Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 November 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)
UK > England
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 316 766 753
Rank change year-on-year +450 -13 -60
Contract jobs citing SMS 769 107 118
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.81% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.87% 0.71% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 634 50 39
England median daily rate £418 £310 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +34.68% -27.06% +26.68%
10th Percentile £180 £231 £194
90th Percentile £609 £483 £580
UK median daily rate £413 £315 £425
% change year-on-year +30.95% -25.88% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 15 12
England median hourly rate £14.00 £12.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.00% -43.18% -
10th Percentile £10.32 £12.25 £7.19
90th Percentile £25.69 £42.71 £49.68
UK median hourly rate £14.00 £12.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.00% -37.50% -

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 England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13105 15064 14531
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.82% 15.40% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 8033 9154 8522
England median daily rate £404 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.00% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £190 £220 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 682 765 946
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.00 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.70% +9.86% +4.68%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.25 £47.50 £47.15
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £20.94
% change year-on-year -20.00% +13.45% +4.68%

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for SMS in England

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in England

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in England over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMS in England

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in England

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in England over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SMS in England

SMS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the England region over the 6 months to 23 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +201 267 £450 +71.43% 9
North of England +210 190 £378 +34.82% 4
Midlands +130 110 £350 -54.84% 10
South East +79 99 £325 -18.75% 8
Yorkshire +103 93 £381 -
South West +72 80 £425 - 10
West Midlands +106 75 £373 -51.94% 9
North West - 57 £400 - 4
North East +92 40 £306 +9.20%
East Midlands - 35 £335 - 1
East of England -20 23 £400 +14.29% 6
South Coast - 1 - -
SMS
UK

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 England region with a requirement for SMS.

1 184 (23.93%) Finance
2 180 (23.41%) Agile Software Development
3 114 (14.82%) Project Management
4 96 (12.48%) Banking
5 92 (11.96%) Stakeholder Management
6 85 (11.05%) Windows
7 82 (10.66%) SQL
8 79 (10.27%) Analytical Skills
9 73 (9.49%) JavaScript
10 72 (9.36%) HTML
11 71 (9.23%) Java
12 68 (8.84%) Scrum
13 60 (7.80%) CSS
14 58 (7.54%) Oracle
15 55 (7.15%) ITIL
16 54 (7.02%) PRINCE2
17 53 (6.89%) JIRA
18 51 (6.63%) Jenkins
19 50 (6.50%) TDD
20 49 (6.37%) Active Directory
21 46 (5.98%) Git (software)
22 44 (5.72%) Linux
22 44 (5.72%) Amazon AWS
23 43 (5.59%) Migration
24 42 (5.46%) Risk Management
25 40 (5.20%) Security Cleared
26 38 (4.94%) Test Automation
26 38 (4.94%) Change Management
27 37 (4.81%) User Acceptance Testing
28 36 (4.68%) Continuous Integration

SMS
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 19 (2.47%) SharePoint
2 16 (2.08%) Skype for Business
3 15 (1.95%) MS Exchange
4 14 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 13 (1.69%) Confluence
6 10 (1.30%) CMS
7 9 (1.17%) Oracle Workflow
7 9 (1.17%) SAS
8 5 (0.65%) Apache
8 5 (0.65%) Mule
9 4 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.52%) JBoss
9 4 (0.52%) Umbraco
9 4 (0.52%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.39%) CICS
10 3 (0.39%) IBM HTTP Server
10 3 (0.39%) NetWeaver
11 2 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.26%) WordPress
Applications
1 23 (2.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (1.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 11 (1.43%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.30%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (0.91%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.13%) ImageReady
Business Applications
1 13 (1.69%) Oracle iProcurement
1 13 (1.69%) Oracle Receivables
2 11 (1.43%) Oracle EBS
3 10 (1.30%) Oracle EBS R12
3 10 (1.30%) Oracle Payables
4 9 (1.17%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 8 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
6 7 (0.91%) Oracle Assets
6 7 (0.91%) Oracle Financials
6 7 (0.91%) Oracle General Ledger
6 7 (0.91%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 6 (0.78%) Adobe Campaign
8 5 (0.65%) Oracle Applications
9 3 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
9 3 (0.39%) SAP ERP
9 3 (0.39%) SAP SRM
9 3 (0.39%) Unica
10 2 (0.26%) Dynamics GP
10 2 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
10 2 (0.26%) SAP FI-AP
Cloud Services
1 44 (5.72%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (2.73%) Office 365
3 16 (2.08%) Amazon EC2
4 15 (1.95%) GitHub
5 13 (1.69%) Microsoft Azure
6 10 (1.30%) SaaS
7 8 (1.04%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 7 (0.91%) PaaS
9 6 (0.78%) SuccessFactors
10 4 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
10 4 (0.52%) Serverless
10 4 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 3 (0.39%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.39%) G Suite
11 3 (0.39%) Google Analytics
11 3 (0.39%) IaaS
12 2 (0.26%) Amazon S3
12 2 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.26%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 26 (3.38%) Firewall
2 20 (2.60%) Internet
3 18 (2.34%) DNS
4 17 (2.21%) DHCP
5 9 (1.17%) LAN
5 9 (1.17%) VPN
6 7 (0.91%) Network Security
6 7 (0.91%) Skype
6 7 (0.91%) Wireless
7 6 (0.78%) HTTP
7 6 (0.78%) Value-Added Service
7 6 (0.78%) WAN
8 5 (0.65%) SAN
8 5 (0.65%) TCP/IP
9 4 (0.52%) LDAP
9 4 (0.52%) VLAN
10 3 (0.39%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (0.39%) VPLS
11 2 (0.26%) LTE
11 2 (0.26%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (3.25%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.47%) Oracle Database
3 13 (1.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 11 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (1.43%) Oracle Database 11g
5 9 (1.17%) Oracle Discoverer
6 7 (0.91%) BusinessObjects
6 7 (0.91%) Oracle Database 10g
6 7 (0.91%) Oracle Database 12c
6 7 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (0.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (0.78%) Oracle BI EE
7 6 (0.78%) SQL Server 2008
8 5 (0.65%) DB2
8 5 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 4 (0.52%) Big Data
9 4 (0.52%) MySQL
9 4 (0.52%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.52%) Oracle ODI
9 4 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 53 (6.89%) JIRA
2 51 (6.63%) Jenkins
3 46 (5.98%) Git (software)
4 30 (3.90%) Maven
5 14 (1.82%) Selenium
6 13 (1.69%) Ant
6 13 (1.69%) TeamCity
7 12 (1.56%) Cucumber
8 10 (1.30%) Visual Studio
9 9 (1.17%) Gradle
10 8 (1.04%) SoapUI
11 7 (0.91%) IntelliJ
11 7 (0.91%) Mocha
11 7 (0.91%) Sonatype Nexus
12 6 (0.78%) Bitbucket
12 6 (0.78%) JMeter
13 5 (0.65%) JUnit
13 5 (0.65%) LoadRunner
13 5 (0.65%) Mockito
13 5 (0.65%) Subversion
General
1 184 (23.93%) Finance
2 96 (12.48%) Banking
3 31 (4.03%) Marketing
4 29 (3.77%) Retail
5 15 (1.95%) Retail Banking
6 14 (1.82%) Billing
6 14 (1.82%) Legal
7 11 (1.43%) Back Office
7 11 (1.43%) Telecoms
8 6 (0.78%) Publishing
9 5 (0.65%) Local Government
10 4 (0.52%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.39%) Games
11 3 (0.39%) Law
12 2 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
12 2 (0.26%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.13%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.13%) French Language
13 1 (0.13%) German Language
Job Titles
1 152 (19.77%) Analyst
2 106 (13.78%) Developer
3 84 (10.92%) Project Manager
4 45 (5.85%) Business Analyst
5 35 (4.55%) Architect
6 28 (3.64%) Consultant
7 27 (3.51%) Java Developer
8 18 (2.34%) IT Manager
8 18 (2.34%) Senior Developer
8 18 (2.34%) Senior Manager
9 17 (2.21%) Administrator
9 17 (2.21%) Data Analyst
9 17 (2.21%) IT Analyst
10 16 (2.08%) Delivery Manager
10 16 (2.08%) Desktop Support
11 14 (1.82%) Desktop Engineer
11 14 (1.82%) JavaScript Developer
11 14 (1.82%) Service Analyst
12 13 (1.69%) .NET Developer
12 13 (1.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (9.36%) HTML
2 60 (7.80%) CSS
3 33 (4.29%) Spring
4 31 (4.03%) REST
5 27 (3.51%) HTML5
5 27 (3.51%) Node.js
6 24 (3.12%) AngularJS
6 24 (3.12%) Web Services
7 23 (2.99%) XML
8 22 (2.86%) .NET
9 21 (2.73%) React
10 18 (2.34%) jQuery
10 18 (2.34%) SOAP
11 17 (2.21%) JSP
12 16 (2.08%) CSS3
13 14 (1.82%) RESTful
14 12 (1.56%) Hibernate
15 11 (1.43%) Middleware
15 11 (1.43%) Spring Security
16 10 (1.30%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 79 (10.27%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (2.99%) User Experience
3 22 (2.86%) Management Information System
4 16 (2.08%) NHS
5 12 (1.56%) Mobile App
6 10 (1.30%) Data Centre
7 9 (1.17%) Greenfield Project
7 9 (1.17%) Online Banking
8 8 (1.04%) Computer Science
8 8 (1.04%) PDA
9 7 (0.91%) Client/Server
10 6 (0.78%) e-Learning
10 6 (0.78%) Market Risk
11 5 (0.65%) Credit Risk
11 5 (0.65%) Reference Data
11 5 (0.65%) Replication
11 5 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (0.39%) Data Protection Act
12 3 (0.39%) Handset
12 3 (0.39%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 85 (11.05%) Windows
2 44 (5.72%) Linux
3 27 (3.51%) Unix
4 26 (3.38%) Windows Server
5 23 (2.99%) Windows 7
6 20 (2.60%) Windows 10
7 11 (1.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (1.30%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (1.04%) AIX
10 7 (0.91%) CentOS
10 7 (0.91%) Windows 8
10 7 (0.91%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (0.78%) SUSE
12 5 (0.65%) Android
13 4 (0.52%) Apple iOS
13 4 (0.52%) Solaris
13 4 (0.52%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.39%) Debian
14 3 (0.39%) zOS
15 2 (0.26%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 180 (23.41%) Agile Software Development
2 114 (14.82%) Project Management
3 92 (11.96%) Stakeholder Management
4 68 (8.84%) Scrum
5 55 (7.15%) ITIL
6 54 (7.02%) PRINCE2
7 50 (6.50%) TDD
8 43 (5.59%) Migration
9 42 (5.46%) Risk Management
10 38 (4.94%) Change Management
10 38 (4.94%) Test Automation
11 37 (4.81%) User Acceptance Testing
12 36 (4.68%) Continuous Integration
13 35 (4.55%) Analytics
13 35 (4.55%) DevOps
14 33 (4.29%) Service Management
15 31 (4.03%) Service Delivery
16 30 (3.90%) Business Intelligence
17 29 (3.77%) Business Analysis
17 29 (3.77%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 82 (10.66%) SQL
2 73 (9.49%) JavaScript
3 71 (9.23%) Java
4 29 (3.77%) Python
5 27 (3.51%) C#
6 18 (2.34%) Ruby
7 13 (1.69%) PHP
8 9 (1.17%) Perl
9 8 (1.04%) Bash Shell
9 8 (1.04%) C
9 8 (1.04%) Groovy
9 8 (1.04%) Shell Script
10 7 (0.91%) ABAP
10 7 (0.91%) Korn
10 7 (0.91%) PL/SQL
10 7 (0.91%) PowerShell
10 7 (0.91%) VBA
11 3 (0.39%) Scala
11 3 (0.39%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.26%) Go
Qualifications
1 40 (5.20%) Security Cleared
2 36 (4.68%) Degree
3 30 (3.90%) SC Cleared
4 12 (1.56%) DBS Check
5 11 (1.43%) DV Cleared
6 10 (1.30%) ISEB
7 9 (1.17%) CCNA
7 9 (1.17%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 7 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 5 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (0.52%) CCNP
11 4 (0.52%) MCSA
11 4 (0.52%) MCSE
11 4 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (0.39%) BC Cleared
12 3 (0.39%) CISM
12 3 (0.39%) CISSP
12 3 (0.39%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (4.55%) QA
2 22 (2.86%) Data Quality
3 19 (2.47%) PMO
4 15 (1.95%) GDPR
5 10 (1.30%) SLA
6 9 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 5 (0.65%) Basel II
8 5 (0.65%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
9 4 (0.52%) IFRS
9 4 (0.52%) IFRS 9
9 4 (0.52%) RMADS
10 3 (0.39%) COBIT
10 3 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.26%) COREP
12 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
12 1 (0.13%) GCP
12 1 (0.13%) GPG13
12 1 (0.13%) JSP 440
System Software
1 49 (6.37%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.95%) XenApp
3 13 (1.69%) XenServer
4 10 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (1.30%) XenDesktop
5 9 (1.17%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (0.65%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.65%) vSphere
7 4 (0.52%) Docker
8 3 (0.39%) KVM
8 3 (0.39%) LXC
9 2 (0.26%) OpenDJ
10 1 (0.13%) Firmware
10 1 (0.13%) PowerHA
10 1 (0.13%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.13%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.13%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.13%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.13%) Xen
Systems Management
1 29 (3.77%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 26 (3.38%) SCCM
3 20 (2.60%) Puppet
4 11 (1.43%) Ansible
5 6 (0.78%) CSIRT
5 6 (0.78%) QRadar
6 5 (0.65%) AirWatch
7 4 (0.52%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.52%) SCOM
8 3 (0.39%) Data Guard
8 3 (0.39%) Oracle RMAN
8 3 (0.39%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.26%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.26%) Icinga
9 2 (0.26%) Nagios
9 2 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 2 (0.26%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 1 (0.13%) Kibana
10 1 (0.13%) logstash
10 1 (0.13%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 58 (7.54%) Oracle
2 23 (2.99%) Citrix
2 23 (2.99%) VMware
3 22 (2.86%) HP
4 20 (2.60%) Cisco
5 16 (2.08%) SAP
6 15 (1.95%) MuleSoft
7 13 (1.69%) IBM
7 13 (1.69%) Red Hat
8 10 (1.30%) Adobe
8 10 (1.30%) AppSense
8 10 (1.30%) Google
8 10 (1.30%) ServiceNow
9 9 (1.17%) ForgeRock
9 9 (1.17%) hybris
10 6 (0.78%) CheckPoint
10 6 (0.78%) Solace
11 5 (0.65%) McAfee
12 4 (0.52%) Remedy
12 4 (0.52%) Tableau