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 22 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 531 480 429
Rank change year-on-year
-51 -51
Contract jobs citing SDH 52 77 148
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.10% 0.16% 0.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.70% 1.16% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 20 35
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£330 £278 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.91% -30.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £193 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £407 £361 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £233 £280
% change year-on-year
+29.03% -16.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £20.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
7443 6649 8272
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.61% 13.66% 15.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4074 3675 3832
Average daily rate £365 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 403 385 650
Average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -
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 £22.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-10.20% -2.00%

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 22 August 2014.

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 22 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 -32 16 - - 2
London +1 6 £456 +52.08% 1
West Midlands -22 3 £271 -
East of England - 1 - -
South West - 1 - - 1
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SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 71 (65.14%) Telecoms
2 59 (54.13%) Ethernet
3 50 (45.87%) ATM
4 43 (39.45%) DWDM
5 36 (33.03%) MPLS
6 35 (32.11%) 3G
7 33 (30.28%) Cisco
8 32 (29.36%) LTE
9 28 (25.69%) Huawei
10 27 (24.77%) Ericsson
10 27 (24.77%) Project Management
11 25 (22.94%) 2G
12 24 (22.02%) Radio Access Network
13 20 (18.35%) GSM
14 17 (15.60%) UMTS
15 16 (14.68%) BGP
15 16 (14.68%) Network Planning
16 15 (13.76%) VPN
17 13 (11.93%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
17 13 (11.93%) 4G
18 12 (11.01%) Cramer
18 12 (11.01%) WAN
18 12 (11.01%) Cisco Certification
19 11 (10.09%) Internet
19 11 (10.09%) OSPF
19 11 (10.09%) VoIP
19 11 (10.09%) BT
20 10 (9.17%) Firewall
20 10 (9.17%) Nokia
20 10 (9.17%) SLA

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 2 (1.83%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (7.34%) MS Project
2 3 (2.75%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.75%) MS Office
3 2 (1.83%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (1.83%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 59 (54.13%) Ethernet
2 50 (45.87%) ATM
3 43 (39.45%) DWDM
4 36 (33.03%) MPLS
5 35 (32.11%) 3G
6 32 (29.36%) LTE
7 25 (22.94%) 2G
8 24 (22.02%) Radio Access Network
9 20 (18.35%) GSM
10 17 (15.60%) UMTS
11 16 (14.68%) BGP
12 15 (13.76%) VPN
13 13 (11.93%) 4G
14 12 (11.01%) WAN
15 11 (10.09%) Internet
15 11 (10.09%) OSPF
15 11 (10.09%) VoIP
16 10 (9.17%) Firewall
17 9 (8.26%) SONET
17 9 (8.26%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.92%) MS Access
General
1 71 (65.14%) Telecoms
2 5 (4.59%) French Language
2 5 (4.59%) Back Office
3 4 (3.67%) Finance
3 4 (3.67%) Front Office
3 4 (3.67%) German Language
4 2 (1.83%) Publishing
4 2 (1.83%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.92%) Billing
5 1 (0.92%) Legal
Job Titles
1 29 (26.61%) Transmission Engineer
2 13 (11.93%) Design Engineer
3 12 (11.01%) Transmission Design Engineer
4 11 (10.09%) Field Engineer
5 10 (9.17%) Project Manager
5 10 (9.17%) Network Engineer
5 10 (9.17%) Delivery Manager
6 6 (5.50%) Transmission Planning Engineer
6 6 (5.50%) IP Engineer
6 6 (5.50%) Transmission Planner
6 6 (5.50%) Microwave Engineer
7 5 (4.59%) Deployment Engineer
7 5 (4.59%) Telecoms Project Manager
7 5 (4.59%) Test Engineer
8 3 (2.75%) Network Architect
8 3 (2.75%) Network Specialist
8 3 (2.75%) Network Manager
8 3 (2.75%) Architect
8 3 (2.75%) Network Design Architect
9 2 (1.83%) Circuiting Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (1.83%) Management Information System
2 1 (0.92%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 1 (0.92%) Windows XP
1 1 (0.92%) Windows NT
1 1 (0.92%) Windows
1 1 (0.92%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (24.77%) Project Management
2 16 (14.68%) Network Planning
3 8 (7.34%) Migration
4 6 (5.50%) PRINCE2
4 6 (5.50%) Service Delivery
4 6 (5.50%) Network Design
5 5 (4.59%) Network Management
6 4 (3.67%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (3.67%) Capacity Planning
6 4 (3.67%) Network Architecture
6 4 (3.67%) Problem Management
6 4 (3.67%) Performance Monitoring
6 4 (3.67%) Change Management
6 4 (3.67%) WFM
7 3 (2.75%) Supplier Management
7 3 (2.75%) Asset Management
7 3 (2.75%) ITIL
7 3 (2.75%) Time Management
8 2 (1.83%) Data Cleansing
8 2 (1.83%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 1 (0.92%) SQL
1 1 (0.92%) VB
Qualifications
1 12 (11.01%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (8.26%) CCNA
3 5 (4.59%) Degree
3 5 (4.59%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.67%) SC Cleared
5 3 (2.75%) CCIE
5 3 (2.75%) CCNP
6 2 (1.83%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.92%) PMP
7 1 (0.92%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.92%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.17%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (0.92%) OPNET
Vendors
1 33 (30.28%) Cisco
2 28 (25.69%) Huawei
3 27 (24.77%) Ericsson
4 13 (11.93%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 12 (11.01%) Cramer
6 11 (10.09%) BT
7 10 (9.17%) Nokia
8 9 (8.26%) NEC
9 8 (7.34%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 7 (6.42%) Nortel
10 7 (6.42%) Juniper
10 7 (6.42%) Ciena
11 4 (3.67%) Microsoft
11 4 (3.67%) CheckPoint
12 3 (2.75%) Amdocs
12 3 (2.75%) Riverbed
12 3 (2.75%) Infoblox
13 2 (1.83%) Cognos
13 2 (1.83%) Siemens
14 1 (0.92%) Remedy
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