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 3 March 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 538 497 445
Rank change year-on-year
-41 -52
Contract jobs citing SMS 49 69 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.093% 0.14% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.64% 1.04% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 26 38
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£350 £296 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.14% -21.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £125 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £488 £436
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £268 £375
% change year-on-year
+30.84% -28.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 1
Average hourly rate £11.00 £31.50 £190.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-65.07% -83.42%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.50 £31.50 £190.00
% change year-on-year
-66.66% -83.42%

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
7706 6666 7138
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.66% 13.13% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4173 3408 3452
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 430 383 605
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £23.33
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -14.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £44.80 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £20.00 £23.33
% change year-on-year
+45.00% -14.27%

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 3 March 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
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 3 March 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 -33 40 £375 +42.18% 13
South East -18 19 £400 +129.88% 4
Berkshire -2 14 £400 +129.88% 2
London -5 8 £210 -40.00% 7
Bracknell +7 7 - -
Scotland +4 7 £325 -21.21%
North West -19 4 - - 1
Hampshire -20 3 - - 1
Edinburgh - 2 £350 -
Manchester -11 1 - -
South West -28 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -
Reading - 1 £350 - 2
County Antrim - 1 - -
Belfast - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 - - 1
Surrey - 1 £350 - 1
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 1
City of London - - - - 4
Middlesex - - - -
Aldershot - - - - 1
Hertfordshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Devon - - - -
Dorset - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Redhill - - - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
Weybridge - - - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 45 (33.09%) Security Cleared
2 40 (29.41%) Windows
3 35 (25.74%) SC Cleared
4 34 (25.00%) HP
5 28 (20.59%) SCCM
6 26 (19.12%) SQL
7 23 (16.91%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 23 (16.91%) Telecoms
8 22 (16.18%) ITIL
9 21 (15.44%) Software Distribution
10 19 (13.97%) McAfee
11 18 (13.24%) Finance
11 18 (13.24%) Software Deployment
12 17 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
12 17 (12.50%) UNIX
13 16 (11.76%) Marketing
13 16 (11.76%) Degree
13 16 (11.76%) Windows Server 2008
13 16 (11.76%) Windows 7
14 14 (10.29%) Service Management
14 14 (10.29%) Windows XP
14 14 (10.29%) XML
14 14 (10.29%) Active Directory
15 13 (9.56%) SLA
15 13 (9.56%) XSLT
15 13 (9.56%) Subversion
15 13 (9.56%) DV Cleared
15 13 (9.56%) PowerShell
15 13 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
16 12 (8.82%) Enterprise Software

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 4 (2.94%) MS Exchange
1 4 (2.94%) Lync
1 4 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (2.21%) SAS
2 3 (2.21%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.47%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.74%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.74%) Adobe CQ
Applications
1 3 (2.21%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.74%) Summit
1 1 (0.74%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.47%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (8.82%) DNS
2 11 (8.09%) GPRS
2 11 (8.09%) 3G
3 10 (7.35%) LTE
4 9 (6.62%) DHCP
5 7 (5.15%) HTTP
5 7 (5.15%) Firewall
5 7 (5.15%) Wireshark
5 7 (5.15%) Network Security
5 7 (5.15%) Cisco ASA
6 6 (4.41%) 4G
6 6 (4.41%) Internet
6 6 (4.41%) GSM
6 6 (4.41%) UMTS
7 5 (3.68%) BIG-IP
7 5 (3.68%) Nortel Alteon
7 5 (3.68%) TACACS
7 5 (3.68%) Cisco PIX
7 5 (3.68%) tcpdump
8 4 (2.94%) ISUP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.15%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.47%) Crystal Reports
2 2 (1.47%) Data Mart
3 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.74%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.74%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (9.56%) Subversion
2 9 (6.62%) MSI
3 1 (0.74%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.74%) AdminStudio
General
1 23 (16.91%) Telecoms
2 18 (13.24%) Finance
3 16 (11.76%) Marketing
4 8 (5.88%) Retail
5 6 (4.41%) Publishing
6 3 (2.21%) Electronics
6 3 (2.21%) Legal
7 2 (1.47%) Billing
8 1 (0.74%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 22 (16.18%) Analyst
2 10 (7.35%) Support Analyst
3 9 (6.62%) Applications Support
4 8 (5.88%) Support Engineer
4 8 (5.88%) Project Manager
5 7 (5.15%) Consultant
5 7 (5.15%) Network Engineer
5 7 (5.15%) Integration Engineer
5 7 (5.15%) Deployment Engineer
6 6 (4.41%) Applications Support Analyst
6 6 (4.41%) Tester
7 5 (3.68%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (3.68%) Network Security Engineer
7 5 (3.68%) 2nd Line Support
7 5 (3.68%) Technical Tester
7 5 (3.68%) Security Engineer
8 4 (2.94%) Administrator
8 4 (2.94%) Design Engineer
8 4 (2.94%) Test Engineer
8 4 (2.94%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (10.29%) XML
2 13 (9.56%) XSLT
3 5 (3.68%) WAP
4 4 (2.94%) Web Services
5 3 (2.21%) SOAP
6 2 (1.47%) .NET
6 2 (1.47%) iPhone SDK
6 2 (1.47%) iOS SDK
6 2 (1.47%) Android SDK
7 1 (0.74%) CSS3
7 1 (0.74%) HTML5
7 1 (0.74%) OSGi
7 1 (0.74%) CSS
7 1 (0.74%) HTML
7 1 (0.74%) Rendezvous
7 1 (0.74%) Hibernate
7 1 (0.74%) Spring
7 1 (0.74%) Windows SharePoint Services
7 1 (0.74%) Application Packaging
7 1 (0.74%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 13 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (8.82%) Enterprise Software
3 7 (5.15%) IVR
3 7 (5.15%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.94%) Thin Client
4 4 (2.94%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.94%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.94%) Fat Client
5 3 (2.21%) Social Media
6 2 (1.47%) iPhone
6 2 (1.47%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.47%) N-Tier
6 2 (1.47%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.74%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.74%) Statistics
7 1 (0.74%) Human Factors
7 1 (0.74%) NHS
7 1 (0.74%) CLARiiON
7 1 (0.74%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.74%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 40 (29.41%) Windows
2 17 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
2 17 (12.50%) UNIX
3 16 (11.76%) Windows 7
3 16 (11.76%) Windows Server 2008
4 14 (10.29%) Windows XP
5 6 (4.41%) Windows Vista
6 5 (3.68%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (2.94%) Linux
8 3 (2.21%) Windows 2000
9 2 (1.47%) zOS
9 2 (1.47%) MVS
9 2 (1.47%) Android
9 2 (1.47%) Apple iOS
9 2 (1.47%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.74%) VMS
10 1 (0.74%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (16.18%) ITIL
2 21 (15.44%) Software Distribution
3 18 (13.24%) Software Deployment
4 14 (10.29%) Service Management
5 10 (7.35%) ITSM
5 10 (7.35%) PRINCE2
5 10 (7.35%) Data Analysis
6 8 (5.88%) Project Management
6 8 (5.88%) Network Management
7 6 (4.41%) Release Management
7 6 (4.41%) Campaign Management
7 6 (4.41%) CRM
8 5 (3.68%) Migration
8 5 (3.68%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (3.68%) Agile Software Development
8 5 (3.68%) Asset Management
8 5 (3.68%) Fault Management
8 5 (3.68%) Problem Management
8 5 (3.68%) Risk Analysis
8 5 (3.68%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 26 (19.12%) SQL
2 13 (9.56%) PowerShell
3 7 (5.15%) Java
3 7 (5.15%) PL/SQL
4 6 (4.41%) VBScript
4 6 (4.41%) Shell Script
5 2 (1.47%) Objective-C
5 2 (1.47%) XPath
5 2 (1.47%) Groovy
5 2 (1.47%) VB
5 2 (1.47%) VB.NET
5 2 (1.47%) Python
5 2 (1.47%) C#
5 2 (1.47%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.74%) Perl
Qualifications
1 45 (33.09%) Security Cleared
2 35 (25.74%) SC Cleared
3 16 (11.76%) Degree
4 13 (9.56%) DV Cleared
5 5 (3.68%) CCSA
5 5 (3.68%) CCSE
5 5 (3.68%) CCSP
5 5 (3.68%) CCNP
5 5 (3.68%) CCNA
5 5 (3.68%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (2.21%) ISEB
6 3 (2.21%) ISTQB
6 3 (2.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.47%) VCP4
7 2 (1.47%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.74%) CISSP
8 1 (0.74%) PMP
8 1 (0.74%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.74%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (9.56%) SLA
2 4 (2.94%) QA
3 3 (2.21%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.47%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 14 (10.29%) Active Directory
2 11 (8.09%) XenApp
3 8 (5.88%) Microsoft App-V
4 7 (5.15%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (3.68%) Hyper-V
5 5 (3.68%) XenDesktop
6 3 (2.21%) XenServer
7 2 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.47%) vSphere
7 2 (1.47%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.74%) Forefront TMG
8 1 (0.74%) UAG
8 1 (0.74%) NFS
Systems Management
1 28 (20.59%) SCCM
2 23 (16.91%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 6 (4.41%) Netcool
4 5 (3.68%) OpenView
4 5 (3.68%) WSUS
4 5 (3.68%) SCOM
5 4 (2.94%) HP Operations Orchestration
6 2 (1.47%) WhatsUp Gold
6 2 (1.47%) HP UCMDB
6 2 (1.47%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (0.74%) SCDPM
7 1 (0.74%) SCSM
7 1 (0.74%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.74%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.74%) MOM
7 1 (0.74%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 34 (25.00%) HP
2 19 (13.97%) McAfee
3 12 (8.82%) Citrix
4 10 (7.35%) VMware
5 9 (6.62%) Oracle
6 8 (5.88%) Remedy
7 7 (5.15%) CheckPoint
7 7 (5.15%) Cisco
7 7 (5.15%) F5
8 5 (3.68%) Nortel
8 5 (3.68%) AppSense
8 5 (3.68%) Radware
8 5 (3.68%) Crossbeam
9 4 (2.94%) Altiris
10 3 (2.21%) Unica
10 3 (2.21%) Epiphany
10 3 (2.21%) EMC
10 3 (2.21%) Red Hat
10 3 (2.21%) Siebel
10 3 (2.21%) Chordiant