The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 524 488 478
Rank change year-on-year
-36 -10
Contract jobs citing SMS 69 80 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.16% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.92% 1.15% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 46 43
Average daily rate
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£300 £388 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.58% +17.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £195 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £575 £545
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-29.41% +30.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 4
Average hourly rate - £26.00 £24.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +5.05%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £26.00 £24.75
% change year-on-year
- +5.05%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7508 6968 8954
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.73% 13.66% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4004 3592 3943
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 407 472 682
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.85 £14.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%

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 25 July 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 25 July 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 -44 59 £282 -27.22% 20
North West +13 20 £272 -0.91% 2
South East -18 17 £347 +5.29% 3
Berkshire +2 13 - - 2
London -14 9 £275 -8.33% 10
Bracknell +12 8 - - 2
Manchester - 4 £500 - 1
South West -34 3 £260 -50.47% 2
Buckinghamshire - 3 - -
Reading +6 2 - -
Milton Keynes - 2 - -
East of England - 2 - - 1
City of London +13 1 £450 +114.28% 5
Yorkshire +8 1 £450 - 1
Wiltshire -5 1 £275 -31.25%
Hampshire -24 1 £347 +7.74%
Hertfordshire - 1 - - 1
West Yorkshire - 1 £450 -
Slough - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - -
Essex - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - - 1
Watford - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Saffron Walden - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Oxford - - - -
Peterborough - - - -
Luton - - - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 63 (39.87%) Windows
2 39 (24.68%) SCCM
3 34 (21.52%) Active Directory
4 33 (20.89%) Citrix
4 33 (20.89%) Security Cleared
5 30 (18.99%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 28 (17.72%) Microsoft App-V
7 25 (15.82%) SC Cleared
8 23 (14.56%) Telecoms
8 23 (14.56%) HP
9 22 (13.92%) AppSense
10 21 (13.29%) DNS
11 20 (12.66%) Windows Server 2003
11 20 (12.66%) Marketing
12 19 (12.03%) DHCP
13 18 (11.39%) Finance
13 18 (11.39%) XenApp
14 17 (10.76%) Software Deployment
14 17 (10.76%) McAfee
15 15 (9.49%) VMware
15 15 (9.49%) Software Distribution
15 15 (9.49%) LTE
16 14 (8.86%) Windows 7
16 14 (8.86%) MSI
16 14 (8.86%) ITIL
17 13 (8.23%) HTML
17 13 (8.23%) UMTS
17 13 (8.23%) Windows XP
18 12 (7.59%) GSM
18 12 (7.59%) 3G

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 5 (3.16%) MS Exchange
1 5 (3.16%) Lync
1 5 (3.16%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (1.27%) WebSphere
2 2 (1.27%) WordPress
2 2 (1.27%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.27%) Apache
3 1 (0.63%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.63%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.63%) CICS
3 1 (0.63%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (1.27%) Photoshop
1 2 (1.27%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (0.63%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (1.27%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (1.27%) Eikon
2 1 (0.63%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.63%) WebTrends
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (13.29%) DNS
2 19 (12.03%) DHCP
3 15 (9.49%) LTE
4 13 (8.23%) UMTS
5 12 (7.59%) GSM
5 12 (7.59%) 3G
6 11 (6.96%) WCDMA
7 9 (5.70%) Wi-Fi
7 9 (5.70%) GPRS
8 7 (4.43%) Firewall
9 6 (3.80%) ISUP
10 5 (3.16%) SCCP
10 5 (3.16%) TCP/IP
10 5 (3.16%) Cisco ASA
11 4 (2.53%) Junos
11 4 (2.53%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 4 (2.53%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 4 (2.53%) 4G
11 4 (2.53%) Internet
12 3 (1.90%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.53%) DB2
2 2 (1.27%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.63%) DB2 UDB
3 1 (0.63%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 14 (8.86%) MSI
2 10 (6.33%) InstallShield
3 8 (5.06%) AdminStudio
4 2 (1.27%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.27%) Wise Package Studio
4 2 (1.27%) GDB
4 2 (1.27%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.63%) Maven
General
1 23 (14.56%) Telecoms
2 20 (12.66%) Marketing
3 18 (11.39%) Finance
4 7 (4.43%) Banking
5 6 (3.80%) Billing
5 6 (3.80%) Electronics
6 4 (2.53%) Financial Institution
6 4 (2.53%) Legal
6 4 (2.53%) Retail
7 3 (1.90%) Multimedia
7 3 (1.90%) Advertising
7 3 (1.90%) Publishing
7 3 (1.90%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (1.27%) Games
9 1 (0.63%) Back Office
9 1 (0.63%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.63%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 16 (10.13%) Consultant
2 14 (8.86%) Analyst
2 14 (8.86%) Support Engineer
3 10 (6.33%) Applications Packager
4 8 (5.06%) Integration Engineer
4 8 (5.06%) Desktop Engineer
4 8 (5.06%) Test Engineer
4 8 (5.06%) Desktop Support
4 8 (5.06%) Project Manager
5 6 (3.80%) 2nd Line Support
5 6 (3.80%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 5 (3.16%) Business Analyst
6 5 (3.16%) Software Engineer
6 5 (3.16%) Developer
6 5 (3.16%) Administrator
6 5 (3.16%) Test and Integration Engineer
6 5 (3.16%) SCCM Engineer
7 4 (2.53%) SCCM Consultant
7 4 (2.53%) Solutions Architect
7 4 (2.53%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (8.23%) HTML
2 9 (5.70%) Application Packaging
3 4 (2.53%) J2EE
3 4 (2.53%) XML
3 4 (2.53%) RSS
4 3 (1.90%) WAP
4 3 (1.90%) XML Schema
4 3 (1.90%) JDBC
4 3 (1.90%) JSP
4 3 (1.90%) ISPF
5 2 (1.27%) JMS
5 2 (1.27%) KML
5 2 (1.27%) Middleware
5 2 (1.27%) SyncML
5 2 (1.27%) SOAP
5 2 (1.27%) CSS
5 2 (1.27%) Flash
5 2 (1.27%) J2ME
6 1 (0.63%) EDI
6 1 (0.63%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.43%) Smartcard
1 7 (4.43%) Mobile App
2 4 (2.53%) Hedge funds
2 4 (2.53%) Social Network
3 3 (1.90%) Video on Demand
3 3 (1.90%) Blackberry
3 3 (1.90%) IVR
4 2 (1.27%) Device Driver
4 2 (1.27%) Statistics
4 2 (1.27%) Mainframe
4 2 (1.27%) GIS
4 2 (1.27%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.27%) N-Tier
4 2 (1.27%) NHS
4 2 (1.27%) Social Media
4 2 (1.27%) Data Integration
4 2 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (0.63%) Reference Data
5 1 (0.63%) Fat Client
5 1 (0.63%) LPAR
Operating Systems
1 63 (39.87%) Windows
2 20 (12.66%) Windows Server 2003
3 14 (8.86%) Windows 7
4 13 (8.23%) Windows XP
5 10 (6.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (5.06%) Windows Vista
7 7 (4.43%) Windows 8
8 6 (3.80%) zOS
8 6 (3.80%) Windows 2000
9 5 (3.16%) UNIX
10 4 (2.53%) Linux
10 4 (2.53%) NetWare
11 2 (1.27%) Windows NT
11 2 (1.27%) Windows CE
11 2 (1.27%) Android
11 2 (1.27%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.63%) OS/390
12 1 (0.63%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (10.76%) Software Deployment
2 15 (9.49%) Software Distribution
3 14 (8.86%) ITIL
4 10 (6.33%) CRM
4 10 (6.33%) Project Management
5 9 (5.70%) Migration
6 8 (5.06%) Risk Management
6 8 (5.06%) Integration Acceptance Testing
6 8 (5.06%) Release Management
7 7 (4.43%) Service Delivery
8 6 (3.80%) Digital Marketing
8 6 (3.80%) Incident Management
8 6 (3.80%) Time Management
9 5 (3.16%) Data Migration
9 5 (3.16%) Unit Testing
9 5 (3.16%) Network Design
10 4 (2.53%) Validation
10 4 (2.53%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (2.53%) Service Management
10 4 (2.53%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 9 (5.70%) SQL
1 9 (5.70%) VBScript
2 7 (4.43%) C
3 6 (3.80%) Java
4 5 (3.16%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.53%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.27%) REXX
6 2 (1.27%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.27%) JCL
6 2 (1.27%) VB
7 1 (0.63%) Python
7 1 (0.63%) Perl
7 1 (0.63%) C++
7 1 (0.63%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 33 (20.89%) Security Cleared
2 25 (15.82%) SC Cleared
3 9 (5.70%) Degree
4 6 (3.80%) DV Cleared
5 4 (2.53%) ISEB
5 4 (2.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (1.90%) ISTQB
7 2 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.27%) MCSE
8 1 (0.63%) CCSP
8 1 (0.63%) CCNP
8 1 (0.63%) CCNA
8 1 (0.63%) CCA
8 1 (0.63%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.63%) CCSA
8 1 (0.63%) CCSE
8 1 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.43%) QA
2 4 (2.53%) SLA
2 4 (2.53%) JTAG
3 1 (0.63%) JSP 440
System Software
1 34 (21.52%) Active Directory
2 28 (17.72%) Microsoft App-V
3 18 (11.39%) XenApp
4 7 (4.43%) XenServer
4 7 (4.43%) XenDesktop
5 5 (3.16%) RACF
6 4 (2.53%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.63%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.63%) NFS
7 1 (0.63%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.63%) vSphere
7 1 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 39 (24.68%) SCCM
2 30 (18.99%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 4 (2.53%) SCOM
4 3 (1.90%) OMEGAMON
5 2 (1.27%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 2 (1.27%) Puppet
5 2 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.27%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.63%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.63%) Netcool
6 1 (0.63%) Nagios
6 1 (0.63%) ZENworks
6 1 (0.63%) WhatsUp Gold
6 1 (0.63%) Capistrano
6 1 (0.63%) CA Spectrum
6 1 (0.63%) OpenView
Vendors
1 33 (20.89%) Citrix
2 23 (14.56%) HP
3 22 (13.92%) AppSense
4 17 (10.76%) McAfee
5 15 (9.49%) VMware
6 5 (3.16%) F5
6 5 (3.16%) Thunderhead
6 5 (3.16%) CheckPoint
6 5 (3.16%) Cisco
7 4 (2.53%) Oracle
7 4 (2.53%) Juniper
7 4 (2.53%) Eloqua
7 4 (2.53%) Facebook
7 4 (2.53%) Marketo
7 4 (2.53%) TippingPoint
8 3 (1.90%) CA
8 3 (1.90%) SAP
8 3 (1.90%) Remedy
8 3 (1.90%) Altiris
9 2 (1.27%) ESRI
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