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 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 31 26 14
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -12
Contract jobs citing SLA 8 18 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 2.43% 4.63% 7.35%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 14.04% 38.30% 50.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 14 13
Average daily rate £350 £340 £255
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +33.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Average hourly rate £13.50 - £14.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.55 £13.38 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+16.22% -4.46%
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
57 47 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 17.33% 12.08% 14.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 38 28
Average daily rate £431 £425 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.47% +41.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £293 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £525 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £384 £363
% change year-on-year
+4.23% +5.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 3
Average hourly rate £40.00 £22.50 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+77.77% +55.17%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.75 £22.50 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+90.00% +31.19%

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 14 February 2016.

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 14 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +1 8 £350 -20.45% 1
SLA
East of England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 17 (68.00%) Windows
2 16 (64.00%) ITIL
3 12 (48.00%) MS Excel
3 12 (48.00%) Microsoft
3 12 (48.00%) Service Delivery
4 8 (32.00%) Change Management
5 7 (28.00%) Pharmaceutical
5 7 (28.00%) Unix
5 7 (28.00%) ITIL Certification
5 7 (28.00%) Apple
6 6 (24.00%) NHS
7 5 (20.00%) Windows 2000 Server
8 4 (16.00%) Windows 7
8 4 (16.00%) MS Office
9 3 (12.00%) CRM
9 3 (12.00%) SharePoint
9 3 (12.00%) MS Project
9 3 (12.00%) MS PowerPoint
10 2 (8.00%) Local Government
10 2 (8.00%) Time Management
10 2 (8.00%) IP Telephony
10 2 (8.00%) Disaster Recovery
10 2 (8.00%) Cisco
10 2 (8.00%) CCNP
10 2 (8.00%) VoIP
10 2 (8.00%) Active Directory
10 2 (8.00%) HP
10 2 (8.00%) Citrix
10 2 (8.00%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (8.00%) Intranet

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 3 (12.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 12 (48.00%) MS Excel
2 4 (16.00%) MS Office
3 3 (12.00%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (12.00%) MS Project
4 1 (4.00%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.00%) Internet
1 2 (8.00%) Intranet
1 2 (8.00%) IP Telephony
1 2 (8.00%) VoIP
2 1 (4.00%) BGP
2 1 (4.00%) Cisco ASA
2 1 (4.00%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (4.00%) DWDM
2 1 (4.00%) EIGRP
2 1 (4.00%) Firewall
2 1 (4.00%) HSRP
2 1 (4.00%) MPLS
2 1 (4.00%) OSPF
2 1 (4.00%) RIP
2 1 (4.00%) SSL
2 1 (4.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (4.00%) VPN
2 1 (4.00%) VRRP
2 1 (4.00%) Wireless
General
1 7 (28.00%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (8.00%) Local Government
3 1 (4.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (32.00%) Analyst
2 7 (28.00%) Subject Matter Expert
3 5 (20.00%) Support Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) IT Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) IT Support
4 3 (12.00%) IT Support Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Business Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Service Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Service Manager
6 1 (4.00%) 1st Line Support
6 1 (4.00%) Administrator
6 1 (4.00%) Cisco Network Specialist
6 1 (4.00%) Cisco Security Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Desktop Support
6 1 (4.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Junior
6 1 (4.00%) Network Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Network Security Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Service Transition Manager
6 1 (4.00%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.00%) Middleware
1 1 (4.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (24.00%) NHS
2 1 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.00%) Fat Client
2 1 (4.00%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 17 (68.00%) Windows
2 7 (28.00%) Unix
3 5 (20.00%) Windows 2000 Server
4 4 (16.00%) Windows 7
5 1 (4.00%) Windows 8
5 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (64.00%) ITIL
2 12 (48.00%) Service Delivery
3 8 (32.00%) Change Management
4 3 (12.00%) CRM
5 2 (8.00%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (8.00%) Time Management
6 1 (4.00%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (4.00%) High Availability
6 1 (4.00%) ITSM
6 1 (4.00%) Network Management
6 1 (4.00%) Operations Management
6 1 (4.00%) Project Management
6 1 (4.00%) Release Management
6 1 (4.00%) Strategic Planning
Qualifications
1 7 (28.00%) ITIL Certification
2 2 (8.00%) CCNP
2 2 (8.00%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (4.00%) CCNA
System Software
1 2 (8.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (4.00%) HP NNM
1 1 (4.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (48.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (28.00%) Apple
3 2 (8.00%) Cisco
3 2 (8.00%) Citrix
3 2 (8.00%) HP
4 1 (4.00%) Avaya
4 1 (4.00%) F5
4 1 (4.00%) Juniper
4 1 (4.00%) VMware