The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Short Message Service (SMS)
London / City of London
Rank 152 - -
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs citing SMS 2 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.067% - -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.58% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £525 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £235 £400
% change year-on-year +49.25% -41.37%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £14.20 £11.00
% change year-on-year -15.49% +29.09%  

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 the City of London with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 345 392 693
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 11.52% 11.78% 13.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 258 291 506
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 13
Median hourly rate £19.00 £26.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.92% +39.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £19.00 £13.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.73 £30.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -38.24% +23.33%  

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in the City of London

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in the City of London

SMS
Top 16 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 City of London region with a requirement for SMS.

1 2 (100.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (50.00%) Business Analysis
2 1 (50.00%) Marketing
2 1 (50.00%) SC Cleared
2 1 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (50.00%) Product Management
2 1 (50.00%) SDLC
2 1 (50.00%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (50.00%) Outbound Marketing
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL
2 1 (50.00%) CRM
2 1 (50.00%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (50.00%) Salesforce.com
2 1 (50.00%) Service Management
2 1 (50.00%) Finance

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London 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:

Business Applications
1 1 (50.00%) Salesforce.com CRM
General
1 1 (50.00%) Finance
1 1 (50.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Service Manager
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (50.00%) Business Analysis
2 1 (50.00%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (50.00%) CRM
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL
2 1 (50.00%) Outbound Marketing
2 1 (50.00%) Product Management
2 1 (50.00%) SDLC
2 1 (50.00%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 1 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (50.00%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Salesforce.com