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 30 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
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 542 558 526
Rank change year-on-year +16 -32  
Contract jobs citing SMTP 58 100 112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.18% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.91% 1.17% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 55 56
Median daily rate £381 £400 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.68% +1.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £126 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £398
% change year-on-year -8.57% -11.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 10
Median hourly rate £30.00 £20.50 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.34% -26.78%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £20.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year - -26.78%  

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 6348 8514 8277
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.70% 15.23% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3836 5147 4512
Median daily rate £400 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +10.71%  
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 £388 £364 £340
% change year-on-year +6.45% +7.05%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 381 357 458
Median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.71% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -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 30 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 30 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 +17 52 £400 -1.53% 24
London +21 25 £400 -4.76% 11
South East -6 18 £388 +10.71% 5
Berkshire +24 15 £375 +7.14% 3
Reading +23 11 £375 +3.44% 2
City of London -12 4 £338 -32.50% 1
Slough - 3 - - 1
East of England - 3 £320 - 3
North West +31 2 - - 3
Hampshire +5 2 £448 +272.91%
Yorkshire - 2 £450 -
Hertfordshire - 2 £320 - 3
Bradford - 2 £450 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £450 -
South West +4 1 £295 +168.18%
Hammersmith +2 1 - -
Merseyside -1 1 - -
East Midlands -2 1 £375 -
Milton Keynes -17 1 £375 -28.57%
Buckinghamshire -20 1 £375 -28.57%
Wiltshire - 1 £295 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £275 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £375 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £275 -
Malmesbury - 1 £295 -
Hook - 1 £420 -
Northampton - 1 £375 -
Docklands, London - 1 £550 -
Bedford - 1 £450 -
North East - 1 £275 -

For the 6 months to 30 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 94 (59.49%) DNS
2 81 (51.27%) Windows
3 52 (32.91%) Linux
4 44 (27.85%) DHCP
4 44 (27.85%) Microsoft
5 43 (27.22%) Active Directory
6 42 (26.58%) TCP/IP
7 41 (25.95%) HTTP
8 40 (25.32%) VMware
8 40 (25.32%) Windows Server 2008
9 38 (24.05%) Internet
10 35 (22.15%) PowerShell
11 33 (20.89%) LDAP
11 33 (20.89%) Unix
11 33 (20.89%) Firewall
12 32 (20.25%) Windows Server
13 30 (18.99%) Agile Software Development
13 30 (18.99%) Python
13 30 (18.99%) Security Cleared
14 29 (18.35%) VMware Infrastructure
14 29 (18.35%) MS Exchange
14 29 (18.35%) JavaScript
14 29 (18.35%) SQL Server
15 26 (16.46%) SQL
15 26 (16.46%) Red Hat
15 26 (16.46%) Amazon AWS
15 26 (16.46%) SC Cleared
16 25 (15.82%) DevOps
16 25 (15.82%) Cisco
16 25 (15.82%) Web Services

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 (18.35%) MS Exchange
2 20 (12.66%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (10.13%) Exchange Server 2013
4 11 (6.96%) WebSphere
5 9 (5.70%) IIS
5 9 (5.70%) Skype for Business
6 8 (5.06%) Exchange Server 2007
6 8 (5.06%) WebSphere Application Server
7 7 (4.43%) Exchange Server 2003
7 7 (4.43%) Tomcat
8 5 (3.16%) Apache
8 5 (3.16%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (3.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 5 (3.16%) SharePoint
9 3 (1.90%) IBM Notes
9 3 (1.90%) SAS
9 3 (1.90%) WebLogic
10 2 (1.27%) Oracle Service Bus
10 2 (1.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (1.27%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (5.70%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (3.80%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.27%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 26 (16.46%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (6.96%) IaaS
2 11 (6.96%) PaaS
3 6 (3.80%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (3.16%) Office 365
5 3 (1.90%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 3 (1.90%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (1.90%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.90%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (1.90%) AWS Lambda
5 3 (1.90%) Route 53
5 3 (1.90%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (0.63%) IBM Cloud
6 1 (0.63%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 94 (59.49%) DNS
2 44 (27.85%) DHCP
3 42 (26.58%) TCP/IP
4 41 (25.95%) HTTP
5 38 (24.05%) Internet
6 33 (20.89%) Firewall
6 33 (20.89%) LDAP
7 25 (15.82%) FTP
8 23 (14.56%) SNMP
9 21 (13.29%) IMAP
9 21 (13.29%) SSL
10 19 (12.03%) SSH
11 15 (9.49%) LAN
12 14 (8.86%) DMARC
12 14 (8.86%) SAN
12 14 (8.86%) WAN
13 12 (7.59%) VoIP
13 12 (7.59%) VPN
14 11 (6.96%) DKIM
14 11 (6.96%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (18.35%) SQL Server
2 11 (6.96%) DB2
3 9 (5.70%) Data Mining
4 7 (4.43%) Hadoop
4 7 (4.43%) IBM BigInsights
4 7 (4.43%) Neo4j
4 7 (4.43%) Relational Database
4 7 (4.43%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (4.43%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (2.53%) Azure SQL Database
5 4 (2.53%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (1.90%) Big Data
7 2 (1.27%) MySQL
7 2 (1.27%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.27%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.63%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 5 (3.16%) Jenkins
1 5 (3.16%) Rational Rhapsody
2 4 (2.53%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.53%) Octopus Deploy
3 3 (1.90%) GitLab
3 3 (1.90%) Sonatype Nexus
3 3 (1.90%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.27%) Karma Test Runner
4 2 (1.27%) Mocha
4 2 (1.27%) Subversion
4 2 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.27%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.63%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.63%) NetBeans
5 1 (0.63%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 22 (13.92%) Finance
1 22 (13.92%) Telecoms
2 8 (5.06%) Marketing
3 6 (3.80%) Back Office
3 6 (3.80%) Electronics
3 6 (3.80%) Front Office
3 6 (3.80%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.27%) Banking
4 2 (1.27%) Legal
5 1 (0.63%) Automotive
5 1 (0.63%) Military
5 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.63%) Publishing
5 1 (0.63%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (12.03%) Architect
1 19 (12.03%) Developer
2 14 (8.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 12 (7.59%) Administrator
4 11 (6.96%) Analyst
5 9 (5.70%) VMware Engineer
6 8 (5.06%) Consultant
6 8 (5.06%) Infrastructure Architect
6 8 (5.06%) Support Engineer
6 8 (5.06%) Systems Administrator
6 8 (5.06%) Unix Analyst
7 7 (4.43%) Linux Administrator
8 6 (3.80%) AWS Engineer
8 6 (3.80%) Back Office Engineer
8 6 (3.80%) Cloud Engineer
8 6 (3.80%) DevOps Engineer
8 6 (3.80%) Exchange Engineer
8 6 (3.80%) Linux Systems Administrator
8 6 (3.80%) Network Engineer
8 6 (3.80%) Unix Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (15.82%) Web Services
2 22 (13.92%) XML
3 20 (12.66%) CSS
4 19 (12.03%) HTML
5 18 (11.39%) SOAP
6 11 (6.96%) REST
7 7 (4.43%) Ajax
7 7 (4.43%) OAuth
7 7 (4.43%) SAML
8 5 (3.16%) .NET
8 5 (3.16%) AngularJS
8 5 (3.16%) JSON
8 5 (3.16%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 4 (2.53%) jQuery
9 4 (2.53%) Middleware
10 3 (1.90%) ASP.NET
10 3 (1.90%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (1.90%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3 (1.90%) CORBA
10 3 (1.90%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 22 (13.92%) Data Centre
2 11 (6.96%) Management Information System
2 11 (6.96%) User Experience
3 10 (6.33%) Replication
4 9 (5.70%) Enterprise Storage
5 8 (5.06%) CESG
5 8 (5.06%) Client/Server
5 8 (5.06%) Private Cloud
6 7 (4.43%) Public Cloud
7 6 (3.80%) Clustering
7 6 (3.80%) PKI
8 5 (3.16%) Analytical Skills
9 4 (2.53%) Derivative
9 4 (2.53%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 3 (1.90%) Blackberry
10 3 (1.90%) Linux Command Line
11 2 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (1.27%) Freedom of Information
11 2 (1.27%) NHS
11 2 (1.27%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 81 (51.27%) Windows
2 52 (32.91%) Linux
3 40 (25.32%) Windows Server 2008
4 33 (20.89%) Unix
5 32 (20.25%) Windows Server
6 24 (15.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 19 (12.03%) Windows Server 2003
8 18 (11.39%) Windows Server 2012
9 17 (10.76%) CentOS
9 17 (10.76%) Solaris
10 11 (6.96%) Ubuntu
11 7 (4.43%) Android
12 5 (3.16%) Windows Vista
13 4 (2.53%) Windows 7
14 3 (1.90%) Data ONTAP
14 3 (1.90%) Windows 8
15 2 (1.27%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (1.27%) Windows XP
16 1 (0.63%) AIX
16 1 (0.63%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (18.99%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (15.82%) DevOps
3 17 (10.76%) Scrum
4 14 (8.86%) Kalman Filter
4 14 (8.86%) Network Design
5 13 (8.23%) Patch Management
5 13 (8.23%) Web Application Development
6 12 (7.59%) Load Balancing
7 11 (6.96%) Software Architecture
8 10 (6.33%) Problem Management
8 10 (6.33%) Validation
9 9 (5.70%) Configuration Management
9 9 (5.70%) Cybersecurity
9 9 (5.70%) ITIL
9 9 (5.70%) Mentoring
9 9 (5.70%) Network Management
9 9 (5.70%) Statistical Analysis
10 8 (5.06%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (5.06%) Infrastructure Monitoring
10 8 (5.06%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 35 (22.15%) PowerShell
2 30 (18.99%) Python
3 29 (18.35%) JavaScript
4 26 (16.46%) SQL
5 13 (8.23%) Bash Shell
5 13 (8.23%) Perl
6 12 (7.59%) Java
7 8 (5.06%) Korn
8 7 (4.43%) VB
9 6 (3.80%) C
9 6 (3.80%) Shell Script
10 5 (3.16%) PHP
11 4 (2.53%) C#
12 2 (1.27%) ES6
12 2 (1.27%) Ruby
12 2 (1.27%) Scala
13 1 (0.63%) Groovy
13 1 (0.63%) Jython
13 1 (0.63%) LotusScript
Qualifications
1 30 (18.99%) Security Cleared
2 26 (16.46%) SC Cleared
3 6 (3.80%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (3.16%) CESG Certified Professional
4 5 (3.16%) CISSP
5 4 (2.53%) CCNA
6 3 (1.90%) CCNP
6 3 (1.90%) Degree
6 3 (1.90%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.27%) CCIE
7 2 (1.27%) CEH
7 2 (1.27%) JNCIA
7 2 (1.27%) MCSE
7 2 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.63%) CCDA
8 1 (0.63%) CCSE
8 1 (0.63%) CCVP
8 1 (0.63%) JNCIP
8 1 (0.63%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.63%) RHCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (7.59%) QA
2 9 (5.70%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 7 (4.43%) HL7
4 3 (1.90%) RMADS
4 3 (1.90%) SLA
5 2 (1.27%) SNOMED CT
6 1 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 43 (27.22%) Active Directory
2 29 (18.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (10.13%) Hyper-V
4 6 (3.80%) VMware ESX
5 4 (2.53%) NFS
5 4 (2.53%) Sendmail
5 4 (2.53%) vCloud
6 3 (1.90%) Dovecot
6 3 (1.90%) XenApp
6 3 (1.90%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.27%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.27%) XenServer
8 1 (0.63%) Firmware
8 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.63%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 21 (13.29%) Puppet
2 17 (10.76%) NetBackup
3 12 (7.59%) Ansible
4 11 (6.96%) Nagios
5 9 (5.70%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (5.06%) Norton AntiVirus
7 7 (4.43%) ZABBIX
8 6 (3.80%) AirWatch
8 6 (3.80%) WSUS
9 5 (3.16%) Salt
10 4 (2.53%) vCenter Server
10 4 (2.53%) vRealize
11 3 (1.90%) Backup Exec
11 3 (1.90%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 3 (1.90%) Rsyslog
11 3 (1.90%) SCCM
12 2 (1.27%) Failover Clustering
12 2 (1.27%) SCOM
12 2 (1.27%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 1 (0.63%) IBM BigFix
Vendors
1 44 (27.85%) Microsoft
2 40 (25.32%) VMware
3 26 (16.46%) Red Hat
4 25 (15.82%) Cisco
5 18 (11.39%) Oracle
6 14 (8.86%) HP
7 13 (8.23%) IBM
8 12 (7.59%) Citrix
9 10 (6.33%) Splunk
10 9 (5.70%) NetApp
11 8 (5.06%) Symantec
12 7 (4.43%) Sun
13 6 (3.80%) EMC
13 6 (3.80%) Huawei
13 6 (3.80%) MobileIron
13 6 (3.80%) SAP
13 6 (3.80%) ServiceNow
14 4 (2.53%) CommVault
15 3 (1.90%) Cerner
15 3 (1.90%) McKesson
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