Period
to 8 December 2019

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 8 December 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Short Message Service (SMS)
UK
6 months to
8 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 961 732 519
Rank change year-on-year -229 -213 +594
Permanent jobs citing SMS 93 436 980
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.070% 0.27% 0.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.46% 1.84% 3.52%
Number of salaries quoted 42 392 890
UK median annual salary £52,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +31.25% - -20.00%
10th Percentile £28,500 £22,025 £25,225
90th Percentile £82,250 £66,125 £61,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +26.67% - -25.00%

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 20,382 23,752 27,830
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.34% 14.95% 15.48%
Number of salaries quoted 15,921 18,656 22,534
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £25,750 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

SMS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing SMS.

Salary trend for SMS in the UK

SMS
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing SMS over the 6 months to 8 December 2019.

Salary histogram for SMS in the UK

SMS
Top 14 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 8 December 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -178 90 £52,500 +31.25% 28
UK excluding London -129 62 £47,500 +26.67% 25
Midlands +28 36 £50,000 +33.33% 3
West Midlands +41 35 £50,000 +19.05% 3
London -3 31 £65,000 +30.00% 6
North of England -27 13 £48,750 +39.29% 6
North West +24 11 £48,750 +43.38% 4
South East -22 8 £30,000 -25.47% 4
Yorkshire -7 2 £58,750 +67.86% 2
Scotland -12 2 - - 3
East of England +39 1 £34,500 +2.99% 1
Northern Ireland +3 1 - -
East Midlands +2 1 £40,000 +11.89%
South West -26 1 - - 8

For the 6 months to 8 December 2019, 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 41 (44.09%) Telecoms
2 33 (35.48%) User Experience
3 32 (34.41%) CCTV
4 31 (33.33%) Marketing
4 31 (33.33%) Wireless
5 25 (26.88%) SQL
6 24 (25.81%) Service Management
7 21 (22.58%) Oracle
7 21 (22.58%) Linux
8 19 (20.43%) Network Management
9 18 (19.35%) JavaScript
10 17 (18.28%) ITIL
10 17 (18.28%) Windows
11 16 (17.20%) Change Management
12 15 (16.13%) MySQL
13 14 (15.05%) HTML
13 14 (15.05%) VMware
13 14 (15.05%) VMware Infrastructure
13 14 (15.05%) Git (software)
14 13 (13.98%) HP
15 12 (12.90%) PHP
15 12 (12.90%) CRM
15 12 (12.90%) Finance
15 12 (12.90%) AWS
15 12 (12.90%) Analytics
16 11 (11.83%) VMware ESXi
16 11 (11.83%) 3PAR
16 11 (11.83%) Data Centre
16 11 (11.83%) Veeam
16 11 (11.83%) SCCM

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 5 (5.38%) CMS
2 2 (2.15%) Apache Spark
2 2 (2.15%) nginx
Business Applications
1 2 (2.15%) Adobe Campaign
1 2 (2.15%) Payment Gateway
1 2 (2.15%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (12.90%) AWS
2 8 (8.60%) SaaS
3 3 (3.23%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (3.23%) Amazon S3
3 3 (3.23%) Azure
3 3 (3.23%) GitHub
4 2 (2.15%) GCP
5 1 (1.08%) Serverless
5 1 (1.08%) Smartsheet
5 1 (1.08%) WeChat
Communications & Networking
1 31 (33.33%) Wireless
2 11 (11.83%) LAN
2 11 (11.83%) WAN
3 5 (5.38%) Internet
4 3 (3.23%) SMTP
4 3 (3.23%) SSH
4 3 (3.23%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.08%) Firewall
5 1 (1.08%) HTTPS
5 1 (1.08%) SMPP
5 1 (1.08%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (16.13%) MySQL
2 10 (10.75%) Relational Database
3 6 (6.45%) MongoDB
4 5 (5.38%) NoSQL
4 5 (5.38%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (4.30%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (3.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 3 (3.23%) Apache Cassandra
6 3 (3.23%) Big Data
7 2 (2.15%) BigQuery
7 2 (2.15%) Cosmos DB
7 2 (2.15%) Hadoop
7 2 (2.15%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (1.08%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (15.05%) Git (software)
2 6 (6.45%) JIRA
3 3 (3.23%) Bitbucket
3 3 (3.23%) GitLab
3 3 (3.23%) Jenkins
4 2 (2.15%) git-flow
4 2 (2.15%) WinDbg
General
1 41 (44.09%) Telecoms
2 31 (33.33%) Marketing
3 12 (12.90%) Finance
4 10 (10.75%) Billing
5 8 (8.60%) Law
6 5 (5.38%) Advertising
6 5 (5.38%) Legal
6 5 (5.38%) Retail
7 3 (3.23%) Aerospace
8 2 (2.15%) Automotive
8 2 (2.15%) Games
9 1 (1.08%) Electronics
9 1 (1.08%) Military
Job Titles
1 19 (20.43%) Developer
2 11 (11.83%) Support Engineer
3 9 (9.68%) PHP Developer
3 9 (9.68%) Project Manager
4 8 (8.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 7 (7.53%) Assistant Project Manager
6 6 (6.45%) Service Desk Operator
7 5 (5.38%) Applications Engineer
7 5 (5.38%) Ruby Developer
8 4 (4.30%) Incident Manager
8 4 (4.30%) Infrastructure Support
8 4 (4.30%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
8 4 (4.30%) Major Incident Manager
8 4 (4.30%) Ruby on Rails Developer
9 3 (3.23%) IT Engineer
9 3 (3.23%) JavaScript Developer
9 3 (3.23%) Marketing Manager
9 3 (3.23%) Product Manager
9 3 (3.23%) Systems Support Engineer
9 3 (3.23%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (15.05%) HTML
2 10 (10.75%) REST
3 6 (6.45%) Ruby on Rails
4 5 (5.38%) .NET
4 5 (5.38%) CSS
5 4 (4.30%) jQuery
5 4 (4.30%) SOAP
5 4 (4.30%) XML
6 3 (3.23%) HTML5
6 3 (3.23%) React
6 3 (3.23%) React Native
6 3 (3.23%) Symfony
6 3 (3.23%) WAMP
6 3 (3.23%) WebRTC
6 3 (3.23%) WebSockets
7 2 (2.15%) CodeIgniter
7 2 (2.15%) Laravel
7 2 (2.15%) LEMP Stack
7 2 (2.15%) Node.js
7 2 (2.15%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 33 (35.48%) User Experience
2 32 (34.41%) CCTV
3 11 (11.83%) Data Centre
4 4 (4.30%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (4.30%) Mobile Payment
5 3 (3.23%) Management Information System
5 3 (3.23%) NHS
5 3 (3.23%) Smartphone
5 3 (3.23%) Social Media
6 2 (2.15%) Algorithms
6 2 (2.15%) Blog
6 2 (2.15%) CMDB
6 2 (2.15%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (1.08%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.08%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (1.08%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (1.08%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.08%) Online Games
7 1 (1.08%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 21 (22.58%) Linux
2 17 (18.28%) Windows
3 6 (6.45%) Android
4 4 (4.30%) Unix
5 3 (3.23%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (25.81%) Service Management
2 19 (20.43%) Network Management
3 17 (18.28%) ITIL
4 16 (17.20%) Change Management
5 12 (12.90%) Analytics
5 12 (12.90%) CRM
6 11 (11.83%) Antivirus Management
6 11 (11.83%) Problem-Solving
7 9 (9.68%) Acceptance Criteria
7 9 (9.68%) Project Delivery
8 8 (8.60%) Customer Requirements
8 8 (8.60%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 8 (8.60%) Web Application Development
9 7 (7.53%) Agile Software Development
9 7 (7.53%) Commercial Awareness
9 7 (7.53%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (7.53%) Data Science
9 7 (7.53%) Matrix Organization
9 7 (7.53%) Project Management
9 7 (7.53%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (26.88%) SQL
2 18 (19.35%) JavaScript
3 12 (12.90%) PHP
4 8 (8.60%) Java
5 7 (7.53%) Ruby
6 6 (6.45%) Python
7 3 (3.23%) C#
8 2 (2.15%) ES6
8 2 (2.15%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.08%) AWK
9 1 (1.08%) Bash Shell
9 1 (1.08%) C
9 1 (1.08%) Lua
9 1 (1.08%) Perl
9 1 (1.08%) sed
Qualifications
1 11 (11.83%) Degree
2 9 (9.68%) HNC
3 7 (7.53%) HND
4 3 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.08%) ISEB
5 1 (1.08%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.08%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.08%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.38%) PCI DSS
2 2 (2.15%) GDPR
2 2 (2.15%) QA
3 1 (1.08%) Actionable Recommendations
3 1 (1.08%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 14 (15.05%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (11.83%) Virtual Machines
2 11 (11.83%) Virtual Servers
2 11 (11.83%) VMware ESXi
3 4 (4.30%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (11.83%) SCCM
2 3 (3.23%) Ansible
3 2 (2.15%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 2 (2.15%) HP NNM
3 2 (2.15%) Netcool
3 2 (2.15%) Netcool/Proviso
3 2 (2.15%) TeMIP
4 1 (1.08%) Kibana
4 1 (1.08%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 21 (22.58%) Oracle
2 14 (15.05%) VMware
3 13 (13.98%) HP
4 11 (11.83%) 3PAR
4 11 (11.83%) McAfee
4 11 (11.83%) Veeam
5 8 (8.60%) Apple
6 7 (7.53%) Google
7 5 (5.38%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
7 5 (5.38%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (3.23%) ServiceNow
9 2 (2.15%) Adobe
9 2 (2.15%) BMC
9 2 (2.15%) EMC
9 2 (2.15%) IBM
9 2 (2.15%) Pardot
9 2 (2.15%) Remedy
9 2 (2.15%) SolarWinds
10 1 (1.08%) Cisco