The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 70 67 62
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -5
Contract jobs citing SLA 248 226 217
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.52% 2.65% 2.63%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.55% 36.28% 34.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 83 67
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £136 £131 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £469 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £300 £275
% change year-on-year
-8.33% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 15 35
Average hourly rate £13.81 £14.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.35% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.25 £11.42 £10.23
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.50 £77.50 £20.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.94 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-7.10% -6.25%
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 South East region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
786 623 637
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 7.99% 7.30% 7.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 416 295 315
Average daily rate £360 £338 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £212 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £371 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 28 64
Average hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £16.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.06% +11.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £12.50 £10.79
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £113.50 £39.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -16.27%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in the South East

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the South East region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

SLA
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the South East region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

SLA Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

SLA
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the South East region over the 3 months to 24 December 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
Buckinghamshire +12 77 £368 +15.29% 11
Berkshire 0 66 £230 -34.65% 16
Hampshire -34 39 £325 -1.51% 14
Surrey -4 26 £285 -20.83% 8
West Sussex -8 14 £290 +123.07% 3
Oxfordshire -12 11 £275 +12.24% 3
Kent +1 9 £430 +36.50% 3
Middlesex 0 2 £369 -
East Sussex -6 1 £150 -68.42% 1
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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.

1 189 (38.26%) ITIL
2 169 (34.21%) Windows
3 154 (31.17%) Microsoft
4 131 (26.52%) Active Directory
5 116 (23.48%) Security Cleared
6 115 (23.28%) MS Excel
7 91 (18.42%) Telecoms
8 88 (17.81%) SC Cleared
9 70 (14.17%) Analytical Skills
10 67 (13.56%) Windows 7
11 66 (13.36%) Cisco
12 65 (13.16%) VMware
13 64 (12.96%) Change Management
14 63 (12.75%) MS Office
15 62 (12.55%) HP
16 61 (12.35%) Microsoft Certification
17 60 (12.15%) Citrix
17 60 (12.15%) Finance
18 55 (11.13%) Service Delivery
19 54 (10.93%) Incident Management
20 52 (10.53%) MS Exchange
20 52 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
21 49 (9.92%) Windows Server 2003
22 46 (9.31%) MCSE
23 45 (9.11%) SharePoint
23 45 (9.11%) Cisco Certification
24 43 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
25 41 (8.30%) LAN
25 41 (8.30%) Degree
26 39 (7.89%) Remedy

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 52 (10.53%) MS Exchange
2 45 (9.11%) SharePoint
3 24 (4.86%) IIS
4 18 (3.64%) SharePoint 2013
5 14 (2.83%) Exchange Server 2003
6 12 (2.43%) BizTalk Server
7 11 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2013
7 11 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2010
8 10 (2.02%) SharePoint Server
9 8 (1.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (1.21%) Lync
11 4 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2007
12 3 (0.61%) CMS
12 3 (0.61%) MS Project Server
13 2 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
13 2 (0.40%) WebLogic
14 1 (0.20%) IBM Notes
14 1 (0.20%) Lotus Domino
14 1 (0.20%) Oracle Workflow
14 1 (0.20%) Mule
Applications
1 115 (23.28%) MS Excel
2 63 (12.75%) MS Office
3 16 (3.24%) MS Visio
4 12 (2.43%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (1.82%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.81%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.81%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.61%) Oracle General Ledger
2 3 (0.61%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (0.61%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (0.40%) Oracle iProcurement
3 2 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle ASCP
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle SCM
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.20%) SAP IS-U
4 1 (0.20%) SAP APO
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.42%) Office 365
2 1 (0.20%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (8.30%) LAN
2 38 (7.69%) DNS
2 38 (7.69%) Firewall
3 37 (7.49%) 3G
4 36 (7.29%) WAN
5 35 (7.09%) SAN
6 30 (6.07%) LTE
6 30 (6.07%) 4G
7 27 (5.47%) DHCP
8 25 (5.06%) VPN
9 22 (4.45%) TCP/IP
9 22 (4.45%) Broadband
10 21 (4.25%) Internet
11 18 (3.64%) NAS
12 16 (3.24%) 2G
13 15 (3.04%) Wireless
14 14 (2.83%) Cisco ASA
15 13 (2.63%) SMS
16 12 (2.43%) TACACS
17 10 (2.02%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (6.07%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.24%) SQL Server 2005
3 15 (3.04%) SQL Server 2008
4 14 (2.83%) Crystal Reports
5 7 (1.42%) SQL Server 2000
5 7 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (1.21%) EDRMS
7 3 (0.61%) IDOL
7 3 (0.61%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.40%) Oracle BI EE
8 2 (0.40%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (0.40%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.40%) SQLPlus
8 2 (0.40%) QlikView
8 2 (0.40%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.40%) DTS
8 2 (0.40%) OLAP
8 2 (0.40%) MySQL
8 2 (0.40%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 3 (0.61%) Oracle Forms
1 3 (0.61%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (0.61%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (0.40%) Wise Package Studio
2 2 (0.40%) JIRA
2 2 (0.40%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.20%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.20%) JMeter
3 1 (0.20%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.20%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.20%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.20%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 91 (18.42%) Telecoms
2 60 (12.15%) Finance
3 11 (2.23%) Banking
3 11 (2.23%) Retail
4 7 (1.42%) Billing
4 7 (1.42%) Manufacturing
5 6 (1.21%) Back Office
5 6 (1.21%) Marketing
6 4 (0.81%) Legal
7 3 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.61%) General Ledger
8 2 (0.40%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.20%) Publishing
9 1 (0.20%) French Language
9 1 (0.20%) German Language
9 1 (0.20%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.20%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.20%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 106 (21.46%) Analyst
2 62 (12.55%) Support Engineer
3 40 (8.10%) 2nd Line Support
4 38 (7.69%) Support Analyst
5 31 (6.28%) Desktop Support
6 28 (5.67%) Administrator
7 26 (5.26%) Service Analyst
7 26 (5.26%) Service Manager
7 26 (5.26%) Team Leader
8 24 (4.86%) Service Desk Analyst
9 20 (4.05%) 1st Line Support
10 19 (3.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 19 (3.85%) Desktop Engineer
11 18 (3.64%) Delivery Manager
11 18 (3.64%) Applications Support
11 18 (3.64%) Services Delivery Manager
12 15 (3.04%) Consultant
12 15 (3.04%) Systems Administrator
13 14 (2.83%) Network Engineer
13 14 (2.83%) Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (1.01%) CSS
1 5 (1.01%) WAP
1 5 (1.01%) XMPP
2 4 (0.81%) Windows SharePoint Services
2 4 (0.81%) LAMP
2 4 (0.81%) .NET
3 3 (0.61%) ASP.NET
3 3 (0.61%) Web Services
3 3 (0.61%) XML
3 3 (0.61%) Application Packaging
3 3 (0.61%) jQuery
3 3 (0.61%) HTML
4 2 (0.40%) WebCenter
4 2 (0.40%) Software Packaging
4 2 (0.40%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.20%) SAP Basis
5 1 (0.20%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.20%) XSLT
5 1 (0.20%) MSMQ
5 1 (0.20%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 70 (14.17%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (5.47%) Clustering
3 24 (4.86%) Blackberry
4 19 (3.85%) Management Information System
5 15 (3.04%) Mainframe
6 12 (2.43%) Video Conferencing
7 8 (1.62%) Computer Science
8 6 (1.21%) CMDB
9 5 (1.01%) Wiki
9 5 (1.01%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.01%) Statistics
9 5 (1.01%) Replication
10 4 (0.81%) PDA
10 4 (0.81%) GIS
11 3 (0.61%) Thin Client
11 3 (0.61%) PKI
11 3 (0.61%) SCADA
11 3 (0.61%) Mobile Computing
11 3 (0.61%) Fat Client
12 2 (0.40%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 169 (34.21%) Windows
2 67 (13.56%) Windows 7
3 52 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
4 49 (9.92%) Windows Server 2003
5 35 (7.09%) UNIX
6 32 (6.48%) Windows XP
7 26 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
8 22 (4.45%) Linux
9 18 (3.64%) Windows 2000
9 18 (3.64%) Windows NT
10 13 (2.63%) Windows 2000 Server
11 8 (1.62%) MVS
11 8 (1.62%) Windows 8
12 7 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (1.21%) AIX
14 4 (0.81%) Windows Vista
15 3 (0.61%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.20%) HPUX
16 1 (0.20%) Solaris
16 1 (0.20%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 189 (38.26%) ITIL
2 64 (12.96%) Change Management
3 55 (11.13%) Service Delivery
4 54 (10.93%) Incident Management
5 36 (7.29%) Service Management
6 30 (6.07%) Problem Management
7 26 (5.26%) Project Management
8 25 (5.06%) Disaster Recovery
9 24 (4.86%) Configuration Management
9 24 (4.86%) PRINCE2
10 18 (3.64%) ITSM
10 18 (3.64%) Migration
10 18 (3.64%) ITIL V3
11 16 (3.24%) Network Management
11 16 (3.24%) Line Management
12 15 (3.04%) Load Balancing
12 15 (3.04%) Fault Management
13 14 (2.83%) Workflow
13 14 (2.83%) Business Intelligence
14 13 (2.63%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 34 (6.88%) SQL
2 10 (2.02%) PowerShell
3 6 (1.21%) VBA
3 6 (1.21%) C#
4 5 (1.01%) VB
5 4 (0.81%) Shell Script
5 4 (0.81%) T-SQL
5 4 (0.81%) C
6 3 (0.61%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.61%) JCL
7 2 (0.40%) Korn
7 2 (0.40%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.20%) VBScript
8 1 (0.20%) Perl
8 1 (0.20%) C++
8 1 (0.20%) Java
8 1 (0.20%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.20%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.20%) Python
Qualifications
1 116 (23.48%) Security Cleared
2 88 (17.81%) SC Cleared
3 61 (12.35%) Microsoft Certification
4 46 (9.31%) MCSE
5 45 (9.11%) Cisco Certification
6 41 (8.30%) Degree
7 33 (6.68%) DV Cleared
8 32 (6.48%) CCNA
9 28 (5.67%) ITIL Certification
10 27 (5.47%) CCNP
11 26 (5.26%) MCP
12 11 (2.23%) CCSA
13 10 (2.02%) CCSE
14 7 (1.42%) A+ Certification
14 7 (1.42%) MCTS
14 7 (1.42%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 6 (1.21%) MCSA
16 5 (1.01%) CCSP
16 5 (1.01%) CCENT
17 4 (0.81%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 6 (1.21%) QA
2 1 (0.20%) P3O
System Software
1 131 (26.52%) Active Directory
2 43 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (4.25%) VMware ESX
4 19 (3.85%) Terminal Services
5 13 (2.63%) ISA Server
6 12 (2.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 12 (2.43%) XenApp
7 11 (2.23%) Hyper-V
8 9 (1.82%) vSphere
9 8 (1.62%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.61%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (0.61%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (0.61%) Forefront TMG
10 3 (0.61%) UAG
11 2 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.40%) Firmware
11 2 (0.40%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.40%) Oracle RMAN
12 1 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.20%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 15 (3.04%) SCOM
2 14 (2.83%) SCCM
3 13 (2.63%) BladeLogic
4 11 (2.23%) Backup Exec
5 10 (2.02%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 9 (1.82%) ARCserve
7 8 (1.62%) Netcool
8 7 (1.42%) NetBackup
9 6 (1.21%) Norton AntiVirus
9 6 (1.21%) HP SIM
10 5 (1.01%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 5 (1.01%) Control-M
10 5 (1.01%) OVSD
10 5 (1.01%) OpenView
11 4 (0.81%) Tivoli
11 4 (0.81%) Nagios
11 4 (0.81%) Cisco Prime
11 4 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.81%) HP Data Protector
12 3 (0.61%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 154 (31.17%) Microsoft
2 66 (13.36%) Cisco
3 65 (13.16%) VMware
4 62 (12.55%) HP
5 60 (12.15%) Citrix
6 39 (7.89%) Remedy
7 25 (5.06%) Symantec
8 18 (3.64%) F5
9 17 (3.44%) Ericsson
9 17 (3.44%) Juniper
10 14 (2.83%) Avaya
10 14 (2.83%) Oracle
10 14 (2.83%) CheckPoint
10 14 (2.83%) Altiris
11 13 (2.63%) Nokia
11 13 (2.63%) Intel
12 12 (2.43%) Nortel
12 12 (2.43%) Huawei
13 11 (2.23%) Blue Coat
13 11 (2.23%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
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