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 3 months to 27 April 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)
England / South East
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 242 262 255
Rank change year-on-year +20 -7  
Contract jobs citing SMS 20 15 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.25% 0.15% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.40% 0.72% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 5 3
Median daily rate £318 £350 £180
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.28% +94.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £275 £174
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £510 £296
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £280 £340
% change year-on-year +25.00% -17.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 1
Median hourly rate £12.00 - £11.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 - £21.15

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 the South East with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 1433 2083 2031
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 17.58% 21.36% 20.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 809 1185 989
Median daily rate £408 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.62% +3.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £341
% change year-on-year +6.89% +6.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 104 104
Median hourly rate £25.00 £37.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.43% +2.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +4.16%  

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 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 3 months to 27 April 2017.

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
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 3 months to 27 April 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
Berkshire +28 16 £180 -23.24% 1
Hampshire +1 2 £443 +12.80% 2
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 South East region with a requirement for SMS.

1 14 (37.84%) Security Cleared
2 13 (35.14%) Software Deployment
2 13 (35.14%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 13 (35.14%) Marketing
3 12 (32.43%) Intel Security
3 12 (32.43%) SC Cleared
3 12 (32.43%) Software Distribution
4 11 (29.73%) Data Centre
4 11 (29.73%) Software Delivery
4 11 (29.73%) HP
4 11 (29.73%) CRM
4 11 (29.73%) Workflow
5 10 (27.03%) Release Management
6 9 (24.32%) Analytics
7 8 (21.62%) Marketing Automation
7 8 (21.62%) Mobile Optimisation
7 8 (21.62%) Personalization
7 8 (21.62%) Digital Marketing
7 8 (21.62%) Mobile Marketing
7 8 (21.62%) Google Analytics
7 8 (21.62%) SmartFocus
7 8 (21.62%) Tableau
7 8 (21.62%) Google
7 8 (21.62%) Workflow Management
7 8 (21.62%) HTML
8 7 (18.92%) Telecoms
9 5 (13.51%) DV Cleared
10 4 (10.81%) Windows
10 4 (10.81%) Legal
10 4 (10.81%) Change Control

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:

Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (5.41%) SAP CRM
2 1 (2.70%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (2.70%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 8 (21.62%) Google Analytics
1 8 (21.62%) SmartFocus
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.11%) Diameter Protocol
1 3 (8.11%) Internet
1 3 (8.11%) LDAP
1 3 (8.11%) SMPP
2 2 (5.41%) IMAP
2 2 (5.41%) SMTP
2 2 (5.41%) Wi-Fi
2 2 (5.41%) Wireless
3 1 (2.70%) 3G
3 1 (2.70%) 4G
3 1 (2.70%) Firewall
3 1 (2.70%) LTE
3 1 (2.70%) MVNO
3 1 (2.70%) Value-Added Service
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.11%) SAP Data Services
2 1 (2.70%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (2.70%) MSI
General
1 13 (35.14%) Marketing
2 7 (18.92%) Telecoms
3 4 (10.81%) Legal
4 2 (5.41%) Advertising
4 2 (5.41%) Automotive
4 2 (5.41%) Finance
5 1 (2.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (18.92%) Digital Executive
1 7 (18.92%) Digital Marketing Executive
1 7 (18.92%) Marketing Executive
2 5 (13.51%) Architect
2 5 (13.51%) Core Network Architect
2 5 (13.51%) Messaging Architect
2 5 (13.51%) Network Architect
3 2 (5.41%) Consultant
3 2 (5.41%) Data Manager
3 2 (5.41%) Development Manager
3 2 (5.41%) Marketing Automation Executive
3 2 (5.41%) Mobile Product Manager
3 2 (5.41%) Product Development Manager
3 2 (5.41%) Product Manager
3 2 (5.41%) Project Manager
3 2 (5.41%) SAP Consultant
4 1 (2.70%) Category Manager
4 1 (2.70%) Email Marketing Executive
4 1 (2.70%) Mobile Marketing Executive
4 1 (2.70%) Telematics Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (21.62%) HTML
2 2 (5.41%) CORBA
2 2 (5.41%) SAML
2 2 (5.41%) SOAP
2 2 (5.41%) Web Services
2 2 (5.41%) WSDL
2 2 (5.41%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 11 (29.73%) Data Centre
2 2 (5.41%) Management Information System
2 2 (5.41%) User Experience
3 1 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.70%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.81%) Windows
2 1 (2.70%) Windows 2000
2 1 (2.70%) Windows Server
2 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (2.70%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (35.14%) Software Deployment
2 12 (32.43%) Software Distribution
3 11 (29.73%) CRM
3 11 (29.73%) Software Delivery
3 11 (29.73%) Workflow
4 10 (27.03%) Release Management
5 9 (24.32%) Analytics
6 8 (21.62%) Digital Marketing
6 8 (21.62%) Marketing Automation
6 8 (21.62%) Mobile Marketing
6 8 (21.62%) Mobile Optimisation
6 8 (21.62%) Personalization
6 8 (21.62%) Workflow Management
7 4 (10.81%) Change Control
7 4 (10.81%) Service Design
8 3 (8.11%) Campaign Management
8 3 (8.11%) Coaching
8 3 (8.11%) Mentoring
8 3 (8.11%) Office Automation
8 3 (8.11%) Project Management
Qualifications
1 14 (37.84%) Security Cleared
2 12 (32.43%) SC Cleared
3 5 (13.51%) DV Cleared
4 2 (5.41%) Degree
Systems Management
1 13 (35.14%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 1 (2.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (32.43%) Intel Security
2 11 (29.73%) HP
3 8 (21.62%) Google
3 8 (21.62%) Tableau
4 3 (8.11%) hybris
4 3 (8.11%) SAP
5 1 (2.70%) Nokia Networks
5 1 (2.70%) Oracle
5 1 (2.70%) Samsung