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 30 October 2014 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 457 441 314
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -127
Contract jobs citing 2G 144 129 296
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.25% 0.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.72% 1.85% 3.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 34 36
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£313 £290 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.75% +16.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £191
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £400 £408
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £278 £253
% change year-on-year
+12.61% +9.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 8
Average hourly rate £45.25 £37.50 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.66% -21.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.15 £35.50 £29.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £147.25 £37.50 £48.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.25 £37.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year
+20.66% -21.05%

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
8392 6967 8263
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.43% 13.48% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4785 3843 3945
Average daily rate £360 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £330 £330
% change year-on-year
+5.29% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 461 595
Average hourly rate £22.77 £21.75 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.70% +6.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £22.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+2.77% +7.14%

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 30 October 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 30 October 2014.

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 30 October 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 -22 128 £313 +4.16% 17
South East -29 69 £313 +4.16% 12
Berkshire -22 33 £313 +7.75% 7
Reading +15 20 £195 -27.77% 1
Surrey +2 12 £290 +16.00%
Buckinghamshire -6 9 £300 - 1
Guildford -8 8 £290 +16.00%
Hampshire -12 7 £313 +13.63%
East of England -22 6 £475 +79.24%
London -5 4 £750 +114.28% 2
Slough -6 4 - -
Yorkshire -7 4 £510 +117.02%
Bristol -19 4 - -
South West -37 4 - -
Cambridgeshire -4 3 £475 -
West Yorkshire -10 3 - -
Hertfordshire -19 3 - -
Leeds -8 2 - -
Newbury -14 2 - - 2
Chesham - 2 - -
Bracknell - 2 - -
Amersham - 1 £300 - 1
Cambridge - - - -
Cheltenham - - - -
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
Redhill - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Windsor - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
City of London - - - - 1

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 October 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.

1 278 (88.82%) 3G
2 179 (57.19%) Telecoms
3 169 (53.99%) LTE
4 166 (53.04%) 4G
5 79 (25.24%) Radio Access Network
6 72 (23.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 72 (23.00%) Huawei
7 65 (20.77%) Ericsson
8 56 (17.89%) GSM
9 37 (11.82%) SLA
10 36 (11.50%) Nokia
10 36 (11.50%) MS Excel
11 35 (11.18%) SQL
12 34 (10.86%) MS Office
13 32 (10.22%) Oracle
13 32 (10.22%) Ethernet
14 31 (9.90%) Project Management
15 29 (9.27%) Microsoft
15 29 (9.27%) Wireless
16 28 (8.95%) UNIX
17 25 (7.99%) UMTS
18 24 (7.67%) GPRS
18 24 (7.67%) Configuration Management
18 24 (7.67%) Degree
19 23 (7.35%) ATM
19 23 (7.35%) Linux
20 22 (7.03%) Perl
20 22 (7.03%) Network Architecture
21 21 (6.71%) C
21 21 (6.71%) Network Planning

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 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 5 (1.60%) Apache
2 3 (0.96%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.32%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.32%) WebSphere Portal
3 1 (0.32%) TeamSite
Applications
1 36 (11.50%) MS Excel
2 34 (10.86%) MS Office
3 17 (5.43%) MS Visio
4 7 (2.24%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.32%) MicroStation
5 1 (0.32%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (0.96%) HFM
1 3 (0.96%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (0.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 278 (88.82%) 3G
2 169 (53.99%) LTE
3 166 (53.04%) 4G
4 79 (25.24%) Radio Access Network
5 56 (17.89%) GSM
6 32 (10.22%) Ethernet
7 29 (9.27%) Wireless
8 25 (7.99%) UMTS
9 24 (7.67%) GPRS
10 23 (7.35%) ATM
11 18 (5.75%) RNC
11 18 (5.75%) DNS
12 16 (5.11%) SDH
13 14 (4.47%) 3GPP
14 12 (3.83%) DHCP
14 12 (3.83%) ZigBee
15 11 (3.51%) Firewall
15 11 (3.51%) 2.5G
15 11 (3.51%) SNMP
15 11 (3.51%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (4.47%) Data Warehouse
1 14 (4.47%) PostgreSQL
2 13 (4.15%) MySQL
3 9 (2.88%) MS Access
4 5 (1.60%) Oracle Database
5 4 (1.28%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
6 3 (0.96%) BusinessObjects XI
6 3 (0.96%) Essbase
6 3 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.32%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 6 (1.92%) Maven
2 5 (1.60%) Apache Ivy
2 5 (1.60%) eggPlant
2 5 (1.60%) JIRA
2 5 (1.60%) Selenium
2 5 (1.60%) SoapUI
2 5 (1.60%) Talend Open Studio
2 5 (1.60%) Ant
2 5 (1.60%) Toad
2 5 (1.60%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.32%) Calabash
3 1 (0.32%) LabVIEW
General
1 179 (57.19%) Telecoms
2 13 (4.15%) Finance
3 12 (3.83%) Back Office
4 11 (3.51%) Electronics
5 7 (2.24%) Front Office
6 3 (0.96%) Marketing
6 3 (0.96%) German Language
6 3 (0.96%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.96%) Banking
7 2 (0.64%) Billing
7 2 (0.64%) Retail
7 2 (0.64%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.32%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.32%) French Language
8 1 (0.32%) Korean Language
8 1 (0.32%) Automotive
8 1 (0.32%) Legal
8 1 (0.32%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 21 (6.71%) Field Engineer
2 19 (6.07%) Project Manager
2 19 (6.07%) Developer
3 15 (4.79%) RF Engineer
4 11 (3.51%) Designer
4 11 (3.51%) Design Engineer
5 10 (3.19%) RF Optimisation Engineer
5 10 (3.19%) RAN Engineer
6 9 (2.88%) Radio Engineer
6 9 (2.88%) Transmission Engineer
6 9 (2.88%) Analyst
6 9 (2.88%) Architect
6 9 (2.88%) Test Engineer
6 9 (2.88%) Deployment Manager
6 9 (2.88%) Network Manager
7 8 (2.56%) Delivery Manager
7 8 (2.56%) Incident Manager
7 8 (2.56%) 3G Engineer
8 7 (2.24%) Network Engineer
8 7 (2.24%) Database Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (4.15%) XML
2 7 (2.24%) SOAP
3 6 (1.92%) ActiveMQ
4 5 (1.60%) REST
4 5 (1.60%) Web Services
4 5 (1.60%) J2ME
4 5 (1.60%) WAP
5 3 (0.96%) .NET
6 1 (0.32%) HTML5
6 1 (0.32%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (2.88%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.56%) Handset
3 7 (2.24%) Management Information System
4 5 (1.60%) Mobile App
4 5 (1.60%) Computer Science
5 4 (1.28%) PMI
6 2 (0.64%) DTV
6 2 (0.64%) VHDL
6 2 (0.64%) Device Driver
6 2 (0.64%) Smart Meter
6 2 (0.64%) Statistics
6 2 (0.64%) Algorithms
6 2 (0.64%) User Experience
7 1 (0.32%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (0.32%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.32%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.32%) Telematics
7 1 (0.32%) GIS
7 1 (0.32%) Clustering
7 1 (0.32%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 28 (8.95%) UNIX
2 23 (7.35%) Linux
3 7 (2.24%) Android
4 4 (1.28%) Windows
4 4 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (0.96%) Solaris
6 1 (0.32%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (9.90%) Project Management
2 24 (7.67%) Configuration Management
3 22 (7.03%) Network Architecture
4 21 (6.71%) Network Planning
5 20 (6.39%) Performance Management
6 19 (6.07%) Validation
7 16 (5.11%) Migration
8 15 (4.79%) ETL
9 14 (4.47%) Requirements Analysis
9 14 (4.47%) Fault Management
10 11 (3.51%) Problem Management
11 9 (2.88%) Performance Tuning
11 9 (2.88%) Logistics
11 9 (2.88%) ITIL
12 8 (2.56%) PRINCE2
12 8 (2.56%) Software Engineering
12 8 (2.56%) Performance Monitoring
13 7 (2.24%) Root Cause Analysis
13 7 (2.24%) Test Automation
13 7 (2.24%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 35 (11.18%) SQL
2 22 (7.03%) Perl
3 21 (6.71%) C
4 20 (6.39%) C++
5 14 (4.47%) C#
6 9 (2.88%) Java
7 5 (1.60%) Embedded C
8 4 (1.28%) Embedded C++
8 4 (1.28%) Python
8 4 (1.28%) VBA
9 3 (0.96%) ActionScript
10 2 (0.64%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 24 (7.67%) Degree
2 6 (1.92%) PMI Certification
3 5 (1.60%) HND
3 5 (1.60%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (1.60%) PMP
3 5 (1.60%) CCNP
4 4 (1.28%) ISEB
4 4 (1.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (0.96%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (0.96%) CCNA
6 2 (0.64%) HNC
7 1 (0.32%) JNCIA
7 1 (0.32%) JNCIS
7 1 (0.32%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.32%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.32%) Chartered Engineer
7 1 (0.32%) CISM
7 1 (0.32%) CNA
7 1 (0.32%) Novell Certification
7 1 (0.32%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (11.82%) SLA
2 14 (4.47%) QA
3 4 (1.28%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.32%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 16 (5.11%) NSN NetAct
2 9 (2.88%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (2.24%) Netcool
Vendors
1 72 (23.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
1 72 (23.00%) Huawei
2 65 (20.77%) Ericsson
3 36 (11.50%) Nokia
4 32 (10.22%) Oracle
5 29 (9.27%) Microsoft
6 17 (5.43%) Nortel
7 15 (4.79%) Mapinfo
8 14 (4.47%) Business Objects
8 14 (4.47%) Greenplum
9 11 (3.51%) HP
10 10 (3.19%) Cramer
10 10 (3.19%) BT
11 8 (2.56%) NEC
12 7 (2.24%) Sun
13 6 (1.92%) SAP
14 5 (1.60%) Talend
14 5 (1.60%) Apple
14 5 (1.60%) CheckPoint
14 5 (1.60%) Cisco
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