The table below looks at the statistics for 2G skills in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2G over the 3 months to 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
2G
Rank 402 398 386
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -12
Contract jobs citing 2G 6 17 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.028% 0.080% 0.095%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.22% 0.60% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 1
Average daily rate £401 £350 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.42% -30.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £268 £315
% change year-on-year
+0.93% -14.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £36.45 -
2G
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Communications & Networking Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
2692 2829 2735
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 12.71% 13.34% 12.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1741 1841 1745
Average daily rate £423 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.03% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 80 74
Average hourly rate £24.23 £19.75 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.68% +16.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.12 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £30.00 £33.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

2G
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing 2G across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

2G Jobs Demand Trend in London

2G
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 2G across the London region.

2G Daily Rate Trend in London

2G
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 2G across the London region over the 3 months to 12 February 2016.

2G Daily Rate Histogram in London

2G
Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 2G across the London region.

2G Hourly Rate Trend in London

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the London region citing 2G 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 2G.

1 19 (90.48%) 3G
2 16 (76.19%) 4G
3 13 (61.90%) Telecoms
4 9 (42.86%) Degree
5 5 (23.81%) Unix
5 5 (23.81%) XML
6 4 (19.05%) Billing
6 4 (19.05%) Huawei
6 4 (19.05%) Integration Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Statistics
7 3 (14.29%) Fault Management
7 3 (14.29%) Ericsson
7 3 (14.29%) Nokia
7 3 (14.29%) SS7
7 3 (14.29%) Service Delivery
7 3 (14.29%) SLA
7 3 (14.29%) Linux
7 3 (14.29%) Oracle
8 2 (9.52%) JUnit
8 2 (9.52%) Web Services
8 2 (9.52%) HTML
8 2 (9.52%) Java
8 2 (9.52%) JavaScript
8 2 (9.52%) SQL
8 2 (9.52%) MS Excel
8 2 (9.52%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (9.52%) N-Tier
8 2 (9.52%) Microsoft
8 2 (9.52%) UMTS
8 2 (9.52%) Ethernet

2G
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the London region citing 2G 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 2G. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (9.52%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 2 (9.52%) MS Excel
1 2 (9.52%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (4.76%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 19 (90.48%) 3G
2 16 (76.19%) 4G
3 3 (14.29%) SS7
4 2 (9.52%) Broadband
4 2 (9.52%) Diameter Protocol
4 2 (9.52%) Ethernet
4 2 (9.52%) GSM
4 2 (9.52%) Intelligent Network
4 2 (9.52%) LTE
4 2 (9.52%) MGW
4 2 (9.52%) Radio Access Network
4 2 (9.52%) SIGTRAN
4 2 (9.52%) TCAP
4 2 (9.52%) UMTS
4 2 (9.52%) Value-Added Service
4 2 (9.52%) VoLTE
4 2 (9.52%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (4.76%) MVNO
5 1 (4.76%) Node B
5 1 (4.76%) RNC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.52%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (9.52%) Oracle Database
2 1 (4.76%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (4.76%) MySQL
2 1 (4.76%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (9.52%) JUnit
1 2 (9.52%) Selenium
General
1 13 (61.90%) Telecoms
2 4 (19.05%) Billing
3 1 (4.76%) Back Office
3 1 (4.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (9.52%) Delivery Manager
1 2 (9.52%) Field Engineer
1 2 (9.52%) Optimisation Engineer
1 2 (9.52%) Telecoms Engineer
1 2 (9.52%) Test Specialist
2 1 (4.76%) 3G Engineer
2 1 (4.76%) Back Office Engineer
2 1 (4.76%) Build Manager
2 1 (4.76%) C++ Developer
2 1 (4.76%) Coordinator
2 1 (4.76%) Deployment Engineer
2 1 (4.76%) Deployment Manager
2 1 (4.76%) Developer
2 1 (4.76%) Ericsson Engineer
2 1 (4.76%) Integration Engineer
2 1 (4.76%) Network Engineer
2 1 (4.76%) Radio Engineer
2 1 (4.76%) Telecoms Developer
2 1 (4.76%) Test Engineer
2 1 (4.76%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (23.81%) XML
2 2 (9.52%) HTML
2 2 (9.52%) Web Services
3 1 (4.76%) Boost C++ Libraries
3 1 (4.76%) POSIX
3 1 (4.76%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Statistics
2 2 (9.52%) N-Tier
3 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.76%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (23.81%) Unix
2 3 (14.29%) Linux
3 2 (9.52%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (19.05%) Integration Testing
2 3 (14.29%) Fault Management
2 3 (14.29%) Service Delivery
3 2 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (9.52%) Business Analysis
3 2 (9.52%) Change Control
3 2 (9.52%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (9.52%) Defect Management
3 2 (9.52%) Fault Analysis
3 2 (9.52%) Network Architecture
3 2 (9.52%) Presales
3 2 (9.52%) Root Cause Analysis
3 2 (9.52%) SDLC
3 2 (9.52%) System Testing
3 2 (9.52%) Test Automation
4 1 (4.76%) Convergent Charging
4 1 (4.76%) Logistics
4 1 (4.76%) Network Optimisation
4 1 (4.76%) Performance Monitoring
4 1 (4.76%) WFM
Programming Languages
1 2 (9.52%) Java
1 2 (9.52%) JavaScript
1 2 (9.52%) Shell Script
1 2 (9.52%) SQL
2 1 (4.76%) C++
Qualifications
1 9 (42.86%) Degree
2 2 (9.52%) HND
2 2 (9.52%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.76%) Chartered Engineer
3 1 (4.76%) DV Cleared
3 1 (4.76%) HNC
3 1 (4.76%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (14.29%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (9.52%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (4.76%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 4 (19.05%) Huawei
2 3 (14.29%) Ericsson
2 3 (14.29%) Nokia
2 3 (14.29%) Oracle
3 2 (9.52%) Amdocs
3 2 (9.52%) Juniper
3 2 (9.52%) Microsoft
3 2 (9.52%) Nortel
4 1 (4.76%) Citrix
4 1 (4.76%) Cramer
4 1 (4.76%) Dialogic
4 1 (4.76%) Mapinfo
4 1 (4.76%) NEC
4 1 (4.76%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 1 (4.76%) Tieto