Period
to 16 January 2019

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 16 January 2019 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
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 189 108 191
Rank change year-on-year -81 +83 -15
Contract jobs citing SMS 12 75 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.25% 1.59% 0.037%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.98% 9.93% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 71 1
West Midlands median daily rate £304 £350 £775
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.21% -54.84% +29.17%
10th Percentile £271 £113 £738
90th Percentile £610 £530 £813
England median daily rate £388 £400 £315
% change year-on-year -3.13% +26.98% -30.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £11.85 £14.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.36% - -
England median hourly rate £15.00 £14.56 £13.21
% change year-on-year +3.02% +10.24% -71.60%

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 606 755 740
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.39% 16.01% 13.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 367 452 367
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £195 £157 £200
90th Percentile £550 £507 £540
England median daily rate £425 £410 £401
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.37% +0.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 36 28
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.34 £27.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.96% +83.33% -14.29%
10th Percentile £10.88 £12.63 £10.00
90th Percentile £29.50 £44.50 £38.08
England median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +1.60% -16.89% +2.27%

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 16 January 2019.

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 16 January 2019. 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 -23 6 £296 -8.85%
Worcestershire -3 3 £304 -19.00%
Staffordshire -8 1 £325 -7.14%
Coventry -18 1 - -
Shropshire -50 1 £662 +96.00%
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2019, 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 4 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (25.00%) Decision-Making
2 3 (25.00%) Scrum
2 3 (25.00%) Analytics
3 2 (16.67%) IBM
3 2 (16.67%) OpenGL
3 2 (16.67%) COBOL
3 2 (16.67%) Java
3 2 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 2 (16.67%) AIX
3 2 (16.67%) Linux
3 2 (16.67%) OO
3 2 (16.67%) Apache
3 2 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 2 (16.67%) Security Cleared
3 2 (16.67%) Service Management
3 2 (16.67%) Aerospace
3 2 (16.67%) Samba
3 2 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
3 2 (16.67%) Ember.js
3 2 (16.67%) Hardware Maintenance
3 2 (16.67%) Korn
4 1 (8.33%) Core Data
4 1 (8.33%) Contract Management
4 1 (8.33%) JIRA
4 1 (8.33%) Multithreading
4 1 (8.33%) Strategic Thinking
4 1 (8.33%) Supplier Relationship Management
4 1 (8.33%) Banking

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 2 (16.67%) Apache
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Artifactory
1 1 (8.33%) Git (software)
1 1 (8.33%) JIRA
1 1 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (16.67%) Aerospace
2 1 (8.33%) Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (25.00%) Analyst
1 3 (25.00%) Developer
2 2 (16.67%) Administrator
2 2 (16.67%) AIX Administrator
2 2 (16.67%) AIX Systems Administrator
2 2 (16.67%) Java Developer
2 2 (16.67%) Systems Administrator
3 1 (8.33%) Analytics Manager
3 1 (8.33%) Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Business Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Cloud Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Coordinator
3 1 (8.33%) iOS Developer
3 1 (8.33%) IT Support
3 1 (8.33%) Project Coordinator
3 1 (8.33%) Project Support Coordinator
3 1 (8.33%) Report Manager
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Business Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) Ember.js
1 2 (16.67%) OpenGL
2 1 (8.33%) Core Data
2 1 (8.33%) PhoneGap
2 1 (8.33%) RESTful
2 1 (8.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (16.67%) AIX
1 2 (16.67%) Linux
2 1 (8.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (25.00%) Analytics
2 3 (25.00%) Decision-Making
2 3 (25.00%) Scrum
3 2 (16.67%) Hardware Maintenance
3 2 (16.67%) OO
3 2 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
3 2 (16.67%) Service Management
4 1 (8.33%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (8.33%) DevOps
4 1 (8.33%) DNA
4 1 (8.33%) E-Commerce
4 1 (8.33%) iOS Development
4 1 (8.33%) Microservices
4 1 (8.33%) Multithreading
4 1 (8.33%) Open Source
4 1 (8.33%) SDLC
4 1 (8.33%) Strategic Thinking
4 1 (8.33%) Supplier Relationship Management
4 1 (8.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (16.67%) COBOL
1 2 (16.67%) Java
1 2 (16.67%) JavaScript
1 2 (16.67%) Korn
2 1 (8.33%) Apple Swift
2 1 (8.33%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 2 (16.67%) SC Cleared
1 2 (16.67%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (16.67%) Samba
2 1 (8.33%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) Ansible
1 1 (8.33%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) IBM
2 1 (8.33%) Splunk
2 1 (8.33%) Xamarin