Period
to 20 August 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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 159 161 203
Rank change year-on-year +2 +42 0
Contract jobs citing SMS 58 43 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.06% 0.79% 0.034%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.51% 5.03% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 37 0
South West median daily rate £395 £440 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.23% - -
England median daily rate £413 £425 £295
% change year-on-year -2.94% +44.07% -26.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
South West median hourly rate £18.00 £28.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.39% - -
England median hourly rate £15.00 £13.75 £12.50
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% -37.50%

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 772 855 979
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 14.05% 15.76% 16.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 432 521 598
South West median daily rate £375 £370 £354
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.35% +4.59% -5.67%
10th Percentile £208 £200 £213
90th Percentile £538 £501 £519
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 61 87
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +17.65% +21.43%
10th Percentile £16.45 £11.72 £12.20
90th Percentile £49.50 £50.00 £46.65
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% -28.00% +21.95%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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
Bristol -10 13 £368 +5.00% 2
Devon +3 12 £348 -22.78% 1
Wiltshire +2 12 £460 -2.13% 1
Somerset +7 10 £400 -9.09% 2
Gloucestershire +5 4 £300 -7.69% 1
Dorset 0 2 £280 +143.48% 9
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 21 (36.21%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (32.76%) Finance
3 18 (31.03%) Security Cleared
4 14 (24.14%) Service Management
4 14 (24.14%) Service Delivery
5 13 (22.41%) Scrum
6 12 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
6 12 (20.69%) PRINCE2
7 11 (18.97%) Migration
8 10 (17.24%) Management Information System
8 10 (17.24%) Product Management
8 10 (17.24%) Waterfall
8 10 (17.24%) Case Management
9 9 (15.52%) SC Cleared
9 9 (15.52%) SQL
10 8 (13.79%) Stakeholder Engagement
10 8 (13.79%) Infrastructure Management
11 7 (12.07%) HTML
11 7 (12.07%) JavaScript
12 6 (10.34%) Office 365
13 5 (8.62%) Test Automation
13 5 (8.62%) Jenkins
13 5 (8.62%) Single Sign-On
13 5 (8.62%) Java
13 5 (8.62%) CSS
14 4 (6.90%) SOAP
14 4 (6.90%) SAP
14 4 (6.90%) ITIL
14 4 (6.90%) PHP
14 4 (6.90%) Windows

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 4 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2007
1 4 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2010
1 4 (6.90%) MS Exchange
1 4 (6.90%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.45%) CMS
2 2 (3.45%) Drupal
2 2 (3.45%) Mule
Applications
1 2 (3.45%) InfoPath
2 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 6 (10.34%) Office 365
2 3 (5.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (3.45%) GitHub
4 1 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.72%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (1.72%) Google Analytics
4 1 (1.72%) PaaS
4 1 (1.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.45%) Firewall
1 2 (3.45%) HTTP
1 2 (3.45%) LAN
1 2 (3.45%) SAN
2 1 (1.72%) Software-Defined Networking
2 1 (1.72%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.45%) MySQL
1 2 (3.45%) RDBMS
1 2 (3.45%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.72%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (1.72%) MarkLogic
2 1 (1.72%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (1.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (8.62%) Jenkins
2 4 (6.90%) Cucumber
2 4 (6.90%) Git (software)
3 3 (5.17%) Maven
4 2 (3.45%) Ant
4 2 (3.45%) Bitbucket
4 2 (3.45%) Cobertura
4 2 (3.45%) Gradle
4 2 (3.45%) Selenium
4 2 (3.45%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 19 (32.76%) Finance
2 2 (3.45%) Back Office
3 1 (1.72%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (18.97%) Developer
2 9 (15.52%) Project Manager
3 7 (12.07%) Analyst
3 7 (12.07%) Procurement Manager
4 6 (10.34%) Consultant
5 5 (8.62%) Procurement Project Manager
5 5 (8.62%) Product Manager
6 4 (6.90%) Messaging Specialist
6 4 (6.90%) Office 365 Specialist
7 3 (5.17%) Business Analyst
7 3 (5.17%) Exchange Specialist
7 3 (5.17%) JavaScript Developer
7 3 (5.17%) Network Engineer
7 3 (5.17%) PHP Developer
7 3 (5.17%) Procurement Specialist
8 2 (3.45%) Data Analyst
8 2 (3.45%) Senior Developer
8 2 (3.45%) SharePoint Developer
8 2 (3.45%) Technical Consultant
8 2 (3.45%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (12.07%) HTML
2 5 (8.62%) CSS
3 4 (6.90%) REST
3 4 (6.90%) SOAP
4 3 (5.17%) RESTful
4 3 (5.17%) Spring
5 2 (3.45%) jQuery
5 2 (3.45%) JSON
5 2 (3.45%) Web Services
5 2 (3.45%) XML
6 1 (1.72%) Backbone.js
6 1 (1.72%) Spring Boot
6 1 (1.72%) VML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (17.24%) Management Information System
2 2 (3.45%) Data Centre
2 2 (3.45%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.90%) Windows
2 2 (3.45%) Windows 10
2 2 (3.45%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.72%) CentOS
3 1 (1.72%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (36.21%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (24.14%) Service Delivery
2 14 (24.14%) Service Management
3 13 (22.41%) Scrum
4 12 (20.69%) PRINCE2
4 12 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
5 11 (18.97%) Migration
6 10 (17.24%) Case Management
6 10 (17.24%) Product Management
6 10 (17.24%) Waterfall
7 8 (13.79%) Infrastructure Management
7 8 (13.79%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 5 (8.62%) Test Automation
9 4 (6.90%) Change Management
9 4 (6.90%) Continuous Integration
9 4 (6.90%) DevOps
9 4 (6.90%) Due Diligence
9 4 (6.90%) Email Migration
9 4 (6.90%) ITIL
10 3 (5.17%) NsoIT
Programming Languages
1 9 (15.52%) SQL
2 7 (12.07%) JavaScript
3 5 (8.62%) Java
4 4 (6.90%) PHP
5 2 (3.45%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.72%) AWK
6 1 (1.72%) C#
6 1 (1.72%) Python
6 1 (1.72%) VBA
Qualifications
1 18 (31.03%) Security Cleared
2 9 (15.52%) SC Cleared
3 2 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (3.45%) DV Cleared
3 2 (3.45%) ISEB
4 1 (1.72%) (ISC)2 CCSP
4 1 (1.72%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.72%) CCNA
4 1 (1.72%) CCNP
4 1 (1.72%) CCSP
4 1 (1.72%) CEH
4 1 (1.72%) CISM
4 1 (1.72%) CISSP
4 1 (1.72%) CompTIA Security+
4 1 (1.72%) DBS Check
4 1 (1.72%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.45%) QA
1 2 (3.45%) SLA
2 1 (1.72%) GDPR
System Software
1 2 (3.45%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.72%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (8.62%) Single Sign-On
2 4 (6.90%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 4 (6.90%) SCCM
3 1 (1.72%) Puppet
3 1 (1.72%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (6.90%) IronPort
1 4 (6.90%) RightFax
1 4 (6.90%) SAP
2 3 (5.17%) hybris
3 2 (3.45%) VMware
4 1 (1.72%) Cisco
4 1 (1.72%) Google
4 1 (1.72%) Oracle
4 1 (1.72%) Red Hat