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 27 July 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
27 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 552 537 473
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -64
Contract jobs citing SDH 45 34 85
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.087% 0.069% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.62% 0.50% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 6 24
Average daily rate
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£378 £370 £278
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.02% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £192
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £488 £340
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £300 £261
% change year-on-year
+30.83% +14.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
SDH
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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
7272 6840 6387
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.07% 13.85% 13.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 4237 3708 3381
Average daily rate £375 £362 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.66% +3.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £500 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +4.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 447 393 451
Average hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.05 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

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 27 July 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 27 July 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 -7 25 £385 +175.98% 5
London +2 7 £368 -19.45% 1
South West - 6 £400 -
West Midlands +2 4 £350 -
North East - 2 - -
SDH
UK

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 July 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.

1 111 (77.62%) Telecoms
2 82 (57.34%) Ethernet
3 68 (47.55%) ATM
4 66 (46.15%) Radio Access Network
5 63 (44.06%) Ericsson
6 60 (41.96%) GSM
6 60 (41.96%) UMTS
7 51 (35.66%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 49 (34.27%) Agile Software Development
9 48 (33.57%) RNC
10 38 (26.57%) SLA
10 38 (26.57%) WFM
10 38 (26.57%) Line Management
11 34 (23.78%) MPLS
12 32 (22.38%) 4G
13 29 (20.28%) Huawei
14 27 (18.88%) Security Cleared
14 27 (18.88%) 3G
15 26 (18.18%) DSL
15 26 (18.18%) Network Planning
16 25 (17.48%) DWDM
17 24 (16.78%) 2G
17 24 (16.78%) LTE
18 19 (13.29%) Internet
18 19 (13.29%) Cisco
19 18 (12.59%) Wireless
20 17 (11.89%) TCP/IP
20 17 (11.89%) DV Cleared
21 16 (11.19%) Wi-Fi
22 15 (10.49%) WiMAX

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 July 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.

Applications
1 12 (8.39%) MS Office
2 2 (1.40%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.40%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 82 (57.34%) Ethernet
2 68 (47.55%) ATM
3 66 (46.15%) Radio Access Network
4 60 (41.96%) GSM
4 60 (41.96%) UMTS
5 48 (33.57%) RNC
6 34 (23.78%) MPLS
7 32 (22.38%) 4G
8 27 (18.88%) 3G
9 26 (18.18%) DSL
10 25 (17.48%) DWDM
11 24 (16.78%) 2G
11 24 (16.78%) LTE
12 19 (13.29%) Internet
13 18 (12.59%) Wireless
14 17 (11.89%) TCP/IP
15 16 (11.19%) Wi-Fi
16 15 (10.49%) WiMAX
16 15 (10.49%) CDMA2000
16 15 (10.49%) HSPA
Development Applications
1 10 (6.99%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 10 (6.99%) ClearCase
1 10 (6.99%) Subversion
1 10 (6.99%) Git (software)
General
1 111 (77.62%) Telecoms
2 8 (5.59%) Back Office
3 6 (4.20%) German Language
4 5 (3.50%) Marketing
5 2 (1.40%) Finance
6 1 (0.70%) Legal
6 1 (0.70%) Publishing
6 1 (0.70%) Billing
Job Titles
1 39 (27.27%) Field Engineer
2 17 (11.89%) Architect
3 11 (7.69%) Developer
3 11 (7.69%) C++ Developer
3 11 (7.69%) Network Architect
4 10 (6.99%) Network Engineer
5 8 (5.59%) Microwave Engineer
6 7 (4.90%) Transmission Engineer
7 6 (4.20%) Project Engineer
8 5 (3.50%) Tester
9 4 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (2.80%) Support Engineer
9 4 (2.80%) Technical Tester
9 4 (2.80%) Delivery Manager
9 4 (2.80%) Strategy Manager
9 4 (2.80%) Deployment Engineer
9 4 (2.80%) IP Network Engineer
9 4 (2.80%) Architecture Manager
9 4 (2.80%) IP Engineer
10 3 (2.10%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (7.69%) STL
2 1 (0.70%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.99%) Client/Server
1 10 (6.99%) Mobile App
2 2 (1.40%) Economics
2 2 (1.40%) Statistics
3 1 (0.70%) SCADA
3 1 (0.70%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (0.70%) Data Centre
3 1 (0.70%) PMI
3 1 (0.70%) GIS
3 1 (0.70%) Management Information System
3 1 (0.70%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 3 (2.10%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (34.27%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (26.57%) WFM
2 38 (26.57%) Line Management
3 26 (18.18%) Network Planning
4 11 (7.69%) Migration
4 11 (7.69%) OO
5 10 (6.99%) OOD
6 9 (6.29%) Network Design
7 8 (5.59%) Project Management
8 7 (4.90%) Network Management
9 4 (2.80%) Validation
9 4 (2.80%) Requirements Analysis
9 4 (2.80%) Test Planning
10 3 (2.10%) Kalman Filter
10 3 (2.10%) Release Management
10 3 (2.10%) Continuous Integration
11 2 (1.40%) Fault Management
11 2 (1.40%) Use Case
11 2 (1.40%) Capacity Management
11 2 (1.40%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (7.69%) C
1 11 (7.69%) C++
1 11 (7.69%) Perl
1 11 (7.69%) Python
1 11 (7.69%) Ruby
1 11 (7.69%) Bash Shell
2 1 (0.70%) SQL
2 1 (0.70%) Java
Qualifications
1 27 (18.88%) Security Cleared
2 17 (11.89%) DV Cleared
3 12 (8.39%) SC Cleared
4 9 (6.29%) HNC
4 9 (6.29%) CCNA
4 9 (6.29%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (4.90%) BC Cleared
6 5 (3.50%) PMP
6 5 (3.50%) PMI Certification
7 4 (2.80%) CCNP
8 3 (2.10%) Degree
9 1 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.70%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (26.57%) SLA
2 10 (6.99%) QA
Vendors
1 63 (44.06%) Ericsson
2 51 (35.66%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 29 (20.28%) Huawei
4 19 (13.29%) Cisco
5 13 (9.09%) Nokia
6 10 (6.99%) Siemens
7 7 (4.90%) Juniper
8 6 (4.20%) ZTE
9 5 (3.50%) ComArch
9 5 (3.50%) BT
9 5 (3.50%) Nortel
10 4 (2.80%) Cramer
10 4 (2.80%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 4 (2.80%) EMC
10 4 (2.80%) Riverbed
11 3 (2.10%) Actix
12 2 (1.40%) Fortinet
12 2 (1.40%) Ciena
12 2 (1.40%) Business Objects
12 2 (1.40%) Microsoft
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