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 28 August 2014 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 496 509 467
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -42
Contract jobs citing SMS 82 53 102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.16% 0.11% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.11% 0.81% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 35 46
Average daily rate
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£313 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.72% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £178
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £515 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £326 £320 £328
% change year-on-year
+1.71% -2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 4
Average hourly rate - £22.50 £23.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -3.22%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £13.25
% change year-on-year
- +69.81%
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
7414 6538 8249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.73% 13.59% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4085 3628 3818
Average daily rate £363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 401 380 641
Average hourly rate £21.50 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.44% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.57 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-3.05% -7.16%

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 28 August 2014.

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 28 August 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
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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
South East +4 31 £475 +48.43% 1
North West +17 22 £291 +16.40% 1
London -4 13 £275 -38.88% 6
East of England -23 4 £388 +40.90%
South West -31 3 £275 -50.00%
Yorkshire +5 1 £450 - 1
West Midlands - - - - 1
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, 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 59 (39.07%) Windows
2 36 (23.84%) Citrix
3 32 (21.19%) Security Cleared
4 31 (20.53%) SCCM
4 31 (20.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 30 (19.87%) Microsoft App-V
6 26 (17.22%) AppSense
6 26 (17.22%) Active Directory
7 24 (15.89%) Telecoms
8 23 (15.23%) DNS
8 23 (15.23%) HP
9 22 (14.57%) SC Cleared
10 21 (13.91%) XenApp
11 19 (12.58%) 3G
12 18 (11.92%) Windows Server 2003
12 18 (11.92%) Finance
12 18 (11.92%) Software Deployment
13 17 (11.26%) DHCP
14 16 (10.60%) McAfee
14 16 (10.60%) VMware
14 16 (10.60%) Software Distribution
15 15 (9.93%) LTE
15 15 (9.93%) Marketing
15 15 (9.93%) MSI
15 15 (9.93%) ITIL
16 14 (9.27%) Windows XP
17 13 (8.61%) Windows 7
18 12 (7.95%) InstallShield
19 11 (7.28%) Project Management
19 11 (7.28%) XenServer

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, 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 7 (4.64%) MS Exchange
1 7 (4.64%) Lync
1 7 (4.64%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (1.32%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.32%) Apache
2 2 (1.32%) FileNet
2 2 (1.32%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.66%) WordPress
3 1 (0.66%) CMS
3 1 (0.66%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.66%) CICS
Applications
1 2 (1.32%) Photoshop
1 2 (1.32%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 2 (1.32%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.66%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.66%) WebTrends
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (15.23%) DNS
2 19 (12.58%) 3G
3 17 (11.26%) DHCP
4 15 (9.93%) LTE
5 8 (5.30%) 4G
5 8 (5.30%) Wi-Fi
6 7 (4.64%) UMTS
6 7 (4.64%) GSM
6 7 (4.64%) Firewall
7 6 (3.97%) ISUP
7 6 (3.97%) TCP/IP
7 6 (3.97%) Cisco ASA
8 5 (3.31%) Internet
8 5 (3.31%) INAP
8 5 (3.31%) FTP
9 4 (2.65%) WCDMA
9 4 (2.65%) Junos
9 4 (2.65%) MVNO
9 4 (2.65%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 4 (2.65%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.65%) DB2
2 2 (1.32%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.66%) DB2 UDB
3 1 (0.66%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 15 (9.93%) MSI
2 12 (7.95%) InstallShield
3 10 (6.62%) AdminStudio
4 2 (1.32%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.66%) GDB
5 1 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.66%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.66%) Git (software)
General
1 24 (15.89%) Telecoms
2 18 (11.92%) Finance
3 15 (9.93%) Marketing
4 6 (3.97%) Retail
4 6 (3.97%) Billing
5 4 (2.65%) Advertising
5 4 (2.65%) Banking
6 3 (1.99%) Electronics
6 3 (1.99%) Publishing
6 3 (1.99%) Games
6 3 (1.99%) Legal
6 3 (1.99%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.32%) Financial Institution
7 2 (1.32%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.66%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.66%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.66%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 14 (9.27%) Support Engineer
2 12 (7.95%) Analyst
3 11 (7.28%) Project Manager
4 9 (5.96%) Consultant
4 9 (5.96%) Applications Packager
5 8 (5.30%) Desktop Engineer
6 7 (4.64%) Desktop Support
7 6 (3.97%) Software Engineer
7 6 (3.97%) 2nd Line Support
7 6 (3.97%) Administrator
8 5 (3.31%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 5 (3.31%) Business Analyst
8 5 (3.31%) Network Engineer
8 5 (3.31%) Marketing Manager
8 5 (3.31%) SCCM Engineer
9 4 (2.65%) Test Analyst
9 4 (2.65%) Test Engineer
9 4 (2.65%) Design Engineer
10 3 (1.99%) Solutions Designer
10 3 (1.99%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.30%) HTML
2 6 (3.97%) Application Packaging
3 4 (2.65%) J2EE
3 4 (2.65%) RSS
3 4 (2.65%) WAP
4 3 (1.99%) JDBC
4 3 (1.99%) ISPF
5 2 (1.32%) SyncML
5 2 (1.32%) KML
5 2 (1.32%) Flash
5 2 (1.32%) J2ME
6 1 (0.66%) JMS
6 1 (0.66%) OpenGL
6 1 (0.66%) Rendezvous
6 1 (0.66%) Middleware
6 1 (0.66%) JSP
6 1 (0.66%) SOAP
6 1 (0.66%) XML
6 1 (0.66%) ATL
6 1 (0.66%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.64%) Smartcard
1 7 (4.64%) Mobile App
2 5 (3.31%) IVR
3 4 (2.65%) Management Information System
3 4 (2.65%) Video on Demand
3 4 (2.65%) Social Network
4 3 (1.99%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.32%) GIS
5 2 (1.32%) N-Tier
5 2 (1.32%) NHS
5 2 (1.32%) Device Driver
5 2 (1.32%) Data Integration
5 2 (1.32%) Social Media
5 2 (1.32%) Hedge funds
5 2 (1.32%) Statistics
6 1 (0.66%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (0.66%) mHealth
6 1 (0.66%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.66%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.66%) LPAR
Operating Systems
1 59 (39.07%) Windows
2 18 (11.92%) Windows Server 2003
3 14 (9.27%) Windows XP
4 13 (8.61%) Windows 7
5 8 (5.30%) Windows Vista
5 8 (5.30%) UNIX
6 6 (3.97%) zOS
7 5 (3.31%) Windows 8
7 5 (3.31%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (3.31%) Linux
7 5 (3.31%) Windows 2000
8 3 (1.99%) VMS
9 2 (1.32%) NetWare
9 2 (1.32%) Windows NT
9 2 (1.32%) Windows CE
10 1 (0.66%) Android
10 1 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.66%) AIX
10 1 (0.66%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (11.92%) Software Deployment
2 16 (10.60%) Software Distribution
3 15 (9.93%) ITIL
4 11 (7.28%) Project Management
5 9 (5.96%) CRM
6 8 (5.30%) Migration
6 8 (5.30%) Release Management
7 7 (4.64%) Validation
8 6 (3.97%) Digital Marketing
9 5 (3.31%) Email Marketing
9 5 (3.31%) Data Migration
9 5 (3.31%) Network Management
10 4 (2.65%) Time Management
10 4 (2.65%) Direct Marketing
10 4 (2.65%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (2.65%) Data Modelling
10 4 (2.65%) PRINCE2
10 4 (2.65%) Change Management
10 4 (2.65%) Risk Management
10 4 (2.65%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 9 (5.96%) SQL
2 8 (5.30%) VBScript
2 8 (5.30%) C
3 4 (2.65%) PowerShell
4 3 (1.99%) REXX
4 3 (1.99%) Shell Script
4 3 (1.99%) JCL
4 3 (1.99%) Java
4 3 (1.99%) JavaScript
4 3 (1.99%) VB
5 2 (1.32%) Perl
5 2 (1.32%) C++
6 1 (0.66%) C#
6 1 (0.66%) Python
Qualifications
1 32 (21.19%) Security Cleared
2 22 (14.57%) SC Cleared
3 10 (6.62%) Degree
4 4 (2.65%) DV Cleared
5 2 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.32%) CCSP
5 2 (1.32%) CCNP
5 2 (1.32%) CCNA
5 2 (1.32%) ISEB
5 2 (1.32%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (1.32%) CCSA
5 2 (1.32%) CCSE
6 1 (0.66%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.66%) CCA
6 1 (0.66%) AAT
6 1 (0.66%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.64%) SLA
2 4 (2.65%) QA
3 3 (1.99%) JTAG
4 1 (0.66%) JSP 440
System Software
1 30 (19.87%) Microsoft App-V
2 26 (17.22%) Active Directory
3 21 (13.91%) XenApp
4 11 (7.28%) XenServer
5 9 (5.96%) XenDesktop
6 5 (3.31%) RACF
7 2 (1.32%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.66%) NFS
8 1 (0.66%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.66%) vSphere
8 1 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 31 (20.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 31 (20.53%) SCCM
2 3 (1.99%) SCOM
2 3 (1.99%) OMEGAMON
2 3 (1.99%) Tivoli
3 2 (1.32%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 2 (1.32%) Netcool
3 2 (1.32%) OpenView
3 2 (1.32%) CA Spectrum
4 1 (0.66%) SCOrch
4 1 (0.66%) WhatsUp Gold
4 1 (0.66%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 36 (23.84%) Citrix
2 26 (17.22%) AppSense
3 23 (15.23%) HP
4 16 (10.60%) VMware
4 16 (10.60%) McAfee
5 6 (3.97%) CheckPoint
5 6 (3.97%) Cisco
5 6 (3.97%) F5
6 4 (2.65%) Eloqua
6 4 (2.65%) Marketo
6 4 (2.65%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 4 (2.65%) Oracle
6 4 (2.65%) Juniper
6 4 (2.65%) CA
6 4 (2.65%) Ericsson
6 4 (2.65%) TIBCO
6 4 (2.65%) TippingPoint
7 3 (1.99%) Huawei
7 3 (1.99%) Crossbeam
7 3 (1.99%) IBM
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