The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the Scotland region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 124 110 110
Rank change year-on-year
-14 0
Contract jobs citing SMS 4 10 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.15% 0.42% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.24% 3.29% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 3
Average daily rate £344 £295 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.52% -7.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £188 £304
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £357 £344
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £350 £288
% change year-on-year
-14.28% +21.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £12.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.00 £12.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+133.33% -20.00%
Communications & Networking Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
323 304 379
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 11.86% 12.89% 13.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 153 169
Average daily rate £325 £345 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.79% +6.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £129 £191 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £416
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 11 34
Average hourly rate £21.00 £14.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -49.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.20 £12.00 £21.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.17 £32.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £28.25
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -20.35%
SMS
UK

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 16 April 2014.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram 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 24 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 (50.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 2 (50.00%) MSI
1 2 (50.00%) Project Management
1 2 (50.00%) Service Management
1 2 (50.00%) Service Delivery
1 2 (50.00%) Microsoft App-V
1 2 (50.00%) Retail
1 2 (50.00%) Altiris
1 2 (50.00%) Marketing
1 2 (50.00%) Application Packaging
1 2 (50.00%) QA
1 2 (50.00%) PCI DSS
1 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 2 (50.00%) Security Cleared
1 2 (50.00%) VBScript
1 2 (50.00%) Windows
1 2 (50.00%) E-Commerce
1 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (50.00%) Social Media
2 1 (25.00%) HP
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (25.00%) SaaS
2 1 (25.00%) ITSM
2 1 (25.00%) Migration

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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.

Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) SaaS
Development Applications
1 2 (50.00%) MSI
General
1 2 (50.00%) Retail
1 2 (50.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Project Manager
1 2 (50.00%) Applications Packager
1 2 (50.00%) Digital Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (50.00%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Windows
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Project Management
1 2 (50.00%) Service Management
1 2 (50.00%) Service Delivery
1 2 (50.00%) E-Commerce
2 1 (25.00%) ITSM
2 1 (25.00%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 2 (50.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 2 (50.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (50.00%) QA
1 2 (50.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (50.00%) Microsoft App-V
1 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (50.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 2 (50.00%) Altiris
2 1 (25.00%) HP