Period
to 17 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 17 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 > South East
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 264 319 345
Rank change year-on-year +55 +26 -41
Contract jobs citing SMS 104 31 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.63% 0.20% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.58% 1.01% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 14 2
South East median daily rate £375 £225 £188
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +66.67% +20.00% -49.66%
10th Percentile £130 £180 £166
90th Percentile £503 £483 £199
England median daily rate £400 £313 £450
% change year-on-year +28.00% -30.56% +28.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 5 1
South East median hourly rate £15.00 £12.50 £14.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -11.97% -
10th Percentile £12.03 £12.10 £14.10
90th Percentile £25.69 £12.75 £14.30
England median hourly rate £15.00 £13.21 £46.50
% change year-on-year +13.57% -71.60% +365.00%

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 South East with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 2,906 3,063 3,348
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 17.56% 19.76% 18.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,554 1,792 1,804
South East median daily rate £396 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.25% +5.40% +7.14%
10th Percentile £163 £228 £231
90th Percentile £550 £550 £519
England median daily rate £410 £402 £400
% change year-on-year +1.99% +0.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 200 216
South East median hourly rate £17.38 £23.09 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.75% -28.95% +62.50%
10th Percentile £10.61 £11.33 £12.25
90th Percentile £43.75 £49.51 £51.25
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +8.64%

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing SMS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for SMS in the South East

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in the South East

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in the South East over the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMS in the South East

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in the South East

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in the South East over the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SMS in the South East

SMS
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the South East region over the 6 months to 17 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
Thames Valley +4 44 £375 +97.37% 10
Hampshire +31 29 £375 -17.67% 6
Berkshire -14 19 £315 +70.27% 4
Oxfordshire - 19 £275 - 4
Surrey - 19 £413 - 12
Buckinghamshire -23 6 £413 -10.81% 2
West Sussex - 5 £320 - 5
Kent -11 4 - -
East Sussex - 2 £175 -
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 South East region with a requirement for SMS.

1 25 (24.04%) Windows
2 20 (19.23%) SQL
3 16 (15.38%) Active Directory
3 16 (15.38%) Marketing
4 11 (10.58%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (10.58%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (9.62%) Windows 7
5 10 (9.62%) Project Management
5 10 (9.62%) ITIL
6 9 (8.65%) Migration
6 9 (8.65%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (7.69%) Windows 10
7 8 (7.69%) Office 365
7 8 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
7 8 (7.69%) Telecoms
7 8 (7.69%) Service Delivery
7 8 (7.69%) Internet
7 8 (7.69%) Cisco
8 7 (6.73%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (6.73%) Data Modelling
8 7 (6.73%) HTML
8 7 (6.73%) XML
8 7 (6.73%) Information Security
8 7 (6.73%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
8 7 (6.73%) Windows Server
8 7 (6.73%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 6 (5.77%) IT Strategy
9 6 (5.77%) Value-Added Service
9 6 (5.77%) Marketing Automation
9 6 (5.77%) Outbound Marketing

SMS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 4 (3.85%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.92%) CMS
2 2 (1.92%) Drupal
2 2 (1.92%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.92%) Skype for Business
2 2 (1.92%) WordPress
Business Applications
1 5 (4.81%) Adobe Campaign
2 3 (2.88%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.92%) Magento
4 1 (0.96%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.69%) Office 365
2 7 (6.73%) Salesforce Service Cloud
3 2 (1.92%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (1.92%) GitHub
4 1 (0.96%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.96%) AWS OpsWorks
4 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (7.69%) Internet
2 6 (5.77%) Value-Added Service
3 5 (4.81%) Wireless
4 4 (3.85%) Firewall
4 4 (3.85%) LAN
4 4 (3.85%) VPN
5 3 (2.88%) Network Security
6 2 (1.92%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (1.92%) DMZ
6 2 (1.92%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (1.92%) SAN
6 2 (1.92%) Skype
7 1 (0.96%) 2G
7 1 (0.96%) 3G
7 1 (0.96%) 4G
7 1 (0.96%) DHCP
7 1 (0.96%) DNS
7 1 (0.96%) LDAP
7 1 (0.96%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.88%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (1.92%) MySQL
2 2 (1.92%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.92%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.96%) Big Data
3 1 (0.96%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 5 (4.81%) Git (software)
1 5 (4.81%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.88%) JIRA
3 2 (1.92%) Moq
3 2 (1.92%) NUnit
3 2 (1.92%) RSpec
4 1 (0.96%) NuGet
4 1 (0.96%) Selenium
4 1 (0.96%) SoapUI
4 1 (0.96%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 16 (15.38%) Marketing
2 8 (7.69%) Telecoms
3 6 (5.77%) Finance
3 6 (5.77%) Retail
4 4 (3.85%) Publishing
5 3 (2.88%) Banking
6 2 (1.92%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.96%) Back Office
7 1 (0.96%) Billing
7 1 (0.96%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 22 (21.15%) Analyst
2 12 (11.54%) Consultant
3 9 (8.65%) 1st Line Support
4 7 (6.73%) Cloud Consultant
4 7 (6.73%) Developer
4 7 (6.73%) Marketing Consultant
4 7 (6.73%) Salesforce Consultant
4 7 (6.73%) Salesforce Technical Consultant
4 7 (6.73%) Service Analyst
4 7 (6.73%) Service Desk Analyst
4 7 (6.73%) Technical Consultant
5 6 (5.77%) Architect
5 6 (5.77%) Business Analyst
5 6 (5.77%) Project Manager
6 5 (4.81%) 1st/2nd Line Support
6 5 (4.81%) 2nd Line Support
6 5 (4.81%) Desktop Support
6 5 (4.81%) Network Engineer
6 5 (4.81%) Support Analyst
7 4 (3.85%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.73%) HTML
1 7 (6.73%) XML
2 4 (3.85%) .NET
3 3 (2.88%) Ruby on Rails
3 3 (2.88%) Web Services
4 2 (1.92%) .NET Framework
4 2 (1.92%) CSS
4 2 (1.92%) Entity Framework
4 2 (1.92%) Node.js
4 2 (1.92%) RESTful
4 2 (1.92%) Unity DI Container
4 2 (1.92%) WCF
4 2 (1.92%) XSLT
5 1 (0.96%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.96%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.96%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (0.96%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (0.96%) EJB
5 1 (0.96%) Flash
5 1 (0.96%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.65%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.81%) PDA
3 3 (2.88%) Cyber Defence
3 3 (2.88%) Data Centre
3 3 (2.88%) NHS
4 2 (1.92%) Fintech
4 2 (1.92%) FMCG
4 2 (1.92%) iPhone
4 2 (1.92%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.92%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (0.96%) Driving Licence
5 1 (0.96%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 25 (24.04%) Windows
2 10 (9.62%) Windows 7
3 8 (7.69%) Windows 10
4 7 (6.73%) Windows Server
5 5 (4.81%) Windows 8
6 4 (3.85%) Linux
7 1 (0.96%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.96%) Solaris
7 1 (0.96%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.96%) Unix
7 1 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (10.58%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (10.58%) User Acceptance Testing
2 10 (9.62%) ITIL
2 10 (9.62%) Project Management
3 9 (8.65%) Migration
4 8 (7.69%) Service Delivery
4 8 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
5 7 (6.73%) Data Modelling
5 7 (6.73%) Information Security
6 6 (5.77%) IT Strategy
6 6 (5.77%) Marketing Automation
6 6 (5.77%) Outbound Marketing
6 6 (5.77%) TDD
7 5 (4.81%) Content Management
7 5 (4.81%) Digital Marketing
7 5 (4.81%) Service Management
8 4 (3.85%) Change Management
8 4 (3.85%) Logistics
8 4 (3.85%) PRINCE2
8 4 (3.85%) SAP Implementation
Programming Languages
1 20 (19.23%) SQL
2 6 (5.77%) JavaScript
3 3 (2.88%) C#
3 3 (2.88%) PHP
3 3 (2.88%) Ruby
4 1 (0.96%) C
4 1 (0.96%) Java
4 1 (0.96%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 6 (5.77%) Degree
1 6 (5.77%) Security Cleared
2 5 (4.81%) CCNA
2 5 (4.81%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (4.81%) ISEB
2 5 (4.81%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.88%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
4 2 (1.92%) CCNP
4 2 (1.92%) CCSA
4 2 (1.92%) CCSE
5 1 (0.96%) DBS Check
5 1 (0.96%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.96%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (0.96%) RHCE
5 1 (0.96%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.77%) QA
2 5 (4.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (4.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 3 (2.88%) ISO 9001
3 3 (2.88%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (1.92%) FIPS 140-2
4 2 (1.92%) GDPR
4 2 (1.92%) SLA
5 1 (0.96%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.96%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.96%) PMO
System Software
1 16 (15.38%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.96%) Docker
2 1 (0.96%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.96%) Veritas Cluster Server
2 1 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.96%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 4 (3.85%) AirWatch
2 3 (2.88%) Puppet
3 2 (1.92%) SCCM
4 1 (0.96%) Ansible
4 1 (0.96%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (0.96%) Nagios
4 1 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.96%) Veritas Storage Foundation
4 1 (0.96%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 8 (7.69%) Cisco
2 7 (6.73%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
2 7 (6.73%) Salesforce.com
3 6 (5.77%) HP
3 6 (5.77%) Oracle
4 5 (4.81%) Adobe
4 5 (4.81%) SAP
5 4 (3.85%) CheckPoint
5 4 (3.85%) VMware
6 3 (2.88%) Citrix
6 3 (2.88%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.92%) Dell KACE
7 2 (1.92%) F5
7 2 (1.92%) Juniper
7 2 (1.92%) LogRhythm
7 2 (1.92%) Varonis
8 1 (0.96%) Cognizant
8 1 (0.96%) CommVault
8 1 (0.96%) Extreme Networks
8 1 (0.96%) Guidewire