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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 247 223 218
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -5
Contract jobs citing SMS 22 35 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.22% 0.38% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.23% 1.90% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 10
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£363 £475 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.68% +48.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £373 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £511 £475 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £445 £347 £305
% change year-on-year
+28.06% +13.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 2
Average hourly rate £22.00 - £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
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
1792 1844 1614
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 18.11% 19.79% 18.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 973 873 740
Average daily rate £350 £347 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.72% -0.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £220 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £480 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 123 100 100
Average hourly rate £23.75 £20.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.85% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-10.31% +2.12%

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 3 September 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 3 September 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 -15 17 £179 -62.31% 1
Hampshire 0 3 £370 +6.48%
Buckinghamshire -15 2 £600 -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 14 (32.56%) 3G
2 13 (30.23%) LTE
3 12 (27.91%) Security Cleared
3 12 (27.91%) 4G
3 12 (27.91%) SLA
4 11 (25.58%) Validation
5 10 (23.26%) Telecoms
5 10 (23.26%) HP
6 9 (20.93%) McAfee
6 9 (20.93%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 9 (20.93%) Software Deployment
6 9 (20.93%) VoLTE
6 9 (20.93%) Data Centre
7 8 (18.60%) Diameter Protocol
7 8 (18.60%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (18.60%) Internet
8 7 (16.28%) UNIX
8 7 (16.28%) Configuration Management
8 7 (16.28%) Software Delivery
9 6 (13.95%) Linux
9 6 (13.95%) PRINCE2
9 6 (13.95%) VoIP
9 6 (13.95%) Test Strategy
9 6 (13.95%) Release Management
9 6 (13.95%) SC Cleared
10 5 (11.63%) Requirements Analysis
10 5 (11.63%) Software Distribution
10 5 (11.63%) Solaris
10 5 (11.63%) GPRS
10 5 (11.63%) GSM

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 4 (9.30%) SharePoint
1 4 (9.30%) CMS
1 4 (9.30%) WordPress
1 4 (9.30%) Sitecore CMS
1 4 (9.30%) SharePoint 2013
Communications & Networking
1 14 (32.56%) 3G
2 13 (30.23%) LTE
3 12 (27.91%) 4G
4 9 (20.93%) VoLTE
5 8 (18.60%) Diameter Protocol
5 8 (18.60%) Internet
6 6 (13.95%) VoIP
7 5 (11.63%) GPRS
7 5 (11.63%) GSM
8 4 (9.30%) MVNO
9 3 (6.98%) ISUP
9 3 (6.98%) INAP
9 3 (6.98%) Firewall
10 2 (4.65%) Wireshark
10 2 (4.65%) LDAP
11 1 (2.33%) SS7
11 1 (2.33%) UMTS
11 1 (2.33%) TCP/IP
11 1 (2.33%) SIGTRAN
11 1 (2.33%) HSDPA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (11.63%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.33%) DB2
2 1 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 1 (2.33%) Visual Studio
1 1 (2.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 10 (23.26%) Telecoms
2 2 (4.65%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 11 (25.58%) Test Engineer
2 5 (11.63%) Technical Tester
2 5 (11.63%) Tester
3 4 (9.30%) Applications Support
3 4 (9.30%) Integration Engineer
3 4 (9.30%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) Operations Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) Senior Design Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) Security Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) Design Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) 2nd Line Support
4 3 (6.98%) Technical Support
5 2 (4.65%) Support Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Software Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (4.65%) Architect
5 2 (4.65%) Deployment Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 1 (2.33%) Digital Architect
6 1 (2.33%) Digital Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.30%) HTML
1 4 (9.30%) .NET
1 4 (9.30%) HTML5
2 3 (6.98%) JSF
3 1 (2.33%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (20.93%) Data Centre
2 8 (18.60%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (9.30%) Social Media
4 3 (6.98%) Management Information System
4 3 (6.98%) Handset
5 2 (4.65%) Statistics
6 1 (2.33%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 7 (16.28%) UNIX
2 6 (13.95%) Linux
3 5 (11.63%) Solaris
4 2 (4.65%) Windows 7
4 2 (4.65%) VMS
4 2 (4.65%) Windows
5 1 (2.33%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (25.58%) Validation
2 9 (20.93%) Software Deployment
3 7 (16.28%) Configuration Management
3 7 (16.28%) Software Delivery
4 6 (13.95%) PRINCE2
4 6 (13.95%) Test Strategy
4 6 (13.95%) Release Management
5 5 (11.63%) Requirements Analysis
5 5 (11.63%) Software Distribution
6 4 (9.30%) Project Management
6 4 (9.30%) Service Management
6 4 (9.30%) Scrum
6 4 (9.30%) Content Management
7 3 (6.98%) Information Security
7 3 (6.98%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (6.98%) Risk Management
7 3 (6.98%) ITIL
7 3 (6.98%) Service Desk Management
7 3 (6.98%) Capacity Management
7 3 (6.98%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 4 (9.30%) JavaScript
1 4 (9.30%) PHP
2 1 (2.33%) SQL
2 1 (2.33%) T-SQL
2 1 (2.33%) C
Qualifications
1 12 (27.91%) Security Cleared
2 6 (13.95%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.98%) DV Cleared
3 3 (6.98%) CCA
4 1 (2.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (27.91%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.33%) NFS
1 1 (2.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (20.93%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 3 (6.98%) FortiGate
3 1 (2.33%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (2.33%) Tivoli
3 1 (2.33%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 10 (23.26%) HP
2 9 (20.93%) McAfee
3 4 (9.30%) Google
3 4 (9.30%) Sitecore
3 4 (9.30%) Facebook
3 4 (9.30%) Twitter
3 4 (9.30%) Rackspace
4 3 (6.98%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 3 (6.98%) TippingPoint
4 3 (6.98%) CheckPoint
5 1 (2.33%) SAP
5 1 (2.33%) IBM