Period
to 29 October 2020

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 29 October 2020 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
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 484 664 724
Rank change year-on-year +180 +60 +27
Contract jobs citing SMTP 46 162 167
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.19% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.08% 1.43% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 107 103
Median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.06% +9.09% +2.48%
10th Percentile £281 £325 £216
90th Percentile £642 £560 £598
UK excluding London median daily rate £483 £450 £319
% change year-on-year +7.22% +41.18% -11.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 4
Median hourly rate £40.00 £54.75 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.94% +180.77% +16.04%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £54.75 £19.50
% change year-on-year -26.94% +180.77% +16.04%

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 4,260 11,336 13,622
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.02% 13.32% 13.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,446 6,835 8,200
Median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £210 £200 £200
90th Percentile £621 £600 £608
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 238 629 664
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.42 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.15% +49.58% -
10th Percentile £14.50 £13.48 £12.23
90th Percentile £55.60 £53.75 £48.12
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +48.94% +23.68% -1.30%

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 29 October 2020.

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 11 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 29 October 2020. 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 +175 42 £400 -11.11% 26
UK excluding London +171 28 £483 +7.22% 16
London +191 15 £350 -26.32% 10
South East +140 10 £469 +4.22% 5
South West +112 9 £563 +2.27% 4
Work from Home -107 9 £308 -18.00% 8
East of England +87 4 £490 -26.59%
Midlands +87 4 £258 -37.58% 6
West Midlands +71 3 £258 - 5
Scotland +53 1 £475 -9.52%
East Midlands +49 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 29 October 2020, 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 34 (73.91%) DNS
2 31 (67.39%) Linux
3 25 (54.35%) Windows
3 25 (54.35%) DHCP
4 24 (52.17%) VMware
5 23 (50.00%) Security Cleared
6 22 (47.83%) VMware Infrastructure
7 21 (45.65%) HTTP
8 16 (34.78%) SNMP
8 16 (34.78%) TCP/IP
8 16 (34.78%) SC Cleared
9 15 (32.61%) Python
10 14 (30.43%) Microsoft
11 13 (28.26%) Firewall
12 12 (26.09%) Red Hat
12 12 (26.09%) Perl
13 11 (23.91%) FTP
14 10 (21.74%) LDAP
14 10 (21.74%) DevOps
14 10 (21.74%) Windows Server
15 9 (19.57%) Ansible
15 9 (19.57%) Apache
15 9 (19.57%) WAN
15 9 (19.57%) Active Directory
15 9 (19.57%) Cisco
15 9 (19.57%) VPN
15 9 (19.57%) Agile Software Development
15 9 (19.57%) SSH
16 8 (17.39%) IPsec
16 8 (17.39%) CCNP

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 (19.57%) Apache
2 8 (17.39%) JBoss
2 8 (17.39%) Tomcat
3 5 (10.87%) MS Exchange
4 4 (8.70%) SharePoint
5 2 (4.35%) Confluence
5 2 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (4.35%) Mailman
6 1 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (2.17%) IBM Domino
6 1 (2.17%) IBM Notes
6 1 (2.17%) iPlanet
6 1 (2.17%) Liferay
6 1 (2.17%) nginx
6 1 (2.17%) OpenStack
6 1 (2.17%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (13.04%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (8.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (8.70%) MS Visio
3 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 8 (17.39%) Azure
1 8 (17.39%) Office 365
2 4 (8.70%) AWS
3 2 (4.35%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 2 (4.35%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (4.35%) Amazon ELB
3 2 (4.35%) Amazon S3
3 2 (4.35%) Amazon SQS
3 2 (4.35%) AWS Lambda
3 2 (4.35%) Datadog
3 2 (4.35%) GCP
3 2 (4.35%) GitHub
3 2 (4.35%) OneDrive
3 2 (4.35%) Serverless
3 2 (4.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 1 (2.17%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (2.17%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (2.17%) IaaS
4 1 (2.17%) Logic Apps
4 1 (2.17%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 34 (73.91%) DNS
2 25 (54.35%) DHCP
3 21 (45.65%) HTTP
4 16 (34.78%) SNMP
4 16 (34.78%) TCP/IP
5 13 (28.26%) Firewall
6 11 (23.91%) FTP
7 9 (19.57%) SSH
7 9 (19.57%) VPN
7 9 (19.57%) WAN
8 8 (17.39%) IPsec
8 8 (17.39%) LAN
9 6 (13.04%) SSL
9 6 (13.04%) VLAN
10 4 (8.70%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (8.70%) NetScreen
10 4 (8.70%) OSPF
10 4 (8.70%) POP3
10 4 (8.70%) SAN
10 4 (8.70%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.52%) MySQL
2 2 (4.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 2 (4.35%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (4.35%) MongoDB
2 2 (4.35%) Neo4j
2 2 (4.35%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.17%) Amazon Redshift
3 1 (2.17%) MariaDB
3 1 (2.17%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (2.17%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.17%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 7 (15.22%) JIRA
2 3 (6.52%) Bitbucket
3 2 (4.35%) Jenkins
3 2 (4.35%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (2.17%) JMeter
4 1 (2.17%) LoadUI
4 1 (2.17%) SoapUI
4 1 (2.17%) Zephyr
General
1 5 (10.87%) Public Sector
2 3 (6.52%) Finance
3 2 (4.35%) Marketing
4 1 (2.17%) Banking
4 1 (2.17%) Electronics
4 1 (2.17%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.17%) Military
4 1 (2.17%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (17.39%) Administrator
2 7 (15.22%) Network Engineer
3 6 (13.04%) Linux Administrator
3 6 (13.04%) Linux Systems Administrator
3 6 (13.04%) Systems Administrator
4 5 (10.87%) Architect
5 3 (6.52%) Analyst
5 3 (6.52%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) AWS Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) Cloud Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) Exchange Administrator
6 2 (4.35%) Network Architect
6 2 (4.35%) Network Security Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) Security Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) SOC Analyst
6 2 (4.35%) Solutions Architect
6 2 (4.35%) Systems Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) VMWare Administrator
6 2 (4.35%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (21.74%) LDAP
2 4 (8.70%) 802.1X
2 4 (8.70%) Web Services
3 2 (4.35%) LAMP
4 1 (2.17%) Flash
4 1 (2.17%) LAPP Stack
4 1 (2.17%) LEMP Stack
4 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Graph
4 1 (2.17%) REST
4 1 (2.17%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.70%) Clustering
1 4 (8.70%) Data Centre
1 4 (8.70%) Management Information System
1 4 (8.70%) PKI
2 2 (4.35%) CESG
2 2 (4.35%) Client/Server
2 2 (4.35%) Linux Command Line
2 2 (4.35%) Security Operations Centre
2 2 (4.35%) User Experience
3 1 (2.17%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.17%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (2.17%) Cyberthreat
3 1 (2.17%) Mainframe
3 1 (2.17%) Public Cloud
3 1 (2.17%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 31 (67.39%) Linux
2 25 (54.35%) Windows
3 10 (21.74%) Windows Server
4 7 (15.22%) Unix
5 6 (13.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (8.70%) CentOS
7 3 (6.52%) Solaris
7 3 (6.52%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (6.52%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (6.52%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (4.35%) Debian
8 2 (4.35%) SUSE
8 2 (4.35%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (4.35%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (2.17%) Mac OS
9 1 (2.17%) Windows 10
9 1 (2.17%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (21.74%) DevOps
2 9 (19.57%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
3 6 (13.04%) Kalman Filter
3 6 (13.04%) Migration
3 6 (13.04%) Problem-Solving
4 5 (10.87%) Computer Science
4 5 (10.87%) Cybersecurity
4 5 (10.87%) Incident Management
4 5 (10.87%) Load Balancing
5 4 (8.70%) Configuration Management
5 4 (8.70%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (8.70%) High Availability
5 4 (8.70%) Server Monitoring
5 4 (8.70%) Web Filtering
6 3 (6.52%) Malware Analysis
6 3 (6.52%) Project Management
6 3 (6.52%) Service Management
7 2 (4.35%) Cryptography
7 2 (4.35%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 15 (32.61%) Python
2 12 (26.09%) Perl
3 8 (17.39%) PowerShell
4 4 (8.70%) SQL
5 3 (6.52%) Bash Shell
6 1 (2.17%) C#
6 1 (2.17%) Java
6 1 (2.17%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 23 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 16 (34.78%) SC Cleared
3 8 (17.39%) CCNA
3 8 (17.39%) CCNP
3 8 (17.39%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (13.04%) DV Cleared
5 5 (10.87%) Degree
6 4 (8.70%) Computer Science Degree
6 4 (8.70%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (4.35%) CEH
7 2 (4.35%) CREST Certified
7 2 (4.35%) GIAC
8 1 (2.17%) CCDA
8 1 (2.17%) CCDP
8 1 (2.17%) CCIE
8 1 (2.17%) ISEB
8 1 (2.17%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (2.17%) LPIC
8 1 (2.17%) RHCE
8 1 (2.17%) RHCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.35%) QA
2 1 (2.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 1 (2.17%) NCSC
System Software
1 22 (47.83%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (19.57%) Active Directory
3 4 (8.70%) Hyper-V
4 3 (6.52%) VMware NSX
4 3 (6.52%) vSphere
5 2 (4.35%) Postfix
5 2 (4.35%) Sendmail
5 2 (4.35%) Snort
5 2 (4.35%) XenApp
6 1 (2.17%) Docker
6 1 (2.17%) oVirt
6 1 (2.17%) RHEV
6 1 (2.17%) UAG
6 1 (2.17%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (2.17%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (2.17%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (19.57%) Ansible
2 5 (10.87%) Puppet
3 4 (8.70%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (8.70%) SCOM
4 2 (4.35%) Failover Clustering
4 2 (4.35%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (4.35%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 2 (4.35%) Nagios
4 2 (4.35%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 2 (4.35%) SCCM
4 2 (4.35%) Terraform
4 2 (4.35%) vRealize
5 1 (2.17%) HAProxy
5 1 (2.17%) Kubernetes
5 1 (2.17%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (2.17%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (2.17%) vCenter Server
5 1 (2.17%) WSUS
Vendors
1 24 (52.17%) VMware
2 14 (30.43%) Microsoft
3 12 (26.09%) Red Hat
4 9 (19.57%) Cisco
5 5 (10.87%) Juniper
6 4 (8.70%) CheckPoint
6 4 (8.70%) F5
6 4 (8.70%) Infoblox
6 4 (8.70%) Proofpoint
7 3 (6.52%) Citrix
7 3 (6.52%) Oracle
8 2 (4.35%) Dell
8 2 (4.35%) DocuSign
8 2 (4.35%) IBM
8 2 (4.35%) New Relic
8 2 (4.35%) SAP
8 2 (4.35%) Splunk
9 1 (2.17%) CyberArk
9 1 (2.17%) Lumension
9 1 (2.17%) Palo Alto