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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 373 384 279
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -105
Contract jobs citing 2G 209 181 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.41% 0.37% 0.68%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.81% 2.81% 4.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 37 53
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£268 £320 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.40% +18.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £257 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £398 £330
UK excluding London average daily rate £268 £317 £270
% change year-on-year
-15.68% +17.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 8
Average hourly rate £36.45 - £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.45 - £35.00

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
7437 6447 7160
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.63% 13.24% 15.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4181 3434 3423
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 383 640
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.38 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.25% -14.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -11.11%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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 27 January 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 +12 189 £268 -22.46% 21
South East +15 111 £250 -25.92% 9
Berkshire +27 89 £251 -35.16% 4
Reading +24 29 £240 -36.00% 1
Surrey +5 20 £250 +19.04% 1
Slough -1 18 - -
Guildford +7 17 £250 -3.84%
London -7 14 £400 -3.61% 3
West Midlands -15 13 £275 - 3
East of England +9 11 £350 - 4
South West -17 9 £268 -22.46% 1
Cambridgeshire -5 7 £350 - 4
North West -14 6 - -
Solihull +4 5 £269 - 1
Yorkshire 0 5 £330 -13.15%
Buckinghamshire -8 5 - -
Coventry -3 3 - -
Hertfordshire - 3 - -
Scotland -8 2 £215 -
Bristol -16 2 - - 1
Bracknell +4 1 - -
Glasgow 0 1 £215 -
Manchester -8 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 £350 - 2
Altrincham - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
York - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Hampshire - - - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

1 329 (91.90%) 3G
2 207 (57.82%) Telecoms
3 203 (56.70%) 4G
4 170 (47.49%) LTE
5 126 (35.20%) Radio Access Network
6 101 (28.21%) Ericsson
7 80 (22.35%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 73 (20.39%) Huawei
9 66 (18.44%) Nokia
9 66 (18.44%) GSM
10 47 (13.13%) SQL
11 43 (12.01%) SLA
12 42 (11.73%) MS Excel
13 39 (10.89%) RNC
14 38 (10.61%) Oracle
14 38 (10.61%) NSN NetAct
15 37 (10.34%) Perl
15 37 (10.34%) Network Planning
16 35 (9.78%) Wireless
17 32 (8.94%) Ethernet
17 32 (8.94%) Microsoft
18 31 (8.66%) UNIX
19 28 (7.82%) Linux
19 28 (7.82%) MS Office
19 28 (7.82%) Nortel
20 25 (6.98%) UMTS
20 25 (6.98%) GPRS
20 25 (6.98%) ATM
21 24 (6.70%) Degree
22 23 (6.42%) C++

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 (1.12%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.56%) CMS
3 1 (0.28%) WebSphere Portal
3 1 (0.28%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.28%) TeamSite
Applications
1 42 (11.73%) MS Excel
2 28 (7.82%) MS Office
3 15 (4.19%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.12%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.28%) Maya
Business Applications
1 10 (2.79%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 329 (91.90%) 3G
2 203 (56.70%) 4G
3 170 (47.49%) LTE
4 126 (35.20%) Radio Access Network
5 66 (18.44%) GSM
6 39 (10.89%) RNC
7 35 (9.78%) Wireless
8 32 (8.94%) Ethernet
9 25 (6.98%) UMTS
9 25 (6.98%) GPRS
9 25 (6.98%) ATM
10 22 (6.15%) DNS
11 19 (5.31%) TCP/IP
12 18 (5.03%) SS7
13 14 (3.91%) 3GPP
14 13 (3.63%) SIGTRAN
15 12 (3.35%) SDH
15 12 (3.35%) MGW
16 11 (3.07%) SCCP
16 11 (3.07%) 2.5G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (3.63%) MS Access
2 11 (3.07%) Oracle Database
2 11 (3.07%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (2.51%) MySQL
3 9 (2.51%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.84%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 3 (0.84%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.56%) Oracle OWB
5 2 (0.56%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (0.56%) BusinessObjects XI
Development Applications
1 4 (1.12%) LabVIEW
1 4 (1.12%) Subversion
1 4 (1.12%) ClearCase
1 4 (1.12%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 4 (1.12%) Git (software)
2 3 (0.84%) Talend Open Studio
3 2 (0.56%) Toad
4 1 (0.28%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.28%) Maven
General
1 207 (57.82%) Telecoms
2 15 (4.19%) Finance
3 14 (3.91%) Electronics
4 11 (3.07%) Back Office
5 6 (1.68%) Billing
6 5 (1.40%) Front Office
7 3 (0.84%) German Language
7 3 (0.84%) Automotive
8 2 (0.56%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.56%) Retail
8 2 (0.56%) Marketing
9 1 (0.28%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.28%) French Language
9 1 (0.28%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.28%) Banking
9 1 (0.28%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.28%) Legal
Job Titles
1 32 (8.94%) Field Engineer
2 31 (8.66%) RAN Engineer
3 25 (6.98%) Developer
4 21 (5.87%) Integration Engineer
5 17 (4.75%) Designer
6 14 (3.91%) Test Engineer
7 13 (3.63%) Analyst
7 13 (3.63%) Network Planner
8 12 (3.35%) RF Engineer
9 11 (3.07%) RF Optimisation Engineer
9 11 (3.07%) Radio Engineer
9 11 (3.07%) Project Manager
10 10 (2.79%) Delivery Manager
10 10 (2.79%) Coordinator
11 9 (2.51%) 3G Engineer
12 8 (2.23%) Network Manager
12 8 (2.23%) Wireless Engineer
13 7 (1.96%) Configuration Engineer
13 7 (1.96%) RAN Configuration Engineer
13 7 (1.96%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.07%) XML
2 7 (1.96%) .NET
3 6 (1.68%) SOAP
4 4 (1.12%) STL
5 3 (0.84%) HTML5
5 3 (0.84%) HTML
5 3 (0.84%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 9 (2.51%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (1.96%) Handset
3 5 (1.40%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.12%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.12%) Client/Server
4 4 (1.12%) Mobile App
5 3 (0.84%) Telematics
6 2 (0.56%) Clustering
6 2 (0.56%) User Experience
7 1 (0.28%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.28%) DTV
7 1 (0.28%) PMI
7 1 (0.28%) Statistics
7 1 (0.28%) VHDL
7 1 (0.28%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 31 (8.66%) UNIX
2 28 (7.82%) Linux
3 9 (2.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (2.23%) Solaris
5 6 (1.68%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (10.34%) Network Planning
2 21 (5.87%) Configuration Management
3 19 (5.31%) PRINCE2
4 18 (5.03%) Validation
5 16 (4.47%) Project Management
6 14 (3.91%) Migration
6 14 (3.91%) Performance Management
7 13 (3.63%) Requirements Analysis
7 13 (3.63%) ETL
8 11 (3.07%) Data Entry
9 10 (2.79%) Data Analysis
10 9 (2.51%) Service Delivery
11 8 (2.23%) ITIL
11 8 (2.23%) Problem Management
11 8 (2.23%) Fault Management
12 7 (1.96%) Line Management
12 7 (1.96%) CRM
12 7 (1.96%) Agile Software Development
12 7 (1.96%) Software Testing
13 6 (1.68%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 47 (13.13%) SQL
2 37 (10.34%) Perl
3 23 (6.42%) C++
4 21 (5.87%) C
5 15 (4.19%) C#
6 12 (3.35%) Python
7 6 (1.68%) Java
7 6 (1.68%) Bash Shell
8 4 (1.12%) Ruby
8 4 (1.12%) Embedded C
9 3 (0.84%) VBA
10 2 (0.56%) Embedded C++
10 2 (0.56%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.28%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 24 (6.70%) Degree
2 13 (3.63%) HND
3 9 (2.51%) HNC
4 8 (2.23%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (1.96%) CCNP
6 6 (1.68%) CCNA
6 6 (1.68%) Security Cleared
7 5 (1.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (1.40%) ISEB
8 4 (1.12%) PMP
8 4 (1.12%) PMI Certification
8 4 (1.12%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.28%) SC Cleared
10 1 (0.28%) CISSP
10 1 (0.28%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.28%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (12.01%) SLA
2 6 (1.68%) QA
3 2 (0.56%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.28%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 38 (10.61%) NSN NetAct
2 12 (3.35%) HP Quality Center
3 11 (3.07%) Netcool
Vendors
1 101 (28.21%) Ericsson
2 80 (22.35%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 73 (20.39%) Huawei
4 66 (18.44%) Nokia
5 38 (10.61%) Oracle
6 32 (8.94%) Microsoft
7 28 (7.82%) Nortel
8 18 (5.03%) Cramer
9 15 (4.19%) HP
10 13 (3.63%) Business Objects
11 10 (2.79%) BT
11 10 (2.79%) Greenplum
12 9 (2.51%) Actix
12 9 (2.51%) Red Hat
13 8 (2.23%) Amdocs
14 7 (1.96%) Mapinfo
15 6 (1.68%) NEC
15 6 (1.68%) Cisco
16 5 (1.40%) Remedy
17 4 (1.12%) CheckPoint
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