The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 30 April 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 76 86 65
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -21
Contract jobs citing SLA 59 60 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.01% 1.94% 2.89%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.47% 20.41% 24.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 26 49
Average daily rate £278 £250 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.00% -23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £100 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £422 £550 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 12
Average hourly rate £21.75 £29.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +81.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.96 £11.57 £8.92
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.15 £29.00 £38.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.55 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+0.32% +6.89%
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 West region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
303 294 373
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 10.34% 9.50% 11.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 172 179 232
Average daily rate £400 £420 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% -1.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £251 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £386 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.62% +4.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 13 32
Average hourly rate £42.00 £35.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +27.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.50 £22.60 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £42.50 £41.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £29.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+13.79% +52.63%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in the South West

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the South West region over the 3 months to 30 April 2016.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

SLA
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the South West region over the 3 months to 30 April 2016.

SLA Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

SLA
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 30 April 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
Bristol +12 26 £350 +191.66% 3
Gloucestershire +6 9 £130 - 6
Dorset -1 7 £180 +67.44% 1
Somerset +12 6 £370 -32.72% 3
Wiltshire -12 5 £395 +0.31% 1
Devon -1 2 - - 1
Cornwall -3 1 £250 +150.00%
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 46 (41.44%) ITIL
2 45 (40.54%) Service Delivery
3 35 (31.53%) Windows
4 33 (29.73%) Cisco
5 30 (27.03%) Microsoft
6 25 (22.52%) Service Management
6 25 (22.52%) Data Centre
7 23 (20.72%) Security Cleared
8 22 (19.82%) Finance
9 20 (18.02%) Nokia
9 20 (18.02%) CheckPoint
10 19 (17.12%) Active Directory
10 19 (17.12%) Firewall
11 16 (14.41%) SC Cleared
12 14 (12.61%) Network Security
12 14 (12.61%) Java
12 14 (12.61%) F5
13 13 (11.71%) Demand Management
13 13 (11.71%) Windows XP
14 12 (10.81%) Citrix
14 12 (10.81%) MS Excel
15 11 (9.91%) Windows 2000
15 11 (9.91%) MS Office
16 10 (9.01%) ITIL Certification
16 10 (9.01%) Management Information System
16 10 (9.01%) Incident Management
17 9 (8.11%) ITSM
17 9 (8.11%) Change Management
17 9 (8.11%) Internet
17 9 (8.11%) SQL

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 7 (6.31%) IBM Notes
2 6 (5.41%) MS Exchange
3 5 (4.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 5 (4.50%) IBM Domino
4 2 (1.80%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.90%) IIS
5 1 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 12 (10.81%) MS Excel
2 11 (9.91%) MS Office
3 5 (4.50%) Acrobat
4 2 (1.80%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.80%) ResourceLink
2 1 (0.90%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.90%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.90%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.90%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (0.90%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (0.90%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
2 1 (0.90%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.80%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 19 (17.12%) Firewall
2 14 (12.61%) Network Security
3 9 (8.11%) Internet
4 8 (7.21%) VPN
5 6 (5.41%) LAN
5 6 (5.41%) TCP/IP
5 6 (5.41%) VoIP
6 4 (3.60%) WAN
6 4 (3.60%) Wireless
7 3 (2.70%) Cisco ASA
7 3 (2.70%) FWSM
8 2 (1.80%) SAN
9 1 (0.90%) 3G
9 1 (0.90%) Cisco IPT
9 1 (0.90%) IP Telephony
9 1 (0.90%) LTE
9 1 (0.90%) MPLS
9 1 (0.90%) PPP
9 1 (0.90%) Radio Access Network
9 1 (0.90%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.70%) MS Access
1 3 (2.70%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.80%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.80%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (0.90%) Oracle BI EE
3 1 (0.90%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (0.90%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (0.90%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.90%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (0.90%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (0.90%) Visual Studio
General
1 22 (19.82%) Finance
2 8 (7.21%) Telecoms
3 5 (4.50%) Billing
4 4 (3.60%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.80%) Retail
6 1 (0.90%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.90%) Electronics
6 1 (0.90%) Law
6 1 (0.90%) Legal
6 1 (0.90%) Marketing
6 1 (0.90%) Military
Job Titles
1 26 (23.42%) Analyst
2 20 (18.02%) Support Engineer
3 14 (12.61%) Network Analyst
4 13 (11.71%) Check Point Analyst
4 13 (11.71%) Cisco Analyst
4 13 (11.71%) Cisco Network Analyst
4 13 (11.71%) Cisco Security Analyst
4 13 (11.71%) Firewall Analyst
4 13 (11.71%) Network Security Analyst
4 13 (11.71%) Security Analyst
5 9 (8.11%) Service Manager
6 8 (7.21%) Desktop Engineer
7 7 (6.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (6.31%) Network Support
8 6 (5.41%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
8 6 (5.41%) 3rd Line Support
8 6 (5.41%) Consultant
8 6 (5.41%) Desktop Support
8 6 (5.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 6 (5.41%) NOC Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.90%) .NET
1 1 (0.90%) CSS
1 1 (0.90%) Middleware
1 1 (0.90%) Oracle Fusion
1 1 (0.90%) WCF
1 1 (0.90%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 25 (22.52%) Data Centre
2 10 (9.01%) Management Information System
3 7 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (5.41%) Blackberry
4 6 (5.41%) Replication
5 2 (1.80%) CMDB
5 2 (1.80%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.80%) PDA
6 1 (0.90%) Clustering
6 1 (0.90%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.90%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.90%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 35 (31.53%) Windows
2 13 (11.71%) Windows XP
3 11 (9.91%) Windows 2000
4 8 (7.21%) Windows 7
5 6 (5.41%) Windows NT
5 6 (5.41%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (4.50%) Apple iOS
6 5 (4.50%) Windows Vista
7 4 (3.60%) Unix
7 4 (3.60%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (2.70%) Linux
8 3 (2.70%) Windows 8
8 3 (2.70%) Windows Server
8 3 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.90%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (41.44%) ITIL
2 45 (40.54%) Service Delivery
3 25 (22.52%) Service Management
4 13 (11.71%) Demand Management
5 10 (9.01%) Incident Management
6 9 (8.11%) Change Management
6 9 (8.11%) ITIL V3
6 9 (8.11%) ITSM
7 6 (5.41%) CMMI
7 6 (5.41%) PRINCE2
7 6 (5.41%) Six Sigma
7 6 (5.41%) Workflow
8 5 (4.50%) Enterprise Architecture
8 5 (4.50%) Facilities Management
8 5 (4.50%) Process Management
9 4 (3.60%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (3.60%) Capacity Management
9 4 (3.60%) Infrastructure Management
9 4 (3.60%) Mentoring
9 4 (3.60%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (12.61%) Java
2 9 (8.11%) SQL
3 6 (5.41%) C++
4 3 (2.70%) JavaScript
4 3 (2.70%) VB
5 2 (1.80%) C#
5 2 (1.80%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.90%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.90%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.90%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 23 (20.72%) Security Cleared
2 16 (14.41%) SC Cleared
3 10 (9.01%) ITIL Certification
4 7 (6.31%) CCNA
4 7 (6.31%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (6.31%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (4.50%) DV Cleared
6 4 (3.60%) HNC
7 3 (2.70%) Degree
8 2 (1.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (1.80%) MCP
9 1 (0.90%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.90%) MBA
9 1 (0.90%) MCSA
9 1 (0.90%) MCSE
9 1 (0.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.80%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 19 (17.12%) Active Directory
2 5 (4.50%) XenApp
2 5 (4.50%) XenDesktop
3 4 (3.60%) BitLocker
3 4 (3.60%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (3.60%) UAG
4 2 (1.80%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.90%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.90%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (4.50%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (2.70%) SCCM
3 2 (1.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 2 (1.80%) NetBackup
4 1 (0.90%) CiscoWorks
4 1 (0.90%) EdgeSight
4 1 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.90%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 1 (0.90%) Puppet
Vendors
1 33 (29.73%) Cisco
2 30 (27.03%) Microsoft
3 20 (18.02%) CheckPoint
3 20 (18.02%) Nokia
4 14 (12.61%) F5
5 12 (10.81%) Citrix
6 8 (7.21%) Dell
7 7 (6.31%) Lotus
8 5 (4.50%) Adobe
8 5 (4.50%) Apple
8 5 (4.50%) Symantec
9 4 (3.60%) AppSense
9 4 (3.60%) Canon
9 4 (3.60%) Juniper
9 4 (3.60%) Sophos
10 3 (2.70%) IronPort
10 3 (2.70%) NetApp
10 3 (2.70%) Oracle
10 3 (2.70%) Remedy
11 2 (1.80%) Forcepoint
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