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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 523 545 499
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -46
Contract jobs citing SMS 72 37 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.072% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.91% 0.53% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 13 27
Average daily rate
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£337 £260 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.61% -25.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £207 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £403 £427
UK excluding London average daily rate £337 £260 £400
% change year-on-year
+29.61% -35.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £10.00 - £102.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.00 - £102.13

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
7932 6951 7862
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.38% 13.47% 15.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 4506 3786 3830
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 418 664
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.38%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 -4 63 £350 +34.61% 11
South East 0 30 £350 -0.56% 4
Berkshire +9 15 £363 +2.98% 2
North West -5 9 £240 +12.14% 2
Bracknell +3 8 - - 1
Surrey - 8 £350 - 1
London +11 7 £375 +7.14% 4
Lancashire - 7 £240 - 1
Scotland - 7 £325 - 1
Hertfordshire +3 6 £413 -
East of England -13 6 £413 -
South West -23 6 £418 +60.57%
Reading - 3 £450 -
Watford +3 2 £255 -
Buckinghamshire -13 1 - -
Milton Keynes -14 1 - -
Peterborough - - - -
Saffron Walden - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Devon - - - -
Essex - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Epsom - - - - 1
Exeter - - - -
Guernsey - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
Jersey - - - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 54 (31.58%) Security Cleared
2 47 (27.49%) Windows
3 40 (23.39%) HP
4 37 (21.64%) SC Cleared
5 34 (19.88%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 33 (19.30%) Telecoms
7 28 (16.37%) SCCM
8 25 (14.62%) Software Deployment
8 25 (14.62%) Software Distribution
8 25 (14.62%) ITIL
9 24 (14.04%) McAfee
10 23 (13.45%) Degree
11 22 (12.87%) Finance
12 21 (12.28%) LTE
13 20 (11.70%) UNIX
13 20 (11.70%) SQL
14 19 (11.11%) 3G
14 19 (11.11%) Citrix
15 18 (10.53%) SLA
15 18 (10.53%) Windows 7
16 17 (9.94%) Windows Server 2003
17 16 (9.36%) Marketing
17 16 (9.36%) Analytical Skills
18 15 (8.77%) Microsoft App-V
18 15 (8.77%) Active Directory
19 14 (8.19%) MSI
19 14 (8.19%) DNS
19 14 (8.19%) Windows XP
19 14 (8.19%) PRINCE2
19 14 (8.19%) Firewall

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 4 (2.34%) Lync
1 4 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2010
1 4 (2.34%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.17%) Oracle Workflow
2 2 (1.17%) FileNet
3 1 (0.58%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.58%) JBoss
3 1 (0.58%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.58%) CICS
3 1 (0.58%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.58%) CMS
3 1 (0.58%) Adobe CQ
Applications
1 1 (0.58%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (1.17%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.58%) WebTrends
2 1 (0.58%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.58%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (12.28%) LTE
2 19 (11.11%) 3G
3 14 (8.19%) DNS
3 14 (8.19%) Firewall
4 13 (7.60%) Cisco ASA
5 11 (6.43%) GPRS
5 11 (6.43%) 4G
6 9 (5.26%) Internet
7 8 (4.68%) Wireshark
7 8 (4.68%) GSM
7 8 (4.68%) UMTS
7 8 (4.68%) DHCP
7 8 (4.68%) HTTP
8 7 (4.09%) TACACS
8 7 (4.09%) ISUP
8 7 (4.09%) INAP
8 7 (4.09%) BIG-IP
8 7 (4.09%) Nortel Alteon
8 7 (4.09%) Cisco PIX
8 7 (4.09%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.09%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.17%) DB2
2 2 (1.17%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (0.58%) DB2 UDB
3 1 (0.58%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (8.19%) MSI
2 8 (4.68%) Subversion
3 3 (1.75%) InstallShield
3 3 (1.75%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 33 (19.30%) Telecoms
2 22 (12.87%) Finance
3 16 (9.36%) Marketing
4 13 (7.60%) Retail
5 6 (3.51%) Publishing
6 5 (2.92%) Advertising
7 4 (2.34%) Electronics
8 3 (1.75%) Billing
8 3 (1.75%) Games
9 2 (1.17%) Legal
10 1 (0.58%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 18 (10.53%) Analyst
2 12 (7.02%) Network Engineer
3 10 (5.85%) Project Manager
4 8 (4.68%) Consultant
4 8 (4.68%) Deployment Engineer
4 8 (4.68%) Integration Engineer
5 7 (4.09%) Tester
5 7 (4.09%) Security Engineer
5 7 (4.09%) Network Security Engineer
5 7 (4.09%) Support Engineer
5 7 (4.09%) Design Engineer
6 6 (3.51%) Data Network Engineer
6 6 (3.51%) 2nd Line Support
6 6 (3.51%) Support Analyst
6 6 (3.51%) Test Engineer
7 5 (2.92%) Architect
7 5 (2.92%) Technical Tester
7 5 (2.92%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (2.92%) Administrator
8 4 (2.34%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.68%) XML
1 8 (4.68%) XSLT
2 7 (4.09%) WAP
3 3 (1.75%) Web Services
4 2 (1.17%) J2EE
5 1 (0.58%) JMS
5 1 (0.58%) ATL
5 1 (0.58%) CSS
5 1 (0.58%) JDBC
5 1 (0.58%) JSP
5 1 (0.58%) SOAP
5 1 (0.58%) .NET
5 1 (0.58%) HTML
5 1 (0.58%) JNDI
5 1 (0.58%) Application Packaging
5 1 (0.58%) ISPF
5 1 (0.58%) iPhone SDK
5 1 (0.58%) HTML5
5 1 (0.58%) OSGi
5 1 (0.58%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 16 (9.36%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.26%) IVR
2 9 (5.26%) Mobile App
3 7 (4.09%) Enterprise Software
4 6 (3.51%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.34%) Computer Science
5 4 (2.34%) Fat Client
5 4 (2.34%) Video on Demand
5 4 (2.34%) Thin Client
6 3 (1.75%) Mainframe
6 3 (1.75%) Social Media
7 2 (1.17%) Smart Meter
7 2 (1.17%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.17%) User Experience
7 2 (1.17%) Replication
7 2 (1.17%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.58%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.58%) NHS
8 1 (0.58%) HACMP
8 1 (0.58%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 47 (27.49%) Windows
2 20 (11.70%) UNIX
3 18 (10.53%) Windows 7
4 17 (9.94%) Windows Server 2003
5 14 (8.19%) Windows XP
6 13 (7.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (3.51%) Linux
8 5 (2.92%) zOS
8 5 (2.92%) Windows Vista
9 4 (2.34%) VMS
10 3 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (1.17%) MVS
12 1 (0.58%) AIX
12 1 (0.58%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.58%) OS/390
12 1 (0.58%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.58%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.58%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.58%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (14.62%) Software Deployment
1 25 (14.62%) Software Distribution
1 25 (14.62%) ITIL
2 14 (8.19%) PRINCE2
3 12 (7.02%) Release Management
4 11 (6.43%) Service Management
4 11 (6.43%) Network Management
5 9 (5.26%) Project Management
6 7 (4.09%) Network Design
6 7 (4.09%) Change Management
6 7 (4.09%) Fault Management
7 6 (3.51%) Performance Tuning
7 6 (3.51%) Change Control
7 6 (3.51%) Capacity Management
7 6 (3.51%) ITSM
7 6 (3.51%) Validation
7 6 (3.51%) Migration
7 6 (3.51%) Asset Management
8 5 (2.92%) Data Analysis
8 5 (2.92%) Integration Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (11.70%) SQL
2 11 (6.43%) PowerShell
3 8 (4.68%) Shell Script
4 7 (4.09%) PL/SQL
5 5 (2.92%) Java
5 5 (2.92%) VBScript
6 3 (1.75%) Python
6 3 (1.75%) VB
6 3 (1.75%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.17%) Groovy
7 2 (1.17%) XPath
7 2 (1.17%) REXX
8 1 (0.58%) C
8 1 (0.58%) C#
8 1 (0.58%) C++
8 1 (0.58%) Perl
8 1 (0.58%) JCL
8 1 (0.58%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 54 (31.58%) Security Cleared
2 37 (21.64%) SC Cleared
3 23 (13.45%) Degree
4 8 (4.68%) DV Cleared
5 7 (4.09%) CCSP
5 7 (4.09%) CCNP
5 7 (4.09%) CCNA
5 7 (4.09%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (4.09%) CCSE
5 7 (4.09%) CCSA
6 3 (1.75%) ISTQB
7 2 (1.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (1.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.17%) ISEB
8 1 (0.58%) PMP
8 1 (0.58%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.58%) CCA
8 1 (0.58%) CISSP
8 1 (0.58%) CISM
8 1 (0.58%) AAT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (10.53%) SLA
2 5 (2.92%) QA
3 3 (1.75%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.75%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 15 (8.77%) Microsoft App-V
1 15 (8.77%) Active Directory
2 13 (7.60%) XenApp
3 7 (4.09%) XenServer
3 7 (4.09%) XenDesktop
4 6 (3.51%) Hyper-V
5 4 (2.34%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (1.75%) RACF
6 3 (1.75%) vSphere
6 3 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.17%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 34 (19.88%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 28 (16.37%) SCCM
3 8 (4.68%) Netcool
4 7 (4.09%) OpenView
5 4 (2.34%) WSUS
6 3 (1.75%) WhatsUp Gold
6 3 (1.75%) CA Spectrum
7 2 (1.17%) OMEGAMON
7 2 (1.17%) SCOM
7 2 (1.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (1.17%) HP UCMDB
7 2 (1.17%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 2 (1.17%) Tivoli
7 2 (1.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.58%) MOM
8 1 (0.58%) Netcool/OMNIbus
8 1 (0.58%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 40 (23.39%) HP
2 24 (14.04%) McAfee
3 19 (11.11%) Citrix
4 13 (7.60%) Cisco
4 13 (7.60%) CheckPoint
4 13 (7.60%) F5
5 12 (7.02%) AppSense
5 12 (7.02%) VMware
6 10 (5.85%) Oracle
7 9 (5.26%) Remedy
8 8 (4.68%) Crossbeam
9 7 (4.09%) Radware
9 7 (4.09%) Nortel
9 7 (4.09%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 6 (3.51%) TippingPoint
10 6 (3.51%) Juniper
11 4 (2.34%) Huawei
11 4 (2.34%) TIBCO
11 4 (2.34%) Ericsson
12 3 (1.75%) Siebel
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