The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for SLA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SLA over the 3 months to 29 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Service Level Agreement (SLA)
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 53 58 49
Rank change year-on-year +5 -9  
Contract jobs citing SLA 1 12 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.16% 1.50% 1.89%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.33% 13.79% 20.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 10 11
Median daily rate £325 £288 £125
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.04% +130.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £198 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £418 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £300 £300
% change year-on-year -8.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £17.75 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.33% -3.22%  

SLA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 43 87 67
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 6.78% 10.88% 9.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 93 67
Median daily rate £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £182 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £528 £493
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 0
Median hourly rate £41.50 £42.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.35% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £28.00 £21.55
% change year-on-year -14.28% +29.93%  

SLA
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings citing SLA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for SLA in Birmingham

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SLA in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for SLA in Birmingham

SLA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SLA in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 29 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SLA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for SLA.

1 5 (38.46%) SAN
1 5 (38.46%) Migration
2 4 (30.77%) Finance
2 4 (30.77%) Change Management
2 4 (30.77%) VMware
2 4 (30.77%) NetApp
2 4 (30.77%) Active Directory
2 4 (30.77%) ITIL
2 4 (30.77%) Linux
3 3 (23.08%) EMC
3 3 (23.08%) Service Management
3 3 (23.08%) HP
3 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
3 3 (23.08%) CLARiiON
3 3 (23.08%) Workflow
3 3 (23.08%) Problem Management
3 3 (23.08%) Symmetrix DMX
3 3 (23.08%) SRDF
3 3 (23.08%) 3PAR
3 3 (23.08%) Trend Analysis
3 3 (23.08%) Network Security
3 3 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (23.08%) Customer Requirements
4 2 (15.38%) Product Management
4 2 (15.38%) Escalation Management
4 2 (15.38%) Process Improvement
4 2 (15.38%) CMDB
4 2 (15.38%) Business Development
4 2 (15.38%) Brocade
4 2 (15.38%) Incident Management

SLA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 5 (38.46%) SAN
2 3 (23.08%) Network Security
3 1 (7.69%) Intranet
3 1 (7.69%) LDAP
General
1 4 (30.77%) Finance
2 1 (7.69%) Banking
2 1 (7.69%) Electronics
2 1 (7.69%) Legal
2 1 (7.69%) Manufacturing
2 1 (7.69%) Marketing
2 1 (7.69%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (30.77%) Analyst
2 2 (15.38%) Architect
2 2 (15.38%) Data Analyst
2 2 (15.38%) Technical Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Administrator
3 1 (7.69%) Business Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Developer
3 1 (7.69%) HP Storage Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) JavaScript Developer
3 1 (7.69%) Service Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Service Desk Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Service Desk Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Service Desk Technician
3 1 (7.69%) Service Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Storage Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Storage Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Storage Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) UI Developer
3 1 (7.69%) Unix Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) AngularJS
1 1 (7.69%) CSS
1 1 (7.69%) HTML
1 1 (7.69%) Twitter Bootstrap
1 1 (7.69%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (23.08%) CLARiiON
1 3 (23.08%) Symmetrix DMX
2 2 (15.38%) CMDB
3 1 (7.69%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 4 (30.77%) Linux
2 2 (15.38%) Windows
3 1 (7.69%) AIX
3 1 (7.69%) HPUX
3 1 (7.69%) Unix
3 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (38.46%) Migration
2 4 (30.77%) Change Management
2 4 (30.77%) ITIL
3 3 (23.08%) Customer Requirements
3 3 (23.08%) Problem Management
3 3 (23.08%) Service Management
3 3 (23.08%) Trend Analysis
3 3 (23.08%) Workflow
4 2 (15.38%) Business Development
4 2 (15.38%) Escalation Management
4 2 (15.38%) Incident Management
4 2 (15.38%) Process Improvement
4 2 (15.38%) Product Management
5 1 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (7.69%) Configuration Management
5 1 (7.69%) ITSM
5 1 (7.69%) Programme Management
5 1 (7.69%) Software Testing
5 1 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (7.69%) UML
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) C
2 1 (7.69%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
2 1 (7.69%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) Degree
1 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 4 (30.77%) Active Directory
2 3 (23.08%) SRDF
3 1 (7.69%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 4 (30.77%) NetApp
1 4 (30.77%) VMware
2 3 (23.08%) 3PAR
2 3 (23.08%) EMC
2 3 (23.08%) HP
2 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
3 2 (15.38%) Brocade
3 2 (15.38%) Dell
3 2 (15.38%) IBM
4 1 (7.69%) Red Hat
4 1 (7.69%) SAP
4 1 (7.69%) ServiceNow
4 1 (7.69%) SolarWinds