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 4 May 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 151 122 121
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -1
Contract jobs citing SMS 5 13 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.13% 0.42% 0.041%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.99% 3.21% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 10 0
Average daily rate
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£270 £261 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.34% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £282 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.24% -13.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £31.30 £24.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.75% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £24.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-13.67% -5.76%
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
506 405 332
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.03% 13.03% 13.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 173 130
Average daily rate £325 £310 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.83% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £200 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £454
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £331 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.15% +3.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 31 45
Average hourly rate £17.50 £31.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-43.54% +55.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £15.50 £11.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.67 £45.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -10.11%

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 4 May 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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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
Lancashire -5 4 £270 +3.34% 2
Manchester -11 1 £388 +46.91%
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 6 (66.67%) Windows
2 5 (55.56%) Windows XP
2 5 (55.56%) Citrix
3 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (44.44%) Active Directory
3 4 (44.44%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (44.44%) AppSense
3 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (44.44%) Windows 7
3 4 (44.44%) XenApp
4 3 (33.33%) XenDesktop
4 3 (33.33%) VMware
4 3 (33.33%) SCCM
4 3 (33.33%) SharePoint
5 2 (22.22%) C
5 2 (22.22%) DHCP
5 2 (22.22%) DNS
5 2 (22.22%) SCOM
5 2 (22.22%) Validation
5 2 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (11.11%) CLARiiON
6 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (11.11%) Syncsort
6 1 (11.11%) Lync
6 1 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (11.11%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (11.11%) Performance Analysis
6 1 (11.11%) Software Delivery
6 1 (11.11%) Change Management

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 3 (33.33%) SharePoint
2 1 (11.11%) Lync
2 1 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (11.11%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (11.11%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 2 (22.22%) DHCP
1 2 (22.22%) DNS
2 1 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (11.11%) SAN
2 1 (11.11%) 3G
2 1 (11.11%) TCP/IP
2 1 (11.11%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2000
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server
1 1 (11.11%) Data Mining
General
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
1 1 (11.11%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Analyst
2 2 (22.22%) Test Analyst
2 2 (22.22%) 3rd Line Support
2 2 (22.22%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Agile Business Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) SCCM Specialist
3 1 (11.11%) 2nd Line Support
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Systems Programmer
3 1 (11.11%) Banking Business Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Mainframe Programmer
3 1 (11.11%) Programmer
3 1 (11.11%) Support Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) 1st Line Support
3 1 (11.11%) Support Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) CLARiiON
1 1 (11.11%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (11.11%) Fat Client
1 1 (11.11%) Thin Client
1 1 (11.11%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 6 (66.67%) Windows
2 5 (55.56%) Windows XP
3 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (44.44%) Windows 7
4 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (11.11%) OS/390
4 1 (11.11%) zOS
4 1 (11.11%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (22.22%) Validation
2 1 (11.11%) Performance Analysis
2 1 (11.11%) Software Delivery
2 1 (11.11%) Change Management
2 1 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (11.11%) Business Analysis
2 1 (11.11%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 2 (22.22%) C
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) SC Cleared
1 1 (11.11%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 4 (44.44%) Active Directory
1 4 (44.44%) Microsoft App-V
1 4 (44.44%) XenApp
2 3 (33.33%) XenDesktop
3 2 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (11.11%) RACF
4 1 (11.11%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 3 (33.33%) SCCM
2 2 (22.22%) SCOM
3 1 (11.11%) WSUS
3 1 (11.11%) OMEGAMON
3 1 (11.11%) Tivoli
3 1 (11.11%) MOM
3 1 (11.11%) Netcool
3 1 (11.11%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 5 (55.56%) Citrix
2 4 (44.44%) AppSense
3 3 (33.33%) VMware
4 1 (11.11%) Syncsort
4 1 (11.11%) Remedy
4 1 (11.11%) IBM
4 1 (11.11%) HP
4 1 (11.11%) EMC
4 1 (11.11%) Intel
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