The table below looks at the statistics 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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 43 13 -
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -
Contract jobs citing SMS 4 7 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Blackpool 1.58% 7.07% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.30% 41.18% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 7 0
Average daily rate
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£301 £270 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.41% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £445 £347 £305
% change year-on-year
+28.06% +13.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
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Lancashire

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Blackpool region.

Communications & Networking Category
Blackpool
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
43 17 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Blackpool 17.00% 17.17% 6.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 17 0
Average daily rate £413 £242 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+70.63% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £23.50 £23.21
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +1.24%

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 25 Related IT Skills in Blackpool

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, 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 6 (100.00%) Windows
1 6 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 6 (100.00%) Citrix
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft App-V
1 6 (100.00%) AppSense
1 6 (100.00%) XenApp
1 6 (100.00%) XenDesktop
2 4 (66.67%) Lync
2 4 (66.67%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (66.67%) Operational Acceptance Testing
2 4 (66.67%) VMware
2 4 (66.67%) XenServer
2 4 (66.67%) ITIL
2 4 (66.67%) MS Exchange
2 4 (66.67%) DHCP
2 4 (66.67%) DNS
3 2 (33.33%) Validation
3 2 (33.33%) C
3 2 (33.33%) SharePoint
3 2 (33.33%) Windows XP
3 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (33.33%) Windows 7
4 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Blackpool by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, 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 (66.67%) MS Exchange
1 4 (66.67%) Lync
1 4 (66.67%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (33.33%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 4 (66.67%) DHCP
1 4 (66.67%) DNS
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Applications Support
1 3 (50.00%) 2nd Line Support
2 2 (33.33%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Technical Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Technical Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Technical Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Tester
Operating Systems
1 6 (100.00%) Windows
2 2 (33.33%) Windows XP
2 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (33.33%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) ITIL
1 4 (66.67%) Operational Acceptance Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) C
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 6 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft App-V
1 6 (100.00%) XenApp
1 6 (100.00%) XenDesktop
2 4 (66.67%) XenServer
Vendors
1 6 (100.00%) Citrix
1 6 (100.00%) AppSense
2 4 (66.67%) VMware