The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 28 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 124 122 110
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -12
Contract jobs citing SMS 4 6 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.13% 0.22% 0.53%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.95% 1.63% 3.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 4 2
Average daily rate
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- £214 £268
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -20.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £252 £410
% change year-on-year
+28.96% -38.53%
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%
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 North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
419 368 453
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.59% 13.64% 17.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 179 192
Average daily rate £325 £340 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.41% +4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £220 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 28 53
Average hourly rate £18.13 £15.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.86% -45.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.05 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £31.56 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in the North West

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

SMS
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 January 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
Manchester -2 1 - - 1
Lancashire - 1 - - 1
Cheshire - - - -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 18 (94.74%) Windows
2 16 (84.21%) Citrix
3 12 (63.16%) XenApp
4 10 (52.63%) Microsoft App-V
4 10 (52.63%) Active Directory
4 10 (52.63%) Windows 7
5 9 (47.37%) AppSense
6 8 (42.11%) VMware
6 8 (42.11%) Windows XP
6 8 (42.11%) DHCP
6 8 (42.11%) DNS
7 6 (31.58%) XenServer
7 6 (31.58%) SCCM
8 5 (26.32%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (26.32%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (21.05%) MS Exchange
9 4 (21.05%) Thin Client
9 4 (21.05%) ITIL
9 4 (21.05%) 3G
9 4 (21.05%) XenDesktop
9 4 (21.05%) SC Cleared
9 4 (21.05%) Security Cleared
9 4 (21.05%) Fat Client
9 4 (21.05%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (21.05%) Lync
9 4 (21.05%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (15.79%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 3 (15.79%) MSI
10 3 (15.79%) InstallShield
10 3 (15.79%) AdminStudio

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 4 (21.05%) MS Exchange
1 4 (21.05%) Lync
1 4 (21.05%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (5.26%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (5.26%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 8 (42.11%) DHCP
1 8 (42.11%) DNS
2 4 (21.05%) 3G
2 4 (21.05%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (5.26%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (5.26%) Data Mining
1 1 (5.26%) SQL Server
1 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 3 (15.79%) MSI
1 3 (15.79%) InstallShield
1 3 (15.79%) AdminStudio
Job Titles
1 3 (15.79%) 3rd Line Support
1 3 (15.79%) Analyst
1 3 (15.79%) Applications Packager
2 2 (10.53%) Tester
2 2 (10.53%) Desktop Support
2 2 (10.53%) Consultant
2 2 (10.53%) Technical Consultant
2 2 (10.53%) Support Engineer
2 2 (10.53%) Applications Tester
3 1 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
3 1 (5.26%) Technical Assurance Consultant
3 1 (5.26%) Service Analyst
3 1 (5.26%) Solutions Designer
3 1 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support
3 1 (5.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 1 (5.26%) Technical Support Engineer
3 1 (5.26%) Service Desk Analyst
3 1 (5.26%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (5.26%) Implementation Consultant
3 1 (5.26%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 4 (21.05%) Thin Client
1 4 (21.05%) Fat Client
2 1 (5.26%) CLARiiON
2 1 (5.26%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 18 (94.74%) Windows
2 10 (52.63%) Windows 7
3 8 (42.11%) Windows XP
4 5 (26.32%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (26.32%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (21.05%) ITIL
2 2 (10.53%) Validation
2 2 (10.53%) Compatibility Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.26%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (21.05%) SC Cleared
1 4 (21.05%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 12 (63.16%) XenApp
2 10 (52.63%) Microsoft App-V
2 10 (52.63%) Active Directory
3 6 (31.58%) XenServer
4 4 (21.05%) XenDesktop
5 2 (10.53%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (31.58%) SCCM
2 3 (15.79%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (10.53%) SCOM
4 1 (5.26%) WSUS
4 1 (5.26%) MOM
4 1 (5.26%) Netcool
4 1 (5.26%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 16 (84.21%) Citrix
2 9 (47.37%) AppSense
3 8 (42.11%) VMware
4 1 (5.26%) Remedy
4 1 (5.26%) IBM
4 1 (5.26%) HP
4 1 (5.26%) EMC