The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading 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 25 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
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Short Message Service (SMS)
Berkshire / Reading
Rank 59 80 -
Rank change year-on-year +21 -  
Contract jobs citing SMS 4 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 0.60% 0.099% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.72% 0.33% -
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 0
Median daily rate - - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £235 £400
% change year-on-year +49.25% -41.37%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Reading with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Reading
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 147 303 200
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 21.97% 30.03% 20.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 159 80
Median daily rate £450 £380 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.42% +15.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £288 £113
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 11 2
Median hourly rate £53.75 £63.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.68% +193.02%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.17
% change year-on-year -39.18% +26.84%  

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Reading 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 Reading

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in Reading

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in Reading

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 25 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 Reading region with a requirement for SMS.

1 3 (50.00%) Telecoms
1 3 (50.00%) Marketing
1 3 (50.00%) Service Design
2 2 (33.33%) SMPP
2 2 (33.33%) Diameter Protocol
2 2 (33.33%) IMAP
2 2 (33.33%) Degree
2 2 (33.33%) Finance
2 2 (33.33%) SOAP
2 2 (33.33%) CORBA
2 2 (33.33%) LDAP
2 2 (33.33%) SMTP
3 1 (16.67%) HP
3 1 (16.67%) Windows
3 1 (16.67%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (16.67%) Advertising
3 1 (16.67%) Retail
3 1 (16.67%) Supply Chain Management
3 1 (16.67%) Economics
3 1 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (16.67%) Product Marketing
3 1 (16.67%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (16.67%) Process Architecture
3 1 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (16.67%) Marketing Strategy
3 1 (16.67%) Analytics
3 1 (16.67%) Xbox
3 1 (16.67%) Mentoring
3 1 (16.67%) Coaching
3 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills

SMS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading 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:

Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (16.67%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 2 (33.33%) Diameter Protocol
1 2 (33.33%) IMAP
1 2 (33.33%) LDAP
1 2 (33.33%) SMPP
1 2 (33.33%) SMTP
2 1 (16.67%) Wi-Fi
General
1 3 (50.00%) Marketing
1 3 (50.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (33.33%) Finance
3 1 (16.67%) Advertising
3 1 (16.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Architect
1 3 (50.00%) Core Network Architect
1 3 (50.00%) Messaging Architect
1 3 (50.00%) Network Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Category Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) CORBA
1 2 (33.33%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (16.67%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) Service Design
2 1 (16.67%) Analytics
2 1 (16.67%) Coaching
2 1 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
2 1 (16.67%) Economics
2 1 (16.67%) Integrated Marketing
2 1 (16.67%) Marketing Strategy
2 1 (16.67%) Mentoring
2 1 (16.67%) Process Architecture
2 1 (16.67%) Product Marketing
2 1 (16.67%) Scorecard
2 1 (16.67%) Supply Chain Management
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) Degree
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) HP