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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 112 116 113
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -3
Contract jobs citing SMS 15 8 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.57% 0.31% 0.042%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.30% 1.37% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 1
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£363 £352 £215
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.98% +63.72%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £260 £363
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.00 - £102.13
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
653 584 731
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 24.83% 22.59% 30.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 294 232 221
Average daily rate £350 £375 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +16.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 34 36
Average hourly rate £37.50 £28.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.92% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.65 £14.70 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.00 £21.67
% change year-on-year
+11.90% -3.06%

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 December 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 December 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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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 +3 7 - -
Reading - 3 £450 -
SMS
South East

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 31 (58.49%) HP
2 26 (49.06%) Security Cleared
3 25 (47.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 23 (43.40%) Software Deployment
5 22 (41.51%) Software Distribution
5 22 (41.51%) McAfee
6 19 (35.85%) Telecoms
7 17 (32.08%) SC Cleared
8 16 (30.19%) LTE
8 16 (30.19%) Degree
9 15 (28.30%) 3G
10 13 (24.53%) Release Management
11 12 (22.64%) SLA
12 10 (18.87%) 4G
13 9 (16.98%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (16.98%) UNIX
14 8 (15.09%) PRINCE2
14 8 (15.09%) Internet
14 8 (15.09%) Network Management
15 7 (13.21%) tcpdump
15 7 (13.21%) Mobile App
15 7 (13.21%) F5
15 7 (13.21%) Fault Management
15 7 (13.21%) Cisco PIX
15 7 (13.21%) Wireshark
15 7 (13.21%) Crossbeam
15 7 (13.21%) Cisco ASA
15 7 (13.21%) CCSE
15 7 (13.21%) BIG-IP
15 7 (13.21%) Nortel Alteon

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Summit
Communications & Networking
1 16 (30.19%) LTE
2 15 (28.30%) 3G
3 10 (18.87%) 4G
4 8 (15.09%) Internet
5 7 (13.21%) TACACS
5 7 (13.21%) ISUP
5 7 (13.21%) INAP
5 7 (13.21%) Firewall
5 7 (13.21%) tcpdump
5 7 (13.21%) Cisco ASA
5 7 (13.21%) BIG-IP
5 7 (13.21%) Nortel Alteon
5 7 (13.21%) Wireshark
5 7 (13.21%) Cisco PIX
6 6 (11.32%) VoLTE
7 5 (9.43%) Network Security
7 5 (9.43%) Broadband
8 4 (7.55%) SCCP
9 3 (5.66%) Parlay
9 3 (5.66%) GSM
General
1 19 (35.85%) Telecoms
2 4 (7.55%) Marketing
3 3 (5.66%) Finance
4 1 (1.89%) Legal
4 1 (1.89%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (13.21%) Network Engineer
1 7 (13.21%) Network Security Engineer
1 7 (13.21%) Design Engineer
1 7 (13.21%) Security Engineer
2 6 (11.32%) 2nd Line Support
2 6 (11.32%) Data Network Engineer
3 4 (7.55%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 4 (7.55%) Support Engineer
4 2 (3.77%) Architect
5 1 (1.89%) Business Analyst
5 1 (1.89%) Software Engineer
5 1 (1.89%) Analyst
5 1 (1.89%) Test Manager
5 1 (1.89%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (1.89%) Server Support
5 1 (1.89%) Support Technician
5 1 (1.89%) Solutions Designer
5 1 (1.89%) Senior Business Analyst
5 1 (1.89%) Test Engineer
5 1 (1.89%) Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (13.21%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (16.98%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (13.21%) Mobile App
3 4 (7.55%) Management Information System
4 3 (5.66%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.89%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 9 (16.98%) UNIX
2 5 (9.43%) Windows
3 3 (5.66%) VMS
3 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.89%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.89%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (43.40%) Software Deployment
2 22 (41.51%) Software Distribution
3 13 (24.53%) Release Management
4 8 (15.09%) Network Management
4 8 (15.09%) PRINCE2
5 7 (13.21%) Fault Management
6 6 (11.32%) Change Control
6 6 (11.32%) Capacity Management
7 5 (9.43%) ITIL
7 5 (9.43%) Problem Management
7 5 (9.43%) Change Management
7 5 (9.43%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (7.55%) Project Management
8 4 (7.55%) Validation
9 3 (5.66%) Network Planning
10 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Architecture
10 1 (1.89%) Business Development
10 1 (1.89%) Information Security
10 1 (1.89%) Risk Management
10 1 (1.89%) Risk Analysis
Qualifications
1 26 (49.06%) Security Cleared
2 17 (32.08%) SC Cleared
3 16 (30.19%) Degree
4 7 (13.21%) CCSA
4 7 (13.21%) CCSE
4 7 (13.21%) CCSP
4 7 (13.21%) CCNP
4 7 (13.21%) CCNA
4 7 (13.21%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (11.32%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.89%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.89%) PMP
6 1 (1.89%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.89%) CISM
6 1 (1.89%) CCA
6 1 (1.89%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (22.64%) SLA
2 1 (1.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 25 (47.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 7 (13.21%) OpenView
2 7 (13.21%) Netcool
Vendors
1 31 (58.49%) HP
2 22 (41.51%) McAfee
3 7 (13.21%) Radware
3 7 (13.21%) Nortel
3 7 (13.21%) CheckPoint
3 7 (13.21%) Crossbeam
3 7 (13.21%) Cisco
3 7 (13.21%) F5
4 4 (7.55%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 4 (7.55%) TIBCO
5 3 (5.66%) ZTE
5 3 (5.66%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 3 (5.66%) Ericsson
5 3 (5.66%) Huawei
6 1 (1.89%) Fortinet