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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 134 125 110
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -15
Contract jobs citing 2G 15 8 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.44% 0.29% 0.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.29% 2.23% 2.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 0 3
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£318 - £265
UK excluding London average daily rate £268 £315 £273
% change year-on-year
-14.94% +15.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - £35.00
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
456 358 382
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.23% 13.01% 16.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 152 152
Average daily rate £350 £313 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £213 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £560 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £320
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 30 49
Average hourly rate £18.50 £30.00 £25.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.33% +15.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.35 £45.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.69 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+43.45% -11.11%

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 4 March 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 -18 5 £375 - 1
2G
England

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 20 (100.00%) 3G
2 19 (95.00%) 4G
3 15 (75.00%) Telecoms
4 11 (55.00%) LTE
5 10 (50.00%) Radio Access Network
5 10 (50.00%) VCP4
5 10 (50.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 10 (50.00%) Huawei
6 9 (45.00%) Ericsson
7 7 (35.00%) Network Design
8 6 (30.00%) Nortel
8 6 (30.00%) Configuration Management
8 6 (30.00%) GPRS
8 6 (30.00%) GSM
8 6 (30.00%) WCDMA
8 6 (30.00%) Ethernet
8 6 (30.00%) Performance Management
8 6 (30.00%) HSPA
8 6 (30.00%) Resource Management
9 5 (25.00%) Data Analysis
9 5 (25.00%) BT
9 5 (25.00%) Finance
10 4 (20.00%) Mapinfo
10 4 (20.00%) RNC
10 4 (20.00%) eTOM
10 4 (20.00%) MS PowerPoint
10 4 (20.00%) Business Objects
10 4 (20.00%) ITIL
10 4 (20.00%) PRINCE2
10 4 (20.00%) MS Excel

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

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 4 (20.00%) MS PowerPoint
1 4 (20.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 20 (100.00%) 3G
2 19 (95.00%) 4G
3 11 (55.00%) LTE
4 10 (50.00%) Radio Access Network
5 6 (30.00%) GPRS
5 6 (30.00%) GSM
5 6 (30.00%) WCDMA
5 6 (30.00%) Ethernet
5 6 (30.00%) HSPA
6 4 (20.00%) RNC
7 3 (15.00%) VoLTE
8 1 (5.00%) ATM
8 1 (5.00%) SDH
8 1 (5.00%) 2.5G
General
1 15 (75.00%) Telecoms
2 5 (25.00%) Finance
3 1 (5.00%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 6 (30.00%) Performance Engineer
2 4 (20.00%) RAN Engineer
2 4 (20.00%) RAN Performance Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) Field Engineer
4 2 (10.00%) Senior RAN Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Transmission Planner
5 1 (5.00%) Radio Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Telecoms Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) RF Engineer
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (35.00%) Network Design
2 6 (30.00%) Configuration Management
2 6 (30.00%) Performance Management
2 6 (30.00%) Resource Management
3 5 (25.00%) Data Analysis
4 4 (20.00%) eTOM
4 4 (20.00%) ITIL
4 4 (20.00%) PRINCE2
4 4 (20.00%) Service Management
4 4 (20.00%) Service Delivery
4 4 (20.00%) Data Entry
4 4 (20.00%) Network Management
4 4 (20.00%) Performance Improvement
5 2 (10.00%) Performance Engineering
6 1 (5.00%) Line Management
6 1 (5.00%) Logistics
6 1 (5.00%) Network Planning
6 1 (5.00%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.00%) C
Qualifications
1 10 (50.00%) VCP4
2 4 (20.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) SLA
Vendors
1 10 (50.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
1 10 (50.00%) Huawei
2 9 (45.00%) Ericsson
3 6 (30.00%) Nortel
4 5 (25.00%) BT
5 4 (20.00%) Mapinfo
5 4 (20.00%) Business Objects
6 3 (15.00%) Nokia
7 1 (5.00%) Cramer
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