The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 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 28 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.

Service Level Agreement (SLA)
North West / Merseyside
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 32 - 30
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs citing SLA 7 0 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 2.17% - 2.74%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 18.92% - 23.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 2
Median daily rate £550 - £233
UK excluding London median daily rate £343 £310 £300
% change year-on-year +10.48% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £11.00 - -
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 Merseyside with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 37 28 42
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 11.49% 8.26% 11.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 18 20
Median daily rate £413 £345 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.56% +13.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £232 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £485 £355
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Median hourly rate £11.00 - £16.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.25% +37.93%  

SLA
Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside 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 Merseyside

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SLA in Merseyside

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SLA in Merseyside over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SLA in Merseyside

SLA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SLA in Merseyside

SLA
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 28 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
Liverpool - 7 £550 - 1
SLA
North West

SLA
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 28 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for SLA.

1 5 (45.45%) SC Cleared
1 5 (45.45%) Security Cleared
2 4 (36.36%) Enterprise Software
2 4 (36.36%) Time Management
2 4 (36.36%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (36.36%) CRM
3 2 (18.18%) Asset Management
3 2 (18.18%) JMeter
3 2 (18.18%) SEO
3 2 (18.18%) Web Development
3 2 (18.18%) QA
3 2 (18.18%) Selenium
3 2 (18.18%) Performance Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Test Scripting
3 2 (18.18%) C#
3 2 (18.18%) Java
3 2 (18.18%) .NET
3 2 (18.18%) XML
3 2 (18.18%) ITIL
3 2 (18.18%) Wireframes
3 2 (18.18%) QA Automation
3 2 (18.18%) Web Analytics
3 2 (18.18%) Open Source
3 2 (18.18%) Automation Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Mentoring
3 2 (18.18%) SDLC
3 2 (18.18%) Analytics
3 2 (18.18%) Jenkins
4 1 (9.09%) SolarWinds
4 1 (9.09%) Driving Licence

SLA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Merseyside 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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (9.09%) Firewall
1 1 (9.09%) LAN
1 1 (9.09%) WAN
Development Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Jenkins
1 2 (18.18%) JMeter
1 2 (18.18%) Selenium
General
1 1 (9.09%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4 (36.36%) Analyst
1 4 (36.36%) Service Analyst
1 4 (36.36%) Service Desk Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) Architect
2 2 (18.18%) Automation Tester
2 2 (18.18%) QA Automation Tester
2 2 (18.18%) QA Tester
2 2 (18.18%) Senior Automation Tester
2 2 (18.18%) Senior QA Tester
2 2 (18.18%) Senior Tester
2 2 (18.18%) Solutions Architect
2 2 (18.18%) Tester
2 2 (18.18%) Web Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Incident Manager
3 1 (9.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) IT Manager
3 1 (9.09%) ITIL Incident Manager
3 1 (9.09%) ITIL Manager
3 1 (9.09%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (18.18%) .NET
1 2 (18.18%) XML
2 1 (9.09%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (36.36%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (9.09%) Driving Licence
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (36.36%) CRM
1 4 (36.36%) Time Management
2 2 (18.18%) Analytics
2 2 (18.18%) Asset Management
2 2 (18.18%) Automation Testing
2 2 (18.18%) ITIL
2 2 (18.18%) Mentoring
2 2 (18.18%) Open Source
2 2 (18.18%) Performance Testing
2 2 (18.18%) QA Automation
2 2 (18.18%) SDLC
2 2 (18.18%) SEO
2 2 (18.18%) Test Scripting
2 2 (18.18%) Web Analytics
2 2 (18.18%) Web Development
2 2 (18.18%) Wireframes
3 1 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (9.09%) Incident Management
3 1 (9.09%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 2 (18.18%) C#
1 2 (18.18%) Java
Qualifications
1 5 (45.45%) SC Cleared
1 5 (45.45%) Security Cleared
2 4 (36.36%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (9.09%) CCA
3 1 (9.09%) CCNA
3 1 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (9.09%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (9.09%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (9.09%) MCSE
3 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (9.09%) Cisco
1 1 (9.09%) SolarWinds