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 27 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)
London / City of London
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 159 162 200
Rank change year-on-year +3 +38  
Contract jobs citing SMS 5 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.15% 0.030% 0.017%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.43% 0.21% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 1
Median daily rate £500 £290 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +72.41% -42.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £285 £325
% change year-on-year +35.08% -12.30%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 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 349 472 736
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 10.56% 13.94% 12.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 370 549
Median daily rate £427 £463 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.67% +12.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £288 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £579 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 24
Median hourly rate £24.86 £19.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.84% +5.67%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.40 £17.50 £14.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £25.20 £32.86
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 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 Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in the City of London over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in the City of London

For the 6 months to 27 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 City of London region with a requirement for SMS.

1 3 (42.86%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (28.57%) Service Management
2 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (28.57%) Linux
3 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (14.29%) Banking
3 1 (14.29%) TOGAF
3 1 (14.29%) Data Analysis
3 1 (14.29%) Investment Banking
3 1 (14.29%) Logistics
3 1 (14.29%) Business Analysis
3 1 (14.29%) Enterprise Architecture
3 1 (14.29%) Marketing
3 1 (14.29%) Technical Architecture
3 1 (14.29%) SC Cleared
3 1 (14.29%) Security Cleared
3 1 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (14.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (14.29%) Product Management
3 1 (14.29%) CRM
3 1 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (14.29%) Intel
3 1 (14.29%) CICS
3 1 (14.29%) zOS
3 1 (14.29%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (14.29%) PRINCE
3 1 (14.29%) WebSphere MQ
3 1 (14.29%) Middleware
3 1 (14.29%) Project Management

SMS
Co-occurring 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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (14.29%) CICS
1 1 (14.29%) IBM HTTP Server
1 1 (14.29%) WildFly
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (14.29%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (14.29%) DB2
General
1 1 (14.29%) Banking
1 1 (14.29%) Finance
1 1 (14.29%) Investment Banking
1 1 (14.29%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 2 (28.57%) Architect
1 2 (28.57%) Service Manager
1 2 (28.57%) Solutions Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) ICT Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Infrastructure Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Project Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Technical Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Technical Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) Middleware
1 1 (14.29%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (14.29%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 2 (28.57%) Linux
2 1 (14.29%) AIX
2 1 (14.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (14.29%) Solaris
2 1 (14.29%) SUSE
2 1 (14.29%) Windows
2 1 (14.29%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (28.57%) Service Management
3 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (14.29%) Business Analysis
3 1 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (14.29%) Change Management
3 1 (14.29%) CRM
3 1 (14.29%) Data Analysis
3 1 (14.29%) Enterprise Architecture
3 1 (14.29%) ITIL
3 1 (14.29%) Logistics
3 1 (14.29%) PRINCE
3 1 (14.29%) PRINCE2
3 1 (14.29%) Product Management
3 1 (14.29%) Project Management
3 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
3 1 (14.29%) Service Delivery
3 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 1 (14.29%) Technical Architecture
3 1 (14.29%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) SC Cleared
1 1 (14.29%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) Intel
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle
1 1 (14.29%) Salesforce.com
1 1 (14.29%) VMware