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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 55 34 -
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -
Contract jobs citing SMS 4 15 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 0.81% 3.65% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.88% 21.74% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 15 0
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£301 £282 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.67% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £445 £340 £305
% change year-on-year
+30.88% +11.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
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
68 69 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 13.79% 16.79% 3.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 47 3
Average daily rate £400 £280 £150
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+42.86% +86.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 2
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +60.71%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £23.50 £23.36
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +0.62%

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 2 September 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
Blackpool -28 4 £301 +9.38%
SMS
North West

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 6 (85.71%) Windows
1 6 (85.71%) Active Directory
1 6 (85.71%) Citrix
1 6 (85.71%) Microsoft App-V
1 6 (85.71%) AppSense
1 6 (85.71%) XenApp
1 6 (85.71%) XenDesktop
2 4 (57.14%) Lync
2 4 (57.14%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (57.14%) XenServer
2 4 (57.14%) VMware
2 4 (57.14%) Operational Acceptance Testing
2 4 (57.14%) DNS
2 4 (57.14%) ITIL
2 4 (57.14%) MS Exchange
2 4 (57.14%) DHCP
3 2 (28.57%) Validation
3 2 (28.57%) SharePoint
3 2 (28.57%) Windows XP
3 2 (28.57%) C
3 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
3 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (28.57%) Windows 7
4 1 (14.29%) Performance Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) Syncsort
4 1 (14.29%) Tivoli
4 1 (14.29%) RACF
4 1 (14.29%) Mainframe
4 1 (14.29%) Intel

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 (57.14%) MS Exchange
1 4 (57.14%) Lync
1 4 (57.14%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (28.57%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 4 (57.14%) DHCP
1 4 (57.14%) DNS
2 1 (14.29%) TCP/IP
2 1 (14.29%) SNA
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Applications Support
1 3 (42.86%) 2nd Line Support
2 2 (28.57%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Programmer
3 1 (14.29%) Technical Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Technical Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Systems Programmer
3 1 (14.29%) Mainframe Programmer
3 1 (14.29%) Technical Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Tester
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 6 (85.71%) Windows
2 2 (28.57%) Windows XP
2 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (28.57%) Windows 7
3 1 (14.29%) UNIX
3 1 (14.29%) OS/390
3 1 (14.29%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) ITIL
1 4 (57.14%) Operational Acceptance Testing
2 2 (28.57%) Validation
3 1 (14.29%) Performance Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) C
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 1 (14.29%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 6 (85.71%) Active Directory
1 6 (85.71%) Microsoft App-V
1 6 (85.71%) XenApp
1 6 (85.71%) XenDesktop
2 4 (57.14%) XenServer
3 1 (14.29%) RACF
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) Tivoli
1 1 (14.29%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 6 (85.71%) Citrix
1 6 (85.71%) AppSense
2 4 (57.14%) VMware
3 1 (14.29%) Syncsort
3 1 (14.29%) Intel