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 30 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.

Short Message Service (SMS)
UK / Scotland
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - - 122
Contract jobs citing SMS 0 0 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland - - 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category - - 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 4
Median daily rate - - £338
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £243 £400
% change year-on-year +44.32% -39.37%  
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 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 207 382 345
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 11.62% 14.62% 11.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 203 162
Median daily rate £358 £375 £347
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.66% +7.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £200 £128
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 12 12
Median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.72 £16.00 £29.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

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