The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 113 113 130
Rank change year-on-year
0 +17
Contract jobs citing SLA 921 901 699
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.82% 1.75% 1.59%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.19% 21.98% 20.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 453 387 321
Average daily rate
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£313 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £120 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £470 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £300
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 94 82
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.00 £9.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.41 £22.80 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £11.75
% change year-on-year
- +27.65%
SLA
UK

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 England region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
3972 4100 3405
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 7.85% 7.98% 7.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2396 2525 2042
Average daily rate £406 £400 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% -4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £365 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.10% +10.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 168 145
Average hourly rate £21.55 £18.31 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.72% -3.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.21 £11.00 £10.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £51.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.03 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+22.36% +5.88%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in England

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in England

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the England region over the 3 months to 17 April 2015.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in England

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in England

SLA
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the England region over the 3 months to 17 April 2015.

SLA Hourly Rate Histogram in England

SLA
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the England region over the 3 months to 17 April 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
London -7 271 £350 -6.29% 82
South East -6 236 £306 +7.45% 83
West Midlands -3 75 £215 -33.84% 30
South West -4 73 £306 -6.00% 26
Yorkshire +5 69 £140 -58.82% 28
North West -23 63 £229 +3.50% 30
East Midlands +28 62 £355 +10.93% 14
East of England +21 59 £250 +68.06% 27
North East +7 10 £300 -13.35% 5
Midlands - - - -
SLA
UK

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 669 (38.05%) ITIL
2 531 (30.20%) Windows
3 409 (23.27%) Microsoft
4 341 (19.40%) Active Directory
5 301 (17.12%) MS Office
6 294 (16.72%) Finance
7 283 (16.10%) Service Delivery
8 281 (15.98%) Service Management
9 270 (15.36%) MS Excel
10 251 (14.28%) Telecoms
11 216 (12.29%) Security Cleared
12 209 (11.89%) Change Management
13 199 (11.32%) Windows 7
14 189 (10.75%) Citrix
15 184 (10.47%) Cisco
16 179 (10.18%) Incident Management
17 175 (9.95%) Analytical Skills
18 167 (9.50%) SC Cleared
19 159 (9.04%) VMware
20 149 (8.48%) Windows Server 2008
21 143 (8.13%) HP
22 132 (7.51%) SQL
23 131 (7.45%) Project Management
24 128 (7.28%) Problem Management
25 127 (7.22%) Line Management
26 126 (7.17%) MS Exchange
27 117 (6.66%) Firewall
28 115 (6.54%) Windows XP
28 115 (6.54%) Cisco Certification
29 105 (5.97%) Degree

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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
1 126 (7.17%) MS Exchange
2 86 (4.89%) SharePoint
3 56 (3.19%) IIS
4 53 (3.01%) IBM Notes
5 36 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2010
6 29 (1.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 25 (1.42%) Lync
8 20 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2003
9 15 (0.85%) WebLogic
10 13 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2007
10 13 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
11 12 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
11 12 (0.68%) WebSphere
12 11 (0.63%) CMS
13 10 (0.57%) Lotus Domino
14 9 (0.51%) Oracle Workflow
15 8 (0.46%) Tomcat
16 7 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
16 7 (0.40%) WorkSite
16 7 (0.40%) OpenStack
Applications
1 301 (17.12%) MS Office
2 270 (15.36%) MS Excel
3 41 (2.33%) MS Visio
4 32 (1.82%) MS PowerPoint
5 17 (0.97%) MS Project
6 3 (0.17%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.057%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.057%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.057%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 21 (1.19%) Oracle EBS
2 17 (0.97%) Oracle General Ledger
3 16 (0.91%) Oracle Payables
3 16 (0.91%) Oracle Receivables
4 15 (0.85%) Oracle EBS R12
5 14 (0.80%) Oracle Applications
6 10 (0.57%) assyst
7 7 (0.40%) Oracle E-Business Tax
8 6 (0.34%) Oracle iProcurement
8 6 (0.34%) Oracle Financials
9 5 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
9 5 (0.28%) Oracle Internet Expenses
9 5 (0.28%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
10 4 (0.23%) SAP BPC
10 4 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
10 4 (0.23%) SAP FI
10 4 (0.23%) SAP QM
10 4 (0.23%) SAP Retail
10 4 (0.23%) Oracle Assets
11 3 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 21 (1.19%) Office 365
2 18 (1.02%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (0.51%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (0.28%) SaaS
4 5 (0.28%) IaaS
5 4 (0.23%) PaaS
5 4 (0.23%) Google Apps
6 3 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
7 2 (0.11%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.11%) Joyent
8 1 (0.057%) GitHub
8 1 (0.057%) Boomi
8 1 (0.057%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.057%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.057%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 117 (6.66%) Firewall
2 103 (5.86%) LAN
3 96 (5.46%) GSM
4 94 (5.35%) WAN
5 92 (5.23%) Radio Access Network
6 89 (5.06%) UMTS
7 85 (4.84%) VPN
8 79 (4.49%) DNS
9 75 (4.27%) Ethernet
10 65 (3.70%) RNC
11 64 (3.64%) Wireless
11 64 (3.64%) 3G
11 64 (3.64%) ATM
12 63 (3.58%) SDH
13 62 (3.53%) TCP/IP
14 59 (3.36%) SAN
15 56 (3.19%) DHCP
16 55 (3.13%) Internet
17 49 (2.79%) 2G
18 48 (2.73%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (4.04%) SQL Server
2 26 (1.48%) Oracle Reports
3 22 (1.25%) Crystal Reports
4 20 (1.14%) Oracle Database
5 18 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
6 15 (0.85%) Relational Database
7 13 (0.74%) SAP BW
8 12 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
9 10 (0.57%) Oracle BI Publisher
9 10 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
10 9 (0.51%) RDBMS
10 9 (0.51%) MySQL
11 8 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 8 (0.46%) SQL Server 2005
12 6 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (0.34%) Big Data
13 5 (0.28%) Oracle Database 12c
13 5 (0.28%) Oracle BI EE
13 5 (0.28%) SQLPlus
13 5 (0.28%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 10 (0.57%) Oracle Forms
1 10 (0.57%) JIRA
1 10 (0.57%) Git (software)
1 10 (0.57%) Subversion
2 9 (0.51%) Ant
3 6 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.34%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.17%) Hudson
4 3 (0.17%) Maven
4 3 (0.17%) InstallShield
4 3 (0.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 3 (0.17%) WinDbg
4 3 (0.17%) Visual Studio
4 3 (0.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 3 (0.17%) Toad
5 2 (0.11%) MSI
5 2 (0.11%) JUnit
5 2 (0.11%) Oracle APEX
5 2 (0.11%) FitNesse
5 2 (0.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 294 (16.72%) Finance
2 251 (14.28%) Telecoms
3 53 (3.01%) Banking
4 40 (2.28%) Retail
5 37 (2.10%) Legal
6 26 (1.48%) Marketing
7 25 (1.42%) Manufacturing
8 24 (1.37%) Law
8 24 (1.37%) Financial Institution
9 21 (1.19%) Games
10 16 (0.91%) Investment Banking
11 15 (0.85%) Billing
11 15 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
12 14 (0.80%) Back Office
13 12 (0.68%) General Ledger
14 10 (0.57%) French Language
15 8 (0.46%) Local Government
15 8 (0.46%) Advertising
16 7 (0.40%) Automotive
17 3 (0.17%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 445 (25.31%) Analyst
2 197 (11.21%) Service Analyst
3 165 (9.39%) Service Desk Analyst
4 157 (8.93%) Service Manager
5 152 (8.65%) Support Engineer
6 142 (8.08%) Support Analyst
7 90 (5.12%) 2nd Line Support
8 80 (4.55%) Desktop Support
9 78 (4.44%) Field Engineer
10 75 (4.27%) Delivery Manager
11 69 (3.92%) 1st Line Support
11 69 (3.92%) Services Delivery Manager
12 63 (3.58%) Network Engineer
13 62 (3.53%) Consultant
14 57 (3.24%) Administrator
15 53 (3.01%) Team Leader
16 46 (2.62%) Desktop Engineer
17 40 (2.28%) Developer
17 40 (2.28%) Incident Manager
18 39 (2.22%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (1.88%) .NET
2 30 (1.71%) Web Services
3 20 (1.14%) HTML
4 18 (1.02%) J2EE
5 17 (0.97%) XML
6 15 (0.85%) SOAP
7 12 (0.68%) CSS
7 12 (0.68%) Middleware
8 9 (0.51%) XMPP
8 9 (0.51%) Application Packaging
9 7 (0.40%) JNDI
9 7 (0.40%) JDBC
9 7 (0.40%) JMS
10 6 (0.34%) EDI
10 6 (0.34%) ASP.NET
10 6 (0.34%) Spring
10 6 (0.34%) .NET Framework
11 5 (0.28%) LAMP
11 5 (0.28%) jQuery
11 5 (0.28%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 175 (9.95%) Analytical Skills
2 80 (4.55%) Management Information System
3 67 (3.81%) Blackberry
4 40 (2.28%) NHS
5 31 (1.76%) Statistics
6 27 (1.54%) Clustering
7 22 (1.25%) Hedge funds
8 20 (1.14%) CMDB
9 19 (1.08%) Online Games
10 18 (1.02%) Computer Science
11 17 (0.97%) User Experience
11 17 (0.97%) Replication
12 11 (0.63%) Thin Client
12 11 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
12 11 (0.63%) Fat Client
13 10 (0.57%) Mobile App
13 10 (0.57%) Mainframe
14 8 (0.46%) PDA
14 8 (0.46%) iPad
14 8 (0.46%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 531 (30.20%) Windows
2 199 (11.32%) Windows 7
3 149 (8.48%) Windows Server 2008
4 115 (6.54%) Windows XP
5 88 (5.01%) Linux
6 82 (4.66%) UNIX
7 74 (4.21%) Windows Server 2003
8 67 (3.81%) Windows 8
9 52 (2.96%) Windows Server 2012
10 25 (1.42%) Windows 2000
11 21 (1.19%) Windows NT
11 21 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 20 (1.14%) Windows Vista
13 18 (1.02%) Android
14 16 (0.91%) HPUX
15 14 (0.80%) Solaris
16 13 (0.74%) Windows 2000 Server
17 10 (0.57%) Apple iOS
18 9 (0.51%) AIX
19 7 (0.40%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 669 (38.05%) ITIL
2 283 (16.10%) Service Delivery
3 281 (15.98%) Service Management
4 209 (11.89%) Change Management
5 179 (10.18%) Incident Management
6 131 (7.45%) Project Management
7 128 (7.28%) Problem Management
8 127 (7.22%) Line Management
9 99 (5.63%) Agile Software Development
10 77 (4.38%) Configuration Management
11 75 (4.27%) Stakeholder Management
12 74 (4.21%) WFM
13 70 (3.98%) PRINCE2
14 69 (3.92%) Disaster Recovery
15 68 (3.87%) ITSM
16 64 (3.64%) Root Cause Analysis
17 62 (3.53%) Coaching
18 60 (3.41%) ITIL V3
19 57 (3.24%) Continuous Improvement
19 57 (3.24%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 132 (7.51%) SQL
2 44 (2.50%) PowerShell
3 41 (2.33%) Java
4 31 (1.76%) Shell Script
5 28 (1.59%) PL/SQL
6 22 (1.25%) JavaScript
7 15 (0.85%) Perl
8 14 (0.80%) C#
9 12 (0.68%) VB
9 12 (0.68%) Bash Shell
10 11 (0.63%) VBScript
11 10 (0.57%) C
12 9 (0.51%) Ruby
13 7 (0.40%) Python
13 7 (0.40%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
13 7 (0.40%) PHP
14 6 (0.34%) VBA
14 6 (0.34%) VB.NET
15 5 (0.28%) Korn
16 4 (0.23%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 216 (12.29%) Security Cleared
2 167 (9.50%) SC Cleared
3 115 (6.54%) Cisco Certification
4 105 (5.97%) Degree
5 104 (5.92%) Microsoft Certification
6 103 (5.86%) ITIL Certification
7 77 (4.38%) MCSE
8 76 (4.32%) CCNA
9 64 (3.64%) CCNP
9 64 (3.64%) MCP
10 46 (2.62%) DV Cleared
11 35 (1.99%) MCSA
12 24 (1.37%) A+ Certification
13 18 (1.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 17 (0.97%) CCIE
15 16 (0.91%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 15 (0.85%) Network+ Certification
17 14 (0.80%) CISSP
18 13 (0.74%) PMI Certification
18 13 (0.74%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (2.56%) QA
2 13 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 6 (0.34%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.11%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.11%) COBIT
5 2 (0.11%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.057%) P3O
6 1 (0.057%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.057%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 341 (19.40%) Active Directory
2 80 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (1.54%) XenApp
3 27 (1.54%) vSphere
4 25 (1.42%) Hyper-V
4 25 (1.42%) VMware ESX
5 20 (1.14%) XenDesktop
6 13 (0.74%) vCloud
6 13 (0.74%) Firmware
7 11 (0.63%) Microsoft App-V
8 10 (0.57%) Terminal Server
8 10 (0.57%) ISA Server
9 9 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
10 8 (0.46%) Terminal Services
11 7 (0.40%) NFS
12 6 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
13 5 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 5 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
13 5 (0.28%) Oracle Clusterware
14 4 (0.23%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 60 (3.41%) SCCM
2 39 (2.22%) OpenView
3 32 (1.82%) SCOM
4 23 (1.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 16 (0.91%) OVSD
5 16 (0.91%) Puppet
6 11 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
7 10 (0.57%) RANCID
8 8 (0.46%) NSN NetAct
9 7 (0.40%) Backup Exec
9 7 (0.40%) Netcool
9 7 (0.40%) Nagios
9 7 (0.40%) CA Single Sign-On
10 6 (0.34%) ARCserve
10 6 (0.34%) DameWare
10 6 (0.34%) Oracle RMAN
10 6 (0.34%) BladeLogic
10 6 (0.34%) XenMobile
11 5 (0.28%) Cisco Prime
11 5 (0.28%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 409 (23.27%) Microsoft
2 189 (10.75%) Citrix
3 184 (10.47%) Cisco
4 159 (9.04%) VMware
5 143 (8.13%) HP
6 100 (5.69%) Ericsson
7 81 (4.61%) Oracle
8 77 (4.38%) Remedy
9 71 (4.04%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 61 (3.47%) SAP
11 53 (3.01%) Lotus
12 43 (2.45%) F5
13 37 (2.10%) Juniper
14 32 (1.82%) Dell
15 30 (1.71%) Symantec
16 28 (1.59%) IBM
17 27 (1.54%) Red Hat
18 26 (1.48%) CheckPoint
19 23 (1.31%) SolarWinds
20 21 (1.19%) Altiris
Wokingham, Berkshire
Ashdown IT
Rate: £13 - £15 per hour
Posted: 20 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Connectus
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Newbury, Berkshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridgeshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £300 - 350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Teddington, Middlesex
Haymarket Media Group
Rate: Dependent on Experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
TEKsystems
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
Gold Group
Rate: £10 - £14 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £21.55 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 3 days ago
Romford, Essex
Kyna Associates
Rate: £190 - £210 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: Market related
Posted: 3 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £15 - £20 per hour + Uplift
Posted: 3 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Reco Group
Rate: From £550 to £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago