Period
to 17 October 2021

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 October 2021 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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 720 478 660
Rank change year-on-year -242 +182 +95
Contract jobs citing SMTP 91 48 167
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.16% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.98% 1.17% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 26 101
10th Percentile £336 £286 £338
25th Percentile £425 £362 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £483 £470
Median % change year-on-year +3.63% +2.66% +13.94%
75th Percentile £540 £550 £538
90th Percentile £613 £693 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £490 £450
% change year-on-year -18.37% +8.89% +28.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 2
Median hourly rate £39.50 £40.00 £54.75
Median % change year-on-year -1.25% -26.94% +180.77%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £40.00 £54.75
% change year-on-year -1.25% -26.94% +180.77%

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 9,326 4,108 11,298
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.21% 13.31% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,028 2,581 6,977
10th Percentile £213 £213 £193
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £445 £425
Median % change year-on-year +6.74% +4.71% -
75th Percentile £580 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £625 £604
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 401 178 595
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £13.35
25th Percentile £14.25 £17.31 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £25.12
Median % change year-on-year -30.16% +25.40% +33.69%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.40 £46.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.30 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £30.00 £22.83
% change year-on-year -33.33% +31.39% +23.42%

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 17 October 2021.

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 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 17 October 2021. 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 -213 75 £500 +5.32% 35
London -175 53 £501 +31.71% 10
Work from Home -208 32 £500 +52.17% 5
UK excluding London -166 23 £400 -18.37% 28
South West -44 7 £388 -38.00% 2
Midlands -73 7 £463 +79.61% 2
West Midlands -64 5 £400 +55.34% 2
South East -92 5 £475 +1.28% 11
Scotland -74 3 £183 -61.58% 1
East Midlands - 2 £525 -
North West - 1 - - 2
North of England - 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 17 October 2021, 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 56 (61.54%) DNS
2 38 (41.76%) Windows
3 37 (40.66%) Linux
4 36 (39.56%) TCP/IP
5 35 (38.46%) HTTP
6 33 (36.26%) Microsoft
7 32 (35.16%) FTP
8 30 (32.97%) Active Directory
9 29 (31.87%) Firewall
9 29 (31.87%) Social Skills
10 28 (30.77%) PowerShell
10 28 (30.77%) Azure
11 26 (28.57%) Microsoft 365
12 24 (26.37%) Finance
13 19 (20.88%) Azure Active Directory
14 18 (19.78%) OneDrive
14 18 (19.78%) Migration
14 18 (19.78%) Python
15 17 (18.68%) LDAP
15 17 (18.68%) SNMP
15 17 (18.68%) SSL
15 17 (18.68%) Cisco
15 17 (18.68%) Unix
16 16 (17.58%) Security Cleared
16 16 (17.58%) Microsoft Intune
17 15 (16.48%) Agile Software Development
17 15 (16.48%) DHCP
17 15 (16.48%) Shell Script
18 14 (15.38%) VPN
18 14 (15.38%) SSH

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 12 (13.19%) MS Exchange
2 9 (9.89%) IIS
3 8 (8.79%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (7.69%) Apache
5 6 (6.59%) Tomcat
6 5 (5.49%) SharePoint
6 5 (5.49%) Skype for Business
6 5 (5.49%) WebLogic
7 4 (4.40%) WebSphere
8 2 (2.20%) Confluence
8 2 (2.20%) IBM Domino
8 2 (2.20%) IBM Notes
9 1 (1.10%) Apache Spark
9 1 (1.10%) nginx
9 1 (1.10%) OpenStack
Applications
1 6 (6.59%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 28 (30.77%) Azure
2 26 (28.57%) Microsoft 365
3 19 (20.88%) Azure Active Directory
4 18 (19.78%) OneDrive
5 9 (9.89%) AWS
6 5 (5.49%) IaaS
6 5 (5.49%) Kong
7 4 (4.40%) Power Platform
7 4 (4.40%) SaaS
8 3 (3.30%) GCP
8 3 (3.30%) PowerApps
8 3 (3.30%) Yammer
9 2 (2.20%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (2.20%) GitHub
9 2 (2.20%) PaaS
10 1 (1.10%) Amazon ECS
10 1 (1.10%) Azure Storage
10 1 (1.10%) GitHub Actions
10 1 (1.10%) Google Workspace
10 1 (1.10%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 56 (61.54%) DNS
2 36 (39.56%) TCP/IP
3 35 (38.46%) HTTP
4 32 (35.16%) FTP
5 29 (31.87%) Firewall
6 17 (18.68%) SNMP
6 17 (18.68%) SSL
7 15 (16.48%) DHCP
8 14 (15.38%) SSH
8 14 (15.38%) VPN
9 13 (14.29%) DKIM
9 13 (14.29%) DMARC
9 13 (14.29%) VLAN
10 11 (12.09%) ICMP
10 11 (12.09%) MPLS
10 11 (12.09%) VoIP
10 11 (12.09%) Wireless
11 10 (10.99%) TETRA
12 7 (7.69%) Internet
12 7 (7.69%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (12.09%) MySQL
2 5 (5.49%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.20%) MariaDB
3 2 (2.20%) NoSQL
3 2 (2.20%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.20%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.10%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (1.10%) Big Data
4 1 (1.10%) Blockchain
4 1 (1.10%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.10%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 6 (6.59%) JIRA
2 4 (4.40%) Git (software)
2 4 (4.40%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.20%) GitLab
3 2 (2.20%) Subversion
4 1 (1.10%) Bitbucket
4 1 (1.10%) Gradle
4 1 (1.10%) Hudson
4 1 (1.10%) Maven
4 1 (1.10%) PowerDesigner
4 1 (1.10%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 29 (31.87%) Social Skills
2 24 (26.37%) Finance
3 12 (13.19%) Telecoms
4 7 (7.69%) Influencing Skills
5 5 (5.49%) Presentation Skills
6 3 (3.30%) Banking
6 3 (3.30%) Documentation Skills
7 2 (2.20%) Advertising
7 2 (2.20%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (2.20%) Public Sector
8 1 (1.10%) Automotive
8 1 (1.10%) Financial Institution
8 1 (1.10%) Legal
8 1 (1.10%) Manufacturing
8 1 (1.10%) Public Speaking
Job Titles
1 15 (16.48%) Architect
2 11 (12.09%) Consultant
3 10 (10.99%) Administrator
4 9 (9.89%) Network Engineer
5 8 (8.79%) Analyst
6 7 (7.69%) Applications Support
6 7 (7.69%) Applications Support Analyst
6 7 (7.69%) Linux Administrator
7 6 (6.59%) Support Analyst
7 6 (6.59%) Support Engineer
8 5 (5.49%) Exchange Engineer
8 5 (5.49%) Senior Telecoms Engineer
8 5 (5.49%) Telecoms Engineer
9 4 (4.40%) Infrastructure Architect
9 4 (4.40%) PowerShell Engineer
9 4 (4.40%) Technical Engineer
9 4 (4.40%) Technical Support
9 4 (4.40%) Technical Support Engineer
9 4 (4.40%) webMethods Consultant
10 3 (3.30%) Senior Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (18.68%) LDAP
2 12 (13.19%) XML
3 11 (12.09%) JMS
3 11 (12.09%) REST
3 11 (12.09%) SOAP
4 8 (8.79%) .NET
5 7 (7.69%) JSON
5 7 (7.69%) Web Services
6 6 (6.59%) HTML
6 6 (6.59%) JDBC
7 5 (5.49%) HTML5
7 5 (5.49%) Kafka
7 5 (5.49%) LAMP
7 5 (5.49%) XML-RPC
8 4 (4.40%) SAML
8 4 (4.40%) SonicMQ
8 4 (4.40%) WebSphere MQ
9 3 (3.30%) Software Packaging
10 1 (1.10%) J2EE
10 1 (1.10%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.99%) CCTV
1 10 (10.99%) Fibre Optics
2 9 (9.89%) Self-Motivation
3 8 (8.79%) SCADA
4 6 (6.59%) User Experience
5 5 (5.49%) Wiki
6 4 (4.40%) Data Centre
7 3 (3.30%) Microsoft Licensing
8 2 (2.20%) Data Structures
8 2 (2.20%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (2.20%) Management Information System
9 1 (1.10%) Algorithms
9 1 (1.10%) Blog
9 1 (1.10%) CMDB
9 1 (1.10%) Grid Computing
9 1 (1.10%) Life Science
9 1 (1.10%) LPAR
9 1 (1.10%) PMI
9 1 (1.10%) Private Cloud
9 1 (1.10%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 38 (41.76%) Windows
2 37 (40.66%) Linux
3 17 (18.68%) Unix
4 12 (13.19%) Windows 10
5 8 (8.79%) Windows Server
6 7 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (7.69%) Solaris
7 5 (5.49%) Windows 7
8 4 (4.40%) CentOS
9 3 (3.30%) Android
9 3 (3.30%) Apple iOS
9 3 (3.30%) Debian
9 3 (3.30%) FreeBSD
9 3 (3.30%) SUSE
10 2 (2.20%) Ubuntu
10 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (1.10%) Mac OS
11 1 (1.10%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (19.78%) Migration
2 15 (16.48%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (14.29%) High Availability
3 13 (14.29%) ITIL
4 11 (12.09%) Project Delivery
4 11 (12.09%) Scrum
5 10 (10.99%) Computer Science
5 10 (10.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 10 (10.99%) ITSM
6 9 (9.89%) Performance Tuning
7 7 (7.69%) Acceptance Criteria
7 7 (7.69%) Knowledge Management
7 7 (7.69%) Product Roadmap
8 6 (6.59%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (6.59%) DevOps
8 6 (6.59%) ERP
8 6 (6.59%) Incident Management
8 6 (6.59%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (5.49%) Problem-Solving
9 5 (5.49%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 28 (30.77%) PowerShell
2 18 (19.78%) Python
3 15 (16.48%) Shell Script
4 13 (14.29%) SQL
5 10 (10.99%) JavaScript
6 8 (8.79%) Java
6 8 (8.79%) Perl
7 5 (5.49%) VBScript
8 2 (2.20%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.20%) C
8 2 (2.20%) Ruby
9 1 (1.10%) PHP
9 1 (1.10%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.10%) Tcl
9 1 (1.10%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.10%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 16 (17.58%) Security Cleared
2 14 (15.38%) Degree
3 12 (13.19%) SC Cleared
4 8 (8.79%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (6.59%) CCNP
6 5 (5.49%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (5.49%) LPIC
6 5 (5.49%) MCSE
6 5 (5.49%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (5.49%) RHCE
6 5 (5.49%) RHCT
7 4 (4.40%) CCNA
7 4 (4.40%) MCP
7 4 (4.40%) MCSA
8 3 (3.30%) DV Cleared
9 2 (2.20%) CISSP
10 1 (1.10%) CCSP
10 1 (1.10%) CISM
10 1 (1.10%) PMI Certification
10 1 (1.10%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.10%) Accessibility
1 1 (1.10%) GDPR
1 1 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 30 (32.97%) Active Directory
2 7 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (5.49%) Virtual Servers
4 4 (4.40%) Docker
5 3 (3.30%) KVM
5 3 (3.30%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (3.30%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (3.30%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (2.20%) LXC
6 2 (2.20%) NFS
7 1 (1.10%) Ceph
7 1 (1.10%) Dovecot
7 1 (1.10%) Postfix
7 1 (1.10%) QEMU
7 1 (1.10%) Samba
Systems Management
1 16 (17.58%) Microsoft Intune
2 7 (7.69%) Kubernetes
2 7 (7.69%) Nagios
3 6 (6.59%) Failover Clustering
3 6 (6.59%) Puppet
4 5 (5.49%) Ansible
4 5 (5.49%) Single Sign-On
5 4 (4.40%) SCCM
6 3 (3.30%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (2.20%) Proxmox
8 1 (1.10%) BladeLogic
8 1 (1.10%) Grafana
8 1 (1.10%) Kibana
8 1 (1.10%) Mesos
8 1 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (1.10%) Terraform
Vendors
1 33 (36.26%) Microsoft
2 17 (18.68%) Cisco
3 13 (14.29%) VMware
4 10 (10.99%) ServiceNow
5 9 (9.89%) Oracle
6 7 (7.69%) Red Hat
7 6 (6.59%) IBM
7 6 (6.59%) Infoblox
7 6 (6.59%) webMethods
8 5 (5.49%) AppDynamics
8 5 (5.49%) Juniper
9 4 (4.40%) CheckPoint
9 4 (4.40%) F5
10 3 (3.30%) Aruba
10 3 (3.30%) Citrix
10 3 (3.30%) EMC
10 3 (3.30%) Proofpoint
10 3 (3.30%) Zscaler
11 2 (2.20%) HP
11 2 (2.20%) Lotus