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 23 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 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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 71 73 59
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -14
Contract jobs citing SLA 72 46 73
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.28% 1.87% 2.36%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.44% 31.94% 36.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 13 27
Average daily rate £220 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £78 £82 £159
10% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £415 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £300
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 9
Average hourly rate £15.64 £19.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.71% +18.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.85 £10.35 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £28.15 £18.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £11.88 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+26.31% -20.83%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
229 144 198
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 7.24% 5.86% 6.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 72 77
Average daily rate £360 £245 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+46.93% -18.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £135 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £438 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £366 £338 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.44% -3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 12 14
Average hourly rate £16.75 £24.25 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.92% +51.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.05 £10.52 £11.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £51.25 £18.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -6.25%
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 23 April 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
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 23 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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +5 23 £160 -54.86% 9
Lancashire -5 22 £225 -18.18%
Cheshire -7 22 £181 -46.37% 4
Merseyside -1 4 £78 -5.48% 2
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 55 (41.98%) Microsoft
2 54 (41.22%) Windows
3 45 (34.35%) MS Office
4 41 (31.30%) ITIL
5 35 (26.72%) MS Excel
6 31 (23.66%) Citrix
7 29 (22.14%) Security Cleared
8 28 (21.37%) SC Cleared
8 28 (21.37%) Windows XP
9 27 (20.61%) Windows 7
10 26 (19.85%) Active Directory
11 24 (18.32%) Finance
12 23 (17.56%) Service Management
13 19 (14.50%) Blackberry
14 15 (11.45%) CA
14 15 (11.45%) Microsoft App-V
14 15 (11.45%) AppSense
15 14 (10.69%) SCCM
15 14 (10.69%) Windows Vista
15 14 (10.69%) VPN
15 14 (10.69%) MCP
15 14 (10.69%) Oracle
16 13 (9.92%) SQL
16 13 (9.92%) MS Exchange
16 13 (9.92%) Incident Management
17 12 (9.16%) Telecoms
17 12 (9.16%) HP
17 12 (9.16%) Microsoft Certification
17 12 (9.16%) Lumension
17 12 (9.16%) Software Deployment

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 13 (9.92%) MS Exchange
2 8 (6.11%) SharePoint
3 6 (4.58%) IBM Notes
4 5 (3.82%) NetWeaver
4 5 (3.82%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (3.82%) CICS
5 4 (3.05%) IIS
5 4 (3.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (2.29%) Oracle Workflow
7 2 (1.53%) CMS
7 2 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.76%) SAS
Applications
1 45 (34.35%) MS Office
2 35 (26.72%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.76%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (4.58%) Oracle General Ledger
1 6 (4.58%) Oracle EBS R12
2 5 (3.82%) Oracle Financials
3 4 (3.05%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (3.05%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (2.29%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (2.29%) Oracle 11i
5 2 (1.53%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (1.53%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (1.53%) Oracle Assets
6 1 (0.76%) Oracle iProcurement
6 1 (0.76%) CA Clarity
6 1 (0.76%) assyst
6 1 (0.76%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 14 (10.69%) VPN
2 8 (6.11%) Wireless
3 7 (5.34%) Firewall
3 7 (5.34%) SAN
4 6 (4.58%) WAN
4 6 (4.58%) LAN
4 6 (4.58%) 3G
5 5 (3.82%) Intranet
6 3 (2.29%) Radio Access Network
6 3 (2.29%) Ethernet
7 2 (1.53%) DWDM
7 2 (1.53%) 2G
7 2 (1.53%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (1.53%) Structured Cabling
8 1 (0.76%) Network Security
8 1 (0.76%) RNC
8 1 (0.76%) Internet
8 1 (0.76%) SDH
8 1 (0.76%) VoIP
8 1 (0.76%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.82%) SAP BW
2 4 (3.05%) SAP BI
2 4 (3.05%) SAP HANA
3 3 (2.29%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.29%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 3 (2.29%) Oracle Database 11g
3 3 (2.29%) Oracle Discoverer
3 3 (2.29%) Oracle Database 10g
3 3 (2.29%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (2.29%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.53%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.76%) QlikView
5 1 (0.76%) DB2
Development Applications
1 3 (2.29%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 24 (18.32%) Finance
2 12 (9.16%) Telecoms
3 6 (4.58%) Retail
4 3 (2.29%) Banking
4 3 (2.29%) Back Office
5 2 (1.53%) Billing
6 1 (0.76%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.76%) Legal
6 1 (0.76%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.76%) Advertising
6 1 (0.76%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 43 (32.82%) Analyst
2 28 (21.37%) Service Analyst
3 22 (16.79%) Service Desk Analyst
4 16 (12.21%) Desktop Support
5 15 (11.45%) Support Engineer
6 14 (10.69%) Support Analyst
7 10 (7.63%) Desktop Engineer
7 10 (7.63%) 1st Line Support
7 10 (7.63%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (6.11%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 7 (5.34%) Help Desk Support
9 7 (5.34%) Service Manager
9 7 (5.34%) Coordinator
9 7 (5.34%) Support Technician
10 5 (3.82%) SAP Analyst
10 5 (3.82%) Oracle Consultant
10 5 (3.82%) Oracle Financials Consultant
10 5 (3.82%) Consultant
11 4 (3.05%) Desktop Support Technician
11 4 (3.05%) SAP Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.05%) .NET
2 3 (2.29%) REST
2 3 (2.29%) Itk
2 3 (2.29%) WCF
2 3 (2.29%) .NET Framework
2 3 (2.29%) WSDL
2 3 (2.29%) SOAP
3 1 (0.76%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 19 (14.50%) Blackberry
2 10 (7.63%) iPad
3 6 (4.58%) Clustering
4 5 (3.82%) Fat Client
4 5 (3.82%) Thin Client
5 4 (3.05%) Smartphone
6 3 (2.29%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.29%) iPhone
6 3 (2.29%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.29%) Statistics
6 3 (2.29%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.53%) GIS
7 2 (1.53%) Replication
7 2 (1.53%) CMDB
8 1 (0.76%) Wiki
8 1 (0.76%) BBC
8 1 (0.76%) Handset
8 1 (0.76%) CESG
8 1 (0.76%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 54 (41.22%) Windows
2 28 (21.37%) Windows XP
3 27 (20.61%) Windows 7
4 14 (10.69%) Windows Vista
5 8 (6.11%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (5.34%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (4.58%) Windows NT
8 4 (3.05%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (2.29%) Windows 2000
10 2 (1.53%) MVS
10 2 (1.53%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.76%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (31.30%) ITIL
2 23 (17.56%) Service Management
3 13 (9.92%) Incident Management
4 12 (9.16%) Software Deployment
5 11 (8.40%) Service Delivery
5 11 (8.40%) Migration
6 8 (6.11%) Change Management
7 7 (5.34%) TQM
7 7 (5.34%) Project Management
7 7 (5.34%) Business Intelligence
7 7 (5.34%) Continuous Improvement
7 7 (5.34%) Change Control
8 6 (4.58%) Business Continuity
9 4 (3.05%) Information Security
9 4 (3.05%) Resource Management
9 4 (3.05%) Knowledge Management
10 3 (2.29%) MVVM
10 3 (2.29%) Performance Improvement
10 3 (2.29%) Time Management
10 3 (2.29%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 13 (9.92%) SQL
2 5 (3.82%) PL/SQL
3 4 (3.05%) PowerShell
4 3 (2.29%) C#
5 1 (0.76%) R
5 1 (0.76%) SELCOPY
5 1 (0.76%) REXX
5 1 (0.76%) JCL
5 1 (0.76%) Java
5 1 (0.76%) C
Qualifications
1 29 (22.14%) Security Cleared
2 28 (21.37%) SC Cleared
3 14 (10.69%) MCP
4 12 (9.16%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (6.87%) MCSE
6 7 (5.34%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (3.82%) MCTS
7 5 (3.82%) MCSA
8 3 (2.29%) Degree
8 3 (2.29%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (2.29%) CCNA
9 2 (1.53%) CCNP
10 1 (0.76%) ECDL
10 1 (0.76%) CISM
10 1 (0.76%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.82%) QA
2 3 (2.29%) HL7
3 1 (0.76%) CESG Infosec
3 1 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 26 (19.85%) Active Directory
2 15 (11.45%) Microsoft App-V
3 6 (4.58%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (3.05%) VMware ESX
4 4 (3.05%) Oracle RAC
5 3 (2.29%) XenApp
6 1 (0.76%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.76%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 14 (10.69%) SCCM
2 8 (6.11%) OpenView
2 8 (6.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (5.34%) ServiceCenter
4 2 (1.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (0.76%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.76%) WSUS
5 1 (0.76%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 55 (41.98%) Microsoft
2 31 (23.66%) Citrix
3 15 (11.45%) CA
3 15 (11.45%) AppSense
4 14 (10.69%) Oracle
5 12 (9.16%) HP
5 12 (9.16%) Lumension
6 10 (7.63%) VMware
7 8 (6.11%) Cisco
8 7 (5.34%) SAP
9 6 (4.58%) Lotus
10 5 (3.82%) Ericsson
10 5 (3.82%) Remedy
11 4 (3.05%) Siebel
11 4 (3.05%) Informatica
11 4 (3.05%) Open Text
11 4 (3.05%) IronPort
12 3 (2.29%) Apple
12 3 (2.29%) Avaya
12 3 (2.29%) Dell
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