The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 5 May 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 58 54 48
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -6
Contract jobs citing SLA 23 20 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.30% 2.48% 2.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.38% 31.25% 39.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 2
Average daily rate
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£325 £222 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+46.39% -34.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £116 £112 £308
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £258 £368
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 4 2
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.89 £10.29
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.57% +54.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.15 £15.23 £10.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.15 £17.05 £10.52
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £12.18
% change year-on-year
+6.89% +19.09%
SLA
North West

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 Cheshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
84 64 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 8.39% 7.92% 5.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 31 13
Average daily rate £425 £330 £258
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.78% +28.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £332 £231 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £425 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £338
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +8.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 7 3
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.89 £10.58
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.57% +50.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.45 £11.00 £10.12
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.65 £31.80 £46.12
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +40.00%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 5 May 2015.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

SLA
Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 5 May 2015.

SLA Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

SLA
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 5 May 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
Warrington -11 10 £120 - 2
Crewe -1 5 - - 1
Wilmslow -2 4 £350 +150.00% 1
Nantwich - 1 - -
Alderley Edge - 1 - -
SLA
North West

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 5 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 26 (55.32%) ITIL
2 19 (40.43%) Microsoft
3 18 (38.30%) MS Office
4 17 (36.17%) MS Excel
4 17 (36.17%) OpenView
4 17 (36.17%) HP
4 17 (36.17%) Service Management
5 16 (34.04%) MCP
6 15 (31.91%) IBM Notes
6 15 (31.91%) Lotus
6 15 (31.91%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 13 (27.66%) Security Cleared
8 12 (25.53%) SC Cleared
9 11 (23.40%) Incident Management
10 10 (21.28%) Windows
11 8 (17.02%) Telecoms
12 7 (14.89%) Project Management
13 6 (12.77%) Internet
13 6 (12.77%) DNS
13 6 (12.77%) Finance
13 6 (12.77%) Device Driver
13 6 (12.77%) DHCP
13 6 (12.77%) TCP/IP
13 6 (12.77%) HTML
13 6 (12.77%) 4G
13 6 (12.77%) Coaching
14 5 (10.64%) Degree
14 5 (10.64%) MS Project
14 5 (10.64%) Quality Management
15 2 (4.26%) Change Management

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 5 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 15 (31.91%) IBM Notes
2 1 (2.13%) Tomcat
2 1 (2.13%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.13%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.13%) iPlanet
2 1 (2.13%) WebSphere
2 1 (2.13%) IIS
Applications
1 18 (38.30%) MS Office
2 17 (36.17%) MS Excel
3 5 (10.64%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Oracle Financials
Communications & Networking
1 6 (12.77%) DHCP
1 6 (12.77%) TCP/IP
1 6 (12.77%) DNS
1 6 (12.77%) Internet
1 6 (12.77%) 4G
2 2 (4.26%) Radio Access Network
2 2 (4.26%) RNC
2 2 (4.26%) Ethernet
2 2 (4.26%) ATM
2 2 (4.26%) GSM
2 2 (4.26%) SDH
2 2 (4.26%) UMTS
3 1 (2.13%) VPN
3 1 (2.13%) Network Security
3 1 (2.13%) 3G
3 1 (2.13%) LDAP
General
1 8 (17.02%) Telecoms
2 6 (12.77%) Finance
3 2 (4.26%) Banking
3 2 (4.26%) Billing
4 1 (2.13%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (2.13%) Retail
Job Titles
1 27 (57.45%) Analyst
2 26 (55.32%) Service Desk Analyst
2 26 (55.32%) Service Analyst
3 8 (17.02%) 1st Line Support
4 6 (12.77%) Project Manager
4 6 (12.77%) Telecoms Project Manager
5 3 (6.38%) Support Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Service Manager
6 2 (4.26%) Field Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (2.13%) Services Delivery Manager
7 1 (2.13%) Quality Manager
7 1 (2.13%) Project Coordinator
7 1 (2.13%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 1 (2.13%) IT Support
7 1 (2.13%) SLA Manager
7 1 (2.13%) Consultant
7 1 (2.13%) Solutions Architect
7 1 (2.13%) Desktop Support
7 1 (2.13%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (12.77%) HTML
2 1 (2.13%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.77%) Device Driver
2 2 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.13%) Thin Client
3 1 (2.13%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.13%) CMDB
3 1 (2.13%) Fat Client
3 1 (2.13%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 10 (21.28%) Windows
2 2 (4.26%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.13%) Windows 8
3 1 (2.13%) UNIX
3 1 (2.13%) Linux
3 1 (2.13%) Windows 2000
3 1 (2.13%) Windows XP
3 1 (2.13%) Windows Vista
3 1 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (55.32%) ITIL
2 17 (36.17%) Service Management
3 11 (23.40%) Incident Management
4 7 (14.89%) Project Management
5 6 (12.77%) Coaching
6 5 (10.64%) Quality Management
7 2 (4.26%) Change Management
7 2 (4.26%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (4.26%) WFM
7 2 (4.26%) Enterprise Architecture
7 2 (4.26%) Line Management
8 1 (2.13%) Mentoring
8 1 (2.13%) Requirements Analysis
8 1 (2.13%) Problem Management
8 1 (2.13%) Portfolio Management
8 1 (2.13%) Business Transformation
8 1 (2.13%) Kalman Filter
8 1 (2.13%) Zachman Framework
8 1 (2.13%) TOGAF
8 1 (2.13%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.13%) SQL
1 1 (2.13%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 16 (34.04%) MCP
2 13 (27.66%) Security Cleared
3 12 (25.53%) SC Cleared
4 5 (10.64%) Degree
5 1 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 1 (2.13%) Terminal Services
1 1 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (2.13%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 17 (36.17%) OpenView
2 15 (31.91%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (2.13%) CA Single Sign-On
3 1 (2.13%) OVSD
Vendors
1 19 (40.43%) Microsoft
2 17 (36.17%) HP
3 15 (31.91%) Lotus
4 2 (4.26%) Oracle
4 2 (4.26%) Ericsson
4 2 (4.26%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 1 (2.13%) AppSense
5 1 (2.13%) Citrix
5 1 (2.13%) CA
5 1 (2.13%) Sun