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 16 April 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 463 319 269
Rank change year-on-year
-144 -50
Contract jobs citing 2G 140 251 397
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.52% 0.66%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.90% 3.40% 4.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 43 43
Average daily rate £300 £300 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £247 £192
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £350 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £293 £288 £270
% change year-on-year
+1.73% +6.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 9
Average hourly rate - £32.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -5.88%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7353 7384 9261
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.79% 15.20% 15.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3863 3656 4316
Average daily rate £360 £348 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.59% -4.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 421 588 622
Average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £28.25
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -20.35%

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 16 April 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
Top 26 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -132 119 £290 -3.33% 10
South East -88 72 £283 -1.73% 7
Berkshire -47 51 £295 +3.50% 6
Reading -21 20 £265 -18.46% 2
Surrey -22 17 - - 1
London -24 17 £500 +45.98% 3
City of London - 6 £500 -
Slough -5 3 £135 -59.09% 1
Buckinghamshire -42 3 £240 -52.00%
Bristol -12 2 £425 -
West Yorkshire -16 2 £463 -
South West -16 2 £425 +21.42%
Yorkshire -17 2 £463 -
Leeds -18 2 £463 -
Hampshire -3 1 £283 +2.72%
Hertfordshire -12 1 - -
East of England -37 1 - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Watford - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Amersham - - - -
Luton - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Chesham - - - -
Fareham - - - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 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.

1 311 (93.96%) 3G
2 214 (64.65%) Telecoms
3 125 (37.76%) LTE
4 121 (36.56%) Ericsson
5 95 (28.70%) 4G
6 92 (27.79%) Radio Access Network
7 91 (27.49%) RNC
8 75 (22.66%) Nokia
9 66 (19.94%) SLA
10 65 (19.64%) Huawei
11 63 (19.03%) Nortel
12 54 (16.31%) ATM
13 50 (15.11%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
14 46 (13.90%) DWDM
15 45 (13.60%) ETL
16 39 (11.78%) Ethernet
16 39 (11.78%) NEC
17 36 (10.88%) MPLS
18 33 (9.97%) GSM
18 33 (9.97%) Network Design
19 26 (7.85%) MS Excel
20 25 (7.55%) SQL
20 25 (7.55%) Network Planning
21 24 (7.25%) Network Architecture
22 23 (6.95%) VPN
23 22 (6.65%) SDH
23 22 (6.65%) Oracle
23 22 (6.65%) MS Office
23 22 (6.65%) OSPF
23 22 (6.65%) Capacity Management

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 8 (2.42%) Apache
2 2 (0.60%) WebSphere
2 2 (0.60%) WebSphere Portal
3 1 (0.30%) TeamSite
3 1 (0.30%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 26 (7.85%) MS Excel
2 22 (6.65%) MS Office
3 5 (1.51%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (1.21%) Maya
5 3 (0.91%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.91%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (0.30%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 311 (93.96%) 3G
2 125 (37.76%) LTE
3 95 (28.70%) 4G
4 92 (27.79%) Radio Access Network
5 91 (27.49%) RNC
6 54 (16.31%) ATM
7 46 (13.90%) DWDM
8 39 (11.78%) Ethernet
9 36 (10.88%) MPLS
10 33 (9.97%) GSM
11 23 (6.95%) VPN
12 22 (6.65%) OSPF
12 22 (6.65%) SDH
13 20 (6.04%) BGP
13 20 (6.04%) RSVP
13 20 (6.04%) VRRP
13 20 (6.04%) HSRP
14 17 (5.14%) GPRS
15 16 (4.83%) UMTS
16 12 (3.63%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (4.83%) MS Access
2 12 (3.63%) Relational Database
3 8 (2.42%) MySQL
4 6 (1.81%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.60%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.30%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 10 (3.02%) Maven
2 8 (2.42%) JIRA
2 8 (2.42%) Selenium
2 8 (2.42%) Ant
2 8 (2.42%) Toad
2 8 (2.42%) LoadRunner
2 8 (2.42%) SoapUI
2 8 (2.42%) Apache Ivy
2 8 (2.42%) eggPlant
3 5 (1.51%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (0.30%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.30%) Visual Studio
General
1 214 (64.65%) Telecoms
2 14 (4.23%) Front Office
3 11 (3.32%) Finance
4 7 (2.11%) Banking
5 4 (1.21%) Legal
6 3 (0.91%) Back Office
6 3 (0.91%) German Language
7 2 (0.60%) Electronics
8 1 (0.30%) Retail
8 1 (0.30%) Billing
8 1 (0.30%) French Language
8 1 (0.30%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 84 (25.38%) Field Engineer
2 32 (9.67%) RAN Engineer
3 26 (7.85%) Design Engineer
4 20 (6.04%) Network Engineer
5 18 (5.44%) Incident Manager
5 18 (5.44%) Databuild Engineer
6 17 (5.14%) Test Engineer
7 15 (4.53%) Network Design Engineer
8 13 (3.93%) Network Planner
9 12 (3.63%) Architect
9 12 (3.63%) Project Manager
10 10 (3.02%) Network Manager
11 9 (2.72%) Senior Architect
12 7 (2.11%) Radio Engineer
13 6 (1.81%) Operations Manager
13 6 (1.81%) Programme Manager
13 6 (1.81%) Solutions Architect
13 6 (1.81%) Transmission Engineer
13 6 (1.81%) QA Leader
14 5 (1.51%) Network Optimisation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.42%) SOAP
1 8 (2.42%) Web Services
1 8 (2.42%) XML
1 8 (2.42%) J2ME
1 8 (2.42%) WAP
1 8 (2.42%) REST
2 5 (1.51%) .NET
2 5 (1.51%) J2EE
3 2 (0.60%) HTML
4 1 (0.30%) CSS
4 1 (0.30%) LAMP
4 1 (0.30%) Pylons
Miscellaneous
1 10 (3.02%) Handset
2 8 (2.42%) Mobile App
3 6 (1.81%) Mobile Banking
4 4 (1.21%) Management Information System
5 2 (0.60%) ASIC
5 2 (0.60%) Economics
6 1 (0.30%) Web 2.0
6 1 (0.30%) Statistics
6 1 (0.30%) Wiki
6 1 (0.30%) GIS
6 1 (0.30%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 9 (2.72%) UNIX
2 4 (1.21%) Linux
3 1 (0.30%) Embedded Linux
3 1 (0.30%) Windows Phone
3 1 (0.30%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (13.60%) ETL
2 33 (9.97%) Network Design
3 25 (7.55%) Network Planning
4 24 (7.25%) Network Architecture
5 22 (6.65%) Capacity Management
6 20 (6.04%) Problem Management
7 19 (5.74%) Change Management
8 16 (4.83%) Project Management
9 15 (4.53%) Performance Monitoring
10 14 (4.23%) Continuous Improvement
11 13 (3.93%) ITIL
11 13 (3.93%) Fault Management
12 11 (3.32%) Capacity Planning
13 10 (3.02%) Root Cause Analysis
14 9 (2.72%) Manual Testing
14 9 (2.72%) Test Automation
14 9 (2.72%) Regression Testing
14 9 (2.72%) Validation
15 8 (2.42%) Migration
15 8 (2.42%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 25 (7.55%) SQL
2 15 (4.53%) Perl
3 12 (3.63%) VB
4 11 (3.32%) C
5 9 (2.72%) Java
6 7 (2.11%) C++
7 6 (1.81%) C#
8 3 (0.91%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.60%) VBA
9 2 (0.60%) Embedded C
9 2 (0.60%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.30%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.30%) XAML
10 1 (0.30%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.30%) PHP
Qualifications
1 17 (5.14%) Degree
2 13 (3.93%) HND
3 10 (3.02%) ITIL Certification
4 7 (2.11%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (1.51%) CCIE
6 4 (1.21%) CCNP
7 3 (0.91%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.60%) CCSP
8 2 (0.60%) PMP
8 2 (0.60%) CCNA
8 2 (0.60%) JNCIA
8 2 (0.60%) JNCIS
9 1 (0.30%) ISEB
9 1 (0.30%) CISSP
9 1 (0.30%) CNA
9 1 (0.30%) Novell Certification
9 1 (0.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.30%) CISA
9 1 (0.30%) CISM
9 1 (0.30%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (19.94%) SLA
2 9 (2.72%) QA
Systems Management
1 17 (5.14%) NSN NetAct
2 8 (2.42%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.30%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 1 (0.30%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 121 (36.56%) Ericsson
2 75 (22.66%) Nokia
3 65 (19.64%) Huawei
4 63 (19.03%) Nortel
5 50 (15.11%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 39 (11.78%) NEC
7 22 (6.65%) Oracle
8 14 (4.23%) BT
9 12 (3.63%) Mapinfo
10 11 (3.32%) Microsoft
11 9 (2.72%) HP
12 8 (2.42%) Apple
12 8 (2.42%) Sun
12 8 (2.42%) Business Objects
12 8 (2.42%) OPNET
13 7 (2.11%) Cramer
14 6 (1.81%) Amdocs
14 6 (1.81%) Greenplum
15 5 (1.51%) Talend
16 4 (1.21%) Cerion
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TEKsystems
Posted: Yesterday
Slough, Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Comvergent Limited
Rate: Excellent Contract Rate
Posted: Yesterday
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Connectus
Rate: £500 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Comvergent Limited
Posted: 5 days ago