Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 21 November 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)
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 47 - 72
Rank change year-on-year - +72 -31
Contract jobs citing SMS 4 0 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 0.89% - 0.98%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.08% - 7.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 4
Lancashire median daily rate £291 - £283
10th Percentile £273 - £261
90th Percentile £303 - £296
North West median daily rate £400 - £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Lancashire median hourly rate £10.00 - -
North West median hourly rate £10.47 - £10.25

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 Lancashire with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
Lancashire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 98 71 127
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 21.73% 10.79% 13.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 43 79
Lancashire median daily rate £444 £440 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.85% +25.71% +16.67%
10th Percentile £222 £173 £168
90th Percentile £550 £600 £643
North West median daily rate £388 £410 £375
% change year-on-year -5.49% +9.33% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 19
Lancashire median hourly rate £11.72 £16.00 £41.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.75% -61.72% +103.90%
10th Percentile £10.00 £13.50 £12.35
90th Percentile £43.00 £25.00 £49.50
North West median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.92
% change year-on-year - -5.44% -10.95%

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

Job postings citing SMS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Lancashire.

Job vacancy trend for SMS in Lancashire

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SMS in Lancashire.

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in Lancashire

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS in Lancashire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in Lancashire

SMS
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the Lancashire region over the 6 months to 21 November 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
Blackburn - 2 - -
Lytham St Annes - 1 £305 -
SMS
North West

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for SMS.

1 2 (50.00%) ITIL
1 2 (50.00%) Service Delivery
1 2 (50.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (25.00%) VMware
2 1 (25.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (25.00%) AppSense
2 1 (25.00%) SC Cleared
2 1 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (25.00%) XenApp
2 1 (25.00%) XenServer
2 1 (25.00%) XenDesktop
2 1 (25.00%) Skype for Business
2 1 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
2 1 (25.00%) Windows
2 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (25.00%) DHCP
2 1 (25.00%) DNS
2 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (25.00%) Citrix
2 1 (25.00%) NHS

SMS
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 1 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
1 1 (25.00%) Skype for Business
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) DHCP
1 1 (25.00%) DNS
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) 1st/2nd Line Support
1 2 (50.00%) 2nd Line Support
2 1 (25.00%) NHS Project Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Project Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Wintel Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (25.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) ITIL
1 2 (50.00%) Service Delivery
2 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
2 1 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (25.00%) SC Cleared
2 1 (25.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (25.00%) XenApp
1 1 (25.00%) XenDesktop
1 1 (25.00%) XenServer
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) AppSense
1 1 (25.00%) Citrix
1 1 (25.00%) VMware