The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Service Level Agreement (SLA)
UK / England
Rank 178 151 109
Rank change year-on-year -27 -42  
Contract jobs citing SLA 626 790 937
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.50% 1.61% 1.95%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 12.80% 14.66% 16.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 398 455
Median daily rate £350 £334 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +4.37%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £145 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £348 £313 £300
% change year-on-year +11.20% +4.16%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 70 71
Median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +3.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £9.67 £10.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.89 £26.10 £29.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.38 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year -4.16% +3.44%  

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 England with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 4889 5389 5718
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.70% 10.99% 11.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 3209 3487 3500
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £599 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 151 183 163
Median hourly rate £19.25 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.66% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.05 £11.59
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.70 £61.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.45 £41.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -52.56% +57.69%  

SLA
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 England

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SLA in England

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SLA in England over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SLA in England

SLA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SLA in England

SLA
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SLA in England over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SLA in England

SLA
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the England region over the 3 months to 25 March 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
London +7 211 £400 +14.28% 50
South East -42 150 £363 +31.81% 50
South West -6 51 £345 +24.32% 20
Yorkshire +42 47 £268 +122.91% 27
North West +19 43 £331 +32.50% 26
West Midlands -4 42 £388 -4.61% 19
East of England -29 40 £253 -36.87% 27
East Midlands +12 25 £310 -40.24% 6
North East -2 17 £300 +27.65% 7
Midlands +9 1 £500 -
SLA
UK

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 England region with a requirement for SLA.

1 533 (38.93%) ITIL
2 388 (28.34%) Windows
3 325 (23.74%) Microsoft
4 265 (19.36%) Service Management
5 235 (17.17%) Finance
6 222 (16.22%) Active Directory
7 198 (14.46%) MS Office
8 196 (14.32%) MS Excel
9 195 (14.24%) Service Delivery
10 155 (11.32%) Incident Management
11 154 (11.25%) Windows 7
12 145 (10.59%) Cisco
13 142 (10.37%) Security Cleared
14 139 (10.15%) Change Management
15 137 (10.01%) Linux
16 115 (8.40%) Analytical Skills
17 113 (8.25%) VMware
18 110 (8.04%) Windows Server
19 106 (7.74%) SC Cleared
20 102 (7.45%) Telecoms
21 101 (7.38%) Problem Management
22 100 (7.30%) HP
23 99 (7.23%) ITSM
24 98 (7.16%) Project Management
25 97 (7.09%) Unix
26 95 (6.94%) SQL
27 91 (6.65%) Oracle
28 89 (6.50%) Data Centre
29 82 (5.99%) Firewall
29 82 (5.99%) VMware Infrastructure

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in England 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 63 (4.60%) MS Exchange
2 49 (3.58%) SharePoint
3 44 (3.21%) WebSphere
4 31 (2.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 25 (1.83%) IIS
6 24 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2010
7 22 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2013
8 21 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2007
8 21 (1.53%) Skype for Business
8 21 (1.53%) WebLogic
9 15 (1.10%) CMS
10 12 (0.88%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 10 (0.73%) WebLogic Portal
12 8 (0.58%) JBoss
13 7 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2003
13 7 (0.51%) IBM Domino
13 7 (0.51%) IBM Notes
13 7 (0.51%) Tuxedo
14 6 (0.44%) Apache
14 6 (0.44%) OpenStack
Applications
1 198 (14.46%) MS Office
2 196 (14.32%) MS Excel
3 70 (5.11%) MS PowerPoint
4 29 (2.12%) Spreadsheet
5 23 (1.68%) MS Visio
6 9 (0.66%) MS Project
7 4 (0.29%) Maya
8 2 (0.15%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.073%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.073%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 12 (0.88%) Remedy ITSM
2 9 (0.66%) Maximo
3 4 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.29%) Payment Gateway
3 4 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (0.22%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
5 2 (0.15%) Bloomberg TOMS
5 2 (0.15%) ION MarketView
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle E-Business Tax
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.15%) SAP CAR
5 2 (0.15%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.15%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.15%) SAP Retail
5 2 (0.15%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 54 (3.94%) Office 365
2 53 (3.87%) IaaS
2 53 (3.87%) PaaS
3 44 (3.21%) SaaS
4 34 (2.48%) Microsoft Azure
5 26 (1.90%) Amazon AWS
6 6 (0.44%) SuccessFactors
7 5 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (0.37%) IBM Cloud
7 5 (0.37%) SoftLayer
8 4 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.22%) IBM PureFlex
9 3 (0.22%) IBM SmartCloud
9 3 (0.22%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.15%) GitHub
10 2 (0.15%) Yammer
11 1 (0.073%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.073%) Google Analytics
11 1 (0.073%) Google App Engine
11 1 (0.073%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 82 (5.99%) Firewall
2 74 (5.41%) DNS
3 59 (4.31%) WAN
4 50 (3.65%) VPN
5 49 (3.58%) DHCP
6 48 (3.51%) Internet
7 46 (3.36%) Wireless
8 44 (3.21%) LAN
8 44 (3.21%) SAN
9 42 (3.07%) TCP/IP
10 30 (2.19%) VoIP
11 29 (2.12%) Network Security
12 28 (2.05%) MPLS
13 20 (1.46%) Cisco Nexus
14 19 (1.39%) 3G
14 19 (1.39%) Cisco ASA
15 17 (1.24%) Skype
16 16 (1.17%) BGP
16 16 (1.17%) PBX
17 15 (1.10%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (3.73%) SQL Server
2 43 (3.14%) Oracle Database
3 17 (1.24%) Oracle Database 10g
4 16 (1.17%) Oracle Reports
5 12 (0.88%) SQL Server 2008
6 11 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
7 10 (0.73%) DB2
8 9 (0.66%) Relational Database
9 8 (0.58%) MongoDB
9 8 (0.58%) Oracle BI Publisher
10 7 (0.51%) Oracle Database 12c
11 6 (0.44%) Big Data
11 6 (0.44%) MySQL
11 6 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 4 (0.29%) DataStage
12 4 (0.29%) Oracle Database 11g
12 4 (0.29%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.22%) Hadoop
13 3 (0.22%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 12 (0.88%) JIRA
2 9 (0.66%) Subversion
3 7 (0.51%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.37%) Vagrant
5 4 (0.29%) MSI
6 3 (0.22%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.15%) JMeter
7 2 (0.15%) Selenium
7 2 (0.15%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.15%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.073%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.073%) Git (software)
8 1 (0.073%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.073%) StarTeam
8 1 (0.073%) Toad
8 1 (0.073%) Travis CI
8 1 (0.073%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 235 (17.17%) Finance
2 102 (7.45%) Telecoms
3 70 (5.11%) Banking
4 39 (2.85%) Retail
5 33 (2.41%) Legal
6 22 (1.61%) Billing
6 22 (1.61%) Law
7 19 (1.39%) Back Office
8 16 (1.17%) Marketing
9 15 (1.10%) Manufacturing
10 12 (0.88%) Front Office
11 11 (0.80%) Advertising
12 10 (0.73%) Electronics
13 9 (0.66%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.66%) Investment Banking
14 8 (0.58%) French Language
14 8 (0.58%) Publishing
15 7 (0.51%) Local Government
16 5 (0.37%) Automotive
17 4 (0.29%) Korean Language
Job Titles
1 325 (23.74%) Analyst
2 124 (9.06%) Service Analyst
3 109 (7.96%) Service Desk Analyst
3 109 (7.96%) Service Manager
4 107 (7.82%) Support Analyst
5 106 (7.74%) Support Engineer
6 94 (6.87%) Field Engineer
7 79 (5.77%) 2nd Line Support
8 76 (5.55%) Field Service Engineer
9 64 (4.67%) Administrator
10 54 (3.94%) Consultant
11 46 (3.36%) IT Engineer
12 45 (3.29%) Architect
13 44 (3.21%) 1st/2nd Line Support
13 44 (3.21%) Developer
13 44 (3.21%) Service Desk Support
14 43 (3.14%) Delivery Manager
15 42 (3.07%) IT Manager
16 41 (2.99%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 40 (2.92%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (1.83%) XML
2 24 (1.75%) Web Services
3 23 (1.68%) HTML
4 18 (1.31%) Hibernate
4 18 (1.31%) Java EE
4 18 (1.31%) Spring
5 16 (1.17%) .NET
5 16 (1.17%) JSF
6 15 (1.10%) J2EE
7 12 (0.88%) AngularJS
8 11 (0.80%) JSP
8 11 (0.80%) Middleware
9 9 (0.66%) XSLT
10 8 (0.58%) Ajax
10 8 (0.58%) EJB
10 8 (0.58%) Struts
10 8 (0.58%) XSL
11 7 (0.51%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 6 (0.44%) ASP.NET
12 6 (0.44%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 115 (8.40%) Analytical Skills
2 89 (6.50%) Data Centre
3 75 (5.48%) Management Information System
4 39 (2.85%) CMDB
5 36 (2.63%) Blackberry
6 22 (1.61%) Smartphone
7 19 (1.39%) Virtual Team
8 18 (1.31%) Computer Science
8 18 (1.31%) Driving Licence
9 16 (1.17%) Tandem
10 13 (0.95%) Equities
11 11 (0.80%) NHS
11 11 (0.80%) RSA SecurID
11 11 (0.80%) Wiki
12 10 (0.73%) Clustering
12 10 (0.73%) EPoS
13 8 (0.58%) Derivative
13 8 (0.58%) iPhone
13 8 (0.58%) Mainframe
13 8 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 388 (28.34%) Windows
2 154 (11.25%) Windows 7
3 137 (10.01%) Linux
4 110 (8.04%) Windows Server
5 97 (7.09%) Unix
6 68 (4.97%) Windows XP
7 62 (4.53%) Windows Server 2012
8 59 (4.31%) Windows Server 2008
9 42 (3.07%) AIX
9 42 (3.07%) Android
10 36 (2.63%) Windows Server 2003
11 35 (2.56%) Windows 2000
12 29 (2.12%) Windows 8
13 28 (2.05%) Windows 10
14 25 (1.83%) Mac OS X
15 16 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 12 (0.88%) Apple iOS
17 11 (0.80%) Solaris
18 8 (0.58%) MVS
19 7 (0.51%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 533 (38.93%) ITIL
2 265 (19.36%) Service Management
3 195 (14.24%) Service Delivery
4 155 (11.32%) Incident Management
5 139 (10.15%) Change Management
6 101 (7.38%) Problem Management
7 99 (7.23%) ITSM
8 98 (7.16%) Project Management
9 81 (5.92%) Agile Software Development
9 81 (5.92%) ITIL V3
10 75 (5.48%) Continuous Improvement
11 60 (4.38%) Release Management
11 60 (4.38%) Root Cause Analysis
12 59 (4.31%) Migration
13 56 (4.09%) Time Management
14 55 (4.02%) Stakeholder Management
15 54 (3.94%) CRM
16 53 (3.87%) PRINCE2
17 52 (3.80%) High Availability
18 51 (3.73%) Customer Requirements
Programming Languages
1 95 (6.94%) SQL
2 63 (4.60%) Java
3 33 (2.41%) PowerShell
4 29 (2.12%) PL/SQL
5 19 (1.39%) Perl
6 17 (1.24%) JavaScript
7 15 (1.10%) C
8 11 (0.80%) Python
8 11 (0.80%) Ruby
8 11 (0.80%) Shell Script
9 10 (0.73%) Bash Shell
9 10 (0.73%) C#
10 7 (0.51%) C++
11 6 (0.44%) VB
12 4 (0.29%) PHP
12 4 (0.29%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.22%) COBOL
13 3 (0.22%) Korn
13 3 (0.22%) VBScript
14 2 (0.15%) VBA
Qualifications
1 142 (10.37%) Security Cleared
2 106 (7.74%) SC Cleared
3 64 (4.67%) Degree
3 64 (4.67%) ITIL Certification
4 58 (4.24%) Cisco Certification
5 46 (3.36%) Microsoft Certification
6 37 (2.70%) CCNA
6 37 (2.70%) CCNP
7 28 (2.05%) DBS Check
8 25 (1.83%) MCSE
9 16 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
10 15 (1.10%) MCP
11 14 (1.02%) DV Cleared
12 13 (0.95%) ECDL
12 13 (0.95%) MCSA
13 11 (0.80%) PMP
14 10 (0.73%) A+ Certification
14 10 (0.73%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 8 (0.58%) ISEB
15 8 (0.58%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (1.61%) PMO
1 22 (1.61%) QA
2 20 (1.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 16 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (1.17%) PCI DSS
4 14 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.37%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.29%) JSP 440
7 3 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.15%) MiFID
9 1 (0.073%) COBIT
9 1 (0.073%) COSHH
9 1 (0.073%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.073%) ISO19770
9 1 (0.073%) ISO22301
9 1 (0.073%) ISO27002
System Software
1 222 (16.22%) Active Directory
2 82 (5.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (2.34%) Hyper-V
4 31 (2.26%) vSphere
5 18 (1.31%) Virtual Desktop
6 17 (1.24%) Oracle RAC
7 11 (0.80%) XenApp
8 10 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
9 9 (0.66%) VMware ESX
10 8 (0.58%) Docker
10 8 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
11 7 (0.51%) ISA Server
11 7 (0.51%) SRDF
12 6 (0.44%) UAG
13 5 (0.37%) Forefront TMG
13 5 (0.37%) Terminal Services
13 5 (0.37%) vCloud
14 4 (0.29%) Firmware
14 4 (0.29%) XenDesktop
15 3 (0.22%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 49 (3.58%) SCCM
2 26 (1.90%) Tivoli
3 21 (1.53%) SCOM
4 14 (1.02%) AirWatch
4 14 (1.02%) Puppet
5 13 (0.95%) NetBackup
6 11 (0.80%) Ansible
7 10 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (0.66%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
8 9 (0.66%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 8 (0.58%) WSUS
10 7 (0.51%) Control-M
10 7 (0.51%) ITRS Geneos
10 7 (0.51%) Netcool
10 7 (0.51%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (0.44%) Cisco Prime
11 6 (0.44%) HP Data Protector
11 6 (0.44%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 6 (0.44%) Oracle RMAN
11 6 (0.44%) Thomson Reuters DACS
Vendors
1 325 (23.74%) Microsoft
2 145 (10.59%) Cisco
3 113 (8.25%) VMware
4 100 (7.30%) HP
5 91 (6.65%) Oracle
6 56 (4.09%) Citrix
7 53 (3.87%) Remedy
8 46 (3.36%) SAP
9 43 (3.14%) Apple
10 42 (3.07%) ServiceNow
11 32 (2.34%) IBM
12 31 (2.26%) F5
13 28 (2.05%) CheckPoint
13 28 (2.05%) Dell
14 26 (1.90%) Huawei
14 26 (1.90%) LANDesk
15 25 (1.83%) Juniper
15 25 (1.83%) NetApp
16 24 (1.75%) Avaya
17 23 (1.68%) Nokia
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Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £340.00 per day
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Rate: £320.00 - £340.00 per day
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Rate: Highly Competitive + bonus & benefits
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Lorien Resourcing
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Ocado Technology
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Experis Ltd
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Experis Ltd
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