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 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 144 141 131
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -10
Contract jobs citing SMS 10 4 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.27% 0.12% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.69% 0.92% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 3
Average daily rate - - £226
UK excluding London average daily rate £516 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+58.76% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £10.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.20 £10.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+42.00% -68.25%
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
592 434 375
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.79% 13.33% 13.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 212 176
Average daily rate £420 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £452 £548
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 39 26
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.13 £18.03
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.11% +0.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.75 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% +26.19%

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 13 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -5 10 - - 2
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 (69.23%) Change Management
2 17 (65.38%) Google
2 17 (65.38%) Marketing
2 17 (65.38%) Copywriting
2 17 (65.38%) Google Analytics
2 17 (65.38%) CRM
2 17 (65.38%) B2C
2 17 (65.38%) Salesforce.com
2 17 (65.38%) Data Protection
2 17 (65.38%) Analytics
2 17 (65.38%) Customer Analytics
2 17 (65.38%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
3 7 (26.92%) ITIL
3 7 (26.92%) MS Exchange
3 7 (26.92%) DHCP
3 7 (26.92%) DNS
3 7 (26.92%) VMware
3 7 (26.92%) Microsoft App-V
3 7 (26.92%) AppSense
3 7 (26.92%) Active Directory
3 7 (26.92%) Citrix
3 7 (26.92%) Windows
3 7 (26.92%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 7 (26.92%) XenApp
3 7 (26.92%) XenServer
3 7 (26.92%) XenDesktop
3 7 (26.92%) Skype for Business
3 7 (26.92%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (11.54%) Security Cleared
5 2 (7.69%) SC Cleared

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 7 (26.92%) Exchange Server 2010
1 7 (26.92%) MS Exchange
1 7 (26.92%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 17 (65.38%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 7 (26.92%) DHCP
1 7 (26.92%) DNS
General
1 17 (65.38%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 9 (34.62%) Project Manager
2 5 (19.23%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (11.54%) Applications Support
4 2 (7.69%) Desktop Support
5 1 (3.85%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
5 1 (3.85%) 2nd Line Technical Support
5 1 (3.85%) Administrator
5 1 (3.85%) Desktop Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared Desktop Support
5 1 (3.85%) Support Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Systems Administrator
5 1 (3.85%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.85%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 17 (65.38%) Copywriting
2 1 (3.85%) Blackberry
2 1 (3.85%) Driving Licence
2 1 (3.85%) iPad
2 1 (3.85%) Mainframe
2 1 (3.85%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 7 (26.92%) Windows
2 1 (3.85%) Unix
2 1 (3.85%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (69.23%) Change Management
2 17 (65.38%) Analytics
2 17 (65.38%) B2C
2 17 (65.38%) CRM
2 17 (65.38%) Customer Analytics
2 17 (65.38%) Data Protection
3 7 (26.92%) ITIL
3 7 (26.92%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 1 (3.85%) Incident Management
4 1 (3.85%) Root Cause Analysis
Qualifications
1 3 (11.54%) Security Cleared
2 2 (7.69%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 7 (26.92%) Active Directory
1 7 (26.92%) Microsoft App-V
1 7 (26.92%) XenApp
1 7 (26.92%) XenDesktop
1 7 (26.92%) XenServer
2 1 (3.85%) RACF
2 1 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (3.85%) SCCM
Vendors
1 17 (65.38%) Google
1 17 (65.38%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
1 17 (65.38%) Salesforce.com
2 7 (26.92%) AppSense
2 7 (26.92%) Citrix
2 7 (26.92%) VMware
3 1 (3.85%) IBM