The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the South East region.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 221 203 219
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +16
Contract jobs citing SMS 17 27 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.19% 0.32% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.00% 1.74% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 12 8
Average daily rate
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£347 £330 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.29% +8.19%
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-29.41% +30.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
Average hourly rate - £28.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £26.00 £24.75
% change year-on-year
- +5.05%
Communications & Networking Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
1699 1553 2032
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 18.52% 18.34% 20.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 742 670 573
Average daily rate £338 £340 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.73% +4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £175 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 132 186
Average hourly rate £17.50 £25.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.37% -17.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.85 £14.00 £15.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%
SMS
England

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
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 25 July 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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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 +2 13 - - 2
Buckinghamshire - 3 - -
Hampshire -24 1 £347 +7.74%
Oxfordshire - - - -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 16 (42.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 16 (42.11%) Security Cleared
2 15 (39.47%) HP
3 14 (36.84%) Software Deployment
4 13 (34.21%) McAfee
5 12 (31.58%) Software Distribution
6 11 (28.95%) SC Cleared
7 10 (26.32%) Telecoms
8 8 (21.05%) Release Management
8 8 (21.05%) Windows
9 6 (15.79%) DV Cleared
10 5 (13.16%) Mobile App
10 5 (13.16%) Marketing
11 4 (10.53%) Billing
11 4 (10.53%) LTE
11 4 (10.53%) Project Management
11 4 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (10.53%) CRM
12 3 (7.89%) Windows 2000
12 3 (7.89%) FTP
12 3 (7.89%) SLA
12 3 (7.89%) MSI
12 3 (7.89%) ISUP
12 3 (7.89%) Legal
12 3 (7.89%) Application Packaging
12 3 (7.89%) 3G
12 3 (7.89%) Stakeholder Management
12 3 (7.89%) MVNO
12 3 (7.89%) 4G
13 2 (5.26%) Facebook

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Photoshop
1 1 (2.63%) Adobe Illustrator
Communications & Networking
1 4 (10.53%) LTE
2 3 (7.89%) 4G
2 3 (7.89%) MVNO
2 3 (7.89%) 3G
2 3 (7.89%) FTP
2 3 (7.89%) ISUP
3 2 (5.26%) SCCP
3 2 (5.26%) INAP
3 2 (5.26%) Firewall
3 2 (5.26%) HTTP
3 2 (5.26%) UMTS
3 2 (5.26%) SS7
3 2 (5.26%) DNS
3 2 (5.26%) Wireshark
3 2 (5.26%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (2.63%) SIGTRAN
4 1 (2.63%) Cisco PIX
4 1 (2.63%) SSL
4 1 (2.63%) TACACS
4 1 (2.63%) Parlay
Development Applications
1 3 (7.89%) MSI
2 2 (5.26%) InstallShield
General
1 10 (26.32%) Telecoms
2 5 (13.16%) Marketing
3 4 (10.53%) Billing
4 3 (7.89%) Legal
5 2 (5.26%) Publishing
5 2 (5.26%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (2.63%) Finance
6 1 (2.63%) Retail
6 1 (2.63%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 5 (13.16%) Analyst
1 5 (13.16%) 2nd Line Support
2 4 (10.53%) Project Manager
2 4 (10.53%) Support Engineer
3 3 (7.89%) Software Engineer
3 3 (7.89%) Telecoms Project Manager
3 3 (7.89%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Applications Packager
4 2 (5.26%) Network Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Process Analyst
4 2 (5.26%) Product Manager
5 1 (2.63%) Senior Support Engineer
5 1 (2.63%) Security Engineer
5 1 (2.63%) Communications Manager
5 1 (2.63%) Systems Test Analyst
5 1 (2.63%) UMTS Engineer
5 1 (2.63%) Applications Development Manager
5 1 (2.63%) Applications Manager
5 1 (2.63%) Web Project Manager
5 1 (2.63%) Web Development Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.89%) Application Packaging
2 1 (2.63%) SOAP
2 1 (2.63%) XML
2 1 (2.63%) WAP
2 1 (2.63%) Rendezvous
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.16%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.63%) mHealth
2 1 (2.63%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.63%) IVR
2 1 (2.63%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 8 (21.05%) Windows
2 4 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (7.89%) Windows 2000
4 2 (5.26%) UNIX
4 2 (5.26%) Windows Vista
4 2 (5.26%) Windows 8
5 1 (2.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (2.63%) Solaris
5 1 (2.63%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (36.84%) Software Deployment
2 12 (31.58%) Software Distribution
3 8 (21.05%) Release Management
4 4 (10.53%) CRM
4 4 (10.53%) Project Management
5 3 (7.89%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (5.26%) Network Design
6 2 (5.26%) Validation
7 1 (2.63%) PRINCE2
7 1 (2.63%) Change Management
7 1 (2.63%) Configuration Management
7 1 (2.63%) Performance Tuning
7 1 (2.63%) Network Monitoring
7 1 (2.63%) Network Planning
7 1 (2.63%) Data Analysis
7 1 (2.63%) Logistics
7 1 (2.63%) Software Engineering
7 1 (2.63%) Software Testing
7 1 (2.63%) Requirements Analysis
7 1 (2.63%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.63%) C
1 1 (2.63%) C++
1 1 (2.63%) Java
1 1 (2.63%) Perl
1 1 (2.63%) SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (42.11%) Security Cleared
2 11 (28.95%) SC Cleared
3 6 (15.79%) DV Cleared
4 2 (5.26%) Degree
5 1 (2.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.63%) CCSP
5 1 (2.63%) CCNP
5 1 (2.63%) CCNA
5 1 (2.63%) ISEB
5 1 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (2.63%) CCSA
5 1 (2.63%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.89%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.63%) NFS
1 1 (2.63%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 16 (42.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 1 (2.63%) SCCM
2 1 (2.63%) OpenView
2 1 (2.63%) Netcool
Vendors
1 15 (39.47%) HP
2 13 (34.21%) McAfee
3 2 (5.26%) F5
3 2 (5.26%) Facebook
3 2 (5.26%) Cisco
3 2 (5.26%) Citrix
3 2 (5.26%) CheckPoint
4 1 (2.63%) TIBCO
4 1 (2.63%) Juniper
4 1 (2.63%) Red Hat
4 1 (2.63%) Adobe
4 1 (2.63%) Nortel
4 1 (2.63%) Progress
4 1 (2.63%) Radware
4 1 (2.63%) AppSense
4 1 (2.63%) Redknee
4 1 (2.63%) Unica
4 1 (2.63%) Crossbeam
4 1 (2.63%) TippingPoint
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