Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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.

Short Message Service (SMS)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 209 173
Rank change year-on-year +96 -36 +2
Contract jobs citing SMS 75 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.56% 0.033% 0.060%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.60% 0.24% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 1 3
West Midlands median daily rate £373 £775 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -51.94% +29.17% +84.62%
England median daily rate £413 £310 £425
% change year-on-year +33.06% -27.06% +26.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.00 - -
England median hourly rate £14.00 £12.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year +12.00% -43.18% -

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 781 840 598
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.26% 13.71% 12.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 462 435 300
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +5.26%
10th Percentile £161 £193 £212
90th Percentile £501 £538 £500
England median daily rate £403 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +0.63% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 40 64
West Midlands median hourly rate £22.49 £21.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.84% +21.43% -12.50%
10th Percentile £10.63 £11.38 £10.81
90th Percentile £44.50 £39.55 £39.82
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.75 £20.50
% change year-on-year -21.26% +15.85% +2.50%

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017. 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 +50 41 £328 -57.74%
Coventry - 15 £370 - 1
Warwickshire - 11 £425 -
Staffordshire - 3 £350 - 1
Bilston - 1 £613 -
Halesowen - 1 £425 - 5
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £337 -
Wolverhampton - 1 £375 - 1
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SMS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for SMS.

1 31 (41.33%) Finance
2 15 (20.00%) KYC
3 14 (18.67%) Banking
4 13 (17.33%) Retail
4 13 (17.33%) Anti-Money Laundering
5 12 (16.00%) Agile Software Development
6 11 (14.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 9 (12.00%) Portfolio Management
8 8 (10.67%) Project Management
9 7 (9.33%) Change Management
9 7 (9.33%) Oracle
9 7 (9.33%) Business Intelligence
9 7 (9.33%) Retail Banking
9 7 (9.33%) Analytics
10 6 (8.00%) PRINCE2
11 5 (6.67%) .NET
11 5 (6.67%) SAS
12 4 (5.33%) Migration
12 4 (5.33%) QA
12 4 (5.33%) Windows
12 4 (5.33%) Microsoft Excel
12 4 (5.33%) C#
12 4 (5.33%) Data Quality
12 4 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
12 4 (5.33%) SCCM
12 4 (5.33%) Performance Management
12 4 (5.33%) Target Operating Model
13 3 (4.00%) SAS Enterprise Guide
13 3 (4.00%) Windows 7
13 3 (4.00%) Business Transformation

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 5 (6.67%) SAS
2 1 (1.33%) ArcGIS
2 1 (1.33%) CMS
2 1 (1.33%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (1.33%) Umbraco
Applications
1 4 (5.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.33%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.33%) Oracle 11i
1 1 (1.33%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.33%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.33%) HTTP
1 1 (1.33%) Internet
1 1 (1.33%) SSL
1 1 (1.33%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.00%) SAS Enterprise Guide
2 2 (2.67%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.67%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.67%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.33%) OLAP
3 1 (1.33%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (1.33%) Oracle OLAP
3 1 (1.33%) Pentaho
3 1 (1.33%) SAP HANA
3 1 (1.33%) SAS EBI
3 1 (1.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 31 (41.33%) Finance
2 14 (18.67%) Banking
3 13 (17.33%) Retail
4 7 (9.33%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.67%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.33%) Back Office
6 1 (1.33%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 25 (33.33%) Analyst
2 13 (17.33%) KYC Analyst
3 10 (13.33%) Project Manager
4 5 (6.67%) Change Manager
4 5 (6.67%) Data Analyst
4 5 (6.67%) Programme Manager
5 4 (5.33%) Business Analyst
5 4 (5.33%) Desktop Engineer
5 4 (5.33%) Desktop Support
5 4 (5.33%) Developer
6 3 (4.00%) Architect
6 3 (4.00%) Change Project Manager
6 3 (4.00%) Implementation Manager
6 3 (4.00%) ITIL Manager
6 3 (4.00%) ITIL Service Manager
6 3 (4.00%) Project Change Manager
6 3 (4.00%) Risk Analyst
7 2 (2.67%) ERP Manager
7 2 (2.67%) ITIL Project Manager
7 2 (2.67%) MI Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.67%) .NET
2 2 (2.67%) Oracle Fusion
2 2 (2.67%) React Native
3 1 (1.33%) AngularJS
3 1 (1.33%) EDI
3 1 (1.33%) React
3 1 (1.33%) RESTful
3 1 (1.33%) SAP ALE
3 1 (1.33%) SAP Fiori
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.67%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (2.67%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.33%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.33%) e-Learning
3 1 (1.33%) Online Banking
3 1 (1.33%) Smart Meter
3 1 (1.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.33%) Windows
2 3 (4.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (2.67%) Android
4 1 (1.33%) Linux
4 1 (1.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (20.00%) KYC
2 13 (17.33%) Anti-Money Laundering
3 12 (16.00%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (14.67%) Stakeholder Management
5 9 (12.00%) Portfolio Management
6 8 (10.67%) Project Management
7 7 (9.33%) Analytics
7 7 (9.33%) Business Intelligence
7 7 (9.33%) Change Management
8 6 (8.00%) PRINCE2
9 4 (5.33%) Migration
9 4 (5.33%) Performance Management
9 4 (5.33%) Target Operating Model
10 3 (4.00%) Business Transformation
10 3 (4.00%) ERP
10 3 (4.00%) ITIL
10 3 (4.00%) Supplier Management
10 3 (4.00%) Workflow
11 2 (2.67%) Biometrics
11 2 (2.67%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (5.33%) C#
2 3 (4.00%) Java
3 2 (2.67%) JavaScript
3 2 (2.67%) SQL
3 2 (2.67%) VBA
4 1 (1.33%) ABAP
4 1 (1.33%) C
4 1 (1.33%) Perl
4 1 (1.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (4.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 2 (2.67%) SC Cleared
2 2 (2.67%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.33%) DBS Check
3 1 (1.33%) Degree
3 1 (1.33%) PhD
3 1 (1.33%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.33%) Data Quality
1 4 (5.33%) QA
2 2 (2.67%) PMO
3 1 (1.33%) SLA
Systems Management
1 4 (5.33%) SCCM
2 1 (1.33%) Data Guard
2 1 (1.33%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.33%) Oracle EDQ
2 1 (1.33%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 7 (9.33%) Oracle
2 3 (4.00%) Citrix
3 2 (2.67%) ServiceNow
3 2 (2.67%) Sitecore
4 1 (1.33%) Cognos
4 1 (1.33%) HP
4 1 (1.33%) SAP
4 1 (1.33%) Siemens