The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 105 93 81
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -12
Contract jobs citing SLA 26 30 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.02% 1.13% 1.45%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 9.22% 10.79% 16.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 12 12
Average daily rate £400 £300 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £112 £128 £154
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £377 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 1
Average hourly rate £16.50 £15.77 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.62% +31.41%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £13.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -6.89%
SLA
UK

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 Scotland region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
282 278 199
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 11.07% 10.51% 8.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 169 107
Average daily rate £375 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £167 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 5
Average hourly rate £22.00 £15.77 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.50% +16.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.70 £15.77 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £47.50 £24.84
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £25.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+68.00% +45.77%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

SLA
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Edinburgh -10 15 £500 +47.05% 4
Glasgow +11 9 £280 +30.23% 4
North Lanarkshire - 1 £275 - 1
SLA
UK

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 20 (34.48%) ITIL
2 19 (32.76%) Service Management
3 14 (24.14%) Service Delivery
4 13 (22.41%) Windows
5 12 (20.69%) Microsoft
5 12 (20.69%) Change Management
5 12 (20.69%) Finance
6 10 (17.24%) ITSM
6 10 (17.24%) Cisco
7 9 (15.52%) Telecoms
8 7 (12.07%) MS Office
8 7 (12.07%) MS Excel
8 7 (12.07%) Continuous Improvement
8 7 (12.07%) Windows Server
9 6 (10.34%) Incident Management
9 6 (10.34%) Unix
9 6 (10.34%) Web Services
9 6 (10.34%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (8.62%) CCNA
10 5 (8.62%) Active Directory
10 5 (8.62%) WAN
10 5 (8.62%) PRINCE2
10 5 (8.62%) SQL
10 5 (8.62%) LAN
10 5 (8.62%) ClearCase
10 5 (8.62%) Law
10 5 (8.62%) VMware
10 5 (8.62%) ClearTrust
10 5 (8.62%) Problem Management
10 5 (8.62%) Release Management

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 2 (3.45%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (1.72%) Lync
2 1 (1.72%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.72%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (12.07%) MS Excel
1 7 (12.07%) MS Office
2 1 (1.72%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (1.72%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.72%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.62%) LAN
1 5 (8.62%) WAN
2 4 (6.90%) Cisco IPT
2 4 (6.90%) IP Telephony
3 3 (5.17%) 2G
3 3 (5.17%) 3G
3 3 (5.17%) Firewall
3 3 (5.17%) NAS
3 3 (5.17%) SAN
3 3 (5.17%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (5.17%) Wireless
4 2 (3.45%) 4G
4 2 (3.45%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (3.45%) GSM
4 2 (3.45%) LTE
4 2 (3.45%) MPLS
4 2 (3.45%) MVNO
4 2 (3.45%) OSPF
4 2 (3.45%) UMTS
4 2 (3.45%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.72%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (8.62%) ClearCase
General
1 12 (20.69%) Finance
2 9 (15.52%) Telecoms
3 5 (8.62%) Law
4 4 (6.90%) Back Office
5 2 (3.45%) Banking
6 1 (1.72%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (18.97%) Analyst
2 5 (8.62%) Service Manager
3 3 (5.17%) Coordinator
3 3 (5.17%) Delivery Manager
3 3 (5.17%) Security Analyst
3 3 (5.17%) Services Delivery Manager
3 3 (5.17%) Support Engineer
3 3 (5.17%) Support Team Leader
3 3 (5.17%) Team Leader
3 3 (5.17%) Telecoms Engineer
4 2 (3.45%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (3.45%) 3rd Line Support
4 2 (3.45%) Consultant
4 2 (3.45%) Desktop Support
4 2 (3.45%) IT Manager
4 2 (3.45%) Project Manager
4 2 (3.45%) Senior Analyst
4 2 (3.45%) Service Analyst
4 2 (3.45%) Service Desk Analyst
4 2 (3.45%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (10.34%) Web Services
2 1 (1.72%) AOM
2 1 (1.72%) Middleware
2 1 (1.72%) Software Packaging
2 1 (1.72%) WebSphere Message Broker
2 1 (1.72%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.62%) Data Centre
2 4 (6.90%) Private Cloud
3 3 (5.17%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.45%) Celerra
4 2 (3.45%) CLARiiON
4 2 (3.45%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.72%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.72%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.72%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.72%) PDA
5 1 (1.72%) PMI
5 1 (1.72%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 13 (22.41%) Windows
2 7 (12.07%) Windows Server
3 6 (10.34%) Unix
4 5 (8.62%) Windows 7
5 3 (5.17%) Linux
5 3 (5.17%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (3.45%) AIX
6 2 (3.45%) Windows 8
6 2 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.72%) Android
7 1 (1.72%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.72%) Windows CE
7 1 (1.72%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.72%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (34.48%) ITIL
2 19 (32.76%) Service Management
3 14 (24.14%) Service Delivery
4 12 (20.69%) Change Management
5 10 (17.24%) ITSM
6 7 (12.07%) Continuous Improvement
7 6 (10.34%) Incident Management
8 5 (8.62%) Coaching
8 5 (8.62%) Line Management
8 5 (8.62%) PRINCE2
8 5 (8.62%) Problem Management
8 5 (8.62%) Release Management
9 4 (6.90%) Data Protection
9 4 (6.90%) Software Testing
10 3 (5.17%) Disaster Recovery
10 3 (5.17%) ITIL V3
10 3 (5.17%) Mentoring
10 3 (5.17%) Migration
10 3 (5.17%) Stakeholder Management
11 2 (3.45%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (8.62%) SQL
2 2 (3.45%) C
3 1 (1.72%) C++
Qualifications
1 6 (10.34%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (8.62%) CCNA
3 3 (5.17%) Security Cleared
4 2 (3.45%) CCNP
4 2 (3.45%) Degree
4 2 (3.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (1.72%) CCIE
5 1 (1.72%) HND
5 1 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.72%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.17%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 5 (8.62%) Active Directory
1 5 (8.62%) ClearTrust
2 4 (6.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.45%) Firmware
3 2 (3.45%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.72%) Terminal Services
4 1 (1.72%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (3.45%) Backup Exec
1 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
1 2 (3.45%) NetBackup
1 2 (3.45%) SCCM
1 2 (3.45%) SCDPM
1 2 (3.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 12 (20.69%) Microsoft
2 10 (17.24%) Cisco
3 5 (8.62%) VMware
4 4 (6.90%) Siemens
5 2 (3.45%) 3PAR
5 2 (3.45%) Brocade
5 2 (3.45%) CommVault
5 2 (3.45%) Dell
5 2 (3.45%) Dell Compellent
5 2 (3.45%) EMC
5 2 (3.45%) Ericsson
5 2 (3.45%) Fujitsu
5 2 (3.45%) HP
5 2 (3.45%) Huawei
5 2 (3.45%) IBM
5 2 (3.45%) Northgate
5 2 (3.45%) Oracle
5 2 (3.45%) SAP
5 2 (3.45%) SolarWinds
5 2 (3.45%) Veeam