Period
to 17 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for SMTP skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SMTP over the 6 months to 17 September 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.

SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)
UK > England
6 months to
17 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 633 450 633
Rank change year-on-year -183 +183 +108
Contract jobs citing SMTP 78 39 177
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.12% 0.15% 0.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.08% 1.08% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 21 109
10th Percentile £200 £281 £335
25th Percentile £370 £323 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £498 £453 £445
Median % change year-on-year +9.94% +1.69% +6.59%
75th Percentile £543 £550 £488
90th Percentile £613 £700 £555
UK median daily rate £485 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% +8.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 2
Median hourly rate £39.50 £40.00 £54.75
Median % change year-on-year -1.25% -26.94% +180.77%
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £40.00 £54.75
% change year-on-year -1.25% -26.94% +180.77%

SMTP 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 7,220 3,606 10,705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.37% 13.69% 13.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,659 2,287 6,725
10th Percentile £230 £204 £200
25th Percentile £356 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £470 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +7.43% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £656 £630 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £432 £425
% change year-on-year +9.94% +1.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 346 168 505
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.70 £12.50
25th Percentile £14.31 £17.69 £15.50
Median hourly rate £22.00 £31.75 £23.75
Median % change year-on-year -30.71% +33.68% +18.75%
75th Percentile £48.75 £47.25 £46.40
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.13 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £31.75 £23.75
% change year-on-year -29.13% +33.68% +25.00%

SMTP
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for SMTP in England

SMTP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for SMTP in England

SMTP
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SMTP in England over the 6 months to 17 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SMTP in England

SMTP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for SMTP in England

SMTP
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 SMTP within the England region over the 6 months to 17 September 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 -140 61 £500 +48.15% 11
South West -45 9 £425 -39.29% 3
Midlands - 4 £525 - 2
West Midlands - 2 - - 2
East Midlands - 2 £525 -
North West -55 1 - - 3
North of England -72 1 - - 5
South East -93 1 - - 8
SMTP
UK

For the 6 months to 17 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing SMTP 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 SMTP.

1 49 (62.82%) DNS
2 37 (47.44%) Windows
3 32 (41.03%) FTP
4 30 (38.46%) TCP/IP
4 30 (38.46%) Microsoft
4 30 (38.46%) Finance
5 29 (37.18%) HTTP
5 29 (37.18%) Linux
5 29 (37.18%) Active Directory
5 29 (37.18%) Social Skills
6 22 (28.21%) Firewall
6 22 (28.21%) Azure
7 21 (26.92%) PowerShell
7 21 (26.92%) Microsoft 365
8 18 (23.08%) DHCP
9 17 (21.79%) SQL
9 17 (21.79%) Cisco
10 16 (20.51%) ITSM
10 16 (20.51%) LDAP
10 16 (20.51%) ServiceNow
11 15 (19.23%) Agile Software Development
12 14 (17.95%) .NET
12 14 (17.95%) IIS
12 14 (17.95%) Azure Active Directory
13 13 (16.67%) OneDrive
13 13 (16.67%) SSL
13 13 (16.67%) Python
14 12 (15.38%) Unix
14 12 (15.38%) Telecoms
14 12 (15.38%) VLAN

SMTP
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 (17.95%) IIS
2 10 (12.82%) MS Exchange
3 6 (7.69%) Apache
3 6 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (7.69%) SharePoint
3 6 (7.69%) Tomcat
4 5 (6.41%) WebLogic
5 4 (5.13%) Skype for Business
5 4 (5.13%) WebSphere
6 2 (2.56%) IBM Domino
6 2 (2.56%) IBM Notes
7 1 (1.28%) Apache Spark
7 1 (1.28%) Confluence
7 1 (1.28%) nginx
7 1 (1.28%) OpenStack
Applications
1 5 (6.41%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.28%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 22 (28.21%) Azure
2 21 (26.92%) Microsoft 365
3 14 (17.95%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (16.67%) OneDrive
5 8 (10.26%) AWS
6 5 (6.41%) IaaS
6 5 (6.41%) Kong
6 5 (6.41%) Power Platform
7 4 (5.13%) SaaS
8 3 (3.85%) PowerApps
8 3 (3.85%) Yammer
9 2 (2.56%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (2.56%) GCP
9 2 (2.56%) PaaS
10 1 (1.28%) Amazon ECS
10 1 (1.28%) Azure Storage
10 1 (1.28%) GitHub
10 1 (1.28%) GitHub Actions
10 1 (1.28%) Google Workspace
10 1 (1.28%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 49 (62.82%) DNS
2 32 (41.03%) FTP
3 30 (38.46%) TCP/IP
4 29 (37.18%) HTTP
5 22 (28.21%) Firewall
6 18 (23.08%) DHCP
7 13 (16.67%) SSL
8 12 (15.38%) VLAN
9 11 (14.10%) ICMP
9 11 (14.10%) MPLS
9 11 (14.10%) SSH
9 11 (14.10%) VoIP
9 11 (14.10%) Wireless
10 10 (12.82%) TETRA
10 10 (12.82%) VPN
11 9 (11.54%) DMARC
11 9 (11.54%) SNMP
12 8 (10.26%) DKIM
13 7 (8.97%) Wi-Fi
14 6 (7.69%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (14.10%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (11.54%) MySQL
3 2 (2.56%) MariaDB
3 2 (2.56%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.56%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.28%) Big Data
4 1 (1.28%) Blockchain
4 1 (1.28%) CockroachDB
4 1 (1.28%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.28%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.28%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 11 (14.10%) JIRA
2 3 (3.85%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.56%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.28%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.28%) Cypress.io
4 1 (1.28%) GitLab
4 1 (1.28%) Gradle
4 1 (1.28%) Hudson
4 1 (1.28%) JUnit
4 1 (1.28%) Maven
4 1 (1.28%) Mockito
4 1 (1.28%) PowerDesigner
4 1 (1.28%) Selenium
General
1 30 (38.46%) Finance
2 29 (37.18%) Social Skills
3 12 (15.38%) Telecoms
4 7 (8.97%) Influencing Skills
5 5 (6.41%) Presentation Skills
6 4 (5.13%) Banking
7 2 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (2.56%) Legal
7 2 (2.56%) Public Sector
8 1 (1.28%) Documentation Skills
8 1 (1.28%) Financial Institution
8 1 (1.28%) Marketing
8 1 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (1.28%) Public Speaking
Job Titles
1 14 (17.95%) Analyst
2 13 (16.67%) Architect
3 10 (12.82%) Administrator
4 9 (11.54%) Applications Support
4 9 (11.54%) Applications Support Analyst
5 8 (10.26%) Support Analyst
6 7 (8.97%) Linux Administrator
7 6 (7.69%) Consultant
7 6 (7.69%) Network Engineer
7 6 (7.69%) Systems Administrator
8 5 (6.41%) Linux Systems Administrator
8 5 (6.41%) Senior Telecoms Engineer
8 5 (6.41%) Telecoms Engineer
9 4 (5.13%) Infrastructure Architect
10 3 (3.85%) Design Engineer
10 3 (3.85%) Exchange Engineer
10 3 (3.85%) Lead Network Engineer
10 3 (3.85%) Senior Architect
10 3 (3.85%) Senior Design Engineer
10 3 (3.85%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (20.51%) LDAP
2 14 (17.95%) .NET
3 8 (10.26%) REST
3 8 (10.26%) SOAP
3 8 (10.26%) XML
4 7 (8.97%) JMS
5 6 (7.69%) HTML
6 5 (6.41%) HTML5
6 5 (6.41%) JSON
6 5 (6.41%) Kafka
6 5 (6.41%) LAMP
6 5 (6.41%) XML-RPC
7 4 (5.13%) SAML
7 4 (5.13%) SonicMQ
7 4 (5.13%) WebSphere MQ
8 3 (3.85%) Software Packaging
8 3 (3.85%) Web Services
9 2 (2.56%) JDBC
9 2 (2.56%) React
10 1 (1.28%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 11 (14.10%) Self-Motivation
2 10 (12.82%) CCTV
2 10 (12.82%) Fibre Optics
3 8 (10.26%) SCADA
4 6 (7.69%) User Experience
5 5 (6.41%) Wiki
6 3 (3.85%) Microsoft Licensing
7 2 (2.56%) Data Centre
7 2 (2.56%) Data Structures
8 1 (1.28%) Algorithms
8 1 (1.28%) Blog
8 1 (1.28%) CMDB
8 1 (1.28%) Device Driver
8 1 (1.28%) Digital Currency
8 1 (1.28%) Hedge funds
8 1 (1.28%) LPAR
8 1 (1.28%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.28%) PMI
8 1 (1.28%) Private Cloud
8 1 (1.28%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 37 (47.44%) Windows
2 29 (37.18%) Linux
3 12 (15.38%) Unix
3 12 (15.38%) Windows 10
4 9 (11.54%) Windows Server
5 7 (8.97%) CentOS
5 7 (8.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (6.41%) Windows 7
7 3 (3.85%) Android
7 3 (3.85%) Apple iOS
7 3 (3.85%) Debian
7 3 (3.85%) FreeBSD
7 3 (3.85%) Solaris
8 2 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (1.28%) AIX
9 1 (1.28%) HPUX
9 1 (1.28%) Slackware
9 1 (1.28%) Ubuntu
9 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (20.51%) ITSM
2 15 (19.23%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (14.10%) Project Delivery
4 10 (12.82%) ITIL
4 10 (12.82%) Migration
4 10 (12.82%) Problem-Solving
5 9 (11.54%) Computer Science
5 9 (11.54%) Creative Problem-Solving
5 9 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 9 (11.54%) Scrum
6 7 (8.97%) Acceptance Criteria
6 7 (8.97%) DevOps
6 7 (8.97%) High Availability
6 7 (8.97%) Knowledge Management
6 7 (8.97%) Product Roadmap
7 6 (7.69%) Change Management
7 6 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
7 6 (7.69%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 6 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (6.41%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (26.92%) PowerShell
2 17 (21.79%) SQL
3 13 (16.67%) Python
4 10 (12.82%) Shell Script
5 9 (11.54%) JavaScript
6 8 (10.26%) Java
7 5 (6.41%) VBScript
8 3 (3.85%) Perl
9 2 (2.56%) C
9 2 (2.56%) TypeScript
10 1 (1.28%) Bash Shell
10 1 (1.28%) ES6
10 1 (1.28%) Java 8
10 1 (1.28%) PHP
10 1 (1.28%) PL/SQL
10 1 (1.28%) Tcl
10 1 (1.28%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (15.38%) Degree
2 8 (10.26%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (8.97%) Security Cleared
4 6 (7.69%) CCNP
4 6 (7.69%) SC Cleared
5 5 (6.41%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (5.13%) CCNA
7 3 (3.85%) MCP
7 3 (3.85%) MCSA
7 3 (3.85%) MCSE
7 3 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.56%) CISSP
8 2 (2.56%) LPIC
8 2 (2.56%) RHCE
8 2 (2.56%) RHCT
9 1 (1.28%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 1 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (1.28%) CEH
9 1 (1.28%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.28%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.56%) GDPR
2 1 (1.28%) Accessibility
2 1 (1.28%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 29 (37.18%) Active Directory
2 6 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (6.41%) Virtual Servers
4 4 (5.13%) Docker
5 3 (3.85%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (2.56%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (2.56%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.28%) Ceph
7 1 (1.28%) Dovecot
7 1 (1.28%) KVM
7 1 (1.28%) NFS
7 1 (1.28%) Postfix
7 1 (1.28%) QEMU
7 1 (1.28%) Samba
7 1 (1.28%) XenApp
7 1 (1.28%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (14.10%) Microsoft Intune
2 7 (8.97%) Nagios
3 5 (6.41%) SCCM
4 4 (5.13%) Kubernetes
4 4 (5.13%) Puppet
4 4 (5.13%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (2.56%) Ansible
5 2 (2.56%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (1.28%) BladeLogic
6 1 (1.28%) Grafana
6 1 (1.28%) Kibana
6 1 (1.28%) SafeCom
Vendors
1 30 (38.46%) Microsoft
2 17 (21.79%) Cisco
3 16 (20.51%) ServiceNow
4 9 (11.54%) VMware
5 7 (8.97%) Infoblox
6 6 (7.69%) Oracle
7 5 (6.41%) AppDynamics
7 5 (6.41%) IBM
8 4 (5.13%) CheckPoint
8 4 (5.13%) Citrix
8 4 (5.13%) F5
8 4 (5.13%) Juniper
8 4 (5.13%) Red Hat
9 3 (3.85%) Aruba
9 3 (3.85%) Proofpoint
9 3 (3.85%) Zscaler
10 2 (2.56%) Adobe
10 2 (2.56%) HP
10 2 (2.56%) Lotus
10 2 (2.56%) webMethods