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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 4 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
4 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 162 156 127
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -29
Contract jobs citing SMS 2 5 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.049% 0.13% 0.42%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.34% 0.98% 3.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 10
Median daily rate £225 £270 £261
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +3.34%
UK excluding London median daily rate £280 £325 £282
% change year-on-year
-13.84% +15.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £31.30 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +27.75%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £21.15 £24.50
% change year-on-year
- -13.67%
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
597 509 425
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.76% 13.03% 13.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 237 180
Median daily rate £375 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £345 £333
% change year-on-year
+5.79% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 51 33
Median hourly rate £13.50 £17.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.58% -40.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £15.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.55 £51.67 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £28.35 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+5.83% +41.72%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing SMS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the North West region over the 3 months to 4 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -8 1 £225 -41.93% 2
Cheshire - 1 - -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing SMS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for SMS.

1 14 (70.00%) Change Management
1 14 (70.00%) Marketing
2 13 (65.00%) Copywriting
2 13 (65.00%) Google Analytics
2 13 (65.00%) Data Protection
2 13 (65.00%) Google
2 13 (65.00%) Analytics
2 13 (65.00%) Customer Analytics
2 13 (65.00%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
2 13 (65.00%) CRM
2 13 (65.00%) B2C
2 13 (65.00%) Salesforce.com
3 4 (20.00%) VMware
3 4 (20.00%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (20.00%) AppSense
3 4 (20.00%) Active Directory
3 4 (20.00%) Citrix
3 4 (20.00%) ITIL
3 4 (20.00%) MS Exchange
3 4 (20.00%) DHCP
3 4 (20.00%) DNS
3 4 (20.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 4 (20.00%) Windows
3 4 (20.00%) Skype for Business
3 4 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (20.00%) XenApp
3 4 (20.00%) XenServer
3 4 (20.00%) XenDesktop
4 1 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 1 (5.00%) Risk Management

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 4 (20.00%) MS Exchange
1 4 (20.00%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 13 (65.00%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 4 (20.00%) DHCP
1 4 (20.00%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.00%) MySQL
General
1 14 (70.00%) Marketing
2 1 (5.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (45.00%) Project Manager
2 2 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support
2 2 (10.00%) Desktop Support
3 1 (5.00%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
3 1 (5.00%) Administrator
3 1 (5.00%) Campaign Manager
3 1 (5.00%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (5.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 1 (5.00%) Developer
3 1 (5.00%) Email Campaign Manager
3 1 (5.00%) PHP Developer
3 1 (5.00%) SC Cleared Desktop Support
3 1 (5.00%) Support Engineer
3 1 (5.00%) Systems Administrator
3 1 (5.00%) Systems Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.00%) CSS
1 1 (5.00%) HTML
1 1 (5.00%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 13 (65.00%) Copywriting
2 1 (5.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (5.00%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.00%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 4 (20.00%) Windows
2 1 (5.00%) Unix
2 1 (5.00%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (70.00%) Change Management
2 13 (65.00%) Analytics
2 13 (65.00%) B2C
2 13 (65.00%) CRM
2 13 (65.00%) Customer Analytics
2 13 (65.00%) Data Protection
3 4 (20.00%) ITIL
3 4 (20.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 1 (5.00%) Campaign Management
4 1 (5.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (5.00%) Incident Management
4 1 (5.00%) Information Assurance
4 1 (5.00%) Online Marketing
4 1 (5.00%) Risk Management
4 1 (5.00%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.00%) JavaScript
1 1 (5.00%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1 (5.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (5.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 4 (20.00%) Active Directory
1 4 (20.00%) Microsoft App-V
1 4 (20.00%) XenApp
1 4 (20.00%) XenDesktop
1 4 (20.00%) XenServer
2 1 (5.00%) RACF
Vendors
1 13 (65.00%) Google
1 13 (65.00%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
1 13 (65.00%) Salesforce.com
2 4 (20.00%) AppSense
2 4 (20.00%) Citrix
2 4 (20.00%) VMware
3 1 (5.00%) IBM