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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 495 499 470
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -29
Contract jobs citing SMS 93 59 104
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.18% 0.12% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.20% 0.91% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 39 51
Average daily rate
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£347 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.91% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £220 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £285 £316
% change year-on-year
+21.92% -9.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 3
Average hourly rate - £22.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +60.71%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £12.50
% change year-on-year
- +80.00%
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
7746 6492 8252
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.84% 13.66% 15.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 4365 3615 3823
Average daily rate £370 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.06% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £213 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 426 375 625
Average hourly rate £22.50 £21.50 £21.67
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.65% -0.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.87 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.98 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 +18 41 £423 +32.03% 2
North West +6 16 £300 +9.09% 1
London -17 12 £278 -41.57% 15
South West -30 8 £263 -3.66% 1
East of England -25 4 £388 +40.90% 4
East Midlands +6 3 £450 -
West Midlands - 3 £350 - 3
Yorkshire - - - -
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 54 (34.84%) Windows
2 36 (23.23%) Citrix
3 34 (21.94%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 30 (19.35%) Telecoms
4 30 (19.35%) Microsoft App-V
5 29 (18.71%) Security Cleared
6 28 (18.06%) HP
7 27 (17.42%) AppSense
8 24 (15.48%) LTE
8 24 (15.48%) SCCM
9 23 (14.84%) Active Directory
10 22 (14.19%) XenApp
11 21 (13.55%) ITIL
11 21 (13.55%) DNS
12 20 (12.90%) 3G
12 20 (12.90%) Finance
12 20 (12.90%) Degree
13 19 (12.26%) Marketing
13 19 (12.26%) SC Cleared
13 19 (12.26%) Software Deployment
13 19 (12.26%) Software Distribution
14 17 (10.97%) VMware
15 16 (10.32%) Windows Server 2003
16 15 (9.68%) McAfee
16 15 (9.68%) MSI
16 15 (9.68%) DHCP
16 15 (9.68%) Windows 7
16 15 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
17 13 (8.39%) InstallShield
17 13 (8.39%) Project Management

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 8 (5.16%) MS Exchange
1 8 (5.16%) Lync
1 8 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (1.29%) FileNet
3 1 (0.65%) CMS
3 1 (0.65%) WordPress
3 1 (0.65%) CICS
3 1 (0.65%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 2 (1.29%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.65%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.65%) WebTrends
2 1 (0.65%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (15.48%) LTE
2 21 (13.55%) DNS
3 20 (12.90%) 3G
4 15 (9.68%) DHCP
5 12 (7.74%) 4G
6 11 (7.10%) UMTS
7 10 (6.45%) Firewall
8 9 (5.81%) Cisco ASA
8 9 (5.81%) GSM
8 9 (5.81%) Internet
9 8 (5.16%) ISUP
10 7 (4.52%) INAP
10 7 (4.52%) WCDMA
11 6 (3.87%) TCP/IP
11 6 (3.87%) GPRS
11 6 (3.87%) VoLTE
12 5 (3.23%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 5 (3.23%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 5 (3.23%) Junos
12 5 (3.23%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.58%) DB2
2 2 (1.29%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.65%) DB2 UDB
3 1 (0.65%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 15 (9.68%) MSI
2 13 (8.39%) InstallShield
3 11 (7.10%) AdminStudio
4 2 (1.29%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.65%) GDB
5 1 (0.65%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.65%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.65%) Git (software)
General
1 30 (19.35%) Telecoms
2 20 (12.90%) Finance
3 19 (12.26%) Marketing
4 9 (5.81%) Retail
5 6 (3.87%) Electronics
6 4 (2.58%) Advertising
6 4 (2.58%) Billing
7 3 (1.94%) Games
7 3 (1.94%) Banking
8 2 (1.29%) Multimedia
8 2 (1.29%) Legal
9 1 (0.65%) Back Office
9 1 (0.65%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.65%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 11 (7.10%) Project Manager
1 11 (7.10%) Support Engineer
2 10 (6.45%) Analyst
2 10 (6.45%) Consultant
3 9 (5.81%) Applications Packager
4 8 (5.16%) Design Engineer
4 8 (5.16%) Network Engineer
5 7 (4.52%) Test Engineer
5 7 (4.52%) Desktop Engineer
6 6 (3.87%) Integration Engineer
6 6 (3.87%) Software Engineer
7 5 (3.23%) Business Analyst
7 5 (3.23%) Desktop Support
7 5 (3.23%) 2nd Line Support
7 5 (3.23%) Marketing Manager
8 4 (2.58%) Security Engineer
8 4 (2.58%) Administrator
8 4 (2.58%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 4 (2.58%) Network Security Engineer
8 4 (2.58%) Data Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.87%) HTML
2 5 (3.23%) Application Packaging
3 4 (2.58%) WAP
3 4 (2.58%) RSS
4 2 (1.29%) J2EE
4 2 (1.29%) ISPF
5 1 (0.65%) ATL
5 1 (0.65%) CSS
5 1 (0.65%) JDBC
5 1 (0.65%) JSP
5 1 (0.65%) SOAP
5 1 (0.65%) XML
5 1 (0.65%) JMS
5 1 (0.65%) .NET
5 1 (0.65%) OpenGL
5 1 (0.65%) Rendezvous
5 1 (0.65%) Middleware
5 1 (0.65%) JNDI
5 1 (0.65%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.87%) Mobile App
2 6 (3.87%) IVR
3 5 (3.23%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.58%) Social Network
4 4 (2.58%) Video on Demand
5 3 (1.94%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.94%) Smartcard
6 2 (1.29%) Cryptography
6 2 (1.29%) Data Integration
6 2 (1.29%) Mainframe
6 2 (1.29%) Social Media
7 1 (0.65%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.65%) Mobile Payment
7 1 (0.65%) User Experience
7 1 (0.65%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.65%) LPAR
7 1 (0.65%) Open Source
7 1 (0.65%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.65%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 54 (34.84%) Windows
2 16 (10.32%) Windows Server 2003
3 15 (9.68%) Windows 7
4 11 (7.10%) Windows XP
5 10 (6.45%) UNIX
6 9 (5.81%) Windows Vista
7 7 (4.52%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (3.87%) zOS
9 5 (3.23%) Linux
9 5 (3.23%) Windows 8
10 4 (2.58%) Windows 2000
10 4 (2.58%) VMS
11 2 (1.29%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.65%) AIX
12 1 (0.65%) Solaris
12 1 (0.65%) OS/390
12 1 (0.65%) MVS
12 1 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.65%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (13.55%) ITIL
2 19 (12.26%) Software Deployment
2 19 (12.26%) Software Distribution
3 13 (8.39%) Project Management
4 10 (6.45%) CRM
5 9 (5.81%) Release Management
6 8 (5.16%) Network Management
6 8 (5.16%) PRINCE2
6 8 (5.16%) Validation
7 7 (4.52%) Migration
7 7 (4.52%) Capacity Management
8 6 (3.87%) Digital Marketing
8 6 (3.87%) Integration Acceptance Testing
9 5 (3.23%) Change Management
9 5 (3.23%) Network Design
9 5 (3.23%) Email Marketing
9 5 (3.23%) Direct Marketing
9 5 (3.23%) Data Migration
10 4 (2.58%) Fault Management
10 4 (2.58%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 8 (5.16%) C
1 8 (5.16%) SQL
2 7 (4.52%) VBScript
3 4 (2.58%) PowerShell
4 3 (1.94%) REXX
4 3 (1.94%) Shell Script
4 3 (1.94%) JCL
4 3 (1.94%) VB
4 3 (1.94%) Java
5 2 (1.29%) C++
5 2 (1.29%) Perl
6 1 (0.65%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.65%) C#
6 1 (0.65%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (18.71%) Security Cleared
2 20 (12.90%) Degree
3 19 (12.26%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.58%) DV Cleared
4 4 (2.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (2.58%) CCSP
4 4 (2.58%) CCNP
4 4 (2.58%) CCNA
4 4 (2.58%) ISEB
4 4 (2.58%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (2.58%) CCSA
4 4 (2.58%) CCSE
5 3 (1.94%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.65%) CCA
6 1 (0.65%) MCSE
6 1 (0.65%) AAT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (7.74%) SLA
2 4 (2.58%) QA
3 2 (1.29%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.65%) JTAG
System Software
1 30 (19.35%) Microsoft App-V
2 23 (14.84%) Active Directory
3 22 (14.19%) XenApp
4 12 (7.74%) XenServer
5 10 (6.45%) XenDesktop
6 4 (2.58%) RACF
7 3 (1.94%) Hyper-V
8 2 (1.29%) vSphere
8 2 (1.29%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.65%) VMware Infrastructure
9 1 (0.65%) NFS
Systems Management
1 34 (21.94%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 24 (15.48%) SCCM
3 4 (2.58%) Netcool
3 4 (2.58%) OpenView
4 3 (1.94%) Tivoli
4 3 (1.94%) OMEGAMON
5 2 (1.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 2 (1.29%) WhatsUp Gold
5 2 (1.29%) CA Spectrum
6 1 (0.65%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.65%) ZENworks
6 1 (0.65%) SCOM
Vendors
1 36 (23.23%) Citrix
2 28 (18.06%) HP
3 27 (17.42%) AppSense
4 17 (10.97%) VMware
5 15 (9.68%) McAfee
6 9 (5.81%) CheckPoint
6 9 (5.81%) Cisco
6 9 (5.81%) F5
7 6 (3.87%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 5 (3.23%) Juniper
8 5 (3.23%) Ericsson
8 5 (3.23%) TIBCO
8 5 (3.23%) Crossbeam
8 5 (3.23%) TippingPoint
9 4 (2.58%) Huawei
9 4 (2.58%) ZTE
9 4 (2.58%) Radware
9 4 (2.58%) CA
9 4 (2.58%) Siebel
9 4 (2.58%) Nortel
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