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 29 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
29 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
2G
Rank 583 463 508
Rank change year-on-year
-120 +45
Contract jobs citing 2G 63 184 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.33% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.74% 2.23% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 77 43
Median daily rate £278 £268 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.73% -7.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £123 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £265 £265 £290
% change year-on-year
- -8.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 2
Median hourly rate £25.00 £77.50 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-67.74% +169.56%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £77.50 £28.75
% change year-on-year
-67.74% +169.56%

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
8519 8251 7146
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.87% 14.73% 13.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 5166 4605 3901
Median daily rate £390 £350 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 478 403
Median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +31.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £43.10 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £26.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+11.53% +44.44%

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 29 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 27 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 29 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 -91 63 £278 +4.71% 5
South East -31 38 £260 -0.47% 2
Berkshire -38 29 £260 -0.95% 1
Reading -8 11 £210 -23.63%
Hampshire +8 7 - -
North West -7 7 £295 -14.18%
Newbury +3 6 £231 +2.44%
London -5 6 £455 +58.26% 2
Basingstoke - 6 - -
Slough +4 4 £518 +42.75% 1
Yorkshire -5 4 £265 +116.32% 1
Cheshire -6 4 £295 +13.46%
Leeds -9 4 £265 +116.32%
West Yorkshire -11 4 £265 +116.32%
Warrington -14 4 £295 +13.46%
Hertfordshire +7 3 - -
East of England +4 3 - -
West Midlands -12 3 £413 +58.65%
Manchester -14 3 - -
Bracknell -10 2 - -
Buckinghamshire +9 1 - -
Surrey - 1 - - 1
Warwickshire - 1 - -
Winchester - 1 - -
Hemel Hempstead - 1 - -
Guildford - 1 - -
Gaydon - 1 - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 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.

1 155 (99.36%) 3G
2 125 (80.13%) 4G
3 91 (58.33%) Telecoms
4 73 (46.79%) LTE
5 58 (37.18%) Radio Access Network
6 49 (31.41%) Huawei
7 39 (25.00%) Nokia
8 36 (23.08%) Ericsson
9 24 (15.38%) Nokia Networks
9 24 (15.38%) GSM
10 23 (14.74%) SLA
11 22 (14.10%) UMTS
12 20 (12.82%) RNC
12 20 (12.82%) Wireless
13 18 (11.54%) ATM
14 17 (10.90%) NSN NetAct
15 16 (10.26%) VoLTE
16 14 (8.97%) Degree
16 14 (8.97%) Siemens
17 13 (8.33%) BT
18 12 (7.69%) Back Office
18 12 (7.69%) Alcatel-Lucent
18 12 (7.69%) MS Excel
18 12 (7.69%) ITIL
18 12 (7.69%) HNC
18 12 (7.69%) Microsoft
19 11 (7.05%) Network Architecture
20 10 (6.41%) Node B
20 10 (6.41%) C
21 9 (5.77%) Nortel

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 (7.69%) MS Excel
2 7 (4.49%) MS PowerPoint
3 6 (3.85%) MS Office
4 2 (1.28%) MS Project
4 2 (1.28%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.28%) Traffica
Communications & Networking
1 155 (99.36%) 3G
2 125 (80.13%) 4G
3 73 (46.79%) LTE
4 58 (37.18%) Radio Access Network
5 24 (15.38%) GSM
6 22 (14.10%) UMTS
7 20 (12.82%) RNC
7 20 (12.82%) Wireless
8 18 (11.54%) ATM
9 16 (10.26%) VoLTE
10 10 (6.41%) Node B
11 8 (5.13%) Ethernet
11 8 (5.13%) OSPF
12 6 (3.85%) GPRS
12 6 (3.85%) MPLS
12 6 (3.85%) VPN
13 5 (3.21%) DHCP
13 5 (3.21%) DNS
13 5 (3.21%) Internet
13 5 (3.21%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.28%) BusinessObjects
1 2 (1.28%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.64%) GIS
2 1 (0.64%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 1 (0.64%) Bugzilla
General
1 91 (58.33%) Telecoms
2 12 (7.69%) Back Office
3 6 (3.85%) Finance
4 5 (3.21%) Electronics
5 3 (1.92%) Automotive
6 1 (0.64%) French Language
6 1 (0.64%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 29 (18.59%) Optimisation Engineer
2 21 (13.46%) RAN Engineer
3 19 (12.18%) 3G Engineer
4 17 (10.90%) Radio Engineer
5 14 (8.97%) LTE Engineer
6 11 (7.05%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
6 11 (7.05%) Telecoms Manager
6 11 (7.05%) Transmission Engineer
7 10 (6.41%) Delivery Manager
7 10 (6.41%) Field Engineer
8 9 (5.77%) Project Manager
9 8 (5.13%) 4G Engineer
10 7 (4.49%) Databuild Engineer
10 7 (4.49%) Test Engineer
11 6 (3.85%) Back Office Engineer
11 6 (3.85%) Designer
11 6 (3.85%) Network Manager
11 6 (3.85%) Support Engineer
12 5 (3.21%) Data Engineer
12 5 (3.21%) Senior 3G Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.21%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (5.77%) Computer Science
2 5 (3.21%) Algorithms
2 5 (3.21%) PMI
3 4 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.56%) Data Centre
3 4 (2.56%) Management Information System
3 4 (2.56%) User Experience
4 3 (1.92%) Telematics
5 2 (1.28%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.28%) Mathematics
5 2 (1.28%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 1 (0.64%) Android
1 1 (0.64%) Linux
1 1 (0.64%) Windows
1 1 (0.64%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (7.69%) ITIL
2 11 (7.05%) Network Architecture
3 9 (5.77%) Capacity Planning
4 8 (5.13%) Network Monitoring
4 8 (5.13%) Performance Analysis
4 8 (5.13%) Performance Monitoring
4 8 (5.13%) Project Management
5 7 (4.49%) PRINCE2
6 5 (3.21%) ETL
6 5 (3.21%) Line Management
6 5 (3.21%) Network Planning
6 5 (3.21%) Service Delivery
7 4 (2.56%) Change Control
7 4 (2.56%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (2.56%) Network Design
7 4 (2.56%) Programme Management
8 3 (1.92%) Fault Management
8 3 (1.92%) Migration
8 3 (1.92%) Network Management
8 3 (1.92%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (6.41%) C
2 2 (1.28%) SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (8.97%) Degree
2 12 (7.69%) HNC
3 9 (5.77%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (5.13%) CCNP
4 8 (5.13%) HND
5 7 (4.49%) PMI Certification
6 2 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (1.28%) PMP
7 1 (0.64%) CCIE
7 1 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (14.74%) SLA
Systems Management
1 17 (10.90%) NSN NetAct
2 3 (1.92%) Amdocs OSS
3 2 (1.28%) Netcool
Vendors
1 49 (31.41%) Huawei
2 39 (25.00%) Nokia
3 36 (23.08%) Ericsson
4 24 (15.38%) Nokia Networks
5 14 (8.97%) Siemens
6 13 (8.33%) BT
7 12 (7.69%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 12 (7.69%) Microsoft
8 9 (5.77%) Mapinfo
8 9 (5.77%) Nortel
9 8 (5.13%) Arqiva
9 8 (5.13%) NetCracker
9 8 (5.13%) Telindus
9 8 (5.13%) Virgin Media
9 8 (5.13%) ZTE
10 7 (4.49%) Actix
10 7 (4.49%) Tellabs
11 6 (3.85%) NEC
12 5 (3.21%) Amdocs
12 5 (3.21%) NetScout
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