Period
to 19 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for SMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited SMS over the 6 months to 19 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Short Message Service (SMS)
UK
6 months to
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 856 674 984
Rank change year-on-year -182 +310 -379
Permanent jobs citing SMS 202 30 101
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.062% 0.074%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.25% 0.41% 0.48%
Number of salaries quoted 72 26 43
10th Percentile £40,250 £37,500 £26,700
25th Percentile " £44,688 £38,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £48,000 £62,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year -23.20% +19.05% +31.25%
75th Percentile £65,000 £71,249 £77,500
90th Percentile £92,500 £78,750 £84,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £48,750
% change year-on-year +1.05% -2.56% +30.00%

SMS is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 16,215 7,392 21,212
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.91% 15.26% 15.56%
Number of salaries quoted 11,174 6,035 16,537
10th Percentile £27,500 £30,000 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £37,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £46,000
Median % change year-on-year - +8.70% -3.16%
75th Percentile £68,750 £67,500 £62,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £81,250 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SMS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing SMS.

Salary trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SMS over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

Salary histogram for SMS in the UK

SMS
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SMS within the UK over the 6 months to 19 October 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -187 166 £48,000 -23.20% 20
UK excluding London -138 117 £48,000 +1.05% 14
Work from Home - 79 £48,000 - 2
London -192 67 £81,250 +30.00% 10
South West -66 29 £48,000 -31.43% 1
East of England - 26 - -
North of England -101 24 £40,000 -48.39% 7
North West - 23 £40,000 - 6
Midlands - 18 £51,250 - 2
East Midlands - 17 £55,000 -
Scotland - 13 £48,000 - 1
South East -159 4 £30,000 -25.00%
Northern Ireland - 4 - -
Wales - 2 - - 3
West Midlands - 1 £47,500 - 2
North East - 1 £40,000 -

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for SMS.

1 62 (30.69%) Finance
2 55 (27.23%) Marketing
3 53 (26.24%) SQL
4 48 (23.76%) Banking
5 40 (19.80%) Degree
6 38 (18.81%) HTML
7 37 (18.32%) Retail
7 37 (18.32%) Data Analysis
7 37 (18.32%) Firewall
7 37 (18.32%) Security Cleared
7 37 (18.32%) High Availability
8 36 (17.82%) TippingPoint
8 36 (17.82%) DV Cleared
8 36 (17.82%) Wireshark
8 36 (17.82%) Network Security
8 36 (17.82%) Kalman Filter
8 36 (17.82%) Threat Detection
9 34 (16.83%) CRM
10 32 (15.84%) Mathematics
11 28 (13.86%) Adobe
11 28 (13.86%) Software Engineering
12 27 (13.37%) Email Marketing
12 27 (13.37%) Multichannel Marketing
13 26 (12.87%) Personalization
13 26 (12.87%) Workflow
13 26 (12.87%) Stakeholder Management
14 25 (12.38%) SAS
14 25 (12.38%) REST
14 25 (12.38%) Digital Media
14 25 (12.38%) Analytics

SMS
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 25 (12.38%) SAS
2 9 (4.46%) Apache Spark
3 5 (2.48%) WordPress
4 4 (1.98%) Confluence
5 1 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.50%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.50%) nginx
5 1 (0.50%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.50%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.50%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (1.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.50%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.50%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.50%) Figma
3 1 (0.50%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 25 (12.38%) Adobe Campaign
2 11 (5.45%) Payment Gateway
3 3 (1.49%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.50%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 20 (9.90%) AWS
2 14 (6.93%) Amazon S3
2 14 (6.93%) Serverless
3 11 (5.45%) AWS CloudFormation
4 9 (4.46%) SaaS
5 7 (3.47%) Azure
6 5 (2.48%) Stripe
7 4 (1.98%) Twilio
8 3 (1.49%) Amazon Cognito
8 3 (1.49%) Amazon SQS
8 3 (1.49%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (1.49%) GCP
8 3 (1.49%) Microsoft 365
9 1 (0.50%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.50%) Firebase
9 1 (0.50%) Flurry Analytics
9 1 (0.50%) GitHub
9 1 (0.50%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.50%) Google Tag Manager
9 1 (0.50%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 37 (18.32%) Firewall
2 36 (17.82%) Network Security
2 36 (17.82%) Wireshark
3 7 (3.47%) Internet
4 2 (0.99%) DNS
4 2 (0.99%) VoIP
5 1 (0.50%) CTI
5 1 (0.50%) DHCP
5 1 (0.50%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.50%) tcpdump
5 1 (0.50%) Telnet
5 1 (0.50%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (7.92%) MySQL
2 15 (7.43%) Oracle Database
3 12 (5.94%) NoSQL
4 11 (5.45%) Amazon Athena
4 11 (5.45%) Amazon Aurora
4 11 (5.45%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 11 (5.45%) Amazon QuickSight
5 9 (4.46%) Apache Hive
5 9 (4.46%) DB2
5 9 (4.46%) Hadoop
5 9 (4.46%) HBase
5 9 (4.46%) Relational Database
6 6 (2.97%) Big Data
7 3 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.99%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.50%) ArangoDB
9 1 (0.50%) Hazelcast
9 1 (0.50%) Mixpanel
9 1 (0.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (7.92%) Postman
2 15 (7.43%) Git (software)
3 10 (4.95%) Jenkins
4 9 (4.46%) Eclipse
4 9 (4.46%) IBM UrbanCode
4 9 (4.46%) IntelliJ
4 9 (4.46%) Maven
4 9 (4.46%) SoapUI
5 6 (2.97%) Jasmine
6 4 (1.98%) JIRA
7 3 (1.49%) Cypress.io
8 1 (0.50%) Hamcrest
8 1 (0.50%) JUnit
8 1 (0.50%) REST Assured
8 1 (0.50%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.50%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.50%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 62 (30.69%) Finance
2 55 (27.23%) Marketing
3 48 (23.76%) Banking
4 37 (18.32%) Retail
5 23 (11.39%) Social Skills
6 13 (6.44%) Public Sector
7 9 (4.46%) Legal
8 7 (3.47%) Analytical Skills
9 6 (2.97%) Electronics
9 6 (2.97%) Manufacturing
9 6 (2.97%) Retail Banking
9 6 (2.97%) Telecoms
10 3 (1.49%) Influencing Skills
11 2 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.50%) Organisational Skills
12 1 (0.50%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 36 (17.82%) Security Engineer
1 36 (17.82%) SOC Engineer
2 34 (16.83%) Analyst
3 18 (8.91%) IT Support
4 17 (8.42%) Technical Support
5 16 (7.92%) Developer
6 11 (5.45%) AWS Engineer
6 11 (5.45%) Cloud Engineer
6 11 (5.45%) Senior Cloud Engineer
7 10 (4.95%) CRM Analyst
8 7 (3.47%) Business Analyst
9 6 (2.97%) DevOps Engineer
9 6 (2.97%) Java Engineer
9 6 (2.97%) Senior Developer
9 6 (2.97%) Senior DevOps
9 6 (2.97%) Senior DevOps Engineer
9 6 (2.97%) Senior Java Engineer
10 5 (2.48%) Backend Developer
10 5 (2.48%) Direct Marketing Executive
10 5 (2.48%) PHP WordPress Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (18.81%) HTML
2 25 (12.38%) REST
3 21 (10.40%) Spring
3 21 (10.40%) Spring Boot
4 18 (8.91%) CSS
5 14 (6.93%) GraphQL
6 11 (5.45%) .NET
6 11 (5.45%) Apollo GraphQL
6 11 (5.45%) Kafka
7 10 (4.95%) JSON
7 10 (4.95%) Web Services
8 9 (4.46%) Node.js
8 9 (4.46%) SOAP
9 7 (3.47%) AngularJS
10 6 (2.97%) Bulma
10 6 (2.97%) Ruby on Rails
11 5 (2.48%) CSS3
11 5 (2.48%) SAML
11 5 (2.48%) Sass
11 5 (2.48%) Twig
Miscellaneous
1 25 (12.38%) Digital Media
2 24 (11.88%) Self-Motivation
3 21 (10.40%) Cyberattack
4 20 (9.90%) Virtual Team
5 12 (5.94%) Mobile App
6 11 (5.45%) Client/Server
6 11 (5.45%) Data Structures
7 9 (4.46%) User Experience
8 8 (3.96%) Online Banking
9 2 (0.99%) CCTV
9 2 (0.99%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.99%) NHS
9 2 (0.99%) Social Media
10 1 (0.50%) IVR
10 1 (0.50%) Legacy Code
10 1 (0.50%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 7 (3.47%) Linux
2 2 (0.99%) Windows
3 1 (0.50%) Windows 10
3 1 (0.50%) Windows 7
3 1 (0.50%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (18.32%) Data Analysis
1 37 (18.32%) High Availability
2 36 (17.82%) Kalman Filter
2 36 (17.82%) Threat Detection
3 34 (16.83%) CRM
4 32 (15.84%) Mathematics
5 28 (13.86%) Software Engineering
6 27 (13.37%) Email Marketing
6 27 (13.37%) Multichannel Marketing
7 26 (12.87%) Personalization
7 26 (12.87%) Stakeholder Management
7 26 (12.87%) Workflow
8 25 (12.38%) Analytics
9 23 (11.39%) Agile Software Development
9 23 (11.39%) Computer Science
9 23 (11.39%) Project Management
10 22 (10.89%) Business Analysis
11 20 (9.90%) Push Notifications
12 19 (9.41%) DevOps
12 19 (9.41%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 53 (26.24%) SQL
2 22 (10.89%) Java
3 21 (10.40%) C
4 18 (8.91%) Python
5 16 (7.92%) JavaScript
6 11 (5.45%) Scala
7 9 (4.46%) PL/SQL
8 8 (3.96%) ES6
9 6 (2.97%) Go
9 6 (2.97%) Ruby
10 5 (2.48%) PHP
11 3 (1.49%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.99%) VBA
13 1 (0.50%) Java 11
13 1 (0.50%) Kotlin
13 1 (0.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 40 (19.80%) Degree
2 37 (18.32%) Security Cleared
3 36 (17.82%) DV Cleared
4 11 (5.45%) AWS Certification
4 11 (5.45%) Numerate Degree
5 9 (4.46%) SC Cleared
6 3 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.45%) GDPR
2 5 (2.48%) QA
3 2 (0.99%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (7.92%) Docker
2 9 (4.46%) HDFS
3 2 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.50%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.50%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.50%) Citrix Hypervisor
4 1 (0.50%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.50%) IMail Server
4 1 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.50%) XenApp
4 1 (0.50%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (5.45%) Kubernetes
1 11 (5.45%) Terraform
2 6 (2.97%) Ansible
3 5 (2.48%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.50%) Grafana
4 1 (0.50%) HAProxy
4 1 (0.50%) Prometheus
4 1 (0.50%) SCCM
4 1 (0.50%) TeMIP
4 1 (0.50%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 36 (17.82%) TippingPoint
2 28 (13.86%) Adobe
3 21 (10.40%) Oracle
4 10 (4.95%) Splunk
5 9 (4.46%) Salesforce.com
6 6 (2.97%) SAP
7 5 (2.48%) Bloomberg
8 3 (1.49%) Google
8 3 (1.49%) HubSpot
9 2 (0.99%) Genesys
9 2 (0.99%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
9 2 (0.99%) ServiceNow
9 2 (0.99%) VMware
10 1 (0.50%) BMC
10 1 (0.50%) F5
10 1 (0.50%) Ivanti
10 1 (0.50%) Pega
10 1 (0.50%) Riverbed
10 1 (0.50%) SolarWinds
10 1 (0.50%) TSYS