17 (22.97%) Windows 7
7 17 (22.97%) Analytical Skills
8 16 (21.62%) Office 365
9 15 (20.27%) SLA
10 14 (18.92%) Degree
10 14 (18.92%) Windows 10
11 12 (16.22%) Skype for Business
11 12 (16.22%) Internet
12 11 (14.86%) Microsoft Office
12 11 (14.86%) Agile Software Development
13 9 (12.16%) Service Management
13 9 (12.16%) SMS
14 8 (10.81%) Visual Studio
14 8 (10.81%) Blackberry
14 8 (10.81%) Scrum
14 8 (10.81%) Smartphone
14 8 (10.81%) Windows 8
15 7 (9.46%) Test Automation
15 7 (9.46%) JIRA
15 7 (9.46%) Video Conferencing

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 22 (29.73%) MS Exchange
2 12 (16.22%) Skype for Business
3 5 (6.76%) Confluence
4 2 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (2.70%) IBM Notes
4 2 (2.70%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.35%) Apache Spark
5 1 (1.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.35%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (14.86%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (5.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (4.05%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (2.70%) Acrobat
4 2 (2.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (2.70%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (2.70%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.70%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.35%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 16 (21.62%) Office 365
2 2 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.35%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.35%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 19 (25.68%) DHCP
1 19 (25.68%) DNS
1 19 (25.68%) TCP/IP
2 12 (16.22%) Internet
3 9 (12.16%) SMS
4 3 (4.05%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (2.70%) LAN
5 2 (2.70%) VPN
5 2 (2.70%) WAN
5 2 (2.70%) WebEx
5 2 (2.70%) WLAN
6 1 (1.35%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.41%) Big Data
2 2 (2.70%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.35%) DB2
3 1 (1.35%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.35%) SAP BW
3 1 (1.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (10.81%) Visual Studio
2 7 (9.46%) JIRA
3 6 (8.11%) LoadRunner
4 5 (6.76%) Cucumber
5 4 (5.41%) Appium
6 2 (2.70%) JMeter
7 1 (1.35%) Jenkins
7 1 (1.35%) Maven
General
1 7 (9.46%) Publishing
2 5 (6.76%) Finance
3 4 (5.41%) Banking
4 1 (1.35%) Billing
Job Titles
1 55 (74.32%) Analyst
2 29 (39.19%) Help Desk Analyst
3 17 (22.97%) Service Desk Analyst
4 15 (20.27%) Desktop Support
5 14 (18.92%) Service Analyst
6 11 (14.86%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
7 9 (12.16%) Desktop Analyst
8 8 (10.81%) IT Analyst
8 8 (10.81%) Support Engineer
9 5 (6.76%) Desktop Engineer
9 5 (6.76%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 5 (6.76%) Support Analyst
10 4 (5.41%) Automation Analyst
10 4 (5.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 4 (5.41%) Test Analyst
11 3 (4.05%) Help Desk Support
11 3 (4.05%) Help Desk Support Engineer
11 3 (4.05%) Mobile Test Analyst
11 3 (4.05%) Network Engineer
11 3 (4.05%) Service Desk Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.76%) Gherkin
2 1 (1.35%) .NET
2 1 (1.35%) AngularJS
2 1 (1.35%) IBM Integration Bus
2 1 (1.35%) Node.js
2 1 (1.35%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 17 (22.97%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (10.81%) Blackberry
2 8 (10.81%) Smartphone
3 7 (9.46%) Video Conferencing
4 5 (6.76%) Driving Licence
5 4 (5.41%) Mobile App
5 4 (5.41%) Mobile Banking
6 3 (4.05%) Data Centre
7 2 (2.70%) AS400
7 2 (2.70%) NHS
7 2 (2.70%) User Experience
8 1 (1.35%) Algorithms
8 1 (1.35%) Client/Server
8 1 (1.35%) DataPower
8 1 (1.35%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 24 (32.43%) Windows
2 17 (22.97%) Windows 7
3 14 (18.92%) Windows 10
4 8 (10.81%) Windows 8
5 5 (6.76%) Windows XP
6 3 (4.05%) Android
6 3 (4.05%) Mac OS X
6 3 (4.05%) Windows Server
7 2 (2.70%) Windows 2000
7 2 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (2.70%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (2.70%) Windows Vista
8 1 (1.35%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (28.38%) Incident Management
2 11 (14.86%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (12.16%) Service Management
4 8 (10.81%) Scrum
5 7 (9.46%) Test Automation
6 6 (8.11%) ITIL
7 5 (6.76%) Functional Testing
7 5 (6.76%) Non-Functional Testing
7 5 (6.76%) Performance Testing
7 5 (6.76%) Scenario Testing
7 5 (6.76%) TDD
8 4 (5.41%) BDD
8 4 (5.41%) Business Transformation
8 4 (5.41%) Data Transformation
8 4 (5.41%) Data Validation
8 4 (5.41%) ITSM
8 4 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (5.41%) Test Strategy
8 4 (5.41%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (5.41%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (9.46%) Java
2 2 (2.70%) Python
2 2 (2.70%) Scala
2 2 (2.70%) SQL
3 1 (1.35%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.35%) VBA
Qualifications
1 21 (28.38%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (25.68%) MCDST
3 14 (18.92%) Degree
4 4 (5.41%) SC Cleared
4 4 (5.41%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.70%) CCNP
5 2 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (2.70%) MCP
5 2 (2.70%) MCSA
5 2 (2.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (20.27%) SLA
2 1 (1.35%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 34 (45.95%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.70%) Terminal Services
4 1 (1.35%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 5 (6.76%) SCCM
2 4 (5.41%) DameWare
2 4 (5.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (2.70%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 2 (2.70%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (1.35%) Hadoop YARN
4 1 (1.35%) MAILsweeper
4 1 (1.35%) SCOM
Vendors
1 41 (55.41%) Microsoft
2 6 (8.11%) HP
3 3 (4.05%) Cisco
3 3 (4.05%) VMware
4 2 (2.70%) Adobe
4 2 (2.70%) Bomgar
4 2 (2.70%) Lotus
4 2 (2.70%) Remedy
4 2 (2.70%) Symantec
5 1 (1.35%) CheckPoint
5 1 (1.35%) Citrix
5 1 (1.35%) Clearswift
5 1 (1.35%) CommVault
5 1 (1.35%) Hortonworks
5 1 (1.35%) IBM
5 1 (1.35%) Oracle
5 1 (1.35%) SAP
5 1 (1.35%) Siebel
5 1 (1.35%) Sophos
5 1 (1.35%) TIBCO