The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 430 422 311
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -111
Contract jobs citing 2G 164 148 322
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.30% 0.29% 0.56%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.18% 2.12% 3.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 29 45
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.64% +1.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £164 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £371 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £274 £280
% change year-on-year
+13.24% -2.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 3
Average hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-7.14% -
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7508 6968 8954
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.73% 13.66% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4004 3592 3943
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 407 472 682
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.85 £14.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%

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 25 July 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
Top 21 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 25 July 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 -20 138 £315 +10.52% 8
South East -13 76 £310 +3.33% 1
Berkshire -8 56 £310 +13.76%
Reading +12 22 £315 +20.57%
South West -24 11 £410 +59.22% 2
London +1 10 £488 +54.15% 2
Buckinghamshire -4 8 - -
East of England -30 8 £368 +13.07% 3
Newbury -2 6 £258 -15.91%
Cambridgeshire -7 5 £375 +15.38% 1
Hertfordshire -5 3 £200 - 1
Amersham - 2 - -
Hampshire -23 1 - -
Bristol -26 1 £410 +59.22% 2
Cambridge - - - -
Chesham - - - -
Hemel Hempstead - - - - 1
Luton - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - - 1
City of London - - - - 2

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

1 276 (92.00%) 3G
2 185 (61.67%) Telecoms
3 148 (49.33%) LTE
4 142 (47.33%) 4G
5 73 (24.33%) Radio Access Network
6 60 (20.00%) Ericsson
7 59 (19.67%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 50 (16.67%) Huawei
9 38 (12.67%) Ethernet
10 37 (12.33%) GSM
10 37 (12.33%) SLA
10 37 (12.33%) Network Architecture
11 35 (11.67%) Project Management
12 32 (10.67%) SQL
13 31 (10.33%) Oracle
13 31 (10.33%) ATM
13 31 (10.33%) Nokia
14 30 (10.00%) SDH
15 25 (8.33%) MPLS
16 24 (8.00%) Nortel
16 24 (8.00%) MS Excel
16 24 (8.00%) MS Office
16 24 (8.00%) RNC
17 23 (7.67%) Network Design
17 23 (7.67%) Problem Management
18 21 (7.00%) Wireless
18 21 (7.00%) Network Planning
19 20 (6.67%) Performance Monitoring
20 19 (6.33%) Continuous Improvement
20 19 (6.33%) Mapinfo

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 14 (4.67%) Apache
2 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.33%) WebSphere Portal
2 1 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 24 (8.00%) MS Office
1 24 (8.00%) MS Excel
2 5 (1.67%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.33%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.33%) MicroStation
4 1 (0.33%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.33%) Maya
Business Applications
1 3 (1.00%) Oracle Financials
1 3 (1.00%) HFM
2 1 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 276 (92.00%) 3G
2 148 (49.33%) LTE
3 142 (47.33%) 4G
4 73 (24.33%) Radio Access Network
5 38 (12.67%) Ethernet
6 37 (12.33%) GSM
7 31 (10.33%) ATM
8 30 (10.00%) SDH
9 25 (8.33%) MPLS
10 24 (8.00%) RNC
11 21 (7.00%) Wireless
12 18 (6.00%) UMTS
13 16 (5.33%) DWDM
14 14 (4.67%) VPN
15 13 (4.33%) OSPF
16 12 (4.00%) BGP
17 11 (3.67%) SNMP
17 11 (3.67%) GPRS
17 11 (3.67%) Telnet
18 10 (3.33%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (4.00%) MySQL
2 11 (3.67%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (3.00%) MS Access
3 9 (3.00%) Relational Database
4 7 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (1.33%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.00%) Essbase
7 2 (0.67%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.33%) BusinessObjects XI
8 1 (0.33%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
8 1 (0.33%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 15 (5.00%) Maven
2 14 (4.67%) JIRA
2 14 (4.67%) Selenium
2 14 (4.67%) Ant
2 14 (4.67%) Toad
2 14 (4.67%) LoadRunner
2 14 (4.67%) SoapUI
2 14 (4.67%) Apache Ivy
2 14 (4.67%) eggPlant
3 7 (2.33%) Talend Open Studio
4 2 (0.67%) Calabash
General
1 185 (61.67%) Telecoms
2 14 (4.67%) Finance
3 10 (3.33%) Banking
4 9 (3.00%) Front Office
5 6 (2.00%) Electronics
6 4 (1.33%) Back Office
7 3 (1.00%) German Language
8 2 (0.67%) Spanish Language
8 2 (0.67%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.67%) Billing
9 1 (0.33%) Marketing
9 1 (0.33%) Automotive
9 1 (0.33%) Korean Language
Job Titles
1 23 (7.67%) Field Engineer
2 22 (7.33%) Design Engineer
2 22 (7.33%) RAN Engineer
3 20 (6.67%) Project Manager
4 17 (5.67%) Architect
5 14 (4.67%) Network Engineer
5 14 (4.67%) Incident Manager
6 13 (4.33%) Test Engineer
7 11 (3.67%) Radio Engineer
7 11 (3.67%) Databuild Engineer
8 10 (3.33%) Test Leader
9 9 (3.00%) QA Leader
9 9 (3.00%) Solutions Architect
9 9 (3.00%) Developer
9 9 (3.00%) Analyst
9 9 (3.00%) Network Design Engineer
9 9 (3.00%) Delivery Manager
10 8 (2.67%) Senior Architect
10 8 (2.67%) Transmission Engineer
11 7 (2.33%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.67%) SOAP
1 14 (4.67%) Web Services
1 14 (4.67%) J2ME
1 14 (4.67%) WAP
1 14 (4.67%) REST
2 12 (4.00%) XML
3 5 (1.67%) .NET
3 5 (1.67%) J2EE
4 3 (1.00%) ActiveMQ
5 2 (0.67%) HTML
6 1 (0.33%) Pylons
6 1 (0.33%) HTML5
6 1 (0.33%) LAMP
6 1 (0.33%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 15 (5.00%) Handset
2 14 (4.67%) Mobile App
3 7 (2.33%) Mobile Banking
4 5 (1.67%) PMI
5 4 (1.33%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.00%) Smart Meter
7 2 (0.67%) Smartphone
7 2 (0.67%) Statistics
7 2 (0.67%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.33%) VHDL
8 1 (0.33%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.33%) DTV
8 1 (0.33%) GIS
8 1 (0.33%) Wiki
8 1 (0.33%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 15 (5.00%) UNIX
2 8 (2.67%) Linux
3 4 (1.33%) Windows
4 1 (0.33%) Android
4 1 (0.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (12.33%) Network Architecture
2 35 (11.67%) Project Management
3 23 (7.67%) Network Design
3 23 (7.67%) Problem Management
4 21 (7.00%) Network Planning
5 20 (6.67%) Performance Monitoring
6 19 (6.33%) Continuous Improvement
7 16 (5.33%) Test Automation
7 16 (5.33%) Fault Management
7 16 (5.33%) Change Management
8 15 (5.00%) Regression Testing
8 15 (5.00%) ETL
9 14 (4.67%) Scrum
9 14 (4.67%) Agile Software Development
9 14 (4.67%) Manual Testing
10 12 (4.00%) Validation
11 11 (3.67%) ITIL
11 11 (3.67%) Performance Management
11 11 (3.67%) Capacity Planning
12 10 (3.33%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 32 (10.67%) SQL
2 17 (5.67%) Perl
3 13 (4.33%) C
4 12 (4.00%) C++
5 11 (3.67%) Java
6 9 (3.00%) C#
7 6 (2.00%) VB
8 4 (1.33%) VBA
9 3 (1.00%) ActionScript
9 3 (1.00%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.67%) Embedded C
10 2 (0.67%) Embedded C++
11 1 (0.33%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.33%) PHP
Qualifications
1 15 (5.00%) Degree
2 7 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (2.33%) ITIL Certification
3 6 (2.00%) CCNP
3 6 (2.00%) PMI Certification
4 4 (1.33%) HND
4 4 (1.33%) CCIE
4 4 (1.33%) PMP
5 3 (1.00%) CCSP
5 3 (1.00%) JNCIA
5 3 (1.00%) JNCIS
5 3 (1.00%) ISEB
5 3 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.67%) CCNA
7 1 (0.33%) CNA
7 1 (0.33%) Novell Certification
7 1 (0.33%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (12.33%) SLA
2 18 (6.00%) QA
3 3 (1.00%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 18 (6.00%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (5.67%) NSN NetAct
3 6 (2.00%) OPNET
4 1 (0.33%) Netcool
4 1 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 60 (20.00%) Ericsson
2 59 (19.67%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 50 (16.67%) Huawei
4 31 (10.33%) Nokia
4 31 (10.33%) Oracle
5 24 (8.00%) Nortel
6 19 (6.33%) Mapinfo
7 18 (6.00%) HP
8 16 (5.33%) Microsoft
9 14 (4.67%) Sun
9 14 (4.67%) Apple
9 14 (4.67%) BT
10 11 (3.67%) Cramer
11 10 (3.33%) Greenplum
11 10 (3.33%) Business Objects
12 7 (2.33%) Talend
13 6 (2.00%) F5
13 6 (2.00%) NEC
14 5 (1.67%) SAP
15 4 (1.33%) Cisco
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