The table below looks at the statistics for SMS skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 28 September 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 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 145 124 120
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -4
Contract jobs citing SMS 2 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.062% 0.079% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.42% 0.66% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 1
Median daily rate £775 £600 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.16% +71.42%
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £445 £349
% change year-on-year
-21.34% +27.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £23.50 -
% change year-on-year
-46.80% -
SMS
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
478 301 448
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.77% 11.93% 17.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 149 227
Median daily rate £375 £310 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.96% -4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £236 £157
10% offered a daily rate of more than £497 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £360 £345
% change year-on-year
+2.77% +4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 35 28
Median hourly rate £40.00 £16.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+142.42% -17.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £12.35 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £43.78 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £21.01 £22.85
% change year-on-year
+38.06% -8.05%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing SMS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

SMS Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

SMS
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SMS across the West Midlands region.

SMS Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

SMS
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the West Midlands region.

SMS Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

SMS
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 September 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
Birmingham - 1 £775 -
Shropshire - 1 - -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 14 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 September 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for SMS.

1 1 (50.00%) Windows
1 1 (50.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 1 (50.00%) Intel Security
1 1 (50.00%) Banking
1 1 (50.00%) Retail
1 1 (50.00%) Retail Banking
1 1 (50.00%) Wealth Management
1 1 (50.00%) Release Management
1 1 (50.00%) SCCM
1 1 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (50.00%) Security Cleared
1 1 (50.00%) Software Deployment
1 1 (50.00%) Software Delivery
1 1 (50.00%) Data Centre

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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:

General
1 1 (50.00%) Banking
1 1 (50.00%) Retail
1 1 (50.00%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) Desktop Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) Desktop Support
1 1 (50.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) Project Manager
1 1 (50.00%) SC Cleared Desktop Support
1 1 (50.00%) Senior Manager
1 1 (50.00%) Senior Project Manager
1 1 (50.00%) Support Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) Technical Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) Technical Support
1 1 (50.00%) Technical Support Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) Windows Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 1 (50.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Release Management
1 1 (50.00%) Software Delivery
1 1 (50.00%) Software Deployment
1 1 (50.00%) Wealth Management
Qualifications
1 1 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (50.00%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 1 (50.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 1 (50.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Intel Security