The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Short Message Service (SMS)
England / London
Rank 392 418 406
Rank change year-on-year +26 -12  
Contract jobs citing SMS 6 13 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.031% 0.059% 0.042%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.25% 0.46% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 7 3
Median daily rate £575 £300 £210
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +91.66% +42.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £252 £194
10% offered a daily rate of more than £615 £385 £422
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £235 £400
% change year-on-year +49.25% -41.37%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £14.20 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +29.09%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £14.20 £11.00
% change year-on-year -15.49% +29.09%  

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 London with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 2419 2822 2921
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 12.49% 12.74% 13.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 1610 1911 1877
Median daily rate £443 £425 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.23% +8.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 57 85
Median hourly rate £42.50 £22.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.88% +12.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.35 £12.80 £13.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +23.33%  

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London 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 London

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in London

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in London

SMS
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the London region over the 3 months to 27 March 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
City of London - 2 £525 -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 London region with a requirement for SMS.

1 5 (41.67%) Marketing
2 4 (33.33%) CRM
2 4 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
3 3 (25.00%) ITIL
3 3 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 3 (25.00%) Customer Insight
4 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
4 2 (16.67%) Machine Learning
4 2 (16.67%) Campaign Management
4 2 (16.67%) SDLC
4 2 (16.67%) Analytics
4 2 (16.67%) Push Notifications
4 2 (16.67%) Migration
4 2 (16.67%) Dreamweaver
4 2 (16.67%) Service Management
4 2 (16.67%) Windows
4 2 (16.67%) Java
4 2 (16.67%) IBM
4 2 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (16.67%) Retail
4 2 (16.67%) Apple iOS
4 2 (16.67%) SC Cleared
4 2 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 2 (16.67%) Android
4 2 (16.67%) Product Management
4 2 (16.67%) Customer Engagement
4 2 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (8.33%) Confluence
5 1 (8.33%) Cucumber
5 1 (8.33%) Apache Hive

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in London 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 (8.33%) Apache Spark
1 1 (8.33%) Cloud Foundry
1 1 (8.33%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 1 (8.33%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 2 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (8.33%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) DNS
1 1 (8.33%) Remote Desktop
1 1 (8.33%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (8.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
1 1 (8.33%) Apache Hive
1 1 (8.33%) Big Data
1 1 (8.33%) HBase
1 1 (8.33%) MongoDB
1 1 (8.33%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Dreamweaver
2 1 (8.33%) Cucumber
2 1 (8.33%) Jenkins
2 1 (8.33%) JIRA
2 1 (8.33%) Selenium
2 1 (8.33%) Xcode
General
1 5 (41.67%) Marketing
2 2 (16.67%) Retail
3 1 (8.33%) Finance
3 1 (8.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 2 (16.67%) Consultant
1 2 (16.67%) Service Manager
2 1 (8.33%) Administrator
2 1 (8.33%) Applications Packager
2 1 (8.33%) Campaign Manager
2 1 (8.33%) Cordova Developer
2 1 (8.33%) CRM Consultant
2 1 (8.33%) Delivery Manager
2 1 (8.33%) Designer
2 1 (8.33%) Developer
2 1 (8.33%) Digital Planner
2 1 (8.33%) Email Campaign Manager
2 1 (8.33%) Java Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) Java Software Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) Marketing Consultant
2 1 (8.33%) Mobile Developer
2 1 (8.33%) Project Planner
2 1 (8.33%) Senior Consultant
2 1 (8.33%) Software Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) Strategy Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (8.33%) Angular 2
1 1 (8.33%) AngularJS
1 1 (8.33%) Apache Cordova
1 1 (8.33%) CSS
1 1 (8.33%) HTML
1 1 (8.33%) JMS
1 1 (8.33%) Kafka
1 1 (8.33%) PhoneGap
1 1 (8.33%) RabbitMQ
1 1 (8.33%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (16.67%) Android
1 2 (16.67%) Apple iOS
1 2 (16.67%) Windows
2 1 (8.33%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
1 4 (33.33%) CRM
2 3 (25.00%) Customer Insight
2 3 (25.00%) ITIL
2 3 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (16.67%) Analytics
3 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
3 2 (16.67%) Campaign Management
3 2 (16.67%) Customer Engagement
3 2 (16.67%) Machine Learning
3 2 (16.67%) Migration
3 2 (16.67%) Product Management
3 2 (16.67%) Push Notifications
3 2 (16.67%) SDLC
3 2 (16.67%) Service Management
4 1 (8.33%) Application Packaging
4 1 (8.33%) Digital Marketing
4 1 (8.33%) Email Marketing
4 1 (8.33%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2 (16.67%) Java
2 1 (8.33%) JavaScript
2 1 (8.33%) Python
2 1 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (16.67%) SC Cleared
1 2 (16.67%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (8.33%) Active Directory
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) AirWatch
1 1 (8.33%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (8.33%) SCCM
1 1 (8.33%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) IBM
2 1 (8.33%) AppDynamics
2 1 (8.33%) BT
2 1 (8.33%) Citrix
2 1 (8.33%) MobileIron
2 1 (8.33%) Salesforce.com
2 1 (8.33%) Solace
2 1 (8.33%) Splunk