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 6 March 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
6 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 532 476 439
Rank change year-on-year
-56 -37
Contract jobs citing SMS 33 63 65
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.071% 0.14% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.48% 1.06% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 29 31
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £110 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £465 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £300 £375
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
Average hourly rate £11.00 £31.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-65.07% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £11.00 £31.50 -
% change year-on-year
-65.07% -
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
6821 5928 6205
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.75% 13.19% 15.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3734 3109 3088
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £220 £194
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £517 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 348 540
Average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £21.95
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -8.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.00 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.50 £20.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+43.90% -8.88%

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 6 March 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
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 6 March 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 -14 14 £400 +33.33% 4
London -16 8 £210 -45.80% 12
North West -19 3 - - 2
South West -20 2 - -
East of England - - - - 2
Yorkshire - - - -
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 6 March 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 44 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 38 (34.55%) Windows
3 34 (30.91%) SC Cleared
4 32 (29.09%) HP
5 26 (23.64%) SCCM
6 23 (20.91%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 21 (19.09%) Software Distribution
8 20 (18.18%) ITIL
9 19 (17.27%) McAfee
10 18 (16.36%) Software Deployment
11 17 (15.45%) Telecoms
11 17 (15.45%) Finance
12 15 (13.64%) Marketing
12 15 (13.64%) Windows Server 2003
13 14 (12.73%) UNIX
13 14 (12.73%) Active Directory
13 14 (12.73%) Windows Server 2008
13 14 (12.73%) Windows 7
14 13 (11.82%) DV Cleared
14 13 (11.82%) SQL
15 12 (10.91%) Windows XP
15 12 (10.91%) Citrix
15 12 (10.91%) DNS
15 12 (10.91%) PowerShell
16 11 (10.00%) Degree
16 11 (10.00%) XenApp
17 10 (9.09%) VMware
17 10 (9.09%) SLA
18 9 (8.18%) DHCP
18 9 (8.18%) GPRS

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 6 March 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 3 (2.73%) MS Exchange
1 3 (2.73%) SAS
1 3 (2.73%) Lync
1 3 (2.73%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (1.82%) Oracle Workflow
2 2 (1.82%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.91%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.91%) Adobe CQ
Applications
1 3 (2.73%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.91%) Summit
1 1 (0.91%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.82%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (10.91%) DNS
2 9 (8.18%) DHCP
2 9 (8.18%) GPRS
2 9 (8.18%) 3G
3 6 (5.45%) HTTP
3 6 (5.45%) Network Security
4 5 (4.55%) Cisco ASA
4 5 (4.55%) LTE
4 5 (4.55%) 4G
4 5 (4.55%) Internet
4 5 (4.55%) Firewall
5 4 (3.64%) Wi-Fi
5 4 (3.64%) Wireshark
6 3 (2.73%) BIG-IP
6 3 (2.73%) Nortel Alteon
6 3 (2.73%) SS7
6 3 (2.73%) TACACS
6 3 (2.73%) Broadband
6 3 (2.73%) SAN
6 3 (2.73%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.36%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.82%) Crystal Reports
2 2 (1.82%) Data Mart
3 1 (0.91%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.91%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.91%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.91%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (7.27%) MSI
2 1 (0.91%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.91%) AdminStudio
2 1 (0.91%) Subversion
General
1 17 (15.45%) Telecoms
1 17 (15.45%) Finance
2 15 (13.64%) Marketing
3 8 (7.27%) Retail
4 5 (4.55%) Publishing
5 3 (2.73%) Legal
6 2 (1.82%) Electronics
7 1 (0.91%) Billing
7 1 (0.91%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 13 (11.82%) Analyst
2 7 (6.36%) Project Manager
3 6 (5.45%) Tester
3 6 (5.45%) Consultant
3 6 (5.45%) Support Engineer
3 6 (5.45%) Deployment Engineer
4 5 (4.55%) Integration Engineer
4 5 (4.55%) Technical Tester
4 5 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support
4 5 (4.55%) Network Engineer
4 5 (4.55%) Systems Engineer
5 4 (3.64%) Business Analyst
5 4 (3.64%) Administrator
5 4 (3.64%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 3 (2.73%) Design Engineer
6 3 (2.73%) Architect
6 3 (2.73%) 3rd Line Support
6 3 (2.73%) Network Security Engineer
6 3 (2.73%) Test Analyst
6 3 (2.73%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.73%) WAP
2 2 (1.82%) .NET
2 2 (1.82%) Web Services
2 2 (1.82%) XML
3 1 (0.91%) XSLT
3 1 (0.91%) CSS
3 1 (0.91%) SOAP
3 1 (0.91%) HTML
3 1 (0.91%) Rendezvous
3 1 (0.91%) Hibernate
3 1 (0.91%) Spring
3 1 (0.91%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.91%) jQuery
3 1 (0.91%) HTML5
3 1 (0.91%) OSGi
3 1 (0.91%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.18%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (6.36%) IVR
3 4 (3.64%) Thin Client
3 4 (3.64%) Computer Science
3 4 (3.64%) Fat Client
4 3 (2.73%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.73%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.82%) Smart Meter
5 2 (1.82%) Cryptography
6 1 (0.91%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.91%) Statistics
6 1 (0.91%) Human Factors
6 1 (0.91%) CLARiiON
6 1 (0.91%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.91%) Social Media
6 1 (0.91%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.91%) NHS
6 1 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.91%) Machine to Machine
6 1 (0.91%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 38 (34.55%) Windows
2 15 (13.64%) Windows Server 2003
3 14 (12.73%) Windows Server 2008
3 14 (12.73%) Windows 7
3 14 (12.73%) UNIX
4 12 (10.91%) Windows XP
5 4 (3.64%) Windows Vista
5 4 (3.64%) Linux
5 4 (3.64%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (3.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.82%) Windows 8
6 2 (1.82%) Windows 2000
6 2 (1.82%) zOS
6 2 (1.82%) MVS
7 1 (0.91%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (19.09%) Software Distribution
2 20 (18.18%) ITIL
3 18 (16.36%) Software Deployment
4 9 (8.18%) PRINCE2
5 8 (7.27%) Project Management
6 6 (5.45%) Campaign Management
6 6 (5.45%) Risk Analysis
6 6 (5.45%) Network Management
7 5 (4.55%) Change Control
7 5 (4.55%) Migration
7 5 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
7 5 (4.55%) CRM
7 5 (4.55%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (4.55%) Release Management
8 4 (3.64%) Direct Marketing
8 4 (3.64%) Problem Management
8 4 (3.64%) Asset Management
8 4 (3.64%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (3.64%) Service Management
9 3 (2.73%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 13 (11.82%) SQL
2 12 (10.91%) PowerShell
3 7 (6.36%) PL/SQL
4 6 (5.45%) VBScript
4 6 (5.45%) Shell Script
5 4 (3.64%) Java
6 2 (1.82%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.82%) C#
6 2 (1.82%) VB
6 2 (1.82%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.91%) Python
7 1 (0.91%) Perl
7 1 (0.91%) XPath
7 1 (0.91%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 44 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 34 (30.91%) SC Cleared
3 13 (11.82%) DV Cleared
4 11 (10.00%) Degree
5 3 (2.73%) CCSA
5 3 (2.73%) CCSE
5 3 (2.73%) CCSP
5 3 (2.73%) CCNP
5 3 (2.73%) CCNA
5 3 (2.73%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.82%) ISEB
6 2 (1.82%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (1.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.91%) VCP4
7 1 (0.91%) CISSP
7 1 (0.91%) PMP
7 1 (0.91%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.91%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.09%) SLA
2 4 (3.64%) QA
3 3 (2.73%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.82%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 14 (12.73%) Active Directory
2 11 (10.00%) XenApp
3 7 (6.36%) Microsoft App-V
3 7 (6.36%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (4.55%) XenDesktop
5 4 (3.64%) Hyper-V
6 3 (2.73%) XenServer
7 2 (1.82%) vSphere
7 2 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.82%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.91%) NFS
Systems Management
1 26 (23.64%) SCCM
2 23 (20.91%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 4 (3.64%) WSUS
3 4 (3.64%) SCOM
3 4 (3.64%) Netcool
3 4 (3.64%) HP Operations Orchestration
4 3 (2.73%) OpenView
5 2 (1.82%) WhatsUp Gold
5 2 (1.82%) HP UCMDB
5 2 (1.82%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.91%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.91%) MOM
6 1 (0.91%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 32 (29.09%) HP
2 19 (17.27%) McAfee
3 12 (10.91%) Citrix
4 10 (9.09%) VMware
5 9 (8.18%) Oracle
6 7 (6.36%) Remedy
7 5 (4.55%) AppSense
7 5 (4.55%) F5
7 5 (4.55%) Cisco
7 5 (4.55%) CheckPoint
8 4 (3.64%) Altiris
9 3 (2.73%) Epiphany
9 3 (2.73%) Unica
9 3 (2.73%) Crossbeam
9 3 (2.73%) Chordiant
9 3 (2.73%) Red Hat
9 3 (2.73%) Radware
9 3 (2.73%) EMC
9 3 (2.73%) Nortel
10 2 (1.82%) Juniper