The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 22 September 2014 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 51 35 28
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -7
Contract jobs citing SLA 79 126 162
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 3.22% 4.91% 5.12%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.24% 53.85% 55.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 25 32
Average daily rate
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£300 £260 £271
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -4.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £113 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £395 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
-11.29% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 5 4
Average hourly rate £20.54 £15.75 £12.69
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.38% +24.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.30 £12.70 £10.39
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £18.82 £30.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.88 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+0.78% +5.83%
SLA
South East

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 Berkshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
218 234 291
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 8.89% 9.12% 9.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 79 88
Average daily rate £400 £328 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.95% +9.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £209 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £353 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.38% -3.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 7 11
Average hourly rate £20.54 £14.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+41.62% -27.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £10.90 £10.39
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £18.73 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 22 September 2014.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

SLA
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 22 September 2014. 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
Reading -5 39 £300 +20.00% 7
Bracknell +2 6 £180 - 3
Slough -4 6 £275 -29.03% 6
Newbury - 4 £425 - 1
Maidenhead - 2 £375 - 1
Windsor - - - -
Wokingham - - - -
SLA
South East

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire 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 55 (33.74%) ITIL
1 55 (33.74%) Telecoms
2 45 (27.61%) Windows
3 41 (25.15%) Microsoft
4 37 (22.70%) Security Cleared
5 34 (20.86%) MS Excel
5 34 (20.86%) Active Directory
6 29 (17.79%) Degree
7 28 (17.18%) Workflow
8 27 (16.56%) 3G
9 26 (15.95%) LTE
10 24 (14.72%) SC Cleared
10 24 (14.72%) 4G
11 22 (13.50%) Cisco
11 22 (13.50%) Finance
12 21 (12.88%) SQL
13 18 (11.04%) MS Office
14 17 (10.43%) SQL Server
14 17 (10.43%) ITSM
15 16 (9.82%) Remedy
15 16 (9.82%) Microsoft Certification
15 16 (9.82%) Windows Server 2003
15 16 (9.82%) Network Architecture
16 15 (9.20%) Analytical Skills
16 15 (9.20%) Service Delivery
17 14 (8.59%) 2G
17 14 (8.59%) SQL Server 2005
17 14 (8.59%) Incident Management
17 14 (8.59%) DV Cleared
17 14 (8.59%) Computer Science

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire 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 (7.36%) SharePoint
2 10 (6.13%) SharePoint Server
3 8 (4.91%) IBM Notes
4 3 (1.84%) MS Exchange
4 3 (1.84%) IIS
5 2 (1.23%) Lync
5 2 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.61%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.61%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.61%) WebLogic
Applications
1 34 (20.86%) MS Excel
2 18 (11.04%) MS Office
3 5 (3.07%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.84%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.61%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (7.36%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (4.29%) Remedy AR System
3 2 (1.23%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.61%) SAP APO
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle E-Business Tax
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle TCA
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.61%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 27 (16.56%) 3G
2 26 (15.95%) LTE
3 24 (14.72%) 4G
4 14 (8.59%) 2G
5 11 (6.75%) LDAP
5 11 (6.75%) SMS
5 11 (6.75%) WAN
6 10 (6.13%) LAN
7 8 (4.91%) Firewall
8 7 (4.29%) RANAP
8 7 (4.29%) Internet
8 7 (4.29%) GGSN
8 7 (4.29%) SGSN
9 6 (3.68%) Wireless
9 6 (3.68%) TCP/IP
9 6 (3.68%) DNS
9 6 (3.68%) SAN
10 5 (3.07%) UMTS
10 5 (3.07%) Broadband
10 5 (3.07%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (10.43%) SQL Server
2 14 (8.59%) SQL Server 2005
3 10 (6.13%) IDOL
4 7 (4.29%) OLAP
4 7 (4.29%) DTS
5 5 (3.07%) Data Mining
6 4 (2.45%) SQL Server 2000
6 4 (2.45%) EDRMS
6 4 (2.45%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.61%) Essbase
7 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 10 (6.13%) Visual Studio
General
1 55 (33.74%) Telecoms
2 22 (13.50%) Finance
3 4 (2.45%) Back Office
3 4 (2.45%) Marketing
4 2 (1.23%) Billing
4 2 (1.23%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.61%) Games
5 1 (0.61%) Military
5 1 (0.61%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 29 (17.79%) Analyst
2 17 (10.43%) Support Analyst
3 12 (7.36%) Architect
4 11 (6.75%) Developer
4 11 (6.75%) Design Engineer
5 10 (6.13%) Service Manager
5 10 (6.13%) Incident Manager
5 10 (6.13%) SharePoint Developer
6 9 (5.52%) 2nd Line Support
7 8 (4.91%) Support Engineer
7 8 (4.91%) Consultant
7 8 (4.91%) Team Leader
8 7 (4.29%) Remedy Analyst
8 7 (4.29%) Service Desk Team Leader
9 6 (3.68%) Administrator
10 5 (3.07%) Network Engineer
10 5 (3.07%) Technical Support
10 5 (3.07%) Technical Analyst
10 5 (3.07%) Service Desk Analyst
10 5 (3.07%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (6.75%) .NET
2 10 (6.13%) ASP.NET
2 10 (6.13%) Web Services
2 10 (6.13%) XML
2 10 (6.13%) .NET Framework
3 8 (4.91%) Windows SharePoint Services
4 3 (1.84%) WAP
5 1 (0.61%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (0.61%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.20%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (8.59%) Computer Science
3 9 (5.52%) GIS
4 6 (3.68%) Clustering
5 5 (3.07%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.84%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.84%) Statistics
7 2 (1.23%) PKI
7 2 (1.23%) Fat Client
7 2 (1.23%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.23%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.23%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.61%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.61%) Tandem
8 1 (0.61%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.61%) Economics
8 1 (0.61%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 45 (27.61%) Windows
2 16 (9.82%) Windows Server 2003
3 13 (7.98%) UNIX
4 11 (6.75%) Windows 7
5 3 (1.84%) Windows XP
6 2 (1.23%) Linux
6 2 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.23%) Windows 2000 Server
6 2 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.61%) AIX
7 1 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (33.74%) ITIL
2 28 (17.18%) Workflow
3 17 (10.43%) ITSM
4 16 (9.82%) Network Architecture
5 15 (9.20%) Service Delivery
6 14 (8.59%) Incident Management
7 13 (7.98%) Problem Management
7 13 (7.98%) Service Management
8 10 (6.13%) Web Development
9 9 (5.52%) Asset Management
9 9 (5.52%) Data Management
9 9 (5.52%) Document Management
10 8 (4.91%) Change Management
10 8 (4.91%) Configuration Management
10 8 (4.91%) Project Management
11 7 (4.29%) Load Balancing
12 6 (3.68%) Root Cause Analysis
12 6 (3.68%) Capacity Management
12 6 (3.68%) Kalman Filter
12 6 (3.68%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 21 (12.88%) SQL
2 11 (6.75%) C#
3 8 (4.91%) T-SQL
4 7 (4.29%) Shell Script
5 5 (3.07%) VBA
6 2 (1.23%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.23%) C
6 2 (1.23%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.23%) C++
6 2 (1.23%) Java
7 1 (0.61%) Perl
7 1 (0.61%) VBScript
7 1 (0.61%) Python
Qualifications
1 37 (22.70%) Security Cleared
2 29 (17.79%) Degree
3 24 (14.72%) SC Cleared
4 16 (9.82%) Microsoft Certification
5 14 (8.59%) DV Cleared
6 12 (7.36%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (6.75%) CCNA
8 7 (4.29%) CCNP
8 7 (4.29%) MCSE
9 6 (3.68%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (3.07%) MCP
10 5 (3.07%) MCTS
11 4 (2.45%) CCENT
12 3 (1.84%) CCSE
12 3 (1.84%) CCSP
12 3 (1.84%) CCSA
12 3 (1.84%) Novell Certification
13 2 (1.23%) CNA
13 2 (1.23%) MCSA
14 1 (0.61%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.61%) QA
2 1 (0.61%) BS25999
System Software
1 34 (20.86%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.84%) XenApp
3 2 (1.23%) NLBS
3 2 (1.23%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (0.61%) Oracle RAC
4 1 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.61%) OCFS2
4 1 (0.61%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 3 (1.84%) OpenView
1 3 (1.84%) Netcool
1 3 (1.84%) SCOM
2 2 (1.23%) SCCM
Vendors
1 41 (25.15%) Microsoft
2 22 (13.50%) Cisco
3 16 (9.82%) Remedy
4 12 (7.36%) Citrix
4 12 (7.36%) Ericsson
5 11 (6.75%) Juniper
5 11 (6.75%) BMC
5 11 (6.75%) Oracle
6 10 (6.13%) Meridio
7 9 (5.52%) HP
8 8 (4.91%) Lotus
8 8 (4.91%) Huawei
9 7 (4.29%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 7 (4.29%) Symantec
9 7 (4.29%) Nortel
10 6 (3.68%) CheckPoint
11 5 (3.07%) F5
12 3 (1.84%) Crossbeam
12 3 (1.84%) Radware
12 3 (1.84%) VMware
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