Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 726 623 639
Rank change year-on-year -103 +16 +27
Contract jobs citing SMTP 144 223 241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.23% 0.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.09% 1.54% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 149 160
UK median daily rate £369 £425 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.24% +18.88% +5.93%
10th Percentile £258 £296 £275
90th Percentile £538 £538 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £420 £350
% change year-on-year -12.20% +20.00% +16.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 6
UK median hourly rate £18.38 £32.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.46% +91.18% -25.08%
10th Percentile £15.79 £19.70 £9.25
90th Percentile £40.00 £50.75 £27.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.38 £45.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -59.17% +200.00% -33.89%

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 13,238 14,524 15,070
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.32% 15.00% 13.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,175 8,825 8,722
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £180 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 675 753 918
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +4.76%
10th Percentile £10.88 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.25 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year -15.56% +4.65% -4.44%

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 20 January 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 20 January 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 20 January 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 -94 132 £360 -15.29% 53
UK excluding London -75 79 £369 -12.20% 31
London -24 62 £375 -16.67% 22
South East -53 42 £355 -16.47% 9
East of England -6 11 £350 - 7
Scotland -9 9 £475 -
North of England -17 9 £493 +15.88% 10
South West +3 6 £399 +13.93% 2
Yorkshire -11 5 £550 +25.71% 3
North West -21 4 £435 +8.75% 6
West Midlands +17 2 £180 -31.43% 2
Midlands 0 2 £180 -31.43% 3

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SMTP 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 SMTP.

1 58 (40.28%) Windows
2 57 (39.58%) HTTP
3 52 (36.11%) FTP
4 46 (31.94%) DNS
4 46 (31.94%) Active Directory
5 44 (30.56%) Firewall
6 38 (26.39%) SSL
7 37 (25.69%) TCP/IP
8 36 (25.00%) VPN
8 36 (25.00%) VMware
9 35 (24.31%) Linux
10 34 (23.61%) MS Exchange
11 33 (22.92%) XML
12 30 (20.83%) Microsoft
13 29 (20.14%) Internet
13 29 (20.14%) SQL
14 27 (18.75%) Cisco
14 27 (18.75%) Windows Server
15 26 (18.06%) Java
15 26 (18.06%) SQL Server
15 26 (18.06%) VMware Infrastructure
15 26 (18.06%) PowerShell
15 26 (18.06%) Microsoft Azure
16 25 (17.36%) .NET
17 22 (15.28%) C#
17 22 (15.28%) DHCP
17 22 (15.28%) MVC
17 22 (15.28%) SSH
18 21 (14.58%) Banking
19 20 (13.89%) 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 34 (23.61%) MS Exchange
2 13 (9.03%) Apache
2 13 (9.03%) IIS
2 13 (9.03%) WebSphere
3 10 (6.94%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (6.25%) Skype for Business
5 7 (4.86%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (4.17%) Cloud Foundry
6 6 (4.17%) Mule
6 6 (4.17%) Mule ESB
7 5 (3.47%) CMS
7 5 (3.47%) Confluence
7 5 (3.47%) JBoss
7 5 (3.47%) Tomcat
8 4 (2.78%) IBM Notes
9 3 (2.08%) SAS
9 3 (2.08%) SharePoint
9 3 (2.08%) WebLogic
9 3 (2.08%) WordPress
10 2 (1.39%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 8 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 26 (18.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (9.72%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (9.72%) Office 365
3 7 (4.86%) IaaS
4 6 (4.17%) npm
5 5 (3.47%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (2.08%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 3 (2.08%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (2.08%) Amazon S3
6 3 (2.08%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (2.08%) AWS Lambda
6 3 (2.08%) Route 53
6 3 (2.08%) Serverless
6 3 (2.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.69%) PaaS
7 1 (0.69%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 57 (39.58%) HTTP
2 52 (36.11%) FTP
3 46 (31.94%) DNS
4 44 (30.56%) Firewall
5 38 (26.39%) SSL
6 37 (25.69%) TCP/IP
7 36 (25.00%) VPN
8 29 (20.14%) Internet
9 22 (15.28%) DHCP
9 22 (15.28%) SSH
10 19 (13.19%) VoIP
11 16 (11.11%) SNMP
11 16 (11.11%) WAN
12 15 (10.42%) IMAP
12 15 (10.42%) Network Security
13 13 (9.03%) LAN
14 12 (8.33%) NAS
15 11 (7.64%) OSPF
15 11 (7.64%) SAN
16 9 (6.25%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (18.06%) SQL Server
2 10 (6.94%) NoSQL
2 10 (6.94%) Relational Database
3 7 (4.86%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (2.78%) Big Data
4 4 (2.78%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (2.08%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.39%) MySQL
6 2 (1.39%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.69%) DB2
7 1 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 19 (13.19%) Git (software)
2 11 (7.64%) Grunt
2 11 (7.64%) gulp
3 10 (6.94%) Jenkins
4 7 (4.86%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (4.86%) Visual Studio
5 6 (4.17%) Bower
5 6 (4.17%) Gradle
5 6 (4.17%) JUnit
5 6 (4.17%) Maven
5 6 (4.17%) SonarQube
6 5 (3.47%) Gerrit
6 5 (3.47%) JIRA
7 3 (2.08%) Fiddler
7 3 (2.08%) GitLab
7 3 (2.08%) ReSharper
7 3 (2.08%) Sonatype Nexus
7 3 (2.08%) Subversion
8 1 (0.69%) Mercurial
8 1 (0.69%) Selenium
General
1 21 (14.58%) Banking
2 18 (12.50%) Finance
3 10 (6.94%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.08%) Retail
4 3 (2.08%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.69%) Digital Economy
5 1 (0.69%) French Language
5 1 (0.69%) German Language
5 1 (0.69%) Legal
5 1 (0.69%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 27 (18.75%) Developer
2 17 (11.81%) Consultant
3 14 (9.72%) Analyst
4 13 (9.03%) Network Engineer
5 12 (8.33%) .NET Developer
6 11 (7.64%) Administrator
7 10 (6.94%) Security Engineer
8 9 (6.25%) AWS Engineer
8 9 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 9 (6.25%) Senior .NET Developer
8 9 (6.25%) Senior Developer
9 8 (5.56%) Project Manager
10 7 (4.86%) Network Security Engineer
10 7 (4.86%) Systems Engineer
11 6 (4.17%) Architect
11 6 (4.17%) Automation Engineer
11 6 (4.17%) MuleSoft Developer
11 6 (4.17%) Systems Administrator
12 5 (3.47%) C# .NET Developer
12 5 (3.47%) Migration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (22.92%) XML
2 25 (17.36%) .NET
3 17 (11.81%) ASP.NET
3 17 (11.81%) LDAP
4 14 (9.72%) CSS
4 14 (9.72%) HTML
5 13 (9.03%) EDI
5 13 (9.03%) Web Services
6 11 (7.64%) SOAP
6 11 (7.64%) WebSphere MQ
7 10 (6.94%) .NET Core
7 10 (6.94%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 10 (6.94%) cXML
7 10 (6.94%) ebXML
7 10 (6.94%) XML Schema
8 9 (6.25%) jQuery
9 7 (4.86%) RESTful
10 6 (4.17%) OAuth
10 6 (4.17%) Spring Security
10 6 (4.17%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.72%) DataPower
2 13 (9.03%) Data Centre
3 10 (6.94%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (4.86%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (4.17%) Client/Server
5 6 (4.17%) PKI
6 5 (3.47%) Computer Science
6 5 (3.47%) Management Information System
6 5 (3.47%) NHS
6 5 (3.47%) Private Cloud
7 4 (2.78%) Blackberry
7 4 (2.78%) EMC VMAX
7 4 (2.78%) W3C
8 2 (1.39%) Replication
9 1 (0.69%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.69%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.69%) Enterprise Storage
9 1 (0.69%) iPhone
9 1 (0.69%) User Experience
9 1 (0.69%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 58 (40.28%) Windows
2 35 (24.31%) Linux
3 27 (18.75%) Windows Server
4 19 (13.19%) Unix
5 18 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (11.81%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (10.42%) CentOS
7 15 (10.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 12 (8.33%) Windows 7
9 10 (6.94%) Windows 8
10 8 (5.56%) Windows 10
11 6 (4.17%) Solaris
12 4 (2.78%) Android
13 3 (2.08%) Apple iOS
13 3 (2.08%) Mac OS
13 3 (2.08%) Windows Vista
14 2 (1.39%) CatOS
14 2 (1.39%) Ubuntu
14 2 (1.39%) Windows Server 2003
15 1 (0.69%) Check Point GAiA
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (15.28%) MVC
2 20 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (13.19%) Migration
4 18 (12.50%) Microservices
5 15 (10.42%) Information Security
6 14 (9.72%) API Development
6 14 (9.72%) DevOps
7 13 (9.03%) SDLC
8 12 (8.33%) Kalman Filter
9 11 (7.64%) Data Modelling
9 11 (7.64%) Data Security
9 11 (7.64%) Digital Transformation Programme
9 11 (7.64%) OO
10 10 (6.94%) B2B
10 10 (6.94%) EAI
10 10 (6.94%) High Availability
10 10 (6.94%) Investment Management
10 10 (6.94%) Project Management
11 9 (6.25%) ITIL
12 7 (4.86%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 29 (20.14%) SQL
2 26 (18.06%) Java
2 26 (18.06%) PowerShell
3 22 (15.28%) C#
4 18 (12.50%) JavaScript
5 15 (10.42%) Perl
6 13 (9.03%) Python
7 12 (8.33%) Bash Shell
8 10 (6.94%) ActionScript
8 10 (6.94%) ActionScript 2.0
8 10 (6.94%) ActionScript 3.0
9 7 (4.86%) PHP
9 7 (4.86%) Shell Script
10 6 (4.17%) Ruby
10 6 (4.17%) VB.NET
11 5 (3.47%) C
11 5 (3.47%) Groovy
12 3 (2.08%) T-SQL
12 3 (2.08%) TypeScript
13 2 (1.39%) VB
Qualifications
1 15 (10.42%) Degree
2 10 (6.94%) Security Cleared
3 9 (6.25%) SC Cleared
4 8 (5.56%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (4.17%) CCIE
6 5 (3.47%) CCNP
7 4 (2.78%) CCDP
7 4 (2.78%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (2.08%) CCSE
8 3 (2.08%) CISM
8 3 (2.08%) CISSP
8 3 (2.08%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (1.39%) CCENT
9 2 (1.39%) CCNA
9 2 (1.39%) CISA
9 2 (1.39%) MCSE
10 1 (0.69%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.69%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.69%) JNCIA
10 1 (0.69%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (6.94%) RosettaNet
2 3 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.08%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.39%) QA
4 1 (0.69%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.69%) GDPR
4 1 (0.69%) SLA
System Software
1 46 (31.94%) Active Directory
2 26 (18.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (9.03%) vSphere
4 11 (7.64%) Docker
5 9 (6.25%) Hyper-V
6 8 (5.56%) XenDesktop
7 5 (3.47%) VMware NSX
7 5 (3.47%) XenApp
8 4 (2.78%) iptables
8 4 (2.78%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (2.78%) Terminal Server
8 4 (2.78%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (2.78%) XenServer
9 2 (1.39%) DFS Replication
9 2 (1.39%) NFS
9 2 (1.39%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.69%) UAG
10 1 (0.69%) vCloud
10 1 (0.69%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 13 (9.03%) Ansible
2 7 (4.86%) Norton AntiVirus
2 7 (4.86%) Puppet
3 6 (4.17%) NetBackup
3 6 (4.17%) PowerCLI
4 5 (3.47%) Kubernetes
4 5 (3.47%) Terraform
4 5 (3.47%) vRealize
5 4 (2.78%) Backup Exec
5 4 (2.78%) EdgeSight
5 4 (2.78%) ZABBIX
6 3 (2.08%) OpenView
6 3 (2.08%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (2.08%) Prometheus
6 3 (2.08%) Rsyslog
6 3 (2.08%) SCOM
6 3 (2.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (1.39%) Nagios
7 2 (1.39%) SCCM
7 2 (1.39%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 36 (25.00%) VMware
2 30 (20.83%) Microsoft
3 27 (18.75%) Cisco
4 20 (13.89%) CheckPoint
4 20 (13.89%) HP
5 17 (11.81%) IBM
6 13 (9.03%) Citrix
7 12 (8.33%) Symantec
8 10 (6.94%) EMC
8 10 (6.94%) Red Hat
8 10 (6.94%) webMethods
9 9 (6.25%) NetApp
10 7 (4.86%) Juniper
10 7 (4.86%) Oracle
10 7 (4.86%) ServiceNow
11 6 (4.17%) MuleSoft
12 5 (3.47%) Atlassian
12 5 (3.47%) CommVault
12 5 (3.47%) Ivanti
13 4 (2.78%) Lotus