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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 89 58 79
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +21
Contract jobs citing SLA 61 94 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.82% 2.97% 1.31%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.40% 26.86% 19.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 48 11
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.52% -25.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £128 £150 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £476 £400 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £260 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 12 3
Average hourly rate £20.50 £21.25 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.52% +32.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £15.00 £15.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £34.50 £16.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.77 £16.50 £15.88
% change year-on-year
-4.42% +3.93%
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
285 350 146
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 8.52% 11.07% 6.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 233 76
Average daily rate £419 £425 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.47% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 28 14
Average hourly rate £22.50 £25.50 £17.23
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +48.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £8.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.10 £43.00 £27.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+10.51% +11.42%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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
Wiltshire -7 25 £425 +150.00% 12
Bristol +5 15 £130 -71.11% 14
Gloucestershire -15 5 £438 +25.00% 4
Devon -15 4 £363 +107.14% 4
Somerset -7 3 £375 - 2
Cornwall +1 1 - - 1
Dorset 0 1 - - 2
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 45 (41.67%) Windows
2 37 (34.26%) ITIL
3 31 (28.70%) Microsoft
4 30 (27.78%) Active Directory
5 25 (23.15%) MS Office
6 23 (21.30%) Service Delivery
7 17 (15.74%) Firewall
7 17 (15.74%) SQL
8 16 (14.81%) Security Cleared
8 16 (14.81%) Windows 7
9 15 (13.89%) Windows XP
10 14 (12.96%) Cisco
10 14 (12.96%) Cisco Certification
11 13 (12.04%) CCNP
11 13 (12.04%) MS Exchange
11 13 (12.04%) Migration
12 12 (11.11%) SC Cleared
12 12 (11.11%) Network Security
12 12 (11.11%) Change Management
12 12 (11.11%) Citrix
13 11 (10.19%) McAfee
13 11 (10.19%) MS Excel
13 11 (10.19%) Windows Server 2008
13 11 (10.19%) Data Centre
14 10 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
14 10 (9.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 10 (9.26%) Finance
14 10 (9.26%) Incident Management
15 9 (8.33%) Service Management
15 9 (8.33%) Juniper

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 13 (12.04%) MS Exchange
2 9 (8.33%) SharePoint
3 4 (3.70%) Tomcat
4 3 (2.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (2.78%) WebLogic
4 3 (2.78%) IIS
4 3 (2.78%) JBoss
4 3 (2.78%) Apache
5 2 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.93%) Lync
6 1 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.93%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 25 (23.15%) MS Office
2 11 (10.19%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.93%) Cerner Millennium
1 1 (0.93%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 17 (15.74%) Firewall
2 12 (11.11%) Network Security
3 8 (7.41%) Cisco ASA
3 8 (7.41%) Cisco PIX
4 7 (6.48%) WAN
4 7 (6.48%) LAN
4 7 (6.48%) DNS
5 4 (3.70%) DHCP
5 4 (3.70%) TCP/IP
5 4 (3.70%) Internet
5 4 (3.70%) Junos
5 4 (3.70%) Cisco ISE
6 2 (1.85%) Spanning Tree
6 2 (1.85%) ISDN
6 2 (1.85%) VLAN
6 2 (1.85%) Cisco IOS
6 2 (1.85%) MPLS
6 2 (1.85%) OSPF
6 2 (1.85%) BGP
6 2 (1.85%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.41%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.78%) Oracle Database 11g
2 3 (2.78%) MySQL
2 3 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (2.78%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (2.78%) Oracle Database 10g
2 3 (2.78%) SAP BW
2 3 (2.78%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.85%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (1.85%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (1.85%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.93%) Big Data
4 1 (0.93%) SQLite
4 1 (0.93%) OLAP
4 1 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.93%) OLTP
4 1 (0.93%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 2 (1.85%) Oracle APEX
1 2 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.93%) Ant
2 1 (0.93%) JUnit
2 1 (0.93%) Maven
General
1 10 (9.26%) Finance
2 4 (3.70%) Back Office
3 3 (2.78%) Legal
3 3 (2.78%) Marketing
4 2 (1.85%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.93%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.93%) Banking
5 1 (0.93%) Electronics
5 1 (0.93%) Law
Job Titles
1 25 (23.15%) Analyst
2 16 (14.81%) Service Manager
3 13 (12.04%) Desktop Support
4 11 (10.19%) Support Analyst
4 11 (10.19%) Service Analyst
4 11 (10.19%) Service Desk Analyst
5 10 (9.26%) 2nd Line Support
6 9 (8.33%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 9 (8.33%) Desktop Analyst
7 8 (7.41%) Team Leader
7 8 (7.41%) Support Engineer
8 7 (6.48%) Services Delivery Manager
8 7 (6.48%) Delivery Manager
9 6 (5.56%) Senior Analyst
9 6 (5.56%) Developer
9 6 (5.56%) Service Desk Team Leader
10 5 (4.63%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
11 4 (3.70%) Desktop Engineer
11 4 (3.70%) Applications Support
12 3 (2.78%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.63%) HTML
2 4 (3.70%) .NET
2 4 (3.70%) J2EE
3 3 (2.78%) CSS
4 2 (1.85%) Java EE
4 2 (1.85%) Drools
5 1 (0.93%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.93%) MDX
5 1 (0.93%) jQuery
5 1 (0.93%) XML
5 1 (0.93%) Spring
5 1 (0.93%) Ajax
5 1 (0.93%) Ruby on Rails
5 1 (0.93%) Classic ASP
5 1 (0.93%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.19%) Data Centre
2 10 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.63%) Blackberry
4 3 (2.78%) NHS
5 2 (1.85%) Statistics
5 2 (1.85%) GIS
6 1 (0.93%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.93%) Replication
6 1 (0.93%) Clustering
6 1 (0.93%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.93%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 45 (41.67%) Windows
2 16 (14.81%) Windows 7
3 15 (13.89%) Windows XP
4 11 (10.19%) Windows Server 2008
5 9 (8.33%) Linux
6 8 (7.41%) Windows 8
7 6 (5.56%) UNIX
8 5 (4.63%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (4.63%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.93%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.93%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.93%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (34.26%) ITIL
2 23 (21.30%) Service Delivery
3 13 (12.04%) Migration
4 12 (11.11%) Change Management
5 10 (9.26%) Incident Management
6 9 (8.33%) Service Management
6 9 (8.33%) CRM
7 8 (7.41%) Problem Management
7 8 (7.41%) Kalman Filter
8 6 (5.56%) Mentoring
8 6 (5.56%) Project Management
9 5 (4.63%) Configuration Management
9 5 (4.63%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (4.63%) Network Design
10 4 (3.70%) Disaster Recovery
10 4 (3.70%) Benchmarking
10 4 (3.70%) Coaching
10 4 (3.70%) DevOps
10 4 (3.70%) Performance Tuning
10 4 (3.70%) Database Security
Programming Languages
1 17 (15.74%) SQL
2 6 (5.56%) Java
2 6 (5.56%) Shell Script
3 5 (4.63%) Perl
4 4 (3.70%) PowerShell
5 3 (2.78%) C++
5 3 (2.78%) Ruby
5 3 (2.78%) VBA
5 3 (2.78%) Python
6 2 (1.85%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.85%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.85%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.85%) C#
7 1 (0.93%) C
7 1 (0.93%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.93%) VBScript
7 1 (0.93%) VB
7 1 (0.93%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 16 (14.81%) Security Cleared
2 14 (12.96%) Cisco Certification
3 13 (12.04%) CCNP
4 12 (11.11%) SC Cleared
5 10 (9.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 9 (8.33%) CCIE
7 8 (7.41%) JNCIP
7 8 (7.41%) CISSP
8 5 (4.63%) DV Cleared
8 5 (4.63%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (3.70%) Degree
10 2 (1.85%) CCNA
11 1 (0.93%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.85%) QA
System Software
1 30 (27.78%) Active Directory
2 6 (5.56%) ISA Server
3 3 (2.78%) VMware ESX
3 3 (2.78%) Hyper-V
3 3 (2.78%) Firmware
4 1 (0.93%) XenApp
4 1 (0.93%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (2.78%) Backup Exec
1 3 (2.78%) SCCM
1 3 (2.78%) SCOM
2 2 (1.85%) Tivoli
2 2 (1.85%) Tivoli Monitoring
2 2 (1.85%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 31 (28.70%) Microsoft
2 14 (12.96%) Cisco
3 12 (11.11%) Citrix
4 11 (10.19%) McAfee
5 9 (8.33%) Blue Coat
5 9 (8.33%) Juniper
6 8 (7.41%) Sourcefire
6 8 (7.41%) IronPort
6 8 (7.41%) Intel
7 7 (6.48%) Oracle
8 5 (4.63%) SAP
8 5 (4.63%) Remedy
8 5 (4.63%) VMware
9 4 (3.70%) Google
10 3 (2.78%) Ektron
10 3 (2.78%) HP
10 3 (2.78%) BEA
11 2 (1.85%) Red Hat
11 2 (1.85%) Adobe
11 2 (1.85%) IBM
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