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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 512 493 478
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -15
Contract jobs citing SMS 45 46 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.099% 0.10% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.67% 0.77% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 11 21
Average daily rate
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£350 £226 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+54.86% -35.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £90 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £425 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £252 £410
% change year-on-year
+28.96% -38.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Average hourly rate £10.00 £31.50 £102.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-68.25% -69.15%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.00 £31.50 £102.13
% change year-on-year
-68.25% -69.15%
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
6708 5959 6485
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.72% 13.36% 15.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 3807 3218 3168
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 373 360 604
Average hourly rate £22.69 £18.38 £22.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.48% -17.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £43.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 29 January 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 29 January 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 -1 28 £350 - 3
London +9 9 £400 +39.13% 8
North West -2 4 - - 3
Yorkshire - - - -
South West - - - - 1
East of England - - - - 1
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 43 (30.94%) Security Cleared
2 41 (29.50%) Windows
3 33 (23.74%) HP
3 33 (23.74%) SC Cleared
4 31 (22.30%) Telecoms
5 25 (17.99%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 23 (16.55%) SCCM
7 21 (15.11%) Software Distribution
7 21 (15.11%) ITIL
7 21 (15.11%) Degree
8 20 (14.39%) UNIX
9 19 (13.67%) McAfee
9 19 (13.67%) Finance
10 18 (12.95%) Marketing
10 18 (12.95%) 3G
10 18 (12.95%) Software Deployment
10 18 (12.95%) LTE
11 17 (12.23%) Windows 7
12 16 (11.51%) Citrix
13 15 (10.79%) SLA
13 15 (10.79%) Analytical Skills
14 14 (10.07%) Active Directory
14 14 (10.07%) Windows XP
14 14 (10.07%) Windows Server 2003
15 13 (9.35%) PRINCE2
15 13 (9.35%) SQL
15 13 (9.35%) Retail
16 12 (8.63%) VMware
16 12 (8.63%) Microsoft App-V
16 12 (8.63%) XenApp

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 4 (2.88%) MS Exchange
1 4 (2.88%) Lync
1 4 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (2.16%) SAS
3 2 (1.44%) Oracle Workflow
3 2 (1.44%) FileNet
3 2 (1.44%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.72%) Adobe CQ
4 1 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.72%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (2.16%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.72%) Google Analytics
1 1 (0.72%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (12.95%) 3G
1 18 (12.95%) LTE
2 11 (7.91%) 4G
2 11 (7.91%) DNS
2 11 (7.91%) GPRS
3 10 (7.19%) Internet
4 8 (5.76%) Firewall
4 8 (5.76%) DHCP
4 8 (5.76%) HTTP
4 8 (5.76%) Cisco ASA
5 7 (5.04%) Network Security
5 7 (5.04%) INAP
5 7 (5.04%) ISUP
5 7 (5.04%) UMTS
5 7 (5.04%) GSM
5 7 (5.04%) Wireshark
6 6 (4.32%) BIG-IP
6 6 (4.32%) Nortel Alteon
6 6 (4.32%) TACACS
6 6 (4.32%) Cisco PIX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.04%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.44%) Data Mart
2 2 (1.44%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.72%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.72%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 11 (7.91%) MSI
2 3 (2.16%) InstallShield
2 3 (2.16%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.72%) Subversion
General
1 31 (22.30%) Telecoms
2 19 (13.67%) Finance
3 18 (12.95%) Marketing
4 13 (9.35%) Retail
5 5 (3.60%) Publishing
6 4 (2.88%) Electronics
7 3 (2.16%) Billing
8 2 (1.44%) Legal
8 2 (1.44%) Advertising
9 1 (0.72%) Games
Job Titles
1 14 (10.07%) Analyst
2 10 (7.19%) Project Manager
3 8 (5.76%) Network Engineer
4 7 (5.04%) Tester
4 7 (5.04%) Design Engineer
4 7 (5.04%) Integration Engineer
5 6 (4.32%) Security Engineer
5 6 (4.32%) Deployment Engineer
5 6 (4.32%) Network Security Engineer
5 6 (4.32%) Consultant
6 5 (3.60%) Data Network Engineer
6 5 (3.60%) Systems Engineer
6 5 (3.60%) Support Engineer
6 5 (3.60%) Test Engineer
6 5 (3.60%) Technical Tester
7 4 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (2.88%) Administrator
7 4 (2.88%) Developer
7 4 (2.88%) Test Analyst
7 4 (2.88%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.32%) WAP
2 2 (1.44%) Web Services
2 2 (1.44%) XML
3 1 (0.72%) CSS3
3 1 (0.72%) jQuery
3 1 (0.72%) HTML5
3 1 (0.72%) OSGi
3 1 (0.72%) Rendezvous
3 1 (0.72%) ATL
3 1 (0.72%) CSS
3 1 (0.72%) SOAP
3 1 (0.72%) XSLT
3 1 (0.72%) HTML
3 1 (0.72%) Hibernate
3 1 (0.72%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.72%) Silverlight
3 1 (0.72%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 15 (10.79%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.47%) IVR
3 6 (4.32%) Management Information System
3 6 (4.32%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.88%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.88%) Thin Client
4 4 (2.88%) Fat Client
5 3 (2.16%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.44%) Cryptography
6 2 (1.44%) Social Media
7 1 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.72%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.72%) Machine to Machine
7 1 (0.72%) User Experience
7 1 (0.72%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (0.72%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.72%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.72%) Video on Demand
7 1 (0.72%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.72%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 41 (29.50%) Windows
2 20 (14.39%) UNIX
3 17 (12.23%) Windows 7
4 14 (10.07%) Windows XP
4 14 (10.07%) Windows Server 2003
5 12 (8.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (4.32%) Linux
7 4 (2.88%) Windows Vista
7 4 (2.88%) VMS
7 4 (2.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.44%) zOS
8 2 (1.44%) MVS
8 2 (1.44%) Windows 8
8 2 (1.44%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.72%) AIX
9 1 (0.72%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (15.11%) Software Distribution
1 21 (15.11%) ITIL
2 18 (12.95%) Software Deployment
3 13 (9.35%) PRINCE2
4 10 (7.19%) Project Management
5 9 (6.47%) Network Management
6 8 (5.76%) Release Management
7 7 (5.04%) CRM
8 6 (4.32%) Validation
8 6 (4.32%) Fault Management
8 6 (4.32%) Campaign Management
8 6 (4.32%) Change Control
8 6 (4.32%) Capacity Management
9 5 (3.60%) Change Management
9 5 (3.60%) Migration
9 5 (3.60%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (3.60%) Asset Management
9 5 (3.60%) Direct Marketing
10 4 (2.88%) Problem Management
10 4 (2.88%) Integration Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (9.35%) SQL
2 10 (7.19%) PowerShell
3 8 (5.76%) Shell Script
4 7 (5.04%) PL/SQL
5 5 (3.60%) VBScript
6 4 (2.88%) Java
7 3 (2.16%) VB
8 2 (1.44%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.44%) Perl
8 2 (1.44%) Python
9 1 (0.72%) Groovy
9 1 (0.72%) JCL
9 1 (0.72%) REXX
9 1 (0.72%) C
9 1 (0.72%) C#
9 1 (0.72%) C++
9 1 (0.72%) XPath
Qualifications
1 43 (30.94%) Security Cleared
2 33 (23.74%) SC Cleared
3 21 (15.11%) Degree
4 10 (7.19%) DV Cleared
5 6 (4.32%) CCSA
5 6 (4.32%) CCSE
5 6 (4.32%) CCSP
5 6 (4.32%) CCNP
5 6 (4.32%) CCNA
5 6 (4.32%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (2.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.16%) ISEB
6 3 (2.16%) ISTQB
7 2 (1.44%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.72%) AAT
8 1 (0.72%) PMP
8 1 (0.72%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.72%) CCA
8 1 (0.72%) CISSP
8 1 (0.72%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (10.79%) SLA
2 4 (2.88%) QA
3 3 (2.16%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.44%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 14 (10.07%) Active Directory
2 12 (8.63%) Microsoft App-V
2 12 (8.63%) XenApp
3 6 (4.32%) XenServer
3 6 (4.32%) XenDesktop
4 5 (3.60%) Hyper-V
4 5 (3.60%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (1.44%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (1.44%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.44%) vSphere
6 1 (0.72%) NFS
Systems Management
1 25 (17.99%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 23 (16.55%) SCCM
3 7 (5.04%) Netcool
4 6 (4.32%) OpenView
5 4 (2.88%) WSUS
6 3 (2.16%) SCOM
7 2 (1.44%) WhatsUp Gold
7 2 (1.44%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 2 (1.44%) CA Spectrum
7 2 (1.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (1.44%) HP UCMDB
8 1 (0.72%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.72%) Netcool/OMNIbus
8 1 (0.72%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.72%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.72%) MOM
Vendors
1 33 (23.74%) HP
2 19 (13.67%) McAfee
3 16 (11.51%) Citrix
4 12 (8.63%) VMware
5 9 (6.47%) Oracle
5 9 (6.47%) AppSense
6 8 (5.76%) Cisco
6 8 (5.76%) CheckPoint
6 8 (5.76%) F5
7 7 (5.04%) Remedy
8 6 (4.32%) Crossbeam
8 6 (4.32%) Nortel
8 6 (4.32%) Radware
8 6 (4.32%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 5 (3.60%) TIBCO
10 4 (2.88%) Ericsson
11 3 (2.16%) ZTE
11 3 (2.16%) Red Hat
11 3 (2.16%) Alcatel-Lucent
11 3 (2.16%) EMC
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