Period
to 9 December 2019

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 9 December 2019 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
9 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 733 605 301
Rank change year-on-year -128 -304 +493
Contract jobs citing SMS 52 312 865
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.064% 0.30% 0.84%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.47% 2.32% 6.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 234 716
UK median daily rate £321 £351 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.73% -12.90% +15.21%
10th Percentile £162 £202 £180
90th Percentile £423 £575 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £321 £350 £375
% change year-on-year -8.41% -6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 34 71
UK median hourly rate £28.42 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +89.47% +7.14% +6.00%
10th Percentile £12.88 £11.70 £10.28
90th Percentile £33.68 £26.25 £25.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.42 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +89.47% +7.14% +6.00%

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 11,057 13,449 13,846
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.70% 12.89% 13.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,613 8,130 8,510
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £185 £200 £180
90th Percentile £600 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 660 644 705
UK median hourly rate £25.06 £20.00 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.30% +6.67% -16.67%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.08 £47.50 £45.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £18.06 £18.50
% change year-on-year +24.60% -2.39% -23.40%

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 9 December 2019.

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 9 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SMS in the UK

SMS
Top 13 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 9 December 2019. 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 -113 51 £321 -11.56% 27
UK excluding London -83 41 £321 -8.41% 25
Midlands +50 12 £400 +21.95% 3
London +10 11 £293 -35.00% 5
North of England -50 10 £321 -8.41% 6
West Midlands +28 9 £434 +42.80% 3
South East +19 9 £325 -18.75% 4
North West -8 9 £321 -8.41% 4
South West -10 7 £160 -58.44% 8
East Midlands +23 3 £400 +8.47%
East of England +32 2 - - 1
Scotland +23 1 - - 3
Yorkshire +4 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 9 December 2019, 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 16 (30.77%) Telecoms
2 12 (23.08%) Marketing
3 11 (21.15%) Wireless
3 11 (21.15%) Project Management
4 9 (17.31%) Migration
4 9 (17.31%) User Experience
5 8 (15.38%) LTE
5 8 (15.38%) CCTV
5 8 (15.38%) Salesforce.com
6 7 (13.46%) HTML
6 7 (13.46%) ITIL
6 7 (13.46%) CRM
6 7 (13.46%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (13.46%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (13.46%) ITSM
6 7 (13.46%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
6 7 (13.46%) Project Delivery
7 6 (11.54%) Degree
7 6 (11.54%) Incident Management
7 6 (11.54%) GPRS
7 6 (11.54%) GSM
7 6 (11.54%) UMTS
8 5 (9.62%) SQL
8 5 (9.62%) JIRA
8 5 (9.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (9.62%) Project Planning
8 5 (9.62%) Technical Architecture
8 5 (9.62%) Validation
8 5 (9.62%) REST
8 5 (9.62%) QA

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 3 (5.77%) Confluence
2 1 (1.92%) Apache
2 1 (1.92%) CMS
2 1 (1.92%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (1.92%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (1.92%) Photoshop
1 1 (1.92%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (3.85%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (1.92%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.92%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.92%) Azure
1 1 (1.92%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 11 (21.15%) Wireless
2 8 (15.38%) LTE
3 6 (11.54%) GPRS
3 6 (11.54%) GSM
3 6 (11.54%) UMTS
4 4 (7.69%) Wireshark
5 3 (5.77%) 3G
5 3 (5.77%) HSPA
5 3 (5.77%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (5.77%) RANAP
5 3 (5.77%) WCDMA
6 2 (3.85%) 2G
6 2 (3.85%) 4G
6 2 (3.85%) Value-Added Service
7 1 (1.92%) Firewall
7 1 (1.92%) HTTP
7 1 (1.92%) IPsec
7 1 (1.92%) SSH
7 1 (1.92%) SSL
7 1 (1.92%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.77%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.92%) Apache Cassandra
2 1 (1.92%) Data Mart
2 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.92%) MySQL
2 1 (1.92%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.92%) Redis
Development Applications
1 5 (9.62%) JIRA
2 1 (1.92%) Dreamweaver
2 1 (1.92%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.92%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.92%) JMeter
2 1 (1.92%) SoapUI
General
1 16 (30.77%) Telecoms
2 12 (23.08%) Marketing
3 4 (7.69%) Finance
3 4 (7.69%) Retail
4 3 (5.77%) Electronics
5 2 (3.85%) Billing
6 1 (1.92%) Advertising
6 1 (1.92%) Automotive
6 1 (1.92%) Games
6 1 (1.92%) Legal
6 1 (1.92%) Multimedia
6 1 (1.92%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 10 (19.23%) Incident Manager
1 10 (19.23%) Major Incident Manager
2 8 (15.38%) Project Manager
3 6 (11.54%) Developer
4 4 (7.69%) Test Engineer
5 3 (5.77%) Consultant
5 3 (5.77%) CRM Manager
5 3 (5.77%) Integration Engineer
5 3 (5.77%) Network Manager
5 3 (5.77%) Network Project Manager
6 2 (3.85%) Email Developer
6 2 (3.85%) Mobile Engineer
6 2 (3.85%) Network Engineer
6 2 (3.85%) Network Integration Engineer
6 2 (3.85%) Product Manager
6 2 (3.85%) Salesforce Developer
6 2 (3.85%) Scrum Master
6 2 (3.85%) Test and Integration Engineer
6 2 (3.85%) Tester
7 1 (1.92%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (13.46%) HTML
2 5 (9.62%) REST
3 4 (7.69%) CSS
4 2 (3.85%) SOAP
4 2 (3.85%) XML
5 1 (1.92%) JSON
5 1 (1.92%) Software Packaging
5 1 (1.92%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 9 (17.31%) User Experience
2 8 (15.38%) CCTV
3 3 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (5.77%) Data Centre
3 3 (5.77%) Public Cloud
3 3 (5.77%) Social Media
4 2 (3.85%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.92%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.92%) Online Gambling
5 1 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.69%) Linux
2 3 (5.77%) Android
3 1 (1.92%) Unix
3 1 (1.92%) Windows
3 1 (1.92%) Windows 2000
3 1 (1.92%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Vista
3 1 (1.92%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (21.15%) Project Management
2 9 (17.31%) Migration
3 7 (13.46%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (13.46%) CRM
3 7 (13.46%) ITIL
3 7 (13.46%) ITSM
3 7 (13.46%) Project Delivery
3 7 (13.46%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (11.54%) Incident Management
5 5 (9.62%) Project Planning
5 5 (9.62%) Technical Architecture
5 5 (9.62%) Validation
6 4 (7.69%) Business Continuity
6 4 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
6 4 (7.69%) Software Deployment
6 4 (7.69%) Test Strategy
7 3 (5.77%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (5.77%) Network Management
7 3 (5.77%) Security Patching
7 3 (5.77%) Server Patching
Programming Languages
1 5 (9.62%) SQL
2 1 (1.92%) C
2 1 (1.92%) C++
2 1 (1.92%) Java
2 1 (1.92%) JavaScript
2 1 (1.92%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (11.54%) Degree
2 4 (7.69%) SC Cleared
2 4 (7.69%) Security Cleared
3 3 (5.77%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.92%) CCA
4 1 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (9.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 5 (9.62%) QA
System Software
1 2 (3.85%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.92%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (5.77%) HP ALM
1 3 (5.77%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.92%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 1 (1.92%) SCCM
2 1 (1.92%) ServiceCenter
2 1 (1.92%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 8 (15.38%) Salesforce.com
2 7 (13.46%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
3 4 (7.69%) HP
3 4 (7.69%) Oracle
4 3 (5.77%) Adobe
4 3 (5.77%) Ericsson
4 3 (5.77%) Huawei
5 2 (3.85%) Atlassian
5 2 (3.85%) DocuSign
5 2 (3.85%) Remedy
6 1 (1.92%) Aprimo
6 1 (1.92%) Bomgar
6 1 (1.92%) BT
6 1 (1.92%) Dialogic
6 1 (1.92%) Genesys
6 1 (1.92%) Nokia Networks
6 1 (1.92%) Pega
6 1 (1.92%) Peregrine
6 1 (1.92%) Teradata
6 1 (1.92%) Thunderhead