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 28 August 2014 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 425 429 319
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -110
Contract jobs citing 2G 154 133 283
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.31% 0.28% 0.53%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.08% 2.03% 3.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 27 27
Average daily rate
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£325 £298 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.24% +8.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £161 £192
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £388 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £273 £275
% change year-on-year
+14.67% -0.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 2
Average hourly rate £43.00 £22.50 £36.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+91.11% -37.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £16.90 £35.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £134.00 £32.50 £37.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.00 £22.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+91.11% -35.71%
2G
UK

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
7414 6538 8249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.73% 13.59% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4085 3628 3818
Average daily rate £363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 401 380 641
Average hourly rate £21.50 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.44% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.57 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-3.05% -7.16%

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 28 August 2014.

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 28 August 2014.

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 28 August 2014. 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 -11 81 £325 - 7
South West -26 10 - -
London +2 7 £475 +50.19% 1
East of England -29 6 £375 - 3
Yorkshire +8 4 £510 +240.00%
2G
UK

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, 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.

1 229 (88.76%) 3G
2 156 (60.47%) Telecoms
3 152 (58.91%) LTE
4 136 (52.71%) 4G
5 53 (20.54%) Radio Access Network
5 53 (20.54%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 47 (18.22%) GSM
7 41 (15.89%) Ericsson
8 39 (15.12%) Huawei
9 35 (13.57%) SLA
10 31 (12.02%) Project Management
11 29 (11.24%) Nokia
12 28 (10.85%) Network Architecture
13 27 (10.47%) Ethernet
13 27 (10.47%) MS Excel
14 26 (10.08%) ATM
14 26 (10.08%) Wireless
15 23 (8.91%) MS Office
16 22 (8.53%) SDH
16 22 (8.53%) GPRS
16 22 (8.53%) UMTS
17 20 (7.75%) Microsoft
17 20 (7.75%) SQL
17 20 (7.75%) Mapinfo
18 19 (7.36%) Oracle
18 19 (7.36%) Degree
19 18 (6.98%) Problem Management
20 17 (6.59%) Fault Management
21 16 (6.20%) NSN NetAct
21 16 (6.20%) Network Planning

2G
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, 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 5 (1.94%) Apache
2 2 (0.78%) WebSphere
2 2 (0.78%) WebSphere Portal
3 1 (0.39%) TeamSite
3 1 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 27 (10.47%) MS Excel
2 23 (8.91%) MS Office
3 7 (2.71%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (2.33%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.39%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.39%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 3 (1.16%) Oracle Financials
1 3 (1.16%) HFM
2 1 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 229 (88.76%) 3G
2 152 (58.91%) LTE
3 136 (52.71%) 4G
4 53 (20.54%) Radio Access Network
5 47 (18.22%) GSM
6 27 (10.47%) Ethernet
7 26 (10.08%) ATM
7 26 (10.08%) Wireless
8 22 (8.53%) GPRS
8 22 (8.53%) SDH
8 22 (8.53%) UMTS
9 11 (4.26%) 3GPP
10 10 (3.88%) DNS
10 10 (3.88%) MPLS
10 10 (3.88%) ZigBee
11 9 (3.49%) Firewall
12 7 (2.71%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (2.71%) 2.5G
12 7 (2.71%) RNC
12 7 (2.71%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.10%) MySQL
1 8 (3.10%) MS Access
1 8 (3.10%) Relational Database
2 7 (2.71%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.55%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (1.16%) Essbase
5 3 (1.16%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.78%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
7 1 (0.39%) BusinessObjects XI
7 1 (0.39%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 7 (2.71%) Maven
2 5 (1.94%) JIRA
2 5 (1.94%) Selenium
2 5 (1.94%) Ant
2 5 (1.94%) Toad
2 5 (1.94%) LoadRunner
2 5 (1.94%) SoapUI
2 5 (1.94%) Apache Ivy
2 5 (1.94%) eggPlant
3 4 (1.55%) Talend Open Studio
4 2 (0.78%) Calabash
General
1 156 (60.47%) Telecoms
2 10 (3.88%) Finance
3 9 (3.49%) Back Office
4 7 (2.71%) Electronics
4 7 (2.71%) Front Office
5 4 (1.55%) Banking
6 2 (0.78%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.78%) Billing
7 1 (0.39%) Marketing
7 1 (0.39%) German Language
7 1 (0.39%) Korean Language
7 1 (0.39%) Retail
7 1 (0.39%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 16 (6.20%) Incident Manager
2 14 (5.43%) Project Manager
2 14 (5.43%) Field Engineer
3 13 (5.04%) Design Engineer
3 13 (5.04%) RF Engineer
3 13 (5.04%) RAN Engineer
4 11 (4.26%) Architect
4 11 (4.26%) Analyst
5 9 (3.49%) Developer
5 9 (3.49%) Transmission Engineer
6 8 (3.10%) Databuild Engineer
6 8 (3.10%) RF Optimisation Engineer
7 7 (2.71%) Radio Engineer
7 7 (2.71%) Network Engineer
7 7 (2.71%) Deployment Manager
7 7 (2.71%) Delivery Manager
8 6 (2.33%) Test Analyst
8 6 (2.33%) Test Leader
9 5 (1.94%) Transmission Planner
9 5 (1.94%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.71%) XML
2 5 (1.94%) J2ME
2 5 (1.94%) WAP
2 5 (1.94%) SOAP
2 5 (1.94%) Web Services
2 5 (1.94%) REST
3 3 (1.16%) ActiveMQ
4 1 (0.39%) HTML5
4 1 (0.39%) HTML
4 1 (0.39%) .NET
4 1 (0.39%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 6 (2.33%) Management Information System
2 5 (1.94%) Handset
2 5 (1.94%) PMI
2 5 (1.94%) Mobile App
3 3 (1.16%) Smart Meter
3 3 (1.16%) Computer Science
4 2 (0.78%) Smartphone
4 2 (0.78%) Statistics
4 2 (0.78%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (0.78%) Device Driver
5 1 (0.39%) VHDL
5 1 (0.39%) Blackberry
5 1 (0.39%) DTV
5 1 (0.39%) GIS
5 1 (0.39%) Mathematics
5 1 (0.39%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 12 (4.65%) UNIX
2 9 (3.49%) Linux
3 7 (2.71%) Android
4 4 (1.55%) Windows
5 1 (0.39%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (12.02%) Project Management
2 28 (10.85%) Network Architecture
3 18 (6.98%) Problem Management
4 17 (6.59%) Fault Management
5 16 (6.20%) Network Planning
6 13 (5.04%) ITIL
7 12 (4.65%) Configuration Management
7 12 (4.65%) Root Cause Analysis
8 10 (3.88%) Validation
9 9 (3.49%) Migration
9 9 (3.49%) Network Design
9 9 (3.49%) Continuous Improvement
9 9 (3.49%) Performance Monitoring
9 9 (3.49%) Performance Management
10 7 (2.71%) Test Automation
10 7 (2.71%) Capacity Planning
10 7 (2.71%) Software Engineering
10 7 (2.71%) ETL
11 6 (2.33%) PRINCE2
11 6 (2.33%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (7.75%) SQL
2 15 (5.81%) C
3 11 (4.26%) Perl
4 10 (3.88%) C++
5 8 (3.10%) Java
6 6 (2.33%) VBA
7 5 (1.94%) Embedded C
8 4 (1.55%) Embedded C++
8 4 (1.55%) C#
9 3 (1.16%) ActionScript
10 2 (0.78%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.39%) Python
Qualifications
1 19 (7.36%) Degree
2 7 (2.71%) ITIL Certification
3 6 (2.33%) PMI Certification
4 4 (1.55%) PMP
4 4 (1.55%) HND
5 3 (1.16%) ISEB
5 3 (1.16%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (1.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.78%) CCNP
7 1 (0.39%) CCNA
7 1 (0.39%) CCIE
7 1 (0.39%) CNA
7 1 (0.39%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (13.57%) SLA
2 11 (4.26%) QA
3 3 (1.16%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 16 (6.20%) NSN NetAct
2 9 (3.49%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (1.16%) Netcool
4 1 (0.39%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.39%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 53 (20.54%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 41 (15.89%) Ericsson
3 39 (15.12%) Huawei
4 29 (11.24%) Nokia
5 20 (7.75%) Mapinfo
5 20 (7.75%) Microsoft
6 19 (7.36%) Oracle
7 10 (3.88%) Business Objects
8 9 (3.49%) HP
8 9 (3.49%) Cramer
9 8 (3.10%) Nortel
10 7 (2.71%) BT
10 7 (2.71%) Greenplum
11 5 (1.94%) NEC
11 5 (1.94%) Sun
11 5 (1.94%) Apple
12 4 (1.55%) SAP
12 4 (1.55%) Talend
13 3 (1.16%) F5
13 3 (1.16%) CheckPoint
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