The table below looks at the statistics for SDH 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 SDH over the 3 months to 21 November 2014 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 411 378 372
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -6
Contract jobs citing SDH 8 41 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.033% 0.16% 0.098%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.26% 1.35% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 32 5
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +50.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £288 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £448 £290
UK excluding London average daily rate £268 £263 £310
% change year-on-year
+1.90% -15.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 6
Average hourly rate - £20.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -42.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £25.00
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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 London region.

Communications & Networking Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
3079 3035 3124
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 12.88% 12.15% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 2103 1999 1976
Average daily rate £388 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £335 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.88% +3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 97 146
Average hourly rate £21.50 £18.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.44% -1.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £39.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.88 £21.88 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+4.57% +4.16%

SDH
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

SDH Jobs Demand Trend in London

SDH
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

SDH Daily Rate Trend in London

SDH
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SDH across the London region over the 3 months to 21 November 2014.

SDH Daily Rate Histogram in London

SDH
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

SDH Hourly Rate Trend in London

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 11 (73.33%) Ethernet
2 10 (66.67%) WAN
3 9 (60.00%) Cisco
3 9 (60.00%) OSPF
3 9 (60.00%) BGP
4 7 (46.67%) DWDM
5 6 (40.00%) Telecoms
6 5 (33.33%) Project Management
6 5 (33.33%) Network Design
6 5 (33.33%) VLAN
6 5 (33.33%) MPLS
6 5 (33.33%) SLA
6 5 (33.33%) SONET
6 5 (33.33%) DSL
6 5 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (26.67%) IPv4
7 4 (26.67%) IPv6
7 4 (26.67%) CCIE
7 4 (26.67%) EIGRP
7 4 (26.67%) VRRP
7 4 (26.67%) RIP
7 4 (26.67%) ISDN
7 4 (26.67%) Network Planning
7 4 (26.67%) GGSN
7 4 (26.67%) SGSN
7 4 (26.67%) Firewall
7 4 (26.67%) Network Security
7 4 (26.67%) HSRP
7 4 (26.67%) Multicast
8 3 (20.00%) Radio Access Network

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (13.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (20.00%) MS Visio
2 1 (6.67%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 11 (73.33%) Ethernet
2 10 (66.67%) WAN
3 9 (60.00%) OSPF
3 9 (60.00%) BGP
4 7 (46.67%) DWDM
5 5 (33.33%) MPLS
5 5 (33.33%) SONET
5 5 (33.33%) DSL
5 5 (33.33%) VLAN
6 4 (26.67%) GGSN
6 4 (26.67%) SGSN
6 4 (26.67%) Network Security
6 4 (26.67%) EIGRP
6 4 (26.67%) VRRP
6 4 (26.67%) Firewall
6 4 (26.67%) IPv4
6 4 (26.67%) IPv6
6 4 (26.67%) RIP
6 4 (26.67%) ISDN
6 4 (26.67%) HSRP
General
1 6 (40.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (13.33%) Finance
2 2 (13.33%) Publishing
2 2 (13.33%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 4 (26.67%) Architect
1 4 (26.67%) Solutions Architect
1 4 (26.67%) Network Architect
1 4 (26.67%) Network Design Architect
2 3 (20.00%) Network Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Project Manager
3 2 (13.33%) Field Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Senior Network Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Network Administrator
4 1 (6.67%) Project Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Junior
4 1 (6.67%) Administrator
4 1 (6.67%) Project Director
4 1 (6.67%) Junior Network Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Telecoms Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 2 (13.33%) Windows
2 1 (6.67%) Windows 2000
2 1 (6.67%) Windows NT
2 1 (6.67%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (33.33%) Network Design
1 5 (33.33%) Project Management
2 4 (26.67%) Network Planning
3 2 (13.33%) Service Delivery
4 1 (6.67%) Network Management
4 1 (6.67%) Line Management
Qualifications
1 5 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (26.67%) CCIE
3 1 (6.67%) CCNA
3 1 (6.67%) JNCIE
3 1 (6.67%) CFA
3 1 (6.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (33.33%) SLA
Vendors
1 9 (60.00%) Cisco
2 2 (13.33%) Juniper
2 2 (13.33%) Ericsson
3 1 (6.67%) Nokia
3 1 (6.67%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 1 (6.67%) Ciena
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft