The table below looks at the statistics for 2G skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2G over the 3 months to 5 May 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
5 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
2G
Rank 576 441 480
Rank change year-on-year
-135 +39
Contract jobs citing 2G 77 201 137
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.36% 0.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.90% 2.40% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 68 35
Median daily rate £305 £270 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.96% -6.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £123 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £270 £263 £290
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -9.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
Median hourly rate £25.00 £37.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £37.50 -
% change year-on-year
-33.33% -

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
8594 8372 7295
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.47% 15.01% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5221 4551 3870
Median daily rate £390 £350 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -0.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £345 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.24% +4.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 362 471 401
Median hourly rate £28.00 £27.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% +37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £47.50 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+16.07% +40.00%

2G
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing 2G as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

2G Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

2G
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 2G within the UK.

2G Daily Rate Trend in the UK

2G
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 2G within the UK over the 3 months to 5 May 2016.

2G Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

2G
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 2G within the UK.

2G Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

2G
Top 29 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2G within the UK over the 3 months to 5 May 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 -126 77 £305 +16.19% 2
South East -51 45 £311 +19.13%
Berkshire -29 36 £311 +19.71%
Reading 0 13 £266 -3.18%
Slough +8 7 £530 +11.57%
North West -16 7 £230 -26.40%
London -7 6 £455 +54.89%
Bracknell 0 5 - -
Surrey -5 5 £293 -
Newbury -8 5 £231 +32.14%
Manchester -14 5 £130 -65.33%
Guildford +3 4 £315 -
Yorkshire -12 4 £265 +116.32% 1
West Yorkshire -13 4 £265 +116.32%
Leeds -18 4 £265 +116.32%
Bristol +5 3 - - 1
Hertfordshire +5 3 - -
Hampshire +4 3 - -
East of England +4 3 - -
South West -12 3 - - 1
Basingstoke - 3 - -
East Midlands +11 2 £305 -3.78%
Cheshire -16 2 £330 +26.92%
Warrington -18 2 £330 +26.92%
Buckinghamshire +6 1 - -
Northamptonshire - 1 £305 -
Northampton - 1 £305 -
Hemel Hempstead - 1 - -
Bolton - 1 £130 -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing 2G 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 2G.

1 149 (99.33%) 3G
2 119 (79.33%) 4G
3 93 (62.00%) Telecoms
4 68 (45.33%) LTE
5 57 (38.00%) Radio Access Network
6 49 (32.67%) Huawei
7 38 (25.33%) Nokia
8 34 (22.67%) Ericsson
9 23 (15.33%) SLA
10 22 (14.67%) Nokia Networks
11 20 (13.33%) GSM
12 19 (12.67%) RNC
12 19 (12.67%) UMTS
13 16 (10.67%) ATM
13 16 (10.67%) Degree
13 16 (10.67%) NSN NetAct
13 16 (10.67%) VoLTE
14 15 (10.00%) Wireless
15 14 (9.33%) Siemens
16 13 (8.67%) Network Architecture
16 13 (8.67%) Microsoft
16 13 (8.67%) HNC
16 13 (8.67%) MS Excel
16 13 (8.67%) BT
17 12 (8.00%) Back Office
17 12 (8.00%) ITIL
17 12 (8.00%) Alcatel-Lucent
18 10 (6.67%) Nortel
19 9 (6.00%) Cisco Certification
19 9 (6.00%) Mapinfo

2G
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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.67%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 13 (8.67%) MS Excel
2 7 (4.67%) MS Office
2 7 (4.67%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (2.00%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.67%) MS Project
4 1 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.33%) Traffica
Communications & Networking
1 149 (99.33%) 3G
2 119 (79.33%) 4G
3 68 (45.33%) LTE
4 57 (38.00%) Radio Access Network
5 20 (13.33%) GSM
6 19 (12.67%) RNC
6 19 (12.67%) UMTS
7 16 (10.67%) ATM
7 16 (10.67%) VoLTE
8 15 (10.00%) Wireless
9 9 (6.00%) Node B
10 8 (5.33%) Ethernet
10 8 (5.33%) OSPF
11 6 (4.00%) GPRS
11 6 (4.00%) MPLS
11 6 (4.00%) VPN
12 5 (3.33%) DNS
12 5 (3.33%) Internet
12 5 (3.33%) IPsec
12 5 (3.33%) RTCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.33%) BusinessObjects
1 2 (1.33%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.67%) GIS
2 1 (0.67%) MS Access
2 1 (0.67%) Oracle Database
General
1 93 (62.00%) Telecoms
2 12 (8.00%) Back Office
3 5 (3.33%) Finance
4 4 (2.67%) Electronics
5 1 (0.67%) Billing
5 1 (0.67%) French Language
Job Titles
1 30 (20.00%) Optimisation Engineer
2 20 (13.33%) 3G Engineer
2 20 (13.33%) RAN Engineer
3 16 (10.67%) Radio Engineer
4 14 (9.33%) LTE Engineer
5 12 (8.00%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
6 11 (7.33%) Telecoms Manager
6 11 (7.33%) Transmission Engineer
7 10 (6.67%) Field Engineer
8 9 (6.00%) 4G Engineer
8 9 (6.00%) Delivery Manager
8 9 (6.00%) Project Manager
9 7 (4.67%) Databuild Engineer
9 7 (4.67%) Network Manager
10 6 (4.00%) Back Office Engineer
10 6 (4.00%) Data Engineer
10 6 (4.00%) Design Engineer
10 6 (4.00%) Designer
10 6 (4.00%) Support Engineer
11 5 (3.33%) Senior 3G Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.00%) XML
2 1 (0.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.00%) Computer Science
2 5 (3.33%) Algorithms
2 5 (3.33%) Management Information System
3 4 (2.67%) Data Centre
3 4 (2.67%) PMI
3 4 (2.67%) User Experience
4 3 (2.00%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.33%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.33%) Mathematics
5 2 (1.33%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.33%) Linux
1 2 (1.33%) Unix
2 1 (0.67%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (8.67%) Network Architecture
2 12 (8.00%) ITIL
3 9 (6.00%) Capacity Planning
3 9 (6.00%) Performance Analysis
4 8 (5.33%) Network Monitoring
5 7 (4.67%) Performance Monitoring
5 7 (4.67%) PRINCE2
5 7 (4.67%) Project Management
6 6 (4.00%) Network Planning
6 6 (4.00%) Service Delivery
7 5 (3.33%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (3.33%) ETL
8 4 (2.67%) Fault Management
8 4 (2.67%) Line Management
8 4 (2.67%) Network Design
9 3 (2.00%) Change Control
9 3 (2.00%) Fault Analysis
9 3 (2.00%) Migration
9 3 (2.00%) Network Management
9 3 (2.00%) Network Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 9 (6.00%) C
2 3 (2.00%) SQL
3 1 (0.67%) Shell Script
3 1 (0.67%) VBA
Qualifications
1 16 (10.67%) Degree
2 13 (8.67%) HNC
3 9 (6.00%) Cisco Certification
3 9 (6.00%) HND
4 8 (5.33%) CCNP
5 4 (2.67%) PMI Certification
6 2 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.67%) CCIE
7 1 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (15.33%) SLA
Systems Management
1 16 (10.67%) NSN NetAct
2 4 (2.67%) Amdocs OSS
3 2 (1.33%) Netcool
4 1 (0.67%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 49 (32.67%) Huawei
2 38 (25.33%) Nokia
3 34 (22.67%) Ericsson
4 22 (14.67%) Nokia Networks
5 14 (9.33%) Siemens
6 13 (8.67%) BT
6 13 (8.67%) Microsoft
7 12 (8.00%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 10 (6.67%) Nortel
9 9 (6.00%) Mapinfo
10 8 (5.33%) Arqiva
10 8 (5.33%) NetCracker
10 8 (5.33%) Telindus
10 8 (5.33%) Virgin Media
10 8 (5.33%) ZTE
11 7 (4.67%) Actix
11 7 (4.67%) Tellabs
12 6 (4.00%) NEC
13 5 (3.33%) Empirix
13 5 (3.33%) NetScout