The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 3 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 109 94 122
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +28
Contract jobs citing SMS 17 30 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.66% 1.22% 0.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.98% 4.57% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 5
Average daily rate
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£179 £475 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-62.31% +69.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £174 £475 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £184 £475 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £445 £347 £305
% change year-on-year
+28.06% +13.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £22.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
SMS
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Berkshire region.

Communications & Networking Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
571 656 688
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 22.10% 26.78% 26.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 282 245 230
Average daily rate £338 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.57% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £220 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £475 £467
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 20 28
Average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -25.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.60 £59.00 £30.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-10.31% +2.12%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the Berkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SMS across the Berkshire region.

SMS Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the Berkshire region.

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

SMS
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 3 September 2015. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Newbury - 7 - -
Bracknell -12 5 £179 -
Reading -5 2 - -
SMS
South East

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing SMS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SMS.

1 14 (40.00%) 3G
2 13 (37.14%) LTE
3 12 (34.29%) 4G
4 11 (31.43%) Validation
5 10 (28.57%) Telecoms
5 10 (28.57%) HP
6 9 (25.71%) McAfee
6 9 (25.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 9 (25.71%) Security Cleared
6 9 (25.71%) Software Deployment
6 9 (25.71%) VoLTE
6 9 (25.71%) Data Centre
7 8 (22.86%) Diameter Protocol
7 8 (22.86%) SLA
8 7 (20.00%) UNIX
8 7 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (20.00%) Software Delivery
9 6 (17.14%) Test Strategy
9 6 (17.14%) Linux
9 6 (17.14%) VoIP
9 6 (17.14%) Release Management
10 5 (14.29%) Requirements Analysis
10 5 (14.29%) GPRS
10 5 (14.29%) GSM
10 5 (14.29%) Solaris
10 5 (14.29%) Software Distribution
11 4 (11.43%) MVNO
11 4 (11.43%) Project Management
11 4 (11.43%) Configuration Management
12 3 (8.57%) TippingPoint

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing SMS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SMS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 14 (40.00%) 3G
2 13 (37.14%) LTE
3 12 (34.29%) 4G
4 9 (25.71%) VoLTE
5 8 (22.86%) Diameter Protocol
6 6 (17.14%) VoIP
7 5 (14.29%) GPRS
7 5 (14.29%) GSM
8 4 (11.43%) MVNO
9 3 (8.57%) ISUP
9 3 (8.57%) INAP
9 3 (8.57%) Firewall
9 3 (8.57%) Internet
10 2 (5.71%) LDAP
10 2 (5.71%) Wireshark
11 1 (2.86%) SIGTRAN
11 1 (2.86%) HSDPA
11 1 (2.86%) 2G
11 1 (2.86%) RNC
11 1 (2.86%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.86%) DB2
General
1 10 (28.57%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.71%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 11 (31.43%) Test Engineer
2 5 (14.29%) Technical Tester
2 5 (14.29%) Tester
3 4 (11.43%) Integration Engineer
3 4 (11.43%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Security Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Operations Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Senior Design Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) 2nd Line Support
4 3 (8.57%) Design Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Support Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Software Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Deployment Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Systems Programmer
6 1 (2.86%) Mainframe Programmer
6 1 (2.86%) Senior Integration Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Programmer
6 1 (2.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.86%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (25.71%) Data Centre
2 7 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (8.57%) Handset
4 1 (2.86%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 7 (20.00%) UNIX
2 6 (17.14%) Linux
3 5 (14.29%) Solaris
4 2 (5.71%) VMS
5 1 (2.86%) zOS
5 1 (2.86%) Windows 7
5 1 (2.86%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (31.43%) Validation
2 9 (25.71%) Software Deployment
3 7 (20.00%) Software Delivery
4 6 (17.14%) Test Strategy
4 6 (17.14%) Release Management
5 5 (14.29%) Requirements Analysis
5 5 (14.29%) Software Distribution
6 4 (11.43%) Configuration Management
6 4 (11.43%) Project Management
7 3 (8.57%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (8.57%) Change Control
7 3 (8.57%) PRINCE2
7 3 (8.57%) Capacity Management
8 2 (5.71%) Test Planning
9 1 (2.86%) Performance Monitoring
9 1 (2.86%) Supplier Management
9 1 (2.86%) Performance Testing
9 1 (2.86%) Test Management
9 1 (2.86%) Test Automation
Qualifications
1 9 (25.71%) Security Cleared
2 3 (8.57%) CCA
2 3 (8.57%) SC Cleared
2 3 (8.57%) DV Cleared
3 1 (2.86%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (22.86%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.86%) NFS
Systems Management
1 9 (25.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 3 (8.57%) FortiGate
3 1 (2.86%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (2.86%) Tivoli
3 1 (2.86%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 10 (28.57%) HP
2 9 (25.71%) McAfee
3 3 (8.57%) TippingPoint
3 3 (8.57%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 3 (8.57%) CheckPoint
4 1 (2.86%) SAP
4 1 (2.86%) IBM