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 3 months to 26 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)
North West / Lancashire
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - - 42
Contract jobs citing SMS 0 0 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire - - 0.77%
As % of the Communications & Networking category - - 6.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 2
Median daily rate - - £270
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £280 £325
% change year-on-year +35.71% -13.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £31.30
UK excluding London 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 Lancashire with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 117 47 46
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 34.72% 10.73% 11.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 19 29
Median daily rate £425 £370 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.86% +23.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £425 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 6
Median hourly rate £11.00 £14.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.42% -31.70%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -7.93% +26.00%  

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire citing SMS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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