Period
to 6 August 2020

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 6 August 2020 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
6 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 513 788 317
Rank change year-on-year +275 -471 +222
Contract jobs citing SMS 30 58 843
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.085% 0.064% 0.82%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.63% 0.49% 6.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 22 676
Median daily rate £321 £323 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.68% -19.30% -5.88%
10th Percentile £282 £217 £223
90th Percentile £475 £545 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £321 £323 £390
% change year-on-year -0.68% -17.23% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 81
Median hourly rate - £28.42 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +96.00% +7.41%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £28.42 £14.00
% change year-on-year - +103.00% +3.70%

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 4,757 11,743 13,718
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.44% 12.89% 13.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,718 7,185 8,419
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £200 £200 £203
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £395
% change year-on-year - +1.27% +3.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 288 587 774
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.59 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.37% +17.95% +5.26%
10th Percentile £14.84 £12.32 £12.20
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.35 £47.50
Median hourly rate £30.00 £22.50 £19.39
% change year-on-year +33.33% +16.07% +4.78%

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SMS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SMS.

Daily rate trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SMS over the 6 months to 6 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SMS in the UK

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SMS.

Hourly rate trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Top 9 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 6 August 2020. 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 +265 30 £321 -3.22% 5
UK excluding London +223 19 £321 -0.68% 6
London +206 11 £450 +35.75% 2
North of England +110 10 £321 -
North West +73 10 £321 -
East of England +86 4 - -
Midlands +86 3 - - 1
West Midlands +67 3 - -
South East +160 2 £288 -16.36% 2

For the 6 months to 6 August 2020, 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 10 (33.33%) BPSS Clearance
2 9 (30.00%) SC Cleared
2 9 (30.00%) Security Cleared
3 5 (16.67%) Performance Testing
3 5 (16.67%) MIMO
3 5 (16.67%) 4G
3 5 (16.67%) Incident Management
3 5 (16.67%) VSAM
3 5 (16.67%) 2G
3 5 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (16.67%) FTP
3 5 (16.67%) 3G
4 4 (13.33%) JavaScript
4 4 (13.33%) Validation
4 4 (13.33%) Mitel
4 4 (13.33%) SGSN
4 4 (13.33%) Chatbot
4 4 (13.33%) Conversational UI
5 3 (10.00%) Decision-Making
5 3 (10.00%) Coaching
5 3 (10.00%) Telecoms
5 3 (10.00%) CRM
6 2 (6.67%) SQL
6 2 (6.67%) LAN
6 2 (6.67%) Project Management
6 2 (6.67%) Python
6 2 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (6.67%) TDD
6 2 (6.67%) IVR
6 2 (6.67%) Billing

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:

Applications
1 4 (13.33%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.67%) AWS
1 2 (6.67%) AWS Lambda
1 2 (6.67%) SaaS
1 2 (6.67%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 5 (16.67%) 2G
1 5 (16.67%) 3G
1 5 (16.67%) 4G
1 5 (16.67%) FTP
1 5 (16.67%) MIMO
2 4 (13.33%) SGSN
3 2 (6.67%) LAN
4 1 (3.33%) Broadband
4 1 (3.33%) Internet
4 1 (3.33%) VoIP
4 1 (3.33%) VoLTE
4 1 (3.33%) VoWiFi
4 1 (3.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.67%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (3.33%) UniData
General
1 3 (10.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (6.67%) Billing
3 1 (3.33%) Finance
3 1 (3.33%) Legal
3 1 (3.33%) Marketing
3 1 (3.33%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 10 (33.33%) Incident Manager
1 10 (33.33%) Major Incident Manager
2 4 (13.33%) Consultant
3 2 (6.67%) Architect
3 2 (6.67%) Implementation Consultant
3 2 (6.67%) Project Manager
3 2 (6.67%) Software Engineer
3 2 (6.67%) Telephony Consultant
4 1 (3.33%) BlackBerry Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) BSS Architect
4 1 (3.33%) Development Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Mitel Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Mobility Architect
4 1 (3.33%) Mobility Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Project Analyst
4 1 (3.33%) Project Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Scrum Master
4 1 (3.33%) Technical Design Authority
4 1 (3.33%) Technical Specialist
4 1 (3.33%) Telecoms Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.67%) AngularJS
1 2 (6.67%) Node.js
2 1 (3.33%) .NET
2 1 (3.33%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.33%) CSS
2 1 (3.33%) D3.js
2 1 (3.33%) HTML
2 1 (3.33%) HTML5
2 1 (3.33%) jQuery
2 1 (3.33%) Middleware
2 1 (3.33%) Oracle Fusion
2 1 (3.33%) SOAP
2 1 (3.33%) Web Services
2 1 (3.33%) WPF
2 1 (3.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.67%) VSAM
2 2 (6.67%) IVR
2 2 (6.67%) Social Media
3 1 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.33%) Blackberry
3 1 (3.33%) CCTV
3 1 (3.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.33%) Android
1 1 (3.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (16.67%) Incident Management
1 5 (16.67%) Performance Testing
2 4 (13.33%) Conversational UI
2 4 (13.33%) Validation
3 3 (10.00%) Coaching
3 3 (10.00%) CRM
3 3 (10.00%) Decision-Making
4 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure as Code
4 2 (6.67%) Project Management
4 2 (6.67%) Software Engineering
4 2 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (6.67%) TDD
5 1 (3.33%) CMMI
5 1 (3.33%) Data Analysis
5 1 (3.33%) Data Architecture
5 1 (3.33%) Kanban
5 1 (3.33%) Scrum
5 1 (3.33%) Service Delivery
5 1 (3.33%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (13.33%) JavaScript
2 2 (6.67%) Python
2 2 (6.67%) SQL
3 1 (3.33%) C#
3 1 (3.33%) Java
3 1 (3.33%) UniBasic
3 1 (3.33%) VB.NET
3 1 (3.33%) XAML
Qualifications
1 10 (33.33%) BPSS Clearance
2 9 (30.00%) SC Cleared
2 9 (30.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.33%) Degree
System Software
1 2 (6.67%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (6.67%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 4 (13.33%) Mitel
2 2 (6.67%) Facebook
2 2 (6.67%) Twitter
3 1 (3.33%) jBASE
3 1 (3.33%) MobileIron
3 1 (3.33%) Oracle
3 1 (3.33%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
3 1 (3.33%) Salesforce.com