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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 592 571 549
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -22
Contract jobs citing SMS 59 75 69
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.13% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.67% 0.94% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 25 37
Median daily rate £290 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-27.50% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £191 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £432 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £370 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.40% +23.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 0
Median hourly rate £12.50 £20.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.50% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £20.00 -
% change year-on-year
-37.50% -

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
8772 7949 7641
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.24% 13.93% 13.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 5364 4556 4058
Median daily rate £400 £375 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +6.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £331
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +5.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 496 440
Median hourly rate £29.00 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+41.46% +2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £21.53 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+50.98% +7.62%

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 28 July 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
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 28 July 2016.

SMS Hourly Rate Histogram 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 28 July 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 -25 57 £290 -27.50% 23
London +15 20 £256 -43.05% 15
South East -1 16 £400 +12.28% 3
Berkshire -9 14 £400 +123.46% 1
East of England +30 10 £436 -3.05% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne - 10 £270 -
North East - 10 £270 -
Tyne and Wear - 10 £270 -
Bracknell -5 9 £400 +123.46%
City of London +50 6 £256 -47.96% 1
Essex +4 4 £350 -22.22%
Bedfordshire - 3 £475 - 3
Reading 0 2 - -
Scotland -6 2 £350 -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £400 -
Edinburgh - 2 £350 -
Hampshire -1 1 - -
Yorkshire -11 1 - -
Canary Wharf - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 - - 1
Brentwood - 1 - -
Winchester - 1 - -
York - 1 - -
North Yorkshire - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 £473 -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 37 (35.58%) Windows
2 36 (34.62%) Marketing
3 29 (27.88%) Software Delivery
4 27 (25.96%) Active Directory
5 25 (24.04%) Security Cleared
6 24 (23.08%) SCCM
6 24 (23.08%) Citrix
7 23 (22.12%) DHCP
7 23 (22.12%) DNS
8 22 (21.15%) CRM
8 22 (21.15%) Project Management
8 22 (21.15%) SC Cleared
8 22 (21.15%) XenApp
9 19 (18.27%) 3G
10 18 (17.31%) VMware
10 18 (17.31%) Microsoft App-V
10 18 (17.31%) AppSense
10 18 (17.31%) Agile Software Development
10 18 (17.31%) Data Centre
11 16 (15.38%) JavaScript
12 15 (14.42%) Degree
13 13 (12.50%) SQL
14 12 (11.54%) HTML
14 12 (11.54%) Windows Server
15 11 (10.58%) ITIL
15 11 (10.58%) Hyper-V
16 10 (9.62%) Windows Server 2008
16 10 (9.62%) Windows 7
16 10 (9.62%) Fat Client
16 10 (9.62%) Web Services

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 (9.62%) Skype for Business
2 9 (8.65%) Exchange Server 2010
2 9 (8.65%) MS Exchange
3 4 (3.85%) CMS
4 3 (2.88%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (1.92%) Apache
5 2 (1.92%) Drupal
5 2 (1.92%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.92%) Mule
5 2 (1.92%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 4 (3.85%) Adobe Campaign
1 4 (3.85%) Payment Gateway
2 3 (2.88%) Unica
3 1 (0.96%) Eloqua
3 1 (0.96%) Northgate Housing
3 1 (0.96%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.96%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.96%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 23 (22.12%) DHCP
1 23 (22.12%) DNS
2 19 (18.27%) 3G
3 10 (9.62%) Wi-Fi
4 9 (8.65%) Value-Added Service
5 8 (7.69%) 4G
6 7 (6.73%) Remote Desktop
7 5 (4.81%) LTE
8 4 (3.85%) CTI
9 3 (2.88%) HTTP
9 3 (2.88%) MVNO
9 3 (2.88%) Wireless
10 2 (1.92%) Broadband
10 2 (1.92%) Internet
10 2 (1.92%) VoLTE
11 1 (0.96%) IPv6
11 1 (0.96%) LAN
11 1 (0.96%) TCP/IP
11 1 (0.96%) VPN
11 1 (0.96%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.73%) Data Mining
2 7 (6.73%) MongoDB
3 4 (3.85%) Big Data
3 4 (3.85%) SAP Data Services
4 2 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.92%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.96%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.96%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (2.88%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.96%) Bugzilla
2 1 (0.96%) FindBugs
2 1 (0.96%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.96%) JIRA
2 1 (0.96%) JSUnit
2 1 (0.96%) NUnit
2 1 (0.96%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (0.96%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (0.96%) Vagrant
General
1 36 (34.62%) Marketing
2 8 (7.69%) Finance
2 8 (7.69%) Legal
2 8 (7.69%) Retail
2 8 (7.69%) Telecoms
3 3 (2.88%) Banking
4 2 (1.92%) Automotive
5 1 (0.96%) Back Office
5 1 (0.96%) German Language
5 1 (0.96%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.96%) Publishing
5 1 (0.96%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (12.50%) Project Manager
2 10 (9.62%) Desktop Support
3 8 (7.69%) Architect
4 7 (6.73%) Analyst
4 7 (6.73%) CRM Specialist
5 6 (5.77%) 2nd Line Support
6 5 (4.81%) 3rd Line Support
6 5 (4.81%) Designer
6 5 (4.81%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (4.81%) Developer
7 4 (3.85%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 4 (3.85%) Campaign Manager
7 4 (3.85%) CRM Manager
7 4 (3.85%) Digital Architect
7 4 (3.85%) Senior Designer
7 4 (3.85%) Support Engineer
7 4 (3.85%) Test Engineer
8 3 (2.88%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 3 (2.88%) Cloud Consultant
8 3 (2.88%) Wintel Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (11.54%) HTML
2 10 (9.62%) Web Services
3 9 (8.65%) XML
4 8 (7.69%) CSS
5 7 (6.73%) .NET
6 5 (4.81%) Meteor
6 5 (4.81%) Node.js
6 5 (4.81%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 4 (3.85%) J2EE
7 4 (3.85%) SAML
8 3 (2.88%) HTML5
8 3 (2.88%) WSDL
8 3 (2.88%) XSD
9 2 (1.92%) ELK Stack
9 2 (1.92%) Google Maps API
9 2 (1.92%) WCF
9 2 (1.92%) WF
10 1 (0.96%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.96%) JSON
10 1 (0.96%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 18 (17.31%) Data Centre
2 10 (9.62%) Fat Client
2 10 (9.62%) Thin Client
3 9 (8.65%) Computer Science
4 7 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (6.73%) Virtual Team
5 5 (4.81%) Management Information System
5 5 (4.81%) Social Media
6 4 (3.85%) Fintech
7 3 (2.88%) Telematics
8 2 (1.92%) Smartphone
8 2 (1.92%) User Experience
9 1 (0.96%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.96%) Data Integration
9 1 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.96%) Handset
9 1 (0.96%) IVR
9 1 (0.96%) Over-the-Top Content
9 1 (0.96%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 37 (35.58%) Windows
2 12 (11.54%) Windows Server
3 10 (9.62%) Windows 7
3 10 (9.62%) Windows Server 2003
3 10 (9.62%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (6.73%) Windows XP
5 2 (1.92%) Linux
6 1 (0.96%) Android
6 1 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.96%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.96%) Unix
6 1 (0.96%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (27.88%) Software Delivery
2 22 (21.15%) CRM
2 22 (21.15%) Project Management
3 18 (17.31%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (10.58%) ITIL
5 10 (9.62%) E-Commerce
6 9 (8.65%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 8 (7.69%) Campaign Management
7 8 (7.69%) Email Marketing
7 8 (7.69%) Release Management
7 8 (7.69%) Scrum
7 8 (7.69%) Software Deployment
7 8 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (6.73%) Analytics
8 7 (6.73%) Data Architecture
8 7 (6.73%) Digital Marketing
8 7 (6.73%) Software Distribution
9 6 (5.77%) Customer Segmentation
9 6 (5.77%) Online Marketing
9 6 (5.77%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 16 (15.38%) JavaScript
2 13 (12.50%) SQL
3 8 (7.69%) Java
4 7 (6.73%) T-SQL
5 4 (3.85%) C#
5 4 (3.85%) Shell Script
6 3 (2.88%) C
6 3 (2.88%) PHP
7 2 (1.92%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.96%) C++
8 1 (0.96%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.96%) VB
8 1 (0.96%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 25 (24.04%) Security Cleared
2 22 (21.15%) SC Cleared
3 15 (14.42%) Degree
4 4 (3.85%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.96%) CCNA
5 1 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.96%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.96%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.96%) MCITP
5 1 (0.96%) MCP
5 1 (0.96%) MCSE
5 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.81%) QA
2 4 (3.85%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (2.88%) SLA
System Software
1 27 (25.96%) Active Directory
2 22 (21.15%) XenApp
3 18 (17.31%) Microsoft App-V
4 11 (10.58%) Hyper-V
5 9 (8.65%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (8.65%) XenDesktop
5 9 (8.65%) XenServer
6 2 (1.92%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 2 (1.92%) Varnish
6 2 (1.92%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.96%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 24 (23.08%) SCCM
2 8 (7.69%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (1.92%) Kibana
3 2 (1.92%) logstash
4 1 (0.96%) Capistrano
4 1 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.96%) WSUS
4 1 (0.96%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 24 (23.08%) Citrix
2 18 (17.31%) AppSense
2 18 (17.31%) VMware
3 10 (9.62%) HP
4 8 (7.69%) Intel Security
4 8 (7.69%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
4 8 (7.69%) Salesforce.com
5 7 (6.73%) Google
5 7 (6.73%) hybris
6 6 (5.77%) ThinPrint
7 4 (3.85%) Adobe
7 4 (3.85%) SAP
8 3 (2.88%) Cisco
8 3 (2.88%) Oracle
9 2 (1.92%) Facebook
9 2 (1.92%) ForgeRock
10 1 (0.96%) Avaya
10 1 (0.96%) Dell
10 1 (0.96%) IBM
10 1 (0.96%) Twitter
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