The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 30 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)
England / South East
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 68 81
Rank change year-on-year -45 +13  
Contract jobs citing SLA 147 272 232
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.86% 2.89% 2.35%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 15.77% 25.33% 18.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 108 102
Median daily rate £363 £275 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.81% -8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £145 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £416 £483
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £310 £300
% change year-on-year +8.87% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 28 15
Median hourly rate £14.13 £13.38 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.60% -7.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.00 £11.62
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.40 £18.56 £21.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £15.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year -1.66% +1.69%  

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 South East with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 932 1074 1287
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 11.77% 11.42% 13.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 564 619 655
Median daily rate £425 £388 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.67% +1.97%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £225 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 53 37
Median hourly rate £27.00 £23.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.89% -27.69%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £52.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

SLA
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 South East

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SLA in the South East

SLA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SLA in the South East over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SLA in the South East

SLA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SLA in the South East

SLA
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SLA in the South East over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SLA in the South East

SLA
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SLA within the South East region over the 3 months to 30 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
Berkshire -26 42 £419 +64.31% 6
Buckinghamshire -6 30 £350 -14.11% 15
Hampshire +6 23 £411 +21.85% 14
Surrey -26 20 £415 +59.61% 5
West Sussex +15 12 £369 +13.46% 1
Kent +17 7 £145 -57.97% 5
Oxfordshire -17 6 £150 -40.00% 1
Middlesex +1 3 £460 +46.03% 2
Home Counties - 2 - -
Sussex - 1 £305 -
SLA
England

For the 6 months to 30 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 South East region with a requirement for SLA.

1 123 (37.61%) ITIL
2 80 (24.46%) Service Management
3 67 (20.49%) Windows
4 63 (19.27%) Security Cleared
5 51 (15.60%) Telecoms
6 50 (15.29%) Active Directory
7 48 (14.68%) SC Cleared
7 48 (14.68%) Incident Management
8 45 (13.76%) Cisco
8 45 (13.76%) Microsoft
9 44 (13.46%) Finance
10 40 (12.23%) Service Delivery
11 33 (10.09%) HP
12 30 (9.17%) Windows 7
12 30 (9.17%) ITIL V3
13 28 (8.56%) Remedy
14 27 (8.26%) Project Management
15 26 (7.95%) MS Office
15 26 (7.95%) Service Design
16 24 (7.34%) Firewall
17 23 (7.03%) DNS
18 22 (6.73%) WAN
18 22 (6.73%) MS Excel
18 22 (6.73%) Management Information System
19 21 (6.42%) Continuous Improvement
19 21 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
20 20 (6.12%) Change Management
20 20 (6.12%) Linux
20 20 (6.12%) Problem Management
20 20 (6.12%) Degree

SLA
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 18 (5.50%) SharePoint
2 10 (3.06%) Skype for Business
3 8 (2.45%) IIS
3 8 (2.45%) MS Exchange
4 6 (1.83%) CMS
5 4 (1.22%) IBM Notes
5 4 (1.22%) OpenStack
6 3 (0.92%) Apache
6 3 (0.92%) Joomla!
6 3 (0.92%) WordPress
7 2 (0.61%) Apache Pig
7 2 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.31%) IBM Domino
8 1 (0.31%) JBoss
8 1 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.31%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.31%) WebSphere
Applications
1 26 (7.95%) MS Office
2 22 (6.73%) MS Excel
3 12 (3.67%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (2.45%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (2.14%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.92%) Maya
6 3 (0.92%) MS Project
7 2 (0.61%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.31%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 6 (1.83%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.31%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (0.31%) HFM
2 1 (0.31%) Hyperion Planning
2 1 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.31%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
2 1 (0.31%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 12 (3.67%) IaaS
1 12 (3.67%) PaaS
2 9 (2.75%) Office 365
3 5 (1.53%) SuccessFactors
4 4 (1.22%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.22%) IBM Cloud
4 4 (1.22%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.22%) SoftLayer
5 2 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.31%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 24 (7.34%) Firewall
2 23 (7.03%) DNS
3 22 (6.73%) WAN
4 17 (5.20%) MPLS
5 16 (4.89%) Internet
5 16 (4.89%) VPN
6 15 (4.59%) DHCP
7 14 (4.28%) LAN
8 12 (3.67%) TCP/IP
8 12 (3.67%) Wireless
9 11 (3.36%) BGP
9 11 (3.36%) Skype
10 10 (3.06%) PBX
11 9 (2.75%) 3G
11 9 (2.75%) OSPF
12 8 (2.45%) Cisco ASA
13 7 (2.14%) Cisco Nexus
13 7 (2.14%) Intranet
13 7 (2.14%) ISDN
13 7 (2.14%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.22%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.92%) EDRMS
2 3 (0.92%) Oracle Database
3 2 (0.61%) Apache Hive
3 2 (0.61%) Big Data
3 2 (0.61%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
3 2 (0.61%) Hadoop
3 2 (0.61%) HBase
3 2 (0.61%) MongoDB
3 2 (0.61%) Oracle Database 12c
3 2 (0.61%) Sqoop
4 1 (0.31%) BusinessObjects XI
4 1 (0.31%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (0.31%) Oracle ODI
4 1 (0.31%) Power BI
4 1 (0.31%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.22%) Vagrant
2 1 (0.31%) AdminStudio
2 1 (0.31%) MSI
2 1 (0.31%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 51 (15.60%) Telecoms
2 44 (13.46%) Finance
3 14 (4.28%) Billing
4 7 (2.14%) Retail
5 6 (1.83%) Legal
6 5 (1.53%) Marketing
7 4 (1.22%) Automotive
7 4 (1.22%) Back Office
7 4 (1.22%) Banking
8 3 (0.92%) Advertising
8 3 (0.92%) Korean Language
8 3 (0.92%) Spanish Language
9 2 (0.61%) Electronics
9 2 (0.61%) French Language
9 2 (0.61%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.31%) Finnish Language
10 1 (0.31%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.31%) Polish Language
10 1 (0.31%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 66 (20.18%) Analyst
2 31 (9.48%) Service Manager
3 30 (9.17%) Support Engineer
4 26 (7.95%) Service Analyst
5 22 (6.73%) Field Engineer
6 21 (6.42%) Service Desk Analyst
7 20 (6.12%) Architect
8 19 (5.81%) Field Service Engineer
9 18 (5.50%) Break Fix Engineer
10 17 (5.20%) IT Engineer
11 15 (4.59%) 2nd Line Support
11 15 (4.59%) Delivery Manager
11 15 (4.59%) Support Analyst
12 14 (4.28%) Service Architect
13 13 (3.98%) IT Manager
13 13 (3.98%) Network Engineer
14 12 (3.67%) IT Support
15 11 (3.36%) Incident Manager
15 11 (3.36%) IT Services Manager
16 10 (3.06%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.22%) Flash
2 3 (0.92%) .NET
2 3 (0.92%) Middleware
3 2 (0.61%) HTML
3 2 (0.61%) Memcached
3 2 (0.61%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (0.31%) AngularJS
4 1 (0.31%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.31%) CSS
4 1 (0.31%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 22 (6.73%) Management Information System
2 21 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (5.20%) Data Centre
4 11 (3.36%) CMDB
5 6 (1.83%) Smartphone
6 5 (1.53%) Clustering
6 5 (1.53%) Learning Management System
6 5 (1.53%) Mainframe
6 5 (1.53%) PKI
7 4 (1.22%) Cyberthreat
7 4 (1.22%) Driving Licence
7 4 (1.22%) FlexPod
7 4 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (1.22%) RSA SecurID
7 4 (1.22%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 3 (0.92%) IPTV
8 3 (0.92%) Over-the-Top Content
8 3 (0.92%) Video on Demand
9 2 (0.61%) IVR
9 2 (0.61%) STB
Operating Systems
1 67 (20.49%) Windows
2 30 (9.17%) Windows 7
3 20 (6.12%) Linux
4 16 (4.89%) Windows Server
5 14 (4.28%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (3.98%) Unix
6 13 (3.98%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (3.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (3.06%) Windows XP
9 6 (1.83%) Android
9 6 (1.83%) MVS
9 6 (1.83%) Windows 10
10 5 (1.53%) Windows 8
10 5 (1.53%) Windows NT
11 4 (1.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.92%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.61%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (37.61%) ITIL
2 80 (24.46%) Service Management
3 48 (14.68%) Incident Management
4 40 (12.23%) Service Delivery
5 30 (9.17%) ITIL V3
6 27 (8.26%) Project Management
7 26 (7.95%) Service Design
8 21 (6.42%) Continuous Improvement
9 20 (6.12%) Change Management
9 20 (6.12%) Problem Management
10 18 (5.50%) Analytics
10 18 (5.50%) Customer Requirements
11 16 (4.89%) Agile Software Development
11 16 (4.89%) High Availability
12 14 (4.28%) CRM
12 14 (4.28%) IT Strategy
12 14 (4.28%) Knowledge Management
13 13 (3.98%) Data Modelling
13 13 (3.98%) PRINCE2
13 13 (3.98%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (3.98%) Java
2 12 (3.67%) SQL
3 10 (3.06%) PowerShell
4 7 (2.14%) Python
4 7 (2.14%) Ruby
5 4 (1.22%) C
5 4 (1.22%) Perl
6 3 (0.92%) VB
6 3 (0.92%) VBScript
7 2 (0.61%) C#
8 1 (0.31%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.31%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 63 (19.27%) Security Cleared
2 48 (14.68%) SC Cleared
3 20 (6.12%) Degree
4 17 (5.20%) Cisco Certification
5 13 (3.98%) CCNP
6 12 (3.67%) CCNA
7 10 (3.06%) DV Cleared
8 8 (2.45%) ITIL Certification
8 8 (2.45%) Microsoft Certification
9 6 (1.83%) PMP
10 5 (1.53%) ECDL
10 5 (1.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (1.22%) MCSA
11 4 (1.22%) VCDX
11 4 (1.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 3 (0.92%) DBS Check
13 2 (0.61%) CISM
13 2 (0.61%) JNCIA
13 2 (0.61%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.06%) PCI DSS
1 10 (3.06%) PMO
2 7 (2.14%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (1.22%) QA
5 3 (0.92%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 50 (15.29%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (3.06%) Hyper-V
4 8 (2.45%) ISA Server
4 8 (2.45%) vSphere
5 5 (1.53%) Forefront TMG
5 5 (1.53%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (1.53%) UAG
6 4 (1.22%) Docker
6 4 (1.22%) Firmware
6 4 (1.22%) Terminal Services
6 4 (1.22%) vCloud
6 4 (1.22%) XenApp
7 2 (0.61%) Corosync
7 2 (0.61%) HDFS
7 2 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 7 (2.14%) AirWatch
1 7 (2.14%) Puppet
1 7 (2.14%) SCCM
2 6 (1.83%) Ansible
3 5 (1.53%) CA Wily
3 5 (1.53%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (1.53%) Tivoli
4 4 (1.22%) EdgeSight
4 4 (1.22%) SafeCom
4 4 (1.22%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 4 (1.22%) vRealize
4 4 (1.22%) WSUS
5 3 (0.92%) BladeLogic
5 3 (0.92%) Cisco Prime
5 3 (0.92%) NetBackup
5 3 (0.92%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 2 (0.61%) Cisco IPCC
6 2 (0.61%) Nagios
6 2 (0.61%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.61%) SCOM
Vendors
1 45 (13.76%) Cisco
1 45 (13.76%) Microsoft
2 33 (10.09%) HP
3 28 (8.56%) Remedy
4 17 (5.20%) VMware
5 16 (4.89%) Huawei
6 12 (3.67%) Citrix
6 12 (3.67%) Oracle
6 12 (3.67%) SAP
7 11 (3.36%) Juniper
8 8 (2.45%) Avaya
8 8 (2.45%) CA
8 8 (2.45%) Dell
8 8 (2.45%) F5
9 7 (2.14%) Ericsson
9 7 (2.14%) ServiceNow
10 6 (1.83%) Apple
10 6 (1.83%) BMC
10 6 (1.83%) Forcepoint
10 6 (1.83%) Nortel
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