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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 29 63 40
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -23
Contract jobs citing SLA 32 12 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 4.46% 1.23% 2.98%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 50.00% 11.43% 47.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 1 8
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-57.69% -13.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £275 £300
% change year-on-year
-4.54% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 3
Average hourly rate £15.00 £17.15 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.53% +3.93%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £16.38
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -2.29%
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
64 105 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 8.91% 10.76% 6.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 47 25
Average daily rate £295 £340 £316
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.23% +7.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £294 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £435 £419
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -5.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 3
Average hourly rate £15.00 £31.56 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-52.46% +66.07%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -7.89%

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 21 November 2014.

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
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 21 November 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
Warrington +6 25 £110 -57.69%
Knutsford +7 1 £118 - 1
Chester - 1 - -
Crewe - - - -
Wilmslow - - - - 4
Daresbury - - - -
Macclesfield - - - - 2
Northwich - - - -
Runcorn - - - -
SLA
North West

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, 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 37 (62.71%) Service Management
2 36 (61.02%) ITIL
3 31 (52.54%) Security Cleared
4 29 (49.15%) HP
5 27 (45.76%) Microsoft
5 27 (45.76%) SC Cleared
6 25 (42.37%) MS Excel
7 22 (37.29%) MS Office
8 21 (35.59%) MCP
8 21 (35.59%) IBM Notes
8 21 (35.59%) OpenView
8 21 (35.59%) Lotus
8 21 (35.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 13 (22.03%) Telecoms
10 11 (18.64%) Service Delivery
11 10 (16.95%) Incident Management
12 9 (15.25%) Finance
13 6 (10.17%) Problem Management
13 6 (10.17%) Analytical Skills
14 5 (8.47%) ITIL V3
14 5 (8.47%) PDM
14 5 (8.47%) Windows
15 4 (6.78%) Active Directory
15 4 (6.78%) Cisco
15 4 (6.78%) Configuration Management
15 4 (6.78%) CMDB
15 4 (6.78%) Resource Management
15 4 (6.78%) Windows Server 2008
15 4 (6.78%) Customer Engagement
15 4 (6.78%) Root Cause Analysis

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, 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 21 (35.59%) IBM Notes
2 3 (5.08%) WebLogic
2 3 (5.08%) IIS
2 3 (5.08%) MS Exchange
2 3 (5.08%) Documentum
3 2 (3.39%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 25 (42.37%) MS Excel
2 22 (37.29%) MS Office
3 1 (1.69%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (5.08%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (3.39%) SAP HR
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.39%) Intranet
2 1 (1.69%) 3G
2 1 (1.69%) Firewall
2 1 (1.69%) 2G
2 1 (1.69%) Network Security
2 1 (1.69%) LTE
2 1 (1.69%) 4G
2 1 (1.69%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (1.69%) VoIP
2 1 (1.69%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.08%) SQL Server
1 3 (5.08%) BODI
1 3 (5.08%) Oracle Database
General
1 13 (22.03%) Telecoms
2 9 (15.25%) Finance
3 3 (5.08%) Banking
4 2 (3.39%) Billing
5 1 (1.69%) Dutch Language
5 1 (1.69%) German Language
Job Titles
1 37 (62.71%) Analyst
2 28 (47.46%) Service Analyst
3 27 (45.76%) Service Desk Analyst
4 7 (11.86%) Operations Manager
5 3 (5.08%) Service Manager
5 3 (5.08%) Service Operations Manager
6 2 (3.39%) Junior
6 2 (3.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (3.39%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (3.39%) Support Analyst
6 2 (3.39%) Help Desk Analyst
7 1 (1.69%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (1.69%) Coordinator
7 1 (1.69%) Project Manager
7 1 (1.69%) Desktop Support
7 1 (1.69%) Junior Project Manager
7 1 (1.69%) Bid Manager
7 1 (1.69%) Delivery Manager
7 1 (1.69%) Transition Manager
7 1 (1.69%) Junior Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.17%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (6.78%) Performance Metrics
2 4 (6.78%) CMDB
3 3 (5.08%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (3.39%) Fat Client
4 2 (3.39%) Thin Client
5 1 (1.69%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.69%) Reference Data
5 1 (1.69%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 5 (8.47%) Windows
2 4 (6.78%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (5.08%) HPUX
3 3 (5.08%) Solaris
3 3 (5.08%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (3.39%) UNIX
5 1 (1.69%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (62.71%) Service Management
2 36 (61.02%) ITIL
3 11 (18.64%) Service Delivery
4 10 (16.95%) Incident Management
5 6 (10.17%) Problem Management
6 5 (8.47%) ITIL V3
6 5 (8.47%) PDM
7 4 (6.78%) Configuration Management
7 4 (6.78%) Customer Engagement
7 4 (6.78%) Resource Management
7 4 (6.78%) Root Cause Analysis
8 3 (5.08%) Line Management
8 3 (5.08%) Time Management
8 3 (5.08%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (5.08%) Migration
9 2 (3.39%) Change Management
9 2 (3.39%) CAFM
9 2 (3.39%) TOGAF
9 2 (3.39%) Supplier Management
9 2 (3.39%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 3 (5.08%) C
Qualifications
1 31 (52.54%) Security Cleared
2 27 (45.76%) SC Cleared
3 21 (35.59%) MCP
4 2 (3.39%) BC Cleared
4 2 (3.39%) Degree
5 1 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 4 (6.78%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 21 (35.59%) OpenView
1 21 (35.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 29 (49.15%) HP
2 27 (45.76%) Microsoft
3 21 (35.59%) Lotus
4 4 (6.78%) Cisco
5 3 (5.08%) VMware
5 3 (5.08%) F5
5 3 (5.08%) Compuware
5 3 (5.08%) Oracle
5 3 (5.08%) Business Objects
6 2 (3.39%) SAP
6 2 (3.39%) Citrix
7 1 (1.69%) CA
7 1 (1.69%) Ericsson
7 1 (1.69%) Dell
7 1 (1.69%) MobileIron
7 1 (1.69%) Huawei