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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 528 502 502
Rank change year-on-year
-26 0
Contract jobs citing SMS 62 84 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.12% 0.17% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.84% 1.12% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 38 37
Average daily rate
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£445 £344 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.45% +5.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £191 £229 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £458 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £445 £347 £305
% change year-on-year
+28.06% +13.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 3
Average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
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
7420 7485 6500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.99% 14.81% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 4311 4156 3601
Average daily rate £375 £365 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% +2.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 483 420 381
Average hourly rate £21.53 £21.75 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.03% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £23.50 £23.21
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +1.24%

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 4 September 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 -37 22 £363 -23.68% 1
North West -38 12 £445 +52.92%
South West +1 10 £125 -54.54%
London +3 9 £455 +65.45% 9
Yorkshire -26 3 - -
West Midlands +11 2 £600 +71.42%
East of England +4 2 £450 +16.12% 2
East Midlands -12 2 £600 +33.33% 1
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 21 (16.67%) 3G
2 19 (15.08%) 4G
3 18 (14.29%) Internet
3 18 (14.29%) Finance
4 17 (13.49%) Telecoms
4 17 (13.49%) ITIL
5 16 (12.70%) Security Cleared
6 15 (11.90%) HTML
6 15 (11.90%) Firewall
7 13 (10.32%) JavaScript
7 13 (10.32%) UNIX
7 13 (10.32%) Windows
7 13 (10.32%) SLA
7 13 (10.32%) HP
7 13 (10.32%) LTE
7 13 (10.32%) Validation
7 13 (10.32%) FortiGate
8 12 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
8 12 (9.52%) TippingPoint
8 12 (9.52%) Linux
8 12 (9.52%) CheckPoint
9 11 (8.73%) McAfee
9 11 (8.73%) TCP/IP
9 11 (8.73%) Google
9 11 (8.73%) Analytics
10 10 (7.94%) HTML5
10 10 (7.94%) Data Centre
10 10 (7.94%) Degree
11 9 (7.14%) ISUP
11 9 (7.14%) Mainframe

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 (7.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 8 (6.35%) CMS
3 7 (5.56%) SharePoint
4 6 (4.76%) WebLogic
4 6 (4.76%) CICS
5 5 (3.97%) WordPress
6 4 (3.17%) Sitecore CMS
6 4 (3.17%) Lync
6 4 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (3.17%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (3.17%) WebSphere
6 4 (3.17%) MS Exchange
7 3 (2.38%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.79%) Drupal
8 1 (0.79%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (0.79%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (3.97%) Oracle Payables
1 5 (3.97%) Oracle Receivables
2 4 (3.17%) Oracle Cash Management
3 3 (2.38%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (1.59%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 2 (1.59%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (1.59%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (1.59%) Exstream
5 1 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.79%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.56%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 21 (16.67%) 3G
2 19 (15.08%) 4G
3 18 (14.29%) Internet
4 15 (11.90%) Firewall
5 13 (10.32%) LTE
6 11 (8.73%) TCP/IP
7 9 (7.14%) VoLTE
7 9 (7.14%) ISUP
8 8 (6.35%) 2G
8 8 (6.35%) SS7
8 8 (6.35%) Diameter Protocol
9 7 (5.56%) SIGTRAN
9 7 (5.56%) SNA
10 6 (4.76%) VoIP
10 6 (4.76%) SMTP
10 6 (4.76%) RTP
10 6 (4.76%) FTP
10 6 (4.76%) MGW
10 6 (4.76%) SCCP
11 5 (3.97%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.97%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.38%) DataStage
3 2 (1.59%) MySQL
3 2 (1.59%) DB2
4 1 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.79%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 3 (2.38%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (0.79%) Visual Studio
General
1 18 (14.29%) Finance
2 17 (13.49%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.97%) Legal
4 4 (3.17%) Banking
4 4 (3.17%) Marketing
5 3 (2.38%) Spanish Language
6 2 (1.59%) Italian Language
6 2 (1.59%) Billing
7 1 (0.79%) Advertising
7 1 (0.79%) Publishing
7 1 (0.79%) Games
Job Titles
1 12 (9.52%) Security Engineer
2 11 (8.73%) Test Engineer
3 10 (7.94%) Support Engineer
3 10 (7.94%) Architect
3 10 (7.94%) Operations Engineer
4 9 (7.14%) Analyst
4 9 (7.14%) Consultant
5 8 (6.35%) Technical Support
6 7 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
6 7 (5.56%) Project Manager
6 7 (5.56%) Applications Support
7 6 (4.76%) 2nd Line Support
7 6 (4.76%) Tester
8 5 (3.97%) Developer
8 5 (3.97%) Technical Support Engineer
8 5 (3.97%) Oracle Financials Consultant
8 5 (3.97%) Technical Engineer
8 5 (3.97%) Technical Tester
8 5 (3.97%) Oracle Consultant
8 5 (3.97%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (11.90%) HTML
2 10 (7.94%) HTML5
3 9 (7.14%) CSS
4 7 (5.56%) .NET
5 6 (4.76%) jQuery
5 6 (4.76%) CSS3
6 3 (2.38%) Middleware
6 3 (2.38%) JSF
7 1 (0.79%) OSGi
7 1 (0.79%) J2EE
7 1 (0.79%) SOAP
7 1 (0.79%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (7.94%) Data Centre
3 9 (7.14%) Mainframe
4 8 (6.35%) Management Information System
4 8 (6.35%) Statistics
5 6 (4.76%) Computer Science
5 6 (4.76%) IBM Mainframe
5 6 (4.76%) Social Media
5 6 (4.76%) VSAM
6 5 (3.97%) User Experience
7 3 (2.38%) EFT
7 3 (2.38%) PKI
7 3 (2.38%) Handset
8 2 (1.59%) Credit Risk
9 1 (0.79%) SWIFT
9 1 (0.79%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.79%) Clustering
9 1 (0.79%) AS400
9 1 (0.79%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.79%) EMV
Operating Systems
1 13 (10.32%) UNIX
1 13 (10.32%) Windows
2 12 (9.52%) Linux
3 9 (7.14%) Solaris
4 8 (6.35%) zOS
5 6 (4.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (3.97%) Windows 7
6 5 (3.97%) VMS
7 4 (3.17%) AIX
8 2 (1.59%) Mac OS X
8 2 (1.59%) Windows XP
8 2 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.79%) OS/390
9 1 (0.79%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (13.49%) ITIL
2 13 (10.32%) Validation
3 11 (8.73%) Analytics
4 9 (7.14%) Software Deployment
5 8 (6.35%) Supplier Management
5 8 (6.35%) PRINCE2
5 8 (6.35%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (5.56%) Information Security
6 7 (5.56%) CRM
6 7 (5.56%) Configuration Management
6 7 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (5.56%) Root Cause Analysis
6 7 (5.56%) Software Delivery
7 6 (4.76%) Test Strategy
7 6 (4.76%) Network Architecture
7 6 (4.76%) Capacity Planning
7 6 (4.76%) Service Management
7 6 (4.76%) Risk Management
7 6 (4.76%) Content Management
7 6 (4.76%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (10.32%) JavaScript
2 7 (5.56%) PHP
3 4 (3.17%) SQL
3 4 (3.17%) C
3 4 (3.17%) Java
4 2 (1.59%) Python
4 2 (1.59%) Ruby
4 2 (1.59%) C#
4 2 (1.59%) C++
5 1 (0.79%) Delphi
5 1 (0.79%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (12.70%) Security Cleared
2 10 (7.94%) Degree
3 8 (6.35%) SC Cleared
4 6 (4.76%) HNC
4 6 (4.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 3 (2.38%) DV Cleared
5 3 (2.38%) CCA
6 1 (0.79%) CISSP
6 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.79%) CISM
6 1 (0.79%) MCITP
6 1 (0.79%) Postgraduate
6 1 (0.79%) MCSE
6 1 (0.79%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (10.32%) SLA
2 1 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 8 (6.35%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.56%) RACF
2 7 (5.56%) Microsoft App-V
3 6 (4.76%) XenApp
3 6 (4.76%) XenDesktop
3 6 (4.76%) Time Sharing Option
3 6 (4.76%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 4 (3.17%) XenServer
5 3 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.79%) NFS
Systems Management
1 13 (10.32%) FortiGate
2 9 (7.14%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 7 (5.56%) OMEGAMON
4 6 (4.76%) zSecure
5 4 (3.17%) SCCM
6 2 (1.59%) AirWatch
6 2 (1.59%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.79%) Tivoli Monitoring
7 1 (0.79%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.79%) WSUS
7 1 (0.79%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (10.32%) HP
2 12 (9.52%) CheckPoint
2 12 (9.52%) TippingPoint
3 11 (8.73%) McAfee
3 11 (8.73%) Google
4 9 (7.14%) IBM
4 9 (7.14%) Adobe
5 8 (6.35%) Citrix
6 7 (5.56%) VMware
7 6 (4.76%) AppSense
7 6 (4.76%) Remedy
7 6 (4.76%) CA
7 6 (4.76%) Oracle
8 5 (3.97%) Facebook
8 5 (3.97%) Twitter
9 4 (3.17%) Rackspace
9 4 (3.17%) Sitecore
10 3 (2.38%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 3 (2.38%) Sun
11 1 (0.79%) SAP
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