The table below looks at the statistics 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 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 138 129 118
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -11
Contract jobs citing 2G 13 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.36% 0.16% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.63% 1.36% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 0
Average daily rate
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£375 £288 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.43% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £290 £285
% change year-on-year
-8.62% +1.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £77.50 £28.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+169.56% -10.15%
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 North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
494 369 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.67% 11.88% 13.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 177 122
Average daily rate £325 £290 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.06% -7.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £490 £451
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 29 34
Average hourly rate £17.50 £28.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.59% +26.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.95 £14.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+44.44% -20.00%

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
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2G within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015. 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
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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
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +2 9 £375 -
Cheshire - 2 - -
Cumbria - 1 £260 -
2G
England

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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 23 (95.83%) 3G
2 22 (91.67%) 4G
3 18 (75.00%) Telecoms
4 14 (58.33%) Huawei
5 13 (54.17%) LTE
6 12 (50.00%) Ericsson
7 11 (45.83%) Radio Access Network
8 10 (41.67%) GSM
9 9 (37.50%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 8 (33.33%) Nortel
11 7 (29.17%) Configuration Management
11 7 (29.17%) WCDMA
11 7 (29.17%) GPRS
11 7 (29.17%) Performance Management
11 7 (29.17%) HSPA
11 7 (29.17%) Resource Management
11 7 (29.17%) Network Design
12 5 (20.83%) MS PowerPoint
12 5 (20.83%) MS Excel
12 5 (20.83%) Business Objects
13 4 (16.67%) ITIL
13 4 (16.67%) Ethernet
13 4 (16.67%) Mapinfo
13 4 (16.67%) Service Management
13 4 (16.67%) Service Delivery
13 4 (16.67%) Performance Improvement
13 4 (16.67%) Network Management
13 4 (16.67%) VoLTE
13 4 (16.67%) Degree
13 4 (16.67%) eTOM

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

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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.

Applications
1 5 (20.83%) MS PowerPoint
1 5 (20.83%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 23 (95.83%) 3G
2 22 (91.67%) 4G
3 13 (54.17%) LTE
4 11 (45.83%) Radio Access Network
5 10 (41.67%) GSM
6 7 (29.17%) WCDMA
6 7 (29.17%) GPRS
6 7 (29.17%) HSPA
7 4 (16.67%) Ethernet
7 4 (16.67%) VoLTE
7 4 (16.67%) RNC
8 3 (12.50%) UMTS
9 2 (8.33%) ATM
10 1 (4.17%) XCAP
10 1 (4.17%) DWDM
General
1 18 (75.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (12.50%) Finance
3 1 (4.17%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 7 (29.17%) Performance Engineer
2 5 (20.83%) RAN Engineer
2 5 (20.83%) RAN Performance Engineer
3 4 (16.67%) Field Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Senior RAN Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Radio Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Project Coordinator
5 1 (4.17%) Telecoms Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) RF Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Coordinator
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.17%) Statistics
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (29.17%) Configuration Management
1 7 (29.17%) Performance Management
1 7 (29.17%) Resource Management
1 7 (29.17%) Network Design
2 4 (16.67%) ITIL
2 4 (16.67%) Service Management
2 4 (16.67%) Service Delivery
2 4 (16.67%) Performance Improvement
2 4 (16.67%) Network Management
2 4 (16.67%) eTOM
3 3 (12.50%) Data Analysis
3 3 (12.50%) Data Entry
3 3 (12.50%) PRINCE2
4 2 (8.33%) Performance Engineering
5 1 (4.17%) Logistics
5 1 (4.17%) Change Control
5 1 (4.17%) ETL
5 1 (4.17%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.17%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 14 (58.33%) Huawei
2 12 (50.00%) Ericsson
3 9 (37.50%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 8 (33.33%) Nortel
5 5 (20.83%) Business Objects
6 4 (16.67%) Mapinfo
7 3 (12.50%) BT
7 3 (12.50%) Nokia
8 1 (4.17%) Oracle
8 1 (4.17%) Microsoft
8 1 (4.17%) Amdocs
8 1 (4.17%) NEC