The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Wales region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 58 53 27
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -26
Contract jobs citing SLA 15 13 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 1.95% 1.79% 3.93%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.30% 32.50% 62.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 10 7
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% -6.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £300
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £14.13 £21.56 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.48% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year
+6.89% +20.83%
SLA
UK

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 Wales region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Wales
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
53 40 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 6.87% 5.51% 6.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 27 11
Average daily rate £425 £363 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.24% +15.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £213 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £460 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £368 £338
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +8.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Average hourly rate £14.13 £21.56 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.48% -17.07%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £15.13
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +19.00%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in Wales

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in Wales

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in Wales

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the Wales region over the 3 months to 24 April 2015.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

SLA
Contract Job Locations in Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the Wales region over the 3 months to 24 April 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
South Wales -2 11 £325 -16.12% 6
West Wales - 4 - - 2
SLA
UK

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Wales 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 21 (50.00%) ITIL
2 18 (42.86%) Finance
3 17 (40.48%) Windows
4 15 (35.71%) Service Delivery
4 15 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (33.33%) Service Management
6 12 (28.57%) Project Management
7 11 (26.19%) ITIL Certification
7 11 (26.19%) ITSM
7 11 (26.19%) Microsoft
7 11 (26.19%) Risk Management
8 10 (23.81%) Analytical Skills
9 9 (21.43%) IT Governance
9 9 (21.43%) PRINCE2
10 8 (19.05%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 8 (19.05%) Security Cleared
10 8 (19.05%) Incident Management
11 7 (16.67%) SC Cleared
11 7 (16.67%) MS Office
12 6 (14.29%) AIX
12 6 (14.29%) VMware
13 5 (11.90%) AS400
13 5 (11.90%) Degree
13 5 (11.90%) Linux
13 5 (11.90%) Cisco
13 5 (11.90%) MS Excel
14 4 (9.52%) Management Information System
14 4 (9.52%) Active Directory
14 4 (9.52%) Citrix
14 4 (9.52%) Shell Script

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Wales 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 3 (7.14%) OpenStack
1 3 (7.14%) Lync
2 1 (2.38%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (16.67%) MS Office
2 5 (11.90%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.38%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.76%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.14%) DHCP
1 3 (7.14%) DNS
2 2 (4.76%) Firewall
2 2 (4.76%) Internet
2 2 (4.76%) LAN
3 1 (2.38%) RNC
3 1 (2.38%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (2.38%) SDH
3 1 (2.38%) UMTS
3 1 (2.38%) ATM
3 1 (2.38%) GSM
3 1 (2.38%) Ethernet
3 1 (2.38%) IPv4
3 1 (2.38%) Wireless
3 1 (2.38%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.14%) Oracle Database 11g
1 3 (7.14%) Oracle Database 10g
1 3 (7.14%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.38%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1 (2.38%) TestDirector
General
1 18 (42.86%) Finance
2 3 (7.14%) Manufacturing
2 3 (7.14%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (4.76%) Local Government
3 2 (4.76%) Banking
4 1 (2.38%) Publishing
4 1 (2.38%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (38.10%) Analyst
2 12 (28.57%) Support Analyst
3 7 (16.67%) Service Manager
4 5 (11.90%) 1st Line Support Analyst
4 5 (11.90%) 1st Line Support
5 4 (9.52%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (9.52%) Service Transition Manager
5 4 (9.52%) Transition Manager
6 3 (7.14%) IT Support Analyst
6 3 (7.14%) Delivery Manager
6 3 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (7.14%) Services Delivery Manager
6 3 (7.14%) Oracle DBA
6 3 (7.14%) Applications Support Analyst
6 3 (7.14%) IT Support
6 3 (7.14%) Virtualisation Engineer
6 3 (7.14%) DBA
6 3 (7.14%) Architect
6 3 (7.14%) Applications Support
7 2 (4.76%) 3rd Line Support
Miscellaneous
1 10 (23.81%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (11.90%) AS400
3 4 (9.52%) Management Information System
4 3 (7.14%) iSeries
5 2 (4.76%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 17 (40.48%) Windows
2 6 (14.29%) AIX
3 5 (11.90%) Linux
4 4 (9.52%) UNIX
4 4 (9.52%) Windows 7
5 3 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (7.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (4.76%) Windows XP
7 1 (2.38%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (50.00%) ITIL
2 15 (35.71%) Service Delivery
2 15 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (33.33%) Service Management
4 12 (28.57%) Project Management
5 11 (26.19%) ITSM
5 11 (26.19%) Risk Management
6 9 (21.43%) IT Governance
6 9 (21.43%) PRINCE2
7 8 (19.05%) Incident Management
8 3 (7.14%) Validation
8 3 (7.14%) Database Tuning
8 3 (7.14%) Use Case
8 3 (7.14%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (7.14%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (7.14%) Performance Monitoring
9 2 (4.76%) Performance Management
9 2 (4.76%) Change Control
9 2 (4.76%) Infrastructure Management
9 2 (4.76%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 4 (9.52%) Shell Script
1 4 (9.52%) C
2 3 (7.14%) Korn
2 3 (7.14%) Perl
2 3 (7.14%) PL/SQL
2 3 (7.14%) SQL
3 1 (2.38%) RPG
3 1 (2.38%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 11 (26.19%) ITIL Certification
2 8 (19.05%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 8 (19.05%) Security Cleared
3 7 (16.67%) SC Cleared
4 5 (11.90%) Degree
5 2 (4.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (4.76%) CCNA
5 2 (4.76%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (4.76%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.14%) GxP
2 1 (2.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 4 (9.52%) Active Directory
1 4 (9.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (7.14%) vSphere
3 1 (2.38%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 3 (7.14%) Oracle RMAN
1 3 (7.14%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 2 (4.76%) Tivoli
2 2 (4.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 2 (4.76%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 11 (26.19%) Microsoft
2 6 (14.29%) VMware
3 5 (11.90%) Cisco
4 4 (9.52%) Citrix
5 3 (7.14%) Oracle
5 3 (7.14%) IBM
5 3 (7.14%) Remedy
5 3 (7.14%) Red Hat
5 3 (7.14%) HP
6 2 (4.76%) Fujitsu
7 1 (2.38%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 1 (2.38%) Ericsson
7 1 (2.38%) Intel