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 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 84 81 93
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +12
Contract jobs citing SLA 56 43 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.75% 1.75% 1.21%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 18.06% 18.61% 16.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 22 13
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.69% -16.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £175 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £389 £396 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £270
% change year-on-year
-3.33% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 7
Average hourly rate £15.00 £20.00 £13.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +45.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.02 £10.73 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £76.75 £20.00 £84.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £13.75
% change year-on-year
-6.89% +5.45%
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
310 231 186
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 9.71% 9.42% 7.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 203 148 107
Average daily rate £450 £356 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.31% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £180 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £674 £541 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 10 23
Average hourly rate £40.00 £23.75 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+68.42% -35.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.51 £11.00 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.50 £41.75 £43.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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 January 2015.

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 January 2015.

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 January 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
Somerset +7 13 £365 +108.57% 1
Bristol +4 13 £160 -50.76% 10
Wiltshire -3 9 £340 +5.01% 4
Gloucestershire -16 9 £268 -33.12% 4
Cornwall +3 5 - -
Devon -15 4 £208 +18.57%
Dorset - 4 £115 -
Avon - - - -
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 56 (35.67%) Windows
2 53 (33.76%) ITIL
2 53 (33.76%) Security Cleared
3 51 (32.48%) Microsoft
4 43 (27.39%) MS Excel
5 36 (22.93%) Telecoms
6 35 (22.29%) Firewall
6 35 (22.29%) SC Cleared
7 32 (20.38%) Service Delivery
7 32 (20.38%) Cisco
8 28 (17.83%) Service Management
8 28 (17.83%) VMware
9 23 (14.65%) Incident Management
9 23 (14.65%) Finance
9 23 (14.65%) SharePoint
9 23 (14.65%) Analytical Skills
10 22 (14.01%) Active Directory
11 21 (13.38%) CheckPoint
12 20 (12.74%) VMware Infrastructure
13 19 (12.10%) Solaris
14 18 (11.46%) Thin Client
14 18 (11.46%) Cisco PIX
14 18 (11.46%) Fat Client
14 18 (11.46%) DV Cleared
15 16 (10.19%) ITIL Certification
15 16 (10.19%) Windows Server 2003
15 16 (10.19%) MS Office
15 16 (10.19%) Change Management
16 15 (9.55%) Linux
16 15 (9.55%) MS Exchange

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 23 (14.65%) SharePoint
2 15 (9.55%) MS Exchange
3 7 (4.46%) Exchange Server 2003
4 4 (2.55%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.27%) Railo
6 2 (1.27%) CMS
6 2 (1.27%) ColdFusion
7 1 (0.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.64%) Apache
7 1 (0.64%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.64%) Oracle Application Server
7 1 (0.64%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 43 (27.39%) MS Excel
2 16 (10.19%) MS Office
3 5 (3.18%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.64%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.64%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 9 (5.73%) assyst
2 2 (1.27%) SAP HR-PA
2 2 (1.27%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.27%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.64%) Changepoint
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.27%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 35 (22.29%) Firewall
2 18 (11.46%) Cisco PIX
3 12 (7.64%) DNS
4 10 (6.37%) Radio Access Network
4 10 (6.37%) ATM
4 10 (6.37%) GSM
4 10 (6.37%) LAN
4 10 (6.37%) SDH
4 10 (6.37%) UMTS
4 10 (6.37%) Ethernet
4 10 (6.37%) RNC
5 9 (5.73%) TCP/IP
6 8 (5.10%) DHCP
6 8 (5.10%) WAN
7 6 (3.82%) MPLS
8 5 (3.18%) Telnet
8 5 (3.18%) SNMP
8 5 (3.18%) FTP
9 4 (2.55%) Cisco Nexus
9 4 (2.55%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.18%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (1.27%) ZAP BI
3 2 (1.27%) SAP BW
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle8/8i Database
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle9i Database
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.64%) DB2
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 5 (3.18%) Git (software)
1 5 (3.18%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.91%) MSI
2 3 (1.91%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.91%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (1.91%) StarTeam
2 3 (1.91%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.91%) Hudson
3 1 (0.64%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle Forms
General
1 36 (22.93%) Telecoms
2 23 (14.65%) Finance
3 4 (2.55%) Back Office
4 2 (1.27%) Law
4 2 (1.27%) Publishing
5 1 (0.64%) Legal
5 1 (0.64%) Front Office
5 1 (0.64%) Marketing
5 1 (0.64%) French Language
5 1 (0.64%) German Language
Job Titles
1 30 (19.11%) Analyst
2 25 (15.92%) Service Manager
3 13 (8.28%) Field Engineer
4 12 (7.64%) Consultant
5 10 (6.37%) Support Engineer
5 10 (6.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 9 (5.73%) Service Desk Analyst
6 9 (5.73%) Service Analyst
6 9 (5.73%) Administrator
7 8 (5.10%) Technical Consultant
7 8 (5.10%) Systems Administrator
7 8 (5.10%) Services Delivery Manager
7 8 (5.10%) Delivery Manager
7 8 (5.10%) MI Analyst
8 7 (4.46%) Storage Administrator
8 7 (4.46%) Network Engineer
8 7 (4.46%) Business Analyst
8 7 (4.46%) Storage Systems Administrator
9 5 (3.18%) Developer
9 5 (3.18%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.55%) XML
2 3 (1.91%) Web Services
2 3 (1.91%) XSLT
2 3 (1.91%) ASP.NET
2 3 (1.91%) .NET
2 3 (1.91%) .NET Framework
2 3 (1.91%) LINQ
3 2 (1.27%) CSS3
3 2 (1.27%) ColdBox
3 2 (1.27%) HTML5
3 2 (1.27%) jQuery
3 2 (1.27%) HTML
3 2 (1.27%) CSS
3 2 (1.27%) Middleware
4 1 (0.64%) XHTML
4 1 (0.64%) Ajax
4 1 (0.64%) Application Packaging
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 23 (14.65%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (11.46%) Thin Client
2 18 (11.46%) Fat Client
3 8 (5.10%) Blackberry
3 8 (5.10%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.91%) Performance Metrics
5 2 (1.27%) iPad
5 2 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.27%) iPhone
5 2 (1.27%) CMDB
5 2 (1.27%) IVR
6 1 (0.64%) EPoS
6 1 (0.64%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.64%) Clustering
6 1 (0.64%) Statistics
6 1 (0.64%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 56 (35.67%) Windows
2 19 (12.10%) Solaris
3 16 (10.19%) Windows Server 2003
4 15 (9.55%) Linux
4 15 (9.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (7.01%) Windows XP
6 10 (6.37%) Windows 7
7 7 (4.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (2.55%) Windows 8
8 4 (2.55%) Windows Vista
9 3 (1.91%) UNIX
10 2 (1.27%) Android
11 1 (0.64%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.64%) AIX
11 1 (0.64%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.64%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (33.76%) ITIL
2 32 (20.38%) Service Delivery
3 28 (17.83%) Service Management
4 23 (14.65%) Incident Management
5 16 (10.19%) Change Management
6 13 (8.28%) Agile Software Development
7 11 (7.01%) Line Management
8 10 (6.37%) WFM
9 9 (5.73%) Capacity Management
10 8 (5.10%) Business Development
11 7 (4.46%) Project Management
12 6 (3.82%) Network Management
12 6 (3.82%) Problem Management
12 6 (3.82%) Configuration Management
13 5 (3.18%) PRINCE2
13 5 (3.18%) Workflow
13 5 (3.18%) ITIL V3
13 5 (3.18%) Root Cause Analysis
13 5 (3.18%) Mentoring
14 4 (2.55%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 8 (5.10%) SQL
2 5 (3.18%) JavaScript
3 3 (1.91%) VB.NET
3 3 (1.91%) Perl
3 3 (1.91%) C
3 3 (1.91%) C#
4 2 (1.27%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.27%) Java
4 2 (1.27%) T-SQL
4 2 (1.27%) CFML
5 1 (0.64%) COBOL
5 1 (0.64%) R
Qualifications
1 53 (33.76%) Security Cleared
2 35 (22.29%) SC Cleared
3 18 (11.46%) DV Cleared
4 16 (10.19%) ITIL Certification
5 10 (6.37%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (4.46%) CCNP
7 5 (3.18%) CISSP
7 5 (3.18%) CCIE
8 4 (2.55%) CCNA
9 3 (1.91%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (1.91%) Degree
10 2 (1.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (1.27%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (1.27%) MCSE
11 1 (0.64%) ECDL
11 1 (0.64%) PMP
11 1 (0.64%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.64%) Dell Certification
11 1 (0.64%) A+ Certification
11 1 (0.64%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.10%) QA
2 4 (2.55%) ISO 9001
3 3 (1.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.27%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 22 (14.01%) Active Directory
2 20 (12.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (4.46%) vSphere
4 3 (1.91%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 2 (1.27%) NFS
5 2 (1.27%) Firmware
6 1 (0.64%) ISA Server
6 1 (0.64%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.64%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.64%) Oracle RMAN
6 1 (0.64%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.64%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.64%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.64%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 8 (5.10%) HP SIM
1 8 (5.10%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
1 8 (5.10%) NetBackup
2 5 (3.18%) Tivoli
3 4 (2.55%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 3 (1.91%) SCCM
5 2 (1.27%) SCOM
5 2 (1.27%) WSUS
6 1 (0.64%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.64%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.64%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 51 (32.48%) Microsoft
2 32 (20.38%) Cisco
3 28 (17.83%) VMware
4 21 (13.38%) CheckPoint
5 13 (8.28%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 13 (8.28%) Ericsson
6 11 (7.01%) HP
7 8 (5.10%) Symantec
8 7 (4.46%) Citrix
8 7 (4.46%) IBM
8 7 (4.46%) 3PAR
9 6 (3.82%) Remedy
10 5 (3.18%) SAP
11 4 (2.55%) Nokia
12 3 (1.91%) Sun
12 3 (1.91%) Oracle
13 2 (1.27%) RightFax
13 2 (1.27%) IronPort
13 2 (1.27%) Amdocs
13 2 (1.27%) Huawei
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