The table below looks at the statistics 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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 81 82 72
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -10
Contract jobs citing SLA 64 49 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.74% 1.63% 2.05%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.45% 26.06% 36.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 16 17
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.38% -24.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £100 £116
10% offered a daily rate of more than £382 £381 £363
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £303
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 11 12
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £19.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -24.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £9.50 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.40 £22.00 £21.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +12.90%
SLA
England

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 North West region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
313 188 140
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.49% 6.27% 5.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 83 63
Average daily rate £375 £340 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.29% +4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £654 £520 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 17 18
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.25 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.63% -21.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £10.55 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.98 £40.00 £23.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+3.14% +10.81%

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 3 July 2015.

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 3 July 2015.

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 3 July 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
Manchester +12 30 £320 -1.53% 18
Cheshire -4 24 £450 +168.65% 7
Merseyside -11 4 £293 -31.17% 2
Lancashire -4 2 £205 -
Cumbria - 2 £235 - 5
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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 60 (43.48%) ITIL
2 51 (36.96%) Windows
3 42 (30.43%) Microsoft
4 34 (24.64%) MS Office
5 26 (18.84%) Service Management
6 25 (18.12%) Incident Management
7 24 (17.39%) MS Excel
8 18 (13.04%) Active Directory
8 18 (13.04%) Windows 7
9 17 (12.32%) Telecoms
10 16 (11.59%) Service Delivery
10 16 (11.59%) Problem Management
11 15 (10.87%) MCP
12 14 (10.14%) HP
12 14 (10.14%) DNS
12 14 (10.14%) Change Management
12 14 (10.14%) Security Cleared
12 14 (10.14%) Line Management
13 13 (9.42%) Cisco
13 13 (9.42%) Citrix
13 13 (9.42%) Microsoft Certification
14 12 (8.70%) SC Cleared
15 11 (7.97%) OpenView
15 11 (7.97%) Degree
16 10 (7.25%) WFM
16 10 (7.25%) RNC
16 10 (7.25%) Finance
16 10 (7.25%) VMware
16 10 (7.25%) Agile Software Development
16 10 (7.25%) TCP/IP

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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 8 (5.80%) IBM Notes
1 8 (5.80%) MS Exchange
2 5 (3.62%) SharePoint
3 4 (2.90%) IIS
3 4 (2.90%) CICS
3 4 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2007
3 4 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (2.17%) TPMS
5 2 (1.45%) WebSphere
5 2 (1.45%) Lync
6 1 (0.72%) TIBCO ActiveMatrix
6 1 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.72%) iPlanet
6 1 (0.72%) Tomcat
Applications
1 34 (24.64%) MS Office
2 24 (17.39%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.90%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.72%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (0.72%) BusinessWorks
1 1 (0.72%) SAP MM
1 1 (0.72%) Hyperion Planning
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.17%) Office 365
2 1 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.72%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 14 (10.14%) DNS
2 10 (7.25%) TCP/IP
2 10 (7.25%) ATM
2 10 (7.25%) GSM
2 10 (7.25%) SDH
2 10 (7.25%) UMTS
2 10 (7.25%) DHCP
2 10 (7.25%) Ethernet
2 10 (7.25%) RNC
2 10 (7.25%) Radio Access Network
3 8 (5.80%) Internet
4 6 (4.35%) SAN
5 5 (3.62%) WAN
5 5 (3.62%) Firewall
5 5 (3.62%) LDAP
5 5 (3.62%) 4G
6 4 (2.90%) Intranet
6 4 (2.90%) LAN
7 3 (2.17%) VoIP
8 2 (1.45%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.72%) SQL Server
1 1 (0.72%) Cognos Powerplay
1 1 (0.72%) Cognos Impromptu
1 1 (0.72%) DTS
1 1 (0.72%) DataStage
1 1 (0.72%) ReportNet
1 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (0.72%) Cognos Transformer
Development Applications
1 2 (1.45%) MSI
1 2 (1.45%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.72%) Ant
2 1 (0.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 17 (12.32%) Telecoms
2 10 (7.25%) Finance
3 5 (3.62%) Banking
4 3 (2.17%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (2.17%) Billing
5 2 (1.45%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.45%) Retail
6 1 (0.72%) Automotive
6 1 (0.72%) Legal
6 1 (0.72%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 59 (42.75%) Analyst
2 40 (28.99%) Service Analyst
3 33 (23.91%) Service Desk Analyst
4 15 (10.87%) 1st Line Support
5 12 (8.70%) Support Analyst
6 10 (7.25%) Field Engineer
7 9 (6.52%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (5.80%) Service Manager
8 8 (5.80%) Support Engineer
9 7 (5.07%) Consultant
10 6 (4.35%) Desktop Support
11 5 (3.62%) Technical Analyst
12 4 (2.90%) Technical Specialist
12 4 (2.90%) Architect
12 4 (2.90%) Project Manager
12 4 (2.90%) Technical Support
12 4 (2.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 4 (2.90%) Telecoms Project Manager
12 4 (2.90%) 1st Line Support Analyst
13 3 (2.17%) Solutions Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (5.07%) HTML
2 2 (1.45%) .NET
2 2 (1.45%) EDI
2 2 (1.45%) Application Packaging
2 2 (1.45%) Memcached
3 1 (0.72%) Natural Language Processing
3 1 (0.72%) Rendezvous
3 1 (0.72%) TIBCO EMS
3 1 (0.72%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.72%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (5.80%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.07%) Device Driver
3 4 (2.90%) Blackberry
3 4 (2.90%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.17%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.17%) CMDB
5 2 (1.45%) iPad
5 2 (1.45%) Life Science
5 2 (1.45%) Replication
6 1 (0.72%) PKI
6 1 (0.72%) Statistics
6 1 (0.72%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.72%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.72%) AS400
6 1 (0.72%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (0.72%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.72%) Fat Client
6 1 (0.72%) Reference Data
6 1 (0.72%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 51 (36.96%) Windows
2 18 (13.04%) Windows 7
3 10 (7.25%) Windows 8
3 10 (7.25%) Windows Server 2008
3 10 (7.25%) Linux
4 9 (6.52%) UNIX
5 6 (4.35%) Windows XP
5 6 (4.35%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (4.35%) Apple iOS
6 5 (3.62%) Windows NT
7 4 (2.90%) BlackBerry OS
7 4 (2.90%) Android
8 2 (1.45%) Windows Vista
8 2 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.45%) Mac OS X
8 2 (1.45%) AIX
9 1 (0.72%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.72%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (43.48%) ITIL
2 26 (18.84%) Service Management
3 25 (18.12%) Incident Management
4 16 (11.59%) Problem Management
4 16 (11.59%) Service Delivery
5 14 (10.14%) Change Management
5 14 (10.14%) Line Management
6 10 (7.25%) Coaching
6 10 (7.25%) Project Management
6 10 (7.25%) WFM
6 10 (7.25%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (5.80%) PRINCE2
8 7 (5.07%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (3.62%) Mentoring
10 4 (2.90%) Risk Management
10 4 (2.90%) Quality Management
11 3 (2.17%) Business Analysis
11 3 (2.17%) Supplier Management
11 3 (2.17%) Time Management
11 3 (2.17%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 5 (3.62%) SQL
2 3 (2.17%) Perl
3 2 (1.45%) PHP
3 2 (1.45%) Shell Script
3 2 (1.45%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.72%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.72%) C
4 1 (0.72%) Java
4 1 (0.72%) VBScript
4 1 (0.72%) VB
4 1 (0.72%) Python
Qualifications
1 15 (10.87%) MCP
2 14 (10.14%) Security Cleared
3 13 (9.42%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (8.70%) SC Cleared
5 11 (7.97%) Degree
6 9 (6.52%) MCSE
7 7 (5.07%) MCSA
8 6 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (4.35%) MCITP
9 5 (3.62%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (2.90%) A+ Certification
10 4 (2.90%) CCNA
11 3 (2.17%) Citrix Certification
12 2 (1.45%) CCA
12 2 (1.45%) CCNP
12 2 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (1.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 2 (1.45%) MCTS
12 2 (1.45%) ACSP
12 2 (1.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.17%) QA
2 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 18 (13.04%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (4.35%) Hyper-V
3 5 (3.62%) XenApp
4 3 (2.17%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (2.17%) BitLocker
5 2 (1.45%) iptables
5 2 (1.45%) XenDesktop
5 2 (1.45%) Varnish
5 2 (1.45%) Squid
5 2 (1.45%) Postfix
6 1 (0.72%) XenServer
6 1 (0.72%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.72%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (7.97%) OpenView
2 9 (6.52%) SCCM
3 8 (5.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 5 (3.62%) SCOM
5 3 (2.17%) CA Single Sign-On
6 2 (1.45%) Nagios
6 2 (1.45%) Puppet
6 2 (1.45%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.72%) OVSD
7 1 (0.72%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.72%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.72%) TIBCO Hawk
Vendors
1 42 (30.43%) Microsoft
2 14 (10.14%) HP
3 13 (9.42%) Cisco
3 13 (9.42%) Citrix
4 10 (7.25%) Ericsson
4 10 (7.25%) VMware
4 10 (7.25%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 8 (5.80%) Lotus
6 6 (4.35%) McAfee
7 4 (2.90%) IBM
7 4 (2.90%) Oracle
7 4 (2.90%) SAP
8 3 (2.17%) Dell
8 3 (2.17%) Remedy
9 2 (1.45%) Symantec
9 2 (1.45%) Sophos
9 2 (1.45%) Apple
9 2 (1.45%) AppSense
9 2 (1.45%) Teradata
9 2 (1.45%) Brocade
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