The first table below looks at the demand for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the North East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 23 July 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 North East 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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 51 - -
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing SMS 3 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 0.57% - -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.11% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 0
Average daily rate
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£347 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-29.41% +30.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £26.00 £24.75
% change year-on-year
- +5.05%
Communications & Networking Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
73 33 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 13.98% 9.88% 18.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 12 47
Average daily rate £331 £350 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.42% +9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £350 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 9
Average hourly rate £13.50 £32.50 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-58.46% +78.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.61 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.60 £32.65 £27.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.54% +2.00%
SMS
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SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in the North East

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 3 (100.00%) DNS
1 3 (100.00%) Cisco
1 3 (100.00%) Juniper
1 3 (100.00%) CheckPoint
1 3 (100.00%) Firewall
1 3 (100.00%) Cisco ASA
1 3 (100.00%) Junos
1 3 (100.00%) F5
1 3 (100.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
1 3 (100.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
1 3 (100.00%) TippingPoint
2 2 (66.67%) Security Cleared
2 2 (66.67%) Network Design
2 2 (66.67%) HP
2 2 (66.67%) SSL
3 1 (33.33%) EMC
3 1 (33.33%) ITIL
3 1 (33.33%) Windows
3 1 (33.33%) LAN
3 1 (33.33%) WAN
3 1 (33.33%) Service Management
3 1 (33.33%) Service Delivery
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (33.33%) SAN
3 1 (33.33%) Incident Management
3 1 (33.33%) Load Balancing
3 1 (33.33%) Network Load Balancing
3 1 (33.33%) QA
3 1 (33.33%) Crossbeam
3 1 (33.33%) JSP 440

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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.

Communications & Networking
1 3 (100.00%) DNS
1 3 (100.00%) Firewall
1 3 (100.00%) Cisco ASA
1 3 (100.00%) Junos
1 3 (100.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
1 3 (100.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
2 2 (66.67%) SSL
3 1 (33.33%) SAN
3 1 (33.33%) LAN
3 1 (33.33%) WAN
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Network Engineer
2 1 (33.33%) Network Specialist
Operating Systems
1 1 (33.33%) Windows
1 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Network Design
2 1 (33.33%) Incident Management
2 1 (33.33%) Load Balancing
2 1 (33.33%) Network Load Balancing
2 1 (33.33%) Network Management
2 1 (33.33%) Network Monitoring
2 1 (33.33%) ITIL
2 1 (33.33%) Service Management
2 1 (33.33%) Service Delivery
Qualifications
1 2 (66.67%) Security Cleared
2 1 (33.33%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (33.33%) QA
1 1 (33.33%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1 (33.33%) Hyper-V
1 1 (33.33%) vSphere
1 1 (33.33%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 3 (100.00%) Cisco
1 3 (100.00%) Juniper
1 3 (100.00%) CheckPoint
1 3 (100.00%) TippingPoint
1 3 (100.00%) F5
2 2 (66.67%) HP
3 1 (33.33%) EMC
3 1 (33.33%) Crossbeam
3 1 (33.33%) Riverbed
3 1 (33.33%) 3PAR