The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 6 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
6 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 585 565 523
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -42
Contract jobs citing SMS 56 67 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.12% 0.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.65% 0.80% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 23 50
Median daily rate £298 £325 £294
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.46% +10.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £176 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £498 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £280 £325 £281
% change year-on-year
-13.84% +15.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 5
Median hourly rate - £11.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -51.11%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £21.15 £24.50
% change year-on-year
- -13.67%

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
8602 8400 7333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.48% 15.01% 13.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5229 4565 3897
Median daily rate £390 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £345 £328
% change year-on-year
+7.24% +5.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 363 474 402
Median hourly rate £28.50 £27.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.63% +37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £47.50 £40.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £28.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+23.21% +40.00%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing SMS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 6 May 2016.

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 25 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the UK over the 3 months to 6 May 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -35 52 £288 -8.00% 13
North East - 17 £265 -
Tyne and Wear - 17 £265 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 17 £265 -
South East -16 16 £400 +122.22% 3
London -10 12 £313 +71.23% 2
Berkshire -8 8 - - 1
Hampshire +13 5 £393 -
East of England +6 4 £400 -
Bracknell -3 3 - -
Scotland -7 2 £425 +6.25%
North West -15 2 £225 -16.66% 3
Surrey - 2 £450 - 1
Bedfordshire - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £400 -
Edinburgh - 2 £425 -
Southampton +17 1 £450 -
Manchester -8 1 £225 -41.93% 2
Cheshire - 1 - -
Home Counties - 1 - -
Winchester - 1 £335 -
Leatherhead - 1 £350 -
Staines - 1 £550 -
Docklands, London - 1 - -
Chester - 1 - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing SMS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SMS.

1 33 (30.56%) Marketing
2 30 (27.78%) Windows
3 25 (23.15%) CRM
4 24 (22.22%) Active Directory
5 22 (20.37%) DHCP
5 22 (20.37%) DNS
5 22 (20.37%) Security Cleared
6 21 (19.44%) XenApp
6 21 (19.44%) Citrix
7 20 (18.52%) SCCM
7 20 (18.52%) Google
7 20 (18.52%) Software Delivery
8 18 (16.67%) Analytics
8 18 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
8 18 (16.67%) SC Cleared
8 18 (16.67%) VMware
8 18 (16.67%) AppSense
9 17 (15.74%) Change Management
10 16 (14.81%) Microsoft App-V
11 15 (13.89%) Finance
11 15 (13.89%) Salesforce.com
11 15 (13.89%) B2C
11 15 (13.89%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
12 14 (12.96%) 3G
12 14 (12.96%) Google Analytics
13 13 (12.04%) Copywriting
13 13 (12.04%) Data Protection
13 13 (12.04%) Customer Analytics
14 11 (10.19%) Data Centre
14 11 (10.19%) Windows Server

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (9.26%) Skype for Business
2 9 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 9 (8.33%) MS Exchange
3 5 (4.63%) Node.js
3 5 (4.63%) Tomcat
4 4 (3.70%) CMS
5 3 (2.78%) nginx
6 2 (1.85%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (1.85%) Apache
6 2 (1.85%) Drupal
6 2 (1.85%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (1.85%) Mule
7 1 (0.93%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Business Applications
1 4 (3.70%) Payment Gateway
1 4 (3.70%) Unica
2 3 (2.78%) Adobe Campaign
2 3 (2.78%) Oracle AML
3 1 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.93%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.93%) Eloqua
3 1 (0.93%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 14 (12.96%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.93%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (20.37%) DHCP
1 22 (20.37%) DNS
2 14 (12.96%) 3G
3 9 (8.33%) Wi-Fi
4 6 (5.56%) Remote Desktop
4 6 (5.56%) Value-Added Service
5 4 (3.70%) 4G
5 4 (3.70%) CTI
6 3 (2.78%) HTTP
6 3 (2.78%) SAN
6 3 (2.78%) Wireless
7 2 (1.85%) Broadband
7 2 (1.85%) Firewall
7 2 (1.85%) LTE
7 2 (1.85%) MVNO
7 2 (1.85%) NAS
8 1 (0.93%) Diameter Protocol
8 1 (0.93%) Intelligent Network
8 1 (0.93%) Radio Access Network
8 1 (0.93%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (9.26%) MongoDB
2 4 (3.70%) SAP Data Services
3 3 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.78%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.85%) Big Data
4 2 (1.85%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.93%) DB2
5 1 (0.93%) MySQL
5 1 (0.93%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.93%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (2.78%) Artifactory
1 3 (2.78%) GitLab
1 3 (2.78%) Jenkins
1 3 (2.78%) Maven
2 1 (0.93%) FindBugs
2 1 (0.93%) JIRA
2 1 (0.93%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (0.93%) Vagrant
General
1 33 (30.56%) Marketing
2 15 (13.89%) Finance
3 10 (9.26%) Telecoms
4 7 (6.48%) Retail
5 3 (2.78%) Automotive
5 3 (2.78%) Banking
6 2 (1.85%) Legal
7 1 (0.93%) Billing
7 1 (0.93%) German Language
7 1 (0.93%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.93%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (13.89%) Project Manager
2 11 (10.19%) Desktop Support
3 10 (9.26%) Analyst
4 9 (8.33%) Architect
5 7 (6.48%) 2nd Line Support
6 6 (5.56%) Consultant
7 5 (4.63%) 3rd Line Support
7 5 (4.63%) Business Analyst
7 5 (4.63%) Campaign Manager
7 5 (4.63%) Support Engineer
8 4 (3.70%) Designer
8 4 (3.70%) Lead Architect
9 3 (2.78%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 3 (2.78%) Cloud Consultant
9 3 (2.78%) CRM Consultant
9 3 (2.78%) CRM Manager
9 3 (2.78%) Desktop Engineer
9 3 (2.78%) SAP Consultant
9 3 (2.78%) Senior Designer
9 3 (2.78%) Wintel Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.48%) CSS
2 5 (4.63%) Meteor
2 5 (4.63%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 4 (3.70%) SAML
3 4 (3.70%) Web Services
4 3 (2.78%) .NET
4 3 (2.78%) WSDL
4 3 (2.78%) XML
4 3 (2.78%) XSD
5 2 (1.85%) ELK Stack
5 2 (1.85%) Google Maps API
5 2 (1.85%) HTML
5 2 (1.85%) ISPF
5 2 (1.85%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 13 (12.04%) Copywriting
2 11 (10.19%) Data Centre
3 9 (8.33%) Fat Client
3 9 (8.33%) Thin Client
4 6 (5.56%) Computer Science
4 6 (5.56%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (3.70%) Fintech
6 3 (2.78%) Mainframe
6 3 (2.78%) Social Media
6 3 (2.78%) Telematics
7 2 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.85%) VSAM
8 1 (0.93%) IVR
8 1 (0.93%) Over-the-Top Content
8 1 (0.93%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.93%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.93%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 30 (27.78%) Windows
2 11 (10.19%) Windows Server
3 9 (8.33%) Windows 7
3 9 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 9 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (6.48%) Windows XP
5 5 (4.63%) Linux
6 4 (3.70%) Unix
6 4 (3.70%) zOS
7 3 (2.78%) CentOS
8 1 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.93%) SUSE
8 1 (0.93%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.93%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (23.15%) CRM
2 20 (18.52%) Software Delivery
3 18 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (16.67%) Analytics
4 17 (15.74%) Change Management
5 15 (13.89%) B2C
6 13 (12.04%) Customer Analytics
6 13 (12.04%) Data Protection
7 11 (10.19%) Project Management
8 10 (9.26%) ITIL
9 9 (8.33%) Campaign Management
9 9 (8.33%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 7 (6.48%) Migration
10 7 (6.48%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (5.56%) Scrum
12 5 (4.63%) API Integration
12 5 (4.63%) Incident Management
12 5 (4.63%) Presales
12 5 (4.63%) Service Management
12 5 (4.63%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 10 (9.26%) Java
2 6 (5.56%) JavaScript
3 5 (4.63%) C
4 4 (3.70%) Shell Script
4 4 (3.70%) SQL
5 3 (2.78%) PHP
6 1 (0.93%) C#
6 1 (0.93%) C++
6 1 (0.93%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.93%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.93%) VB
6 1 (0.93%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 22 (20.37%) Security Cleared
2 18 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 9 (8.33%) Degree
4 4 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.93%) CCNA
5 1 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.93%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.93%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.78%) Disclosure Scotland
1 3 (2.78%) SLA
System Software
1 24 (22.22%) Active Directory
2 21 (19.44%) XenApp
3 16 (14.81%) Microsoft App-V
4 9 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (8.33%) XenDesktop
4 9 (8.33%) XenServer
5 7 (6.48%) Hyper-V
6 4 (3.70%) RACF
7 2 (1.85%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (1.85%) Varnish
8 1 (0.93%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 20 (18.52%) SCCM
2 3 (2.78%) Nagios
2 3 (2.78%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 3 (2.78%) Opsview
3 2 (1.85%) Kibana
3 2 (1.85%) logstash
4 1 (0.93%) Capistrano
4 1 (0.93%) Cisco IPCC
4 1 (0.93%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.93%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.93%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 21 (19.44%) Citrix
2 20 (18.52%) Google
3 18 (16.67%) AppSense
3 18 (16.67%) VMware
4 15 (13.89%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
4 15 (13.89%) Salesforce.com
5 6 (5.56%) ThinPrint
6 5 (4.63%) Oracle
6 5 (4.63%) SAP
7 4 (3.70%) HP
7 4 (3.70%) hybris
7 4 (3.70%) IBM
8 3 (2.78%) Adobe
8 3 (2.78%) Intel Security
8 3 (2.78%) Remedy
9 2 (1.85%) Cisco
9 2 (1.85%) Facebook
9 2 (1.85%) ForgeRock
10 1 (0.93%) Huawei
10 1 (0.93%) Twitter