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 16 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 44 66 54
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -12
Contract jobs citing SLA 23 10 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.91% 1.07% 2.39%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.35% 14.71% 45.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 13
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-72.36% +26.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £376 £91
10% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £418 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-15.38% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 0
Average hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.88% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
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
57 68 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 7.22% 7.28% 5.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 28 28
Average daily rate £375 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £319 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £551 £429 £368
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £363
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 2
Average hourly rate £17.00 £27.03 £49.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.10% -45.72%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+11.42% -18.60%

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 16 September 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
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 16 September 2014.

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 16 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
Warrington +8 16 £100 - 1
Crewe - 4 - - 2
Knutsford +8 1 - - 1
Macclesfield - - - - 2
Northwich - - - - 1
Runcorn - - - -
Widnes - - - -
Wilmslow - - - - 4
Daresbury - - - -
Chester - - - - 1
SLA
North West

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 30 (65.22%) ITIL
2 24 (52.17%) Service Management
3 23 (50.00%) Security Cleared
4 21 (45.65%) SC Cleared
5 18 (39.13%) Microsoft
5 18 (39.13%) HP
6 15 (32.61%) MS Office
7 14 (30.43%) MS Excel
8 13 (28.26%) MCP
8 13 (28.26%) IBM Notes
8 13 (28.26%) OpenView
8 13 (28.26%) Lotus
8 13 (28.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 11 (23.91%) Service Delivery
10 10 (21.74%) Finance
11 9 (19.57%) Telecoms
12 7 (15.22%) Active Directory
12 7 (15.22%) Windows
12 7 (15.22%) Problem Management
12 7 (15.22%) ITIL V3
12 7 (15.22%) Analytical Skills
13 6 (13.04%) Banking
13 6 (13.04%) Incident Management
14 5 (10.87%) VPN
15 4 (8.70%) Configuration Management
15 4 (8.70%) Change Management
15 4 (8.70%) Cisco
15 4 (8.70%) Symantec
15 4 (8.70%) Resource Management
15 4 (8.70%) CMDB

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 13 (28.26%) IBM Notes
2 2 (4.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (2.17%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 15 (32.61%) MS Office
2 14 (30.43%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.17%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 5 (10.87%) VPN
2 3 (6.52%) Firewall
3 2 (4.35%) Wireless
3 2 (4.35%) TCP/IP
4 1 (2.17%) 2G
4 1 (2.17%) Network Security
4 1 (2.17%) LTE
4 1 (2.17%) 4G
4 1 (2.17%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (2.17%) 3G
4 1 (2.17%) VoIP
4 1 (2.17%) HTTP
General
1 10 (21.74%) Finance
2 9 (19.57%) Telecoms
3 6 (13.04%) Banking
4 2 (4.35%) Retail
4 2 (4.35%) Billing
4 2 (4.35%) Investment Banking
5 1 (2.17%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.17%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 27 (58.70%) Analyst
2 16 (34.78%) Service Analyst
2 16 (34.78%) Service Desk Analyst
3 7 (15.22%) Operations Manager
4 5 (10.87%) Desktop Support
5 4 (8.70%) 1st Line Support
6 3 (6.52%) Support Analyst
6 3 (6.52%) Help Desk Analyst
6 3 (6.52%) Service Manager
6 3 (6.52%) Desktop Engineer
6 3 (6.52%) Help Desk Support
6 3 (6.52%) Service Operations Manager
7 2 (4.35%) Desktop Analyst
7 2 (4.35%) Senior Desktop Engineer
7 2 (4.35%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 2 (4.35%) 2nd Line Support
7 2 (4.35%) Junior
8 1 (2.17%) Coordinator
8 1 (2.17%) Project Manager
8 1 (2.17%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.35%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 7 (15.22%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.70%) CMDB
3 3 (6.52%) Fat Client
3 3 (6.52%) Thin Client
4 1 (2.17%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.17%) Reference Data
4 1 (2.17%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 7 (15.22%) Windows
2 4 (8.70%) Windows 7
3 3 (6.52%) Windows XP
3 3 (6.52%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (6.52%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.17%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (65.22%) ITIL
2 24 (52.17%) Service Management
3 11 (23.91%) Service Delivery
4 7 (15.22%) Problem Management
4 7 (15.22%) ITIL V3
5 6 (13.04%) Incident Management
6 4 (8.70%) Change Management
6 4 (8.70%) Configuration Management
6 4 (8.70%) Mentoring
6 4 (8.70%) Coaching
6 4 (8.70%) Customer Engagement
6 4 (8.70%) Resource Management
7 3 (6.52%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (4.35%) Quality Management
8 2 (4.35%) Web Development
8 2 (4.35%) Supplier Management
8 2 (4.35%) PRINCE
8 2 (4.35%) Change Control
8 2 (4.35%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.52%) C
2 2 (4.35%) VB
2 2 (4.35%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 23 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 21 (45.65%) SC Cleared
3 13 (28.26%) MCP
4 2 (4.35%) PMP
4 2 (4.35%) PMI Certification
4 2 (4.35%) Degree
4 2 (4.35%) BC Cleared
5 1 (2.17%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 7 (15.22%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.17%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 13 (28.26%) OpenView
1 13 (28.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (4.35%) Norton AntiVirus
2 2 (4.35%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 2 (4.35%) SCCM
2 2 (4.35%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 18 (39.13%) Microsoft
1 18 (39.13%) HP
2 13 (28.26%) Lotus
3 4 (8.70%) Symantec
3 4 (8.70%) Cisco
4 3 (6.52%) Citrix
4 3 (6.52%) CA
5 1 (2.17%) Ericsson
5 1 (2.17%) Dell
5 1 (2.17%) Huawei
5 1 (2.17%) MobileIron