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 27 June 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.

Short Message Service (SMS)
UK
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 496 601 564
Rank change year-on-year +105 -37  
Contract jobs citing SMS 114 53 78
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.098% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.77% 0.61% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 25 29
Median daily rate £440 £290 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +51.72% -10.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £231 £179
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £480 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £285 £325
% change year-on-year +35.08% -12.30%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 5 6
Median hourly rate £12.00 £12.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% -37.50%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £12.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -37.50%  

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 6447 8714 7937
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.68% 16.14% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3816 5270 4473
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 433 468
Median hourly rate £28.27 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.82% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

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 27 June 2017.

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 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SMS in the UK

SMS
Top 30 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 27 June 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 +82 110 £450 +60.71% 52
London +35 42 £550 +89.65% 15
South East +24 23 £350 -22.22% 1
Berkshire +31 18 £375 -6.25%
South West - 14 £460 - 4
Bracknell +9 9 - -
West Midlands - 8 £375 - 6
North East +60 7 £325 +16.07% 4
Birmingham - 6 £375 - 2
Devon - 6 £450 - 2
Reading +24 5 £375 -
City of London +3 5 £500 +72.41% 1
North West - 5 £420 - 8
Yorkshire - 5 £350 - 3
East of England -3 4 £406 +1.56% 9
Exeter - 4 £450 - 2
Sheffield - 4 £368 -
South Yorkshire - 4 £368 -
Tyne and Wear +57 3 £422 +50.53% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +57 3 £422 +50.53% 2
Surrey +10 3 £295 -46.36%
Corsham - 3 £470 -
Manchester - 3 £180 - 3
Somerset - 3 £440 -
Wiltshire - 3 £470 - 1
Bedfordshire -8 2 £371 - 3
Wales - 2 £280 - 1
Bristol - 2 £625 - 1
South Wales - 2 £280 - 1
East Midlands - 2 £335 - 2

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 (22.00%) Finance
2 29 (19.33%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (17.33%) Project Management
4 24 (16.00%) Marketing
5 22 (14.67%) Security Cleared
5 22 (14.67%) CRM
6 20 (13.33%) HTML
6 20 (13.33%) Analytics
7 18 (12.00%) Java
8 17 (11.33%) Banking
8 17 (11.33%) SC Cleared
9 16 (10.67%) HP
10 15 (10.00%) McAfee
10 15 (10.00%) Software Distribution
10 15 (10.00%) Software Delivery
10 15 (10.00%) Data Centre
11 14 (9.33%) Software Deployment
11 14 (9.33%) DV Cleared
11 14 (9.33%) Release Management
11 14 (9.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 13 (8.67%) Scrum
13 12 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
13 12 (8.00%) Service Management
13 12 (8.00%) Digital Marketing
14 11 (7.33%) Jenkins
14 11 (7.33%) Telecoms
14 11 (7.33%) Retail
14 11 (7.33%) CSS
15 10 (6.67%) Linux
15 10 (6.67%) 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 5 (3.33%) SAS
2 3 (2.00%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (1.33%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.67%) Apache
4 1 (0.67%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.67%) CICS
4 1 (0.67%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.67%) Confluence
4 1 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (0.67%) IBM HTTP Server
4 1 (0.67%) IBM Notes
4 1 (0.67%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.67%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.67%) Umbraco
4 1 (0.67%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (0.67%) WebSphere Portal
4 1 (0.67%) WildFly
4 1 (0.67%) WordPress
Applications
1 7 (4.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 4 (2.67%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.00%) Photoshop
4 2 (1.33%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (1.33%) ImageReady
5 1 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (3.33%) Unica
2 3 (2.00%) Adobe Campaign
3 2 (1.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 2 (1.33%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.67%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.67%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.67%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.67%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.67%) SAP POS DM
4 1 (0.67%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (3.33%) Google Analytics
2 5 (3.33%) SmartFocus
3 3 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (2.00%) Office 365
4 2 (1.33%) GitHub
4 2 (1.33%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 1 (0.67%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.67%) Amazon Kinesis
5 1 (0.67%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.67%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.67%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (0.67%) Sauce Labs
5 1 (0.67%) Twilio
5 1 (0.67%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 8 (5.33%) 3G
1 8 (5.33%) 4G
1 8 (5.33%) LTE
1 8 (5.33%) MVNO
1 8 (5.33%) Value-Added Service
2 3 (2.00%) Diameter Protocol
2 3 (2.00%) Internet
2 3 (2.00%) LDAP
2 3 (2.00%) SMPP
2 3 (2.00%) SMTP
3 2 (1.33%) Firewall
3 2 (1.33%) IMAP
3 2 (1.33%) VPN
3 2 (1.33%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.67%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (0.67%) DHCP
4 1 (0.67%) NetScaler
4 1 (0.67%) Reverse Proxy
4 1 (0.67%) VoLTE
4 1 (0.67%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.33%) Big Data
2 4 (2.67%) SAP Data Services
3 3 (2.00%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.00%) SAS Enterprise Guide
3 3 (2.00%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.33%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.67%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.67%) DB2
5 1 (0.67%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.67%) HBase
5 1 (0.67%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.67%) Neo4j
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.67%) QlikView
5 1 (0.67%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 11 (7.33%) Jenkins
2 9 (6.00%) Maven
3 8 (5.33%) Dreamweaver
4 7 (4.67%) JIRA
5 5 (3.33%) Cucumber
5 5 (3.33%) Git (software)
5 5 (3.33%) Selenium
5 5 (3.33%) TeamCity
6 4 (2.67%) JUnit
7 3 (2.00%) Mockito
7 3 (2.00%) Spock
8 2 (1.33%) Ant
8 2 (1.33%) Gradle
8 2 (1.33%) MSI
9 1 (0.67%) Appium
9 1 (0.67%) IntelliJ
9 1 (0.67%) JMeter
9 1 (0.67%) LoadRunner
9 1 (0.67%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.67%) Xcode
General
1 33 (22.00%) Finance
2 24 (16.00%) Marketing
3 17 (11.33%) Banking
4 11 (7.33%) Retail
4 11 (7.33%) Telecoms
5 8 (5.33%) Legal
6 2 (1.33%) Automotive
6 2 (1.33%) Dutch Language
6 2 (1.33%) French Language
6 2 (1.33%) German Language
6 2 (1.33%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.67%) Back Office
7 1 (0.67%) Billing
7 1 (0.67%) Games
7 1 (0.67%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.67%) Law
7 1 (0.67%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.67%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 16 (10.67%) Analyst
1 16 (10.67%) Project Manager
2 15 (10.00%) Developer
3 13 (8.67%) Architect
4 11 (7.33%) Consultant
5 8 (5.33%) Test Engineer
6 7 (4.67%) Solutions Architect
7 6 (4.00%) Business Analyst
7 6 (4.00%) Java Developer
8 5 (3.33%) Core Network Architect
8 5 (3.33%) CRM Consultant
8 5 (3.33%) Messaging Architect
8 5 (3.33%) Network Architect
8 5 (3.33%) Service Manager
9 4 (2.67%) Designer
9 4 (2.67%) Digital Executive
9 4 (2.67%) Digital Marketing Executive
9 4 (2.67%) Marketing Consultant
9 4 (2.67%) Marketing Executive
9 4 (2.67%) SAP Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (13.33%) HTML
2 11 (7.33%) CSS
3 8 (5.33%) HTML5
3 8 (5.33%) Spring
4 7 (4.67%) J2EE
4 7 (4.67%) REST
4 7 (4.67%) SOAP
4 7 (4.67%) Web Services
5 6 (4.00%) jQuery
5 6 (4.00%) JSP
6 5 (3.33%) CSS3
7 4 (2.67%) .NET
7 4 (2.67%) EJB
7 4 (2.67%) Gherkin
7 4 (2.67%) Java RMI
7 4 (2.67%) JMS
7 4 (2.67%) Servlets
7 4 (2.67%) Spring Integration
7 4 (2.67%) Spring MVC
7 4 (2.67%) Swing
Miscellaneous
1 15 (10.00%) Data Centre
2 10 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.33%) User Experience
4 4 (2.67%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.00%) Social Media
5 3 (2.00%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.33%) NHS
6 2 (1.33%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.67%) BBC
7 1 (0.67%) Blog
7 1 (0.67%) CCTV
7 1 (0.67%) Cloud Native
7 1 (0.67%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.67%) Credit Risk
7 1 (0.67%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.67%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.67%) Online Banking
7 1 (0.67%) PKI
7 1 (0.67%) Replication
7 1 (0.67%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 10 (6.67%) Linux
1 10 (6.67%) Windows
2 7 (4.67%) Unix
3 3 (2.00%) AIX
4 2 (1.33%) Android
4 2 (1.33%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.33%) Windows 10
4 2 (1.33%) Windows 7
4 2 (1.33%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.67%) CentOS
5 1 (0.67%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.67%) Solaris
5 1 (0.67%) SUSE
5 1 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.67%) Windows Vista
5 1 (0.67%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (19.33%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (17.33%) Project Management
3 22 (14.67%) CRM
4 20 (13.33%) Analytics
5 15 (10.00%) Software Delivery
5 15 (10.00%) Software Distribution
6 14 (9.33%) Release Management
6 14 (9.33%) Software Deployment
7 13 (8.67%) Scrum
8 12 (8.00%) Digital Marketing
8 12 (8.00%) Service Management
8 12 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (6.00%) Campaign Management
9 9 (6.00%) Customer Insight
9 9 (6.00%) TDD
9 9 (6.00%) Validation
9 9 (6.00%) Workflow
10 8 (5.33%) Email Marketing
10 8 (5.33%) ITIL
10 8 (5.33%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 18 (12.00%) Java
2 9 (6.00%) SQL
3 8 (5.33%) JavaScript
4 6 (4.00%) Shell Script
5 5 (3.33%) Korn
5 5 (3.33%) Python
6 2 (1.33%) C#
6 2 (1.33%) COBOL
6 2 (1.33%) PHP
7 1 (0.67%) ABAP
7 1 (0.67%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.67%) C
7 1 (0.67%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.67%) Ruby
7 1 (0.67%) sed
7 1 (0.67%) VBA
Qualifications
1 22 (14.67%) Security Cleared
2 17 (11.33%) SC Cleared
3 14 (9.33%) DV Cleared
4 9 (6.00%) Degree
5 2 (1.33%) DBS Check
5 2 (1.33%) ISEB
6 1 (0.67%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.67%) CCA
6 1 (0.67%) CCNA
6 1 (0.67%) CCNP
6 1 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.67%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.67%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.67%) MCSA
6 1 (0.67%) MCSE
6 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.67%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.33%) QA
2 2 (1.33%) IFRS
2 2 (1.33%) IFRS 9
2 2 (1.33%) SLA
3 1 (0.67%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.67%) GDPR
3 1 (0.67%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (2.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.33%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (1.33%) XenApp
3 1 (0.67%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.67%) PowerHA
3 1 (0.67%) Terminal Server
3 1 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.67%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 14 (9.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 5 (3.33%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 4 (2.67%) SCCM
4 2 (1.33%) Puppet
5 1 (0.67%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.67%) CA Service Virtualization
5 1 (0.67%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.67%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 16 (10.67%) HP
2 15 (10.00%) McAfee
3 10 (6.67%) IBM
4 8 (5.33%) MuleSoft
4 8 (5.33%) Oracle
5 6 (4.00%) hybris
5 6 (4.00%) SAP
6 5 (3.33%) Google
6 5 (3.33%) Tableau
7 4 (2.67%) Solace
8 3 (2.00%) Adobe
8 3 (2.00%) Cisco
8 3 (2.00%) Citrix
8 3 (2.00%) ForgeRock
8 3 (2.00%) VMware
9 2 (1.33%) Nokia Networks
9 2 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (1.33%) Samsung
9 2 (1.33%) ServiceNow
10 1 (0.67%) AppDynamics
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £534 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £500 - £750 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £270 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £750 - £950 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £750 - £900 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Durham, County Durham
Reed Technology
Rate: £150 - £172.98 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £392 - £451 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Darlington, County Durham
Reed Technology
Rate: £270 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago