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 2 October 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
2 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 527 521 483
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -38
Contract jobs citing SMS 96 53 102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.10% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.15% 0.75% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 35 47
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£328 £335 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.08% +1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £220 £192
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £320 £316
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
Average hourly rate - £22.50 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +87.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year
- +87.50%

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
8347 7085 8666
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.38% 13.63% 15.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 4622 3865 3984
Average daily rate £363 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.68% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £215 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 453 404 673
Average hourly rate £24.50 £21.75 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.64% +1.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+8.88% -

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 2 October 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 2 October 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 +13 93 £331 -1.19% 21
South East +23 43 £423 +32.03% 4
Berkshire +44 38 £475 +69.64% 1
North West +3 15 £275 - 1
Bracknell - 14 - -
London 0 11 £230 -54.00% 12
East of England -18 7 £388 +40.90% 2
South West -26 7 £261 +0.48%
Hertfordshire - 7 £388 - 2
Bristol - 6 £260 -
Reading +21 4 £475 +69.64% 1
Slough - 4 £370 -
East Midlands +2 3 £450 -
West Midlands - 3 £350 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 2 - -
East Sussex - 2 - -
Watford - 2 £255 - 1
Milton Keynes - 2 - -
Bexhill-On-Sea - 2 - -
Hampshire -18 1 £347 +7.74% 1
Gloucestershire -26 1 £438 +68.26%
Scotland - 1 £320 - 1
Coventry - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £500 - 1
Edinburgh - 1 £320 - 1
Epsom - - - -
Guernsey - - - -
Hitchin - - - -
Jersey - - - -
Leeds - - - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 October 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 61 (36.31%) Windows
2 39 (23.21%) Citrix
3 37 (22.02%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 36 (21.43%) Security Cleared
5 33 (19.64%) HP
6 32 (19.05%) Microsoft App-V
7 30 (17.86%) Telecoms
8 28 (16.67%) AppSense
8 28 (16.67%) Active Directory
9 26 (15.48%) SC Cleared
9 26 (15.48%) SCCM
10 25 (14.88%) XenApp
10 25 (14.88%) ITIL
11 24 (14.29%) LTE
12 23 (13.69%) DNS
13 22 (13.10%) 3G
14 21 (12.50%) Degree
15 20 (11.90%) Software Deployment
15 20 (11.90%) Software Distribution
16 19 (11.31%) Windows 7
16 19 (11.31%) Marketing
16 19 (11.31%) Windows Server 2003
17 18 (10.71%) Finance
18 17 (10.12%) VMware
18 17 (10.12%) McAfee
18 17 (10.12%) MSI
18 17 (10.12%) DHCP
19 14 (8.33%) SLA
19 14 (8.33%) Windows XP
20 13 (7.74%) InstallShield

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 October 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 8 (4.76%) MS Exchange
1 8 (4.76%) Lync
1 8 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (1.19%) CICS
2 2 (1.19%) FileNet
2 2 (1.19%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.60%) WordPress
3 1 (0.60%) CMS
3 1 (0.60%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.60%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (0.60%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (1.19%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.60%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.60%) WebTrends
Communications & Networking
1 24 (14.29%) LTE
2 23 (13.69%) DNS
3 22 (13.10%) 3G
4 17 (10.12%) DHCP
5 12 (7.14%) 4G
6 11 (6.55%) UMTS
7 10 (5.95%) GSM
7 10 (5.95%) Firewall
8 9 (5.36%) Cisco ASA
8 9 (5.36%) ISUP
8 9 (5.36%) Internet
9 8 (4.76%) WCDMA
9 8 (4.76%) Wi-Fi
10 7 (4.17%) GPRS
10 7 (4.17%) INAP
11 6 (3.57%) TCP/IP
11 6 (3.57%) Wireshark
11 6 (3.57%) VoLTE
12 5 (2.98%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 5 (2.98%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.98%) DB2
2 3 (1.79%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.19%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.60%) Oracle Exadata
4 1 (0.60%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.60%) DB2 UDB
4 1 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 17 (10.12%) MSI
2 13 (7.74%) InstallShield
3 11 (6.55%) AdminStudio
4 2 (1.19%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.60%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.60%) GDB
5 1 (0.60%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.60%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 30 (17.86%) Telecoms
2 19 (11.31%) Marketing
3 18 (10.71%) Finance
4 10 (5.95%) Retail
5 6 (3.57%) Electronics
6 4 (2.38%) Advertising
7 3 (1.79%) Games
7 3 (1.79%) Billing
8 2 (1.19%) Multimedia
8 2 (1.19%) Banking
8 2 (1.19%) Legal
9 1 (0.60%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.60%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.60%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 12 (7.14%) Support Engineer
2 11 (6.55%) Consultant
2 11 (6.55%) Applications Packager
3 10 (5.95%) Analyst
4 9 (5.36%) Project Manager
5 8 (4.76%) Test Engineer
5 8 (4.76%) Desktop Engineer
5 8 (4.76%) Network Engineer
6 7 (4.17%) Design Engineer
6 7 (4.17%) Desktop Support
6 7 (4.17%) Integration Engineer
7 5 (2.98%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 5 (2.98%) 2nd Line Support
7 5 (2.98%) Administrator
7 5 (2.98%) Developer
8 4 (2.38%) Architect
8 4 (2.38%) Systems Programmer
8 4 (2.38%) Security Engineer
8 4 (2.38%) Solutions Architect
8 4 (2.38%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.17%) Application Packaging
2 4 (2.38%) XML
2 4 (2.38%) HTML
2 4 (2.38%) WAP
3 3 (1.79%) ISPF
3 3 (1.79%) XML Schema
4 2 (1.19%) J2EE
4 2 (1.19%) Web Services
5 1 (0.60%) Dalvik
5 1 (0.60%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (0.60%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.60%) WebCenter
5 1 (0.60%) JNDI
5 1 (0.60%) JMS
5 1 (0.60%) .NET
5 1 (0.60%) ATL
5 1 (0.60%) CSS
5 1 (0.60%) JDBC
5 1 (0.60%) JSP
5 1 (0.60%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.17%) IVR
3 6 (3.57%) Management Information System
3 6 (3.57%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.38%) Video on Demand
5 3 (1.79%) Fat Client
5 3 (1.79%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.79%) Mainframe
5 3 (1.79%) Smartcard
5 3 (1.79%) Thin Client
6 2 (1.19%) Cryptography
6 2 (1.19%) Replication
6 2 (1.19%) Social Media
6 2 (1.19%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.60%) User Experience
7 1 (0.60%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.60%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.60%) LPAR
7 1 (0.60%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (0.60%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 61 (36.31%) Windows
2 19 (11.31%) Windows 7
2 19 (11.31%) Windows Server 2003
3 14 (8.33%) Windows XP
4 12 (7.14%) UNIX
5 9 (5.36%) Windows Server 2008
5 9 (5.36%) Windows Vista
6 8 (4.76%) zOS
7 6 (3.57%) Windows 8
8 5 (2.98%) Linux
9 4 (2.38%) Windows 2000
9 4 (2.38%) VMS
10 2 (1.19%) MVS
10 2 (1.19%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.60%) Android
11 1 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.60%) AIX
11 1 (0.60%) Solaris
11 1 (0.60%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (14.88%) ITIL
2 20 (11.90%) Software Deployment
2 20 (11.90%) Software Distribution
3 9 (5.36%) Release Management
3 9 (5.36%) Network Management
3 9 (5.36%) PRINCE2
4 8 (4.76%) Project Management
4 8 (4.76%) Validation
5 7 (4.17%) Integration Acceptance Testing
6 6 (3.57%) Network Design
6 6 (3.57%) Service Management
6 6 (3.57%) Migration
6 6 (3.57%) Capacity Management
7 5 (2.98%) Direct Marketing
7 5 (2.98%) Email Marketing
7 5 (2.98%) Change Management
7 5 (2.98%) Incident Management
7 5 (2.98%) CRM
8 4 (2.38%) Load Balancing
8 4 (2.38%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 8 (4.76%) SQL
1 8 (4.76%) VBScript
2 7 (4.17%) C
3 4 (2.38%) REXX
4 3 (1.79%) PowerShell
4 3 (1.79%) Java
4 3 (1.79%) JavaScript
4 3 (1.79%) VB
4 3 (1.79%) JCL
4 3 (1.79%) Shell Script
5 2 (1.19%) Perl
6 1 (0.60%) Python
6 1 (0.60%) C#
6 1 (0.60%) C++
Qualifications
1 36 (21.43%) Security Cleared
2 26 (15.48%) SC Cleared
3 21 (12.50%) Degree
4 4 (2.38%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (2.38%) CCSP
4 4 (2.38%) CCNP
4 4 (2.38%) CCNA
4 4 (2.38%) ISEB
4 4 (2.38%) CCSE
4 4 (2.38%) CCSA
4 4 (2.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (1.79%) DV Cleared
5 3 (1.79%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.19%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.19%) MCSE
6 2 (1.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.60%) AAT
7 1 (0.60%) CISM
7 1 (0.60%) CCA
7 1 (0.60%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (8.33%) SLA
2 6 (3.57%) QA
3 2 (1.19%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.60%) JTAG
4 1 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 32 (19.05%) Microsoft App-V
2 28 (16.67%) Active Directory
3 25 (14.88%) XenApp
4 12 (7.14%) XenServer
5 10 (5.95%) XenDesktop
6 5 (2.98%) RACF
7 3 (1.79%) Hyper-V
8 2 (1.19%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.19%) vSphere
8 2 (1.19%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
9 1 (0.60%) NFS
Systems Management
1 37 (22.02%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 26 (15.48%) SCCM
3 4 (2.38%) OpenView
3 4 (2.38%) Netcool
3 4 (2.38%) OMEGAMON
4 3 (1.79%) CA Spectrum
4 3 (1.79%) Tivoli
5 2 (1.19%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 2 (1.19%) HP UCMDB
5 2 (1.19%) WhatsUp Gold
6 1 (0.60%) SCOM
6 1 (0.60%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.60%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 39 (23.21%) Citrix
2 33 (19.64%) HP
3 28 (16.67%) AppSense
4 17 (10.12%) VMware
4 17 (10.12%) McAfee
5 9 (5.36%) F5
5 9 (5.36%) Cisco
5 9 (5.36%) CheckPoint
6 7 (4.17%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 7 (4.17%) Thunderhead
7 5 (2.98%) Crossbeam
7 5 (2.98%) TippingPoint
7 5 (2.98%) Huawei
7 5 (2.98%) TIBCO
7 5 (2.98%) CA
7 5 (2.98%) Ericsson
7 5 (2.98%) Juniper
8 4 (2.38%) Nortel
8 4 (2.38%) Remedy
8 4 (2.38%) Radware
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Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
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