The table below looks at the statistics for 2G skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2G over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 440 436 325
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -111
Contract jobs citing 2G 172 151 315
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.30% 0.29% 0.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.04% 2.11% 3.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 28 24
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£313 £295 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.93% +18.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £150 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £388 £411
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £270 £250
% change year-on-year
+15.74% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 4
Average hourly rate £47.50 £22.50 £36.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+111.11% -37.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.70 £16.90 £22.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £134.00 £32.50 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.50 £22.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+111.11% -37.93%

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
8424 7141 8923
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.62% 13.53% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4660 3880 4041
Average daily rate £363 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.69% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 415 683
Average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% +4.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.57 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

2G
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing 2G within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 19 September 2014.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 2G within the UK over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

2G Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

2G
Top 29 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2G within the UK over the 3 months to 19 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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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 +2 145 £325 +1.56% 15
South East +1 76 £325 +0.77% 4
Berkshire -26 37 £325 - 3
Reading +11 16 £325 +30.00% 1
Surrey - 14 £270 -
Buckinghamshire +2 10 - -
Guildford - 8 £270 -
Hampshire -7 7 £313 -2.34% 1
South West -41 7 - - 2
London +7 6 £613 +81.48% 4
Yorkshire +6 6 £510 +240.00%
West Yorkshire +10 5 - -
East of England -28 4 £375 - 3
Leeds - 4 - -
Cambridgeshire +6 3 £375 - 3
Newbury -12 3 - -
Bristol -15 2 - - 2
Hertfordshire -30 1 - -
Amersham - 1 - -
Chesham - 1 - -
Cambridge - - - - 3
Cheltenham - - - -
Luton - - - -
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Redhill - - - -
Southampton - - - - 1
Bedfordshire - - - -
City of London - - - - 1

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing 2G 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 2G.

1 269 (89.07%) 3G
2 175 (57.95%) Telecoms
3 163 (53.97%) LTE
4 158 (52.32%) 4G
5 70 (23.18%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 68 (22.52%) Radio Access Network
7 58 (19.21%) Huawei
8 56 (18.54%) Ericsson
9 54 (17.88%) GSM
10 39 (12.91%) Project Management
11 36 (11.92%) Nokia
11 36 (11.92%) Ethernet
12 31 (10.26%) SLA
13 30 (9.93%) ATM
14 27 (8.94%) Wireless
15 26 (8.61%) UMTS
16 25 (8.28%) Oracle
16 25 (8.28%) MS Excel
16 25 (8.28%) Network Architecture
17 24 (7.95%) MS Office
17 24 (7.95%) SQL
17 24 (7.95%) GPRS
18 23 (7.62%) SDH
18 23 (7.62%) Mapinfo
18 23 (7.62%) Degree
19 21 (6.95%) Network Planning
20 20 (6.62%) NSN NetAct
21 19 (6.29%) Microsoft
21 19 (6.29%) C
22 17 (5.63%) UNIX

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing 2G 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 2G. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (2.32%) Apache
2 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.33%) WebSphere Portal
2 1 (0.33%) TeamSite
Applications
1 25 (8.28%) MS Excel
2 24 (7.95%) MS Office
3 9 (2.98%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.99%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.33%) MicroStation
5 1 (0.33%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (0.99%) HFM
1 3 (0.99%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (0.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 269 (89.07%) 3G
2 163 (53.97%) LTE
3 158 (52.32%) 4G
4 68 (22.52%) Radio Access Network
5 54 (17.88%) GSM
6 36 (11.92%) Ethernet
7 30 (9.93%) ATM
8 27 (8.94%) Wireless
9 26 (8.61%) UMTS
10 24 (7.95%) GPRS
11 23 (7.62%) SDH
12 16 (5.30%) RNC
13 15 (4.97%) DNS
14 14 (4.64%) MPLS
15 13 (4.30%) Firewall
16 12 (3.97%) 3GPP
17 11 (3.64%) SS7
18 10 (3.31%) DHCP
18 10 (3.31%) WCDMA
18 10 (3.31%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (2.98%) PostgreSQL
1 9 (2.98%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (2.65%) MySQL
2 8 (2.65%) MS Access
2 8 (2.65%) Relational Database
3 4 (1.32%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (0.99%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 3 (0.99%) Oracle Database
4 3 (0.99%) Essbase
5 2 (0.66%) BusinessObjects XI
6 1 (0.33%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 8 (2.65%) Maven
2 7 (2.32%) JIRA
2 7 (2.32%) Selenium
2 7 (2.32%) SoapUI
2 7 (2.32%) Apache Ivy
2 7 (2.32%) eggPlant
2 7 (2.32%) Ant
2 7 (2.32%) Toad
2 7 (2.32%) LoadRunner
3 3 (0.99%) Talend Open Studio
4 2 (0.66%) Calabash
General
1 175 (57.95%) Telecoms
2 12 (3.97%) Finance
3 11 (3.64%) Back Office
4 10 (3.31%) Electronics
5 7 (2.32%) Front Office
6 5 (1.66%) Banking
7 3 (0.99%) Marketing
7 3 (0.99%) Spanish Language
7 3 (0.99%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.66%) Billing
8 2 (0.66%) German Language
9 1 (0.33%) Korean Language
9 1 (0.33%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.33%) French Language
9 1 (0.33%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.33%) Retail
9 1 (0.33%) Automotive
9 1 (0.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 22 (7.28%) Field Engineer
2 20 (6.62%) Project Manager
3 17 (5.63%) RAN Engineer
4 14 (4.64%) RF Engineer
4 14 (4.64%) Design Engineer
5 11 (3.64%) Transmission Engineer
5 11 (3.64%) Analyst
6 10 (3.31%) Architect
7 9 (2.98%) RF Optimisation Engineer
7 9 (2.98%) Databuild Engineer
7 9 (2.98%) Delivery Manager
7 9 (2.98%) Deployment Manager
7 9 (2.98%) Developer
8 8 (2.65%) Test Engineer
8 8 (2.65%) Incident Manager
8 8 (2.65%) Test Leader
8 8 (2.65%) Radio Engineer
9 7 (2.32%) Network Manager
9 7 (2.32%) Test Analyst
10 6 (1.99%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.65%) SOAP
1 8 (2.65%) XML
2 7 (2.32%) REST
2 7 (2.32%) J2ME
2 7 (2.32%) Web Services
2 7 (2.32%) WAP
3 4 (1.32%) ActiveMQ
4 1 (0.33%) HTML5
4 1 (0.33%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (3.31%) Handset
1 10 (3.31%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (2.32%) Mobile App
2 7 (2.32%) Management Information System
3 5 (1.66%) Computer Science
3 5 (1.66%) PMI
4 3 (0.99%) Smart Meter
5 2 (0.66%) DTV
5 2 (0.66%) VHDL
5 2 (0.66%) Device Driver
5 2 (0.66%) Mobile Banking
5 2 (0.66%) Smartphone
5 2 (0.66%) Statistics
5 2 (0.66%) User Experience
6 1 (0.33%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.33%) Telematics
6 1 (0.33%) Clustering
6 1 (0.33%) GIS
6 1 (0.33%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 17 (5.63%) UNIX
2 13 (4.30%) Linux
3 7 (2.32%) Android
4 4 (1.32%) Windows
5 2 (0.66%) Solaris
5 2 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (12.91%) Project Management
2 25 (8.28%) Network Architecture
3 21 (6.95%) Network Planning
4 15 (4.97%) Configuration Management
5 14 (4.64%) Migration
5 14 (4.64%) Fault Management
6 13 (4.30%) Validation
7 12 (3.97%) Problem Management
8 11 (3.64%) Performance Management
9 10 (3.31%) Logistics
10 9 (2.98%) Performance Monitoring
10 9 (2.98%) Test Automation
10 9 (2.98%) Capacity Planning
10 9 (2.98%) Network Design
10 9 (2.98%) ETL
11 8 (2.65%) ITIL
11 8 (2.65%) Regression Testing
11 8 (2.65%) Software Engineering
11 8 (2.65%) Requirements Analysis
11 8 (2.65%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 24 (7.95%) SQL
2 19 (6.29%) C
3 12 (3.97%) Perl
4 11 (3.64%) C++
5 5 (1.66%) C#
5 5 (1.66%) Java
5 5 (1.66%) Embedded C
6 4 (1.32%) Embedded C++
6 4 (1.32%) VBA
7 3 (0.99%) ActionScript
8 2 (0.66%) Python
9 1 (0.33%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 23 (7.62%) Degree
2 6 (1.99%) PMI Certification
3 5 (1.66%) CCNP
3 5 (1.66%) PMP
3 5 (1.66%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (1.32%) ISEB
4 4 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (0.99%) HND
6 2 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (0.66%) CCIE
6 2 (0.66%) CCSP
6 2 (0.66%) CCNA
6 2 (0.66%) JNCIA
6 2 (0.66%) JNCIS
7 1 (0.33%) Chartered Engineer
7 1 (0.33%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.33%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.33%) CISM
7 1 (0.33%) CISSP
7 1 (0.33%) CNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (10.26%) SLA
2 14 (4.64%) QA
3 4 (1.32%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.33%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 20 (6.62%) NSN NetAct
2 12 (3.97%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (1.66%) Netcool
4 1 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 70 (23.18%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 58 (19.21%) Huawei
3 56 (18.54%) Ericsson
4 36 (11.92%) Nokia
5 25 (8.28%) Oracle
6 23 (7.62%) Mapinfo
7 19 (6.29%) Microsoft
8 14 (4.64%) HP
9 13 (4.30%) Nortel
10 12 (3.97%) Business Objects
11 10 (3.31%) BT
11 10 (3.31%) Cramer
12 9 (2.98%) Greenplum
12 9 (2.98%) Sun
13 7 (2.32%) NEC
13 7 (2.32%) Apple
14 6 (1.99%) CheckPoint
14 6 (1.99%) Cisco
14 6 (1.99%) SAP
14 6 (1.99%) F5
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