Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 325 785 763
Rank change year-on-year +460 -22 -74
Contract jobs citing SMS 776 111 129
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.57% 0.68% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 642 55 40
UK median daily rate £413 £315 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.95% -25.88% +22.31%
10th Percentile £181 £231 £174
90th Percentile £606 £488 £578
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £425
% change year-on-year +7.14% -17.65% +21.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 15 13
UK median hourly rate £14.00 £12.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.00% -37.50% -
10th Percentile £10.30 £12.25 £7.19
90th Percentile £25.75 £42.71 £49.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £12.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +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 13924 16275 15970
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.73% 15.52% 13.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8473 9837 9234
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £214 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 731 831 1028
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +15.85% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.50 £48.00 £46.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -24.00% +21.95% +2.50%

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 19 November 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 6 months to 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 2017. 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 +440 748 £413 +33.06% 61
UK excluding London +346 514 £375 +7.14% 52
London +190 259 £450 +71.43% 14
North of England +201 184 £378 +34.82% 12
Midlands +128 108 £350 -54.84% 12
South East +77 95 £338 -15.63% 11
Yorkshire +101 89 £376 - 4
South West +81 79 £425 - 9
West Midlands +102 75 £373 -51.94% 8
North West - 56 £400 - 3
North East +98 39 £307 +9.46% 5
East Midlands - 33 £340 - 4
East of England -16 23 £400 +14.29% 3
Scotland +8 14 £388 - 3
Wales - 11 £450 - 2

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 183 (23.58%) Finance
2 179 (23.07%) Agile Software Development
3 115 (14.82%) Project Management
4 94 (12.11%) Banking
5 93 (11.98%) Stakeholder Management
6 80 (10.31%) Windows
7 78 (10.05%) SQL
7 78 (10.05%) Analytical Skills
8 77 (9.92%) JavaScript
9 75 (9.66%) HTML
9 75 (9.66%) Java
10 69 (8.89%) Scrum
11 62 (7.99%) CSS
12 59 (7.60%) Oracle
13 57 (7.35%) ITIL
13 57 (7.35%) PRINCE2
13 57 (7.35%) JIRA
14 54 (6.96%) Jenkins
14 54 (6.96%) TDD
15 51 (6.57%) Git (software)
16 48 (6.19%) Active Directory
17 47 (6.06%) Linux
18 46 (5.93%) Amazon AWS
19 45 (5.80%) Migration
20 44 (5.67%) Security Cleared
21 40 (5.15%) Risk Management
22 38 (4.90%) Change Management
22 38 (4.90%) Continuous Integration
22 38 (4.90%) Degree
22 38 (4.90%) Test Automation

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 19 (2.45%) SharePoint
2 16 (2.06%) Skype for Business
3 15 (1.93%) MS Exchange
4 14 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (1.55%) Confluence
6 11 (1.42%) CMS
7 9 (1.16%) Oracle Workflow
7 9 (1.16%) SAS
8 6 (0.77%) WebSphere
9 5 (0.64%) Apache
9 5 (0.64%) Mule
10 4 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.52%) JBoss
10 4 (0.52%) Umbraco
10 4 (0.52%) WordPress
11 3 (0.39%) CICS
11 3 (0.39%) IBM HTTP Server
11 3 (0.39%) NetWeaver
12 2 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 2 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 24 (3.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (1.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 11 (1.42%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.29%) Spreadsheet
5 8 (1.03%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.39%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.13%) ImageReady
Business Applications
1 13 (1.68%) Oracle iProcurement
1 13 (1.68%) Oracle Receivables
2 11 (1.42%) Oracle EBS
3 10 (1.29%) Oracle EBS R12
3 10 (1.29%) Oracle Payables
4 9 (1.16%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 8 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
6 7 (0.90%) Oracle Assets
6 7 (0.90%) Oracle Financials
6 7 (0.90%) Oracle General Ledger
6 7 (0.90%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 5 (0.64%) Adobe Campaign
7 5 (0.64%) Oracle Applications
8 3 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
8 3 (0.39%) SAP ERP
8 3 (0.39%) SAP SRM
8 3 (0.39%) Unica
9 2 (0.26%) Dynamics GP
9 2 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
9 2 (0.26%) SAP FI-AP
Cloud Services
1 46 (5.93%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (2.58%) Office 365
3 18 (2.32%) Amazon EC2
4 15 (1.93%) GitHub
5 13 (1.68%) Microsoft Azure
6 10 (1.29%) SaaS
7 9 (1.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 7 (0.90%) AWS CloudFormation
8 7 (0.90%) PaaS
9 6 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
9 6 (0.77%) Serverless
9 6 (0.77%) SuccessFactors
10 5 (0.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 3 (0.39%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.39%) G Suite
11 3 (0.39%) Google Analytics
11 3 (0.39%) IaaS
12 2 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.26%) Taleo
13 1 (0.13%) Twilio
Communications & Networking
1 24 (3.09%) Firewall
2 22 (2.84%) Internet
3 16 (2.06%) DNS
4 14 (1.80%) DHCP
5 8 (1.03%) LAN
6 7 (0.90%) HTTP
6 7 (0.90%) SAN
6 7 (0.90%) Skype
7 6 (0.77%) Network Security
7 6 (0.77%) Value-Added Service
7 6 (0.77%) VPN
7 6 (0.77%) WAN
7 6 (0.77%) Wireless
8 5 (0.64%) LDAP
8 5 (0.64%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.39%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (0.39%) VLAN
9 3 (0.39%) VPLS
10 2 (0.26%) LTE
10 2 (0.26%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (3.48%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.45%) Oracle Database
3 14 (1.80%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 11 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (1.42%) Oracle Database 11g
5 9 (1.16%) Oracle Discoverer
6 7 (0.90%) BusinessObjects
6 7 (0.90%) Oracle Database 10g
6 7 (0.90%) Oracle Database 12c
6 7 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (0.77%) Oracle BI EE
7 6 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (0.64%) DB2
8 5 (0.64%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.52%) Big Data
9 4 (0.52%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.52%) MySQL
9 4 (0.52%) Oracle ODI
9 4 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 57 (7.35%) JIRA
2 54 (6.96%) Jenkins
3 51 (6.57%) Git (software)
4 30 (3.87%) Maven
5 15 (1.93%) Cucumber
6 14 (1.80%) Selenium
7 13 (1.68%) Ant
7 13 (1.68%) TeamCity
8 11 (1.42%) Visual Studio
9 9 (1.16%) Gradle
9 9 (1.16%) SoapUI
10 7 (0.90%) IntelliJ
10 7 (0.90%) Mocha
10 7 (0.90%) Sonatype Nexus
10 7 (0.90%) Subversion
11 6 (0.77%) Bitbucket
12 5 (0.64%) JMeter
12 5 (0.64%) JUnit
12 5 (0.64%) Mockito
12 5 (0.64%) Spock
General
1 183 (23.58%) Finance
2 94 (12.11%) Banking
3 29 (3.74%) Marketing
4 28 (3.61%) Retail
5 17 (2.19%) Legal
6 15 (1.93%) Retail Banking
7 14 (1.80%) Billing
8 12 (1.55%) Telecoms
9 11 (1.42%) Back Office
10 7 (0.90%) Publishing
11 5 (0.64%) Local Government
12 4 (0.52%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.39%) Games
13 3 (0.39%) Law
14 2 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
14 2 (0.26%) Manufacturing
14 2 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
15 1 (0.13%) Dutch Language
15 1 (0.13%) French Language
15 1 (0.13%) German Language
Job Titles
1 157 (20.23%) Analyst
2 109 (14.05%) Developer
3 82 (10.57%) Project Manager
4 48 (6.19%) Business Analyst
5 34 (4.38%) Architect
6 31 (3.99%) Consultant
7 29 (3.74%) Java Developer
8 18 (2.32%) Data Analyst
8 18 (2.32%) IT Manager
8 18 (2.32%) Senior Developer
8 18 (2.32%) Senior Manager
9 17 (2.19%) Administrator
9 17 (2.19%) IT Analyst
10 16 (2.06%) Delivery Manager
10 16 (2.06%) Desktop Support
11 14 (1.80%) Desktop Engineer
11 14 (1.80%) JavaScript Developer
11 14 (1.80%) Service Analyst
11 14 (1.80%) Software Engineer
12 13 (1.68%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (9.66%) HTML
2 62 (7.99%) CSS
3 35 (4.51%) Spring
4 32 (4.12%) REST
5 30 (3.87%) HTML5
5 30 (3.87%) Node.js
6 25 (3.22%) AngularJS
6 25 (3.22%) React
6 25 (3.22%) Web Services
7 23 (2.96%) XML
8 22 (2.84%) .NET
9 19 (2.45%) jQuery
9 19 (2.45%) SOAP
10 18 (2.32%) JSP
11 16 (2.06%) CSS3
12 14 (1.80%) RESTful
13 13 (1.68%) Hibernate
14 11 (1.42%) Middleware
14 11 (1.42%) Spring Security
15 10 (1.29%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 78 (10.05%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (3.09%) Management Information System
2 24 (3.09%) User Experience
3 18 (2.32%) NHS
4 12 (1.55%) Mobile App
5 11 (1.42%) Data Centre
6 9 (1.16%) Greenfield Project
6 9 (1.16%) Online Banking
6 9 (1.16%) PDA
7 8 (1.03%) Computer Science
8 7 (0.90%) Client/Server
9 6 (0.77%) e-Learning
9 6 (0.77%) Market Risk
9 6 (0.77%) Video Conferencing
10 5 (0.64%) Credit Risk
10 5 (0.64%) Reference Data
10 5 (0.64%) Replication
11 3 (0.39%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (0.39%) Handset
11 3 (0.39%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 80 (10.31%) Windows
2 47 (6.06%) Linux
3 29 (3.74%) Unix
4 23 (2.96%) Windows 7
5 21 (2.71%) Windows 10
5 21 (2.71%) Windows Server
6 10 (1.29%) AIX
6 10 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (1.03%) Windows 8
9 7 (0.90%) CentOS
10 6 (0.77%) SUSE
10 6 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (0.64%) Android
11 5 (0.64%) Ubuntu
12 4 (0.52%) Solaris
13 3 (0.39%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.39%) Debian
13 3 (0.39%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.39%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 179 (23.07%) Agile Software Development
2 115 (14.82%) Project Management
3 93 (11.98%) Stakeholder Management
4 69 (8.89%) Scrum
5 57 (7.35%) ITIL
5 57 (7.35%) PRINCE2
6 54 (6.96%) TDD
7 45 (5.80%) Migration
8 40 (5.15%) Risk Management
9 38 (4.90%) Change Management
9 38 (4.90%) Continuous Integration
9 38 (4.90%) Test Automation
10 36 (4.64%) Service Management
10 36 (4.64%) User Acceptance Testing
11 35 (4.51%) Analytics
12 34 (4.38%) DevOps
13 32 (4.12%) Service Delivery
14 30 (3.87%) Business Analysis
14 30 (3.87%) Kanban
15 29 (3.74%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 78 (10.05%) SQL
2 77 (9.92%) JavaScript
3 75 (9.66%) Java
4 28 (3.61%) Python
5 27 (3.48%) C#
6 17 (2.19%) Ruby
7 14 (1.80%) PHP
8 10 (1.29%) Perl
9 8 (1.03%) C
9 8 (1.03%) Groovy
9 8 (1.03%) Shell Script
10 7 (0.90%) ABAP
10 7 (0.90%) Bash Shell
10 7 (0.90%) Korn
10 7 (0.90%) PL/SQL
10 7 (0.90%) VBA
11 5 (0.64%) PowerShell
12 3 (0.39%) Go
12 3 (0.39%) Scala
12 3 (0.39%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 44 (5.67%) Security Cleared
2 38 (4.90%) Degree
3 32 (4.12%) SC Cleared
4 13 (1.68%) DBS Check
4 13 (1.68%) DV Cleared
5 11 (1.42%) ISEB
6 8 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 7 (0.90%) CCNA
7 7 (0.90%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 6 (0.77%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.64%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (0.52%) CISSP
10 4 (0.52%) ISTQB
10 4 (0.52%) MCSA
10 4 (0.52%) MCSE
10 4 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.39%) BC Cleared
11 3 (0.39%) CTC Cleared
11 3 (0.39%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (4.64%) QA
2 22 (2.84%) Data Quality
3 19 (2.45%) PMO
4 16 (2.06%) GDPR
5 9 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (1.16%) SLA
6 7 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 5 (0.64%) Basel II
7 5 (0.64%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.52%) IFRS
8 4 (0.52%) IFRS 9
8 4 (0.52%) RMADS
9 3 (0.39%) COBIT
9 3 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.26%) COREP
11 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.13%) GPG13
11 1 (0.13%) HL7
11 1 (0.13%) JSP 440
System Software
1 48 (6.19%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.93%) XenApp
3 13 (1.68%) XenServer
4 10 (1.29%) Microsoft App-V
4 10 (1.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (1.29%) XenDesktop
5 6 (0.77%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.52%) vSphere
7 3 (0.39%) Docker
7 3 (0.39%) KVM
7 3 (0.39%) LXC
8 2 (0.26%) OpenDJ
9 1 (0.13%) Firmware
9 1 (0.13%) PowerHA
9 1 (0.13%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.13%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.13%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 33 (4.25%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 26 (3.35%) SCCM
3 20 (2.58%) Puppet
4 11 (1.42%) Ansible
5 6 (0.77%) CSIRT
5 6 (0.77%) QRadar
6 5 (0.64%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.52%) AirWatch
7 4 (0.52%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 3 (0.39%) Data Guard
8 3 (0.39%) Oracle RMAN
8 3 (0.39%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.26%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.26%) Icinga
9 2 (0.26%) ITRS Geneos
9 2 (0.26%) Nagios
9 2 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 2 (0.26%) SCOM
10 1 (0.13%) CA Service Virtualization
10 1 (0.13%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 59 (7.60%) Oracle
2 24 (3.09%) VMware
3 23 (2.96%) Citrix
3 23 (2.96%) HP
4 19 (2.45%) Cisco
5 16 (2.06%) SAP
6 15 (1.93%) MuleSoft
7 14 (1.80%) IBM
8 13 (1.68%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.29%) Adobe
9 10 (1.29%) AppSense
9 10 (1.29%) ServiceNow
10 9 (1.16%) ForgeRock
10 9 (1.16%) Google
10 9 (1.16%) hybris
11 6 (0.77%) CheckPoint
11 6 (0.77%) McAfee
11 6 (0.77%) Solace
12 4 (0.52%) Genesys
12 4 (0.52%) Remedy