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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 557 533 496
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -37
Contract jobs citing SMS 65 67 80
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.12% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.83% 0.87% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 36 48
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£425 £300 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+41.66% -25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £194 £217 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £300 £400
% change year-on-year
+41.66% -25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 3
Average hourly rate £20.00 - £22.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £7.19 - £13.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.00 - £150.50
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
7807 7668 7022
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.71% 14.03% 13.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 4468 4097 3642
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 479 413 460
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £41.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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 -20 57 £425 +51.24% 25
South East -22 23 £356 +2.52% 3
Berkshire +2 17 £179 - 1
London +3 10 £450 +95.65% 12
North West -37 9 £425 +55.96% 2
Bracknell -4 8 £179 -
Newbury - 7 - - 1
Yorkshire -21 6 - -
Glasgow - 6 - -
Scotland - 6 - -
Bristol +2 4 £125 -50.98% 2
South West -1 4 £125 -52.83% 4
Hampshire -5 4 £363 +4.32% 1
Reading -5 4 - -
City of London -9 4 £493 +9.44% 3
Manchester -12 4 £336 -32.75%
West Yorkshire -22 3 - -
Andover - 3 £356 -
Rotherham - 3 - -
Leeds - 3 - -
South Yorkshire - 3 - -
West Midlands - 3 £550 - 1
Milton Keynes -1 2 £600 -
Cheshire -4 2 £475 +8.20%
Buckinghamshire -5 2 £600 -
Warrington - 2 £475 -
Cardiff -3 1 - -
South Wales -3 1 - -
East Midlands -7 1 - - 1
East of England -7 1 £450 - 2

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 19 (14.39%) Security Cleared
2 18 (13.64%) Windows
2 18 (13.64%) HP
2 18 (13.64%) 3G
2 18 (13.64%) Finance
3 17 (12.88%) Telecoms
3 17 (12.88%) ITIL
4 16 (12.12%) Internet
4 16 (12.12%) 4G
5 14 (10.61%) McAfee
5 14 (10.61%) HTML
6 13 (9.85%) UNIX
6 13 (9.85%) Validation
6 13 (9.85%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 12 (9.09%) Linux
7 12 (9.09%) JavaScript
7 12 (9.09%) Software Deployment
7 12 (9.09%) Data Centre
8 11 (8.33%) SC Cleared
8 11 (8.33%) Google
9 10 (7.58%) Degree
9 10 (7.58%) LTE
9 10 (7.58%) HTML5
9 10 (7.58%) TCP/IP
9 10 (7.58%) SLA
9 10 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
9 10 (7.58%) Software Delivery
10 9 (6.82%) Adobe
10 9 (6.82%) .NET
10 9 (6.82%) ISUP

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 (6.82%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 8 (6.06%) SharePoint
3 7 (5.30%) CMS
4 6 (4.55%) WebLogic
5 5 (3.79%) CICS
5 5 (3.79%) WordPress
6 4 (3.03%) Sitecore CMS
6 4 (3.03%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (2.27%) WebSphere
8 2 (1.52%) Lync
8 2 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (1.52%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (1.52%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.76%) Apache
9 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.76%) Drupal
9 1 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
Business Applications
1 5 (3.79%) Oracle Payables
1 5 (3.79%) Oracle Receivables
2 4 (3.03%) Oracle Cash Management
3 3 (2.27%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (1.52%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 2 (1.52%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (1.52%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (1.52%) Exstream
5 1 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.76%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.30%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 18 (13.64%) 3G
2 16 (12.12%) Internet
2 16 (12.12%) 4G
3 10 (7.58%) LTE
3 10 (7.58%) TCP/IP
4 9 (6.82%) ISUP
5 8 (6.06%) Firewall
5 8 (6.06%) 2G
5 8 (6.06%) SS7
6 7 (5.30%) SIGTRAN
6 7 (5.30%) Diameter Protocol
7 6 (4.55%) MGW
7 6 (4.55%) SCCP
7 6 (4.55%) RTP
7 6 (4.55%) SNA
7 6 (4.55%) GPRS
7 6 (4.55%) GSM
7 6 (4.55%) VoIP
8 5 (3.79%) SMTP
8 5 (3.79%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.79%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.52%) DB2
2 2 (1.52%) DataStage
2 2 (1.52%) MySQL
3 1 (0.76%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.76%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 3 (2.27%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (1.52%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.76%) MSI
3 1 (0.76%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.76%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.76%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 18 (13.64%) Finance
2 17 (12.88%) Telecoms
3 6 (4.55%) Legal
4 3 (2.27%) Banking
4 3 (2.27%) Marketing
4 3 (2.27%) Spanish Language
5 2 (1.52%) Italian Language
5 2 (1.52%) Billing
6 1 (0.76%) Electronics
6 1 (0.76%) Advertising
6 1 (0.76%) Games
Job Titles
1 13 (9.85%) Consultant
2 12 (9.09%) Support Engineer
2 12 (9.09%) Test Engineer
3 10 (7.58%) Analyst
3 10 (7.58%) Designer
4 9 (6.82%) Architect
5 8 (6.06%) Technical Support
6 7 (5.30%) Project Manager
7 6 (4.55%) Solutions Architect
7 6 (4.55%) Solutions Designer
7 6 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support
7 6 (4.55%) Security Engineer
8 5 (3.79%) Integration Engineer
8 5 (3.79%) Technical Tester
8 5 (3.79%) Oracle Consultant
8 5 (3.79%) Oracle Financials Consultant
8 5 (3.79%) Technical Engineer
8 5 (3.79%) Test and Integration Engineer
8 5 (3.79%) Technical Support Engineer
8 5 (3.79%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (10.61%) HTML
2 10 (7.58%) HTML5
3 9 (6.82%) .NET
4 8 (6.06%) CSS
5 6 (4.55%) jQuery
5 6 (4.55%) CSS3
6 3 (2.27%) JSF
7 2 (1.52%) SOAP
7 2 (1.52%) Middleware
8 1 (0.76%) Android SDK
8 1 (0.76%) OSGi
8 1 (0.76%) iOS SDK
8 1 (0.76%) Web Services
8 1 (0.76%) J2EE
8 1 (0.76%) Windows SharePoint Services
8 1 (0.76%) iPhone SDK
Miscellaneous
1 12 (9.09%) Data Centre
2 10 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (6.82%) Statistics
4 8 (6.06%) Mainframe
4 8 (6.06%) Management Information System
5 7 (5.30%) Social Media
6 6 (4.55%) Computer Science
7 5 (3.79%) IBM Mainframe
7 5 (3.79%) VSAM
8 4 (3.03%) User Experience
9 2 (1.52%) PKI
9 2 (1.52%) EFT
9 2 (1.52%) Mobile App
10 1 (0.76%) SWIFT
10 1 (0.76%) iPhone
10 1 (0.76%) N-Tier
10 1 (0.76%) EMV
10 1 (0.76%) AS400
10 1 (0.76%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 18 (13.64%) Windows
2 13 (9.85%) UNIX
3 12 (9.09%) Linux
4 8 (6.06%) Solaris
5 7 (5.30%) zOS
5 7 (5.30%) Windows 7
6 6 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (3.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (3.79%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (3.79%) VMS
8 4 (3.03%) Windows XP
9 3 (2.27%) Windows 2000
9 3 (2.27%) AIX
9 3 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (1.52%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.76%) OS/390
11 1 (0.76%) HPUX
11 1 (0.76%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.76%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.76%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (12.88%) ITIL
2 13 (9.85%) Validation
3 12 (9.09%) Software Deployment
4 10 (7.58%) Software Delivery
5 9 (6.82%) Analytics
5 9 (6.82%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (6.06%) Supplier Management
6 8 (6.06%) Software Distribution
7 7 (5.30%) Root Cause Analysis
7 7 (5.30%) Release Management
7 7 (5.30%) Information Security
7 7 (5.30%) Risk Management
8 6 (4.55%) Service Management
8 6 (4.55%) Content Management
8 6 (4.55%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (4.55%) Network Architecture
8 6 (4.55%) Capacity Planning
9 5 (3.79%) Cash Management
9 5 (3.79%) Requirements Analysis
9 5 (3.79%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (9.09%) JavaScript
2 6 (4.55%) PHP
2 6 (4.55%) SQL
3 5 (3.79%) C
3 5 (3.79%) Java
4 4 (3.03%) C#
5 2 (1.52%) C++
5 2 (1.52%) Ruby
5 2 (1.52%) PowerShell
5 2 (1.52%) VBScript
5 2 (1.52%) VB.NET
5 2 (1.52%) Python
6 1 (0.76%) Objective-C
6 1 (0.76%) Delphi
6 1 (0.76%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (14.39%) Security Cleared
2 11 (8.33%) SC Cleared
3 10 (7.58%) Degree
4 6 (4.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 6 (4.55%) DV Cleared
4 6 (4.55%) HNC
5 2 (1.52%) CCA
6 1 (0.76%) CISSP
6 1 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.76%) CISM
6 1 (0.76%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (7.58%) SLA
2 1 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 8 (6.06%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.55%) RACF
2 6 (4.55%) XenApp
3 5 (3.79%) Microsoft App-V
3 5 (3.79%) Time Sharing Option
3 5 (3.79%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 4 (3.03%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (2.27%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.76%) Forefront TMG
6 1 (0.76%) UAG
6 1 (0.76%) XenServer
6 1 (0.76%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.76%) NFS
Systems Management
1 13 (9.85%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 9 (6.82%) SCCM
3 7 (5.30%) FortiGate
4 6 (4.55%) OMEGAMON
5 5 (3.79%) zSecure
6 3 (2.27%) SCOM
7 2 (1.52%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 2 (1.52%) Tivoli
7 2 (1.52%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.76%) SCDPM
8 1 (0.76%) SCSM
8 1 (0.76%) Tivoli Monitoring
8 1 (0.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.76%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.76%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 18 (13.64%) HP
2 14 (10.61%) McAfee
3 11 (8.33%) Google
4 9 (6.82%) Adobe
5 8 (6.06%) Citrix
5 8 (6.06%) IBM
6 7 (5.30%) Oracle
7 6 (4.55%) TippingPoint
7 6 (4.55%) CheckPoint
7 6 (4.55%) Remedy
8 5 (3.79%) Facebook
8 5 (3.79%) Twitter
8 5 (3.79%) VMware
8 5 (3.79%) CA
9 4 (3.03%) Rackspace
9 4 (3.03%) Sitecore
10 3 (2.27%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 3 (2.27%) AppSense
10 3 (2.27%) Sun
11 2 (1.52%) Altiris
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