The first table below looks at the demand for 2G skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2G over the 3 months to 25 July 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 North West 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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 120 126 112
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -14
Contract jobs citing 2G 9 2 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.30% 0.075% 0.80%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.27% 0.51% 4.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 4
Average daily rate
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£285 £210 £278
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.71% -24.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £162 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £258 £291
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £274 £280
% change year-on-year
+13.24% -2.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-7.14% -
Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
397 389 544
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.08% 14.57% 16.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 181 196
Average daily rate £300 £280 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -13.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £435 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 43 55
Average hourly rate £22.50 £32.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.76% +62.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%
2G
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2G
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

2G Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

2G
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

2G Daily Rate Trend in the North West

2G
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

2G Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

2G
Top 22 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 11 (100.00%) 3G
2 8 (72.73%) Telecoms
2 8 (72.73%) LTE
3 6 (54.55%) 4G
4 3 (27.27%) Ericsson
5 2 (18.18%) SLA
5 2 (18.18%) Risk Assessment
5 2 (18.18%) Network Planning
5 2 (18.18%) Huawei
6 1 (9.09%) Statistics
6 1 (9.09%) RNC
6 1 (9.09%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (9.09%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (9.09%) 2.5G
6 1 (9.09%) DWDM
6 1 (9.09%) Nortel
6 1 (9.09%) Nokia
6 1 (9.09%) C
6 1 (9.09%) ETL
6 1 (9.09%) ATM
6 1 (9.09%) SDH
6 1 (9.09%) Ethernet

2G
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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.

Communications & Networking
1 11 (100.00%) 3G
2 8 (72.73%) LTE
3 6 (54.55%) 4G
4 1 (9.09%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (9.09%) ATM
4 1 (9.09%) SDH
4 1 (9.09%) Ethernet
4 1 (9.09%) DWDM
4 1 (9.09%) 2.5G
4 1 (9.09%) RNC
General
1 8 (72.73%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (27.27%) Field Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Radio Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Radio Network Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Operations Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Transmission Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Network Optimisation Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) RF Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Network Planner
3 1 (9.09%) Network Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Field Service Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (9.09%) Statistics
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (18.18%) Risk Assessment
1 2 (18.18%) Network Planning
2 1 (9.09%) Capacity Planning
2 1 (9.09%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 1 (9.09%) C
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) SLA
Vendors
1 3 (27.27%) Ericsson
2 2 (18.18%) Huawei
3 1 (9.09%) Nortel
3 1 (9.09%) Nokia