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 27 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 544 513 474
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -39
Contract jobs citing SMS 69 76 69
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.14% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.85% 1.09% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 44 28
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £373
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -19.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £215 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £494 £450 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £285 £413
% change year-on-year
+18.52% -30.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 5
Average hourly rate £31.30 £22.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.11% -13.46%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.30 £24.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+27.75% -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
8077 6960 6776
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.64% 13.20% 14.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 4501 3813 3334
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £315
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 455 381 538
Average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.84% -11.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.90 £40.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £18.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+44.44% -18.18%

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 27 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
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 27 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 -27 64 £325 +14.13% 23
South East -13 21 £253 -15.83%
Berkshire +8 18 £249 -5.23%
London +1 9 £195 -55.42% 14
West Yorkshire - 8 £430 -
Yorkshire - 8 £430 -
East Midlands - 7 £290 -
Leicestershire - 7 £290 -
Leeds - 7 - -
South West +13 6 £450 +72.24% 3
Bracknell +4 6 £173 -34.28%
East of England -1 6 - - 1
Chelmsford - 6 - -
Essex - 6 - -
Reading - 5 - -
Bristol +4 4 £450 +72.24%
North West -34 4 £270 +2.85% 4
Lancashire -1 3 £270 +2.85% 1
Scotland -2 3 £400 +28.51%
Blackpool -1 2 £270 +3.84%
West Midlands -10 2 £550 +65.41% 1
Hinckley - 2 £290 -
Hampshire - 2 £350 -
Glasgow - 2 - -
Erskine +1 1 £400 +28.51%
Renfrewshire +1 1 £400 +28.51%
City of London -4 1 £500 +11.11% 1
Manchester -6 1 £388 +46.91% 2
Gloucestershire -13 1 £325 -
Dorset - 1 £675 -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 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 26 (21.85%) Security Cleared
2 21 (17.65%) HP
3 20 (16.81%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 19 (15.97%) Data Centre
5 18 (15.13%) Windows
5 18 (15.13%) Telecoms
6 17 (14.29%) SC Cleared
6 17 (14.29%) McAfee
6 17 (14.29%) Software Deployment
7 16 (13.45%) Software Distribution
7 16 (13.45%) Software Delivery
7 16 (13.45%) SQL
7 16 (13.45%) Finance
8 14 (11.76%) DV Cleared
8 14 (11.76%) 3G
9 13 (10.92%) SCCM
10 12 (10.08%) Validation
10 12 (10.08%) Internet
10 12 (10.08%) ITIL
10 12 (10.08%) Analytical Skills
10 12 (10.08%) 4G
11 11 (9.24%) Marketing
11 11 (9.24%) Degree
12 10 (8.40%) Data Analysis
12 10 (8.40%) XML
12 10 (8.40%) ISUP
12 10 (8.40%) Enterprise Software
13 9 (7.56%) LTE
13 9 (7.56%) SS7
13 9 (7.56%) Active Directory

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 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 8 (6.72%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 6 (5.04%) WebLogic
2 6 (5.04%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.52%) SAS
4 2 (1.68%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.68%) CMS
4 2 (1.68%) WordPress
4 2 (1.68%) Lync
4 2 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.84%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.84%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.84%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.84%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.84%) Drupal
5 1 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 3 (2.52%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (4.20%) Oracle Payables
1 5 (4.20%) Oracle Receivables
2 4 (3.36%) Oracle Cash Management
3 3 (2.52%) Unica
3 3 (2.52%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (1.68%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (1.68%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (1.68%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 1 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.88%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.84%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (11.76%) 3G
2 12 (10.08%) Internet
2 12 (10.08%) 4G
3 10 (8.40%) ISUP
4 9 (7.56%) SS7
4 9 (7.56%) LTE
5 8 (6.72%) 2G
6 7 (5.88%) SCCP
7 6 (5.04%) RTP
7 6 (5.04%) MGW
7 6 (5.04%) SIGTRAN
7 6 (5.04%) Diameter Protocol
7 6 (5.04%) VoIP
8 5 (4.20%) MVNO
9 4 (3.36%) VoLTE
9 4 (3.36%) INAP
9 4 (3.36%) DNS
10 3 (2.52%) TCP/IP
10 3 (2.52%) DHCP
10 3 (2.52%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.52%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.68%) Data Mart
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.84%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.84%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 9 (7.56%) Subversion
2 3 (2.52%) Oracle Forms
3 2 (1.68%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.84%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.84%) MSI
4 1 (0.84%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.84%) AdminStudio
General
1 18 (15.13%) Telecoms
2 16 (13.45%) Finance
3 11 (9.24%) Marketing
4 5 (4.20%) Legal
5 2 (1.68%) Advertising
5 2 (1.68%) Billing
6 1 (0.84%) Electronics
6 1 (0.84%) Games
6 1 (0.84%) Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (16.81%) Analyst
2 12 (10.08%) Support Engineer
3 10 (8.40%) Applications Support
3 10 (8.40%) Test Engineer
4 9 (7.56%) Consultant
5 7 (5.88%) Support Analyst
5 7 (5.88%) Integration Engineer
6 6 (5.04%) Applications Support Analyst
6 6 (5.04%) Technical Support
6 6 (5.04%) 2nd Line Support
7 5 (4.20%) Project Manager
7 5 (4.20%) Technical Support Engineer
7 5 (4.20%) Oracle Financials Consultant
7 5 (4.20%) Technical Engineer
7 5 (4.20%) Oracle Consultant
7 5 (4.20%) Test and Integration Engineer
7 5 (4.20%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 4 (3.36%) Business Analyst
9 3 (2.52%) Architect
9 3 (2.52%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (8.40%) XML
2 9 (7.56%) XSLT
3 7 (5.88%) HTML
3 7 (5.88%) HTML5
4 6 (5.04%) jQuery
4 6 (5.04%) CSS
4 6 (5.04%) CSS3
5 3 (2.52%) .NET
6 2 (1.68%) SOAP
7 1 (0.84%) Web Services
7 1 (0.84%) iPhone SDK
7 1 (0.84%) OSGi
7 1 (0.84%) iOS SDK
7 1 (0.84%) Rendezvous
7 1 (0.84%) Hibernate
7 1 (0.84%) Spring
7 1 (0.84%) JSF
7 1 (0.84%) Windows SharePoint Services
7 1 (0.84%) Application Packaging
7 1 (0.84%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 19 (15.97%) Data Centre
2 12 (10.08%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (8.40%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (5.88%) Statistics
5 5 (4.20%) Computer Science
6 4 (3.36%) Social Media
7 3 (2.52%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.68%) Mainframe
8 2 (1.68%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.68%) User Experience
9 1 (0.84%) SWIFT
9 1 (0.84%) Digital Media
9 1 (0.84%) Data Integration
9 1 (0.84%) iPhone
9 1 (0.84%) Smart Meter
9 1 (0.84%) CLARiiON
9 1 (0.84%) Clustering
9 1 (0.84%) IVR
9 1 (0.84%) Human Factors
9 1 (0.84%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 18 (15.13%) Windows
2 8 (6.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 8 (6.72%) Windows 7
3 7 (5.88%) Windows Server 2003
3 7 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (5.88%) UNIX
4 6 (5.04%) Windows XP
5 5 (4.20%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (3.36%) Linux
7 3 (2.52%) Windows 2000
7 3 (2.52%) VMS
8 2 (1.68%) zOS
8 2 (1.68%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.84%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.84%) Android
9 1 (0.84%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.84%) OS/390
9 1 (0.84%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (14.29%) Software Deployment
2 16 (13.45%) Software Distribution
2 16 (13.45%) Software Delivery
3 12 (10.08%) ITIL
3 12 (10.08%) Validation
4 10 (8.40%) Data Analysis
5 9 (7.56%) Service Management
5 9 (7.56%) ITSM
6 8 (6.72%) Analytics
7 7 (5.88%) Root Cause Analysis
7 7 (5.88%) Release Management
8 6 (5.04%) Network Architecture
8 6 (5.04%) Capacity Planning
8 6 (5.04%) Supplier Management
9 5 (4.20%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (4.20%) CRM
9 5 (4.20%) Test Strategy
9 5 (4.20%) Project Management
9 5 (4.20%) Cash Management
9 5 (4.20%) Campaign Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (13.45%) SQL
2 7 (5.88%) JavaScript
3 4 (3.36%) VBScript
3 4 (3.36%) Java
3 4 (3.36%) PowerShell
4 3 (2.52%) C
5 2 (1.68%) C#
5 2 (1.68%) VB
5 2 (1.68%) VB.NET
6 1 (0.84%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.84%) Objective-C
6 1 (0.84%) Delphi
6 1 (0.84%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.84%) Perl
6 1 (0.84%) PHP
6 1 (0.84%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 26 (21.85%) Security Cleared
2 17 (14.29%) SC Cleared
3 14 (11.76%) DV Cleared
4 11 (9.24%) Degree
5 6 (5.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 6 (5.04%) HNC
6 2 (1.68%) CCA
7 1 (0.84%) CISSP
7 1 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.84%) PMP
7 1 (0.84%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.84%) CISM
7 1 (0.84%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.84%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.84%) ISEB
7 1 (0.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.52%) QA
2 1 (0.84%) SLA
2 1 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (7.56%) Active Directory
2 6 (5.04%) XenApp
3 5 (4.20%) Microsoft App-V
3 5 (4.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (2.52%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.52%) XenDesktop
5 2 (1.68%) NFS
6 1 (0.84%) Forefront TMG
6 1 (0.84%) UAG
6 1 (0.84%) XenServer
6 1 (0.84%) RACF
Systems Management
1 20 (16.81%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 13 (10.92%) SCCM
3 5 (4.20%) SCOM
4 2 (1.68%) HP Operations Orchestration
5 1 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.84%) SCDPM
5 1 (0.84%) SCSM
5 1 (0.84%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.84%) WSUS
5 1 (0.84%) OMEGAMON
5 1 (0.84%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.84%) MOM
5 1 (0.84%) Netcool
5 1 (0.84%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 21 (17.65%) HP
2 17 (14.29%) McAfee
3 8 (6.72%) Google
3 8 (6.72%) Adobe
4 7 (5.88%) Remedy
4 7 (5.88%) Citrix
5 6 (5.04%) Oracle
5 6 (5.04%) VMware
6 3 (2.52%) Epiphany
6 3 (2.52%) AppSense
6 3 (2.52%) Chordiant
6 3 (2.52%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 2 (1.68%) Facebook
7 2 (1.68%) Twitter
7 2 (1.68%) Aprimo
7 2 (1.68%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.68%) Teradata
7 2 (1.68%) Altiris
8 1 (0.84%) EMC
8 1 (0.84%) Intel
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