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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 63 65 67
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +2
Contract jobs citing SMS 6 2 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.64% 0.23% 0.63%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.66% 0.80% 2.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 5
Average daily rate
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- - £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £300 £400
% change year-on-year
+41.66% -25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £20.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
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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
164 251 233
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 17.54% 28.39% 24.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 84 85
Average daily rate £340 £351 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.99% +25.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £258 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £500 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £336 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.27% +4.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 8
Average hourly rate £17.75 £17.50 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% -25.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £13.50 £16.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £42.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+8.81% -21.56%

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 31 July 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 3 (42.86%) Telecoms
1 3 (42.86%) Validation
1 3 (42.86%) 3G
1 3 (42.86%) LTE
2 2 (28.57%) Software Delivery
2 2 (28.57%) Data Centre
2 2 (28.57%) McAfee
2 2 (28.57%) Project Management
2 2 (28.57%) Release Management
2 2 (28.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 2 (28.57%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 2 (28.57%) 4G
2 2 (28.57%) Test Strategy
2 2 (28.57%) Software Deployment
2 2 (28.57%) Software Distribution
2 2 (28.57%) MVNO
2 2 (28.57%) HP
3 1 (14.29%) CheckPoint
3 1 (14.29%) Tivoli
3 1 (14.29%) Tivoli Monitoring
3 1 (14.29%) DB2
3 1 (14.29%) SAP
3 1 (14.29%) UNIX
3 1 (14.29%) LDAP
3 1 (14.29%) VoIP
3 1 (14.29%) VMS
3 1 (14.29%) IBM
3 1 (14.29%) Degree
3 1 (14.29%) Performance Monitoring

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 3 (42.86%) 3G
1 3 (42.86%) LTE
2 2 (28.57%) 4G
2 2 (28.57%) MVNO
3 1 (14.29%) Diameter Protocol
3 1 (14.29%) ISUP
3 1 (14.29%) INAP
3 1 (14.29%) Firewall
3 1 (14.29%) LDAP
3 1 (14.29%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (14.29%) DB2
General
1 3 (42.86%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Test Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Test Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Security Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Integration Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Test and Integration Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Integration Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Operations Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Software Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Data Centre
2 1 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) UNIX
1 1 (14.29%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Validation
2 2 (28.57%) Release Management
2 2 (28.57%) Test Strategy
2 2 (28.57%) Software Deployment
2 2 (28.57%) Software Distribution
2 2 (28.57%) Project Management
2 2 (28.57%) Software Delivery
3 1 (14.29%) Performance Monitoring
3 1 (14.29%) Test Planning
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 1 (14.29%) Degree
2 1 (14.29%) DV Cleared
Systems Management
1 2 (28.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 1 (14.29%) FortiGate
2 1 (14.29%) Tivoli
2 1 (14.29%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) HP
1 2 (28.57%) McAfee
1 2 (28.57%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 1 (14.29%) TippingPoint
2 1 (14.29%) CheckPoint
2 1 (14.29%) SAP
2 1 (14.29%) IBM