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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 516 521 476
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -45
Contract jobs citing SMS 90 58 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.11% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.10% 0.82% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 35 47
Average daily rate
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£320 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £178
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £515 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £326 £320 £328
% change year-on-year
+1.71% -2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 6
Average hourly rate - £22.50 £13.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +69.81%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £13.25
% change year-on-year
- +69.81%

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
8217 7116 8906
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.53% 13.50% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4453 3843 4029
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 414 695
Average hourly rate £21.88 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.15 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-3.05% -7.16%

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 29 August 2014.

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 29 August 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
England +13 84 £313 -3.72% 17
South East -3 33 £475 +48.43% 2
Berkshire +28 28 £475 +69.64% 1
North West +8 22 £291 +16.40%
London +5 13 £275 -38.88% 8
Bracknell +14 12 - -
Reading +9 4 £475 +18.75%
East of England -22 4 £388 +40.90%
Manchester - 4 £500 -
Hertfordshire - 4 £388 -
South West -34 3 £275 -50.00%
Buckinghamshire - 2 - -
Slough - 2 - -
Yorkshire +2 1 £450 - 2
Hampshire -22 1 £347 +8.58%
West Yorkshire - 1 £450 - 2
Wiltshire - 1 £275 -
Milton Keynes - 1 - -
Peterborough - - - -
Saffron Walden - - - -
Luton - - - -
Basildon - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Brentford - - - -
Bury - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Canterbury - - - -
Chippenham - - - -
Cirencester - - - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, 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 62 (37.80%) Windows
2 37 (22.56%) Citrix
3 34 (20.73%) Security Cleared
4 33 (20.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 33 (20.12%) Microsoft App-V
5 32 (19.51%) SCCM
6 29 (17.68%) Active Directory
7 27 (16.46%) AppSense
8 25 (15.24%) Telecoms
8 25 (15.24%) SC Cleared
9 24 (14.63%) HP
10 23 (14.02%) DNS
11 22 (13.41%) XenApp
12 20 (12.20%) Marketing
12 20 (12.20%) 3G
12 20 (12.20%) Windows Server 2003
13 19 (11.59%) Finance
14 18 (10.98%) ITIL
14 18 (10.98%) Software Deployment
15 17 (10.37%) LTE
15 17 (10.37%) DHCP
15 17 (10.37%) MSI
16 16 (9.76%) VMware
16 16 (9.76%) McAfee
16 16 (9.76%) Software Distribution
17 15 (9.15%) Windows XP
18 14 (8.54%) Windows 7
19 12 (7.32%) InstallShield
20 11 (6.71%) Project Management
20 11 (6.71%) XenServer

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, 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 7 (4.27%) MS Exchange
1 7 (4.27%) Lync
1 7 (4.27%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (1.83%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.22%) FileNet
3 2 (1.22%) Apache
3 2 (1.22%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.22%) CICS
4 1 (0.61%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.61%) CMS
4 1 (0.61%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (0.61%) AutoCAD
1 1 (0.61%) Photoshop
1 1 (0.61%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 2 (1.22%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.61%) WebTrends
2 1 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.61%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 23 (14.02%) DNS
2 20 (12.20%) 3G
3 17 (10.37%) LTE
3 17 (10.37%) DHCP
4 10 (6.10%) ISUP
5 9 (5.49%) Wi-Fi
5 9 (5.49%) 4G
6 8 (4.88%) Firewall
6 8 (4.88%) UMTS
6 8 (4.88%) GSM
7 7 (4.27%) SCCP
8 6 (3.66%) Cisco ASA
8 6 (3.66%) INAP
8 6 (3.66%) Internet
8 6 (3.66%) TCP/IP
9 5 (3.05%) FTP
10 4 (2.44%) Junos
10 4 (2.44%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 4 (2.44%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 4 (2.44%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.05%) DB2
2 3 (1.83%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.61%) DB2 UDB
3 1 (0.61%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 17 (10.37%) MSI
2 12 (7.32%) InstallShield
3 10 (6.10%) AdminStudio
4 2 (1.22%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.61%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.61%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.61%) GDB
5 1 (0.61%) Git (software)
General
1 25 (15.24%) Telecoms
2 20 (12.20%) Marketing
3 19 (11.59%) Finance
4 6 (3.66%) Retail
5 5 (3.05%) Billing
6 4 (2.44%) Advertising
7 3 (1.83%) Electronics
7 3 (1.83%) Legal
7 3 (1.83%) Games
7 3 (1.83%) Banking
8 2 (1.22%) Multimedia
8 2 (1.22%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.61%) Back Office
9 1 (0.61%) Publishing
9 1 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.61%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.61%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 14 (8.54%) Support Engineer
2 13 (7.93%) Consultant
3 12 (7.32%) Applications Packager
4 11 (6.71%) Analyst
5 10 (6.10%) Project Manager
6 8 (4.88%) Desktop Engineer
7 7 (4.27%) Administrator
7 7 (4.27%) Desktop Support
8 6 (3.66%) Software Engineer
8 6 (3.66%) 2nd Line Support
9 5 (3.05%) Developer
9 5 (3.05%) Business Analyst
9 5 (3.05%) Network Engineer
9 5 (3.05%) Marketing Manager
9 5 (3.05%) Design Engineer
9 5 (3.05%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 4 (2.44%) SCCM Engineer
10 4 (2.44%) Test Engineer
10 4 (2.44%) Solutions Architect
10 4 (2.44%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.10%) HTML
2 9 (5.49%) Application Packaging
3 4 (2.44%) ISPF
3 4 (2.44%) XML
3 4 (2.44%) J2EE
3 4 (2.44%) WAP
3 4 (2.44%) RSS
4 3 (1.83%) XML Schema
4 3 (1.83%) JDBC
5 2 (1.22%) KML
5 2 (1.22%) J2ME
5 2 (1.22%) Flash
5 2 (1.22%) SyncML
6 1 (0.61%) OpenGL
6 1 (0.61%) Middleware
6 1 (0.61%) Rendezvous
6 1 (0.61%) JMS
6 1 (0.61%) .NET
6 1 (0.61%) JSP
6 1 (0.61%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.27%) Smartcard
2 6 (3.66%) Mobile App
3 5 (3.05%) IVR
4 4 (2.44%) Video on Demand
4 4 (2.44%) Social Network
4 4 (2.44%) Mainframe
4 4 (2.44%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.22%) Social Media
5 2 (1.22%) Hedge funds
5 2 (1.22%) Data Integration
5 2 (1.22%) Device Driver
5 2 (1.22%) Replication
5 2 (1.22%) GIS
5 2 (1.22%) N-Tier
5 2 (1.22%) NHS
6 1 (0.61%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.61%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.61%) HACMP
6 1 (0.61%) AS400
6 1 (0.61%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 62 (37.80%) Windows
2 20 (12.20%) Windows Server 2003
3 15 (9.15%) Windows XP
4 14 (8.54%) Windows 7
5 8 (4.88%) Windows Vista
5 8 (4.88%) UNIX
6 7 (4.27%) zOS
6 7 (4.27%) Windows 8
7 6 (3.66%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (3.05%) Linux
8 5 (3.05%) Windows 2000
9 3 (1.83%) VMS
10 2 (1.22%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (1.22%) Windows NT
10 2 (1.22%) NetWare
10 2 (1.22%) Windows CE
11 1 (0.61%) OS/390
11 1 (0.61%) AIX
11 1 (0.61%) Solaris
11 1 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (10.98%) ITIL
1 18 (10.98%) Software Deployment
2 16 (9.76%) Software Distribution
3 11 (6.71%) Project Management
4 9 (5.49%) CRM
4 9 (5.49%) Migration
5 8 (4.88%) Release Management
5 8 (4.88%) Validation
6 6 (3.66%) Digital Marketing
6 6 (3.66%) Time Management
6 6 (3.66%) Incident Management
7 5 (3.05%) PRINCE2
7 5 (3.05%) Service Delivery
7 5 (3.05%) Network Design
7 5 (3.05%) Email Marketing
7 5 (3.05%) Unit Testing
7 5 (3.05%) Data Migration
7 5 (3.05%) Network Management
8 4 (2.44%) Capacity Management
8 4 (2.44%) Direct Marketing
Programming Languages
1 10 (6.10%) SQL
2 9 (5.49%) VBScript
3 8 (4.88%) C
4 4 (2.44%) REXX
5 3 (1.83%) JCL
5 3 (1.83%) VB
5 3 (1.83%) Java
5 3 (1.83%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.83%) Shell Script
5 3 (1.83%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.22%) C++
6 2 (1.22%) Perl
7 1 (0.61%) Python
7 1 (0.61%) C#
Qualifications
1 34 (20.73%) Security Cleared
2 25 (15.24%) SC Cleared
3 11 (6.71%) Degree
4 4 (2.44%) DV Cleared
5 2 (1.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.22%) CCSA
5 2 (1.22%) CCSE
5 2 (1.22%) MCSE
5 2 (1.22%) CCSP
5 2 (1.22%) CCNP
5 2 (1.22%) CCNA
5 2 (1.22%) ISEB
5 2 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (1.22%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.22%) CCA
6 1 (0.61%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (0.61%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.61%) AAT
6 1 (0.61%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.88%) SLA
2 6 (3.66%) QA
3 3 (1.83%) JTAG
4 1 (0.61%) JSP 440
System Software
1 33 (20.12%) Microsoft App-V
2 29 (17.68%) Active Directory
3 22 (13.41%) XenApp
4 11 (6.71%) XenServer
5 9 (5.49%) XenDesktop
6 6 (3.66%) RACF
7 2 (1.22%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.61%) NFS
8 1 (0.61%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.61%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 33 (20.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 32 (19.51%) SCCM
3 4 (2.44%) OMEGAMON
4 3 (1.83%) Tivoli
4 3 (1.83%) CA Spectrum
4 3 (1.83%) SCOM
5 2 (1.22%) OpenView
5 2 (1.22%) Netcool
5 2 (1.22%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.61%) ZENworks
6 1 (0.61%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.61%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 37 (22.56%) Citrix
2 27 (16.46%) AppSense
3 24 (14.63%) HP
4 16 (9.76%) VMware
4 16 (9.76%) McAfee
5 7 (4.27%) Thunderhead
6 6 (3.66%) F5
6 6 (3.66%) CheckPoint
6 6 (3.66%) Cisco
7 5 (3.05%) CA
8 4 (2.44%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 4 (2.44%) Eloqua
8 4 (2.44%) TippingPoint
8 4 (2.44%) Marketo
8 4 (2.44%) Oracle
8 4 (2.44%) Ericsson
8 4 (2.44%) Juniper
8 4 (2.44%) TIBCO
9 3 (1.83%) IBM
9 3 (1.83%) SAP
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