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 3 months to 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Short Message Service (SMS)
UK
Rank 572 599 581
Rank change year-on-year +27 -18  
Contract jobs citing SMS 37 42 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.083% 0.079% 0.079%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.57% 0.53% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 14 16
Median daily rate £350 £285 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.80% -28.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £225 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £368 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £235 £400
% change year-on-year +49.25% -41.37%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Median hourly rate £12.00 £14.20 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.49% +29.09%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £14.20 £11.00
% change year-on-year -15.49% +29.09%  

SMS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6534 7871 7887
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.61% 14.79% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4036 4697 4305
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 356 337 437
Median hourly rate £25.00 £32.00 £27.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.87% +17.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -38.24% +23.33%  

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing SMS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMS in the UK

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMS.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Top 24 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 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +38 37 £350 +16.66% 16
South East +28 21 £318 -5.22% 4
Berkshire +32 15 £180 -23.24% 2
London +24 7 £575 +91.66% 6
Bracknell -1 5 - -
Slough - 5 £180 -
Reading +22 4 - -
East of England - 4 £350 -
Essex - 3 £350 -
Hampshire +8 2 £443 +32.16%
Milton Keynes -2 2 £463 -
Buckinghamshire -10 2 £463 -
City of London - 2 £525 -
Yorkshire - 2 £375 -
Bristol +4 1 - -
South West +3 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne -11 1 - -
North East -14 1 - -
Tyne and Wear -15 1 - -
Harrogate - 1 £350 -
Leeds - 1 £400 -
North Yorkshire - 1 £350 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £400 -
Bedfordshire - 1 - -

SMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 33 (41.77%) Marketing
2 22 (27.85%) Analytics
3 20 (25.32%) Digital Marketing
3 20 (25.32%) Security Cleared
4 18 (22.78%) CRM
4 18 (22.78%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (18.99%) SC Cleared
6 14 (17.72%) Legal
7 13 (16.46%) Software Delivery
8 12 (15.19%) Workflow
8 12 (15.19%) Adobe
8 12 (15.19%) Windows
8 12 (15.19%) HTML
8 12 (15.19%) Java
8 12 (15.19%) .NET
8 12 (15.19%) Adobe Campaign
9 11 (13.92%) Open Source
9 11 (13.92%) Big Data
10 10 (12.66%) Social Media
10 10 (12.66%) Software Distribution
10 10 (12.66%) Software Deployment
10 10 (12.66%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 10 (12.66%) SCCM
10 10 (12.66%) Enterprise Architecture
10 10 (12.66%) Technical Architecture
10 10 (12.66%) J2EE
10 10 (12.66%) SOA
10 10 (12.66%) OO
10 10 (12.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 10 (12.66%) Zachman Framework

SMS
Top Related 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 10 (12.66%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (1.27%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.27%) Cloud Foundry
2 1 (1.27%) CMS
2 1 (1.27%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.27%) Adobe Illustrator
1 1 (1.27%) ImageReady
1 1 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (1.27%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (15.19%) Adobe Campaign
2 2 (2.53%) SAP CRM
3 1 (1.27%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.27%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (1.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (1.27%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.13%) Google Analytics
1 8 (10.13%) SmartFocus
2 5 (6.33%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.27%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (1.27%) Amazon Kinesis
3 1 (1.27%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.27%) Amazon SQS
3 1 (1.27%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (1.27%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (1.27%) Office 365
3 1 (1.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.59%) DNS
2 5 (6.33%) DHCP
2 5 (6.33%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (3.80%) 3G
3 3 (3.80%) Diameter Protocol
3 3 (3.80%) Internet
3 3 (3.80%) LDAP
3 3 (3.80%) SMPP
4 2 (2.53%) Firewall
4 2 (2.53%) IMAP
4 2 (2.53%) SMTP
4 2 (2.53%) Wireless
5 1 (1.27%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (1.27%) SAN
5 1 (1.27%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (13.92%) Big Data
2 4 (5.06%) SAP Data Services
3 2 (2.53%) NoSQL
3 2 (2.53%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.27%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (1.27%) Apache Hive
4 1 (1.27%) HBase
4 1 (1.27%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.27%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.27%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.27%) Redis
Development Applications
1 3 (3.80%) Dreamweaver
2 2 (2.53%) Git (software)
2 2 (2.53%) JIRA
2 2 (2.53%) JSUnit
2 2 (2.53%) MSI
2 2 (2.53%) NUnit
2 2 (2.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (2.53%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.27%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.27%) GitLab
3 1 (1.27%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.27%) Selenium
3 1 (1.27%) Xcode
General
1 33 (41.77%) Marketing
2 14 (17.72%) Legal
3 9 (11.39%) Telecoms
4 7 (8.86%) Finance
5 4 (5.06%) Advertising
5 4 (5.06%) Automotive
5 4 (5.06%) Manufacturing
5 4 (5.06%) Retail
6 2 (2.53%) Banking
7 1 (1.27%) Dutch Language
7 1 (1.27%) French Language
7 1 (1.27%) German Language
Job Titles
1 15 (18.99%) Architect
2 10 (12.66%) Digital Architect
2 10 (12.66%) Digital Marketing Architect
3 7 (8.86%) Consultant
3 7 (8.86%) Digital Executive
3 7 (8.86%) Digital Marketing Executive
3 7 (8.86%) Marketing Executive
4 6 (7.59%) Digital Solutions Architect
4 6 (7.59%) IT Architect
4 6 (7.59%) Solutions Architect
5 5 (6.33%) Analyst
5 5 (6.33%) Core Network Architect
5 5 (6.33%) Developer
5 5 (6.33%) Messaging Architect
5 5 (6.33%) Network Architect
6 4 (5.06%) 3rd Line Support
6 4 (5.06%) Support Engineer
7 3 (3.80%) 2nd Line Support
7 3 (3.80%) Development Manager
7 3 (3.80%) Product Development Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (15.19%) .NET
1 12 (15.19%) HTML
2 10 (12.66%) J2EE
3 4 (5.06%) CSS
4 3 (3.80%) AngularJS
4 3 (3.80%) SAML
5 2 (2.53%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.53%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.53%) CORBA
5 2 (2.53%) Entity Framework
5 2 (2.53%) HTML5
5 2 (2.53%) JSON
5 2 (2.53%) LINQ
5 2 (2.53%) Ninject
5 2 (2.53%) Sass
5 2 (2.53%) SOAP
5 2 (2.53%) Web Services
5 2 (2.53%) WSDL
5 2 (2.53%) XML
5 2 (2.53%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.66%) Social Media
1 10 (12.66%) Virtual Team
2 8 (10.13%) Data Centre
3 3 (3.80%) Fat Client
3 3 (3.80%) Thin Client
3 3 (3.80%) User Experience
4 2 (2.53%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.53%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.27%) Smartphone
5 1 (1.27%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 12 (15.19%) Windows
2 5 (6.33%) Windows Server
3 3 (3.80%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (2.53%) Android
4 2 (2.53%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.27%) Linux
5 1 (1.27%) Unix
5 1 (1.27%) Windows 2000
5 1 (1.27%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.27%) Windows Mobile
5 1 (1.27%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.27%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (27.85%) Analytics
2 20 (25.32%) Digital Marketing
3 18 (22.78%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (22.78%) CRM
4 13 (16.46%) Software Delivery
5 12 (15.19%) Workflow
6 11 (13.92%) Open Source
7 10 (12.66%) Enterprise Architecture
7 10 (12.66%) OO
7 10 (12.66%) SOA
7 10 (12.66%) Software Deployment
7 10 (12.66%) Software Distribution
7 10 (12.66%) Technical Architecture
7 10 (12.66%) TOGAF
7 10 (12.66%) Zachman Framework
8 8 (10.13%) Big Data Analytics
8 8 (10.13%) Campaign Management
8 8 (10.13%) Data Analytics
8 8 (10.13%) Mobile Marketing
8 8 (10.13%) Workflow Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (15.19%) Java
2 5 (6.33%) SQL
3 3 (3.80%) C#
3 3 (3.80%) JavaScript
3 3 (3.80%) Python
4 1 (1.27%) Bash Shell
4 1 (1.27%) Delphi
4 1 (1.27%) Korn
4 1 (1.27%) PHP
4 1 (1.27%) PL/SQL
4 1 (1.27%) Shell Script
4 1 (1.27%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (25.32%) Security Cleared
2 15 (18.99%) SC Cleared
3 2 (2.53%) Degree
3 2 (2.53%) DV Cleared
4 1 (1.27%) AWS Certification
System Software
1 8 (10.13%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.06%) Microsoft App-V
2 4 (5.06%) XenApp
3 1 (1.27%) Terminal Server
3 1 (1.27%) XenDesktop
3 1 (1.27%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (12.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 10 (12.66%) SCCM
2 2 (2.53%) Tivoli
3 1 (1.27%) AirWatch
3 1 (1.27%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.27%) Puppet
3 1 (1.27%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 12 (15.19%) Adobe
2 9 (11.39%) Intel Security
3 8 (10.13%) Citrix
3 8 (10.13%) Google
3 8 (10.13%) HP
3 8 (10.13%) Tableau
4 4 (5.06%) hybris
4 4 (5.06%) SAP
5 3 (3.80%) AppSense
5 3 (3.80%) IBM
6 2 (2.53%) Oracle
7 1 (1.27%) AppDynamics
7 1 (1.27%) BT
7 1 (1.27%) MobileIron
7 1 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.27%) Solace
7 1 (1.27%) Splunk