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 4 December 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
4 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 587 583 570
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -13
Contract jobs citing SMS 37 63 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.075% 0.11% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.49% 0.80% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 16 43
Median daily rate £425 £413 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +17.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £225 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £566 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £446 £350
% change year-on-year
-4.60% +27.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 0
Median hourly rate £29.00 £100.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-71.00% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £28.38 -
% change year-on-year
+2.20% -

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
7501 7924 8326
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.16% 14.31% 14.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 4493 4661 4760
Median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 388 478 454
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.03 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £22.69
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -0.83%

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 4 December 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 4 December 2016.

SMS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

SMS
Top 26 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 4 December 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 34 £350 -15.15% 18
East of England +10 9 £350 -
Yorkshire +17 7 £425 -18.34%
Essex +11 7 £350 -
South East +9 6 £456 +142.93% 3
London -4 6 £305 -23.75% 7
Tyne and Wear - 6 - - 1
North East - 6 - - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 6 - - 1
North Yorkshire - 5 - -
Hook - 3 £456 -
Hampshire - 3 £456 - 1
York - 3 - -
West Yorkshire +11 2 £425 -21.44%
Berkshire +2 2 - - 2
Channel Islands - 2 £475 -
Jersey - 2 £475 -
Halifax - 2 £425 -
Guernsey - 2 £475 -
Middlesbrough - 2 - -
Reading +3 1 - -
Bracknell +3 1 - - 1
Kent - 1 £600 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £300 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 December 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 (56.48%) Marketing
2 33 (30.56%) CRM
3 30 (27.78%) HTML
4 26 (24.07%) Agile Software Development
5 24 (22.22%) SQL
6 22 (20.37%) .NET
6 22 (20.37%) Windows
6 22 (20.37%) Digital Marketing
6 22 (20.37%) Analytics
7 20 (18.52%) Adobe Campaign
7 20 (18.52%) JavaScript
7 20 (18.52%) Legal
8 19 (17.59%) Virtual Team
9 18 (16.67%) Java
9 18 (16.67%) SQL Server
9 18 (16.67%) XML
9 18 (16.67%) Adobe
9 18 (16.67%) Project Management
9 18 (16.67%) Software Delivery
10 17 (15.74%) Security Cleared
11 16 (14.81%) Technical Architecture
11 16 (14.81%) Big Data
11 16 (14.81%) Open Source
11 16 (14.81%) Social Media
11 16 (14.81%) E-Commerce
11 16 (14.81%) J2EE
12 15 (13.89%) OO
12 15 (13.89%) SOA
12 15 (13.89%) Zachman Framework
12 15 (13.89%) TOGAF

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 14 (12.96%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 2 (1.85%) SAS
3 1 (0.93%) CMS
3 1 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.93%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.93%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (2.78%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 20 (18.52%) Adobe Campaign
2 6 (5.56%) Unica
3 1 (0.93%) Northgate Housing
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.63%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.78%) SmartFocus
3 1 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.48%) DHCP
1 7 (6.48%) DNS
2 4 (3.70%) 3G
2 4 (3.70%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (2.78%) SMTP
3 3 (2.78%) SNMP
4 2 (1.85%) FTP
4 2 (1.85%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 16 (14.81%) Big Data
3 13 (12.04%) Data Mining
4 1 (0.93%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (0.93%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.93%) Redis
Development Applications
1 9 (8.33%) Dreamweaver
2 7 (6.48%) Visual Studio
3 5 (4.63%) Git (software)
3 5 (4.63%) JSUnit
3 5 (4.63%) NUnit
3 5 (4.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 61 (56.48%) Marketing
2 20 (18.52%) Legal
3 12 (11.11%) Retail
4 5 (4.63%) Telecoms
5 4 (3.70%) Advertising
5 4 (3.70%) Banking
5 4 (3.70%) Finance
6 2 (1.85%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.93%) Automotive
7 1 (0.93%) Back Office
7 1 (0.93%) Publishing
7 1 (0.93%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (14.81%) Architect
1 16 (14.81%) Digital Architect
1 16 (14.81%) Digital Marketing Architect
2 12 (11.11%) Analyst
2 12 (11.11%) Digital Solutions Architect
2 12 (11.11%) Solutions Architect
3 11 (10.19%) Developer
3 11 (10.19%) IT Architect
4 9 (8.33%) CRM Specialist
4 9 (8.33%) Project Manager
5 7 (6.48%) .NET Developer
5 7 (6.48%) Consultant
5 7 (6.48%) SQL Developer
6 6 (5.56%) Campaign Analyst
6 6 (5.56%) HTML Developer
6 6 (5.56%) Marketing Specialist
7 5 (4.63%) 3rd Line Support
7 5 (4.63%) Agile .NET Developer
7 5 (4.63%) Agile Developer
8 4 (3.70%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (27.78%) HTML
2 22 (20.37%) .NET
3 18 (16.67%) XML
4 16 (14.81%) J2EE
5 13 (12.04%) Web Services
6 12 (11.11%) CSS
7 8 (7.41%) HTML5
8 5 (4.63%) .NET Framework
8 5 (4.63%) AngularJS
8 5 (4.63%) ASP.NET
8 5 (4.63%) ASP.NET MVC
8 5 (4.63%) ASP.NET Web API
8 5 (4.63%) Entity Framework
8 5 (4.63%) JSON
8 5 (4.63%) LINQ
8 5 (4.63%) Ninject
8 5 (4.63%) Sass
9 3 (2.78%) Flash
10 2 (1.85%) WCF
10 2 (1.85%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 19 (17.59%) Virtual Team
2 16 (14.81%) Social Media
3 10 (9.26%) Data Centre
4 6 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (3.70%) Fat Client
5 4 (3.70%) Thin Client
6 3 (2.78%) User Experience
7 2 (1.85%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.93%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.93%) Copywriting
8 1 (0.93%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 22 (20.37%) Windows
2 5 (4.63%) Windows Server
3 4 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (2.78%) Windows 7
4 3 (2.78%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.93%) Android
5 1 (0.93%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.93%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (30.56%) CRM
2 26 (24.07%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (20.37%) Analytics
3 22 (20.37%) Digital Marketing
4 18 (16.67%) Project Management
4 18 (16.67%) Software Delivery
5 16 (14.81%) E-Commerce
5 16 (14.81%) Open Source
5 16 (14.81%) Technical Architecture
6 15 (13.89%) Big Data Analytics
6 15 (13.89%) Data Analytics
6 15 (13.89%) Email Marketing
6 15 (13.89%) Enterprise Architecture
6 15 (13.89%) OO
6 15 (13.89%) SOA
6 15 (13.89%) TOGAF
6 15 (13.89%) Zachman Framework
7 13 (12.04%) Data Architecture
8 10 (9.26%) Release Management
8 10 (9.26%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 24 (22.22%) SQL
2 20 (18.52%) JavaScript
3 18 (16.67%) Java
4 14 (12.96%) T-SQL
5 7 (6.48%) C#
6 2 (1.85%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.85%) VBA
7 1 (0.93%) Delphi
7 1 (0.93%) Python
Qualifications
1 17 (15.74%) Security Cleared
2 14 (12.96%) SC Cleared
3 8 (7.41%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.48%) QA
2 1 (0.93%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (11.11%) Active Directory
2 6 (5.56%) XenApp
3 5 (4.63%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (1.85%) XenDesktop
4 2 (1.85%) XenServer
5 1 (0.93%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (12.04%) SCCM
2 10 (9.26%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 3 (2.78%) Endace
3 3 (2.78%) Nagios
4 2 (1.85%) Tivoli
4 2 (1.85%) ZENworks
5 1 (0.93%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 18 (16.67%) Adobe
2 14 (12.96%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
3 13 (12.04%) Salesforce.com
4 12 (11.11%) IBM
5 11 (10.19%) Citrix
6 10 (9.26%) Intel Security
7 9 (8.33%) HP
8 4 (3.70%) AppSense
9 3 (2.78%) Cisco
9 3 (2.78%) hybris
9 3 (2.78%) Splunk
10 2 (1.85%) Alterian
10 2 (1.85%) Epiphany
10 2 (1.85%) Ericsson
10 2 (1.85%) Oracle
10 2 (1.85%) VMware
11 1 (0.93%) BT
11 1 (0.93%) Facebook
11 1 (0.93%) MobileIron
11 1 (0.93%) Northgate
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