The first table below looks at the demand for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London 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 City of London 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 202 188 213
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +25
Contract jobs citing SMS 8 9 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.12% 0.14% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.08% 1.01% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 10
Average daily rate £450 £379 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.73% -8.12%
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
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
743 891 1084
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 11.51% 14.30% 13.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 520 603 727
Average daily rate £395 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.25% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £190 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 42 43
Average hourly rate £22.00 £49.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-55.10% +122.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £17.50 £15.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.75 £135.00 £44.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -23.72%
SMS
London

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

SMS
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the City of London region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 (60.00%) SCCM
2 5 (50.00%) Windows
3 4 (40.00%) Banking
3 4 (40.00%) PowerShell
3 4 (40.00%) VBScript
4 2 (20.00%) Windows 7
4 2 (20.00%) Retail
4 2 (20.00%) Citrix
5 1 (10.00%) Peregrine
5 1 (10.00%) zOS
5 1 (10.00%) Shell Script
5 1 (10.00%) RACF
5 1 (10.00%) Reuters
5 1 (10.00%) Bloomberg
5 1 (10.00%) Blackberry
5 1 (10.00%) MSI
5 1 (10.00%) Mainframe
5 1 (10.00%) Change Management
5 1 (10.00%) Wireless
5 1 (10.00%) Telecoms
5 1 (10.00%) Migration
5 1 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (10.00%) Billing
5 1 (10.00%) VSAM
5 1 (10.00%) Incident Management
5 1 (10.00%) ISPF
5 1 (10.00%) Marketing
5 1 (10.00%) Application Packaging
5 1 (10.00%) Citrix Presentation Server

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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.

Business Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Eikon
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) Wireless
1 1 (10.00%) Bluetooth
1 1 (10.00%) CDMA
1 1 (10.00%) UMTS
1 1 (10.00%) WCDMA
1 1 (10.00%) TCP/IP
1 1 (10.00%) VPN
1 1 (10.00%) LTE
Development Applications
1 1 (10.00%) MSI
1 1 (10.00%) Eclipse
1 1 (10.00%) GDB
1 1 (10.00%) Git (software)
General
1 4 (40.00%) Banking
2 2 (20.00%) Retail
3 1 (10.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (10.00%) Billing
3 1 (10.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 4 (40.00%) SCCM Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Project Manager
2 1 (10.00%) Desktop Support
2 1 (10.00%) Systems Administrator
2 1 (10.00%) Applications Packager
2 1 (10.00%) Support Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Administrator
2 1 (10.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Desktop Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Digital Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) ISPF
1 1 (10.00%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) Blackberry
1 1 (10.00%) Mainframe
1 1 (10.00%) VSAM
1 1 (10.00%) Social Media
1 1 (10.00%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 5 (50.00%) Windows
2 2 (20.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (10.00%) zOS
3 1 (10.00%) UNIX
3 1 (10.00%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (10.00%) Change Management
1 1 (10.00%) Migration
1 1 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
1 1 (10.00%) Incident Management
1 1 (10.00%) E-Commerce
1 1 (10.00%) Root Cause Analysis
1 1 (10.00%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 4 (40.00%) PowerShell
1 4 (40.00%) VBScript
2 1 (10.00%) Shell Script
2 1 (10.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) PCI DSS
1 1 (10.00%) JTAG
System Software
1 1 (10.00%) RACF
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (10.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
1 1 (10.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (10.00%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (60.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 2 (20.00%) Citrix
2 1 (10.00%) Peregrine
2 1 (10.00%) Reuters
2 1 (10.00%) Bloomberg
2 1 (10.00%) IBM
2 1 (10.00%) Fidessa