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 18 September 2014 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 120 126 124
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -2
Contract jobs citing SMS 16 4 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.51% 0.14% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.34% 0.99% 3.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 3 0
Average daily rate
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£300 £275 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £285 £316
% change year-on-year
+21.92% -9.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £17.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +25.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £12.50
% change year-on-year
- +80.00%
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
479 405 503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.15% 13.91% 15.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 205 182
Average daily rate £320 £305 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.91% -12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 41 52
Average hourly rate £23.50 £29.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.33% +55.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £14.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £28.64
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the North West region over the 3 months to 18 September 2014.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram 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 18 September 2014. 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 - 4 £500 - 1
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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 30 (83.33%) Windows
2 28 (77.78%) Citrix
3 24 (66.67%) Microsoft App-V
4 21 (58.33%) AppSense
4 21 (58.33%) XenApp
5 19 (52.78%) Active Directory
6 15 (41.67%) VMware
7 13 (36.11%) DNS
7 13 (36.11%) DHCP
8 11 (30.56%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 11 (30.56%) XenServer
9 10 (27.78%) SCCM
9 10 (27.78%) ITIL
10 9 (25.00%) MSI
10 9 (25.00%) XenDesktop
10 9 (25.00%) Windows 7
11 8 (22.22%) Lync
11 8 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2010
11 8 (22.22%) MS Exchange
11 8 (22.22%) Windows XP
12 7 (19.44%) InstallShield
12 7 (19.44%) AdminStudio
12 7 (19.44%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (16.67%) SC Cleared
13 6 (16.67%) Security Cleared
14 5 (13.89%) C
15 4 (11.11%) 3G
15 4 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
16 3 (8.33%) Smartcard
16 3 (8.33%) Software Deployment

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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 8 (22.22%) MS Exchange
1 8 (22.22%) Lync
1 8 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2010
Communications & Networking
1 13 (36.11%) DHCP
1 13 (36.11%) DNS
2 4 (11.11%) 3G
2 4 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (2.78%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.78%) SNA
Development Applications
1 9 (25.00%) MSI
2 7 (19.44%) InstallShield
2 7 (19.44%) AdminStudio
3 1 (2.78%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 1 (2.78%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (19.44%) Support Engineer
2 6 (16.67%) Applications Packager
3 5 (13.89%) Desktop Engineer
4 4 (11.11%) Desktop Support
5 3 (8.33%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 2 (5.56%) Technical Support Engineer
6 2 (5.56%) Solutions Designer
6 2 (5.56%) Programmer
6 2 (5.56%) Technical Support
6 2 (5.56%) Tester
6 2 (5.56%) Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Test Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Consultant
6 2 (5.56%) Designer
6 2 (5.56%) Technical Engineer
6 2 (5.56%) Systems Programmer
7 1 (2.78%) Implementation Engineer
7 1 (2.78%) Technical Assurance Consultant
7 1 (2.78%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 1 (2.78%) Applications Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.78%) .NET
1 1 (2.78%) J2EE
1 1 (2.78%) JDBC
1 1 (2.78%) JSP
1 1 (2.78%) JMS
1 1 (2.78%) JNDI
1 1 (2.78%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.33%) Smartcard
2 1 (2.78%) Mainframe
2 1 (2.78%) IVR
2 1 (2.78%) Fat Client
2 1 (2.78%) Data Integration
2 1 (2.78%) LPAR
2 1 (2.78%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 30 (83.33%) Windows
2 9 (25.00%) Windows 7
3 8 (22.22%) Windows XP
4 7 (19.44%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (5.56%) zOS
5 2 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (2.78%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.78%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (2.78%) UNIX
6 1 (2.78%) Windows Vista
6 1 (2.78%) OS/390
6 1 (2.78%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (27.78%) ITIL
2 3 (8.33%) Software Deployment
3 2 (5.56%) Software Distribution
4 1 (2.78%) Performance Analysis
4 1 (2.78%) ETL
4 1 (2.78%) Validation
4 1 (2.78%) Migration
4 1 (2.78%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (2.78%) Load Balancing
4 1 (2.78%) Compatibility Testing
4 1 (2.78%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (13.89%) C
2 2 (5.56%) SQL
2 2 (5.56%) VBScript
3 1 (2.78%) VB
3 1 (2.78%) Java
Qualifications
1 6 (16.67%) SC Cleared
1 6 (16.67%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 24 (66.67%) Microsoft App-V
2 21 (58.33%) XenApp
3 19 (52.78%) Active Directory
4 11 (30.56%) XenServer
5 9 (25.00%) XenDesktop
6 2 (5.56%) RACF
7 1 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 11 (30.56%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 10 (27.78%) SCCM
3 1 (2.78%) Tivoli
3 1 (2.78%) ZENworks
3 1 (2.78%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 28 (77.78%) Citrix
2 21 (58.33%) AppSense
3 15 (41.67%) VMware
4 2 (5.56%) HP
5 1 (2.78%) Intel
5 1 (2.78%) Novell
5 1 (2.78%) Wyse
5 1 (2.78%) Altiris
5 1 (2.78%) Syncsort