Period
to 19 September 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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 364 407 764
Rank change year-on-year +43 +357 -21
Contract jobs citing SMS 639 516 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.68% 0.57% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.08% 4.13% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 499 423 61
England median daily rate £413 £403 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.48% +38.79% -27.50%
10th Percentile £215 £180 £213
90th Percentile £575 £588 £475
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £295
% change year-on-year - +35.59% -26.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 40 10
England median hourly rate £15.00 £14.06 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.69% +12.48% -43.18%
10th Percentile £10.82 £10.30 £12.25
90th Percentile £22.02 £26.04 £42.66
UK median hourly rate £14.75 £14.06 £12.50
% change year-on-year +4.91% +12.48% -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 12,567 12,498 15,221
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.35% 13.77% 15.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,657 7,603 9,427
England median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £205 £225
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 656 679 709
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.10 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.50% -27.60% +24.42%
10th Percentile £12.25 £10.96 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +21.95%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +60 244 £450 - 8
North of England +44 201 £395 +5.33% 7
Yorkshire +45 104 £400 +6.67% 3
South East -10 69 £395 +17.04% 1
Midlands -11 66 £375 +7.14% 8
North West +6 64 £413 +3.13% 4
South West -9 47 £398 -8.09% 4
West Midlands -37 39 £375 +3.45% 5
North East -1 33 £325 +6.30%
East Midlands +18 27 £381 +10.43% 3
East of England -19 10 £344 -14.06% 1
SMS
UK

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 173 (27.07%) Finance
2 145 (22.69%) Agile Software Development
3 84 (13.15%) SQL
4 82 (12.83%) Stakeholder Management
5 76 (11.89%) Analytical Skills
6 75 (11.74%) Project Management
7 63 (9.86%) Windows
8 62 (9.70%) JavaScript
9 57 (8.92%) Problem-Solving
10 56 (8.76%) Scrum
11 55 (8.61%) Linux
12 51 (7.98%) Java
13 49 (7.67%) Oracle
14 47 (7.36%) HTML
14 47 (7.36%) PRINCE2
15 46 (7.20%) Migration
16 43 (6.73%) JIRA
17 40 (6.26%) Unix
17 40 (6.26%) CSS
18 38 (5.95%) Security Cleared
19 36 (5.63%) Git (software)
19 36 (5.63%) Business Analysis
20 35 (5.48%) TDD
20 35 (5.48%) Python
21 33 (5.16%) Banking
21 33 (5.16%) Degree
22 31 (4.85%) Waterfall
22 31 (4.85%) C#
22 31 (4.85%) Active Directory
23 29 (4.54%) Test Automation

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 19 (2.97%) CMS
2 17 (2.66%) SharePoint
3 12 (1.88%) Confluence
4 11 (1.72%) Apache
5 9 (1.41%) MS Exchange
6 8 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2007
6 8 (1.25%) Skype for Business
6 8 (1.25%) Tomcat
6 8 (1.25%) WebSphere
7 7 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
7 7 (1.10%) SharePoint Server
8 6 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2010
8 6 (0.94%) SAS
9 5 (0.78%) Drupal
9 5 (0.78%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (0.63%) Mule
10 4 (0.63%) NetWeaver
10 4 (0.63%) nginx
10 4 (0.63%) WebSphere Application Server
11 3 (0.47%) IIS
Applications
1 25 (3.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.63%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.47%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 2 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.31%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.31%) ImageReady
5 2 (0.31%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.16%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.16%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.16%) InVision
6 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.16%) Revit
Business Applications
1 5 (0.78%) Magento
2 4 (0.63%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.47%) Adobe Campaign
3 3 (0.47%) ResourceLink
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle Cash Management
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.31%) Unica
4 2 (0.31%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.16%) Exchequer
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle iProcurement
5 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.16%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.16%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 25 (3.91%) Amazon AWS
1 25 (3.91%) Office 365
2 13 (2.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (1.10%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 7 (1.10%) Amazon EC2
3 7 (1.10%) Google Cloud Platform
4 6 (0.94%) GitHub
5 5 (0.78%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (0.47%) SaaS
6 3 (0.47%) Silverpop
6 3 (0.47%) Slack
7 2 (0.31%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.31%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.31%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (0.16%) AWS Data Pipeline
8 1 (0.16%) AWS OpsWorks
8 1 (0.16%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.35%) Firewall
2 12 (1.88%) HTTP
3 11 (1.72%) LAN
4 8 (1.25%) DNS
4 8 (1.25%) WAN
5 7 (1.10%) Skype
5 7 (1.10%) VoIP
6 6 (0.94%) Wireless
7 5 (0.78%) Kerberos
7 5 (0.78%) Network Security
7 5 (0.78%) SSL
7 5 (0.78%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (0.63%) Cisco ASA
8 4 (0.63%) OSPF
8 4 (0.63%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.47%) BGP
9 3 (0.47%) DHCP
9 3 (0.47%) MPLS
9 3 (0.47%) NetScaler
10 2 (0.31%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (3.60%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.29%) Data Warehouse
3 18 (2.82%) BusinessObjects
4 15 (2.35%) MySQL
4 15 (2.35%) PostgreSQL
5 11 (1.72%) Oracle Reports
6 10 (1.56%) Oracle Database
7 9 (1.41%) Big Data
7 9 (1.41%) Relational Database
8 8 (1.25%) Oracle Database 11g
8 8 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (1.10%) NoSQL
10 6 (0.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 6 (0.94%) QlikView
11 5 (0.78%) DB2
11 5 (0.78%) MongoDB
12 4 (0.63%) IBM InfoSphere
12 4 (0.63%) Oracle Discoverer
12 4 (0.63%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 43 (6.73%) JIRA
2 36 (5.63%) Git (software)
3 28 (4.38%) Jenkins
4 18 (2.82%) Visual Studio
5 9 (1.41%) Maven
5 9 (1.41%) Selenium
6 8 (1.25%) LoadRunner
7 6 (0.94%) Cucumber
7 6 (0.94%) Gradle
8 5 (0.78%) Eclipse
8 5 (0.78%) JMeter
8 5 (0.78%) JUnit
9 4 (0.63%) Dreamweaver
9 4 (0.63%) Liquibase
9 4 (0.63%) SoapUI
9 4 (0.63%) WebDriver
10 3 (0.47%) Artifactory
10 3 (0.47%) Jasmine
10 3 (0.47%) Mockito
10 3 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 173 (27.07%) Finance
2 33 (5.16%) Banking
3 26 (4.07%) Marketing
4 12 (1.88%) Retail
5 8 (1.25%) Legal
6 6 (0.94%) Billing
6 6 (0.94%) Investment Banking
6 6 (0.94%) Retail Banking
7 3 (0.47%) Publishing
8 2 (0.31%) Advertising
8 2 (0.31%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.31%) Back Office
8 2 (0.31%) French Language
8 2 (0.31%) Games
9 1 (0.16%) Automotive
9 1 (0.16%) Electronics
9 1 (0.16%) Law
9 1 (0.16%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.16%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.16%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 126 (19.72%) Analyst
2 112 (17.53%) Developer
3 68 (10.64%) Project Manager
4 47 (7.36%) Business Analyst
5 30 (4.69%) Consultant
6 20 (3.13%) Administrator
6 20 (3.13%) IT Manager
6 20 (3.13%) Java Developer
7 18 (2.82%) Architect
8 17 (2.66%) Data Analyst
9 15 (2.35%) IT Analyst
10 14 (2.19%) Support Engineer
11 12 (1.88%) Desktop Support
12 11 (1.72%) IT Support
12 11 (1.72%) Senior Developer
12 11 (1.72%) Test Leader
12 11 (1.72%) Test Manager
13 10 (1.56%) Designer
13 10 (1.56%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 10 (1.56%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (7.36%) HTML
2 40 (6.26%) CSS
3 27 (4.23%) Spring
4 24 (3.76%) .NET
5 20 (3.13%) AngularJS
5 20 (3.13%) REST
6 18 (2.82%) XML
7 14 (2.19%) jQuery
7 14 (2.19%) Web Services
8 13 (2.03%) HTML5
8 13 (2.03%) Node.js
9 12 (1.88%) Spring Boot
10 11 (1.72%) React
11 10 (1.56%) Middleware
12 9 (1.41%) CSS3
12 9 (1.41%) RESTful
12 9 (1.41%) SOAP
13 8 (1.25%) Hibernate
14 7 (1.10%) Kafka
14 7 (1.10%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 76 (11.89%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (4.38%) Management Information System
3 27 (4.23%) User Experience
4 15 (2.35%) Self-Motivation
5 12 (1.88%) NHS
6 10 (1.56%) Data Centre
7 8 (1.25%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.10%) Data Protection Act
9 5 (0.78%) Clustering
9 5 (0.78%) Computer Science
9 5 (0.78%) Data Structures
9 5 (0.78%) e-Learning
9 5 (0.78%) iPad
9 5 (0.78%) Mainframe
9 5 (0.78%) Public Cloud
9 5 (0.78%) Replication
9 5 (0.78%) Social Media
10 4 (0.63%) Cyberthreat
10 4 (0.63%) Driving Licence
10 4 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 63 (9.86%) Windows
2 55 (8.61%) Linux
3 40 (6.26%) Unix
4 27 (4.23%) Windows 10
5 14 (2.19%) Windows 7
5 14 (2.19%) Windows Server
6 13 (2.03%) Android
6 13 (2.03%) Apple iOS
7 9 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (0.94%) Solaris
9 4 (0.63%) CentOS
9 4 (0.63%) Mac OS
9 4 (0.63%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.63%) SUSE
9 4 (0.63%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 3 (0.47%) AIX
10 3 (0.47%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.31%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.16%) VME
12 1 (0.16%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (22.69%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (12.83%) Stakeholder Management
3 75 (11.74%) Project Management
4 57 (8.92%) Problem-Solving
5 56 (8.76%) Scrum
6 47 (7.36%) PRINCE2
7 46 (7.20%) Migration
8 36 (5.63%) Business Analysis
9 35 (5.48%) TDD
10 31 (4.85%) Waterfall
11 29 (4.54%) Test Automation
12 28 (4.38%) ITIL
13 27 (4.23%) Analytics
13 27 (4.23%) DevOps
13 27 (4.23%) Service Delivery
13 27 (4.23%) User Acceptance Testing
13 27 (4.23%) Workflow
14 26 (4.07%) Decision-Making
14 26 (4.07%) Logistics
14 26 (4.07%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 84 (13.15%) SQL
2 62 (9.70%) JavaScript
3 51 (7.98%) Java
4 35 (5.48%) Python
5 31 (4.85%) C#
6 18 (2.82%) PowerShell
7 15 (2.35%) PL/SQL
8 13 (2.03%) Ruby
9 12 (1.88%) PHP
10 11 (1.72%) Shell Script
11 8 (1.25%) ES6
11 8 (1.25%) T-SQL
12 7 (1.10%) VBA
13 6 (0.94%) Java 8
14 5 (0.78%) Perl
14 5 (0.78%) VB
15 4 (0.63%) Bash Shell
15 4 (0.63%) Scala
15 4 (0.63%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.47%) R
Qualifications
1 38 (5.95%) Security Cleared
2 33 (5.16%) Degree
3 21 (3.29%) SC Cleared
4 10 (1.56%) ISEB
5 8 (1.25%) CISM
5 8 (1.25%) DBS Check
5 8 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 7 (1.10%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (1.10%) PMI Certification
6 7 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 6 (0.94%) PMP
8 5 (0.78%) CCNA
8 5 (0.78%) CISSP
9 4 (0.63%) CTC Cleared
10 3 (0.47%) CBAP
10 3 (0.47%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.31%) CAPM
11 2 (0.31%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 2 (0.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.29%) QA
2 16 (2.50%) PMO
3 15 (2.35%) SLA
4 12 (1.88%) GDPR
5 10 (1.56%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.47%) GCP
7 2 (0.31%) Government Security Classifications
8 1 (0.16%) Basel II
8 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.16%) PSD2
8 1 (0.16%) WAI
System Software
1 31 (4.85%) Active Directory
2 16 (2.50%) Docker
3 5 (0.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.63%) OpenAM
5 3 (0.47%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.47%) vSphere
6 2 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.31%) Samba
6 2 (0.31%) Varnish
7 1 (0.16%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.16%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 23 (3.60%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 22 (3.44%) SCCM
3 13 (2.03%) Puppet
4 12 (1.88%) BladeLogic
5 11 (1.72%) Ansible
6 10 (1.56%) HP ALM
7 7 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (0.94%) Terraform
9 5 (0.78%) Kibana
9 5 (0.78%) SCOM
10 4 (0.63%) WSUS
11 3 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
12 2 (0.31%) AirWatch
12 2 (0.31%) Backup Exec
12 2 (0.31%) Control-M
12 2 (0.31%) FortiGate
12 2 (0.31%) SCOrch
12 2 (0.31%) SCVMM
12 2 (0.31%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 49 (7.67%) Oracle
2 24 (3.76%) HP
3 19 (2.97%) IBM
3 19 (2.97%) SAP
4 17 (2.66%) Atlassian
5 13 (2.03%) Cisco
6 12 (1.88%) Red Hat
6 12 (1.88%) Salesforce.com
7 11 (1.72%) Adobe
7 11 (1.72%) Google
7 11 (1.72%) VMware
8 9 (1.41%) Apple
9 8 (1.25%) Teradata
10 7 (1.10%) Citrix
10 7 (1.10%) Nintex
11 6 (0.94%) CyberArk
11 6 (0.94%) ForgeRock
11 6 (0.94%) hybris
11 6 (0.94%) IronPort
12 5 (0.78%) Sitecore