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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2.5G
Rank 602 - 577
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing 2.5G 9 0 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.016% - 0.019%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.11% - 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 2
Average daily rate
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£300 - £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 - £400
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
8189 7193 8881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.50% 13.46% 15.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4449 3894 4022
Average daily rate £360 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.40% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £328
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 416 690
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -7.16%

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
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 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2.5G within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
England - 8 £300 -
South East - 4 - -
Reading - 2 - -
Berkshire - 2 - -
City of London - - - -
London - - - -

2.5G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 9 (90.00%) Ethernet
1 9 (90.00%) 2G
2 8 (80.00%) 3G
2 8 (80.00%) Network Planning
3 6 (60.00%) Telecoms
3 6 (60.00%) SDH
4 5 (50.00%) ATM
4 5 (50.00%) Cramer
4 5 (50.00%) LTE
4 5 (50.00%) 4G
5 2 (20.00%) Network Design
5 2 (20.00%) Huawei
6 1 (10.00%) VLAN
6 1 (10.00%) Degree
6 1 (10.00%) ZigBee
6 1 (10.00%) Integration Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Software Engineering
6 1 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (10.00%) Network Management
6 1 (10.00%) Bluetooth
6 1 (10.00%) WAN
6 1 (10.00%) SONET
6 1 (10.00%) DWDM
6 1 (10.00%) DSLAM
6 1 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (10.00%) Wireless
6 1 (10.00%) Back Office
6 1 (10.00%) TCP/IP
6 1 (10.00%) Cisco
6 1 (10.00%) Microsoft

2.5G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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.

Applications
1 1 (10.00%) MS Project
1 1 (10.00%) MS Office
1 1 (10.00%) MS Excel
1 1 (10.00%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 9 (90.00%) Ethernet
1 9 (90.00%) 2G
2 8 (80.00%) 3G
3 6 (60.00%) SDH
4 5 (50.00%) ATM
4 5 (50.00%) LTE
4 5 (50.00%) 4G
5 1 (10.00%) VLAN
5 1 (10.00%) ZigBee
5 1 (10.00%) TCP/IP
5 1 (10.00%) Bluetooth
5 1 (10.00%) WAN
5 1 (10.00%) SONET
5 1 (10.00%) DWDM
5 1 (10.00%) DSLAM
5 1 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (10.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) MS Access
General
1 6 (60.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (10.00%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 5 (50.00%) Transmission Engineer
2 3 (30.00%) Transmission Planner
3 2 (20.00%) Transmission Planning Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Software Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Network Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Software Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Network Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Embedded Software Engineer
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (80.00%) Network Planning
2 2 (20.00%) Network Design
3 1 (10.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (10.00%) Integration Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
3 1 (10.00%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (10.00%) C
1 1 (10.00%) C++
1 1 (10.00%) Python
1 1 (10.00%) Embedded C
1 1 (10.00%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) CCNP
1 1 (10.00%) CCNA
1 1 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (10.00%) Degree
Vendors
1 5 (50.00%) Cramer
2 2 (20.00%) Huawei
3 1 (10.00%) Cisco
3 1 (10.00%) Microsoft