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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 12 August 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
12 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 709 695 484
Rank change year-on-year -14 -211 +184
Contract jobs citing SMTP 133 92 61
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.12% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.30% 1.09% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 60 42
10th Percentile £419 £200 £281
25th Percentile £513 £391 £315
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £630 £485 £451
Median % change year-on-year +29.90% +7.48% +2.56%
75th Percentile £700 £538 £500
90th Percentile - £592 £595
UK excluding London median daily rate £596 £425 £463
% change year-on-year +40.29% -8.11% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
Median hourly rate - £39.50 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year - -1.25% -23.81%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £39.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year - -1.25% -23.81%

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 10,200 8,439 4,692
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.50% 11.42% 13.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,840 5,389 2,905
10th Percentile £235 £250 £200
25th Percentile £388 £362 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £463 £438
Median % change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% +2.94%
75th Percentile £625 £563 £538
90th Percentile £700 £650 £629
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 358 376 242
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.00 £14.30
25th Percentile £17.66 £15.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £32.25
Median % change year-on-year +55.56% -30.23% +43.33%
75th Percentile £57.50 £48.74 £46.40
90th Percentile £68.75 £64.75 £53.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.29 £20.00 £25.33
% change year-on-year +31.45% -21.04% +12.58%

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 12 August 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 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 12 August 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
Jobs
England -23 115 £630 +27.27% 15
UK excluding London +6 65 £596 +40.29% 9
Work from Home -32 60 £550 +25.00% 7
London -79 45 £700 +40.00% 7
South East 0 30 £520 +30.62%
North of England -7 23 £630 +26.00% 2
North West -9 22 £630 +26.00% 1
South West -10 7 £525 +23.53% 3
West Midlands -21 3 £550 - 1
Midlands -30 3 £550 +4.76% 1
East of England - 2 £550 - 1
Yorkshire - 1 £450 - 1

For the 6 months to 12 August 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 69 (51.88%) Windows
2 62 (46.62%) DNS
3 60 (45.11%) HTTP
3 60 (45.11%) Agile
4 57 (42.86%) Python
4 57 (42.86%) Linux
5 55 (41.35%) PowerShell
6 51 (38.35%) Microsoft
6 51 (38.35%) Active Directory
7 49 (36.84%) Bash
8 48 (36.09%) SSH
9 47 (35.34%) Azure
9 47 (35.34%) DevOps
10 46 (34.59%) FTP
11 44 (33.08%) Ansible
12 41 (30.83%) Kubernetes
13 40 (30.08%) LDAP
14 39 (29.32%) SQL Server
15 37 (27.82%) Java
16 36 (27.07%) ITIL
16 36 (27.07%) TCP/IP
16 36 (27.07%) Terraform
17 35 (26.32%) CI/CD
17 35 (26.32%) Git (software)
18 33 (24.81%) JavaScript
19 30 (22.56%) ITSM
20 29 (21.80%) Web Services
20 29 (21.80%) Relational Database
21 28 (21.05%) ServiceNow
21 28 (21.05%) Social Skills

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 10 (7.52%) Apache
1 10 (7.52%) SharePoint
2 9 (6.77%) nginx
2 9 (6.77%) Tomcat
3 6 (4.51%) MS Exchange
4 4 (3.01%) Confluence
5 1 (0.75%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (0.75%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.75%) Drupal
5 1 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.75%) OpenStack
Applications
1 11 (8.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 11 (8.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (3.01%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.75%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.75%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 47 (35.34%) Azure
2 24 (18.05%) Azure DevOps
2 24 (18.05%) Microsoft 365
3 15 (11.28%) AWS
4 7 (5.26%) OpenShift
5 6 (4.51%) GCP
6 5 (3.76%) Azure Active Directory
6 5 (3.76%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (2.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (2.26%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (2.26%) Amazon S3
7 3 (2.26%) OneDrive
7 3 (2.26%) Power Platform
7 3 (2.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (1.50%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (1.50%) Amazon Glacier
8 2 (1.50%) AWS KMS
9 1 (0.75%) IaaS
9 1 (0.75%) Route 53
9 1 (0.75%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 62 (46.62%) DNS
2 60 (45.11%) HTTP
3 48 (36.09%) SSH
4 46 (34.59%) FTP
5 36 (27.07%) TCP/IP
6 27 (20.30%) POP3
7 25 (18.80%) DHCP
8 22 (16.54%) HTTPS
9 14 (10.53%) Internet
9 14 (10.53%) WAN
10 13 (9.77%) DKIM
10 13 (9.77%) DMARC
10 13 (9.77%) Firewall
10 13 (9.77%) LAN
11 10 (7.52%) SSL
12 9 (6.77%) IMAP
13 8 (6.02%) VPN
14 7 (5.26%) Network Security
15 6 (4.51%) SNMP
16 5 (3.76%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (29.32%) SQL Server
2 29 (21.80%) Relational Database
3 25 (18.80%) MySQL
4 9 (6.77%) MongoDB
4 9 (6.77%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (5.26%) Redis
6 2 (1.50%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (1.50%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (1.50%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.75%) Big Data
7 1 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.75%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.75%) Power BI
7 1 (0.75%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 35 (26.32%) Git (software)
2 12 (9.02%) Jenkins
2 12 (9.02%) Maven
3 9 (6.77%) Gradle
4 5 (3.76%) JIRA
5 3 (2.26%) Bitbucket
6 2 (1.50%) Subversion
6 2 (1.50%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.75%) Bitbucket Server
7 1 (0.75%) CircleCI
7 1 (0.75%) gulp
General
1 28 (21.05%) Social Skills
2 11 (8.27%) Finance
2 11 (8.27%) Public Sector
3 6 (4.51%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.26%) Banking
4 3 (2.26%) Retail
5 2 (1.50%) French Language
5 2 (1.50%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.50%) Military
5 2 (1.50%) Organisational Skills
5 2 (1.50%) Presentation Skills
5 2 (1.50%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.75%) Law
6 1 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 40 (30.08%) DevOps Engineer
2 29 (21.80%) Developer
3 25 (18.80%) Azure Engineer
4 24 (18.05%) Azure DevOps Engineer
5 12 (9.02%) Senior Developer
6 11 (8.27%) ServiceNow Developer
7 9 (6.77%) Analyst
8 8 (6.02%) Architect
9 7 (5.26%) Lead DevOps
9 7 (5.26%) Lead DevOps Engineer
9 7 (5.26%) Support Engineer
9 7 (5.26%) Technical Engineer
10 5 (3.76%) Administrator
10 5 (3.76%) Consultant
10 5 (3.76%) IT Analyst
10 5 (3.76%) Security Engineer
10 5 (3.76%) Technical Support
10 5 (3.76%) Technical Support Engineer
11 3 (2.26%) Network Engineer
11 3 (2.26%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (30.08%) LDAP
2 29 (21.80%) Web Services
3 22 (16.54%) HTML
3 22 (16.54%) J2EE
3 22 (16.54%) XML
4 9 (6.77%) SAML
4 9 (6.77%) SOAP
5 8 (6.02%) REST
6 6 (4.51%) OAuth
6 6 (4.51%) Spring
7 5 (3.76%) JDBC
7 5 (3.76%) Node.js
7 5 (3.76%) ODBC
8 3 (2.26%) .NET
8 3 (2.26%) Spring Boot
8 3 (2.26%) Spring Cloud
9 2 (1.50%) 802.1X
9 2 (1.50%) CSS
9 2 (1.50%) Guice
9 2 (1.50%) Java RMI
Miscellaneous
1 23 (17.29%) CMDB
2 15 (11.28%) PKI
3 14 (10.53%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.76%) Public Cloud
5 4 (3.01%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.26%) Cloud Native
7 2 (1.50%) Blackberry
7 2 (1.50%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.50%) Cyberattack
7 2 (1.50%) Cyberthreat
7 2 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.50%) Legacy Applications
7 2 (1.50%) NHS
7 2 (1.50%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.50%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (1.50%) Wiki
8 1 (0.75%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.75%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.75%) PMI
8 1 (0.75%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 69 (51.88%) Windows
2 57 (42.86%) Linux
3 28 (21.05%) Unix
4 6 (4.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (4.51%) Windows Server
5 5 (3.76%) Windows 10
6 4 (3.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (2.26%) AIX
7 3 (2.26%) Solaris
7 3 (2.26%) Ubuntu
7 3 (2.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (2.26%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (1.50%) CentOS
8 2 (1.50%) VMS
9 1 (0.75%) Debian
9 1 (0.75%) HPUX
9 1 (0.75%) Slackware
9 1 (0.75%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (45.11%) Agile
2 47 (35.34%) DevOps
3 36 (27.07%) ITIL
4 35 (26.32%) CI/CD
5 30 (22.56%) ITSM
6 28 (21.05%) Test Automation
7 26 (19.55%) Strategic Roadmap
8 25 (18.80%) Continuous Improvement
9 24 (18.05%) Deployment Automation
9 24 (18.05%) Problem-Solving
9 24 (18.05%) Workflow
10 22 (16.54%) Architectural Design
10 22 (16.54%) Service Management
11 21 (15.79%) Risk Management
12 19 (14.29%) Stakeholder Identification
13 16 (12.03%) Project Management
13 16 (12.03%) Stakeholder Management
14 15 (11.28%) Decision-Making
15 13 (9.77%) Cybersecurity
16 11 (8.27%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 57 (42.86%) Python
2 55 (41.35%) PowerShell
3 49 (36.84%) Bash
4 37 (27.82%) Java
5 33 (24.81%) JavaScript
6 17 (12.78%) SQL
7 15 (11.28%) Perl
8 9 (6.77%) Shell Script
9 4 (3.01%) Ruby
10 3 (2.26%) C#
10 3 (2.26%) C++
11 2 (1.50%) Go
11 2 (1.50%) Groovy
11 2 (1.50%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.75%) C-shell
12 1 (0.75%) ES6
12 1 (0.75%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.75%) Tcl
12 1 (0.75%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (6.02%) Security Cleared
2 6 (4.51%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (3.76%) CCNA
3 5 (3.76%) DV Cleared
3 5 (3.76%) MCSA
3 5 (3.76%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (3.76%) SC Cleared
4 4 (3.01%) Degree
5 3 (2.26%) MCSE
6 2 (1.50%) CEH
6 2 (1.50%) CISSP
6 2 (1.50%) JNCIE
6 2 (1.50%) JNCIP
7 1 (0.75%) CCENT
7 1 (0.75%) CCIE
7 1 (0.75%) CREST Certified
7 1 (0.75%) GIAC
7 1 (0.75%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.75%) PMP
7 1 (0.75%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (1.50%) NIST
1 2 (1.50%) NIST 800
1 2 (1.50%) SLA
2 1 (0.75%) Accessibility
System Software
1 51 (38.35%) Active Directory
2 25 (18.80%) NFS
3 14 (10.53%) Docker
4 13 (9.77%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (6.02%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (3.76%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (3.01%) Hyper-V
8 2 (1.50%) Sendmail
8 2 (1.50%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (1.50%) VMware NSX
8 2 (1.50%) vSphere
9 1 (0.75%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 44 (33.08%) Ansible
2 41 (30.83%) Kubernetes
3 36 (27.07%) Terraform
4 26 (19.55%) Single Sign-On
5 10 (7.52%) Puppet
6 7 (5.26%) Dell DRAC
7 5 (3.76%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 5 (3.76%) Microsoft Intune
7 5 (3.76%) SCCM
7 5 (3.76%) SCOM
8 4 (3.01%) Nagios
9 3 (2.26%) OPNET
9 3 (2.26%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (1.50%) QRadar
10 2 (1.50%) Scalr
11 1 (0.75%) Grafana
11 1 (0.75%) HAProxy
11 1 (0.75%) Kibana
11 1 (0.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 1 (0.75%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 51 (38.35%) Microsoft
2 28 (21.05%) ServiceNow
3 23 (17.29%) VMware
4 15 (11.28%) Oracle
5 12 (9.02%) Red Hat
6 10 (7.52%) HP
7 9 (6.77%) CyberArk
8 8 (6.02%) Okta
9 7 (5.26%) Cisco
9 7 (5.26%) SolarWinds
10 5 (3.76%) Google
11 4 (3.01%) Remedy
11 4 (3.01%) Splunk
12 3 (2.26%) Citrix
12 3 (2.26%) Proofpoint
13 2 (1.50%) Dell
13 2 (1.50%) Juniper
13 2 (1.50%) LogRhythm
14 1 (0.75%) Trustwave
14 1 (0.75%) Veritas