The table below looks at the statistics for 2.5G skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2.5G over the 3 months to 27 November 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
27 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2.5G
Rank 609 575 539
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -36
Contract jobs citing 2.5G 3 3 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.005% 0.006% 0.059%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.037% 0.044% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 2
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£225 - £220
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 - £220
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
8073 6886 7958
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.20% 13.50% 15.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 4640 3787 3834
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 437 454 641
Average hourly rate £22.69 £20.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.45% -2.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.68 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+8.04% +3.57%

2.5G
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing 2.5G within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

2.5G Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

2.5G
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 2.5G within the UK.

2.5G Daily Rate Trend in the UK

2.5G
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 2.5G within the UK over the 3 months to 27 November 2014.

2.5G Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

2.5G
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 2.5G within the UK.

2.5G Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

2.5G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing 2.5G 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 2.5G.

1 11 (100.00%) 2G
2 10 (90.91%) 3G
3 9 (81.82%) Ethernet
3 9 (81.82%) Network Planning
4 7 (63.64%) SDH
4 7 (63.64%) Telecoms
5 6 (54.55%) Cramer
6 5 (45.45%) ATM
6 5 (45.45%) LTE
6 5 (45.45%) 4G
7 2 (18.18%) Huawei
8 1 (9.09%) VLAN
8 1 (9.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (9.09%) SIGTRAN
8 1 (9.09%) GGSN
8 1 (9.09%) ZigBee
8 1 (9.09%) Network Security
8 1 (9.09%) Network Design
8 1 (9.09%) Software Engineering
8 1 (9.09%) Bluetooth
8 1 (9.09%) GSM
8 1 (9.09%) C
8 1 (9.09%) C++
8 1 (9.09%) Python
8 1 (9.09%) TCP/IP
8 1 (9.09%) Embedded C
8 1 (9.09%) Embedded C++
8 1 (9.09%) DMZ
8 1 (9.09%) Mobile Commerce
8 1 (9.09%) Wi-Fi

2.5G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing 2.5G 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 2.5G. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 11 (100.00%) 2G
2 10 (90.91%) 3G
3 9 (81.82%) Ethernet
4 7 (63.64%) SDH
5 5 (45.45%) ATM
5 5 (45.45%) LTE
5 5 (45.45%) 4G
6 1 (9.09%) VLAN
6 1 (9.09%) SIGTRAN
6 1 (9.09%) GGSN
6 1 (9.09%) ZigBee
6 1 (9.09%) Network Security
6 1 (9.09%) Bluetooth
6 1 (9.09%) GSM
6 1 (9.09%) TCP/IP
6 1 (9.09%) DMZ
6 1 (9.09%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (9.09%) Wireless
General
1 7 (63.64%) Telecoms
2 1 (9.09%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Transmission Engineer
2 4 (36.36%) Transmission Planner
3 2 (18.18%) Transmission Planning Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Embedded Software Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Software Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Software Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) Telecoms Consultant
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (81.82%) Network Planning
2 1 (9.09%) Network Design
2 1 (9.09%) Software Engineering
2 1 (9.09%) Mobile Commerce
2 1 (9.09%) Risk Management
2 1 (9.09%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 1 (9.09%) C
1 1 (9.09%) C++
1 1 (9.09%) Python
1 1 (9.09%) Embedded C
1 1 (9.09%) Embedded C++
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 6 (54.55%) Cramer
2 2 (18.18%) Huawei