Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 121 210 208
Rank change year-on-year +89 -2 -7
Contract jobs citing SMS 75 1 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.45% 0.018% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.78% 0.14% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 0 0
South West median daily rate £388 - -
England median daily rate £410 £350 £363
% change year-on-year +17.14% -3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 0 1
South West median hourly rate £21.50 - £50.00
England median hourly rate £15.00 £13.96 £48.25
% change year-on-year +7.47% -71.07% +338.64%

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 767 734 826
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 14.83% 13.36% 13.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 458 453 501
South West median daily rate £388 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% - -6.67%
10th Percentile £175 £158 £181
90th Percentile £550 £538 £488
England median daily rate £413 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +0.61% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 78 65
South West median hourly rate £27.00 £38.50 £38.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.87% +0.65% +68.58%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.33 £12.35
90th Percentile £43.50 £77.50 £46.00
England median hourly rate £20.04 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -6.79% -2.27% +10.00%

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 24 February 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
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 24 February 2018.

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 24 February 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 - 34 £413 - 6
Somerset - 14 £395 - 1
Bristol +7 13 £350 - 7
Wiltshire - 9 £425 - 2
Dorset - 4 £388 - 3
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 24 (32.00%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (22.67%) Security Cleared
3 12 (16.00%) Java
3 12 (16.00%) Active Directory
4 11 (14.67%) DevOps
5 10 (13.33%) Python
5 10 (13.33%) Scrum
6 8 (10.67%) Windows
6 8 (10.67%) Linux
6 8 (10.67%) HTML
6 8 (10.67%) CSS
6 8 (10.67%) SC Cleared
6 8 (10.67%) Amazon AWS
7 7 (9.33%) Test Automation
7 7 (9.33%) Git (software)
7 7 (9.33%) JavaScript
7 7 (9.33%) ITIL
7 7 (9.33%) PRINCE2
7 7 (9.33%) SharePoint
7 7 (9.33%) Firewall
7 7 (9.33%) Finance
8 6 (8.00%) Migration
8 6 (8.00%) SQL
8 6 (8.00%) HTML5
8 6 (8.00%) Open Source
8 6 (8.00%) Jenkins
9 5 (6.67%) Continuous Delivery
9 5 (6.67%) Customer Requirements
9 5 (6.67%) Puppet
9 5 (6.67%) PowerShell

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 (9.33%) SharePoint
2 3 (4.00%) Confluence
2 3 (4.00%) Mule
3 1 (1.33%) Alfresco
3 1 (1.33%) CMS
3 1 (1.33%) IIS
3 1 (1.33%) JBoss
3 1 (1.33%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (4.00%) Photoshop
2 1 (1.33%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (1.33%) Fireworks
2 1 (1.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.33%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.67%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (4.00%) GitHub
2 3 (4.00%) Office 365
3 2 (2.67%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (2.67%) Amazon S3
3 2 (2.67%) AWS CloudFormation
3 2 (2.67%) AWS Lambda
3 2 (2.67%) Google Cloud Platform
3 2 (2.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.67%) OpenShift
3 2 (2.67%) Serverless
4 1 (1.33%) Amazon ElastiCache
4 1 (1.33%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
4 1 (1.33%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.33%) Google Analytics
4 1 (1.33%) Google App Engine
4 1 (1.33%) IaaS
4 1 (1.33%) PaaS
4 1 (1.33%) Route 53
4 1 (1.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 7 (9.33%) Firewall
2 3 (4.00%) Internet
3 2 (2.67%) VPN
4 1 (1.33%) BGP
4 1 (1.33%) DHCP
4 1 (1.33%) DMZ
4 1 (1.33%) DNS
4 1 (1.33%) FTP
4 1 (1.33%) HTTP
4 1 (1.33%) Intranet
4 1 (1.33%) IPsec
4 1 (1.33%) iSCSI
4 1 (1.33%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.33%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (1.33%) Big Data
1 1 (1.33%) BigQuery
1 1 (1.33%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (1.33%) Data Lake
1 1 (1.33%) Hadoop
1 1 (1.33%) NoSQL
1 1 (1.33%) RDBMS
1 1 (1.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (9.33%) Git (software)
2 6 (8.00%) Jenkins
3 5 (6.67%) JIRA
4 4 (5.33%) Gradle
4 4 (5.33%) Maven
5 3 (4.00%) Bitbucket
6 2 (2.67%) Ant
6 2 (2.67%) Artifactory
6 2 (2.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (2.67%) Cobertura
6 2 (2.67%) Cucumber
6 2 (2.67%) Firebug
6 2 (2.67%) Selenium
6 2 (2.67%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (2.67%) TeamCity
6 2 (2.67%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.33%) Vagrant
7 1 (1.33%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (9.33%) Finance
2 3 (4.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.67%) Back Office
3 2 (2.67%) Legal
3 2 (2.67%) Publishing
4 1 (1.33%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 15 (20.00%) Developer
2 10 (13.33%) Analyst
3 5 (6.67%) Agile Developer
3 5 (6.67%) Project Manager
4 4 (5.33%) AWS Developer
4 4 (5.33%) Business Systems Analyst
4 4 (5.33%) IT Engineer
4 4 (5.33%) Java Developer
5 3 (4.00%) Administrator
5 3 (4.00%) Agile Java Developer
5 3 (4.00%) Consultant
5 3 (4.00%) IT Manager
5 3 (4.00%) Messaging Analyst
5 3 (4.00%) Senior Software Engineer
5 3 (4.00%) Service Analyst
5 3 (4.00%) SharePoint Developer
5 3 (4.00%) Software Developer
5 3 (4.00%) Software Engineer
5 3 (4.00%) Systems Administrator
5 3 (4.00%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.67%) CSS
1 8 (10.67%) HTML
2 6 (8.00%) HTML5
3 4 (5.33%) CSS3
4 3 (4.00%) .NET
4 3 (4.00%) Elastic Stack
4 3 (4.00%) jQuery
4 3 (4.00%) Spring
5 2 (2.67%) REST
5 2 (2.67%) SOAP
5 2 (2.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 2 (2.67%) Web Services
6 1 (1.33%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.33%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.33%) Django
6 1 (1.33%) Dojo
6 1 (1.33%) FreeMarker
6 1 (1.33%) Middleware
6 1 (1.33%) Spring Integration
6 1 (1.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.33%) Computer Science
1 4 (5.33%) Management Information System
2 3 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.67%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.67%) Data Structures
3 2 (2.67%) PDA
3 2 (2.67%) Social Media
4 1 (1.33%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.33%) Minimum Viable Product
4 1 (1.33%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.33%) User Experience
4 1 (1.33%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.67%) Linux
1 8 (10.67%) Windows
2 3 (4.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 3 (4.00%) Windows 10
2 3 (4.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (2.67%) CentOS
3 2 (2.67%) Windows 8
3 2 (2.67%) Windows Server
3 2 (2.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (2.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (2.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (1.33%) Android
4 1 (1.33%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.33%) CoreOS
4 1 (1.33%) Mac OS X
4 1 (1.33%) Ubuntu
4 1 (1.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (32.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (14.67%) DevOps
3 10 (13.33%) Scrum
4 7 (9.33%) ITIL
4 7 (9.33%) PRINCE2
4 7 (9.33%) Test Automation
5 6 (8.00%) Migration
5 6 (8.00%) Open Source
6 5 (6.67%) Continuous Delivery
6 5 (6.67%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (6.67%) Customer Requirements
6 5 (6.67%) Project Management
6 5 (6.67%) Service Management
6 5 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (6.67%) TDD
6 5 (6.67%) Web Development
7 4 (5.33%) Configuration Management
7 4 (5.33%) Continuous Deployment
8 3 (4.00%) Coaching
8 3 (4.00%) IT Strategy
Programming Languages
1 12 (16.00%) Java
2 10 (13.33%) Python
3 7 (9.33%) JavaScript
4 6 (8.00%) SQL
5 5 (6.67%) C#
5 5 (6.67%) PowerShell
6 4 (5.33%) Bash Shell
6 4 (5.33%) Ruby
7 3 (4.00%) Groovy
8 2 (2.67%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.33%) C
9 1 (1.33%) C++
9 1 (1.33%) Perl
9 1 (1.33%) R
Qualifications
1 17 (22.67%) Security Cleared
2 8 (10.67%) SC Cleared
3 5 (6.67%) Degree
4 4 (5.33%) DV Cleared
5 3 (4.00%) ISEB
6 2 (2.67%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (2.67%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (2.67%) Six Sigma Black Belt
6 2 (2.67%) Six Sigma Green Belt
7 1 (1.33%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.33%) CCNA
7 1 (1.33%) CCNP
7 1 (1.33%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (1.33%) CISSP
7 1 (1.33%) IRCA
7 1 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (1.33%) Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.33%) SLA
2 1 (1.33%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.33%) ISO 9001
2 1 (1.33%) JSP 440
2 1 (1.33%) QA
System Software
1 12 (16.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.33%) Docker
2 4 (5.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.33%) Firmware
3 1 (1.33%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.33%) VirtualBox
3 1 (1.33%) Xen
Systems Management
1 5 (6.67%) Puppet
2 3 (4.00%) Ansible
3 2 (2.67%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 2 (2.67%) Nagios
3 2 (2.67%) SCCM
4 1 (1.33%) FortiGate
4 1 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.33%) SCOM
4 1 (1.33%) SELinux
4 1 (1.33%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (1.33%) Terraform
Vendors
1 5 (6.67%) Cisco
1 5 (6.67%) VMware
2 3 (4.00%) Barracuda Networks
3 2 (2.67%) CheckPoint
3 2 (2.67%) Google
3 2 (2.67%) hybris
3 2 (2.67%) Red Hat
3 2 (2.67%) Sophos
4 1 (1.33%) Fortinet
4 1 (1.33%) McAfee
4 1 (1.33%) Palo Alto
4 1 (1.33%) Remedy
4 1 (1.33%) SolarWinds