Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 778 302 608
Rank change year-on-year -476 +306 +201
Contract jobs citing SMS 55 906 262
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.060% 0.88% 0.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.47% 6.58% 2.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 729 198
UK median daily rate £331 £410 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.21% -3.53% +44.07%
10th Percentile £213 £224 £247
90th Percentile £563 £588 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £390 £385
% change year-on-year -16.67% +1.30% +31.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 77 24
UK median hourly rate £28.42 £14.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +96.00% +7.41% +8.00%
10th Percentile £25.75 £9.45 £12.00
90th Percentile £36.50 £22.02 £25.91
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.42 £14.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +103.00% +3.70% +8.00%

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 11,727 13,760 12,977
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.74% 13.32% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,203 8,467 7,788
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £200 £203 £204
90th Percentile £606 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £385
% change year-on-year +1.27% +2.60% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 572 770 761
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.50% +2.56% -22.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.20 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.79 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% +5.26% -24.00%

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 23 July 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
Top 12 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 23 July 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 -482 51 £338 -18.18% 34
UK excluding London -331 40 £325 -16.67% 26
London -240 15 £371 -17.67% 11
Midlands -49 11 £675 +74.19% 8
North West -52 9 £321 -24.57% 4
South East -55 9 £338 -15.09% 6
North of England -188 9 £321 -19.86% 4
West Midlands -21 7 £675 +66.67% 7
Scotland +7 4 £225 - 2
East of England +1 4 £375 +15.83% 3
East Midlands -15 4 - - 1
South West -75 3 £140 -64.35% 2

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 (29.09%) Marketing
2 15 (27.27%) Telecoms
3 13 (23.64%) ITIL
3 13 (23.64%) Project Management
4 11 (20.00%) User Experience
5 10 (18.18%) Finance
6 9 (16.36%) Salesforce.com
6 9 (16.36%) Active Directory
6 9 (16.36%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
7 8 (14.55%) Service Management
7 8 (14.55%) ITSM
7 8 (14.55%) Wireless
7 8 (14.55%) Migration
7 8 (14.55%) Degree
7 8 (14.55%) CCTV
8 7 (12.73%) Retail
8 7 (12.73%) CRM
8 7 (12.73%) SQL
8 7 (12.73%) HTML
8 7 (12.73%) CSS
8 7 (12.73%) QA
9 6 (10.91%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (10.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 5 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (9.09%) Business Continuity
10 5 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
10 5 (9.09%) Management Information System
10 5 (9.09%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (9.09%) Blackberry
10 5 (9.09%) Windows

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 4 (7.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 3 (5.45%) Confluence
3 1 (1.82%) CMS
3 1 (1.82%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (1.82%) IBM Notes
3 1 (1.82%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (1.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (1.82%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (1.82%) Adobe Campaign
1 1 (1.82%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.27%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
2 2 (3.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.82%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.82%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (1.82%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 8 (14.55%) Wireless
2 4 (7.27%) LTE
2 4 (7.27%) SSL
3 3 (5.45%) DNS
3 3 (5.45%) GPRS
3 3 (5.45%) GSM
3 3 (5.45%) UMTS
3 3 (5.45%) WCDMA
4 2 (3.64%) FTP
5 1 (1.82%) Internet
5 1 (1.82%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (1.82%) Unified Communications
5 1 (1.82%) VPN
5 1 (1.82%) WebEx
5 1 (1.82%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.82%) Big Data
1 1 (1.82%) Data Mart
1 1 (1.82%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.82%) MySQL
1 1 (1.82%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 3 (5.45%) JIRA
2 2 (3.64%) Git (software)
2 2 (3.64%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.82%) Dreamweaver
General
1 16 (29.09%) Marketing
2 15 (27.27%) Telecoms
3 10 (18.18%) Finance
4 7 (12.73%) Retail
5 3 (5.45%) Automotive
5 3 (5.45%) Electronics
5 3 (5.45%) Law
5 3 (5.45%) Legal
6 1 (1.82%) Advertising
6 1 (1.82%) Billing
6 1 (1.82%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 8 (14.55%) Desktop Support
2 7 (12.73%) Incident Manager
2 7 (12.73%) Major Incident Manager
3 6 (10.91%) Analyst
3 6 (10.91%) Consultant
4 5 (9.09%) Architect
5 4 (7.27%) Developer
5 4 (7.27%) Marketing Consultant
5 4 (7.27%) Project Manager
5 4 (7.27%) Test Engineer
6 3 (5.45%) Cloud Consultant
6 3 (5.45%) Copywriter
6 3 (5.45%) Desktop Analyst
6 3 (5.45%) Desktop Engineer
6 3 (5.45%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 3 (5.45%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 3 (5.45%) Network Engineer
6 3 (5.45%) Programme Manager
6 3 (5.45%) Salesforce Consultant
6 3 (5.45%) Service Management Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (12.73%) CSS
1 7 (12.73%) HTML
2 5 (9.09%) REST
3 4 (7.27%) SOAP
4 1 (1.82%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 11 (20.00%) User Experience
2 8 (14.55%) CCTV
3 5 (9.09%) Blackberry
3 5 (9.09%) Data Centre
3 5 (9.09%) Management Information System
4 4 (7.27%) Public Cloud
5 3 (5.45%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (5.45%) Blog
5 3 (5.45%) Social Media
6 2 (3.64%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (1.82%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.82%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (1.82%) iPad
7 1 (1.82%) IVR
7 1 (1.82%) Mainframe
7 1 (1.82%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.82%) PDA
7 1 (1.82%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.09%) Windows
1 5 (9.09%) Windows 7
1 5 (9.09%) Windows Server
1 5 (9.09%) Windows Server 2003
1 5 (9.09%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (1.82%) VMS
2 1 (1.82%) Windows 2000
2 1 (1.82%) Windows Vista
2 1 (1.82%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (23.64%) ITIL
1 13 (23.64%) Project Management
2 8 (14.55%) ITSM
2 8 (14.55%) Migration
2 8 (14.55%) Service Management
3 7 (12.73%) CRM
4 6 (10.91%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (9.09%) Business Continuity
5 5 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
5 5 (9.09%) Incident Management
6 4 (7.27%) Application Packaging
6 4 (7.27%) Change Management
6 4 (7.27%) Coaching
6 4 (7.27%) PRINCE2
6 4 (7.27%) Security Patching
6 4 (7.27%) Server Building
6 4 (7.27%) Server Patching
6 4 (7.27%) Software Deployment
6 4 (7.27%) Software Distribution
Programming Languages
1 7 (12.73%) SQL
2 4 (7.27%) VB
3 2 (3.64%) C
4 1 (1.82%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 8 (14.55%) Degree
2 2 (3.64%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (3.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 1 (1.82%) CCA
3 1 (1.82%) Master's Degree
3 1 (1.82%) PMP
3 1 (1.82%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.82%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (12.73%) QA
2 6 (10.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (5.45%) PMO
4 1 (1.82%) GDPR
4 1 (1.82%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (16.36%) Active Directory
2 4 (7.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (5.45%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (3.64%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.82%) NDS
5 1 (1.82%) NetIQ eDirectory
5 1 (1.82%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 4 (7.27%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (1.82%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 1 (1.82%) Iperf
2 1 (1.82%) SCCM
2 1 (1.82%) ServiceCenter
2 1 (1.82%) WSUS
Vendors
1 9 (16.36%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
1 9 (16.36%) Salesforce.com
2 4 (7.27%) VMware
3 3 (5.45%) Progress
3 3 (5.45%) Sony
4 2 (3.64%) Adobe
4 2 (3.64%) Genesys
4 2 (3.64%) Pega
4 2 (3.64%) Remedy
5 1 (1.82%) Apple
5 1 (1.82%) Bomgar
5 1 (1.82%) Dialogic
5 1 (1.82%) HP
5 1 (1.82%) IBM
5 1 (1.82%) Lotus
5 1 (1.82%) Northgate
5 1 (1.82%) Novell
5 1 (1.82%) Peregrine