Period
to 17 June 2018

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 17 June 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)
UK > England
6 months to
17 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 266 706 769
Rank change year-on-year +440 +63 -35
Contract jobs citing SMS 906 100 85
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.00% 0.12% 0.087%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.45% 0.85% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 734 50 34
England median daily rate £425 £375 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +31.58% -18.57%
10th Percentile £250 £180 £213
90th Percentile £600 £538 £435
UK median daily rate £425 £375 £290
% change year-on-year +13.27% +29.31% -17.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 10 4
England median hourly rate £15.00 £12.00 £13.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -10.11% -33.25%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.83 £12.25
90th Percentile £21.75 £12.00 £14.30
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £12.00 £13.35
% change year-on-year +25.00% -10.11% -33.25%

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 12,160 11,709 14,753
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.39% 13.97% 15.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,481 7,126 9,000
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £208 £213 £222
90th Percentile £600 £587 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 664 672 642
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.44 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.88% -22.24% +17.65%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.03 £11.03
90th Percentile £47.73 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £19.24 £20.00 £26.25
% change year-on-year -3.79% -23.81% +22.09%

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 17 June 2018.

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 17 June 2018.

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 17 June 2018. 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 +234 336 £450 -14.29% 41
North of England +193 308 £400 +14.29% 42
Yorkshire +110 170 £400 +14.29% 11
Midlands +82 95 £385 +2.67% 15
North West +60 90 £437 +44.46% 16
South East +27 83 £390 +32.20% 25
South West +66 66 £388 -13.89% 10
West Midlands +35 55 £400 +6.67% 6
North East +49 48 £325 -12.93% 15
East Midlands +37 40 £375 +8.70% 8
East of England +18 16 £325 -7.14% 12
SMS
UK

For the 6 months to 17 June 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 England region with a requirement for SMS.

1 224 (24.72%) Agile Software Development
2 197 (21.74%) Finance
3 122 (13.47%) SQL
4 107 (11.81%) Stakeholder Management
5 105 (11.59%) Project Management
5 105 (11.59%) Analytical Skills
6 97 (10.71%) Linux
7 95 (10.49%) Java
8 86 (9.49%) Windows
9 83 (9.16%) Problem-Solving
10 82 (9.05%) Unix
11 80 (8.83%) JavaScript
11 80 (8.83%) Migration
12 69 (7.62%) Scrum
13 67 (7.40%) ITIL
14 65 (7.17%) Oracle
15 64 (7.06%) Security Cleared
15 64 (7.06%) Test Automation
16 63 (6.95%) Degree
17 61 (6.73%) JIRA
17 61 (6.73%) DevOps
18 60 (6.62%) Banking
19 59 (6.51%) HTML
19 59 (6.51%) Active Directory
20 58 (6.40%) Python
21 55 (6.07%) CSS
21 55 (6.07%) TDD
22 49 (5.41%) PRINCE2
22 49 (5.41%) Git (software)
22 49 (5.41%) Amazon AWS

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 28 (3.09%) SharePoint
2 22 (2.43%) CMS
3 18 (1.99%) Confluence
4 12 (1.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 12 (1.32%) WebSphere
5 11 (1.21%) Skype for Business
6 10 (1.10%) Apache
7 9 (0.99%) MS Exchange
8 8 (0.88%) SharePoint Server
8 8 (0.88%) WordPress
9 7 (0.77%) IIS
10 6 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
10 6 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2007
10 6 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2010
10 6 (0.66%) nginx
10 6 (0.66%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.55%) Drupal
11 5 (0.55%) Mule
11 5 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.55%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 28 (3.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.55%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 2 (0.22%) AutoCAD
4 2 (0.22%) SPSS
5 1 (0.11%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.11%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.11%) Fireworks
5 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.11%) InVision
5 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.11%) Revit
Business Applications
1 12 (1.32%) ResourceLink
2 8 (0.88%) Magento
3 4 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.33%) SAP Hybris
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.22%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.22%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.22%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.11%) Northgate Housing
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle Internet Expenses
6 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 49 (5.41%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (3.64%) Office 365
3 20 (2.21%) Amazon EC2
4 17 (1.88%) Microsoft Azure
5 14 (1.55%) GitHub
6 13 (1.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 12 (1.32%) Serverless
8 11 (1.21%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 10 (1.10%) AWS Lambda
10 9 (0.99%) Amazon S3
10 9 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
11 8 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
12 6 (0.66%) PaaS
12 6 (0.66%) SaaS
12 6 (0.66%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 5 (0.55%) Amazon ELB
13 5 (0.55%) IaaS
14 4 (0.44%) Amazon SQS
14 4 (0.44%) G Suite
14 4 (0.44%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 21 (2.32%) Firewall
2 18 (1.99%) DNS
3 17 (1.88%) HTTP
3 17 (1.88%) LAN
4 15 (1.66%) WAN
5 13 (1.43%) Wireless
6 11 (1.21%) DHCP
7 10 (1.10%) Skype
7 10 (1.10%) SSL
8 9 (0.99%) Network Security
9 8 (0.88%) TCP/IP
10 7 (0.77%) VoIP
10 7 (0.77%) Wi-Fi
11 6 (0.66%) NetScaler
11 6 (0.66%) PBX
12 5 (0.55%) Cisco ASA
12 5 (0.55%) Kerberos
12 5 (0.55%) SNMP
13 4 (0.44%) BGP
13 4 (0.44%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (3.42%) MySQL
2 30 (3.31%) SQL Server
3 27 (2.98%) BusinessObjects
4 26 (2.87%) PostgreSQL
5 23 (2.54%) MongoDB
5 23 (2.54%) NoSQL
6 18 (1.99%) Relational Database
7 15 (1.66%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 14 (1.55%) Oracle Reports
9 12 (1.32%) Apache Cassandra
9 12 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
10 11 (1.21%) Cloud Spanner
10 11 (1.21%) NewSQL
11 9 (0.99%) Oracle Database
12 8 (0.88%) Hadoop
13 7 (0.77%) Big Data
13 7 (0.77%) Power BI
13 7 (0.77%) QlikView
13 7 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 6 (0.66%) IBM InfoSphere
Development Applications
1 61 (6.73%) JIRA
2 49 (5.41%) Git (software)
2 49 (5.41%) Jenkins
3 19 (2.10%) Visual Studio
4 18 (1.99%) Selenium
5 15 (1.66%) JMeter
6 11 (1.21%) LoadRunner
7 9 (0.99%) Cucumber
7 9 (0.99%) Gradle
7 9 (0.99%) Maven
8 7 (0.77%) WebDriver
9 6 (0.66%) Mockito
9 6 (0.66%) Subversion
9 6 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (0.55%) Artifactory
10 5 (0.55%) JUnit
10 5 (0.55%) SoapUI
11 4 (0.44%) Appium
11 4 (0.44%) Liquibase
11 4 (0.44%) RSpec
General
1 197 (21.74%) Finance
2 60 (6.62%) Banking
3 32 (3.53%) Marketing
4 23 (2.54%) Retail
5 15 (1.66%) Legal
6 6 (0.66%) Games
6 6 (0.66%) Local Government
7 5 (0.55%) Financial Institution
7 5 (0.55%) French Language
7 5 (0.55%) Investment Banking
7 5 (0.55%) Publishing
7 5 (0.55%) Telecoms
8 4 (0.44%) Back Office
8 4 (0.44%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.33%) Billing
10 2 (0.22%) Advertising
10 2 (0.22%) Law
11 1 (0.11%) Digital Economy
11 1 (0.11%) Japanese Language
11 1 (0.11%) Military
Job Titles
1 161 (17.77%) Analyst
2 145 (16.00%) Developer
3 84 (9.27%) Project Manager
4 58 (6.40%) Consultant
5 54 (5.96%) Business Analyst
6 30 (3.31%) Architect
7 29 (3.20%) Administrator
8 28 (3.09%) Data Analyst
9 24 (2.65%) Java Developer
10 20 (2.21%) DevOps Engineer
10 20 (2.21%) IT Manager
11 19 (2.10%) Senior Developer
12 16 (1.77%) IT Analyst
12 16 (1.77%) Test Leader
13 15 (1.66%) Linux Engineer
13 15 (1.66%) Software Engineer
14 14 (1.55%) Senior Manager
14 14 (1.55%) Support Analyst
14 14 (1.55%) Support Engineer
15 13 (1.43%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (6.51%) HTML
2 55 (6.07%) CSS
3 43 (4.75%) .NET
4 37 (4.08%) Spring
5 35 (3.86%) Node.js
6 33 (3.64%) AngularJS
6 33 (3.64%) REST
6 33 (3.64%) Web Services
7 25 (2.76%) React
8 22 (2.43%) HTML5
8 22 (2.43%) XML
9 20 (2.21%) CSS3
9 20 (2.21%) Spring Boot
10 19 (2.10%) RESTful
11 16 (1.77%) Akka
12 15 (1.66%) .NET Core
13 13 (1.43%) SOAP
14 12 (1.32%) ASP.NET
15 11 (1.21%) Angular 2
15 11 (1.21%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 105 (11.59%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (4.30%) Management Information System
3 33 (3.64%) User Experience
4 25 (2.76%) Data Centre
5 18 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
6 15 (1.66%) Computer Science
7 13 (1.43%) NHS
8 11 (1.21%) Social Media
9 8 (0.88%) Public Cloud
10 7 (0.77%) Credit Risk
10 7 (0.77%) Minimum Viable Product
11 6 (0.66%) Clustering
11 6 (0.66%) Cyberthreat
11 6 (0.66%) e-Learning
11 6 (0.66%) PDA
11 6 (0.66%) Replication
12 5 (0.55%) Client/Server
12 5 (0.55%) Fintech
12 5 (0.55%) Mainframe
12 5 (0.55%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 97 (10.71%) Linux
2 86 (9.49%) Windows
3 82 (9.05%) Unix
4 35 (3.86%) Windows Server
5 27 (2.98%) Android
6 22 (2.43%) Apple iOS
7 19 (2.10%) Solaris
8 18 (1.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 18 (1.99%) Windows 10
9 14 (1.55%) Windows 7
10 12 (1.32%) Mac OS X
11 8 (0.88%) AIX
11 8 (0.88%) SUSE
11 8 (0.88%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 7 (0.77%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
13 6 (0.66%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
14 4 (0.44%) CentOS
14 4 (0.44%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 224 (24.72%) Agile Software Development
2 107 (11.81%) Stakeholder Management
3 105 (11.59%) Project Management
4 83 (9.16%) Problem-Solving
5 80 (8.83%) Migration
6 69 (7.62%) Scrum
7 67 (7.40%) ITIL
8 64 (7.06%) Test Automation
9 61 (6.73%) DevOps
10 55 (6.07%) TDD
11 49 (5.41%) PRINCE2
12 48 (5.30%) User Acceptance Testing
13 41 (4.53%) Software Engineering
14 39 (4.30%) Logistics
15 38 (4.19%) Waterfall
16 37 (4.08%) Change Management
17 36 (3.97%) Business Analysis
18 35 (3.86%) Open Source
19 34 (3.75%) Continuous Integration
20 33 (3.64%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 122 (13.47%) SQL
2 95 (10.49%) Java
3 80 (8.83%) JavaScript
4 58 (6.40%) Python
5 48 (5.30%) C#
6 38 (4.19%) Ruby
7 24 (2.65%) PL/SQL
8 21 (2.32%) PowerShell
9 16 (1.77%) ES6
10 15 (1.66%) PHP
11 13 (1.43%) Perl
11 13 (1.43%) Shell Script
12 11 (1.21%) Java 8
13 9 (0.99%) Bash Shell
14 8 (0.88%) VBA
15 7 (0.77%) C
16 6 (0.66%) R
16 6 (0.66%) Scala
17 5 (0.55%) VB
18 4 (0.44%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 64 (7.06%) Security Cleared
2 63 (6.95%) Degree
3 36 (3.97%) SC Cleared
4 16 (1.77%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (1.55%) CCNA
6 9 (0.99%) CTC Cleared
6 9 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 8 (0.88%) CCNP
7 8 (0.88%) CISM
7 8 (0.88%) ISEB
8 7 (0.77%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (0.77%) DV Cleared
9 6 (0.66%) DBS Check
9 6 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (0.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 6 (0.66%) PMI Certification
9 6 (0.66%) PMP
9 6 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (0.44%) A+ Certification
10 4 (0.44%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (5.08%) QA
2 27 (2.98%) GDPR
3 22 (2.43%) SLA
4 21 (2.32%) Data Quality
5 17 (1.88%) PMO
6 9 (0.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (0.77%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.44%) Basel II
8 4 (0.44%) PSD2
9 3 (0.33%) GCP
9 3 (0.33%) PCI DSS
10 2 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.22%) ISO 20022
11 1 (0.11%) COBIT
11 1 (0.11%) FIPS 140-2
11 1 (0.11%) P3O
11 1 (0.11%) SEPA
11 1 (0.11%) WAI
System Software
1 59 (6.51%) Active Directory
2 20 (2.21%) Docker
3 10 (1.10%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.55%) Hyper-V
4 5 (0.55%) vSphere
5 4 (0.44%) Firmware
5 4 (0.44%) OpenAM
5 4 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.22%) OpenSSH
7 2 (0.22%) Varnish
8 1 (0.11%) Job Entry Subsystem
8 1 (0.11%) RACF
8 1 (0.11%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 1 (0.11%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.11%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 31 (3.42%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 25 (2.76%) Puppet
3 24 (2.65%) SCCM
4 21 (2.32%) Ansible
5 18 (1.99%) HP ALM
6 14 (1.55%) BladeLogic
7 13 (1.43%) SCOM
8 10 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
8 10 (1.10%) Terraform
9 9 (0.99%) Tivoli
10 8 (0.88%) Single Sign-On
11 6 (0.66%) Nagios
12 5 (0.55%) HP Quality Center
12 5 (0.55%) Kibana
12 5 (0.55%) Netcool
12 5 (0.55%) Netcool/OMNIbus
12 5 (0.55%) WSUS
13 4 (0.44%) Backup Exec
13 4 (0.44%) ZABBIX
14 3 (0.33%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 65 (7.17%) Oracle
2 39 (4.30%) SAP
3 36 (3.97%) HP
4 27 (2.98%) Cisco
5 25 (2.76%) IBM
5 25 (2.76%) Red Hat
6 20 (2.21%) Salesforce.com
6 20 (2.21%) VMware
7 19 (2.10%) Atlassian
7 19 (2.10%) Google
8 18 (1.99%) Adobe
9 13 (1.43%) Citrix
9 13 (1.43%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
10 12 (1.32%) hybris
11 11 (1.21%) MuleSoft
11 11 (1.21%) Northgate
12 10 (1.10%) Remedy
12 10 (1.10%) SolarWinds
13 8 (0.88%) Cognos
13 8 (0.88%) ServiceNow