The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 22 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 61 - 71
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing SMS 5 0 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.56% - 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.59% - 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 1
Average daily rate
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- - £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £285 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.52% -18.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.30 £24.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+27.75% -5.76%
SMS
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Reading region.

Communications & Networking Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
193 240 189
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 21.52% 24.34% 21.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 82 70
Average daily rate £350 £310 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% +12.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £206 £133
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 9 5
Average hourly rate £22.50 £16.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.62% -5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £13.90 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £18.00 £21.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the Reading region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SMS across the Reading region.

SMS Daily Rate Trend in Reading

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the Reading region.

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 4 (66.67%) 3G
1 4 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 3 (50.00%) LTE
2 3 (50.00%) Validation
3 2 (33.33%) McAfee
3 2 (33.33%) HP
3 2 (33.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 2 (33.33%) 4G
3 2 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 2 (33.33%) Software Deployment
3 2 (33.33%) Software Distribution
3 2 (33.33%) MVNO
3 2 (33.33%) Release Management
3 2 (33.33%) Project Management
3 2 (33.33%) ISUP
3 2 (33.33%) INAP
3 2 (33.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 2 (33.33%) Software Delivery
3 2 (33.33%) Diameter Protocol
4 1 (16.67%) SCCP
4 1 (16.67%) DV Cleared
4 1 (16.67%) 2G
4 1 (16.67%) Test Planning
4 1 (16.67%) Coaching
4 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (16.67%) PMP
4 1 (16.67%) PMI Certification
4 1 (16.67%) SS7
4 1 (16.67%) ITIL

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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.

Communications & Networking
1 4 (66.67%) 3G
2 3 (50.00%) LTE
3 2 (33.33%) 4G
3 2 (33.33%) MVNO
3 2 (33.33%) ISUP
3 2 (33.33%) INAP
3 2 (33.33%) Diameter Protocol
4 1 (16.67%) SCCP
4 1 (16.67%) 2G
4 1 (16.67%) SS7
4 1 (16.67%) LDAP
4 1 (16.67%) VoIP
General
1 4 (66.67%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Test Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Software Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Test Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Senior Test Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Integration Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Test and Integration Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Senior Integration Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) UNIX
1 1 (16.67%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) Validation
2 2 (33.33%) Test Strategy
2 2 (33.33%) Software Deployment
2 2 (33.33%) Software Distribution
2 2 (33.33%) Release Management
2 2 (33.33%) Project Management
2 2 (33.33%) Software Delivery
3 1 (16.67%) Test Planning
3 1 (16.67%) Coaching
3 1 (16.67%) ITIL
3 1 (16.67%) PRINCE2
3 1 (16.67%) Risk Analysis
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 1 (16.67%) DV Cleared
2 1 (16.67%) PMP
2 1 (16.67%) PMI Certification
2 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
2 1 (16.67%) Degree
Systems Management
1 2 (33.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 2 (33.33%) McAfee
1 2 (33.33%) HP
1 2 (33.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks