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 January 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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 38 46 34
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -12
Contract jobs citing SLA 26 23 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 3.52% 2.57% 4.01%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.33% 26.74% 43.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 4 3
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-71.79% +30.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £270
% change year-on-year
-3.33% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 3
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.25 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.63% -6.15%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £13.75
% change year-on-year
-6.89% +5.45%
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
60 86 71
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 8.13% 9.61% 9.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 42 20
Average daily rate £408 £345 £166
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.11% +107.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £308 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £510 £414
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 7
Average hourly rate £15.00 £42.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-64.70% +157.57%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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 January 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
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 January 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 +1 19 £110 -71.79% 3
Wilmslow - 3 £260 -
Chester +10 1 - -
Knutsford +3 1 - -
Crewe 0 1 - -
Macclesfield - - - - 1
Northwich - - - -
Runcorn - - - -
Sandbach - - - -
SLA
North West

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 33 (55.93%) Service Management
2 32 (54.24%) ITIL
3 28 (47.46%) Microsoft
3 28 (47.46%) MS Excel
4 26 (44.07%) HP
5 25 (42.37%) Security Cleared
6 24 (40.68%) MS Office
7 23 (38.98%) MCP
7 23 (38.98%) IBM Notes
7 23 (38.98%) OpenView
7 23 (38.98%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 23 (38.98%) Lotus
8 21 (35.59%) SC Cleared
9 13 (22.03%) Telecoms
10 11 (18.64%) Finance
11 9 (15.25%) Service Delivery
11 9 (15.25%) Incident Management
12 6 (10.17%) Windows
13 5 (8.47%) PDM
13 5 (8.47%) Problem Management
13 5 (8.47%) Line Management
14 4 (6.78%) Performance Metrics
14 4 (6.78%) Resource Management
14 4 (6.78%) Customer Engagement
14 4 (6.78%) ITIL V3
14 4 (6.78%) Root Cause Analysis
14 4 (6.78%) Oracle
14 4 (6.78%) IIS
15 3 (5.08%) SQL Server
15 3 (5.08%) Business Objects

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 23 (38.98%) IBM Notes
2 4 (6.78%) IIS
3 3 (5.08%) WebLogic
3 3 (5.08%) Documentum
3 3 (5.08%) SharePoint
4 2 (3.39%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.69%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.69%) iPlanet
5 1 (1.69%) WebSphere
Applications
1 28 (47.46%) MS Excel
2 24 (40.68%) MS Office
3 1 (1.69%) MS Project
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%) RNC
1 2 (3.39%) 4G
1 2 (3.39%) Radio Access Network
1 2 (3.39%) Intranet
1 2 (3.39%) Ethernet
1 2 (3.39%) ATM
1 2 (3.39%) GSM
1 2 (3.39%) SDH
1 2 (3.39%) UMTS
2 1 (1.69%) DHCP
2 1 (1.69%) LDAP
2 1 (1.69%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.69%) VPN
2 1 (1.69%) DNS
2 1 (1.69%) Internet
2 1 (1.69%) 3G
2 1 (1.69%) Network Security
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 11 (18.64%) 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 34 (57.63%) Analyst
2 30 (50.85%) Service Analyst
3 29 (49.15%) Service Desk Analyst
4 5 (8.47%) Operations Manager
5 3 (5.08%) Project Manager
6 2 (3.39%) Delivery Manager
6 2 (3.39%) Junior
6 2 (3.39%) Service Manager
6 2 (3.39%) Services Delivery Manager
6 2 (3.39%) Telecoms Project Manager
6 2 (3.39%) Field Engineer
7 1 (1.69%) Coordinator
7 1 (1.69%) Architect
7 1 (1.69%) Desktop Support
7 1 (1.69%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (1.69%) Consultant
7 1 (1.69%) Solutions Architect
7 1 (1.69%) Support Analyst
7 1 (1.69%) Help Desk Analyst
7 1 (1.69%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.69%) HTML
1 1 (1.69%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.78%) Performance Metrics
2 3 (5.08%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (3.39%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.39%) Reference Data
4 1 (1.69%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 6 (10.17%) Windows
2 3 (5.08%) HPUX
2 3 (5.08%) Solaris
2 3 (5.08%) UNIX
2 3 (5.08%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (5.08%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.69%) Linux
3 1 (1.69%) Windows 2000
3 1 (1.69%) Windows XP
3 1 (1.69%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (55.93%) Service Management
2 32 (54.24%) ITIL
3 9 (15.25%) Service Delivery
3 9 (15.25%) Incident Management
4 5 (8.47%) PDM
4 5 (8.47%) Problem Management
4 5 (8.47%) Line Management
5 4 (6.78%) Resource Management
5 4 (6.78%) Customer Engagement
5 4 (6.78%) ITIL V3
5 4 (6.78%) Root Cause Analysis
6 3 (5.08%) Time Management
6 3 (5.08%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (5.08%) TOGAF
6 3 (5.08%) Coaching
7 2 (3.39%) Service Desk Management
7 2 (3.39%) Mentoring
7 2 (3.39%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (3.39%) Migration
7 2 (3.39%) CAFM
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.39%) C
2 1 (1.69%) SQL
2 1 (1.69%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 25 (42.37%) Security Cleared
2 23 (38.98%) MCP
3 21 (35.59%) SC Cleared
4 3 (5.08%) Degree
5 2 (3.39%) BC Cleared
6 1 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 3 (5.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (3.39%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 23 (38.98%) OpenView
1 23 (38.98%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (1.69%) CA SiteMinder
Vendors
1 28 (47.46%) Microsoft
2 26 (44.07%) HP
3 23 (38.98%) Lotus
4 4 (6.78%) Oracle
5 3 (5.08%) Business Objects
5 3 (5.08%) Cisco
5 3 (5.08%) Compuware
5 3 (5.08%) F5
5 3 (5.08%) VMware
6 2 (3.39%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 2 (3.39%) Ericsson
6 2 (3.39%) SAP
7 1 (1.69%) CA
7 1 (1.69%) Sun