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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 564 520 527
Rank change year-on-year
-44 +7
Contract jobs citing SMS 69 90 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.16% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.86% 1.10% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 39 37
Average daily rate
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£445 £340 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.88% +4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £191 £229 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £455 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £445 £347 £305
% change year-on-year
+28.06% +13.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 0 3
Average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50

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
8062 8177 7057
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 14.64% 13.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4616 4454 3809
Average daily rate £375 £363 £352
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 524 456 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £23.50 £23.21
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +1.24%

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 4 September 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SMS within the UK over the 3 months to 4 September 2015.

SMS Hourly Rate Histogram 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 4 September 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 -26 62 £445 +29.45% 13
South East -37 22 £363 -23.68% 1
Berkshire -15 17 £179 -62.31% 1
North West -38 12 £445 +52.92%
Bristol +2 10 £125 -
South West +1 10 £125 -54.54%
London +3 9 £455 +65.45% 9
Newbury - 7 - -
Scotland -7 5 - -
Bracknell -12 5 £179 -
Glasgow - 5 - -
Lancashire -22 4 £301 +8.98%
Blackpool -30 4 £301 +11.41%
City of London - 4 £493 - 1
Hampshire +1 3 £370 +6.48%
Manchester -20 3 £445 -11.00%
Yorkshire -26 3 - -
Rotherham - 3 - -
South Yorkshire - 3 - -
West Midlands +11 2 £600 +71.42%
East of England +4 2 £450 +16.12% 2
Milton Keynes -7 2 £600 -
Reading -9 2 - -
Cheshire -12 2 £475 +8.20%
Buckinghamshire -12 2 £600 -
East Midlands -12 2 £600 +33.33% 1
Essex - 2 £450 -
Leicestershire - 2 £600 - 1
Warrington - 2 £475 -
Andover - 2 £363 -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 21 (15.22%) 3G
2 19 (13.77%) Internet
2 19 (13.77%) 4G
3 18 (13.04%) ITIL
3 18 (13.04%) Finance
4 17 (12.32%) Telecoms
5 16 (11.59%) Security Cleared
6 15 (10.87%) Firewall
6 15 (10.87%) Windows
6 15 (10.87%) HTML
7 14 (10.14%) UNIX
7 14 (10.14%) Validation
8 13 (9.42%) JavaScript
8 13 (9.42%) SLA
8 13 (9.42%) HP
8 13 (9.42%) FortiGate
8 13 (9.42%) LTE
9 12 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
9 12 (8.70%) Linux
9 12 (8.70%) CheckPoint
9 12 (8.70%) TippingPoint
10 11 (7.97%) Google
10 11 (7.97%) McAfee
10 11 (7.97%) TCP/IP
10 11 (7.97%) Analytics
11 10 (7.25%) HTML5
11 10 (7.25%) Data Centre
11 10 (7.25%) Active Directory
11 10 (7.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 10 (7.25%) Citrix

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 9 (6.52%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 8 (5.80%) CMS
3 7 (5.07%) SharePoint
4 6 (4.35%) WebLogic
4 6 (4.35%) CICS
5 5 (3.62%) WordPress
6 4 (2.90%) Sitecore CMS
6 4 (2.90%) Lync
6 4 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (2.90%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (2.90%) WebSphere
6 4 (2.90%) MS Exchange
7 3 (2.17%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.72%) Drupal
8 1 (0.72%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (0.72%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (3.62%) Oracle Payables
1 5 (3.62%) Oracle Receivables
2 4 (2.90%) Oracle Cash Management
3 3 (2.17%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (1.45%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 2 (1.45%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (1.45%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (1.45%) Exstream
5 1 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.72%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.07%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 21 (15.22%) 3G
2 19 (13.77%) Internet
2 19 (13.77%) 4G
3 15 (10.87%) Firewall
4 13 (9.42%) LTE
5 11 (7.97%) TCP/IP
6 9 (6.52%) VoLTE
6 9 (6.52%) ISUP
7 8 (5.80%) 2G
7 8 (5.80%) SS7
7 8 (5.80%) Diameter Protocol
8 7 (5.07%) SIGTRAN
8 7 (5.07%) SNA
9 6 (4.35%) VoIP
9 6 (4.35%) SMTP
9 6 (4.35%) RTP
9 6 (4.35%) FTP
9 6 (4.35%) MGW
9 6 (4.35%) SCCP
10 5 (3.62%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.62%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.17%) DataStage
3 2 (1.45%) MySQL
3 2 (1.45%) DB2
4 1 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.72%) Ingres
4 1 (0.72%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3 (2.17%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (1.45%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.72%) MSI
3 1 (0.72%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.72%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 18 (13.04%) Finance
2 17 (12.32%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.62%) Legal
4 4 (2.90%) Banking
4 4 (2.90%) Marketing
5 3 (2.17%) Spanish Language
6 2 (1.45%) Italian Language
6 2 (1.45%) Billing
7 1 (0.72%) Advertising
7 1 (0.72%) Publishing
7 1 (0.72%) Games
Job Titles
1 13 (9.42%) Designer
2 12 (8.70%) Security Engineer
3 11 (7.97%) Test Engineer
3 11 (7.97%) Consultant
4 10 (7.25%) Architect
4 10 (7.25%) Support Engineer
4 10 (7.25%) Operations Engineer
5 9 (6.52%) Analyst
6 8 (5.80%) Solutions Designer
6 8 (5.80%) Technical Support
7 7 (5.07%) Applications Support
7 7 (5.07%) 2nd Line Support
7 7 (5.07%) Solutions Architect
7 7 (5.07%) Project Manager
8 6 (4.35%) Tester
9 5 (3.62%) Developer
9 5 (3.62%) Technical Support Engineer
9 5 (3.62%) Oracle Financials Consultant
9 5 (3.62%) Technical Tester
9 5 (3.62%) Oracle Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (10.87%) HTML
2 10 (7.25%) HTML5
3 9 (6.52%) CSS
4 7 (5.07%) .NET
5 6 (4.35%) jQuery
5 6 (4.35%) CSS3
6 3 (2.17%) Middleware
6 3 (2.17%) JSF
7 1 (0.72%) OSGi
7 1 (0.72%) J2EE
7 1 (0.72%) SOAP
7 1 (0.72%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (7.25%) Data Centre
3 9 (6.52%) Mainframe
4 8 (5.80%) Management Information System
4 8 (5.80%) Statistics
5 6 (4.35%) Computer Science
5 6 (4.35%) IBM Mainframe
5 6 (4.35%) Social Media
5 6 (4.35%) VSAM
6 5 (3.62%) User Experience
7 3 (2.17%) EFT
7 3 (2.17%) PKI
7 3 (2.17%) Handset
8 2 (1.45%) Credit Risk
9 1 (0.72%) SWIFT
9 1 (0.72%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.72%) Clustering
9 1 (0.72%) AS400
9 1 (0.72%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.72%) EMV
Operating Systems
1 15 (10.87%) Windows
2 14 (10.14%) UNIX
3 12 (8.70%) Linux
4 9 (6.52%) Solaris
5 8 (5.80%) zOS
6 7 (5.07%) Windows 7
7 6 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (3.62%) VMS
9 4 (2.90%) AIX
10 3 (2.17%) Windows XP
11 2 (1.45%) Mac OS X
11 2 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.72%) OS/390
12 1 (0.72%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (13.04%) ITIL
2 14 (10.14%) Validation
3 11 (7.97%) Analytics
4 9 (6.52%) Software Deployment
5 8 (5.80%) PRINCE2
5 8 (5.80%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (5.80%) Supplier Management
6 7 (5.07%) Information Security
6 7 (5.07%) CRM
6 7 (5.07%) Configuration Management
6 7 (5.07%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (5.07%) Root Cause Analysis
6 7 (5.07%) Software Delivery
7 6 (4.35%) Test Strategy
7 6 (4.35%) Capacity Planning
7 6 (4.35%) Release Management
7 6 (4.35%) Network Architecture
7 6 (4.35%) Service Management
7 6 (4.35%) Risk Management
7 6 (4.35%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (9.42%) JavaScript
2 7 (5.07%) PHP
3 5 (3.62%) SQL
3 5 (3.62%) C
4 4 (2.90%) Java
5 2 (1.45%) Python
5 2 (1.45%) Ruby
5 2 (1.45%) C#
5 2 (1.45%) C++
6 1 (0.72%) Delphi
6 1 (0.72%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (11.59%) Security Cleared
2 10 (7.25%) Degree
3 8 (5.80%) SC Cleared
4 6 (4.35%) HNC
4 6 (4.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 3 (2.17%) DV Cleared
5 3 (2.17%) CCA
6 1 (0.72%) CISSP
6 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.72%) CISM
6 1 (0.72%) MCITP
6 1 (0.72%) Postgraduate
6 1 (0.72%) MCSE
6 1 (0.72%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (9.42%) SLA
2 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 10 (7.25%) Active Directory
2 8 (5.80%) Microsoft App-V
3 7 (5.07%) RACF
3 7 (5.07%) XenApp
4 6 (4.35%) XenDesktop
4 6 (4.35%) Time Sharing Option
4 6 (4.35%) Job Entry Subsystem
5 4 (2.90%) XenServer
6 3 (2.17%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.72%) NFS
Systems Management
1 13 (9.42%) FortiGate
2 10 (7.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 7 (5.07%) OMEGAMON
4 6 (4.35%) zSecure
5 4 (2.90%) SCCM
6 2 (1.45%) AirWatch
6 2 (1.45%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.72%) Tivoli Monitoring
7 1 (0.72%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.72%) WSUS
7 1 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (9.42%) HP
2 12 (8.70%) CheckPoint
2 12 (8.70%) TippingPoint
3 11 (7.97%) McAfee
3 11 (7.97%) Google
4 10 (7.25%) Citrix
5 9 (6.52%) IBM
5 9 (6.52%) Adobe
6 7 (5.07%) Oracle
6 7 (5.07%) VMware
7 6 (4.35%) AppSense
7 6 (4.35%) Remedy
7 6 (4.35%) CA
8 5 (3.62%) Facebook
8 5 (3.62%) Twitter
9 4 (2.90%) Rackspace
9 4 (2.90%) Sitecore
10 3 (2.17%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 3 (2.17%) Sun
11 1 (0.72%) SAP
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