Period
to 18 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for SMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SMS over the 6 months to 18 January 2019 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)
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 88 64 102
Rank change year-on-year -24 +38 -
Contract jobs citing SMS 6 37 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.45% 2.32% 0.071%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.37% 14.12% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 36 1
Birmingham median daily rate £296 £332 £775
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.77% -57.16% -
10th Percentile £266 £113 £738
90th Percentile £500 £539 £813
West Midlands median daily rate £304 £350 £775
% change year-on-year -13.21% -54.84% +29.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate £11.85 £14.00 -
% change year-on-year -15.36% - -

SMS is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
Birmingham
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 178 262 218
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 13.43% 16.42% 15.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 185 131
Birmingham median daily rate £370 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.71% -12.50% +19.40%
10th Percentile £182 £144 £205
90th Percentile £487 £500 £538
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £388
% change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 9 14
Birmingham median hourly rate £21.00 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% - -
10th Percentile £15.61 £10.75 £10.00
90th Percentile £41.00 £32.35 £25.70
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.50 £30.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -41.67% +100.00% -14.29%

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings citing SMS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for SMS in Birmingham

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in Birmingham

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in Birmingham over the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMS in Birmingham

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, IT contractor jobs citing SMS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for SMS.

1 3 (50.00%) Analytics
1 3 (50.00%) Decision-Making
2 2 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
2 2 (33.33%) Hardware Maintenance
2 2 (33.33%) IBM
2 2 (33.33%) COBOL
2 2 (33.33%) AIX
2 2 (33.33%) Apache
2 2 (33.33%) Service Management
2 2 (33.33%) Samba
2 2 (33.33%) Korn
3 1 (16.67%) Open Source
3 1 (16.67%) Waterfall
3 1 (16.67%) Scrum
3 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (16.67%) Banking
3 1 (16.67%) DNA
3 1 (16.67%) Web Services

SMS
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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 2 (33.33%) Apache
General
1 1 (16.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) Administrator
2 2 (33.33%) AIX Administrator
2 2 (33.33%) AIX Systems Administrator
2 2 (33.33%) Systems Administrator
3 1 (16.67%) Analytics Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Business Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Report Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) Web Services
Operating Systems
1 2 (33.33%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) Analytics
1 3 (50.00%) Decision-Making
2 2 (33.33%) Hardware Maintenance
2 2 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
2 2 (33.33%) Service Management
3 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (16.67%) DNA
3 1 (16.67%) Open Source
3 1 (16.67%) Scrum
3 1 (16.67%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) COBOL
1 2 (33.33%) Korn
System Software
1 2 (33.33%) Samba
Vendors
1 2 (33.33%) IBM