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 22 January 2017 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
22 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
2G
UK
Rank 519 532 415
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -117
Contract jobs citing 2G 62 86 204
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.17% 0.40%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.92% 1.17% 2.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 32 61
Median daily rate £350 £290 £271
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.68% +6.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £166 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £399 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £290 £268
% change year-on-year
+20.68% +8.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £35.00

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
6749 7373 7500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.32% 14.52% 14.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4126 4286 4243
Median daily rate £400 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.36% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 348 367 417
Median hourly rate £28.00 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% +19.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £14.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-13.79% +20.83%

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 22 January 2017.

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 30 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 22 January 2017. 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 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 +17 56 £280 -6.27% 3
South East -1 28 £260 -10.34% 2
Berkshire 0 18 £245 -36.77% 1
Reading +22 15 £245 -5.76%
North West +33 8 £600 +313.79%
Surrey +21 7 £280 +3.70%
London +7 7 £650 +111.38%
Guildford -1 7 £280 -
Manchester +22 6 £600 +313.79%
West Yorkshire +19 4 £275 -21.42%
Yorkshire +15 4 £275 -21.42%
Leeds +10 4 £275 +89.65%
East Midlands +9 4 - -
Buckinghamshire +5 3 - -
Leicestershire - 2 - -
Cheshire - 2 - -
Amersham - 2 - -
South West +11 1 £270 +25.58% 1
Slough +5 1 - -
Bristol 0 1 £270 - 1
West Midlands -4 1 - -
City of London -4 1 - -
Hayes - 1 - -
Hounslow - 1 - -
Warrington - 1 - -
Derby - 1 - -
Leicester - 1 - -
Derbyshire - 1 - -
Maidenhead - 1 - -
Channel Islands - 1 £413 -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2017, 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.

1 120 (95.24%) 3G
2 98 (77.78%) 4G
3 65 (51.59%) Telecoms
4 55 (43.65%) LTE
5 47 (37.30%) Huawei
6 45 (35.71%) Ericsson
7 41 (32.54%) Radio Access Network
8 39 (30.95%) Nokia
9 22 (17.46%) Cisco Certification
9 22 (17.46%) Nokia Networks
10 19 (15.08%) Cisco
10 19 (15.08%) CCNP
11 18 (14.29%) GSM
12 17 (13.49%) ITIL
12 17 (13.49%) TCP/IP
12 17 (13.49%) CCIE
13 15 (11.90%) VoLTE
13 15 (11.90%) CCNA
13 15 (11.90%) UMTS
14 14 (11.11%) Juniper
15 13 (10.32%) Wireshark
15 13 (10.32%) Back Office
15 13 (10.32%) Firewall
16 12 (9.52%) SLA
16 12 (9.52%) MS Office
16 12 (9.52%) Network Optimisation
17 10 (7.94%) Stakeholder Management
17 10 (7.94%) MVNO
17 10 (7.94%) Network Architecture
17 10 (7.94%) Statistics

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:

Applications
1 12 (9.52%) MS Office
2 9 (7.14%) MS Excel
3 5 (3.97%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (3.17%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.79%) G Suite
1 1 (0.79%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 120 (95.24%) 3G
2 98 (77.78%) 4G
3 55 (43.65%) LTE
4 41 (32.54%) Radio Access Network
5 18 (14.29%) GSM
6 17 (13.49%) TCP/IP
7 15 (11.90%) UMTS
7 15 (11.90%) VoLTE
8 13 (10.32%) Firewall
8 13 (10.32%) Wireshark
9 10 (7.94%) MVNO
10 9 (7.14%) UTRAN
11 8 (6.35%) Diameter Protocol
11 8 (6.35%) RNC
12 7 (5.56%) ATM
12 7 (5.56%) Wireless
13 5 (3.97%) Ethernet
13 5 (3.97%) GPRS
14 3 (2.38%) SDH
14 3 (2.38%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.17%) BusinessObjects
1 4 (3.17%) GIS
2 3 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.59%) MS Access
4 1 (0.79%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 1 (0.79%) BusinessObjects XI
4 1 (0.79%) MySQL
4 1 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
General
1 65 (51.59%) Telecoms
2 13 (10.32%) Back Office
3 9 (7.14%) Marketing
4 6 (4.76%) Finance
5 4 (3.17%) Electronics
6 1 (0.79%) French Language
6 1 (0.79%) German Language
Job Titles
1 16 (12.70%) Optimisation Engineer
2 15 (11.90%) RAN Engineer
3 14 (11.11%) 3G Engineer
4 13 (10.32%) Field Engineer
5 12 (9.52%) 4G Engineer
6 11 (8.73%) Architect
7 9 (7.14%) Radio Engineer
8 8 (6.35%) Mobile Architect
8 8 (6.35%) Radio Planner
8 8 (6.35%) Security Architect
9 6 (4.76%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
10 5 (3.97%) 4G Optimisation Engineer
10 5 (3.97%) Network Engineer
11 4 (3.17%) LTE Engineer
11 4 (3.17%) Mobile Specialist
11 4 (3.17%) Transmission Planner
12 3 (2.38%) Designer
12 3 (2.38%) Hardware Architect
12 3 (2.38%) Technical Architect
12 3 (2.38%) VoLTE Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.38%) XML
2 2 (1.59%) REST
3 1 (0.79%) .NET
3 1 (0.79%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.79%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.94%) Statistics
2 7 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.38%) Mobile App
3 3 (2.38%) NHS
3 3 (2.38%) VHDL
3 3 (2.38%) VLSI
4 2 (1.59%) Data Centre
4 2 (1.59%) Data Extraction
4 2 (1.59%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.79%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.79%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 3 (2.38%) Linux
1 3 (2.38%) Unix
2 1 (0.79%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (13.49%) ITIL
2 12 (9.52%) Network Optimisation
3 10 (7.94%) Network Architecture
3 10 (7.94%) Stakeholder Management
4 9 (7.14%) Performance Management
4 9 (7.14%) Risk Assessment
5 8 (6.35%) Security Testing
5 8 (6.35%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 7 (5.56%) Network Design
6 7 (5.56%) Network Planning
7 5 (3.97%) Capacity Planning
7 5 (3.97%) Migration
8 4 (3.17%) Embedded Software Development
8 4 (3.17%) Project Management
8 4 (3.17%) Resource Management
9 3 (2.38%) CAD
9 3 (2.38%) ETL
9 3 (2.38%) Presales
9 3 (2.38%) Radio Network Optimisation
9 3 (2.38%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 6 (4.76%) C++
2 5 (3.97%) C
2 5 (3.97%) SQL
3 3 (2.38%) Perl
4 2 (1.59%) C#
4 2 (1.59%) MapBasic
4 2 (1.59%) MATLAB
4 2 (1.59%) Ruby
4 2 (1.59%) VB
5 1 (0.79%) Assembly Language
5 1 (0.79%) Java
5 1 (0.79%) VBA
Qualifications
1 22 (17.46%) Cisco Certification
2 19 (15.08%) CCNP
3 17 (13.49%) CCIE
4 15 (11.90%) CCNA
5 5 (3.97%) HND
6 4 (3.17%) Degree
7 3 (2.38%) CCDA
8 2 (1.59%) CCSP
8 2 (1.59%) HNC
8 2 (1.59%) JNCIE
8 2 (1.59%) MCSE
8 2 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.59%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.59%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (9.52%) SLA
2 8 (6.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 2 (1.59%) Amdocs OSS
1 2 (1.59%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (1.59%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 47 (37.30%) Huawei
2 45 (35.71%) Ericsson
3 39 (30.95%) Nokia
4 22 (17.46%) Nokia Networks
5 19 (15.08%) Cisco
6 14 (11.11%) Juniper
7 9 (7.14%) Microsoft
7 9 (7.14%) Nortel
8 8 (6.35%) Cramer
9 7 (5.56%) NEC
10 6 (4.76%) Mapinfo
11 5 (3.97%) Remedy
12 4 (3.17%) Arqiva
12 4 (3.17%) Greenplum
12 4 (3.17%) Palo Alto
12 4 (3.17%) Tellabs
13 3 (2.38%) Alcatel-Lucent
13 3 (2.38%) Anite
13 3 (2.38%) HP
13 3 (2.38%) Samsung