Period
to 17 November 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 17 November 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
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 735 670 656
Rank change year-on-year -65 -14 +12
Contract jobs citing SMTP 143 224 239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.21% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.01% 1.36% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 147 161
UK median daily rate £400 £425 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +15.65% +5.00%
10th Percentile £259 £296 £275
90th Percentile £573 £543 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £425 £350
% change year-on-year -15.29% +21.43% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 9 4
UK median hourly rate £16.81 £32.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.29% +85.71% +17.73%
10th Percentile £14.85 £19.76 £11.05
90th Percentile £40.00 £50.75 £29.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.81 £45.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -62.66% +157.14% +17.73%

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 14144 16517 15992
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.59% 13.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 8603 9972 9242
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 743 842 1032
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.59 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.46% +15.07% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.20 £47.50 £45.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -24.00% +21.95% +2.50%

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 17 November 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 17 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 17 November 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 -70 127 £400 -5.88% 8
UK excluding London -48 83 £360 -15.29% 8
London -8 56 £450 +2.86% 3
South East -19 41 £360 -15.79% 3
East of England -19 13 £356 -5.00%
North of England +15 11 £430 +1.18% 1
North West +3 9 £425 +6.25% 1
Scotland -5 7 £475 +58.33% 2
Wales +13 6 £310 -34.74% 1
Midlands +20 5 £180 -35.71%
West Midlands +13 2 £180 -35.71%
Yorkshire +5 2 £450 +4.35%
East Midlands +2 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 78 (54.55%) Windows
2 61 (42.66%) HTTP
3 50 (34.97%) Linux
4 49 (34.27%) VMware
5 48 (33.57%) DNS
6 46 (32.17%) TCP/IP
7 45 (31.47%) Active Directory
8 42 (29.37%) Firewall
9 36 (25.17%) FTP
10 35 (24.48%) VPN
10 35 (24.48%) SQL
11 34 (23.78%) Windows Server
12 33 (23.08%) Microsoft
13 32 (22.38%) SSL
14 31 (21.68%) Cisco
14 31 (21.68%) LAN
15 30 (20.98%) VMware Infrastructure
16 29 (20.28%) Java
16 29 (20.28%) Unix
17 28 (19.58%) WAN
17 28 (19.58%) Internet
18 24 (16.78%) HP
18 24 (16.78%) MS Exchange
18 24 (16.78%) ITIL
18 24 (16.78%) SQL Server
19 23 (16.08%) DHCP
20 22 (15.38%) .NET
21 21 (14.69%) Perl
21 21 (14.69%) XML
21 21 (14.69%) Migration

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 24 (16.78%) MS Exchange
2 20 (13.99%) Apache
3 14 (9.79%) WebSphere
4 12 (8.39%) IIS
4 12 (8.39%) Tomcat
5 7 (4.90%) JBoss
6 6 (4.20%) SAS
7 5 (3.50%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (3.50%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (3.50%) Skype for Business
7 5 (3.50%) WebLogic
8 3 (2.10%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (2.10%) CMS
9 2 (1.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (1.40%) Drupal
9 2 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (1.40%) IBM Notes
9 2 (1.40%) SharePoint
10 1 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.70%) WordPress
Applications
1 8 (5.59%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 21 (14.69%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (4.90%) Route 53
3 7 (4.90%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 6 (4.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 6 (4.20%) Amazon EC2
4 6 (4.20%) Amazon S3
4 6 (4.20%) AWS CloudFormation
4 6 (4.20%) AWS Lambda
4 6 (4.20%) Serverless
5 4 (2.80%) Office 365
6 1 (0.70%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 1 (0.70%) IaaS
6 1 (0.70%) Mimecast
6 1 (0.70%) PaaS
6 1 (0.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 61 (42.66%) HTTP
2 48 (33.57%) DNS
3 46 (32.17%) TCP/IP
4 42 (29.37%) Firewall
5 36 (25.17%) FTP
6 35 (24.48%) VPN
7 32 (22.38%) SSL
8 31 (21.68%) LAN
9 28 (19.58%) Internet
9 28 (19.58%) WAN
10 23 (16.08%) DHCP
11 18 (12.59%) LDAP
12 17 (11.89%) NAS
13 16 (11.19%) SAN
14 15 (10.49%) SSH
15 14 (9.79%) VoIP
16 13 (9.09%) MPLS
16 13 (9.09%) Network Security
17 11 (7.69%) IMAP
17 11 (7.69%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (16.78%) SQL Server
2 13 (9.09%) NoSQL
3 9 (6.29%) MySQL
4 8 (5.59%) Relational Database
4 8 (5.59%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (4.20%) Big Data
6 4 (2.80%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 4 (2.80%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (2.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.70%) DB2
8 1 (0.70%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 10 (6.99%) Git (software)
2 7 (4.90%) GitLab
2 7 (4.90%) Jenkins
3 6 (4.20%) Sonatype Nexus
4 5 (3.50%) Visual Studio
5 4 (2.80%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (2.10%) Grunt
6 3 (2.10%) gulp
6 3 (2.10%) Subversion
7 2 (1.40%) Rational Rhapsody
8 1 (0.70%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.70%) Fiddler
8 1 (0.70%) Gradle
8 1 (0.70%) Maven
8 1 (0.70%) ReSharper
8 1 (0.70%) TeamCity
General
1 14 (9.79%) Banking
2 13 (9.09%) Finance
3 11 (7.69%) Telecoms
4 6 (4.20%) Retail
5 5 (3.50%) Legal
6 4 (2.80%) Marketing
7 3 (2.10%) Electronics
7 3 (2.10%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.40%) French Language
8 2 (1.40%) German Language
8 2 (1.40%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.70%) Digital Economy
Job Titles
1 24 (16.78%) Developer
2 19 (13.29%) Consultant
3 16 (11.19%) Analyst
4 13 (9.09%) Support Engineer
5 11 (7.69%) .NET Developer
5 11 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (7.69%) Network Engineer
6 10 (6.99%) Senior Developer
7 9 (6.29%) AWS Engineer
7 9 (6.29%) Senior .NET Developer
8 8 (5.59%) Migration Engineer
8 8 (5.59%) Windows Engineer
9 7 (4.90%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 7 (4.90%) Systems Engineer
9 7 (4.90%) Windows Support Engineer
10 6 (4.20%) Architect
10 6 (4.20%) DevOps Engineer
10 6 (4.20%) Integration Consultant
10 6 (4.20%) Security Engineer
11 5 (3.50%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (15.38%) .NET
2 21 (14.69%) XML
3 15 (10.49%) ASP.NET
3 15 (10.49%) Web Services
4 11 (7.69%) EDI
4 11 (7.69%) RESTful
5 10 (6.99%) HTML
5 10 (6.99%) SOAP
5 10 (6.99%) WebSphere MQ
6 9 (6.29%) .NET Core
6 9 (6.29%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 9 (6.29%) cXML
6 9 (6.29%) ebXML
6 9 (6.29%) XML Schema
7 8 (5.59%) CSS
8 7 (4.90%) jQuery
9 6 (4.20%) Elastic Stack
9 6 (4.20%) Sensu
9 6 (4.20%) Software Packaging
9 6 (4.20%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 19 (13.29%) Data Centre
2 13 (9.09%) Enterprise Software
3 12 (8.39%) DataPower
4 9 (6.29%) NHS
4 9 (6.29%) PKI
4 9 (6.29%) Private Cloud
5 8 (5.59%) Client/Server
6 6 (4.20%) Management Information System
7 5 (3.50%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (3.50%) Computer Science
8 4 (2.80%) EMC VMAX
8 4 (2.80%) Hybrid Cloud
8 4 (2.80%) Public Cloud
8 4 (2.80%) Replication
8 4 (2.80%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (2.10%) Clustering
9 3 (2.10%) CMDB
9 3 (2.10%) Enterprise Storage
10 2 (1.40%) iPad
10 2 (1.40%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 78 (54.55%) Windows
2 50 (34.97%) Linux
3 34 (23.78%) Windows Server
4 29 (20.28%) Unix
5 20 (13.99%) CentOS
6 17 (11.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 16 (11.19%) Windows Server 2008
8 15 (10.49%) Windows Server 2012
9 11 (7.69%) Solaris
9 11 (7.69%) Windows 7
10 9 (6.29%) Windows 10
11 6 (4.20%) Android
12 5 (3.50%) Windows 8
13 4 (2.80%) Ubuntu
13 4 (2.80%) Windows Server 2003
14 3 (2.10%) AIX
14 3 (2.10%) Apple iOS
15 2 (1.40%) Mac OS X
15 2 (1.40%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (1.40%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (16.78%) ITIL
2 21 (14.69%) Migration
3 15 (10.49%) Load Balancing
3 15 (10.49%) MVC
4 14 (9.79%) Information Security
5 13 (9.09%) API Development
5 13 (9.09%) Configuration Management
5 13 (9.09%) High Availability
6 12 (8.39%) Agile Software Development
7 11 (7.69%) DevOps
7 11 (7.69%) Disaster Recovery
8 10 (6.99%) Microservices
9 9 (6.29%) B2B
9 9 (6.29%) Data Modelling
9 9 (6.29%) Data Security
9 9 (6.29%) EAI
9 9 (6.29%) Kalman Filter
9 9 (6.29%) Server Virtualisation
10 8 (5.59%) OO
10 8 (5.59%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 35 (24.48%) SQL
2 29 (20.28%) Java
3 21 (14.69%) Perl
4 18 (12.59%) Python
5 17 (11.89%) C#
6 16 (11.19%) PowerShell
7 14 (9.79%) JavaScript
8 12 (8.39%) PHP
8 12 (8.39%) Ruby
9 10 (6.99%) ActionScript
9 10 (6.99%) ActionScript 2.0
9 10 (6.99%) Bash Shell
10 9 (6.29%) ActionScript 3.0
10 9 (6.29%) Shell Script
11 7 (4.90%) C
12 6 (4.20%) Groovy
13 5 (3.50%) Korn
14 3 (2.10%) VB
14 3 (2.10%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.70%) Jython
Qualifications
1 21 (14.69%) Degree
2 8 (5.59%) Microsoft Certification
3 7 (4.90%) AWS Certification
3 7 (4.90%) Citrix Certification
3 7 (4.90%) Security Cleared
4 6 (4.20%) CCA
4 6 (4.20%) SC Cleared
5 5 (3.50%) CCAA
5 5 (3.50%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (3.50%) ISEB
5 5 (3.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.10%) CCIE
6 3 (2.10%) CISSP
6 3 (2.10%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (2.10%) MCSA
6 3 (2.10%) MCSE
7 2 (1.40%) A+ Certification
7 2 (1.40%) CCNA
7 2 (1.40%) CISM
7 2 (1.40%) GSEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.29%) RosettaNet
2 3 (2.10%) SLA
3 2 (1.40%) HL7
4 1 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.70%) QA
System Software
1 45 (31.47%) Active Directory
2 30 (20.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (9.79%) vSphere
4 12 (8.39%) Hyper-V
5 9 (6.29%) XenDesktop
6 8 (5.59%) Virtual Desktop
7 7 (4.90%) XenApp
8 6 (4.20%) VMware NSX
8 6 (4.20%) XenServer
9 5 (3.50%) Microsoft App-V
9 5 (3.50%) NFS
10 4 (2.80%) iptables
11 3 (2.10%) Terminal Server
11 3 (2.10%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (1.40%) Firmware
13 1 (0.70%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.70%) Docker
13 1 (0.70%) Sendmail
13 1 (0.70%) Squid
13 1 (0.70%) UAG
Systems Management
1 14 (9.79%) Opscode Chef
1 14 (9.79%) Puppet
2 10 (6.99%) Ansible
2 10 (6.99%) NetBackup
3 7 (4.90%) Norton AntiVirus
3 7 (4.90%) PowerCLI
4 6 (4.20%) Rsyslog
4 6 (4.20%) vRealize
5 5 (3.50%) Nagios
6 4 (2.80%) Backup Exec
6 4 (2.80%) Kubernetes
6 4 (2.80%) Mesos
6 4 (2.80%) Salt
6 4 (2.80%) WSUS
7 3 (2.10%) AirWatch
7 3 (2.10%) EdgeSight
7 3 (2.10%) vCenter Server
8 2 (1.40%) IBM BigFix
8 2 (1.40%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (1.40%) TADDM
Vendors
1 49 (34.27%) VMware
2 33 (23.08%) Microsoft
3 31 (21.68%) Cisco
4 24 (16.78%) HP
5 20 (13.99%) Citrix
6 17 (11.89%) IBM
7 16 (11.19%) CheckPoint
7 16 (11.19%) Red Hat
8 14 (9.79%) NetApp
8 14 (9.79%) Symantec
9 13 (9.09%) EMC
10 11 (7.69%) Dell
11 9 (6.29%) webMethods
12 8 (5.59%) Oracle
12 8 (5.59%) Veeam
13 7 (4.90%) CommVault
14 6 (4.20%) Mitel
14 6 (4.20%) Palo Alto
15 5 (3.50%) F5
15 5 (3.50%) SAP