The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the Berkshire region.

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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 113 109 99
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -10
Contract jobs citing SMS 16 9 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.59% 0.36% 1.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.52% 1.39% 3.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 5
Average daily rate £256 £350 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.78% +40.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £197 £350 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £350 £295
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £333 £271
% change year-on-year
-13.53% +22.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £12.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £12.00 £13.13
% change year-on-year
+104.16% -8.57%
Communications & Networking Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
635 647 997
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 23.31% 26.04% 32.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 206 215
Average daily rate £280 £285 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.75% -1.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £173 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £444 £410 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 20 27
Average hourly rate £22.50 £16.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.62% -36.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £11.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £180.00 £21.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-11.11% -18.18%
SMS
South East

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 24 April 2014.

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 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
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Vacancies
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SMS
South East

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 12 (41.38%) Telecoms
2 10 (34.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 10 (34.48%) SC Cleared
2 10 (34.48%) Security Cleared
3 9 (31.03%) HP
3 9 (31.03%) McAfee
4 8 (27.59%) Release Management
5 7 (24.14%) Marketing
5 7 (24.14%) Software Deployment
5 7 (24.14%) Software Distribution
6 5 (17.24%) LTE
6 5 (17.24%) SLA
6 5 (17.24%) Windows
7 4 (13.79%) CRM
7 4 (13.79%) HTTP
7 4 (13.79%) 3G
7 4 (13.79%) SS7
7 4 (13.79%) Project Management
7 4 (13.79%) ISUP
7 4 (13.79%) INAP
7 4 (13.79%) Legal
7 4 (13.79%) Validation
7 4 (13.79%) Billing
8 3 (10.34%) Network Planning
8 3 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (10.34%) 2G
8 3 (10.34%) SCCP
8 3 (10.34%) Parlay
8 3 (10.34%) FTP
8 3 (10.34%) GSM

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.45%) SAS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.24%) LTE
2 4 (13.79%) ISUP
2 4 (13.79%) INAP
2 4 (13.79%) HTTP
2 4 (13.79%) 3G
2 4 (13.79%) SS7
3 3 (10.34%) Parlay
3 3 (10.34%) GSM
3 3 (10.34%) UMTS
3 3 (10.34%) FTP
3 3 (10.34%) 2G
3 3 (10.34%) SCCP
3 3 (10.34%) MGW
3 3 (10.34%) SIGTRAN
3 3 (10.34%) MVNO
4 2 (6.90%) DNS
4 2 (6.90%) 4G
5 1 (3.45%) Wireshark
5 1 (3.45%) LDAP
5 1 (3.45%) VoIP
General
1 12 (41.38%) Telecoms
2 7 (24.14%) Marketing
3 4 (13.79%) Billing
3 4 (13.79%) Legal
4 1 (3.45%) Retail
4 1 (3.45%) Multimedia
4 1 (3.45%) Finance
4 1 (3.45%) Front Office
4 1 (3.45%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 4 (13.79%) Support Engineer
1 4 (13.79%) 2nd Line Support
2 3 (10.34%) Project Manager
2 3 (10.34%) Software Engineer
2 3 (10.34%) Telecoms Project Manager
2 3 (10.34%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (6.90%) Support Specialist
3 2 (6.90%) Analyst
3 2 (6.90%) Product Manager
3 2 (6.90%) Operations Support Specialist
4 1 (3.45%) Systems Test Analyst
4 1 (3.45%) Messaging Engineer
4 1 (3.45%) Senior Support Engineer
4 1 (3.45%) Communications Manager
4 1 (3.45%) Process Analyst
4 1 (3.45%) Design Engineer
4 1 (3.45%) Data Analyst
4 1 (3.45%) IT Project Manager
4 1 (3.45%) Test Analyst
4 1 (3.45%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.45%) SOAP
1 1 (3.45%) XML
1 1 (3.45%) Rendezvous
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.45%) IVR
1 1 (3.45%) Life Science
1 1 (3.45%) Reference Data
1 1 (3.45%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (17.24%) Windows
2 2 (6.90%) UNIX
2 2 (6.90%) Linux
2 2 (6.90%) Windows 2000
2 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (3.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (3.45%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (27.59%) Release Management
2 7 (24.14%) Software Deployment
2 7 (24.14%) Software Distribution
3 4 (13.79%) CRM
3 4 (13.79%) Project Management
3 4 (13.79%) Validation
4 3 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (10.34%) Network Planning
5 2 (6.90%) Service Delivery
5 2 (6.90%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (3.45%) Capacity Management
6 1 (3.45%) Analytics
6 1 (3.45%) Master Data Management
6 1 (3.45%) Campaign Analysis
6 1 (3.45%) Network Monitoring
6 1 (3.45%) Data Analysis
6 1 (3.45%) Software Testing
6 1 (3.45%) Incident Management
6 1 (3.45%) Digital Marketing
6 1 (3.45%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.90%) SQL
2 1 (3.45%) Java
2 1 (3.45%) Perl
Qualifications
1 10 (34.48%) SC Cleared
1 10 (34.48%) Security Cleared
2 3 (10.34%) DV Cleared
3 1 (3.45%) ISEB
3 1 (3.45%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (17.24%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (3.45%) NFS
Systems Management
1 10 (34.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 9 (31.03%) HP
1 9 (31.03%) McAfee
2 2 (6.90%) Unica
2 2 (6.90%) Facebook
3 1 (3.45%) Redknee
3 1 (3.45%) Citrix
3 1 (3.45%) Informatica
3 1 (3.45%) Red Hat
3 1 (3.45%) TIBCO
3 1 (3.45%) Progress