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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 59 71 43
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -28
Contract jobs citing SLA 79 61 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 2.74% 2.19% 3.69%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.38% 36.09% 47.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 22 20
Average daily rate
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£255 £244 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -11.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £139 £127 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £369 £424 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £304 £275
% change year-on-year
-1.23% +10.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 12
Average hourly rate £24.25 £127.50 £11.35
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-80.98% +1023.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.85 £127.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.65 £127.50 £14.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.75 £14.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year
-1.78% +16.66%
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
244 169 171
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 8.47% 6.06% 7.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 101 78
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £225 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £510 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £370 £330
% change year-on-year
+2.70% +12.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 16
Average hourly rate £26.00 £113.50 £11.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-77.09% +872.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.20 £113.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.20 £124.70 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £16.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.12% -17.50%

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 4 March 2015.

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 4 March 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
Newbury +18 33 £260 -35.00% 1
Reading +3 21 £155 -48.50% 11
Bracknell +12 11 £475 - 1
Slough -6 4 - - 4
Windsor - - - -
Wokingham - - - - 2
Maidenhead - - - -
SLA
South East

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, 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 67 (42.68%) Telecoms
2 55 (35.03%) ITIL
3 43 (27.39%) Active Directory
4 42 (26.75%) Microsoft
5 40 (25.48%) Windows
6 34 (21.66%) Security Cleared
7 32 (20.38%) MS Excel
8 29 (18.47%) 4G
9 28 (17.83%) Windows 7
10 27 (17.20%) Analytical Skills
10 27 (17.20%) Service Delivery
11 26 (16.56%) 3G
12 24 (15.29%) Ericsson
13 23 (14.65%) Degree
13 23 (14.65%) SC Cleared
14 22 (14.01%) DV Cleared
14 22 (14.01%) LTE
15 21 (13.38%) 2G
16 20 (12.74%) HP
17 19 (12.10%) Microsoft Certification
17 19 (12.10%) Finance
18 17 (10.83%) MCSE
19 16 (10.19%) GSM
19 16 (10.19%) Internet
20 15 (9.55%) Remedy
20 15 (9.55%) Cisco
20 15 (9.55%) MS Office
20 15 (9.55%) Incident Management
21 14 (8.92%) MCP
22 13 (8.28%) VPN

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, 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 5 (3.18%) SharePoint
2 3 (1.91%) IIS
3 2 (1.27%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (0.64%) MTS
4 1 (0.64%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 32 (20.38%) MS Excel
2 15 (9.55%) MS Office
3 13 (8.28%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.91%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.64%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 29 (18.47%) 4G
2 26 (16.56%) 3G
3 22 (14.01%) LTE
4 21 (13.38%) 2G
5 16 (10.19%) GSM
5 16 (10.19%) Internet
6 13 (8.28%) VPN
7 12 (7.64%) UMTS
7 12 (7.64%) WAN
7 12 (7.64%) Wireless
8 11 (7.01%) Radio Access Network
9 10 (6.37%) TCP/IP
9 10 (6.37%) Broadband
10 8 (5.10%) ADSL
10 8 (5.10%) Ethernet
10 8 (5.10%) DNS
11 7 (4.46%) LAN
11 7 (4.46%) Firewall
12 6 (3.82%) SMS
13 5 (3.18%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.55%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.91%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (1.27%) IDOL
3 2 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2000
3 2 (1.27%) EDRMS
3 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.64%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.64%) PerformancePoint
4 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.64%) QlikView
4 1 (0.64%) OLAP
4 1 (0.64%) DTS
4 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.64%) CorVu
Development Applications
1 1 (0.64%) Axure RP
1 1 (0.64%) InstallShield
1 1 (0.64%) Visual Studio
General
1 67 (42.68%) Telecoms
2 19 (12.10%) Finance
3 8 (5.10%) Retail
4 7 (4.46%) Billing
5 4 (2.55%) Law
5 4 (2.55%) Marketing
6 3 (1.91%) Legal
7 2 (1.27%) Back Office
8 1 (0.64%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.64%) Banking
Job Titles
1 21 (13.38%) Support Engineer
2 19 (12.10%) Analyst
3 15 (9.55%) 2nd Line Support
4 11 (7.01%) Service Desk Team Leader
4 11 (7.01%) Team Leader
5 10 (6.37%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 8 (5.10%) Escalation Manager
7 7 (4.46%) Incident Manager
7 7 (4.46%) Technical Engineer
7 7 (4.46%) Data Analyst
7 7 (4.46%) Administrator
7 7 (4.46%) Field Engineer
8 6 (3.82%) Billing Analyst
9 5 (3.18%) Coordinator
9 5 (3.18%) Delivery Manager
9 5 (3.18%) Project Manager
9 5 (3.18%) Project Coordinator
9 5 (3.18%) Hardware Engineer
10 4 (2.55%) Procurement Manager
10 4 (2.55%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.91%) WAP
2 2 (1.27%) LAMP
3 1 (0.64%) .NET
3 1 (0.64%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.64%) Web Services
3 1 (0.64%) XML
3 1 (0.64%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.64%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.64%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 27 (17.20%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (2.55%) Management Information System
2 4 (2.55%) Computer Science
3 3 (1.91%) Mobile App
3 3 (1.91%) Clustering
4 2 (1.27%) Blackberry
5 1 (0.64%) Internet of Things
5 1 (0.64%) Machine to Machine
5 1 (0.64%) iPhone
5 1 (0.64%) Visualisation
5 1 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (0.64%) PMI
5 1 (0.64%) Statistics
5 1 (0.64%) PDA
5 1 (0.64%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 40 (25.48%) Windows
2 28 (17.83%) Windows 7
3 8 (5.10%) Linux
3 8 (5.10%) UNIX
3 8 (5.10%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (4.46%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (3.82%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (2.55%) Windows XP
6 4 (2.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.64%) Android
7 1 (0.64%) Windows 2000
7 1 (0.64%) Solaris
7 1 (0.64%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (35.03%) ITIL
2 27 (17.20%) Service Delivery
3 15 (9.55%) Incident Management
4 13 (8.28%) Configuration Management
5 12 (7.64%) Problem Management
6 11 (7.01%) Change Management
6 11 (7.01%) Project Management
7 10 (6.37%) PRINCE2
8 9 (5.73%) Logistics
9 8 (5.10%) Root Cause Analysis
10 7 (4.46%) Network Management
10 7 (4.46%) Fault Management
10 7 (4.46%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (3.82%) Stakeholder Engagement
11 6 (3.82%) Mentoring
12 5 (3.18%) Continuous Improvement
12 5 (3.18%) Change Control
12 5 (3.18%) Release Management
12 5 (3.18%) PRINCE
12 5 (3.18%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (5.73%) SQL
2 4 (2.55%) VBA
3 1 (0.64%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.64%) Shell Script
3 1 (0.64%) T-SQL
3 1 (0.64%) VBScript
3 1 (0.64%) VB
3 1 (0.64%) C
3 1 (0.64%) C#
3 1 (0.64%) Java
3 1 (0.64%) Perl
Qualifications
1 34 (21.66%) Security Cleared
2 23 (14.65%) Degree
2 23 (14.65%) SC Cleared
3 22 (14.01%) DV Cleared
4 19 (12.10%) Microsoft Certification
5 17 (10.83%) MCSE
6 14 (8.92%) MCP
7 12 (7.64%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (7.64%) CCNA
8 9 (5.73%) HND
9 6 (3.82%) CCNP
10 3 (1.91%) RHCSA
10 3 (1.91%) VCP4
10 3 (1.91%) CCSP
10 3 (1.91%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (1.91%) HNC
10 3 (1.91%) CCSE
10 3 (1.91%) CCSA
11 2 (1.27%) MCTS
11 2 (1.27%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.91%) QA
1 3 (1.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.64%) P3O
System Software
1 43 (27.39%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.27%) VMware Workstation
2 2 (1.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.64%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.64%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 7 (4.46%) Netcool
2 6 (3.82%) SCCM
2 6 (3.82%) NSN NetAct
3 4 (2.55%) NetBackup
3 4 (2.55%) Nagios
4 3 (1.91%) Cisco Prime
4 3 (1.91%) OpenView
5 1 (0.64%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.64%) XenMobile
5 1 (0.64%) WhatsUp Gold
5 1 (0.64%) SCOM
5 1 (0.64%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.64%) Netcool/Proviso
5 1 (0.64%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 1 (0.64%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.64%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.64%) CiscoWorks
5 1 (0.64%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 42 (26.75%) Microsoft
2 24 (15.29%) Ericsson
3 20 (12.74%) HP
4 15 (9.55%) Remedy
4 15 (9.55%) Cisco
5 13 (8.28%) Symantec
6 12 (7.64%) Citrix
7 8 (5.10%) Huawei
7 8 (5.10%) Nortel
8 7 (4.46%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 7 (4.46%) Nokia
9 5 (3.18%) F5
9 5 (3.18%) Red Hat
9 5 (3.18%) VMware
10 4 (2.55%) Altiris
11 3 (1.91%) Fujitsu
11 3 (1.91%) Actix
11 3 (1.91%) Crossbeam
11 3 (1.91%) Radware
11 3 (1.91%) CheckPoint
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