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 21 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 499 530 478
Rank change year-on-year
+31 -52
Contract jobs citing SMS 101 41 89
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.19% 0.085% 0.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.29% 0.63% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 28 44
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£350 £341 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +13.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £204 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £283 £300
% change year-on-year
+23.89% -5.83%
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
7845 6537 7857
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.77% 13.62% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4506 3652 3813
Average daily rate £370 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.33% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.07% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 432 414 589
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.87% -2.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -

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 21 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 21 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 +10 40 £475 +69.64% 6
North West +2 18 £275 -15.38% 1
South West -27 13 £418 +60.57%
London -16 11 £325 -35.00% 11
East of England -9 9 £400 +45.45%
West Midlands - 4 £325 - 1
East Midlands +1 3 £450 - 1
Yorkshire - - - -
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 21 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 61 (38.85%) Windows
2 40 (25.48%) Security Cleared
3 36 (22.93%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 34 (21.66%) Citrix
5 33 (21.02%) HP
6 30 (19.11%) SCCM
7 28 (17.83%) Telecoms
8 27 (17.20%) Microsoft App-V
8 27 (17.20%) SC Cleared
9 26 (16.56%) ITIL
10 23 (14.65%) AppSense
11 22 (14.01%) LTE
11 22 (14.01%) Windows 7
12 21 (13.38%) XenApp
12 21 (13.38%) Software Deployment
12 21 (13.38%) Software Distribution
12 21 (13.38%) Degree
12 21 (13.38%) Active Directory
12 21 (13.38%) Windows Server 2003
12 21 (13.38%) 3G
12 21 (13.38%) MSI
13 20 (12.74%) McAfee
13 20 (12.74%) DNS
13 20 (12.74%) Finance
14 15 (9.55%) SLA
14 15 (9.55%) Windows XP
15 14 (8.92%) DHCP
15 14 (8.92%) Marketing
15 14 (8.92%) Windows Server 2008
16 13 (8.28%) VMware

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 21 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 6 (3.82%) MS Exchange
1 6 (3.82%) Lync
1 6 (3.82%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (1.27%) FileNet
2 2 (1.27%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.64%) CMS
3 1 (0.64%) Adobe CQ
3 1 (0.64%) CICS
3 1 (0.64%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.64%) JBoss
3 1 (0.64%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 2 (1.27%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.64%) WebTrends
2 1 (0.64%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.64%) Summit
Communications & Networking
1 22 (14.01%) LTE
2 21 (13.38%) 3G
3 20 (12.74%) DNS
4 14 (8.92%) DHCP
5 12 (7.64%) 4G
6 11 (7.01%) Firewall
7 10 (6.37%) Internet
7 10 (6.37%) Cisco ASA
8 9 (5.73%) UMTS
9 8 (5.10%) GSM
10 7 (4.46%) GPRS
10 7 (4.46%) Wi-Fi
11 6 (3.82%) ISUP
11 6 (3.82%) WCDMA
11 6 (3.82%) VoLTE
11 6 (3.82%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 6 (3.82%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 6 (3.82%) Junos
11 6 (3.82%) INAP
12 5 (3.18%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.91%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.27%) DB2
2 2 (1.27%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.64%) DB2 UDB
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 21 (13.38%) MSI
2 12 (7.64%) InstallShield
3 10 (6.37%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.64%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.64%) Wise Package Studio
4 1 (0.64%) GDB
4 1 (0.64%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.64%) Eclipse
General
1 28 (17.83%) Telecoms
2 20 (12.74%) Finance
3 14 (8.92%) Marketing
4 12 (7.64%) Retail
5 5 (3.18%) Publishing
5 5 (3.18%) Electronics
6 4 (2.55%) Advertising
7 3 (1.91%) Games
8 2 (1.27%) Legal
8 2 (1.27%) Billing
9 1 (0.64%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.64%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.64%) Back Office
9 1 (0.64%) Banking
9 1 (0.64%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 10 (6.37%) Consultant
2 9 (5.73%) Network Engineer
2 9 (5.73%) Analyst
3 8 (5.10%) Project Manager
3 8 (5.10%) Applications Packager
4 7 (4.46%) Support Engineer
4 7 (4.46%) Design Engineer
4 7 (4.46%) Deployment Engineer
5 6 (3.82%) Test Engineer
6 5 (3.18%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (3.18%) 2nd Line Support
6 5 (3.18%) Architect
6 5 (3.18%) Desktop Support
6 5 (3.18%) Integration Engineer
7 4 (2.55%) Marketing Manager
7 4 (2.55%) Security Engineer
7 4 (2.55%) Systems Programmer
7 4 (2.55%) Software Engineer
7 4 (2.55%) Tester
7 4 (2.55%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.55%) Application Packaging
1 4 (2.55%) WAP
2 2 (1.27%) J2EE
2 2 (1.27%) HTML
2 2 (1.27%) Web Services
3 1 (0.64%) JMS
3 1 (0.64%) .NET
3 1 (0.64%) ATL
3 1 (0.64%) CSS
3 1 (0.64%) JDBC
3 1 (0.64%) JSP
3 1 (0.64%) Silverlight
3 1 (0.64%) jQuery
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (0.64%) WebCenter
3 1 (0.64%) HTML5
3 1 (0.64%) OSGi
3 1 (0.64%) CSS3
3 1 (0.64%) Dalvik
3 1 (0.64%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 11 (7.01%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (5.10%) IVR
3 5 (3.18%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.55%) Thin Client
4 4 (2.55%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.55%) Fat Client
4 4 (2.55%) Video on Demand
4 4 (2.55%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.91%) Cryptography
6 2 (1.27%) Smartcard
6 2 (1.27%) Mainframe
6 2 (1.27%) Data Integration
6 2 (1.27%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.27%) Social Media
7 1 (0.64%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.64%) Machine to Machine
7 1 (0.64%) User Experience
7 1 (0.64%) NHS
7 1 (0.64%) LPAR
7 1 (0.64%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 61 (38.85%) Windows
2 22 (14.01%) Windows 7
3 21 (13.38%) Windows Server 2003
4 15 (9.55%) Windows XP
5 14 (8.92%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (8.28%) UNIX
7 11 (7.01%) Windows Vista
8 5 (3.18%) zOS
9 4 (2.55%) VMS
9 4 (2.55%) Linux
9 4 (2.55%) Windows 8
10 3 (1.91%) Windows 2000
11 2 (1.27%) Windows NT
11 2 (1.27%) MVS
12 1 (0.64%) OS/390
12 1 (0.64%) AIX
12 1 (0.64%) Android
12 1 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (16.56%) ITIL
2 21 (13.38%) Software Deployment
2 21 (13.38%) Software Distribution
3 11 (7.01%) PRINCE2
4 10 (6.37%) Network Management
5 9 (5.73%) Release Management
6 8 (5.10%) Validation
7 7 (4.46%) Migration
7 7 (4.46%) Project Management
8 6 (3.82%) Network Design
8 6 (3.82%) Capacity Management
9 5 (3.18%) Email Marketing
9 5 (3.18%) Direct Marketing
9 5 (3.18%) Incident Management
9 5 (3.18%) Load Balancing
9 5 (3.18%) Service Management
9 5 (3.18%) Change Management
9 5 (3.18%) Integration Acceptance Testing
9 5 (3.18%) CRM
10 4 (2.55%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.46%) C
1 7 (4.46%) PowerShell
2 5 (3.18%) SQL
3 4 (2.55%) VBScript
3 4 (2.55%) Shell Script
4 3 (1.91%) VB
4 3 (1.91%) Java
4 3 (1.91%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.27%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.64%) JCL
6 1 (0.64%) Perl
6 1 (0.64%) C#
6 1 (0.64%) C++
6 1 (0.64%) Python
6 1 (0.64%) REXX
Qualifications
1 40 (25.48%) Security Cleared
2 27 (17.20%) SC Cleared
3 21 (13.38%) Degree
4 4 (2.55%) CCSP
4 4 (2.55%) CCNP
4 4 (2.55%) CCNA
4 4 (2.55%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (2.55%) CCSA
4 4 (2.55%) CCSE
5 3 (1.91%) ISTQB
5 3 (1.91%) ISEB
5 3 (1.91%) DV Cleared
5 3 (1.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.64%) AAT
7 1 (0.64%) MCSE
7 1 (0.64%) CCA
7 1 (0.64%) CISSP
7 1 (0.64%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.64%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (9.55%) SLA
2 4 (2.55%) QA
3 3 (1.91%) JSP 440
4 2 (1.27%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.64%) JTAG
5 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 27 (17.20%) Microsoft App-V
2 21 (13.38%) Active Directory
2 21 (13.38%) XenApp
3 9 (5.73%) XenServer
3 9 (5.73%) XenDesktop
4 4 (2.55%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.91%) vSphere
5 3 (1.91%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.27%) RACF
6 2 (1.27%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 36 (22.93%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 30 (19.11%) SCCM
3 4 (2.55%) Netcool
3 4 (2.55%) OpenView
4 3 (1.91%) Tivoli
4 3 (1.91%) WSUS
4 3 (1.91%) WhatsUp Gold
5 2 (1.27%) HP UCMDB
5 2 (1.27%) CA Spectrum
5 2 (1.27%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 2 (1.27%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.64%) OMEGAMON
6 1 (0.64%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.64%) SCOM
Vendors
1 34 (21.66%) Citrix
2 33 (21.02%) HP
3 23 (14.65%) AppSense
4 20 (12.74%) McAfee
5 13 (8.28%) VMware
6 10 (6.37%) F5
6 10 (6.37%) Cisco
6 10 (6.37%) CheckPoint
7 6 (3.82%) Remedy
7 6 (3.82%) Juniper
7 6 (3.82%) Oracle
7 6 (3.82%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 6 (3.82%) TippingPoint
8 5 (3.18%) Crossbeam
8 5 (3.18%) Ericsson
9 4 (2.55%) Nortel
9 4 (2.55%) TIBCO
9 4 (2.55%) Siebel
9 4 (2.55%) ZTE
9 4 (2.55%) Huawei
London
Premier Media
Posted: 4 hours ago
Blackpool
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £236 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
LA International
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £500 per day excellent rates
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Truphone
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £30k - 35k per year
Posted: 22 days ago