The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Staffordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 15 September 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
15 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 20 20 33
Rank change year-on-year
0 +13
Contract jobs citing SLA 2 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 1.61% 2.56% 2.06%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.33% 37.50% 50.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 1
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£225 £248 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -36.12%
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-15.38% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £8.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.75 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+1.58% +5.00%
SLA
West Midlands

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 Staffordshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Staffordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
6 8 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 4.84% 6.84% 4.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 6 4
Average daily rate £375 £335 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.94% -13.54%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.63% -2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £8.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+11.42% -16.66%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in Staffordshire

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in Staffordshire

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

SLA
Contract Job Locations in Staffordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 15 September 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
Stoke-on-Trent +1 1 £225 -16.66%
Stafford - - - -
SLA
West Midlands

SLA
Top 18 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 15 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Staffordshire 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 2 (50.00%) Windows
1 2 (50.00%) Service Delivery
1 2 (50.00%) Numerical Analysis
1 2 (50.00%) Line Management
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (25.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (25.00%) Law
2 1 (25.00%) Legal
2 1 (25.00%) Backup Exec
2 1 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (25.00%) Windows XP
2 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (25.00%) DHCP
2 1 (25.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (25.00%) DNS
2 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (25.00%) Citrix
2 1 (25.00%) Sophos

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 15 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Staffordshire 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 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (25.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) DHCP
1 1 (25.00%) TCP/IP
1 1 (25.00%) DNS
General
1 1 (25.00%) Law
1 1 (25.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Team Leader
1 2 (50.00%) Operations Team Leader
2 1 (25.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Help Desk Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Support Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) 3rd Line Support
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Windows
2 1 (25.00%) Windows XP
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (25.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Service Delivery
1 2 (50.00%) Numerical Analysis
1 2 (50.00%) Line Management
System Software
1 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Citrix
1 1 (25.00%) Sophos