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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 516 522 493
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -29
Contract jobs citing SMS 97 62 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.12% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.15% 0.88% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 39 53
Average daily rate
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£347 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.91% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £220 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £285 £316
% change year-on-year
+21.92% -9.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 5
Average hourly rate - £22.50 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +80.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £12.50
% change year-on-year
- +80.00%

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
8406 7046 8917
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.61% 13.55% 15.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 4657 3830 4038
Average daily rate £363 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.69% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 410 683
Average hourly rate £22.69 £22.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.84% +4.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.57 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 +4 93 £347 +6.91% 26
South East +18 41 £423 +32.03% 2
Berkshire +30 36 £475 +75.92% 2
North West +6 16 £300 +9.09% 1
Bracknell +12 13 - -
London -17 12 £278 -41.57% 15
South West -30 8 £263 -3.66% 1
Bristol - 6 £260 -
Reading +9 4 £475 +69.64%
East of England -25 4 £388 +40.90% 3
Slough - 4 £370 -
Manchester - 4 £500 - 1
Hertfordshire - 4 £388 - 2
East Midlands +6 3 £450 -
West Midlands - 3 £350 - 3
Buckinghamshire - 2 - -
East Sussex - 2 - -
Bexhill-On-Sea - 2 - -
Hampshire -17 1 £347 +7.74%
Gloucestershire -20 1 £438 +60.55% 1
Wiltshire - 1 £275 -
Scotland - 1 £320 - 1
Coventry - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £320 - 1
Milton Keynes - 1 - -
Nottingham - - - -
Luton - - - -
Watford - - - - 1
Wolverhampton - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 58 (33.92%) Windows
2 37 (21.64%) Citrix
3 36 (21.05%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 33 (19.30%) Microsoft App-V
5 32 (18.71%) Security Cleared
6 31 (18.13%) Telecoms
7 29 (16.96%) HP
8 28 (16.37%) AppSense
9 26 (15.20%) Active Directory
9 26 (15.20%) SCCM
10 25 (14.62%) LTE
11 24 (14.04%) Marketing
12 23 (13.45%) ITIL
12 23 (13.45%) XenApp
13 22 (12.87%) SC Cleared
14 21 (12.28%) DNS
14 21 (12.28%) Finance
15 20 (11.70%) Degree
15 20 (11.70%) 3G
16 19 (11.11%) Software Deployment
16 19 (11.11%) Software Distribution
17 18 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
17 18 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
18 17 (9.94%) MSI
18 17 (9.94%) VMware
19 16 (9.36%) Windows 7
20 15 (8.77%) McAfee
20 15 (8.77%) DHCP
21 13 (7.60%) InstallShield
21 13 (7.60%) Project Management

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 8 (4.68%) MS Exchange
1 8 (4.68%) Lync
1 8 (4.68%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (1.17%) CICS
2 2 (1.17%) FileNet
3 1 (0.58%) CMS
3 1 (0.58%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.58%) WordPress
3 1 (0.58%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (0.58%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (1.17%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.58%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.58%) WebTrends
2 1 (0.58%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 25 (14.62%) LTE
2 21 (12.28%) DNS
3 20 (11.70%) 3G
4 15 (8.77%) DHCP
5 12 (7.02%) UMTS
5 12 (7.02%) 4G
6 11 (6.43%) ISUP
6 11 (6.43%) Firewall
7 10 (5.85%) GSM
8 9 (5.26%) Internet
8 9 (5.26%) Cisco ASA
9 8 (4.68%) WCDMA
10 7 (4.09%) GPRS
10 7 (4.09%) SCCP
10 7 (4.09%) INAP
11 6 (3.51%) Wireshark
11 6 (3.51%) VoLTE
11 6 (3.51%) TCP/IP
11 6 (3.51%) Wi-Fi
12 5 (2.92%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.92%) DB2
2 3 (1.75%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.58%) DB2 UDB
3 1 (0.58%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (0.58%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 17 (9.94%) MSI
2 13 (7.60%) InstallShield
3 11 (6.43%) AdminStudio
4 2 (1.17%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.58%) GDB
5 1 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.58%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.58%) Git (software)
General
1 31 (18.13%) Telecoms
2 24 (14.04%) Marketing
3 21 (12.28%) Finance
4 9 (5.26%) Retail
5 6 (3.51%) Electronics
6 4 (2.34%) Advertising
6 4 (2.34%) Billing
7 3 (1.75%) Games
7 3 (1.75%) Banking
8 2 (1.17%) Multimedia
8 2 (1.17%) Legal
9 1 (0.58%) Back Office
9 1 (0.58%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.58%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 14 (8.19%) Consultant
2 12 (7.02%) Applications Packager
3 11 (6.43%) Support Engineer
3 11 (6.43%) Analyst
3 11 (6.43%) Project Manager
4 8 (4.68%) Network Engineer
4 8 (4.68%) Design Engineer
4 8 (4.68%) Test Engineer
5 7 (4.09%) Desktop Engineer
5 7 (4.09%) Integration Engineer
6 6 (3.51%) Software Engineer
7 5 (2.92%) Developer
7 5 (2.92%) Desktop Support
7 5 (2.92%) Business Analyst
7 5 (2.92%) 2nd Line Support
7 5 (2.92%) Administrator
7 5 (2.92%) Marketing Manager
8 4 (2.34%) Security Engineer
8 4 (2.34%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 4 (2.34%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.68%) HTML
1 8 (4.68%) Application Packaging
2 4 (2.34%) WAP
2 4 (2.34%) XML
2 4 (2.34%) RSS
3 3 (1.75%) XML Schema
3 3 (1.75%) ISPF
4 2 (1.17%) J2EE
5 1 (0.58%) ATL
5 1 (0.58%) CSS
5 1 (0.58%) JDBC
5 1 (0.58%) JSP
5 1 (0.58%) SOAP
5 1 (0.58%) JMS
5 1 (0.58%) .NET
5 1 (0.58%) OpenGL
5 1 (0.58%) Rendezvous
5 1 (0.58%) Middleware
5 1 (0.58%) JNDI
5 1 (0.58%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 18 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.09%) Mobile App
3 6 (3.51%) IVR
4 5 (2.92%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.34%) Social Network
5 4 (2.34%) Video on Demand
6 3 (1.75%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.75%) Mainframe
6 3 (1.75%) Smartcard
7 2 (1.17%) Replication
7 2 (1.17%) Data Integration
7 2 (1.17%) Social Media
7 2 (1.17%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.58%) SecurID
8 1 (0.58%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.58%) Mobile Payment
8 1 (0.58%) User Experience
8 1 (0.58%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.58%) LPAR
8 1 (0.58%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 58 (33.92%) Windows
2 18 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
3 16 (9.36%) Windows 7
4 12 (7.02%) Windows XP
5 10 (5.85%) UNIX
6 9 (5.26%) Windows Vista
7 8 (4.68%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (4.09%) Windows 8
8 7 (4.09%) zOS
9 5 (2.92%) Linux
10 4 (2.34%) Windows 2000
10 4 (2.34%) VMS
11 2 (1.17%) Windows NT
11 2 (1.17%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.58%) Android
12 1 (0.58%) AIX
12 1 (0.58%) Solaris
12 1 (0.58%) OS/390
12 1 (0.58%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (13.45%) ITIL
2 19 (11.11%) Software Deployment
2 19 (11.11%) Software Distribution
3 13 (7.60%) Project Management
4 10 (5.85%) CRM
5 9 (5.26%) Release Management
6 8 (4.68%) Network Management
6 8 (4.68%) PRINCE2
6 8 (4.68%) Validation
6 8 (4.68%) Migration
7 7 (4.09%) Integration Acceptance Testing
7 7 (4.09%) Capacity Management
8 6 (3.51%) Time Management
8 6 (3.51%) Digital Marketing
8 6 (3.51%) Network Design
8 6 (3.51%) Incident Management
9 5 (2.92%) Change Management
9 5 (2.92%) Email Marketing
9 5 (2.92%) Direct Marketing
9 5 (2.92%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 9 (5.26%) SQL
1 9 (5.26%) VBScript
2 8 (4.68%) C
3 4 (2.34%) REXX
3 4 (2.34%) PowerShell
4 3 (1.75%) Shell Script
4 3 (1.75%) JCL
4 3 (1.75%) Java
4 3 (1.75%) VB
5 2 (1.17%) C++
5 2 (1.17%) Perl
6 1 (0.58%) Python
6 1 (0.58%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.58%) C#
Qualifications
1 32 (18.71%) Security Cleared
2 22 (12.87%) SC Cleared
3 20 (11.70%) Degree
4 4 (2.34%) DV Cleared
4 4 (2.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (2.34%) CCSP
4 4 (2.34%) CCNP
4 4 (2.34%) CCNA
4 4 (2.34%) ISEB
4 4 (2.34%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (2.34%) CCSA
4 4 (2.34%) CCSE
5 3 (1.75%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.17%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.17%) CCA
6 2 (1.17%) MCSE
7 1 (0.58%) AAT
7 1 (0.58%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (7.02%) SLA
2 6 (3.51%) QA
3 2 (1.17%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.58%) JTAG
System Software
1 33 (19.30%) Microsoft App-V
2 26 (15.20%) Active Directory
3 23 (13.45%) XenApp
4 12 (7.02%) XenServer
5 10 (5.85%) XenDesktop
6 5 (2.92%) RACF
7 3 (1.75%) Hyper-V
8 2 (1.17%) vSphere
8 2 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.58%) VMware Infrastructure
9 1 (0.58%) NFS
Systems Management
1 36 (21.05%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 26 (15.20%) SCCM
3 4 (2.34%) Netcool
3 4 (2.34%) OMEGAMON
3 4 (2.34%) OpenView
4 3 (1.75%) Tivoli
4 3 (1.75%) CA Spectrum
5 2 (1.17%) WhatsUp Gold
5 2 (1.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.58%) ZENworks
6 1 (0.58%) SCOM
6 1 (0.58%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 37 (21.64%) Citrix
2 29 (16.96%) HP
3 28 (16.37%) AppSense
4 17 (9.94%) VMware
5 15 (8.77%) McAfee
6 9 (5.26%) CheckPoint
6 9 (5.26%) Cisco
6 9 (5.26%) F5
7 7 (4.09%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 7 (4.09%) Thunderhead
8 5 (2.92%) TIBCO
8 5 (2.92%) Huawei
8 5 (2.92%) Crossbeam
8 5 (2.92%) TippingPoint
8 5 (2.92%) Juniper
8 5 (2.92%) CA
8 5 (2.92%) Ericsson
9 4 (2.34%) Siebel
9 4 (2.34%) Remedy
9 4 (2.34%) Radware
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