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 3 months to 28 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)
England / South West
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 136 133 144
Rank change year-on-year -3 +11  
Contract jobs citing SMS 1 1 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.039% 0.034% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.23% 0.22% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 2
Median daily rate - - £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £235 £400
% change year-on-year +49.25% -41.37%  
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 the South West with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 428 458 382
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 16.65% 15.73% 12.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 262 303 185
Median daily rate £338 £363 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.89% +0.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £549 £438 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 31 25
Median hourly rate £43.50 £27.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +58.18% -15.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.25 £16.10 £10.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £44.00 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.14 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -40.96% +25.00%  

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West 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 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 Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 3 months to 28 March 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
Bristol +5 1 - -
SMS
England

SMS
Top 3 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 1 (100.00%) Telecoms
1 1 (100.00%) High Availability
1 1 (100.00%) Network Monitoring

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:

General
1 1 (100.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Designer
1 1 (100.00%) Senior Designer
1 1 (100.00%) Telecoms Designer
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) High Availability
1 1 (100.00%) Network Monitoring