The table below looks at the statistics 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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 392 363 334
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -29
Contract jobs citing SMS 7 21 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.033% 0.097% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.25% 0.82% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 13 19
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £95 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £449 £525 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £293 £375
% change year-on-year
+19.65% -22.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £11.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.50 £31.50 £190.00
% change year-on-year
-66.66% -83.42%
SMS
England

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

Communications & Networking Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
2816 2551 2783
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 13.26% 11.74% 14.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 1803 1600 1729
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £240 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 72 140
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.95% -25.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £33.75 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £20.53 £23.42
% change year-on-year
+33.95% -12.32%

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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 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
City of London - - - - 1
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 8 (53.33%) Finance
2 7 (46.67%) Windows
2 7 (46.67%) SCCM
3 6 (40.00%) HP
4 5 (33.33%) PowerShell
5 4 (26.67%) Risk Analysis
5 4 (26.67%) HP Operations Orchestration
5 4 (26.67%) VBScript
5 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (26.67%) Altiris
6 3 (20.00%) Java
6 3 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (13.33%) Security Cleared
7 2 (13.33%) C#
7 2 (13.33%) Marketing
7 2 (13.33%) XML
7 2 (13.33%) VB.NET
7 2 (13.33%) .NET
7 2 (13.33%) ITIL
7 2 (13.33%) Project Management
7 2 (13.33%) Asset Management
8 1 (6.67%) Billing
8 1 (6.67%) Subversion
8 1 (6.67%) Spring
8 1 (6.67%) Logistics
8 1 (6.67%) Legal
8 1 (6.67%) Publishing
8 1 (6.67%) Validation
8 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (6.67%) Hibernate

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 1 (6.67%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) LDAP
1 1 (6.67%) GPRS
1 1 (6.67%) GSM
1 1 (6.67%) UMTS
1 1 (6.67%) HTTP
1 1 (6.67%) TCP/IP
1 1 (6.67%) DNS
1 1 (6.67%) Intranet
1 1 (6.67%) Internet
1 1 (6.67%) SS7
1 1 (6.67%) ISUP
1 1 (6.67%) INAP
1 1 (6.67%) DAB
1 1 (6.67%) Wireshark
1 1 (6.67%) 4G
Development Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MSI
1 1 (6.67%) Subversion
General
1 8 (53.33%) Finance
2 2 (13.33%) Marketing
3 1 (6.67%) Telecoms
3 1 (6.67%) Legal
3 1 (6.67%) Publishing
3 1 (6.67%) Billing
Job Titles
1 3 (20.00%) Analyst
1 3 (20.00%) Systems Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Administrator
2 2 (13.33%) Windows Administrator
2 2 (13.33%) Windows Systems Administrator
2 2 (13.33%) Windows Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Windows Systems Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Systems Administrator
3 1 (6.67%) Campaign Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Systems Architect
3 1 (6.67%) Enterprise Architect
3 1 (6.67%) Senior Programme Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Deployment Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Senior Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Support Analyst
3 1 (6.67%) Support Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Test Analyst
3 1 (6.67%) Architect
3 1 (6.67%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (13.33%) XML
1 2 (13.33%) .NET
2 1 (6.67%) SOAP
2 1 (6.67%) XSLT
2 1 (6.67%) Rendezvous
2 1 (6.67%) Hibernate
2 1 (6.67%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 3 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
2 1 (6.67%) IVR
2 1 (6.67%) Data Integration
2 1 (6.67%) Smart Meter
2 1 (6.67%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 7 (46.67%) Windows
2 1 (6.67%) Solaris
2 1 (6.67%) Linux
2 1 (6.67%) Windows XP
2 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (6.67%) Windows Vista
2 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (6.67%) Windows 7
2 1 (6.67%) Windows 8
2 1 (6.67%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (26.67%) Risk Analysis
2 2 (13.33%) ITIL
2 2 (13.33%) Asset Management
2 2 (13.33%) Project Management
3 1 (6.67%) Service Delivery
3 1 (6.67%) Validation
3 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (6.67%) Programme Management
3 1 (6.67%) Logistics
3 1 (6.67%) Software Testing
3 1 (6.67%) CRM
3 1 (6.67%) PRINCE
3 1 (6.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (6.67%) Software Deployment
3 1 (6.67%) Software Distribution
3 1 (6.67%) Campaign Management
3 1 (6.67%) Software Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (33.33%) PowerShell
2 4 (26.67%) VBScript
3 3 (20.00%) Java
4 2 (13.33%) C#
4 2 (13.33%) VB.NET
5 1 (6.67%) Python
5 1 (6.67%) XPath
5 1 (6.67%) Groovy
5 1 (6.67%) Perl
5 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (13.33%) Security Cleared
2 1 (6.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (6.67%) ISEB
2 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) NFS
Systems Management
1 7 (46.67%) SCCM
2 4 (26.67%) HP Operations Orchestration
3 1 (6.67%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (6.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (6.67%) WSUS
Vendors
1 6 (40.00%) HP
2 4 (26.67%) Altiris
3 1 (6.67%) Red Hat
3 1 (6.67%) TIBCO
3 1 (6.67%) Remedy
3 1 (6.67%) McAfee
3 1 (6.67%) BT