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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 82 79 85
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +6
Contract jobs citing SLA 84 56 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.91% 1.81% 1.74%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.14% 28.43% 31.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 20 15
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£320 £133 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+141.50% -59.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £100 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £378
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £260 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 16 17
Average hourly rate £16.00 £19.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% +8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £9.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £61.00 £19.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.77 £16.50 £15.88
% change year-on-year
-4.42% +3.93%
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
363 197 158
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.27% 6.38% 5.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 106 69
Average daily rate £425 £385 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.38% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £148 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 22 22
Average hourly rate £17.33 £19.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.78% +8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.62 £9.50 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £40.00 £19.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+10.51% +11.42%

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 31 August 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 +2 34 £320 +146.15% 12
Cheshire +2 34 £324 +224.07% 11
Merseyside -3 10 £234 -50.78% 2
Cumbria -17 1 £375 - 2
Lancashire -17 1 - - 3
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 73 (54.07%) ITIL
2 52 (38.52%) Windows
3 37 (27.41%) Microsoft
4 33 (24.44%) MS Office
5 27 (20.00%) Service Management
6 26 (19.26%) Problem Management
7 25 (18.52%) Incident Management
7 25 (18.52%) Active Directory
8 21 (15.56%) DNS
9 19 (14.07%) MS Excel
9 19 (14.07%) Service Delivery
10 18 (13.33%) DHCP
10 18 (13.33%) Cisco
11 16 (11.85%) TCP/IP
11 16 (11.85%) Degree
11 16 (11.85%) Windows 7
12 15 (11.11%) Security Cleared
13 14 (10.37%) Finance
14 13 (9.63%) SCCM
14 13 (9.63%) Windows Server 2008
15 12 (8.89%) SC Cleared
15 12 (8.89%) Change Management
15 12 (8.89%) MS Exchange
15 12 (8.89%) Citrix
16 11 (8.15%) Microsoft Certification
16 11 (8.15%) Linux
16 11 (8.15%) Project Management
16 11 (8.15%) Internet
16 11 (8.15%) VMware
16 11 (8.15%) Windows 8

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 12 (8.89%) MS Exchange
2 6 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2007
3 5 (3.70%) Lync
4 4 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (2.22%) TPMS
6 1 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.74%) CICS
6 1 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.74%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.74%) SharePoint
Applications
1 33 (24.44%) MS Office
2 19 (14.07%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.74%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.96%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.74%) Hyperion Planning
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.44%) Office 365
2 1 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 21 (15.56%) DNS
2 18 (13.33%) DHCP
3 16 (11.85%) TCP/IP
4 11 (8.15%) Internet
5 9 (6.67%) Firewall
5 9 (6.67%) LAN
6 8 (5.93%) WAN
6 8 (5.93%) HTTP
7 7 (5.19%) VPN
7 7 (5.19%) SMTP
7 7 (5.19%) FTP
7 7 (5.19%) Wireless
7 7 (5.19%) VoIP
8 6 (4.44%) SAN
8 6 (4.44%) Intranet
9 5 (3.70%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (2.96%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (1.48%) Cisco PIX
11 2 (1.48%) Network Security
11 2 (1.48%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.74%) SQL Server
1 1 (0.74%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 2 (1.48%) MSI
1 2 (1.48%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 14 (10.37%) Finance
2 8 (5.93%) Banking
3 7 (5.19%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.22%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (2.22%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.48%) Billing
6 1 (0.74%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.74%) Retail
6 1 (0.74%) Legal
Job Titles
1 60 (44.44%) Analyst
2 41 (30.37%) Service Analyst
3 34 (25.19%) Service Desk Analyst
4 14 (10.37%) 1st Line Support
5 13 (9.63%) Support Analyst
6 11 (8.15%) 2nd Line Support
7 8 (5.93%) Service Manager
7 8 (5.93%) Consultant
8 7 (5.19%) Desktop Support
8 7 (5.19%) Support Engineer
8 7 (5.19%) Technical Analyst
9 4 (2.96%) Team Leader
9 4 (2.96%) Support Manager
9 4 (2.96%) Network Analyst
9 4 (2.96%) Technical Support
9 4 (2.96%) Programmer
10 3 (2.22%) Analyst Programmer
10 3 (2.22%) Network Engineer
10 3 (2.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 3 (2.22%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (7.41%) HTML
2 5 (3.70%) JDBC
2 5 (3.70%) XML
2 5 (3.70%) SAP XI
3 2 (1.48%) Application Packaging
3 2 (1.48%) Memcached
3 2 (1.48%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.74%) .NET
4 1 (0.74%) Natural Language Processing
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.41%) Device Driver
2 5 (3.70%) Blackberry
3 4 (2.96%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.22%) Statistics
4 3 (2.22%) PMI
5 2 (1.48%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.48%) Replication
5 2 (1.48%) Life Science
5 2 (1.48%) CMDB
5 2 (1.48%) iPad
6 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (0.74%) User Experience
6 1 (0.74%) PKI
6 1 (0.74%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.74%) AS400
6 1 (0.74%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 52 (38.52%) Windows
2 16 (11.85%) Windows 7
3 13 (9.63%) Windows Server 2008
4 11 (8.15%) Windows 8
4 11 (8.15%) Linux
5 10 (7.41%) Windows XP
6 8 (5.93%) UNIX
7 7 (5.19%) Apple iOS
8 5 (3.70%) BlackBerry OS
8 5 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (3.70%) Solaris
8 5 (3.70%) Android
9 3 (2.22%) Windows Vista
9 3 (2.22%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (1.48%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.74%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.74%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.74%) AIX
11 1 (0.74%) Data ONTAP
11 1 (0.74%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (54.07%) ITIL
2 27 (20.00%) Service Management
3 26 (19.26%) Problem Management
4 25 (18.52%) Incident Management
5 19 (14.07%) Service Delivery
6 12 (8.89%) Change Management
7 11 (8.15%) Project Management
8 10 (7.41%) Supplier Management
9 9 (6.67%) Mentoring
9 9 (6.67%) Coaching
10 7 (5.19%) PRINCE2
11 6 (4.44%) Risk Management
11 6 (4.44%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (4.44%) ITIL V3
12 5 (3.70%) System Integration Testing
12 5 (3.70%) User Acceptance Testing
12 5 (3.70%) Unit Testing
12 5 (3.70%) Integration Testing
12 5 (3.70%) OOP
12 5 (3.70%) OO
Programming Languages
1 8 (5.93%) SQL
2 5 (3.70%) Java
3 4 (2.96%) Perl
4 2 (1.48%) PHP
4 2 (1.48%) Python
4 2 (1.48%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.74%) C
Qualifications
1 16 (11.85%) Degree
2 15 (11.11%) Security Cleared
3 12 (8.89%) SC Cleared
4 11 (8.15%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (7.41%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (6.67%) MCP
7 8 (5.93%) MCSE
8 7 (5.19%) CCNA
8 7 (5.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 6 (4.44%) MCITP
9 6 (4.44%) MCSA
10 4 (2.96%) Citrix Certification
11 3 (2.22%) CCNP
11 3 (2.22%) PMI Certification
11 3 (2.22%) A+ Certification
12 2 (1.48%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (1.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 2 (1.48%) MCTS
12 2 (1.48%) CCA
12 2 (1.48%) ACSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.22%) QA
2 1 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 25 (18.52%) Active Directory
2 10 (7.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (6.67%) XenApp
4 7 (5.19%) Hyper-V
5 6 (4.44%) XenDesktop
6 4 (2.96%) XenServer
7 3 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (2.22%) BitLocker
8 2 (1.48%) iptables
8 2 (1.48%) Varnish
8 2 (1.48%) Squid
8 2 (1.48%) Postfix
9 1 (0.74%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.74%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 13 (9.63%) SCCM
2 6 (4.44%) OpenView
3 5 (3.70%) SCOM
4 2 (1.48%) Puppet
4 2 (1.48%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (1.48%) Nagios
4 2 (1.48%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.74%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 37 (27.41%) Microsoft
2 18 (13.33%) Cisco
3 12 (8.89%) Citrix
4 11 (8.15%) VMware
5 7 (5.19%) SAP
5 7 (5.19%) HP
6 6 (4.44%) Oracle
6 6 (4.44%) McAfee
7 5 (3.70%) webMethods
8 4 (2.96%) IBM
8 4 (2.96%) Avaya
8 4 (2.96%) Remedy
9 3 (2.22%) Toshiba
9 3 (2.22%) BT
9 3 (2.22%) WatchGuard
10 2 (1.48%) Brocade
10 2 (1.48%) Fortinet
10 2 (1.48%) Veeam
10 2 (1.48%) Aruba
10 2 (1.48%) Sophos
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