The table below looks at the statistics for 2.5G skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2.5G over the 3 months to 27 September 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
2.5G
Rank 656 660 635
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -25
Contract jobs citing 2.5G 1 1 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.002% 0.002% 0.012%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.012% 0.013% 0.083%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 4
Median daily rate - £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +33.33%
UK excluding London median daily rate - £400 £300
% change year-on-year
- +33.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
8297 7834 8460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.50% 13.69% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5065 4500 4673
Median daily rate £400 £380 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £360 £345
% change year-on-year
+2.77% +4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 416 545 478
Median hourly rate £26.50 £20.50 £22.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.26% -10.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £21.01 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+33.30% -8.67%

2.5G
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing 2.5G as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
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 4 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2.5G within the UK over the 3 months to 27 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +28 1 - -
Reading - 1 - -
Berkshire - 1 - -
South East - 1 - -

2.5G
Top 17 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing 2.5G also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for 2.5G.

1 2 (100.00%) 3G
1 2 (100.00%) 2G
2 1 (50.00%) Bugzilla
2 1 (50.00%) Billing
2 1 (50.00%) SGSN
2 1 (50.00%) Android
2 1 (50.00%) LTE
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 8
2 1 (50.00%) VoLTE
2 1 (50.00%) SS7
2 1 (50.00%) SCCP
2 1 (50.00%) Firewall
2 1 (50.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (50.00%) Windows
2 1 (50.00%) GPRS
2 1 (50.00%) SMS
2 1 (50.00%) CA

2.5G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Communications & Networking
1 2 (100.00%) 2G
1 2 (100.00%) 3G
2 1 (50.00%) Firewall
2 1 (50.00%) GPRS
2 1 (50.00%) LTE
2 1 (50.00%) SCCP
2 1 (50.00%) SGSN
2 1 (50.00%) SMS
2 1 (50.00%) SS7
2 1 (50.00%) VoLTE
Development Applications
1 1 (50.00%) Bugzilla
General
1 1 (50.00%) Billing
1 1 (50.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) 3G Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) LTE Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) Test Engineer
Operating Systems
1 1 (50.00%) Android
1 1 (50.00%) Windows
1 1 (50.00%) Windows 8
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) CA