The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 27 January 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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 82 80 71
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -9
Contract jobs citing SMS 1 1 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.071% 0.089% 0.78%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.58% 0.68% 4.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 0
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- £175 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £260 £410
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -36.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £10.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.00 £31.50 £102.13
% change year-on-year
-68.25% -69.15%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Manchester region.

Communications & Networking Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
171 148 199
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 12.21% 13.18% 19.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 70 86
Average daily rate £320 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.36% -15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £140 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £518 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 11 21
Average hourly rate £21.25 £14.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+51.78% -53.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £25.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.25 £30.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -11.11%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester