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 26 March 2015 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
26 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 359 413 297
Rank change year-on-year
+54 -116
Contract jobs citing 2G 251 161 266
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.46% 0.31% 0.59%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.19% 2.37% 3.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 41 40
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£260 £315 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.32% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £500 £354
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £310 £293
% change year-on-year
-16.12% +5.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 4
Average hourly rate £35.00 - £33.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.12 - £30.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.16 - £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - £33.50

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
7862 6805 6828
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.56% 12.97% 15.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 4280 3516 3323
Average daily rate £365 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-0.72% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 412 567
Average hourly rate £28.69 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.45% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.70
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -7.48%

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 26 March 2015.

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 26 March 2015.

2G Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

2G
Top 30 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 26 March 2015. 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 +59 230 £260 -11.86% 10
South East +38 134 £250 -13.41% 5
Berkshire +33 115 £250 -29.07% 4
Newbury +17 44 £260 - 2
Reading +10 26 £240 -9.43% 1
South West +5 16 £450 +5.88%
London 0 16 £350 -30.00% 2
Slough +8 15 - - 1
Surrey -1 15 £249 -4.32%
West Midlands -11 14 £260 -10.34%
North West -13 13 £313 +7.75% 1
West Yorkshire +2 10 £123 -73.51%
Yorkshire -2 10 £123 -73.51%
Coventry +3 9 £260 +52.94%
Leeds +2 9 £123 -73.51%
Gloucestershire - 8 £450 -
Cheltenham - 7 £450 -
Buckinghamshire 0 5 - -
Manchester -7 5 £375 - 1
East of England +8 3 £403 - 2
Bracknell +4 2 £263 -
Cambridgeshire - 2 - - 1
City of London +3 1 - -
Glasgow -8 1 £215 -20.37% 1
Scotland -9 1 £215 -20.37% 1
Cambridge - - - - 1
North Yorkshire - - - -
Solihull - - - -
York - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - - 1

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 2015, 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.

1 393 (95.39%) 3G
2 264 (64.08%) Telecoms
3 245 (59.47%) 4G
4 186 (45.15%) LTE
5 159 (38.59%) Radio Access Network
6 112 (27.18%) Ericsson
7 85 (20.63%) GSM
8 74 (17.96%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 69 (16.75%) Huawei
10 67 (16.26%) Nokia
11 56 (13.59%) SQL
12 51 (12.38%) Perl
12 51 (12.38%) SLA
13 49 (11.89%) Network Planning
14 48 (11.65%) Wireless
15 47 (11.41%) RNC
15 47 (11.41%) NSN NetAct
16 46 (11.17%) MS Excel
17 42 (10.19%) Nortel
18 38 (9.22%) Oracle
19 34 (8.25%) GPRS
20 33 (8.01%) TCP/IP
21 32 (7.77%) UMTS
21 32 (7.77%) UNIX
22 31 (7.52%) MS Office
22 31 (7.52%) Microsoft
23 29 (7.04%) Configuration Management
23 29 (7.04%) C++
24 28 (6.80%) SS7
24 28 (6.80%) SIGTRAN

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 March 2015, 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 4 (0.97%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.49%) CMS
3 1 (0.24%) Confluence
Applications
1 46 (11.17%) MS Excel
2 31 (7.52%) MS Office
3 13 (3.16%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.46%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.24%) Maya
Business Applications
1 13 (3.16%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.49%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 393 (95.39%) 3G
2 245 (59.47%) 4G
3 186 (45.15%) LTE
4 159 (38.59%) Radio Access Network
5 85 (20.63%) GSM
6 48 (11.65%) Wireless
7 47 (11.41%) RNC
8 34 (8.25%) GPRS
9 33 (8.01%) TCP/IP
10 32 (7.77%) UMTS
11 28 (6.80%) SS7
11 28 (6.80%) SIGTRAN
12 24 (5.83%) Ethernet
13 21 (5.10%) Wireshark
13 21 (5.10%) HSPA
14 20 (4.85%) ATM
15 18 (4.37%) DNS
16 16 (3.88%) SDH
16 16 (3.88%) MVNO
17 14 (3.40%) 2.5G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (4.61%) MS Access
2 12 (2.91%) Oracle Database
3 10 (2.43%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (1.70%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (1.70%) MySQL
5 4 (0.97%) Relational Database
5 4 (0.97%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (0.97%) Oracle OWB
6 1 (0.24%) SQL Server
6 1 (0.24%) BusinessObjects XI
6 1 (0.24%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
Development Applications
1 10 (2.43%) Git (software)
1 10 (2.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 10 (2.43%) ClearCase
1 10 (2.43%) Subversion
2 4 (0.97%) Toad
2 4 (0.97%) LabVIEW
3 2 (0.49%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (0.24%) JIRA
4 1 (0.24%) Rational DOORS
General
1 264 (64.08%) Telecoms
2 21 (5.10%) Finance
3 15 (3.64%) Billing
4 13 (3.16%) Electronics
5 8 (1.94%) Back Office
6 4 (0.97%) German Language
7 3 (0.73%) Automotive
8 1 (0.24%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.24%) Front Office
8 1 (0.24%) Retail
8 1 (0.24%) French Language
8 1 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 44 (10.68%) RAN Engineer
2 34 (8.25%) Integration Engineer
3 31 (7.52%) Developer
4 24 (5.83%) Radio Engineer
4 24 (5.83%) Field Engineer
5 23 (5.58%) Test Engineer
6 21 (5.10%) Analyst
7 19 (4.61%) Designer
8 18 (4.37%) Delivery Manager
8 18 (4.37%) Project Manager
9 16 (3.88%) Wireless Engineer
10 14 (3.40%) Network Planner
11 12 (2.91%) Tester
11 12 (2.91%) Support Engineer
12 11 (2.67%) Performance Engineer
12 11 (2.67%) RAN Configuration Engineer
12 11 (2.67%) Configuration Engineer
13 10 (2.43%) Delivery Project Manager
13 10 (2.43%) C++ Developer
13 10 (2.43%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (4.37%) XML
2 10 (2.43%) STL
3 7 (1.70%) .NET
4 5 (1.21%) SOAP
5 3 (0.73%) ActiveMQ
5 3 (0.73%) HTML
5 3 (0.73%) HTML5
6 1 (0.24%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (2.43%) Mobile App
1 10 (2.43%) Client/Server
2 7 (1.70%) Handset
3 5 (1.21%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (0.73%) Telematics
5 2 (0.49%) GIS
6 1 (0.24%) Clustering
6 1 (0.24%) Statistics
6 1 (0.24%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.24%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 32 (7.77%) UNIX
2 24 (5.83%) Linux
3 6 (1.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (1.46%) Solaris
4 1 (0.24%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (11.89%) Network Planning
2 29 (7.04%) Configuration Management
3 25 (6.07%) Performance Management
4 23 (5.58%) Network Design
5 20 (4.85%) PRINCE2
6 18 (4.37%) ETL
7 17 (4.13%) CRM
8 16 (3.88%) Network Architecture
9 15 (3.64%) Fault Management
10 14 (3.40%) Project Management
10 14 (3.40%) Agile Software Development
10 14 (3.40%) Validation
10 14 (3.40%) Service Delivery
10 14 (3.40%) Change Management
11 12 (2.91%) Resource Management
12 11 (2.67%) Performance Monitoring
12 11 (2.67%) Data Entry
13 10 (2.43%) OO
13 10 (2.43%) Requirements Analysis
14 9 (2.18%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 56 (13.59%) SQL
2 51 (12.38%) Perl
3 29 (7.04%) C++
4 17 (4.13%) C#
5 16 (3.88%) C
6 15 (3.64%) Python
7 10 (2.43%) Bash Shell
7 10 (2.43%) Ruby
8 7 (1.70%) Java
9 4 (0.97%) PL/SQL
9 4 (0.97%) VBA
10 3 (0.73%) Embedded C
11 2 (0.49%) Embedded C++
12 1 (0.24%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 19 (4.61%) HND
2 17 (4.13%) HNC
3 16 (3.88%) Degree
4 11 (2.67%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (2.67%) Security Cleared
5 10 (2.43%) DV Cleared
5 10 (2.43%) CCNP
6 8 (1.94%) CCNA
7 5 (1.21%) PMI Certification
8 4 (0.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (0.97%) ISEB
8 4 (0.97%) PMP
9 2 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.24%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (12.38%) SLA
2 6 (1.46%) QA
3 2 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 47 (11.41%) NSN NetAct
2 26 (6.31%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (1.94%) Netcool
Vendors
1 112 (27.18%) Ericsson
2 74 (17.96%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 69 (16.75%) Huawei
4 67 (16.26%) Nokia
5 42 (10.19%) Nortel
6 38 (9.22%) Oracle
7 31 (7.52%) Microsoft
8 24 (5.83%) Cramer
9 22 (5.34%) HP
10 20 (4.85%) Actix
11 19 (4.61%) Amdocs
12 11 (2.67%) Business Objects
13 10 (2.43%) Mapinfo
14 7 (1.70%) NEC
14 7 (1.70%) Greenplum
15 6 (1.46%) Cisco
15 6 (1.46%) Red Hat
15 6 (1.46%) Remedy
16 5 (1.21%) BT
16 5 (1.21%) Siemens
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