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 1 May 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 536 505 481
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -24
Contract jobs citing SMS 64 90 73
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.17% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.77% 1.25% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 48 27
Average daily rate
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£325 £294 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.63% -2.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £176 £189 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £450 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £282 £315
% change year-on-year
+15.24% -10.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 3
Average hourly rate £11.00 £22.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.11% -13.46%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £24.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-13.67% -5.76%

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
8287 7206 7404
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.85% 13.23% 15.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4522 3828 3687
Average daily rate £350 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.40% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £335 £315
% change year-on-year
+2.98% +6.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 453 392 583
Average hourly rate £28.69 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.45% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.20 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.82 £44.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -10.11%

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 1 May 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 1 May 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 1 May 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 -32 60 £313 +8.69% 19
South East -11 19 £180 -38.72% 3
Berkshire -4 16 £249 -2.92% 1
London -20 9 £183 -57.05% 11
South West 0 7 £450 +71.42% 1
East Midlands - 6 £295 -
East of England +3 5 - -
Bristol +2 5 £450 +73.07%
Bracknell -1 5 £173 -20.96%
North West -29 5 £270 +3.34% 2
West Yorkshire - 5 £430 - 2
Yorkshire - 5 £430 - 2
Leicestershire - 5 £290 -
Essex - 5 - -
Chelmsford - 5 - -
Lancashire -2 4 £270 +3.34% 2
Leeds - 4 - - 1
Blackpool -8 3 £270 +3.84%
West Midlands -13 3 £675 +103.00%
Reading - 3 - -
Herefordshire - 2 - -
Oxfordshire - 2 £180 -
Hereford - 2 - -
Hinckley - 2 £290 -
Renfrewshire -1 1 £400 +28.51%
Erskine -2 1 £400 +28.51%
Scotland -2 1 £400 +28.51%
City of London -3 1 £500 +11.11% 1
Gloucestershire -13 1 £325 -17.72%
Manchester -16 1 £388 +46.91%

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 29 (23.97%) Security Cleared
2 24 (19.83%) SQL
3 23 (19.01%) HP
4 22 (18.18%) SC Cleared
5 21 (17.36%) Windows
6 20 (16.53%) Telecoms
7 19 (15.70%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 18 (14.88%) Finance
9 17 (14.05%) SCCM
10 16 (13.22%) Software Distribution
10 16 (13.22%) Software Delivery
11 15 (12.40%) Software Deployment
11 15 (12.40%) DV Cleared
11 15 (12.40%) McAfee
12 14 (11.57%) XML
12 14 (11.57%) Analytical Skills
13 13 (10.74%) XSLT
13 13 (10.74%) Subversion
14 12 (9.92%) Validation
14 12 (9.92%) UNIX
14 12 (9.92%) Active Directory
14 12 (9.92%) 3G
14 12 (9.92%) Enterprise Software
15 11 (9.09%) ITSM
15 11 (9.09%) Data Analysis
16 10 (8.26%) Marketing
16 10 (8.26%) Degree
16 10 (8.26%) Service Management
17 9 (7.44%) Oracle
17 9 (7.44%) LTE

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 5 (4.13%) SharePoint
1 5 (4.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 3 (2.48%) WebLogic
2 3 (2.48%) SAS
3 2 (1.65%) Lync
3 2 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.65%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.83%) CMS
4 1 (0.83%) Drupal
4 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (0.83%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.83%) WordPress
4 1 (0.83%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 3 (2.48%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 4 (3.31%) Oracle Payables
1 4 (3.31%) Oracle Receivables
2 3 (2.48%) Unica
2 3 (2.48%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (1.65%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.83%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.83%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.83%) Oracle Internet Expenses
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.13%) Google Analytics
2 2 (1.65%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (9.92%) 3G
2 9 (7.44%) LTE
2 9 (7.44%) 4G
3 8 (6.61%) Internet
4 7 (5.79%) ISUP
5 6 (4.96%) GPRS
5 6 (4.96%) VoIP
5 6 (4.96%) SS7
6 5 (4.13%) 2G
6 5 (4.13%) HTTP
6 5 (4.13%) DNS
7 4 (3.31%) MVNO
7 4 (3.31%) VoLTE
7 4 (3.31%) DHCP
7 4 (3.31%) SCCP
7 4 (3.31%) INAP
8 3 (2.48%) Wireshark
8 3 (2.48%) SIGTRAN
8 3 (2.48%) RTP
8 3 (2.48%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.13%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.65%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.65%) Data Mart
3 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.83%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 13 (10.74%) Subversion
2 3 (2.48%) Oracle Forms
3 2 (1.65%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.83%) MSI
4 1 (0.83%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.83%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.83%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 20 (16.53%) Telecoms
2 18 (14.88%) Finance
3 10 (8.26%) Marketing
4 5 (4.13%) Legal
5 2 (1.65%) Billing
5 2 (1.65%) Advertising
6 1 (0.83%) Games
6 1 (0.83%) Electronics
6 1 (0.83%) Banking
Job Titles
1 23 (19.01%) Analyst
2 11 (9.09%) Support Engineer
3 10 (8.26%) Support Analyst
3 10 (8.26%) Test Engineer
4 9 (7.44%) Applications Support
5 8 (6.61%) Consultant
5 8 (6.61%) Integration Engineer
6 6 (4.96%) Project Manager
6 6 (4.96%) Applications Support Analyst
7 5 (4.13%) 2nd Line Support
7 5 (4.13%) Test and Integration Engineer
7 5 (4.13%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 4 (3.31%) Business Analyst
8 4 (3.31%) Tester
8 4 (3.31%) Test Analyst
8 4 (3.31%) Systems Engineer
8 4 (3.31%) Senior Integration Engineer
8 4 (3.31%) Technical Support
8 4 (3.31%) Oracle Financials Consultant
8 4 (3.31%) Technical Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (11.57%) XML
2 13 (10.74%) XSLT
3 4 (3.31%) CSS3
3 4 (3.31%) HTML5
3 4 (3.31%) HTML
3 4 (3.31%) CSS
3 4 (3.31%) jQuery
4 2 (1.65%) WAP
4 2 (1.65%) .NET
4 2 (1.65%) SOAP
5 1 (0.83%) Hibernate
5 1 (0.83%) Application Packaging
5 1 (0.83%) Spring
5 1 (0.83%) Windows SharePoint Services
5 1 (0.83%) Rendezvous
5 1 (0.83%) Web Services
5 1 (0.83%) Android SDK
5 1 (0.83%) iOS SDK
5 1 (0.83%) OSGi
5 1 (0.83%) iPhone SDK
Miscellaneous
1 14 (11.57%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (9.92%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (3.31%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.31%) Statistics
4 3 (2.48%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.48%) User Experience
4 3 (2.48%) Social Media
5 2 (1.65%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.65%) IVR
6 1 (0.83%) CLARiiON
6 1 (0.83%) Fat Client
6 1 (0.83%) Human Factors
6 1 (0.83%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.83%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.83%) NHS
6 1 (0.83%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.83%) EMV
6 1 (0.83%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.83%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.83%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 21 (17.36%) Windows
2 12 (9.92%) UNIX
3 8 (6.61%) Windows 7
3 8 (6.61%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (6.61%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (5.79%) Windows XP
4 7 (5.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (4.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (3.31%) Linux
7 3 (2.48%) Windows 2000
7 3 (2.48%) VMS
8 2 (1.65%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.83%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.83%) OS/390
9 1 (0.83%) zOS
9 1 (0.83%) Solaris
9 1 (0.83%) Android
9 1 (0.83%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (13.22%) Software Distribution
1 16 (13.22%) Software Delivery
2 15 (12.40%) Software Deployment
3 12 (9.92%) Validation
4 11 (9.09%) ITSM
4 11 (9.09%) Data Analysis
5 10 (8.26%) Service Management
6 8 (6.61%) ITIL
7 7 (5.79%) Project Management
8 6 (4.96%) Analytics
8 6 (4.96%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (4.96%) Risk Analysis
8 6 (4.96%) Release Management
9 5 (4.13%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (4.13%) Campaign Management
9 5 (4.13%) Root Cause Analysis
9 5 (4.13%) Test Strategy
10 4 (3.31%) Capacity Planning
10 4 (3.31%) Cash Management
10 4 (3.31%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 24 (19.83%) SQL
2 6 (4.96%) PowerShell
2 6 (4.96%) VBScript
2 6 (4.96%) Java
3 5 (4.13%) Shell Script
3 5 (4.13%) PL/SQL
4 4 (3.31%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.48%) C
6 2 (1.65%) Groovy
6 2 (1.65%) VB
6 2 (1.65%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.65%) C#
6 2 (1.65%) Python
6 2 (1.65%) XPath
7 1 (0.83%) Objective-C
7 1 (0.83%) Perl
7 1 (0.83%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 29 (23.97%) Security Cleared
2 22 (18.18%) SC Cleared
3 15 (12.40%) DV Cleared
4 10 (8.26%) Degree
5 3 (2.48%) HNC
5 3 (2.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (1.65%) CCSP
6 2 (1.65%) CCNP
6 2 (1.65%) CCNA
6 2 (1.65%) CCA
6 2 (1.65%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.65%) CCSE
6 2 (1.65%) CCSA
7 1 (0.83%) CISM
7 1 (0.83%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.83%) PMP
7 1 (0.83%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.83%) ISEB
7 1 (0.83%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.48%) QA
2 2 (1.65%) SLA
3 1 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 12 (9.92%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.79%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (5.79%) XenApp
3 6 (4.96%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (2.48%) XenDesktop
4 3 (2.48%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.83%) RACF
5 1 (0.83%) NFS
5 1 (0.83%) XenServer
5 1 (0.83%) Forefront TMG
5 1 (0.83%) UAG
Systems Management
1 19 (15.70%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 17 (14.05%) SCCM
3 5 (4.13%) SCOM
4 4 (3.31%) HP Operations Orchestration
5 3 (2.48%) Netcool
6 2 (1.65%) OpenView
7 1 (0.83%) OMEGAMON
7 1 (0.83%) WSUS
7 1 (0.83%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.83%) MOM
7 1 (0.83%) Netcool/OMNIbus
7 1 (0.83%) SCDPM
7 1 (0.83%) SCSM
7 1 (0.83%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 23 (19.01%) HP
2 15 (12.40%) McAfee
3 9 (7.44%) Oracle
4 8 (6.61%) Citrix
4 8 (6.61%) VMware
5 5 (4.13%) Google
5 5 (4.13%) Adobe
6 4 (3.31%) Remedy
6 4 (3.31%) Altiris
6 4 (3.31%) AppSense
7 3 (2.48%) Epiphany
7 3 (2.48%) Red Hat
7 3 (2.48%) Chordiant
7 3 (2.48%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 2 (1.65%) F5
8 2 (1.65%) Cisco
8 2 (1.65%) Nortel
8 2 (1.65%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.65%) Radware
8 2 (1.65%) Crossbeam
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