Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 459 361 794
Rank change year-on-year -98 +433 -24
Contract jobs citing SMS 504 673 113
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 0.68% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.71% 4.98% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 390 561 53
UK median daily rate £400 £404 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.99% +34.67% -29.41%
10th Percentile £206 £180 £226
90th Percentile £575 £588 £487
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £315
% change year-on-year - +19.05% -25.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 46 13
UK median hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +12.00% -37.50%
10th Percentile £10.53 £10.29 £12.25
90th Percentile £25.82 £26.00 £42.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £12.50
% change year-on-year +3.57% +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 13,602 13,516 16,293
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.17% 13.60% 15.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,190 8,242 9,907
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £220
90th Percentile £600 £581 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 666 724 819
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.32 £22.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.63% -15.41% +14.18%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.32 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.79 £19.56 £25.00
% change year-on-year -3.95% -21.75% +25.00%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -98 477 £400 -3.03% 36
UK excluding London -94 320 £375 - 24
London -56 175 £450 - 13
North of England -21 147 £365 -4.26% 6
Yorkshire -9 69 £400 +6.31% 1
South East -37 62 £395 +12.86% 2
North West -5 53 £375 -6.25% 5
Midlands -79 46 £387 +11.44% 3
South West -55 35 £398 -6.47% 11
West Midlands -59 28 £375 +7.14% 2
North East -6 25 £319 +4.25%
East Midlands +1 18 £388 +13.97% 1
Scotland -21 14 £263 -34.38% 1
East of England -1 11 £338 -15.63% 1
Wales -23 5 £425 +6.25%

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 133 (26.39%) Finance
2 95 (18.85%) Agile Software Development
3 65 (12.90%) Stakeholder Management
4 62 (12.30%) Project Management
4 62 (12.30%) Analytical Skills
5 60 (11.90%) SQL
6 52 (10.32%) Windows
7 48 (9.52%) JavaScript
8 46 (9.13%) Problem-Solving
9 44 (8.73%) HTML
10 41 (8.13%) Java
11 40 (7.94%) Oracle
11 40 (7.94%) Linux
11 40 (7.94%) Scrum
12 39 (7.74%) Migration
13 37 (7.34%) CSS
14 36 (7.14%) PRINCE2
15 30 (5.95%) JIRA
15 30 (5.95%) Security Cleared
16 28 (5.56%) Marketing
17 27 (5.36%) Business Analysis
17 27 (5.36%) Git (software)
18 26 (5.16%) Windows 10
18 26 (5.16%) C#
19 25 (4.96%) .NET
19 25 (4.96%) TDD
20 24 (4.76%) CRM
21 23 (4.56%) Unix
21 23 (4.56%) DevOps
21 23 (4.56%) Jenkins

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 17 (3.37%) CMS
2 12 (2.38%) Confluence
3 9 (1.79%) Apache
3 9 (1.79%) SharePoint
4 8 (1.59%) MS Exchange
5 7 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2007
5 7 (1.39%) Skype for Business
5 7 (1.39%) Tomcat
6 6 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (0.99%) SAS
7 5 (0.99%) Sitecore CMS
8 4 (0.79%) Drupal
8 4 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.79%) NetWeaver
9 3 (0.60%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 3 (0.60%) nginx
9 3 (0.60%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.40%) Mule
10 2 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.40%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 20 (3.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (0.99%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.60%) Adobe Illustrator
4 3 (0.60%) ImageReady
5 2 (0.40%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 2 (0.40%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.40%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.20%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.20%) Revit
Business Applications
1 3 (0.60%) Adobe Campaign
1 3 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.40%) Magento
2 2 (0.40%) Unica
3 1 (0.20%) Exchequer
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.20%) ResourceLink
3 1 (0.20%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.20%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.20%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.20%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
3 1 (0.20%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 19 (3.77%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (2.98%) Office 365
3 11 (2.18%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (1.19%) Google Cloud Platform
4 6 (1.19%) Silverpop
5 5 (0.99%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 5 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
5 5 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (0.79%) GitHub
7 3 (0.60%) Slack
8 2 (0.40%) Google Analytics
8 2 (0.40%) SaaS
9 1 (0.20%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.20%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.20%) Force.com
9 1 (0.20%) G Suite
9 1 (0.20%) IaaS
9 1 (0.20%) PaaS
9 1 (0.20%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.17%) Firewall
2 10 (1.98%) HTTP
2 10 (1.98%) LAN
3 6 (1.19%) Skype
3 6 (1.19%) WAN
4 5 (0.99%) Kerberos
4 5 (0.99%) SAN
5 4 (0.79%) Cisco ASA
5 4 (0.79%) OSPF
5 4 (0.79%) VoIP
5 4 (0.79%) Wireless
6 3 (0.60%) Network Security
6 3 (0.60%) VPN
6 3 (0.60%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (0.60%) WLAN
7 2 (0.40%) BGP
7 2 (0.40%) EIGRP
7 2 (0.40%) MPLS
7 2 (0.40%) SSL
7 2 (0.40%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (3.57%) Data Warehouse
1 18 (3.57%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.17%) MySQL
3 12 (2.38%) PostgreSQL
4 9 (1.79%) BusinessObjects
5 8 (1.59%) Big Data
6 7 (1.39%) Oracle Reports
7 6 (1.19%) NoSQL
7 6 (1.19%) Oracle Database
7 6 (1.19%) Oracle Database 11g
7 6 (1.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (0.99%) DB2
8 5 (0.99%) MariaDB
8 5 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (0.79%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 4 (0.79%) IBM InfoSphere
9 4 (0.79%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.79%) QlikView
9 4 (0.79%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.79%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 30 (5.95%) JIRA
2 27 (5.36%) Git (software)
3 23 (4.56%) Jenkins
4 11 (2.18%) Visual Studio
5 8 (1.59%) Maven
6 7 (1.39%) LoadRunner
6 7 (1.39%) Selenium
7 5 (0.99%) Cucumber
7 5 (0.99%) Dreamweaver
7 5 (0.99%) Eclipse
7 5 (0.99%) Gradle
8 4 (0.79%) JMeter
8 4 (0.79%) Liquibase
8 4 (0.79%) WebDriver
9 3 (0.60%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.60%) ERwin
9 3 (0.60%) JUnit
9 3 (0.60%) NetBeans
9 3 (0.60%) SoapUI
9 3 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 133 (26.39%) Finance
2 28 (5.56%) Marketing
3 21 (4.17%) Banking
4 13 (2.58%) Retail
5 12 (2.38%) Billing
6 7 (1.39%) Legal
7 6 (1.19%) Retail Banking
8 3 (0.60%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.60%) Publishing
9 2 (0.40%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.20%) Advertising
10 1 (0.20%) Automotive
10 1 (0.20%) Back Office
10 1 (0.20%) Electronics
10 1 (0.20%) Front Office
10 1 (0.20%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.20%) Law
10 1 (0.20%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.20%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 97 (19.25%) Analyst
2 95 (18.85%) Developer
3 59 (11.71%) Project Manager
4 33 (6.55%) Business Analyst
5 20 (3.97%) Consultant
6 18 (3.57%) IT Manager
6 18 (3.57%) Java Developer
7 15 (2.98%) Administrator
8 14 (2.78%) Architect
8 14 (2.78%) Data Analyst
9 13 (2.58%) Support Engineer
10 12 (2.38%) Desktop Support
10 12 (2.38%) IT Analyst
11 11 (2.18%) Designer
11 11 (2.18%) IT Support
12 10 (1.98%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 10 (1.98%) Test Manager
13 9 (1.79%) .NET Developer
13 9 (1.79%) 2nd Line Support
13 9 (1.79%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (8.73%) HTML
2 37 (7.34%) CSS
3 25 (4.96%) .NET
4 22 (4.37%) Spring
5 21 (4.17%) AngularJS
6 15 (2.98%) jQuery
7 14 (2.78%) React
8 13 (2.58%) REST
8 13 (2.58%) XML
9 11 (2.18%) Spring Boot
10 10 (1.98%) HTML5
11 9 (1.79%) Middleware
12 8 (1.59%) Hibernate
12 8 (1.59%) Node.js
12 8 (1.59%) Web Services
13 7 (1.39%) Kafka
13 7 (1.39%) RESTful
14 6 (1.19%) Redux
14 6 (1.19%) SAML
14 6 (1.19%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 62 (12.30%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (4.17%) Management Information System
3 20 (3.97%) User Experience
4 12 (2.38%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (1.98%) NHS
6 8 (1.59%) Data Centre
6 8 (1.59%) Mainframe
6 8 (1.59%) Mobile App
7 7 (1.39%) Data Protection Act
8 5 (0.99%) iPad
8 5 (0.99%) Replication
8 5 (0.99%) Social Media
9 4 (0.79%) Clustering
9 4 (0.79%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.79%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.60%) CMDB
10 3 (0.60%) iPhone
10 3 (0.60%) Public Cloud
10 3 (0.60%) Video Conferencing
11 2 (0.40%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 52 (10.32%) Windows
2 40 (7.94%) Linux
3 26 (5.16%) Windows 10
4 23 (4.56%) Unix
5 12 (2.38%) Android
6 10 (1.98%) Windows 7
7 9 (1.79%) CentOS
8 8 (1.59%) Apple iOS
8 8 (1.59%) Windows Server
9 5 (0.99%) Solaris
10 4 (0.79%) AIX
10 4 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.60%) Data ONTAP
11 3 (0.60%) Mac OS
11 3 (0.60%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.20%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.20%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.20%) Windows Phone
12 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (18.85%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (12.90%) Stakeholder Management
3 62 (12.30%) Project Management
4 46 (9.13%) Problem-Solving
5 40 (7.94%) Scrum
6 39 (7.74%) Migration
7 36 (7.14%) PRINCE2
8 27 (5.36%) Business Analysis
9 25 (4.96%) TDD
10 24 (4.76%) CRM
11 23 (4.56%) DevOps
11 23 (4.56%) Test Automation
12 22 (4.37%) Analytics
12 22 (4.37%) Decision-Making
12 22 (4.37%) ITIL
13 20 (3.97%) Risk Management
13 20 (3.97%) Service Delivery
14 19 (3.77%) Data Analysis
14 19 (3.77%) Data Modelling
14 19 (3.77%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 60 (11.90%) SQL
2 48 (9.52%) JavaScript
3 41 (8.13%) Java
4 26 (5.16%) C#
5 20 (3.97%) Python
6 17 (3.37%) PHP
7 11 (2.18%) Perl
8 10 (1.98%) PowerShell
9 9 (1.79%) PL/SQL
9 9 (1.79%) Ruby
10 8 (1.59%) ES6
11 6 (1.19%) Java 8
12 5 (0.99%) T-SQL
12 5 (0.99%) VB
12 5 (0.99%) VBA
13 3 (0.60%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.60%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.40%) Apex Code
14 2 (0.40%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.40%) Scala
Qualifications
1 30 (5.95%) Security Cleared
2 19 (3.77%) Degree
3 16 (3.17%) SC Cleared
4 9 (1.79%) ISEB
5 8 (1.59%) CISM
6 7 (1.39%) DBS Check
7 6 (1.19%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 6 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 5 (0.99%) CISSP
8 5 (0.99%) PMI Certification
8 5 (0.99%) PMP
9 3 (0.60%) CCNA
10 2 (0.40%) AWS Certification
10 2 (0.40%) CBAP
10 2 (0.40%) CCNP
10 2 (0.40%) CCSA
10 2 (0.40%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.40%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.40%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (3.37%) QA
2 10 (1.98%) PMO
3 9 (1.79%) Data Quality
4 8 (1.59%) SLA
5 5 (0.99%) GDPR
6 2 (0.40%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.20%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 22 (4.37%) Active Directory
2 15 (2.98%) Docker
3 5 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.40%) Samba
4 2 (0.40%) vSphere
5 1 (0.20%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.20%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.20%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 18 (3.57%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 17 (3.37%) SCCM
3 11 (2.18%) Puppet
4 9 (1.79%) Ansible
5 8 (1.59%) HP ALM
6 6 (1.19%) Terraform
7 5 (0.99%) BladeLogic
8 4 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (0.79%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 3 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.40%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.40%) Control-M
10 2 (0.40%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.40%) Kibana
10 2 (0.40%) SCOM
10 2 (0.40%) SCOrch
10 2 (0.40%) SCVMM
10 2 (0.40%) Tivoli
10 2 (0.40%) WSUS
11 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 40 (7.94%) Oracle
2 17 (3.37%) IBM
2 17 (3.37%) SAP
3 16 (3.17%) HP
4 12 (2.38%) Red Hat
5 11 (2.18%) Google
5 11 (2.18%) Salesforce.com
5 11 (2.18%) VMware
6 10 (1.98%) Atlassian
7 9 (1.79%) Adobe
8 8 (1.59%) Cisco
9 6 (1.19%) Apple
9 6 (1.19%) ForgeRock
9 6 (1.19%) IronPort
9 6 (1.19%) NetApp
9 6 (1.19%) Teradata
10 5 (0.99%) CyberArk
10 5 (0.99%) hybris
10 5 (0.99%) RightFax
10 5 (0.99%) Sitecore