The table below looks at the statistics for SLA skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
Rank 65 62 70
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +8
Contract jobs citing SLA 52 45 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.09% 2.21% 1.67%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.59% 39.82% 29.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 20 15
Average daily rate
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£190 £265 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-28.30% -33.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £118 £104 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £406 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £268 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
-10.83% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 7
Average hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% -20.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £12.70 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £108.42 £18.30 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +6.45%
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 West Midlands region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
170 113 125
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 6.82% 5.56% 5.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 65 49
Average daily rate £325 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £152 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £459 £496
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 3 8
Average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.89% +10.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.60 £13.40 £11.92
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.78 £29.80 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

SLA
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

SLA Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

SLA
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

SLA Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

SLA
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014.

SLA Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

SLA
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

SLA Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

SLA
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SLA across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014.

SLA Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

SLA
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 October 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
Birmingham -4 14 £150 +42.85% 15
Coventry -6 13 £190 -48.47%
Warwickshire -9 5 £190 - 7
Shropshire - 5 £420 - 2
Worcestershire - 2 - -
Solihull +1 1 - - 3
Wolverhampton - 1 £100 -
Walsall - - - -
West Bromwich - - - - 1
Dudley - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 2
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 52 (40.94%) ITIL
2 32 (25.20%) Windows
3 27 (21.26%) MS Office
4 23 (18.11%) Problem Management
5 22 (17.32%) Security Cleared
5 22 (17.32%) Telecoms
6 21 (16.54%) Microsoft
7 19 (14.96%) Active Directory
8 15 (11.81%) Service Delivery
8 15 (11.81%) SC Cleared
9 14 (11.02%) HP
9 14 (11.02%) SQL
10 13 (10.24%) IBM Notes
10 13 (10.24%) Citrix
10 13 (10.24%) Lotus
11 12 (9.45%) Windows XP
12 11 (8.66%) Cisco
13 10 (7.87%) 3G
13 10 (7.87%) 2G
13 10 (7.87%) LTE
14 9 (7.09%) Windows Server 2008
14 9 (7.09%) Incident Management
14 9 (7.09%) Finance
14 9 (7.09%) Windows Server 2003
14 9 (7.09%) Remedy
14 9 (7.09%) MS Excel
15 8 (6.30%) Cisco Certification
15 8 (6.30%) Configuration Management
15 8 (6.30%) Fault Management
16 7 (5.51%) Degree

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 (10.24%) IBM Notes
2 7 (5.51%) MS Exchange
3 3 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2003
3 3 (2.36%) Oracle Workflow
3 3 (2.36%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (2.36%) Lotus Domino
4 1 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 27 (21.26%) MS Office
2 9 (7.09%) MS Excel
3 5 (3.94%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.57%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (3.15%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
1 4 (3.15%) Oracle FAH
1 4 (3.15%) Oracle Payables
1 4 (3.15%) Oracle Receivables
1 4 (3.15%) Oracle Cash Management
1 4 (3.15%) Oracle Assets
1 4 (3.15%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (3.15%) Oracle General Ledger
2 3 (2.36%) Oracle Internet Expenses
3 2 (1.57%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (1.57%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.79%) SAP SCM
4 1 (0.79%) SAP Retail
4 1 (0.79%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.79%) SAP APO
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.87%) 3G
1 10 (7.87%) 2G
1 10 (7.87%) LTE
2 5 (3.94%) 4G
2 5 (3.94%) Wireshark
2 5 (3.94%) Wireless
2 5 (3.94%) Firewall
2 5 (3.94%) Internet
2 5 (3.94%) TCP/IP
2 5 (3.94%) VPN
2 5 (3.94%) LAN
2 5 (3.94%) Radio Access Network
3 4 (3.15%) ATM
4 3 (2.36%) OSPF
4 3 (2.36%) Ethernet
4 3 (2.36%) SAN
5 2 (1.57%) SDH
5 2 (1.57%) ISDN
5 2 (1.57%) PPP
5 2 (1.57%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.57%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (1.57%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (0.79%) SAP BW
2 1 (0.79%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 4 (3.15%) Toad
General
1 22 (17.32%) Telecoms
2 9 (7.09%) Finance
3 5 (3.94%) Law
4 4 (3.15%) Legal
4 4 (3.15%) General Ledger
5 3 (2.36%) Front Office
6 2 (1.57%) Retail
7 1 (0.79%) Hindi Language
7 1 (0.79%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.79%) Electronics
7 1 (0.79%) Back Office
7 1 (0.79%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 49 (38.58%) Analyst
2 24 (18.90%) Support Analyst
3 21 (16.54%) Service Analyst
3 21 (16.54%) Service Desk Analyst
4 15 (11.81%) Service Manager
5 12 (9.45%) Incident Manager
6 9 (7.09%) 1st Line Support
7 7 (5.51%) 1st Line Support Analyst
7 7 (5.51%) Support Engineer
8 6 (4.72%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 5 (3.94%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
9 5 (3.94%) Data Analyst
9 5 (3.94%) Network Manager
9 5 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support
9 5 (3.94%) Consultant
9 5 (3.94%) Network Engineer
10 4 (3.15%) Administrator
10 4 (3.15%) Team Leader
10 4 (3.15%) Help Desk Support
11 3 (2.36%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.79%) .NET
1 1 (0.79%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.51%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.72%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.15%) Wiki
4 3 (2.36%) Statistics
4 3 (2.36%) CMDB
4 3 (2.36%) Blackberry
4 3 (2.36%) User Experience
5 1 (0.79%) Visualisation
5 1 (0.79%) Economics
5 1 (0.79%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.79%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.79%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 32 (25.20%) Windows
2 12 (9.45%) Windows XP
3 9 (7.09%) Windows Server 2008
3 9 (7.09%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (4.72%) UNIX
4 6 (4.72%) Windows 7
5 4 (3.15%) Linux
5 4 (3.15%) HPUX
6 2 (1.57%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.79%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.79%) Solaris
7 1 (0.79%) AIX
7 1 (0.79%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (40.94%) ITIL
2 23 (18.11%) Problem Management
3 15 (11.81%) Service Delivery
4 9 (7.09%) Incident Management
5 8 (6.30%) Configuration Management
5 8 (6.30%) Fault Management
6 6 (4.72%) Line Management
6 6 (4.72%) Mentoring
6 6 (4.72%) Root Cause Analysis
7 5 (3.94%) Data Analysis
7 5 (3.94%) Business Continuity
7 5 (3.94%) Service Management
7 5 (3.94%) Business Continuity Planning
7 5 (3.94%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (3.94%) Coaching
8 4 (3.15%) Project Management
8 4 (3.15%) Technical Architecture
8 4 (3.15%) Time Management
8 4 (3.15%) Load Balancing
8 4 (3.15%) Cash Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (11.02%) SQL
2 2 (1.57%) VB
3 1 (0.79%) VBA
3 1 (0.79%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (17.32%) Security Cleared
2 15 (11.81%) SC Cleared
3 8 (6.30%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (5.51%) Degree
4 7 (5.51%) CCNA
5 6 (4.72%) MCSE
5 6 (4.72%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (4.72%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (1.57%) HND
6 2 (1.57%) RHCE
6 2 (1.57%) CCNP
7 1 (0.79%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.79%) PMP
7 1 (0.79%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.79%) ISEB
7 1 (0.79%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (0.79%) ISO 9000
1 1 (0.79%) Data Quality
System Software
1 19 (14.96%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.79%) XenApp
2 1 (0.79%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 5 (3.94%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (1.57%) Netcool
2 2 (1.57%) SCCM
3 1 (0.79%) WSUS
3 1 (0.79%) HP Data Protector
3 1 (0.79%) NetBackup
3 1 (0.79%) Backup Exec
3 1 (0.79%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 21 (16.54%) Microsoft
2 14 (11.02%) HP
3 13 (10.24%) Citrix
3 13 (10.24%) Lotus
4 11 (8.66%) Cisco
5 9 (7.09%) Remedy
6 7 (5.51%) Oracle
7 5 (3.94%) NetScout
7 5 (3.94%) IBM
8 3 (2.36%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 3 (2.36%) Avaya
8 3 (2.36%) Juniper
8 3 (2.36%) Dell
9 2 (1.57%) SAP
9 2 (1.57%) Ericsson
9 2 (1.57%) NetApp
9 2 (1.57%) Red Hat
9 2 (1.57%) Sophos
9 2 (1.57%) VMware
10 1 (0.79%) Huawei
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Posted: 3 days ago
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Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £200 - £295 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
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Rate: £30000 - £31500 per annum + Pro Rata
Posted: 15 days ago
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Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Rate: £25,000 - £27,000 plus on call allowance
Posted: 23 days ago
Warwickshire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 23 days ago