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 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)
UK / England
Rank 537 575 560
Rank change year-on-year +38 -15  
Contract jobs citing SMS 37 38 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.090% 0.077% 0.070%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.61% 0.52% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 13 11
Median daily rate £350 £300 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -25.92%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £226 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £370 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £235 £400
% change year-on-year +49.25% -41.37%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Median hourly rate £12.00 £14.20 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.49% +29.09%  
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 England with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6049 7248 7261
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 14.66% 14.77% 15.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 3746 4383 4012
Median daily rate £401 £385 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.15% +4.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 308 405
Median hourly rate £22.85 £27.83 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.89% +7.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.08
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 England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 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 3 months to 26 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMS in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +28 21 £318 -5.22% 4
London +24 7 £575 +91.66% 6
East of England - 4 £350 -
Yorkshire - 2 £375 -
South West +3 1 - -
North East -14 1 - -
SMS
UK

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

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 England region with a requirement for SMS.

1 32 (42.11%) Marketing
2 22 (28.95%) Analytics
3 20 (26.32%) Security Cleared
4 19 (25.00%) Digital Marketing
5 18 (23.68%) CRM
5 18 (23.68%) Agile Software Development
6 15 (19.74%) SC Cleared
7 14 (18.42%) Legal
8 13 (17.11%) Software Delivery
9 12 (15.79%) Workflow
9 12 (15.79%) Windows
9 12 (15.79%) HTML
9 12 (15.79%) Java
9 12 (15.79%) .NET
10 11 (14.47%) Big Data
11 10 (13.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 10 (13.16%) Open Source
11 10 (13.16%) Social Media
11 10 (13.16%) Software Deployment
11 10 (13.16%) Software Distribution
11 10 (13.16%) Adobe Campaign
11 10 (13.16%) SCCM
11 10 (13.16%) Technical Architecture
11 10 (13.16%) Enterprise Architecture
11 10 (13.16%) J2EE
11 10 (13.16%) SOA
11 10 (13.16%) OO
11 10 (13.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 10 (13.16%) Adobe
11 10 (13.16%) Zachman Framework

SMS
Top Related 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 10 (13.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (1.32%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.32%) Cloud Foundry
2 1 (1.32%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.32%) Adobe Illustrator
1 1 (1.32%) ImageReady
1 1 (1.32%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (1.32%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 10 (13.16%) Adobe Campaign
2 2 (2.63%) SAP CRM
3 1 (1.32%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.32%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (1.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (1.32%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.53%) Google Analytics
1 8 (10.53%) SmartFocus
2 5 (6.58%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.32%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (1.32%) Amazon Kinesis
3 1 (1.32%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.32%) Amazon SQS
3 1 (1.32%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (1.32%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (1.32%) Office 365
3 1 (1.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.89%) DNS
2 5 (6.58%) DHCP
2 5 (6.58%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (3.95%) 3G
3 3 (3.95%) Diameter Protocol
3 3 (3.95%) Internet
3 3 (3.95%) LDAP
3 3 (3.95%) SMPP
4 2 (2.63%) Firewall
4 2 (2.63%) IMAP
4 2 (2.63%) SMTP
4 2 (2.63%) Wireless
5 1 (1.32%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (1.32%) SAN
5 1 (1.32%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (14.47%) Big Data
2 4 (5.26%) SAP Data Services
3 2 (2.63%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.32%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (1.32%) Apache Hive
4 1 (1.32%) HBase
4 1 (1.32%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.32%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.32%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (3.95%) Dreamweaver
2 2 (2.63%) Git (software)
2 2 (2.63%) JIRA
2 2 (2.63%) JSUnit
2 2 (2.63%) MSI
2 2 (2.63%) NUnit
2 2 (2.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (2.63%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.32%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.32%) GitLab
3 1 (1.32%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.32%) Selenium
3 1 (1.32%) Xcode
General
1 32 (42.11%) Marketing
2 14 (18.42%) Legal
3 9 (11.84%) Telecoms
4 7 (9.21%) Finance
5 4 (5.26%) Advertising
5 4 (5.26%) Automotive
5 4 (5.26%) Manufacturing
5 4 (5.26%) Retail
6 2 (2.63%) Banking
7 1 (1.32%) Dutch Language
7 1 (1.32%) French Language
7 1 (1.32%) German Language
Job Titles
1 15 (19.74%) Architect
2 10 (13.16%) Digital Architect
2 10 (13.16%) Digital Marketing Architect
3 7 (9.21%) Digital Executive
3 7 (9.21%) Digital Marketing Executive
3 7 (9.21%) Marketing Executive
4 6 (7.89%) Consultant
4 6 (7.89%) Digital Solutions Architect
4 6 (7.89%) IT Architect
4 6 (7.89%) Solutions Architect
5 5 (6.58%) Core Network Architect
5 5 (6.58%) Messaging Architect
5 5 (6.58%) Network Architect
6 4 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support
6 4 (5.26%) Analyst
6 4 (5.26%) Developer
6 4 (5.26%) Support Engineer
7 3 (3.95%) 2nd Line Support
7 3 (3.95%) Data Manager
7 3 (3.95%) Development Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (15.79%) .NET
1 12 (15.79%) HTML
2 10 (13.16%) J2EE
3 4 (5.26%) CSS
4 3 (3.95%) AngularJS
4 3 (3.95%) SAML
5 2 (2.63%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.63%) ASP.NET
5 2 (2.63%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.63%) Entity Framework
5 2 (2.63%) HTML5
5 2 (2.63%) JSON
5 2 (2.63%) LINQ
5 2 (2.63%) Ninject
5 2 (2.63%) Sass
5 2 (2.63%) SOAP
5 2 (2.63%) Web Services
5 2 (2.63%) WSDL
5 2 (2.63%) XML
5 2 (2.63%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 10 (13.16%) Social Media
1 10 (13.16%) Virtual Team
2 8 (10.53%) Data Centre
3 3 (3.95%) Fat Client
3 3 (3.95%) Thin Client
3 3 (3.95%) User Experience
4 2 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.63%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.32%) Smartphone
5 1 (1.32%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 12 (15.79%) Windows
2 5 (6.58%) Windows Server
3 3 (3.95%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (2.63%) Android
4 2 (2.63%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.32%) Linux
5 1 (1.32%) Unix
5 1 (1.32%) Windows 2000
5 1 (1.32%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.32%) Windows Mobile
5 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.32%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (28.95%) Analytics
2 19 (25.00%) Digital Marketing
3 18 (23.68%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (23.68%) CRM
4 13 (17.11%) Software Delivery
5 12 (15.79%) Workflow
6 10 (13.16%) Enterprise Architecture
6 10 (13.16%) OO
6 10 (13.16%) Open Source
6 10 (13.16%) SOA
6 10 (13.16%) Software Deployment
6 10 (13.16%) Software Distribution
6 10 (13.16%) Technical Architecture
6 10 (13.16%) TOGAF
6 10 (13.16%) Zachman Framework
7 8 (10.53%) Big Data Analytics
7 8 (10.53%) Data Analytics
7 8 (10.53%) Marketing Automation
7 8 (10.53%) Mobile Marketing
7 8 (10.53%) Workflow Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (15.79%) Java
2 4 (5.26%) SQL
3 3 (3.95%) C#
3 3 (3.95%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.63%) Python
5 1 (1.32%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.32%) Delphi
5 1 (1.32%) Korn
5 1 (1.32%) PHP
5 1 (1.32%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.32%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 20 (26.32%) Security Cleared
2 15 (19.74%) SC Cleared
3 2 (2.63%) Degree
3 2 (2.63%) DV Cleared
4 1 (1.32%) AWS Certification
System Software
1 8 (10.53%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.26%) Microsoft App-V
2 4 (5.26%) XenApp
3 1 (1.32%) Terminal Server
3 1 (1.32%) XenDesktop
3 1 (1.32%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (13.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 10 (13.16%) SCCM
2 2 (2.63%) Tivoli
3 1 (1.32%) AirWatch
3 1 (1.32%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.32%) Puppet
3 1 (1.32%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 10 (13.16%) Adobe
2 9 (11.84%) Intel Security
3 8 (10.53%) Citrix
3 8 (10.53%) Google
3 8 (10.53%) HP
3 8 (10.53%) Tableau
4 4 (5.26%) hybris
4 4 (5.26%) SAP
5 3 (3.95%) AppSense
5 3 (3.95%) IBM
6 2 (2.63%) Oracle
7 1 (1.32%) AppDynamics
7 1 (1.32%) BT
7 1 (1.32%) MobileIron
7 1 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.32%) Solace
7 1 (1.32%) Splunk