The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 496 470 459
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -11
Contract jobs citing SMS 91 74 129
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.16% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.25% 1.02% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 28 54
Average daily rate £300 £329 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.81% +3.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £193 £165 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £411 £484
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £350 £288
% change year-on-year
-17.85% +21.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 6
Average hourly rate £23.50 £12.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+95.83% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.75 £12.00 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.00 £12.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+133.33% -20.00%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7257 7224 9297
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.89% 15.14% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3828 3580 4351
Average daily rate £360 £345 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% -6.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 572 627
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.63 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -23.72%

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 18 April 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
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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -61 85 £300 -8.81% 26
London -29 30 £425 +30.76% 17
South East -1 23 £300 -14.28% 5
Berkshire -1 16 £256 -26.78% 1
South West - 13 £326 -
North West -5 12 £260 - 2
Lancashire - 9 £260 -
Bristol - 9 £260 -
City of London -14 8 £450 +18.73% 9
East of England -24 4 £325 +18.18% 1
Gloucestershire - 4 £400 -
Manchester - 3 £264 - 1
Hertfordshire -8 2 £316 +15.00%
Cambridgeshire - 2 £350 - 1
Cambridge - 2 £350 - 1
West Midlands - 2 £333 -
Slough +7 1 £250 - 1
Hampshire +5 1 - -
Borehamwood - 1 £325 -
Blackburn - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Essex - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 52 (36.88%) Windows
2 40 (28.37%) SCCM
3 34 (24.11%) Telecoms
4 33 (23.40%) Active Directory
5 26 (18.44%) Security Cleared
6 21 (14.89%) SC Cleared
7 20 (14.18%) GSM
8 19 (13.48%) Citrix
8 19 (13.48%) Windows Server 2003
8 19 (13.48%) LTE
9 18 (12.77%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 18 (12.77%) UMTS
10 17 (12.06%) McAfee
11 16 (11.35%) Project Management
11 16 (11.35%) VMware
11 16 (11.35%) Marketing
12 15 (10.64%) HP
12 15 (10.64%) Windows XP
13 14 (9.93%) SLA
13 14 (9.93%) Finance
14 13 (9.22%) Microsoft App-V
14 13 (9.22%) WCDMA
14 13 (9.22%) ITIL
14 13 (9.22%) HTML
14 13 (9.22%) XenApp
14 13 (9.22%) Software Deployment
15 12 (8.51%) Social Media
15 12 (8.51%) SQL
15 12 (8.51%) VBScript
15 12 (8.51%) DHCP

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 3 (2.13%) Lync
1 3 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2010
1 3 (2.13%) WebSphere
1 3 (2.13%) WebLogic
1 3 (2.13%) Apache
1 3 (2.13%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.42%) SAS
2 2 (1.42%) WordPress
3 1 (0.71%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.71%) IIS
3 1 (0.71%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (1.42%) Photoshop
1 2 (1.42%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 2 (1.42%) Eikon
1 2 (1.42%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.55%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (14.18%) GSM
2 19 (13.48%) LTE
3 18 (12.77%) UMTS
4 13 (9.22%) WCDMA
5 12 (8.51%) DHCP
5 12 (8.51%) GPRS
6 11 (7.80%) DNS
7 9 (6.38%) 3G
8 6 (4.26%) ISUP
9 5 (3.55%) SCCP
10 4 (2.84%) HTTP
10 4 (2.84%) RTCP
10 4 (2.84%) RTP
10 4 (2.84%) SS7
10 4 (2.84%) INAP
10 4 (2.84%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (2.84%) NetScaler
11 3 (2.13%) SIGTRAN
11 3 (2.13%) MVNO
11 3 (2.13%) MGW
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.26%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.42%) DB2
2 2 (1.42%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (1.42%) Relational Database
2 2 (1.42%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.71%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 5 (3.55%) MSI
2 2 (1.42%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.71%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.71%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (0.71%) GDB
3 1 (0.71%) Maven
3 1 (0.71%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.71%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.71%) Eclipse
General
1 34 (24.11%) Telecoms
2 16 (11.35%) Marketing
3 14 (9.93%) Finance
4 11 (7.80%) Banking
4 11 (7.80%) Retail
5 8 (5.67%) Electronics
5 8 (5.67%) Billing
6 6 (4.26%) Financial Institution
6 6 (4.26%) Legal
7 4 (2.84%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (2.84%) Publishing
8 2 (1.42%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.42%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.71%) Front Office
9 1 (0.71%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 13 (9.22%) Analyst
1 13 (9.22%) Consultant
1 13 (9.22%) Project Manager
2 11 (7.80%) Support Engineer
2 11 (7.80%) Test Engineer
3 10 (7.09%) Integration Engineer
4 7 (4.96%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 7 (4.96%) Administrator
4 7 (4.96%) Software Engineer
5 6 (4.26%) Applications Packager
5 6 (4.26%) Digital Project Manager
6 5 (3.55%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (3.55%) Server Engineer
6 5 (3.55%) 2nd Line Support
6 5 (3.55%) Business Analyst
6 5 (3.55%) Desktop Support
7 4 (2.84%) Developer
7 4 (2.84%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 4 (2.84%) Technical Leader
7 4 (2.84%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (9.22%) HTML
2 6 (4.26%) Application Packaging
3 4 (2.84%) J2ME
3 4 (2.84%) RSS
3 4 (2.84%) WAP
3 4 (2.84%) J2EE
3 4 (2.84%) CSS
3 4 (2.84%) JDBC
4 3 (2.13%) ISPF
4 3 (2.13%) SyncML
4 3 (2.13%) SOAP
4 3 (2.13%) Web Services
4 3 (2.13%) .NET
5 2 (1.42%) EDI
5 2 (1.42%) Flash
5 2 (1.42%) XML
5 2 (1.42%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.42%) JSP
5 2 (1.42%) Middleware
5 2 (1.42%) JMX
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.51%) Social Media
2 8 (5.67%) Mobile App
3 6 (4.26%) Hedge funds
4 5 (3.55%) Smartcard
4 5 (3.55%) Blackberry
4 5 (3.55%) N-Tier
5 4 (2.84%) Social Network
6 3 (2.13%) GIS
7 2 (1.42%) Device Driver
7 2 (1.42%) Statistics
7 2 (1.42%) iPhone
7 2 (1.42%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.71%) Life Science
8 1 (0.71%) Copywriting
8 1 (0.71%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.71%) Mobile Payment
8 1 (0.71%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.71%) SecurID
8 1 (0.71%) VSAM
8 1 (0.71%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 52 (36.88%) Windows
2 19 (13.48%) Windows Server 2003
3 15 (10.64%) Windows XP
4 10 (7.09%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (4.96%) Windows 7
6 6 (4.26%) NetWare
7 4 (2.84%) UNIX
8 3 (2.13%) zOS
8 3 (2.13%) Solaris
8 3 (2.13%) Linux
8 3 (2.13%) Windows 2000
9 2 (1.42%) HPUX
9 2 (1.42%) Windows CE
9 2 (1.42%) Windows 8
9 2 (1.42%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (1.42%) Android
10 1 (0.71%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (11.35%) Project Management
2 13 (9.22%) ITIL
2 13 (9.22%) Software Deployment
3 12 (8.51%) CRM
4 11 (7.80%) Integration Acceptance Testing
4 11 (7.80%) Risk Management
5 10 (7.09%) Service Delivery
5 10 (7.09%) Software Distribution
6 9 (6.38%) Migration
7 8 (5.67%) Release Management
8 7 (4.96%) Time Management
8 7 (4.96%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (4.26%) Service Management
9 6 (4.26%) Content Management
9 6 (4.26%) Digital Marketing
9 6 (4.26%) Risk Analysis
10 4 (2.84%) Data Modelling
10 4 (2.84%) E-business
10 4 (2.84%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (2.84%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 12 (8.51%) SQL
1 12 (8.51%) VBScript
2 8 (5.67%) Java
3 7 (4.96%) JavaScript
4 6 (4.26%) PowerShell
5 5 (3.55%) VB
6 2 (1.42%) C#
6 2 (1.42%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.42%) REXX
6 2 (1.42%) JCL
7 1 (0.71%) Ruby
7 1 (0.71%) C++
7 1 (0.71%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.71%) Perl
7 1 (0.71%) C
7 1 (0.71%) Python
Qualifications
1 26 (18.44%) Security Cleared
2 21 (14.89%) SC Cleared
3 9 (6.38%) Degree
4 6 (4.26%) ISEB
5 5 (3.55%) ISTQB
6 3 (2.13%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.71%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.71%) CCA
7 1 (0.71%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (9.93%) SLA
2 4 (2.84%) QA
3 3 (2.13%) JTAG
3 3 (2.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 33 (23.40%) Active Directory
2 13 (9.22%) Microsoft App-V
2 13 (9.22%) XenApp
3 10 (7.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (5.67%) XenServer
4 8 (5.67%) XenDesktop
5 4 (2.84%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (2.13%) RACF
7 2 (1.42%) vSphere
7 2 (1.42%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.71%) KVM
8 1 (0.71%) NFS
Systems Management
1 40 (28.37%) SCCM
2 18 (12.77%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 8 (5.67%) SCOM
4 2 (1.42%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.42%) Puppet
4 2 (1.42%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.42%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 2 (1.42%) OMEGAMON
5 1 (0.71%) AppDNA
5 1 (0.71%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.71%) ZENworks
5 1 (0.71%) Nagios
Vendors
1 19 (13.48%) Citrix
2 17 (12.06%) McAfee
3 16 (11.35%) VMware
4 15 (10.64%) HP
5 11 (7.80%) AppSense
6 7 (4.96%) Oracle
7 4 (2.84%) SAP
7 4 (2.84%) Marketo
7 4 (2.84%) Eloqua
7 4 (2.84%) Facebook
8 3 (2.13%) Altiris
8 3 (2.13%) ESRI
9 2 (1.42%) Mapinfo
9 2 (1.42%) CA
9 2 (1.42%) Peregrine
9 2 (1.42%) Adobe
9 2 (1.42%) Fidessa
9 2 (1.42%) Reuters
9 2 (1.42%) Bloomberg
9 2 (1.42%) Remedy
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