Period
to 13 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 13 December 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)
UK
6 months to
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 606 305 783
Rank change year-on-year -301 +478 +16
Contract jobs citing SMS 313 875 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.85% 0.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.30% 6.26% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 723 55
UK median daily rate £356 £403 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.49% +15.00% -21.35%
10th Percentile £203 £180 £228
90th Percentile £575 £588 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% -21.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 73 13
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £13.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +0.61% -48.46%
10th Percentile £11.70 £10.28 £12.25
90th Percentile £26.25 £25.69 £42.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.06 £13.92
% change year-on-year +6.69% +1.04% -8.00%

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13,612 13,973 15,461
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.92% 13.53% 15.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,222 8,590 9,419
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £200 £180 £213
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 652 712 790
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.73 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.81% -16.78% +7.48%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.00 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.23 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.06 £18.56 £24.40
% change year-on-year -2.72% -23.92% +19.02%

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SMS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMS in the UK

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SMS in the UK

SMS
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the UK over the 6 months to 13 December 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
England -296 287 £363 -11.59% 32
UK excluding London -236 206 £350 -6.67% 23
London -159 97 £450 - 11
North of England -108 84 £350 -5.47% 2
South East -61 52 £400 +24.03% 1
North West -48 35 £350 -12.50% 1
Yorkshire -76 31 £363 -3.65% 1
Midlands -105 23 £328 -6.29% 4
South West -99 19 £385 -9.41% 12
North East -31 18 £304 -0.33%
West Midlands -90 16 £304 -17.91% 2
Scotland -14 14 £263 -32.26% 1
East of England -7 11 £338 -9.94% 2
East Midlands -24 7 £369 +12.60% 1
Wales -28 3 £425 +1.19% 1

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 with a requirement for SMS.

1 74 (23.64%) Finance
2 43 (13.74%) SQL
3 40 (12.78%) Windows
3 40 (12.78%) Agile Software Development
4 39 (12.46%) Stakeholder Management
5 36 (11.50%) Analytical Skills
6 33 (10.54%) HTML
7 32 (10.22%) JavaScript
7 32 (10.22%) Project Management
8 27 (8.63%) CSS
8 27 (8.63%) Security Cleared
9 22 (7.03%) Windows 10
10 21 (6.71%) Analytics
10 21 (6.71%) Marketing
11 20 (6.39%) Linux
12 19 (6.07%) Microsoft Excel
12 19 (6.07%) PHP
12 19 (6.07%) Java
12 19 (6.07%) .NET
12 19 (6.07%) Risk Management
12 19 (6.07%) Migration
12 19 (6.07%) Billing
12 19 (6.07%) SC Cleared
12 19 (6.07%) Problem-Solving
13 18 (5.75%) Degree
13 18 (5.75%) Scrum
13 18 (5.75%) C#
13 18 (5.75%) PRINCE2
14 17 (5.43%) Oracle
14 17 (5.43%) CRM

SMS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 13 (4.15%) CMS
2 5 (1.60%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.60%) Sitecore CMS
3 4 (1.28%) Drupal
3 4 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (1.28%) SAS
4 3 (0.96%) MS Exchange
4 3 (0.96%) Skype for Business
4 3 (0.96%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.64%) Apache
5 2 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.32%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.32%) Confluence
6 1 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.32%) IIS
6 1 (0.32%) Mule
6 1 (0.32%) NetWeaver
6 1 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 19 (6.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (1.60%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.96%) Adobe Illustrator
4 3 (0.96%) ImageReady
5 2 (0.64%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.32%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.32%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.32%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.32%) Revit
Business Applications
1 4 (1.28%) Adobe Campaign
2 2 (0.64%) Unica
3 1 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.32%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.32%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.32%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.32%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.32%) Unit4 Business World
3 1 (0.32%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.88%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (2.24%) Office 365
3 6 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (1.60%) Silverpop
5 2 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.32%) AWS CloudTrail
6 1 (0.32%) G Suite
6 1 (0.32%) GitHub
6 1 (0.32%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.32%) Google Play
6 1 (0.32%) IaaS
6 1 (0.32%) SaaS
6 1 (0.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 17 (5.43%) Firewall
2 9 (2.88%) LAN
3 8 (2.56%) VoIP
4 6 (1.92%) MPLS
4 6 (1.92%) VPN
4 6 (1.92%) WAN
5 5 (1.60%) DNS
5 5 (1.60%) HTTP
5 5 (1.60%) IP Telephony
5 5 (1.60%) Network Security
5 5 (1.60%) SAN
5 5 (1.60%) TCP/IP
6 4 (1.28%) 2G
6 4 (1.28%) 3G
6 4 (1.28%) 4G
6 4 (1.28%) DSL
6 4 (1.28%) OSPF
6 4 (1.28%) SDH
6 4 (1.28%) SS7
6 4 (1.28%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (3.83%) Data Warehouse
2 11 (3.51%) SQL Server
3 9 (2.88%) MySQL
4 8 (2.56%) Big Data
5 7 (2.24%) MariaDB
6 5 (1.60%) BusinessObjects
6 5 (1.60%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (1.28%) Oracle Database
7 4 (1.28%) Oracle Database 11g
7 4 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.96%) Data Mining
8 3 (0.96%) JasperReports
8 3 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.64%) MarkLogic
9 2 (0.64%) QGIS
9 2 (0.64%) QlikView
9 2 (0.64%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.64%) Spatial Data
9 2 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 10 (3.19%) Git (software)
2 5 (1.60%) Dreamweaver
2 5 (1.60%) JIRA
2 5 (1.60%) Maven
2 5 (1.60%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.28%) Eclipse
3 4 (1.28%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.96%) NetBeans
4 3 (0.96%) Selenium
4 3 (0.96%) SoapUI
5 2 (0.64%) Cucumber
5 2 (0.64%) GitLab
5 2 (0.64%) HP UFT
5 2 (0.64%) LoadRunner
5 2 (0.64%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.32%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.32%) Gradle
6 1 (0.32%) gulp
6 1 (0.32%) Karma Test Runner
6 1 (0.32%) webpack
General
1 74 (23.64%) Finance
2 21 (6.71%) Marketing
3 19 (6.07%) Billing
4 11 (3.51%) Banking
5 10 (3.19%) Retail
6 7 (2.24%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.60%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.64%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.64%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.64%) Legal
9 1 (0.32%) Back Office
9 1 (0.32%) Front Office
9 1 (0.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 58 (18.53%) Developer
2 57 (18.21%) Analyst
3 36 (11.50%) Project Manager
4 18 (5.75%) Business Analyst
5 13 (4.15%) Consultant
6 11 (3.51%) IT Manager
6 11 (3.51%) Java Developer
7 9 (2.88%) .NET Developer
7 9 (2.88%) Architect
7 9 (2.88%) Desktop Support
7 9 (2.88%) Support Engineer
8 8 (2.56%) Data Analyst
8 8 (2.56%) Designer
8 8 (2.56%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 8 (2.56%) Test Manager
9 7 (2.24%) Administrator
9 7 (2.24%) IT Analyst
9 7 (2.24%) IT Support
10 6 (1.92%) 2nd Line Support
10 6 (1.92%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (10.54%) HTML
2 27 (8.63%) CSS
3 19 (6.07%) .NET
4 15 (4.79%) jQuery
5 11 (3.51%) AngularJS
6 9 (2.88%) Spring
7 7 (2.24%) React
7 7 (2.24%) XML
8 6 (1.92%) HTML5
8 6 (1.92%) REST
9 5 (1.60%) SOAP
9 5 (1.60%) Spring Boot
10 4 (1.28%) ASP.NET
11 3 (0.96%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 3 (0.96%) Flash
11 3 (0.96%) FreeMarker
11 3 (0.96%) Hibernate
11 3 (0.96%) J2EE
11 3 (0.96%) Spring Security
11 3 (0.96%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 36 (11.50%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (3.51%) Management Information System
3 9 (2.88%) Mobile App
4 7 (2.24%) Data Protection Act
5 6 (1.92%) User Experience
6 5 (1.60%) iPad
6 5 (1.60%) Mainframe
7 4 (1.28%) Data Centre
7 4 (1.28%) Data Structures
7 4 (1.28%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (1.28%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (0.96%) CMDB
9 2 (0.64%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.64%) Media Streaming
9 2 (0.64%) NHS
9 2 (0.64%) Social Media
10 1 (0.32%) HP Storage
10 1 (0.32%) Mobile Payment
10 1 (0.32%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 40 (12.78%) Windows
2 22 (7.03%) Windows 10
3 20 (6.39%) Linux
4 8 (2.56%) Android
4 8 (2.56%) CentOS
4 8 (2.56%) Windows 7
5 7 (2.24%) Unix
6 6 (1.92%) Windows Server
7 5 (1.60%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.96%) AIX
8 3 (0.96%) Data ONTAP
9 2 (0.64%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.64%) Windows 2000
9 2 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.32%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.32%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.32%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (12.78%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (12.46%) Stakeholder Management
3 32 (10.22%) Project Management
4 21 (6.71%) Analytics
5 19 (6.07%) Migration
5 19 (6.07%) Problem-Solving
5 19 (6.07%) Risk Management
6 18 (5.75%) PRINCE2
6 18 (5.75%) Scrum
7 17 (5.43%) CRM
8 16 (5.11%) MVC
9 14 (4.47%) ITIL
9 14 (4.47%) Service Management
10 13 (4.15%) Business Analysis
10 13 (4.15%) Mentoring
11 12 (3.83%) Data Management
11 12 (3.83%) Decision-Making
12 11 (3.51%) Continuous Improvement
12 11 (3.51%) Programme Management
12 11 (3.51%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 43 (13.74%) SQL
2 32 (10.22%) JavaScript
3 19 (6.07%) Java
3 19 (6.07%) PHP
4 18 (5.75%) C#
5 10 (3.19%) Perl
6 6 (1.92%) PL/SQL
7 5 (1.60%) ES6
7 5 (1.60%) PowerShell
7 5 (1.60%) Python
7 5 (1.60%) VBA
8 4 (1.28%) T-SQL
9 3 (0.96%) VB
10 2 (0.64%) COBOL
10 2 (0.64%) Korn
10 2 (0.64%) R
10 2 (0.64%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.32%) Apex Code
11 1 (0.32%) Apple Swift
11 1 (0.32%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 27 (8.63%) Security Cleared
2 19 (6.07%) SC Cleared
3 18 (5.75%) Degree
4 5 (1.60%) ISEB
4 5 (1.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 4 (1.28%) DBS Check
6 3 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (0.96%) CISM
6 3 (0.96%) MCDST
6 3 (0.96%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.64%) CISSP
7 2 (0.64%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.64%) ISTQB
7 2 (0.64%) MOS
7 2 (0.64%) PMI Certification
7 2 (0.64%) PMP
7 2 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 1 (0.32%) CCNA
8 1 (0.32%) CCNP
8 1 (0.32%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.88%) PMO
2 7 (2.24%) QA
2 7 (2.24%) SLA
3 5 (1.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.60%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.96%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.64%) GDPR
5 2 (0.64%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.32%) JSP 440
System Software
1 16 (5.11%) Active Directory
2 9 (2.88%) Docker
3 3 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.64%) Samba
5 1 (0.32%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.32%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.32%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 15 (4.79%) SCCM
2 7 (2.24%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 4 (1.28%) Kibana
4 3 (0.96%) HP ALM
4 3 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (0.96%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 2 (0.64%) AirWatch
5 2 (0.64%) Ansible
5 2 (0.64%) FortiGate
5 2 (0.64%) WSUS
6 1 (0.32%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.32%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.32%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.32%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.32%) Puppet
6 1 (0.32%) SmoothWall
6 1 (0.32%) Terraform
6 1 (0.32%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 17 (5.43%) Oracle
2 10 (3.19%) HP
2 10 (3.19%) IBM
3 8 (2.56%) Red Hat
3 8 (2.56%) Salesforce.com
4 7 (2.24%) Cisco
5 6 (1.92%) VMware
6 5 (1.60%) Adobe
6 5 (1.60%) Apple
6 5 (1.60%) SAP
6 5 (1.60%) Sitecore
6 5 (1.60%) Teradata
7 4 (1.28%) CyberArk
7 4 (1.28%) NetApp
8 3 (0.96%) Atlassian
8 3 (0.96%) Brocade
8 3 (0.96%) Google
8 3 (0.96%) McAfee
8 3 (0.96%) Symantec
8 3 (0.96%) Tableau