Period
to 23 October 2021

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 October 2021 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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 663 468 740
Rank change year-on-year -195 +272 -280
Contract jobs citing SMS 76 26 51
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.11% 0.095% 0.066%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.99% 0.72% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 14 22
10th Percentile £281 £306 £256
25th Percentile £400 £321 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £454 £375 £325
Median % change year-on-year +21.00% +15.38% -18.75%
75th Percentile £569 £473 £384
90th Percentile £595 £519 £545
UK median daily rate £470 £375 £325
% change year-on-year +25.33% +15.38% -18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
10th Percentile " " £29.08
25th Percentile £26.50 " £30.07
Median hourly rate £27.00 - £31.71
75th Percentile £27.50 " £33.36
90th Percentile " " £34.34
UK median hourly rate £34.00 - £31.71

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 7,664 3,636 10,245
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.40% 13.23% 13.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,989 2,324 6,420
10th Percentile £213 £213 £192
25th Percentile £357 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £585 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £630 £610
UK median daily rate £475 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +6.74% +4.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 351 158 494
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.75
25th Percentile £13.88 £17.31 £15.78
Median hourly rate £20.51 £31.50 £26.25
Median % change year-on-year -34.89% +20.00% +39.81%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.11 £47.44
90th Percentile £64.50 £54.30 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -30.16% +21.15% +39.04%

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for SMS in England

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SMS in England.

Daily rate trend for SMS in England

SMS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SMS in England over the 6 months to 23 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SMS in England

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SMS in England.

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 6 months to 23 October 2021. 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 -190 31 £425 +3.66% 7
South East -66 22 £450 +50.00% 1
Midlands -65 10 £440 +120.13% 2
West Midlands -65 9 £458 +128.75% 2
South West -43 7 £525 -7.08% 1
North of England -71 6 £425 +32.57% 7
Yorkshire - 5 £425 - 1
North West -59 1 £563 +75.46% 6
East Midlands - 1 £423 -
SMS
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 2021, 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 34 (44.74%) CRM
2 30 (39.47%) Marketing
3 26 (34.21%) Social Skills
4 22 (28.95%) Project Management
5 20 (26.32%) JIRA
6 15 (19.74%) Agile Software Development
6 15 (19.74%) SQL
6 15 (19.74%) Finance
7 14 (18.42%) Telecoms
7 14 (18.42%) Migration
8 13 (17.11%) ITIL
8 13 (17.11%) Salesforce.com
8 13 (17.11%) VoIP
8 13 (17.11%) Billing
8 13 (17.11%) 5G
8 13 (17.11%) VoLTE
8 13 (17.11%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
8 13 (17.11%) Analytical Skills
8 13 (17.11%) Kalman Filter
9 12 (15.79%) VoWiFi
9 12 (15.79%) 4G
9 12 (15.79%) Service Design
9 12 (15.79%) Problem-Solving
9 12 (15.79%) LTE
9 12 (15.79%) 3G
10 11 (14.47%) Stakeholder Management
10 11 (14.47%) 2.5G
10 11 (14.47%) HTML
10 11 (14.47%) Banking
10 11 (14.47%) TOGAF

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 7 (9.21%) SAS
2 5 (6.58%) Apache
2 5 (6.58%) Apache Spark
2 5 (6.58%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (5.26%) Confluence
4 1 (1.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 4 (5.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 4 (5.26%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.32%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 4 (5.26%) VisionPLUS
2 3 (3.95%) Magento
3 2 (2.63%) Adobe Campaign
3 2 (2.63%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (1.32%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.53%) Twilio
2 3 (3.95%) Smartsheet
3 2 (2.63%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
3 2 (2.63%) Salesforce Service Cloud
4 1 (1.32%) AWS
4 1 (1.32%) Azure
4 1 (1.32%) GCP
4 1 (1.32%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 13 (17.11%) 5G
1 13 (17.11%) VoIP
1 13 (17.11%) VoLTE
2 12 (15.79%) 3G
2 12 (15.79%) 4G
2 12 (15.79%) LTE
2 12 (15.79%) VoWiFi
3 11 (14.47%) 2.5G
4 7 (9.21%) Converged Networks
5 5 (6.58%) SIGTRAN
5 5 (6.58%) SMPP
5 5 (6.58%) SS7
5 5 (6.58%) Wireshark
6 3 (3.95%) MVNO
6 3 (3.95%) PuTTY
7 2 (2.63%) Diameter Protocol
7 2 (2.63%) ISUP
7 2 (2.63%) Value-Added Service
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 20 (26.32%) JIRA
2 4 (5.26%) Postman
General
1 30 (39.47%) Marketing
2 26 (34.21%) Social Skills
3 15 (19.74%) Finance
4 14 (18.42%) Telecoms
5 13 (17.11%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (17.11%) Billing
6 11 (14.47%) Banking
6 11 (14.47%) Presentation Skills
7 8 (10.53%) Retail
8 7 (9.21%) Influencing Skills
9 3 (3.95%) Advertising
10 2 (2.63%) Legal
11 1 (1.32%) Organisational Skills
11 1 (1.32%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 15 (19.74%) Architect
2 12 (15.79%) Solutions Architect
3 9 (11.84%) Analyst
4 7 (9.21%) Business Analyst
5 6 (7.89%) CRM Manager
5 6 (7.89%) Developer
5 6 (7.89%) Technical Analyst
6 5 (6.58%) Consultant
6 5 (6.58%) CRM Executive
6 5 (6.58%) Project Manager
6 5 (6.58%) Technical Business Analyst
6 5 (6.58%) Test Specialist
7 4 (5.26%) Cloud Consultant
7 4 (5.26%) Designer
7 4 (5.26%) Marketing Consultant
7 4 (5.26%) Salesforce Consultant
7 4 (5.26%) Technical Manager
7 4 (5.26%) Technical Project Manager
7 4 (5.26%) Telecoms Architect
7 4 (5.26%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (14.47%) HTML
2 6 (7.89%) REST
3 5 (6.58%) Kafka
3 5 (6.58%) Node.js
4 4 (5.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.95%) Analytical Mindset
1 3 (3.95%) Data Protection Act
1 3 (3.95%) Mainframe
1 3 (3.95%) Management Information System
2 2 (2.63%) Social Media
2 2 (2.63%) Virtual Team
3 1 (1.32%) Algorithms
3 1 (1.32%) Blog
3 1 (1.32%) Infotainment
3 1 (1.32%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.32%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 5 (6.58%) Android
1 5 (6.58%) Unix
2 1 (1.32%) Windows
2 1 (1.32%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (44.74%) CRM
2 22 (28.95%) Project Management
3 15 (19.74%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (18.42%) Migration
5 13 (17.11%) ITIL
5 13 (17.11%) Kalman Filter
6 12 (15.79%) Problem-Solving
6 12 (15.79%) Service Design
7 11 (14.47%) Stakeholder Management
7 11 (14.47%) TOGAF
8 10 (13.16%) Analytical Thinking
9 9 (11.84%) Email Marketing
9 9 (11.84%) Push Notifications
10 8 (10.53%) Campaign Management
10 8 (10.53%) E-Commerce
10 8 (10.53%) Personalization
11 7 (9.21%) Analytics
11 7 (9.21%) Enterprise Architecture
12 6 (7.89%) Marketing Strategy
12 6 (7.89%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 15 (19.74%) SQL
2 4 (5.26%) Java
3 3 (3.95%) COBOL
4 1 (1.32%) C
4 1 (1.32%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.32%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (13.16%) CCNA
1 10 (13.16%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (5.26%) PMI Certification
2 4 (5.26%) PMP
3 2 (2.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (2.63%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.32%) DBS Check
4 1 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (9.21%) GDPR
2 2 (2.63%) QA
3 1 (1.32%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (6.58%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 1 (1.32%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.32%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (5.26%) Control-M
2 2 (2.63%) SCCM
3 1 (1.32%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (1.32%) SCOM
3 1 (1.32%) WSUS
Vendors
1 13 (17.11%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
1 13 (17.11%) Salesforce.com
2 8 (10.53%) TSYS
3 4 (5.26%) Mavenir
3 4 (5.26%) Quadient
4 3 (3.95%) Progress
5 2 (2.63%) Adobe
5 2 (2.63%) Remedy
5 2 (2.63%) ServiceNow
6 1 (1.32%) Facebook
6 1 (1.32%) Google
6 1 (1.32%) VMware