The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 27 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 566 539 531
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -8
Contract jobs citing SMS 50 73 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.10% 0.15% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.63% 0.99% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 28 43
Median daily rate £280 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.84% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £179 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £515 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £285 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-12.30% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 1
Median hourly rate £12.50 £20.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.50% +37.93%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £20.00 -
% change year-on-year
-37.50% -
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
7892 7339 6609
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 15.93% 14.66% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4876 4212 3582
Median daily rate £400 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 362 432 371
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.83 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.64% +20.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £11.27
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £25.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+26.00% +38.88%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of contract jobs across the England region citing SMS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 27 June 2016.

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 27 June 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the England region over the 3 months to 27 June 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
North East - 19 £280 -
South East -12 14 £450 +38.46% 3
London -1 10 £290 -3.33% 2
East of England +15 6 £400 -11.11% 1
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing SMS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for SMS.

1 33 (37.50%) Windows
2 27 (30.68%) Software Delivery
3 25 (28.41%) Active Directory
4 24 (27.27%) Marketing
4 24 (27.27%) Security Cleared
5 23 (26.14%) SCCM
5 23 (26.14%) DHCP
5 23 (26.14%) DNS
5 23 (26.14%) Citrix
6 22 (25.00%) XenApp
7 21 (23.86%) SC Cleared
8 19 (21.59%) 3G
9 18 (20.45%) AppSense
10 17 (19.32%) Microsoft App-V
10 17 (19.32%) VMware
11 16 (18.18%) Data Centre
12 15 (17.05%) CRM
13 13 (14.77%) Agile Software Development
14 12 (13.64%) Degree
14 12 (13.64%) Project Management
14 12 (13.64%) Windows Server
15 11 (12.50%) ITIL
15 11 (12.50%) Hyper-V
16 10 (11.36%) Windows Server 2008
16 10 (11.36%) Windows 7
16 10 (11.36%) Skype for Business
16 10 (11.36%) Fat Client
16 10 (11.36%) JavaScript
16 10 (11.36%) Thin Client
16 10 (11.36%) Windows Server 2003

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (11.36%) Skype for Business
2 9 (10.23%) Exchange Server 2010
2 9 (10.23%) MS Exchange
3 4 (4.55%) CMS
4 2 (2.27%) Apache
4 2 (2.27%) Drupal
4 2 (2.27%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (2.27%) Mule
4 2 (2.27%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
Business Applications
1 4 (4.55%) Payment Gateway
1 4 (4.55%) Unica
2 2 (2.27%) Adobe Campaign
3 1 (1.14%) Eloqua
3 1 (1.14%) Northgate Housing
3 1 (1.14%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.27%) Google Analytics
2 1 (1.14%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 23 (26.14%) DHCP
1 23 (26.14%) DNS
2 19 (21.59%) 3G
3 10 (11.36%) Wi-Fi
4 9 (10.23%) Value-Added Service
5 8 (9.09%) 4G
6 7 (7.95%) Remote Desktop
7 5 (5.68%) LTE
8 4 (4.55%) CTI
9 3 (3.41%) HTTP
9 3 (3.41%) MVNO
9 3 (3.41%) SAN
10 2 (2.27%) Broadband
10 2 (2.27%) Internet
10 2 (2.27%) NAS
10 2 (2.27%) VoLTE
10 2 (2.27%) Wireless
11 1 (1.14%) IPsec
11 1 (1.14%) Network Security
11 1 (1.14%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.95%) MongoDB
2 4 (4.55%) SAP Data Services
3 3 (3.41%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.27%) Big Data
4 2 (2.27%) Data Mining
4 2 (2.27%) MariaDB
4 2 (2.27%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.14%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (1.14%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (2.27%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.14%) Bugzilla
2 1 (1.14%) FindBugs
2 1 (1.14%) JIRA
2 1 (1.14%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (1.14%) Vagrant
General
1 24 (27.27%) Marketing
2 9 (10.23%) Telecoms
3 7 (7.95%) Retail
4 6 (6.82%) Finance
5 3 (3.41%) Banking
6 2 (2.27%) Automotive
6 2 (2.27%) Legal
7 1 (1.14%) German Language
Job Titles
1 10 (11.36%) Desktop Support
2 6 (6.82%) 2nd Line Support
2 6 (6.82%) Analyst
3 5 (5.68%) 3rd Line Support
3 5 (5.68%) Architect
3 5 (5.68%) Campaign Manager
3 5 (5.68%) Designer
3 5 (5.68%) Project Manager
4 4 (4.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 4 (4.55%) CRM Manager
4 4 (4.55%) Desktop Engineer
4 4 (4.55%) Developer
4 4 (4.55%) Senior Designer
4 4 (4.55%) Support Engineer
4 4 (4.55%) Test Engineer
5 3 (3.41%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 3 (3.41%) Cloud Consultant
5 3 (3.41%) Consultant
5 3 (3.41%) CRM Campaign Manager
5 3 (3.41%) Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (7.95%) CSS
2 6 (6.82%) HTML
3 5 (5.68%) Meteor
3 5 (5.68%) Node.js
3 5 (5.68%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 4 (4.55%) .NET
4 4 (4.55%) SAML
4 4 (4.55%) Web Services
5 3 (3.41%) XML
6 2 (2.27%) ELK Stack
6 2 (2.27%) Google Maps API
6 2 (2.27%) HTML5
6 2 (2.27%) J2EE
6 2 (2.27%) WCF
6 2 (2.27%) WF
6 2 (2.27%) WSDL
6 2 (2.27%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 16 (18.18%) Data Centre
2 10 (11.36%) Fat Client
2 10 (11.36%) Thin Client
3 9 (10.23%) Computer Science
4 4 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (4.55%) Fintech
4 4 (4.55%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.27%) Smartphone
5 2 (2.27%) Social Media
5 2 (2.27%) Telematics
5 2 (2.27%) User Experience
6 1 (1.14%) Copywriting
6 1 (1.14%) Handset
6 1 (1.14%) IVR
6 1 (1.14%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.14%) Over-the-Top Content
6 1 (1.14%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.14%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 33 (37.50%) Windows
2 12 (13.64%) Windows Server
3 10 (11.36%) Windows 7
3 10 (11.36%) Windows Server 2003
3 10 (11.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (7.95%) Windows XP
5 2 (2.27%) Linux
6 1 (1.14%) Android
6 1 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.14%) Ubuntu
6 1 (1.14%) Unix
6 1 (1.14%) VMS
6 1 (1.14%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.14%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (30.68%) Software Delivery
2 15 (17.05%) CRM
3 13 (14.77%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (13.64%) Project Management
5 11 (12.50%) ITIL
6 9 (10.23%) Campaign Management
6 9 (10.23%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 8 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (7.95%) Analytics
8 7 (7.95%) Software Deployment
9 6 (6.82%) Digital Marketing
9 6 (6.82%) Migration
9 6 (6.82%) Release Management
9 6 (6.82%) Scrum
9 6 (6.82%) Software Distribution
10 5 (5.68%) Service Management
10 5 (5.68%) Workflow
11 4 (4.55%) Configuration Management
11 4 (4.55%) Direct Marketing
11 4 (4.55%) Email Marketing
Programming Languages
1 10 (11.36%) JavaScript
2 8 (9.09%) SQL
3 5 (5.68%) C
4 4 (4.55%) Java
4 4 (4.55%) Shell Script
5 3 (3.41%) C#
5 3 (3.41%) PHP
6 2 (2.27%) PL/SQL
6 2 (2.27%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.14%) C++
7 1 (1.14%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.14%) VB
7 1 (1.14%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 24 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 21 (23.86%) SC Cleared
3 12 (13.64%) Degree
4 4 (4.55%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.14%) CCNA
5 1 (1.14%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.14%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.14%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.68%) SLA
2 4 (4.55%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.14%) QA
System Software
1 25 (28.41%) Active Directory
2 22 (25.00%) XenApp
3 17 (19.32%) Microsoft App-V
4 11 (12.50%) Hyper-V
5 9 (10.23%) XenDesktop
5 9 (10.23%) XenServer
6 8 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
7 2 (2.27%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (2.27%) Varnish
7 2 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (1.14%) RACF
8 1 (1.14%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 23 (26.14%) SCCM
2 7 (7.95%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (2.27%) Kibana
3 2 (2.27%) logstash
4 1 (1.14%) Capistrano
4 1 (1.14%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.14%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 23 (26.14%) Citrix
2 18 (20.45%) AppSense
3 17 (19.32%) VMware
4 9 (10.23%) HP
5 8 (9.09%) Google
6 7 (7.95%) Intel Security
7 6 (6.82%) ThinPrint
8 4 (4.55%) hybris
8 4 (4.55%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
8 4 (4.55%) Salesforce.com
8 4 (4.55%) SAP
9 3 (3.41%) Cisco
9 3 (3.41%) Facebook
9 3 (3.41%) Oracle
10 2 (2.27%) Adobe
10 2 (2.27%) ForgeRock
11 1 (1.14%) Avaya
11 1 (1.14%) Dell
11 1 (1.14%) IBM
11 1 (1.14%) Juniper
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