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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 548 529 492
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -37
Contract jobs citing SDH 41 48 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.077% 0.095% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.55% 0.64% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 15 22
Average daily rate
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£370 £330 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.12% +14.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £268 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £407 £347
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £300 £233
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +29.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
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
7469 7473 6574
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.05% 14.85% 13.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4319 4117 3641
Average daily rate £375 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 484 409 381
Average hourly rate £21.53 £21.63 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.46% -3.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.44 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.29
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 -3 31 £375 - 5
London +16 4 £350 -23.28% 1
South West -8 3 £400 - 2
North East - 2 - -
West Midlands -2 1 - -
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SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 66 (69.47%) Telecoms
2 43 (45.26%) Ethernet
3 34 (35.79%) ATM
4 28 (29.47%) DWDM
5 25 (26.32%) 3G
6 23 (24.21%) 2G
6 23 (24.21%) Huawei
7 22 (23.16%) Radio Access Network
7 22 (23.16%) MPLS
8 21 (22.11%) 4G
8 21 (22.11%) Security Cleared
9 19 (20.00%) Ericsson
10 17 (17.89%) Internet
10 17 (17.89%) Cisco
10 17 (17.89%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
11 16 (16.84%) LTE
12 14 (14.74%) DV Cleared
12 14 (14.74%) Network Planning
12 14 (14.74%) RNC
12 14 (14.74%) VPN
13 13 (13.68%) Nokia
14 12 (12.63%) TCP/IP
14 12 (12.63%) GSM
14 12 (12.63%) UMTS
14 12 (12.63%) MS Office
14 12 (12.63%) Project Management
14 12 (12.63%) DSL
14 12 (12.63%) Agile Software Development
15 11 (11.58%) WAN
16 10 (10.53%) QA

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 (12.63%) MS Office
2 3 (3.16%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.05%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 43 (45.26%) Ethernet
2 34 (35.79%) ATM
3 28 (29.47%) DWDM
4 25 (26.32%) 3G
5 23 (24.21%) 2G
6 22 (23.16%) Radio Access Network
6 22 (23.16%) MPLS
7 21 (22.11%) 4G
8 17 (17.89%) Internet
9 16 (16.84%) LTE
10 14 (14.74%) RNC
10 14 (14.74%) VPN
11 12 (12.63%) DSL
11 12 (12.63%) GSM
11 12 (12.63%) UMTS
11 12 (12.63%) TCP/IP
12 11 (11.58%) WAN
13 9 (9.47%) LAN
13 9 (9.47%) Firewall
13 9 (9.47%) GPON
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.11%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 7 (7.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 7 (7.37%) ClearCase
1 7 (7.37%) Subversion
1 7 (7.37%) Git (software)
General
1 66 (69.47%) Telecoms
2 9 (9.47%) Marketing
3 8 (8.42%) Back Office
4 6 (6.32%) German Language
5 3 (3.16%) Finance
6 1 (1.05%) Legal
6 1 (1.05%) Publishing
6 1 (1.05%) Billing
Job Titles
1 14 (14.74%) Architect
2 10 (10.53%) Network Engineer
2 10 (10.53%) Network Architect
3 8 (8.42%) Developer
3 8 (8.42%) Support Engineer
3 8 (8.42%) C++ Developer
3 8 (8.42%) Microwave Engineer
4 6 (6.32%) Transmission Engineer
4 6 (6.32%) Project Engineer
5 5 (5.26%) Field Engineer
6 4 (4.21%) Tester
6 4 (4.21%) Technical Tester
6 4 (4.21%) Deployment Engineer
6 4 (4.21%) IP Engineer
6 4 (4.21%) Strategy Manager
6 4 (4.21%) Architecture Manager
7 3 (3.16%) Designer
7 3 (3.16%) Senior Architect
7 3 (3.16%) Back Office Engineer
7 3 (3.16%) Transmission Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.42%) STL
2 1 (1.05%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.37%) Client/Server
1 7 (7.37%) Mobile App
2 2 (2.11%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.11%) Economics
2 2 (2.11%) GIS
3 1 (1.05%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.05%) CESG
3 1 (1.05%) Tandem
3 1 (1.05%) SCADA
3 1 (1.05%) PMI
3 1 (1.05%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 8 (8.42%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (14.74%) Network Planning
2 12 (12.63%) Project Management
2 12 (12.63%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (9.47%) Network Design
4 8 (8.42%) Migration
4 8 (8.42%) OO
5 7 (7.37%) OOD
5 7 (7.37%) Network Management
6 6 (6.32%) Validation
7 4 (4.21%) Capacity Management
7 4 (4.21%) Requirements Analysis
7 4 (4.21%) WFM
7 4 (4.21%) Test Planning
7 4 (4.21%) Line Management
8 2 (2.11%) Mentoring
8 2 (2.11%) Coaching
8 2 (2.11%) Use Case
8 2 (2.11%) Fault Management
8 2 (2.11%) Capacity Planning
8 2 (2.11%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 8 (8.42%) C++
1 8 (8.42%) Perl
1 8 (8.42%) Python
1 8 (8.42%) Ruby
1 8 (8.42%) Bash Shell
2 2 (2.11%) C
3 1 (1.05%) SQL
3 1 (1.05%) Java
Qualifications
1 21 (22.11%) Security Cleared
2 14 (14.74%) DV Cleared
3 9 (9.47%) SC Cleared
4 8 (8.42%) HNC
5 7 (7.37%) CCNA
5 7 (7.37%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (5.26%) PMP
6 5 (5.26%) PMI Certification
7 4 (4.21%) Degree
7 4 (4.21%) BC Cleared
8 2 (2.11%) CCNP
9 1 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.53%) QA
2 4 (4.21%) SLA
Vendors
1 23 (24.21%) Huawei
2 19 (20.00%) Ericsson
3 17 (17.89%) Cisco
3 17 (17.89%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 13 (13.68%) Nokia
5 9 (9.47%) Siemens
6 7 (7.37%) BT
6 7 (7.37%) Juniper
7 6 (6.32%) Sybase
7 6 (6.32%) ZTE
7 6 (6.32%) ComArch
8 5 (5.26%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 5 (5.26%) Nortel
8 5 (5.26%) Cramer
9 4 (4.21%) EMC
9 4 (4.21%) Riverbed
10 3 (3.16%) Ciena
10 3 (3.16%) NEC
11 2 (2.11%) CheckPoint
11 2 (2.11%) Microsoft