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 December 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 141 110 122
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +12
Contract jobs citing SMS 6 7 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.18% 0.29% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.27% 2.27% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 1
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£418 £260 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+60.57% -9.56%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £260 £363
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £14.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.00 - £102.13
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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
474 309 375
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 14.53% 12.99% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 261 154 191
Average daily rate £338 £300 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £435 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 34 33
Average hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.50% -46.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.50 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £34.50 £190.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.13
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.95%

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
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 December 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
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SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, 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 7 (50.00%) Windows
1 7 (50.00%) SCCM
2 6 (42.86%) MSI
2 6 (42.86%) Telecoms
3 5 (35.71%) ITIL
3 5 (35.71%) Remedy
3 5 (35.71%) Degree
3 5 (35.71%) Security Cleared
3 5 (35.71%) PowerShell
3 5 (35.71%) Windows 7
4 4 (28.57%) GPRS
4 4 (28.57%) GSM
4 4 (28.57%) UMTS
4 4 (28.57%) WCDMA
4 4 (28.57%) Integration Acceptance Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Electronics
4 4 (28.57%) Publishing
4 4 (28.57%) LTE
5 3 (21.43%) Windows XP
5 3 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (21.43%) Windows Vista
5 3 (21.43%) SC Cleared
5 3 (21.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (14.29%) SLA
6 2 (14.29%) ISEB
6 2 (14.29%) Symantec
6 2 (14.29%) Service Delivery
6 2 (14.29%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (14.29%) Asset Management
6 2 (14.29%) Billing

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, 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 (7.14%) CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (7.14%) WebTrends
1 1 (7.14%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 4 (28.57%) UMTS
1 4 (28.57%) WCDMA
1 4 (28.57%) LTE
1 4 (28.57%) GPRS
1 4 (28.57%) GSM
2 1 (7.14%) PBX
2 1 (7.14%) 4G
2 1 (7.14%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (7.14%) MVNO
Development Applications
1 6 (42.86%) MSI
General
1 6 (42.86%) Telecoms
2 4 (28.57%) Publishing
2 4 (28.57%) Electronics
3 2 (14.29%) Billing
4 1 (7.14%) Marketing
4 1 (7.14%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (35.71%) Deployment Engineer
2 4 (28.57%) Test Engineer
2 4 (28.57%) Integration Engineer
3 2 (14.29%) Consultant
4 1 (7.14%) Network Designer
4 1 (7.14%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Designer
4 1 (7.14%) SCCM Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.14%) Digital Media
2 1 (7.14%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 7 (50.00%) Windows
2 5 (35.71%) Windows 7
3 3 (21.43%) Windows XP
3 3 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (21.43%) Windows Vista
3 3 (21.43%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (7.14%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (35.71%) ITIL
2 4 (28.57%) Integration Acceptance Testing
3 2 (14.29%) Asset Management
3 2 (14.29%) Data Management
3 2 (14.29%) System Testing
3 2 (14.29%) Service Delivery
4 1 (7.14%) Change Management
4 1 (7.14%) Marketing Management
4 1 (7.14%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (7.14%) Analytics
4 1 (7.14%) Network Monitoring
4 1 (7.14%) Content Management
4 1 (7.14%) Network Design
4 1 (7.14%) Telemarketing
4 1 (7.14%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 5 (35.71%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 5 (35.71%) Degree
1 5 (35.71%) Security Cleared
2 3 (21.43%) SC Cleared
3 2 (14.29%) ISEB
3 2 (14.29%) ISTQB
3 2 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (14.29%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (14.29%) Microsoft App-V
1 2 (14.29%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (50.00%) SCCM
2 2 (14.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (14.29%) WSUS
Vendors
1 5 (35.71%) Remedy
2 2 (14.29%) Symantec
2 2 (14.29%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 1 (7.14%) Ericsson
3 1 (7.14%) Google