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 24 April 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
3 months to
24 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 537 552 538
Rank change year-on-year +15 -14  
Contract jobs citing SMTP 58 105 110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.19% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.91% 1.24% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 59 56
Median daily rate £400 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +0.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £187 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £480 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £363 £398
% change year-on-year -11.72% -8.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 9
Median hourly rate £30.00 £20.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.34% -31.66%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £20.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year - -31.66%  

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 6370 8451 8390
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.12% 14.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 3852 5103 4591
Median daily rate £400 £386 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.76% +10.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £384 £363 £340
% change year-on-year +5.86% +6.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 373 368 451
Median hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.79% +0.86%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.65 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.95 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -31.57% +16.66%  

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 24 April 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
Top 30 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 24 April 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 +14 52 £400 -1.53% 33
London +26 23 £413 -1.78% 14
South East -5 18 £388 +14.81% 7
Berkshire +23 15 £375 +7.14% 4
Reading +25 11 £375 +3.44% 2
Yorkshire - 4 £513 - 1
West Yorkshire - 4 £513 -
City of London +5 3 £338 -32.50% 2
Slough - 3 - - 2
Bradford - 3 £450 -
East of England - 3 £320 - 3
North West +18 2 - - 4
Hampshire +8 2 £448 +272.91% 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £320 - 3
South West +1 1 £295 +168.18% 1
Merseyside 0 1 - - 1
Milton Keynes -16 1 £375 -28.57%
Buckinghamshire -20 1 £375 -28.57%
Northamptonshire - 1 £375 -
Docklands, London - 1 £550 -
East Midlands - 1 £375 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £275 - 1
Northampton - 1 £375 -
Bedfordshire - 1 £450 -
Leeds - 1 £575 -
Malmesbury - 1 £295 -
North East - 1 £275 - 1
Wiltshire - 1 £295 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £275 - 1
Bedford - 1 £450 -

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 99 (60.37%) DNS
2 86 (52.44%) Windows
3 54 (32.93%) Linux
4 47 (28.66%) Microsoft
5 44 (26.83%) Active Directory
6 43 (26.22%) DHCP
7 42 (25.61%) HTTP
8 41 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 40 (24.39%) TCP/IP
9 40 (24.39%) VMware
10 38 (23.17%) Internet
11 35 (21.34%) Windows Server
12 34 (20.73%) LDAP
12 34 (20.73%) Firewall
12 34 (20.73%) PowerShell
13 32 (19.51%) Unix
14 31 (18.90%) JavaScript
14 31 (18.90%) Agile Software Development
15 30 (18.29%) Security Cleared
15 30 (18.29%) Amazon AWS
16 29 (17.68%) Python
16 29 (17.68%) MS Exchange
16 29 (17.68%) Red Hat
17 28 (17.07%) SQL Server
17 28 (17.07%) VMware Infrastructure
17 28 (17.07%) DevOps
18 27 (16.46%) Cisco
19 26 (15.85%) FTP
19 26 (15.85%) SQL
19 26 (15.85%) SC Cleared

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 29 (17.68%) MS Exchange
2 20 (12.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2013
4 11 (6.71%) WebSphere
5 9 (5.49%) IIS
5 9 (5.49%) Skype for Business
5 9 (5.49%) Tomcat
6 8 (4.88%) Apache
6 8 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2007
6 8 (4.88%) WebSphere Application Server
7 7 (4.27%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (3.05%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (3.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 5 (3.05%) SharePoint
9 3 (1.83%) IBM Notes
9 3 (1.83%) SAS
9 3 (1.83%) WebLogic
10 2 (1.22%) Oracle Service Bus
10 2 (1.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (1.22%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (5.49%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.61%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (3.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.22%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 30 (18.29%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (6.71%) IaaS
2 11 (6.71%) PaaS
3 6 (3.66%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (3.05%) Office 365
5 3 (1.83%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 3 (1.83%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (1.83%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.83%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (1.83%) AWS Lambda
5 3 (1.83%) Route 53
5 3 (1.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (0.61%) IBM Cloud
6 1 (0.61%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 99 (60.37%) DNS
2 43 (26.22%) DHCP
3 42 (25.61%) HTTP
4 40 (24.39%) TCP/IP
5 38 (23.17%) Internet
6 34 (20.73%) Firewall
6 34 (20.73%) LDAP
7 26 (15.85%) FTP
8 24 (14.63%) SSL
9 23 (14.02%) SNMP
10 21 (12.80%) IMAP
11 19 (11.59%) SSH
12 15 (9.15%) LAN
12 15 (9.15%) SAN
13 14 (8.54%) DMARC
13 14 (8.54%) WAN
14 13 (7.93%) VPN
15 12 (7.32%) VoIP
16 11 (6.71%) DKIM
17 10 (6.10%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (17.07%) SQL Server
2 11 (6.71%) DB2
3 9 (5.49%) Data Mining
4 7 (4.27%) Hadoop
4 7 (4.27%) IBM BigInsights
4 7 (4.27%) Neo4j
4 7 (4.27%) Relational Database
4 7 (4.27%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (4.27%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (2.44%) Azure SQL Database
5 4 (2.44%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (1.83%) Big Data
6 3 (1.83%) MySQL
7 2 (1.22%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.22%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.61%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 5 (3.05%) Git (software)
1 5 (3.05%) Jenkins
1 5 (3.05%) Rational Rhapsody
2 4 (2.44%) Octopus Deploy
3 3 (1.83%) GitLab
3 3 (1.83%) Sonatype Nexus
3 3 (1.83%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.22%) Karma Test Runner
4 2 (1.22%) Mocha
4 2 (1.22%) Subversion
4 2 (1.22%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.22%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.61%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.61%) Metasploit
5 1 (0.61%) NetBeans
5 1 (0.61%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 22 (13.41%) Finance
2 21 (12.80%) Telecoms
3 9 (5.49%) Marketing
4 6 (3.66%) Back Office
4 6 (3.66%) Electronics
4 6 (3.66%) Front Office
4 6 (3.66%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.22%) Banking
5 2 (1.22%) Games
5 2 (1.22%) Legal
6 1 (0.61%) Automotive
6 1 (0.61%) Military
6 1 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.61%) Publishing
6 1 (0.61%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (12.20%) Developer
2 19 (11.59%) Architect
3 15 (9.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 10 (6.10%) Administrator
4 10 (6.10%) Analyst
5 9 (5.49%) Cloud Engineer
5 9 (5.49%) VMware Engineer
6 8 (4.88%) AWS Engineer
6 8 (4.88%) Consultant
6 8 (4.88%) Infrastructure Architect
6 8 (4.88%) Support Engineer
7 7 (4.27%) DevOps Engineer
7 7 (4.27%) Network Engineer
7 7 (4.27%) Unix Analyst
8 6 (3.66%) Active Directory Engineer
8 6 (3.66%) Back Office Engineer
8 6 (3.66%) Designer
8 6 (3.66%) Exchange Engineer
8 6 (3.66%) Systems Administrator
8 6 (3.66%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (15.24%) Web Services
2 22 (13.41%) XML
3 21 (12.80%) CSS
4 20 (12.20%) HTML
5 19 (11.59%) SOAP
6 12 (7.32%) REST
7 8 (4.88%) Ajax
7 8 (4.88%) OAuth
7 8 (4.88%) SAML
8 5 (3.05%) .NET
8 5 (3.05%) AngularJS
8 5 (3.05%) jQuery
8 5 (3.05%) JSON
8 5 (3.05%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 4 (2.44%) Middleware
10 3 (1.83%) ASP.NET
10 3 (1.83%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (1.83%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3 (1.83%) CORBA
10 3 (1.83%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 24 (14.63%) Data Centre
2 12 (7.32%) User Experience
3 11 (6.71%) Management Information System
3 11 (6.71%) Replication
4 10 (6.10%) Client/Server
5 9 (5.49%) Enterprise Storage
5 9 (5.49%) Private Cloud
5 9 (5.49%) Public Cloud
6 8 (4.88%) CESG
6 8 (4.88%) Clustering
7 6 (3.66%) PKI
8 5 (3.05%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (3.05%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 4 (2.44%) Derivative
10 3 (1.83%) Blackberry
10 3 (1.83%) Linux Command Line
11 2 (1.22%) Freedom of Information
11 2 (1.22%) NHS
11 2 (1.22%) Virtual Team
11 2 (1.22%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 86 (52.44%) Windows
2 54 (32.93%) Linux
3 41 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 35 (21.34%) Windows Server
5 32 (19.51%) Unix
6 24 (14.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 19 (11.59%) Windows Server 2003
8 17 (10.37%) Windows Server 2012
9 16 (9.76%) CentOS
9 16 (9.76%) Solaris
10 12 (7.32%) Ubuntu
11 7 (4.27%) Android
12 5 (3.05%) Windows Vista
13 4 (2.44%) Windows 7
14 3 (1.83%) Data ONTAP
14 3 (1.83%) Windows 8
15 2 (1.22%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (1.22%) Windows XP
16 1 (0.61%) AIX
16 1 (0.61%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (18.90%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (17.07%) DevOps
3 17 (10.37%) Scrum
4 16 (9.76%) Load Balancing
5 15 (9.15%) Patch Management
6 14 (8.54%) Kalman Filter
6 14 (8.54%) Network Design
7 13 (7.93%) Web Application Development
8 12 (7.32%) Problem Management
9 11 (6.71%) Mentoring
9 11 (6.71%) Software Architecture
10 10 (6.10%) ITIL
10 10 (6.10%) Validation
11 9 (5.49%) Configuration Management
11 9 (5.49%) Cybersecurity
11 9 (5.49%) Network Management
11 9 (5.49%) Statistical Analysis
12 8 (4.88%) Continuous Improvement
12 8 (4.88%) Network Monitoring
12 8 (4.88%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (20.73%) PowerShell
2 31 (18.90%) JavaScript
3 29 (17.68%) Python
4 26 (15.85%) SQL
5 12 (7.32%) Bash Shell
5 12 (7.32%) Perl
6 11 (6.71%) Java
7 7 (4.27%) Korn
8 6 (3.66%) C
8 6 (3.66%) PHP
8 6 (3.66%) VB
9 4 (2.44%) C#
9 4 (2.44%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.22%) AWK
10 2 (1.22%) ES6
10 2 (1.22%) Scala
11 1 (0.61%) Jython
11 1 (0.61%) LotusScript
11 1 (0.61%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 30 (18.29%) Security Cleared
2 26 (15.85%) SC Cleared
3 6 (3.66%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (3.05%) CESG Certified Professional
4 5 (3.05%) CISSP
5 4 (2.44%) CCNA
6 3 (1.83%) CCNP
6 3 (1.83%) CEH
6 3 (1.83%) Degree
6 3 (1.83%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.22%) AWS Certification
7 2 (1.22%) CCIE
7 2 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.22%) JNCIA
7 2 (1.22%) MCSE
7 2 (1.22%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.22%) RHCT
8 1 (0.61%) CCDA
8 1 (0.61%) CCSE
8 1 (0.61%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (9.15%) QA
2 9 (5.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 7 (4.27%) HL7
4 3 (1.83%) RMADS
4 3 (1.83%) SLA
5 2 (1.22%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 44 (26.83%) Active Directory
2 28 (17.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (9.15%) Hyper-V
4 9 (5.49%) VMware ESX
5 4 (2.44%) NFS
5 4 (2.44%) Sendmail
5 4 (2.44%) vCloud
6 3 (1.83%) Dovecot
6 3 (1.83%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (1.83%) vSphere
7 2 (1.22%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.22%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 2 (1.22%) XenApp
7 2 (1.22%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.22%) XenServer
8 1 (0.61%) Firmware
8 1 (0.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 24 (14.63%) Puppet
2 19 (11.59%) NetBackup
3 11 (6.71%) Ansible
3 11 (6.71%) Nagios
4 8 (4.88%) Norton AntiVirus
4 8 (4.88%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (4.27%) vRealize
5 7 (4.27%) ZABBIX
6 6 (3.66%) AirWatch
6 6 (3.66%) WSUS
7 4 (2.44%) Salt
7 4 (2.44%) vCenter Server
8 3 (1.83%) Backup Exec
8 3 (1.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (1.83%) Rsyslog
9 2 (1.22%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (1.22%) SCCM
9 2 (1.22%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (1.22%) Zenoss
10 1 (0.61%) SCOM
Vendors
1 47 (28.66%) Microsoft
2 40 (24.39%) VMware
3 29 (17.68%) Red Hat
4 27 (16.46%) Cisco
5 18 (10.98%) Oracle
6 16 (9.76%) HP
7 12 (7.32%) IBM
8 11 (6.71%) Citrix
9 10 (6.10%) Splunk
9 10 (6.10%) Symantec
10 8 (4.88%) NetApp
11 7 (4.27%) EMC
11 7 (4.27%) Sun
12 6 (3.66%) Huawei
12 6 (3.66%) MobileIron
12 6 (3.66%) SAP
13 5 (3.05%) ServiceNow
14 4 (2.44%) CommVault
14 4 (2.44%) Dell
14 4 (2.44%) Veritas
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