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 3 months to 24 April 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)
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
24 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 55 69 62
Rank change year-on-year +14 -7  
Contract jobs citing SLA 3 19 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.54% 1.74% 2.06%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 7.14% 17.12% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 9 7
Median daily rate £365 £220 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +65.90% -32.30%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £300 £300
% change year-on-year +4.28% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 9
Median hourly rate - £13.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -13.33%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £17.38 £15.50
% change year-on-year -13.66% +12.09%  

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 Cheshire with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 42 111 137
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 7.53% 10.14% 13.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 81 73
Median daily rate £365 £375 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.66% -11.24%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £212 £207
10% offered a daily rate of more than £497 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +1.26% +5.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 12
Median hourly rate £44.95 £13.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +245.76% -14.75%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £33.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -24.24% +13.79%  

SLA
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing SLA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 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 3 months to 24 April 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +33 1 - - 1
SLA
North West

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for SLA.

1 7 (50.00%) SharePoint
1 7 (50.00%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (42.86%) Project Management
3 5 (35.71%) Telecoms
3 5 (35.71%) Finance
4 4 (28.57%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (28.57%) Microsoft
4 4 (28.57%) ECDL
4 4 (28.57%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (21.43%) Coaching
5 3 (21.43%) Corporate Banking
5 3 (21.43%) Resource Management
5 3 (21.43%) QA
5 3 (21.43%) Banking
5 3 (21.43%) Remedy
5 3 (21.43%) SAP
5 3 (21.43%) Workflow
5 3 (21.43%) Financial Institution
5 3 (21.43%) Risk Management
6 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (14.29%) EPoS
6 2 (14.29%) Retail
6 2 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (14.29%) Project Governance
6 2 (14.29%) Dependency Management
6 2 (14.29%) PCI DSS
7 1 (7.14%) Feasibility Study
7 1 (7.14%) IT Strategy
7 1 (7.14%) Performance Engineering
7 1 (7.14%) AppDNA

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 7 (50.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (50.00%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (28.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (28.57%) Spreadsheet
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.14%) 3G
1 1 (7.14%) 4G
1 1 (7.14%) GSM
1 1 (7.14%) LAN
1 1 (7.14%) Node B
1 1 (7.14%) RNC
1 1 (7.14%) WAN
General
1 5 (35.71%) Finance
1 5 (35.71%) Telecoms
2 3 (21.43%) Banking
2 3 (21.43%) Corporate Banking
2 3 (21.43%) Financial Institution
3 2 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (21.43%) Analyst
1 3 (21.43%) Coordinator
1 3 (21.43%) Operations Analyst
1 3 (21.43%) Project Coordinator
2 2 (14.29%) Administrator
2 2 (14.29%) EPoS Manager
2 2 (14.29%) EPoS Project Manager
2 2 (14.29%) Project Administrator
2 2 (14.29%) Project Manager
2 2 (14.29%) Support Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (7.14%) Field Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Field Service Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Head of Strategy
3 1 (7.14%) IT Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) IT Manager
3 1 (7.14%) Network Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Printer Support
3 1 (7.14%) Telecoms Administrator
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) EPoS
2 1 (7.14%) Driving Licence
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (42.86%) Project Management
2 3 (21.43%) Coaching
2 3 (21.43%) Resource Management
2 3 (21.43%) Risk Management
2 3 (21.43%) Workflow
3 2 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (14.29%) Dependency Management
3 2 (14.29%) Project Governance
3 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (7.14%) DNA
4 1 (7.14%) Feasibility Study
4 1 (7.14%) IT Strategy
4 1 (7.14%) Network Planning
4 1 (7.14%) Performance Engineering
4 1 (7.14%) Statistics
Qualifications
1 4 (28.57%) ECDL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (21.43%) QA
2 2 (14.29%) PCI DSS
3 1 (7.14%) COSHH
System Software
1 1 (7.14%) Active Directory
1 1 (7.14%) Hyper-V
1 1 (7.14%) XenApp
1 1 (7.14%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) AppDNA
Vendors
1 4 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 3 (21.43%) Remedy
2 3 (21.43%) SAP
3 1 (7.14%) Citrix
3 1 (7.14%) HP
3 1 (7.14%) VMware