The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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)
England / North West
Rank 88 107 81
Rank change year-on-year +19 -26  
Contract jobs citing SLA 43 51 73
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.65% 1.33% 2.06%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 18.53% 14.91% 15.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 25 24
Median daily rate £331 £250 £244
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +32.50% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £93 £144 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £532 £403 £414
UK excluding London median daily rate £348 £313 £300
% change year-on-year +11.20% +4.16%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 10
Median hourly rate £14.00 £15.25 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.19% -8.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.00 £14.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.47 £33.25 £55.05
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 the North West with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 232 342 480
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 8.92% 8.91% 13.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 207 246
Median daily rate £363 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.37% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £194 £196 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 12 18
Median hourly rate £15.00 £80.00 £32.56
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -81.25% +145.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.65 £13.00 £14.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.51 £85.59 £73.50
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 the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 the North West

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SLA in the North West

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for SLA in the North West

SLA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SLA in the North West

SLA
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SLA in the North West

SLA
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the North West 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
Manchester +8 21 £225 -29.68% 15
Cheshire +19 9 £365 +108.57% 7
Merseyside - 7 £550 - 1
Lancashire +16 2 - - 3
Cumbria +2 1 £490 +96.00%
SLA
England

SLA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

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 North West region with a requirement for SLA.

1 27 (31.03%) ITIL
2 25 (28.74%) Windows
3 20 (22.99%) Microsoft
4 18 (20.69%) Service Management
5 17 (19.54%) MS Excel
6 16 (18.39%) ITSM
7 15 (17.24%) Finance
8 13 (14.94%) Linux
8 13 (14.94%) Security Cleared
8 13 (14.94%) Analytical Skills
9 12 (13.79%) Project Management
10 11 (12.64%) Change Management
10 11 (12.64%) MS Office
10 11 (12.64%) SC Cleared
11 10 (11.49%) SaaS
11 10 (11.49%) Unix
12 9 (10.34%) Active Directory
12 9 (10.34%) PaaS
12 9 (10.34%) Open Source
12 9 (10.34%) IaaS
12 9 (10.34%) Data Management
13 8 (9.20%) WebSphere
13 8 (9.20%) Problem Management
13 8 (9.20%) Windows 2000
13 8 (9.20%) AIX
13 8 (9.20%) SharePoint
13 8 (9.20%) Windows XP
14 7 (8.05%) Service Delivery
14 7 (8.05%) Release Management
14 7 (8.05%) Time Management

SLA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 8 (9.20%) SharePoint
1 8 (9.20%) WebSphere
2 3 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (3.45%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (2.30%) IBM Notes
4 1 (1.15%) Confluence
4 1 (1.15%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 17 (19.54%) MS Excel
2 11 (12.64%) MS Office
3 7 (8.05%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (4.60%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.15%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 10 (11.49%) SaaS
2 9 (10.34%) IaaS
2 9 (10.34%) PaaS
3 6 (6.90%) Office 365
4 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.15%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.90%) DNS
1 6 (6.90%) LAN
2 5 (5.75%) WAN
3 2 (2.30%) 3G
3 2 (2.30%) Firewall
3 2 (2.30%) RNC
3 2 (2.30%) VoIP
3 2 (2.30%) VPN
4 1 (1.15%) 2G
4 1 (1.15%) 4G
4 1 (1.15%) DHCP
4 1 (1.15%) GSM
4 1 (1.15%) Internet
4 1 (1.15%) Node B
4 1 (1.15%) SAN
4 1 (1.15%) VLAN
4 1 (1.15%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.30%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.15%) Big Data
2 1 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 2 (2.30%) Jenkins
1 2 (2.30%) JIRA
1 2 (2.30%) JMeter
1 2 (2.30%) Selenium
2 1 (1.15%) StarTeam
General
1 15 (17.24%) Finance
2 6 (6.90%) Banking
2 6 (6.90%) Telecoms
3 4 (4.60%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.45%) Corporate Banking
4 3 (3.45%) Financial Institution
4 3 (3.45%) Legal
4 3 (3.45%) Retail
5 1 (1.15%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 24 (27.59%) Analyst
2 8 (9.20%) IT Manager
3 7 (8.05%) Field Engineer
3 7 (8.05%) Operations Analyst
3 7 (8.05%) Service Analyst
3 7 (8.05%) Support Analyst
4 6 (6.90%) Operations Engineer
4 6 (6.90%) Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (5.75%) 2nd Line Support
5 5 (5.75%) Administrator
5 5 (5.75%) Field Service Engineer
5 5 (5.75%) Senior Operations Engineer
5 5 (5.75%) Service Manager
5 5 (5.75%) Support Engineer
6 4 (4.60%) Coordinator
6 4 (4.60%) ICT Manager
6 4 (4.60%) Monitoring Analyst
6 4 (4.60%) Project Manager
7 3 (3.45%) IT Engineer
7 3 (3.45%) Service Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.30%) .NET
1 2 (2.30%) XML
2 1 (1.15%) HTML
2 1 (1.15%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (14.94%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.05%) Tandem
3 5 (5.75%) Data Centre
4 4 (4.60%) Driving Licence
4 4 (4.60%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (4.60%) Life Science
5 2 (2.30%) EPoS
6 1 (1.15%) CMDB
6 1 (1.15%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (1.15%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.15%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.15%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.15%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 25 (28.74%) Windows
2 13 (14.94%) Linux
3 10 (11.49%) Unix
4 8 (9.20%) AIX
4 8 (9.20%) Windows 2000
4 8 (9.20%) Windows XP
5 4 (4.60%) Windows Server
6 3 (3.45%) Windows 7
6 3 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (2.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (1.15%) HPUX
8 1 (1.15%) Solaris
8 1 (1.15%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.15%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (31.03%) ITIL
2 18 (20.69%) Service Management
3 16 (18.39%) ITSM
4 12 (13.79%) Project Management
5 11 (12.64%) Change Management
6 9 (10.34%) Data Management
6 9 (10.34%) Open Source
7 8 (9.20%) Problem Management
8 7 (8.05%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (8.05%) Data Analysis
8 7 (8.05%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 7 (8.05%) Release Management
8 7 (8.05%) Service Delivery
8 7 (8.05%) Time Management
9 6 (6.90%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (6.90%) Incident Management
9 6 (6.90%) PRINCE2
10 5 (5.75%) CRM
10 5 (5.75%) IT Strategy
10 5 (5.75%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.30%) C
1 2 (2.30%) C#
1 2 (2.30%) Java
1 2 (2.30%) SQL
2 1 (1.15%) JCL
2 1 (1.15%) PL/SQL
2 1 (1.15%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.15%) Shell Script
2 1 (1.15%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (14.94%) Security Cleared
2 11 (12.64%) SC Cleared
3 6 (6.90%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (4.60%) ECDL
5 3 (3.45%) CCNA
5 3 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (3.45%) MCSE
5 3 (3.45%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (2.30%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.15%) CCA
7 1 (1.15%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (1.15%) DBS Check
7 1 (1.15%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.90%) QA
2 2 (2.30%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.15%) COSHH
3 1 (1.15%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.15%) PMO
System Software
1 9 (10.34%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.15%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.15%) XenApp
3 1 (1.15%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 2 (2.30%) SCCM
1 2 (2.30%) Tivoli
1 2 (2.30%) Tivoli Monitoring
2 1 (1.15%) AppDNA
2 1 (1.15%) OpenView
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle RMAN
2 1 (1.15%) SCOM
Vendors
1 20 (22.99%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.60%) Citrix
2 4 (4.60%) SAP
2 4 (4.60%) VMware
3 3 (3.45%) HP
3 3 (3.45%) Intel
3 3 (3.45%) Remedy
4 2 (2.30%) Atlassian
4 2 (2.30%) IronPort
4 2 (2.30%) Lotus
4 2 (2.30%) NetIQ
4 2 (2.30%) RightFax
4 2 (2.30%) Wyse
5 1 (1.15%) Altiris
5 1 (1.15%) DocuSign
5 1 (1.15%) Huawei
5 1 (1.15%) Infor
5 1 (1.15%) NEC
5 1 (1.15%) ServiceNow
5 1 (1.15%) SolarWinds
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