The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the Lancashire region.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 36 37 -
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -
Contract jobs citing SMS 15 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 3.28% 0.37% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 23.08% 3.57% -
Number of daily rates quoted 14 0 0
Average daily rate
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£272 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-29.41% +30.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £26.00 £24.75
% change year-on-year
- +5.05%
Communications & Networking Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
65 28 65
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 14.19% 10.29% 14.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 9 32
Average daily rate £251 £250 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.20% -33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £150 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £330 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 3
Average hourly rate £22.50 £29.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.72% -1.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.54% +2.00%
SMS
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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
Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 23 July 2014.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram 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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, 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 22 (91.67%) Windows
2 18 (75.00%) Citrix
3 17 (70.83%) Active Directory
4 15 (62.50%) Microsoft App-V
4 15 (62.50%) XenApp
5 13 (54.17%) AppSense
5 13 (54.17%) DNS
6 12 (50.00%) DHCP
7 11 (45.83%) SCCM
8 10 (41.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (37.50%) Windows XP
9 9 (37.50%) SC Cleared
9 9 (37.50%) Security Cleared
10 8 (33.33%) VMware
11 7 (29.17%) MSI
11 7 (29.17%) ITIL
11 7 (29.17%) 3G
12 6 (25.00%) Smartcard
12 6 (25.00%) Wi-Fi
12 6 (25.00%) XenDesktop
13 5 (20.83%) Windows 7
13 5 (20.83%) Lync
13 5 (20.83%) Exchange Server 2010
13 5 (20.83%) XenServer
13 5 (20.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 5 (20.83%) MS Exchange
14 4 (16.67%) C
15 3 (12.50%) InstallShield
15 3 (12.50%) AdminStudio
16 2 (8.33%) Migration

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, 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 5 (20.83%) MS Exchange
1 5 (20.83%) Lync
1 5 (20.83%) Exchange Server 2010
Communications & Networking
1 13 (54.17%) DNS
2 12 (50.00%) DHCP
3 7 (29.17%) 3G
4 6 (25.00%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 7 (29.17%) MSI
2 3 (12.50%) InstallShield
2 3 (12.50%) AdminStudio
Job Titles
1 8 (33.33%) Support Engineer
2 6 (25.00%) Desktop Support
2 6 (25.00%) Desktop Engineer
3 4 (16.67%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) Applications Packager
5 2 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support
5 2 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Technical Support Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Technical Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Implementation Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support
6 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Tester
6 1 (4.17%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.17%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 6 (25.00%) Smartcard
2 1 (4.17%) Fat Client
2 1 (4.17%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 22 (91.67%) Windows
2 10 (41.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 9 (37.50%) Windows XP
4 5 (20.83%) Windows 7
5 2 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (29.17%) ITIL
2 2 (8.33%) Migration
2 2 (8.33%) Software Distribution
3 1 (4.17%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 4 (16.67%) C
2 2 (8.33%) SQL
3 1 (4.17%) VBScript
3 1 (4.17%) VB
Qualifications
1 9 (37.50%) SC Cleared
1 9 (37.50%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 17 (70.83%) Active Directory
2 15 (62.50%) Microsoft App-V
2 15 (62.50%) XenApp
3 6 (25.00%) XenDesktop
4 5 (20.83%) XenServer
5 1 (4.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 11 (45.83%) SCCM
2 5 (20.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 18 (75.00%) Citrix
2 13 (54.17%) AppSense
3 8 (33.33%) VMware
4 2 (8.33%) HP
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