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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 210 219 213
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -6
Contract jobs citing SMS 28 16 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.30% 0.19% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.51% 1.12% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 0 8
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£350 - £413
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 - £292
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 - £427
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £256 £405
% change year-on-year
+26.95% -36.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £31.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.00 £31.50 £102.13
% change year-on-year
-68.25% -69.15%
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
1856 1431 1555
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 19.88% 17.20% 20.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 890 604 602
Average daily rate £350 £363 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +11.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £213 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 118 157
Average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £20.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+55.55% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.65 £13.00 £11.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £92.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 30 January 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 30 January 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 +8 17 £400 -
Hampshire -18 5 - - 1
Surrey - 5 £338 -
Middlesex - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 30 (46.15%) Security Cleared
2 25 (38.46%) HP
3 24 (36.92%) SC Cleared
4 23 (35.38%) Telecoms
5 21 (32.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 20 (30.77%) Software Distribution
7 18 (27.69%) UNIX
8 17 (26.15%) Software Deployment
9 16 (24.62%) McAfee
9 16 (24.62%) Degree
10 14 (21.54%) 3G
10 14 (21.54%) LTE
11 11 (16.92%) SLA
12 10 (15.38%) DV Cleared
13 9 (13.85%) 4G
13 9 (13.85%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (13.85%) SQL
13 9 (13.85%) Marketing
14 8 (12.31%) Oracle
14 8 (12.31%) Internet
14 8 (12.31%) Release Management
15 7 (10.77%) Network Management
15 7 (10.77%) Oracle Database
15 7 (10.77%) PL/SQL
15 7 (10.77%) PRINCE2
15 7 (10.77%) HTTP
16 6 (9.23%) CCSA
16 6 (9.23%) Firewall
16 6 (9.23%) Wireshark
16 6 (9.23%) Nortel Alteon

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 (4.62%) SAS
2 2 (3.08%) FileNet
3 1 (1.54%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 3 (4.62%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (1.54%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.54%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (21.54%) 3G
1 14 (21.54%) LTE
2 9 (13.85%) 4G
3 8 (12.31%) Internet
4 7 (10.77%) HTTP
5 6 (9.23%) Firewall
5 6 (9.23%) Wireshark
5 6 (9.23%) Nortel Alteon
5 6 (9.23%) BIG-IP
5 6 (9.23%) GPRS
5 6 (9.23%) TACACS
5 6 (9.23%) ISUP
5 6 (9.23%) INAP
5 6 (9.23%) Cisco PIX
5 6 (9.23%) Cisco ASA
5 6 (9.23%) tcpdump
6 5 (7.69%) Network Security
6 5 (7.69%) VoLTE
7 4 (6.15%) Broadband
8 3 (4.62%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (10.77%) Oracle Database
2 2 (3.08%) Data Mart
3 1 (1.54%) Crystal Reports
General
1 23 (35.38%) Telecoms
2 9 (13.85%) Marketing
3 4 (6.15%) Finance
4 1 (1.54%) Retail
4 1 (1.54%) Legal
4 1 (1.54%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 7 (10.77%) Design Engineer
2 6 (9.23%) Network Security Engineer
2 6 (9.23%) Security Engineer
2 6 (9.23%) Network Engineer
3 5 (7.69%) Data Network Engineer
3 5 (7.69%) Tester
3 5 (7.69%) Technical Tester
4 4 (6.15%) Developer
5 3 (4.62%) Analyst
5 3 (4.62%) Architect
5 3 (4.62%) Integration Engineer
5 3 (4.62%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (3.08%) Senior Developer
6 2 (3.08%) Support Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) Senior Integration Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) Test Analyst
6 2 (3.08%) Systems Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 1 (1.54%) Designer
7 1 (1.54%) Web Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (9.23%) WAP
2 1 (1.54%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.85%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (9.23%) Mobile App
3 5 (7.69%) Management Information System
4 3 (4.62%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.54%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.54%) Social Media
5 1 (1.54%) Machine to Machine
5 1 (1.54%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.54%) Human Factors
5 1 (1.54%) Smartphone
5 1 (1.54%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 18 (27.69%) UNIX
2 6 (9.23%) Windows
3 3 (4.62%) Linux
3 3 (4.62%) VMS
4 2 (3.08%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.54%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.54%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.54%) Windows 8
5 1 (1.54%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (30.77%) Software Distribution
2 17 (26.15%) Software Deployment
3 8 (12.31%) Release Management
4 7 (10.77%) Network Management
4 7 (10.77%) PRINCE2
5 6 (9.23%) ITIL
5 6 (9.23%) Capacity Management
5 6 (9.23%) Change Control
5 6 (9.23%) Fault Management
6 4 (6.15%) Change Management
6 4 (6.15%) Problem Management
6 4 (6.15%) Project Management
6 4 (6.15%) Campaign Management
6 4 (6.15%) Performance Tuning
7 3 (4.62%) E-Commerce
7 3 (4.62%) CRM
7 3 (4.62%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (4.62%) Direct Marketing
7 3 (4.62%) Validation
8 2 (3.08%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (13.85%) SQL
2 7 (10.77%) PL/SQL
3 6 (9.23%) Shell Script
4 2 (3.08%) VBScript
4 2 (3.08%) VB
4 2 (3.08%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 30 (46.15%) Security Cleared
2 24 (36.92%) SC Cleared
3 16 (24.62%) Degree
4 10 (15.38%) DV Cleared
5 6 (9.23%) CCSA
5 6 (9.23%) CCSE
5 6 (9.23%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (9.23%) CCSP
5 6 (9.23%) CCNP
5 6 (9.23%) CCNA
6 1 (1.54%) AAT
6 1 (1.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (1.54%) PMP
6 1 (1.54%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.54%) CCA
6 1 (1.54%) CISSP
6 1 (1.54%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.54%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (16.92%) SLA
2 1 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.54%) QA
System Software
1 3 (4.62%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (4.62%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.08%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.54%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 21 (32.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 6 (9.23%) Netcool
2 6 (9.23%) OpenView
3 3 (4.62%) SCCM
4 1 (1.54%) HP UCMDB
Vendors
1 25 (38.46%) HP
2 16 (24.62%) McAfee
3 8 (12.31%) Oracle
4 6 (9.23%) Crossbeam
4 6 (9.23%) Nortel
4 6 (9.23%) Cisco
4 6 (9.23%) CheckPoint
4 6 (9.23%) Radware
4 6 (9.23%) F5
5 4 (6.15%) TIBCO
5 4 (6.15%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 3 (4.62%) ZTE
6 3 (4.62%) Chordiant
6 3 (4.62%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 3 (4.62%) Ericsson
6 3 (4.62%) Unica
6 3 (4.62%) Huawei
6 3 (4.62%) Epiphany
6 3 (4.62%) Thunderhead
6 3 (4.62%) VMware