Period
to 26 February 2020

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 26 February 2020 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
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 649 727 711
Rank change year-on-year +78 -16 -51
Contract jobs citing SMTP 78 153 169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.15% 0.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.85% 1.21% 1.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 95 102
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +8.47% -13.24%
10th Percentile £250 £261 £258
90th Percentile £550 £556 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £375 £360
% change year-on-year +20.00% +4.17% -15.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 3
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £25.00 £18.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.00% +36.05% -28.10%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £25.00 £18.38
% change year-on-year +60.00% +36.05% -28.10%

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 9,150 12,640 13,234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.46% 12.75% 13.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,465 7,662 8,175
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £180 £200 £185
90th Percentile £600 £610 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 529 581 692
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.64% -6.50% -6.98%
10th Percentile £13.38 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.90 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.41 £20.00
% change year-on-year +14.88% -12.95% -6.98%

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 26 February 2020.

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 9 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 26 February 2020. 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
UK excluding London +129 56 £450 +20.00% 22
England +77 53 £425 +6.25% 28
Scotland +40 24 £450 - 2
London +77 21 £370 -10.84% 8
North of England +81 14 £425 +41.67% 8
South East +64 14 £400 -3.03% 6
Yorkshire +57 7 £425 +183.33% 4
North West +39 7 - - 4
South West +29 4 £550 +41.94% 1

For the 6 months to 26 February 2020, 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 49 (62.82%) HTTP
2 35 (44.87%) DNS
3 28 (35.90%) Microsoft
3 28 (35.90%) Windows
4 27 (34.62%) TCP/IP
5 25 (32.05%) Internet
6 24 (30.77%) Active Directory
6 24 (30.77%) SQL
6 24 (30.77%) Azure
7 22 (28.21%) Public Sector
8 21 (26.92%) HTTPS
9 19 (24.36%) Office 365
9 19 (24.36%) Windows Server
10 18 (23.08%) SIEM
10 18 (23.08%) SC Cleared
10 18 (23.08%) Security Cleared
11 17 (21.79%) PowerShell
12 16 (20.51%) Linux
13 15 (19.23%) MS Exchange
14 14 (17.95%) Cisco
14 14 (17.95%) VMware
15 13 (16.67%) Migration
15 13 (16.67%) Skype
16 12 (15.38%) Firewall
16 12 (15.38%) Python
16 12 (15.38%) Intrusion Detection
17 11 (14.10%) DHCP
17 11 (14.10%) Clearswift
17 11 (14.10%) Task Automation
18 10 (12.82%) Threat Analysis

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 15 (19.23%) MS Exchange
2 10 (12.82%) Skype for Business
3 7 (8.97%) Apache
3 7 (8.97%) IIS
4 6 (7.69%) SharePoint
4 6 (7.69%) Tomcat
5 4 (5.13%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (5.13%) CMS
6 3 (3.85%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (3.85%) JBoss
6 3 (3.85%) WebLogic
7 2 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (1.28%) Confluence
8 1 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (1.28%) JCAPS
8 1 (1.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 3 (3.85%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 24 (30.77%) Azure
2 19 (24.36%) Office 365
3 8 (10.26%) AWS
4 7 (8.97%) PaaS
5 6 (7.69%) IaaS
6 4 (5.13%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (3.85%) GCP
7 3 (3.85%) Mimecast
8 1 (1.28%) SaaS
8 1 (1.28%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 49 (62.82%) HTTP
2 35 (44.87%) DNS
3 27 (34.62%) TCP/IP
4 25 (32.05%) Internet
5 21 (26.92%) HTTPS
6 13 (16.67%) Skype
7 12 (15.38%) Firewall
7 12 (15.38%) Intrusion Detection
8 11 (14.10%) DHCP
9 9 (11.54%) SSL
10 8 (10.26%) SNMP
11 7 (8.97%) FTP
12 6 (7.69%) BIG-IP
12 6 (7.69%) Cisco ASA
12 6 (7.69%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 6 (7.69%) OSPF
12 6 (7.69%) Wireshark
13 5 (6.41%) 4G
13 5 (6.41%) FWSM
13 5 (6.41%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.54%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.41%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (5.13%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (5.13%) SQL Server 2000
3 4 (5.13%) SQL Server 2005
3 4 (5.13%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.56%) MongoDB
4 2 (2.56%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (1.28%) EDRMS
5 1 (1.28%) MySQL
5 1 (1.28%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.28%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.28%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 8 (10.26%) Git (software)
2 3 (3.85%) git-flow
2 3 (3.85%) gulp
3 2 (2.56%) Hudson
3 2 (2.56%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.56%) Maven
4 1 (1.28%) Artifactory
4 1 (1.28%) Eclipse
4 1 (1.28%) Gerrit
4 1 (1.28%) JIRA
4 1 (1.28%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (1.28%) Subversion
General
1 22 (28.21%) Public Sector
2 6 (7.69%) Banking
2 6 (7.69%) Investment Banking
3 4 (5.13%) Finance
4 1 (1.28%) Legal
4 1 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.28%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 26 (33.33%) Analyst
2 19 (24.36%) Security Analyst
3 10 (12.82%) IT Analyst
4 9 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 8 (10.26%) Developer
5 8 (10.26%) IT Security Analyst
6 7 (8.97%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 7 (8.97%) Exchange Engineer
7 6 (7.69%) Security Engineer
8 5 (6.41%) Administrator
8 5 (6.41%) IP Engineer
8 5 (6.41%) IP Security Engineer
8 5 (6.41%) SOC Analyst
9 4 (5.13%) BizTalk Developer
9 4 (5.13%) ICT Officer
10 3 (3.85%) Cloud Engineer
10 3 (3.85%) Data Centre Engineer
10 3 (3.85%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 3 (3.85%) Senior Developer
10 3 (3.85%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.97%) LDAP
2 6 (7.69%) .NET
3 5 (6.41%) JMS
4 4 (5.13%) .NET Framework
4 4 (5.13%) AngularJS
4 4 (5.13%) Elastic Stack
4 4 (5.13%) Spring
4 4 (5.13%) WCF
5 3 (3.85%) CSS
5 3 (3.85%) HTML
5 3 (3.85%) JDBC
5 3 (3.85%) jQuery
5 3 (3.85%) LAPP Stack
5 3 (3.85%) Middleware
5 3 (3.85%) Polymer
5 3 (3.85%) React
5 3 (3.85%) Sass
5 3 (3.85%) Vue.js
5 3 (3.85%) XML
6 2 (2.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.26%) Security Operations Centre
2 7 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.97%) Data Centre
3 6 (7.69%) Blackberry
4 5 (6.41%) Handset
5 4 (5.13%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 3 (3.85%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (2.56%) Cyber Defence
7 2 (2.56%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (2.56%) Management Information System
7 2 (2.56%) N-Tier
7 2 (2.56%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (2.56%) Virtual Team
8 1 (1.28%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.28%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (1.28%) NHS
8 1 (1.28%) PKI
8 1 (1.28%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 28 (35.90%) Windows
2 19 (24.36%) Windows Server
3 16 (20.51%) Linux
4 10 (12.82%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (6.41%) Check Point GAiA
6 5 (6.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (3.85%) Unix
7 3 (3.85%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (1.28%) FreeBSD
8 1 (1.28%) Windows 7
8 1 (1.28%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (23.08%) SIEM
2 13 (16.67%) Migration
3 11 (14.10%) Task Automation
4 10 (12.82%) Cybersecurity
4 10 (12.82%) Forensic Analysis
4 10 (12.82%) Security Monitoring
4 10 (12.82%) Security Operations
4 10 (12.82%) Threat Analysis
4 10 (12.82%) Threat Modelling
5 9 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 9 (11.54%) Vulnerability Management
6 8 (10.26%) ITIL
6 8 (10.26%) Vulnerability Scanning
7 7 (8.97%) Change Management
8 6 (7.69%) Information Security
8 6 (7.69%) Kalman Filter
8 6 (7.69%) Performance Monitoring
8 6 (7.69%) Performance Tuning
9 5 (6.41%) High Availability
9 5 (6.41%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (30.77%) SQL
2 17 (21.79%) PowerShell
3 12 (15.38%) Python
4 10 (12.82%) JavaScript
5 9 (11.54%) Bash Shell
6 6 (7.69%) Java
7 4 (5.13%) C#
7 4 (5.13%) Ruby
8 3 (3.85%) Go
8 3 (3.85%) Perl
9 1 (1.28%) Erlang
9 1 (1.28%) Groovy
9 1 (1.28%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.28%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 18 (23.08%) SC Cleared
1 18 (23.08%) Security Cleared
2 8 (10.26%) CompTIA Security+
3 7 (8.97%) Degree
3 7 (8.97%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (7.69%) GCIA
5 5 (6.41%) CEH
6 3 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (3.85%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (3.85%) GCFA
6 3 (3.85%) GCIH
6 3 (3.85%) GPPA
6 3 (3.85%) MCSE
6 3 (3.85%) Network+ Certification
6 3 (3.85%) OSCP
6 3 (3.85%) SSCP
7 2 (2.56%) CCNA
7 2 (2.56%) MCSA
7 2 (2.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (11.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 9 (11.54%) PCI DSS
2 6 (7.69%) SLA
3 3 (3.85%) NIST
3 3 (3.85%) WCAG
4 2 (2.56%) HL7
5 1 (1.28%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (1.28%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 24 (30.77%) Active Directory
2 7 (8.97%) Docker
3 6 (7.69%) Hyper-V
3 6 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (7.69%) vSphere
4 4 (5.13%) XenApp
5 3 (3.85%) NFS
5 3 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (2.56%) NDS
6 2 (2.56%) NetIQ eDirectory
6 2 (2.56%) Postfix
6 2 (2.56%) Terminal Services
6 2 (2.56%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (1.28%) Sendmail
7 1 (1.28%) UAG
7 1 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.28%) VMware NSX
7 1 (1.28%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (7.69%) Ansible
2 5 (6.41%) FortiGate
3 4 (5.13%) Kubernetes
3 4 (5.13%) Terraform
4 3 (3.85%) Kibana
4 3 (3.85%) logstash
4 3 (3.85%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 3 (3.85%) NetBackup
4 3 (3.85%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (3.85%) Puppet
4 3 (3.85%) SCCM
4 3 (3.85%) SCOM
4 3 (3.85%) vCenter Server
5 2 (2.56%) Nessus
5 2 (2.56%) WSUS
6 1 (1.28%) HAProxy
6 1 (1.28%) Icinga
6 1 (1.28%) Nagios
6 1 (1.28%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (1.28%) yum
Vendors
1 28 (35.90%) Microsoft
2 14 (17.95%) Cisco
2 14 (17.95%) VMware
3 11 (14.10%) Clearswift
4 8 (10.26%) Forcepoint
5 7 (8.97%) CheckPoint
5 7 (8.97%) F5
6 6 (7.69%) Citrix
6 6 (7.69%) Oracle
6 6 (7.69%) Samsung
6 6 (7.69%) Splunk
7 5 (6.41%) Red Hat
7 5 (6.41%) Sonus
7 5 (6.41%) Veeam
8 4 (5.13%) Capita
8 4 (5.13%) Juniper
9 3 (3.85%) Hitachi
9 3 (3.85%) HP
9 3 (3.85%) Huawei
9 3 (3.85%) Palo Alto