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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 61 83 103
Rank change year-on-year
+22 +20
Contract jobs citing SLA 96 32 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.90% 1.39% 0.97%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.89% 23.53% 14.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 20 13
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.44% -14.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £174 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £409
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £310 £308
% change year-on-year
-11.29% +0.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 5
Average hourly rate £22.75 £14.25 £15.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+59.64% -7.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £10.75 £12.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £95.15 £15.75 £17.19
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.63 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.80%
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
357 136 209
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 10.79% 5.92% 6.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 250 85 111
Average daily rate £425 £433 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.73% +8.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £192 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 18 26
Average hourly rate £39.25 £15.75 £38.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+149.20% -59.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.60 £8.00 £17.11
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £24.85 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 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
Wiltshire +19 33 £175 -58.33% 13
Devon -3 23 £190 +11.76% 2
Gloucestershire -11 15 £300 +15.38% 1
Somerset -1 10 £388 -22.50% 8
Bristol -5 10 £325 - 8
Dorset 0 3 £163 -42.22% 3
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 80 (43.96%) Windows
2 78 (42.86%) ITIL
3 72 (39.56%) Security Cleared
4 69 (37.91%) Microsoft
5 53 (29.12%) MS Excel
6 45 (24.73%) VMware
7 43 (23.63%) Firewall
8 42 (23.08%) SC Cleared
9 38 (20.88%) Cisco
10 34 (18.68%) Service Management
11 32 (17.58%) Telecoms
11 32 (17.58%) Windows Server 2003
12 31 (17.03%) Active Directory
12 31 (17.03%) Service Delivery
12 31 (17.03%) Windows Server 2008
13 30 (16.48%) DV Cleared
14 26 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
14 26 (14.29%) HP
15 25 (13.74%) SQL
16 24 (13.19%) SharePoint
16 24 (13.19%) Analytical Skills
17 22 (12.09%) Solaris
17 22 (12.09%) DNS
17 22 (12.09%) CheckPoint
18 21 (11.54%) Thin Client
18 21 (11.54%) Linux
18 21 (11.54%) Finance
18 21 (11.54%) Fat Client
18 21 (11.54%) Cisco PIX
19 20 (10.99%) Windows 7

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 24 (13.19%) SharePoint
2 15 (8.24%) MS Exchange
3 11 (6.04%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (4.95%) Exchange Server 2007
4 9 (4.95%) Exchange Server 2003
5 6 (3.30%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.10%) CMS
6 2 (1.10%) ColdFusion
6 2 (1.10%) Railo
7 1 (0.55%) SAS
7 1 (0.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 53 (29.12%) MS Excel
2 19 (10.44%) MS Office
3 7 (3.85%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (2.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (3.85%) assyst
2 1 (0.55%) SAP HR-PA
2 1 (0.55%) SAP HR
2 1 (0.55%) SAP Business One
2 1 (0.55%) Changepoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.65%) Office 365
2 2 (1.10%) SaaS
2 2 (1.10%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 43 (23.63%) Firewall
2 22 (12.09%) DNS
3 21 (11.54%) Cisco PIX
4 20 (10.99%) DHCP
5 13 (7.14%) LAN
6 11 (6.04%) WAN
7 7 (3.85%) BGP
7 7 (3.85%) SAN
7 7 (3.85%) OSPF
8 6 (3.30%) MPLS
9 5 (2.75%) Ethernet
9 5 (2.75%) FTP
9 5 (2.75%) SNMP
9 5 (2.75%) TCP/IP
9 5 (2.75%) Telnet
10 4 (2.20%) Internet
10 4 (2.20%) EIGRP
10 4 (2.20%) Network Security
10 4 (2.20%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (2.20%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (9.89%) SQL Server
2 14 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (6.59%) SQL Server 2005
4 11 (6.04%) SQL Server 2012
5 10 (5.49%) Oracle Database
6 9 (4.95%) Oracle Database 10g
6 9 (4.95%) Oracle Database 11g
7 4 (2.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (2.20%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (1.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.55%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.55%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.55%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.55%) MySQL
9 1 (0.55%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.55%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 3 (1.65%) StarTeam
2 2 (1.10%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.10%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.55%) Oracle APEX
General
1 32 (17.58%) Telecoms
2 21 (11.54%) Finance
3 11 (6.04%) Back Office
4 10 (5.49%) Front Office
5 4 (2.20%) Aerospace
6 2 (1.10%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.55%) Automotive
7 1 (0.55%) Legal
7 1 (0.55%) Banking
7 1 (0.55%) Retail
7 1 (0.55%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 38 (20.88%) Analyst
2 25 (13.74%) Administrator
3 21 (11.54%) Systems Administrator
4 19 (10.44%) Service Manager
5 16 (8.79%) Network Engineer
6 15 (8.24%) Support Engineer
6 15 (8.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 13 (7.14%) MI Analyst
8 12 (6.59%) SQL DBA
8 12 (6.59%) Storage Administrator
8 12 (6.59%) DBA
8 12 (6.59%) Storage Systems Administrator
9 11 (6.04%) Support Technician
9 11 (6.04%) Support Analyst
9 11 (6.04%) Network Support
10 8 (4.40%) Service Desk Analyst
10 8 (4.40%) Network Support Engineer
10 8 (4.40%) Consultant
10 8 (4.40%) Service Analyst
10 8 (4.40%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.65%) .NET
2 2 (1.10%) HTML
2 2 (1.10%) CSS
2 2 (1.10%) XML
2 2 (1.10%) ColdBox
2 2 (1.10%) CSS3
2 2 (1.10%) HTML5
2 2 (1.10%) jQuery
3 1 (0.55%) Drools
3 1 (0.55%) Web Services
3 1 (0.55%) XHTML
3 1 (0.55%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 24 (13.19%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (11.54%) Thin Client
2 21 (11.54%) Fat Client
3 16 (8.79%) Management Information System
4 12 (6.59%) Statistics
5 6 (3.30%) Clustering
6 3 (1.65%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.65%) CMDB
7 2 (1.10%) IVR
7 2 (1.10%) iPad
7 2 (1.10%) iPhone
7 2 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.55%) User Experience
8 1 (0.55%) Visualisation
8 1 (0.55%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.55%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 80 (43.96%) Windows
2 32 (17.58%) Windows Server 2003
3 31 (17.03%) Windows Server 2008
4 22 (12.09%) Solaris
5 21 (11.54%) Linux
6 20 (10.99%) Windows 7
7 12 (6.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (4.95%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (4.40%) Windows 8
10 5 (2.75%) Windows XP
10 5 (2.75%) UNIX
11 2 (1.10%) Mac OS X
11 2 (1.10%) Apple iOS
11 2 (1.10%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (42.86%) ITIL
2 34 (18.68%) Service Management
3 31 (17.03%) Service Delivery
4 20 (10.99%) Change Management
5 17 (9.34%) Incident Management
6 16 (8.79%) PRINCE2
7 15 (8.24%) ITSM
7 15 (8.24%) Capacity Management
8 14 (7.69%) Capacity Planning
8 14 (7.69%) Configuration Management
9 10 (5.49%) Risk Analysis
10 9 (4.95%) Performance Tuning
10 9 (4.95%) Problem Management
10 9 (4.95%) Workflow
11 8 (4.40%) Process Management
11 8 (4.40%) ITIL V3
11 8 (4.40%) Root Cause Analysis
12 7 (3.85%) User Acceptance Testing
12 7 (3.85%) Benchmarking
12 7 (3.85%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (13.74%) SQL
2 12 (6.59%) T-SQL
3 3 (1.65%) C
3 3 (1.65%) Java
3 3 (1.65%) JavaScript
3 3 (1.65%) Perl
4 2 (1.10%) CFML
5 1 (0.55%) R
5 1 (0.55%) PL/SQL
5 1 (0.55%) C++
5 1 (0.55%) VBA
5 1 (0.55%) Python
5 1 (0.55%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.55%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 72 (39.56%) Security Cleared
2 42 (23.08%) SC Cleared
3 30 (16.48%) DV Cleared
4 20 (10.99%) ITIL Certification
5 13 (7.14%) Cisco Certification
6 11 (6.04%) CCNP
7 10 (5.49%) Microsoft Certification
8 9 (4.95%) MCP
9 8 (4.40%) CCNA
10 5 (2.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 5 (2.75%) CCIE
10 5 (2.75%) CISSP
10 5 (2.75%) Degree
11 4 (2.20%) MCSE
12 3 (1.65%) MCSA
13 2 (1.10%) MCITP
13 2 (1.10%) JNCIA
13 2 (1.10%) JNCIP
13 2 (1.10%) ISEB
13 2 (1.10%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.10%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.55%) Basel II
2 1 (0.55%) QA
System Software
1 31 (17.03%) Active Directory
2 26 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (6.59%) vSphere
4 9 (4.95%) Oracle RMAN
5 7 (3.85%) VMware ESX
6 5 (2.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (1.65%) Firmware
8 2 (1.10%) XenApp
9 1 (0.55%) vCloud
9 1 (0.55%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 19 (10.44%) NetBackup
1 19 (10.44%) HP SIM
1 19 (10.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 9 (4.95%) Data Guard
3 7 (3.85%) SCCM
3 7 (3.85%) SCOM
4 5 (2.75%) Tivoli
5 4 (2.20%) Tivoli Monitoring
6 3 (1.65%) Cisco Prime
7 2 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.55%) MOM
8 1 (0.55%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 69 (37.91%) Microsoft
2 45 (24.73%) VMware
3 38 (20.88%) Cisco
4 26 (14.29%) HP
5 22 (12.09%) CheckPoint
6 19 (10.44%) Symantec
7 16 (8.79%) Oracle
8 12 (6.59%) 3PAR
9 7 (3.85%) Citrix
10 6 (3.30%) IBM
11 4 (2.20%) Juniper
11 4 (2.20%) SAP
12 3 (1.65%) Remedy
13 2 (1.10%) Mitel
13 2 (1.10%) Ericsson
13 2 (1.10%) Avaya
13 2 (1.10%) Intel
13 2 (1.10%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
13 2 (1.10%) IronPort
13 2 (1.10%) RightFax
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