The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 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 England 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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 486 470 457
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -13
Contract jobs citing SMS 63 69 95
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.13% 0.15% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.97% 1.08% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 41 45
Average daily rate
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£300 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £180 £177
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £600 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-29.41% +30.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 6
Average hourly rate £14.50 £26.00 £14.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.23% +76.27%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £26.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year
- +76.27%
Communications & Networking Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
6525 6394 8056
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.69% 14.03% 15.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 3542 3335 3628
Average daily rate £351 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 368 486 623
Average hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% -1.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.70 £13.75 £12.96
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.44% -2.00%
SMS
UK

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 11 July 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 11 July 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
North West +9 20 £280 +1.81% 1
South East -24 13 £299 -8.78% 3
London -15 11 £425 +45.29% 15
East of England - 5 £330 - 1
South West -30 4 £261 -50.23%
West Midlands -15 1 £355 -43.20%
Yorkshire - 1 £450 - 1
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 57 (40.71%) Windows
2 38 (27.14%) SCCM
3 32 (22.86%) Active Directory
4 30 (21.43%) Citrix
5 27 (19.29%) Telecoms
6 25 (17.86%) Security Cleared
7 24 (17.14%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 23 (16.43%) Microsoft App-V
9 21 (15.00%) DNS
10 19 (13.57%) HP
10 19 (13.57%) DHCP
10 19 (13.57%) AppSense
10 19 (13.57%) SC Cleared
11 17 (12.14%) LTE
12 16 (11.43%) XenApp
12 16 (11.43%) UMTS
12 16 (11.43%) Windows Server 2003
12 16 (11.43%) McAfee
13 15 (10.71%) GSM
13 15 (10.71%) VMware
13 15 (10.71%) Finance
14 14 (10.00%) Software Deployment
15 13 (9.29%) Marketing
15 13 (9.29%) WCDMA
16 12 (8.57%) Windows XP
16 12 (8.57%) ITIL
16 12 (8.57%) Windows 7
16 12 (8.57%) Software Distribution
17 11 (7.86%) Degree
17 11 (7.86%) HTML

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 5 (3.57%) MS Exchange
1 5 (3.57%) Lync
1 5 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (1.43%) WebSphere
2 2 (1.43%) WordPress
2 2 (1.43%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.43%) Apache
3 1 (0.71%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.71%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.71%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.71%) CICS
3 1 (0.71%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (1.43%) Photoshop
1 2 (1.43%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 2 (1.43%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (1.43%) Eikon
2 1 (0.71%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.71%) WebTrends
2 1 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (15.00%) DNS
2 19 (13.57%) DHCP
3 17 (12.14%) LTE
4 16 (11.43%) UMTS
5 15 (10.71%) GSM
6 13 (9.29%) WCDMA
7 11 (7.86%) 3G
7 11 (7.86%) GPRS
8 8 (5.71%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (4.29%) Firewall
10 5 (3.57%) Cisco ASA
10 5 (3.57%) TCP/IP
11 4 (2.86%) Internet
11 4 (2.86%) ISUP
11 4 (2.86%) Junos
11 4 (2.86%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 4 (2.86%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 3 (2.14%) MVNO
12 3 (2.14%) 4G
12 3 (2.14%) SCCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.86%) DB2
2 2 (1.43%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.71%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.71%) DB2 UDB
3 1 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.71%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (0.71%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 11 (7.86%) MSI
2 10 (7.14%) InstallShield
3 8 (5.71%) AdminStudio
4 2 (1.43%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.43%) Wise Package Studio
4 2 (1.43%) GDB
4 2 (1.43%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.71%) Maven
General
1 27 (19.29%) Telecoms
2 15 (10.71%) Finance
3 13 (9.29%) Marketing
4 8 (5.71%) Billing
4 8 (5.71%) Electronics
5 7 (5.00%) Banking
6 5 (3.57%) Retail
6 5 (3.57%) Financial Institution
7 4 (2.86%) Legal
8 3 (2.14%) Publishing
8 3 (2.14%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (2.14%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.71%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.71%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.71%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 14 (10.00%) Support Engineer
2 11 (7.86%) Analyst
2 11 (7.86%) Consultant
3 10 (7.14%) Test Engineer
4 9 (6.43%) Integration Engineer
4 9 (6.43%) Project Manager
5 8 (5.71%) Desktop Support
5 8 (5.71%) Desktop Engineer
6 7 (5.00%) Applications Packager
7 6 (4.29%) Administrator
7 6 (4.29%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 5 (3.57%) 2nd Line Support
8 5 (3.57%) Software Engineer
8 5 (3.57%) Test and Integration Engineer
8 5 (3.57%) SCCM Engineer
9 4 (2.86%) SCCM Consultant
9 4 (2.86%) Digital Project Manager
9 4 (2.86%) Business Analyst
9 4 (2.86%) Network Engineer
10 3 (2.14%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (7.86%) HTML
2 6 (4.29%) Application Packaging
3 4 (2.86%) J2EE
3 4 (2.86%) RSS
4 3 (2.14%) Middleware
4 3 (2.14%) JDBC
4 3 (2.14%) JSP
4 3 (2.14%) WAP
4 3 (2.14%) ISPF
5 2 (1.43%) KML
5 2 (1.43%) SAP PI
5 2 (1.43%) SOAP
5 2 (1.43%) CSS
5 2 (1.43%) SyncML
5 2 (1.43%) EDI
5 2 (1.43%) JMS
5 2 (1.43%) Flash
5 2 (1.43%) J2ME
6 1 (0.71%) JMX
6 1 (0.71%) JNDI
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.00%) Smartcard
2 6 (4.29%) Mobile App
3 5 (3.57%) Hedge funds
4 4 (2.86%) Social Network
5 3 (2.14%) Social Media
5 3 (2.14%) Blackberry
5 3 (2.14%) IVR
6 2 (1.43%) Device Driver
6 2 (1.43%) Statistics
6 2 (1.43%) Mainframe
6 2 (1.43%) GIS
6 2 (1.43%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.43%) N-Tier
6 2 (1.43%) NHS
6 2 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (1.43%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.71%) Open Source
7 1 (0.71%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.71%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.71%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 57 (40.71%) Windows
2 16 (11.43%) Windows Server 2003
3 12 (8.57%) Windows 7
3 12 (8.57%) Windows XP
4 9 (6.43%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (5.71%) Windows Vista
6 5 (3.57%) zOS
6 5 (3.57%) Windows 8
6 5 (3.57%) NetWare
6 5 (3.57%) Windows 2000
6 5 (3.57%) UNIX
7 4 (2.86%) Linux
8 2 (1.43%) Solaris
8 2 (1.43%) Windows NT
8 2 (1.43%) Windows CE
8 2 (1.43%) Android
9 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.71%) OS/390
9 1 (0.71%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (10.00%) Software Deployment
2 12 (8.57%) Software Distribution
2 12 (8.57%) ITIL
3 10 (7.14%) CRM
3 10 (7.14%) Project Management
3 10 (7.14%) Integration Acceptance Testing
4 9 (6.43%) Risk Management
5 8 (5.71%) Migration
6 7 (5.00%) Release Management
7 6 (4.29%) Digital Marketing
7 6 (4.29%) Service Delivery
8 5 (3.57%) Validation
8 5 (3.57%) Data Migration
8 5 (3.57%) Risk Analysis
9 4 (2.86%) Incident Management
9 4 (2.86%) Analytics
9 4 (2.86%) Network Management
9 4 (2.86%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (2.86%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (2.86%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 9 (6.43%) SQL
2 7 (5.00%) VBScript
2 7 (5.00%) C
3 6 (4.29%) Java
4 5 (3.57%) JavaScript
4 5 (3.57%) PowerShell
5 2 (1.43%) REXX
5 2 (1.43%) Shell Script
5 2 (1.43%) JCL
5 2 (1.43%) VB
6 1 (0.71%) Python
6 1 (0.71%) Perl
6 1 (0.71%) C++
6 1 (0.71%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 25 (17.86%) Security Cleared
2 19 (13.57%) SC Cleared
3 11 (7.86%) Degree
4 5 (3.57%) ISEB
5 4 (2.86%) ISTQB
5 4 (2.86%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.71%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.71%) CCSA
6 1 (0.71%) CCSE
6 1 (0.71%) MCSE
6 1 (0.71%) CCSP
6 1 (0.71%) CCNP
6 1 (0.71%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.57%) QA
2 4 (2.86%) SLA
2 4 (2.86%) JTAG
3 1 (0.71%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.71%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 32 (22.86%) Active Directory
2 23 (16.43%) Microsoft App-V
3 16 (11.43%) XenApp
4 6 (4.29%) XenServer
4 6 (4.29%) XenDesktop
5 5 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (2.86%) RACF
7 2 (1.43%) vSphere
8 1 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.71%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.71%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.71%) NFS
Systems Management
1 38 (27.14%) SCCM
2 24 (17.14%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 6 (4.29%) SCOM
4 3 (2.14%) OMEGAMON
5 2 (1.43%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 2 (1.43%) Puppet
5 2 (1.43%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.43%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.71%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.71%) Netcool
6 1 (0.71%) Nagios
6 1 (0.71%) ZENworks
6 1 (0.71%) WhatsUp Gold
6 1 (0.71%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.71%) Capistrano
6 1 (0.71%) OpenView
Vendors
1 30 (21.43%) Citrix
2 19 (13.57%) AppSense
2 19 (13.57%) HP
3 16 (11.43%) McAfee
4 15 (10.71%) VMware
5 5 (3.57%) F5
5 5 (3.57%) CheckPoint
5 5 (3.57%) Oracle
5 5 (3.57%) Cisco
6 4 (2.86%) SAP
6 4 (2.86%) Juniper
6 4 (2.86%) TippingPoint
6 4 (2.86%) Eloqua
6 4 (2.86%) Facebook
6 4 (2.86%) Marketo
7 2 (1.43%) Crossbeam
7 2 (1.43%) CA
7 2 (1.43%) Siebel
7 2 (1.43%) IBM
7 2 (1.43%) Adobe
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