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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 111 117 115
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -2
Contract jobs citing SMS 14 15 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.49% 0.52% 0.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.93% 2.32% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 2
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£249 £263 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.23% -25.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £294 £350
% change year-on-year
+36.17% -16.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £11.00 £28.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year
-60.71% +133.33%
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
726 646 661
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 25.16% 22.41% 26.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 243 207
Average daily rate £300 £295 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.69% +3.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £340 £313
% change year-on-year
- +8.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 41 20
Average hourly rate £36.00 £20.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+80.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £16.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £180.00 £20.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 17 April 2015.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram 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 17 April 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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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
Reading - 1 - -
SMS
South East

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 18 (60.00%) HP
2 15 (50.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 15 (50.00%) McAfee
2 15 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 15 (50.00%) Software Deployment
2 15 (50.00%) Software Delivery
3 13 (43.33%) Software Distribution
4 12 (40.00%) SC Cleared
4 12 (40.00%) DV Cleared
5 7 (23.33%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (20.00%) Release Management
6 6 (20.00%) UNIX
6 6 (20.00%) VoIP
7 5 (16.67%) Validation
8 4 (13.33%) Marketing
8 4 (13.33%) Telecoms
8 4 (13.33%) LTE
8 4 (13.33%) VoLTE
9 3 (10.00%) Mobile App
9 3 (10.00%) Campaign Management
9 3 (10.00%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (10.00%) Degree
9 3 (10.00%) Test Strategy
9 3 (10.00%) tcpdump
9 3 (10.00%) Network Management
9 3 (10.00%) F5
9 3 (10.00%) Unica
9 3 (10.00%) Direct Marketing
9 3 (10.00%) Fault Management
9 3 (10.00%) Cisco PIX

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

Application Platforms
1 3 (10.00%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (10.00%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 3 (10.00%) Unica
Communications & Networking
1 6 (20.00%) VoIP
2 4 (13.33%) LTE
2 4 (13.33%) VoLTE
3 3 (10.00%) tcpdump
3 3 (10.00%) INAP
3 3 (10.00%) Firewall
3 3 (10.00%) 3G
3 3 (10.00%) TACACS
3 3 (10.00%) ISUP
3 3 (10.00%) BIG-IP
3 3 (10.00%) Nortel Alteon
3 3 (10.00%) Wireshark
3 3 (10.00%) Cisco PIX
3 3 (10.00%) Network Security
3 3 (10.00%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (6.67%) LDAP
5 1 (3.33%) 2G
5 1 (3.33%) SCCP
5 1 (3.33%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.67%) Data Mart
General
1 4 (13.33%) Telecoms
1 4 (13.33%) Marketing
2 1 (3.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (16.67%) Test Engineer
2 4 (13.33%) Integration Engineer
2 4 (13.33%) Test and Integration Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) Security Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (10.00%) Network Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) Network Security Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) Support Engineer
4 2 (6.67%) Senior Developer
4 2 (6.67%) Developer
4 2 (6.67%) Data Network Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Senior Integration Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Analyst
5 1 (3.33%) Test Manager
5 1 (3.33%) Server Support
5 1 (3.33%) Business Analyst
5 1 (3.33%) Senior Business Analyst
5 1 (3.33%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (3.33%) Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.00%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (23.33%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (10.00%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (20.00%) UNIX
2 2 (6.67%) VMS
3 1 (3.33%) Windows 7
3 1 (3.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (50.00%) Software Deployment
1 15 (50.00%) Software Delivery
2 13 (43.33%) Software Distribution
3 6 (20.00%) Release Management
4 5 (16.67%) Validation
5 3 (10.00%) Fault Management
5 3 (10.00%) Network Management
5 3 (10.00%) Direct Marketing
5 3 (10.00%) Campaign Management
5 3 (10.00%) Test Strategy
6 2 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (6.67%) Database Marketing
6 2 (6.67%) Problem Management
6 2 (6.67%) Change Control
6 2 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (6.67%) CRM
6 2 (6.67%) E-Commerce
6 2 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (6.67%) Mobile Commerce
6 2 (6.67%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 12 (40.00%) SC Cleared
2 12 (40.00%) DV Cleared
3 3 (10.00%) Degree
3 3 (10.00%) CCSP
3 3 (10.00%) CCNP
3 3 (10.00%) CCNA
3 3 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (10.00%) CCSA
3 3 (10.00%) CCSE
4 2 (6.67%) CCA
5 1 (3.33%) ISTQB
5 1 (3.33%) PMP
5 1 (3.33%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.67%) SLA
2 1 (3.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 15 (50.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 3 (10.00%) OpenView
2 3 (10.00%) Netcool
Vendors
1 18 (60.00%) HP
2 15 (50.00%) McAfee
3 3 (10.00%) Radware
3 3 (10.00%) Epiphany
3 3 (10.00%) Nortel
3 3 (10.00%) CheckPoint
3 3 (10.00%) Chordiant
3 3 (10.00%) Cisco
3 3 (10.00%) Crossbeam
3 3 (10.00%) F5
4 1 (3.33%) Siebel
4 1 (3.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 1 (3.33%) Fortinet