The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 2 June 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
2 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 232 227 215
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -12
Contract jobs citing SMS 21 15 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.23% 0.17% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.21% 0.94% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 5
Average daily rate
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£253 £288 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.17% -22.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £255 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £343 £394 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £270 £425
% change year-on-year
+20.37% -36.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Average hourly rate - £40.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +33.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.30 £24.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+27.75% -5.76%
SMS
England

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

Communications & Networking Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
1742 1596 1500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 19.12% 18.07% 18.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 838 671 605
Average daily rate £375 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £466 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £335 £315
% change year-on-year
+1.49% +6.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 101 162
Average hourly rate £35.00 £19.00 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+84.21% -29.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+47.22% -19.10%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

SMS Daily Rate Trend in the South East

SMS
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the South East region over the 3 months to 2 June 2015.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

SMS
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the South East region over the 3 months to 2 June 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
Berkshire +10 18 £249 -5.23%
Hampshire - 2 £350 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £180 -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 2 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 16 (43.24%) HP
1 16 (43.24%) McAfee
1 16 (43.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 16 (43.24%) Security Cleared
1 16 (43.24%) Software Deployment
1 16 (43.24%) Data Centre
2 15 (40.54%) Software Delivery
3 14 (37.84%) Software Distribution
4 12 (32.43%) DV Cleared
5 11 (29.73%) SC Cleared
6 9 (24.32%) Validation
7 8 (21.62%) LTE
7 8 (21.62%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (18.92%) Telecoms
8 7 (18.92%) 3G
9 6 (16.22%) VoIP
9 6 (16.22%) Release Management
10 5 (13.51%) Marketing
10 5 (13.51%) Test Strategy
10 5 (13.51%) Diameter Protocol
11 4 (10.81%) VoLTE
11 4 (10.81%) Campaign Management
11 4 (10.81%) MVNO
11 4 (10.81%) 4G
11 4 (10.81%) UNIX
11 4 (10.81%) Project Management
12 3 (8.11%) Epiphany
12 3 (8.11%) ISUP
12 3 (8.11%) INAP
12 3 (8.11%) Windows

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 2 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 3 (8.11%) SAS
2 1 (2.70%) CMS
2 1 (2.70%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.70%) WordPress
2 1 (2.70%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (2.70%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (8.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 3 (8.11%) Unica
Communications & Networking
1 8 (21.62%) LTE
2 7 (18.92%) 3G
3 6 (16.22%) VoIP
4 5 (13.51%) Diameter Protocol
5 4 (10.81%) VoLTE
5 4 (10.81%) MVNO
5 4 (10.81%) 4G
6 3 (8.11%) ISUP
6 3 (8.11%) INAP
7 2 (5.41%) Internet
7 2 (5.41%) LDAP
8 1 (2.70%) 2G
8 1 (2.70%) SCCP
8 1 (2.70%) TCP/IP
8 1 (2.70%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.41%) Data Mart
1 2 (5.41%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Visual Studio
1 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 7 (18.92%) Telecoms
2 5 (13.51%) Marketing
3 1 (2.70%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 9 (24.32%) Test Engineer
2 4 (10.81%) Test and Integration Engineer
2 4 (10.81%) Integration Engineer
3 3 (8.11%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (5.41%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Senior Developer
4 2 (5.41%) Software Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Developer
4 2 (5.41%) Support Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Applications Support
5 1 (2.70%) Data Analyst
5 1 (2.70%) Desktop Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Senior Test Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Deployment Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Systems Programmer
5 1 (2.70%) Analyst
5 1 (2.70%) Test Manager
5 1 (2.70%) Programmer
5 1 (2.70%) Technical Support
5 1 (2.70%) SQL Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.70%) JSF
1 1 (2.70%) .NET
1 1 (2.70%) HTML
1 1 (2.70%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 16 (43.24%) Data Centre
2 8 (21.62%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.41%) Social Media
4 1 (2.70%) Mainframe
4 1 (2.70%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.70%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.81%) UNIX
2 3 (8.11%) Windows
3 2 (5.41%) Windows 7
3 2 (5.41%) VMS
4 1 (2.70%) Linux
4 1 (2.70%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (43.24%) Software Deployment
2 15 (40.54%) Software Delivery
3 14 (37.84%) Software Distribution
4 9 (24.32%) Validation
5 6 (16.22%) Release Management
6 5 (13.51%) Test Strategy
7 4 (10.81%) Campaign Management
7 4 (10.81%) Project Management
8 3 (8.11%) CRM
8 3 (8.11%) Direct Marketing
9 2 (5.41%) Continuous Improvement
9 2 (5.41%) Database Marketing
9 2 (5.41%) Business Intelligence
9 2 (5.41%) Mobile Commerce
9 2 (5.41%) Configuration Management
9 2 (5.41%) ITIL
9 2 (5.41%) E-Commerce
9 2 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
10 1 (2.70%) Scrum
10 1 (2.70%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 3 (8.11%) SQL
2 1 (2.70%) T-SQL
2 1 (2.70%) JavaScript
2 1 (2.70%) PHP
Qualifications
1 16 (43.24%) Security Cleared
2 12 (32.43%) DV Cleared
3 11 (29.73%) SC Cleared
4 3 (8.11%) Degree
5 2 (5.41%) CCA
6 1 (2.70%) PMP
6 1 (2.70%) PMI Certification
6 1 (2.70%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.70%) SLA
1 1 (2.70%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) NFS
1 1 (2.70%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 16 (43.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 16 (43.24%) HP
1 16 (43.24%) McAfee
2 3 (8.11%) Epiphany
2 3 (8.11%) Chordiant
2 3 (8.11%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 1 (2.70%) Siebel
3 1 (2.70%) Google
3 1 (2.70%) Facebook
3 1 (2.70%) Twitter
3 1 (2.70%) Rackspace
3 1 (2.70%) Sitecore