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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 151 121 132
Rank change year-on-year
-30 +11
Contract jobs citing SMS 12 22 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.27% 0.70% 0.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.22% 4.74% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 18 2
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£445 £291 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+52.92% +16.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £238 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £429 £270
UK excluding London average daily rate £445 £326 £320
% change year-on-year
+36.71% +1.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
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
541 464 366
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.31% 14.85% 12.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 299 242 183
Average daily rate £375 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £205 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £439 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 41 43
Average hourly rate £17.33 £22.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.97% -22.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £13.79 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

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 1 September 2015.

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 1 September 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
Lancashire -21 4 £301 +7.05%
Manchester -11 3 £445 -11.00%
Cheshire -10 2 £475 +8.20%
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 7 (38.89%) Windows
1 7 (38.89%) ITIL
1 7 (38.89%) TCP/IP
1 7 (38.89%) SNA
1 7 (38.89%) zOS
1 7 (38.89%) RACF
1 7 (38.89%) Mainframe
1 7 (38.89%) VMware
1 7 (38.89%) OMEGAMON
2 6 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
2 6 (33.33%) XenApp
2 6 (33.33%) XenDesktop
2 6 (33.33%) Time Sharing Option
2 6 (33.33%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 6 (33.33%) zSecure
2 6 (33.33%) Microsoft App-V
2 6 (33.33%) AppSense
2 6 (33.33%) FTP
2 6 (33.33%) VSAM
2 6 (33.33%) Citrix
2 6 (33.33%) CICS
2 6 (33.33%) CA
2 6 (33.33%) SMTP
2 6 (33.33%) IBM
2 6 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 6 (33.33%) UNIX
3 4 (22.22%) Lync
3 4 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (22.22%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 4 (22.22%) XenServer

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 6 (33.33%) CICS
2 4 (22.22%) Lync
2 4 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (22.22%) MS Exchange
3 3 (16.67%) WebSphere
3 3 (16.67%) WebSphere Application Server
4 2 (11.11%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 7 (38.89%) TCP/IP
1 7 (38.89%) SNA
2 6 (33.33%) SMTP
2 6 (33.33%) FTP
3 4 (22.22%) DHCP
3 4 (22.22%) DNS
4 3 (16.67%) SSL
4 3 (16.67%) SAN
4 3 (16.67%) Firewall
4 3 (16.67%) NAS
5 2 (11.11%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (16.67%) DataStage
2 2 (11.11%) MySQL
General
1 4 (22.22%) Finance
1 4 (22.22%) Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (27.78%) Designer
2 4 (22.22%) Developer
3 3 (16.67%) Analyst
3 3 (16.67%) Applications Support
3 3 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (16.67%) Infrastructure Designer
4 2 (11.11%) Java Developer
4 2 (11.11%) SQL Developer
4 2 (11.11%) PHP Developer
4 2 (11.11%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Test Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Programmer
5 1 (5.56%) Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Business Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Technical Test Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Systems Programmer
5 1 (5.56%) Infrastructure Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Technical Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Systems Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (22.22%) HTML
2 3 (16.67%) Middleware
3 2 (11.11%) .NET
3 2 (11.11%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (38.89%) Mainframe
2 6 (33.33%) VSAM
2 6 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
3 3 (16.67%) EFT
3 3 (16.67%) PKI
4 2 (11.11%) Management Information System
4 2 (11.11%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 7 (38.89%) Windows
1 7 (38.89%) zOS
2 6 (33.33%) UNIX
3 3 (16.67%) AIX
3 3 (16.67%) Solaris
4 2 (11.11%) Linux
4 2 (11.11%) Windows XP
4 2 (11.11%) Mac OS X
4 2 (11.11%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (11.11%) Windows 7
5 1 (5.56%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (38.89%) ITIL
2 4 (22.22%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 3 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (16.67%) ETL
4 2 (11.11%) Risk Management
4 2 (11.11%) Validation
4 2 (11.11%) Information Assurance
4 2 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (11.11%) User Stories
5 1 (5.56%) Performance Analysis
5 1 (5.56%) Change Management
5 1 (5.56%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.11%) C
1 2 (11.11%) C#
1 2 (11.11%) C++
1 2 (11.11%) Java
1 2 (11.11%) JavaScript
1 2 (11.11%) PHP
1 2 (11.11%) SQL
1 2 (11.11%) Python
1 2 (11.11%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 7 (38.89%) RACF
2 6 (33.33%) Microsoft App-V
2 6 (33.33%) XenApp
2 6 (33.33%) XenDesktop
2 6 (33.33%) Time Sharing Option
2 6 (33.33%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 6 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 4 (22.22%) XenServer
4 3 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (38.89%) OMEGAMON
2 6 (33.33%) zSecure
3 1 (5.56%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 7 (38.89%) VMware
2 6 (33.33%) AppSense
2 6 (33.33%) IBM
2 6 (33.33%) Citrix
2 6 (33.33%) CA
3 1 (5.56%) Intel
3 1 (5.56%) Syncsort