The table below looks at the statistics 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 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 - 68 58
Contract jobs citing SMS 0 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire - 0.39% 0.45%
As % of the Communications & Networking category - 2.50% 2.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 0
Average daily rate
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- £226 -
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
North 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 Cheshire region.

Communications & Networking Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
140 120 130
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 18.06% 15.42% 19.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 53 52
Average daily rate £350 £350 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +13.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £133 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £638 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 13 19
Average hourly rate £18.00 £31.56 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.95% +57.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.60 £14.50 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £55.00
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 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 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
Job
Vacancies
Chester - - - -
SMS
North West