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 2 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 122 132 121
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -11
Contract jobs citing SMS 19 3 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.61% 0.10% 0.70%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.09% 0.80% 4.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 2 0
Average daily rate
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£291 £250 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.40% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £305 £328
% change year-on-year
+12.70% -6.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £14.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £13.25
% change year-on-year
- +69.81%
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
464 373 519
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.98% 12.81% 15.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 185 184
Average daily rate £300 £310 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £441 £525 £457
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £328
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 46 61
Average hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.95 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -7.16%

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 2 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 2 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
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Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
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Manchester - 4 £500 -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 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 31 (79.49%) Windows
2 28 (71.79%) Citrix
3 24 (61.54%) Microsoft App-V
4 21 (53.85%) Active Directory
5 20 (51.28%) AppSense
5 20 (51.28%) XenApp
6 15 (38.46%) DNS
7 14 (35.90%) VMware
7 14 (35.90%) DHCP
7 14 (35.90%) SCCM
8 11 (28.21%) Windows XP
9 10 (25.64%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (25.64%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 10 (25.64%) XenServer
10 9 (23.08%) SC Cleared
10 9 (23.08%) Security Cleared
10 9 (23.08%) MSI
10 9 (23.08%) ITIL
11 8 (20.51%) XenDesktop
11 8 (20.51%) Windows 7
12 7 (17.95%) Lync
12 7 (17.95%) Exchange Server 2010
12 7 (17.95%) MS Exchange
12 7 (17.95%) 3G
13 6 (15.38%) Smartcard
13 6 (15.38%) InstallShield
13 6 (15.38%) AdminStudio
13 6 (15.38%) Wi-Fi
14 5 (12.82%) C
15 3 (7.69%) Software Deployment

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 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 7 (17.95%) MS Exchange
1 7 (17.95%) Lync
1 7 (17.95%) Exchange Server 2010
Communications & Networking
1 15 (38.46%) DNS
2 14 (35.90%) DHCP
3 7 (17.95%) 3G
4 6 (15.38%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (2.56%) TCP/IP
5 1 (2.56%) SNA
Development Applications
1 9 (23.08%) MSI
2 6 (15.38%) InstallShield
2 6 (15.38%) AdminStudio
3 1 (2.56%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 1 (2.56%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (23.08%) Support Engineer
2 6 (15.38%) Desktop Support
2 6 (15.38%) Desktop Engineer
2 6 (15.38%) Applications Packager
3 4 (10.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) Analyst
4 3 (7.69%) Test Analyst
5 2 (5.13%) Tester
5 2 (5.13%) Technical Support Engineer
5 2 (5.13%) Programmer
5 2 (5.13%) Technical Support
5 2 (5.13%) 3rd Line Support
5 2 (5.13%) Solutions Designer
5 2 (5.13%) Systems Programmer
5 2 (5.13%) Technical Engineer
5 2 (5.13%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (5.13%) Designer
6 1 (2.56%) SCCM Consultant
6 1 (2.56%) SCCM Engineer
6 1 (2.56%) Software Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.13%) Application Packaging
2 1 (2.56%) .NET
2 1 (2.56%) J2EE
2 1 (2.56%) JDBC
2 1 (2.56%) JSP
2 1 (2.56%) JMS
2 1 (2.56%) JNDI
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.38%) Smartcard
2 1 (2.56%) Mainframe
2 1 (2.56%) IVR
2 1 (2.56%) Fat Client
2 1 (2.56%) Data Integration
2 1 (2.56%) LPAR
2 1 (2.56%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 31 (79.49%) Windows
2 11 (28.21%) Windows XP
3 10 (25.64%) Windows Server 2003
4 8 (20.51%) Windows 7
5 2 (5.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (5.13%) zOS
6 1 (2.56%) UNIX
6 1 (2.56%) Windows Vista
6 1 (2.56%) OS/390
6 1 (2.56%) Windows 2000
6 1 (2.56%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (23.08%) ITIL
2 3 (7.69%) Software Deployment
3 2 (5.13%) Software Distribution
3 2 (5.13%) Migration
4 1 (2.56%) Load Balancing
4 1 (2.56%) Compatibility Testing
4 1 (2.56%) Waterfall
4 1 (2.56%) Performance Analysis
4 1 (2.56%) ETL
4 1 (2.56%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 5 (12.82%) C
2 2 (5.13%) SQL
2 2 (5.13%) VBScript
3 1 (2.56%) VB
3 1 (2.56%) Java
Qualifications
1 9 (23.08%) SC Cleared
1 9 (23.08%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 24 (61.54%) Microsoft App-V
2 21 (53.85%) Active Directory
3 20 (51.28%) XenApp
4 10 (25.64%) XenServer
5 8 (20.51%) XenDesktop
6 2 (5.13%) RACF
7 1 (2.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 14 (35.90%) SCCM
2 10 (25.64%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (2.56%) ZENworks
3 1 (2.56%) OMEGAMON
3 1 (2.56%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 28 (71.79%) Citrix
2 20 (51.28%) AppSense
3 14 (35.90%) VMware
4 2 (5.13%) HP
5 1 (2.56%) Intel
5 1 (2.56%) Novell
5 1 (2.56%) Wyse
5 1 (2.56%) Altiris
5 1 (2.56%) Syncsort