Period
to 23 September 2018

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 23 September 2018 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 76 61 102
Rank change year-on-year -15 +41 -8
Contract jobs citing SMS 20 33 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.39% 2.34% 0.063%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.30% 14.41% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 33 1
Birmingham median daily rate £388 £275 £775
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +40.91% -64.52% +82.35%
10th Percentile £249 £113 £738
90th Percentile £514 £543 £813
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £370 £775
% change year-on-year +1.35% -52.26% +29.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate £11.93 £14.00 -
% change year-on-year -14.82% - -

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 177 229 237
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 12.29% 16.25% 14.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 169 153
Birmingham median daily rate £350 £350 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -2.64% +5.74%
10th Percentile £160 £155 £200
90th Percentile £488 £488 £520
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year +6.67% +1.35% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 8 9
Birmingham median hourly rate £21.00 £13.68 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +53.51% +9.44% -28.57%
10th Percentile £16.72 £9.93 £11.79
90th Percentile £42.50 £22.80 £17.50
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £18.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year -11.11% -16.28% +28.36%

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 23 September 2018.

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 23 September 2018, 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 7 (35.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (30.00%) C#
2 6 (30.00%) .NET
3 5 (25.00%) Scrum
4 4 (20.00%) TDD
4 4 (20.00%) SQL Server
4 4 (20.00%) HTML
4 4 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 4 (20.00%) Analytics
4 4 (20.00%) User Experience
5 3 (15.00%) AngularJS
5 3 (15.00%) React
5 3 (15.00%) KnockoutJS
5 3 (15.00%) Git (software)
5 3 (15.00%) Visual Studio
5 3 (15.00%) CSS
5 3 (15.00%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (15.00%) Decision-Making
6 2 (10.00%) Problem-Solving
6 2 (10.00%) Korn
6 2 (10.00%) Service Management
6 2 (10.00%) MVC
6 2 (10.00%) Banking
6 2 (10.00%) SQL
6 2 (10.00%) VB.NET
6 2 (10.00%) COBOL
6 2 (10.00%) IBM
6 2 (10.00%) Apache
6 2 (10.00%) AIX
6 2 (10.00%) RESTful

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 (10.00%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (5.00%) AutoCAD
1 1 (5.00%) Revit
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (10.00%) NoSQL
3 1 (5.00%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (5.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (15.00%) Git (software)
1 3 (15.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (5.00%) gulp
2 1 (5.00%) InstallShield
2 1 (5.00%) Jasmine
2 1 (5.00%) Jenkins
2 1 (5.00%) JSUnit
2 1 (5.00%) Karma Test Runner
2 1 (5.00%) PHPUnit
2 1 (5.00%) webpack
General
1 2 (10.00%) Banking
2 1 (5.00%) Finance
2 1 (5.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (45.00%) Developer
2 4 (20.00%) Analyst
3 3 (15.00%) Full Stack Developer
4 2 (10.00%) Administrator
4 2 (10.00%) AIX Administrator
4 2 (10.00%) AIX Systems Administrator
4 2 (10.00%) Business Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) Designer
4 2 (10.00%) React Developer
4 2 (10.00%) Systems Administrator
4 2 (10.00%) UX Designer
5 1 (5.00%) Agile Scrum Master
5 1 (5.00%) Analytics Manager
5 1 (5.00%) Applications Developer
5 1 (5.00%) Backend Developer
5 1 (5.00%) Digital UX Designer
5 1 (5.00%) Junior
5 1 (5.00%) Senior Backend Developer
5 1 (5.00%) Senior Business Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (30.00%) .NET
2 4 (20.00%) HTML
3 3 (15.00%) AngularJS
3 3 (15.00%) CSS
3 3 (15.00%) KnockoutJS
3 3 (15.00%) React
4 2 (10.00%) RESTful
5 1 (5.00%) .NET Framework
5 1 (5.00%) Behat
5 1 (5.00%) DirectX
5 1 (5.00%) Entity Framework
5 1 (5.00%) HTML5
5 1 (5.00%) JMS
5 1 (5.00%) LESS
5 1 (5.00%) Node.js
5 1 (5.00%) REST
5 1 (5.00%) Sass
5 1 (5.00%) Web Services
5 1 (5.00%) XML
5 1 (5.00%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 4 (20.00%) User Experience
2 1 (5.00%) e-Learning
2 1 (5.00%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (5.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (5.00%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.00%) AIX
2 1 (5.00%) Android
2 1 (5.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.00%) Linux
2 1 (5.00%) Mac OS X
2 1 (5.00%) Unix
2 1 (5.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (35.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (25.00%) Scrum
3 4 (20.00%) Analytics
3 4 (20.00%) TDD
4 3 (15.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (15.00%) Decision-Making
5 2 (10.00%) Case Management
5 2 (10.00%) Hardware Maintenance
5 2 (10.00%) MVC
5 2 (10.00%) Open Source
5 2 (10.00%) Problem-Solving
5 2 (10.00%) Service Management
5 2 (10.00%) SOLID
5 2 (10.00%) Unit Testing
5 2 (10.00%) User Stories
6 1 (5.00%) Coaching
6 1 (5.00%) DevOps
6 1 (5.00%) Line Management
6 1 (5.00%) Microservices
6 1 (5.00%) OO PHP
Programming Languages
1 6 (30.00%) C#
2 4 (20.00%) JavaScript
3 2 (10.00%) COBOL
3 2 (10.00%) Korn
3 2 (10.00%) SQL
3 2 (10.00%) VB.NET
4 1 (5.00%) ES6
4 1 (5.00%) ES7
4 1 (5.00%) ES8
4 1 (5.00%) Java
4 1 (5.00%) PHP
4 1 (5.00%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1 (5.00%) Degree
1 1 (5.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (5.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (10.00%) Docker
1 2 (10.00%) Samba
Systems Management
1 1 (5.00%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 2 (10.00%) IBM
2 1 (5.00%) Xamarin
2 1 (5.00%) Zend