The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 26 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
26 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 533 472 461
Rank change year-on-year
-61 -11
Contract jobs citing SMS 35 77 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.072% 0.16% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.48% 1.23% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 32 23
Average daily rate
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£405 £284 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+42.73% -12.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £117 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £300 £350
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 0
Average hourly rate £11.00 £28.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-60.71% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £11.00 £31.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year
-65.07% +162.50%
SMS
UK

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

Communications & Networking Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7217 6240 6204
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.75% 13.06% 15.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 3970 3281 3101
Average daily rate £370 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £215 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-0.72% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 402 390 526
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.70
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -7.48%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in England

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in England

SMS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the England region over the 3 months to 26 March 2015.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram in England

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in England

SMS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the England region over the 3 months to 26 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
South East -22 14 £403 +34.16% 3
London -18 9 £210 -25.00% 16
South West -18 5 £450 +15.38% 1
North West -26 2 - -
East of England - - - - 2
Yorkshire - - - -
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 40 (41.67%) Security Cleared
2 32 (33.33%) SC Cleared
2 32 (33.33%) Windows
3 28 (29.17%) HP
4 25 (26.04%) SCCM
5 20 (20.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 19 (19.79%) Software Distribution
7 18 (18.75%) McAfee
8 17 (17.71%) Software Deployment
9 15 (15.63%) DV Cleared
10 14 (14.58%) Finance
10 14 (14.58%) Telecoms
10 14 (14.58%) ITIL
11 13 (13.54%) UNIX
11 13 (13.54%) Active Directory
12 12 (12.50%) SQL
12 12 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
12 12 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
12 12 (12.50%) Windows 7
13 11 (11.46%) PowerShell
13 11 (11.46%) Windows XP
14 10 (10.42%) DNS
14 10 (10.42%) Citrix
14 10 (10.42%) Marketing
14 10 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
15 9 (9.38%) VMware
15 9 (9.38%) XenApp
16 8 (8.33%) GPRS
16 8 (8.33%) DHCP
16 8 (8.33%) Oracle

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 26 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 3 (3.13%) SAS
2 2 (2.08%) Lync
2 2 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (2.08%) MS Exchange
2 2 (2.08%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.04%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.04%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.04%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (1.04%) Adobe CQ
Applications
1 3 (3.13%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (1.04%) Google Analytics
1 1 (1.04%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.08%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (10.42%) DNS
2 8 (8.33%) GPRS
2 8 (8.33%) DHCP
3 6 (6.25%) HTTP
4 5 (5.21%) 3G
5 4 (4.17%) Cisco ASA
5 4 (4.17%) Network Security
5 4 (4.17%) Wireshark
5 4 (4.17%) Firewall
5 4 (4.17%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (3.13%) TACACS
6 3 (3.13%) Cisco PIX
6 3 (3.13%) BIG-IP
6 3 (3.13%) Nortel Alteon
6 3 (3.13%) tcpdump
7 2 (2.08%) GSM
7 2 (2.08%) UMTS
7 2 (2.08%) SS7
7 2 (2.08%) INAP
7 2 (2.08%) ISUP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.29%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.08%) Data Mart
3 1 (1.04%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (1.04%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.04%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (1.04%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.04%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.04%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 7 (7.29%) MSI
2 1 (1.04%) Subversion
General
1 14 (14.58%) Finance
1 14 (14.58%) Telecoms
2 10 (10.42%) Marketing
3 5 (5.21%) Legal
3 5 (5.21%) Publishing
4 4 (4.17%) Retail
5 1 (1.04%) Electronics
5 1 (1.04%) Advertising
5 1 (1.04%) Billing
Job Titles
1 12 (12.50%) Analyst
2 8 (8.33%) Project Manager
3 6 (6.25%) Tester
3 6 (6.25%) Support Engineer
4 5 (5.21%) 2nd Line Support
4 5 (5.21%) Consultant
4 5 (5.21%) Systems Engineer
4 5 (5.21%) Technical Tester
4 5 (5.21%) Deployment Engineer
5 4 (4.17%) Integration Engineer
5 4 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 4 (4.17%) Business Analyst
5 4 (4.17%) Network Engineer
5 4 (4.17%) Administrator
6 3 (3.13%) 3rd Line Support
6 3 (3.13%) Senior Manager
6 3 (3.13%) Architect
6 3 (3.13%) Network Security Engineer
6 3 (3.13%) Test Analyst
6 3 (3.13%) Senior Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.13%) WAP
2 2 (2.08%) .NET
2 2 (2.08%) XML
3 1 (1.04%) Rendezvous
3 1 (1.04%) XSLT
3 1 (1.04%) CSS
3 1 (1.04%) SOAP
3 1 (1.04%) Web Services
3 1 (1.04%) HTML
3 1 (1.04%) Application Packaging
3 1 (1.04%) jQuery
3 1 (1.04%) HTML5
3 1 (1.04%) Hibernate
3 1 (1.04%) Spring
3 1 (1.04%) CSS3
3 1 (1.04%) OSGi
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.21%) IVR
3 4 (4.17%) Fat Client
3 4 (4.17%) Thin Client
4 3 (3.13%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.08%) User Experience
5 2 (2.08%) Smart Meter
5 2 (2.08%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.04%) NHS
6 1 (1.04%) Human Factors
6 1 (1.04%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.04%) Data Integration
6 1 (1.04%) Social Media
6 1 (1.04%) CLARiiON
6 1 (1.04%) Cryptography
6 1 (1.04%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.04%) Statistics
6 1 (1.04%) Digital Media
6 1 (1.04%) Machine to Machine
6 1 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 32 (33.33%) Windows
2 13 (13.54%) UNIX
3 12 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
3 12 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 12 (12.50%) Windows 7
4 11 (11.46%) Windows XP
5 4 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (4.17%) Linux
6 3 (3.13%) Windows Vista
7 2 (2.08%) Windows 8
7 2 (2.08%) Windows 2000
8 1 (1.04%) VMS
8 1 (1.04%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (19.79%) Software Distribution
2 17 (17.71%) Software Deployment
3 14 (14.58%) ITIL
4 6 (6.25%) Risk Analysis
5 5 (5.21%) PRINCE2
5 5 (5.21%) Release Management
5 5 (5.21%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (5.21%) Campaign Management
6 4 (4.17%) Network Management
6 4 (4.17%) Asset Management
6 4 (4.17%) Migration
6 4 (4.17%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (4.17%) Problem Management
6 4 (4.17%) CRM
6 4 (4.17%) Project Management
7 3 (3.13%) Service Delivery
7 3 (3.13%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (3.13%) E-Commerce
7 3 (3.13%) Direct Marketing
7 3 (3.13%) Fault Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (12.50%) SQL
2 11 (11.46%) PowerShell
3 7 (7.29%) PL/SQL
4 6 (6.25%) VBScript
4 6 (6.25%) Shell Script
5 4 (4.17%) Java
6 2 (2.08%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.08%) C#
6 2 (2.08%) VB
6 2 (2.08%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.04%) Perl
7 1 (1.04%) Python
7 1 (1.04%) Groovy
7 1 (1.04%) XPath
Qualifications
1 40 (41.67%) Security Cleared
2 32 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 15 (15.63%) DV Cleared
4 7 (7.29%) Degree
5 3 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (3.13%) CCSP
5 3 (3.13%) CCNP
5 3 (3.13%) CCNA
5 3 (3.13%) CCSA
5 3 (3.13%) CCSE
6 1 (1.04%) ISEB
6 1 (1.04%) PMP
6 1 (1.04%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.04%) Postgraduate
6 1 (1.04%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (1.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.25%) SLA
2 3 (3.13%) QA
2 3 (3.13%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.04%) JSP 440
System Software
1 13 (13.54%) Active Directory
2 9 (9.38%) XenApp
3 7 (7.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (5.21%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (4.17%) XenDesktop
6 3 (3.13%) Hyper-V
7 2 (2.08%) XenServer
8 1 (1.04%) NFS
8 1 (1.04%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (1.04%) vSphere
8 1 (1.04%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 25 (26.04%) SCCM
2 20 (20.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 4 (4.17%) HP Operations Orchestration
3 4 (4.17%) SCOM
3 4 (4.17%) WSUS
3 4 (4.17%) Netcool
4 3 (3.13%) OpenView
5 2 (2.08%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (1.04%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 1 (1.04%) MOM
6 1 (1.04%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (1.04%) WhatsUp Gold
6 1 (1.04%) HP UCMDB
Vendors
1 28 (29.17%) HP
2 18 (18.75%) McAfee
3 10 (10.42%) Citrix
4 9 (9.38%) VMware
5 8 (8.33%) Oracle
6 6 (6.25%) Remedy
7 4 (4.17%) F5
7 4 (4.17%) Altiris
7 4 (4.17%) AppSense
7 4 (4.17%) Cisco
7 4 (4.17%) CheckPoint
8 3 (3.13%) Radware
8 3 (3.13%) Nortel
8 3 (3.13%) Red Hat
8 3 (3.13%) Chordiant
8 3 (3.13%) Unica
8 3 (3.13%) Crossbeam
8 3 (3.13%) Epiphany
9 2 (2.08%) Teradata
9 2 (2.08%) Aprimo
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