Period
to 24 April 2019

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 24 April 2019 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
24 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 197 136 -
Rank change year-on-year -61 - +207
Contract jobs citing SMS 6 83 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.11% 1.44% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.98% 11.50% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 55 0
North West median daily rate £350 £424 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.44% - -
England median daily rate £425 £413 £350
% change year-on-year +3.03% +17.86% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 22 0
North West median hourly rate £26.37 £13.94 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +89.24% - -
England median hourly rate £27.24 £15.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year +81.60% +25.00% -83.62%

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 613 722 796
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.16% 12.51% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 366 413 464
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% -4.85%
10th Percentile £208 £186 £235
90th Percentile £600 £600 £550
England median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 79 61
North West median hourly rate £17.46 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.79% +3.13% -31.40%
10th Percentile £12.96 £10.73 £10.50
90th Percentile £37.63 £33.75 £49.50
England median hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year -2.50% -6.98% -14.00%

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 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
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 24 April 2019. 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 -41 4 £350 -22.22% 1
Lancashire -17 2 - -
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 24 April 2019, 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 3 (50.00%) .NET
1 3 (50.00%) C#
1 3 (50.00%) Perl
1 3 (50.00%) PHP
1 3 (50.00%) MVC
1 3 (50.00%) Billing
1 3 (50.00%) AngularJS
2 2 (33.33%) React
2 2 (33.33%) CentOS
2 2 (33.33%) MariaDB
2 2 (33.33%) jQuery
2 2 (33.33%) ITSM
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
2 2 (33.33%) JavaScript
2 2 (33.33%) Red Hat
2 2 (33.33%) MySQL
2 2 (33.33%) Oracle
2 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (33.33%) ITIL
2 2 (33.33%) Linux
3 1 (16.67%) Progress
3 1 (16.67%) DNS
3 1 (16.67%) Active Directory
3 1 (16.67%) BCP
3 1 (16.67%) Blackberry
3 1 (16.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (16.67%) Information Security Management
3 1 (16.67%) Security Management
3 1 (16.67%) Management Information System
3 1 (16.67%) Sony

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 1 (16.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (33.33%) MariaDB
1 2 (33.33%) MySQL
1 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (50.00%) Billing
2 1 (16.67%) Finance
2 1 (16.67%) Law
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Developer
2 2 (33.33%) .NET Developer
2 2 (33.33%) Incident Manager
2 2 (33.33%) Major Incident Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Desktop Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Desktop Support
3 1 (16.67%) Desktop Support Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Lead Developer
3 1 (16.67%) Perl Developer
3 1 (16.67%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (50.00%) .NET
1 3 (50.00%) AngularJS
2 2 (33.33%) jQuery
2 2 (33.33%) React
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Blackberry
1 1 (16.67%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (33.33%) CentOS
1 2 (33.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) MVC
2 2 (33.33%) ITIL
2 2 (33.33%) ITSM
3 1 (16.67%) BCP
3 1 (16.67%) Information Security
3 1 (16.67%) Information Security Management
3 1 (16.67%) ISMS
3 1 (16.67%) Mentoring
3 1 (16.67%) Security Management
3 1 (16.67%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (50.00%) C#
1 3 (50.00%) Perl
1 3 (50.00%) PHP
2 2 (33.33%) JavaScript
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
System Software
1 1 (16.67%) Active Directory
1 1 (16.67%) Virtual Desktop
Vendors
1 2 (33.33%) Oracle
1 2 (33.33%) Red Hat
2 1 (16.67%) Progress
2 1 (16.67%) Sony