Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 2017 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
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 321 770 762
Rank change year-on-year +449 -8 -54
Contract jobs citing SMS 789 111 126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.58% 0.68% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 653 55 38
UK median daily rate £413 £315 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.95% -25.88% +23.64%
10th Percentile £181 £231 £190
90th Percentile £606 £488 £583
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £401
% change year-on-year +7.14% -12.77% +15.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 15 13
UK median hourly rate £14.00 £12.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.00% -37.50% -
10th Percentile £10.28 £12.25 £7.19
90th Percentile £25.69 £42.71 £49.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £12.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +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 14147 16251 15798
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.72% 15.52% 13.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 8605 9813 9138
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 745 827 1017
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £24.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.83% +17.07% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.13 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.65 £48.15 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.04 £25.00 £20.97
% change year-on-year -27.84% +19.23% +4.84%

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017. 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 +442 760 £413 +33.06% 60
UK excluding London +341 522 £375 +7.14% 50
London +200 263 £450 +71.43% 14
North of England +200 188 £375 +33.93% 11
Midlands +123 109 £350 -54.84% 11
South East +72 97 £331 -17.19% 12
Yorkshire +102 91 £376 - 5
South West +70 80 £425 - 8
West Midlands +95 75 £373 -51.94% 8
North West - 57 £400 - 4
North East +95 40 £306 +9.20% 2
East Midlands - 34 £335 - 3
East of England -7 23 £400 +14.29% 4
Scotland +7 14 £388 - 2
Wales - 11 £450 - 2

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SMS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SMS.

1 187 (23.70%) Finance
2 181 (22.94%) Agile Software Development
3 117 (14.83%) Project Management
4 96 (12.17%) Banking
5 93 (11.79%) Stakeholder Management
6 84 (10.65%) Windows
7 80 (10.14%) SQL
7 80 (10.14%) Analytical Skills
8 77 (9.76%) JavaScript
9 75 (9.51%) HTML
9 75 (9.51%) Java
10 70 (8.87%) Scrum
11 62 (7.86%) CSS
12 59 (7.48%) Oracle
13 57 (7.22%) ITIL
13 57 (7.22%) PRINCE2
13 57 (7.22%) JIRA
14 54 (6.84%) Jenkins
14 54 (6.84%) TDD
15 51 (6.46%) Git (software)
16 50 (6.34%) Active Directory
17 47 (5.96%) Linux
17 47 (5.96%) Amazon AWS
18 45 (5.70%) Migration
19 44 (5.58%) Security Cleared
20 42 (5.32%) Risk Management
21 39 (4.94%) Degree
22 38 (4.82%) Continuous Integration
22 38 (4.82%) Test Automation
22 38 (4.82%) Change Management

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 19 (2.41%) SharePoint
2 16 (2.03%) Skype for Business
3 15 (1.90%) MS Exchange
4 14 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (1.52%) Confluence
6 11 (1.39%) CMS
7 9 (1.14%) Oracle Workflow
7 9 (1.14%) SAS
8 6 (0.76%) WebSphere
9 5 (0.63%) Apache
9 5 (0.63%) Mule
10 4 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.51%) JBoss
10 4 (0.51%) Umbraco
10 4 (0.51%) WordPress
11 3 (0.38%) CICS
11 3 (0.38%) IBM HTTP Server
11 3 (0.38%) NetWeaver
12 2 (0.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 2 (0.25%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 24 (3.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (1.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 11 (1.39%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.27%) Spreadsheet
5 8 (1.01%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.38%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.13%) ImageReady
Business Applications
1 13 (1.65%) Oracle iProcurement
1 13 (1.65%) Oracle Receivables
2 11 (1.39%) Oracle EBS
3 10 (1.27%) Oracle EBS R12
3 10 (1.27%) Oracle Payables
4 9 (1.14%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 8 (1.01%) Dynamics CRM
6 7 (0.89%) Oracle Assets
6 7 (0.89%) Oracle Financials
6 7 (0.89%) Oracle General Ledger
6 7 (0.89%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 5 (0.63%) Adobe Campaign
7 5 (0.63%) Oracle Applications
8 3 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
8 3 (0.38%) SAP ERP
8 3 (0.38%) SAP SRM
8 3 (0.38%) Unica
9 2 (0.25%) Dynamics GP
9 2 (0.25%) SAP FI/CO
9 2 (0.25%) SAP FI-AP
Cloud Services
1 47 (5.96%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (2.66%) Office 365
3 18 (2.28%) Amazon EC2
4 15 (1.90%) GitHub
5 13 (1.65%) Microsoft Azure
6 10 (1.27%) SaaS
7 9 (1.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 7 (0.89%) AWS CloudFormation
8 7 (0.89%) PaaS
9 6 (0.76%) AWS Lambda
9 6 (0.76%) Serverless
9 6 (0.76%) SuccessFactors
10 5 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 3 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.38%) G Suite
11 3 (0.38%) Google Analytics
11 3 (0.38%) IaaS
12 2 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.25%) Taleo
13 1 (0.13%) Twilio
Communications & Networking
1 26 (3.30%) Firewall
2 22 (2.79%) Internet
3 17 (2.15%) DNS
4 16 (2.03%) DHCP
5 10 (1.27%) LAN
6 8 (1.01%) VPN
7 7 (0.89%) HTTP
7 7 (0.89%) Network Security
7 7 (0.89%) SAN
7 7 (0.89%) Skype
7 7 (0.89%) WAN
7 7 (0.89%) Wireless
8 6 (0.76%) Value-Added Service
9 5 (0.63%) LDAP
9 5 (0.63%) TCP/IP
10 4 (0.51%) VLAN
11 3 (0.38%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (0.38%) VPLS
12 2 (0.25%) LTE
12 2 (0.25%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (3.42%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.41%) Oracle Database
3 14 (1.77%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 11 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (1.39%) Oracle Database 11g
5 9 (1.14%) Oracle Discoverer
6 8 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (0.89%) BusinessObjects
7 7 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
7 7 (0.89%) Oracle Database 12c
7 7 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (0.76%) Oracle BI EE
8 6 (0.76%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (0.63%) DB2
9 5 (0.63%) NoSQL
9 5 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 4 (0.51%) MongoDB
10 4 (0.51%) MySQL
10 4 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 57 (7.22%) JIRA
2 54 (6.84%) Jenkins
3 51 (6.46%) Git (software)
4 30 (3.80%) Maven
5 15 (1.90%) Cucumber
6 14 (1.77%) Selenium
7 13 (1.65%) Ant
7 13 (1.65%) TeamCity
8 11 (1.39%) Visual Studio
9 9 (1.14%) Gradle
9 9 (1.14%) SoapUI
10 7 (0.89%) IntelliJ
10 7 (0.89%) Mocha
10 7 (0.89%) Sonatype Nexus
10 7 (0.89%) Subversion
11 6 (0.76%) Bitbucket
12 5 (0.63%) JMeter
12 5 (0.63%) JUnit
12 5 (0.63%) Mockito
12 5 (0.63%) Spock
General
1 187 (23.70%) Finance
2 96 (12.17%) Banking
3 30 (3.80%) Marketing
4 28 (3.55%) Retail
5 17 (2.15%) Legal
6 15 (1.90%) Retail Banking
7 14 (1.77%) Billing
8 12 (1.52%) Telecoms
9 11 (1.39%) Back Office
10 7 (0.89%) Publishing
11 5 (0.63%) Local Government
12 4 (0.51%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.38%) Games
13 3 (0.38%) Law
14 2 (0.25%) Corporate Banking
14 2 (0.25%) Manufacturing
14 2 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
15 1 (0.13%) Dutch Language
15 1 (0.13%) French Language
15 1 (0.13%) German Language
Job Titles
1 158 (20.03%) Analyst
2 110 (13.94%) Developer
3 84 (10.65%) Project Manager
4 48 (6.08%) Business Analyst
5 34 (4.31%) Architect
6 31 (3.93%) Consultant
7 29 (3.68%) Java Developer
8 19 (2.41%) Senior Manager
9 18 (2.28%) Data Analyst
9 18 (2.28%) IT Analyst
9 18 (2.28%) IT Manager
9 18 (2.28%) Senior Developer
10 17 (2.15%) Administrator
11 16 (2.03%) Delivery Manager
11 16 (2.03%) Desktop Support
12 15 (1.90%) Service Analyst
13 14 (1.77%) Desktop Engineer
13 14 (1.77%) JavaScript Developer
13 14 (1.77%) Software Engineer
14 13 (1.65%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (9.51%) HTML
2 62 (7.86%) CSS
3 35 (4.44%) Spring
4 32 (4.06%) REST
5 30 (3.80%) HTML5
5 30 (3.80%) Node.js
6 25 (3.17%) AngularJS
6 25 (3.17%) React
6 25 (3.17%) Web Services
7 23 (2.92%) XML
8 22 (2.79%) .NET
9 19 (2.41%) jQuery
9 19 (2.41%) SOAP
10 18 (2.28%) JSP
11 16 (2.03%) CSS3
12 14 (1.77%) RESTful
13 13 (1.65%) Hibernate
14 11 (1.39%) Middleware
14 11 (1.39%) Spring Security
15 10 (1.27%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 80 (10.14%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (3.04%) Management Information System
2 24 (3.04%) User Experience
3 18 (2.28%) NHS
4 12 (1.52%) Data Centre
4 12 (1.52%) Mobile App
5 9 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
5 9 (1.14%) Online Banking
5 9 (1.14%) PDA
6 8 (1.01%) Computer Science
7 7 (0.89%) Client/Server
8 6 (0.76%) e-Learning
8 6 (0.76%) Market Risk
8 6 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
9 5 (0.63%) Credit Risk
9 5 (0.63%) Reference Data
9 5 (0.63%) Replication
10 3 (0.38%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (0.38%) Handset
10 3 (0.38%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 84 (10.65%) Windows
2 47 (5.96%) Linux
3 29 (3.68%) Unix
4 25 (3.17%) Windows Server
5 24 (3.04%) Windows 7
6 21 (2.66%) Windows 10
7 10 (1.27%) AIX
7 10 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (1.27%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (1.01%) Windows 8
9 7 (0.89%) CentOS
9 7 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (0.76%) SUSE
11 5 (0.63%) Android
11 5 (0.63%) Ubuntu
12 4 (0.51%) Apple iOS
12 4 (0.51%) Solaris
13 3 (0.38%) Debian
13 3 (0.38%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.38%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 181 (22.94%) Agile Software Development
2 117 (14.83%) Project Management
3 93 (11.79%) Stakeholder Management
4 70 (8.87%) Scrum
5 57 (7.22%) ITIL
5 57 (7.22%) PRINCE2
6 54 (6.84%) TDD
7 45 (5.70%) Migration
8 42 (5.32%) Risk Management
9 38 (4.82%) Change Management
9 38 (4.82%) Continuous Integration
9 38 (4.82%) Test Automation
10 36 (4.56%) Service Management
10 36 (4.56%) User Acceptance Testing
11 35 (4.44%) Analytics
12 34 (4.31%) DevOps
12 34 (4.31%) Service Delivery
13 32 (4.06%) Business Analysis
14 30 (3.80%) Business Intelligence
14 30 (3.80%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 80 (10.14%) SQL
2 77 (9.76%) JavaScript
3 75 (9.51%) Java
4 28 (3.55%) Python
5 27 (3.42%) C#
6 17 (2.15%) Ruby
7 14 (1.77%) PHP
8 10 (1.27%) Perl
9 8 (1.01%) C
9 8 (1.01%) Groovy
9 8 (1.01%) Shell Script
10 7 (0.89%) ABAP
10 7 (0.89%) Bash Shell
10 7 (0.89%) Korn
10 7 (0.89%) PL/SQL
10 7 (0.89%) VBA
11 6 (0.76%) PowerShell
12 3 (0.38%) C++
12 3 (0.38%) Scala
12 3 (0.38%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 44 (5.58%) Security Cleared
2 39 (4.94%) Degree
3 32 (4.06%) SC Cleared
4 13 (1.65%) DBS Check
4 13 (1.65%) DV Cleared
5 11 (1.39%) ISEB
6 9 (1.14%) CCNA
6 9 (1.14%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 7 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 6 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (0.51%) CCNP
11 4 (0.51%) CISSP
11 4 (0.51%) ISTQB
11 4 (0.51%) MCSA
11 4 (0.51%) MCSE
11 4 (0.51%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (0.38%) BC Cleared
12 3 (0.38%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (4.56%) QA
2 22 (2.79%) Data Quality
3 19 (2.41%) PMO
4 16 (2.03%) GDPR
5 10 (1.27%) SLA
6 9 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 5 (0.63%) Basel II
8 5 (0.63%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
9 4 (0.51%) IFRS
9 4 (0.51%) IFRS 9
9 4 (0.51%) RMADS
10 3 (0.38%) COBIT
10 3 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.25%) COREP
12 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
12 1 (0.13%) GPG13
12 1 (0.13%) HL7
12 1 (0.13%) JSP 440
System Software
1 50 (6.34%) Active Directory
2 16 (2.03%) XenApp
3 14 (1.77%) XenServer
4 10 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
4 10 (1.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (1.27%) XenDesktop
5 6 (0.76%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.63%) vSphere
7 3 (0.38%) Docker
7 3 (0.38%) KVM
7 3 (0.38%) LXC
8 2 (0.25%) OpenDJ
9 1 (0.13%) Firmware
9 1 (0.13%) PowerHA
9 1 (0.13%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.13%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.13%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 33 (4.18%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 26 (3.30%) SCCM
3 20 (2.53%) Puppet
4 11 (1.39%) Ansible
5 6 (0.76%) CSIRT
5 6 (0.76%) QRadar
6 5 (0.63%) AirWatch
6 5 (0.63%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.51%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 3 (0.38%) Data Guard
8 3 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
8 3 (0.38%) SCOM
8 3 (0.38%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.25%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.25%) Icinga
9 2 (0.25%) ITRS Geneos
9 2 (0.25%) Nagios
9 2 (0.25%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 1 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.13%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 59 (7.48%) Oracle
2 24 (3.04%) Citrix
2 24 (3.04%) VMware
3 23 (2.92%) HP
4 20 (2.53%) Cisco
5 16 (2.03%) SAP
6 15 (1.90%) MuleSoft
7 14 (1.77%) IBM
8 13 (1.65%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.27%) Adobe
9 10 (1.27%) AppSense
9 10 (1.27%) ServiceNow
10 9 (1.14%) ForgeRock
10 9 (1.14%) Google
10 9 (1.14%) hybris
11 6 (0.76%) CheckPoint
11 6 (0.76%) McAfee
11 6 (0.76%) Solace
12 4 (0.51%) LogRhythm
12 4 (0.51%) Varonis