The table below looks at the statistics for SDH skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SDH over the 3 months to 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 246 238 186
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -52
Contract jobs citing SDH 31 15 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.31% 0.16% 0.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.70% 0.81% 2.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 0 9
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£375 - £233
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 - £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 - £282
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £300 £233
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +29.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
SDH
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 South East region.

Communications & Networking Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
1821 1846 1612
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 18.11% 19.87% 18.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 985 877 740
Average daily rate £350 £347 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.72% -0.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £475 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 98 102
Average hourly rate £27.00 £20.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.70% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

SDH
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

SDH Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

SDH
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

SDH Daily Rate Trend in the South East

SDH
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SDH across the South East region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

SDH Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

SDH
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

SDH Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

SDH
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDH within the South East region over the 3 months to 1 September 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
Berkshire 0 18 £293 - 2
Hampshire - 6 £385 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 3 £450 -
Surrey -8 2 £250 -
SDH
England

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 37 (69.81%) Telecoms
2 30 (56.60%) Ethernet
3 26 (49.06%) ATM
4 20 (37.74%) DWDM
5 18 (33.96%) Radio Access Network
6 14 (26.42%) MPLS
6 14 (26.42%) 3G
7 13 (24.53%) 4G
8 12 (22.64%) 2G
9 11 (20.75%) LTE
10 10 (18.87%) VPN
11 9 (16.98%) Ericsson
11 9 (16.98%) DSL
11 9 (16.98%) Security Cleared
11 9 (16.98%) GPON
11 9 (16.98%) Huawei
11 9 (16.98%) Marketing
12 7 (13.21%) RNC
12 7 (13.21%) Project Management
12 7 (13.21%) Cisco
13 6 (11.32%) VoIP
13 6 (11.32%) Sybase
13 6 (11.32%) UNIX
13 6 (11.32%) Wireless
13 6 (11.32%) Validation
13 6 (11.32%) Migration
13 6 (11.32%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
13 6 (11.32%) MGW
13 6 (11.32%) VoLTE
14 5 (9.43%) SC Cleared

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 2 (3.77%) MS Office
1 2 (3.77%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 30 (56.60%) Ethernet
2 26 (49.06%) ATM
3 20 (37.74%) DWDM
4 18 (33.96%) Radio Access Network
5 14 (26.42%) MPLS
5 14 (26.42%) 3G
6 13 (24.53%) 4G
7 12 (22.64%) 2G
8 11 (20.75%) LTE
9 10 (18.87%) VPN
10 9 (16.98%) DSL
10 9 (16.98%) GPON
11 7 (13.21%) RNC
12 6 (11.32%) VoLTE
12 6 (11.32%) MGW
12 6 (11.32%) Wireless
12 6 (11.32%) VoIP
13 5 (9.43%) UMTS
13 5 (9.43%) GSM
14 4 (7.55%) LAN
General
1 37 (69.81%) Telecoms
2 9 (16.98%) Marketing
3 5 (9.43%) Back Office
4 1 (1.89%) Finance
4 1 (1.89%) Legal
4 1 (1.89%) Publishing
4 1 (1.89%) Billing
Job Titles
1 13 (24.53%) Architect
2 9 (16.98%) Network Architect
3 7 (13.21%) Support Engineer
4 5 (9.43%) Transmission Engineer
5 4 (7.55%) IP Engineer
5 4 (7.55%) Microwave Engineer
5 4 (7.55%) Strategy Manager
5 4 (7.55%) Architecture Manager
5 4 (7.55%) Network Engineer
5 4 (7.55%) Tester
5 4 (7.55%) Technical Tester
6 3 (5.66%) Project Engineer
6 3 (5.66%) Design Engineer
6 3 (5.66%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (5.66%) Senior Network Architect
6 3 (5.66%) Transmission Design Engineer
6 3 (5.66%) Senior Architect
7 2 (3.77%) IP Network Engineer
7 2 (3.77%) Technical Support
7 2 (3.77%) Field Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.89%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.77%) GIS
1 2 (3.77%) Economics
2 1 (1.89%) SCADA
2 1 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.89%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.89%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 6 (11.32%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (13.21%) Project Management
2 6 (11.32%) Validation
2 6 (11.32%) Migration
3 5 (9.43%) Network Planning
4 4 (7.55%) Requirements Analysis
4 4 (7.55%) Capacity Management
4 4 (7.55%) Network Design
4 4 (7.55%) Test Planning
5 3 (5.66%) Network Management
6 2 (3.77%) WFM
6 2 (3.77%) Use Case
6 2 (3.77%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (3.77%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (3.77%) Line Management
6 2 (3.77%) Kalman Filter
7 1 (1.89%) Software Deployment
7 1 (1.89%) Boundary Protection
7 1 (1.89%) TOGAF
7 1 (1.89%) ITIL
7 1 (1.89%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.77%) C
2 1 (1.89%) SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (16.98%) Security Cleared
2 5 (9.43%) SC Cleared
3 4 (7.55%) BC Cleared
3 4 (7.55%) DV Cleared
4 2 (3.77%) Degree
4 2 (3.77%) CCNP
4 2 (3.77%) CCNA
4 2 (3.77%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.77%) SLA
2 1 (1.89%) QA
Vendors
1 9 (16.98%) Ericsson
1 9 (16.98%) Huawei
2 7 (13.21%) Cisco
3 6 (11.32%) Sybase
3 6 (11.32%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 5 (9.43%) Juniper
5 4 (7.55%) EMC
6 3 (5.66%) BT
6 3 (5.66%) NEC
6 3 (5.66%) Cramer
6 3 (5.66%) ComArch
6 3 (5.66%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 2 (3.77%) Microsoft
8 1 (1.89%) Oracle
8 1 (1.89%) Nokia
8 1 (1.89%) Siemens
8 1 (1.89%) ZTE