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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 47 47 -
Rank change year-on-year
0 -
Contract jobs citing SMS 1 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 0.25% 0.47% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.82% 7.69% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Average daily rate £280 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £516 £325 £318
% change year-on-year
+58.76% +2.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.20 £10.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+42.00% -68.25%
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
55 26 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 13.68% 6.05% 9.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 17 9
Average daily rate £313 £388 £240
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.35% +61.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £235 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £400 £417
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Average hourly rate £24.15 - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

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 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Blackpool -10 1 £280 -
SMS
North West

SMS
Top 19 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 9 (100.00%) ITIL
1 9 (100.00%) Windows
1 9 (100.00%) MS Exchange
1 9 (100.00%) DHCP
1 9 (100.00%) DNS
1 9 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 9 (100.00%) Citrix
1 9 (100.00%) VMware
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft App-V
1 9 (100.00%) AppSense
1 9 (100.00%) XenApp
1 9 (100.00%) XenServer
1 9 (100.00%) XenDesktop
1 9 (100.00%) Skype for Business
1 9 (100.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 9 (100.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
2 4 (44.44%) Security Cleared
3 3 (33.33%) SC Cleared
4 1 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 9 (100.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 9 (100.00%) MS Exchange
1 9 (100.00%) Skype for Business
Communications & Networking
1 9 (100.00%) DHCP
1 9 (100.00%) DNS
Job Titles
1 6 (66.67%) 2nd Line Support
2 4 (44.44%) Applications Support
3 2 (22.22%) Desktop Support
4 1 (11.11%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
4 1 (11.11%) 2nd Line Technical Support
4 1 (11.11%) Desktop Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) SC Cleared Desktop Support
4 1 (11.11%) Support Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Technical Support
4 1 (11.11%) Tester
Operating Systems
1 9 (100.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (100.00%) ITIL
1 9 (100.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
Qualifications
1 4 (44.44%) Security Cleared
2 3 (33.33%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 9 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft App-V
1 9 (100.00%) XenApp
1 9 (100.00%) XenDesktop
1 9 (100.00%) XenServer
2 1 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 9 (100.00%) AppSense
1 9 (100.00%) Citrix
1 9 (100.00%) VMware