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 February 2016 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 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 63 43 52
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +9
Contract jobs citing SLA 9 24 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.97% 3.25% 2.71%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 11.54% 35.29% 26.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 11 4
Average daily rate £175 £110 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+59.09% -71.79%
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 5
Average hourly rate £13.75 £15.00 £15.77
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -4.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £15.00 £14.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.75 £17.80 £16.69
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £13.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -6.89%
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
78 68 91
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 8.38% 9.20% 10.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 37 48
Average daily rate £500 £350 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+42.85% -8.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £110 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £561
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 5
Average hourly rate £13.75 £15.92 £15.77
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.61% +0.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £15.00 £14.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.75 £18.00 £16.69
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £25.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+68.00% +45.77%

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
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 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -24 4 £100 -9.09%
Knutsford -3 1 - -
SLA
North West

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 34 (85.00%) ITIL
2 20 (50.00%) MS Office
3 18 (45.00%) Windows
4 15 (37.50%) Service Management
4 15 (37.50%) Microsoft
5 14 (35.00%) MS Excel
6 13 (32.50%) Problem Management
7 10 (25.00%) Coaching
7 10 (25.00%) HP
8 9 (22.50%) PMI
8 9 (22.50%) PMI Certification
8 9 (22.50%) OpenView
8 9 (22.50%) MCP
8 9 (22.50%) SCCM
8 9 (22.50%) Security Cleared
8 9 (22.50%) Mentoring
9 8 (20.00%) Service Delivery
10 7 (17.50%) DNS
10 7 (17.50%) DHCP
10 7 (17.50%) TCP/IP
11 6 (15.00%) Incident Management
11 6 (15.00%) Active Directory
11 6 (15.00%) SQL
11 6 (15.00%) Windows 7
12 5 (12.50%) System Integration Testing
12 5 (12.50%) Remote Desktop
12 5 (12.50%) HTML
12 5 (12.50%) Java
12 5 (12.50%) SAP
12 5 (12.50%) JDBC

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 2 (5.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.50%) IIS
2 1 (2.50%) Lync
Applications
1 20 (50.00%) MS Office
2 14 (35.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (10.00%) Oracle BPM
Communications & Networking
1 7 (17.50%) DHCP
1 7 (17.50%) DNS
1 7 (17.50%) TCP/IP
2 5 (12.50%) FTP
2 5 (12.50%) HTTP
2 5 (12.50%) Internet
2 5 (12.50%) Remote Desktop
2 5 (12.50%) SMTP
3 3 (7.50%) LAN
3 3 (7.50%) WAN
4 2 (5.00%) SAN
4 2 (5.00%) VoIP
4 2 (5.00%) VPN
4 2 (5.00%) Wireless
5 1 (2.50%) Firewall
5 1 (2.50%) MPLS
5 1 (2.50%) Network Security
5 1 (2.50%) Software-Defined Networking
5 1 (2.50%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.50%) SQL Server
General
1 5 (12.50%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.00%) Banking
3 1 (2.50%) Finance
3 1 (2.50%) Retail
3 1 (2.50%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 23 (57.50%) Analyst
2 18 (45.00%) Service Analyst
2 18 (45.00%) Service Desk Analyst
3 11 (27.50%) Service Desk Support
4 9 (22.50%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 8 (20.00%) Service Desk Support Analyst
6 7 (17.50%) 1st Line Support
6 7 (17.50%) 1st Line Support Analyst
7 4 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (10.00%) Desktop Support
7 4 (10.00%) Programmer
7 4 (10.00%) Support Analyst
7 4 (10.00%) webMethods Analyst
8 3 (7.50%) Analyst Programmer
8 3 (7.50%) Help Desk Analyst
8 3 (7.50%) Senior Analyst
8 3 (7.50%) Senior Analyst Programmer
8 3 (7.50%) Senior Programmer
8 3 (7.50%) Senior webMethods Analyst
8 3 (7.50%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (12.50%) HTML
1 5 (12.50%) JDBC
1 5 (12.50%) SAP XI
1 5 (12.50%) XML
2 1 (2.50%) .NET
2 1 (2.50%) Ext JS
2 1 (2.50%) jQuery
2 1 (2.50%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (22.50%) PMI
2 5 (12.50%) Device Driver
3 2 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.50%) CESG
4 1 (2.50%) Client/Server
4 1 (2.50%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.50%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 18 (45.00%) Windows
2 6 (15.00%) Windows 7
3 5 (12.50%) Linux
3 5 (12.50%) Solaris
3 5 (12.50%) Unix
3 5 (12.50%) Windows XP
4 3 (7.50%) Windows Server
4 3 (7.50%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.50%) Android
5 1 (2.50%) Apple iOS
5 1 (2.50%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (85.00%) ITIL
2 15 (37.50%) Service Management
3 13 (32.50%) Problem Management
4 10 (25.00%) Coaching
5 9 (22.50%) Mentoring
6 8 (20.00%) Service Delivery
7 6 (15.00%) Incident Management
8 5 (12.50%) Integration Testing
8 5 (12.50%) OO
8 5 (12.50%) OOP
8 5 (12.50%) System Integration Testing
8 5 (12.50%) Unit Testing
8 5 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (10.00%) ITIL V3
9 4 (10.00%) SOA
9 4 (10.00%) Supplier Management
10 2 (5.00%) Project Management
11 1 (2.50%) Change Management
11 1 (2.50%) Release Management
11 1 (2.50%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (15.00%) SQL
2 5 (12.50%) Java
3 1 (2.50%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 9 (22.50%) MCP
1 9 (22.50%) PMI Certification
1 9 (22.50%) Security Cleared
2 5 (12.50%) Degree
2 5 (12.50%) SC Cleared
3 2 (5.00%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.50%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 6 (15.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (5.00%) XenApp
2 2 (5.00%) XenDesktop
2 2 (5.00%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 9 (22.50%) OpenView
1 9 (22.50%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (37.50%) Microsoft
2 10 (25.00%) HP
3 5 (12.50%) Oracle
3 5 (12.50%) SAP
3 5 (12.50%) webMethods
4 3 (7.50%) BT
4 3 (7.50%) Cisco
4 3 (7.50%) Citrix
4 3 (7.50%) IBM
5 2 (5.00%) Avaya
5 2 (5.00%) Juniper
5 2 (5.00%) Toshiba
5 2 (5.00%) VMware
6 1 (2.50%) F5
6 1 (2.50%) ServiceNow