The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 514 511 476
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -35
Contract jobs citing SMS 57 48 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.098% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.78% 0.74% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 13 24
Average daily rate
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£325 £252 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.96% -32.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £107 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £425 £429
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £252 £410
% change year-on-year
+28.96% -38.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Average hourly rate £10.00 £31.50 £102.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-68.25% -69.15%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.00 £31.50 £102.13
% change year-on-year
-68.25% -69.15%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7319 6447 7117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.61% 13.20% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4100 3421 3411
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 399 378 636
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.60 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.68% -17.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SMS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SMS within the UK.

SMS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SMS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS within the UK over the 3 months to 28 January 2015.

SMS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMS within the UK.

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SMS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the UK over the 3 months to 28 January 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
England -19 45 £350 +54.86% 17
South East -1 28 £350 - 4
Berkshire +8 17 £400 - 1
Scotland +2 12 £325 -21.21%
London +9 9 £400 +39.13% 8
Bracknell +8 8 - - 1
Hampshire -17 5 - - 1
Surrey - 5 £338 -
North West -2 4 - - 3
Edinburgh - 2 £350 -
Manchester -2 1 - - 1
Reading - 1 £350 -
Lancashire - 1 - - 1
Middlesex - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
City of London - - - - 4
Aldershot - - - - 1
South West - - - - 1
Channel Islands - - - -
East of England - - - - 1
Redhill - - - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
Weybridge - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Devon - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 44 (28.39%) Security Cleared
2 42 (27.10%) Windows
3 34 (21.94%) SC Cleared
4 33 (21.29%) HP
5 32 (20.65%) Telecoms
6 26 (16.77%) SQL
7 25 (16.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 24 (15.48%) SCCM
9 22 (14.19%) ITIL
10 21 (13.55%) Degree
10 21 (13.55%) Software Distribution
11 20 (12.90%) UNIX
12 19 (12.26%) McAfee
12 19 (12.26%) Finance
12 19 (12.26%) LTE
13 18 (11.61%) Software Deployment
13 18 (11.61%) Windows 7
13 18 (11.61%) Marketing
13 18 (11.61%) 3G
14 16 (10.32%) Citrix
14 16 (10.32%) SLA
14 16 (10.32%) Analytical Skills
15 15 (9.68%) Windows XP
15 15 (9.68%) Windows Server 2003
16 14 (9.03%) XML
16 14 (9.03%) Active Directory
16 14 (9.03%) Service Management
17 13 (8.39%) Subversion
17 13 (8.39%) Retail
17 13 (8.39%) XSLT

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 4 (2.58%) Exchange Server 2010
1 4 (2.58%) Lync
1 4 (2.58%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.94%) SAS
3 2 (1.29%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.29%) Oracle Workflow
3 2 (1.29%) FileNet
4 1 (0.65%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.65%) CICS
4 1 (0.65%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.65%) Adobe CQ
Applications
1 3 (1.94%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.65%) Summit
1 1 (0.65%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.29%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (12.26%) LTE
2 18 (11.61%) 3G
3 12 (7.74%) GPRS
4 11 (7.10%) DNS
4 11 (7.10%) 4G
5 10 (6.45%) Internet
6 8 (5.16%) Cisco ASA
6 8 (5.16%) Wireshark
6 8 (5.16%) DHCP
6 8 (5.16%) HTTP
6 8 (5.16%) GSM
6 8 (5.16%) UMTS
6 8 (5.16%) Firewall
7 7 (4.52%) ISUP
7 7 (4.52%) INAP
7 7 (4.52%) Network Security
8 6 (3.87%) tcpdump
8 6 (3.87%) Cisco PIX
8 6 (3.87%) BIG-IP
8 6 (3.87%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.52%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.29%) Crystal Reports
2 2 (1.29%) Data Mart
3 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.65%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.65%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.65%) DB2
3 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.65%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (8.39%) Subversion
2 12 (7.74%) MSI
3 3 (1.94%) InstallShield
3 3 (1.94%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.65%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 32 (20.65%) Telecoms
2 19 (12.26%) Finance
3 18 (11.61%) Marketing
4 13 (8.39%) Retail
5 6 (3.87%) Publishing
6 4 (2.58%) Electronics
7 3 (1.94%) Billing
8 2 (1.29%) Legal
8 2 (1.29%) Advertising
9 1 (0.65%) Games
Job Titles
1 22 (14.19%) Analyst
2 10 (6.45%) Project Manager
2 10 (6.45%) Support Analyst
3 9 (5.81%) Applications Support
4 8 (5.16%) Network Engineer
4 8 (5.16%) Integration Engineer
5 7 (4.52%) Deployment Engineer
5 7 (4.52%) Support Engineer
5 7 (4.52%) Design Engineer
5 7 (4.52%) Tester
6 6 (3.87%) Network Security Engineer
6 6 (3.87%) Consultant
6 6 (3.87%) Security Engineer
6 6 (3.87%) Test Engineer
6 6 (3.87%) Applications Support Analyst
7 5 (3.23%) Technical Tester
7 5 (3.23%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (3.23%) Administrator
7 5 (3.23%) Developer
7 5 (3.23%) Data Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (9.03%) XML
2 13 (8.39%) XSLT
3 6 (3.87%) WAP
4 3 (1.94%) Web Services
5 2 (1.29%) SOAP
6 1 (0.65%) Application Packaging
6 1 (0.65%) ISPF
6 1 (0.65%) Spring
6 1 (0.65%) Hibernate
6 1 (0.65%) Rendezvous
6 1 (0.65%) ATL
6 1 (0.65%) CSS
6 1 (0.65%) HTML
6 1 (0.65%) jQuery
6 1 (0.65%) Silverlight
6 1 (0.65%) iOS SDK
6 1 (0.65%) OSGi
6 1 (0.65%) iPhone SDK
6 1 (0.65%) HTML5
6 1 (0.65%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 16 (10.32%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (7.74%) Enterprise Software
3 9 (5.81%) IVR
4 7 (4.52%) Mobile App
5 6 (3.87%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.58%) Fat Client
6 4 (2.58%) Computer Science
6 4 (2.58%) Thin Client
7 3 (1.94%) Smart Meter
7 3 (1.94%) Social Media
8 2 (1.29%) Mainframe
8 2 (1.29%) Cryptography
9 1 (0.65%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.65%) CLARiiON
9 1 (0.65%) Replication
9 1 (0.65%) NHS
9 1 (0.65%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.65%) IBM Mainframe
9 1 (0.65%) Human Factors
9 1 (0.65%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 42 (27.10%) Windows
2 20 (12.90%) UNIX
3 18 (11.61%) Windows 7
4 15 (9.68%) Windows XP
4 15 (9.68%) Windows Server 2003
5 13 (8.39%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (3.87%) Linux
7 5 (3.23%) Windows Vista
8 4 (2.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (2.58%) VMS
9 3 (1.94%) zOS
10 2 (1.29%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.29%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (1.29%) MVS
11 1 (0.65%) AIX
11 1 (0.65%) Solaris
11 1 (0.65%) Android
11 1 (0.65%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (14.19%) ITIL
2 21 (13.55%) Software Distribution
3 18 (11.61%) Software Deployment
4 14 (9.03%) Service Management
5 13 (8.39%) PRINCE2
6 10 (6.45%) Project Management
6 10 (6.45%) ITSM
6 10 (6.45%) Data Analysis
7 9 (5.81%) Network Management
8 8 (5.16%) Release Management
9 7 (4.52%) CRM
10 6 (3.87%) Campaign Management
10 6 (3.87%) Capacity Management
10 6 (3.87%) Change Control
10 6 (3.87%) Fault Management
10 6 (3.87%) Validation
10 6 (3.87%) Asset Management
11 5 (3.23%) Change Management
11 5 (3.23%) Integration Acceptance Testing
11 5 (3.23%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 26 (16.77%) SQL
2 11 (7.10%) PowerShell
3 8 (5.16%) Shell Script
4 7 (4.52%) PL/SQL
5 6 (3.87%) Java
6 5 (3.23%) VBScript
7 3 (1.94%) Python
7 3 (1.94%) VB
8 2 (1.29%) Groovy
8 2 (1.29%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.29%) Perl
8 2 (1.29%) REXX
8 2 (1.29%) XPath
9 1 (0.65%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.65%) JCL
9 1 (0.65%) C
9 1 (0.65%) C#
9 1 (0.65%) C++
Qualifications
1 44 (28.39%) Security Cleared
2 34 (21.94%) SC Cleared
3 21 (13.55%) Degree
4 10 (6.45%) DV Cleared
5 6 (3.87%) CCSP
5 6 (3.87%) CCNP
5 6 (3.87%) CCNA
5 6 (3.87%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (3.87%) CCSA
5 6 (3.87%) CCSE
6 3 (1.94%) ISTQB
6 3 (1.94%) ISEB
6 3 (1.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.65%) CISM
8 1 (0.65%) PMP
8 1 (0.65%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.65%) CCA
8 1 (0.65%) CISSP
8 1 (0.65%) AAT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (10.32%) SLA
2 4 (2.58%) QA
3 3 (1.94%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.29%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 14 (9.03%) Active Directory
2 12 (7.74%) XenApp
2 12 (7.74%) Microsoft App-V
3 6 (3.87%) XenServer
3 6 (3.87%) XenDesktop
4 5 (3.23%) Hyper-V
4 5 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (1.29%) vSphere
5 2 (1.29%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.29%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.65%) RACF
6 1 (0.65%) NFS
Systems Management
1 25 (16.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 24 (15.48%) SCCM
3 7 (4.52%) Netcool
4 6 (3.87%) OpenView
5 5 (3.23%) WSUS
6 3 (1.94%) SCOM
7 2 (1.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (1.29%) HP UCMDB
7 2 (1.29%) CA Spectrum
7 2 (1.29%) WhatsUp Gold
7 2 (1.29%) HP Operations Orchestration
8 1 (0.65%) Netcool/OMNIbus
8 1 (0.65%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.65%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.65%) MOM
8 1 (0.65%) OMEGAMON
8 1 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.65%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 33 (21.29%) HP
2 19 (12.26%) McAfee
3 16 (10.32%) Citrix
4 12 (7.74%) VMware
5 9 (5.81%) AppSense
5 9 (5.81%) Oracle
6 8 (5.16%) F5
6 8 (5.16%) Cisco
6 8 (5.16%) CheckPoint
6 8 (5.16%) Remedy
7 7 (4.52%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 6 (3.87%) Crossbeam
8 6 (3.87%) Nortel
8 6 (3.87%) Radware
9 5 (3.23%) TIBCO
10 4 (2.58%) Ericsson
10 4 (2.58%) Huawei
11 3 (1.94%) Epiphany
11 3 (1.94%) Thunderhead
11 3 (1.94%) Red Hat
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