Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 23 November 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 West
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 128 200 209
Rank change year-on-year +72 +9 -11
Contract jobs citing SMS 80 3 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.41% 0.052% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.52% 0.36% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 0 1
South West median daily rate £425 - £125
10th Percentile £258 - £113
90th Percentile £584 - £138
England median daily rate £418 £310 £425
% change year-on-year +34.68% -27.06% +26.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 2
South West median hourly rate £23.50 - £38.50
10th Percentile £14.70 - £29.30
90th Percentile £29.50 - £47.70
England median hourly rate £14.00 £12.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year +12.00% -43.18% -

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 West with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 840 828 848
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 14.84% 14.48% 13.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 507 488 460
South West median daily rate £370 £350 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.71% -3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £171 £164 £180
90th Percentile £538 £533 £513
England median daily rate £404 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +1.00% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 79 76
South West median hourly rate £32.00 £33.00 £39.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% -16.72% +76.11%
10th Percentile £12.60 £12.20 £13.58
90th Percentile £46.15 £47.50 £48.60
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.00 £20.94
% change year-on-year -18.70% +9.86% +4.68%

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for SMS in the South West

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in the South West

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in the South West over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMS in the South West

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in the South West

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in the South West over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SMS in the South West

SMS
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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
Devon - 28 £450 -
Somerset - 18 £440 - 2
Bristol - 18 £350 - 3
Wiltshire +6 14 £450 - 3
Dorset - 1 £115 - 1
Gloucestershire - 1 £325 -
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 West region with a requirement for SMS.

1 27 (33.75%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (23.75%) Java
3 16 (20.00%) Security Cleared
4 15 (18.75%) HTML
5 14 (17.50%) JavaScript
5 14 (17.50%) CSS
6 13 (16.25%) Python
6 13 (16.25%) Project Management
6 13 (16.25%) Test Automation
6 13 (16.25%) Jenkins
6 13 (16.25%) DevOps
7 11 (13.75%) Web Development
7 11 (13.75%) QA
7 11 (13.75%) Scrum
8 10 (12.50%) Finance
8 10 (12.50%) E-Commerce
8 10 (12.50%) Degree
8 10 (12.50%) TDD
8 10 (12.50%) Maven
8 10 (12.50%) User Stories
9 9 (11.25%) hybris
9 9 (11.25%) Cucumber
9 9 (11.25%) Gradle
9 9 (11.25%) Git (software)
9 9 (11.25%) SC Cleared
9 9 (11.25%) Selenium
9 9 (11.25%) SQL
9 9 (11.25%) Ant
10 8 (10.00%) PRINCE2
10 8 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing

SMS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 5 (6.25%) Mule
2 2 (2.50%) JBoss
3 1 (1.25%) Alfresco
3 1 (1.25%) CMS
3 1 (1.25%) Confluence
3 1 (1.25%) IIS
3 1 (1.25%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.25%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (1.25%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.25%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (2.50%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.25%) Photoshop
2 1 (1.25%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.25%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.25%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (1.25%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (1.25%) SAP POS DM
1 1 (1.25%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 7 (8.75%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (8.75%) GitHub
2 3 (3.75%) Office 365
3 1 (1.25%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (1.25%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 1 (1.25%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (1.25%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 1 (1.25%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (1.25%) Google App Engine
3 1 (1.25%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.25%) Route 53
3 1 (1.25%) Serverless
3 1 (1.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.50%) HTTP
1 2 (2.50%) Internet
1 2 (2.50%) VPN
2 1 (1.25%) DHCP
2 1 (1.25%) DNS
2 1 (1.25%) Firewall
2 1 (1.25%) FTP
2 1 (1.25%) IPsec
2 1 (1.25%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.50%) BusinessObjects
1 2 (2.50%) Relational Database
1 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (1.25%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.25%) DB2
2 1 (1.25%) MongoDB
2 1 (1.25%) Neo4j
2 1 (1.25%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (1.25%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.25%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.25%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 13 (16.25%) Jenkins
2 10 (12.50%) Maven
3 9 (11.25%) Ant
3 9 (11.25%) Cucumber
3 9 (11.25%) Git (software)
3 9 (11.25%) Gradle
3 9 (11.25%) Selenium
4 6 (7.50%) Bitbucket
4 6 (7.50%) TeamCity
5 4 (5.00%) Cobertura
6 3 (3.75%) JMeter
6 3 (3.75%) SoapUI
7 2 (2.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (2.50%) Visual Studio
8 1 (1.25%) Firebug
8 1 (1.25%) JIRA
8 1 (1.25%) JUnit
8 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (1.25%) Subversion
8 1 (1.25%) Toad
General
1 10 (12.50%) Finance
2 4 (5.00%) Back Office
3 2 (2.50%) Publishing
4 1 (1.25%) Legal
4 1 (1.25%) Marketing
4 1 (1.25%) Retail
4 1 (1.25%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (27.50%) Developer
2 8 (10.00%) Analyst
3 7 (8.75%) Java Developer
3 7 (8.75%) Project Manager
4 6 (7.50%) Python Developer
5 5 (6.25%) DevOps Developer
5 5 (6.25%) Senior Manager
6 4 (5.00%) Delivery Manager
6 4 (5.00%) DV Cleared Project Manager
6 4 (5.00%) Senior Project Manager
7 3 (3.75%) Agile Developer
7 3 (3.75%) Architect
7 3 (3.75%) Consultant
7 3 (3.75%) Hybris Developer
7 3 (3.75%) Senior Developer
7 3 (3.75%) Senior DevOps
7 3 (3.75%) Senior Java Developer
7 3 (3.75%) Service Analyst
8 2 (2.50%) AWS DevOps
8 2 (2.50%) Support Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (18.75%) HTML
2 14 (17.50%) CSS
3 7 (8.75%) REST
3 7 (8.75%) Spring
4 6 (7.50%) SOAP
5 5 (6.25%) HTML5
6 4 (5.00%) CSS3
6 4 (5.00%) Elastic Stack
6 4 (5.00%) jQuery
7 3 (3.75%) .NET
7 3 (3.75%) JRuby
8 2 (2.50%) ASP.NET
8 2 (2.50%) Middleware
8 2 (2.50%) Web Services
9 1 (1.25%) Django
9 1 (1.25%) EJB
9 1 (1.25%) FreeMarker
9 1 (1.25%) Hibernate
9 1 (1.25%) Struts
9 1 (1.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.75%) Computer Science
2 6 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.75%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.75%) User Experience
4 2 (2.50%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.50%) NHS
4 2 (2.50%) PDA
5 1 (1.25%) Cloud Native
5 1 (1.25%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.25%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 6 (7.50%) Linux
2 5 (6.25%) Windows
3 4 (5.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (3.75%) CentOS
4 3 (3.75%) Windows 10
5 2 (2.50%) Mac OS X
5 2 (2.50%) Unix
5 2 (2.50%) Windows 7
5 2 (2.50%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.25%) Android
6 1 (1.25%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.25%) CoreOS
6 1 (1.25%) Ubuntu
6 1 (1.25%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.25%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.25%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.25%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (33.75%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (16.25%) DevOps
2 13 (16.25%) Project Management
2 13 (16.25%) Test Automation
3 11 (13.75%) Scrum
3 11 (13.75%) Web Development
4 10 (12.50%) E-Commerce
4 10 (12.50%) TDD
4 10 (12.50%) User Stories
5 8 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
5 8 (10.00%) PRINCE2
5 8 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (8.75%) Continuous Deployment
7 6 (7.50%) API Development
8 5 (6.25%) Coaching
8 5 (6.25%) Service Management
8 5 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (5.00%) B2C
9 4 (5.00%) ITIL
9 4 (5.00%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 19 (23.75%) Java
2 14 (17.50%) JavaScript
3 13 (16.25%) Python
4 9 (11.25%) SQL
5 5 (6.25%) C#
5 5 (6.25%) Ruby
6 3 (3.75%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.50%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.25%) ABAP
8 1 (1.25%) C
8 1 (1.25%) C++
8 1 (1.25%) Groovy
8 1 (1.25%) Perl
8 1 (1.25%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.25%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 16 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 10 (12.50%) Degree
3 9 (11.25%) SC Cleared
4 6 (7.50%) DV Cleared
5 5 (6.25%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (3.75%) BC Cleared
7 2 (2.50%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 2 (2.50%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 1 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.25%) CESG Certified Professional
8 1 (1.25%) CISSP
8 1 (1.25%) IRCA
8 1 (1.25%) Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (13.75%) QA
2 2 (2.50%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.25%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.25%) GDPR
3 1 (1.25%) JSP 440
3 1 (1.25%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (6.25%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.50%) Docker
2 2 (2.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.25%) Firmware
3 1 (1.25%) VirtualBox
3 1 (1.25%) Xen
Systems Management
1 6 (7.50%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 2 (2.50%) Puppet
3 1 (1.25%) Ansible
3 1 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.25%) SCCM
3 1 (1.25%) SCOM
3 1 (1.25%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (11.25%) hybris
2 4 (5.00%) Oracle
3 3 (3.75%) ATG
3 3 (3.75%) VMware
4 1 (1.25%) Barracuda Networks
4 1 (1.25%) Cisco
4 1 (1.25%) Google
4 1 (1.25%) IBM
4 1 (1.25%) Red Hat
4 1 (1.25%) SAP
4 1 (1.25%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.25%) Sophos