Period
to 15 October 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SMTP skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SMTP over the 6 months to 15 October 2019 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.

SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)
UK
6 months to
15 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 645 732 750
Rank change year-on-year +87 +18 -34
Contract jobs citing SMTP 167 168 141
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.16% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.48% 1.24% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 100 82
UK median daily rate £475 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.15% +3.13% -5.88%
10th Percentile £336 £229 £269
90th Percentile £575 £600 £583
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £338 £360
% change year-on-year +37.04% -6.25% -15.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 10
UK median hourly rate £54.75 £19.50 £16.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +180.77% +16.04% -48.29%
10th Percentile £51.83 £16.93 £14.85
90th Percentile £56.68 £21.23 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.75 £19.50 £16.81
% change year-on-year +180.77% +16.04% -62.66%

SMTP 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 11,309 13,583 13,440
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.26% 13.18% 13.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,838 8,189 8,197
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £200 £188
90th Percentile £600 £610 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 615 686 725
UK median hourly rate £28.42 £19.00 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +49.58% -1.30% -19.79%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.20 £11.10
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.04 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.63 £19.00 £19.38
% change year-on-year +24.34% -1.96% -22.48%

SMTP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SMTP as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SMTP in the UK

SMTP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SMTP.

Contractor daily rate trend for SMTP in the UK

SMTP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMTP over the 6 months to 15 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMTP in the UK

SMTP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMTP.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMTP in the UK

SMTP
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMTP within the UK over the 6 months to 15 October 2019. 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 +69 142 £450 +9.42% 48
UK excluding London +110 121 £463 +37.04% 30
South East +63 65 £450 +15.76% 10
London +43 41 £475 +5.56% 18
North of England +46 22 £400 +28.00% 11
Scotland +47 20 £525 -
North West +25 16 £400 +33.33% 7
Midlands +44 6 £400 +33.33% 3
Yorkshire +35 6 £375 -9.09% 2
South West -18 6 £550 +129.17% 3
East Midlands +34 3 £413 - 1
West Midlands +21 3 £275 -8.33% 2
East of England +36 2 £668 +219.76% 3

For the 6 months to 15 October 2019, IT contractor jobs citing SMTP 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 SMTP.

1 58 (34.73%) HTTP
2 56 (33.53%) Windows
3 47 (28.14%) Security Cleared
4 46 (27.54%) DNS
5 45 (26.95%) Microsoft
6 44 (26.35%) SQL
7 41 (24.55%) XML
8 40 (23.95%) SC Cleared
9 37 (22.16%) SIEM
10 36 (21.56%) Azure
10 36 (21.56%) HTTPS
11 35 (20.96%) Finance
12 33 (19.76%) MS Exchange
13 32 (19.16%) Internet
14 31 (18.56%) LDAP
14 31 (18.56%) Migration
15 30 (17.96%) Linux
15 30 (17.96%) Oracle
15 30 (17.96%) Cisco
16 29 (17.37%) PowerShell
17 28 (16.77%) Office 365
18 27 (16.17%) SQL Server
19 26 (15.57%) Firewall
20 25 (14.97%) JavaScript
21 24 (14.37%) Python
22 23 (13.77%) SSL
22 23 (13.77%) Active Directory
22 23 (13.77%) Cybersecurity
22 23 (13.77%) Hyper-V
23 22 (13.17%) TCP/IP

SMTP
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 33 (19.76%) MS Exchange
2 16 (9.58%) IBM Domino
3 12 (7.19%) Skype for Business
4 8 (4.79%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (4.79%) SharePoint
5 7 (4.19%) Apache
6 6 (3.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 6 (3.59%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (2.99%) IIS
7 5 (2.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 5 (2.99%) WebLogic
8 4 (2.40%) Confluence
9 3 (1.80%) CMS
9 3 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (1.80%) Oracle Service Bus
9 3 (1.80%) Tomcat
10 2 (1.20%) JBoss
10 2 (1.20%) JCAPS
10 2 (1.20%) Mailman
Applications
1 4 (2.40%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.20%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.80%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 36 (21.56%) Azure
2 28 (16.77%) Office 365
3 11 (6.59%) AWS
4 8 (4.79%) G Suite
5 5 (2.99%) IaaS
5 5 (2.99%) PaaS
6 4 (2.40%) Heroku
6 4 (2.40%) OneDrive
7 2 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.60%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.60%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (0.60%) Azure Functions
8 1 (0.60%) GCP
8 1 (0.60%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 1 (0.60%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 58 (34.73%) HTTP
2 46 (27.54%) DNS
3 36 (21.56%) HTTPS
4 32 (19.16%) Internet
5 26 (15.57%) Firewall
6 23 (13.77%) SSL
7 22 (13.17%) TCP/IP
8 20 (11.98%) DHCP
9 16 (9.58%) DKIM
10 14 (8.38%) DMARC
10 14 (8.38%) Skype
11 12 (7.19%) LAN
11 12 (7.19%) Network Security
12 11 (6.59%) IMAP
12 11 (6.59%) POP3
13 10 (5.99%) FTP
13 10 (5.99%) SAN
13 10 (5.99%) SNMP
14 9 (5.39%) Intrusion Detection
14 9 (5.39%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (16.17%) SQL Server
2 20 (11.98%) SQL Server 2016
2 20 (11.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (4.19%) Oracle Database
3 7 (4.19%) Relational Database
4 5 (2.99%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (2.40%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (2.40%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.80%) Oracle Database 12c
7 2 (1.20%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.60%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (0.60%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.60%) Spatial Data
8 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 5 (2.99%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.40%) WinDbg
3 2 (1.20%) git-flow
3 2 (1.20%) gulp
3 2 (1.20%) JIRA
3 2 (1.20%) MSI
3 2 (1.20%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (0.60%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.60%) Gerrit
4 1 (0.60%) Hudson
4 1 (0.60%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.60%) JMeter
4 1 (0.60%) LoadUI
4 1 (0.60%) Maven
4 1 (0.60%) Metasploit
4 1 (0.60%) Subversion
4 1 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.60%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.60%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.60%) Zephyr
General
1 35 (20.96%) Finance
2 20 (11.98%) Public Sector
3 13 (7.78%) Banking
4 9 (5.39%) Investment Banking
5 7 (4.19%) Publishing
6 4 (2.40%) Legal
6 4 (2.40%) Military
6 4 (2.40%) Retail
7 3 (1.80%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.20%) Financial Institution
8 2 (1.20%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.60%) Marketing
9 1 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 29 (17.37%) Analyst
2 26 (15.57%) Architect
3 17 (10.18%) Applications Architect
4 16 (9.58%) Developer
5 15 (8.98%) Security Analyst
5 15 (8.98%) Security Engineer
6 14 (8.38%) Consultant
7 13 (7.78%) Administrator
7 13 (7.78%) Cybersecurity Analyst
7 13 (7.78%) Network Engineer
8 12 (7.19%) Solutions Architect
9 11 (6.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 11 (6.59%) SOC Analyst
10 10 (5.99%) Cisco Engineer
11 8 (4.79%) Cisco Security Engineer
11 8 (4.79%) ITSM Developer
11 8 (4.79%) ServiceNow Developer
12 7 (4.19%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 6 (3.59%) Domino Administrator
13 6 (3.59%) Messaging Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (24.55%) XML
2 31 (18.56%) LDAP
3 21 (12.57%) JDBC
4 19 (11.38%) ODBC
5 17 (10.18%) Web Services
6 11 (6.59%) Regular Expression
6 11 (6.59%) SOAP
7 10 (5.99%) HTML
8 5 (2.99%) JMS
8 5 (2.99%) REST
8 5 (2.99%) XSLT
9 4 (2.40%) Middleware
9 4 (2.40%) RESTful
9 4 (2.40%) Spring
9 4 (2.40%) Visualforce
10 3 (1.80%) AngularJS
10 3 (1.80%) CSS
10 3 (1.80%) jQuery
10 3 (1.80%) Oracle ADF
10 3 (1.80%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 20 (11.98%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (9.58%) Blackberry
3 14 (8.38%) Security Operations Centre
4 11 (6.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 10 (5.99%) Cyber Defence
6 9 (5.39%) Handset
6 9 (5.39%) Management Information System
7 8 (4.79%) PKI
8 5 (2.99%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (2.99%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.80%) Replication
9 3 (1.80%) SCADA
10 2 (1.20%) Data Centre
10 2 (1.20%) DataPower
10 2 (1.20%) e-Learning
10 2 (1.20%) Enterprise Cloud
10 2 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (1.20%) NHS
10 2 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
11 1 (0.60%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 56 (33.53%) Windows
2 30 (17.96%) Linux
3 18 (10.78%) Windows Server 2008
4 15 (8.98%) Unix
5 14 (8.38%) Windows 7
5 14 (8.38%) Windows Server
6 12 (7.19%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (5.39%) Solaris
8 8 (4.79%) Windows XP
9 5 (2.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (2.40%) Check Point GAiA
11 2 (1.20%) CentOS
11 2 (1.20%) SUSE
11 2 (1.20%) Windows 10
11 2 (1.20%) Windows 8
11 2 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.60%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (22.16%) SIEM
2 31 (18.56%) Migration
3 23 (13.77%) Cybersecurity
4 21 (12.57%) Task Automation
5 18 (10.78%) Kalman Filter
5 18 (10.78%) Security Operations
6 16 (9.58%) Disaster Recovery
6 16 (9.58%) Information Security
6 16 (9.58%) Performance Tuning
7 15 (8.98%) Data Science
8 14 (8.38%) High Availability
8 14 (8.38%) ITIL
9 12 (7.19%) Analytics
10 11 (6.59%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 11 (6.59%) Security Patching
11 10 (5.99%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
11 10 (5.99%) Malware Detection/Protection
11 10 (5.99%) Threat Intelligence
11 10 (5.99%) Workflow
12 9 (5.39%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 44 (26.35%) SQL
2 29 (17.37%) PowerShell
3 25 (14.97%) JavaScript
4 24 (14.37%) Python
5 20 (11.98%) Bash Shell
6 6 (3.59%) Java
6 6 (3.59%) VBScript
7 5 (2.99%) Perl
8 4 (2.40%) Apex Code
9 3 (1.80%) PHP
9 3 (1.80%) Ruby
10 2 (1.20%) C#
10 2 (1.20%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.60%) AWK
11 1 (0.60%) C
11 1 (0.60%) Groovy
11 1 (0.60%) sed
11 1 (0.60%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.60%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.60%) XPath
Qualifications
1 47 (28.14%) Security Cleared
2 40 (23.95%) SC Cleared
3 16 (9.58%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (8.38%) Degree
5 11 (6.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (5.39%) CompTIA Security+
7 8 (4.79%) CCIE
7 8 (4.79%) GCFA
7 8 (4.79%) GCIA
7 8 (4.79%) GCIH
7 8 (4.79%) MCSE
7 8 (4.79%) Network+ Certification
7 8 (4.79%) OSCP
7 8 (4.79%) SSCP
8 7 (4.19%) CCNP
9 6 (3.59%) MCSA
9 6 (3.59%) TOGAF Certification
10 5 (2.99%) CCSP
10 5 (2.99%) DV Cleared
11 4 (2.40%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (7.19%) SLA
2 8 (4.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (4.79%) NIST
3 5 (2.99%) QA
4 3 (1.80%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (1.80%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (1.20%) HL7
5 2 (1.20%) WCAG
6 1 (0.60%) GDPR
6 1 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 23 (13.77%) Active Directory
1 23 (13.77%) Hyper-V
2 7 (4.19%) ISA Server
3 6 (3.59%) Docker
3 6 (3.59%) VMware ESXi
3 6 (3.59%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.80%) Sendmail
5 2 (1.20%) NDS
5 2 (1.20%) NetIQ eDirectory
5 2 (1.20%) ProxySG
5 2 (1.20%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.60%) NFS
6 1 (0.60%) Postfix
6 1 (0.60%) Snort
6 1 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.60%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.60%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 10 (5.99%) Single Sign-On
2 3 (1.80%) Ansible
2 3 (1.80%) Kubernetes
2 3 (1.80%) Nessus
2 3 (1.80%) NetBackup
2 3 (1.80%) OpenVAS
2 3 (1.80%) SCCM
2 3 (1.80%) Terraform
2 3 (1.80%) vCenter Server
2 3 (1.80%) WSUS
3 2 (1.20%) FortiGate
3 2 (1.20%) Perfmon
3 2 (1.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (1.20%) WMI
4 1 (0.60%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (0.60%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.60%) Prometheus
4 1 (0.60%) QRadar
4 1 (0.60%) Suricata
Vendors
1 45 (26.95%) Microsoft
2 30 (17.96%) Cisco
2 30 (17.96%) Oracle
3 15 (8.98%) IronPort
4 13 (7.78%) VMware
5 11 (6.59%) IBM
5 11 (6.59%) ServiceNow
6 10 (5.99%) Palo Alto
7 9 (5.39%) CheckPoint
7 9 (5.39%) F5
7 9 (5.39%) Sonus
8 7 (4.19%) Google
8 7 (4.19%) HP
8 7 (4.19%) Lotus
8 7 (4.19%) Proofpoint
9 6 (3.59%) Clearswift
9 6 (3.59%) Samsung
10 5 (2.99%) Capita
10 5 (2.99%) Darktrace
10 5 (2.99%) McAfee