The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland 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 June 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.

Short Message Service (SMS)
UK / Scotland
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 112 144 130
Rank change year-on-year +32 -14  
Contract jobs citing SMS 1 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.046% 0.10% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.40% 0.53% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Median daily rate £400 £425 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £285 £325
% change year-on-year +35.08% -12.30%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £12.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -37.50%  

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 Scotland with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Scotland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 249 570 299
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 11.35% 19.39% 10.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 287 118
Median daily rate £360 £330 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +13.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £266 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 37 17
Median hourly rate £33.25 £40.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.87% +128.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £19.85 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland 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 Scotland

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in Scotland

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in Scotland

SMS
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 27 June 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
Edinburgh +20 1 £400 -5.88% 1
SMS
UK

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 Scotland region with a requirement for SMS.

1 1 (100.00%) HTML
1 1 (100.00%) Java
1 1 (100.00%) JavaScript
1 1 (100.00%) WebSphere Application Server
1 1 (100.00%) JSP
1 1 (100.00%) CA
1 1 (100.00%) Internet
1 1 (100.00%) Scrum
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) TDD
1 1 (100.00%) Banking
1 1 (100.00%) Content Management
1 1 (100.00%) WebSphere
1 1 (100.00%) Web Development
1 1 (100.00%) JIRA
1 1 (100.00%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (100.00%) Selenium
1 1 (100.00%) Continuous Integration
1 1 (100.00%) WebSphere Portal
1 1 (100.00%) Cucumber
1 1 (100.00%) Jenkins
1 1 (100.00%) User Stories
1 1 (100.00%) CA Service Virtualization
1 1 (100.00%) Appium
1 1 (100.00%) Sauce Labs

SMS
Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 (100.00%) WebSphere
1 1 (100.00%) WebSphere Application Server
1 1 (100.00%) WebSphere Portal
Cloud Services
1 1 (100.00%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 1 (100.00%) Internet
Development Applications
1 1 (100.00%) Appium
1 1 (100.00%) Cucumber
1 1 (100.00%) Jenkins
1 1 (100.00%) JIRA
1 1 (100.00%) Selenium
General
1 1 (100.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Scrum Master
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (100.00%) HTML
1 1 (100.00%) JSP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) Content Management
1 1 (100.00%) Continuous Integration
1 1 (100.00%) Scrum
1 1 (100.00%) TDD
1 1 (100.00%) User Stories
1 1 (100.00%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (100.00%) Java
1 1 (100.00%) JavaScript
Systems Management
1 1 (100.00%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (100.00%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 1 (100.00%) CA