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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank - 159 124
Contract jobs citing SMS 0 12 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West - 0.27% 0.41%
As % of the Communications & Networking category - 2.08% 2.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 9 12
Median daily rate - £445 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +48.33%
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £445 £347
% change year-on-year
-21.34% +28.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £23.50 -
% change year-on-year
-46.80% -
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
531 578 493
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.99% 13.06% 15.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 328 326 272
Median daily rate £400 £400 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +26.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £249 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £485 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £360 £345
% change year-on-year
+2.77% +4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 67 52
Median hourly rate £18.13 £17.33 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.58% -17.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.61 £12.00 £11.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £30.19 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £21.01 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+33.30% -6.64%

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