The first table below looks at the demand for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 1 August 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 London 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 399 389 380
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -9
Contract jobs citing SMS 9 25 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.038% 0.10% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.31% 0.88% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 17 19
Average daily rate
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£230 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-38.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £173 £173 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £525 £725
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £400 £325
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +23.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £24.75
% change year-on-year
- -9.09%
Communications & Networking Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
2894 2826 3628
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 12.33% 11.64% 13.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1795 1791 2113
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £322 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.81% -0.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 101 173
Average hourly rate £19.50 £23.75 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.89% +18.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £15.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £48.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -
SMS
England

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in London

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in London

SMS
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the London region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram in London

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in London

SMS
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the London region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014. 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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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
City of London +26 1 £450 +27.65% 4
Brentford - - - -
Kingston Upon Thames - - - -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 15 (40.54%) Windows
2 12 (32.43%) Finance
2 12 (32.43%) SCCM
3 10 (27.03%) Marketing
3 10 (27.03%) HTML
4 7 (18.92%) Banking
5 6 (16.22%) Migration
5 6 (16.22%) Project Management
5 6 (16.22%) CRM
5 6 (16.22%) Windows 7
6 5 (13.51%) Data Migration
6 5 (13.51%) JavaScript
6 5 (13.51%) Active Directory
7 4 (10.81%) Service Delivery
7 4 (10.81%) Risk Management
7 4 (10.81%) Financial Institution
7 4 (10.81%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (10.81%) Advertising
7 4 (10.81%) Direct Marketing
7 4 (10.81%) NetWare
7 4 (10.81%) Internet
7 4 (10.81%) McAfee
7 4 (10.81%) SQL
7 4 (10.81%) VBScript
7 4 (10.81%) Data Modelling
7 4 (10.81%) RSS
7 4 (10.81%) SCOM
7 4 (10.81%) Time Management
7 4 (10.81%) Email Marketing
7 4 (10.81%) Digital Marketing

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 2 (5.41%) WebSphere
1 2 (5.41%) WebLogic
1 2 (5.41%) Apache
1 2 (5.41%) WordPress
2 1 (2.70%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (2.70%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 2 (5.41%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (5.41%) Eikon
2 1 (2.70%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (10.81%) Internet
2 3 (8.11%) VPN
3 2 (5.41%) RFID
3 2 (5.41%) RTCP
3 2 (5.41%) RTP
3 2 (5.41%) GSM
4 1 (2.70%) Unified Communications
4 1 (2.70%) PABX
4 1 (2.70%) Structured Cabling
4 1 (2.70%) LTE
4 1 (2.70%) UMTS
4 1 (2.70%) Bluetooth
4 1 (2.70%) CDMA
4 1 (2.70%) CTI
4 1 (2.70%) WCDMA
4 1 (2.70%) TCP/IP
4 1 (2.70%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (2.70%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle Exadata
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle Database
1 1 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (2.70%) DB2
1 1 (2.70%) DB2 UDB
Development Applications
1 1 (2.70%) GDB
1 1 (2.70%) Git (software)
1 1 (2.70%) Eclipse
1 1 (2.70%) MSI
1 1 (2.70%) InstallShield
1 1 (2.70%) Maven
General
1 12 (32.43%) Finance
2 10 (27.03%) Marketing
3 7 (18.92%) Banking
4 4 (10.81%) Financial Institution
4 4 (10.81%) Advertising
5 3 (8.11%) Games
6 2 (5.41%) Telecoms
6 2 (5.41%) Retail
6 2 (5.41%) Billing
7 1 (2.70%) Multimedia
7 1 (2.70%) Legal
7 1 (2.70%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 5 (13.51%) Consultant
2 4 (10.81%) Marketing Manager
2 4 (10.81%) SCCM Engineer
3 3 (8.11%) Digital Project Manager
3 3 (8.11%) Project Manager
3 3 (8.11%) Administrator
4 2 (5.41%) Desktop Support
4 2 (5.41%) Support Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Desktop Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Technical Leader
4 2 (5.41%) Marketing Project Manager
4 2 (5.41%) ITSM Consultant
4 2 (5.41%) Digital Marketing Manager
4 2 (5.41%) Marketing Executive
5 1 (2.70%) ScrumMaster
5 1 (2.70%) Senior Architect
5 1 (2.70%) Agile Java Developer
5 1 (2.70%) Communications Officer
5 1 (2.70%) DB2 Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (27.03%) HTML
2 4 (10.81%) RSS
3 2 (5.41%) WAP
3 2 (5.41%) SyncML
3 2 (5.41%) J2EE
3 2 (5.41%) CSS
3 2 (5.41%) JDBC
3 2 (5.41%) JSP
3 2 (5.41%) Flash
3 2 (5.41%) J2ME
3 2 (5.41%) KML
4 1 (2.70%) REST
4 1 (2.70%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (2.70%) WebCenter
4 1 (2.70%) JMS
4 1 (2.70%) SOAP
4 1 (2.70%) Web Services
4 1 (2.70%) Middleware
4 1 (2.70%) ISPF
4 1 (2.70%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.81%) Social Network
1 4 (10.81%) Video on Demand
1 4 (10.81%) Hedge funds
2 3 (8.11%) Blackberry
3 2 (5.41%) GIS
3 2 (5.41%) N-Tier
3 2 (5.41%) Device Driver
3 2 (5.41%) Statistics
3 2 (5.41%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (5.41%) Social Media
4 1 (2.70%) Mobile Payment
4 1 (2.70%) Data Integration
4 1 (2.70%) HACMP
4 1 (2.70%) Smartphone
4 1 (2.70%) Copywriting
4 1 (2.70%) VSAM
4 1 (2.70%) IVR
4 1 (2.70%) Replication
4 1 (2.70%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.70%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 15 (40.54%) Windows
2 6 (16.22%) Windows 7
3 4 (10.81%) NetWare
4 2 (5.41%) Windows CE
4 2 (5.41%) Windows 8
5 1 (2.70%) Android
5 1 (2.70%) UNIX
5 1 (2.70%) Linux
5 1 (2.70%) zOS
5 1 (2.70%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (16.22%) Migration
1 6 (16.22%) Project Management
1 6 (16.22%) CRM
2 5 (13.51%) Data Migration
3 4 (10.81%) Service Delivery
3 4 (10.81%) Risk Management
3 4 (10.81%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (10.81%) Direct Marketing
3 4 (10.81%) Data Modelling
3 4 (10.81%) Time Management
3 4 (10.81%) Email Marketing
3 4 (10.81%) Digital Marketing
4 3 (8.11%) Analytics
4 3 (8.11%) ITIL
4 3 (8.11%) Content Management
5 2 (5.41%) E-business
5 2 (5.41%) ITSM
5 2 (5.41%) Web Design
5 2 (5.41%) TDD
5 2 (5.41%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 5 (13.51%) JavaScript
2 4 (10.81%) SQL
2 4 (10.81%) VBScript
2 4 (10.81%) PowerShell
3 3 (8.11%) Java
4 1 (2.70%) Python
4 1 (2.70%) Shell Script
4 1 (2.70%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (5.41%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.70%) MCSE
2 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (2.70%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.11%) JTAG
2 2 (5.41%) QA
3 1 (2.70%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (13.51%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.70%) RACF
Systems Management
1 12 (32.43%) SCCM
2 4 (10.81%) SCOM
3 2 (5.41%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 2 (5.41%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (5.41%) Puppet
4 1 (2.70%) Capistrano
4 1 (2.70%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (2.70%) Nagios
Vendors
1 4 (10.81%) McAfee
1 4 (10.81%) Eloqua
1 4 (10.81%) Marketo
2 3 (8.11%) Oracle
3 2 (5.41%) ESRI
3 2 (5.41%) Fidessa
3 2 (5.41%) HP
3 2 (5.41%) Citrix
3 2 (5.41%) CA
3 2 (5.41%) Peregrine
3 2 (5.41%) Mapinfo
3 2 (5.41%) Reuters
3 2 (5.41%) Bloomberg
3 2 (5.41%) Remedy
3 2 (5.41%) Facebook
4 1 (2.70%) Twitter
4 1 (2.70%) Siebel
4 1 (2.70%) Informatica
4 1 (2.70%) Avaya
4 1 (2.70%) IBM