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 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 124 112 108
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -4
Contract jobs citing SMS 1 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.036% 0.041% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.28% 0.43% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 1
Average daily rate
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£320 - £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £305 £328
% change year-on-year
+12.70% -6.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £12.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £13.25
% change year-on-year
- +69.81%
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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 Scotland region.

Communications & Networking Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
351 230 328
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 12.56% 9.34% 12.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 102 119
Average daily rate £310 £363 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.48% +39.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £158 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £421 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £328
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 10 31
Average hourly rate £17.50 £30.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.66% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £13.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.60 £32.00 £42.00
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 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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 2 September 2014, 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 2 (66.67%) VBScript
1 2 (66.67%) Windows
1 2 (66.67%) Active Directory
1 2 (66.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 2 (66.67%) MSI
1 2 (66.67%) Service Delivery
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft App-V
1 2 (66.67%) Altiris
1 2 (66.67%) Application Packaging
1 2 (66.67%) QA
1 2 (66.67%) SC Cleared
1 2 (66.67%) Security Cleared
2 1 (33.33%) Data Architecture
2 1 (33.33%) Performance Tuning
2 1 (33.33%) Performance Monitoring
2 1 (33.33%) Relational Database
2 1 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (33.33%) OMEGAMON
2 1 (33.33%) Service Management
2 1 (33.33%) ISPF
2 1 (33.33%) WebSphere
2 1 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (33.33%) Migration
2 1 (33.33%) Replication
2 1 (33.33%) Mainframe
2 1 (33.33%) RACF
2 1 (33.33%) HP
2 1 (33.33%) CICS
2 1 (33.33%) REXX
2 1 (33.33%) zOS

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2014, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (33.33%) CICS
1 1 (33.33%) WebSphere
Communications & Networking
1 1 (33.33%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) DB2
1 1 (33.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (66.67%) MSI
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Applications Packager
2 1 (33.33%) Administrator
2 1 (33.33%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (66.67%) Application Packaging
2 1 (33.33%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Mainframe
1 1 (33.33%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 2 (66.67%) Windows
2 1 (33.33%) zOS
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Service Delivery
2 1 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (33.33%) Migration
2 1 (33.33%) Data Architecture
2 1 (33.33%) Performance Tuning
2 1 (33.33%) Performance Monitoring
2 1 (33.33%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) VBScript
2 1 (33.33%) REXX
2 1 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (66.67%) SC Cleared
1 2 (66.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (66.67%) QA
System Software
1 2 (66.67%) Active Directory
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (33.33%) RACF
Systems Management
1 2 (66.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 1 (33.33%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Altiris
2 1 (33.33%) SAP
2 1 (33.33%) HP