Period
to 23 October 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 October 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 340 745 736
Rank change year-on-year +405 -9 -49
Contract jobs citing SMS 657 110 117
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.71% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.13% 0.72% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 545 50 44
England median daily rate £413 £298 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +38.66% -30.00% +28.40%
10th Percentile £180 £225 £183
90th Percentile £609 £453 £575
UK median daily rate £411 £300 £425
% change year-on-year +37.08% -29.41% +22.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 13 10
England median hourly rate £14.00 £12.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.00% -37.50% -
10th Percentile £10.29 £12.25 £7.19
90th Percentile £26.00 £42.73 £29.30
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 12811 15272 14719
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.90% 15.64% 14.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 7841 9363 8566
England median daily rate £405 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £200 £225 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 662 749 960
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.84 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.11% +14.18% -
10th Percentile £11.61 £11.71 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.80 £47.50 £45.25
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £23.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -18.09% +17.50% -

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 +193 234 £450 +69.81% 11
North of England +185 150 £385 +40.00% 7
Midlands +127 100 £350 -54.84% 5
South East +62 83 £363 +45.00% 7
West Midlands +101 70 £350 -54.84% 5
South West +62 69 £425 - 5
Yorkshire +81 64 £378 - 4
North West - 50 £400 - 3
North East +98 36 £306 +11.18%
East Midlands - 30 £343 -
East of England -29 21 £400 +14.29% 2
South Coast - 1 - -
SMS
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 155 (23.59%) Finance
2 151 (22.98%) Agile Software Development
3 101 (15.37%) Project Management
4 86 (13.09%) Banking
5 77 (11.72%) Stakeholder Management
6 68 (10.35%) SQL
6 68 (10.35%) Analytical Skills
7 64 (9.74%) Java
7 64 (9.74%) JavaScript
8 63 (9.59%) HTML
9 62 (9.44%) Windows
10 60 (9.13%) Scrum
11 55 (8.37%) Oracle
12 54 (8.22%) CSS
13 48 (7.31%) PRINCE2
13 48 (7.31%) Jenkins
14 47 (7.15%) ITIL
15 46 (7.00%) TDD
15 46 (7.00%) JIRA
16 42 (6.39%) Security Cleared
17 41 (6.24%) Git (software)
18 40 (6.09%) Migration
18 40 (6.09%) Linux
19 37 (5.63%) Test Automation
19 37 (5.63%) Amazon AWS
20 36 (5.48%) Active Directory
21 34 (5.18%) Continuous Integration
22 33 (5.02%) Degree
22 33 (5.02%) Risk Management
23 32 (4.87%) Service Management

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 14 (2.13%) MS Exchange
1 14 (2.13%) SharePoint
2 13 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2010
2 13 (1.98%) Skype for Business
3 12 (1.83%) Confluence
4 9 (1.37%) Oracle Workflow
4 9 (1.37%) SAS
5 8 (1.22%) CMS
6 5 (0.76%) Mule
7 4 (0.61%) Apache
7 4 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (0.61%) Umbraco
7 4 (0.61%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.46%) CICS
8 3 (0.46%) IBM HTTP Server
8 3 (0.46%) JBoss
8 3 (0.46%) NetWeaver
9 2 (0.30%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.15%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 19 (2.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (1.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 11 (1.67%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.52%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.61%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.15%) ImageReady
Business Applications
1 12 (1.83%) Oracle iProcurement
1 12 (1.83%) Oracle Receivables
2 11 (1.67%) Oracle EBS
3 10 (1.52%) Oracle EBS R12
3 10 (1.52%) Oracle Payables
4 9 (1.37%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 7 (1.07%) Oracle Assets
5 7 (1.07%) Oracle Financials
5 7 (1.07%) Oracle General Ledger
5 7 (1.07%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
6 5 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
6 5 (0.76%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.46%) SAP ERP
7 3 (0.46%) SAP SRM
7 3 (0.46%) Unica
8 2 (0.30%) Adobe Campaign
8 2 (0.30%) Dynamics GP
8 2 (0.30%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.30%) SAP FI-AP
Cloud Services
1 37 (5.63%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (2.44%) Office 365
3 15 (2.28%) GitHub
4 14 (2.13%) Amazon EC2
5 13 (1.98%) Microsoft Azure
6 7 (1.07%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 7 (1.07%) SaaS
7 6 (0.91%) SuccessFactors
8 4 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (0.61%) PaaS
9 3 (0.46%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.46%) G Suite
9 3 (0.46%) Serverless
9 3 (0.46%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.30%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.30%) Taleo
11 1 (0.15%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.15%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.15%) Twilio
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.89%) Firewall
1 19 (2.89%) Internet
2 16 (2.44%) DNS
3 14 (2.13%) DHCP
4 12 (1.83%) Value-Added Service
5 8 (1.22%) 3G
5 8 (1.22%) 4G
5 8 (1.22%) LTE
6 7 (1.07%) LAN
6 7 (1.07%) MVNO
7 6 (0.91%) Network Security
7 6 (0.91%) Wireless
8 5 (0.76%) SAN
8 5 (0.76%) WAN
9 4 (0.61%) HTTP
9 4 (0.61%) LDAP
9 4 (0.61%) Skype
9 4 (0.61%) VPN
10 3 (0.46%) TCP/IP
10 3 (0.46%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (3.50%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.74%) Oracle Database
3 12 (1.83%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 10 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
4 10 (1.52%) Oracle Database 11g
5 9 (1.37%) Oracle Discoverer
6 7 (1.07%) BusinessObjects
6 7 (1.07%) Oracle Database 10g
7 6 (0.91%) Oracle Database 12c
7 6 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (0.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (0.76%) DB2
8 5 (0.76%) Oracle BI EE
9 4 (0.61%) Big Data
9 4 (0.61%) MySQL
9 4 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.46%) NoSQL
10 3 (0.46%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 48 (7.31%) Jenkins
2 46 (7.00%) JIRA
3 41 (6.24%) Git (software)
4 29 (4.41%) Maven
5 13 (1.98%) Selenium
5 13 (1.98%) TeamCity
6 12 (1.83%) Ant
6 12 (1.83%) Cucumber
7 10 (1.52%) Visual Studio
8 9 (1.37%) Gradle
9 8 (1.22%) SoapUI
10 7 (1.07%) IntelliJ
10 7 (1.07%) Mocha
10 7 (1.07%) Sonatype Nexus
11 6 (0.91%) Bitbucket
12 5 (0.76%) JMeter
12 5 (0.76%) JUnit
12 5 (0.76%) Mockito
12 5 (0.76%) Spock
13 4 (0.61%) Oracle Forms
General
1 155 (23.59%) Finance
2 86 (13.09%) Banking
3 22 (3.35%) Retail
4 21 (3.20%) Marketing
5 15 (2.28%) Billing
6 14 (2.13%) Legal
6 14 (2.13%) Retail Banking
6 14 (2.13%) Telecoms
7 10 (1.52%) Back Office
8 6 (0.91%) Publishing
9 3 (0.46%) Games
9 3 (0.46%) Local Government
10 2 (0.30%) Corporate Banking
10 2 (0.30%) Law
10 2 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.15%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.15%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.15%) French Language
11 1 (0.15%) German Language
11 1 (0.15%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 134 (20.40%) Analyst
2 93 (14.16%) Developer
3 71 (10.81%) Project Manager
4 40 (6.09%) Business Analyst
5 31 (4.72%) Architect
6 26 (3.96%) Consultant
7 25 (3.81%) Java Developer
8 19 (2.89%) Senior Developer
9 15 (2.28%) Administrator
10 14 (2.13%) Data Analyst
10 14 (2.13%) Desktop Support
10 14 (2.13%) IT Analyst
11 13 (1.98%) Desktop Engineer
11 13 (1.98%) IT Manager
11 13 (1.98%) KYC Analyst
11 13 (1.98%) Senior Manager
12 12 (1.83%) Change Manager
12 12 (1.83%) Programme Manager
12 12 (1.83%) Service Manager
12 12 (1.83%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (9.59%) HTML
2 54 (8.22%) CSS
3 32 (4.87%) Spring
4 29 (4.41%) REST
5 25 (3.81%) Node.js
6 24 (3.65%) HTML5
7 23 (3.50%) AngularJS
7 23 (3.50%) Web Services
8 19 (2.89%) React
8 19 (2.89%) XML
9 18 (2.74%) .NET
9 18 (2.74%) SOAP
10 17 (2.59%) jQuery
11 16 (2.44%) JSP
12 14 (2.13%) CSS3
13 11 (1.67%) Hibernate
14 10 (1.52%) Ajax
14 10 (1.52%) JPA
14 10 (1.52%) Middleware
14 10 (1.52%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 68 (10.35%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (3.04%) Management Information System
2 20 (3.04%) User Experience
3 15 (2.28%) NHS
4 12 (1.83%) Data Centre
5 9 (1.37%) Mobile App
5 9 (1.37%) Online Banking
6 8 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
6 8 (1.22%) PDA
7 6 (0.91%) e-Learning
7 6 (0.91%) Market Risk
8 5 (0.76%) Computer Science
8 5 (0.76%) Credit Risk
8 5 (0.76%) Replication
9 4 (0.61%) Client/Server
9 4 (0.61%) Reference Data
10 3 (0.46%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (0.46%) iPad
10 3 (0.46%) Social Media
10 3 (0.46%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 62 (9.44%) Windows
2 40 (6.09%) Linux
3 26 (3.96%) Unix
4 18 (2.74%) Windows 10
4 18 (2.74%) Windows 7
5 16 (2.44%) Windows Server
6 9 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (1.22%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (1.07%) AIX
8 7 (1.07%) Windows 8
9 6 (0.91%) CentOS
9 6 (0.91%) SUSE
10 5 (0.76%) Android
10 5 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (0.61%) Solaris
11 4 (0.61%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.46%) Apple iOS
12 3 (0.46%) Debian
12 3 (0.46%) zOS
13 2 (0.30%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (22.98%) Agile Software Development
2 101 (15.37%) Project Management
3 77 (11.72%) Stakeholder Management
4 60 (9.13%) Scrum
5 48 (7.31%) PRINCE2
6 47 (7.15%) ITIL
7 46 (7.00%) TDD
8 40 (6.09%) Migration
9 37 (5.63%) Test Automation
10 34 (5.18%) Continuous Integration
11 33 (5.02%) Risk Management
12 32 (4.87%) Analytics
12 32 (4.87%) Change Management
12 32 (4.87%) Service Management
13 31 (4.72%) User Acceptance Testing
14 28 (4.26%) Kanban
15 27 (4.11%) DevOps
16 26 (3.96%) Business Intelligence
17 25 (3.81%) Logistics
17 25 (3.81%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 68 (10.35%) SQL
2 64 (9.74%) Java
2 64 (9.74%) JavaScript
3 25 (3.81%) Python
4 22 (3.35%) C#
5 17 (2.59%) Ruby
6 13 (1.98%) PHP
7 8 (1.22%) Perl
7 8 (1.22%) Shell Script
8 7 (1.07%) ABAP
8 7 (1.07%) C
8 7 (1.07%) Groovy
8 7 (1.07%) Korn
8 7 (1.07%) PL/SQL
8 7 (1.07%) VBA
9 5 (0.76%) Bash Shell
10 4 (0.61%) PowerShell
11 3 (0.46%) Scala
11 3 (0.46%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.30%) C++
Qualifications
1 42 (6.39%) Security Cleared
2 33 (5.02%) Degree
3 32 (4.87%) SC Cleared
4 15 (2.28%) DV Cleared
5 9 (1.37%) DBS Check
5 9 (1.37%) ISEB
6 7 (1.07%) CCNA
6 7 (1.07%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 5 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
7 5 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 4 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
8 4 (0.61%) MCSA
8 4 (0.61%) MCSE
8 4 (0.61%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (0.46%) BC Cleared
9 3 (0.46%) CCNP
9 3 (0.46%) CISM
9 3 (0.46%) CISSP
9 3 (0.46%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (4.41%) QA
2 22 (3.35%) Data Quality
3 14 (2.13%) GDPR
4 9 (1.37%) PMO
4 9 (1.37%) SLA
5 8 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 5 (0.76%) Basel II
8 4 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.61%) IFRS
8 4 (0.61%) IFRS 9
8 4 (0.61%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.61%) RMADS
9 2 (0.30%) COBIT
9 2 (0.30%) COREP
9 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.15%) GCP
10 1 (0.15%) GPG13
10 1 (0.15%) JSP 440
System Software
1 36 (5.48%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.98%) XenApp
3 11 (1.67%) XenServer
4 10 (1.52%) XenDesktop
5 9 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
6 8 (1.22%) VMware Infrastructure
7 5 (0.76%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.46%) Docker
8 3 (0.46%) KVM
8 3 (0.46%) LXC
8 3 (0.46%) vSphere
9 2 (0.30%) OpenDJ
10 1 (0.15%) Firmware
10 1 (0.15%) PowerHA
10 1 (0.15%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.15%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 1 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 27 (4.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 20 (3.04%) SCCM
3 19 (2.89%) Puppet
4 10 (1.52%) Ansible
5 8 (1.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (0.46%) CSIRT
6 3 (0.46%) Data Guard
6 3 (0.46%) Oracle RMAN
6 3 (0.46%) QRadar
7 2 (0.30%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.30%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.30%) Icinga
7 2 (0.30%) Nagios
7 2 (0.30%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 2 (0.30%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.15%) Kibana
8 1 (0.15%) logstash
8 1 (0.15%) Oracle EDQ
8 1 (0.15%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.15%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 55 (8.37%) Oracle
2 22 (3.35%) HP
3 21 (3.20%) Citrix
3 21 (3.20%) VMware
4 16 (2.44%) Cisco
4 16 (2.44%) SAP
5 15 (2.28%) MuleSoft
6 12 (1.83%) IBM
6 12 (1.83%) Red Hat
7 10 (1.52%) AppSense
8 9 (1.37%) ForgeRock
8 9 (1.37%) hybris
8 9 (1.37%) McAfee
8 9 (1.37%) ServiceNow
9 8 (1.22%) Google
10 6 (0.91%) CheckPoint
10 6 (0.91%) Solace
11 5 (0.76%) Adobe
12 4 (0.61%) LogRhythm
12 4 (0.61%) Remedy