Period
to 24 September 2017

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 24 September 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.

SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)
UK
6 months to
24 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 738 676 675
Rank change year-on-year -62 -1 -34
Contract jobs citing SMTP 138 204 239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.19% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.03% 1.21% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 124 144
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.38% +2.05%
10th Percentile £300 £270 £263
90th Percentile £583 £550 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -10.00% +14.29% +7.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 8 9
UK median hourly rate £16.81 £20.92 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.65% -16.34% -
10th Percentile £14.85 £17.35 £12.80
90th Percentile £31.00 £46.13 £30.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.81 £33.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -49.08% +32.00% -

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 13441 16865 16057
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.81% 15.81% 14.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 8115 10253 9131
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £195 £220 £206
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 729 840 1035
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +23.85% +1.38%
10th Percentile £10.99 £11.65 £11.07
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £44.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.83 £25.00 £20.19
% change year-on-year -24.68% +23.85% +1.38%

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 24 September 2017.

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 24 September 2017.

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 24 September 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 -36 125 £400 -5.60% 16
UK excluding London -19 70 £360 -10.00% 11
London -2 65 £493 +15.88% 6
South East -8 35 £360 -17.62% 3
East of England +1 12 £320 -20.00% 1
North of England +52 9 £425 +6.25% 1
North West +3 7 £388 -5.78%
Wales +2 6 £310 -17.33%
Scotland +16 5 £475 +58.33%
Midlands +17 4 £375 +33.93% 2
Yorkshire +36 2 £450 +44.00%
East Midlands 0 2 £375 - 1

For the 6 months to 24 September 2017, 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 87 (63.04%) Windows
2 61 (44.20%) VMware
3 55 (39.86%) DNS
4 52 (37.68%) Linux
4 52 (37.68%) HTTP
5 48 (34.78%) Active Directory
6 41 (29.71%) TCP/IP
7 40 (28.99%) Microsoft
8 37 (26.81%) LAN
8 37 (26.81%) Firewall
8 37 (26.81%) Windows Server
9 36 (26.09%) VMware Infrastructure
10 34 (24.64%) VPN
11 32 (23.19%) Cisco
12 31 (22.46%) WAN
13 30 (21.74%) SQL
14 28 (20.29%) Java
14 28 (20.29%) Unix
14 28 (20.29%) DHCP
15 25 (18.12%) Apache
15 25 (18.12%) MS Exchange
15 25 (18.12%) ITIL
15 25 (18.12%) Internet
16 24 (17.39%) FTP
16 24 (17.39%) CentOS
17 23 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 23 (16.67%) SQL Server
18 22 (15.94%) LDAP
18 22 (15.94%) SSL
18 22 (15.94%) HP

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 25 (18.12%) Apache
1 25 (18.12%) MS Exchange
2 16 (11.59%) Tomcat
3 13 (9.42%) IIS
4 12 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (5.80%) Skype for Business
5 8 (5.80%) WebSphere
6 7 (5.07%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (5.07%) JBoss
7 5 (3.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (3.62%) Exchange Server 2003
7 5 (3.62%) SAS
8 4 (2.90%) WebLogic
9 3 (2.17%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (1.45%) CMS
10 2 (1.45%) Drupal
10 2 (1.45%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (1.45%) SharePoint
11 1 (0.72%) OpenStack
Applications
1 10 (7.25%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 22 (15.94%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (7.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (5.80%) Route 53
3 8 (5.80%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 7 (5.07%) Amazon EC2
4 7 (5.07%) Amazon S3
4 7 (5.07%) Office 365
5 6 (4.35%) AWS CloudFormation
5 6 (4.35%) AWS Lambda
6 5 (3.62%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.72%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.72%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 1 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.72%) IaaS
7 1 (0.72%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.72%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.72%) PaaS
7 1 (0.72%) SaaS
7 1 (0.72%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 55 (39.86%) DNS
2 52 (37.68%) HTTP
3 41 (29.71%) TCP/IP
4 37 (26.81%) Firewall
4 37 (26.81%) LAN
5 34 (24.64%) VPN
6 31 (22.46%) WAN
7 28 (20.29%) DHCP
8 25 (18.12%) Internet
9 24 (17.39%) FTP
10 22 (15.94%) LDAP
10 22 (15.94%) SSL
11 18 (13.04%) IMAP
12 17 (12.32%) NAS
13 16 (11.59%) MPLS
14 15 (10.87%) SAN
14 15 (10.87%) SSH
15 12 (8.70%) VoIP
16 10 (7.25%) Network Security
16 10 (7.25%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 14 (10.14%) NoSQL
3 11 (7.97%) Relational Database
4 9 (6.52%) MySQL
5 8 (5.80%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (3.62%) Big Data
7 4 (2.90%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 3 (2.17%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.72%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 14 (10.14%) Git (software)
2 7 (5.07%) GitLab
3 6 (4.35%) Jenkins
4 5 (3.62%) Sonatype Nexus
4 5 (3.62%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (3.62%) Visual Studio
5 2 (1.45%) Gradle
5 2 (1.45%) Grunt
5 2 (1.45%) gulp
5 2 (1.45%) Maven
5 2 (1.45%) Rational Rhapsody
5 2 (1.45%) Subversion
5 2 (1.45%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.72%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.72%) Mercurial
General
1 13 (9.42%) Banking
2 12 (8.70%) Telecoms
3 11 (7.97%) Finance
4 5 (3.62%) Legal
5 4 (2.90%) Marketing
6 3 (2.17%) Electronics
6 3 (2.17%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.45%) French Language
7 2 (1.45%) German Language
8 1 (0.72%) Digital Economy
8 1 (0.72%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 24 (17.39%) Developer
2 19 (13.77%) Consultant
3 13 (9.42%) .NET Developer
3 13 (9.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 13 (9.42%) Support Engineer
4 12 (8.70%) Analyst
5 11 (7.97%) DevOps Engineer
6 10 (7.25%) Senior Developer
7 9 (6.52%) AWS Engineer
7 9 (6.52%) Senior .NET Developer
8 8 (5.80%) Network Engineer
8 8 (5.80%) Windows Engineer
9 7 (5.07%) Windows Support Engineer
10 6 (4.35%) Administrator
10 6 (4.35%) Architect
10 6 (4.35%) Exchange Engineer
10 6 (4.35%) Infrastructure Consultant
10 6 (4.35%) Migration Engineer
10 6 (4.35%) Systems Engineer
11 5 (3.62%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (15.22%) Web Services
2 20 (14.49%) .NET
3 15 (10.87%) ASP.NET
3 15 (10.87%) RESTful
3 15 (10.87%) XML
4 13 (9.42%) SOAP
5 10 (7.25%) Elastic Stack
5 10 (7.25%) Sensu
6 9 (6.52%) .NET Core
6 9 (6.52%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 9 (6.52%) HTML
7 7 (5.07%) CSS
7 7 (5.07%) jQuery
8 6 (4.35%) WCF
9 5 (3.62%) .NET Framework
9 5 (3.62%) Ajax
9 5 (3.62%) ASP.NET MVC
9 5 (3.62%) ASP.NET Web API
9 5 (3.62%) LINQ
9 5 (3.62%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 19 (13.77%) Data Centre
2 10 (7.25%) Private Cloud
3 8 (5.80%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (5.07%) Client/Server
4 7 (5.07%) PKI
5 6 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (4.35%) NHS
6 5 (3.62%) Management Information System
6 5 (3.62%) Public Cloud
6 5 (3.62%) Replication
7 4 (2.90%) Computer Science
7 4 (2.90%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (2.90%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (2.17%) CESG
8 3 (2.17%) Clustering
8 3 (2.17%) CMDB
8 3 (2.17%) DataPower
8 3 (2.17%) EMC VMAX
9 2 (1.45%) Derivative
9 2 (1.45%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 87 (63.04%) Windows
2 52 (37.68%) Linux
3 37 (26.81%) Windows Server
4 28 (20.29%) Unix
5 24 (17.39%) CentOS
6 23 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 22 (15.94%) Windows Server 2008
8 21 (15.22%) Windows Server 2012
9 13 (9.42%) Android
10 10 (7.25%) Windows 7
10 10 (7.25%) Windows Server 2003
11 9 (6.52%) Solaris
11 9 (6.52%) Windows 10
12 4 (2.90%) Ubuntu
12 4 (2.90%) Windows 8
13 3 (2.17%) Apple iOS
14 2 (1.45%) Data ONTAP
14 2 (1.45%) SUSE
14 2 (1.45%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (1.45%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (18.12%) ITIL
2 22 (15.94%) Migration
3 17 (12.32%) Configuration Management
3 17 (12.32%) DevOps
4 16 (11.59%) MVC
5 14 (10.14%) Load Balancing
6 13 (9.42%) Infrastructure Monitoring
7 12 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
8 11 (7.97%) Disaster Recovery
8 11 (7.97%) Information Security
8 11 (7.97%) Mobile Device Management
8 11 (7.97%) OO
9 10 (7.25%) OOP
10 9 (6.52%) Data Modelling
10 9 (6.52%) Microservices
10 9 (6.52%) Server Hardening
10 9 (6.52%) Service Management
11 8 (5.80%) PRINCE2
11 8 (5.80%) Server Virtualisation
12 7 (5.07%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 30 (21.74%) SQL
2 28 (20.29%) Java
3 19 (13.77%) PowerShell
3 19 (13.77%) Ruby
4 18 (13.04%) Perl
5 17 (12.32%) Python
6 16 (11.59%) C#
6 16 (11.59%) Shell Script
7 12 (8.70%) Groovy
7 12 (8.70%) JavaScript
8 10 (7.25%) VB
9 9 (6.52%) PHP
10 8 (5.80%) Bash Shell
10 8 (5.80%) C
11 5 (3.62%) Korn
12 4 (2.90%) ActionScript
12 4 (2.90%) ActionScript 2.0
13 3 (2.17%) ActionScript 3.0
14 1 (0.72%) Go
14 1 (0.72%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 20 (14.49%) Degree
2 11 (7.97%) Security Cleared
3 10 (7.25%) SC Cleared
4 7 (5.07%) AWS Certification
4 7 (5.07%) Citrix Certification
4 7 (5.07%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (4.35%) CCA
6 5 (3.62%) CCAA
6 5 (3.62%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (3.62%) ISEB
6 5 (3.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (2.17%) CCIE
7 3 (2.17%) CISSP
7 3 (2.17%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (2.17%) MCSA
8 2 (1.45%) A+ Certification
8 2 (1.45%) CCENT
8 2 (1.45%) CCNA
8 2 (1.45%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.45%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.17%) QA
1 3 (2.17%) RosettaNet
1 3 (2.17%) SLA
2 2 (1.45%) HL7
3 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 48 (34.78%) Active Directory
2 36 (26.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (10.14%) vSphere
4 12 (8.70%) Hyper-V
5 9 (6.52%) XenDesktop
6 8 (5.80%) Virtual Desktop
6 8 (5.80%) XenApp
7 6 (4.35%) VMware NSX
8 5 (3.62%) XenServer
9 4 (2.90%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (2.90%) NFS
10 3 (2.17%) iptables
11 2 (1.45%) Docker
11 2 (1.45%) Firmware
11 2 (1.45%) Sendmail
11 2 (1.45%) Terminal Server
11 2 (1.45%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.72%) Squid
12 1 (0.72%) UAG
12 1 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (14.49%) Opscode Chef
2 14 (10.14%) NetBackup
2 14 (10.14%) Puppet
3 12 (8.70%) Ansible
4 11 (7.97%) Norton AntiVirus
5 10 (7.25%) WSUS
6 9 (6.52%) AirWatch
7 6 (4.35%) PowerCLI
7 6 (4.35%) vRealize
8 5 (3.62%) Kubernetes
8 5 (3.62%) Rsyslog
8 5 (3.62%) Salt
9 4 (2.90%) Mesos
9 4 (2.90%) Nagios
10 3 (2.17%) Backup Exec
10 3 (2.17%) IBM BigFix
10 3 (2.17%) TADDM
11 2 (1.45%) Microsoft Clustering
11 2 (1.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 2 (1.45%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 61 (44.20%) VMware
2 40 (28.99%) Microsoft
3 32 (23.19%) Cisco
4 22 (15.94%) HP
5 20 (14.49%) Citrix
6 19 (13.77%) Symantec
7 14 (10.14%) Red Hat
8 13 (9.42%) CheckPoint
9 12 (8.70%) EMC
9 12 (8.70%) NetApp
10 11 (7.97%) Dell
11 9 (6.52%) IBM
11 9 (6.52%) MobileIron
12 8 (5.80%) Veeam
13 7 (5.07%) Palo Alto
14 6 (4.35%) CommVault
14 6 (4.35%) Mitel
14 6 (4.35%) Oracle
15 5 (3.62%) SAP
15 5 (3.62%) ServiceNow