The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 127 140 114
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -26
Contract jobs citing SMS 6 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.20% 0.10% 0.048%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.74% 0.79% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 1
Average daily rate
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£450 £261 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+72.24% -25.35%
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £285 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.52% -18.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.30 £24.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+27.75% -5.76%
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 West region.

Communications & Networking Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
344 378 293
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 11.53% 12.62% 14.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 224 162
Average daily rate £360 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £227 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £455 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 39 20
Average hourly rate £21.00 £17.50 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -14.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.60 £13.50 £13.96
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.20 £40.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the South West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SMS across the South West region.

SMS Daily Rate Trend in the South West

SMS
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS across the South West region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the South West region.

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

SMS
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 22 May 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
Bristol +2 4 £450 +72.24%
Gloucestershire -6 1 £325 -
Dorset - 1 £675 -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 3 (42.86%) Telecoms
2 2 (28.57%) Legal
3 1 (14.29%) Advertising
3 1 (14.29%) Games
3 1 (14.29%) Web Design
3 1 (14.29%) Programme Management
3 1 (14.29%) Marketing
3 1 (14.29%) Degree
3 1 (14.29%) Risk Analysis
3 1 (14.29%) Drupal
3 1 (14.29%) Email Marketing
3 1 (14.29%) Digital Marketing
3 1 (14.29%) WordPress
3 1 (14.29%) LTE
3 1 (14.29%) Information Architecture
3 1 (14.29%) Web Marketing
3 1 (14.29%) Social Media
3 1 (14.29%) SWIFT
3 1 (14.29%) Facebook
3 1 (14.29%) Twitter
3 1 (14.29%) Analytics
3 1 (14.29%) Mobile App
3 1 (14.29%) User Experience
3 1 (14.29%) Finance
3 1 (14.29%) Integration Acceptance Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
3 1 (14.29%) Electronics
3 1 (14.29%) PRINCE2
3 1 (14.29%) GPRS
3 1 (14.29%) GSM

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 1 (14.29%) Drupal
1 1 (14.29%) WordPress
Communications & Networking
1 1 (14.29%) LTE
1 1 (14.29%) GPRS
1 1 (14.29%) GSM
1 1 (14.29%) UMTS
1 1 (14.29%) WCDMA
General
1 3 (42.86%) Telecoms
2 2 (28.57%) Legal
3 1 (14.29%) Advertising
3 1 (14.29%) Games
3 1 (14.29%) Marketing
3 1 (14.29%) Finance
3 1 (14.29%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) Project Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Project Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Test Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Test Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Integration Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Test and Integration Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Integration Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Programme Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Manager
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Social Media
1 1 (14.29%) SWIFT
1 1 (14.29%) Mobile App
1 1 (14.29%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (14.29%) Web Design
1 1 (14.29%) Programme Management
1 1 (14.29%) Risk Analysis
1 1 (14.29%) Email Marketing
1 1 (14.29%) Digital Marketing
1 1 (14.29%) Information Architecture
1 1 (14.29%) Web Marketing
1 1 (14.29%) Analytics
1 1 (14.29%) Integration Acceptance Testing
1 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
1 1 (14.29%) PRINCE2
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) Degree
1 1 (14.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) Facebook
1 1 (14.29%) Twitter