Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 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
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 282 750 763
Rank change year-on-year +468 +13 -56
Contract jobs citing SMS 839 80 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.91% 0.091% 0.096%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.92% 0.62% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 686 34 20
England median daily rate £413 £330 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -8.97% +3.57%
10th Percentile £201 £180 £200
90th Percentile £588 £483 £566
UK median daily rate £413 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +17.86% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 8 8
England median hourly rate £15.00 £13.96 £48.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.47% -71.07% +382.50%
10th Percentile £11.51 £12.18 £12.95
90th Percentile £21.83 £33.55 £100.00
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £13.96 £48.25
% change year-on-year +7.47% -71.07% +382.50%

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 12,122 12,978 13,841
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.22% 14.70% 13.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,545 7,942 8,219
England median daily rate £413 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.85% +1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £213 £214
90th Percentile £594 £575 £573
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 627 685 773
England median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £22.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.98% -3.91% +11.88%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £47.97
UK median hourly rate £19.40 £21.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.79% -4.44% +12.50%

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 18 February 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 18 February 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 18 February 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 +216 299 £450 +57.21% 44
North of England +206 246 £383 -10.00% 34
Yorkshire +107 135 £425 - 12
South East +54 103 £375 +97.37% 32
Midlands +103 97 £348 - 25
South West +79 75 £395 - 25
West Midlands +72 66 £350 - 14
North West - 63 £425 - 10
North East +85 48 £325 - 12
East Midlands - 31 £325 - 11
East of England -15 18 £300 -14.29% 9
South Coast - 1 - -
SMS
UK

For the 6 months to 18 February 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.

1 194 (23.12%) Agile Software Development
2 171 (20.38%) Finance
3 110 (13.11%) Stakeholder Management
4 108 (12.87%) Project Management
5 101 (12.04%) SQL
6 97 (11.56%) Windows
7 82 (9.77%) Analytical Skills
8 80 (9.54%) Java
9 75 (8.94%) Banking
10 73 (8.70%) ITIL
11 70 (8.34%) Migration
12 61 (7.27%) JavaScript
13 57 (6.79%) Active Directory
14 56 (6.67%) DevOps
15 53 (6.32%) Test Automation
16 52 (6.20%) HTML
17 50 (5.96%) Linux
18 49 (5.84%) Oracle
19 48 (5.72%) Scrum
19 48 (5.72%) Amazon AWS
19 48 (5.72%) JIRA
20 47 (5.60%) Security Cleared
21 46 (5.48%) Degree
21 46 (5.48%) CSS
22 45 (5.36%) Unix
22 45 (5.36%) TDD
22 45 (5.36%) User Acceptance Testing
23 43 (5.13%) Git (software)
24 41 (4.89%) Marketing
25 40 (4.77%) Change 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 21 (2.50%) SharePoint
2 20 (2.38%) CMS
3 13 (1.55%) Confluence
4 10 (1.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 10 (1.19%) Skype for Business
5 7 (0.83%) MS Exchange
5 7 (0.83%) Oracle Workflow
5 7 (0.83%) WordPress
6 6 (0.72%) IIS
7 5 (0.60%) Apache
7 5 (0.60%) Drupal
7 5 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (0.48%) Mule
9 3 (0.36%) JBoss
10 2 (0.24%) Amazon Alexa
10 2 (0.24%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.24%) Jupyter
10 2 (0.24%) Moodle
11 1 (0.12%) Ethereum
11 1 (0.12%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 22 (2.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (1.43%) Spreadsheet
3 11 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (1.19%) Photoshop
5 8 (0.95%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.36%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.24%) Adobe Captivate
7 2 (0.24%) SPSS
8 1 (0.12%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 10 (1.19%) Oracle iProcurement
1 10 (1.19%) Oracle Receivables
1 10 (1.19%) ResourceLink
2 9 (1.07%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (0.95%) Oracle EBS R12
4 7 (0.83%) Oracle Assets
4 7 (0.83%) Oracle Financials
4 7 (0.83%) Oracle General Ledger
4 7 (0.83%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 7 (0.83%) Oracle Payables
4 7 (0.83%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
5 6 (0.72%) Adobe Campaign
6 4 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
7 3 (0.36%) Magento
7 3 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.24%) Oracle 11i
8 2 (0.24%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.24%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 48 (5.72%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (2.86%) Office 365
3 18 (2.15%) Amazon EC2
4 13 (1.55%) PaaS
4 13 (1.55%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 12 (1.43%) SaaS
6 11 (1.31%) Microsoft Azure
6 11 (1.31%) Serverless
6 11 (1.31%) SuccessFactors
7 10 (1.19%) GitHub
8 9 (1.07%) AWS Lambda
9 8 (0.95%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 8 (0.95%) Amazon S3
9 8 (0.95%) IaaS
10 6 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
10 6 (0.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 5 (0.60%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 4 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (0.48%) G Suite
12 4 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.34%) Firewall
2 19 (2.26%) Internet
3 12 (1.43%) LAN
4 11 (1.31%) DNS
5 10 (1.19%) DHCP
5 10 (1.19%) Wireless
6 9 (1.07%) VPN
6 9 (1.07%) WAN
7 7 (0.83%) Network Security
8 6 (0.72%) Skype
9 5 (0.60%) HTTP
9 5 (0.60%) SSL
9 5 (0.60%) TCP/IP
10 4 (0.48%) SAN
11 3 (0.36%) DMZ
11 3 (0.36%) PBX
11 3 (0.36%) SNMP
11 3 (0.36%) SSH
11 3 (0.36%) VLAN
12 2 (0.24%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (2.15%) MongoDB
1 18 (2.15%) MySQL
2 17 (2.03%) BusinessObjects
2 17 (2.03%) NoSQL
3 15 (1.79%) Oracle Database
3 15 (1.79%) SQL Server
4 14 (1.67%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 13 (1.55%) PostgreSQL
6 10 (1.19%) Oracle Database 11g
7 8 (0.95%) Apache Cassandra
7 8 (0.95%) Cloud Spanner
7 8 (0.95%) NewSQL
7 8 (0.95%) Relational Database
7 8 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 7 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (0.83%) Oracle Database 10g
8 7 (0.83%) Oracle Discoverer
8 7 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
8 7 (0.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 6 (0.72%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 48 (5.72%) JIRA
2 43 (5.13%) Git (software)
3 34 (4.05%) Jenkins
4 16 (1.91%) Maven
4 16 (1.91%) Selenium
5 10 (1.19%) JMeter
6 9 (1.07%) Ant
6 9 (1.07%) Visual Studio
7 8 (0.95%) Cucumber
7 8 (0.95%) Subversion
8 7 (0.83%) LoadRunner
8 7 (0.83%) SoapUI
9 6 (0.72%) Gradle
10 5 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.48%) Appium
11 4 (0.48%) Bitbucket
11 4 (0.48%) Mocha
11 4 (0.48%) Selendroid
11 4 (0.48%) TeamCity
11 4 (0.48%) WebDriver
General
1 171 (20.38%) Finance
2 75 (8.94%) Banking
3 41 (4.89%) Marketing
4 31 (3.69%) Retail
5 23 (2.74%) Legal
6 14 (1.67%) Billing
7 13 (1.55%) Retail Banking
8 9 (1.07%) Publishing
9 8 (0.95%) Telecoms
10 7 (0.83%) Back Office
10 7 (0.83%) Local Government
11 6 (0.72%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.60%) Games
12 5 (0.60%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.24%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.24%) Digital Economy
13 2 (0.24%) French Language
13 2 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.12%) Japanese Language
14 1 (0.12%) Law
Job Titles
1 161 (19.19%) Analyst
2 112 (13.35%) Developer
3 73 (8.70%) Project Manager
4 48 (5.72%) Business Analyst
5 44 (5.24%) Consultant
6 40 (4.77%) Architect
7 27 (3.22%) Java Developer
8 25 (2.98%) IT Manager
9 22 (2.62%) Administrator
10 20 (2.38%) Data Analyst
10 20 (2.38%) DevOps Engineer
10 20 (2.38%) IT Analyst
11 18 (2.15%) Service Analyst
12 16 (1.91%) Senior Developer
13 15 (1.79%) 1st Line Support
13 15 (1.79%) Service Desk Analyst
13 15 (1.79%) Software Engineer
13 15 (1.79%) Technical Architect
14 14 (1.67%) IT Project Manager
14 14 (1.67%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (6.20%) HTML
2 46 (5.48%) CSS
3 37 (4.41%) Node.js
4 29 (3.46%) .NET
4 29 (3.46%) Spring
5 28 (3.34%) React
5 28 (3.34%) Web Services
6 26 (3.10%) REST
7 24 (2.86%) XML
8 23 (2.74%) AngularJS
9 16 (1.91%) HTML5
10 15 (1.79%) RESTful
11 13 (1.55%) CSS3
11 13 (1.55%) JSON
11 13 (1.55%) SOAP
12 12 (1.43%) Spring Boot
13 10 (1.19%) ASP.NET Web API
14 9 (1.07%) .NET Core
14 9 (1.07%) Angular 2
14 9 (1.07%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 82 (9.77%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (2.15%) User Experience
3 17 (2.03%) Data Centre
4 15 (1.79%) Computer Science
4 15 (1.79%) Management Information System
5 13 (1.55%) PDA
6 10 (1.19%) Client/Server
6 10 (1.19%) Market Risk
7 9 (1.07%) Mobile App
8 8 (0.95%) NHS
8 8 (0.95%) Social Media
9 6 (0.72%) Credit Risk
9 6 (0.72%) Minimum Viable Product
10 5 (0.60%) Data Protection Act
10 5 (0.60%) Greenfield Project
10 5 (0.60%) Handset
10 5 (0.60%) Public Cloud
10 5 (0.60%) Reference Data
11 4 (0.48%) Data Structures
11 4 (0.48%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 97 (11.56%) Windows
2 50 (5.96%) Linux
3 45 (5.36%) Unix
4 31 (3.69%) Windows Server
5 25 (2.98%) Windows 10
6 23 (2.74%) Windows 7
7 20 (2.38%) Android
8 14 (1.67%) Apple iOS
9 11 (1.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (1.07%) Mac OS X
11 8 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
12 7 (0.83%) Windows 8
13 6 (0.72%) AIX
13 6 (0.72%) Solaris
13 6 (0.72%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.72%) Windows Server 2008
14 4 (0.48%) CentOS
14 4 (0.48%) Debian
14 4 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.36%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 194 (23.12%) Agile Software Development
2 110 (13.11%) Stakeholder Management
3 108 (12.87%) Project Management
4 73 (8.70%) ITIL
5 70 (8.34%) Migration
6 56 (6.67%) DevOps
7 53 (6.32%) Test Automation
8 48 (5.72%) Scrum
9 45 (5.36%) TDD
9 45 (5.36%) User Acceptance Testing
10 40 (4.77%) Change Management
11 38 (4.53%) Risk Management
12 36 (4.29%) PRINCE2
12 36 (4.29%) Service Management
13 35 (4.17%) Open Source
14 32 (3.81%) Logistics
15 31 (3.69%) Analytics
15 31 (3.69%) Waterfall
16 30 (3.58%) Business Analysis
17 29 (3.46%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 101 (12.04%) SQL
2 80 (9.54%) Java
3 61 (7.27%) JavaScript
4 36 (4.29%) Python
5 33 (3.93%) C#
6 29 (3.46%) Ruby
7 18 (2.15%) PHP
7 18 (2.15%) PL/SQL
8 14 (1.67%) Perl
9 12 (1.43%) Bash Shell
9 12 (1.43%) PowerShell
10 11 (1.31%) Groovy
11 10 (1.19%) ES6
12 8 (0.95%) C
13 7 (0.83%) VBA
14 6 (0.72%) R
15 5 (0.60%) ABAP
16 4 (0.48%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.48%) VBScript
17 2 (0.24%) VB
Qualifications
1 47 (5.60%) Security Cleared
2 46 (5.48%) Degree
3 31 (3.69%) SC Cleared
4 13 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (1.43%) CCNA
6 10 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 9 (1.07%) DBS Check
7 9 (1.07%) DV Cleared
8 8 (0.95%) CTC Cleared
8 8 (0.95%) ISEB
9 7 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 6 (0.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 5 (0.60%) CCNP
12 3 (0.36%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
12 3 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.36%) PMP
13 2 (0.24%) A+ Certification
13 2 (0.24%) Computer Science Degree
13 2 (0.24%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (4.65%) QA
2 23 (2.74%) PMO
3 21 (2.50%) GDPR
4 18 (2.15%) SLA
5 17 (2.03%) Data Quality
6 9 (1.07%) Basel II
6 9 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 8 (0.95%) Disclosure Scotland
8 7 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 6 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.60%) ISO 9001
11 4 (0.48%) COBIT
11 4 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.36%) PSD2
13 2 (0.24%) COREP
13 2 (0.24%) FIPS 140-2
13 2 (0.24%) IFRS
13 2 (0.24%) IFRS 9
13 2 (0.24%) ISO 20022
13 2 (0.24%) RMADS
System Software
1 57 (6.79%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.79%) Docker
3 8 (0.95%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.72%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.72%) XenApp
5 5 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.60%) XenServer
6 4 (0.48%) Firmware
6 4 (0.48%) vSphere
6 4 (0.48%) XenDesktop
7 3 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.24%) KVM
8 2 (0.24%) LXC
8 2 (0.24%) OpenSSH
8 2 (0.24%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.12%) Job Entry Subsystem
9 1 (0.12%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 1 (0.12%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.12%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 25 (2.98%) SCCM
2 22 (2.62%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 17 (2.03%) Ansible
4 16 (1.91%) Puppet
5 11 (1.31%) SCOM
6 9 (1.07%) Tivoli
7 7 (0.83%) Nagios
8 6 (0.72%) CSIRT
8 6 (0.72%) QRadar
9 5 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (0.60%) Terraform
10 4 (0.48%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 3 (0.36%) AirWatch
11 3 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
11 3 (0.36%) Netcool
11 3 (0.36%) Netcool/OMNIbus
11 3 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
12 2 (0.24%) Icinga
12 2 (0.24%) Uchiwa
12 2 (0.24%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 49 (5.84%) Oracle
2 31 (3.69%) SAP
3 24 (2.86%) Cisco
3 24 (2.86%) HP
4 22 (2.62%) Adobe
5 17 (2.03%) Salesforce.com
6 16 (1.91%) Red Hat
6 16 (1.91%) VMware
7 14 (1.67%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
8 13 (1.55%) Google
9 11 (1.31%) IBM
9 11 (1.31%) ServiceNow
10 9 (1.07%) Citrix
10 9 (1.07%) hybris
10 9 (1.07%) Northgate
11 8 (0.95%) CheckPoint
11 8 (0.95%) Ivanti
11 8 (0.95%) MuleSoft
11 8 (0.95%) Remedy
12 6 (0.72%) Dell