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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 200 217 245
Rank change year-on-year
+17 +28
Contract jobs citing SMS 43 14 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.47% 0.16% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.37% 0.89% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 2
Average daily rate
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£423 £320 £236
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.03% +35.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £354 £161 £207
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £420 £265
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £303 £308
% change year-on-year
+13.63% -1.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £22.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year
- +87.50%
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
1815 1577 2052
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 19.78% 18.11% 20.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 854 716 593
Average daily rate £350 £338 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.55% +2.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 94 168
Average hourly rate £19.91 £24.00 £25.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.04% -5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+8.88% -

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 2014. 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 +49 38 £475 +69.64% 2
Buckinghamshire - 2 - -
East Sussex - 2 - -
Hampshire -15 1 £347 +7.74% 1
Kent - - - -
Surrey - - - - 1
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 23 (45.10%) HP
2 20 (39.22%) Telecoms
2 20 (39.22%) Security Cleared
3 19 (37.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 17 (33.33%) LTE
5 16 (31.37%) 3G
5 16 (31.37%) Software Distribution
5 16 (31.37%) Software Deployment
6 15 (29.41%) McAfee
7 14 (27.45%) Degree
8 12 (23.53%) SC Cleared
8 12 (23.53%) SLA
9 11 (21.57%) 4G
10 9 (17.65%) UNIX
10 9 (17.65%) Release Management
11 8 (15.69%) Internet
11 8 (15.69%) Analytical Skills
12 7 (13.73%) Capacity Management
12 7 (13.73%) INAP
12 7 (13.73%) ISUP
12 7 (13.73%) Windows
12 7 (13.73%) PRINCE2
13 6 (11.76%) VoLTE
14 5 (9.80%) Mobile App
14 5 (9.80%) F5
14 5 (9.80%) Network Management
14 5 (9.80%) ITIL
14 5 (9.80%) Cisco
14 5 (9.80%) Broadband
14 5 (9.80%) Project Management

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 2 (3.92%) FileNet
2 1 (1.96%) Oracle Workflow
Communications & Networking
1 17 (33.33%) LTE
2 16 (31.37%) 3G
3 11 (21.57%) 4G
4 8 (15.69%) Internet
5 7 (13.73%) INAP
5 7 (13.73%) ISUP
6 6 (11.76%) VoLTE
7 5 (9.80%) Broadband
7 5 (9.80%) Firewall
7 5 (9.80%) Cisco ASA
7 5 (9.80%) Wireshark
8 4 (7.84%) BIG-IP
8 4 (7.84%) Nortel Alteon
8 4 (7.84%) Cisco PIX
8 4 (7.84%) TACACS
8 4 (7.84%) HTTP
8 4 (7.84%) LDAP
8 4 (7.84%) tcpdump
9 3 (5.88%) GSM
9 3 (5.88%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.96%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (5.88%) MSI
2 2 (3.92%) InstallShield
General
1 20 (39.22%) Telecoms
2 4 (7.84%) Marketing
2 4 (7.84%) Finance
3 2 (3.92%) Legal
4 1 (1.96%) Billing
Job Titles
1 8 (15.69%) Design Engineer
2 5 (9.80%) Network Engineer
3 4 (7.84%) Network Security Engineer
3 4 (7.84%) 2nd Line Support
3 4 (7.84%) Security Engineer
3 4 (7.84%) Data Network Engineer
4 3 (5.88%) Support Engineer
5 2 (3.92%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (3.92%) Applications Packager
5 2 (3.92%) Developer
6 1 (1.96%) Designer
6 1 (1.96%) Architect
6 1 (1.96%) Project Manager
6 1 (1.96%) Software Engineer
6 1 (1.96%) Analyst
6 1 (1.96%) Test Analyst
6 1 (1.96%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (1.96%) Consultant
6 1 (1.96%) Solutions Architect
6 1 (1.96%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.84%) WAP
2 3 (5.88%) Application Packaging
3 1 (1.96%) SOAP
3 1 (1.96%) Web Services
3 1 (1.96%) XML
3 1 (1.96%) Rendezvous
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.69%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (9.80%) Mobile App
2 5 (9.80%) Management Information System
3 3 (5.88%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.96%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 9 (17.65%) UNIX
2 7 (13.73%) Windows
3 3 (5.88%) VMS
3 3 (5.88%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (3.92%) Windows Vista
4 2 (3.92%) Windows 8
5 1 (1.96%) Solaris
5 1 (1.96%) Linux
5 1 (1.96%) Windows 2000
5 1 (1.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (31.37%) Software Distribution
1 16 (31.37%) Software Deployment
2 9 (17.65%) Release Management
3 7 (13.73%) Capacity Management
3 7 (13.73%) PRINCE2
4 5 (9.80%) Network Management
4 5 (9.80%) ITIL
4 5 (9.80%) Project Management
4 5 (9.80%) Validation
5 4 (7.84%) Fault Management
5 4 (7.84%) Change Control
6 3 (5.88%) Performance Tuning
6 3 (5.88%) Change Management
6 3 (5.88%) Problem Management
6 3 (5.88%) Network Planning
7 1 (1.96%) Network Monitoring
7 1 (1.96%) Test Strategy
7 1 (1.96%) Data Entry
7 1 (1.96%) High Availability
7 1 (1.96%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.96%) Java
1 1 (1.96%) JavaScript
1 1 (1.96%) Perl
1 1 (1.96%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (39.22%) Security Cleared
2 14 (27.45%) Degree
3 12 (23.53%) SC Cleared
4 4 (7.84%) CCSE
4 4 (7.84%) CCSA
4 4 (7.84%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (7.84%) CCSP
4 4 (7.84%) CCNP
4 4 (7.84%) CCNA
5 3 (5.88%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.96%) AAT
6 1 (1.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (1.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.96%) ISEB
6 1 (1.96%) CCA
6 1 (1.96%) CISSP
6 1 (1.96%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (23.53%) SLA
2 1 (1.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (1.96%) NFS
1 1 (1.96%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (1.96%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 19 (37.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 4 (7.84%) Netcool
2 4 (7.84%) OpenView
3 1 (1.96%) HP UCMDB
3 1 (1.96%) SCCM
Vendors
1 23 (45.10%) HP
2 15 (29.41%) McAfee
3 5 (9.80%) F5
3 5 (9.80%) Cisco
3 5 (9.80%) TIBCO
3 5 (9.80%) CheckPoint
4 4 (7.84%) Crossbeam
4 4 (7.84%) Radware
4 4 (7.84%) Nortel
4 4 (7.84%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 3 (5.88%) ZTE
5 3 (5.88%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 3 (5.88%) Ericsson
5 3 (5.88%) Huawei
6 2 (3.92%) Thunderhead
6 2 (3.92%) Citrix
7 1 (1.96%) Oracle
7 1 (1.96%) Juniper
7 1 (1.96%) Red Hat
7 1 (1.96%) AppSense