The table below looks at the statistics for SDH skills in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SDH over the 3 months to 1 October 2014 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 122 117 110
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -7
Contract jobs citing SDH 1 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.037% 0.040% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.34% 0.36% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 0
Average daily rate
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- £450 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £245 £375
% change year-on-year
+22.44% -34.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Scotland region.

Communications & Networking Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
292 276 330
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 10.70% 10.93% 12.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 118 123
Average daily rate £310 £364 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.77% +32.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £184 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £405
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 13 31
Average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £15.65 £16.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.50 £40.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+8.88% -

SDH
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

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

SDH Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

SDH
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

SDH Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

SDH
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

SDH Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

SDH
Top 13 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 1 (100.00%) ATM
1 1 (100.00%) GSM
1 1 (100.00%) UMTS
1 1 (100.00%) Ethernet
1 1 (100.00%) SLA
1 1 (100.00%) Ericsson
1 1 (100.00%) Telecoms
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) RNC
1 1 (100.00%) WFM
1 1 (100.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
1 1 (100.00%) Radio Access Network
1 1 (100.00%) Line Management

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 1 (100.00%) ATM
1 1 (100.00%) GSM
1 1 (100.00%) UMTS
1 1 (100.00%) Ethernet
1 1 (100.00%) RNC
1 1 (100.00%) Radio Access Network
General
1 1 (100.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Field Engineer
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) WFM
1 1 (100.00%) Line Management
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (100.00%) SLA
Vendors
1 1 (100.00%) Ericsson
1 1 (100.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks