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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 486 510 483
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -27
Contract jobs citing SMS 94 52 98
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.18% 0.11% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.23% 0.79% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 37 46
Average daily rate
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£336 £333 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.90% -2.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £220 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £303 £308
% change year-on-year
+13.63% -1.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Average hourly rate - £22.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +60.71%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year
- +87.50%
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
7620 6595 8152
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.66% 13.71% 15.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 4301 3682 3819
Average daily rate £370 £370 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 376 632
Average hourly rate £23.00 £20.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.00% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.54 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+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 1 October 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 1 October 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 +17 43 £423 +32.03% 4
North West +2 15 £275 - 1
London -1 11 £230 -54.00% 12
East of England -17 7 £388 +40.90% 3
South West -28 7 £261 +0.48%
East Midlands +3 3 £450 -
West Midlands - 3 £350 - 1
Yorkshire - - - -
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 58 (37.42%) Windows
2 39 (25.16%) Citrix
3 35 (22.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 33 (21.29%) Security Cleared
5 32 (20.65%) HP
6 30 (19.35%) Telecoms
6 30 (19.35%) Microsoft App-V
7 28 (18.06%) AppSense
8 26 (16.77%) Active Directory
9 25 (16.13%) XenApp
9 25 (16.13%) SCCM
10 24 (15.48%) LTE
11 23 (14.84%) SC Cleared
11 23 (14.84%) 3G
11 23 (14.84%) ITIL
11 23 (14.84%) DNS
12 21 (13.55%) Degree
13 20 (12.90%) Software Deployment
13 20 (12.90%) Software Distribution
14 18 (11.61%) Windows 7
14 18 (11.61%) Windows Server 2003
15 17 (10.97%) McAfee
15 17 (10.97%) DHCP
15 17 (10.97%) Finance
15 17 (10.97%) VMware
16 15 (9.68%) MSI
17 14 (9.03%) SLA
17 14 (9.03%) Windows XP
17 14 (9.03%) Marketing
18 13 (8.39%) InstallShield

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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%) Oracle Workflow
2 2 (1.29%) FileNet
3 1 (0.65%) WordPress
3 1 (0.65%) CMS
3 1 (0.65%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.65%) CICS
Business Applications
1 2 (1.29%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.65%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.65%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.65%) WebTrends
Communications & Networking
1 24 (15.48%) LTE
2 23 (14.84%) 3G
2 23 (14.84%) DNS
3 17 (10.97%) DHCP
4 13 (8.39%) 4G
5 10 (6.45%) UMTS
5 10 (6.45%) Firewall
6 9 (5.81%) Cisco ASA
6 9 (5.81%) GSM
6 9 (5.81%) Internet
7 7 (4.52%) Wi-Fi
7 7 (4.52%) WCDMA
7 7 (4.52%) INAP
7 7 (4.52%) ISUP
8 6 (3.87%) TCP/IP
8 6 (3.87%) GPRS
8 6 (3.87%) VoLTE
9 5 (3.23%) Junos
9 5 (3.23%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 5 (3.23%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.58%) DB2
2 2 (1.29%) Crystal Reports
2 2 (1.29%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.65%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.65%) DB2 UDB
3 1 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
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%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.65%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.65%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 30 (19.35%) Telecoms
2 17 (10.97%) Finance
3 14 (9.03%) Marketing
4 10 (6.45%) Retail
5 6 (3.87%) Electronics
6 4 (2.58%) Advertising
7 3 (1.94%) Billing
7 3 (1.94%) Games
8 2 (1.29%) Legal
8 2 (1.29%) Multimedia
8 2 (1.29%) Banking
9 1 (0.65%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.65%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.65%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 12 (7.74%) Support Engineer
2 9 (5.81%) Applications Packager
2 9 (5.81%) Analyst
2 9 (5.81%) Project Manager
3 8 (5.16%) Design Engineer
3 8 (5.16%) Desktop Engineer
3 8 (5.16%) Consultant
3 8 (5.16%) Network Engineer
4 7 (4.52%) Test Engineer
4 7 (4.52%) Desktop Support
5 6 (3.87%) Integration Engineer
6 5 (3.23%) 2nd Line Support
6 5 (3.23%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 4 (2.58%) Software Engineer
7 4 (2.58%) Business Analyst
7 4 (2.58%) Administrator
7 4 (2.58%) Programmer
7 4 (2.58%) Network Security Engineer
7 4 (2.58%) Systems Programmer
7 4 (2.58%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.23%) Application Packaging
2 4 (2.58%) WAP
3 2 (1.29%) HTML
3 2 (1.29%) J2EE
3 2 (1.29%) Web Services
3 2 (1.29%) ISPF
4 1 (0.65%) WebCenter
4 1 (0.65%) Dalvik
4 1 (0.65%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (0.65%) Silverlight
4 1 (0.65%) JNDI
4 1 (0.65%) JMS
4 1 (0.65%) XML
4 1 (0.65%) ATL
4 1 (0.65%) CSS
4 1 (0.65%) JDBC
4 1 (0.65%) JSP
4 1 (0.65%) SOAP
4 1 (0.65%) .NET
4 1 (0.65%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.52%) IVR
3 6 (3.87%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.23%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.58%) Video on Demand
6 3 (1.94%) Fat Client
6 3 (1.94%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.94%) Smartcard
6 3 (1.94%) Thin Client
7 2 (1.29%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.29%) Cryptography
7 2 (1.29%) Data Integration
7 2 (1.29%) Social Media
8 1 (0.65%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.65%) User Experience
8 1 (0.65%) Mobile Payment
8 1 (0.65%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.65%) LPAR
8 1 (0.65%) Open Source
8 1 (0.65%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 58 (37.42%) Windows
2 18 (11.61%) Windows 7
2 18 (11.61%) Windows Server 2003
3 14 (9.03%) Windows XP
4 12 (7.74%) UNIX
5 9 (5.81%) Windows Server 2008
5 9 (5.81%) Windows Vista
6 7 (4.52%) zOS
7 5 (3.23%) Windows 8
7 5 (3.23%) Linux
8 4 (2.58%) Windows 2000
8 4 (2.58%) VMS
9 2 (1.29%) MVS
9 2 (1.29%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.65%) Android
10 1 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.65%) AIX
10 1 (0.65%) Solaris
10 1 (0.65%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (14.84%) ITIL
2 20 (12.90%) Software Deployment
2 20 (12.90%) Software Distribution
3 9 (5.81%) Network Management
3 9 (5.81%) Release Management
3 9 (5.81%) Validation
3 9 (5.81%) PRINCE2
3 9 (5.81%) Project Management
4 7 (4.52%) Capacity Management
5 6 (3.87%) Integration Acceptance Testing
6 5 (3.23%) Email Marketing
6 5 (3.23%) Network Design
6 5 (3.23%) Direct Marketing
6 5 (3.23%) Service Management
6 5 (3.23%) Change Management
6 5 (3.23%) Migration
6 5 (3.23%) CRM
7 4 (2.58%) Load Balancing
7 4 (2.58%) Incident Management
7 4 (2.58%) Fault Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (5.16%) SQL
2 7 (4.52%) C
3 6 (3.87%) VBScript
4 3 (1.94%) PowerShell
4 3 (1.94%) VB
4 3 (1.94%) Java
4 3 (1.94%) JavaScript
4 3 (1.94%) Shell Script
4 3 (1.94%) JCL
4 3 (1.94%) REXX
5 2 (1.29%) Perl
6 1 (0.65%) Python
6 1 (0.65%) C#
6 1 (0.65%) C++
Qualifications
1 33 (21.29%) Security Cleared
2 23 (14.84%) SC Cleared
3 21 (13.55%) Degree
4 4 (2.58%) Cisco 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%) CCSA
4 4 (2.58%) CCSE
4 4 (2.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (1.94%) DV Cleared
5 3 (1.94%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.65%) AAT
7 1 (0.65%) CISM
7 1 (0.65%) MCSE
7 1 (0.65%) CCA
7 1 (0.65%) CISSP
7 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (9.03%) SLA
2 4 (2.58%) QA
3 2 (1.29%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.65%) JTAG
4 1 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 30 (19.35%) Microsoft App-V
2 26 (16.77%) Active Directory
3 25 (16.13%) 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%) Oracle RAC
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 35 (22.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 25 (16.13%) SCCM
3 4 (2.58%) OpenView
3 4 (2.58%) Netcool
4 3 (1.94%) OMEGAMON
4 3 (1.94%) Tivoli
5 2 (1.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 2 (1.29%) HP UCMDB
5 2 (1.29%) CA Spectrum
5 2 (1.29%) WhatsUp Gold
6 1 (0.65%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.65%) SCOM
6 1 (0.65%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 39 (25.16%) Citrix
2 32 (20.65%) HP
3 28 (18.06%) AppSense
4 17 (10.97%) McAfee
4 17 (10.97%) VMware
5 9 (5.81%) F5
5 9 (5.81%) Cisco
5 9 (5.81%) CheckPoint
6 6 (3.87%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 5 (3.23%) TippingPoint
7 5 (3.23%) Crossbeam
7 5 (3.23%) TIBCO
7 5 (3.23%) Ericsson
7 5 (3.23%) Juniper
8 4 (2.58%) Nortel
8 4 (2.58%) CA
8 4 (2.58%) Radware
8 4 (2.58%) Oracle
8 4 (2.58%) Siebel
8 4 (2.58%) Huawei
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