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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 117 127 112
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -15
Contract jobs citing SLA 906 759 807
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.83% 1.62% 1.82%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.67% 21.76% 24.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 475 363 298
Average daily rate
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£290 £315 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.93% +2.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £119 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £499 £477 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £300 £275
% change year-on-year
-8.33% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 69 111
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £27.55 £27.42
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.94 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-7.10% -6.25%
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
3828 3488 3301
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 7.72% 7.45% 7.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 2428 2123 1932
Average daily rate £400 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £371 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 167 125 221
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.60% -15.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.90 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -16.27%

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 24 December 2014.

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 24 December 2014.

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 24 December 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
London +43 296 £350 +0.07% 76
South East -3 248 £300 -9.09% 64
North West +18 86 £170 -37.03% 20
East of England -3 67 £275 +8.91% 21
Yorkshire +12 63 £325 +13.04% 26
South West -12 62 £250 -3.84% 23
West Midlands +3 48 £195 -36.58% 16
East Midlands -11 23 £110 -26.66% 15
North East -19 12 £425 -15.00% 6
SLA
UK

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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.

1 697 (38.28%) ITIL
2 645 (35.42%) Windows
3 512 (28.12%) Microsoft
4 427 (23.45%) Active Directory
5 345 (18.95%) MS Excel
6 322 (17.68%) Security Cleared
7 304 (16.69%) Service Delivery
8 300 (16.47%) MS Office
9 283 (15.54%) Finance
10 278 (15.27%) Service Management
11 230 (12.63%) Telecoms
11 230 (12.63%) Cisco
11 230 (12.63%) SC Cleared
12 228 (12.52%) Windows 7
13 222 (12.19%) VMware
14 201 (11.04%) Citrix
15 197 (10.82%) Analytical Skills
16 196 (10.76%) Incident Management
17 186 (10.21%) HP
18 179 (9.83%) Change Management
19 169 (9.28%) SQL
19 169 (9.28%) Windows Server 2008
20 166 (9.12%) Windows XP
21 149 (8.18%) MS Exchange
22 144 (7.91%) Firewall
23 134 (7.36%) Blackberry
24 133 (7.30%) Problem Management
25 132 (7.25%) DNS
26 124 (6.81%) VMware Infrastructure
27 117 (6.43%) Linux

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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
1 149 (8.18%) MS Exchange
2 109 (5.99%) SharePoint
3 72 (3.95%) IBM Notes
4 64 (3.51%) IIS
5 53 (2.91%) Exchange Server 2010
6 49 (2.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 39 (2.14%) Exchange Server 2003
8 30 (1.65%) Lync
9 25 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2007
10 21 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
11 20 (1.10%) Apache
12 18 (0.99%) WebLogic
13 16 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
13 16 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
14 14 (0.77%) Lotus Domino
15 12 (0.66%) SharePoint Server
15 12 (0.66%) Oracle Workflow
16 11 (0.60%) WorkSite
17 10 (0.55%) CMS
18 9 (0.49%) WebSphere
Applications
1 345 (18.95%) MS Excel
2 300 (16.47%) MS Office
3 40 (2.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 38 (2.09%) MS Visio
5 18 (0.99%) MS Project
6 7 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.11%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 25 (1.37%) Oracle EBS
2 20 (1.10%) Oracle Applications
3 19 (1.04%) Remedy ITSM
4 16 (0.88%) Oracle EBS R12
5 15 (0.82%) Oracle General Ledger
5 15 (0.82%) Oracle Payables
5 15 (0.82%) Oracle Receivables
6 13 (0.71%) assyst
7 7 (0.38%) Oracle Financials
7 7 (0.38%) Oracle Assets
8 6 (0.33%) SAP Retail
9 5 (0.27%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
9 5 (0.27%) Oracle FAH
10 4 (0.22%) Oracle Cash Management
10 4 (0.22%) Oracle Internet Expenses
10 4 (0.22%) SAP HR
10 4 (0.22%) SAP FI
11 3 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
11 3 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
11 3 (0.16%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 27 (1.48%) Office 365
2 14 (0.77%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (0.55%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (0.55%) SaaS
4 3 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.11%) PaaS
5 2 (0.11%) GitHub
5 2 (0.11%) IaaS
5 2 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.055%) CloudFront
6 1 (0.055%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.055%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.055%) Taleo
6 1 (0.055%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 144 (7.91%) Firewall
2 132 (7.25%) DNS
3 105 (5.77%) DHCP
4 99 (5.44%) WAN
5 98 (5.38%) LAN
6 89 (4.89%) VPN
7 79 (4.34%) SAN
8 73 (4.01%) TCP/IP
9 65 (3.57%) Internet
10 62 (3.40%) 3G
11 47 (2.58%) Wireless
11 47 (2.58%) Cisco ASA
12 44 (2.42%) LTE
12 44 (2.42%) BGP
13 43 (2.36%) OSPF
14 42 (2.31%) 4G
15 41 (2.25%) Ethernet
16 38 (2.09%) MPLS
17 37 (2.03%) Network Security
17 37 (2.03%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (5.33%) SQL Server
2 32 (1.76%) Oracle Database
3 28 (1.54%) SQL Server 2008
4 27 (1.48%) Crystal Reports
5 23 (1.26%) Oracle Reports
6 21 (1.15%) SQL Server 2005
7 16 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
8 15 (0.82%) Relational Database
9 14 (0.77%) Data Warehouse
10 13 (0.71%) Oracle Database 10g
10 13 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 11 (0.60%) SAP BW
12 9 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 9 (0.49%) RDBMS
12 9 (0.49%) MySQL
13 7 (0.38%) Oracle Database 11g
13 7 (0.38%) SQL Server 2000
14 6 (0.33%) EDRMS
15 5 (0.27%) Oracle BI Publisher
15 5 (0.27%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 17 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
2 16 (0.88%) JIRA
3 15 (0.82%) Git (software)
4 12 (0.66%) Subversion
5 11 (0.60%) Oracle Forms
6 10 (0.55%) MSI
6 10 (0.55%) Jenkins
7 9 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 9 (0.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 8 (0.44%) Visual Studio
9 6 (0.33%) Toad
10 5 (0.27%) Ant
11 4 (0.22%) Maven
11 4 (0.22%) Hudson
12 3 (0.16%) StarTeam
12 3 (0.16%) InstallShield
12 3 (0.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 2 (0.11%) TeamCity
13 2 (0.11%) Wise Package Studio
14 1 (0.055%) WinDbg
General
1 283 (15.54%) Finance
2 230 (12.63%) Telecoms
3 49 (2.69%) Banking
4 41 (2.25%) Retail
5 37 (2.03%) Legal
6 28 (1.54%) Back Office
7 26 (1.43%) Manufacturing
7 26 (1.43%) Law
8 22 (1.21%) Marketing
9 17 (0.93%) Games
10 16 (0.88%) Investment Banking
11 14 (0.77%) General Ledger
11 14 (0.77%) French Language
11 14 (0.77%) Financial Institution
12 12 (0.66%) Billing
12 12 (0.66%) Publishing
13 11 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
14 9 (0.49%) Advertising
15 8 (0.44%) German Language
16 6 (0.33%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 477 (26.19%) Analyst
2 200 (10.98%) Service Analyst
3 166 (9.12%) Service Desk Analyst
4 163 (8.95%) Support Engineer
5 151 (8.29%) Service Manager
6 140 (7.69%) Support Analyst
7 103 (5.66%) 2nd Line Support
8 94 (5.16%) Desktop Support
9 80 (4.39%) Administrator
10 70 (3.84%) Consultant
11 62 (3.40%) Delivery Manager
12 61 (3.35%) Team Leader
13 60 (3.29%) Services Delivery Manager
14 57 (3.13%) 1st Line Support
15 52 (2.86%) Applications Support
15 52 (2.86%) Network Engineer
16 49 (2.69%) Desktop Engineer
17 44 (2.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 43 (2.36%) Systems Administrator
18 43 (2.36%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (1.59%) Web Services
2 24 (1.32%) .NET
3 21 (1.15%) XML
4 19 (1.04%) Middleware
5 18 (0.99%) HTML
6 15 (0.82%) J2EE
6 15 (0.82%) CSS
7 12 (0.66%) Application Packaging
7 12 (0.66%) jQuery
8 9 (0.49%) Java EE
8 9 (0.49%) SOAP
9 8 (0.44%) ASP.NET
10 7 (0.38%) JDBC
10 7 (0.38%) LAMP
11 6 (0.33%) .NET Framework
12 5 (0.27%) XMPP
12 5 (0.27%) JNDI
12 5 (0.27%) WAP
12 5 (0.27%) EDI
12 5 (0.27%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 197 (10.82%) Analytical Skills
2 134 (7.36%) Blackberry
3 81 (4.45%) Management Information System
4 42 (2.31%) Computer Science
5 38 (2.09%) Clustering
6 37 (2.03%) CMDB
7 36 (1.98%) Fat Client
7 36 (1.98%) Thin Client
8 32 (1.76%) Statistics
9 29 (1.59%) Video Conferencing
10 24 (1.32%) NHS
11 20 (1.10%) Replication
12 19 (1.04%) Performance Metrics
13 18 (0.99%) Mainframe
14 17 (0.93%) Online Games
15 14 (0.77%) Hedge funds
16 12 (0.66%) iPad
17 10 (0.55%) Enterprise Storage
18 9 (0.49%) Enterprise Software
18 9 (0.49%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 645 (35.42%) Windows
2 228 (12.52%) Windows 7
3 169 (9.28%) Windows Server 2008
4 166 (9.12%) Windows XP
5 117 (6.43%) Linux
6 113 (6.21%) Windows Server 2003
7 110 (6.04%) UNIX
8 52 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
9 41 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 40 (2.20%) Solaris
11 35 (1.92%) Windows Vista
12 33 (1.81%) Windows 8
13 27 (1.48%) Windows 2000
13 27 (1.48%) Windows NT
14 19 (1.04%) AIX
15 17 (0.93%) Android
16 14 (0.77%) Windows 2000 Server
17 12 (0.66%) Mac OS
18 11 (0.60%) CentOS
18 11 (0.60%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 697 (38.28%) ITIL
2 304 (16.69%) Service Delivery
3 278 (15.27%) Service Management
4 196 (10.76%) Incident Management
5 179 (9.83%) Change Management
6 133 (7.30%) Problem Management
7 98 (5.38%) Project Management
8 78 (4.28%) Configuration Management
9 77 (4.23%) Line Management
10 74 (4.06%) ITIL V3
11 66 (3.62%) PRINCE2
12 65 (3.57%) Continuous Improvement
13 64 (3.51%) ITSM
13 64 (3.51%) Migration
14 60 (3.29%) Root Cause Analysis
15 57 (3.13%) Disaster Recovery
16 52 (2.86%) Stakeholder Management
17 51 (2.80%) Load Balancing
18 50 (2.75%) Agile Software Development
19 49 (2.69%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 169 (9.28%) SQL
2 44 (2.42%) Java
3 43 (2.36%) PowerShell
4 27 (1.48%) C
5 24 (1.32%) JavaScript
6 23 (1.26%) PL/SQL
7 20 (1.10%) Shell Script
8 19 (1.04%) Perl
9 15 (0.82%) C#
10 14 (0.77%) Python
10 14 (0.77%) T-SQL
10 14 (0.77%) VBScript
11 12 (0.66%) VBA
12 10 (0.55%) VB
13 9 (0.49%) Korn
14 8 (0.44%) Bash Shell
15 7 (0.38%) Ruby
15 7 (0.38%) PHP
16 5 (0.27%) VB.NET
16 5 (0.27%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 322 (17.68%) Security Cleared
2 230 (12.63%) SC Cleared
3 115 (6.32%) Microsoft Certification
4 106 (5.82%) Cisco Certification
4 106 (5.82%) ITIL Certification
5 98 (5.38%) Degree
6 81 (4.45%) MCSE
7 67 (3.68%) DV Cleared
8 66 (3.62%) CCNA
9 64 (3.51%) MCP
10 51 (2.80%) CCNP
11 27 (1.48%) MCSA
12 24 (1.32%) A+ Certification
13 22 (1.21%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 21 (1.15%) CCIE
14 21 (1.15%) CISSP
15 13 (0.71%) CCSA
15 13 (0.71%) MOS
16 12 (0.66%) CCSE
17 11 (0.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (1.43%) QA
2 16 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 6 (0.33%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.27%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.16%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.11%) BS7799
7 2 (0.11%) BS15000
7 2 (0.11%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.055%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.055%) P3O
8 1 (0.055%) EMIR
8 1 (0.055%) GAMP
8 1 (0.055%) GxP
8 1 (0.055%) WCAG
8 1 (0.055%) WAI
8 1 (0.055%) COBIT
System Software
1 427 (23.45%) Active Directory
2 124 (6.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (2.20%) vSphere
4 32 (1.76%) VMware ESX
5 31 (1.70%) Terminal Services
6 30 (1.65%) XenApp
7 22 (1.21%) Oracle RAC
8 21 (1.15%) ISA Server
9 19 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
10 17 (0.93%) Hyper-V
11 15 (0.82%) vCloud
11 15 (0.82%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 14 (0.77%) XenDesktop
13 11 (0.60%) Terminal Server
14 10 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
15 9 (0.49%) Forefront TMG
16 8 (0.44%) NFS
17 7 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
18 5 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
18 5 (0.27%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 97 (5.33%) SCCM
2 64 (3.51%) SCOM
3 45 (2.47%) OpenView
4 35 (1.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 29 (1.59%) NetBackup
6 26 (1.43%) HP SIM
7 21 (1.15%) Backup Exec
8 20 (1.10%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 18 (0.99%) Puppet
10 17 (0.93%) Tivoli
11 13 (0.71%) Control-M
11 13 (0.71%) ARCserve
11 13 (0.71%) BladeLogic
12 12 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
12 12 (0.66%) Cisco Prime
13 11 (0.60%) Netcool
14 10 (0.55%) WSUS
15 9 (0.49%) Norton AntiVirus
15 9 (0.49%) ZABBIX
15 9 (0.49%) Nagios
Vendors
1 512 (28.12%) Microsoft
2 230 (12.63%) Cisco
3 222 (12.19%) VMware
4 201 (11.04%) Citrix
5 186 (10.21%) HP
6 112 (6.15%) Oracle
7 86 (4.72%) Remedy
8 76 (4.17%) Lotus
9 55 (3.02%) Symantec
10 52 (2.86%) SAP
11 49 (2.69%) Juniper
12 48 (2.64%) Ericsson
13 44 (2.42%) CheckPoint
14 40 (2.20%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
15 39 (2.14%) F5
16 35 (1.92%) Red Hat
17 31 (1.70%) IBM
18 30 (1.65%) Altiris
19 26 (1.43%) Dell
19 26 (1.43%) CA
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