Period
to 26 April 2018

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 26 April 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.

SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)
UK
6 months to
26 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 679 688 674
Rank change year-on-year +9 -14 -10
Contract jobs citing SMTP 197 161 220
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.18% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.48% 1.24% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 108 126
UK median daily rate £379 £423 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.19% +9.74% +2.67%
10th Percentile £248 £288 £240
90th Percentile £538 £538 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £420 £350
% change year-on-year -15.48% +20.00% -10.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 6
UK median hourly rate £18.38 £25.56 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.10% +36.29% -25.00%
10th Percentile £15.51 £18.13 £12.13
90th Percentile £32.75 £44.38 £21.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.38 £25.56 £20.00
% change year-on-year -28.10% +27.78% -20.00%

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 13,312 12,983 15,704
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.18% 14.24% 14.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,208 7,904 9,319
UK median daily rate £415 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.47% +1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £209 £215
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +0.65% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 736 726 717
UK median hourly rate £19.06 £22.25 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.34% -11.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.34 £48.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £21.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -10.29% -16.00% +8.11%

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 26 April 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMTP over the 6 months to 26 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SMTP in the UK

SMTP
Top 12 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 26 April 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 -25 181 £379 -10.72% 43
UK excluding London -20 96 £355 -15.48% 35
London -23 94 £413 -8.33% 10
South East -30 47 £375 -10.71% 9
East of England +9 18 £325 +1.56% 8
North of England -22 12 £395 -14.59% 7
South West +10 10 £368 +24.58% 6
North West -22 7 £373 -6.29% 5
Yorkshire -36 5 £550 +15.79% 2
Northern Ireland - 5 £481 - 1
Wales -6 2 £213 -55.26%
Scotland - 2 £375 - 1

For the 6 months to 26 April 2018, 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 83 (42.13%) DNS
2 80 (40.61%) HTTP
3 67 (34.01%) Microsoft
4 65 (32.99%) Windows
5 61 (30.96%) Firewall
6 58 (29.44%) Active Directory
6 58 (29.44%) FTP
7 54 (27.41%) MS Exchange
8 52 (26.40%) TCP/IP
9 46 (23.35%) Cisco
10 44 (22.34%) VMware
11 43 (21.83%) Windows Server
12 39 (19.80%) Git (software)
13 38 (19.29%) VMware Infrastructure
13 38 (19.29%) Linux
13 38 (19.29%) SQL
14 37 (18.78%) VPN
14 37 (18.78%) Office 365
15 35 (17.77%) VoIP
15 35 (17.77%) SSL
16 34 (17.26%) XML
17 32 (16.24%) DHCP
18 31 (15.74%) Internet
18 31 (15.74%) PowerShell
19 30 (15.23%) WAN
20 29 (14.72%) Java
20 29 (14.72%) LAN
20 29 (14.72%) Exchange Server 2010
20 29 (14.72%) Degree
21 28 (14.21%) Agile Software Development

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 54 (27.41%) MS Exchange
2 29 (14.72%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (12.18%) Skype for Business
4 14 (7.11%) Exchange Server 2013
5 11 (5.58%) IIS
6 10 (5.08%) BizTalk Server
6 10 (5.08%) WebSphere
7 9 (4.57%) Apache
8 8 (4.06%) Cloud Foundry
8 8 (4.06%) Mule
8 8 (4.06%) Mule ESB
9 7 (3.55%) CMS
10 5 (2.54%) Confluence
11 4 (2.03%) SharePoint
11 4 (2.03%) WordPress
12 3 (1.52%) Tomcat
13 2 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2003
13 2 (1.02%) IBM HTTP Server
13 2 (1.02%) IBM Notes
13 2 (1.02%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 18 (9.14%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.51%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.02%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 37 (18.78%) Office 365
2 26 (13.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (6.09%) IaaS
4 10 (5.08%) Mimecast
5 9 (4.57%) Amazon AWS
6 8 (4.06%) npm
7 7 (3.55%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (2.03%) PaaS
9 3 (1.52%) G Suite
9 3 (1.52%) GitHub
9 3 (1.52%) SaaS
9 3 (1.52%) Slack
10 2 (1.02%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (1.02%) Datadog
10 2 (1.02%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 83 (42.13%) DNS
2 80 (40.61%) HTTP
3 61 (30.96%) Firewall
4 58 (29.44%) FTP
5 52 (26.40%) TCP/IP
6 37 (18.78%) VPN
7 35 (17.77%) SSL
7 35 (17.77%) VoIP
8 32 (16.24%) DHCP
9 31 (15.74%) Internet
10 30 (15.23%) WAN
11 29 (14.72%) LAN
12 27 (13.71%) IMAP
12 27 (13.71%) SNMP
13 26 (13.20%) SSH
14 21 (10.66%) Network Security
15 16 (8.12%) OSPF
15 16 (8.12%) VLAN
16 13 (6.60%) BGP
16 13 (6.60%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (14.21%) SQL Server
2 17 (8.63%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (6.09%) Relational Database
4 7 (3.55%) MySQL
4 7 (3.55%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (3.05%) Big Data
5 6 (3.05%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (2.54%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (2.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (2.03%) MongoDB
7 4 (2.03%) NoSQL
8 2 (1.02%) Data Mining
8 2 (1.02%) DB2
8 2 (1.02%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (0.51%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 39 (19.80%) Git (software)
2 13 (6.60%) Jenkins
2 13 (6.60%) JUnit
2 13 (6.60%) Maven
3 12 (6.09%) Team Foundation Server
4 11 (5.58%) Grunt
4 11 (5.58%) gulp
5 10 (5.08%) Visual Studio
6 8 (4.06%) Bower
6 8 (4.06%) Gradle
6 8 (4.06%) JIRA
6 8 (4.06%) SonarQube
7 6 (3.05%) Fiddler
7 6 (3.05%) ReSharper
8 5 (2.54%) Gerrit
9 4 (2.03%) Selenium
10 3 (1.52%) Appium
10 3 (1.52%) Cucumber
10 3 (1.52%) Zephyr
11 2 (1.02%) Subversion
General
1 20 (10.15%) Finance
2 18 (9.14%) Banking
3 13 (6.60%) Telecoms
4 12 (6.09%) Investment Banking
5 8 (4.06%) Back Office
6 4 (2.03%) French Language
7 3 (1.52%) Marketing
7 3 (1.52%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (1.02%) Legal
8 2 (1.02%) Local Government
9 1 (0.51%) Electronics
9 1 (0.51%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.51%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.51%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 34 (17.26%) Developer
2 25 (12.69%) Network Engineer
3 18 (9.14%) Support Engineer
4 15 (7.61%) DevOps Engineer
5 13 (6.60%) Analyst
5 13 (6.60%) Consultant
5 13 (6.60%) Security Engineer
6 12 (6.09%) Administrator
6 12 (6.09%) Architect
7 11 (5.58%) AWS Engineer
7 11 (5.58%) Messaging Specialist
8 10 (5.08%) Cisco Engineer
8 10 (5.08%) Network Security Engineer
8 10 (5.08%) Technical Support
9 9 (4.57%) AWS DevOps
9 9 (4.57%) AWS DevOps Engineer
9 9 (4.57%) BizTalk Developer
9 9 (4.57%) Messaging Engineer
9 9 (4.57%) Senior BizTalk Developer
9 9 (4.57%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (17.26%) XML
2 27 (13.71%) SOAP
3 26 (13.20%) .NET
3 26 (13.20%) Web Services
4 19 (9.64%) WCF
5 18 (9.14%) LDAP
6 17 (8.63%) EDI
7 16 (8.12%) CSS
7 16 (8.12%) HTML
7 16 (8.12%) RESTful
8 14 (7.11%) REST
9 13 (6.60%) XSLT
10 10 (5.08%) CSS3
10 10 (5.08%) HTML5
10 10 (5.08%) Spring
11 8 (4.06%) ASP.NET
11 8 (4.06%) OAuth
11 8 (4.06%) SAML
11 8 (4.06%) Spring Security
11 8 (4.06%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 15 (7.61%) Data Centre
2 12 (6.09%) DataPower
3 11 (5.58%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (5.08%) Management Information System
5 9 (4.57%) Enterprise Software
6 7 (3.55%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (3.05%) Blackberry
7 6 (3.05%) PKI
8 5 (2.54%) Clustering
8 5 (2.54%) Video Conferencing
9 4 (2.03%) Client/Server
9 4 (2.03%) Computer Science
9 4 (2.03%) W3C
10 3 (1.52%) Algorithms
10 3 (1.52%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.52%) Private Cloud
10 3 (1.52%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 2 (1.02%) BBC
11 2 (1.02%) Handset
11 2 (1.02%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 65 (32.99%) Windows
2 43 (21.83%) Windows Server
3 38 (19.29%) Linux
4 19 (9.64%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (7.61%) Windows 7
5 15 (7.61%) Windows 8
6 14 (7.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (6.60%) Android
7 13 (6.60%) CentOS
8 12 (6.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (5.58%) Unix
9 11 (5.58%) Windows 10
10 9 (4.57%) Apple iOS
11 6 (3.05%) Check Point GAiA
12 5 (2.54%) Mac OS
12 5 (2.54%) Ubuntu
12 5 (2.54%) Windows Vista
13 3 (1.52%) CatOS
13 3 (1.52%) Solaris
13 3 (1.52%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (14.21%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (13.71%) DevOps
3 26 (13.20%) Migration
4 23 (11.68%) Information Security
5 22 (11.17%) OO
6 19 (9.64%) ITIL
7 17 (8.63%) SOA
8 16 (8.12%) Microservices
8 16 (8.12%) MVC
9 14 (7.11%) Kalman Filter
10 13 (6.60%) Digital Transformation Programme
10 13 (6.60%) Problem-Solving
10 13 (6.60%) SDLC
11 12 (6.09%) High Availability
11 12 (6.09%) Investment Management
12 11 (5.58%) B2B
12 11 (5.58%) Configuration Management
12 11 (5.58%) EAI
13 10 (5.08%) Load Balancing
13 10 (5.08%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (19.29%) SQL
2 31 (15.74%) PowerShell
3 29 (14.72%) Java
4 26 (13.20%) C#
5 20 (10.15%) Perl
6 19 (9.64%) JavaScript
7 17 (8.63%) Bash Shell
7 17 (8.63%) Python
8 13 (6.60%) Shell Script
9 11 (5.58%) ActionScript
9 11 (5.58%) ActionScript 2.0
10 7 (3.55%) Ruby
10 7 (3.55%) VB.NET
11 6 (3.05%) ActionScript 3.0
11 6 (3.05%) TypeScript
11 6 (3.05%) VBA
12 5 (2.54%) AWK
12 5 (2.54%) Groovy
12 5 (2.54%) PHP
13 3 (1.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 29 (14.72%) Degree
2 25 (12.69%) Security Cleared
3 21 (10.66%) SC Cleared
4 20 (10.15%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (9.64%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (6.09%) CCNP
7 9 (4.57%) MCP
8 7 (3.55%) CCIE
8 7 (3.55%) CCNA
9 6 (3.05%) JNCIA
9 6 (3.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (2.54%) CCSE
11 4 (2.03%) CCDP
11 4 (2.03%) CCENT
11 4 (2.03%) CCSA
11 4 (2.03%) DBS Check
11 4 (2.03%) MCSE
12 2 (1.02%) CISSP
12 2 (1.02%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.05%) RosettaNet
2 4 (2.03%) SLA
3 3 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.52%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.52%) QA
4 2 (1.02%) GDPR
5 1 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 58 (29.44%) Active Directory
2 38 (19.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (9.14%) Docker
4 9 (4.57%) Hyper-V
5 7 (3.55%) Virtual Desktop
6 6 (3.05%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (3.05%) vSphere
7 5 (2.54%) XenApp
8 4 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (2.03%) Terminal Server
8 4 (2.03%) VirtualBox
8 4 (2.03%) XenDesktop
8 4 (2.03%) XenServer
9 3 (1.52%) VMware NSX
10 2 (1.02%) DFS Replication
10 2 (1.02%) NFS
10 2 (1.02%) Sendmail
11 1 (0.51%) vCloud
11 1 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 20 (10.15%) Ansible
2 14 (7.11%) Opscode Chef
3 10 (5.08%) Nagios
4 8 (4.06%) Cacti
4 8 (4.06%) Single Sign-On
5 7 (3.55%) Kubernetes
5 7 (3.55%) OpenView
5 7 (3.55%) ZABBIX
6 6 (3.05%) Puppet
7 5 (2.54%) Grafana
7 5 (2.54%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 5 (2.54%) Terraform
8 4 (2.03%) EdgeSight
8 4 (2.03%) SCCM
8 4 (2.03%) SCOM
9 3 (1.52%) Netcool
9 3 (1.52%) Prometheus
9 3 (1.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 3 (1.52%) vRealize
10 2 (1.02%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 67 (34.01%) Microsoft
2 46 (23.35%) Cisco
3 44 (22.34%) VMware
4 21 (10.66%) HP
5 19 (9.64%) CheckPoint
6 17 (8.63%) IBM
7 13 (6.60%) Symantec
8 12 (6.09%) Citrix
9 11 (5.58%) Juniper
9 11 (5.58%) SolarWinds
10 10 (5.08%) Dell
11 8 (4.06%) MuleSoft
12 7 (3.55%) MobileIron
12 7 (3.55%) NetApp
12 7 (3.55%) ServiceNow
12 7 (3.55%) Veeam
13 6 (3.05%) Forcepoint
13 6 (3.05%) SAP
13 6 (3.05%) webMethods
14 5 (2.54%) Ivanti