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 4 May 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 517 481 465
Rank change year-on-year
-36 -16
Contract jobs citing SMS 62 85 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.12% 0.17% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.81% 1.29% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 46 21
Average daily rate
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£313 £294 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.38% -2.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £185 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £282 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.24% -13.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 2
Average hourly rate £11.00 £22.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.11% -19.64%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £24.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-13.67% -5.76%
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
7615 6590 6627
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 15.05% 13.30% 15.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 4211 3555 3401
Average daily rate £350 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £331 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.15% +3.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 366 542
Average hourly rate £26.85 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.22% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.20 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.50 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -10.11%

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 4 May 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the England region over the 3 months to 4 May 2015.

SMS Hourly Rate Histogram 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 4 May 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 19 £180 -38.72% 3
London -13 9 £183 -58.28% 12
South West +4 7 £450 +71.42% 1
East Midlands - 7 £295 -
East of England +3 6 - -
North West -29 5 £270 +3.34% 2
Yorkshire - 5 £430 - 1
West Midlands -11 3 £675 +103.00%
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 29 (27.10%) Security Cleared
2 23 (21.50%) HP
3 22 (20.56%) SC Cleared
4 20 (18.69%) Telecoms
5 19 (17.76%) Finance
5 19 (17.76%) Windows
6 18 (16.82%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 16 (14.95%) SCCM
7 16 (14.95%) Software Distribution
7 16 (14.95%) Software Delivery
8 15 (14.02%) Software Deployment
8 15 (14.02%) DV Cleared
8 15 (14.02%) McAfee
9 13 (12.15%) Analytical Skills
10 12 (11.21%) 3G
10 12 (11.21%) UNIX
10 12 (11.21%) Validation
11 11 (10.28%) Degree
11 11 (10.28%) SQL
11 11 (10.28%) Active Directory
12 10 (9.35%) Oracle
12 10 (9.35%) Marketing
13 9 (8.41%) 4G
13 9 (8.41%) LTE
14 8 (7.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 8 (7.48%) VMware
14 8 (7.48%) ITIL
14 8 (7.48%) Internet
15 7 (6.54%) ISUP
15 7 (6.54%) Project Management

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 6 (5.61%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 4 (3.74%) WebLogic
2 4 (3.74%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.80%) SAS
4 1 (0.93%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.93%) CMS
4 1 (0.93%) WordPress
4 1 (0.93%) Drupal
4 1 (0.93%) Lync
4 1 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 3 (2.80%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (4.67%) Oracle Payables
1 5 (4.67%) Oracle Receivables
2 4 (3.74%) Oracle Cash Management
3 3 (2.80%) Unica
3 3 (2.80%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (1.87%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 2 (1.87%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (1.87%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.61%) Google Analytics
2 2 (1.87%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (11.21%) 3G
2 9 (8.41%) 4G
2 9 (8.41%) LTE
3 8 (7.48%) Internet
4 7 (6.54%) ISUP
5 6 (5.61%) SS7
5 6 (5.61%) GPRS
5 6 (5.61%) VoIP
6 5 (4.67%) HTTP
6 5 (4.67%) DNS
6 5 (4.67%) 2G
7 4 (3.74%) VoLTE
7 4 (3.74%) MVNO
7 4 (3.74%) DHCP
7 4 (3.74%) SCCP
7 4 (3.74%) INAP
8 3 (2.80%) LDAP
8 3 (2.80%) RTP
8 3 (2.80%) Network Security
8 3 (2.80%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.67%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.87%) Data Mart
2 2 (1.87%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.93%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (2.80%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.93%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.93%) Subversion
2 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 20 (18.69%) Telecoms
2 19 (17.76%) Finance
3 10 (9.35%) Marketing
4 5 (4.67%) Legal
5 3 (2.80%) Billing
6 2 (1.87%) Advertising
7 1 (0.93%) Banking
7 1 (0.93%) Games
7 1 (0.93%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 15 (14.02%) Analyst
2 10 (9.35%) Support Engineer
2 10 (9.35%) Test Engineer
3 8 (7.48%) Integration Engineer
3 8 (7.48%) Consultant
4 6 (5.61%) Project Manager
5 5 (4.67%) Oracle Consultant
5 5 (4.67%) Oracle Financials Consultant
5 5 (4.67%) 2nd Line Support
5 5 (4.67%) Test and Integration Engineer
5 5 (4.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 4 (3.74%) Senior Integration Engineer
6 4 (3.74%) Technical Engineer
6 4 (3.74%) Technical Support Engineer
6 4 (3.74%) Technical Tester
6 4 (3.74%) Business Analyst
6 4 (3.74%) Tester
6 4 (3.74%) Test Analyst
6 4 (3.74%) Systems Engineer
6 4 (3.74%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.67%) HTML
1 5 (4.67%) CSS
1 5 (4.67%) jQuery
1 5 (4.67%) CSS3
1 5 (4.67%) HTML5
2 2 (1.87%) XML
2 2 (1.87%) .NET
2 2 (1.87%) WAP
3 1 (0.93%) XSLT
3 1 (0.93%) SOAP
3 1 (0.93%) Rendezvous
3 1 (0.93%) Hibernate
3 1 (0.93%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.93%) Spring
3 1 (0.93%) OSGi
Miscellaneous
1 13 (12.15%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.74%) Computer Science
2 4 (3.74%) Statistics
3 3 (2.80%) Mobile App
3 3 (2.80%) User Experience
4 2 (1.87%) Social Media
4 2 (1.87%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.87%) IVR
5 1 (0.93%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.93%) NHS
5 1 (0.93%) Thin Client
5 1 (0.93%) EMV
5 1 (0.93%) CLARiiON
5 1 (0.93%) Human Factors
5 1 (0.93%) Smartphone
5 1 (0.93%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.93%) Fat Client
5 1 (0.93%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.93%) SWIFT
5 1 (0.93%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 19 (17.76%) Windows
2 12 (11.21%) UNIX
3 8 (7.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (6.54%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (6.54%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (5.61%) Windows 7
5 6 (5.61%) Windows XP
6 4 (3.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (3.74%) Linux
7 3 (2.80%) VMS
8 2 (1.87%) Windows 8
8 2 (1.87%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.93%) Solaris
9 1 (0.93%) OS/390
9 1 (0.93%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (14.95%) Software Distribution
1 16 (14.95%) Software Delivery
2 15 (14.02%) Software Deployment
3 12 (11.21%) Validation
4 8 (7.48%) ITIL
5 7 (6.54%) Project Management
5 7 (6.54%) Analytics
6 6 (5.61%) Root Cause Analysis
6 6 (5.61%) Release Management
6 6 (5.61%) Risk Analysis
6 6 (5.61%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (4.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 5 (4.67%) Supplier Management
7 5 (4.67%) Cash Management
7 5 (4.67%) Test Strategy
7 5 (4.67%) Capacity Planning
7 5 (4.67%) Campaign Management
8 4 (3.74%) Problem Management
8 4 (3.74%) CRM
9 3 (2.80%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 11 (10.28%) SQL
2 6 (5.61%) PowerShell
2 6 (5.61%) VBScript
3 5 (4.67%) JavaScript
3 5 (4.67%) PL/SQL
3 5 (4.67%) Shell Script
4 4 (3.74%) Java
5 3 (2.80%) C
6 2 (1.87%) C#
6 2 (1.87%) VB
6 2 (1.87%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.93%) Perl
7 1 (0.93%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.93%) Python
7 1 (0.93%) XPath
7 1 (0.93%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 29 (27.10%) Security Cleared
2 22 (20.56%) SC Cleared
3 15 (14.02%) DV Cleared
4 11 (10.28%) Degree
5 3 (2.80%) HNC
5 3 (2.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (1.87%) CCSE
6 2 (1.87%) CCSA
6 2 (1.87%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.87%) CCA
6 2 (1.87%) CCSP
6 2 (1.87%) CCNP
6 2 (1.87%) CCNA
7 1 (0.93%) ISEB
7 1 (0.93%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.93%) CISSP
7 1 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.93%) PMP
7 1 (0.93%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.93%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.80%) QA
2 2 (1.87%) SLA
3 1 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 11 (10.28%) Active Directory
2 7 (6.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (5.61%) XenApp
4 4 (3.74%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (2.80%) XenDesktop
6 2 (1.87%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.93%) NFS
7 1 (0.93%) RACF
7 1 (0.93%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 18 (16.82%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 16 (14.95%) SCCM
3 4 (3.74%) HP Operations Orchestration
3 4 (3.74%) SCOM
4 3 (2.80%) Netcool
5 2 (1.87%) OpenView
6 1 (0.93%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 1 (0.93%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.93%) MOM
6 1 (0.93%) OMEGAMON
6 1 (0.93%) WSUS
6 1 (0.93%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 23 (21.50%) HP
2 15 (14.02%) McAfee
3 10 (9.35%) Oracle
4 8 (7.48%) VMware
5 7 (6.54%) Citrix
6 6 (5.61%) Google
6 6 (5.61%) Adobe
7 4 (3.74%) AppSense
7 4 (3.74%) Altiris
7 4 (3.74%) Remedy
8 3 (2.80%) Chordiant
8 3 (2.80%) Red Hat
8 3 (2.80%) Epiphany
8 3 (2.80%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 2 (1.87%) F5
9 2 (1.87%) Crossbeam
9 2 (1.87%) Aprimo
9 2 (1.87%) Teradata
9 2 (1.87%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.87%) Radware
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