Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 409 774 741
Rank change year-on-year +365 -33 -49
Contract jobs citing SMS 551 118 142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.11% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.04% 0.70% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 457 60 52
UK median daily rate £400 £295 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +35.59% -25.08% +24.51%
10th Percentile £180 £225 £168
90th Percentile £588 £484 £598
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £315 £388
% change year-on-year +19.05% -18.71% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 11 11
UK median hourly rate £14.06 £12.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.48% -37.50% +37.93%
10th Percentile £10.30 £12.25 £7.19
90th Percentile £26.04 £42.65 £31.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.12 £12.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.96% -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 13638 16883 15878
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.77% 15.81% 14.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 8233 10261 9032
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £195 £221 £206
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 742 842 1024
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +24.42% +0.92%
10th Percentile £10.96 £11.52 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.96 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -24.16% +25.00% +1.50%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 26 September 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 +354 534 £403 +37.61% 34
UK excluding London +288 354 £375 +19.05% 24
London +160 194 £450 +71.43% 15
North of England +157 116 £375 +33.93% 2
Midlands +104 80 £350 -54.84% 9
South East +60 70 £338 +3.85% 2
West Midlands +94 57 £370 -52.26% 6
South West +61 57 £440 - 4
Yorkshire +73 44 £375 - 2
North West - 40 £400 -
North East +92 32 £305 +8.93%
East Midlands - 23 £343 - 2
East of England -9 17 £400 +14.29% 2
Scotland +24 11 £400 -5.88% 3
Wales - 3 £315 - 2

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 130 (23.59%) Finance
2 126 (22.87%) Agile Software Development
3 82 (14.88%) Project Management
4 71 (12.89%) Banking
5 64 (11.62%) HTML
6 62 (11.25%) SQL
7 60 (10.89%) Java
7 60 (10.89%) JavaScript
8 56 (10.16%) Stakeholder Management
8 56 (10.16%) Scrum
9 53 (9.62%) CSS
10 51 (9.26%) Oracle
10 51 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
11 50 (9.07%) Windows
12 47 (8.53%) Jenkins
13 45 (8.17%) TDD
14 44 (7.99%) PRINCE2
15 39 (7.08%) Linux
16 38 (6.90%) ITIL
16 38 (6.90%) Security Cleared
16 38 (6.90%) Git (software)
16 38 (6.90%) Amazon AWS
17 37 (6.72%) Continuous Integration
18 35 (6.35%) JIRA
19 34 (6.17%) Test Automation
19 34 (6.17%) Migration
20 33 (5.99%) Degree
21 32 (5.81%) Spring
22 30 (5.44%) Risk Management
22 30 (5.44%) Active Directory

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 14 (2.54%) SharePoint
2 13 (2.36%) MS Exchange
3 12 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (2.18%) Skype for Business
4 10 (1.81%) Confluence
5 9 (1.63%) CMS
5 9 (1.63%) Oracle Workflow
5 9 (1.63%) SAS
6 6 (1.09%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.91%) Mule
8 4 (0.73%) Apache
8 4 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
8 4 (0.73%) Umbraco
9 3 (0.54%) CICS
9 3 (0.54%) IBM HTTP Server
9 3 (0.54%) JBoss
9 3 (0.54%) NetWeaver
9 3 (0.54%) WordPress
10 2 (0.36%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 18 (3.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (2.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 10 (1.81%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.81%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (0.91%) Photoshop
5 3 (0.54%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.18%) ImageReady
Business Applications
1 11 (2.00%) Oracle iProcurement
1 11 (2.00%) Oracle Receivables
2 10 (1.81%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (1.81%) Oracle EBS R12
2 10 (1.81%) Oracle Payables
3 9 (1.63%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 7 (1.27%) Oracle Assets
4 7 (1.27%) Oracle Financials
4 7 (1.27%) Oracle General Ledger
4 7 (1.27%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
5 5 (0.91%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.73%) Unica
7 3 (0.54%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.54%) SAP ERP
7 3 (0.54%) SAP SRM
8 2 (0.36%) Dynamics GP
8 2 (0.36%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.36%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.36%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.36%) SAP MDM
Cloud Services
1 38 (6.90%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (2.90%) Amazon EC2
3 15 (2.72%) GitHub
4 14 (2.54%) Office 365
5 13 (2.36%) Microsoft Azure
6 7 (1.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 6 (1.09%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (1.09%) AWS Lambda
8 5 (0.91%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 4 (0.73%) SaaS
10 2 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.36%) G Suite
10 2 (0.36%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.36%) Taleo
11 1 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 1 (0.18%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 1 (0.18%) Amazon Kinesis
11 1 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.18%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.18%) Twilio
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.09%) Internet
2 15 (2.72%) DNS
3 13 (2.36%) DHCP
4 12 (2.18%) Firewall
4 12 (2.18%) Value-Added Service
5 9 (1.63%) 3G
5 9 (1.63%) 4G
5 9 (1.63%) LTE
6 8 (1.45%) LAN
6 8 (1.45%) MVNO
7 6 (1.09%) SAN
7 6 (1.09%) WAN
7 6 (1.09%) Wireless
8 5 (0.91%) HTTP
8 5 (0.91%) LDAP
9 4 (0.73%) Network Security
9 4 (0.73%) Skype
9 4 (0.73%) TCP/IP
10 3 (0.54%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (0.54%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (3.99%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.09%) Oracle Database
3 12 (2.18%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 9 (1.63%) Oracle Database 11g
4 9 (1.63%) Oracle Discoverer
5 8 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (1.27%) BusinessObjects
6 7 (1.27%) Oracle Database 10g
7 6 (1.09%) SQL Server 2008
8 5 (0.91%) DB2
8 5 (0.91%) Oracle Database 12c
8 5 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (0.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.73%) Big Data
9 4 (0.73%) Oracle BI EE
10 3 (0.54%) Hadoop
10 3 (0.54%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.54%) SAP BW
10 3 (0.54%) SAS Enterprise Guide
10 3 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 47 (8.53%) Jenkins
2 38 (6.90%) Git (software)
3 35 (6.35%) JIRA
4 29 (5.26%) Maven
5 14 (2.54%) Selenium
6 13 (2.36%) Cucumber
6 13 (2.36%) TeamCity
7 12 (2.18%) Ant
8 9 (1.63%) Gradle
9 7 (1.27%) IntelliJ
9 7 (1.27%) Mocha
9 7 (1.27%) Sonatype Nexus
9 7 (1.27%) Visual Studio
10 6 (1.09%) Bitbucket
10 6 (1.09%) SoapUI
10 6 (1.09%) Subversion
11 5 (0.91%) Dreamweaver
11 5 (0.91%) JMeter
11 5 (0.91%) Mockito
11 5 (0.91%) Spock
General
1 130 (23.59%) Finance
2 71 (12.89%) Banking
3 26 (4.72%) Retail
4 18 (3.27%) Marketing
5 15 (2.72%) Telecoms
6 11 (2.00%) Billing
7 10 (1.81%) Legal
8 9 (1.63%) Retail Banking
9 8 (1.45%) Back Office
10 3 (0.54%) Games
10 3 (0.54%) Local Government
10 3 (0.54%) Publishing
11 2 (0.36%) Law
11 2 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.18%) Corporate Banking
12 1 (0.18%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.18%) French Language
12 1 (0.18%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.18%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 109 (19.78%) Analyst
2 81 (14.70%) Developer
3 57 (10.34%) Project Manager
4 32 (5.81%) Business Analyst
5 24 (4.36%) Architect
5 24 (4.36%) Java Developer
6 21 (3.81%) Consultant
7 19 (3.45%) Senior Developer
8 13 (2.36%) Data Analyst
9 12 (2.18%) Administrator
9 12 (2.18%) JavaScript Developer
9 12 (2.18%) Programme Manager
9 12 (2.18%) Senior Java Developer
9 12 (2.18%) Service Manager
10 11 (2.00%) Desktop Support
10 11 (2.00%) KYC Analyst
11 10 (1.81%) Change Manager
11 10 (1.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 10 (1.81%) Senior Manager
11 10 (1.81%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (11.62%) HTML
2 53 (9.62%) CSS
3 32 (5.81%) Spring
4 28 (5.08%) REST
5 26 (4.72%) HTML5
6 22 (3.99%) AngularJS
6 22 (3.99%) Node.js
7 20 (3.63%) Web Services
8 17 (3.09%) jQuery
8 17 (3.09%) JSP
8 17 (3.09%) React
8 17 (3.09%) XML
9 15 (2.72%) .NET
9 15 (2.72%) SOAP
10 13 (2.36%) CSS3
11 12 (2.18%) Hibernate
12 10 (1.81%) Ajax
12 10 (1.81%) JPA
12 10 (1.81%) Spring Security
13 9 (1.63%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 51 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (3.63%) Management Information System
2 20 (3.63%) User Experience
3 17 (3.09%) NHS
4 14 (2.54%) Data Centre
5 9 (1.63%) Online Banking
6 7 (1.27%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (1.09%) Market Risk
7 6 (1.09%) Mobile App
8 5 (0.91%) Credit Risk
8 5 (0.91%) e-Learning
8 5 (0.91%) PDA
8 5 (0.91%) Replication
9 4 (0.73%) Computer Science
9 4 (0.73%) Reference Data
9 4 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (0.54%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (0.54%) PKI
10 3 (0.54%) Social Media
11 2 (0.36%) Freedom of Information Act
Operating Systems
1 50 (9.07%) Windows
2 39 (7.08%) Linux
3 18 (3.27%) Unix
4 16 (2.90%) Windows Server
5 13 (2.36%) Windows 10
5 13 (2.36%) Windows 7
6 8 (1.45%) AIX
6 8 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (1.27%) CentOS
8 6 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (0.91%) SUSE
9 5 (0.91%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.73%) Ubuntu
10 4 (0.73%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.54%) Android
11 3 (0.54%) Debian
11 3 (0.54%) Solaris
11 3 (0.54%) zOS
12 2 (0.36%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.36%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (22.87%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (14.88%) Project Management
3 56 (10.16%) Scrum
3 56 (10.16%) Stakeholder Management
4 45 (8.17%) TDD
5 44 (7.99%) PRINCE2
6 38 (6.90%) ITIL
7 37 (6.72%) Continuous Integration
8 34 (6.17%) Migration
8 34 (6.17%) Test Automation
9 30 (5.44%) Risk Management
10 29 (5.26%) Change Management
10 29 (5.26%) Kanban
11 28 (5.08%) User Acceptance Testing
12 26 (4.72%) Analytics
13 25 (4.54%) Service Management
14 24 (4.36%) Business Intelligence
15 23 (4.17%) DevOps
15 23 (4.17%) Service Delivery
16 20 (3.63%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 62 (11.25%) SQL
2 60 (10.89%) Java
2 60 (10.89%) JavaScript
3 21 (3.81%) Python
4 18 (3.27%) C#
5 16 (2.90%) Ruby
6 10 (1.81%) PHP
7 8 (1.45%) Shell Script
8 7 (1.27%) Korn
8 7 (1.27%) PL/SQL
8 7 (1.27%) VBA
9 6 (1.09%) C
9 6 (1.09%) Groovy
10 4 (0.73%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.54%) ABAP
11 3 (0.54%) PowerShell
11 3 (0.54%) Scala
11 3 (0.54%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.36%) C++
12 2 (0.36%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 38 (6.90%) Security Cleared
2 33 (5.99%) Degree
3 29 (5.26%) SC Cleared
4 16 (2.90%) DV Cleared
5 9 (1.63%) DBS Check
5 9 (1.63%) ISEB
6 7 (1.27%) CCNA
6 7 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (0.73%) ISTQB
8 4 (0.73%) MCSA
8 4 (0.73%) MCSE
8 4 (0.73%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 4 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 3 (0.54%) BC Cleared
9 3 (0.54%) CCNP
9 3 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 2 (0.36%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (5.08%) QA
2 21 (3.81%) Data Quality
3 10 (1.81%) GDPR
4 7 (1.27%) PMO
5 6 (1.09%) SLA
6 4 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
6 4 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.73%) RMADS
7 3 (0.54%) Basel II
8 2 (0.36%) COBIT
8 2 (0.36%) IFRS
8 2 (0.36%) IFRS 9
8 2 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.18%) GCP
9 1 (0.18%) GPG13
9 1 (0.18%) HL7
9 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
System Software
1 30 (5.44%) Active Directory
2 13 (2.36%) XenApp
3 11 (2.00%) XenServer
4 9 (1.63%) Microsoft App-V
4 9 (1.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.63%) XenDesktop
5 5 (0.91%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.54%) Docker
6 3 (0.54%) KVM
6 3 (0.54%) LXC
6 3 (0.54%) vSphere
7 2 (0.36%) OpenDJ
8 1 (0.18%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 27 (4.90%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 20 (3.63%) Puppet
3 17 (3.09%) SCCM
4 11 (2.00%) Ansible
5 10 (1.81%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (0.54%) Data Guard
6 3 (0.54%) Oracle RMAN
7 2 (0.36%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.36%) Icinga
7 2 (0.36%) ITRS Geneos
7 2 (0.36%) Nagios
7 2 (0.36%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 2 (0.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.18%) CA Service Virtualization
8 1 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.18%) Cisco UCCX
8 1 (0.18%) Oracle EDQ
8 1 (0.18%) SCOM
8 1 (0.18%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.18%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 51 (9.26%) Oracle
2 21 (3.81%) VMware
3 20 (3.63%) Citrix
4 18 (3.27%) HP
5 15 (2.72%) Cisco
6 12 (2.18%) MuleSoft
7 11 (2.00%) IBM
7 11 (2.00%) McAfee
8 10 (1.81%) Red Hat
8 10 (1.81%) SAP
9 9 (1.63%) AppSense
9 9 (1.63%) hybris
10 8 (1.45%) ForgeRock
11 6 (1.09%) ServiceNow
11 6 (1.09%) Solace
12 5 (0.91%) Adobe
12 5 (0.91%) Google
13 4 (0.73%) CheckPoint
14 3 (0.54%) Dell
14 3 (0.54%) Intel