Period
to 16 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 16 December 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)
England > North West
6 months to
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 187 146 -
Rank change year-on-year -41 - +208
Contract jobs citing SMS 31 63 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.52% 1.11% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.77% 8.65% -
Number of daily rates quoted 20 54 0
North West median daily rate £350 £400 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% - -
England median daily rate £375 £411 £315
% change year-on-year -8.81% +30.56% -30.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 0
North West median hourly rate £16.50 £11.09 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.78% - -
England median hourly rate £16.50 £14.00 £13.92
% change year-on-year +17.86% +0.61% -62.14%

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 the North West with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 823 728 953
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.79% 12.86% 14.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 496 456 581
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £195 £158 £213
90th Percentile £575 £550 £575
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 52 53
North West median hourly rate £18.25 £18.13 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.69% +0.69% +5.88%
10th Percentile £12.27 £11.03 £12.75
90th Percentile £47.20 £44.62 £40.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +5.26% -15.56% +9.76%

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing SMS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for SMS in the North West

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in the North West

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in the North West over the 6 months to 16 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMS in the North West

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in the North West

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in the North West over the 6 months to 16 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SMS in the North West

SMS
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the North West region over the 6 months to 16 December 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
Manchester -22 20 £350 -18.75% 1
Merseyside -9 5 £600 +88.38%
Cheshire -15 4 £425 +45.04%
Lancashire -22 2 £350 +20.40%
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 16 December 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 North West region with a requirement for SMS.

1 11 (35.48%) C#
1 11 (35.48%) PHP
2 10 (32.26%) SQL
2 10 (32.26%) .NET
2 10 (32.26%) Perl
2 10 (32.26%) MVC
2 10 (32.26%) Billing
2 10 (32.26%) AngularJS
3 8 (25.81%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (25.81%) JavaScript
3 8 (25.81%) Oracle
3 8 (25.81%) SQL Server
4 7 (22.58%) MySQL
4 7 (22.58%) Linux
4 7 (22.58%) Red Hat
4 7 (22.58%) CentOS
4 7 (22.58%) MariaDB
4 7 (22.58%) Mentoring
5 6 (19.35%) jQuery
5 6 (19.35%) React
6 5 (16.13%) Finance
7 4 (12.90%) Project Management
8 3 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (9.68%) Windows
8 3 (9.68%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (9.68%) Python
8 3 (9.68%) Retail Banking
9 2 (6.45%) Critical Path Analysis
9 2 (6.45%) PostGIS
9 2 (6.45%) Programme Management

SMS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 2 (6.45%) Elasticsearch
1 2 (6.45%) SAS
2 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (3.23%) IIS
2 1 (3.23%) MS Exchange
2 1 (3.23%) NetWeaver
2 1 (3.23%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.45%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.23%) AWS CloudFormation
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.45%) Firewall
2 1 (3.23%) HTTP
2 1 (3.23%) NAS
2 1 (3.23%) SMTP
2 1 (3.23%) Software-Defined Networking
2 1 (3.23%) SSL
2 1 (3.23%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (25.81%) SQL Server
2 7 (22.58%) MariaDB
2 7 (22.58%) MySQL
3 2 (6.45%) Big Data
3 2 (6.45%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (6.45%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (6.45%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (6.45%) QGIS
3 2 (6.45%) Spatial Data
4 1 (3.23%) DB2
4 1 (3.23%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 2 (6.45%) Git (software)
1 2 (6.45%) GitLab
2 1 (3.23%) Eclipse
General
1 10 (32.26%) Billing
2 5 (16.13%) Finance
3 3 (9.68%) Retail Banking
4 1 (3.23%) Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (45.16%) Developer
2 6 (19.35%) .NET Developer
3 5 (16.13%) Analyst
4 4 (12.90%) Lead Developer
4 4 (12.90%) Perl Developer
5 3 (9.68%) Business Analyst
6 2 (6.45%) 1st/2nd Line Support
6 2 (6.45%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (6.45%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
6 2 (6.45%) Project Manager
7 1 (3.23%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 1 (3.23%) Business Intelligence Analyst
7 1 (3.23%) Deployment Engineer
7 1 (3.23%) Full Stack Developer
7 1 (3.23%) IT Engineer
7 1 (3.23%) IT Support
7 1 (3.23%) SAP Developer
7 1 (3.23%) SAS Analyst
7 1 (3.23%) Senior IT Engineer
7 1 (3.23%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (32.26%) .NET
1 10 (32.26%) AngularJS
2 6 (19.35%) jQuery
2 6 (19.35%) React
3 2 (6.45%) PostGIS
3 2 (6.45%) XML
4 1 (3.23%) Django
4 1 (3.23%) Node.js
4 1 (3.23%) SAPUI5
4 1 (3.23%) Web Dynpro
Miscellaneous
1 8 (25.81%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.23%) CCTV
2 1 (3.23%) Client/Server
2 1 (3.23%) Driving Licence
2 1 (3.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (3.23%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 7 (22.58%) CentOS
1 7 (22.58%) Linux
2 3 (9.68%) Windows
3 2 (6.45%) Windows 10
3 2 (6.45%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.23%) Windows Server
4 1 (3.23%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (32.26%) MVC
2 7 (22.58%) Mentoring
3 4 (12.90%) Project Management
4 3 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (9.68%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (6.45%) Critical Path Analysis
5 2 (6.45%) Data Development
5 2 (6.45%) Data Modelling
5 2 (6.45%) Decision-Making
5 2 (6.45%) ETL
5 2 (6.45%) ETL Development
5 2 (6.45%) Gantt Chart
5 2 (6.45%) ITIL
5 2 (6.45%) Kimball Methodology
5 2 (6.45%) Master Data Management
5 2 (6.45%) Open Source
5 2 (6.45%) Programme Management
5 2 (6.45%) Service Delivery
5 2 (6.45%) Workflow
6 1 (3.23%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 11 (35.48%) C#
1 11 (35.48%) PHP
2 10 (32.26%) Perl
2 10 (32.26%) SQL
3 8 (25.81%) JavaScript
4 3 (9.68%) Python
5 1 (3.23%) ABAP
5 1 (3.23%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1 (3.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
1 1 (3.23%) SC Cleared
1 1 (3.23%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (6.45%) Active Directory
1 2 (6.45%) Docker
2 1 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.23%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 2 (6.45%) Kibana
2 1 (3.23%) Terraform
Vendors
1 8 (25.81%) Oracle
2 7 (22.58%) Red Hat
3 1 (3.23%) Cisco
3 1 (3.23%) IronPort
3 1 (3.23%) McAfee
3 1 (3.23%) SAP
3 1 (3.23%) SolarWinds
3 1 (3.23%) VMware