The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 141 147 169
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +22
Contract jobs citing SLA 67 52 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 1.14% 0.90% 0.80%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.19% 10.95% 9.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 29 36
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.84% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £204 £118
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £700
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £265 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.49% -11.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 5
Average hourly rate £17.00 £14.19 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.78% -29.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £10.49 £13.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.78 £22.00 £30.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.77 £17.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-9.88% +16.66%
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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 City of London region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
508 475 602
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 8.68% 8.18% 8.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 385 338 452
Average daily rate £475 £475 £475
90% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 7
Average hourly rate £24.00 £17.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.14% -22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.60 £11.32 £13.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.50 £31.75 £36.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £20.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+5.12% +17.14%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SLA across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SLA across the City of London region.

SLA Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the City of London region over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SLA across the City of London region.

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 49 (40.16%) ITIL
2 45 (36.89%) Finance
3 41 (33.61%) Windows
4 35 (28.69%) Microsoft
5 31 (25.41%) Active Directory
6 24 (19.67%) MS Excel
6 24 (19.67%) Service Management
7 23 (18.85%) Service Delivery
8 22 (18.03%) Project Management
9 19 (15.57%) Windows 7
10 17 (13.93%) Change Management
10 17 (13.93%) Banking
11 16 (13.11%) VMware
11 16 (13.11%) Degree
12 15 (12.30%) Citrix
12 15 (12.30%) MS Office
13 14 (11.48%) Analytical Skills
14 13 (10.66%) SQL
14 13 (10.66%) MS Exchange
15 12 (9.84%) Windows XP
15 12 (9.84%) VPN
15 12 (9.84%) Firewall
15 12 (9.84%) VMware Infrastructure
16 11 (9.02%) ITSM
16 11 (9.02%) Agile Software Development
16 11 (9.02%) Blackberry
16 11 (9.02%) Java
16 11 (9.02%) Web Services
17 10 (8.20%) .NET
17 10 (8.20%) UNIX

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 (10.66%) MS Exchange
2 6 (4.92%) SharePoint
3 5 (4.10%) Tomcat
3 5 (4.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 4 (3.28%) Jetty
4 4 (3.28%) Lync
4 4 (3.28%) Node.js
5 3 (2.46%) IIS
5 3 (2.46%) JBoss
5 3 (2.46%) IBM Notes
6 2 (1.64%) CMS
6 2 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.82%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.82%) Drupal
7 1 (0.82%) nginx
7 1 (0.82%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.82%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.82%) Kentico
7 1 (0.82%) Apache
Applications
1 24 (19.67%) MS Excel
2 15 (12.30%) MS Office
3 9 (7.38%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (2.46%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.82%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.82%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.82%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 2 (1.64%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (1.64%) assyst
1 2 (1.64%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.82%) Remedy AR System
2 1 (0.82%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.82%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.64%) Office 365
2 1 (0.82%) IaaS
2 1 (0.82%) SoftLayer
2 1 (0.82%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.82%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.82%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (9.84%) VPN
1 12 (9.84%) Firewall
2 10 (8.20%) Wireless
3 8 (6.56%) LAN
4 7 (5.74%) WAN
4 7 (5.74%) DNS
4 7 (5.74%) SSL
5 6 (4.92%) Wireshark
6 5 (4.10%) Cisco ASA
6 5 (4.10%) MPLS
6 5 (4.10%) OSPF
6 5 (4.10%) SAN
7 4 (3.28%) DHCP
7 4 (3.28%) NAS
8 3 (2.46%) Cisco Nexus
8 3 (2.46%) VLAN
9 2 (1.64%) Internet
9 2 (1.64%) BGP
9 2 (1.64%) IPsec
9 2 (1.64%) RTSP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.74%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.10%) NoSQL
3 4 (3.28%) MongoDB
3 4 (3.28%) Apache Cassandra
4 3 (2.46%) Relational Database
4 3 (2.46%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (1.64%) Data Mining
5 2 (1.64%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 2 (1.64%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
5 2 (1.64%) QlikView
5 2 (1.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.64%) Oracle BI EE
5 2 (1.64%) Oracle ODI
6 1 (0.82%) MySQL
6 1 (0.82%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.82%) Redis
6 1 (0.82%) Big Data
6 1 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (4.92%) Jenkins
2 5 (4.10%) JUnit
2 5 (4.10%) JMeter
2 5 (4.10%) Cucumber
3 4 (3.28%) Gradle
3 4 (3.28%) Git (software)
3 4 (3.28%) Subversion
3 4 (3.28%) Maven
3 4 (3.28%) Mockito
4 2 (1.64%) WinDbg
5 1 (0.82%) JIRA
5 1 (0.82%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 45 (36.89%) Finance
2 17 (13.93%) Banking
3 8 (6.56%) Investment Banking
4 7 (5.74%) Marketing
5 3 (2.46%) Retail
6 2 (1.64%) Billing
6 2 (1.64%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.64%) Law
6 2 (1.64%) Legal
6 2 (1.64%) Advertising
6 2 (1.64%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.64%) Back Office
6 2 (1.64%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.82%) Front Office
7 1 (0.82%) Publishing
7 1 (0.82%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 34 (27.87%) Analyst
2 14 (11.48%) Service Manager
3 12 (9.84%) Support Analyst
4 10 (8.20%) Developer
5 9 (7.38%) 2nd Line Support
6 8 (6.56%) Service Analyst
6 8 (6.56%) Desktop Support
7 6 (4.92%) Project Manager
7 6 (4.92%) Network Engineer
7 6 (4.92%) Administrator
7 6 (4.92%) Service Desk Analyst
7 6 (4.92%) Delivery Manager
8 5 (4.10%) Java Developer
8 5 (4.10%) Services Delivery Manager
9 4 (3.28%) Support Manager
9 4 (3.28%) Desktop Engineer
9 4 (3.28%) Team Leader
9 4 (3.28%) 1st Line Support
9 4 (3.28%) Applications Support
9 4 (3.28%) Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (9.02%) Web Services
2 10 (8.20%) .NET
3 5 (4.10%) Spring
4 4 (3.28%) Guice
4 4 (3.28%) CSS
4 4 (3.28%) REST
4 4 (3.28%) AngularJS
4 4 (3.28%) HTML
5 3 (2.46%) J2EE
5 3 (2.46%) XMPP
6 2 (1.64%) Middleware
6 2 (1.64%) .NET Framework
6 2 (1.64%) WCF
6 2 (1.64%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.64%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.82%) Akka
7 1 (0.82%) Play Framework
7 1 (0.82%) Managed Extensibility Framework
7 1 (0.82%) JSP
7 1 (0.82%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 14 (11.48%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (9.02%) Blackberry
3 7 (5.74%) NHS
4 6 (4.92%) Management Information System
5 5 (4.10%) CMDB
6 4 (3.28%) Computer Science
7 3 (2.46%) iPad
8 2 (1.64%) Hedge funds
8 2 (1.64%) iPhone
8 2 (1.64%) Data Structures
8 2 (1.64%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.64%) Equities
8 2 (1.64%) Handset
9 1 (0.82%) Streaming Video
9 1 (0.82%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.82%) Smartcard
9 1 (0.82%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.82%) GIS
9 1 (0.82%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 41 (33.61%) Windows
2 19 (15.57%) Windows 7
3 12 (9.84%) Windows XP
4 10 (8.20%) UNIX
5 6 (4.92%) Windows 8
6 5 (4.10%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (4.10%) Linux
7 3 (2.46%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.64%) AIX
8 2 (1.64%) Data ONTAP
9 1 (0.82%) HPUX
9 1 (0.82%) Android
9 1 (0.82%) zOS
9 1 (0.82%) CentOS
9 1 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.82%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.82%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (40.16%) ITIL
2 24 (19.67%) Service Management
3 23 (18.85%) Service Delivery
4 22 (18.03%) Project Management
5 17 (13.93%) Change Management
6 11 (9.02%) ITSM
6 11 (9.02%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (6.56%) Root Cause Analysis
8 7 (5.74%) Problem Management
9 6 (4.92%) Incident Management
9 6 (4.92%) Scrum
9 6 (4.92%) PRINCE2
9 6 (4.92%) Coaching
10 5 (4.10%) People Management
10 5 (4.10%) WAN Optimisation
10 5 (4.10%) Performance Monitoring
10 5 (4.10%) Migration
10 5 (4.10%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (4.10%) TDD
10 5 (4.10%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 13 (10.66%) SQL
2 11 (9.02%) Java
3 7 (5.74%) JavaScript
4 6 (4.92%) C#
5 5 (4.10%) Ruby
5 5 (4.10%) Groovy
5 5 (4.10%) Scala
6 4 (3.28%) PowerShell
6 4 (3.28%) Python
7 3 (2.46%) VBA
7 3 (2.46%) VBScript
8 2 (1.64%) VB
8 2 (1.64%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.64%) PHP
8 2 (1.64%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.64%) C++
Qualifications
1 16 (13.11%) Degree
2 7 (5.74%) ITIL Certification
2 7 (5.74%) Security Cleared
2 7 (5.74%) CCNP
2 7 (5.74%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (5.74%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (3.28%) MCSE
4 3 (2.46%) MCSA
4 3 (2.46%) MCP
4 3 (2.46%) CCNA
4 3 (2.46%) MCITP
4 3 (2.46%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.46%) DV Cleared
5 2 (1.64%) CCIE
6 1 (0.82%) MCSD
6 1 (0.82%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (0.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.74%) QA
2 2 (1.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.82%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.82%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (0.82%) BS7799
System Software
1 31 (25.41%) Active Directory
2 12 (9.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (4.10%) Docker
4 3 (2.46%) XenApp
4 3 (2.46%) vSphere
4 3 (2.46%) ProxySG
5 2 (1.64%) NFS
5 2 (1.64%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.64%) VMware ESX
5 2 (1.64%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (1.64%) XenDesktop
5 2 (1.64%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.82%) DFS Replication
6 1 (0.82%) Varnish
6 1 (0.82%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 9 (7.38%) SCCM
2 5 (4.10%) Cisco CUCM
3 4 (3.28%) OPNET
4 3 (2.46%) NetBackup
4 3 (2.46%) Cisco UCCE
4 3 (2.46%) SCOM
5 2 (1.64%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.64%) Puppet
5 2 (1.64%) Cisco UCCX
5 2 (1.64%) ServiceCenter
6 1 (0.82%) Nagios
6 1 (0.82%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.82%) ZABBIX
6 1 (0.82%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (0.82%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 35 (28.69%) Microsoft
2 16 (13.11%) VMware
3 15 (12.30%) Citrix
4 10 (8.20%) Cisco
5 8 (6.56%) Oracle
5 8 (6.56%) Riverbed
6 7 (5.74%) CheckPoint
7 6 (4.92%) Symantec
7 6 (4.92%) Remedy
8 4 (3.28%) McAfee
8 4 (3.28%) Bloomberg
8 4 (3.28%) IBM
8 4 (3.28%) HP
8 4 (3.28%) SolarWinds
8 4 (3.28%) Altiris
8 4 (3.28%) ServiceNow
8 4 (3.28%) SOASTA, Inc
9 3 (2.46%) WorldPay
9 3 (2.46%) Marketo
9 3 (2.46%) F5
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