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 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 431 473 398
Rank change year-on-year
+42 -75
Contract jobs citing 2G 169 122 160
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.32% 0.23% 0.34%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.18% 1.75% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 45 31
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£270 £290 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.89% +1.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £200 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £500 £345
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £290 £285
% change year-on-year
-8.62% +1.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 5
Average hourly rate £77.50 £28.75 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+169.56% -10.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.50 £27.75 £30.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £109.50 £29.75 £49.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £77.50 £28.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+169.56% -10.15%

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
7758 6968 6875
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.55% 13.16% 14.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 4356 3782 3405
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 436 384 542
Average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.84% -14.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.97 £40.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+44.44% -20.00%

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 May 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 29 May 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 29 May 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 +23 152 £268 -7.75% 15
South East -1 65 £264 +2.42% 6
Berkshire +14 57 £265 +2.91% 6
London +10 18 £288 -42.50% 3
Leeds +5 18 £123 -69.37%
West Yorkshire +3 18 £123 -69.37%
Yorkshire -2 18 £123 -69.37%
North West -9 13 £375 +30.43%
Reading -7 11 £275 -11.29% 2
Manchester +2 9 £375 -
South West +20 8 £400 -2.43% 1
Slough +6 8 £363 +116.41%
East of England +4 7 £325 -7.14% 3
Hertfordshire -9 7 £325 +62.50% 1
Newbury +4 6 £225 -12.62% 3
Cheltenham - 6 £400 -
Gloucestershire - 6 £400 -
City of London +15 4 £400 +40.35% 1
Buckinghamshire +6 4 £500 +115.05%
Bracknell -6 4 £263 +14.13%
West Midlands -20 4 - - 1
Scotland - 3 - -
Glasgow - 3 - -
East Midlands - 3 £255 - 1
Northamptonshire - 3 £255 - 1
Cheshire - 2 - -
Northern Ireland - 2 £260 -
Bristol +8 1 - -
Maidenhead +6 1 - -
Solihull +3 1 - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

1 410 (96.02%) 3G
2 277 (64.87%) Telecoms
3 269 (63.00%) 4G
4 196 (45.90%) LTE
5 154 (36.07%) Radio Access Network
6 109 (25.53%) Ericsson
7 89 (20.84%) GSM
8 68 (15.93%) Nokia
9 64 (14.99%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 62 (14.52%) Huawei
11 52 (12.18%) Wireless
11 52 (12.18%) Perl
12 51 (11.94%) SQL
13 49 (11.48%) SLA
14 47 (11.01%) Network Planning
15 44 (10.30%) UMTS
15 44 (10.30%) NSN NetAct
16 42 (9.84%) SS7
17 41 (9.60%) Nortel
18 40 (9.37%) RNC
19 39 (9.13%) GPRS
19 39 (9.13%) MS Excel
20 37 (8.67%) Oracle
21 35 (8.20%) TCP/IP
22 33 (7.73%) SIGTRAN
23 32 (7.49%) Amdocs
24 31 (7.26%) C++
25 28 (6.56%) MS Office
26 27 (6.32%) UNIX
26 27 (6.32%) Microsoft

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 2 (0.47%) CMS
2 1 (0.23%) Confluence
2 1 (0.23%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 39 (9.13%) MS Excel
2 28 (6.56%) MS Office
3 10 (2.34%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.41%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.23%) Maya
5 1 (0.23%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 13 (3.04%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 410 (96.02%) 3G
2 269 (63.00%) 4G
3 196 (45.90%) LTE
4 154 (36.07%) Radio Access Network
5 89 (20.84%) GSM
6 52 (12.18%) Wireless
7 44 (10.30%) UMTS
8 42 (9.84%) SS7
9 40 (9.37%) RNC
10 39 (9.13%) GPRS
11 35 (8.20%) TCP/IP
12 33 (7.73%) SIGTRAN
13 24 (5.62%) ATM
14 23 (5.39%) Wireshark
15 22 (5.15%) Ethernet
15 22 (5.15%) HSPA
16 19 (4.45%) SDH
17 16 (3.75%) MVNO
18 14 (3.28%) 2.5G
18 14 (3.28%) Diameter Protocol
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (4.22%) MS Access
2 9 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (1.87%) MySQL
3 8 (1.87%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (1.41%) Oracle Database
5 4 (0.94%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.47%) Oracle OWB
6 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (2.81%) ClearCase
1 12 (2.81%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 12 (2.81%) Subversion
1 12 (2.81%) Git (software)
2 3 (0.70%) CANoe
2 3 (0.70%) LabVIEW
3 2 (0.47%) Toad
4 1 (0.23%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.23%) JIRA
General
1 277 (64.87%) Telecoms
2 19 (4.45%) Finance
3 15 (3.51%) Billing
4 12 (2.81%) Electronics
5 7 (1.64%) Back Office
6 3 (0.70%) Automotive
7 2 (0.47%) Advertising
7 2 (0.47%) German Language
8 1 (0.23%) French Language
8 1 (0.23%) Legal
8 1 (0.23%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 44 (10.30%) RAN Engineer
2 34 (7.96%) Integration Engineer
3 31 (7.26%) Radio Engineer
4 30 (7.03%) Developer
5 23 (5.39%) Analyst
5 23 (5.39%) Delivery Manager
6 21 (4.92%) Field Engineer
6 21 (4.92%) Test Engineer
7 19 (4.45%) Project Manager
8 16 (3.75%) Wireless Engineer
9 14 (3.28%) Network Planner
9 14 (3.28%) Tester
9 14 (3.28%) Delivery Project Manager
10 13 (3.04%) Designer
11 12 (2.81%) C++ Developer
11 12 (2.81%) Design Engineer
12 11 (2.58%) Configuration Engineer
12 11 (2.58%) RAN Configuration Engineer
12 11 (2.58%) Deployment Manager
12 11 (2.58%) Performance Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (5.15%) XML
2 12 (2.81%) STL
3 3 (0.70%) HTML5
3 3 (0.70%) HTML
4 2 (0.47%) .NET
4 2 (0.47%) Web Services
5 1 (0.23%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 12 (2.81%) Client/Server
1 12 (2.81%) Mobile App
2 8 (1.87%) Handset
2 8 (1.87%) Statistics
3 5 (1.17%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (0.94%) Management Information System
5 3 (0.70%) Telematics
6 2 (0.47%) GIS
7 1 (0.23%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.23%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 27 (6.32%) UNIX
2 19 (4.45%) Linux
3 2 (0.47%) Windows
4 1 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.23%) SUSE
4 1 (0.23%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (11.01%) Network Planning
2 26 (6.09%) Network Architecture
3 24 (5.62%) Configuration Management
4 23 (5.39%) Network Design
5 21 (4.92%) Performance Management
6 18 (4.22%) ETL
7 17 (3.98%) Fault Management
8 16 (3.75%) CRM
9 15 (3.51%) Change Management
9 15 (3.51%) Agile Software Development
10 14 (3.28%) Service Delivery
10 14 (3.28%) PRINCE2
10 14 (3.28%) ITIL
10 14 (3.28%) Performance Monitoring
11 12 (2.81%) OO
12 11 (2.58%) Resource Management
12 11 (2.58%) OOD
12 11 (2.58%) Project Management
13 10 (2.34%) Migration
13 10 (2.34%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 52 (12.18%) Perl
2 51 (11.94%) SQL
3 31 (7.26%) C++
4 17 (3.98%) C
5 15 (3.51%) Python
6 12 (2.81%) Ruby
6 12 (2.81%) Bash Shell
7 11 (2.58%) C#
8 10 (2.34%) Java
9 4 (0.94%) VBA
10 3 (0.70%) Embedded C
11 2 (0.47%) Embedded C++
11 2 (0.47%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.23%) Erlang
12 1 (0.23%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 24 (5.62%) Degree
2 21 (4.92%) HNC
3 17 (3.98%) HND
4 15 (3.51%) Security Cleared
5 13 (3.04%) DV Cleared
6 9 (2.11%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (1.87%) CCNP
8 6 (1.41%) CCNA
8 6 (1.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 3 (0.70%) ISEB
9 3 (0.70%) PMI Certification
10 2 (0.47%) PMP
10 2 (0.47%) ISTQB
10 2 (0.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 1 (0.23%) SC Cleared
11 1 (0.23%) CISSP
11 1 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 1 (0.23%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (11.48%) SLA
2 7 (1.64%) QA
3 2 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 44 (10.30%) NSN NetAct
2 25 (5.85%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (0.94%) Netcool
Vendors
1 109 (25.53%) Ericsson
2 68 (15.93%) Nokia
3 64 (14.99%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 62 (14.52%) Huawei
5 41 (9.60%) Nortel
6 37 (8.67%) Oracle
7 32 (7.49%) Amdocs
8 27 (6.32%) Microsoft
8 27 (6.32%) Cramer
9 20 (4.68%) HP
10 18 (4.22%) Actix
11 13 (3.04%) Remedy
12 12 (2.81%) Business Objects
13 10 (2.34%) Mapinfo
14 9 (2.11%) NEC
15 6 (1.41%) Alcatel-Lucent
16 5 (1.17%) Greenplum
17 4 (0.94%) Cisco
18 3 (0.70%) Siemens
18 3 (0.70%) BT
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