The first table below looks at the demand for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 29 July 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 North West 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 73 77 73
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -4
Contract jobs citing SLA 58 52 74
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.92% 1.92% 2.29%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.05% 32.91% 35.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 21 34
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£135 £325 £296
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-58.46% +9.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £140 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £335 £380 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 11 1
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -2.77%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+12.90% -3.12%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
193 158 210
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 6.40% 5.83% 6.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 71 93
Average daily rate £375 £325 £297
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +9.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £213 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £425 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 19 10
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £28.64
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -38.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £10.50 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £20.60 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+17.14% -7.89%
SLA
England

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in the North West

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the North West region over the 3 months to 29 July 2014.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

SLA
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the North West region over the 3 months to 29 July 2014.

SLA Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

SLA
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 July 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
Cheshire +20 29 £100 -73.33% 6
Manchester -11 14 £142 -52.83% 8
Lancashire -15 12 - - 2
Merseyside +8 2 £425 - 1
Cumbria - 1 - - 2
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 63 (49.61%) Microsoft
2 59 (46.46%) Windows
3 58 (45.67%) MS Office
4 50 (39.37%) Security Cleared
5 49 (38.58%) SC Cleared
6 45 (35.43%) Windows 7
7 44 (34.65%) ITIL
7 44 (34.65%) Citrix
8 42 (33.07%) Windows XP
9 36 (28.35%) Active Directory
10 34 (26.77%) MS Excel
11 32 (25.20%) CA
12 30 (23.62%) Blackberry
12 30 (23.62%) SCCM
13 29 (22.83%) Microsoft App-V
13 29 (22.83%) AppSense
14 28 (22.05%) Windows Vista
15 26 (20.47%) Lumension
15 26 (20.47%) Software Deployment
16 25 (19.69%) Service Management
17 23 (18.11%) HP
18 18 (14.17%) MCP
19 17 (13.39%) VPN
20 15 (11.81%) Service Delivery
21 13 (10.24%) TQM
21 13 (10.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
21 13 (10.24%) OpenView
22 12 (9.45%) Change Management
23 11 (8.66%) Cisco
23 11 (8.66%) MS Exchange

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 11 (8.66%) MS Exchange
2 10 (7.87%) IBM Notes
3 6 (4.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 4 (3.15%) SharePoint
4 4 (3.15%) IIS
5 3 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (1.57%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.79%) SAS
7 1 (0.79%) CICS
7 1 (0.79%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 58 (45.67%) MS Office
2 34 (26.77%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.79%) CA Clarity
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 17 (13.39%) VPN
2 10 (7.87%) SAN
3 9 (7.09%) Firewall
3 9 (7.09%) Wireless
4 6 (4.72%) 3G
5 5 (3.94%) LAN
5 5 (3.94%) WAN
6 4 (3.15%) Intranet
6 4 (3.15%) Radio Access Network
7 3 (2.36%) TCP/IP
8 2 (1.57%) Structured Cabling
8 2 (1.57%) 2G
8 2 (1.57%) Cisco IOS
8 2 (1.57%) Network Security
8 2 (1.57%) NAS
8 2 (1.57%) VoIP
9 1 (0.79%) GPRS
9 1 (0.79%) SDH
9 1 (0.79%) SMTP
9 1 (0.79%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.36%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.79%) DB2
2 1 (0.79%) Data Mining
2 1 (0.79%) SAP BW
2 1 (0.79%) QlikView
General
1 10 (7.87%) Finance
2 8 (6.30%) Telecoms
3 6 (4.72%) Banking
4 5 (3.94%) Retail
5 3 (2.36%) Back Office
6 2 (1.57%) Billing
6 2 (1.57%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.79%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.79%) Marketing
7 1 (0.79%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.79%) Advertising
7 1 (0.79%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 41 (32.28%) Analyst
2 26 (20.47%) Support Engineer
3 25 (19.69%) Desktop Support
4 21 (16.54%) Service Analyst
4 21 (16.54%) Desktop Engineer
5 20 (15.75%) Service Desk Analyst
6 17 (13.39%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 15 (11.81%) 2nd Line Support
8 12 (9.45%) Support Analyst
9 11 (8.66%) 1st Line Support
10 6 (4.72%) Service Manager
11 5 (3.94%) Help Desk Support
11 5 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
12 4 (3.15%) Operations Manager
12 4 (3.15%) Help Desk Analyst
12 4 (3.15%) Coordinator
13 3 (2.36%) Support Technician
13 3 (2.36%) Applications Support
13 3 (2.36%) Desktop Support Analyst
13 3 (2.36%) Desktop Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.57%) Application Packaging
2 1 (0.79%) .NET
2 1 (0.79%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 30 (23.62%) Blackberry
2 8 (6.30%) iPad
3 6 (4.72%) Thin Client
3 6 (4.72%) Clustering
3 6 (4.72%) Fat Client
4 4 (3.15%) iPhone
4 4 (3.15%) CMDB
4 4 (3.15%) Smartphone
5 3 (2.36%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.36%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.57%) Replication
6 2 (1.57%) GIS
6 2 (1.57%) Statistics
7 1 (0.79%) Graphic Design
7 1 (0.79%) e-Health
7 1 (0.79%) Wiki
7 1 (0.79%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.79%) NHS
7 1 (0.79%) BBC
7 1 (0.79%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 59 (46.46%) Windows
2 45 (35.43%) Windows 7
3 42 (33.07%) Windows XP
4 28 (22.05%) Windows Vista
5 10 (7.87%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (7.09%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (3.15%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.57%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (0.79%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.79%) MVS
9 1 (0.79%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.79%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (34.65%) ITIL
2 26 (20.47%) Software Deployment
3 25 (19.69%) Service Management
4 15 (11.81%) Service Delivery
5 13 (10.24%) TQM
6 12 (9.45%) Change Management
7 8 (6.30%) Problem Management
7 8 (6.30%) Change Control
8 5 (3.94%) Incident Management
8 5 (3.94%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (3.15%) Configuration Management
9 4 (3.15%) Project Management
9 4 (3.15%) Migration
9 4 (3.15%) Continuous Improvement
10 3 (2.36%) Performance Improvement
10 3 (2.36%) ITIL V3
10 3 (2.36%) Web Development
10 3 (2.36%) Resource Management
10 3 (2.36%) Business Continuity
10 3 (2.36%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 8 (6.30%) SQL
2 7 (5.51%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.57%) VB
4 1 (0.79%) REXX
4 1 (0.79%) JCL
4 1 (0.79%) SELCOPY
4 1 (0.79%) C
4 1 (0.79%) Java
Qualifications
1 50 (39.37%) Security Cleared
2 49 (38.58%) SC Cleared
3 18 (14.17%) MCP
4 10 (7.87%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (3.94%) MCSE
6 4 (3.15%) MCSA
6 4 (3.15%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (3.15%) MCTS
7 2 (1.57%) MCITP
7 2 (1.57%) CCNA
7 2 (1.57%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.57%) PMP
7 2 (1.57%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.79%) CCNP
8 1 (0.79%) Degree
8 1 (0.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.36%) QA
System Software
1 36 (28.35%) Active Directory
2 29 (22.83%) Microsoft App-V
3 6 (4.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (3.94%) VMware ESX
5 4 (3.15%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (2.36%) XenApp
7 2 (1.57%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.79%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.79%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.79%) VMFS
8 1 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.79%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 30 (23.62%) SCCM
2 13 (10.24%) OpenView
2 13 (10.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (2.36%) ServiceCenter
4 2 (1.57%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 2 (1.57%) Backup Exec
4 2 (1.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 2 (1.57%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.57%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.79%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.79%) Cisco IPCC
5 1 (0.79%) WSUS
Vendors
1 63 (49.61%) Microsoft
2 44 (34.65%) Citrix
3 32 (25.20%) CA
4 29 (22.83%) AppSense
5 26 (20.47%) Lumension
6 23 (18.11%) HP
7 11 (8.66%) Cisco
8 10 (7.87%) VMware
8 10 (7.87%) Lotus
9 6 (4.72%) Symantec
10 5 (3.94%) Oracle
11 4 (3.15%) Siebel
11 4 (3.15%) Informatica
11 4 (3.15%) Open Text
11 4 (3.15%) IronPort
12 3 (2.36%) Apple
12 3 (2.36%) SAP
12 3 (2.36%) Dell
13 2 (1.57%) Ericsson
13 2 (1.57%) Ariba
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