The first table below looks at the demand for SDH 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 SDH over the 3 months to 31 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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 131 129 136
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +7
Contract jobs citing SDH 1 1 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.033% 0.037% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.26% 0.26% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 1
Average daily rate
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£300 - £235
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £235 £280
% change year-on-year
+47.87% -16.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
387 383 524
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.80% 14.14% 16.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 191 176 186
Average daily rate £300 £284 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.72% -12.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £435 £451
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 44 54
Average hourly rate £22.50 £31.56 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.69% +57.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £14.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.75 £40.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.00%
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SDH
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

SDH Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

SDH
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

SDH Daily Rate Trend in the North West

SDH
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

SDH Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

SDH
Top 11 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 2 (100.00%) 3G
1 2 (100.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (50.00%) 2G
2 1 (50.00%) 2.5G
2 1 (50.00%) Network Planning
2 1 (50.00%) LTE
2 1 (50.00%) 4G
2 1 (50.00%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (50.00%) ATM
2 1 (50.00%) Ethernet
2 1 (50.00%) SLA

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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.

Communications & Networking
1 2 (100.00%) 3G
2 1 (50.00%) 2G
2 1 (50.00%) 2.5G
2 1 (50.00%) LTE
2 1 (50.00%) 4G
2 1 (50.00%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (50.00%) ATM
2 1 (50.00%) Ethernet
General
1 2 (100.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Data Centre Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) Transmission Engineer
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Network Planning
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (50.00%) SLA