The first table below looks at the demand for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 18 April 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 Cheshire 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank - 61 50
Contract jobs citing SMS 0 1 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire - 0.13% 0.86%
As % of the Communications & Networking category - 0.82% 4.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 4
Average daily rate - - £323
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £350 £288
% change year-on-year
-17.85% +21.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.00 £12.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+133.33% -20.00%
Communications & Networking Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
128 122 137
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 15.13% 16.25% 19.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 48 65
Average daily rate £340 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £133 £224 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £530 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 13 8
Average hourly rate £32.50 £20.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+62.50% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.03 £9.20 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £55.00 £27.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -23.72%
SMS
North West

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

SMS
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Chester - - - -
Knutsford - - - -
Warrington - - - -
SMS
North West

SMS
Top 19 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 4 (100.00%) Windows XP
1 4 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 4 (100.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 4 (100.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 4 (100.00%) VBScript
1 4 (100.00%) VB
1 4 (100.00%) Windows
1 4 (100.00%) SCCM
1 4 (100.00%) Software Deployment
2 2 (50.00%) Banking
2 2 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (50.00%) ITIL
2 2 (50.00%) Software Distribution
2 2 (50.00%) Time Management
3 1 (25.00%) SaaS
3 1 (25.00%) ERP
3 1 (25.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (25.00%) Finance
3 1 (25.00%) Manufacturing

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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.

Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (50.00%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (50.00%) Banking
2 1 (25.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (25.00%) Finance
2 1 (25.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 4 (100.00%) Deployment Engineer
2 3 (75.00%) Software Deployment Engineer
2 3 (75.00%) Software Engineer
Operating Systems
1 4 (100.00%) Windows XP
1 4 (100.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 4 (100.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (100.00%) Software Deployment
2 2 (50.00%) ITIL
2 2 (50.00%) Software Distribution
2 2 (50.00%) Time Management
3 1 (25.00%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 4 (100.00%) VBScript
1 4 (100.00%) VB
System Software
1 4 (100.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (100.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 4 (100.00%) SCCM