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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 16 September 2014 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Short Message Service (SMS)
Rank 119 102 110
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +8
Contract jobs citing SMS 3 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.12% 0.047% 0.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.66% 0.32% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 3
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£350 £625 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-44.00% +108.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.58% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £13.25
% change year-on-year
- +69.81%
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
457 309 348
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 17.78% 14.59% 14.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 148 139
Average daily rate £320 £345 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.24% +15.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £177 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £426
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 35 44
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £27.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
- -10.00%

SMS
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SMS across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 16 September 2014. 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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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
Coventry - 1 - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 25 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 3 (60.00%) SQL
1 3 (60.00%) Marketing
2 2 (40.00%) OMEGAMON
2 2 (40.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 2 (40.00%) GAP Analysis
2 2 (40.00%) DB2
2 2 (40.00%) SAP
2 2 (40.00%) CRM
2 2 (40.00%) Siebel
2 2 (40.00%) SNA
2 2 (40.00%) REXX
2 2 (40.00%) zOS
2 2 (40.00%) RACF
2 2 (40.00%) JCL
2 2 (40.00%) Retail
2 2 (40.00%) ISPF
2 2 (40.00%) Data Architecture
2 2 (40.00%) Customer Insight
2 2 (40.00%) Relational Database
3 1 (20.00%) Campaign Management
3 1 (20.00%) Change Management
3 1 (20.00%) Data Security
3 1 (20.00%) Direct Marketing
3 1 (20.00%) QA
3 1 (20.00%) Data Protection

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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.

Communications & Networking
1 2 (40.00%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) DB2
1 2 (40.00%) Relational Database
General
1 3 (60.00%) Marketing
2 2 (40.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) DBA
1 2 (40.00%) Administrator
1 2 (40.00%) DB2 DBA
1 2 (40.00%) Solutions Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) Siebel Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) CRM Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Campaign Delivery Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Campaign Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (40.00%) ISPF
Operating Systems
1 2 (40.00%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) Disaster Recovery
1 2 (40.00%) GAP Analysis
1 2 (40.00%) CRM
1 2 (40.00%) Data Architecture
1 2 (40.00%) Customer Insight
2 1 (20.00%) Campaign Management
2 1 (20.00%) Change Management
2 1 (20.00%) Data Security
2 1 (20.00%) Direct Marketing
2 1 (20.00%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 2 (40.00%) REXX
2 2 (40.00%) JCL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (40.00%) RACF
Systems Management
1 2 (40.00%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 2 (40.00%) SAP
1 2 (40.00%) Siebel
Hereford and Worcester
NES Global Talent
Rate: £26 to £28 per hour
Posted: 16 hours ago
Stoke-on-Trent
360 Resourcing
Rate: £300 - 400 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Stoke on Trent
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 20 days ago