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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 250 227 225
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -2
Contract jobs citing SMS 17 21 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.17% 0.22% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.84% 1.22% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 2
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£180 £300 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-40.00% -14.28%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £294 £350
% change year-on-year
+36.17% -16.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £11.00 £35.75 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-69.23% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £11.00 £28.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year
-60.71% +133.33%
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
2016 1715 1660
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 20.04% 17.61% 19.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 986 757 674
Average daily rate £350 £338 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +11.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £464
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £340 £313
% change year-on-year
- +8.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 130 156
Average hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £14.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £55.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +6 14 £249 -5.23%
Hampshire -8 1 - - 1
Surrey - - - - 2
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 24 (53.33%) Security Cleared
2 18 (40.00%) SC Cleared
2 18 (40.00%) HP
2 18 (40.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 16 (35.56%) Software Distribution
4 15 (33.33%) Software Deployment
4 15 (33.33%) Software Delivery
4 15 (33.33%) McAfee
4 15 (33.33%) DV Cleared
5 11 (24.44%) UNIX
6 9 (20.00%) Telecoms
6 9 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (17.78%) SQL
8 6 (13.33%) Release Management
8 6 (13.33%) VoIP
9 5 (11.11%) PL/SQL
9 5 (11.11%) Oracle
9 5 (11.11%) Windows
9 5 (11.11%) Shell Script
9 5 (11.11%) Marketing
9 5 (11.11%) Validation
9 5 (11.11%) Oracle Database
10 4 (8.89%) VoLTE
10 4 (8.89%) Campaign Management
10 4 (8.89%) LTE
10 4 (8.89%) Degree
10 4 (8.89%) CRM
10 4 (8.89%) GPRS
10 4 (8.89%) HTTP
10 4 (8.89%) Active Directory

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 (6.67%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (6.67%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 3 (6.67%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.22%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (13.33%) VoIP
2 4 (8.89%) HTTP
2 4 (8.89%) LTE
2 4 (8.89%) GPRS
2 4 (8.89%) VoLTE
3 3 (6.67%) tcpdump
3 3 (6.67%) 3G
3 3 (6.67%) TACACS
3 3 (6.67%) ISUP
3 3 (6.67%) INAP
3 3 (6.67%) Firewall
3 3 (6.67%) BIG-IP
3 3 (6.67%) Nortel Alteon
3 3 (6.67%) Wireshark
3 3 (6.67%) Cisco PIX
3 3 (6.67%) Network Security
3 3 (6.67%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (4.44%) LDAP
5 1 (2.22%) ATM
5 1 (2.22%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (11.11%) Oracle Database
2 2 (4.44%) Data Mart
3 1 (2.22%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.22%) Visual Studio
1 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 9 (20.00%) Telecoms
2 5 (11.11%) Marketing
3 1 (2.22%) Advertising
3 1 (2.22%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (15.56%) Integration Engineer
2 5 (11.11%) Test Engineer
3 4 (8.89%) Tester
3 4 (8.89%) Technical Tester
3 4 (8.89%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) Senior Integration Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) Security Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) Analyst
4 3 (6.67%) Network Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) Network Security Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) Support Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support
5 2 (4.44%) Systems Engineer
5 2 (4.44%) Developer
5 2 (4.44%) Senior Developer
5 2 (4.44%) Data Network Engineer
6 1 (2.22%) Service Desk Engineer
6 1 (2.22%) SQL Data Analyst
6 1 (2.22%) Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.67%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.67%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.22%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.22%) IVR
3 1 (2.22%) Smartphone
3 1 (2.22%) Human Factors
3 1 (2.22%) Social Media
3 1 (2.22%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 11 (24.44%) UNIX
2 5 (11.11%) Windows
3 3 (6.67%) Linux
4 2 (4.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (4.44%) Windows 7
4 2 (4.44%) VMS
5 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.22%) Windows 8
5 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (2.22%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (35.56%) Software Distribution
2 15 (33.33%) Software Deployment
2 15 (33.33%) Software Delivery
3 6 (13.33%) Release Management
4 5 (11.11%) Validation
5 4 (8.89%) CRM
5 4 (8.89%) Campaign Management
6 3 (6.67%) Fault Management
6 3 (6.67%) Network Management
6 3 (6.67%) Test Strategy
6 3 (6.67%) E-Commerce
6 3 (6.67%) Direct Marketing
7 2 (4.44%) Database Marketing
7 2 (4.44%) Problem Management
7 2 (4.44%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (4.44%) Business Intelligence
7 2 (4.44%) Mobile Commerce
7 2 (4.44%) Change Management
7 2 (4.44%) Change Control
7 2 (4.44%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 8 (17.78%) SQL
2 5 (11.11%) Shell Script
2 5 (11.11%) PL/SQL
3 2 (4.44%) PowerShell
3 2 (4.44%) VBScript
3 2 (4.44%) VB
4 1 (2.22%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (53.33%) Security Cleared
2 18 (40.00%) SC Cleared
3 15 (33.33%) DV Cleared
4 4 (8.89%) Degree
5 3 (6.67%) CCSP
5 3 (6.67%) CCNP
5 3 (6.67%) CCNA
5 3 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (6.67%) CCSA
5 3 (6.67%) CCSE
6 2 (4.44%) CCA
7 1 (2.22%) ISTQB
7 1 (2.22%) PMP
7 1 (2.22%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.44%) SLA
2 1 (2.22%) QA
System Software
1 4 (8.89%) Active Directory
2 3 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (4.44%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 18 (40.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 3 (6.67%) SCCM
2 3 (6.67%) OpenView
2 3 (6.67%) Netcool
Vendors
1 18 (40.00%) HP
2 15 (33.33%) McAfee
3 5 (11.11%) Oracle
4 3 (6.67%) Chordiant
4 3 (6.67%) Cisco
4 3 (6.67%) Radware
4 3 (6.67%) Nortel
4 3 (6.67%) VMware
4 3 (6.67%) Epiphany
4 3 (6.67%) Crossbeam
4 3 (6.67%) CheckPoint
4 3 (6.67%) F5
5 2 (4.44%) Red Hat
6 1 (2.22%) Thunderhead
6 1 (2.22%) Siebel
6 1 (2.22%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 1 (2.22%) Fortinet