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 3 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 351 372 279
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -93
Contract jobs citing 2G 258 206 288
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.41% 0.63%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.35% 3.09% 4.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 31 52
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£266 £315 £273
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.34% +15.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £260 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £402 £500 £335
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £315 £273
% change year-on-year
-16.53% +15.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 3
Average hourly rate £35.00 - £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - £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
7706 6666 7138
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.66% 13.13% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4173 3408 3452
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 430 383 605
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £23.33
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -14.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £44.80 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £20.00 £23.33
% change year-on-year
+45.00% -14.27%

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 +39 235 £260 -36.58% 20
South East +29 143 £250 -12.28% 10
Berkshire +28 117 £251 -14.83% 8
Newbury +20 53 £260 -
Reading +4 24 £240 -9.43% 1
Surrey +7 23 £250 -3.84% 1
Slough +3 22 - - 3
London +4 19 £350 -30.00% 2
West Midlands -5 18 £260 -
South West -5 14 £450 +5.88% 2
North West -14 11 £260 - 1
Coventry +5 10 £260 -
East of England - 7 £350 - 1
Cambridgeshire - 6 £350 -
Buckinghamshire -5 5 - -
Yorkshire -5 5 £123 -76.66% 3
West Yorkshire -10 5 £123 -76.66% 3
Leeds -8 4 £123 -76.66% 2
Solihull +7 3 £275 -
City of London +2 1 - -
Scotland -4 1 £215 -20.37%
Glasgow -6 1 £215 -20.37%
Manchester -18 1 - - 1
Cambridge - 1 £350 -
Bracknell - - - -
Bristol - - - - 1
York - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 1
North Yorkshire - - - -
M4 Corridor - - - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 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.

1 365 (94.32%) 3G
2 240 (62.02%) Telecoms
3 216 (55.81%) 4G
4 163 (42.12%) LTE
5 148 (38.24%) Radio Access Network
6 113 (29.20%) Ericsson
7 78 (20.16%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 69 (17.83%) GSM
8 69 (17.83%) Huawei
9 66 (17.05%) Nokia
10 51 (13.18%) SQL
11 50 (12.92%) Network Planning
12 46 (11.89%) RNC
12 46 (11.89%) SLA
12 46 (11.89%) NSN NetAct
13 44 (11.37%) Perl
14 41 (10.59%) Nortel
15 40 (10.34%) Oracle
16 39 (10.08%) MS Excel
17 37 (9.56%) Wireless
18 29 (7.49%) UNIX
19 28 (7.24%) TCP/IP
19 28 (7.24%) Microsoft
20 27 (6.98%) GPRS
20 27 (6.98%) Linux
21 26 (6.72%) C++
21 26 (6.72%) Configuration Management
22 25 (6.46%) Ethernet
23 24 (6.20%) SS7
23 24 (6.20%) Cramer

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 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 (1.03%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.52%) CMS
3 1 (0.26%) Confluence
Applications
1 39 (10.08%) MS Excel
2 23 (5.94%) MS Office
3 13 (3.36%) MS Visio
4 5 (1.29%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.26%) Maya
Business Applications
1 13 (3.36%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 365 (94.32%) 3G
2 216 (55.81%) 4G
3 163 (42.12%) LTE
4 148 (38.24%) Radio Access Network
5 69 (17.83%) GSM
6 46 (11.89%) RNC
7 37 (9.56%) Wireless
8 28 (7.24%) TCP/IP
9 27 (6.98%) GPRS
10 25 (6.46%) Ethernet
11 24 (6.20%) SS7
12 23 (5.94%) UMTS
13 22 (5.68%) ATM
13 22 (5.68%) SIGTRAN
14 20 (5.17%) DNS
15 16 (4.13%) Wireshark
16 14 (3.62%) HSPA
17 13 (3.36%) MVNO
18 12 (3.10%) 2.5G
19 11 (2.84%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (3.10%) MS Access
1 12 (3.10%) Oracle Database
2 11 (2.84%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (1.81%) MySQL
3 7 (1.81%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (1.03%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (1.03%) Oracle OWB
4 4 (1.03%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.52%) BusinessObjects XI
5 2 (0.52%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
6 1 (0.26%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (1.81%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 7 (1.81%) ClearCase
1 7 (1.81%) Subversion
1 7 (1.81%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.03%) Toad
2 4 (1.03%) LabVIEW
3 2 (0.52%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (0.26%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.26%) JIRA
General
1 240 (62.02%) Telecoms
2 19 (4.91%) Finance
3 15 (3.88%) Electronics
4 13 (3.36%) Billing
5 6 (1.55%) Back Office
6 3 (0.78%) Automotive
6 3 (0.78%) German Language
7 2 (0.52%) Marketing
7 2 (0.52%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.52%) Front Office
8 1 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.26%) Legal
8 1 (0.26%) Banking
8 1 (0.26%) Retail
8 1 (0.26%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.26%) French Language
Job Titles
1 44 (11.37%) RAN Engineer
2 34 (8.79%) Integration Engineer
3 29 (7.49%) Field Engineer
4 28 (7.24%) Developer
5 22 (5.68%) Designer
6 21 (5.43%) Radio Engineer
7 18 (4.65%) Analyst
8 17 (4.39%) Test Engineer
9 16 (4.13%) Network Planner
10 14 (3.62%) Project Manager
11 13 (3.36%) Delivery Manager
12 12 (3.10%) Tester
12 12 (3.10%) Wireless Engineer
13 11 (2.84%) Configuration Engineer
13 11 (2.84%) RAN Configuration Engineer
14 10 (2.58%) Design Engineer
15 9 (2.33%) Performance Engineer
16 8 (2.07%) Network Manager
16 8 (2.07%) Coordinator
16 8 (2.07%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.84%) XML
2 7 (1.81%) .NET
2 7 (1.81%) STL
3 6 (1.55%) SOAP
4 3 (0.78%) ActiveMQ
4 3 (0.78%) HTML5
4 3 (0.78%) HTML
5 1 (0.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (1.81%) Client/Server
1 7 (1.81%) Handset
1 7 (1.81%) Mobile App
1 7 (1.81%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (0.78%) Telematics
3 2 (0.52%) Computer Science
3 2 (0.52%) User Experience
3 2 (0.52%) Clustering
3 2 (0.52%) PMI
3 2 (0.52%) GIS
4 1 (0.26%) Management Information System
4 1 (0.26%) DTV
4 1 (0.26%) VHDL
4 1 (0.26%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 29 (7.49%) UNIX
2 27 (6.98%) Linux
3 9 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (1.81%) Solaris
5 1 (0.26%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (12.92%) Network Planning
2 26 (6.72%) Configuration Management
3 23 (5.94%) Performance Management
4 21 (5.43%) PRINCE2
5 18 (4.65%) Network Design
6 17 (4.39%) ETL
7 15 (3.88%) CRM
7 15 (3.88%) Project Management
7 15 (3.88%) Validation
8 14 (3.62%) Service Delivery
9 11 (2.84%) Agile Software Development
9 11 (2.84%) Data Entry
9 11 (2.84%) Requirements Analysis
9 11 (2.84%) Performance Monitoring
10 10 (2.58%) Resource Management
10 10 (2.58%) Fault Management
10 10 (2.58%) Change Management
11 9 (2.33%) ITIL
11 9 (2.33%) Migration
12 8 (2.07%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 51 (13.18%) SQL
2 44 (11.37%) Perl
3 26 (6.72%) C++
4 19 (4.91%) C
5 16 (4.13%) C#
6 14 (3.62%) Python
7 9 (2.33%) Bash Shell
8 7 (1.81%) Ruby
9 6 (1.55%) Java
10 4 (1.03%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.78%) VBA
11 3 (0.78%) Embedded C
12 2 (0.52%) Embedded C++
13 1 (0.26%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 21 (5.43%) VCP4
2 20 (5.17%) Degree
3 16 (4.13%) HND
4 13 (3.36%) HNC
5 9 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
5 9 (2.33%) Security Cleared
6 8 (2.07%) CCNP
7 7 (1.81%) DV Cleared
8 6 (1.55%) CCNA
9 5 (1.29%) ISEB
9 5 (1.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (1.29%) PMI Certification
10 4 (1.03%) PMP
11 2 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.26%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.26%) CISSP
12 1 (0.26%) CISM
12 1 (0.26%) ISTQB
12 1 (0.26%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (11.89%) SLA
2 4 (1.03%) QA
3 3 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.52%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.26%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 46 (11.89%) NSN NetAct
2 21 (5.43%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (2.07%) Netcool
Vendors
1 113 (29.20%) Ericsson
2 78 (20.16%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 69 (17.83%) Huawei
4 66 (17.05%) Nokia
5 41 (10.59%) Nortel
6 40 (10.34%) Oracle
7 28 (7.24%) Microsoft
8 24 (6.20%) Cramer
9 22 (5.68%) HP
10 20 (5.17%) Actix
11 12 (3.10%) Amdocs
12 11 (2.84%) Business Objects
13 9 (2.33%) Red Hat
13 9 (2.33%) BT
14 8 (2.07%) NEC
14 8 (2.07%) Mapinfo
15 7 (1.81%) Cisco
15 7 (1.81%) Greenplum
16 6 (1.55%) Remedy
17 5 (1.29%) Siemens
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