The table below looks at the statistics for 2G skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2G over the 3 months to 25 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
2G
Rank 585 515 455
Rank change year-on-year
-70 -60
Contract jobs citing 2G 65 140 182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.24% 0.32%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.76% 1.72% 2.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 66 44
Median daily rate £290 £270 £314
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.40% -13.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £213 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £419 £400 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £278 £270 £313
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -13.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 4
Median hourly rate £45.50 £43.78 £40.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.92% +8.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.90 £43.78 £35.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.10 £43.78 £47.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.50 £43.78 £40.25
% change year-on-year
+3.92% +8.77%

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
8517 8125 8263
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.70% 13.90% 14.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 5198 4651 4438
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £235 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 426 510 463
Median hourly rate £32.25 £21.53 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+49.82% +5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.50 £21.53 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+64.92% -2.15%

2G
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing 2G as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 August 2016.

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 25 August 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2G within the UK over the 3 months to 25 August 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -74 58 £291 +7.87% 4
South East -23 28 £280 +3.70% 2
Berkshire -20 21 £245 -9.25% 1
London -22 13 £383 +27.50%
Reading -1 7 - -
Newbury -9 6 - - 1
North West +10 4 - -
Yorkshire +1 4 £285 +5.55% 1
Slough 0 4 - -
Leeds +4 3 - - 1
West Yorkshire +1 3 - - 1
Manchester -1 3 - -
Surrey -2 3 £318 +35.10%
Hampshire - 3 - -
Scotland +14 2 £250 -
South West +9 2 - -
Guildford +3 2 £270 +3.84%
Warrington +17 1 - -
East of England +11 1 - -
Cheshire +6 1 - -
East Midlands -5 1 £250 -5.66% 1
West Midlands -41 1 - -
Glasgow - 1 - -
Wales - 1 - -
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
Midlands - 1 £288 -
Cardiff - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 - -
Coventry - 1 - -
Luton - 1 - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing 2G also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for 2G.

1 122 (95.31%) 3G
2 98 (76.56%) 4G
3 76 (59.38%) Telecoms
4 65 (50.78%) LTE
5 47 (36.72%) Radio Access Network
6 40 (31.25%) Huawei
7 28 (21.88%) Nokia
8 24 (18.75%) Ericsson
8 24 (18.75%) Wireless
9 20 (15.63%) GSM
9 20 (15.63%) Nokia Networks
10 18 (14.06%) UMTS
11 14 (10.94%) SLA
12 13 (10.16%) Degree
12 13 (10.16%) C
13 12 (9.38%) Node B
14 11 (8.59%) NSN NetAct
14 11 (8.59%) MS Excel
14 11 (8.59%) ATM
14 11 (8.59%) Back Office
15 10 (7.81%) Electronics
15 10 (7.81%) Cramer
15 10 (7.81%) Microsoft
15 10 (7.81%) MS PowerPoint
15 10 (7.81%) RNC
16 9 (7.03%) Network Optimisation
16 9 (7.03%) Analytical Skills
16 9 (7.03%) Network Architecture
16 9 (7.03%) Siemens
16 9 (7.03%) Mapinfo

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.78%) CMS
Applications
1 11 (8.59%) MS Excel
2 10 (7.81%) MS PowerPoint
3 9 (7.03%) MS Office
4 5 (3.91%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.56%) MS Project
6 1 (0.78%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 2 (1.56%) Traffica
Communications & Networking
1 122 (95.31%) 3G
2 98 (76.56%) 4G
3 65 (50.78%) LTE
4 47 (36.72%) Radio Access Network
5 24 (18.75%) Wireless
6 20 (15.63%) GSM
7 18 (14.06%) UMTS
8 12 (9.38%) Node B
9 11 (8.59%) ATM
10 10 (7.81%) RNC
11 9 (7.03%) UTRAN
12 6 (4.69%) TCP/IP
12 6 (4.69%) VoLTE
12 6 (4.69%) WCDMA
13 5 (3.91%) Bluetooth
14 4 (3.13%) GPRS
14 4 (3.13%) NFC
14 4 (3.13%) SS7
14 4 (3.13%) Wireshark
14 4 (3.13%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.91%) Data Warehouse
1 5 (3.91%) MS Access
2 4 (3.13%) GIS
3 2 (1.56%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (0.78%) Data Mining
4 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.78%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (0.78%) Bugzilla
General
1 76 (59.38%) Telecoms
2 11 (8.59%) Back Office
3 10 (7.81%) Electronics
4 5 (3.91%) Finance
4 5 (3.91%) Marketing
5 3 (2.34%) Automotive
6 1 (0.78%) Billing
6 1 (0.78%) French Language
6 1 (0.78%) German Language
6 1 (0.78%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 20 (15.63%) RAN Engineer
2 14 (10.94%) 3G Engineer
3 11 (8.59%) LTE Engineer
3 11 (8.59%) Optimisation Engineer
3 11 (8.59%) Radio Engineer
4 9 (7.03%) 4G Engineer
5 8 (6.25%) Field Engineer
5 8 (6.25%) Test Engineer
6 6 (4.69%) Radio Planner
6 6 (4.69%) Support Engineer
6 6 (4.69%) Telecoms Engineer
6 6 (4.69%) Telecoms Manager
7 5 (3.91%) Databuild Engineer
7 5 (3.91%) Delivery Manager
7 5 (3.91%) Service Desk Engineer
7 5 (3.91%) Wireless Engineer
8 4 (3.13%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
8 4 (3.13%) Deployment Manager
8 4 (3.13%) Hardware Architect
8 4 (3.13%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.56%) REST
2 1 (0.78%) HTML
2 1 (0.78%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.03%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.69%) Management Information System
2 6 (4.69%) Statistics
3 5 (3.91%) VHDL
4 4 (3.13%) Driving Licence
4 4 (3.13%) VLSI
5 3 (2.34%) PMI
5 3 (2.34%) Telematics
6 2 (1.56%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.56%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.56%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.56%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.78%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.78%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.78%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 4 (3.13%) Unix
2 3 (2.34%) Linux
3 1 (0.78%) Android
3 1 (0.78%) Windows
3 1 (0.78%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (7.03%) Network Architecture
1 9 (7.03%) Network Optimisation
2 8 (6.25%) Performance Monitoring
3 6 (4.69%) Network Design
4 5 (3.91%) Business Intelligence
4 5 (3.91%) Dashboard Development
4 5 (3.91%) Embedded Software Development
4 5 (3.91%) Service Delivery
4 5 (3.91%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (3.13%) Capacity Planning
5 4 (3.13%) Line Management
5 4 (3.13%) Network Planning
5 4 (3.13%) PRINCE2
6 3 (2.34%) Fault Management
6 3 (2.34%) Migration
6 3 (2.34%) Network Monitoring
6 3 (2.34%) Performance Management
6 3 (2.34%) Programme Management
6 3 (2.34%) Project Management
6 3 (2.34%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 13 (10.16%) C
2 9 (7.03%) SQL
3 5 (3.91%) C++
4 1 (0.78%) Assembly Language
4 1 (0.78%) Java
4 1 (0.78%) Perl
4 1 (0.78%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (10.16%) Degree
2 9 (7.03%) HNC
3 5 (3.91%) PMI Certification
4 4 (3.13%) CCIE
4 4 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (2.34%) HND
6 2 (1.56%) CCNA
6 2 (1.56%) CCNP
6 2 (1.56%) CCSP
6 2 (1.56%) JNCIE
6 2 (1.56%) PMP
7 1 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (10.94%) SLA
2 1 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.78%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 8 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.78%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 11 (8.59%) NSN NetAct
2 6 (4.69%) Amdocs OSS
3 2 (1.56%) Netcool
4 1 (0.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 40 (31.25%) Huawei
2 28 (21.88%) Nokia
3 24 (18.75%) Ericsson
4 20 (15.63%) Nokia Networks
5 10 (7.81%) Cramer
5 10 (7.81%) Microsoft
6 9 (7.03%) Mapinfo
6 9 (7.03%) Siemens
7 8 (6.25%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 8 (6.25%) BT
7 8 (6.25%) Remedy
8 7 (5.47%) Tellabs
9 6 (4.69%) Cisco
9 6 (4.69%) Citrix
9 6 (4.69%) Nortel
9 6 (4.69%) ZTE
10 5 (3.91%) Arqiva
10 5 (3.91%) NetCracker
10 5 (3.91%) Telindus
10 5 (3.91%) Virgin Media
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