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 5 March 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 119 114 109
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -5
Contract jobs citing SMS 14 14 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.49% 0.51% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.80% 2.12% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 2
Average daily rate
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£400 £174 £283
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+129.88% -38.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £174 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £417 £174 £337
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £375
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.50 £31.50 -
% change year-on-year
-66.66% -
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
776 661 588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 27.18% 23.91% 27.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 324 250 178
Average daily rate £320 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £190 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 43 25
Average hourly rate £36.00 £27.20 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.35% +36.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.65 £15.00 £11.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £180.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.50 £20.03 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+47.27% -10.97%

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 5 March 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
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Vacancies
Reading - 1 £350 -
SMS
South East

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 5 March 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 22 (64.71%) HP
2 19 (55.88%) Security Cleared
3 18 (52.94%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 17 (50.00%) Software Deployment
4 17 (50.00%) Software Distribution
5 16 (47.06%) SC Cleared
5 16 (47.06%) McAfee
6 10 (29.41%) DV Cleared
7 8 (23.53%) Marketing
7 8 (23.53%) Degree
8 6 (17.65%) Telecoms
9 5 (14.71%) 3G
9 5 (14.71%) UNIX
9 5 (14.71%) SLA
9 5 (14.71%) Network Security
9 5 (14.71%) Release Management
9 5 (14.71%) Network Management
9 5 (14.71%) Change Control
10 4 (11.76%) tcpdump
10 4 (11.76%) Mobile App
10 4 (11.76%) 4G
10 4 (11.76%) F5
10 4 (11.76%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (11.76%) Fault Management
10 4 (11.76%) Cisco PIX
10 4 (11.76%) Wireshark
10 4 (11.76%) Crossbeam
10 4 (11.76%) BIG-IP
10 4 (11.76%) Nortel Alteon
10 4 (11.76%) Cisco

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 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 (8.82%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (8.82%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Summit
Communications & Networking
1 5 (14.71%) 3G
1 5 (14.71%) Network Security
2 4 (11.76%) tcpdump
2 4 (11.76%) 4G
2 4 (11.76%) Cisco ASA
2 4 (11.76%) Cisco PIX
2 4 (11.76%) Wireshark
2 4 (11.76%) BIG-IP
2 4 (11.76%) Nortel Alteon
2 4 (11.76%) TACACS
2 4 (11.76%) Firewall
3 3 (8.82%) Internet
3 3 (8.82%) Broadband
3 3 (8.82%) LTE
3 3 (8.82%) VoLTE
4 2 (5.88%) 2G
4 2 (5.88%) SS7
5 1 (2.94%) MPLS
5 1 (2.94%) IP Telephony
5 1 (2.94%) ISUP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.88%) Data Mart
General
1 8 (23.53%) Marketing
2 6 (17.65%) Telecoms
3 3 (8.82%) Finance
4 1 (2.94%) Legal
4 1 (2.94%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (11.76%) Network Engineer
1 4 (11.76%) Network Security Engineer
1 4 (11.76%) Security Engineer
2 3 (8.82%) Design Engineer
2 3 (8.82%) Data Network Engineer
3 2 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support
3 2 (5.88%) Support Engineer
3 2 (5.88%) Senior Developer
3 2 (5.88%) Developer
4 1 (2.94%) Analyst
4 1 (2.94%) Test Manager
4 1 (2.94%) Server Support
4 1 (2.94%) Senior Business Analyst
4 1 (2.94%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (2.94%) Marketing Manager
4 1 (2.94%) Server Engineer
4 1 (2.94%) Enterprise Architect
4 1 (2.94%) Server Support Engineer
4 1 (2.94%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.76%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.76%) Mobile App
2 3 (8.82%) Computer Science
2 3 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.94%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 5 (14.71%) UNIX
2 3 (8.82%) Windows
3 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (2.94%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (50.00%) Software Deployment
1 17 (50.00%) Software Distribution
2 5 (14.71%) Release Management
2 5 (14.71%) Network Management
2 5 (14.71%) Change Control
3 4 (11.76%) Fault Management
3 4 (11.76%) PRINCE2
3 4 (11.76%) Project Management
4 3 (8.82%) ITIL
4 3 (8.82%) Direct Marketing
4 3 (8.82%) Campaign Management
4 3 (8.82%) Capacity Management
5 2 (5.88%) Performance Tuning
5 2 (5.88%) Change Management
5 2 (5.88%) Database Marketing
5 2 (5.88%) Problem Management
5 2 (5.88%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (5.88%) CRM
5 2 (5.88%) E-Commerce
5 2 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (55.88%) Security Cleared
2 16 (47.06%) SC Cleared
3 10 (29.41%) DV Cleared
4 8 (23.53%) Degree
5 4 (11.76%) CCSP
5 4 (11.76%) CCNP
5 4 (11.76%) CCNA
5 4 (11.76%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (11.76%) CCSA
5 4 (11.76%) CCSE
6 1 (2.94%) CISM
6 1 (2.94%) PMP
6 1 (2.94%) PMI Certification
6 1 (2.94%) CISSP
6 1 (2.94%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (14.71%) SLA
2 1 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.94%) QA
Systems Management
1 18 (52.94%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 4 (11.76%) OpenView
2 4 (11.76%) Netcool
Vendors
1 22 (64.71%) HP
2 16 (47.06%) McAfee
3 4 (11.76%) F5
3 4 (11.76%) Crossbeam
3 4 (11.76%) Cisco
3 4 (11.76%) Nortel
3 4 (11.76%) CheckPoint
3 4 (11.76%) Radware
4 3 (8.82%) Epiphany
4 3 (8.82%) Chordiant
4 3 (8.82%) Unica
5 1 (2.94%) Siebel
5 1 (2.94%) Fortinet