Period
to 25 May 2018

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 25 May 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 West
6 months to
25 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 120 194 208
Rank change year-on-year +74 +14 -2
Contract jobs citing SMS 74 2 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.45% 0.039% 0.017%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.52% 0.25% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 1 0
South West median daily rate £388 £470 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.55% - -
England median daily rate £413 £363 £280
% change year-on-year +13.79% +29.46% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
South West median hourly rate £21.50 - -
England median hourly rate £15.00 £12.00 £57.10
% change year-on-year +25.00% -78.98% +419.09%

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 777 799 933
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 15.25% 15.42% 15.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 441 492 608
South West median daily rate £388 £360 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.64% - -4.00%
10th Percentile £204 £193 £212
90th Percentile £540 £512 £494
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 72 66
South West median hourly rate £31.75 £42.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.40% +20.00% +62.79%
10th Percentile £15.05 £15.02 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.00 £77.50 £46.13
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.90 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.50% -20.40% +16.28%

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 25 May 2018.

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
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 25 May 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
Devon - 26 £349 - 2
Bristol +12 15 £341 - 5
Somerset - 12 £395 - 2
Wiltshire +24 9 £460 -2.13% 1
Dorset - 6 £388 - 6
Gloucestershire - 1 £205 -
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 25 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SMS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South West region with a requirement for SMS.

1 27 (36.49%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (29.73%) Security Cleared
3 16 (21.62%) Finance
4 13 (17.57%) PRINCE2
5 12 (16.22%) Migration
6 11 (14.86%) Stakeholder Management
7 10 (13.51%) Scrum
7 10 (13.51%) SC Cleared
7 10 (13.51%) Test Automation
8 9 (12.16%) Java
9 8 (10.81%) SQL
9 8 (10.81%) Service Management
9 8 (10.81%) Management Information System
10 7 (9.46%) Firewall
10 7 (9.46%) Service Delivery
10 7 (9.46%) Active Directory
10 7 (9.46%) SharePoint
10 7 (9.46%) Waterfall
10 7 (9.46%) Office 365
10 7 (9.46%) Infrastructure Management
11 6 (8.11%) Jenkins
11 6 (8.11%) Stakeholder Engagement
11 6 (8.11%) Product Management
11 6 (8.11%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (8.11%) ITIL
11 6 (8.11%) SLA
11 6 (8.11%) HTML
11 6 (8.11%) Windows
11 6 (8.11%) Case Management
12 5 (6.76%) Due Diligence

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 7 (9.46%) SharePoint
2 4 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2007
2 4 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (5.41%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.70%) Confluence
3 2 (2.70%) Mule
Applications
1 2 (2.70%) Photoshop
2 1 (1.35%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (1.35%) Fireworks
2 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 7 (9.46%) Office 365
2 3 (4.05%) GitHub
2 3 (4.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.70%) OpenShift
3 2 (2.70%) PaaS
4 1 (1.35%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.35%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.35%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (1.35%) AWS Lambda
4 1 (1.35%) Google Analytics
4 1 (1.35%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (1.35%) IaaS
4 1 (1.35%) SaaS
4 1 (1.35%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 7 (9.46%) Firewall
2 2 (2.70%) HTTP
2 2 (2.70%) LAN
2 2 (2.70%) WAN
3 1 (1.35%) BGP
3 1 (1.35%) DMZ
3 1 (1.35%) Internet
3 1 (1.35%) Intranet
3 1 (1.35%) iSCSI
3 1 (1.35%) SAN
3 1 (1.35%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.05%) RDBMS
1 3 (4.05%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.35%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (1.35%) Big Data
2 1 (1.35%) BigQuery
2 1 (1.35%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (1.35%) Data Lake
2 1 (1.35%) Hadoop
2 1 (1.35%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.35%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (8.11%) Jenkins
2 5 (6.76%) Git (software)
3 4 (5.41%) Cucumber
3 4 (5.41%) Gradle
3 4 (5.41%) JIRA
3 4 (5.41%) Maven
4 3 (4.05%) Bitbucket
5 2 (2.70%) Ant
5 2 (2.70%) Artifactory
5 2 (2.70%) Cobertura
5 2 (2.70%) Selenium
5 2 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (2.70%) TeamCity
6 1 (1.35%) Firebug
6 1 (1.35%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 16 (21.62%) Finance
2 3 (4.05%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.70%) Back Office
4 1 (1.35%) Legal
Job Titles
1 10 (13.51%) Analyst
1 10 (13.51%) Developer
2 8 (10.81%) Project Manager
3 7 (9.46%) Consultant
4 4 (5.41%) Business Systems Analyst
4 4 (5.41%) Java Developer
4 4 (5.41%) Messaging Specialist
4 4 (5.41%) Network Engineer
4 4 (5.41%) Office 365 Specialist
5 3 (4.05%) Data Analyst
5 3 (4.05%) Exchange Specialist
5 3 (4.05%) IT Engineer
5 3 (4.05%) Messaging Analyst
5 3 (4.05%) Procurement Manager
5 3 (4.05%) Procurement Project Manager
5 3 (4.05%) Procurement Specialist
5 3 (4.05%) Product Manager
5 3 (4.05%) SharePoint Developer
5 3 (4.05%) Systems Analyst
5 3 (4.05%) Workflow Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.11%) HTML
2 4 (5.41%) CSS
3 3 (4.05%) Spring
3 3 (4.05%) Web Services
3 3 (4.05%) XML
4 2 (2.70%) .NET
4 2 (2.70%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (2.70%) HTML5
4 2 (2.70%) JSON
4 2 (2.70%) REST
4 2 (2.70%) RESTful
4 2 (2.70%) SOAP
5 1 (1.35%) CSS3
5 1 (1.35%) jQuery
5 1 (1.35%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 1 (1.35%) VML
5 1 (1.35%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.81%) Management Information System
2 2 (2.70%) Data Centre
2 2 (2.70%) Data Structures
2 2 (2.70%) Social Media
3 1 (1.35%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.35%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (1.35%) Minimum Viable Product
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.11%) Windows
2 4 (5.41%) Linux
3 2 (2.70%) Windows 10
3 2 (2.70%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.35%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.35%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (36.49%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (17.57%) PRINCE2
3 12 (16.22%) Migration
4 11 (14.86%) Stakeholder Management
5 10 (13.51%) Scrum
5 10 (13.51%) Test Automation
6 8 (10.81%) Service Management
7 7 (9.46%) Infrastructure Management
7 7 (9.46%) Service Delivery
7 7 (9.46%) Waterfall
8 6 (8.11%) Case Management
8 6 (8.11%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (8.11%) ITIL
8 6 (8.11%) Product Management
8 6 (8.11%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 5 (6.76%) DevOps
9 5 (6.76%) Due Diligence
9 5 (6.76%) Project Management
10 4 (5.41%) Change Management
10 4 (5.41%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 9 (12.16%) Java
2 8 (10.81%) SQL
3 5 (6.76%) JavaScript
3 5 (6.76%) PowerShell
4 3 (4.05%) C#
4 3 (4.05%) Python
5 2 (2.70%) Groovy
5 2 (2.70%) Ruby
5 2 (2.70%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.35%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.35%) R
6 1 (1.35%) VBA
Qualifications
1 22 (29.73%) Security Cleared
2 10 (13.51%) SC Cleared
3 5 (6.76%) ISEB
4 3 (4.05%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (4.05%) DV Cleared
5 2 (2.70%) CCNA
5 2 (2.70%) CCNP
5 2 (2.70%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.35%) Degree
6 1 (1.35%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.35%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.11%) SLA
2 1 (1.35%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.35%) QA
System Software
1 7 (9.46%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.70%) Docker
2 2 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.35%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (5.41%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 3 (4.05%) Puppet
2 3 (4.05%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (2.70%) Ansible
3 2 (2.70%) Nagios
3 2 (2.70%) SCCM
4 1 (1.35%) FortiGate
4 1 (1.35%) SELinux
Vendors
1 5 (6.76%) Cisco
2 4 (5.41%) IronPort
2 4 (5.41%) RightFax
2 4 (5.41%) SAP
3 3 (4.05%) VMware
4 2 (2.70%) Barracuda Networks
4 2 (2.70%) CheckPoint
4 2 (2.70%) hybris
5 1 (1.35%) Fortinet
5 1 (1.35%) Google
5 1 (1.35%) McAfee
5 1 (1.35%) Oracle
5 1 (1.35%) Palo Alto
5 1 (1.35%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.35%) Remedy
5 1 (1.35%) SolarWinds
5 1 (1.35%) Sophos