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 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
UK
Rank 523 533 529
Rank change year-on-year +10 -4  
Contract jobs citing SMTP 70 111 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.21% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.06% 1.41% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 67 53
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £174 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £350 £398
% change year-on-year +20.00% -11.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 6
Median hourly rate - - £36.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £36.25

SMTP is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6617 7870 7816
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.61% 14.79% 14.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4077 4695 4260
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 361 338 430
Median hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.35% +14.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.17
% change year-on-year -39.18% +26.84%  

SMTP
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing SMTP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMTP in the UK

SMTP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SMTP.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMTP in the UK

SMTP
Top 29 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -10 64 £413 +7.84% 29
London +25 26 £400 -4.76% 9
South East -4 25 £443 +31.11% 7
Berkshire +21 14 £410 +17.14% 6
Reading +12 9 £410 +18.84% 4
Hampshire +9 9 £450 +275.00% 1
West Yorkshire - 7 £575 - 1
Yorkshire - 7 £575 - 2
City of London +5 4 £326 -47.92% 1
Bradford - 4 £450 - 1
North West +15 3 - - 2
Leeds - 3 £575 -
Slough - 3 - - 2
Milton Keynes -11 2 £525 -
Buckinghamshire -16 2 £525 -
Winchester - 2 £500 -
Canary Wharf - 2 £406 -
Hook - 2 £413 -
Merseyside +3 1 - -
Havant -4 1 - -
Luton - 1 - -
Malmesbury - 1 £295 -
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
North East - 1 £275 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £275 - 2
East of England - 1 - - 2
South West - 1 £295 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 1 £275 - 2
Wiltshire - 1 £295 -

SMTP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 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.

1 123 (65.08%) DNS
2 99 (52.38%) Windows
3 72 (38.10%) Linux
4 54 (28.57%) TCP/IP
5 50 (26.46%) Active Directory
5 50 (26.46%) Windows Server 2008
6 49 (25.93%) LDAP
7 48 (25.40%) DHCP
7 48 (25.40%) HTTP
8 46 (24.34%) Microsoft
9 45 (23.81%) VMware
10 43 (22.75%) Python
11 41 (21.69%) DevOps
12 39 (20.63%) JavaScript
12 39 (20.63%) PowerShell
13 37 (19.58%) Firewall
14 36 (19.05%) Windows Server
15 35 (18.52%) Red Hat
15 35 (18.52%) Internet
16 34 (17.99%) Unix
16 34 (17.99%) Amazon AWS
17 33 (17.46%) SNMP
18 32 (16.93%) FTP
18 32 (16.93%) Cisco
18 32 (16.93%) SQL Server
18 32 (16.93%) Security Cleared
19 31 (16.40%) VMware Infrastructure
19 31 (16.40%) Puppet
20 30 (15.87%) XML
20 30 (15.87%) Agile Software Development

SMTP
Top Related 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 27 (14.29%) MS Exchange
2 17 (8.99%) Exchange Server 2010
3 14 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2013
4 12 (6.35%) Apache
5 11 (5.82%) WebSphere
6 10 (5.29%) Tomcat
7 9 (4.76%) WebSphere Application Server
8 8 (4.23%) Skype for Business
9 7 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2007
9 7 (3.70%) IIS
9 7 (3.70%) SharePoint
10 6 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (2.65%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (2.12%) SAS
12 4 (2.12%) WebLogic
13 3 (1.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (1.59%) IBM Notes
14 2 (1.06%) IBM HTTP Server
14 2 (1.06%) Oracle HTTP Server
14 2 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 17 (8.99%) MS Excel
2 7 (3.70%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (3.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.06%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 34 (17.99%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (5.82%) IaaS
2 11 (5.82%) PaaS
3 9 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (3.17%) Office 365
5 3 (1.59%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 3 (1.59%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (1.59%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.59%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (1.59%) AWS Lambda
5 3 (1.59%) Route 53
5 3 (1.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 123 (65.08%) DNS
2 54 (28.57%) TCP/IP
3 49 (25.93%) LDAP
4 48 (25.40%) DHCP
4 48 (25.40%) HTTP
5 37 (19.58%) Firewall
6 35 (18.52%) Internet
7 33 (17.46%) SNMP
8 32 (16.93%) FTP
9 28 (14.81%) SSL
10 20 (10.58%) IMAP
10 20 (10.58%) SSH
11 18 (9.52%) VPN
12 17 (8.99%) SAN
13 14 (7.41%) DMARC
13 14 (7.41%) WAN
14 13 (6.88%) LAN
14 13 (6.88%) VoIP
15 12 (6.35%) BGP
15 12 (6.35%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (16.93%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.35%) DB2
3 9 (4.76%) Data Mining
4 8 (4.23%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (3.70%) Hadoop
5 7 (3.70%) IBM BigInsights
5 7 (3.70%) Neo4j
5 7 (3.70%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (3.17%) Relational Database
7 5 (2.65%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (2.12%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (2.12%) MySQL
8 4 (2.12%) Oracle Database
8 4 (2.12%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (1.59%) Big Data
10 1 (0.53%) Electronic Patient Records
10 1 (0.53%) Jackrabbit
10 1 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.53%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 8 (4.23%) Jenkins
2 5 (2.65%) Git (software)
2 5 (2.65%) Octopus Deploy
2 5 (2.65%) Rational Rhapsody
3 3 (1.59%) GitLab
3 3 (1.59%) Sonatype Nexus
3 3 (1.59%) Subversion
3 3 (1.59%) TeamCity
4 2 (1.06%) Karma Test Runner
4 2 (1.06%) Metasploit
4 2 (1.06%) Mocha
5 1 (0.53%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.53%) JUnit
5 1 (0.53%) NetBeans
5 1 (0.53%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.53%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.53%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 23 (12.17%) Telecoms
2 22 (11.64%) Finance
3 9 (4.76%) Marketing
4 6 (3.17%) Back Office
4 6 (3.17%) Electronics
4 6 (3.17%) Front Office
4 6 (3.17%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.12%) Games
6 2 (1.06%) Banking
6 2 (1.06%) Legal
6 2 (1.06%) Publishing
7 1 (0.53%) Advertising
7 1 (0.53%) Automotive
7 1 (0.53%) Military
7 1 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.53%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (10.05%) Architect
1 19 (10.05%) Developer
2 17 (8.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 14 (7.41%) Administrator
4 11 (5.82%) Analyst
4 11 (5.82%) Cloud Engineer
4 11 (5.82%) Designer
5 9 (4.76%) AWS Engineer
6 8 (4.23%) Consultant
6 8 (4.23%) Infrastructure Architect
6 8 (4.23%) Network Engineer
6 8 (4.23%) Support Engineer
6 8 (4.23%) Systems Administrator
6 8 (4.23%) VMware Engineer
7 7 (3.70%) DevOps Engineer
7 7 (3.70%) Linux Administrator
7 7 (3.70%) Linux Engineer
7 7 (3.70%) Systems Engineer
7 7 (3.70%) Unix Analyst
7 7 (3.70%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (15.87%) XML
2 29 (15.34%) CSS
3 28 (14.81%) HTML
4 25 (13.23%) Web Services
5 19 (10.05%) SOAP
6 12 (6.35%) OAuth
6 12 (6.35%) REST
6 12 (6.35%) SAML
7 7 (3.70%) Ajax
8 5 (2.65%) AngularJS
8 5 (2.65%) JSON
8 5 (2.65%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 4 (2.12%) Middleware
10 3 (1.59%) .NET
10 3 (1.59%) CORBA
10 3 (1.59%) JPA
10 3 (1.59%) jQuery
10 3 (1.59%) Software Packaging
11 2 (1.06%) IBM Integration Bus
11 2 (1.06%) JDBC
Miscellaneous
1 25 (13.23%) Data Centre
2 13 (6.88%) Client/Server
3 12 (6.35%) Management Information System
3 12 (6.35%) User Experience
4 11 (5.82%) Public Cloud
4 11 (5.82%) Replication
5 10 (5.29%) Clustering
6 9 (4.76%) Enterprise Storage
6 9 (4.76%) Private Cloud
7 7 (3.70%) PKI
8 6 (3.17%) CESG
9 5 (2.65%) Analytical Skills
9 5 (2.65%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 4 (2.12%) Derivative
10 4 (2.12%) EMC VNX
11 3 (1.59%) Blackberry
11 3 (1.59%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (1.59%) NHS
12 2 (1.06%) Computer Science
12 2 (1.06%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 99 (52.38%) Windows
2 72 (38.10%) Linux
3 50 (26.46%) Windows Server 2008
4 36 (19.05%) Windows Server
5 34 (17.99%) Unix
6 26 (13.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 25 (13.23%) Ubuntu
8 22 (11.64%) CentOS
9 20 (10.58%) Solaris
10 18 (9.52%) Windows Server 2003
10 18 (9.52%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (3.70%) Android
12 5 (2.65%) Windows Vista
13 3 (1.59%) Data ONTAP
13 3 (1.59%) Windows 7
13 3 (1.59%) Windows 8
14 2 (1.06%) AIX
14 2 (1.06%) Debian
14 2 (1.06%) Windows 2000 Server
14 2 (1.06%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (21.69%) DevOps
2 30 (15.87%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (11.11%) Load Balancing
4 17 (8.99%) Scrum
5 16 (8.47%) ITIL
5 16 (8.47%) Patch Management
6 14 (7.41%) Kalman Filter
6 14 (7.41%) Network Design
7 13 (6.88%) Problem Management
7 13 (6.88%) Web Application Development
8 12 (6.35%) Mentoring
9 11 (5.82%) Software Architecture
10 10 (5.29%) Configuration Management
10 10 (5.29%) Data Encryption
10 10 (5.29%) Project Management
10 10 (5.29%) Validation
11 9 (4.76%) Cybersecurity
11 9 (4.76%) Migration
11 9 (4.76%) Network Management
11 9 (4.76%) Statistical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 43 (22.75%) Python
2 39 (20.63%) JavaScript
2 39 (20.63%) PowerShell
3 24 (12.70%) SQL
4 19 (10.05%) Perl
5 13 (6.88%) Bash Shell
6 12 (6.35%) Java
7 8 (4.23%) Korn
8 7 (3.70%) C
8 7 (3.70%) Shell Script
9 6 (3.17%) PHP
9 6 (3.17%) VB
10 4 (2.12%) AWK
11 2 (1.06%) C#
11 2 (1.06%) ES6
11 2 (1.06%) Jython
11 2 (1.06%) Scala
12 1 (0.53%) ECMAScript
12 1 (0.53%) LotusScript
12 1 (0.53%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 32 (16.93%) Security Cleared
2 25 (13.23%) SC Cleared
3 7 (3.70%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (3.70%) Degree
4 5 (2.65%) AWS Certification
4 5 (2.65%) CEH
4 5 (2.65%) CESG Certified Professional
4 5 (2.65%) CISSP
5 4 (2.12%) CCNA
5 4 (2.12%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (2.12%) RHCT
6 3 (1.59%) CCNP
6 3 (1.59%) MCSE
6 3 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.06%) CCIE
7 2 (1.06%) JNCIA
8 1 (0.53%) CCDA
8 1 (0.53%) CCSE
8 1 (0.53%) CCVP
8 1 (0.53%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (8.47%) QA
2 9 (4.76%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 7 (3.70%) HL7
4 3 (1.59%) RMADS
4 3 (1.59%) SLA
5 2 (1.06%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 50 (26.46%) Active Directory
2 31 (16.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (7.41%) Hyper-V
4 13 (6.88%) VMware ESX
5 6 (3.17%) Sendmail
5 6 (3.17%) vSphere
6 5 (2.65%) NFS
7 4 (2.12%) Dovecot
7 4 (2.12%) vCloud
7 4 (2.12%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 4 (2.12%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.06%) Firmware
8 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (1.06%) Terminal Services
8 2 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (1.06%) XenDesktop
8 2 (1.06%) XenServer
9 1 (0.53%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.53%) Squid
9 1 (0.53%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 31 (16.40%) Puppet
2 20 (10.58%) NetBackup
3 12 (6.35%) Ansible
3 12 (6.35%) Nagios
4 9 (4.76%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (4.76%) vRealize
5 7 (3.70%) Norton AntiVirus
5 7 (3.70%) ZABBIX
6 5 (2.65%) AirWatch
6 5 (2.65%) WSUS
7 4 (2.12%) Salt
7 4 (2.12%) Zenoss
8 3 (1.59%) Backup Exec
8 3 (1.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (1.59%) Rsyslog
9 2 (1.06%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (1.06%) MAILsweeper
9 2 (1.06%) SCCM
9 2 (1.06%) SCOM
9 2 (1.06%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 46 (24.34%) Microsoft
2 45 (23.81%) VMware
3 35 (18.52%) Red Hat
4 32 (16.93%) Cisco
5 22 (11.64%) Oracle
6 20 (10.58%) HP
6 20 (10.58%) Splunk
7 12 (6.35%) IBM
8 11 (5.82%) Symantec
9 9 (4.76%) Citrix
9 9 (4.76%) EMC
9 9 (4.76%) NetApp
10 7 (3.70%) Huawei
10 7 (3.70%) Sun
11 6 (3.17%) Dell
11 6 (3.17%) SAP
11 6 (3.17%) Veritas
12 5 (2.65%) MobileIron
12 5 (2.65%) ServiceNow
13 4 (2.12%) Clearswift
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