The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bristol region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 1 May 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 59 61 -
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -
Contract jobs citing SMS 5 8 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bristol 0.57% 0.88% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.95% 8.79% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 0
Average daily rate
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£450 £260 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+73.07% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £282 £315
% change year-on-year
+15.24% -10.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £24.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-13.67% -5.76%
SMS
South West

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

Communications & Networking Category
Bristol
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
101 91 80
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bristol 11.43% 10.03% 12.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 46 41
Average daily rate £360 £340 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £221 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £335 £315
% change year-on-year
+2.98% +6.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 13 6
Average hourly rate £25.88 £16.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+56.81% -23.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.80 £11.00 £20.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.90 £18.40 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -10.11%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in Bristol

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in Bristol

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

SMS
Top 13 Related IT Skills in Bristol

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Bristol 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 3 (60.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (40.00%) Legal
3 1 (20.00%) Degree
3 1 (20.00%) Risk Analysis
3 1 (20.00%) LTE
3 1 (20.00%) Integration Acceptance Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Risk Management
3 1 (20.00%) Electronics
3 1 (20.00%) GPRS
3 1 (20.00%) GSM
3 1 (20.00%) UMTS
3 1 (20.00%) WCDMA
3 1 (20.00%) VMS

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Bristol by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Bristol 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.

Communications & Networking
1 1 (20.00%) LTE
1 1 (20.00%) GPRS
1 1 (20.00%) GSM
1 1 (20.00%) UMTS
1 1 (20.00%) WCDMA
General
1 3 (60.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (40.00%) Legal
3 1 (20.00%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) Project Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Project Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Test Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Test Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Integration Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Test and Integration Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Integration Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Manager
Operating Systems
1 1 (20.00%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (20.00%) Risk Analysis
1 1 (20.00%) Integration Acceptance Testing
1 1 (20.00%) Risk Management
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) Degree