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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 515 514 480
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -34
Contract jobs citing SMS 77 59 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.15% 0.12% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.04% 0.89% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 41 33
Average daily rate
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£325 £288 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.04% -28.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £179 £255 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £450 £620
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £294 £425
% change year-on-year
+10.63% -30.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 5
Average hourly rate £20.00 £14.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.93% -44.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £7.19 £14.50 £15.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.29 £14.50 £121.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £26.00
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
7412 6606 6421
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.59% 13.57% 14.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 4239 3614 3361
Average daily rate £360 £353 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.12% +0.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £205 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 437 366 499
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.29 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% -24.00%

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 1 July 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the England region over the 3 months to 1 July 2015.

SMS Hourly Rate Histogram 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 1 July 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
South East +10 33 £338 +22.72% 2
Yorkshire -4 11 £430 -4.55%
London -8 8 £300 -29.41% 16
East of England 0 7 £450 +28.57% 3
East Midlands -5 7 £290 -35.55% 1
North West -35 7 £270 -3.56% 6
West Midlands -3 3 £550 +65.41%
South West -4 1 £325 +24.40% 4
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 23 (20.18%) Security Cleared
2 20 (17.54%) HP
3 17 (14.91%) McAfee
3 17 (14.91%) Telecoms
3 17 (14.91%) Data Centre
4 16 (14.04%) Finance
4 16 (14.04%) SC Cleared
4 16 (14.04%) Windows
5 15 (13.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 15 (13.16%) 3G
5 15 (13.16%) Software Deployment
6 14 (12.28%) 4G
6 14 (12.28%) Internet
7 13 (11.40%) ITIL
7 13 (11.40%) Validation
7 13 (11.40%) Software Delivery
8 12 (10.53%) Software Distribution
8 12 (10.53%) HTML
8 12 (10.53%) JavaScript
9 11 (9.65%) Google
9 11 (9.65%) Degree
10 10 (8.77%) DV Cleared
10 10 (8.77%) ISUP
10 10 (8.77%) LTE
10 10 (8.77%) HTML5
10 10 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
11 9 (7.89%) Analytics
11 9 (7.89%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 9 (7.89%) SS7
11 9 (7.89%) Adobe

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 9 (7.89%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 8 (7.02%) SharePoint
3 6 (5.26%) CMS
3 6 (5.26%) WebLogic
4 5 (4.39%) WordPress
5 4 (3.51%) Sitecore CMS
5 4 (3.51%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (2.63%) SAS
7 1 (0.88%) CICS
7 1 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.88%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.88%) Lync
7 1 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.88%) Drupal
Applications
1 3 (2.63%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (4.39%) Oracle Payables
1 5 (4.39%) Oracle Receivables
2 4 (3.51%) Oracle Cash Management
3 3 (2.63%) Unica
3 3 (2.63%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (1.75%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (1.75%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (1.75%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 1 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.88%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.14%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.88%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (13.16%) 3G
2 14 (12.28%) Internet
2 14 (12.28%) 4G
3 10 (8.77%) LTE
3 10 (8.77%) ISUP
4 9 (7.89%) SS7
5 8 (7.02%) 2G
5 8 (7.02%) Diameter Protocol
6 7 (6.14%) SIGTRAN
6 7 (6.14%) TCP/IP
7 6 (5.26%) VoIP
7 6 (5.26%) RTP
7 6 (5.26%) MGW
7 6 (5.26%) SCCP
8 5 (4.39%) MVNO
8 5 (4.39%) VoLTE
9 4 (3.51%) INAP
9 4 (3.51%) DNS
9 4 (3.51%) GPRS
9 4 (3.51%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.75%) Data Mart
2 2 (1.75%) MySQL
3 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.88%) DB2
3 1 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.88%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 3 (2.63%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.88%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (0.88%) Visual Studio
General
1 17 (14.91%) Telecoms
2 16 (14.04%) Finance
3 9 (7.89%) Marketing
4 6 (5.26%) Legal
5 3 (2.63%) Spanish Language
6 2 (1.75%) Italian Language
6 2 (1.75%) Billing
7 1 (0.88%) Electronics
7 1 (0.88%) Advertising
7 1 (0.88%) Games
7 1 (0.88%) Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (10.53%) Test Engineer
2 11 (9.65%) Support Engineer
2 11 (9.65%) Analyst
3 10 (8.77%) Consultant
4 8 (7.02%) Technical Support
5 7 (6.14%) Architect
6 5 (4.39%) Project Manager
6 5 (4.39%) Oracle Financials Consultant
6 5 (4.39%) Technical Engineer
6 5 (4.39%) Oracle Consultant
6 5 (4.39%) Integration Engineer
6 5 (4.39%) Test and Integration Engineer
6 5 (4.39%) Technical Support Engineer
7 4 (3.51%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (3.51%) Applications Support
7 4 (3.51%) Developer
7 4 (3.51%) Solutions Architect
8 3 (2.63%) 1st Line Support
8 3 (2.63%) Test Analyst
8 3 (2.63%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (10.53%) HTML
2 10 (8.77%) HTML5
3 8 (7.02%) CSS
4 7 (6.14%) .NET
5 6 (5.26%) jQuery
5 6 (5.26%) CSS3
6 3 (2.63%) JSF
7 2 (1.75%) SOAP
8 1 (0.88%) XML
8 1 (0.88%) Rendezvous
8 1 (0.88%) Hibernate
8 1 (0.88%) Spring
8 1 (0.88%) Application Packaging
8 1 (0.88%) J2EE
8 1 (0.88%) OSGi
Miscellaneous
1 17 (14.91%) Data Centre
2 10 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (7.89%) Management Information System
3 9 (7.89%) Statistics
4 6 (5.26%) Computer Science
4 6 (5.26%) Social Media
5 3 (2.63%) Mainframe
6 2 (1.75%) User Experience
7 1 (0.88%) EMV
7 1 (0.88%) SWIFT
7 1 (0.88%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.88%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (0.88%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.88%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.88%) CLARiiON
7 1 (0.88%) Clustering
7 1 (0.88%) IVR
7 1 (0.88%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 16 (14.04%) Windows
2 8 (7.02%) UNIX
3 7 (6.14%) Linux
3 7 (6.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (4.39%) Windows 7
4 5 (4.39%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (4.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (2.63%) Solaris
5 3 (2.63%) zOS
5 3 (2.63%) Windows XP
5 3 (2.63%) VMS
6 2 (1.75%) Windows 2000
7 1 (0.88%) OS/390
7 1 (0.88%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (13.16%) Software Deployment
2 13 (11.40%) ITIL
2 13 (11.40%) Validation
2 13 (11.40%) Software Delivery
3 12 (10.53%) Software Distribution
4 9 (7.89%) Analytics
5 8 (7.02%) Supplier Management
6 7 (6.14%) Information Security
6 7 (6.14%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (6.14%) Risk Management
6 7 (6.14%) CRM
6 7 (6.14%) Root Cause Analysis
7 6 (5.26%) Capacity Planning
7 6 (5.26%) Continuous Improvement
7 6 (5.26%) Release Management
7 6 (5.26%) Network Architecture
8 5 (4.39%) Test Strategy
8 5 (4.39%) Cash Management
8 5 (4.39%) Project Management
8 5 (4.39%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (10.53%) JavaScript
2 6 (5.26%) PHP
3 5 (4.39%) SQL
4 4 (3.51%) C
4 4 (3.51%) Java
5 2 (1.75%) C#
5 2 (1.75%) VBScript
5 2 (1.75%) VB.NET
5 2 (1.75%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.88%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.88%) Delphi
6 1 (0.88%) Perl
Qualifications
1 23 (20.18%) Security Cleared
2 16 (14.04%) SC Cleared
3 11 (9.65%) Degree
4 10 (8.77%) DV Cleared
5 6 (5.26%) HNC
5 6 (5.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (1.75%) CCA
7 1 (0.88%) CISSP
7 1 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.88%) CISM
7 1 (0.88%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.88%) ISEB
7 1 (0.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.26%) SLA
2 1 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.88%) QA
System Software
1 6 (5.26%) Active Directory
2 5 (4.39%) XenApp
3 3 (2.63%) XenDesktop
3 3 (2.63%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (2.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.75%) RACF
4 2 (1.75%) NFS
5 1 (0.88%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 15 (13.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 9 (7.89%) SCCM
3 4 (3.51%) FortiGate
4 3 (2.63%) SCOM
5 2 (1.75%) HP Operations Orchestration
5 2 (1.75%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (1.75%) Tivoli
5 2 (1.75%) AirWatch
5 2 (1.75%) OMEGAMON
6 1 (0.88%) Tivoli Monitoring
6 1 (0.88%) WSUS
Vendors
1 20 (17.54%) HP
2 17 (14.91%) McAfee
3 11 (9.65%) Google
4 9 (7.89%) Adobe
5 6 (5.26%) Citrix
5 6 (5.26%) Remedy
6 5 (4.39%) Facebook
6 5 (4.39%) Twitter
6 5 (4.39%) Oracle
7 4 (3.51%) VMware
7 4 (3.51%) Rackspace
7 4 (3.51%) Sitecore
8 3 (2.63%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 3 (2.63%) TippingPoint
8 3 (2.63%) Epiphany
8 3 (2.63%) AppSense
8 3 (2.63%) CheckPoint
8 3 (2.63%) Chordiant
8 3 (2.63%) Sun
9 2 (1.75%) IBM
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