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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 101 83 -
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -
Contract jobs citing SMS 5 4 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.27% 0.31% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.27% 2.17% -
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 0
Average daily rate
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£445 £500 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £326 £320
% change year-on-year
+30.56% +1.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
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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 Manchester region.

Communications & Networking Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
220 184 150
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 11.89% 14.06% 12.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 88 79
Average daily rate £350 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £175 £178
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £443 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 18 14
Average hourly rate £14.19 £30.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-52.70% +53.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.85 £40.00 £21.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram 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

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 4 (66.67%) Finance
1 4 (66.67%) Banking
2 3 (50.00%) VSAM
2 3 (50.00%) WebSphere
2 3 (50.00%) OMEGAMON
2 3 (50.00%) IBM Mainframe
2 3 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (50.00%) PKI
2 3 (50.00%) NAS
2 3 (50.00%) Time Sharing Option
2 3 (50.00%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 3 (50.00%) zSecure
2 3 (50.00%) VMware
2 3 (50.00%) Firewall
2 3 (50.00%) WebSphere Application Server
2 3 (50.00%) ITIL
2 3 (50.00%) UNIX
2 3 (50.00%) AIX
2 3 (50.00%) Solaris
2 3 (50.00%) ETL
2 3 (50.00%) SMTP
2 3 (50.00%) FTP
2 3 (50.00%) TCP/IP
2 3 (50.00%) SNA
2 3 (50.00%) SSL
2 3 (50.00%) IBM
2 3 (50.00%) SAN
2 3 (50.00%) CICS
2 3 (50.00%) CA
2 3 (50.00%) zOS

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 3 (50.00%) WebSphere Application Server
1 3 (50.00%) CICS
1 3 (50.00%) WebSphere
Communications & Networking
1 3 (50.00%) SMTP
1 3 (50.00%) FTP
1 3 (50.00%) TCP/IP
1 3 (50.00%) SNA
1 3 (50.00%) SSL
1 3 (50.00%) SAN
1 3 (50.00%) Firewall
1 3 (50.00%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (50.00%) DataStage
2 2 (33.33%) MySQL
General
1 4 (66.67%) Finance
1 4 (66.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Developer
1 2 (33.33%) SQL Developer
1 2 (33.33%) PHP Developer
1 2 (33.33%) Designer
2 1 (16.67%) Agile Business Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Banking Business Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Systems Developer
2 1 (16.67%) Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (50.00%) Middleware
2 2 (33.33%) HTML
2 2 (33.33%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 3 (50.00%) EFT
1 3 (50.00%) Mainframe
1 3 (50.00%) VSAM
1 3 (50.00%) PKI
1 3 (50.00%) IBM Mainframe
2 2 (33.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (50.00%) UNIX
1 3 (50.00%) AIX
1 3 (50.00%) Solaris
1 3 (50.00%) zOS
2 1 (16.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) ITIL
1 3 (50.00%) ETL
2 2 (33.33%) Risk Management
2 2 (33.33%) Information Assurance
2 2 (33.33%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (16.67%) Business Analysis
3 1 (16.67%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) JavaScript
1 2 (33.33%) PHP
1 2 (33.33%) SQL
System Software
1 3 (50.00%) RACF
1 3 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (50.00%) Time Sharing Option
1 3 (50.00%) Job Entry Subsystem
Systems Management
1 3 (50.00%) OMEGAMON
1 3 (50.00%) zSecure
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) IBM
1 3 (50.00%) CA
1 3 (50.00%) VMware