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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 489 438 432
Rank change year-on-year
-51 -6
Contract jobs citing 2G 142 182 154
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.33% 0.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.73% 2.23% 2.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 42 29
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£270 £314 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.94% +10.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £246 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £445 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £313 £273
% change year-on-year
-13.60% +14.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 3
Average hourly rate £83.14 £43.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+93.34% +91.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.65 £36.00 £16.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £114.63 £134.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £83.14 £43.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+93.34% +91.11%

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
8211 8177 7143
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.82% 14.69% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4684 4427 3853
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £517 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 532 442 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £21.75 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.03% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 31 August 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 -53 129 £270 -16.92% 11
South East -47 64 £270 -16.92% 5
Berkshire +9 53 £270 -16.92% 4
London +19 23 £300 -36.84% 4
Reading -9 22 £270 - 1
Newbury -3 12 £401 +55.53% 3
Slough +9 10 £208 -
West Midlands -11 10 £265 -
Leeds -22 7 £270 -
West Yorkshire -25 7 £270 -
Yorkshire -27 7 £270 -47.05% 1
Kingston Upon Thames - 7 £300 -
Surrey -7 6 £255 - 1
East of England +5 5 £330 -12.00%
Guildford -2 5 £260 -
Birmingham +7 4 £260 -19.69%
Hertfordshire +6 4 £330 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 4 £406 -
Tyne and Wear - 4 £406 -
North East - 4 £406 -
East Midlands -6 3 £270 -40.00%
Solihull -6 3 - -
South West -11 3 £350 -
North West -38 3 £150 -50.00%
Bradford - 3 £270 -
Cheshire -11 2 - -
Scotland -11 2 - -
Buckinghamshire -25 2 £190 -
Oxford - 2 £270 -
Northampton - 2 £255 -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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.

1 287 (92.28%) 3G
2 209 (67.20%) Telecoms
3 202 (64.95%) 4G
4 137 (44.05%) LTE
5 100 (32.15%) Radio Access Network
6 74 (23.79%) Ericsson
7 62 (19.94%) Huawei
8 52 (16.72%) GSM
9 51 (16.40%) Nokia
10 46 (14.79%) SQL
11 44 (14.15%) UNIX
12 41 (13.18%) MS Excel
12 41 (13.18%) UMTS
13 39 (12.54%) C++
14 38 (12.22%) Perl
14 38 (12.22%) RNC
15 35 (11.25%) Linux
15 35 (11.25%) SS7
15 35 (11.25%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
16 34 (10.93%) MS Office
17 33 (10.61%) Oracle
18 31 (9.97%) Degree
19 29 (9.32%) Microsoft
20 28 (9.00%) Nortel
20 28 (9.00%) Wireless
21 27 (8.68%) Amdocs
21 27 (8.68%) XML
22 25 (8.04%) Ethernet
23 24 (7.72%) ATM
23 24 (7.72%) SLA

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 1 (0.32%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
1 1 (0.32%) WorkSite
Applications
1 41 (13.18%) MS Excel
2 34 (10.93%) MS Office
3 18 (5.79%) MS Visio
4 10 (3.22%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.96%) Metrica
Communications & Networking
1 287 (92.28%) 3G
2 202 (64.95%) 4G
3 137 (44.05%) LTE
4 100 (32.15%) Radio Access Network
5 52 (16.72%) GSM
6 41 (13.18%) UMTS
7 38 (12.22%) RNC
8 35 (11.25%) SS7
9 28 (9.00%) Wireless
10 25 (8.04%) Ethernet
11 24 (7.72%) ATM
12 23 (7.40%) SDH
13 21 (6.75%) GPRS
14 20 (6.43%) SCCP
14 20 (6.43%) SIGTRAN
15 17 (5.47%) TCP/IP
16 16 (5.14%) SNMP
16 16 (5.14%) 3GPP
16 16 (5.14%) Telnet
17 15 (4.82%) MGW
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (6.43%) MySQL
2 19 (6.11%) PostgreSQL
3 17 (5.47%) MS Access
4 12 (3.86%) BusinessObjects
5 11 (3.54%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (3.22%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.96%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (0.96%) Oracle OWB
8 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.32%) Informix
8 1 (0.32%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.32%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 7 (2.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 7 (2.25%) ClearCase
1 7 (2.25%) Subversion
1 7 (2.25%) Git (software)
2 3 (0.96%) Toad
3 1 (0.32%) JMeter
3 1 (0.32%) LabVIEW
3 1 (0.32%) SoapUI
3 1 (0.32%) CANoe
3 1 (0.32%) Selenium
3 1 (0.32%) JUnit
General
1 209 (67.20%) Telecoms
2 14 (4.50%) Finance
3 11 (3.54%) Back Office
4 5 (1.61%) Billing
5 4 (1.29%) Electronics
6 3 (0.96%) Advertising
7 2 (0.64%) Legal
7 2 (0.64%) German Language
8 1 (0.32%) Marketing
8 1 (0.32%) French Language
8 1 (0.32%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 42 (13.50%) Developer
2 25 (8.04%) Field Engineer
2 25 (8.04%) Radio Engineer
3 19 (6.11%) Support Engineer
4 16 (5.14%) Analyst
5 13 (4.18%) Project Manager
5 13 (4.18%) Delivery Manager
6 12 (3.86%) C++ Developer
7 10 (3.22%) Tester
7 10 (3.22%) RAN Engineer
7 10 (3.22%) Designer
8 9 (2.89%) Design Engineer
9 8 (2.57%) Delivery Project Manager
9 8 (2.57%) Test Engineer
10 7 (2.25%) Technical Tester
10 7 (2.25%) Build Manager
10 7 (2.25%) Network Engineer
11 6 (1.93%) 2nd Line Support
11 6 (1.93%) RF Engineer
11 6 (1.93%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (8.68%) XML
2 14 (4.50%) STL
3 11 (3.54%) .NET
4 10 (3.22%) Web Services
5 8 (2.57%) ASP.NET
6 7 (2.25%) POSIX
6 7 (2.25%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 5 (1.61%) CSS
8 4 (1.29%) Classic ASP
9 3 (0.96%) HTML
10 2 (0.64%) SOAP
11 1 (0.32%) WAP
11 1 (0.32%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 13 (4.18%) Statistics
2 7 (2.25%) Mobile App
2 7 (2.25%) Client/Server
2 7 (2.25%) Management Information System
3 4 (1.29%) Handset
4 3 (0.96%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (0.64%) Computer Science
5 2 (0.64%) GIS
6 1 (0.32%) Telematics
6 1 (0.32%) Performance Metrics
6 1 (0.32%) PKI
6 1 (0.32%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 44 (14.15%) UNIX
2 35 (11.25%) Linux
3 2 (0.64%) SUSE
3 2 (0.64%) Windows
3 2 (0.64%) Solaris
4 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.32%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (7.72%) Network Architecture
2 23 (7.40%) Configuration Management
3 22 (7.07%) ETL
3 22 (7.07%) Requirements Analysis
4 20 (6.43%) Performance Management
5 19 (6.11%) Validation
6 14 (4.50%) Fault Management
7 11 (3.54%) Project Management
8 10 (3.22%) Change Management
8 10 (3.22%) Network Design
8 10 (3.22%) Network Planning
9 9 (2.89%) Web Development
9 9 (2.89%) Migration
9 9 (2.89%) Capacity Planning
10 8 (2.57%) ITIL
10 8 (2.57%) Agile Software Development
11 7 (2.25%) Service Delivery
11 7 (2.25%) OO
11 7 (2.25%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (2.25%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 46 (14.79%) SQL
2 39 (12.54%) C++
3 38 (12.22%) Perl
4 18 (5.79%) C#
5 10 (3.22%) Java
6 7 (2.25%) C
6 7 (2.25%) Python
6 7 (2.25%) Ruby
6 7 (2.25%) Bash Shell
7 5 (1.61%) VBA
8 3 (0.96%) PL/SQL
8 3 (0.96%) MapBasic
9 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.32%) PHP
9 1 (0.32%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 31 (9.97%) Degree
2 13 (4.18%) HNC
3 12 (3.86%) CCNP
3 12 (3.86%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (3.54%) CCNA
5 10 (3.22%) Security Cleared
6 8 (2.57%) DV Cleared
7 7 (2.25%) HND
8 6 (1.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (0.64%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.64%) SC Cleared
10 1 (0.32%) CCDA
10 1 (0.32%) CCDP
10 1 (0.32%) ISEB
10 1 (0.32%) CISSP
10 1 (0.32%) PMP
10 1 (0.32%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.32%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (7.72%) SLA
2 7 (2.25%) QA
3 2 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 13 (4.18%) NSN NetAct
2 9 (2.89%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (1.61%) OpenView
3 5 (1.61%) Cacti
4 1 (0.32%) Netcool
Vendors
1 74 (23.79%) Ericsson
2 62 (19.94%) Huawei
3 51 (16.40%) Nokia
4 35 (11.25%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 33 (10.61%) Oracle
6 29 (9.32%) Microsoft
7 28 (9.00%) Nortel
8 27 (8.68%) Amdocs
9 14 (4.50%) Cisco
10 13 (4.18%) NEC
11 11 (3.54%) HP
12 9 (2.89%) Mapinfo
12 9 (2.89%) Remedy
13 8 (2.57%) Cramer
14 7 (2.25%) Tieto
14 7 (2.25%) Dialogic
15 6 (1.93%) Greenplum
16 5 (1.61%) Alcatel-Lucent
17 4 (1.29%) Juniper
18 3 (0.96%) BT
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