Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 284 763 781
Rank change year-on-year +479 +18 -51
Contract jobs citing SMS 901 83 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.89% 0.086% 0.089%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.75% 0.58% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 733 39 21
UK median daily rate £413 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.86% - -
10th Percentile £209 £180 £200
90th Percentile £588 £488 £566
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 8 8
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £13.96 £48.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.47% -71.07% +382.50%
10th Percentile £10.00 £12.18 £12.95
90th Percentile £25.25 £33.55 £100.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £13.96 £30.35
% change year-on-year +9.26% -54.01% +203.50%

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 13,354 14,277 14,878
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.15% 14.87% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,240 8,698 8,726
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £185 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 702 762 812
UK median hourly rate £19.45 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.55% -4.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.66 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -8.56% -2.27% -

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 February 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 21 February 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 21 February 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 +469 858 £413 +25.00% 166
UK excluding London +343 586 £375 +7.14% 135
London +246 305 £450 +57.21% 42
North of England +218 256 £375 -11.76% 38
Yorkshire +110 139 £425 - 16
South East +60 104 £375 +97.37% 36
Midlands +102 98 £350 - 21
South West +77 76 £395 - 21
West Midlands +71 65 £350 - 11
North West - 64 £425 - 10
North East +86 53 £325 - 12
East Midlands - 33 £325 - 10
Wales - 23 £433 -
East of England -5 18 £300 -14.29% 8
Scotland - 11 £400 - 11

For the 6 months to 21 February 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.

1 201 (22.31%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (20.20%) Finance
3 112 (12.43%) Stakeholder Management
4 111 (12.32%) Project Management
5 105 (11.65%) SQL
6 103 (11.43%) Windows
7 86 (9.54%) Java
7 86 (9.54%) Analytical Skills
8 78 (8.66%) Banking
9 77 (8.55%) ITIL
10 74 (8.21%) Migration
11 65 (7.21%) JavaScript
12 61 (6.77%) Active Directory
13 57 (6.33%) Linux
13 57 (6.33%) DevOps
14 56 (6.22%) HTML
15 55 (6.10%) Degree
15 55 (6.10%) Test Automation
16 54 (5.99%) Security Cleared
17 53 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
18 52 (5.77%) Scrum
18 52 (5.77%) JIRA
19 51 (5.66%) TDD
19 51 (5.66%) Oracle
20 50 (5.55%) CSS
20 50 (5.55%) Unix
21 47 (5.22%) Git (software)
22 46 (5.11%) User Acceptance Testing
23 42 (4.66%) Marketing
24 41 (4.55%) 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 23 (2.55%) SharePoint
2 21 (2.33%) CMS
3 13 (1.44%) Confluence
4 11 (1.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 11 (1.22%) Skype for Business
5 7 (0.78%) MS Exchange
5 7 (0.78%) WordPress
6 6 (0.67%) IIS
6 6 (0.67%) Oracle Workflow
7 5 (0.55%) Apache
7 5 (0.55%) Drupal
7 5 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (0.44%) Mule
9 3 (0.33%) Amazon Alexa
9 3 (0.33%) JBoss
10 2 (0.22%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.22%) Jupyter
10 2 (0.22%) Moodle
10 2 (0.22%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.11%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 23 (2.55%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 11 (1.22%) Spreadsheet
3 10 (1.11%) Photoshop
4 8 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.22%) Adobe Captivate
6 2 (0.22%) SPSS
7 1 (0.11%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 10 (1.11%) ResourceLink
2 9 (1.00%) Oracle iProcurement
2 9 (1.00%) Oracle Receivables
3 8 (0.89%) Oracle EBS
4 7 (0.78%) Adobe Campaign
4 7 (0.78%) Oracle EBS R12
5 6 (0.67%) Oracle Assets
5 6 (0.67%) Oracle Financials
5 6 (0.67%) Oracle General Ledger
5 6 (0.67%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 6 (0.67%) Oracle Payables
5 6 (0.67%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
5 6 (0.67%) SAP S/4HANA
6 4 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.44%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.33%) Magento
8 2 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.22%) SAP BPC
8 2 (0.22%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 53 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (2.66%) Office 365
3 22 (2.44%) Amazon EC2
4 15 (1.66%) Serverless
5 13 (1.44%) AWS Lambda
5 13 (1.44%) Microsoft Azure
5 13 (1.44%) PaaS
5 13 (1.44%) Salesforce Service Cloud
6 12 (1.33%) SaaS
7 11 (1.22%) GitHub
7 11 (1.22%) SuccessFactors
8 9 (1.00%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 9 (1.00%) AWS CloudFormation
9 8 (0.89%) Amazon S3
9 8 (0.89%) IaaS
9 8 (0.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 5 (0.55%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 4 (0.44%) Amazon ELB
11 4 (0.44%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.44%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 33 (3.66%) Firewall
2 19 (2.11%) Internet
3 14 (1.55%) DNS
4 12 (1.33%) DHCP
4 12 (1.33%) LAN
4 12 (1.33%) Wireless
5 11 (1.22%) VPN
6 10 (1.11%) WAN
7 8 (0.89%) HTTP
8 7 (0.78%) Network Security
8 7 (0.78%) Skype
9 6 (0.67%) Cisco ASA
10 5 (0.55%) SSL
10 5 (0.55%) TCP/IP
10 5 (0.55%) Wi-Fi
11 4 (0.44%) SAN
11 4 (0.44%) SNMP
12 3 (0.33%) DMZ
12 3 (0.33%) PBX
12 3 (0.33%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (2.11%) MongoDB
2 18 (2.00%) BusinessObjects
2 18 (2.00%) MySQL
2 18 (2.00%) NoSQL
3 17 (1.89%) SQL Server
4 15 (1.66%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 15 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
5 14 (1.55%) Oracle Database
6 9 (1.00%) Oracle Database 11g
6 9 (1.00%) Relational Database
7 8 (0.89%) Apache Cassandra
7 8 (0.89%) Cloud Spanner
7 8 (0.89%) NewSQL
7 8 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
7 8 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 7 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 6 (0.67%) Big Data
9 6 (0.67%) Oracle Database 10g
9 6 (0.67%) Oracle Discoverer
Development Applications
1 52 (5.77%) JIRA
2 47 (5.22%) Git (software)
3 38 (4.22%) Jenkins
4 16 (1.78%) Maven
4 16 (1.78%) Selenium
5 11 (1.22%) Cucumber
5 11 (1.22%) Visual Studio
6 10 (1.11%) JMeter
7 9 (1.00%) Ant
7 9 (1.00%) Subversion
8 7 (0.78%) LoadRunner
8 7 (0.78%) SoapUI
9 6 (0.67%) Gradle
10 5 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.44%) Appium
11 4 (0.44%) Bitbucket
11 4 (0.44%) Mocha
11 4 (0.44%) Selendroid
11 4 (0.44%) TeamCity
11 4 (0.44%) WebDriver
General
1 182 (20.20%) Finance
2 78 (8.66%) Banking
3 42 (4.66%) Marketing
4 32 (3.55%) Retail
5 25 (2.77%) Legal
6 13 (1.44%) Billing
6 13 (1.44%) Retail Banking
7 11 (1.22%) Back Office
8 10 (1.11%) Publishing
9 9 (1.00%) Telecoms
10 7 (0.78%) Local Government
11 6 (0.67%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.55%) Games
12 5 (0.55%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.22%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.22%) Digital Economy
13 2 (0.22%) French Language
13 2 (0.22%) Law
13 2 (0.22%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 173 (19.20%) Analyst
2 117 (12.99%) Developer
3 78 (8.66%) Project Manager
4 53 (5.88%) Business Analyst
5 47 (5.22%) Consultant
6 41 (4.55%) Architect
7 29 (3.22%) Java Developer
8 26 (2.89%) IT Manager
9 22 (2.44%) Administrator
9 22 (2.44%) Data Analyst
9 22 (2.44%) IT Analyst
9 22 (2.44%) Service Analyst
10 20 (2.22%) DevOps Engineer
11 19 (2.11%) Service Desk Analyst
11 19 (2.11%) Software Engineer
12 16 (1.78%) Delivery Manager
12 16 (1.78%) Senior Developer
12 16 (1.78%) Support Engineer
13 15 (1.66%) 1st Line Support
13 15 (1.66%) IT Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (6.22%) HTML
2 50 (5.55%) CSS
3 41 (4.55%) Node.js
4 31 (3.44%) React
4 31 (3.44%) Spring
5 30 (3.33%) .NET
6 29 (3.22%) Web Services
7 28 (3.11%) REST
8 24 (2.66%) XML
9 23 (2.55%) AngularJS
10 19 (2.11%) HTML5
11 15 (1.66%) RESTful
12 14 (1.55%) CSS3
12 14 (1.55%) JSON
13 13 (1.44%) SOAP
13 13 (1.44%) Spring Boot
14 11 (1.22%) ASP.NET Web API
15 10 (1.11%) Hibernate
16 9 (1.00%) .NET Core
16 9 (1.00%) Angular 2
Miscellaneous
1 86 (9.54%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (2.00%) User Experience
3 17 (1.89%) Data Centre
4 16 (1.78%) Computer Science
4 16 (1.78%) Management Information System
5 14 (1.55%) PDA
6 12 (1.33%) NHS
7 10 (1.11%) Client/Server
7 10 (1.11%) Market Risk
8 9 (1.00%) Mobile App
9 8 (0.89%) Social Media
10 7 (0.78%) Minimum Viable Product
11 6 (0.67%) Credit Risk
12 5 (0.55%) Data Protection Act
12 5 (0.55%) Greenfield Project
12 5 (0.55%) Handset
12 5 (0.55%) Public Cloud
12 5 (0.55%) Reference Data
13 4 (0.44%) Data Structures
13 4 (0.44%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 103 (11.43%) Windows
2 57 (6.33%) Linux
3 50 (5.55%) Unix
4 33 (3.66%) Windows Server
5 26 (2.89%) Windows 10
5 26 (2.89%) Windows 7
6 20 (2.22%) Android
7 14 (1.55%) Apple iOS
8 12 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (1.11%) Mac OS X
9 10 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (0.89%) Solaris
10 8 (0.89%) Windows 8
10 8 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (0.78%) Ubuntu
12 6 (0.67%) AIX
12 6 (0.67%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.55%) CentOS
14 4 (0.44%) Debian
15 3 (0.33%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 201 (22.31%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (12.43%) Stakeholder Management
3 111 (12.32%) Project Management
4 77 (8.55%) ITIL
5 74 (8.21%) Migration
6 57 (6.33%) DevOps
7 55 (6.10%) Test Automation
8 52 (5.77%) Scrum
9 51 (5.66%) TDD
10 46 (5.11%) User Acceptance Testing
11 41 (4.55%) Change Management
12 40 (4.44%) Risk Management
13 39 (4.33%) PRINCE2
13 39 (4.33%) Service Management
14 35 (3.88%) Open Source
15 34 (3.77%) Business Analysis
16 33 (3.66%) Service Delivery
17 32 (3.55%) Analytics
17 32 (3.55%) Logistics
17 32 (3.55%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 105 (11.65%) SQL
2 86 (9.54%) Java
3 65 (7.21%) JavaScript
4 36 (4.00%) Python
5 34 (3.77%) C#
6 29 (3.22%) Ruby
7 19 (2.11%) PHP
8 18 (2.00%) PL/SQL
9 15 (1.66%) Perl
10 12 (1.33%) Bash Shell
10 12 (1.33%) PowerShell
11 11 (1.22%) ES6
11 11 (1.22%) Groovy
12 10 (1.11%) C
13 7 (0.78%) VBA
14 6 (0.67%) R
15 5 (0.55%) ABAP
16 4 (0.44%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.44%) VBScript
17 3 (0.33%) Go
Qualifications
1 55 (6.10%) Degree
2 54 (5.99%) Security Cleared
3 36 (4.00%) SC Cleared
4 13 (1.44%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (1.33%) CCNA
6 10 (1.11%) BPSS Clearance
6 10 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 9 (1.00%) DBS Check
7 9 (1.00%) DV Cleared
7 9 (1.00%) ISEB
8 8 (0.89%) CTC Cleared
8 8 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 6 (0.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 5 (0.55%) CCNP
11 4 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.44%) PMP
12 3 (0.33%) CISSP
12 3 (0.33%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
13 2 (0.22%) Computer Science Degree
13 2 (0.22%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (4.55%) QA
2 23 (2.55%) GDPR
2 23 (2.55%) PMO
3 17 (1.89%) Data Quality
3 17 (1.89%) SLA
4 11 (1.22%) Disclosure Scotland
5 10 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 9 (1.00%) Basel II
7 7 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 6 (0.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (0.55%) ISO 9001
10 4 (0.44%) COBIT
10 4 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 3 (0.33%) PSD2
12 2 (0.22%) COREP
12 2 (0.22%) FIPS 140-2
12 2 (0.22%) IFRS
12 2 (0.22%) IFRS 9
12 2 (0.22%) ISO 20022
12 2 (0.22%) RMADS
System Software
1 61 (6.77%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.66%) Docker
3 8 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.67%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.67%) XenApp
5 5 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.55%) XenServer
6 4 (0.44%) Firmware
6 4 (0.44%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (0.44%) vSphere
6 4 (0.44%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.22%) KVM
7 2 (0.22%) LXC
7 2 (0.22%) OpenSSH
7 2 (0.22%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 2 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.11%) Job Entry Subsystem
8 1 (0.11%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 1 (0.11%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.11%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 29 (3.22%) SCCM
2 27 (3.00%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 18 (2.00%) Ansible
4 17 (1.89%) Puppet
5 12 (1.33%) SCOM
6 10 (1.11%) Tivoli
7 9 (1.00%) Nagios
8 6 (0.67%) CSIRT
8 6 (0.67%) QRadar
9 5 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (0.55%) Terraform
10 4 (0.44%) Netcool
10 4 (0.44%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 4 (0.44%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 3 (0.33%) AirWatch
11 3 (0.33%) HP Quality Center
11 3 (0.33%) Single Sign-On
12 2 (0.22%) Icinga
12 2 (0.22%) ITRS Geneos
12 2 (0.22%) Uchiwa
Vendors
1 51 (5.66%) Oracle
2 35 (3.88%) SAP
3 29 (3.22%) Cisco
4 24 (2.66%) HP
5 23 (2.55%) Adobe
6 18 (2.00%) Salesforce.com
7 17 (1.89%) Red Hat
8 16 (1.78%) VMware
9 15 (1.66%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
10 14 (1.55%) Google
11 11 (1.22%) Citrix
11 11 (1.22%) IBM
11 11 (1.22%) ServiceNow
12 10 (1.11%) CheckPoint
13 9 (1.00%) hybris
13 9 (1.00%) Ivanti
13 9 (1.00%) MuleSoft
13 9 (1.00%) Northgate
14 8 (0.89%) Remedy
15 7 (0.78%) SolarWinds