The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the North West region.

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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 112 121 118
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -3
Contract jobs citing SMS 20 6 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.68% 0.24% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.48% 1.77% 3.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 4 3
Average daily rate
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£280 £275 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% +4.76%
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-29.41% +30.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £26.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year
- +76.27%
Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
365 339 520
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.37% 13.30% 16.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 148 187
Average daily rate £300 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 37 56
Average hourly rate £20.00 £31.56 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-36.61% +43.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £33.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.44% -2.00%
SMS
England

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 11 July 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 11 July 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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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 - 3 - - 1
Cheshire 0 1 £439 -16.38%
Merseyside - - - -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 22 (73.33%) Windows
2 20 (66.67%) Citrix
3 18 (60.00%) Active Directory
4 17 (56.67%) Microsoft App-V
5 15 (50.00%) XenApp
6 13 (43.33%) SCCM
6 13 (43.33%) AppSense
6 13 (43.33%) DNS
7 12 (40.00%) DHCP
8 10 (33.33%) Windows XP
8 10 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (30.00%) VMware
10 8 (26.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 8 (26.67%) SC Cleared
10 8 (26.67%) Security Cleared
11 7 (23.33%) 3G
12 6 (20.00%) Smartcard
12 6 (20.00%) MSI
12 6 (20.00%) ITIL
12 6 (20.00%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (16.67%) MS Exchange
13 5 (16.67%) XenServer
13 5 (16.67%) XenDesktop
13 5 (16.67%) Lync
13 5 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010
14 4 (13.33%) Windows 7
14 4 (13.33%) C
14 4 (13.33%) InstallShield
14 4 (13.33%) AdminStudio
15 3 (10.00%) Software Deployment

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 5 (16.67%) MS Exchange
1 5 (16.67%) Lync
1 5 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010
Communications & Networking
1 13 (43.33%) DNS
2 12 (40.00%) DHCP
3 7 (23.33%) 3G
4 6 (20.00%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (3.33%) TCP/IP
5 1 (3.33%) SNA
Development Applications
1 6 (20.00%) MSI
2 4 (13.33%) InstallShield
2 4 (13.33%) AdminStudio
3 1 (3.33%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 1 (3.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (26.67%) Support Engineer
2 6 (20.00%) Desktop Engineer
2 6 (20.00%) Desktop Support
3 4 (13.33%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 4 (13.33%) Applications Packager
4 2 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 2 (6.67%) Analyst
4 2 (6.67%) Test Analyst
4 2 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (3.33%) Solutions Designer
5 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 1 (3.33%) 2nd Line Support
5 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Technical Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Deployment Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Systems Programmer
5 1 (3.33%) Implementation Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Consultant
5 1 (3.33%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.67%) Application Packaging
2 1 (3.33%) .NET
2 1 (3.33%) J2EE
2 1 (3.33%) JDBC
2 1 (3.33%) JSP
2 1 (3.33%) JMS
2 1 (3.33%) JNDI
Miscellaneous
1 6 (20.00%) Smartcard
2 1 (3.33%) Mainframe
2 1 (3.33%) IVR
2 1 (3.33%) Fat Client
2 1 (3.33%) Data Integration
2 1 (3.33%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 22 (73.33%) Windows
2 10 (33.33%) Windows XP
2 10 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (13.33%) Windows 7
4 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (3.33%) UNIX
5 1 (3.33%) Windows Vista
5 1 (3.33%) OS/390
5 1 (3.33%) zOS
5 1 (3.33%) Windows 2000
5 1 (3.33%) Windows 8
5 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (20.00%) ITIL
2 3 (10.00%) Software Deployment
3 2 (6.67%) Software Distribution
3 2 (6.67%) Migration
4 1 (3.33%) Load Balancing
4 1 (3.33%) Waterfall
4 1 (3.33%) ETL
4 1 (3.33%) Performance Analysis
Programming Languages
1 4 (13.33%) C
2 2 (6.67%) SQL
2 2 (6.67%) VBScript
3 1 (3.33%) VB
3 1 (3.33%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (26.67%) SC Cleared
1 8 (26.67%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 18 (60.00%) Active Directory
2 17 (56.67%) Microsoft App-V
3 15 (50.00%) XenApp
4 5 (16.67%) XenServer
4 5 (16.67%) XenDesktop
5 1 (3.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (3.33%) RACF
Systems Management
1 13 (43.33%) SCCM
2 8 (26.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (3.33%) ZENworks
3 1 (3.33%) OMEGAMON
3 1 (3.33%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 20 (66.67%) Citrix
2 13 (43.33%) AppSense
3 9 (30.00%) VMware
4 2 (6.67%) HP
5 1 (3.33%) Intel
5 1 (3.33%) Novell
5 1 (3.33%) Wyse
5 1 (3.33%) Altiris
5 1 (3.33%) Syncsort
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