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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 27 19 29
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +10
Contract jobs citing SLA 9 8 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 3.17% 4.21% 1.02%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.62% 29.63% 28.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 7 0
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£170 £388 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-56.12% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £270
% change year-on-year
-3.33% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £13.75
% change year-on-year
-6.89% +5.45%
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
26 27 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 9.15% 14.21% 3.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 14 5
Average daily rate £263 £400 £233
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-34.37% +72.04%
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 1
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.75 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% -55.88%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram 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 30 January 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
Wirral - 5 £170 -
Liverpool -12 2 - - 3
SLA
North West

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 11 (57.89%) ITIL
2 9 (47.37%) Service Delivery
3 8 (42.11%) Windows
3 8 (42.11%) Finance
4 7 (36.84%) UNIX
4 7 (36.84%) Remedy
5 6 (31.58%) SAN
5 6 (31.58%) SharePoint
5 6 (31.58%) IBM
5 6 (31.58%) HP
5 6 (31.58%) EMC
6 5 (26.32%) Service Management
6 5 (26.32%) CMMI
6 5 (26.32%) SaaS
6 5 (26.32%) Procure-to-pay
6 5 (26.32%) Performance Metrics
7 2 (10.53%) Telecoms
7 2 (10.53%) Ericsson
7 2 (10.53%) Ethernet
7 2 (10.53%) ATM
7 2 (10.53%) GSM
7 2 (10.53%) SDH
7 2 (10.53%) UMTS
7 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
7 2 (10.53%) Windows 7
7 2 (10.53%) Line Management
7 2 (10.53%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 2 (10.53%) Radio Access Network
7 2 (10.53%) Business Continuity
7 2 (10.53%) Agile Software Development

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 6 (31.58%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 5 (26.32%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (31.58%) SAN
2 2 (10.53%) Ethernet
2 2 (10.53%) ATM
2 2 (10.53%) GSM
2 2 (10.53%) SDH
2 2 (10.53%) UMTS
2 2 (10.53%) Radio Access Network
2 2 (10.53%) RNC
General
1 8 (42.11%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Telecoms
3 1 (5.26%) Automotive
3 1 (5.26%) Manufacturing
3 1 (5.26%) Military
Job Titles
1 11 (57.89%) Analyst
2 5 (26.32%) Service Analyst
2 5 (26.32%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 4 (21.05%) Services Delivery Analyst
4 3 (15.79%) Project Analyst
4 3 (15.79%) Operations Manager
4 3 (15.79%) Support Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) Field Engineer
5 2 (10.53%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) IT Operations Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Service Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Applications Support Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Project Coordinator
6 1 (5.26%) Service Desk Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Services Delivery Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Technical Operations Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Technical Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Delivery Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Support Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Applications Support
Miscellaneous
1 5 (26.32%) Performance Metrics
2 1 (5.26%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 8 (42.11%) Windows
2 7 (36.84%) UNIX
3 2 (10.53%) Windows 7
4 1 (5.26%) Windows Vista
4 1 (5.26%) VMS
4 1 (5.26%) Linux
4 1 (5.26%) Windows 2000
4 1 (5.26%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (57.89%) ITIL
2 9 (47.37%) Service Delivery
3 5 (26.32%) Service Management
3 5 (26.32%) CMMI
3 5 (26.32%) Procure-to-pay
4 2 (10.53%) Line Management
4 2 (10.53%) Business Continuity
4 2 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (10.53%) Operations Management
4 2 (10.53%) WFM
5 1 (5.26%) Time Management
5 1 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (5.26%) Network Monitoring
5 1 (5.26%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 1 (5.26%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.26%) C
Qualifications
1 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
2 1 (5.26%) CTC Cleared
System Software
1 1 (5.26%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) OpenView
Vendors
1 7 (36.84%) Remedy
2 6 (31.58%) IBM
2 6 (31.58%) HP
2 6 (31.58%) EMC
3 2 (10.53%) Ericsson
3 2 (10.53%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 1 (5.26%) Citrix