The table below looks at the statistics for 2G skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2G over the 3 months to 1 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 472 435 440
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +5
Contract jobs citing 2G 128 154 133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.24% 0.30% 0.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.70% 2.03% 2.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 35 27
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£270 £325 £298
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.92% +9.24%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £264 £161
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £450 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £313 £273
% change year-on-year
-13.60% +14.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 3
Average hourly rate £83.14 £43.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+93.34% +91.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.65 £36.00 £16.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £114.63 £134.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £83.14 £43.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+93.34% +91.11%
2G
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Communications & Networking Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7544 7593 6572
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.00% 14.83% 13.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 4388 4193 3642
Average daily rate £375 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 488 415 381
Average hourly rate £21.53 £21.75 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.03% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.29
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

2G
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing 2G across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

2G Jobs Demand Trend in England

2G
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 2G across the England region.

2G Daily Rate Trend in England

2G
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 2G across the England region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

2G Daily Rate Histogram in England

2G
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 2G across the England region.

2G Hourly Rate Trend in England

2G
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 2G across the England region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

2G Hourly Rate Histogram in England

2G
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2G within the England region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East -39 64 £270 -16.92% 4
London +13 22 £300 -36.84% 4
West Midlands -2 10 £265 -
Yorkshire -27 7 £270 -47.05% 2
East of England +5 5 £330 -12.00%
South West -11 4 £350 -
North East - 4 £406 -
North West -28 3 £150 -50.00%
East Midlands -9 2 £270 -40.00%
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2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing 2G also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited 2G.

1 253 (91.34%) 3G
2 191 (68.95%) Telecoms
3 180 (64.98%) 4G
4 120 (43.32%) LTE
5 79 (28.52%) Radio Access Network
6 59 (21.30%) Ericsson
7 51 (18.41%) GSM
8 47 (16.97%) Huawei
9 46 (16.61%) Nokia
10 40 (14.44%) UMTS
11 35 (12.64%) SS7
12 33 (11.91%) RNC
13 28 (10.11%) Wireless
13 28 (10.11%) UNIX
13 28 (10.11%) Degree
14 27 (9.75%) SQL
14 27 (9.75%) MS Excel
14 27 (9.75%) Amdocs
15 25 (9.03%) Ethernet
16 24 (8.66%) Network Architecture
16 24 (8.66%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
17 23 (8.30%) SDH
17 23 (8.30%) Perl
18 22 (7.94%) C++
18 22 (7.94%) Linux
18 22 (7.94%) ATM
18 22 (7.94%) SLA
19 21 (7.58%) GPRS
20 20 (7.22%) MS Office
20 20 (7.22%) SCCP

2G
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing 2G also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited 2G. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.36%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
1 1 (0.36%) WorkSite
Applications
1 27 (9.75%) MS Excel
2 20 (7.22%) MS Office
3 9 (3.25%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (2.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.08%) Metrica
Communications & Networking
1 253 (91.34%) 3G
2 180 (64.98%) 4G
3 120 (43.32%) LTE
4 79 (28.52%) Radio Access Network
5 51 (18.41%) GSM
6 40 (14.44%) UMTS
7 35 (12.64%) SS7
8 33 (11.91%) RNC
9 28 (10.11%) Wireless
10 25 (9.03%) Ethernet
11 23 (8.30%) SDH
12 22 (7.94%) ATM
13 21 (7.58%) GPRS
14 20 (7.22%) SCCP
14 20 (7.22%) SIGTRAN
15 17 (6.14%) TCP/IP
16 15 (5.42%) MGW
16 15 (5.42%) Wireshark
17 14 (5.05%) Diameter Protocol
17 14 (5.05%) ISUP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (5.78%) MS Access
2 9 (3.25%) MySQL
3 8 (2.89%) BusinessObjects
3 8 (2.89%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (2.17%) Oracle Database
5 4 (1.44%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.08%) Oracle OWB
6 3 (1.08%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.36%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.36%) Big Data
7 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.36%) Informix
Development Applications
1 7 (2.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 7 (2.53%) ClearCase
1 7 (2.53%) Subversion
1 7 (2.53%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.08%) Toad
3 1 (0.36%) JMeter
3 1 (0.36%) LabVIEW
3 1 (0.36%) SoapUI
3 1 (0.36%) CANoe
3 1 (0.36%) Selenium
3 1 (0.36%) JUnit
General
1 191 (68.95%) Telecoms
2 13 (4.69%) Finance
3 10 (3.61%) Back Office
4 5 (1.81%) Billing
5 4 (1.44%) Electronics
6 3 (1.08%) Advertising
7 2 (0.72%) Legal
7 2 (0.72%) German Language
8 1 (0.36%) Marketing
8 1 (0.36%) French Language
8 1 (0.36%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 25 (9.03%) Radio Engineer
2 24 (8.66%) Developer
3 20 (7.22%) Field Engineer
4 19 (6.86%) Support Engineer
5 15 (5.42%) Analyst
6 13 (4.69%) Delivery Manager
7 12 (4.33%) C++ Developer
7 12 (4.33%) Project Manager
8 10 (3.61%) Tester
8 10 (3.61%) RAN Engineer
9 9 (3.25%) Design Engineer
10 8 (2.89%) Delivery Project Manager
10 8 (2.89%) Test Engineer
11 7 (2.53%) Technical Tester
11 7 (2.53%) Build Manager
11 7 (2.53%) Network Engineer
11 7 (2.53%) Designer
12 6 (2.17%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 6 (2.17%) Wireless Engineer
12 6 (2.17%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (6.14%) XML
2 14 (5.05%) STL
3 7 (2.53%) POSIX
3 7 (2.53%) Boost C++ Libraries
4 5 (1.81%) CSS
5 4 (1.44%) Web Services
5 4 (1.44%) .NET
6 3 (1.08%) HTML
7 2 (0.72%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.72%) SOAP
8 1 (0.36%) Classic ASP
8 1 (0.36%) HTML5
8 1 (0.36%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (4.69%) Statistics
2 7 (2.53%) Mobile App
2 7 (2.53%) Client/Server
3 5 (1.81%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.44%) Handset
5 2 (0.72%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (0.72%) Computer Science
5 2 (0.72%) GIS
6 1 (0.36%) Telematics
6 1 (0.36%) PKI
6 1 (0.36%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 28 (10.11%) UNIX
2 22 (7.94%) Linux
3 2 (0.72%) SUSE
3 2 (0.72%) Windows
3 2 (0.72%) Solaris
4 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.36%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (8.66%) Network Architecture
2 14 (5.05%) Fault Management
3 12 (4.33%) ETL
3 12 (4.33%) Configuration Management
3 12 (4.33%) Project Management
3 12 (4.33%) Validation
4 10 (3.61%) Change Management
4 10 (3.61%) Network Design
4 10 (3.61%) Network Planning
4 10 (3.61%) Requirements Analysis
4 10 (3.61%) Performance Management
5 9 (3.25%) Capacity Planning
5 9 (3.25%) Migration
6 8 (2.89%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (2.53%) Service Delivery
7 7 (2.53%) ITIL
7 7 (2.53%) OO
7 7 (2.53%) Multithreading
7 7 (2.53%) Test Automation
7 7 (2.53%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 27 (9.75%) SQL
2 23 (8.30%) Perl
3 22 (7.94%) C++
4 7 (2.53%) C#
4 7 (2.53%) Python
4 7 (2.53%) Ruby
4 7 (2.53%) Bash Shell
5 6 (2.17%) C
6 5 (1.81%) VBA
7 3 (1.08%) Java
7 3 (1.08%) PL/SQL
7 3 (1.08%) MapBasic
8 1 (0.36%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.36%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.36%) PHP
Qualifications
1 28 (10.11%) Degree
2 13 (4.69%) HNC
3 12 (4.33%) CCNP
3 12 (4.33%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (3.97%) CCNA
5 10 (3.61%) Security Cleared
6 8 (2.89%) DV Cleared
7 7 (2.53%) HND
8 6 (2.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (0.72%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.72%) SC Cleared
10 1 (0.36%) CCDA
10 1 (0.36%) CCDP
10 1 (0.36%) ISEB
10 1 (0.36%) CISSP
10 1 (0.36%) PMP
10 1 (0.36%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.36%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (7.94%) SLA
2 7 (2.53%) QA
3 2 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 13 (4.69%) NSN NetAct
2 9 (3.25%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (1.81%) OpenView
3 5 (1.81%) Cacti
4 1 (0.36%) Netcool
Vendors
1 59 (21.30%) Ericsson
2 47 (16.97%) Huawei
3 46 (16.61%) Nokia
4 27 (9.75%) Amdocs
5 24 (8.66%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 18 (6.50%) Nortel
7 17 (6.14%) Microsoft
8 15 (5.42%) Oracle
9 14 (5.05%) Cisco
10 11 (3.97%) HP
10 11 (3.97%) NEC
11 9 (3.25%) Mapinfo
12 8 (2.89%) Cramer
12 8 (2.89%) Remedy
13 7 (2.53%) Tieto
13 7 (2.53%) Dialogic
14 4 (1.44%) Juniper
14 4 (1.44%) Alcatel-Lucent
15 3 (1.08%) BT
15 3 (1.08%) ComArch
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