Period
to 16 April 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 16 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Short Message Service (SMS)
UK
6 months to
16 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 805 891 993
Rank change year-on-year +86 +102 -481
Permanent jobs citing SMS 48 86 133
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.057% 0.077% 0.089%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.44% 0.51% 0.58%
Number of salaries quoted 32 49 75
10th Percentile £30,425 £30,500 £27,000
25th Percentile £41,813 £34,250 £36,875
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £56,250 £47,250 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +19.05% -5.50% +25.79%
75th Percentile £81,875 £67,500 £62,250
90th Percentile £97,375 £71,000 £78,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £45,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +22.22% -5.26% +26.67%

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 10,876 16,878 22,774
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.95% 15.09% 15.32%
Number of salaries quoted 8,276 13,475 17,722
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £34,250 £33,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £66,063 £63,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +0.24%

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 16 April 2021.

Salary histogram for SMS in the UK

SMS
Top 13 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 16 April 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 +103 41 £55,000 +22.22% 19
UK excluding London +62 29 £55,000 +22.22% 18
London +102 17 £72,500 +31.82% 5
South East +54 8 £53,750 +30.30% 2
North of England +21 7 £34,000 -20.00% 5
South West +15 5 £57,500 +4.55% 1
Yorkshire +1 5 £34,000 -4.23% 2
Work from Home -125 5 £51,500 -17.60% 4
Scotland +10 4 £120,000 +116.22% 3
Midlands +33 3 £35,000 -25.93% 3
West Midlands 0 3 £35,000 -24.12% 3
Wales +37 2 - - 1
North West +22 2 - - 3

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 19 (39.58%) Analytics
2 18 (37.50%) Marketing
3 13 (27.08%) CRM
4 12 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (22.92%) SQL
5 11 (22.92%) Degree
6 10 (20.83%) HTML
6 10 (20.83%) Push Notifications
7 9 (18.75%) Business Intelligence
8 8 (16.67%) CSS
8 8 (16.67%) Project Management
8 8 (16.67%) QA
9 7 (14.58%) Mathematics
9 7 (14.58%) Business Analysis
9 7 (14.58%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (14.58%) C
9 7 (14.58%) Problem-Solving
9 7 (14.58%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
10 6 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
10 6 (12.50%) Cyberattack
10 6 (12.50%) Requirements Gathering
10 6 (12.50%) JavaScript
10 6 (12.50%) Web Services
10 6 (12.50%) CGI
10 6 (12.50%) Telecoms
10 6 (12.50%) Software Testing
10 6 (12.50%) Data Management
10 6 (12.50%) Software Engineering
11 5 (10.42%) Retail
11 5 (10.42%) Digital Marketing

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 2 (4.17%) Apache Spark
1 2 (4.17%) CMS
1 2 (4.17%) Elasticsearch
1 2 (4.17%) WordPress
Business Applications
1 4 (8.33%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.33%) GCP
2 3 (6.25%) Twilio
3 2 (4.17%) npm
3 2 (4.17%) SaaS
3 2 (4.17%) WhatsApp
3 2 (4.17%) Yarn
4 1 (2.08%) IaaS
4 1 (2.08%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.33%) Wireshark
2 3 (6.25%) 4G
3 2 (4.17%) 3G
3 2 (4.17%) 3GPP
3 2 (4.17%) Diameter Protocol
3 2 (4.17%) INAP
3 2 (4.17%) Intelligent Network
3 2 (4.17%) SIGTRAN
3 2 (4.17%) SS7
3 2 (4.17%) VoIP
4 1 (2.08%) 5G
4 1 (2.08%) Asterisk PBX
4 1 (2.08%) Firewall
4 1 (2.08%) Network Security
4 1 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.33%) MySQL
1 4 (8.33%) Tableau
2 2 (4.17%) Apache Hive
2 2 (4.17%) DB2
2 2 (4.17%) Hadoop
2 2 (4.17%) HBase
2 2 (4.17%) Oracle Database
2 2 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (4.17%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.08%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 4 (8.33%) Git (software)
1 4 (8.33%) Jenkins
2 2 (4.17%) Eclipse
2 2 (4.17%) IBM UrbanCode
2 2 (4.17%) IntelliJ
2 2 (4.17%) Maven
2 2 (4.17%) Postman
2 2 (4.17%) SoapUI
2 2 (4.17%) TeamCity
2 2 (4.17%) webpack
3 1 (2.08%) Cucumber
3 1 (2.08%) JUnit
3 1 (2.08%) Oracle APEX
General
1 18 (37.50%) Marketing
2 6 (12.50%) Telecoms
3 5 (10.42%) Retail
4 4 (8.33%) Banking
4 4 (8.33%) Finance
5 3 (6.25%) Advertising
6 2 (4.17%) Legal
7 1 (2.08%) Aerospace
7 1 (2.08%) Law
7 1 (2.08%) Military
Job Titles
1 5 (10.42%) Developer
2 4 (8.33%) Analytics Manager
2 4 (8.33%) Architect
2 4 (8.33%) Campaign Manager
2 4 (8.33%) Digital Analytics Manager
3 3 (6.25%) Chief Information Officer
3 3 (6.25%) CIO
3 3 (6.25%) Cloud Architect
3 3 (6.25%) CRM Manager
3 3 (6.25%) Head of Analytics
3 3 (6.25%) Salesforce Architect
3 3 (6.25%) Web Manager
4 2 (4.17%) Digital Project Manager
4 2 (4.17%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 2 (4.17%) Junior
4 2 (4.17%) Junior Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 2 (4.17%) Project Manager
4 2 (4.17%) Ruby Developer
4 2 (4.17%) Software Engineer
4 2 (4.17%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (20.83%) HTML
2 8 (16.67%) CSS
3 6 (12.50%) CGI
3 6 (12.50%) Web Services
4 4 (8.33%) SOAP
4 4 (8.33%) XML
5 3 (6.25%) Kafka
5 3 (6.25%) REST
5 3 (6.25%) Spring
6 2 (4.17%) JSON
6 2 (4.17%) React
6 2 (4.17%) Redux
6 2 (4.17%) RESTful
6 2 (4.17%) Spring Boot
7 1 (2.08%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
1 6 (12.50%) Cyberattack
2 5 (10.42%) Virtual Team
3 4 (8.33%) Online Banking
3 4 (8.33%) User Experience
4 1 (2.08%) Public Cloud
4 1 (2.08%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.08%) Linux
1 1 (2.08%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (39.58%) Analytics
2 13 (27.08%) CRM
3 12 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (20.83%) Push Notifications
5 9 (18.75%) Business Intelligence
6 8 (16.67%) Project Management
7 7 (14.58%) Business Analysis
7 7 (14.58%) Mathematics
7 7 (14.58%) Problem-Solving
8 6 (12.50%) Data Management
8 6 (12.50%) Requirements Gathering
8 6 (12.50%) Software Engineering
8 6 (12.50%) Software Testing
9 5 (10.42%) Decision-Making
9 5 (10.42%) Digital Marketing
9 5 (10.42%) E-Commerce
9 5 (10.42%) Marketing Automation
9 5 (10.42%) User Stories
10 4 (8.33%) Email Marketing
10 4 (8.33%) IT Strategy
Programming Languages
1 11 (22.92%) SQL
2 7 (14.58%) C
3 6 (12.50%) JavaScript
4 4 (8.33%) Java
4 4 (8.33%) PHP
5 3 (6.25%) PL/SQL
5 3 (6.25%) Python
6 2 (4.17%) Bash Shell
6 2 (4.17%) ES6
6 2 (4.17%) Go
6 2 (4.17%) PowerShell
6 2 (4.17%) Ruby
7 1 (2.08%) C++
7 1 (2.08%) R
Qualifications
1 11 (22.92%) Degree
2 2 (4.17%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.08%) DV Cleared
3 1 (2.08%) MBA
3 1 (2.08%) Numerate Degree
3 1 (2.08%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (16.67%) QA
2 2 (4.17%) Data Quality
2 2 (4.17%) GDPR
3 1 (2.08%) COSHH
System Software
1 5 (10.42%) Docker
2 2 (4.17%) HDFS
3 1 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (10.42%) Kubernetes
2 2 (4.17%) Kibana
Vendors
1 7 (14.58%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
1 7 (14.58%) Salesforce.com
2 5 (10.42%) Adobe
3 3 (6.25%) Oracle
3 3 (6.25%) Pardot
4 2 (4.17%) Google
4 2 (4.17%) Nokia
4 2 (4.17%) Splunk
4 2 (4.17%) TippingPoint
5 1 (2.08%) VMware