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 29 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 423 412 300
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -112
Contract jobs citing 2G 168 152 320
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.31% 0.30% 0.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.22% 2.18% 3.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 30 41
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£313 £275 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -1.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £165 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £459 £370 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £273 £280
% change year-on-year
+13.76% -2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 3
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7573 6986 8979
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.87% 13.66% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4037 3623 3957
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 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 406 467 692
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £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 £24.38
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +4.61%

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 29 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
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 29 July 2014.

2G Hourly Rate Histogram 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 29 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 0 141 £320 +16.36% 12
South East -13 79 £310 +3.33% 4
Berkshire -3 58 £310 +14.28% 2
Reading +13 23 £315 +26.00% 2
South West -31 11 £410 +59.22% 2
London -6 10 £488 +54.15% 3
East of England -31 9 £368 +13.07% 3
Buckinghamshire -3 8 - -
Newbury -4 6 £258 -15.91%
Cambridgeshire -6 6 £375 +15.38% 1
Hertfordshire -10 3 £200 - 1
Amersham - 2 - -
Hampshire -15 1 - - 1
Bristol -23 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 29 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.

1 282 (92.16%) 3G
2 189 (61.76%) Telecoms
3 149 (48.69%) LTE
4 146 (47.71%) 4G
5 75 (24.51%) Radio Access Network
6 61 (19.93%) Ericsson
7 59 (19.28%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 49 (16.01%) Huawei
9 39 (12.75%) GSM
9 39 (12.75%) Ethernet
10 38 (12.42%) SLA
10 38 (12.42%) Network Architecture
11 35 (11.44%) Project Management
12 32 (10.46%) ATM
12 32 (10.46%) Oracle
13 31 (10.13%) SQL
13 31 (10.13%) Nokia
14 30 (9.80%) SDH
15 25 (8.17%) MS Excel
15 25 (8.17%) MPLS
16 24 (7.84%) MS Office
16 24 (7.84%) RNC
17 23 (7.52%) Wireless
17 23 (7.52%) Nortel
17 23 (7.52%) Problem Management
18 22 (7.19%) Network Design
19 21 (6.86%) Network Planning
20 20 (6.54%) Performance Monitoring
21 19 (6.21%) Mapinfo
21 19 (6.21%) Continuous Improvement

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 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 (4.58%) Apache
2 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.33%) WebSphere Portal
2 1 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 25 (8.17%) MS Excel
2 24 (7.84%) MS Office
3 6 (1.96%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.31%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.33%) MicroStation
5 1 (0.33%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.33%) Maya
Business Applications
1 3 (0.98%) Oracle Financials
1 3 (0.98%) HFM
2 1 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 282 (92.16%) 3G
2 149 (48.69%) LTE
3 146 (47.71%) 4G
4 75 (24.51%) Radio Access Network
5 39 (12.75%) Ethernet
5 39 (12.75%) GSM
6 32 (10.46%) ATM
7 30 (9.80%) SDH
8 25 (8.17%) MPLS
9 24 (7.84%) RNC
10 23 (7.52%) Wireless
11 18 (5.88%) UMTS
12 15 (4.90%) DWDM
13 13 (4.25%) VPN
14 12 (3.92%) OSPF
14 12 (3.92%) GPRS
15 11 (3.59%) BGP
15 11 (3.59%) SNMP
15 11 (3.59%) Telnet
16 9 (2.94%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (4.25%) MySQL
2 12 (3.92%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (2.94%) Relational Database
4 8 (2.61%) MS Access
4 8 (2.61%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (1.31%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.98%) Essbase
7 2 (0.65%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
7 2 (0.65%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.33%) BusinessObjects XI
8 1 (0.33%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 15 (4.90%) Maven
2 14 (4.58%) JIRA
2 14 (4.58%) Selenium
2 14 (4.58%) Ant
2 14 (4.58%) Toad
2 14 (4.58%) LoadRunner
2 14 (4.58%) SoapUI
2 14 (4.58%) Apache Ivy
2 14 (4.58%) eggPlant
3 7 (2.29%) Talend Open Studio
4 2 (0.65%) Calabash
General
1 189 (61.76%) Telecoms
2 15 (4.90%) Finance
3 10 (3.27%) Banking
4 9 (2.94%) Front Office
5 7 (2.29%) Electronics
6 4 (1.31%) Back Office
7 3 (0.98%) German Language
8 2 (0.65%) Spanish Language
8 2 (0.65%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.65%) Billing
9 1 (0.33%) Marketing
9 1 (0.33%) Automotive
9 1 (0.33%) Korean Language
Job Titles
1 23 (7.52%) Field Engineer
2 22 (7.19%) Design Engineer
3 21 (6.86%) RAN Engineer
4 20 (6.54%) Project Manager
5 18 (5.88%) Architect
6 14 (4.58%) Incident Manager
7 13 (4.25%) Network Engineer
8 12 (3.92%) Test Engineer
9 11 (3.59%) Radio Engineer
9 11 (3.59%) Databuild Engineer
10 10 (3.27%) Test Leader
10 10 (3.27%) Solutions Architect
10 10 (3.27%) Developer
11 9 (2.94%) Analyst
11 9 (2.94%) Delivery Manager
11 9 (2.94%) Senior Architect
11 9 (2.94%) QA Leader
12 8 (2.61%) Transmission Engineer
12 8 (2.61%) Network Design Engineer
13 7 (2.29%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.58%) SOAP
1 14 (4.58%) Web Services
1 14 (4.58%) J2ME
1 14 (4.58%) WAP
1 14 (4.58%) REST
2 12 (3.92%) XML
3 5 (1.63%) .NET
3 5 (1.63%) J2EE
4 3 (0.98%) ActiveMQ
5 2 (0.65%) HTML
6 1 (0.33%) Pylons
6 1 (0.33%) HTML5
6 1 (0.33%) LAMP
6 1 (0.33%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 15 (4.90%) Handset
2 14 (4.58%) Mobile App
3 7 (2.29%) Mobile Banking
4 5 (1.63%) PMI
5 4 (1.31%) Management Information System
6 3 (0.98%) Smart Meter
7 2 (0.65%) Smartphone
7 2 (0.65%) Statistics
7 2 (0.65%) 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 16 (5.23%) UNIX
2 9 (2.94%) Linux
3 4 (1.31%) Windows
4 1 (0.33%) Android
4 1 (0.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (12.42%) Network Architecture
2 35 (11.44%) Project Management
3 23 (7.52%) Problem Management
4 22 (7.19%) Network Design
5 21 (6.86%) Network Planning
6 20 (6.54%) Performance Monitoring
7 19 (6.21%) Continuous Improvement
8 16 (5.23%) Test Automation
8 16 (5.23%) Fault Management
8 16 (5.23%) Change Management
9 15 (4.90%) Regression Testing
9 15 (4.90%) ETL
10 14 (4.58%) Scrum
10 14 (4.58%) Agile Software Development
10 14 (4.58%) Manual Testing
11 12 (3.92%) Validation
12 11 (3.59%) Logistics
12 11 (3.59%) ITIL
12 11 (3.59%) Performance Management
12 11 (3.59%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 31 (10.13%) SQL
2 17 (5.56%) Perl
3 14 (4.58%) C
4 12 (3.92%) C++
5 11 (3.59%) Java
6 9 (2.94%) C#
7 5 (1.63%) VB
8 4 (1.31%) VBA
9 3 (0.98%) Embedded C
9 3 (0.98%) ActionScript
9 3 (0.98%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.65%) Embedded C++
11 1 (0.33%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.33%) PHP
Qualifications
1 17 (5.56%) Degree
2 7 (2.29%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (2.29%) ITIL Certification
3 6 (1.96%) CCNP
3 6 (1.96%) PMI Certification
4 4 (1.31%) HND
4 4 (1.31%) CCIE
4 4 (1.31%) PMP
5 3 (0.98%) CCSP
5 3 (0.98%) JNCIA
5 3 (0.98%) JNCIS
5 3 (0.98%) ISEB
5 3 (0.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.65%) CCNA
7 1 (0.33%) CNA
7 1 (0.33%) Novell Certification
7 1 (0.33%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (12.42%) SLA
2 18 (5.88%) QA
3 3 (0.98%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 18 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (5.56%) NSN NetAct
3 5 (1.63%) OPNET
4 1 (0.33%) Netcool
4 1 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 61 (19.93%) Ericsson
2 59 (19.28%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 49 (16.01%) Huawei
4 32 (10.46%) Oracle
5 31 (10.13%) Nokia
6 23 (7.52%) Nortel
7 19 (6.21%) Mapinfo
8 18 (5.88%) Microsoft
8 18 (5.88%) HP
9 14 (4.58%) Sun
9 14 (4.58%) Apple
10 13 (4.25%) BT
11 11 (3.59%) Cramer
12 10 (3.27%) Greenplum
12 10 (3.27%) Business Objects
13 7 (2.29%) Talend
14 6 (1.96%) F5
14 6 (1.96%) NEC
15 5 (1.63%) SAP
16 4 (1.31%) Cisco
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