The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 24 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 586 596 542
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -54
Contract jobs citing SMS 75 66 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.11% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.88% 0.81% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 26 38
Median daily rate £295 £445 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.70% +48.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £207 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £419 £575 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £425 £301
% change year-on-year
-25.88% +41.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 8 0
Median hourly rate £12.50 £20.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.50% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £20.00 -
% change year-on-year
-37.50% -

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
8569 8125 8127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.72% 13.90% 14.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 5229 4655 4363
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £235 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 515 456
Median hourly rate £33.00 £21.51 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.39% +4.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £21.53 £21.88
% change year-on-year
+62.60% -1.60%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing SMS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 24 August 2016.

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 24 August 2016.

SMS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

SMS
Top 28 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the UK over the 3 months to 24 August 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +20 75 £295 -33.70% 17
London +26 29 £263 -42.93% 10
South East +13 18 £238 -34.48% 1
East of England +27 17 £350 -22.22% 1
Berkshire +8 17 £238 +32.68% 1
City of London +36 8 £256 -47.96% 2
Essex +13 8 £350 -22.22%
Bracknell -1 8 £400 +123.46%
Bedfordshire - 6 £315 - 1
North East - 4 £290 -
Luton - 4 £315 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 4 £290 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 4 £290 -
South West +10 3 - -
Slough - 3 £225 - 1
Hertfordshire - 3 £300 -
Wiltshire - 3 - -
Swindon - 3 - -
Reading +12 2 - -
Yorkshire -4 2 - -
West Midlands -34 2 £775 +29.16%
North Yorkshire - 2 - -
York - 2 - -
Telford - 1 - -
Brentwood - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 £775 -
Shropshire - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing SMS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SMS.

1 61 (45.19%) Marketing
2 40 (29.63%) Windows
3 38 (28.15%) CRM
4 31 (22.96%) Software Delivery
5 28 (20.74%) HTML
6 27 (20.00%) Active Directory
6 27 (20.00%) Project Management
6 27 (20.00%) Security Cleared
7 25 (18.52%) SC Cleared
7 25 (18.52%) SCCM
8 24 (17.78%) Citrix
9 23 (17.04%) DNS
9 23 (17.04%) DHCP
10 22 (16.30%) Agile Software Development
10 22 (16.30%) XenApp
11 21 (15.56%) SQL
11 21 (15.56%) JavaScript
12 20 (14.81%) Data Centre
13 19 (14.07%) 3G
14 18 (13.33%) Retail
14 18 (13.33%) VMware
14 18 (13.33%) Microsoft App-V
14 18 (13.33%) AppSense
15 17 (12.59%) Email Marketing
16 16 (11.85%) Degree
16 16 (11.85%) Analytics
17 15 (11.11%) Digital Marketing
17 15 (11.11%) CSS
17 15 (11.11%) Web Services
17 15 (11.11%) XML

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (7.41%) Skype for Business
2 9 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
2 9 (6.67%) MS Exchange
3 6 (4.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 4 (2.96%) CMS
5 2 (1.48%) Apache
5 2 (1.48%) Drupal
5 2 (1.48%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.48%) Mule
5 2 (1.48%) SAS
5 2 (1.48%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (2.22%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 10 (7.41%) Adobe Campaign
2 9 (6.67%) Unica
3 3 (2.22%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.74%) Eloqua
4 1 (0.74%) Northgate Housing
4 1 (0.74%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.22%) SmartFocus
2 2 (1.48%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.74%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 23 (17.04%) DHCP
1 23 (17.04%) DNS
2 19 (14.07%) 3G
3 10 (7.41%) Wi-Fi
4 9 (6.67%) Value-Added Service
5 8 (5.93%) 4G
6 7 (5.19%) Remote Desktop
7 5 (3.70%) LTE
8 4 (2.96%) CTI
9 3 (2.22%) HTTP
9 3 (2.22%) MVNO
9 3 (2.22%) SMTP
9 3 (2.22%) SNMP
9 3 (2.22%) Wireless
10 2 (1.48%) Broadband
10 2 (1.48%) FTP
10 2 (1.48%) Internet
10 2 (1.48%) VoLTE
11 1 (0.74%) IPv6
11 1 (0.74%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (10.37%) SQL Server
2 12 (8.89%) Data Mining
3 8 (5.93%) Big Data
4 6 (4.44%) MongoDB
5 4 (2.96%) SAP Data Services
6 2 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.48%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.74%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 9 (6.67%) Dreamweaver
2 4 (2.96%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.48%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.48%) JSUnit
3 2 (1.48%) NUnit
3 2 (1.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.74%) Bugzilla
4 1 (0.74%) FindBugs
4 1 (0.74%) JIRA
4 1 (0.74%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.74%) Vagrant
General
1 61 (45.19%) Marketing
2 18 (13.33%) Retail
3 12 (8.89%) Legal
4 10 (7.41%) Telecoms
5 8 (5.93%) Finance
6 4 (2.96%) Banking
7 3 (2.22%) Automotive
8 2 (1.48%) Publishing
8 2 (1.48%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.74%) Back Office
9 1 (0.74%) German Language
9 1 (0.74%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 14 (10.37%) Project Manager
2 13 (9.63%) Analyst
3 12 (8.89%) Architect
4 11 (8.15%) Desktop Support
5 9 (6.67%) CRM Specialist
5 9 (6.67%) Designer
6 8 (5.93%) Consultant
6 8 (5.93%) Developer
6 8 (5.93%) Digital Architect
7 6 (4.44%) Campaign Manager
7 6 (4.44%) Digital Solutions Architect
7 6 (4.44%) Solutions Architect
8 5 (3.70%) 2nd Line Support
8 5 (3.70%) 3rd Line Support
8 5 (3.70%) Campaign Analyst
8 5 (3.70%) Desktop Engineer
8 5 (3.70%) IT Architect
8 5 (3.70%) Marketing Specialist
9 4 (2.96%) SQL Developer
9 4 (2.96%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (20.74%) HTML
2 15 (11.11%) CSS
2 15 (11.11%) Web Services
2 15 (11.11%) XML
3 12 (8.89%) .NET
4 8 (5.93%) J2EE
5 5 (3.70%) HTML5
6 4 (2.96%) Meteor
6 4 (2.96%) Node.js
6 4 (2.96%) SAML
6 4 (2.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (2.22%) Flash
7 3 (2.22%) WSDL
7 3 (2.22%) XSD
8 2 (1.48%) .NET Framework
8 2 (1.48%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.48%) JSON
8 2 (1.48%) LINQ
8 2 (1.48%) WCF
8 2 (1.48%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 20 (14.81%) Data Centre
2 11 (8.15%) Virtual Team
3 10 (7.41%) Fat Client
3 10 (7.41%) Thin Client
4 9 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (6.67%) Computer Science
4 9 (6.67%) Social Media
5 5 (3.70%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.22%) Fintech
6 3 (2.22%) Telematics
7 2 (1.48%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.74%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.74%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.74%) Handset
8 1 (0.74%) IVR
8 1 (0.74%) Over-the-Top Content
8 1 (0.74%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.74%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 40 (29.63%) Windows
2 12 (8.89%) Windows Server
3 10 (7.41%) Windows 7
3 10 (7.41%) Windows Server 2003
3 10 (7.41%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (5.19%) Windows XP
5 2 (1.48%) Linux
6 1 (0.74%) Android
6 1 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.74%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.74%) Unix
6 1 (0.74%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (28.15%) CRM
2 31 (22.96%) Software Delivery
3 27 (20.00%) Project Management
4 22 (16.30%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (12.59%) Email Marketing
6 16 (11.85%) Analytics
7 15 (11.11%) Digital Marketing
7 15 (11.11%) E-Commerce
8 13 (9.63%) Campaign Management
9 12 (8.89%) Data Architecture
10 11 (8.15%) ITIL
11 10 (7.41%) Release Management
11 10 (7.41%) Software Deployment
12 9 (6.67%) Operational Acceptance Testing
12 9 (6.67%) Software Distribution
13 8 (5.93%) Migration
13 8 (5.93%) Scrum
13 8 (5.93%) Stakeholder Management
13 8 (5.93%) Technical Architecture
14 7 (5.19%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 21 (15.56%) JavaScript
1 21 (15.56%) SQL
2 12 (8.89%) Java
2 12 (8.89%) T-SQL
3 5 (3.70%) C#
4 4 (2.96%) Shell Script
5 3 (2.22%) C
5 3 (2.22%) PHP
6 2 (1.48%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.48%) VBA
7 1 (0.74%) C++
7 1 (0.74%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.74%) VB
7 1 (0.74%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 27 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 25 (18.52%) SC Cleared
3 16 (11.85%) Degree
4 4 (2.96%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.74%) CCNA
5 1 (0.74%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.74%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.74%) MCITP
5 1 (0.74%) MCP
5 1 (0.74%) MCSE
5 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.19%) QA
2 4 (2.96%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (2.22%) SLA
System Software
1 27 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 22 (16.30%) XenApp
3 18 (13.33%) Microsoft App-V
4 11 (8.15%) Hyper-V
5 9 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (6.67%) XenDesktop
5 9 (6.67%) XenServer
6 2 (1.48%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 2 (1.48%) Varnish
6 2 (1.48%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.74%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 25 (18.52%) SCCM
2 10 (7.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 3 (2.22%) Endace
3 3 (2.22%) Nagios
4 2 (1.48%) Kibana
4 2 (1.48%) logstash
5 1 (0.74%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.74%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.74%) WSUS
5 1 (0.74%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 24 (17.78%) Citrix
2 18 (13.33%) AppSense
2 18 (13.33%) VMware
3 13 (9.63%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
3 13 (9.63%) Salesforce.com
4 12 (8.89%) IBM
5 11 (8.15%) HP
6 10 (7.41%) Intel Security
7 8 (5.93%) Adobe
8 7 (5.19%) hybris
9 6 (4.44%) Cisco
9 6 (4.44%) Google
9 6 (4.44%) ThinPrint
10 4 (2.96%) SAP
11 3 (2.22%) Oracle
11 3 (2.22%) Splunk
12 2 (1.48%) Alterian
12 2 (1.48%) Epiphany
12 2 (1.48%) Facebook
12 2 (1.48%) ForgeRock