Period
to 18 January 2022

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 18 January 2022 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
18 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 757 535 648
Rank change year-on-year -222 +113 +99
Contract jobs citing SMTP 81 70 106
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.093% 0.17% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.85% 1.38% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 32 71
10th Percentile £279 £295 £288
25th Percentile £425 £368 £394
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £476 £439 £450
Median % change year-on-year +8.55% -2.50% +12.50%
75th Percentile £538 £581 £538
90th Percentile £607 £680 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £450
% change year-on-year +1.13% -11.11% +41.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 1
Median hourly rate - £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year - - +60.00%

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 9,539 5,086 10,017
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.91% 12.53% 13.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,279 3,231 6,198
10th Percentile £206 £200 £181
25th Percentile £363 £322 £308
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £438 £410
Median % change year-on-year +13.14% +6.71% -3.53%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £515
90th Percentile £695 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 351 260 566
10th Percentile £12.50 £13.10 £13.38
25th Percentile £15.44 £16.18 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £32.50 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -32.31% +44.44% +25.00%
75th Percentile £48.75 £47.81 £46.56
90th Percentile £63.75 £58.88 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.26 £30.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -32.48% +50.00% +14.88%

SMTP
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SMTP in the UK

SMTP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SMTP.

Daily rate trend for SMTP in the UK

SMTP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SMTP over the 6 months to 18 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for SMTP in the UK

SMTP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SMTP.

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 18 January 2022. 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 -207 64 £495 +16.47% 28
London -160 37 £501 +0.10% 8
UK excluding London -137 25 £405 +1.13% 22
Work from Home -163 18 £525 +23.53% 7
South East -83 9 £418 +4.38% 6
South West -60 5 £463 -13.95% 3
Scotland -49 4 £173 -63.68% 1
Midlands -66 4 £463 +65.18% 6
West Midlands -61 3 £400 +42.86% 4
North West -46 2 £409 - 2
North of England -60 2 £409 - 3
East Midlands -35 1 £525 - 2
East of England -51 1 £550 -19.71% 2

For the 6 months to 18 January 2022, 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 39 (48.15%) DNS
2 36 (44.44%) Active Directory
3 27 (33.33%) Windows
4 25 (30.86%) Azure
5 24 (29.63%) Microsoft
6 23 (28.40%) FTP
7 22 (27.16%) Linux
8 21 (25.93%) HTTP
8 21 (25.93%) TCP/IP
9 20 (24.69%) Social Skills
10 19 (23.46%) Security Cleared
10 19 (23.46%) PowerShell
11 18 (22.22%) Microsoft 365
11 18 (22.22%) Azure Active Directory
12 17 (20.99%) Firewall
13 16 (19.75%) SNMP
13 16 (19.75%) Migration
14 15 (18.52%) OneDrive
15 14 (17.28%) VMware
15 14 (17.28%) SC Cleared
16 13 (16.05%) Finance
16 13 (16.05%) DKIM
16 13 (16.05%) DMARC
17 11 (13.58%) LDAP
17 11 (13.58%) Python
17 11 (13.58%) XML
18 10 (12.35%) ITIL
18 10 (12.35%) Java
19 9 (11.11%) MS Exchange
19 9 (11.11%) VPN

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 9 (11.11%) MS Exchange
2 7 (8.64%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (7.41%) SharePoint
4 5 (6.17%) Apache
5 4 (4.94%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (2.47%) IIS
6 2 (2.47%) nginx
6 2 (2.47%) Skype for Business
7 1 (1.23%) Confluence
7 1 (1.23%) IBM HTTP Server
7 1 (1.23%) JBoss
7 1 (1.23%) Red Hat Fuse
7 1 (1.23%) Tomcat
7 1 (1.23%) WebSphere
7 1 (1.23%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 3 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.47%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 25 (30.86%) Azure
2 18 (22.22%) Azure Active Directory
2 18 (22.22%) Microsoft 365
3 15 (18.52%) OneDrive
4 7 (8.64%) AWS
5 5 (6.17%) Power Platform
6 4 (4.94%) PowerApps
7 3 (3.70%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (2.47%) GCP
8 2 (2.47%) GitHub
8 2 (2.47%) IaaS
8 2 (2.47%) PaaS
8 2 (2.47%) Power Automate
8 2 (2.47%) Yammer
9 1 (1.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (1.23%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (1.23%) Amazon Glacier
9 1 (1.23%) Boomi
9 1 (1.23%) Google Workspace
9 1 (1.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 39 (48.15%) DNS
2 23 (28.40%) FTP
3 21 (25.93%) HTTP
3 21 (25.93%) TCP/IP
4 17 (20.99%) Firewall
5 16 (19.75%) SNMP
6 13 (16.05%) DKIM
6 13 (16.05%) DMARC
7 9 (11.11%) VPN
8 8 (9.88%) HTTPS
8 8 (9.88%) SSH
9 7 (8.64%) Internet
10 6 (7.41%) IPv4
10 6 (7.41%) MPLS
10 6 (7.41%) POP3
10 6 (7.41%) SAN
10 6 (7.41%) VLAN
11 5 (6.17%) ICMP
11 5 (6.17%) VoIP
11 5 (6.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.41%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.17%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.70%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (3.70%) MySQL
4 1 (1.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (1.23%) Blockchain
4 1 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.23%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.23%) Power BI
4 1 (1.23%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 5 (6.17%) Git (software)
1 5 (6.17%) Jenkins
2 4 (4.94%) JIRA
3 3 (3.70%) JMeter
3 3 (3.70%) Subversion
4 2 (2.47%) Bitbucket
5 1 (1.23%) GitLab
5 1 (1.23%) Gradle
5 1 (1.23%) Maven
5 1 (1.23%) Rational Rhapsody
5 1 (1.23%) Vagrant
General
1 20 (24.69%) Social Skills
2 13 (16.05%) Finance
3 9 (11.11%) Public Sector
4 6 (7.41%) Influencing Skills
4 6 (7.41%) Pharmaceutical
4 6 (7.41%) Presentation Skills
4 6 (7.41%) Telecoms
5 3 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.47%) Advertising
6 2 (2.47%) Documentation Skills
6 2 (2.47%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.23%) Automotive
7 1 (1.23%) Financial Institution
7 1 (1.23%) Legal
7 1 (1.23%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 11 (13.58%) Architect
2 9 (11.11%) Consultant
2 9 (11.11%) Technical Support
3 7 (8.64%) Network Engineer
4 6 (7.41%) Developer
4 6 (7.41%) Support Specialist
4 6 (7.41%) Systems Support
4 6 (7.41%) Technical Specialist
4 6 (7.41%) Technical Support Specialist
5 5 (6.17%) Administrator
5 5 (6.17%) Exchange Engineer
5 5 (6.17%) Infrastructure Architect
5 5 (6.17%) Support Engineer
6 4 (4.94%) PowerShell Engineer
6 4 (4.94%) ServiceNow Developer
7 3 (3.70%) Lead Network Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Linux Administrator
7 3 (3.70%) Security Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Senior Network Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (13.58%) LDAP
1 11 (13.58%) XML
2 8 (9.88%) HTML
2 8 (9.88%) Web Services
3 6 (7.41%) SOAP
4 5 (6.17%) J2EE
5 3 (3.70%) JSON
5 3 (3.70%) Middleware
6 2 (2.47%) Loki
6 2 (2.47%) MAPI
6 2 (2.47%) REST
6 2 (2.47%) SAML
7 1 (1.23%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.23%) JMS
7 1 (1.23%) Kafka
7 1 (1.23%) MSMQ
7 1 (1.23%) OSGi
7 1 (1.23%) Spring Boot
7 1 (1.23%) WSDL
7 1 (1.23%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.41%) Replication
1 6 (7.41%) Self-Motivation
2 5 (6.17%) Data Centre
3 4 (4.94%) CCTV
3 4 (4.94%) CMDB
3 4 (4.94%) Fibre Optics
4 3 (3.70%) Management Information System
4 3 (3.70%) SCADA
4 3 (3.70%) User Experience
5 2 (2.47%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.23%) Clustering
6 1 (1.23%) Digital Currency
6 1 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.23%) Grid Computing
6 1 (1.23%) Hedge funds
6 1 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.23%) Legacy Systems
6 1 (1.23%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.23%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.23%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 27 (33.33%) Windows
2 22 (27.16%) Linux
3 8 (9.88%) Unix
4 6 (7.41%) Windows 10
5 3 (3.70%) FreeBSD
5 3 (3.70%) SUSE
6 1 (1.23%) Data ONTAP
6 1 (1.23%) Mac OS
6 1 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.23%) Ubuntu
6 1 (1.23%) VMS
6 1 (1.23%) Windows 2000
6 1 (1.23%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (19.75%) Migration
2 10 (12.35%) ITIL
3 8 (9.88%) DevOps
4 7 (8.64%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (8.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 6 (7.41%) Computer Science
5 6 (7.41%) Product Roadmap
5 6 (7.41%) Service Management
5 6 (7.41%) Stakeholder Management
5 6 (7.41%) Test Strategy
6 5 (6.17%) Project Delivery
6 5 (6.17%) Scrum
6 5 (6.17%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
7 4 (4.94%) Configuration Management
7 4 (4.94%) Data Security
7 4 (4.94%) Load Balancing
7 4 (4.94%) Storage Management
7 4 (4.94%) Supplier Management
7 4 (4.94%) Task Automation
7 4 (4.94%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 19 (23.46%) PowerShell
2 11 (13.58%) Python
3 10 (12.35%) Java
4 8 (9.88%) C#
4 8 (9.88%) SQL
5 6 (7.41%) JavaScript
5 6 (7.41%) Perl
6 3 (3.70%) Bash
6 3 (3.70%) Ruby
6 3 (3.70%) Shell Script
7 2 (2.47%) Groovy
8 1 (1.23%) C-shell
8 1 (1.23%) VB
8 1 (1.23%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 19 (23.46%) Security Cleared
2 14 (17.28%) SC Cleared
3 8 (9.88%) MCSE
3 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (8.64%) Degree
5 6 (7.41%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (7.41%) Server+ Certification
6 4 (4.94%) CCNP
7 3 (3.70%) DV Cleared
7 3 (3.70%) LPIC
7 3 (3.70%) RHCE
7 3 (3.70%) RHCT
8 2 (2.47%) CCNA
8 2 (2.47%) CISSP
9 1 (1.23%) BC Cleared
9 1 (1.23%) CCSP
9 1 (1.23%) MCP
9 1 (1.23%) MCSA
9 1 (1.23%) PMI Certification
9 1 (1.23%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.23%) COBIT
1 1 (1.23%) GDPR
1 1 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (1.23%) NIST
1 1 (1.23%) NIST 800
1 1 (1.23%) QA
1 1 (1.23%) SLA
System Software
1 36 (44.44%) Active Directory
2 6 (7.41%) DFS Replication
3 5 (6.17%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (4.94%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (2.47%) Docker
6 2 (2.47%) KVM
6 2 (2.47%) LXC
7 1 (1.23%) Dovecot
7 1 (1.23%) Firmware
7 1 (1.23%) NFS
7 1 (1.23%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 8 (9.88%) Kubernetes
1 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Intune
1 8 (9.88%) Single Sign-On
2 6 (7.41%) Ansible
3 5 (6.17%) Puppet
4 4 (4.94%) Terraform
5 3 (3.70%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (2.47%) BMC PATROL
6 2 (2.47%) CASB
6 2 (2.47%) Grafana
6 2 (2.47%) Nagios
6 2 (2.47%) Prometheus
6 2 (2.47%) Proxmox
6 2 (2.47%) WMI
7 1 (1.23%) HAProxy
7 1 (1.23%) Iperf
7 1 (1.23%) Mesos
7 1 (1.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (1.23%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 24 (29.63%) Microsoft
2 14 (17.28%) VMware
3 8 (9.88%) Cisco
4 6 (7.41%) Infoblox
4 6 (7.41%) Oracle
5 5 (6.17%) ServiceNow
6 4 (4.94%) Citrix
6 4 (4.94%) F5
6 4 (4.94%) Red Hat
7 3 (3.70%) Aruba
7 3 (3.70%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (3.70%) Snow
7 3 (3.70%) Zscaler
8 2 (2.47%) BMC
8 2 (2.47%) CA
8 2 (2.47%) CheckPoint
8 2 (2.47%) Dell
8 2 (2.47%) HP
8 2 (2.47%) Juniper
8 2 (2.47%) Sun