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 30 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
30 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 534 497 467
Rank change year-on-year
-37 -30
Contract jobs citing SMS 44 78 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.081% 0.15% 0.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.56% 1.15% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 36 28
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -8.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £125 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £450 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £300 £350
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 1
Average hourly rate £11.00 £24.50 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-55.10% +104.16%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £11.00 £28.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year
-60.71% +133.33%

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
7870 6776 6888
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.54% 12.93% 15.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 4305 3513 3357
Average daily rate £365 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-0.57% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 410 574
Average hourly rate £27.16 £20.00 £22.85
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.78% -12.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.25 £45.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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 30 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 30 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 -54 36 £405 +35.00% 22
South East -25 14 £403 +34.16% 2
Berkshire -5 13 £403 +131.32% 1
London -16 10 £210 -40.00% 15
Scotland -4 6 £338 -18.18%
South West -14 5 £450 +15.38% 1
North West -24 2 - -
Edinburgh - 2 £350 -
Lancashire -6 1 - -
Canary Wharf - 1 - -
County Antrim - 1 - -
Belfast - 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -
Cambridge - - - -
Chester - - - -
Chorley - - - -
Cirencester - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Reading - - - -
Redhill - - - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
Weybridge - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Guernsey - - - -
Guildford - - - - 1
Havant - - - -
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
Jersey - - - -
Leeds - - - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 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 39 (35.14%) Security Cleared
2 32 (28.83%) Windows
3 31 (27.93%) SC Cleared
4 27 (24.32%) HP
5 25 (22.52%) SQL
5 25 (22.52%) SCCM
6 21 (18.92%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 19 (17.12%) Software Distribution
7 19 (17.12%) Software Delivery
8 18 (16.22%) McAfee
9 17 (15.32%) Software Deployment
10 15 (13.51%) DV Cleared
11 14 (12.61%) Telecoms
11 14 (12.61%) Finance
11 14 (12.61%) XML
11 14 (12.61%) ITIL
12 13 (11.71%) XSLT
12 13 (11.71%) Subversion
12 13 (11.71%) Windows 7
13 12 (10.81%) Windows Server 2008
13 12 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
13 12 (10.81%) Enterprise Software
13 12 (10.81%) PowerShell
13 12 (10.81%) UNIX
13 12 (10.81%) Windows Server 2003
14 11 (9.91%) Active Directory
14 11 (9.91%) Windows XP
14 11 (9.91%) Service Management
15 10 (9.01%) ITSM
15 10 (9.01%) Data Analysis

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 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 3 (2.70%) SharePoint
1 3 (2.70%) MS Exchange
1 3 (2.70%) SAS
1 3 (2.70%) Lync
1 3 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (0.90%) Adobe CQ
2 1 (0.90%) WebLogic
2 1 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (0.90%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (0.90%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 3 (2.70%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.90%) Summit
1 1 (0.90%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.80%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (7.21%) GPRS
1 8 (7.21%) DNS
2 6 (5.41%) DHCP
2 6 (5.41%) HTTP
3 4 (3.60%) Firewall
3 4 (3.60%) Wireshark
3 4 (3.60%) Network Security
3 4 (3.60%) Cisco ASA
4 3 (2.70%) Cisco PIX
4 3 (2.70%) tcpdump
4 3 (2.70%) BIG-IP
4 3 (2.70%) Nortel Alteon
4 3 (2.70%) TACACS
4 3 (2.70%) 3G
5 2 (1.80%) SS7
5 2 (1.80%) SAN
5 2 (1.80%) GSM
5 2 (1.80%) UMTS
5 2 (1.80%) ISUP
5 2 (1.80%) INAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.31%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.80%) Data Mart
3 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.90%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.90%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 13 (11.71%) Subversion
2 9 (8.11%) MSI
3 1 (0.90%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.90%) AdminStudio
General
1 14 (12.61%) Telecoms
1 14 (12.61%) Finance
2 10 (9.01%) Marketing
3 6 (5.41%) Publishing
4 5 (4.50%) Legal
5 4 (3.60%) Retail
6 1 (0.90%) Billing
6 1 (0.90%) Electronics
6 1 (0.90%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 20 (18.02%) Analyst
2 10 (9.01%) Support Analyst
3 9 (8.11%) Applications Support
4 8 (7.21%) Project Manager
5 7 (6.31%) Support Engineer
6 6 (5.41%) Tester
6 6 (5.41%) Consultant
6 6 (5.41%) Applications Support Analyst
6 6 (5.41%) Deployment Engineer
7 5 (4.50%) Technical Tester
7 5 (4.50%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (4.50%) 2nd Line Support
8 4 (3.60%) Administrator
8 4 (3.60%) Network Engineer
8 4 (3.60%) Business Analyst
8 4 (3.60%) Developer
8 4 (3.60%) Integration Engineer
8 4 (3.60%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 3 (2.70%) Senior Integration Engineer
9 3 (2.70%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (12.61%) XML
2 13 (11.71%) XSLT
3 3 (2.70%) WAP
3 3 (2.70%) SOAP
4 2 (1.80%) Web Services
4 2 (1.80%) .NET
4 2 (1.80%) iPhone SDK
4 2 (1.80%) iOS SDK
4 2 (1.80%) Android SDK
5 1 (0.90%) HTML
5 1 (0.90%) CSS3
5 1 (0.90%) HTML5
5 1 (0.90%) OSGi
5 1 (0.90%) CSS
5 1 (0.90%) Rendezvous
5 1 (0.90%) Hibernate
5 1 (0.90%) Spring
5 1 (0.90%) Windows SharePoint Services
5 1 (0.90%) Application Packaging
5 1 (0.90%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.81%) Enterprise Software
1 12 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.50%) Mobile App
2 5 (4.50%) IVR
3 3 (2.70%) Social Media
4 2 (1.80%) Fat Client
4 2 (1.80%) iPhone
4 2 (1.80%) Smart Meter
4 2 (1.80%) N-Tier
4 2 (1.80%) Thin Client
4 2 (1.80%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.80%) User Experience
5 1 (0.90%) CLARiiON
5 1 (0.90%) EMV
5 1 (0.90%) NHS
5 1 (0.90%) Cryptography
5 1 (0.90%) Smartphone
5 1 (0.90%) Statistics
5 1 (0.90%) Human Factors
5 1 (0.90%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 32 (28.83%) Windows
2 13 (11.71%) Windows 7
3 12 (10.81%) Windows Server 2008
3 12 (10.81%) UNIX
3 12 (10.81%) Windows Server 2003
4 11 (9.91%) Windows XP
5 5 (4.50%) Windows Vista
5 5 (4.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (3.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (3.60%) Linux
7 3 (2.70%) Windows 2000
8 2 (1.80%) Android
8 2 (1.80%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.80%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.90%) VMS
9 1 (0.90%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (17.12%) Software Distribution
1 19 (17.12%) Software Delivery
2 17 (15.32%) Software Deployment
3 14 (12.61%) ITIL
4 11 (9.91%) Service Management
5 10 (9.01%) ITSM
5 10 (9.01%) Data Analysis
6 6 (5.41%) Risk Analysis
7 5 (4.50%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (4.50%) Asset Management
7 5 (4.50%) PRINCE2
7 5 (4.50%) Campaign Management
7 5 (4.50%) Release Management
8 4 (3.60%) Network Management
8 4 (3.60%) Project Management
8 4 (3.60%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (3.60%) CRM
8 4 (3.60%) Problem Management
9 3 (2.70%) Migration
9 3 (2.70%) Direct Marketing
Programming Languages
1 25 (22.52%) SQL
2 12 (10.81%) PowerShell
3 7 (6.31%) Java
3 7 (6.31%) PL/SQL
4 6 (5.41%) VBScript
4 6 (5.41%) Shell Script
5 2 (1.80%) Objective-C
5 2 (1.80%) XPath
5 2 (1.80%) Groovy
5 2 (1.80%) VB
5 2 (1.80%) VB.NET
5 2 (1.80%) Python
5 2 (1.80%) C#
6 1 (0.90%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.90%) Perl
Qualifications
1 39 (35.14%) Security Cleared
2 31 (27.93%) SC Cleared
3 15 (13.51%) DV Cleared
4 7 (6.31%) Degree
5 3 (2.70%) CCSP
5 3 (2.70%) CCNP
5 3 (2.70%) CCNA
5 3 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (2.70%) CCSA
5 3 (2.70%) CCSE
6 1 (0.90%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.90%) PMP
6 1 (0.90%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.90%) ISEB
6 1 (0.90%) Postgraduate
6 1 (0.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.41%) SLA
2 3 (2.70%) QA
2 3 (2.70%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.90%) JSP 440
System Software
1 11 (9.91%) Active Directory
2 8 (7.21%) XenApp
3 7 (6.31%) Microsoft App-V
3 7 (6.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (3.60%) Hyper-V
4 4 (3.60%) XenDesktop
5 2 (1.80%) XenServer
6 1 (0.90%) NFS
6 1 (0.90%) vSphere
6 1 (0.90%) Forefront TMG
6 1 (0.90%) UAG
6 1 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 25 (22.52%) SCCM
2 21 (18.92%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 5 (4.50%) WSUS
3 5 (4.50%) SCOM
4 4 (3.60%) Netcool
4 4 (3.60%) HP Operations Orchestration
5 3 (2.70%) OpenView
6 2 (1.80%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (0.90%) SCDPM
7 1 (0.90%) SCSM
7 1 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.90%) MOM
7 1 (0.90%) Netcool/OMNIbus
7 1 (0.90%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.90%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 27 (24.32%) HP
2 18 (16.22%) McAfee
3 9 (8.11%) VMware
3 9 (8.11%) Citrix
4 7 (6.31%) Remedy
4 7 (6.31%) Oracle
5 4 (3.60%) Cisco
5 4 (3.60%) CheckPoint
5 4 (3.60%) AppSense
5 4 (3.60%) Altiris
5 4 (3.60%) F5
6 3 (2.70%) Unica
6 3 (2.70%) Crossbeam
6 3 (2.70%) Epiphany
6 3 (2.70%) Radware
6 3 (2.70%) Red Hat
6 3 (2.70%) Chordiant
6 3 (2.70%) Nortel
7 2 (1.80%) EMC
7 2 (1.80%) Apple
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