The table below looks at the statistics for SS7 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 SS7 over the 3 months to 2 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
2 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 543 553 509
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -44
Contract jobs citing SS7 43 18 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.086% 0.037% 0.074%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.59% 0.27% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 9 10
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£305 £263 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.19% -32.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £230 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £281 £450
% change year-on-year
+15.55% -37.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
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
7252 6633 6399
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.50% 13.65% 14.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4142 3638 3359
Average daily rate £361 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.54% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £205 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 430 368 496
Average hourly rate £22.22 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.94% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.25 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.60 £40.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+28.37% -26.00%

SS7
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SS7 across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

SS7 Jobs Demand Trend in England

SS7
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SS7 across the England region.

SS7 Daily Rate Trend in England

SS7
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SS7 across the England region over the 3 months to 2 July 2015.

SS7 Daily Rate Histogram in England

SS7
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SS7 across the England region.

SS7 Hourly Rate Trend in England

SS7
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 SS7 within the England region over the 3 months to 2 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
London +19 17 £303 - 2
South East -21 17 £285 -8.06% 1
Yorkshire - 6 - -
East of England - 2 £325 -
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SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 2 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing SS7 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 SS7.

1 61 (70.11%) Telecoms
2 57 (65.52%) 3G
3 43 (49.43%) 4G
4 42 (48.28%) SIGTRAN
5 38 (43.68%) 2G
6 27 (31.03%) Diameter Protocol
7 26 (29.89%) SCCP
8 25 (28.74%) GSM
9 22 (25.29%) ISUP
10 18 (20.69%) Network Architecture
11 17 (19.54%) HP Quality Center
11 17 (19.54%) UNIX
12 16 (18.39%) TCAP
12 16 (18.39%) INAP
12 16 (18.39%) MGW
13 14 (16.09%) SGSN
14 13 (14.94%) LTE
15 12 (13.79%) Wireless
15 12 (13.79%) PSTN
15 12 (13.79%) HP
15 12 (13.79%) TCP/IP
16 11 (12.64%) Billing
16 11 (12.64%) Degree
17 9 (10.34%) Wireshark
17 9 (10.34%) MVNO
17 9 (10.34%) RTP
17 9 (10.34%) SMS
17 9 (10.34%) CRM
18 8 (9.20%) GPRS
18 8 (9.20%) UMTS

SS7
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 2 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing SS7 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 SS7. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.15%) JBoss
1 1 (1.15%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.15%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
1 1 (1.15%) Lync
Applications
1 1 (1.15%) MS Office
1 1 (1.15%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.15%) MS Visio
1 1 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.15%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 57 (65.52%) 3G
2 43 (49.43%) 4G
3 42 (48.28%) SIGTRAN
4 38 (43.68%) 2G
5 27 (31.03%) Diameter Protocol
6 26 (29.89%) SCCP
7 25 (28.74%) GSM
8 22 (25.29%) ISUP
9 16 (18.39%) TCAP
9 16 (18.39%) INAP
9 16 (18.39%) MGW
10 14 (16.09%) SGSN
11 13 (14.94%) LTE
12 12 (13.79%) Wireless
12 12 (13.79%) PSTN
12 12 (13.79%) TCP/IP
13 9 (10.34%) RTP
13 9 (10.34%) SMS
13 9 (10.34%) Wireshark
13 9 (10.34%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.45%) MySQL
1 3 (3.45%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (1.15%) JMeter
1 1 (1.15%) Maven
1 1 (1.15%) SoapUI
General
1 61 (70.11%) Telecoms
2 11 (12.64%) Billing
3 6 (6.90%) Back Office
4 3 (3.45%) Advertising
4 3 (3.45%) Multimedia
5 2 (2.30%) Legal
5 2 (2.30%) Electronics
5 2 (2.30%) Italian Language
6 1 (1.15%) Marketing
6 1 (1.15%) Finance
6 1 (1.15%) Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (17.24%) Test Engineer
2 11 (12.64%) Tester
3 8 (9.20%) Databuild Engineer
4 6 (6.90%) Network Engineer
4 6 (6.90%) Wireless Engineer
5 5 (5.75%) Voice Engineer
5 5 (5.75%) Analyst
5 5 (5.75%) Design Engineer
6 4 (4.60%) Consultant
6 4 (4.60%) Core Network Engineer
6 4 (4.60%) Network Analyst
7 3 (3.45%) Network Design Engineer
7 3 (3.45%) Developer
7 3 (3.45%) Mobile Tester
7 3 (3.45%) CS Core Engineer
8 2 (2.30%) Architect
8 2 (2.30%) Project Manager
8 2 (2.30%) Test Analyst
8 2 (2.30%) Senior Analyst
8 2 (2.30%) Test and Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.45%) XML
1 3 (3.45%) POSIX
1 3 (3.45%) SOAP
1 3 (3.45%) STL
1 3 (3.45%) Boost C++ Libraries
2 2 (2.30%) HTML
3 1 (1.15%) Web Services
3 1 (1.15%) Rendezvous
3 1 (1.15%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.90%) Statistics
2 5 (5.75%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.30%) Data Structures
4 2 (2.30%) IPTV
4 2 (2.30%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.30%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.15%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.15%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.15%) Web 2.0
5 1 (1.15%) Handset
5 1 (1.15%) IVR
5 1 (1.15%) Raspberry Pi
5 1 (1.15%) BeagleBone
5 1 (1.15%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 17 (19.54%) UNIX
2 6 (6.90%) Linux
3 1 (1.15%) SUSE
3 1 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.15%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (20.69%) Network Architecture
2 9 (10.34%) CRM
3 8 (9.20%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (8.05%) Migration
5 6 (6.90%) ITIL
6 4 (4.60%) Risk Management
6 4 (4.60%) Requirements Analysis
7 3 (3.45%) Data Management
7 3 (3.45%) Software Testing
7 3 (3.45%) Use Case
7 3 (3.45%) Compatibility Testing
7 3 (3.45%) Test Scripting
7 3 (3.45%) Multithreading
7 3 (3.45%) Service Management
7 3 (3.45%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (3.45%) Benchmarking
7 3 (3.45%) Test Strategy
8 2 (2.30%) Time Management
8 2 (2.30%) Test Automation
8 2 (2.30%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.60%) C++
2 2 (2.30%) Java
2 2 (2.30%) Erlang
3 1 (1.15%) Perl
3 1 (1.15%) SQL
3 1 (1.15%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 11 (12.64%) Degree
2 7 (8.05%) HNC
3 6 (6.90%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 2 (2.30%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.30%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.15%) HND
5 1 (1.15%) ISEB
5 1 (1.15%) CISSP
5 1 (1.15%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.15%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.60%) QA
2 2 (2.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (1.15%) NFS
1 1 (1.15%) NDS
1 1 (1.15%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 17 (19.54%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (13.79%) HP
2 8 (9.20%) Huawei
3 7 (8.05%) Nokia
3 7 (8.05%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 6 (6.90%) Remedy
5 5 (5.75%) Cisco
6 4 (4.60%) Microsoft
7 3 (3.45%) Oracle
7 3 (3.45%) Tieto
7 3 (3.45%) Dialogic
7 3 (3.45%) Verint
7 3 (3.45%) Tekelec
7 3 (3.45%) Agilent
8 2 (2.30%) TIBCO
8 2 (2.30%) Siemens
9 1 (1.15%) Red Hat
9 1 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (1.15%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 1 (1.15%) Ericsson
9 1 (1.15%) BT