The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the Slough region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 36 - 23
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing SMS 4 0 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Slough 1.40% - 2.87%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.26% - 11.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 3
Average daily rate
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£370 - £175
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £285 £316
% change year-on-year
+21.92% -9.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £12.50
% change year-on-year
- +80.00%
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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 Slough region.

Communications & Networking Category
Slough
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
76 60 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Slough 26.57% 23.26% 25.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 32 20
Average daily rate £285 £363 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.37% +54.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £190 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £418 £415
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 8
Average hourly rate £14.50 £12.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.83% -65.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £15.30 £167.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in Slough

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in Slough

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in Slough

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in Slough

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in Slough

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in Slough

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Slough

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Slough 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 5 (100.00%) UNIX
1 5 (100.00%) Wireshark
1 5 (100.00%) Mobile App
2 4 (80.00%) Cisco ASA
2 4 (80.00%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (80.00%) Fault Management
2 4 (80.00%) Cisco PIX
2 4 (80.00%) tcpdump
2 4 (80.00%) Network Management
2 4 (80.00%) F5
2 4 (80.00%) Crossbeam
2 4 (80.00%) Degree
2 4 (80.00%) Firewall
2 4 (80.00%) CCSA
2 4 (80.00%) CCSE
2 4 (80.00%) BIG-IP
2 4 (80.00%) Nortel Alteon
2 4 (80.00%) Cisco
2 4 (80.00%) CCSP
2 4 (80.00%) CCNP
2 4 (80.00%) CCNA
2 4 (80.00%) OpenView
2 4 (80.00%) HP
2 4 (80.00%) Nortel
2 4 (80.00%) WAP
2 4 (80.00%) CheckPoint
2 4 (80.00%) Netcool
2 4 (80.00%) TACACS
2 4 (80.00%) Radware
2 4 (80.00%) Cisco Certification

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Slough by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Slough 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 5 (100.00%) Wireshark
2 4 (80.00%) Cisco ASA
2 4 (80.00%) Cisco PIX
2 4 (80.00%) tcpdump
2 4 (80.00%) Firewall
2 4 (80.00%) BIG-IP
2 4 (80.00%) Nortel Alteon
2 4 (80.00%) TACACS
3 1 (20.00%) Network Security
3 1 (20.00%) ISUP
3 1 (20.00%) INAP
3 1 (20.00%) SS7
3 1 (20.00%) HTTP
3 1 (20.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (20.00%) DNS
3 1 (20.00%) LDAP
General
1 1 (20.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) Data Network Engineer
1 4 (80.00%) Security Engineer
1 4 (80.00%) Network Engineer
1 4 (80.00%) Network Security Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Systems Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Data Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (80.00%) WAP
2 1 (20.00%) Rendezvous
2 1 (20.00%) SOAP
2 1 (20.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (100.00%) Mobile App
2 4 (80.00%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (60.00%) Management Information System
4 1 (20.00%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 5 (100.00%) UNIX
2 1 (20.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (20.00%) Solaris
2 1 (20.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Fault Management
1 4 (80.00%) Network Management
2 3 (60.00%) Change Management
2 3 (60.00%) Problem Management
2 3 (60.00%) Release Management
2 3 (60.00%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (20.00%) Java
1 1 (20.00%) Perl
Qualifications
1 4 (80.00%) Degree
1 4 (80.00%) CCSA
1 4 (80.00%) CCSE
1 4 (80.00%) CCSP
1 4 (80.00%) CCNP
1 4 (80.00%) CCNA
1 4 (80.00%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (20.00%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (60.00%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (20.00%) NFS
Systems Management
1 4 (80.00%) OpenView
1 4 (80.00%) Netcool
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) F5
1 4 (80.00%) Crossbeam
1 4 (80.00%) Cisco
1 4 (80.00%) HP
1 4 (80.00%) Nortel
1 4 (80.00%) CheckPoint
1 4 (80.00%) Radware
2 1 (20.00%) Redknee
2 1 (20.00%) Red Hat
2 1 (20.00%) TIBCO
2 1 (20.00%) Citrix