Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 129 - 213
Rank change year-on-year - +213 -30
Contract jobs citing SMS 70 0 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.29% - 0.41%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.58% - 2.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 0 10
North West median daily rate £400 - £435
10th Percentile £200 - £277
90th Percentile £538 - £478
England median daily rate £400 £315 £445
% change year-on-year +26.98% -29.21% +27.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 0 1
North West median hourly rate £14.00 - £10.25
England median hourly rate £15.00 £13.21 £48.25
% change year-on-year +13.57% -72.63% +382.50%

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 731 911 1,194
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.44% 15.00% 14.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 466 559 687
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £162 £213 £215
90th Percentile £599 £575 £550
England median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 51 105
North West median hourly rate £15.78 £18.50 £17.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.73% +4.11% -6.47%
10th Percentile £11.10 £12.75 £12.00
90th Percentile £43.45 £51.71 £42.00
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -16.89% - +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 23 January 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 23 January 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 23 January 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 - 38 £450 - 4
Cheshire - 16 £250 - 4
Merseyside - 10 £322 - 2
Lancashire - 6 £276 - 2
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 15 (21.43%) JavaScript
2 13 (18.57%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (18.57%) Node.js
3 12 (17.14%) Git (software)
3 12 (17.14%) ITIL
4 11 (15.71%) TDD
4 11 (15.71%) Finance
4 11 (15.71%) Software Engineering
5 9 (12.86%) React
6 8 (11.43%) Scrum
6 8 (11.43%) JIRA
6 8 (11.43%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 8 (11.43%) Jenkins
7 7 (10.00%) Amazon AWS
7 7 (10.00%) PRINCE2
7 7 (10.00%) CSS
7 7 (10.00%) HTML
8 6 (8.57%) SQL
8 6 (8.57%) Windows
8 6 (8.57%) Project Management
8 6 (8.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 5 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
9 5 (7.14%) Marketing
9 5 (7.14%) Content Management
9 5 (7.14%) Ivanti
9 5 (7.14%) Time Management
9 5 (7.14%) Kanban
9 5 (7.14%) SAP
9 5 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
9 5 (7.14%) Active Directory

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 5 (7.14%) CMS
2 3 (4.29%) NetWeaver
3 2 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.86%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.43%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (1.43%) Skype for Business
Business Applications
1 3 (4.29%) SAP ERP
1 3 (4.29%) SAP SRM
2 2 (2.86%) SAP CO
2 2 (2.86%) SAP FI
2 2 (2.86%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (2.86%) SAP FI-AP
2 2 (2.86%) SAP MDM
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle Internet Expenses
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle iProcurement
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 7 (10.00%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (5.71%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (2.86%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 2 (2.86%) AWS CloudFormation
3 2 (2.86%) AWS Lambda
3 2 (2.86%) Serverless
3 2 (2.86%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 1 (1.43%) GitHub
4 1 (1.43%) Office 365
4 1 (1.43%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.29%) DNS
2 2 (2.86%) DHCP
2 2 (2.86%) Firewall
2 2 (2.86%) HTTP
2 2 (2.86%) ISDN
3 1 (1.43%) 802.11
3 1 (1.43%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.43%) Internet
3 1 (1.43%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (1.43%) LAN
3 1 (1.43%) VLAN
3 1 (1.43%) VPN
3 1 (1.43%) WAN
3 1 (1.43%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (1.43%) Wireless
3 1 (1.43%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.29%) SAP BW
2 2 (2.86%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 2 (2.86%) DB2
3 1 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.43%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.43%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle Discoverer
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.43%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (17.14%) Git (software)
2 8 (11.43%) Jenkins
2 8 (11.43%) JIRA
3 2 (2.86%) Visual Studio
4 1 (1.43%) Oracle Forms
General
1 11 (15.71%) Finance
2 5 (7.14%) Marketing
3 4 (5.71%) Retail Banking
4 3 (4.29%) Banking
5 2 (2.86%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.43%) Digital Economy
6 1 (1.43%) Law
6 1 (1.43%) Legal
6 1 (1.43%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 18 (25.71%) Analyst
2 9 (12.86%) Project Manager
3 8 (11.43%) Software Engineer
4 7 (10.00%) Developer
5 5 (7.14%) Business Analyst
6 4 (5.71%) Architect
6 4 (5.71%) Content Editor
6 4 (5.71%) JavaScript Developer
6 4 (5.71%) Node.js Developer
6 4 (5.71%) Senior Software Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) Service Analyst
6 4 (5.71%) Service Desk Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) Data Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) IT Manager
7 3 (4.29%) Junior
7 3 (4.29%) React Developer
8 2 (2.86%) 1st/2nd Line Support
8 2 (2.86%) Forensic Technician
8 2 (2.86%) IT Analyst
8 2 (2.86%) JavaScript Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (18.57%) Node.js
2 9 (12.86%) React
3 7 (10.00%) CSS
3 7 (10.00%) HTML
4 2 (2.86%) .NET
4 2 (2.86%) HTML5
4 2 (2.86%) SAP XI
4 2 (2.86%) Sass
5 1 (1.43%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.43%) 802.1X
5 1 (1.43%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (1.43%) Entity Framework
5 1 (1.43%) JSON
5 1 (1.43%) OAuth
5 1 (1.43%) OAuth2
5 1 (1.43%) REST
5 1 (1.43%) Ruby on Rails
5 1 (1.43%) SAP Basis
5 1 (1.43%) WCF
5 1 (1.43%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.71%) Handset
3 3 (4.29%) e-Learning
4 2 (2.86%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.86%) IVR
4 2 (2.86%) NHS
4 2 (2.86%) User Experience
5 1 (1.43%) BBC
5 1 (1.43%) Clustering
5 1 (1.43%) CMDB
5 1 (1.43%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.43%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.43%) PDA
5 1 (1.43%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.43%) Reference Data
5 1 (1.43%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.57%) Windows
2 2 (2.86%) CentOS
2 2 (2.86%) Debian
2 2 (2.86%) Linux
2 2 (2.86%) Ubuntu
2 2 (2.86%) Windows 10
2 2 (2.86%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.43%) Unix
3 1 (1.43%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.43%) Windows 8
3 1 (1.43%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (18.57%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (17.14%) ITIL
3 11 (15.71%) Software Engineering
3 11 (15.71%) TDD
4 8 (11.43%) Scrum
5 7 (10.00%) PRINCE2
6 6 (8.57%) Project Management
7 5 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
7 5 (7.14%) Content Management
7 5 (7.14%) Kanban
7 5 (7.14%) Migration
7 5 (7.14%) Service Delivery
7 5 (7.14%) Time Management
8 4 (5.71%) Configuration Management
8 4 (5.71%) Content Marketing
8 4 (5.71%) Continuous Delivery
8 4 (5.71%) Data Protection
8 4 (5.71%) Pair Programming
8 4 (5.71%) Service Management
8 4 (5.71%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 15 (21.43%) JavaScript
2 6 (8.57%) SQL
3 3 (4.29%) Java
4 2 (2.86%) ABAP
4 2 (2.86%) Bash Shell
4 2 (2.86%) C
4 2 (2.86%) C#
4 2 (2.86%) PL/SQL
4 2 (2.86%) Python
4 2 (2.86%) VB
4 2 (2.86%) VBScript
5 1 (1.43%) RPG
5 1 (1.43%) RPG IV
5 1 (1.43%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 6 (8.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 4 (5.71%) SC Cleared
2 4 (5.71%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.43%) CCNA
3 1 (1.43%) CCNP
3 1 (1.43%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.43%) CWNA
3 1 (1.43%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (1.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.71%) COBIT
2 3 (4.29%) GDPR
3 2 (2.86%) QA
4 1 (1.43%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.43%) P3O
4 1 (1.43%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (7.14%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.86%) KVM
2 2 (2.86%) LXC
2 2 (2.86%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (1.43%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (1.43%) XenApp
3 1 (1.43%) XenDesktop
3 1 (1.43%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 8 (11.43%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 2 (2.86%) Ansible
2 2 (2.86%) Icinga
2 2 (2.86%) Nagios
2 2 (2.86%) Puppet
3 1 (1.43%) Cisco Prime
3 1 (1.43%) SCCM
3 1 (1.43%) SCOM
Vendors
1 5 (7.14%) Ivanti
1 5 (7.14%) SAP
2 4 (5.71%) Adobe
2 4 (5.71%) Oracle
3 3 (4.29%) Cisco
3 3 (4.29%) Red Hat
4 2 (2.86%) ServiceNow
5 1 (1.43%) Citrix
5 1 (1.43%) IBM
5 1 (1.43%) Siebel
5 1 (1.43%) SolarWinds
5 1 (1.43%) VMware