The first table below looks at the demand for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Lancashire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Lancashire region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 27 24 31
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +7
Contract jobs citing SLA 22 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 5.24% 1.44% 0.92%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 73.33% 21.43% 10.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 0
Average daily rate £225 £275 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.18% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £295
% change year-on-year
- +1.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Average hourly rate £19.50 £19.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.63% +26.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.30 £19.00 £14.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.70 £19.00 £15.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £11.75 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+27.65% -21.66%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
30 14 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 7.14% 6.70% 8.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 8 16
Average daily rate £288 £413 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.30% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £217 £213 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £531 £491
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.60% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 2
Average hourly rate £21.00 £26.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.75% +76.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.60 £22.00 £14.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.40 £26.50 £15.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.25 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -7.15%
SLA
North West

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

SLA
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
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Job
Vacancies
Preston -1 12 £165 -
Lytham St Annes - 5 £288 -
SLA
North West

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 21 (95.45%) Windows
1 21 (95.45%) Citrix
2 19 (86.36%) Microsoft
2 19 (86.36%) Windows XP
3 18 (81.82%) Windows 7
4 16 (72.73%) Security Cleared
4 16 (72.73%) MS Office
5 15 (68.18%) Blackberry
5 15 (68.18%) Microsoft App-V
5 15 (68.18%) AppSense
5 15 (68.18%) SC Cleared
6 13 (59.09%) SCCM
6 13 (59.09%) CA
7 12 (54.55%) Windows Vista
7 12 (54.55%) Lumension
7 12 (54.55%) Software Deployment
8 9 (40.91%) Active Directory
9 7 (31.82%) TQM
9 7 (31.82%) MS Exchange
10 4 (18.18%) Siebel
10 4 (18.18%) SharePoint
10 4 (18.18%) LAN
10 4 (18.18%) WAN
10 4 (18.18%) VPN
10 4 (18.18%) SQL
10 4 (18.18%) Oracle
10 4 (18.18%) HP
10 4 (18.18%) SAN
10 4 (18.18%) Informatica
10 4 (18.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 7 (31.82%) MS Exchange
2 4 (18.18%) SharePoint
2 4 (18.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 4 (18.18%) IIS
3 1 (4.55%) SAS
Applications
1 16 (72.73%) MS Office
2 2 (9.09%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 4 (18.18%) LAN
1 4 (18.18%) WAN
1 4 (18.18%) VPN
1 4 (18.18%) SAN
1 4 (18.18%) Firewall
2 1 (4.55%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.55%) QlikView
Job Titles
1 12 (54.55%) Support Engineer
2 10 (45.45%) Desktop Support
3 9 (40.91%) Desktop Engineer
4 8 (36.36%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 3 (13.64%) Applications Support
6 2 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
7 1 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) Desktop Support Technician
7 1 (4.55%) Rollout Engineer
7 1 (4.55%) Security Engineer
7 1 (4.55%) Windows Support Engineer
7 1 (4.55%) Desktop Technician
7 1 (4.55%) Help Desk Manager
7 1 (4.55%) Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) Support Technician
7 1 (4.55%) Security Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 15 (68.18%) Blackberry
2 4 (18.18%) Clustering
3 3 (13.64%) iPad
3 3 (13.64%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (13.64%) iPhone
3 3 (13.64%) Fat Client
3 3 (13.64%) Thin Client
4 1 (4.55%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 21 (95.45%) Windows
2 19 (86.36%) Windows XP
3 18 (81.82%) Windows 7
4 12 (54.55%) Windows Vista
5 4 (18.18%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (4.55%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (54.55%) Software Deployment
2 7 (31.82%) TQM
3 3 (13.64%) Change Control
3 3 (13.64%) Change Management
3 3 (13.64%) ITIL
4 1 (4.55%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 4 (18.18%) SQL
1 4 (18.18%) PowerShell
2 1 (4.55%) REXX
2 1 (4.55%) JCL
2 1 (4.55%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 16 (72.73%) Security Cleared
2 15 (68.18%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 15 (68.18%) Microsoft App-V
2 9 (40.91%) Active Directory
3 4 (18.18%) VMware ESX
3 4 (18.18%) Oracle RAC
4 3 (13.64%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 13 (59.09%) SCCM
2 3 (13.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (4.55%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (4.55%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 21 (95.45%) Citrix
2 19 (86.36%) Microsoft
3 15 (68.18%) AppSense
4 13 (59.09%) CA
5 12 (54.55%) Lumension
6 4 (18.18%) Siebel
6 4 (18.18%) Oracle
6 4 (18.18%) HP
6 4 (18.18%) Informatica
6 4 (18.18%) Open Text
6 4 (18.18%) VMware
6 4 (18.18%) IronPort
7 3 (13.64%) Apple
8 1 (4.55%) Business Objects
8 1 (4.55%) Cisco
8 1 (4.55%) Remedy