The table below looks at the statistics for SDH 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 SDH over the 3 months to 2 March 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
2 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 457 430 439
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +9
Contract jobs citing SDH 112 109 80
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.23% 0.23% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.59% 1.77% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 46 11
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£295 £285 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.50% +14.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £205 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £373 £260
UK excluding London average daily rate £298 £225 £255
% change year-on-year
+32.22% -11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 0
Average hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £108.75 -
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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
7063 6163 6344
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.81% 13.24% 15.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 3861 3209 3133
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £215 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 409 363 561
Average hourly rate £24.00 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £44.80 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £20.00 £23.33
% change year-on-year
+37.50% -14.27%

SDH
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

SDH Jobs Demand Trend in England

SDH
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

SDH Daily Rate Trend in England

SDH
Daily Rate Histogram in England

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

SDH Daily Rate Histogram in England

SDH
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

SDH Hourly Rate Trend in England

SDH
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 SDH within the England region over the 3 months to 2 March 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 -23 44 £293 +30.00% 9
South West - 20 £495 - 1
London -24 12 £285 - 3
East Midlands - 7 - -
East of England - 2 - -
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SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing SDH 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 SDH.

1 139 (87.42%) Telecoms
2 96 (60.38%) Ethernet
3 85 (53.46%) GSM
4 84 (52.83%) UMTS
5 81 (50.94%) Ericsson
6 79 (49.69%) Radio Access Network
7 78 (49.06%) ATM
8 67 (42.14%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 66 (41.51%) Agile Software Development
10 65 (40.88%) SLA
11 64 (40.25%) RNC
12 61 (38.36%) Line Management
13 60 (37.74%) WFM
14 34 (21.38%) MPLS
15 25 (15.72%) DSL
16 21 (13.21%) 4G
17 19 (11.95%) DWDM
18 18 (11.32%) C
18 18 (11.32%) Network Planning
19 17 (10.69%) OSPF
20 16 (10.06%) Wireless
20 16 (10.06%) Migration
20 16 (10.06%) TCP/IP
20 16 (10.06%) Security Cleared
20 16 (10.06%) VCP4
21 15 (9.43%) GPON
21 15 (9.43%) HSPA
21 15 (9.43%) LTE
21 15 (9.43%) Huawei
21 15 (9.43%) Cisco

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing SDH 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 SDH. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (4.40%) WebLogic
1 7 (4.40%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.63%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (4.40%) MS Project
2 6 (3.77%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.26%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 96 (60.38%) Ethernet
2 85 (53.46%) GSM
3 84 (52.83%) UMTS
4 79 (49.69%) Radio Access Network
5 78 (49.06%) ATM
6 64 (40.25%) RNC
7 34 (21.38%) MPLS
8 25 (15.72%) DSL
9 21 (13.21%) 4G
10 19 (11.95%) DWDM
11 17 (10.69%) OSPF
12 16 (10.06%) Wireless
12 16 (10.06%) TCP/IP
13 15 (9.43%) GPRS
13 15 (9.43%) CDMA2000
13 15 (9.43%) Wi-Fi
13 15 (9.43%) WiMAX
13 15 (9.43%) HSPA
13 15 (9.43%) LTE
13 15 (9.43%) GPON
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.40%) Oracle Database 10g
1 7 (4.40%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 7 (4.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 7 (4.40%) ClearCase
1 7 (4.40%) Toad
1 7 (4.40%) Subversion
1 7 (4.40%) Git (software)
General
1 139 (87.42%) Telecoms
2 2 (1.26%) Finance
2 2 (1.26%) Russian Language
3 1 (0.63%) Electronics
3 1 (0.63%) Banking
3 1 (0.63%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 65 (40.88%) Field Engineer
2 13 (8.18%) Project Manager
2 13 (8.18%) Delivery Manager
3 12 (7.55%) Network Engineer
4 10 (6.29%) Transmission Engineer
5 8 (5.03%) Telecoms Project Manager
6 7 (4.40%) IP Network Engineer
6 7 (4.40%) IP Engineer
6 7 (4.40%) Developer
6 7 (4.40%) C++ Developer
7 6 (3.77%) Architect
8 4 (2.52%) Deployment Engineer
9 3 (1.89%) Ericsson Engineer
9 3 (1.89%) Network Architect
9 3 (1.89%) Pre Sales Consultant
9 3 (1.89%) Solutions Architect
9 3 (1.89%) Sales Consultant
9 3 (1.89%) Consultant
10 2 (1.26%) Design Engineer
10 2 (1.26%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.40%) SOAP
1 7 (4.40%) STL
1 7 (4.40%) Web Services
1 7 (4.40%) XML
1 7 (4.40%) JMS
1 7 (4.40%) WSDL
1 7 (4.40%) JAXB
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.40%) Client/Server
1 7 (4.40%) Management Information System
1 7 (4.40%) Mobile App
2 3 (1.89%) SCADA
3 2 (1.26%) Statistics
4 1 (0.63%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 3 (1.89%) UNIX
2 1 (0.63%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (41.51%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (38.36%) Line Management
3 60 (37.74%) WFM
4 18 (11.32%) Network Planning
5 16 (10.06%) Migration
6 11 (6.92%) ITIL
6 11 (6.92%) Project Management
7 7 (4.40%) OO
7 7 (4.40%) OOD
7 7 (4.40%) TDD
7 7 (4.40%) Software Engineering
7 7 (4.40%) Data Migration
8 6 (3.77%) PRINCE2
8 6 (3.77%) Service Delivery
9 5 (3.14%) Service Management
9 5 (3.14%) Matrix Management
10 3 (1.89%) Network Design
10 3 (1.89%) Incident Management
10 3 (1.89%) Performance Management
11 2 (1.26%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 18 (11.32%) C
2 7 (4.40%) C++
2 7 (4.40%) Java
2 7 (4.40%) Perl
2 7 (4.40%) PL/SQL
2 7 (4.40%) SQL
2 7 (4.40%) Python
2 7 (4.40%) Ruby
2 7 (4.40%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 16 (10.06%) Security Cleared
1 16 (10.06%) VCP4
2 11 (6.92%) Cisco Certification
3 9 (5.66%) CCNA
3 9 (5.66%) CCNP
3 9 (5.66%) SC Cleared
3 9 (5.66%) BC Cleared
4 7 (4.40%) DV Cleared
5 3 (1.89%) Degree
6 2 (1.26%) CCIP
6 2 (1.26%) CCIE
7 1 (0.63%) JNCIE
7 1 (0.63%) CFA
7 1 (0.63%) HNC
7 1 (0.63%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (40.88%) SLA
2 1 (0.63%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1 (0.63%) VMware ESX
1 1 (0.63%) XenApp
1 1 (0.63%) vSphere
Vendors
1 81 (50.94%) Ericsson
2 67 (42.14%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 15 (9.43%) Huawei
3 15 (9.43%) Cisco
4 12 (7.55%) Cramer
5 7 (4.40%) MetaSolv
5 7 (4.40%) Microsoft
5 7 (4.40%) Oracle
5 7 (4.40%) BEA
6 6 (3.77%) Amdocs
7 4 (2.52%) Telcordia
8 3 (1.89%) Juniper
8 3 (1.89%) Actix
9 2 (1.26%) Nokia
9 2 (1.26%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 2 (1.26%) Sybase
10 1 (0.63%) HP
10 1 (0.63%) Citrix
10 1 (0.63%) Siemens
10 1 (0.63%) CheckPoint
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