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 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 577 502 489
Rank change year-on-year
-75 -13
Contract jobs citing SDH 44 97 103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.086% 0.19% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.57% 1.28% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 25 40
Average daily rate £350 £295 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.64% +3.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £278 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £450 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £295 £215
% change year-on-year
+18.64% +37.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 6
Average hourly rate - - £34.38
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £108.75
SDH
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
7709 7577 6678
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 15.05% 14.97% 13.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4751 4188 3589
Average daily rate £393 £350 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.14% -1.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £340 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.05% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 294 401 377
Average hourly rate £26.00 £27.32 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.81% +36.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £20.75
% change year-on-year
- +44.57%

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 29 April 2016.

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 29 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -28 26 £350 +20.68% 3
East of England - 6 £363 -
South West -12 3 £363 -19.44%
East Midlands 0 1 £275 -
Yorkshire -3 1 £350 -
London -15 1 - -
North West -17 1 £275 +111.53%
North East - 1 £275 -
SDH
UK

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 47 (61.04%) DWDM
2 43 (55.84%) Telecoms
3 38 (49.35%) ATM
4 22 (28.57%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 19 (24.68%) Ethernet
5 19 (24.68%) Huawei
5 19 (24.68%) Security Cleared
6 18 (23.38%) Nortel
7 17 (22.08%) Project Management
7 17 (22.08%) SC Cleared
8 16 (20.78%) MPLS
8 16 (20.78%) Microsoft
9 15 (19.48%) Cisco
10 14 (18.18%) VPN
10 14 (18.18%) MS Excel
11 11 (14.29%) Ciena
12 10 (12.99%) Network Planning
13 9 (11.69%) Juniper
13 9 (11.69%) Radio Access Network
14 8 (10.39%) Presales
14 8 (10.39%) xDSL
14 8 (10.39%) MS Office
14 8 (10.39%) PRINCE2
15 7 (9.09%) German Language
16 6 (7.79%) IPsec
16 6 (7.79%) Cisco Certification
16 6 (7.79%) RTCP
16 6 (7.79%) RTP
16 6 (7.79%) OSPF
16 6 (7.79%) BGP

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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.

Applications
1 14 (18.18%) MS Excel
2 8 (10.39%) MS Office
3 4 (5.19%) MS Project
4 2 (2.60%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (1.30%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (1.30%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 47 (61.04%) DWDM
2 38 (49.35%) ATM
3 19 (24.68%) Ethernet
4 16 (20.78%) MPLS
5 14 (18.18%) VPN
6 9 (11.69%) Radio Access Network
7 8 (10.39%) xDSL
8 6 (7.79%) BGP
8 6 (7.79%) IPsec
8 6 (7.79%) OSPF
8 6 (7.79%) RTCP
8 6 (7.79%) RTP
8 6 (7.79%) SCTP
9 5 (6.49%) 2G
9 5 (6.49%) 3G
9 5 (6.49%) DHCP
9 5 (6.49%) DNS
9 5 (6.49%) HSRP
9 5 (6.49%) VLAN
9 5 (6.49%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.90%) BusinessObjects
General
1 43 (55.84%) Telecoms
2 7 (9.09%) German Language
3 5 (6.49%) Finance
4 4 (5.19%) Back Office
5 3 (3.90%) French Language
6 1 (1.30%) Advertising
6 1 (1.30%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 16 (20.78%) Designer
1 16 (20.78%) Network Designer
2 13 (16.88%) Project Manager
3 8 (10.39%) Microwave Engineer
3 8 (10.39%) Network Engineer
3 8 (10.39%) Transmission Engineer
4 5 (6.49%) Architect
4 5 (6.49%) Network Architect
5 4 (5.19%) Delivery Manager
5 4 (5.19%) Senior Network Engineer
5 4 (5.19%) Telecoms Manager
5 4 (5.19%) Telecoms Project Manager
6 3 (3.90%) Design Engineer
6 3 (3.90%) Transmission Planner
6 3 (3.90%) Transmission Planning Engineer
7 2 (2.60%) Business Manager
7 2 (2.60%) Business Project Manager
7 2 (2.60%) Network Manager
7 2 (2.60%) NOC Engineer
7 2 (2.60%) Project Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.49%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.79%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.90%) Data Centre
2 3 (3.90%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.60%) Derivative
3 2 (2.60%) Statistics
4 1 (1.30%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.30%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (22.08%) Project Management
2 10 (12.99%) Network Planning
3 8 (10.39%) Presales
3 8 (10.39%) PRINCE2
4 6 (7.79%) Capacity Management
5 5 (6.49%) Continuous Improvement
5 5 (6.49%) Migration
5 5 (6.49%) Network Design
6 4 (5.19%) Fault Management
6 4 (5.19%) ITIL
6 4 (5.19%) Validation
7 3 (3.90%) ITIL V3
7 3 (3.90%) Network Monitoring
8 2 (2.60%) Business Analysis
8 2 (2.60%) Capacity Planning
8 2 (2.60%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
8 2 (2.60%) Functional Testing
8 2 (2.60%) Network Architecture
8 2 (2.60%) Network Management
8 2 (2.60%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.30%) Java
1 1 (1.30%) PL/SQL
1 1 (1.30%) SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (24.68%) Security Cleared
2 17 (22.08%) SC Cleared
3 6 (7.79%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (5.19%) CCIE
4 4 (5.19%) CCNA
4 4 (5.19%) Degree
5 3 (3.90%) CCNP
6 2 (2.60%) MCSA
6 2 (2.60%) MCSE
6 2 (2.60%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (1.30%) BC Cleared
7 1 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.30%) CFA
7 1 (1.30%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.30%) JNCIA
7 1 (1.30%) PMI Certification
7 1 (1.30%) PMP
7 1 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.19%) SLA
Systems Management
1 5 (6.49%) NSN NetAct
2 3 (3.90%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (2.60%) Amdocs OSS
Vendors
1 22 (28.57%) Alcatel-Lucent
2 19 (24.68%) Huawei
3 18 (23.38%) Nortel
4 16 (20.78%) Microsoft
5 15 (19.48%) Cisco
6 11 (14.29%) Ciena
7 9 (11.69%) Juniper
8 5 (6.49%) Ericsson
8 5 (6.49%) Nokia
8 5 (6.49%) Remedy
9 4 (5.19%) Amdocs
9 4 (5.19%) Mapinfo
10 3 (3.90%) BT
10 3 (3.90%) Tellabs
10 3 (3.90%) Virgin Media
11 2 (2.60%) Avaya
11 2 (2.60%) Cramer
11 2 (2.60%) GoldenSource
11 2 (2.60%) Nokia Networks
12 1 (1.30%) EMC