Period
to 20 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for SLA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SLA over the 6 months to 20 October 2018 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)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 57 51 79
Rank change year-on-year -6 +28 -16
Contract jobs citing SLA 35 38 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.68% 2.96% 1.50%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.66% 26.57% 15.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 23 16
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £325 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +18.18% -15.14%
10th Percentile £135 £164 £166
90th Percentile £469 £475 £725
North West median daily rate £275 £275 £295
% change year-on-year - -6.78% -1.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 1
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -13.33% -2.50%
North West median hourly rate £19.63 £13.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +50.96% -3.70% -14.39%

SLA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 118 143 160
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 9.04% 11.14% 10.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 97 115
Cheshire median daily rate £385 £363 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.14% -14.71% +0.59%
10th Percentile £246 £225 £250
90th Percentile £500 £510 £645
North West median daily rate £405 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +1.25% - -2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 3
Cheshire median hourly rate £19.25 £13.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.08% -48.00% +58.53%
10th Percentile £13.00 £8.38 £16.50
90th Percentile £67.50 £19.25 £37.10
North West median hourly rate £28.38 £13.00 £22.70
% change year-on-year +118.31% -42.72% +12.07%

SLA
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

Job vacancy trend for SLA in Cheshire

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SLA in Cheshire

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SLA in Cheshire over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SLA in Cheshire

SLA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SLA in Cheshire

SLA
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 20 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Knutsford -2 10 £425 -
Warrington -4 7 £150 -43.93% 3
Macclesfield - 7 £473 -
Chester -7 5 - - 2
Wilmslow -7 2 £413 +129.17%
Crewe - 1 - - 1
SLA
North West

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SLA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for SLA.

1 14 (40.00%) Microsoft
2 12 (34.29%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (34.29%) Windows
2 12 (34.29%) Line Management
3 10 (28.57%) Active Directory
4 9 (25.71%) Finance
5 8 (22.86%) SCCM
6 7 (20.00%) Windows 10
6 7 (20.00%) Apple iOS
6 7 (20.00%) Office 365
7 6 (17.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (17.14%) ITSM
7 6 (17.14%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (17.14%) ITIL
7 6 (17.14%) Apple
7 6 (17.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 6 (17.14%) Software Deployment
7 6 (17.14%) Mac OS
8 5 (14.29%) Windows 7
8 5 (14.29%) Retail Banking
8 5 (14.29%) ServiceNow
8 5 (14.29%) OneDrive
8 5 (14.29%) Banking
8 5 (14.29%) Asset Management
8 5 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
9 4 (11.43%) Matrix Organization
9 4 (11.43%) A+ Certification
9 4 (11.43%) CRM
9 4 (11.43%) SOAP
9 4 (11.43%) SQL Server

SLA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.86%) IIS
1 1 (2.86%) MS Exchange
1 1 (2.86%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.86%) Skype for Business
1 1 (2.86%) Tomcat
1 1 (2.86%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (34.29%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Line 50
1 1 (2.86%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (2.86%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 7 (20.00%) Office 365
2 5 (14.29%) OneDrive
3 1 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.86%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.86%) Network Security
1 1 (2.86%) Remote Desktop
1 1 (2.86%) Skype
1 1 (2.86%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (11.43%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.86%) Power BI
2 1 (2.86%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (2.86%) AdminStudio
1 1 (2.86%) CA Release Automation
1 1 (2.86%) Jenkins
1 1 (2.86%) JIRA
1 1 (2.86%) MSI
General
1 9 (25.71%) Finance
2 5 (14.29%) Banking
2 5 (14.29%) Retail Banking
3 2 (5.71%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.86%) Advertising
4 1 (2.86%) Legal
Job Titles
1 7 (20.00%) Support Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) Administrator
2 6 (17.14%) Analyst
2 6 (17.14%) Service Analyst
2 6 (17.14%) Service Desk Analyst
3 3 (8.57%) Applications Engineer
3 3 (8.57%) Applications Support
3 3 (8.57%) Applications Support Engineer
3 3 (8.57%) Desktop Engineer
3 3 (8.57%) Desktop Support
3 3 (8.57%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 3 (8.57%) Technical Support
4 2 (5.71%) Consultant
5 1 (2.86%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (2.86%) Applications Developer
5 1 (2.86%) Applications Specialist
5 1 (2.86%) Developer
5 1 (2.86%) Hardware Engineer
5 1 (2.86%) IT Technician
5 1 (2.86%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.43%) SOAP
2 1 (2.86%) Ajax
2 1 (2.86%) AngularJS
2 1 (2.86%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.43%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.86%) Driving Licence
2 1 (2.86%) Enterprise Cloud
2 1 (2.86%) PMI
2 1 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (2.86%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 12 (34.29%) Windows
2 7 (20.00%) Apple iOS
2 7 (20.00%) Windows 10
3 6 (17.14%) Mac OS
4 5 (14.29%) Windows 7
5 3 (8.57%) Windows 8
6 2 (5.71%) Windows Vista
7 1 (2.86%) Android
7 1 (2.86%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (34.29%) Line Management
2 6 (17.14%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (17.14%) ITIL
2 6 (17.14%) ITSM
2 6 (17.14%) Software Deployment
3 5 (14.29%) Asset Management
3 5 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
4 4 (11.43%) CRM
4 4 (11.43%) Matrix Organization
5 3 (8.57%) Data Analysis
5 3 (8.57%) Process Management
5 3 (8.57%) SDLC
5 3 (8.57%) Service Delivery
6 2 (5.71%) Customer Requirements
6 2 (5.71%) Information Security
6 2 (5.71%) Project Management
6 2 (5.71%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (2.86%) Change Management
7 1 (2.86%) Identity Management
7 1 (2.86%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.71%) PowerShell
1 2 (5.71%) SQL
2 1 (2.86%) C
2 1 (2.86%) Java
2 1 (2.86%) VB
2 1 (2.86%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 4 (11.43%) A+ Certification
1 4 (11.43%) SC Cleared
1 4 (11.43%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.86%) CISM
2 1 (2.86%) CISSP
2 1 (2.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (2.86%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (17.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 3 (8.57%) QA
3 1 (2.86%) PMO
System Software
1 10 (28.57%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.86%) Firmware
2 1 (2.86%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (2.86%) Virtual Servers
2 1 (2.86%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (22.86%) SCCM
2 6 (17.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (8.57%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (2.86%) BladeLogic
4 1 (2.86%) PaperCut
Vendors
1 14 (40.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (17.14%) Apple
3 5 (14.29%) ServiceNow
4 3 (8.57%) Oracle
4 3 (8.57%) Pega
5 2 (5.71%) IBM
6 1 (2.86%) Dell
6 1 (2.86%) HP
6 1 (2.86%) Imperva
6 1 (2.86%) Remedy
6 1 (2.86%) Sage
6 1 (2.86%) Siemens
6 1 (2.86%) Splunk
6 1 (2.86%) Sybase
6 1 (2.86%) VMware