Period
to 22 September 2018

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 22 September 2018 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
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 723 724 707
Rank change year-on-year +1 -17 -39
Contract jobs citing SMTP 168 138 205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.14% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.24% 1.03% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 102 83 124
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - +8.11%
10th Percentile £213 £272 £270
90th Percentile £586 £583 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £360 £400
% change year-on-year -6.25% -10.00% +12.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 8
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £16.81 £20.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.04% -19.65% -19.56%
10th Percentile £16.48 £14.85 £17.35
90th Percentile £26.50 £31.00 £46.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £16.81 £33.00
% change year-on-year +16.04% -49.08% +26.92%

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 13,510 13,455 16,721
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.25% 13.63% 15.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,199 8,152 10,194
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £195 £220
90th Percentile £606 £585 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 716 739 832
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +23.85%
10th Percentile £12.21 £10.96 £11.52
90th Percentile £47.92 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.39 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +4.78% -26.00% +23.85%

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 22 September 2018.

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 14 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 22 September 2018. 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 +11 148 £413 +3.13% 35
UK excluding London -18 86 £338 -6.25% 32
London -17 72 £453 -8.12% 5
South East -6 38 £407 +12.92% 13
North of England -15 15 £313 -19.35% 7
North West -16 9 £300 -22.58% 5
Midlands -12 8 £300 -20.00% 1
East of England -12 8 £209 -34.77% 5
West Midlands - 8 £300 - 1
South West - 7 £240 - 4
Yorkshire -11 6 £413 -8.33% 2
Scotland -20 4 - - 2
Northern Ireland - 4 £650 -
Wales -30 2 £213 -31.45%

For the 6 months to 22 September 2018, 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.

1 100 (59.52%) DNS
2 82 (48.81%) Microsoft
3 77 (45.83%) Windows
4 61 (36.31%) HTTP
5 60 (35.71%) TCP/IP
6 56 (33.33%) Firewall
7 51 (30.36%) Active Directory
8 49 (29.17%) Linux
9 44 (26.19%) Cisco
10 43 (25.60%) MS Exchange
10 43 (25.60%) Skype for Business
11 37 (22.02%) Windows Server
12 36 (21.43%) VPN
13 33 (19.64%) DHCP
13 33 (19.64%) VMware
13 33 (19.64%) Exchange Server 2010
14 32 (19.05%) Office 365
15 30 (17.86%) Microsoft Azure
16 28 (16.67%) PowerShell
16 28 (16.67%) C#
16 28 (16.67%) SQL
16 28 (16.67%) SQL Server
17 27 (16.07%) .NET
17 27 (16.07%) SNMP
17 27 (16.07%) CheckPoint
17 27 (16.07%) Migration
17 27 (16.07%) Skype
18 25 (14.88%) SSL
18 25 (14.88%) FTP
18 25 (14.88%) Security 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 43 (25.60%) MS Exchange
1 43 (25.60%) Skype for Business
2 33 (19.64%) Exchange Server 2010
3 18 (10.71%) IIS
4 16 (9.52%) Apache
5 12 (7.14%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (2.98%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (2.98%) SharePoint
7 4 (2.38%) Confluence
7 4 (2.38%) Tomcat
8 3 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (1.19%) CMS
9 2 (1.19%) IBM HTTP Server
9 2 (1.19%) nginx
9 2 (1.19%) Office Communications Server
9 2 (1.19%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 2 (1.19%) WebLogic
9 2 (1.19%) WebSphere
9 2 (1.19%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 15 (8.93%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.19%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 32 (19.05%) Office 365
2 30 (17.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (7.14%) Mimecast
4 7 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (4.17%) SaaS
5 6 (3.57%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (3.57%) IaaS
5 6 (3.57%) PaaS
5 6 (3.57%) Yammer
6 5 (2.98%) Datadog
7 3 (1.79%) GitHub
8 2 (1.19%) G Suite
8 2 (1.19%) OneDrive
8 2 (1.19%) Slack
9 1 (0.60%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 100 (59.52%) DNS
2 61 (36.31%) HTTP
3 60 (35.71%) TCP/IP
4 56 (33.33%) Firewall
5 36 (21.43%) VPN
6 33 (19.64%) DHCP
7 27 (16.07%) Skype
7 27 (16.07%) SNMP
8 25 (14.88%) FTP
8 25 (14.88%) SSL
9 24 (14.29%) Internet
9 24 (14.29%) WAN
10 21 (12.50%) LAN
11 19 (11.31%) Wireless
12 18 (10.71%) OSPF
13 17 (10.12%) HTTPS
13 17 (10.12%) MPLS
14 15 (8.93%) IMAP
14 15 (8.93%) VoIP
15 14 (8.33%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 16 (9.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (7.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 10 (5.95%) PostgreSQL
5 9 (5.36%) MySQL
6 8 (4.76%) Relational Database
7 6 (3.57%) NoSQL
7 6 (3.57%) Redis
8 5 (2.98%) Apache Cassandra
8 5 (2.98%) HBase
9 4 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (1.79%) DB2
10 3 (1.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 2 (1.19%) SQL Server 2016
11 2 (1.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.60%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 13 (7.74%) Git (software)
2 11 (6.55%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (6.55%) Visual Studio
3 10 (5.95%) Jenkins
4 9 (5.36%) InstallShield
5 7 (4.17%) JIRA
6 5 (2.98%) CircleCI
7 4 (2.38%) Maven
7 4 (2.38%) Subversion
8 3 (1.79%) Appium
8 3 (1.79%) Cucumber
8 3 (1.79%) JUnit
8 3 (1.79%) Selenium
8 3 (1.79%) Zephyr
9 2 (1.19%) Gerrit
9 2 (1.19%) Liquibase
10 1 (0.60%) AppScan
10 1 (0.60%) Gradle
10 1 (0.60%) SonarQube
10 1 (0.60%) Vagrant
General
1 20 (11.90%) Telecoms
2 16 (9.52%) Finance
3 10 (5.95%) Banking
4 8 (4.76%) Manufacturing
5 6 (3.57%) Back Office
6 5 (2.98%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (2.38%) Electronics
7 4 (2.38%) Marketing
7 4 (2.38%) Retail
8 1 (0.60%) Billing
8 1 (0.60%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.60%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 32 (19.05%) Developer
2 21 (12.50%) Network Engineer
3 15 (8.93%) Support Engineer
4 13 (7.74%) Senior Developer
5 12 (7.14%) .NET Developer
5 12 (7.14%) BizTalk Developer
5 12 (7.14%) Senior BizTalk Developer
6 10 (5.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 9 (5.36%) Analyst
7 9 (5.36%) Consultant
8 8 (4.76%) Cloud Engineer
9 7 (4.17%) Exchange Engineer
10 6 (3.57%) Administrator
10 6 (3.57%) DevOps Engineer
10 6 (3.57%) Firewall Engineer
10 6 (3.57%) Project Manager
10 6 (3.57%) Unified Communications Engineer
11 5 (2.98%) Office 365 Engineer
11 5 (2.98%) Security Specialist
11 5 (2.98%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (16.07%) .NET
2 20 (11.90%) XML
3 17 (10.12%) .NET Framework
3 17 (10.12%) Entity Framework
4 15 (8.93%) WCF
5 14 (8.33%) ASP.NET
6 12 (7.14%) JMS
7 11 (6.55%) 802.1X
8 10 (5.95%) ASP.NET MVC
8 10 (5.95%) ASP.NET Web API
8 10 (5.95%) CSS
8 10 (5.95%) EDI
8 10 (5.95%) EDIFACT
8 10 (5.95%) HTML
9 9 (5.36%) LDAP
9 9 (5.36%) LINQ
9 9 (5.36%) LINQ to SQL
10 6 (3.57%) Memcached
10 6 (3.57%) RequireJS
10 6 (3.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.33%) Data Centre
2 12 (7.14%) Clustering
3 11 (6.55%) PKI
4 9 (5.36%) DataPower
4 9 (5.36%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (4.17%) Public Cloud
6 6 (3.57%) Handset
7 5 (2.98%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.98%) User Experience
8 4 (2.38%) Algorithms
8 4 (2.38%) Blackberry
8 4 (2.38%) Computer Science
8 4 (2.38%) SCADA
9 3 (1.79%) BYOD
9 3 (1.79%) iPhone
9 3 (1.79%) Mainframe
9 3 (1.79%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.79%) W3C
10 2 (1.19%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 77 (45.83%) Windows
2 49 (29.17%) Linux
3 37 (22.02%) Windows Server
4 16 (9.52%) Unix
5 15 (8.93%) Android
6 14 (8.33%) Solaris
7 11 (6.55%) Windows 10
7 11 (6.55%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (5.95%) Windows 7
8 10 (5.95%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (5.36%) Apple iOS
10 8 (4.76%) Windows 8
11 7 (4.17%) Check Point GAiA
12 5 (2.98%) CentOS
12 5 (2.98%) Ubuntu
13 4 (2.38%) Windows Server 2003
14 3 (1.79%) HPUX
14 3 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (1.79%) VMS
14 3 (1.79%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (16.07%) Migration
2 22 (13.10%) Load Balancing
3 21 (12.50%) MVC
4 19 (11.31%) ITIL
4 19 (11.31%) Kalman Filter
5 17 (10.12%) Email Filtering
6 13 (7.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 11 (6.55%) Configuration Management
7 11 (6.55%) Network Architecture
7 11 (6.55%) OO
8 10 (5.95%) Problem-Solving
9 9 (5.36%) Agile Software Development
9 9 (5.36%) Cybersecurity
9 9 (5.36%) Decision-Making
9 9 (5.36%) DevOps
9 9 (5.36%) Information Security
9 9 (5.36%) Microservices
10 8 (4.76%) Business Continuity
10 8 (4.76%) Mobile Device Management
11 7 (4.17%) Cryptography
Programming Languages
1 28 (16.67%) C#
1 28 (16.67%) PowerShell
1 28 (16.67%) SQL
2 13 (7.74%) JavaScript
3 12 (7.14%) Java
4 11 (6.55%) Shell Script
5 10 (5.95%) ActionScript
5 10 (5.95%) ActionScript 2.0
5 10 (5.95%) Perl
6 6 (3.57%) Python
7 5 (2.98%) Bash Shell
8 4 (2.38%) Ruby
9 3 (1.79%) JCL
9 3 (1.79%) PHP
10 2 (1.19%) C
10 2 (1.19%) C++
10 2 (1.19%) Groovy
10 2 (1.19%) Jython
11 1 (0.60%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.60%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 25 (14.88%) Security Cleared
2 21 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
3 20 (11.90%) Cisco Certification
4 18 (10.71%) Degree
4 18 (10.71%) SC Cleared
5 16 (9.52%) CCNP
6 13 (7.74%) CCNA
7 8 (4.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 5 (2.98%) CCSE
8 5 (2.98%) JNCIA
9 4 (2.38%) CCIE
9 4 (2.38%) Citrix Certification
10 3 (1.79%) CCDA
10 3 (1.79%) CCVP
10 3 (1.79%) CTC Cleared
11 2 (1.19%) CCENT
11 2 (1.19%) CCSA
11 2 (1.19%) MCP
11 2 (1.19%) PMI Certification
11 2 (1.19%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (0.60%) SAS 70
1 1 (0.60%) SLA
System Software
1 51 (30.36%) Active Directory
2 24 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (8.33%) Docker
4 8 (4.76%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (2.38%) Virtual Desktop
6 3 (1.79%) Hyper-V
6 3 (1.79%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (1.79%) Virtual Servers
6 3 (1.79%) Xen
7 2 (1.19%) Postfix
7 2 (1.19%) VirtualBox
7 2 (1.19%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.19%) XenServer
8 1 (0.60%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.60%) DFS Replication
8 1 (0.60%) NDS
8 1 (0.60%) Squid
8 1 (0.60%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.60%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.60%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (6.55%) Kubernetes
2 9 (5.36%) Ansible
3 8 (4.76%) SCOM
4 7 (4.17%) Opscode Chef
4 7 (4.17%) SCCM
4 7 (4.17%) Terraform
5 6 (3.57%) PingFederate
5 6 (3.57%) Puppet
6 5 (2.98%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 4 (2.38%) NetBackup
8 3 (1.79%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (1.79%) Netcool
8 3 (1.79%) Red Hat Spacewalk
9 2 (1.19%) AirWatch
9 2 (1.19%) Cacti
9 2 (1.19%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (1.19%) Forum Sentry
9 2 (1.19%) MIMEsweeper
9 2 (1.19%) OpenView
9 2 (1.19%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 82 (48.81%) Microsoft
2 44 (26.19%) Cisco
3 33 (19.64%) VMware
4 27 (16.07%) CheckPoint
5 20 (11.90%) Symantec
6 18 (10.71%) SAP
7 13 (7.74%) IBM
8 11 (6.55%) Dell
8 11 (6.55%) SolarWinds
9 10 (5.95%) HP
9 10 (5.95%) Oracle
10 9 (5.36%) Citrix
10 9 (5.36%) Juniper
11 8 (4.76%) Aruba
12 7 (4.17%) IronPort
12 7 (4.17%) MobileIron
13 6 (3.57%) Forcepoint
13 6 (3.57%) Polycom
13 6 (3.57%) Sonus
13 6 (3.57%) Sun