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 29 June 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
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 474 570 565
Rank change year-on-year +96 -5  
Contract jobs citing SMS 120 52 76
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.28% 0.11% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.00% 0.66% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 24 28
England median daily rate £445 £285 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +56.14% -12.30%  
10th Percentile £263 £219 £166
90th Percentile £653 £468 £523
UK median daily rate £440 £290 £325
% change year-on-year +51.72% -10.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 5 8
England median hourly rate £12.00 £12.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% -37.50%  
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £12.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -37.50%  

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 5986 7857 7508
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 13.85% 15.94% 14.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 9429 12740 12161
England median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11%  
10th Percentile £213 £228 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £525
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £355
% change year-on-year +3.09% +9.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 841 856 1030
England median hourly rate £24.86 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.21% +24.44%  
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.75 £12.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.00 £45.03
UK median hourly rate £28.27 £28.50 £22.83
% change year-on-year -0.82% +24.83%  

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 3 months to 29 June 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 3 months to 29 June 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 3 months to 29 June 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
London +37 43 £538 +85.34% 15
South East +24 23 £350 -22.22% 1
North of England +62 22 £403 +43.75% 14
South West - 15 £470 - 2
Midlands - 13 £375 - 12
West Midlands - 10 £375 - 6
North East +63 9 £422 +50.53% 2
North West - 7 £425 - 9
Yorkshire - 6 £350 - 3
East of England -8 4 £406 +1.56% 8
East Midlands - 3 £335 - 6
SMS
UK

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 34 (21.79%) Finance
2 31 (19.87%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (17.31%) Project Management
4 24 (15.38%) Marketing
5 22 (14.10%) Security Cleared
5 22 (14.10%) CRM
6 21 (13.46%) Analytics
7 20 (12.82%) HTML
8 18 (11.54%) Banking
9 17 (10.90%) Java
9 17 (10.90%) SC Cleared
10 16 (10.26%) HP
11 15 (9.62%) McAfee
11 15 (9.62%) Software Distribution
11 15 (9.62%) Software Delivery
12 14 (8.97%) Data Centre
12 14 (8.97%) Software Deployment
12 14 (8.97%) DV Cleared
12 14 (8.97%) Release Management
12 14 (8.97%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 14 (8.97%) Scrum
13 13 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
14 12 (7.69%) CSS
14 12 (7.69%) Digital Marketing
15 11 (7.05%) Analytical Skills
15 11 (7.05%) Service Management
15 11 (7.05%) Telecoms
15 11 (7.05%) Retail
16 10 (6.41%) Linux
16 10 (6.41%) Windows

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 5 (3.21%) SAS
2 3 (1.92%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (1.28%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.64%) Apache
4 1 (0.64%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.64%) CICS
4 1 (0.64%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.64%) Confluence
4 1 (0.64%) IBM HTTP Server
4 1 (0.64%) IBM Notes
4 1 (0.64%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.64%) Umbraco
4 1 (0.64%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.64%) WildFly
4 1 (0.64%) WordPress
Applications
1 7 (4.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 4 (2.56%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.92%) Photoshop
4 2 (1.28%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (1.28%) ImageReady
5 1 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (3.21%) Unica
2 3 (1.92%) Adobe Campaign
3 2 (1.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 2 (1.28%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.64%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.64%) SAP POS DM
4 1 (0.64%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.49%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (3.21%) Google Analytics
2 5 (3.21%) SmartFocus
3 4 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.56%) Office 365
4 2 (1.28%) GitHub
4 2 (1.28%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 1 (0.64%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.64%) Amazon Kinesis
5 1 (0.64%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.64%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.64%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.64%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (0.64%) SaaS
5 1 (0.64%) Twilio
5 1 (0.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 8 (5.13%) 3G
1 8 (5.13%) 4G
1 8 (5.13%) LTE
1 8 (5.13%) MVNO
1 8 (5.13%) Value-Added Service
2 3 (1.92%) Diameter Protocol
2 3 (1.92%) Internet
2 3 (1.92%) LDAP
2 3 (1.92%) SMPP
3 2 (1.28%) Firewall
3 2 (1.28%) IMAP
3 2 (1.28%) SMTP
3 2 (1.28%) VPN
3 2 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.64%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (0.64%) DHCP
4 1 (0.64%) HTTP
4 1 (0.64%) Reverse Proxy
4 1 (0.64%) VoLTE
4 1 (0.64%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.21%) Big Data
2 4 (2.56%) SAP Data Services
2 4 (2.56%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.92%) Oracle Database
3 3 (1.92%) SAS Enterprise Guide
4 2 (1.28%) Oracle Database 12c
4 2 (1.28%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.64%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.64%) DB2
5 1 (0.64%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.64%) HBase
5 1 (0.64%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.64%) Neo4j
5 1 (0.64%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.64%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.64%) QlikView
5 1 (0.64%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (6.41%) Jenkins
2 9 (5.77%) Maven
3 8 (5.13%) Dreamweaver
4 7 (4.49%) JIRA
5 5 (3.21%) Git (software)
5 5 (3.21%) TeamCity
6 4 (2.56%) Cucumber
6 4 (2.56%) JUnit
6 4 (2.56%) Selenium
7 3 (1.92%) Mockito
7 3 (1.92%) Spock
8 2 (1.28%) Ant
8 2 (1.28%) Gradle
8 2 (1.28%) MSI
9 1 (0.64%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.64%) IntelliJ
9 1 (0.64%) JMeter
9 1 (0.64%) LoadRunner
9 1 (0.64%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.64%) Xcode
General
1 34 (21.79%) Finance
2 24 (15.38%) Marketing
3 18 (11.54%) Banking
4 11 (7.05%) Retail
4 11 (7.05%) Telecoms
5 7 (4.49%) Legal
6 2 (1.28%) Automotive
6 2 (1.28%) Dutch Language
6 2 (1.28%) French Language
6 2 (1.28%) German Language
6 2 (1.28%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.64%) Back Office
7 1 (0.64%) Billing
7 1 (0.64%) Games
7 1 (0.64%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.64%) Law
7 1 (0.64%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.64%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 17 (10.90%) Developer
2 16 (10.26%) Analyst
2 16 (10.26%) Project Manager
3 13 (8.33%) Architect
4 11 (7.05%) Consultant
5 8 (5.13%) Test Engineer
6 7 (4.49%) Solutions Architect
7 6 (3.85%) Business Analyst
7 6 (3.85%) Java Developer
8 5 (3.21%) Core Network Architect
8 5 (3.21%) CRM Consultant
8 5 (3.21%) Designer
8 5 (3.21%) Messaging Architect
8 5 (3.21%) Network Architect
8 5 (3.21%) Senior Developer
8 5 (3.21%) Senior Manager
8 5 (3.21%) Service Manager
9 4 (2.56%) Digital Executive
9 4 (2.56%) Marketing Consultant
9 4 (2.56%) Marketing Executive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (12.82%) HTML
2 12 (7.69%) CSS
3 8 (5.13%) HTML5
3 8 (5.13%) Spring
4 7 (4.49%) J2EE
4 7 (4.49%) REST
4 7 (4.49%) SOAP
4 7 (4.49%) Web Services
5 6 (3.85%) jQuery
6 5 (3.21%) CSS3
6 5 (3.21%) JSP
7 4 (2.56%) .NET
7 4 (2.56%) EJB
7 4 (2.56%) Gherkin
7 4 (2.56%) Java RMI
7 4 (2.56%) JMS
7 4 (2.56%) Servlets
7 4 (2.56%) Spring Integration
7 4 (2.56%) Spring MVC
7 4 (2.56%) Swing
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.97%) Data Centre
2 11 (7.05%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.21%) User Experience
4 3 (1.92%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.92%) Social Media
4 3 (1.92%) Virtual Team
5 2 (1.28%) NHS
5 2 (1.28%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.64%) BBC
6 1 (0.64%) Blog
6 1 (0.64%) CCTV
6 1 (0.64%) Cloud Native
6 1 (0.64%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.64%) Credit Risk
6 1 (0.64%) e-Learning
6 1 (0.64%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.64%) Online Banking
6 1 (0.64%) PKI
6 1 (0.64%) Replication
6 1 (0.64%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 10 (6.41%) Linux
1 10 (6.41%) Windows
2 7 (4.49%) Unix
3 3 (1.92%) AIX
3 3 (1.92%) Windows 10
3 3 (1.92%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.28%) Android
4 2 (1.28%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.28%) Windows 7
4 2 (1.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.64%) CentOS
5 1 (0.64%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.64%) Solaris
5 1 (0.64%) SUSE
5 1 (0.64%) Windows Vista
5 1 (0.64%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (19.87%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (17.31%) Project Management
3 22 (14.10%) CRM
4 21 (13.46%) Analytics
5 15 (9.62%) Software Delivery
5 15 (9.62%) Software Distribution
6 14 (8.97%) Release Management
6 14 (8.97%) Scrum
6 14 (8.97%) Software Deployment
7 13 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (7.69%) Digital Marketing
9 11 (7.05%) Service Management
10 9 (5.77%) Campaign Management
10 9 (5.77%) Customer Insight
10 9 (5.77%) Validation
10 9 (5.77%) Workflow
11 8 (5.13%) Email Marketing
11 8 (5.13%) Migration
11 8 (5.13%) TDD
11 8 (5.13%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 17 (10.90%) Java
2 9 (5.77%) SQL
3 7 (4.49%) JavaScript
4 6 (3.85%) Shell Script
5 5 (3.21%) Korn
5 5 (3.21%) Python
6 2 (1.28%) C#
6 2 (1.28%) COBOL
6 2 (1.28%) PHP
6 2 (1.28%) Ruby
7 1 (0.64%) ABAP
7 1 (0.64%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.64%) C
7 1 (0.64%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.64%) sed
7 1 (0.64%) VBA
Qualifications
1 22 (14.10%) Security Cleared
2 17 (10.90%) SC Cleared
3 14 (8.97%) DV Cleared
4 9 (5.77%) Degree
5 2 (1.28%) MCSA
5 2 (1.28%) MCSE
5 2 (1.28%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.64%) AWS Certification
6 1 (0.64%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.64%) CCNA
6 1 (0.64%) CCNP
6 1 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.64%) CISM
6 1 (0.64%) CISSP
6 1 (0.64%) ISEB
6 1 (0.64%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.64%) RHCE
6 1 (0.64%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.21%) QA
2 2 (1.28%) IFRS
2 2 (1.28%) IFRS 9
2 2 (1.28%) SLA
3 1 (0.64%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.64%) GDPR
3 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.64%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (1.92%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.64%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (0.64%) PowerHA
2 1 (0.64%) Terminal Server
2 1 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.64%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 14 (8.97%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 5 (3.21%) SCCM
3 4 (2.56%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 2 (1.28%) Puppet
5 1 (0.64%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.64%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.64%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.64%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 16 (10.26%) HP
2 15 (9.62%) McAfee
3 10 (6.41%) IBM
4 9 (5.77%) Oracle
5 8 (5.13%) MuleSoft
6 6 (3.85%) hybris
6 6 (3.85%) SAP
7 5 (3.21%) Google
7 5 (3.21%) Tableau
8 4 (2.56%) Solace
9 3 (1.92%) Adobe
9 3 (1.92%) Cisco
9 3 (1.92%) ForgeRock
10 2 (1.28%) Citrix
10 2 (1.28%) Nokia Networks
10 2 (1.28%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (1.28%) Samsung
10 2 (1.28%) ServiceNow
10 2 (1.28%) VMware
11 1 (0.64%) Palo Alto
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