The first table below looks at the demand for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the Blackpool region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 24 July 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 Blackpool 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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 19 - -
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing SMS 9 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Blackpool 4.86% - -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 32.14% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 9 0 0
Average daily rate
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£265 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-29.41% +30.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £26.00 £24.75
% change year-on-year
- +5.05%
Communications & Networking Category
Blackpool
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
28 4 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Blackpool 15.14% 26.67% 24.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 0 3
Average daily rate £235 - £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £22.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%
SMS
Lancashire

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in Blackpool

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the Blackpool region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in Blackpool

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in Blackpool

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SMS across the Blackpool region.

SMS Daily Rate Trend in Blackpool

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in Blackpool

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the Blackpool region.

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in Blackpool

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Blackpool

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Blackpool 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 16 (100.00%) Windows
2 14 (87.50%) Active Directory
3 11 (68.75%) DNS
4 10 (62.50%) DHCP
4 10 (62.50%) Citrix
4 10 (62.50%) SCCM
5 9 (56.25%) Microsoft App-V
5 9 (56.25%) AppSense
5 9 (56.25%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (56.25%) Windows XP
6 8 (50.00%) SC Cleared
6 8 (50.00%) Security Cleared
6 8 (50.00%) XenApp
7 7 (43.75%) 3G
8 6 (37.50%) Smartcard
8 6 (37.50%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (37.50%) VMware
9 5 (31.25%) XenDesktop
9 5 (31.25%) ITIL
10 4 (25.00%) MS Exchange
10 4 (25.00%) Lync
10 4 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
10 4 (25.00%) XenServer
11 3 (18.75%) MSI
12 2 (12.50%) SQL
12 2 (12.50%) HP
12 2 (12.50%) Software Distribution
12 2 (12.50%) Windows 7
13 1 (6.25%) VBScript
13 1 (6.25%) VB

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Blackpool by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Blackpool 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 4 (25.00%) MS Exchange
1 4 (25.00%) Lync
1 4 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
Communications & Networking
1 11 (68.75%) DNS
2 10 (62.50%) DHCP
3 7 (43.75%) 3G
4 6 (37.50%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 3 (18.75%) MSI
Job Titles
1 7 (43.75%) Support Engineer
2 6 (37.50%) Desktop Support
3 4 (25.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 4 (25.00%) Desktop Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Technical Support
4 1 (6.25%) Technical Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Technical Support Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support
4 1 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
Miscellaneous
1 6 (37.50%) Smartcard
2 1 (6.25%) Thin Client
2 1 (6.25%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 16 (100.00%) Windows
2 9 (56.25%) Windows Server 2003
2 9 (56.25%) Windows XP
3 2 (12.50%) Windows 7
4 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (31.25%) ITIL
2 2 (12.50%) Software Distribution
3 1 (6.25%) Load Balancing
3 1 (6.25%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 2 (12.50%) SQL
2 1 (6.25%) VBScript
2 1 (6.25%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 8 (50.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 14 (87.50%) Active Directory
2 9 (56.25%) Microsoft App-V
3 8 (50.00%) XenApp
4 5 (31.25%) XenDesktop
5 4 (25.00%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (62.50%) SCCM
2 1 (6.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 10 (62.50%) Citrix
2 9 (56.25%) AppSense
3 6 (37.50%) VMware
4 2 (12.50%) HP