The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the England region.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 519 483 534
Rank change year-on-year
-36 +51
Contract jobs citing SS7 52 38 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.10% 0.087% 0.059%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.78% 0.57% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 8 10
Average daily rate £213 £355 £278
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-40.14% +27.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £190 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £450 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £213 £430 £406
% change year-on-year
-50.58% +5.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Communications & Networking Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
6693 6705 8524
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.07% 15.33% 15.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 3600 3441 4093
Average daily rate £363 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 376 540 567
Average hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.97% -18.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -18.18%
SS7
UK

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 23 April 2014.

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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
South East +16 51 £213 -52.77%
East of England - 1 - - 1
South West - - - -
London - - - -
North West - - - -
SS7
UK

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, 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 43 (60.56%) Telecoms
2 36 (50.70%) MGW
3 32 (45.07%) SIGTRAN
4 31 (43.66%) Configuration Management
5 28 (39.44%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 27 (38.03%) Fault Management
6 27 (38.03%) Change Management
7 18 (25.35%) 3G
7 18 (25.35%) DNS
8 17 (23.94%) Problem Management
8 17 (23.94%) Performance Management
9 15 (21.13%) GGSN
9 15 (21.13%) SGSN
9 15 (21.13%) Juniper
10 14 (19.72%) LTE
11 13 (18.31%) ATM
12 12 (16.90%) INAP
13 11 (15.49%) Velocent
14 10 (14.08%) Nokia
14 10 (14.08%) LDAP
14 10 (14.08%) UNIX
14 10 (14.08%) TCP/IP
15 9 (12.68%) WAP
15 9 (12.68%) VMS
15 9 (12.68%) Siemens
15 9 (12.68%) Ericsson
15 9 (12.68%) L2TP
15 9 (12.68%) MPLS
15 9 (12.68%) Front Office
16 8 (11.27%) Huawei

SS7
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, 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 2 (2.82%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Communications & Networking
1 36 (50.70%) MGW
2 32 (45.07%) SIGTRAN
3 18 (25.35%) 3G
3 18 (25.35%) DNS
4 15 (21.13%) GGSN
4 15 (21.13%) SGSN
5 14 (19.72%) LTE
6 13 (18.31%) ATM
7 12 (16.90%) INAP
8 10 (14.08%) LDAP
8 10 (14.08%) TCP/IP
9 9 (12.68%) L2TP
9 9 (12.68%) MPLS
10 7 (9.86%) 4G
10 7 (9.86%) Cisco Nexus
11 6 (8.45%) 2G
11 6 (8.45%) Firewall
11 6 (8.45%) SDH
12 4 (5.63%) MVNO
12 4 (5.63%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database
General
1 43 (60.56%) Telecoms
2 9 (12.68%) Front Office
3 5 (7.04%) Legal
Job Titles
1 31 (43.66%) NOC Engineer
2 14 (19.72%) Databuild Engineer
3 7 (9.86%) Network Support
3 7 (9.86%) Test Leader
4 4 (5.63%) Analyst
4 4 (5.63%) Test Analyst
5 3 (4.23%) Designer
5 3 (4.23%) Design Engineer
6 2 (2.82%) Support Specialist
6 2 (2.82%) Operations Support Specialist
6 2 (2.82%) RAN Engineer
6 2 (2.82%) Network Engineer
7 1 (1.41%) Systems Support
7 1 (1.41%) Support Engineer
7 1 (1.41%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (1.41%) Consultant
7 1 (1.41%) Test Manager
7 1 (1.41%) Tester
7 1 (1.41%) Testing Manager
7 1 (1.41%) Senior RAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (12.68%) WAP
2 1 (1.41%) Rendezvous
2 1 (1.41%) SOAP
2 1 (1.41%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.04%) Smart Meter
2 1 (1.41%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.41%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 10 (14.08%) UNIX
2 9 (12.68%) VMS
3 2 (2.82%) Solaris
3 2 (2.82%) Linux
4 1 (1.41%) Windows 2000
4 1 (1.41%) Windows NT
4 1 (1.41%) Windows
4 1 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (43.66%) Configuration Management
2 27 (38.03%) Fault Management
2 27 (38.03%) Change Management
3 17 (23.94%) Problem Management
3 17 (23.94%) Performance Management
4 3 (4.23%) Regression Testing
5 2 (2.82%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (2.82%) Workflow
5 2 (2.82%) Network Management
6 1 (1.41%) ITIL
6 1 (1.41%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (1.41%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.82%) SQL
2 1 (1.41%) Java
2 1 (1.41%) Perl
Qualifications
1 5 (7.04%) Degree
2 2 (2.82%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.41%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.23%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.41%) NFS
Systems Management
1 3 (4.23%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 28 (39.44%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 15 (21.13%) Juniper
3 11 (15.49%) Velocent
4 10 (14.08%) Nokia
5 9 (12.68%) Siemens
5 9 (12.68%) Ericsson
6 8 (11.27%) Huawei
6 8 (11.27%) Cisco
7 6 (8.45%) CheckPoint
8 3 (4.23%) Oracle
9 2 (2.82%) Red Hat
10 1 (1.41%) TIBCO
10 1 (1.41%) Microsoft
10 1 (1.41%) Citrix
10 1 (1.41%) Sybase
10 1 (1.41%) Sonus
10 1 (1.41%) Redknee
10 1 (1.41%) BT