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 9 February 2016 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
2G
Rank 549 392 409
Rank change year-on-year
-157 +17
Contract jobs citing 2G 75 234 181
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.45% 0.37%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.00% 3.05% 2.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 63 33
Average daily rate £270 £268 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.93% -14.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £190 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £375 £422
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £265 £315
% change year-on-year
+1.88% -15.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
Average hourly rate - £36.45 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £36.45 -

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
7528 7679 6648
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.62% 14.87% 13.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4431 4286 3495
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £215 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 335 442 393
Average hourly rate £28.38 £24.75 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.64% +26.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £12.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £40.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

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 9 February 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
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 9 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -165 69 £290 +8.92% 1
South East -84 41 £313 +25.00%
Berkshire -55 30 £388 +53.46%
Surrey -18 8 £270 +8.00%
London -6 6 £401 +14.42%
Slough -9 6 £290 -
Newbury -11 6 - -
Scotland -1 5 £184 -14.53%
Reading -31 5 £363 +51.04%
Guildford -6 4 £235 -6.00%
Northampton +16 3 £265 -17.18%
Glasgow +16 3 £113 -47.67%
Northamptonshire +10 3 £265 -17.18%
Bristol +2 3 - -
Leeds -4 3 £263 -4.54%
West Yorkshire -8 3 £263 +32.07%
East Midlands -11 3 £265 -17.18%
South West -11 3 - -
Yorkshire -12 3 £263 +32.07%
West Midlands -24 3 - - 1
Buckinghamshire +9 2 - -
Cambridgeshire +6 2 £325 -7.14%
Bracknell +1 2 - -
East of England -8 2 £325 -7.14%
Coventry -10 2 - -
Huntingdon - 2 £325 -
Birmingham -4 1 - - 1
North West -16 1 £130 -
Manchester -16 1 £130 -
North East -25 1 - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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.

1 187 (96.89%) 3G
2 139 (72.02%) 4G
3 117 (60.62%) Telecoms
4 77 (39.90%) LTE
5 75 (38.86%) Radio Access Network
6 61 (31.61%) Huawei
7 53 (27.46%) Ericsson
8 51 (26.42%) Nokia
9 34 (17.62%) RNC
10 27 (13.99%) SLA
11 26 (13.47%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 25 (12.95%) GSM
12 25 (12.95%) MS Excel
13 24 (12.44%) ATM
13 24 (12.44%) Nortel
13 24 (12.44%) NSN NetAct
14 21 (10.88%) UMTS
15 20 (10.36%) Microsoft
16 18 (9.33%) XML
16 18 (9.33%) MS Office
16 18 (9.33%) Back Office
16 18 (9.33%) Degree
17 17 (8.81%) SQL
17 17 (8.81%) Ethernet
18 16 (8.29%) Oracle
18 16 (8.29%) Unix
18 16 (8.29%) ITIL
18 16 (8.29%) Network Planning
19 15 (7.77%) BT
19 15 (7.77%) Mapinfo

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 3 (1.55%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 25 (12.95%) MS Excel
2 18 (9.33%) MS Office
3 12 (6.22%) MS PowerPoint
3 12 (6.22%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.55%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (1.04%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 187 (96.89%) 3G
2 139 (72.02%) 4G
3 77 (39.90%) LTE
4 75 (38.86%) Radio Access Network
5 34 (17.62%) RNC
6 25 (12.95%) GSM
7 24 (12.44%) ATM
8 21 (10.88%) UMTS
9 17 (8.81%) Ethernet
10 15 (7.77%) VoLTE
11 13 (6.74%) SDH
12 12 (6.22%) MPLS
13 11 (5.70%) DNS
13 11 (5.70%) Wireless
14 10 (5.18%) VLAN
15 9 (4.66%) DHCP
15 9 (4.66%) DWDM
16 7 (3.63%) Node B
16 7 (3.63%) OSPF
17 6 (3.11%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (6.22%) MySQL
2 10 (5.18%) BusinessObjects
2 10 (5.18%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (3.11%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.55%) MS Access
4 3 (1.55%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.55%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.52%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
5 1 (0.52%) BusinessObjects XI
5 1 (0.52%) GIS
5 1 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (1.04%) JUnit
1 2 (1.04%) Selenium
2 1 (0.52%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 117 (60.62%) Telecoms
2 18 (9.33%) Back Office
3 11 (5.70%) Finance
4 4 (2.07%) Billing
5 3 (1.55%) Electronics
6 2 (1.04%) German Language
6 2 (1.04%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.52%) French Language
Job Titles
1 29 (15.03%) RAN Engineer
2 26 (13.47%) Optimisation Engineer
3 18 (9.33%) Transmission Engineer
4 16 (8.29%) Radio Engineer
5 15 (7.77%) LTE Engineer
6 14 (7.25%) 3G Engineer
6 14 (7.25%) Field Engineer
7 12 (6.22%) Back Office Engineer
7 12 (6.22%) Design Engineer
8 11 (5.70%) Delivery Manager
8 11 (5.70%) Developer
9 10 (5.18%) Support Engineer
9 10 (5.18%) Telecoms Engineer
10 9 (4.66%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
10 9 (4.66%) 4G Engineer
10 9 (4.66%) Designer
11 8 (4.15%) Telecoms Manager
12 7 (3.63%) Network Engineer
12 7 (3.63%) RF Engineer
13 6 (3.11%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (9.33%) XML
2 10 (5.18%) Web Services
3 7 (3.63%) .NET
3 7 (3.63%) ASP.NET
3 7 (3.63%) Classic ASP
4 2 (1.04%) HTML
5 1 (0.52%) Boost C++ Libraries
5 1 (0.52%) CSS
5 1 (0.52%) POSIX
5 1 (0.52%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 10 (5.18%) Statistics
2 6 (3.11%) Algorithms
2 6 (3.11%) Management Information System
3 5 (2.59%) Computer Science
3 5 (2.59%) User Experience
4 3 (1.55%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (1.55%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.04%) Data Centre
5 2 (1.04%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.52%) BBC
6 1 (0.52%) Device Driver
6 1 (0.52%) iDTV
6 1 (0.52%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 16 (8.29%) Unix
2 14 (7.25%) Linux
3 3 (1.55%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (8.29%) ITIL
1 16 (8.29%) Network Planning
2 14 (7.25%) ETL
2 14 (7.25%) Project Management
3 11 (5.70%) Configuration Management
3 11 (5.70%) Network Architecture
4 10 (5.18%) Performance Management
5 9 (4.66%) Capacity Planning
5 9 (4.66%) Change Control
5 9 (4.66%) Fault Management
5 9 (4.66%) Performance Analysis
5 9 (4.66%) Requirements Analysis
6 8 (4.15%) Service Delivery
7 7 (3.63%) Continuous Improvement
7 7 (3.63%) Validation
8 6 (3.11%) Fault Analysis
8 6 (3.11%) Network Design
8 6 (3.11%) PRINCE2
8 6 (3.11%) Web Development
9 5 (2.59%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (8.81%) SQL
2 12 (6.22%) C++
3 10 (5.18%) C#
4 7 (3.63%) C
4 7 (3.63%) Perl
4 7 (3.63%) VBA
5 5 (2.59%) Java
6 4 (2.07%) Shell Script
7 3 (1.55%) MapBasic
8 2 (1.04%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.52%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 18 (9.33%) Degree
2 11 (5.70%) HNC
3 10 (5.18%) HND
4 8 (4.15%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (3.63%) CCNP
6 4 (2.07%) Chartered Engineer
7 2 (1.04%) ISTQB
7 2 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 1 (0.52%) APMP
8 1 (0.52%) CCIE
8 1 (0.52%) CCNA
8 1 (0.52%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.52%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.52%) PMP
8 1 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.52%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (13.99%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.04%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 24 (12.44%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (0.52%) Cacti
2 1 (0.52%) Cisco IPCC
2 1 (0.52%) OpenView
Vendors
1 61 (31.61%) Huawei
2 53 (27.46%) Ericsson
3 51 (26.42%) Nokia
4 26 (13.47%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 24 (12.44%) Nortel
6 20 (10.36%) Microsoft
7 16 (8.29%) Oracle
8 15 (7.77%) BT
8 15 (7.77%) Mapinfo
9 13 (6.74%) NEC
10 9 (4.66%) Amdocs
11 8 (4.15%) Actix
11 8 (4.15%) Cisco
12 7 (3.63%) Alcatel-Lucent
12 7 (3.63%) Siemens
13 5 (2.59%) Cramer
13 5 (2.59%) Juniper
13 5 (2.59%) NetCracker
13 5 (2.59%) ZTE
14 4 (2.07%) Citrix
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