The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland 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 127 123 120
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -3
Contract jobs citing SMS 2 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.069% 0.079% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.60% 0.58% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 2
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£400 £311 £213
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.51% +46.47%
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £285 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.52% -18.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £12.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.30 £24.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+27.75% -5.76%
SMS
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Scotland region.

Communications & Networking Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
331 343 270
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 11.36% 13.56% 10.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 146 167 127
Average daily rate £325 £345 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.79% -4.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £140 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £427
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 13 11
Average hourly rate £37.50 £22.50 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+66.66% -29.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.43 £16.00 £11.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £38.50 £40.00
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 Scotland

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

SMS
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 22 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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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
Renfrewshire -1 1 £400 +28.51%
Glasgow - 1 - -
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 17 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 10 (83.33%) SQL
1 10 (83.33%) XML
1 10 (83.33%) XSLT
1 10 (83.33%) Subversion
1 10 (83.33%) Enterprise Software
2 9 (75.00%) Data Analysis
2 9 (75.00%) Service Management
2 9 (75.00%) ITSM
3 1 (8.33%) XenApp
3 1 (8.33%) Windows 7
3 1 (8.33%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (8.33%) Windows
3 1 (8.33%) Citrix
3 1 (8.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (8.33%) MSI
3 1 (8.33%) InstallShield
3 1 (8.33%) AdminStudio

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

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

Development Applications
1 10 (83.33%) Subversion
2 1 (8.33%) MSI
2 1 (8.33%) InstallShield
2 1 (8.33%) AdminStudio
Job Titles
1 9 (75.00%) Applications Support
2 7 (58.33%) Analyst
2 7 (58.33%) Support Analyst
3 6 (50.00%) Applications Support Analyst
4 2 (16.67%) Applications Support Engineer
4 2 (16.67%) Support Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Designer
5 1 (8.33%) Applications Packager
5 1 (8.33%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (83.33%) XML
1 10 (83.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 10 (83.33%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 1 (8.33%) Windows 7
1 1 (8.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (75.00%) Data Analysis
1 9 (75.00%) Service Management
1 9 (75.00%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 10 (83.33%) SQL
System Software
1 1 (8.33%) XenApp
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Citrix