Period
to 23 May 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 23 May 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
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 265 751 788
Rank change year-on-year +486 +37 -39
Contract jobs citing SMS 975 77 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.97% 0.085% 0.087%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.23% 0.61% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 789 30 35
UK median daily rate £413 £363 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.79% +20.83% -7.69%
10th Percentile £230 £180 £213
90th Percentile £594 £489 £557
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £350 £288
% change year-on-year +10.71% +21.74% -11.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 8 4
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £12.00 £57.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -78.98% +419.09%
10th Percentile £9.29 £12.00 £14.10
90th Percentile £21.75 £12.00 £100.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £12.00 £14.20
% change year-on-year +25.00% -15.49% +29.09%

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 13,481 12,615 15,832
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.38% 13.98% 15.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,338 7,705 9,466
UK median daily rate £423 £412 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.55% +3.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £208 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +0.65% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 736 730 692
UK median hourly rate £19.24 £20.63 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.71% -17.49% +13.64%
10th Percentile £11.69 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £48.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.03 £19.90 £25.00
% change year-on-year -4.37% -20.40% +11.11%

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 May 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 23 May 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 23 May 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 +460 935 £413 +13.79% 174
UK excluding London +337 626 £388 +10.71% 136
London +243 336 £450 -14.29% 49
North of England +203 322 £400 -5.88% 47
Yorkshire +117 177 £400 -3.03% 11
Midlands - 105 £375 - 30
North West +67 88 £425 - 21
South East +15 80 £395 +100.00% 27
South West +81 73 £388 -17.55% 16
West Midlands - 67 £375 - 17
North East +68 57 £325 - 15
East Midlands - 38 £375 - 13
East of England +11 17 £325 -7.14% 5
Wales - 17 £398 - 3
Scotland - 12 £230 - 8

For the 6 months to 23 May 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.

1 233 (23.90%) Agile Software Development
2 206 (21.13%) Finance
3 133 (13.64%) SQL
4 114 (11.69%) Stakeholder Management
5 106 (10.87%) Project Management
6 99 (10.15%) Java
7 98 (10.05%) Linux
7 98 (10.05%) Analytical Skills
8 92 (9.44%) Windows
9 88 (9.03%) Migration
10 87 (8.92%) Problem-Solving
11 80 (8.21%) JavaScript
12 73 (7.49%) Unix
13 72 (7.38%) ITIL
13 72 (7.38%) Scrum
14 70 (7.18%) Security Cleared
15 69 (7.08%) Degree
16 65 (6.67%) Test Automation
17 64 (6.56%) Oracle
18 63 (6.46%) Banking
19 61 (6.26%) DevOps
20 60 (6.15%) JIRA
21 59 (6.05%) HTML
21 59 (6.05%) Active Directory
22 58 (5.95%) TDD
23 55 (5.64%) CSS
23 55 (5.64%) Python
24 51 (5.23%) Git (software)
24 51 (5.23%) Amazon AWS
25 50 (5.13%) C#

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 31 (3.18%) SharePoint
2 25 (2.56%) CMS
3 17 (1.74%) Confluence
4 14 (1.44%) WebSphere
5 13 (1.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 10 (1.03%) Apache
6 10 (1.03%) Skype for Business
7 9 (0.92%) MS Exchange
7 9 (0.92%) WordPress
8 8 (0.82%) SharePoint Server
9 7 (0.72%) IIS
10 6 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2007
10 6 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2010
10 6 (0.62%) nginx
10 6 (0.62%) Tomcat
10 6 (0.62%) WebSphere Application Server
11 5 (0.51%) Drupal
11 5 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.51%) Mule
11 5 (0.51%) WebLogic
Applications
1 29 (2.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (0.72%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.51%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.21%) Adobe Captivate
7 2 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.21%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.21%) SPSS
8 1 (0.10%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.10%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.10%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.10%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.10%) InVision
8 1 (0.10%) Revit
Business Applications
1 14 (1.44%) ResourceLink
2 8 (0.82%) Magento
3 6 (0.62%) SAP S/4HANA
4 3 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.31%) SAP Hybris
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle iProcurement
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.21%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.21%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.21%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.21%) SAP PM
5 2 (0.21%) Workday HCM
6 1 (0.10%) Adobe Campaign
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle Cash Management
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle Internet Expenses
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 51 (5.23%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (3.90%) Office 365
3 22 (2.26%) Amazon EC2
4 21 (2.15%) Microsoft Azure
5 15 (1.54%) Salesforce Service Cloud
6 13 (1.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 13 (1.33%) GitHub
6 13 (1.33%) Serverless
7 11 (1.13%) AWS Lambda
8 9 (0.92%) Amazon S3
8 9 (0.92%) AWS CloudFormation
9 8 (0.82%) Google Cloud Platform
10 7 (0.72%) PaaS
11 6 (0.62%) SaaS
11 6 (0.62%) SuccessFactors
11 6 (0.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 5 (0.51%) Amazon ELB
12 5 (0.51%) IaaS
13 4 (0.41%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 4 (0.41%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 28 (2.87%) Firewall
2 21 (2.15%) DNS
3 17 (1.74%) Wireless
4 16 (1.64%) LAN
5 15 (1.54%) HTTP
5 15 (1.54%) WAN
6 14 (1.44%) DHCP
7 11 (1.13%) Cisco ASA
7 11 (1.13%) Network Security
7 11 (1.13%) SSL
8 9 (0.92%) Skype
8 9 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (0.82%) TCP/IP
10 7 (0.72%) VPN
11 6 (0.62%) Cisco ISE
11 6 (0.62%) NetScaler
11 6 (0.62%) PBX
11 6 (0.62%) VoIP
12 5 (0.51%) ISDN
12 5 (0.51%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (3.49%) SQL Server
2 31 (3.18%) MySQL
3 28 (2.87%) BusinessObjects
4 25 (2.56%) MongoDB
5 24 (2.46%) NoSQL
5 24 (2.46%) PostgreSQL
6 18 (1.85%) Relational Database
7 16 (1.64%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 13 (1.33%) Oracle Reports
9 12 (1.23%) Apache Cassandra
9 12 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
10 11 (1.13%) Cloud Spanner
10 11 (1.13%) NewSQL
11 8 (0.82%) Hadoop
11 8 (0.82%) Oracle Database
11 8 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 7 (0.72%) Big Data
12 7 (0.72%) QlikView
12 7 (0.72%) RDBMS
12 7 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 60 (6.15%) JIRA
2 51 (5.23%) Git (software)
3 50 (5.13%) Jenkins
4 19 (1.95%) Selenium
4 19 (1.95%) Visual Studio
5 14 (1.44%) JMeter
6 12 (1.23%) Maven
7 11 (1.13%) Cucumber
8 10 (1.03%) LoadRunner
9 9 (0.92%) Subversion
10 7 (0.72%) Gradle
11 6 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (0.62%) WebDriver
12 5 (0.51%) Ant
12 5 (0.51%) Artifactory
12 5 (0.51%) Mockito
12 5 (0.51%) SoapUI
13 4 (0.41%) Appium
13 4 (0.41%) Selendroid
13 4 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 206 (21.13%) Finance
2 63 (6.46%) Banking
3 40 (4.10%) Marketing
4 23 (2.36%) Retail
5 21 (2.15%) Legal
6 9 (0.92%) Telecoms
7 8 (0.82%) Back Office
8 6 (0.62%) Games
8 6 (0.62%) Local Government
8 6 (0.62%) Publishing
9 5 (0.51%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.51%) French Language
9 5 (0.51%) Retail Banking
10 4 (0.41%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.41%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.31%) Billing
11 3 (0.31%) Law
12 2 (0.21%) Advertising
12 2 (0.21%) Digital Economy
12 2 (0.21%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 174 (17.85%) Analyst
2 145 (14.87%) Developer
3 82 (8.41%) Project Manager
4 61 (6.26%) Business Analyst
4 61 (6.26%) Consultant
5 38 (3.90%) Architect
6 29 (2.97%) Data Analyst
7 27 (2.77%) Administrator
8 26 (2.67%) Java Developer
9 21 (2.15%) IT Manager
10 20 (2.05%) DevOps Engineer
11 19 (1.95%) Senior Developer
12 18 (1.85%) Network Engineer
13 16 (1.64%) 2nd Line Support
13 16 (1.64%) IT Analyst
13 16 (1.64%) Support Engineer
13 16 (1.64%) Test Leader
14 15 (1.54%) Cloud Consultant
14 15 (1.54%) Linux Engineer
14 15 (1.54%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (6.05%) HTML
2 55 (5.64%) CSS
3 47 (4.82%) .NET
4 38 (3.90%) Node.js
4 38 (3.90%) Spring
5 36 (3.69%) Web Services
6 34 (3.49%) AngularJS
7 33 (3.38%) REST
8 28 (2.87%) React
9 23 (2.36%) HTML5
10 21 (2.15%) Spring Boot
10 21 (2.15%) XML
11 19 (1.95%) CSS3
12 17 (1.74%) RESTful
13 16 (1.64%) .NET Core
13 16 (1.64%) Akka
14 13 (1.33%) ASP.NET
14 13 (1.33%) ASP.NET Web API
15 12 (1.23%) JSON
15 12 (1.23%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 98 (10.05%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (3.28%) Management Information System
3 29 (2.97%) User Experience
4 26 (2.67%) Data Centre
5 18 (1.85%) Computer Science
6 15 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
7 13 (1.33%) NHS
7 13 (1.33%) Social Media
8 9 (0.92%) Minimum Viable Product
9 8 (0.82%) e-Learning
9 8 (0.82%) Public Cloud
10 7 (0.72%) Credit Risk
11 6 (0.62%) Cyberthreat
11 6 (0.62%) Fat Client
11 6 (0.62%) IVR
11 6 (0.62%) Mobile App
11 6 (0.62%) PDA
11 6 (0.62%) Thin Client
12 5 (0.51%) Client/Server
12 5 (0.51%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 98 (10.05%) Linux
2 92 (9.44%) Windows
3 73 (7.49%) Unix
4 37 (3.79%) Windows Server
5 29 (2.97%) Android
6 24 (2.46%) Apple iOS
7 20 (2.05%) Windows 10
8 18 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 18 (1.85%) Solaris
9 15 (1.54%) Windows 7
10 11 (1.13%) Mac OS X
11 10 (1.03%) AIX
11 10 (1.03%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (1.03%) Windows Server 2008
12 8 (0.82%) SUSE
12 8 (0.82%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 7 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
14 6 (0.62%) Ubuntu
15 3 (0.31%) CentOS
15 3 (0.31%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 233 (23.90%) Agile Software Development
2 114 (11.69%) Stakeholder Management
3 106 (10.87%) Project Management
4 88 (9.03%) Migration
5 87 (8.92%) Problem-Solving
6 72 (7.38%) ITIL
6 72 (7.38%) Scrum
7 65 (6.67%) Test Automation
8 61 (6.26%) DevOps
9 58 (5.95%) TDD
10 48 (4.92%) User Acceptance Testing
11 45 (4.62%) PRINCE2
12 39 (4.00%) Software Engineering
13 38 (3.90%) Continuous Integration
13 38 (3.90%) Logistics
13 38 (3.90%) Waterfall
14 37 (3.79%) Change Management
15 36 (3.69%) Business Analysis
16 35 (3.59%) Decision-Making
17 34 (3.49%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 133 (13.64%) SQL
2 99 (10.15%) Java
3 80 (8.21%) JavaScript
4 55 (5.64%) Python
5 50 (5.13%) C#
6 39 (4.00%) Ruby
7 26 (2.67%) PL/SQL
8 20 (2.05%) PowerShell
9 16 (1.64%) ES6
10 15 (1.54%) PHP
11 14 (1.44%) Shell Script
12 13 (1.33%) Perl
13 11 (1.13%) Java 8
14 10 (1.03%) Bash Shell
14 10 (1.03%) VBA
15 9 (0.92%) C
16 6 (0.62%) R
16 6 (0.62%) Scala
16 6 (0.62%) T-SQL
17 5 (0.51%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 70 (7.18%) Security Cleared
2 69 (7.08%) Degree
3 41 (4.21%) SC Cleared
4 19 (1.95%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (1.64%) CCNA
6 12 (1.23%) ISEB
7 10 (1.03%) CCNP
7 10 (1.03%) CTC Cleared
8 9 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 8 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
10 7 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (0.62%) DBS Check
11 6 (0.62%) DV Cleared
11 6 (0.62%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 6 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (0.51%) CCSA
12 5 (0.51%) PMI Certification
12 5 (0.51%) PMP
13 4 (0.41%) A+ Certification
13 4 (0.41%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (4.41%) QA
2 27 (2.77%) GDPR
3 24 (2.46%) SLA
4 23 (2.36%) Data Quality
5 19 (1.95%) PMO
6 10 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
7 9 (0.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.62%) Basel II
9 4 (0.41%) PSD2
10 3 (0.31%) FIPS 140-2
10 3 (0.31%) GCP
10 3 (0.31%) PCI DSS
11 2 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
11 2 (0.21%) ISO 20022
11 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 1 (0.10%) COBIT
12 1 (0.10%) FATCA
12 1 (0.10%) P3O
12 1 (0.10%) SEPA
12 1 (0.10%) WAI
System Software
1 59 (6.05%) Active Directory
2 20 (2.05%) Docker
3 11 (1.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.51%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.41%) Firmware
5 4 (0.41%) OpenAM
5 4 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (0.41%) vSphere
6 3 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.21%) OpenSSH
7 2 (0.21%) Varnish
8 1 (0.10%) Job Entry Subsystem
8 1 (0.10%) RACF
8 1 (0.10%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 1 (0.10%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.10%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 33 (3.38%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 26 (2.67%) SCCM
3 25 (2.56%) Puppet
4 22 (2.26%) Ansible
5 17 (1.74%) HP ALM
6 13 (1.33%) SCOM
7 11 (1.13%) BladeLogic
7 11 (1.13%) Opscode Chef
8 10 (1.03%) Terraform
9 9 (0.92%) Tivoli
10 8 (0.82%) Nagios
11 6 (0.62%) Single Sign-On
12 5 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
12 5 (0.51%) Kibana
12 5 (0.51%) Netcool
12 5 (0.51%) Netcool/OMNIbus
13 4 (0.41%) Backup Exec
13 4 (0.41%) WSUS
13 4 (0.41%) ZABBIX
14 3 (0.31%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 64 (6.56%) Oracle
2 45 (4.62%) SAP
3 37 (3.79%) Cisco
4 32 (3.28%) HP
5 27 (2.77%) IBM
6 25 (2.56%) Red Hat
7 23 (2.36%) Adobe
7 23 (2.36%) Salesforce.com
8 21 (2.15%) VMware
9 17 (1.74%) Google
9 17 (1.74%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
10 16 (1.64%) Citrix
11 15 (1.54%) Atlassian
12 13 (1.33%) Northgate
13 12 (1.23%) CheckPoint
13 12 (1.23%) MuleSoft
14 11 (1.13%) hybris
14 11 (1.13%) SolarWinds
15 10 (1.03%) Remedy
16 8 (0.82%) Dell