The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bedfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 29 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 25 14 23
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +9
Contract jobs citing SLA 20 22 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 5.21% 7.80% 1.89%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 47.62% 55.00% 12.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 14 3
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+40.77% -26.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £150 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £412 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £270
% change year-on-year
-3.33% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £14.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £13.75
% change year-on-year
-6.89% +5.45%
SLA
East of England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the Bedfordshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
42 40 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 10.94% 14.18% 14.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 26 20
Average daily rate £425 £300 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+41.66% -14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £170 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £460 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 2
Average hourly rate - £27.25 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -42.63%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SLA across the Bedfordshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SLA across the Bedfordshire region.

SLA Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SLA across the Bedfordshire region.

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

SLA
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Luton -12 10 £450 +50.00% 1
Bedford +5 5 £275 +14.58% 3
Dunstable - - - - 2
SLA
East of England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing SLA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SLA.

1 23 (57.50%) Windows
1 23 (57.50%) Microsoft
2 16 (40.00%) Active Directory
2 16 (40.00%) SCOM
3 15 (37.50%) DNS
3 15 (37.50%) DHCP
4 12 (30.00%) FTP
4 12 (30.00%) IIS
4 12 (30.00%) E-Commerce
4 12 (30.00%) PowerShell
5 11 (27.50%) MS Excel
6 10 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (22.50%) Microsoft Azure
7 9 (22.50%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (22.50%) ITIL
8 7 (17.50%) Legal
8 7 (17.50%) Database Security
9 6 (15.00%) Problem Management
9 6 (15.00%) SCCM
9 6 (15.00%) VMware
9 6 (15.00%) SQL
10 5 (12.50%) MS Office
10 5 (12.50%) IBM Notes
10 5 (12.50%) Lotus Domino
10 5 (12.50%) Citrix
10 5 (12.50%) Lotus
10 5 (12.50%) Management Information System
10 5 (12.50%) Network Design
10 5 (12.50%) MS PowerPoint
11 4 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2003

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing SLA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SLA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 12 (30.00%) IIS
2 5 (12.50%) IBM Notes
2 5 (12.50%) Lotus Domino
3 4 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2003
3 4 (10.00%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 11 (27.50%) MS Excel
2 5 (12.50%) MS Office
2 5 (12.50%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 9 (22.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (5.00%) PaaS
2 2 (5.00%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (37.50%) DNS
1 15 (37.50%) DHCP
2 12 (30.00%) FTP
3 3 (7.50%) SAN
3 3 (7.50%) TCP/IP
3 3 (7.50%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.50%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (2.50%) QlikView
General
1 7 (17.50%) Legal
2 4 (10.00%) Retail
3 3 (7.50%) Back Office
4 2 (5.00%) Finance
5 1 (2.50%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 13 (32.50%) Analyst
2 10 (25.00%) Support Analyst
2 10 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 7 (17.50%) Support Engineer
3 7 (17.50%) Web Engineer
4 6 (15.00%) Senior Analyst
5 5 (12.50%) Applications Support
5 5 (12.50%) Service Manager
5 5 (12.50%) Applications Support Analyst
5 5 (12.50%) Senior Support Analyst
6 4 (10.00%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
7 3 (7.50%) Technical Services Manager
7 3 (7.50%) Technical Manager
7 3 (7.50%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (7.50%) Web Support Engineer
8 1 (2.50%) Business Analyst
8 1 (2.50%) Server Support
8 1 (2.50%) Service Analyst
8 1 (2.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 1 (2.50%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.00%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.50%) Management Information System
2 3 (7.50%) Thin Client
2 3 (7.50%) Fat Client
3 2 (5.00%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 23 (57.50%) Windows
2 10 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 9 (22.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (10.00%) UNIX
5 3 (7.50%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (30.00%) E-Commerce
2 9 (22.50%) ITIL
3 7 (17.50%) Database Security
4 6 (15.00%) Problem Management
5 5 (12.50%) Network Design
6 4 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
6 4 (10.00%) ETL
7 3 (7.50%) Supplier Management
7 3 (7.50%) Load Balancing
7 3 (7.50%) Performance Tuning
8 2 (5.00%) ITIL V3
8 2 (5.00%) Continuous Improvement
8 2 (5.00%) Root Cause Analysis
8 2 (5.00%) Service Management
8 2 (5.00%) Service Delivery
8 2 (5.00%) Configuration Management
9 1 (2.50%) Project Management
9 1 (2.50%) Business Intelligence
9 1 (2.50%) PRINCE2
9 1 (2.50%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 12 (30.00%) PowerShell
2 6 (15.00%) SQL
3 2 (5.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 16 (40.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (7.50%) Terminal Services
2 3 (7.50%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 16 (40.00%) SCOM
2 6 (15.00%) SCCM
3 3 (7.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 23 (57.50%) Microsoft
2 6 (15.00%) VMware
3 5 (12.50%) Citrix
3 5 (12.50%) Lotus
4 4 (10.00%) Informatica
5 3 (7.50%) Cisco
5 3 (7.50%) CommVault
5 3 (7.50%) Wyse
6 1 (2.50%) Hyperion
6 1 (2.50%) Business Objects
6 1 (2.50%) Cognos