The first table below looks at the demand for SDH skills in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SDH over the 3 months to 18 April 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 Reading 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 53 49 57
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +8
Contract jobs citing SDH 20 21 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 1.86% 2.72% 1.92%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.66% 10.71% 5.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 8 1
Average daily rate £190 £225 £220
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +2.27%
UK excluding London average daily rate £215 £255 £350
% change year-on-year
-15.68% -27.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £180.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £108.75 - £27.50
Communications & Networking Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
261 196 415
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 24.30% 25.39% 38.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 74 114
Average daily rate £300 £300 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £210 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £402 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 6 10
Average hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.40 £13.55 £10.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £180.00 £19.10 £31.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -23.72%
SDH
Berkshire

SDH
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

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

SDH Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

SDH
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

SDH Daily Rate Trend in Reading

SDH
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

SDH Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 33 (94.29%) Telecoms
2 16 (45.71%) ATM
3 15 (42.86%) Huawei
4 13 (37.14%) DWDM
5 9 (25.71%) Ethernet
6 8 (22.86%) MPLS
7 7 (20.00%) Back Office
7 7 (20.00%) BT
7 7 (20.00%) Network Monitoring
8 6 (17.14%) SIGTRAN
8 6 (17.14%) GGSN
8 6 (17.14%) SGSN
8 6 (17.14%) MGW
8 6 (17.14%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 6 (17.14%) Cisco Nexus
8 6 (17.14%) SS7
8 6 (17.14%) CheckPoint
8 6 (17.14%) 3G
8 6 (17.14%) Firewall
8 6 (17.14%) DNS
8 6 (17.14%) Cisco
8 6 (17.14%) Juniper
9 5 (14.29%) GSM
9 5 (14.29%) Change Management
9 5 (14.29%) 2G
9 5 (14.29%) Legal
9 5 (14.29%) 4G
10 4 (11.43%) UMTS
11 3 (8.57%) SLA
11 3 (8.57%) SONET

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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.

Applications
1 1 (2.86%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 16 (45.71%) ATM
2 13 (37.14%) DWDM
3 9 (25.71%) Ethernet
4 8 (22.86%) MPLS
5 6 (17.14%) SIGTRAN
5 6 (17.14%) GGSN
5 6 (17.14%) SGSN
5 6 (17.14%) MGW
5 6 (17.14%) Cisco Nexus
5 6 (17.14%) SS7
5 6 (17.14%) 3G
5 6 (17.14%) Firewall
5 6 (17.14%) DNS
6 5 (14.29%) GSM
6 5 (14.29%) 2G
6 5 (14.29%) 4G
7 4 (11.43%) UMTS
8 3 (8.57%) SONET
8 3 (8.57%) LTE
9 2 (5.71%) NGN
General
1 33 (94.29%) Telecoms
2 7 (20.00%) Back Office
3 5 (14.29%) Legal
4 1 (2.86%) Billing
Job Titles
1 12 (34.29%) Transmission Engineer
2 8 (22.86%) Delivery Manager
3 7 (20.00%) NOC Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Back Office Engineer
5 1 (2.86%) Technical Manager
5 1 (2.86%) Project Manager
5 1 (2.86%) Developer
5 1 (2.86%) Transmission Planner
5 1 (2.86%) Transmission Planning Engineer
5 1 (2.86%) OSS Engineer
5 1 (2.86%) Data Centre Engineer
5 1 (2.86%) Provisioning Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.86%) WAP
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.86%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (20.00%) Network Monitoring
2 5 (14.29%) Change Management
3 3 (8.57%) Configuration Management
3 3 (8.57%) Problem Management
3 3 (8.57%) Fault Management
4 2 (5.71%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (5.71%) Performance Monitoring
4 2 (5.71%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (5.71%) Project Management
4 2 (5.71%) Network Architecture
5 1 (2.86%) PRINCE2
5 1 (2.86%) ITIL
5 1 (2.86%) Capacity Management
5 1 (2.86%) Performance Management
5 1 (2.86%) Network Design
Qualifications
1 2 (5.71%) HND
2 1 (2.86%) PMP
2 1 (2.86%) PMI Certification
2 1 (2.86%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.57%) SLA
Vendors
1 15 (42.86%) Huawei
2 7 (20.00%) BT
3 6 (17.14%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 6 (17.14%) CheckPoint
3 6 (17.14%) Cisco
3 6 (17.14%) Juniper
4 2 (5.71%) Cramer
5 1 (2.86%) Velocent
5 1 (2.86%) Alcatel-Lucent