Period
to 24 April 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for SMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SMS over the 6 months to 24 April 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.

Short Message Service (SMS)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
24 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 121 - -
Rank change year-on-year - - +169
Contract jobs citing SMS 62 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.29% - -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.87% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 59 0 0
West Midlands median daily rate £375 - -
England median daily rate £413 £350 £300
% change year-on-year +17.86% +16.67% -11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 - -
England median hourly rate £15.00 £12.00 £73.25
% change year-on-year +25.00% -83.62% +565.91%

SMS 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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 699 599 605
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.56% 13.07% 11.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 423 306 290
West Midlands median daily rate £410 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +10.34% +3.57%
10th Percentile £200 £174 £181
90th Percentile £550 £550 £501
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 35 36
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £15.00 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.67% -7.69% -37.50%
10th Percentile £12.88 £10.10 £10.73
90th Percentile £44.80 £37.30 £38.63
England median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -6.98% -14.00% +13.64%

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing SMS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for SMS in the West Midlands

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SMS in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for SMS in the West Midlands

SMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SMS in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 24 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SMS in the West Midlands

SMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SMS in the West Midlands

SMS
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 24 April 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
Birmingham - 32 £422 - 3
Warwickshire - 8 £350 - 1
Coventry - 7 £288 - 1
Sutton Coldfield - 4 £415 -
Shropshire - 4 £475 - 1
Worcestershire - 3 £350 - 1
Staffordshire - 2 £375 - 4
Wolverhampton - 1 £375 -
Halesowen - 1 £425 - 1
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 24 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SMS 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for SMS.

1 16 (25.81%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (20.97%) SQL
3 12 (19.35%) Finance
4 9 (14.52%) Migration
4 9 (14.52%) Stakeholder Management
4 9 (14.52%) Workflow
5 8 (12.90%) Analytics
6 7 (11.29%) Data Analytics
6 7 (11.29%) Security Cleared
6 7 (11.29%) Project Management
6 7 (11.29%) C#
6 7 (11.29%) JavaScript
7 6 (9.68%) Java
7 6 (9.68%) Windows
7 6 (9.68%) Legal
7 6 (9.68%) Test Automation
7 6 (9.68%) User Acceptance Testing
7 6 (9.68%) Data Migration
7 6 (9.68%) Service Design
8 5 (8.06%) Windows 10
8 5 (8.06%) SC Cleared
8 5 (8.06%) Credit Risk
8 5 (8.06%) DevOps
8 5 (8.06%) .NET
9 4 (6.45%) IBM
9 4 (6.45%) SQL Server
9 4 (6.45%) ITIL
9 4 (6.45%) Linux
9 4 (6.45%) E-Commerce
9 4 (6.45%) Unix

SMS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 4 (6.45%) WebSphere
2 2 (3.23%) WordPress
3 1 (1.61%) Confluence
3 1 (1.61%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.61%) nginx
3 1 (1.61%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.61%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (1.61%) AutoCAD
1 1 (1.61%) Revit
Business Applications
1 1 (1.61%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (1.61%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (1.61%) Sage 200
1 1 (1.61%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.45%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (4.84%) Amazon ElastiCache
2 3 (4.84%) Amazon SQS
2 3 (4.84%) AWS CloudFormation
2 3 (4.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 2 (3.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 2 (3.23%) Amazon Kinesis
3 2 (3.23%) AWS Lambda
3 2 (3.23%) Serverless
4 1 (1.61%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.61%) Amazon ELB
4 1 (1.61%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.61%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.61%) HTTP
1 1 (1.61%) SSL
1 1 (1.61%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.45%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.84%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 3 (4.84%) NoSQL
3 2 (3.23%) Hazelcast
3 2 (3.23%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (3.23%) Redis
3 2 (3.23%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.61%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.61%) EDRMS
4 1 (1.61%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (4.84%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.61%) Android Studio
2 1 (1.61%) Eclipse
2 1 (1.61%) InstallShield
2 1 (1.61%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.61%) JIRA
2 1 (1.61%) PHPUnit
2 1 (1.61%) Subversion
2 1 (1.61%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.61%) Xcode
General
1 12 (19.35%) Finance
2 6 (9.68%) Legal
3 2 (3.23%) Banking
3 2 (3.23%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.23%) Retail
4 1 (1.61%) Digital Economy
4 1 (1.61%) Marketing
4 1 (1.61%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 11 (17.74%) Analyst
2 9 (14.52%) Developer
3 7 (11.29%) Project Manager
4 5 (8.06%) Business Analyst
4 5 (8.06%) IT Manager
5 4 (6.45%) IT Project Manager
5 4 (6.45%) Service Manager
6 3 (4.84%) Delivery Manager
6 3 (4.84%) Digital Analyst
6 3 (4.84%) Digital Business Analyst
6 3 (4.84%) Migration Analyst
6 3 (4.84%) Portfolio Manager
6 3 (4.84%) Senior DevOps
6 3 (4.84%) Senior Manager
6 3 (4.84%) Senior Portfolio Manager
6 3 (4.84%) Systems Analyst
7 2 (3.23%) Digital Product Manager
7 2 (3.23%) E-Commerce Analyst
7 2 (3.23%) Migration Manager
7 2 (3.23%) Migration Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.06%) .NET
2 4 (6.45%) RESTful
3 3 (4.84%) AngularJS
3 3 (4.84%) HTML
4 2 (3.23%) CSS
4 2 (3.23%) Memcached
4 2 (3.23%) Node.js
4 2 (3.23%) REST
4 2 (3.23%) Web Services
4 2 (3.23%) XML
5 1 (1.61%) Android SDK
5 1 (1.61%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (1.61%) Backbone.js
5 1 (1.61%) Behat
5 1 (1.61%) Ember.js
5 1 (1.61%) iOS SDK
5 1 (1.61%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (1.61%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (1.61%) Sensu
5 1 (1.61%) Sinatra
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.06%) Credit Risk
2 4 (6.45%) Management Information System
2 4 (6.45%) User Experience
3 3 (4.84%) Public Cloud
3 3 (4.84%) Social Media
4 2 (3.23%) Cloud Native
4 2 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.61%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.61%) Blog
5 1 (1.61%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.61%) e-Learning
5 1 (1.61%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (1.61%) Freedom of Information Act
5 1 (1.61%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.61%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.61%) PMI
5 1 (1.61%) Smart City
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.68%) Windows
2 5 (8.06%) Windows 10
3 4 (6.45%) Linux
3 4 (6.45%) Unix
4 2 (3.23%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.61%) Android
5 1 (1.61%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.61%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (25.81%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (14.52%) Migration
2 9 (14.52%) Stakeholder Management
2 9 (14.52%) Workflow
3 8 (12.90%) Analytics
4 7 (11.29%) Data Analytics
4 7 (11.29%) Project Management
5 6 (9.68%) Data Migration
5 6 (9.68%) Service Design
5 6 (9.68%) Test Automation
5 6 (9.68%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (8.06%) DevOps
7 4 (6.45%) Budgeting and Forecasting
7 4 (6.45%) Decision-Making
7 4 (6.45%) E-Commerce
7 4 (6.45%) ITIL
7 4 (6.45%) Microservices
7 4 (6.45%) Open Source
7 4 (6.45%) Problem-Solving
7 4 (6.45%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 13 (20.97%) SQL
2 7 (11.29%) C#
2 7 (11.29%) JavaScript
3 6 (9.68%) Java
4 2 (3.23%) PHP
4 2 (3.23%) Python
4 2 (3.23%) Ruby
5 1 (1.61%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.61%) Java 8
5 1 (1.61%) Objective-C
5 1 (1.61%) Perl
5 1 (1.61%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.61%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (11.29%) Security Cleared
2 5 (8.06%) SC Cleared
3 3 (4.84%) Degree
4 2 (3.23%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.61%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.61%) PMP
5 1 (1.61%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (1.61%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.84%) GDPR
2 2 (3.23%) Data Quality
2 2 (3.23%) PMO
2 2 (3.23%) QA
3 1 (1.61%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.61%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.61%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (3.23%) Docker
2 1 (1.61%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (3.23%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 1 (1.61%) Ansible
2 1 (1.61%) collectd
2 1 (1.61%) Kibana
2 1 (1.61%) logstash
2 1 (1.61%) SCCM
2 1 (1.61%) StatsD
2 1 (1.61%) Terraform
Vendors
1 4 (6.45%) IBM
2 3 (4.84%) Oracle
3 1 (1.61%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.61%) BMC
3 1 (1.61%) Citrix
3 1 (1.61%) Remedy
3 1 (1.61%) Sage
3 1 (1.61%) SaltStack
3 1 (1.61%) Siemens
3 1 (1.61%) Xamarin
3 1 (1.61%) Zend