The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for SMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SMS over the 3 months to 28 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Short Message Service (SMS)
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 87 114 95
Rank change year-on-year +27 -19  
Contract jobs citing SMS 18 11 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.98% 0.46% 0.96%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.06% 1.98% 3.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 3
Median daily rate £375 £400 £186
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +115.63%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £285 £325
% change year-on-year +40.35% -12.30%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 3
Median hourly rate £12.00 £12.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% -43.18%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £12.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -37.50%  

SMS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 356 556 586
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 19.47% 23.35% 24.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 154 255 237
Median daily rate £400 £363 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% +6.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £235 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 25 31
Median hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.89% -59.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £14.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £45.00 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Berkshire citing SMS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for SMS in Berkshire

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SMS in Berkshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in Berkshire

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in Berkshire over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMS in Berkshire

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in Berkshire

SMS
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 28 June 2017. 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 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
Bracknell +8 9 - -
Reading +17 5 £375 -
SMS
South East

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, 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 Berkshire region with a requirement for SMS.

1 16 (48.48%) HP
2 14 (42.42%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 14 (42.42%) McAfee
2 14 (42.42%) Release Management
2 14 (42.42%) SC Cleared
2 14 (42.42%) Security Cleared
2 14 (42.42%) Software Deployment
2 14 (42.42%) Software Distribution
2 14 (42.42%) Software Delivery
2 14 (42.42%) Data Centre
3 9 (27.27%) DV Cleared
3 9 (27.27%) Telecoms
4 8 (24.24%) Validation
5 7 (21.21%) 3G
5 7 (21.21%) LTE
5 7 (21.21%) 4G
5 7 (21.21%) MVNO
5 7 (21.21%) Value-Added Service
6 6 (18.18%) Marketing
7 5 (15.15%) Workflow Management
7 5 (15.15%) Google
7 5 (15.15%) Google Analytics
7 5 (15.15%) Digital Marketing
7 5 (15.15%) SmartFocus
7 5 (15.15%) Mobile Marketing
7 5 (15.15%) Analytics
7 5 (15.15%) Tableau
7 5 (15.15%) HTML
7 5 (15.15%) CRM
7 5 (15.15%) Workflow

SMS
Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire 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 1 (3.03%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (15.15%) Google Analytics
1 5 (15.15%) SmartFocus
Communications & Networking
1 7 (21.21%) 3G
1 7 (21.21%) 4G
1 7 (21.21%) LTE
1 7 (21.21%) MVNO
1 7 (21.21%) Value-Added Service
2 3 (9.09%) Diameter Protocol
2 3 (9.09%) LDAP
2 3 (9.09%) SMPP
3 2 (6.06%) IMAP
3 2 (6.06%) Internet
3 2 (6.06%) SMTP
4 1 (3.03%) Skype
4 1 (3.03%) VoLTE
4 1 (3.03%) VPN
4 1 (3.03%) Wi-Fi
General
1 9 (27.27%) Telecoms
2 6 (18.18%) Marketing
3 2 (6.06%) Legal
4 1 (3.03%) Billing
4 1 (3.03%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (21.21%) Test Engineer
2 4 (12.12%) Architect
2 4 (12.12%) Core Network Architect
2 4 (12.12%) Digital Executive
2 4 (12.12%) Digital Marketing Executive
2 4 (12.12%) Marketing Executive
2 4 (12.12%) Messaging Architect
2 4 (12.12%) Network Architect
3 2 (6.06%) Marketing Automation Executive
3 2 (6.06%) Network Engineer
4 1 (3.03%) 1st/2nd Line Help Desk Support
4 1 (3.03%) 1st/2nd Line Support
4 1 (3.03%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
4 1 (3.03%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 1 (3.03%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 1 (3.03%) Category Manager
4 1 (3.03%) Email Executive
4 1 (3.03%) Email Marketing Executive
4 1 (3.03%) Help Desk Support Engineer
4 1 (3.03%) Mobile Marketing Executive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.15%) HTML
2 2 (6.06%) CORBA
2 2 (6.06%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (42.42%) Data Centre
2 2 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.03%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (3.03%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.06%) Windows
2 1 (3.03%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (42.42%) Release Management
1 14 (42.42%) Software Delivery
1 14 (42.42%) Software Deployment
1 14 (42.42%) Software Distribution
2 8 (24.24%) Validation
3 5 (15.15%) Analytics
3 5 (15.15%) CRM
3 5 (15.15%) Digital Marketing
3 5 (15.15%) Marketing Automation
3 5 (15.15%) Mobile Marketing
3 5 (15.15%) Mobile Optimisation
3 5 (15.15%) Personalization
3 5 (15.15%) Project Management
3 5 (15.15%) Workflow
3 5 (15.15%) Workflow Management
4 4 (12.12%) Service Design
5 2 (6.06%) Coaching
5 2 (6.06%) Email Marketing
5 2 (6.06%) Mentoring
5 2 (6.06%) Office Automation
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.03%) sed
Qualifications
1 14 (42.42%) SC Cleared
1 14 (42.42%) Security Cleared
2 9 (27.27%) DV Cleared
3 2 (6.06%) Degree
System Software
1 1 (3.03%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 14 (42.42%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 1 (3.03%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 16 (48.48%) HP
2 14 (42.42%) McAfee
3 5 (15.15%) Google
3 5 (15.15%) Tableau
4 2 (6.06%) Nokia Networks
4 2 (6.06%) Samsung
5 1 (3.03%) Cisco