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 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 587 550 545
Rank change year-on-year
-37 -5
Contract jobs citing SMS 39 55 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.076% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.52% 0.72% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 26 21
Average daily rate £458 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+40.92% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £290 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £566 £438 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £516 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+58.76% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 2
Average hourly rate £100.00 £10.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+900.00% -68.25%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.20 £10.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+42.00% -68.25%

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
7470 7611 6637
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.49% 14.87% 13.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4415 4207 3456
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £219 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 321 449 384
Average hourly rate £28.38 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.50% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% +26.19%

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 14 February 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 14 February 2016.

SMS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

SMS
Top 20 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 14 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -16 37 £516 +47.42% 29
London +7 10 £335 -29.47% 12
North West -5 10 - - 4
South East -5 10 £235 -33.00% 6
Manchester -12 10 - - 2
Berkshire -5 7 £235 -41.37% 5
Yorkshire - 6 £521 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 3 - -
Milton Keynes - 3 - -
Reading -3 2 - -
Bracknell -7 2 £235 -
Sheffield - 2 £521 -
South Yorkshire - 2 £521 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £541 - 1
Leeds - 2 £541 - 1
Bristol - 1 - - 1
Hull - 1 £375 -
City of London - 1 - -
South West - 1 - - 1
East Yorkshire - 1 £375 -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 30 (30.61%) Marketing
2 24 (24.49%) CRM
3 22 (22.45%) Analytics
4 21 (21.43%) Change Management
5 19 (19.39%) B2C
6 18 (18.37%) Salesforce.com
6 18 (18.37%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
7 17 (17.35%) Customer Analytics
7 17 (17.35%) Google Analytics
7 17 (17.35%) Copywriting
7 17 (17.35%) Data Protection
7 17 (17.35%) Google
8 16 (16.33%) Windows
8 16 (16.33%) Finance
9 13 (13.27%) Telecoms
10 10 (10.20%) SCCM
11 9 (9.18%) Security Cleared
11 9 (9.18%) Agile Software Development
11 9 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
12 8 (8.16%) VMware
12 8 (8.16%) Microsoft App-V
12 8 (8.16%) ITIL
12 8 (8.16%) Java
12 8 (8.16%) Remedy
12 8 (8.16%) Active Directory
12 8 (8.16%) Citrix
13 7 (7.14%) DHCP
13 7 (7.14%) DNS
13 7 (7.14%) MS Exchange
13 7 (7.14%) AppSense

SMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 7 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2010
1 7 (7.14%) MS Exchange
1 7 (7.14%) Skype for Business
2 3 (3.06%) nginx
2 3 (3.06%) Tomcat
3 2 (2.04%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (1.02%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 1 (1.02%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (3.06%) Oracle AML
2 2 (2.04%) Adobe Campaign
2 2 (2.04%) Eloqua
3 1 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (1.02%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (1.02%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 17 (17.35%) Google Analytics
2 1 (1.02%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.14%) DHCP
1 7 (7.14%) DNS
1 7 (7.14%) Firewall
2 4 (4.08%) 3G
2 4 (4.08%) Broadband
2 4 (4.08%) LTE
2 4 (4.08%) Value-Added Service
3 3 (3.06%) 4G
3 3 (3.06%) Internet
3 3 (3.06%) VoLTE
3 3 (3.06%) Wireless
4 2 (2.04%) Diameter Protocol
4 2 (2.04%) NAS
4 2 (2.04%) SAN
4 2 (2.04%) SIGTRAN
4 2 (2.04%) SS7
5 1 (1.02%) IPX
5 1 (1.02%) MVNO
5 1 (1.02%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (1.02%) TCAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.06%) MongoDB
1 3 (3.06%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (2.04%) Big Data
2 2 (2.04%) DB2
3 1 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.02%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (3.06%) Artifactory
1 3 (3.06%) GitLab
1 3 (3.06%) Jenkins
1 3 (3.06%) Maven
General
1 30 (30.61%) Marketing
2 16 (16.33%) Finance
3 13 (13.27%) Telecoms
4 4 (4.08%) Automotive
4 4 (4.08%) Retail
5 3 (3.06%) Banking
6 2 (2.04%) Billing
6 2 (2.04%) Legal
7 1 (1.02%) Publishing
7 1 (1.02%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (13.27%) Analyst
1 13 (13.27%) Project Manager
2 9 (9.18%) Architect
3 6 (6.12%) 2nd Line Support
3 6 (6.12%) Operations Engineer
3 6 (6.12%) Security Engineer
4 4 (4.08%) Developer
4 4 (4.08%) Lead Architect
4 4 (4.08%) Solutions Architect
5 3 (3.06%) Applications Support
5 3 (3.06%) Campaign Manager
5 3 (3.06%) Consultant
5 3 (3.06%) Design Engineer
5 3 (3.06%) Financial Analyst
5 3 (3.06%) Marketing Analyst
5 3 (3.06%) Product Analyst
5 3 (3.06%) SCCM Engineer
5 3 (3.06%) Senior Design Engineer
5 3 (3.06%) Service Analyst
5 3 (3.06%) VAS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.10%) Web Services
2 3 (3.06%) WSDL
2 3 (3.06%) XML
2 3 (3.06%) XSD
3 2 (2.04%) .NET
3 2 (2.04%) ISPF
3 2 (2.04%) J2EE
4 1 (1.02%) CSS
4 1 (1.02%) HTML
4 1 (1.02%) Laravel
4 1 (1.02%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 17 (17.35%) Copywriting
2 9 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (6.12%) Handset
4 4 (4.08%) Data Centre
4 4 (4.08%) Management Information System
5 3 (3.06%) Device Driver
5 3 (3.06%) Mainframe
5 3 (3.06%) Telematics
6 2 (2.04%) Credit Risk
6 2 (2.04%) Data Extraction
6 2 (2.04%) Social Media
6 2 (2.04%) VSAM
7 1 (1.02%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.02%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.02%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.02%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.02%) iPad
7 1 (1.02%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.02%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 16 (16.33%) Windows
2 4 (4.08%) zOS
3 3 (3.06%) CentOS
3 3 (3.06%) Linux
3 3 (3.06%) Unix
4 1 (1.02%) Android
4 1 (1.02%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.02%) SUSE
4 1 (1.02%) VMS
4 1 (1.02%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (24.49%) CRM
2 22 (22.45%) Analytics
3 21 (21.43%) Change Management
4 19 (19.39%) B2C
5 17 (17.35%) Customer Analytics
5 17 (17.35%) Data Protection
6 9 (9.18%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (8.16%) ITIL
8 7 (7.14%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 7 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (6.12%) Migration
9 6 (6.12%) Project Management
10 5 (5.10%) API Integration
10 5 (5.10%) PRINCE2
10 5 (5.10%) Security Operations
10 5 (5.10%) User Stories
11 4 (4.08%) Incident Management
11 4 (4.08%) Process Improvement
11 4 (4.08%) Root Cause Analysis
11 4 (4.08%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 8 (8.16%) Java
2 4 (4.08%) SQL
3 2 (2.04%) C
3 2 (2.04%) PHP
4 1 (1.02%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.02%) Shell Script
4 1 (1.02%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (9.18%) Security Cleared
2 6 (6.12%) SC Cleared
3 4 (4.08%) Degree
4 3 (3.06%) ACCA
4 3 (3.06%) CIMA
5 1 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.02%) MBA
5 1 (1.02%) MCITP
5 1 (1.02%) MCP
5 1 (1.02%) MCSE
5 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.10%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (8.16%) Active Directory
1 8 (8.16%) Microsoft App-V
2 7 (7.14%) XenApp
2 7 (7.14%) XenDesktop
2 7 (7.14%) XenServer
3 4 (4.08%) RACF
4 2 (2.04%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (1.02%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 10 (10.20%) SCCM
2 6 (6.12%) FortiGate
3 3 (3.06%) Nagios
3 3 (3.06%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 3 (3.06%) Opsview
4 2 (2.04%) Tivoli
4 2 (2.04%) Tivoli Monitoring
5 1 (1.02%) Cisco IPCC
5 1 (1.02%) WSUS
Vendors
1 18 (18.37%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
1 18 (18.37%) Salesforce.com
2 17 (17.35%) Google
3 8 (8.16%) Citrix
3 8 (8.16%) Remedy
3 8 (8.16%) VMware
4 7 (7.14%) AppSense
5 6 (6.12%) CheckPoint
5 6 (6.12%) TippingPoint
6 4 (4.08%) IBM
6 4 (4.08%) Oracle
7 3 (3.06%) HP
7 3 (3.06%) Intel Security
8 2 (2.04%) Adobe
8 2 (2.04%) NetSuite
8 2 (2.04%) SAP
9 1 (1.02%) Facebook
9 1 (1.02%) Huawei
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