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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 415 398 368
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -30
Contract jobs citing SDH 7 12 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.030% 0.052% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.23% 0.43% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 10 17
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£368 £364 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.03% +25.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £257 £285 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £377 £488 £315
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £265 £285
% change year-on-year
+48.11% -7.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £33.75 -
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 London region.

Communications & Networking Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
3087 2806 2899
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 13.18% 12.06% 12.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 1988 1801 1804
Average daily rate £385 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.75% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 80 123
Average hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.50% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £16.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £34.00 £54.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £18.63 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+34.22% -25.50%

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 30 June 2015.

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 30 June 2015, 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 12 (80.00%) Ethernet
1 12 (80.00%) Telecoms
2 8 (53.33%) Cisco
3 7 (46.67%) MPLS
4 6 (40.00%) Firewall
4 6 (40.00%) SLA
4 6 (40.00%) Ericsson
4 6 (40.00%) GSM
5 5 (33.33%) ATM
5 5 (33.33%) VPN
5 5 (33.33%) UMTS
5 5 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (33.33%) RNC
5 5 (33.33%) WFM
5 5 (33.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 5 (33.33%) Radio Access Network
5 5 (33.33%) Line Management
6 4 (26.67%) VPLS
6 4 (26.67%) Riverbed
6 4 (26.67%) Project Management
6 4 (26.67%) WAN
6 4 (26.67%) LAN
6 4 (26.67%) CCNA
6 4 (26.67%) DWDM
6 4 (26.67%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (20.00%) Juniper
7 3 (20.00%) CheckPoint
7 3 (20.00%) Finance
7 3 (20.00%) Fortinet
8 2 (13.33%) Network Design

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 30 June 2015, 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 1 (6.67%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 12 (80.00%) Ethernet
2 7 (46.67%) MPLS
3 6 (40.00%) Firewall
3 6 (40.00%) GSM
4 5 (33.33%) ATM
4 5 (33.33%) UMTS
4 5 (33.33%) VPN
4 5 (33.33%) RNC
4 5 (33.33%) Radio Access Network
5 4 (26.67%) DWDM
5 4 (26.67%) VPLS
5 4 (26.67%) WAN
5 4 (26.67%) LAN
6 1 (6.67%) Broadband
6 1 (6.67%) DHCP
6 1 (6.67%) VoIP
6 1 (6.67%) DNS
6 1 (6.67%) SSL
6 1 (6.67%) Intranet
6 1 (6.67%) Internet
General
1 12 (80.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (20.00%) Finance
3 1 (6.67%) Banking
3 1 (6.67%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (46.67%) Field Engineer
2 6 (40.00%) Network Engineer
3 4 (26.67%) Deployment Engineer
4 2 (13.33%) Senior Network Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Network Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Cisco Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Cisco Network Architect
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Data Centre
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (33.33%) WFM
1 5 (33.33%) Line Management
2 4 (26.67%) Project Management
3 2 (13.33%) Network Design
3 2 (13.33%) Service Delivery
4 1 (6.67%) GAP Analysis
4 1 (6.67%) Incident Management
4 1 (6.67%) Service Management
4 1 (6.67%) ITIL
4 1 (6.67%) CRM
4 1 (6.67%) E-Commerce
4 1 (6.67%) Mentoring
4 1 (6.67%) Matrix Management
4 1 (6.67%) Continuous Improvement
Qualifications
1 4 (26.67%) CCNA
1 4 (26.67%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (6.67%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (40.00%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) VMware ESX
1 1 (6.67%) XenApp
1 1 (6.67%) vSphere
Vendors
1 8 (53.33%) Cisco
2 6 (40.00%) Ericsson
3 5 (33.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 4 (26.67%) Riverbed
5 3 (20.00%) CheckPoint
5 3 (20.00%) Juniper
5 3 (20.00%) Fortinet
6 2 (13.33%) Ciena
7 1 (6.67%) F5
7 1 (6.67%) HP
7 1 (6.67%) Citrix
7 1 (6.67%) BT
7 1 (6.67%) VMware