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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 381 463 328
Rank change year-on-year
+82 -135
Contract jobs citing 2G 224 137 251
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.40% 0.24% 0.52%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.72% 1.88% 3.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 32 43
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£270 £298 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.24% -0.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £227 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 £500 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £290 £288
% change year-on-year
-8.62% +0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 5
Average hourly rate £37.70 - £32.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.75 - £30.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £93.62 - £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.70 - £32.00

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
8225 7283 7453
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.72% 12.92% 15.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 4508 3818 3701
Average daily rate £350 £360 £348
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +3.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £340 £313
% change year-on-year
- +8.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 416 589
Average hourly rate £28.75 £20.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.24% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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 17 April 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 17 April 2015.

2G Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

2G
Top 27 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 17 April 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 +67 197 £263 -9.48% 12
South East +6 98 £243 -14.15% 5
Berkshire +32 87 £243 -17.79% 5
Newbury +17 34 £265 -
North West -2 16 £313 +7.75%
West Yorkshire +3 15 £123 -73.51%
London +3 15 £400 -20.00% 4
Yorkshire -4 15 £123 -73.51%
South West +16 14 £450 +5.88% 1
Reading +1 14 £275 +3.77% 1
Leeds -3 14 £123 -73.51%
West Midlands -17 13 £260 -10.34%
Coventry +7 9 £260 +52.94%
Slough +3 8 - -
Manchester +1 8 £375 -
Surrey -6 7 - -
Gloucestershire - 6 £450 -
Cheltenham - 6 £450 -
East of England +20 2 £364 - 2
City of London +17 2 £425 -15.00% 1
Bracknell +3 2 £263 -
Buckinghamshire +2 2 - -
Scotland +2 2 - -
Glasgow -3 2 - -
Cambridge - - - - 2
Cambridgeshire - - - - 2
Bedfordshire - - - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 402 (96.40%) 3G
2 266 (63.79%) Telecoms
3 252 (60.43%) 4G
4 196 (47.00%) LTE
5 163 (39.09%) Radio Access Network
6 113 (27.10%) Ericsson
7 90 (21.58%) GSM
8 76 (18.23%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 75 (17.99%) Huawei
10 69 (16.55%) Nokia
11 59 (14.15%) SQL
12 56 (13.43%) Perl
13 52 (12.47%) SLA
14 49 (11.75%) Wireless
15 48 (11.51%) Network Planning
16 46 (11.03%) RNC
16 46 (11.03%) MS Excel
17 45 (10.79%) NSN NetAct
18 44 (10.55%) Nortel
19 43 (10.31%) Oracle
20 39 (9.35%) GPRS
21 37 (8.87%) UMTS
22 36 (8.63%) UNIX
23 34 (8.15%) C++
24 33 (7.91%) TCP/IP
24 33 (7.91%) Microsoft
25 32 (7.67%) MS Office
26 30 (7.19%) Configuration Management
27 29 (6.95%) SS7
28 28 (6.71%) Linux

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 (0.96%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.48%) CMS
3 1 (0.24%) Confluence
Applications
1 46 (11.03%) MS Excel
2 32 (7.67%) MS Office
3 14 (3.36%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.44%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.24%) Maya
5 1 (0.24%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 13 (3.12%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 402 (96.40%) 3G
2 252 (60.43%) 4G
3 196 (47.00%) LTE
4 163 (39.09%) Radio Access Network
5 90 (21.58%) GSM
6 49 (11.75%) Wireless
7 46 (11.03%) RNC
8 39 (9.35%) GPRS
9 37 (8.87%) UMTS
10 33 (7.91%) TCP/IP
11 29 (6.95%) SS7
12 27 (6.47%) SIGTRAN
13 25 (6.00%) Ethernet
14 23 (5.52%) HSPA
15 21 (5.04%) Wireshark
15 21 (5.04%) ATM
16 17 (4.08%) DNS
17 16 (3.84%) SDH
17 16 (3.84%) MVNO
18 12 (2.88%) 2.5G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (4.32%) MS Access
2 14 (3.36%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (2.88%) MySQL
3 12 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (2.64%) Oracle Database
5 4 (0.96%) Relational Database
5 4 (0.96%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (0.96%) 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 (2.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 10 (2.40%) ClearCase
1 10 (2.40%) Subversion
1 10 (2.40%) Git (software)
2 5 (1.20%) LabVIEW
3 4 (0.96%) Toad
4 3 (0.72%) CANoe
5 2 (0.48%) Talend Open Studio
6 1 (0.24%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (0.24%) JIRA
General
1 266 (63.79%) Telecoms
2 20 (4.80%) Finance
3 15 (3.60%) Billing
4 13 (3.12%) Electronics
5 7 (1.68%) Back Office
6 4 (0.96%) German Language
7 3 (0.72%) Automotive
8 1 (0.24%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.24%) Advertising
8 1 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.24%) French Language
Job Titles
1 45 (10.79%) RAN Engineer
2 35 (8.39%) Developer
3 34 (8.15%) Integration Engineer
4 24 (5.76%) Test Engineer
4 24 (5.76%) Field Engineer
4 24 (5.76%) Radio Engineer
5 22 (5.28%) Analyst
6 20 (4.80%) Delivery Manager
7 19 (4.56%) Project Manager
8 17 (4.08%) Designer
9 16 (3.84%) Wireless Engineer
10 14 (3.36%) Network Planner
10 14 (3.36%) Support Engineer
11 12 (2.88%) Tester
11 12 (2.88%) Delivery Project Manager
12 11 (2.64%) Design Engineer
12 11 (2.64%) Performance Engineer
12 11 (2.64%) Configuration Engineer
12 11 (2.64%) RAN Configuration Engineer
13 10 (2.40%) C++ Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (5.28%) XML
2 10 (2.40%) STL
3 6 (1.44%) .NET
4 5 (1.20%) SOAP
5 3 (0.72%) HTML
5 3 (0.72%) HTML5
6 2 (0.48%) ActiveMQ
7 1 (0.24%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (2.40%) Client/Server
1 10 (2.40%) Mobile App
2 7 (1.68%) Handset
3 5 (1.20%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (0.72%) Telematics
5 2 (0.48%) GIS
6 1 (0.24%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.24%) PMI
6 1 (0.24%) Clustering
6 1 (0.24%) Statistics
6 1 (0.24%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 36 (8.63%) UNIX
2 28 (6.71%) Linux
3 6 (1.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (1.44%) Solaris
4 1 (0.24%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (11.51%) Network Planning
2 30 (7.19%) Configuration Management
3 24 (5.76%) Performance Management
4 22 (5.28%) ETL
4 22 (5.28%) Network Design
5 18 (4.32%) PRINCE2
5 18 (4.32%) Fault Management
5 18 (4.32%) Network Architecture
6 17 (4.08%) CRM
6 17 (4.08%) Change Management
7 14 (3.36%) Service Delivery
7 14 (3.36%) Agile Software Development
7 14 (3.36%) Requirements Analysis
8 13 (3.12%) Validation
9 12 (2.88%) Project Management
9 12 (2.88%) Resource Management
10 11 (2.64%) Data Entry
10 11 (2.64%) Performance Monitoring
11 10 (2.40%) OO
11 10 (2.40%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 59 (14.15%) SQL
2 56 (13.43%) Perl
3 34 (8.15%) C++
4 16 (3.84%) C#
5 15 (3.60%) C
5 15 (3.60%) Python
6 12 (2.88%) Java
7 10 (2.40%) Ruby
7 10 (2.40%) Bash Shell
8 4 (0.96%) PL/SQL
8 4 (0.96%) VBA
9 3 (0.72%) Embedded C
10 2 (0.48%) Embedded C++
11 1 (0.24%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 17 (4.08%) HND
2 16 (3.84%) Degree
3 15 (3.60%) HNC
4 11 (2.64%) Security Cleared
5 10 (2.40%) DV Cleared
6 9 (2.16%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (1.92%) CCNP
8 6 (1.44%) CCNA
9 4 (0.96%) ISEB
9 4 (0.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (0.72%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.48%) PMP
12 1 (0.24%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (12.47%) SLA
2 5 (1.20%) QA
3 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 45 (10.79%) NSN NetAct
2 26 (6.24%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (1.44%) Netcool
Vendors
1 113 (27.10%) Ericsson
2 76 (18.23%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 75 (17.99%) Huawei
4 69 (16.55%) Nokia
5 44 (10.55%) Nortel
6 43 (10.31%) Oracle
7 33 (7.91%) Microsoft
8 25 (6.00%) Amdocs
9 24 (5.76%) Cramer
10 22 (5.28%) HP
11 20 (4.80%) Actix
12 12 (2.88%) Business Objects
13 10 (2.40%) Mapinfo
14 9 (2.16%) Greenplum
15 7 (1.68%) NEC
16 6 (1.44%) Red Hat
16 6 (1.44%) Remedy
16 6 (1.44%) Cisco
17 5 (1.20%) Alcatel-Lucent
17 5 (1.20%) Siemens
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