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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 49 42 55
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +13
Contract jobs citing SLA 26 24 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.63% 3.06% 1.53%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.71% 36.92% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 12 3
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£450 £168 £80
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+168.65% +109.37%
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £285 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 5 0
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.25 £17.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-12.85% +12.90%
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
82 65 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 8.29% 8.28% 4.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 32 13
Average daily rate £381 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.08% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £100 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £471 £523 £373
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 7 0
Average hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.66% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.07 £20.21 £18.75
% change year-on-year
+4.29% +7.76%

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 30 June 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 30 June 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 30 June 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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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
Warrington -8 7 - - 1
Crewe -4 5 - - 3
Chester - 5 - -
Knutsford -4 2 - - 1
Alderley Edge - 1 - -
SLA
North West

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 27 (57.45%) ITIL
2 18 (38.30%) Microsoft
3 14 (29.79%) Incident Management
4 13 (27.66%) Windows
5 12 (25.53%) MS Office
5 12 (25.53%) Service Management
5 12 (25.53%) HP
6 11 (23.40%) OpenView
7 10 (21.28%) MCP
7 10 (21.28%) MS Excel
8 9 (19.15%) DNS
8 9 (19.15%) Security Cleared
9 8 (17.02%) DHCP
9 8 (17.02%) Lotus
9 8 (17.02%) IBM Notes
9 8 (17.02%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 7 (14.89%) Device Driver
10 7 (14.89%) HTML
10 7 (14.89%) TCP/IP
10 7 (14.89%) Internet
10 7 (14.89%) SC Cleared
11 6 (12.77%) Problem Management
11 6 (12.77%) Coaching
12 5 (10.64%) SCCM
12 5 (10.64%) Telecoms
12 5 (10.64%) Project Management
13 4 (8.51%) McAfee
13 4 (8.51%) Quality Management
13 4 (8.51%) Change Management
13 4 (8.51%) MS Project

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 8 (17.02%) IBM Notes
2 1 (2.13%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 12 (25.53%) MS Office
2 10 (21.28%) MS Excel
3 4 (8.51%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.38%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (19.15%) DNS
2 8 (17.02%) DHCP
3 7 (14.89%) Internet
3 7 (14.89%) TCP/IP
4 4 (8.51%) 4G
5 1 (2.13%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (2.13%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (2.13%) MPLS
5 1 (2.13%) EIGRP
5 1 (2.13%) RNC
5 1 (2.13%) VLAN
5 1 (2.13%) NAS
5 1 (2.13%) Ethernet
5 1 (2.13%) SAN
5 1 (2.13%) ATM
5 1 (2.13%) GSM
5 1 (2.13%) SDH
5 1 (2.13%) UMTS
5 1 (2.13%) WAN
Development Applications
1 1 (2.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 5 (10.64%) Telecoms
2 3 (6.38%) Finance
2 3 (6.38%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (4.26%) Billing
4 1 (2.13%) Retail
Job Titles
1 24 (51.06%) Analyst
1 24 (51.06%) Service Desk Analyst
1 24 (51.06%) Service Analyst
2 10 (21.28%) 1st Line Support
3 4 (8.51%) Project Manager
3 4 (8.51%) Telecoms Project Manager
4 3 (6.38%) Desktop Support
5 2 (4.26%) Support Engineer
5 2 (4.26%) Consultant
5 2 (4.26%) Service Manager
5 2 (4.26%) Deskside Support
6 1 (2.13%) Environment Manager
6 1 (2.13%) Project Coordinator
6 1 (2.13%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 1 (2.13%) 2nd Line Support
6 1 (2.13%) Field Engineer
6 1 (2.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (2.13%) IT Support
6 1 (2.13%) Storage Architect
6 1 (2.13%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (14.89%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.89%) Device Driver
2 3 (6.38%) CMDB
3 2 (4.26%) iPad
3 2 (4.26%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.13%) Enterprise Storage
4 1 (2.13%) Fat Client
4 1 (2.13%) Reference Data
4 1 (2.13%) Replication
4 1 (2.13%) Thin Client
4 1 (2.13%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 13 (27.66%) Windows
2 4 (8.51%) Windows 7
3 2 (4.26%) Apple iOS
3 2 (4.26%) Linux
3 2 (4.26%) Mac OS X
4 1 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.13%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.13%) Data ONTAP
4 1 (2.13%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (57.45%) ITIL
2 14 (29.79%) Incident Management
3 12 (25.53%) Service Management
4 6 (12.77%) Problem Management
4 6 (12.77%) Coaching
5 5 (10.64%) Project Management
6 4 (8.51%) Quality Management
6 4 (8.51%) Change Management
7 3 (6.38%) Mentoring
8 2 (4.26%) Supplier Management
8 2 (4.26%) Performance Monitoring
8 2 (4.26%) Service Delivery
8 2 (4.26%) Data Protection
8 2 (4.26%) Capacity Planning
9 1 (2.13%) Portfolio Management
9 1 (2.13%) Change Control
9 1 (2.13%) Demand Management
9 1 (2.13%) Root Cause Analysis
9 1 (2.13%) Capacity Management
9 1 (2.13%) Business Transformation
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.13%) C
Qualifications
1 10 (21.28%) MCP
2 9 (19.15%) Security Cleared
3 7 (14.89%) SC Cleared
4 4 (8.51%) Degree
5 2 (4.26%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (4.26%) A+ Certification
5 2 (4.26%) MCITP
5 2 (4.26%) MCSE
5 2 (4.26%) ACSP
6 1 (2.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (2.13%) CCNP
6 1 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 3 (6.38%) BitLocker
2 2 (4.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.13%) XenApp
3 1 (2.13%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.13%) Terminal Services
3 1 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 11 (23.40%) OpenView
2 8 (17.02%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 5 (10.64%) SCCM
4 2 (4.26%) SCOM
4 2 (4.26%) Puppet
5 1 (2.13%) OVSD
Vendors
1 18 (38.30%) Microsoft
2 12 (25.53%) HP
3 8 (17.02%) Lotus
4 4 (8.51%) McAfee
5 2 (4.26%) VMware
5 2 (4.26%) AppSense
5 2 (4.26%) ServiceNow
5 2 (4.26%) Apple
5 2 (4.26%) Cisco
5 2 (4.26%) Citrix
6 1 (2.13%) Ericsson
6 1 (2.13%) NetApp
6 1 (2.13%) Veritas
6 1 (2.13%) IBM
6 1 (2.13%) Oracle
6 1 (2.13%) Brocade
6 1 (2.13%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 1 (2.13%) 3PAR
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