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 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 85 73 85
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +12
Contract jobs citing SLA 62 47 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.90% 1.99% 1.62%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.95% 24.10% 23.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 26 14
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% -18.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £170 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £437 £400 £419
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £300 £275
% change year-on-year
-8.33% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 6
Average hourly rate £135.00 £20.00 £13.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+575.00% +45.45%
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 West region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
296 195 184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 9.06% 8.27% 6.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 127 94
Average daily rate £400 £373 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.38% -9.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £180 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £570
UK excluding London average daily rate £371 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 22
Average hourly rate £44.50 £21.25 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+109.41% -43.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.92 £11.00 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.50 £39.50 £40.00
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 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 24 December 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
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 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
Bristol -2 17 £200 -38.46% 3
Devon -8 13 £165 -5.71% 2
Gloucestershire -19 11 £375 -6.25% 3
Wiltshire -12 10 £366 +15.35% 5
Dorset - 5 £335 - 4
Somerset -11 3 £333 +90.00% 1
Cornwall - 2 - - 1
Avon - - - -
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 64 (40.51%) Windows
2 61 (38.61%) Microsoft
2 61 (38.61%) ITIL
3 59 (37.34%) Security Cleared
4 52 (32.91%) MS Excel
5 42 (26.58%) Firewall
6 39 (24.68%) Telecoms
6 39 (24.68%) VMware
7 37 (23.42%) Cisco
8 35 (22.15%) Service Delivery
9 29 (18.35%) DV Cleared
10 28 (17.72%) SC Cleared
11 26 (16.46%) Analytical Skills
11 26 (16.46%) SharePoint
11 26 (16.46%) Finance
12 25 (15.82%) Active Directory
13 24 (15.19%) CheckPoint
13 24 (15.19%) Solaris
13 24 (15.19%) Service Management
13 24 (15.19%) VMware Infrastructure
14 23 (14.56%) Cisco PIX
14 23 (14.56%) Fat Client
14 23 (14.56%) Windows Server 2003
14 23 (14.56%) Thin Client
15 22 (13.92%) Windows Server 2008
16 21 (13.29%) Incident Management
17 19 (12.03%) Linux
18 18 (11.39%) DNS
18 18 (11.39%) HP
19 17 (10.76%) ITIL Certification

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 26 (16.46%) SharePoint
2 17 (10.76%) MS Exchange
3 10 (6.33%) Exchange Server 2003
4 7 (4.43%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.27%) Railo
7 2 (1.27%) ColdFusion
7 2 (1.27%) CMS
8 1 (0.63%) Oracle Application Server
8 1 (0.63%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.63%) Apache
8 1 (0.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 52 (32.91%) MS Excel
2 14 (8.86%) MS Office
3 6 (3.80%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (3.80%) assyst
2 2 (1.27%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.27%) SAP HR
2 2 (1.27%) SAP HR-PA
3 1 (0.63%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.63%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.63%) Changepoint
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.27%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 42 (26.58%) Firewall
2 23 (14.56%) Cisco PIX
3 18 (11.39%) DNS
4 15 (9.49%) DHCP
5 11 (6.96%) LAN
6 9 (5.70%) UMTS
6 9 (5.70%) WAN
6 9 (5.70%) GSM
7 8 (5.06%) ATM
7 8 (5.06%) SDH
7 8 (5.06%) Ethernet
7 8 (5.06%) RNC
7 8 (5.06%) Radio Access Network
8 6 (3.80%) MPLS
8 6 (3.80%) TCP/IP
9 5 (3.16%) FTP
9 5 (3.16%) SNMP
9 5 (3.16%) Telnet
10 4 (2.53%) Cisco Nexus
10 4 (2.53%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.16%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (1.27%) SAP BW
3 2 (1.27%) ZAP BI
4 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.63%) DB2
4 1 (0.63%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle8/8i Database
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle9i Database
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (0.63%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 5 (3.16%) Git (software)
1 5 (3.16%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.90%) StarTeam
2 3 (1.90%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.90%) Hudson
2 3 (1.90%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.90%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (1.90%) MSI
3 1 (0.63%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.63%) Oracle Forms
General
1 39 (24.68%) Telecoms
2 26 (16.46%) Finance
3 4 (2.53%) Back Office
4 2 (1.27%) Law
4 2 (1.27%) Publishing
5 1 (0.63%) Marketing
5 1 (0.63%) French Language
5 1 (0.63%) German Language
5 1 (0.63%) Legal
5 1 (0.63%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 33 (20.89%) Analyst
2 24 (15.19%) Service Manager
3 17 (10.76%) Administrator
4 15 (9.49%) Systems Administrator
5 14 (8.86%) Consultant
6 13 (8.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 13 (8.23%) MI Analyst
7 11 (6.96%) Storage Systems Administrator
7 11 (6.96%) Storage Administrator
8 10 (6.33%) Field Engineer
8 10 (6.33%) Support Engineer
8 10 (6.33%) Technical Consultant
9 8 (5.06%) Network Engineer
9 8 (5.06%) Delivery Manager
9 8 (5.06%) Services Delivery Manager
10 7 (4.43%) Business Analyst
11 6 (3.80%) Service Analyst
11 6 (3.80%) Service Desk Analyst
11 6 (3.80%) 1st Line Support
12 5 (3.16%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.53%) XML
2 3 (1.90%) XSLT
2 3 (1.90%) .NET
2 3 (1.90%) ASP.NET
2 3 (1.90%) Web Services
2 3 (1.90%) .NET Framework
2 3 (1.90%) LINQ
3 2 (1.27%) jQuery
3 2 (1.27%) ColdBox
3 2 (1.27%) HTML5
3 2 (1.27%) CSS3
3 2 (1.27%) HTML
3 2 (1.27%) CSS
4 1 (0.63%) XHTML
4 1 (0.63%) Middleware
4 1 (0.63%) Ajax
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (0.63%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 26 (16.46%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (14.56%) Fat Client
2 23 (14.56%) Thin Client
3 8 (5.06%) Blackberry
3 8 (5.06%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.90%) Performance Metrics
5 2 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.27%) iPhone
5 2 (1.27%) iPad
5 2 (1.27%) IVR
5 2 (1.27%) CMDB
6 1 (0.63%) EPoS
6 1 (0.63%) Statistics
6 1 (0.63%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.63%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 64 (40.51%) Windows
2 24 (15.19%) Solaris
3 23 (14.56%) Windows Server 2003
4 22 (13.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 19 (12.03%) Linux
6 11 (6.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (6.33%) Windows XP
8 9 (5.70%) Windows 7
9 4 (2.53%) Windows Vista
9 4 (2.53%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.90%) Windows 8
10 3 (1.90%) UNIX
11 2 (1.27%) Android
12 1 (0.63%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.63%) AIX
12 1 (0.63%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.63%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (38.61%) ITIL
2 35 (22.15%) Service Delivery
3 24 (15.19%) Service Management
4 21 (13.29%) Incident Management
5 17 (10.76%) Change Management
6 14 (8.86%) Capacity Management
7 12 (7.59%) Business Development
8 11 (6.96%) Agile Software Development
9 9 (5.70%) Line Management
10 8 (5.06%) WFM
11 7 (4.43%) ITIL V3
11 7 (4.43%) Benchmarking
12 6 (3.80%) Configuration Management
12 6 (3.80%) Mentoring
12 6 (3.80%) Coaching
12 6 (3.80%) Network Management
13 5 (3.16%) Continuous Improvement
13 5 (3.16%) PRINCE2
14 4 (2.53%) Project Management
14 4 (2.53%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 10 (6.33%) SQL
2 5 (3.16%) JavaScript
3 4 (2.53%) C
4 3 (1.90%) C#
4 3 (1.90%) Perl
4 3 (1.90%) VB.NET
5 2 (1.27%) CFML
5 2 (1.27%) PowerShell
5 2 (1.27%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.27%) Java
6 1 (0.63%) R
6 1 (0.63%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 59 (37.34%) Security Cleared
2 29 (18.35%) DV Cleared
3 28 (17.72%) SC Cleared
4 17 (10.76%) ITIL Certification
5 12 (7.59%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (5.06%) CCNP
7 7 (4.43%) CCNA
8 5 (3.16%) CCIE
8 5 (3.16%) CISSP
9 4 (2.53%) Degree
10 3 (1.90%) CTC Cleared
10 3 (1.90%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (1.27%) ISEB
11 2 (1.27%) MCSA
12 1 (0.63%) HNC
12 1 (0.63%) MCSE
12 1 (0.63%) A+ Certification
12 1 (0.63%) Six Sigma Black Belt
12 1 (0.63%) Dell Certification
12 1 (0.63%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.53%) ISO 9001
2 3 (1.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.27%) QA
3 2 (1.27%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 25 (15.82%) Active Directory
2 24 (15.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (6.96%) vSphere
4 4 (2.53%) VMware ESX
5 3 (1.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 2 (1.27%) Firmware
6 2 (1.27%) NFS
7 1 (0.63%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.63%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.63%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.63%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.63%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 15 (9.49%) NetBackup
1 15 (9.49%) HP SIM
1 15 (9.49%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 6 (3.80%) SCCM
3 5 (3.16%) SCOM
3 5 (3.16%) Tivoli
4 4 (2.53%) Tivoli Monitoring
5 3 (1.90%) Cisco Prime
6 2 (1.27%) WSUS
7 1 (0.63%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.63%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 61 (38.61%) Microsoft
2 39 (24.68%) VMware
3 37 (23.42%) Cisco
4 24 (15.19%) CheckPoint
5 18 (11.39%) HP
6 15 (9.49%) Symantec
7 11 (6.96%) 3PAR
8 9 (5.70%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 9 (5.70%) Ericsson
9 8 (5.06%) Citrix
10 7 (4.43%) IBM
11 6 (3.80%) Remedy
12 4 (2.53%) SAP
13 3 (1.90%) Oracle
13 3 (1.90%) Sun
14 2 (1.27%) Intel
14 2 (1.27%) Amdocs
14 2 (1.27%) IronPort
14 2 (1.27%) RightFax
15 1 (0.63%) Mitel