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 30 September 2014 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 88 126 135
Rank change year-on-year
+38 +9
Contract jobs citing SMS 38 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 1.55% 0.23% 0.26%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.86% 0.87% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 5 2
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£475 £280 £236
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+69.64% +18.51%
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.58% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £22.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year
- +87.50%
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
649 691 1111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 26.50% 26.29% 35.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 244 219 241
Average daily rate £360 £330 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% +4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £165 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £429 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
+6.76% -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 31 32
Average hourly rate £17.50 £25.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.60 £13.05 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £37.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+2.22% -

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 30 September 2014. 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
Bracknell - 14 - -
Reading +23 4 £475 +69.64% 2
Slough - 4 £370 -
SMS
South East

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, 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 20 (46.51%) HP
1 20 (46.51%) Telecoms
2 19 (44.19%) Security Cleared
3 18 (41.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 17 (39.53%) LTE
5 16 (37.21%) Software Deployment
5 16 (37.21%) Software Distribution
5 16 (37.21%) 3G
6 14 (32.56%) McAfee
6 14 (32.56%) Degree
7 11 (25.58%) 4G
7 11 (25.58%) SC Cleared
7 11 (25.58%) SLA
8 9 (20.93%) Release Management
9 8 (18.60%) Analytical Skills
9 8 (18.60%) UNIX
9 8 (18.60%) Internet
10 7 (16.28%) ISUP
10 7 (16.28%) INAP
10 7 (16.28%) PRINCE2
10 7 (16.28%) Capacity Management
11 6 (13.95%) VoLTE
12 5 (11.63%) Network Management
12 5 (11.63%) Mobile App
12 5 (11.63%) Wireshark
12 5 (11.63%) Validation
12 5 (11.63%) Broadband
12 5 (11.63%) TIBCO
12 5 (11.63%) Project Management
13 4 (9.30%) Radware

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, 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 17 (39.53%) LTE
2 16 (37.21%) 3G
3 11 (25.58%) 4G
4 8 (18.60%) Internet
5 7 (16.28%) INAP
5 7 (16.28%) ISUP
6 6 (13.95%) VoLTE
7 5 (11.63%) Wireshark
7 5 (11.63%) Broadband
8 4 (9.30%) LDAP
8 4 (9.30%) HTTP
8 4 (9.30%) Firewall
8 4 (9.30%) TACACS
8 4 (9.30%) Cisco PIX
8 4 (9.30%) BIG-IP
8 4 (9.30%) Nortel Alteon
8 4 (9.30%) tcpdump
8 4 (9.30%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (6.98%) SS7
9 3 (6.98%) SCCP
General
1 20 (46.51%) Telecoms
2 4 (9.30%) Marketing
3 3 (6.98%) Finance
4 2 (4.65%) Legal
5 1 (2.33%) Billing
Job Titles
1 8 (18.60%) Design Engineer
2 4 (9.30%) Network Security Engineer
2 4 (9.30%) Security Engineer
2 4 (9.30%) Network Engineer
2 4 (9.30%) Data Network Engineer
2 4 (9.30%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (6.98%) Support Engineer
4 2 (4.65%) Software Engineer
4 2 (4.65%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (2.33%) 2nd Line Support Technician
5 1 (2.33%) Designer
5 1 (2.33%) Analyst
5 1 (2.33%) Test Analyst
5 1 (2.33%) Systems Analyst
5 1 (2.33%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (2.33%) Support Technician
5 1 (2.33%) Architect
5 1 (2.33%) Project Manager
5 1 (2.33%) Solutions Designer
5 1 (2.33%) Systems Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.30%) WAP
2 1 (2.33%) Rendezvous
2 1 (2.33%) SOAP
2 1 (2.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (18.60%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (11.63%) Mobile App
3 4 (9.30%) Management Information System
4 3 (6.98%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.33%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 8 (18.60%) UNIX
2 3 (6.98%) Windows
2 3 (6.98%) VMS
2 3 (6.98%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (2.33%) Solaris
3 1 (2.33%) Linux
3 1 (2.33%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (37.21%) Software Deployment
1 16 (37.21%) Software Distribution
2 9 (20.93%) Release Management
3 7 (16.28%) PRINCE2
3 7 (16.28%) Capacity Management
4 5 (11.63%) Network Management
4 5 (11.63%) Project Management
4 5 (11.63%) Validation
5 4 (9.30%) Fault Management
5 4 (9.30%) ITIL
5 4 (9.30%) Change Control
6 3 (6.98%) Problem Management
6 3 (6.98%) Performance Tuning
6 3 (6.98%) Network Planning
6 3 (6.98%) Change Management
7 1 (2.33%) Risk Management
7 1 (2.33%) CRM
7 1 (2.33%) Configuration Management
7 1 (2.33%) Software Testing
7 1 (2.33%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.33%) Java
1 1 (2.33%) Perl
1 1 (2.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (44.19%) Security Cleared
2 14 (32.56%) Degree
3 11 (25.58%) SC Cleared
4 4 (9.30%) DV Cleared
4 4 (9.30%) CCSP
4 4 (9.30%) CCNP
4 4 (9.30%) CCNA
4 4 (9.30%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (9.30%) CCSA
4 4 (9.30%) CCSE
5 1 (2.33%) CISM
5 1 (2.33%) ISEB
5 1 (2.33%) CCA
5 1 (2.33%) CISSP
5 1 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (25.58%) SLA
2 1 (2.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (2.33%) NFS
Systems Management
1 18 (41.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 4 (9.30%) OpenView
2 4 (9.30%) Netcool
Vendors
1 20 (46.51%) HP
2 14 (32.56%) McAfee
3 5 (11.63%) TIBCO
4 4 (9.30%) Crossbeam
4 4 (9.30%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 4 (9.30%) F5
4 4 (9.30%) Radware
4 4 (9.30%) Cisco
4 4 (9.30%) CheckPoint
4 4 (9.30%) Nortel
5 3 (6.98%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 3 (6.98%) Ericsson
5 3 (6.98%) ZTE
5 3 (6.98%) Huawei
6 1 (2.33%) Red Hat
6 1 (2.33%) Citrix
6 1 (2.33%) Redknee