The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the Lancashire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 23 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 47 - -
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing SMS 1 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 0.23% - -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.94% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 0
Average daily rate
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UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £302 £410
% change year-on-year
+7.61% -26.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.00 £31.50 £102.13
% change year-on-year
-68.25% -69.15%
SMS
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Lancashire region.

Communications & Networking Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
34 29 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 7.67% 14.01% 14.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 17 14
Average daily rate £374 £225 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+66.11% -45.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £213 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £431 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Average hourly rate £30.00 £15.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -53.84%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -13.33%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the Lancashire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SMS across the Lancashire region.

SMS Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the Lancashire region.

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

SMS
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 23 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
Chorley - - - - 1
SMS
North West

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 17 (100.00%) Windows
2 16 (94.12%) Citrix
3 12 (70.59%) XenApp
4 11 (64.71%) Microsoft App-V
5 10 (58.82%) AppSense
5 10 (58.82%) Active Directory
6 9 (52.94%) Windows 7
7 8 (47.06%) VMware
7 8 (47.06%) DHCP
7 8 (47.06%) DNS
8 7 (41.18%) XenServer
9 6 (35.29%) Windows XP
10 4 (23.53%) MS Exchange
10 4 (23.53%) ITIL
10 4 (23.53%) Thin Client
10 4 (23.53%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (23.53%) 3G
10 4 (23.53%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (23.53%) XenDesktop
10 4 (23.53%) Lync
10 4 (23.53%) Exchange Server 2010
10 4 (23.53%) Fat Client
10 4 (23.53%) SCCM
10 4 (23.53%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (17.65%) SC Cleared
11 3 (17.65%) Security Cleared
11 3 (17.65%) MSI
11 3 (17.65%) InstallShield
11 3 (17.65%) AdminStudio
11 3 (17.65%) OpenView Configuration Management

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 (23.53%) MS Exchange
1 4 (23.53%) Lync
1 4 (23.53%) Exchange Server 2010
Communications & Networking
1 8 (47.06%) DHCP
1 8 (47.06%) DNS
2 4 (23.53%) 3G
2 4 (23.53%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 3 (17.65%) MSI
1 3 (17.65%) InstallShield
1 3 (17.65%) AdminStudio
Job Titles
1 3 (17.65%) Applications Packager
1 3 (17.65%) Analyst
2 2 (11.76%) Test Analyst
2 2 (11.76%) Consultant
2 2 (11.76%) Applications Tester
2 2 (11.76%) Support Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) 3rd Line Support
2 2 (11.76%) Technical Consultant
2 2 (11.76%) Tester
2 2 (11.76%) Desktop Support
3 1 (5.88%) Service Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) Solutions Designer
3 1 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support
3 1 (5.88%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Technical Support Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Service Desk Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Implementation Consultant
3 1 (5.88%) Technical Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Technical Assurance Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 4 (23.53%) Thin Client
1 4 (23.53%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 17 (100.00%) Windows
2 9 (52.94%) Windows 7
3 6 (35.29%) Windows XP
4 4 (23.53%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (23.53%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (23.53%) ITIL
2 2 (11.76%) Validation
2 2 (11.76%) Compatibility Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.88%) C
Qualifications
1 3 (17.65%) SC Cleared
1 3 (17.65%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 12 (70.59%) XenApp
2 11 (64.71%) Microsoft App-V
3 10 (58.82%) Active Directory
4 7 (41.18%) XenServer
5 4 (23.53%) XenDesktop
6 1 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (23.53%) SCCM
2 3 (17.65%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 16 (94.12%) Citrix
2 10 (58.82%) AppSense
3 8 (47.06%) VMware