Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 162 121 215
Rank change year-on-year -41 +94 -42
Contract jobs citing SMS 37 57 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.72% 1.27% 0.032%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.70% 8.25% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 55 1
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £370 £775
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.35% -52.26% +29.17%
10th Percentile £254 £119 £738
90th Percentile £590 £546 £813
England median daily rate £413 £403 £290
% change year-on-year +2.48% +38.79% -27.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £11.93 £14.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.82% - -
England median hourly rate £15.00 £14.06 £12.50
% change year-on-year +6.69% +12.48% -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 649 691 870
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.68% 15.36% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 368 396 462
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +0.67% +6.43%
10th Percentile £199 £159 £175
90th Percentile £535 £500 £519
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 47 39
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £18.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% -16.28% +26.47%
10th Percentile £11.34 £10.50 £11.79
90th Percentile £31.68 £64.50 £39.60
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.10 £24.30
% change year-on-year +10.50% -25.51% +21.50%

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 -20 20 £388 +40.91%
Warwickshire +5 5 £350 -17.65%
Staffordshire -6 3 £238 -31.16%
Shropshire - 3 £600 -
Worcestershire - 3 £304 -
Coventry -21 2 - -
Sutton Coldfield +7 1 £475 +41.16%
SMS
England

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 12 (32.43%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (21.62%) Scrum
3 7 (18.92%) User Experience
4 6 (16.22%) User Stories
4 6 (16.22%) C#
4 6 (16.22%) JavaScript
4 6 (16.22%) .NET
5 5 (13.51%) E-Commerce
5 5 (13.51%) IBM
6 4 (10.81%) SQL Server
6 4 (10.81%) SQL
6 4 (10.81%) HTML
6 4 (10.81%) TDD
6 4 (10.81%) SC Cleared
6 4 (10.81%) Security Cleared
6 4 (10.81%) Git (software)
6 4 (10.81%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (10.81%) Analytics
6 4 (10.81%) Problem-Solving
7 3 (8.11%) Decision-Making
7 3 (8.11%) AngularJS
7 3 (8.11%) KnockoutJS
7 3 (8.11%) Docker
7 3 (8.11%) React
7 3 (8.11%) Continuous Integration
7 3 (8.11%) RESTful
7 3 (8.11%) WebSphere
7 3 (8.11%) Java
7 3 (8.11%) Visual Studio
7 3 (8.11%) CSS

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 3 (8.11%) WebSphere
2 2 (5.41%) Apache
2 2 (5.41%) WordPress
3 1 (2.70%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.70%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (2.70%) AutoCAD
1 1 (2.70%) Revit
Business Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.41%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.70%) Office 365
2 1 (2.70%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.70%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.81%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.11%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (5.41%) NoSQL
4 1 (2.70%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (10.81%) Git (software)
2 3 (8.11%) Visual Studio
3 1 (2.70%) Artifactory
3 1 (2.70%) gulp
3 1 (2.70%) InstallShield
3 1 (2.70%) Jasmine
3 1 (2.70%) Jenkins
3 1 (2.70%) JIRA
3 1 (2.70%) JSUnit
3 1 (2.70%) Karma Test Runner
3 1 (2.70%) PHPUnit
3 1 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.70%) webpack
General
1 2 (5.41%) Aerospace
1 2 (5.41%) Banking
1 2 (5.41%) Finance
2 1 (2.70%) Marketing
2 1 (2.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (35.14%) Developer
2 10 (27.03%) Analyst
3 6 (16.22%) Business Analyst
4 3 (8.11%) Full Stack Developer
5 2 (5.41%) Administrator
5 2 (5.41%) AIX Administrator
5 2 (5.41%) AIX Systems Administrator
5 2 (5.41%) Applications Developer
5 2 (5.41%) Designer
5 2 (5.41%) Digital Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Digital Business Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) E-Commerce Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Java Developer
5 2 (5.41%) React Developer
5 2 (5.41%) Systems Administrator
5 2 (5.41%) UX Designer
6 1 (2.70%) Digital Product Manager
6 1 (2.70%) Head of Digital
6 1 (2.70%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (16.22%) .NET
2 4 (10.81%) HTML
3 3 (8.11%) AngularJS
3 3 (8.11%) CSS
3 3 (8.11%) KnockoutJS
3 3 (8.11%) React
3 3 (8.11%) RESTful
4 2 (5.41%) Ember.js
4 2 (5.41%) OpenGL
5 1 (2.70%) .NET Core
5 1 (2.70%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.70%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (2.70%) Core Data
5 1 (2.70%) DirectX
5 1 (2.70%) Doctrine
5 1 (2.70%) Enzyme
5 1 (2.70%) Jest
5 1 (2.70%) Redux
5 1 (2.70%) Semantic HTML
5 1 (2.70%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 7 (18.92%) User Experience
2 2 (5.41%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.70%) e-Learning
3 1 (2.70%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.70%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.70%) Public Cloud
3 1 (2.70%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.11%) Linux
2 2 (5.41%) AIX
2 2 (5.41%) Apple iOS
2 2 (5.41%) Unix
2 2 (5.41%) Windows
3 1 (2.70%) Android
3 1 (2.70%) Mac OS X
3 1 (2.70%) Windows 10
3 1 (2.70%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (32.43%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (21.62%) Scrum
3 6 (16.22%) User Stories
4 5 (13.51%) E-Commerce
5 4 (10.81%) Analytics
5 4 (10.81%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (10.81%) Problem-Solving
5 4 (10.81%) TDD
6 3 (8.11%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (8.11%) Decision-Making
6 3 (8.11%) OO
6 3 (8.11%) Service Management
6 3 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (5.41%) Business Analysis
7 2 (5.41%) Data Cleansing
7 2 (5.41%) MVC
7 2 (5.41%) Open Source
7 2 (5.41%) Performance Monitoring
7 2 (5.41%) Unit Testing
7 2 (5.41%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 6 (16.22%) C#
1 6 (16.22%) JavaScript
2 4 (10.81%) SQL
3 3 (8.11%) Java
4 2 (5.41%) COBOL
4 2 (5.41%) Korn
4 2 (5.41%) VB.NET
5 1 (2.70%) Apple Swift
5 1 (2.70%) ES6
5 1 (2.70%) ES7
5 1 (2.70%) ES8
5 1 (2.70%) Objective-C
5 1 (2.70%) PHP
5 1 (2.70%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 4 (10.81%) SC Cleared
1 4 (10.81%) Security Cleared
2 2 (5.41%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.41%) GDPR
System Software
1 3 (8.11%) Docker
2 2 (5.41%) Samba
Systems Management
1 1 (2.70%) Ansible
1 1 (2.70%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (2.70%) Kubernetes
1 1 (2.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (13.51%) IBM
2 2 (5.41%) Xamarin
3 1 (2.70%) BMC
3 1 (2.70%) Citrix
3 1 (2.70%) Oracle
3 1 (2.70%) Remedy
3 1 (2.70%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (2.70%) Splunk
3 1 (2.70%) Zend