Period
to 17 July 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 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 686 707 697
Rank change year-on-year +21 -10 -23
Contract jobs citing SMTP 196 139 204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.15% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.43% 1.07% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 89 120
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +4.58%
10th Percentile £228 £256 £258
90th Percentile £625 £575 £539
UK excluding London median daily rate £391 £368 £350
% change year-on-year +6.46% +5.00% -11.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 5
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £15.90 £20.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.48% -23.66% -19.88%
10th Percentile £15.80 £14.25 £15.70
90th Percentile £32.00 £23.91 £21.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £15.00 £20.83
% change year-on-year +26.67% -27.99% -19.88%

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 13,737 12,977 16,916
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.25% 13.66% 15.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,444 7,822 10,235
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £205 £223
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £386 £375
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 762 767 791
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.66 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.73% -21.36% +19.05%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +17.65%

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 17 July 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMTP over the 6 months to 17 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 17 July 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 +25 181 £425 +6.25% 37
UK excluding London +12 104 £391 +6.46% 26
London -30 86 £475 +11.76% 14
South East -9 53 £425 +13.33% 8
North of England -13 14 £395 -9.71% 1
East of England +17 13 £244 -23.83% 8
North West -13 9 £333 -14.19%
South West +6 8 £213 -27.97% 5
Midlands -4 7 - - 1
West Midlands - 7 - -
Yorkshire -12 5 £413 -8.33% 1
Northern Ireland - 5 £481 -
Wales -17 2 £213 -31.45%
Scotland - 2 - - 3

For the 6 months to 17 July 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.

1 106 (54.08%) DNS
2 80 (40.82%) Windows
3 78 (39.80%) Microsoft
4 72 (36.73%) HTTP
5 68 (34.69%) Firewall
6 65 (33.16%) TCP/IP
7 60 (30.61%) Active Directory
8 58 (29.59%) Cisco
9 50 (25.51%) Linux
10 48 (24.49%) MS Exchange
11 43 (21.94%) FTP
11 43 (21.94%) Windows Server
12 42 (21.43%) VMware
13 40 (20.41%) Skype for Business
14 39 (19.90%) VPN
14 39 (19.90%) LAN
14 39 (19.90%) WAN
15 36 (18.37%) DHCP
15 36 (18.37%) Exchange Server 2010
15 36 (18.37%) Office 365
16 34 (17.35%) SNMP
17 33 (16.84%) SQL
17 33 (16.84%) VMware Infrastructure
17 33 (16.84%) Microsoft Azure
18 30 (15.31%) Migration
19 28 (14.29%) SQL Server
19 28 (14.29%) CheckPoint
20 27 (13.78%) SSL
20 27 (13.78%) VoIP
20 27 (13.78%) 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 48 (24.49%) MS Exchange
2 40 (20.41%) Skype for Business
3 36 (18.37%) Exchange Server 2010
4 17 (8.67%) Apache
5 15 (7.65%) IIS
6 10 (5.10%) BizTalk Server
6 10 (5.10%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (2.55%) CMS
7 5 (2.55%) Tomcat
8 4 (2.04%) Confluence
8 4 (2.04%) WebSphere
9 3 (1.53%) SharePoint
10 2 (1.02%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (1.02%) IBM HTTP Server
10 2 (1.02%) Mule
10 2 (1.02%) Mule ESB
10 2 (1.02%) Oracle HTTP Server
10 2 (1.02%) WebLogic
10 2 (1.02%) WebSphere Application Server
11 1 (0.51%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 16 (8.16%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.51%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.02%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 36 (18.37%) Office 365
2 33 (16.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (7.14%) Mimecast
4 7 (3.57%) IaaS
5 6 (3.06%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (3.06%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (3.06%) Yammer
6 5 (2.55%) PaaS
7 4 (2.04%) G Suite
7 4 (2.04%) Slack
8 3 (1.53%) GitHub
8 3 (1.53%) SaaS
9 2 (1.02%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (1.02%) Datadog
9 2 (1.02%) npm
10 1 (0.51%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 106 (54.08%) DNS
2 72 (36.73%) HTTP
3 68 (34.69%) Firewall
4 65 (33.16%) TCP/IP
5 43 (21.94%) FTP
6 39 (19.90%) LAN
6 39 (19.90%) VPN
6 39 (19.90%) WAN
7 36 (18.37%) DHCP
8 34 (17.35%) SNMP
9 27 (13.78%) SSL
9 27 (13.78%) VoIP
10 25 (12.76%) Internet
11 22 (11.22%) Skype
12 21 (10.71%) IMAP
12 21 (10.71%) VLAN
13 20 (10.20%) SSH
14 19 (9.69%) MPLS
15 18 (9.18%) Wireless
16 17 (8.67%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 13 (6.63%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (5.10%) MySQL
4 7 (3.57%) NoSQL
5 6 (3.06%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (3.06%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (2.55%) Big Data
6 5 (2.55%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (2.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (2.04%) Relational Database
8 3 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (1.02%) Data Mining
9 2 (1.02%) DB2
10 1 (0.51%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 1 (0.51%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.51%) Redis
10 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 25 (12.76%) Git (software)
2 12 (6.12%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (5.10%) Visual Studio
4 7 (3.57%) JIRA
4 7 (3.57%) JUnit
4 7 (3.57%) Maven
5 6 (3.06%) Jenkins
6 5 (2.55%) InstallShield
7 4 (2.04%) Subversion
8 3 (1.53%) Appium
8 3 (1.53%) Cucumber
8 3 (1.53%) Fiddler
8 3 (1.53%) ReSharper
8 3 (1.53%) Selenium
8 3 (1.53%) Zephyr
9 2 (1.02%) Bower
9 2 (1.02%) Gradle
9 2 (1.02%) gulp
9 2 (1.02%) Liquibase
9 2 (1.02%) SonarQube
General
1 22 (11.22%) Telecoms
2 20 (10.20%) Finance
3 12 (6.12%) Back Office
3 12 (6.12%) Banking
4 7 (3.57%) Manufacturing
5 6 (3.06%) Marketing
6 5 (2.55%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (2.04%) Electronics
7 4 (2.04%) French Language
8 2 (1.02%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.02%) Local Government
9 1 (0.51%) Billing
9 1 (0.51%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.51%) Legal
9 1 (0.51%) Retail
9 1 (0.51%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 32 (16.33%) Developer
2 31 (15.82%) Network Engineer
3 22 (11.22%) Support Engineer
4 15 (7.65%) Consultant
5 12 (6.12%) Technical Support
6 11 (5.61%) DevOps Engineer
7 10 (5.10%) .NET Developer
7 10 (5.10%) Messaging Specialist
7 10 (5.10%) Senior Developer
8 9 (4.59%) BizTalk Developer
8 9 (4.59%) Senior BizTalk Developer
9 8 (4.08%) Analyst
9 8 (4.08%) Architect
9 8 (4.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 8 (4.08%) Office 365 Engineer
10 7 (3.57%) AWS Engineer
10 7 (3.57%) Exchange Engineer
10 7 (3.57%) Firewall Engineer
10 7 (3.57%) Messaging Consultant
10 7 (3.57%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (12.76%) .NET
2 21 (10.71%) XML
3 18 (9.18%) SOAP
4 17 (8.67%) Web Services
5 15 (7.65%) WCF
6 12 (6.12%) ASP.NET
7 11 (5.61%) REST
7 11 (5.61%) RESTful
8 10 (5.10%) 802.1X
8 10 (5.10%) CSS
8 10 (5.10%) HTML
9 9 (4.59%) LDAP
9 9 (4.59%) XSLT
10 8 (4.08%) EDI
11 7 (3.57%) Spring
11 7 (3.57%) XSD
12 6 (3.06%) .NET Framework
12 6 (3.06%) ASP.NET MVC
12 6 (3.06%) Entity Framework
12 6 (3.06%) MAPI
Miscellaneous
1 22 (11.22%) Data Centre
2 10 (5.10%) PKI
2 10 (5.10%) Self-Motivation
3 9 (4.59%) DataPower
3 9 (4.59%) Management Information System
4 6 (3.06%) Blackberry
4 6 (3.06%) Handset
5 5 (2.55%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (2.55%) Clustering
5 5 (2.55%) User Experience
5 5 (2.55%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (2.04%) Algorithms
7 3 (1.53%) BYOD
7 3 (1.53%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.53%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.53%) iPhone
7 3 (1.53%) SCADA
8 2 (1.02%) BBC
8 2 (1.02%) EMC Centera
Operating Systems
1 80 (40.82%) Windows
2 50 (25.51%) Linux
3 43 (21.94%) Windows Server
4 17 (8.67%) Android
5 13 (6.63%) Unix
5 13 (6.63%) Windows 10
5 13 (6.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (6.12%) Solaris
6 12 (6.12%) Windows 7
7 11 (5.61%) Apple iOS
7 11 (5.61%) Check Point GAiA
7 11 (5.61%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (5.10%) Windows 8
9 6 (3.06%) CentOS
9 6 (3.06%) Ubuntu
10 5 (2.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (1.53%) VMS
11 3 (1.53%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (1.02%) AIX
12 2 (1.02%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (15.31%) Migration
2 23 (11.73%) ITIL
3 20 (10.20%) Kalman Filter
4 17 (8.67%) DevOps
4 17 (8.67%) Information Security
5 16 (8.16%) Agile Software Development
5 16 (8.16%) Email Filtering
6 15 (7.65%) MVC
6 15 (7.65%) OO
7 14 (7.14%) Load Balancing
8 12 (6.12%) Business Continuity
8 12 (6.12%) Problem-Solving
9 11 (5.61%) Configuration Management
9 11 (5.61%) Microservices
10 10 (5.10%) Network Architecture
10 10 (5.10%) Network Management
10 10 (5.10%) SOA
11 9 (4.59%) Cybersecurity
11 9 (4.59%) Data Modelling
11 9 (4.59%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 33 (16.84%) SQL
2 26 (13.27%) C#
2 26 (13.27%) PowerShell
3 18 (9.18%) Perl
4 17 (8.67%) Java
5 14 (7.14%) Python
6 13 (6.63%) JavaScript
7 12 (6.12%) Bash Shell
8 10 (5.10%) Shell Script
9 6 (3.06%) VBA
10 5 (2.55%) ActionScript
10 5 (2.55%) ActionScript 2.0
11 4 (2.04%) AWK
11 4 (2.04%) PHP
11 4 (2.04%) Ruby
12 3 (1.53%) C
12 3 (1.53%) TypeScript
12 3 (1.53%) VB.NET
13 2 (1.02%) C++
13 2 (1.02%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 27 (13.78%) Degree
1 27 (13.78%) Security Cleared
2 23 (11.73%) Cisco Certification
3 22 (11.22%) Microsoft Certification
4 21 (10.71%) SC Cleared
5 16 (8.16%) CCNP
6 13 (6.63%) CCNA
7 11 (5.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 9 (4.59%) MCP
9 7 (3.57%) JNCIA
10 6 (3.06%) CCSE
11 5 (2.55%) CCENT
11 5 (2.55%) CCSA
12 4 (2.04%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (2.04%) DBS Check
13 3 (1.53%) CCDA
13 3 (1.53%) CCIE
13 3 (1.53%) CCVP
14 2 (1.02%) CISM
14 2 (1.02%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.04%) SLA
2 2 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.51%) GDPR
3 1 (0.51%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.51%) QA
3 1 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.51%) SAS 70
System Software
1 60 (30.61%) Active Directory
2 33 (16.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (5.61%) Docker
4 8 (4.08%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (3.57%) Virtual Desktop
6 5 (2.55%) VirtualBox
7 3 (1.53%) VMware NSX
7 3 (1.53%) vSphere
8 2 (1.02%) Hyper-V
8 2 (1.02%) Postfix
8 2 (1.02%) Sendmail
8 2 (1.02%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (1.02%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (1.02%) Xen
8 2 (1.02%) XenDesktop
8 2 (1.02%) XenServer
9 1 (0.51%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.51%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.51%) Squid
9 1 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 14 (7.14%) Opscode Chef
2 9 (4.59%) Ansible
2 9 (4.59%) SCOM
3 8 (4.08%) Cacti
3 8 (4.08%) Nagios
3 8 (4.08%) SCCM
4 7 (3.57%) Puppet
4 7 (3.57%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 6 (3.06%) PingFederate
6 5 (2.55%) Kubernetes
6 5 (2.55%) Netcool
6 5 (2.55%) OpenView
7 4 (2.04%) Grafana
8 3 (1.53%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (1.53%) ZABBIX
9 2 (1.02%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (1.02%) MIMEsweeper
9 2 (1.02%) NetBackup
9 2 (1.02%) Red Hat Spacewalk
9 2 (1.02%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 78 (39.80%) Microsoft
2 58 (29.59%) Cisco
3 42 (21.43%) VMware
4 28 (14.29%) CheckPoint
5 19 (9.69%) Symantec
6 16 (8.16%) HP
7 15 (7.65%) Dell
7 15 (7.65%) SolarWinds
8 12 (6.12%) IBM
8 12 (6.12%) SAP
9 11 (5.61%) Citrix
10 10 (5.10%) Juniper
11 9 (4.59%) Aruba
12 8 (4.08%) IronPort
12 8 (4.08%) Oracle
13 7 (3.57%) MobileIron
13 7 (3.57%) Veeam
14 6 (3.06%) ForgeRock
14 6 (3.06%) Polycom
14 6 (3.06%) Sonus