Period
to 18 August 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 18 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)
UK
6 months to
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 316 491 778
Rank change year-on-year +175 +287 -13
Contract jobs citing SMS 843 402 127
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.42% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.09% 3.06% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 670 320 63
UK median daily rate £400 £420 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +42.37% -26.25%
10th Percentile £213 £220 £215
90th Percentile £581 £625 £482
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £378 £315
% change year-on-year +2.65% +19.84% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 32 8
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £13.75 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% -37.50%
10th Percentile £10.38 £10.47 £12.25
90th Percentile £22.22 £26.00 £42.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.60 £14.00 £12.50
% change year-on-year +4.29% +12.00% -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 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 13,853 13,129 16,816
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.45% 13.61% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,487 7,886 10,201
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £397 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.93% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 774 746 810
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.23 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.70% -26.00% +21.95%

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 18 August 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 18 August 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 18 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
England +153 802 £400 -5.88% 94
UK excluding London +119 539 £388 +2.65% 81
London +122 291 £450 -6.49% 20
North of England +109 270 £400 +6.67% 28
Yorkshire +83 140 £400 +6.67% 11
North West +46 86 £425 +6.25% 5
Midlands +16 86 £375 - 7
South East +6 79 £400 +23.08% 15
South West -5 57 £385 -12.50% 17
West Midlands -14 49 £388 -3.13% 5
North East +11 44 £319 +4.00% 12
East Midlands +20 37 £375 +8.70% 2
Scotland -20 24 £240 -30.94% 5
East of England -2 17 £325 -18.75% 7
Wales -11 6 £413 +30.95% 2

For the 6 months to 18 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 with a requirement for SMS.

1 208 (24.67%) Finance
2 175 (20.76%) Agile Software Development
3 112 (13.29%) SQL
4 99 (11.74%) Analytical Skills
5 97 (11.51%) Project Management
6 94 (11.15%) Stakeholder Management
7 87 (10.32%) Windows
8 82 (9.73%) Linux
9 78 (9.25%) Problem-Solving
10 77 (9.13%) JavaScript
11 71 (8.42%) Java
12 68 (8.07%) Scrum
13 62 (7.35%) Migration
13 62 (7.35%) HTML
14 60 (7.12%) Oracle
15 59 (7.00%) Unix
16 54 (6.41%) PRINCE2
16 54 (6.41%) CSS
16 54 (6.41%) Security Cleared
17 52 (6.17%) JIRA
18 51 (6.05%) Degree
19 48 (5.69%) ITIL
19 48 (5.69%) Active Directory
20 46 (5.46%) Git (software)
21 44 (5.22%) Python
22 42 (4.98%) C#
22 42 (4.98%) TDD
22 42 (4.98%) Banking
22 42 (4.98%) Jenkins
23 40 (4.74%) Business Analysis

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 24 (2.85%) SharePoint
2 22 (2.61%) CMS
3 13 (1.54%) Confluence
3 13 (1.54%) WebSphere
4 11 (1.30%) Apache
5 10 (1.19%) Skype for Business
5 10 (1.19%) Tomcat
6 9 (1.07%) MS Exchange
7 8 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
7 8 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
7 8 (0.95%) SharePoint Server
8 6 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2010
8 6 (0.71%) Sitecore CMS
8 6 (0.71%) WebSphere Application Server
9 5 (0.59%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 5 (0.59%) Drupal
9 5 (0.59%) nginx
9 5 (0.59%) OpenStack
9 5 (0.59%) SAS
9 5 (0.59%) WebLogic
Applications
1 32 (3.80%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (0.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.47%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.36%) AutoCAD
4 3 (0.36%) InfoPath
4 3 (0.36%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 2 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.24%) ImageReady
5 2 (0.24%) Revit
6 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.12%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.12%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.12%) InVision
Business Applications
1 5 (0.59%) Magento
2 4 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.47%) ResourceLink
3 3 (0.36%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.24%) Oracle Cash Management
4 2 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.24%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.24%) SAP SD
4 2 (0.24%) Unica
4 2 (0.24%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle iProcurement
5 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.12%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.12%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 33 (3.91%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (3.32%) Office 365
3 17 (2.02%) Microsoft Azure
4 11 (1.30%) Amazon EC2
5 9 (1.07%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 8 (0.95%) GitHub
7 7 (0.83%) Google Cloud Platform
8 6 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.36%) SaaS
9 3 (0.36%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 3 (0.36%) Serverless
9 3 (0.36%) Silverpop
9 3 (0.36%) Slack
10 2 (0.24%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.24%) G Suite
10 2 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.12%) AWS Data Pipeline
Communications & Networking
1 26 (3.08%) Firewall
2 18 (2.14%) DNS
2 18 (2.14%) LAN
3 15 (1.78%) HTTP
3 15 (1.78%) WAN
4 12 (1.42%) DHCP
4 12 (1.42%) Wi-Fi
4 12 (1.42%) Wireless
5 10 (1.19%) VoIP
6 9 (1.07%) Network Security
6 9 (1.07%) Skype
7 8 (0.95%) Cisco ASA
7 8 (0.95%) SSL
8 6 (0.71%) NetScaler
8 6 (0.71%) SAN
8 6 (0.71%) TCP/IP
9 5 (0.59%) 3G
9 5 (0.59%) BGP
9 5 (0.59%) Kerberos
9 5 (0.59%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (3.80%) SQL Server
2 24 (2.85%) Data Warehouse
3 21 (2.49%) BusinessObjects
4 18 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
5 17 (2.02%) MySQL
6 12 (1.42%) Oracle Reports
7 11 (1.30%) Relational Database
8 10 (1.19%) NoSQL
8 10 (1.19%) Oracle Database
9 9 (1.07%) Big Data
9 9 (1.07%) MongoDB
9 9 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 8 (0.95%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 8 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
10 8 (0.95%) QlikView
10 8 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (0.71%) DB2
11 6 (0.71%) IBM InfoSphere
11 6 (0.71%) Power BI
12 5 (0.59%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 52 (6.17%) JIRA
2 46 (5.46%) Git (software)
3 42 (4.98%) Jenkins
4 22 (2.61%) Visual Studio
5 12 (1.42%) Selenium
6 10 (1.19%) LoadRunner
6 10 (1.19%) Maven
7 9 (1.07%) Cucumber
8 8 (0.95%) JMeter
9 7 (0.83%) Gradle
10 6 (0.71%) JUnit
10 6 (0.71%) SoapUI
11 5 (0.59%) Eclipse
11 5 (0.59%) Mockito
12 4 (0.47%) Dreamweaver
12 4 (0.47%) Liquibase
12 4 (0.47%) Subversion
12 4 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
12 4 (0.47%) WebDriver
13 3 (0.36%) Artifactory
General
1 208 (24.67%) Finance
2 42 (4.98%) Banking
3 32 (3.80%) Marketing
4 16 (1.90%) Retail
5 9 (1.07%) Legal
6 6 (0.71%) Retail Banking
7 5 (0.59%) Billing
7 5 (0.59%) Investment Banking
7 5 (0.59%) Telecoms
8 4 (0.47%) Publishing
9 3 (0.36%) Back Office
9 3 (0.36%) French Language
10 2 (0.24%) Advertising
10 2 (0.24%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.24%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.24%) Games
10 2 (0.24%) Law
10 2 (0.24%) Local Government
11 1 (0.12%) Automotive
11 1 (0.12%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 165 (19.57%) Analyst
2 141 (16.73%) Developer
3 88 (10.44%) Project Manager
4 57 (6.76%) Business Analyst
5 41 (4.86%) Consultant
6 26 (3.08%) Data Analyst
7 24 (2.85%) Administrator
7 24 (2.85%) Java Developer
8 23 (2.73%) Architect
9 20 (2.37%) IT Manager
10 19 (2.25%) 2nd Line Support
11 17 (2.02%) Desktop Support
11 17 (2.02%) IT Analyst
12 16 (1.90%) Support Engineer
13 15 (1.78%) Senior Manager
14 14 (1.66%) Senior Developer
14 14 (1.66%) Support Analyst
15 13 (1.54%) Network Engineer
15 13 (1.54%) Test Analyst
16 12 (1.42%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (7.35%) HTML
2 54 (6.41%) CSS
3 39 (4.63%) .NET
4 32 (3.80%) Spring
5 25 (2.97%) XML
6 24 (2.85%) AngularJS
6 24 (2.85%) REST
7 21 (2.49%) Web Services
8 19 (2.25%) HTML5
9 18 (2.14%) jQuery
10 16 (1.90%) Node.js
11 13 (1.54%) React
11 13 (1.54%) Spring Boot
12 12 (1.42%) ASP.NET
12 12 (1.42%) CSS3
12 12 (1.42%) RESTful
12 12 (1.42%) SOAP
13 10 (1.19%) Middleware
14 9 (1.07%) Hibernate
15 8 (0.95%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 99 (11.74%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (4.51%) Management Information System
3 30 (3.56%) User Experience
4 18 (2.14%) Data Centre
5 15 (1.78%) NHS
5 15 (1.78%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (1.07%) Computer Science
6 9 (1.07%) Mobile App
7 8 (0.95%) Mainframe
8 7 (0.83%) Clustering
8 7 (0.83%) Data Protection Act
9 6 (0.71%) e-Learning
9 6 (0.71%) Replication
9 6 (0.71%) Social Media
10 5 (0.59%) Credit Risk
10 5 (0.59%) Fat Client
10 5 (0.59%) iPad
10 5 (0.59%) Public Cloud
10 5 (0.59%) Thin Client
11 4 (0.47%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 87 (10.32%) Windows
2 82 (9.73%) Linux
3 59 (7.00%) Unix
4 29 (3.44%) Windows 10
5 27 (3.20%) Windows Server
6 18 (2.14%) Android
7 17 (2.02%) Apple iOS
7 17 (2.02%) Windows 7
8 14 (1.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (1.66%) Solaris
9 9 (1.07%) AIX
10 8 (0.95%) SUSE
10 8 (0.95%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 8 (0.95%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.59%) CentOS
13 4 (0.47%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.47%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.47%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.36%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 175 (20.76%) Agile Software Development
2 97 (11.51%) Project Management
3 94 (11.15%) Stakeholder Management
4 78 (9.25%) Problem-Solving
5 68 (8.07%) Scrum
6 62 (7.35%) Migration
7 54 (6.41%) PRINCE2
8 48 (5.69%) ITIL
9 42 (4.98%) TDD
10 40 (4.74%) Business Analysis
11 38 (4.51%) User Acceptance Testing
12 37 (4.39%) DevOps
13 36 (4.27%) Test Automation
14 35 (4.15%) Decision-Making
14 35 (4.15%) Risk Management
15 33 (3.91%) Logistics
15 33 (3.91%) Waterfall
16 32 (3.80%) Service Delivery
16 32 (3.80%) Workflow
17 31 (3.68%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 112 (13.29%) SQL
2 77 (9.13%) JavaScript
3 71 (8.42%) Java
4 44 (5.22%) Python
5 42 (4.98%) C#
6 19 (2.25%) PowerShell
7 18 (2.14%) PL/SQL
7 18 (2.14%) Ruby
8 13 (1.54%) PHP
9 12 (1.42%) ES6
10 11 (1.30%) Shell Script
10 11 (1.30%) VBA
11 9 (1.07%) Java 8
12 8 (0.95%) T-SQL
13 7 (0.83%) Perl
14 6 (0.71%) Scala
14 6 (0.71%) VB
14 6 (0.71%) VB.NET
15 4 (0.47%) Bash Shell
16 3 (0.36%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 54 (6.41%) Security Cleared
2 51 (6.05%) Degree
3 30 (3.56%) SC Cleared
4 14 (1.66%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (1.30%) ISEB
6 10 (1.19%) CCNA
6 10 (1.19%) DBS Check
7 9 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 8 (0.95%) CISM
8 8 (0.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 7 (0.83%) CCNP
9 7 (0.83%) PMI Certification
10 6 (0.71%) PMP
11 5 (0.59%) CISSP
12 4 (0.47%) CTC Cleared
12 4 (0.47%) DV Cleared
12 4 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.36%) CBAP
13 3 (0.36%) CCSA
13 3 (0.36%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.68%) QA
2 18 (2.14%) GDPR
2 18 (2.14%) PMO
3 17 (2.02%) Data Quality
4 16 (1.90%) SLA
5 3 (0.36%) GCP
5 3 (0.36%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.24%) Basel II
6 2 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.24%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.12%) FIPS 140-2
7 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.12%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.12%) PSD2
7 1 (0.12%) SEPA
7 1 (0.12%) WAI
System Software
1 48 (5.69%) Active Directory
2 17 (2.02%) Docker
3 11 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.47%) OpenAM
5 3 (0.36%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.36%) vSphere
6 2 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.24%) Varnish
6 2 (0.24%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.12%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.12%) Firmware
7 1 (0.12%) Samba
7 1 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 29 (3.44%) SCCM
2 28 (3.32%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 18 (2.14%) Puppet
4 15 (1.78%) BladeLogic
5 13 (1.54%) Ansible
5 13 (1.54%) HP ALM
6 10 (1.19%) Single Sign-On
7 7 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
7 7 (0.83%) Terraform
8 6 (0.71%) Kibana
8 6 (0.71%) SCOM
9 4 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (0.47%) Tivoli
9 4 (0.47%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 4 (0.47%) WSUS
10 3 (0.36%) Cisco UCCX
11 2 (0.24%) Netcool
11 2 (0.24%) Netcool/OMNIbus
11 2 (0.24%) SCVMM
11 2 (0.24%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 60 (7.12%) Oracle
2 32 (3.80%) HP
3 27 (3.20%) SAP
4 26 (3.08%) IBM
5 24 (2.85%) Cisco
6 21 (2.49%) Atlassian
6 21 (2.49%) VMware
7 19 (2.25%) Red Hat
8 16 (1.90%) Citrix
9 15 (1.78%) Salesforce.com
10 13 (1.54%) Adobe
11 12 (1.42%) Google
12 9 (1.07%) Apple
13 8 (0.95%) Teradata
14 7 (0.83%) Capita
14 7 (0.83%) CheckPoint
14 7 (0.83%) hybris
14 7 (0.83%) NetApp
14 7 (0.83%) Sitecore
14 7 (0.83%) SolarWinds