The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 32 33 30
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -3
Contract jobs citing SLA 4 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 1.63% 0.41% 0.47%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.67% 20.00% 9.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 1
Average daily rate
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£475 - £175
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £325 £288
% change year-on-year
-19.23% +12.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £29.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.88 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.93% +5.83%
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 Merseyside region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
24 5 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 9.80% 2.03% 5.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 3 8
Average daily rate £363 £400 £311
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% +28.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £260 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £460 £399
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Average hourly rate £26.50 - £16.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £17.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year
+12.85% -17.64%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

SLA
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 29 August 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
Liverpool +1 3 £475 - 1
St Helens - - - -
SLA
North West

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 3 (37.50%) MS Excel
1 3 (37.50%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (37.50%) Microsoft
1 3 (37.50%) Finance
2 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (25.00%) Operations Management
2 2 (25.00%) Business Continuity
2 2 (25.00%) Service Delivery
2 2 (25.00%) ITIL
3 1 (12.50%) C
3 1 (12.50%) Client/Server
3 1 (12.50%) SAN
3 1 (12.50%) CA
3 1 (12.50%) NetApp
3 1 (12.50%) NHS
3 1 (12.50%) DMZ
3 1 (12.50%) Project Management
3 1 (12.50%) Change Management
3 1 (12.50%) Management Information System
3 1 (12.50%) HP
3 1 (12.50%) EMC
3 1 (12.50%) e-Health
3 1 (12.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (12.50%) Web Development
3 1 (12.50%) Degree
3 1 (12.50%) Graphic Design
3 1 (12.50%) VMware Server
3 1 (12.50%) CTC Cleared
3 1 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (12.50%) VMware

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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.

Applications
1 3 (37.50%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) SAN
1 1 (12.50%) DMZ
General
1 3 (37.50%) Finance
2 1 (12.50%) Military
Job Titles
1 3 (37.50%) Analyst
1 3 (37.50%) Support Analyst
1 3 (37.50%) 1st Line Support
1 3 (37.50%) Operations Manager
1 3 (37.50%) 1st Line Support Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Service Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Systems Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Technical Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Technical Operations Manager
2 1 (12.50%) IT Services Manager
2 1 (12.50%) IT Operations Manager
2 1 (12.50%) VMware Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Client/Server
1 1 (12.50%) NHS
1 1 (12.50%) Management Information System
1 1 (12.50%) e-Health
1 1 (12.50%) Graphic Design
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (25.00%) Operations Management
1 2 (25.00%) Business Continuity
1 2 (25.00%) Service Delivery
1 2 (25.00%) ITIL
2 1 (12.50%) Project Management
2 1 (12.50%) Change Management
2 1 (12.50%) Web Development
2 1 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (12.50%) Capacity Planning
2 1 (12.50%) Stakeholder Engagement
2 1 (12.50%) Capacity Management
2 1 (12.50%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 1 (12.50%) C
1 1 (12.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (37.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (12.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (12.50%) Degree
3 1 (12.50%) CTC Cleared
System Software
1 1 (12.50%) VMware Server
1 1 (12.50%) VMware ESX
1 1 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (12.50%) VMFS
1 1 (12.50%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (12.50%) vCloud
Vendors
1 3 (37.50%) Microsoft
2 1 (12.50%) CA
2 1 (12.50%) NetApp
2 1 (12.50%) HP
2 1 (12.50%) EMC
2 1 (12.50%) VMware