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 2 July 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
2 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 446 451 451
Rank change year-on-year
+5 0
Contract jobs citing 2G 159 135 125
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.29% 0.25% 0.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.03% 1.84% 1.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 36 29
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£288 £300 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.16% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £200 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £475 £344
UK excluding London average daily rate £268 £300 £280
% change year-on-year
-10.83% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 5
Average hourly rate £37.50 £32.50 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +1.56%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £32.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +1.56%

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
7831 7340 7031
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.22% 13.66% 14.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 4398 3980 3587
Average daily rate £355 £359 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.04% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 389 523
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.41 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+28.37% -26.00%

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 2 July 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
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 2 July 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 +7 139 £288 - 9
South East -36 58 £270 -4.00% 5
Berkshire +4 50 £270 +1.40% 2
London +20 28 £305 -22.29%
Reading -1 12 £270 -12.90% 1
Slough +7 11 £260 +30.00%
West Yorkshire +4 10 £123 -
East of England -5 10 £325 -11.56% 1
Yorkshire -9 10 £123 -
Leeds -11 10 £123 -
Hertfordshire -7 9 £325 +62.50%
North West -13 8 £260 -1.88%
City of London -1 5 £375 +31.57%
Newbury -2 5 £310 +20.38%
East Midlands -4 5 £255 -43.33%
Northamptonshire - 5 £255 -
Buckinghamshire +3 4 £500 - 2
South West -3 4 £400 -2.43% 2
Manchester -9 4 £150 -
West Midlands -1 3 £260 +48.57%
Bracknell -4 3 - -
Kingston Upon Thames - 3 £300 -
Cheltenham - 3 £400 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 £388 -
Northampton - 3 £260 -
Tyne and Wear - 3 £388 -
Gloucestershire - 3 £400 -
North East - 3 £388 -
Northern Ireland - 3 £260 -
Solihull +1 2 - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 July 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.

1 394 (95.86%) 3G
2 275 (66.91%) Telecoms
3 269 (65.45%) 4G
4 190 (46.23%) LTE
5 144 (35.04%) Radio Access Network
6 93 (22.63%) Ericsson
7 89 (21.65%) GSM
8 63 (15.33%) SQL
9 61 (14.84%) Huawei
10 56 (13.63%) Perl
11 53 (12.90%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 52 (12.65%) MS Excel
13 51 (12.41%) Nokia
14 47 (11.44%) UMTS
15 45 (10.95%) Oracle
16 44 (10.71%) UNIX
16 44 (10.71%) SLA
16 44 (10.71%) SS7
16 44 (10.71%) Wireless
17 40 (9.73%) C++
17 40 (9.73%) GPRS
18 39 (9.49%) Nortel
19 37 (9.00%) Network Planning
20 36 (8.76%) NSN NetAct
21 35 (8.52%) Microsoft
22 34 (8.27%) RNC
23 33 (8.03%) Configuration Management
23 33 (8.03%) MS Office
24 32 (7.79%) Linux
24 32 (7.79%) SIGTRAN

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 July 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 (0.49%) CMS
2 1 (0.24%) Confluence
2 1 (0.24%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 52 (12.65%) MS Excel
2 33 (8.03%) MS Office
3 19 (4.62%) MS Visio
4 7 (1.70%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (1.95%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.49%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 394 (95.86%) 3G
2 269 (65.45%) 4G
3 190 (46.23%) LTE
4 144 (35.04%) Radio Access Network
5 89 (21.65%) GSM
6 47 (11.44%) UMTS
7 44 (10.71%) SS7
7 44 (10.71%) Wireless
8 40 (9.73%) GPRS
9 34 (8.27%) RNC
10 32 (7.79%) SIGTRAN
11 30 (7.30%) TCP/IP
12 23 (5.60%) HSPA
13 22 (5.35%) Ethernet
14 21 (5.11%) ATM
14 21 (5.11%) SDH
14 21 (5.11%) Wireshark
15 17 (4.14%) SCCP
16 16 (3.89%) Diameter Protocol
17 15 (3.65%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (5.60%) MS Access
2 16 (3.89%) MySQL
2 16 (3.89%) PostgreSQL
3 12 (2.92%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (2.92%) Oracle Database
4 4 (0.97%) Oracle OWB
4 4 (0.97%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (0.73%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.24%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.24%) Big Data
6 1 (0.24%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (2.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 10 (2.43%) ClearCase
1 10 (2.43%) Subversion
1 10 (2.43%) Git (software)
2 4 (0.97%) Toad
3 2 (0.49%) CANoe
4 1 (0.24%) JMeter
4 1 (0.24%) LabVIEW
4 1 (0.24%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.24%) SoapUI
4 1 (0.24%) JIRA
General
1 275 (66.91%) Telecoms
2 19 (4.62%) Finance
3 14 (3.41%) Billing
4 12 (2.92%) Electronics
5 8 (1.95%) Back Office
6 3 (0.73%) Advertising
7 2 (0.49%) Automotive
7 2 (0.49%) French Language
7 2 (0.49%) German Language
8 1 (0.24%) Legal
8 1 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 43 (10.46%) Developer
2 37 (9.00%) Radio Engineer
3 30 (7.30%) RAN Engineer
4 24 (5.84%) Analyst
5 22 (5.35%) Delivery Manager
5 22 (5.35%) Integration Engineer
6 17 (4.14%) Tester
7 16 (3.89%) Project Manager
7 16 (3.89%) Field Engineer
7 16 (3.89%) Test Engineer
8 14 (3.41%) Design Engineer
8 14 (3.41%) Designer
9 13 (3.16%) Support Engineer
10 12 (2.92%) Delivery Project Manager
10 12 (2.92%) C++ Developer
10 12 (2.92%) Wireless Engineer
11 11 (2.68%) Deployment Manager
11 11 (2.68%) Performance Engineer
12 10 (2.43%) Support Analyst
13 9 (2.19%) Configuration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (7.30%) XML
2 13 (3.16%) STL
3 11 (2.68%) Web Services
3 11 (2.68%) .NET
4 8 (1.95%) ASP.NET
5 4 (0.97%) Classic ASP
6 3 (0.73%) POSIX
6 3 (0.73%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 2 (0.49%) HTML5
7 2 (0.49%) HTML
7 2 (0.49%) SOAP
8 1 (0.24%) CSS
8 1 (0.24%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 10 (2.43%) Client/Server
1 10 (2.43%) Mobile App
2 9 (2.19%) Statistics
3 5 (1.22%) Management Information System
3 5 (1.22%) Handset
4 4 (0.97%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (0.49%) GIS
5 2 (0.49%) Telematics
6 1 (0.24%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.24%) PKI
6 1 (0.24%) PMI
6 1 (0.24%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 44 (10.71%) UNIX
2 32 (7.79%) Linux
3 2 (0.49%) Windows
4 1 (0.24%) Solaris
4 1 (0.24%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (9.00%) Network Planning
2 33 (8.03%) Configuration Management
3 30 (7.30%) Performance Management
4 28 (6.81%) Network Architecture
5 25 (6.08%) Network Design
6 22 (5.35%) ETL
7 19 (4.62%) Fault Management
8 18 (4.38%) Requirements Analysis
9 16 (3.89%) Change Management
9 16 (3.89%) CRM
10 15 (3.65%) Service Delivery
11 14 (3.41%) ITIL
11 14 (3.41%) Validation
11 14 (3.41%) Performance Monitoring
12 12 (2.92%) Agile Software Development
13 11 (2.68%) Migration
13 11 (2.68%) Resource Management
14 10 (2.43%) Incident Management
14 10 (2.43%) Project Management
14 10 (2.43%) OO
Programming Languages
1 63 (15.33%) SQL
2 56 (13.63%) Perl
3 40 (9.73%) C++
4 20 (4.87%) C#
5 14 (3.41%) C
6 11 (2.68%) Python
7 10 (2.43%) Ruby
7 10 (2.43%) Bash Shell
7 10 (2.43%) Java
8 4 (0.97%) PL/SQL
8 4 (0.97%) VBA
9 3 (0.73%) Embedded C
10 2 (0.49%) Embedded C++
11 1 (0.24%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.24%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 26 (6.33%) Degree
2 23 (5.60%) HNC
3 20 (4.87%) HND
4 15 (3.65%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (3.41%) Security Cleared
5 14 (3.41%) CCNP
6 11 (2.68%) CCNA
6 11 (2.68%) DV Cleared
7 6 (1.46%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (0.49%) SC Cleared
8 2 (0.49%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.24%) CISM
9 1 (0.24%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.24%) PMP
9 1 (0.24%) CCDA
9 1 (0.24%) CCDP
9 1 (0.24%) ISEB
9 1 (0.24%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (10.71%) SLA
2 7 (1.70%) QA
3 3 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 36 (8.76%) NSN NetAct
2 24 (5.84%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (0.97%) Netcool
4 1 (0.24%) Cacti
4 1 (0.24%) OpenView
Vendors
1 93 (22.63%) Ericsson
2 61 (14.84%) Huawei
3 53 (12.90%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 51 (12.41%) Nokia
5 45 (10.95%) Oracle
6 39 (9.49%) Nortel
7 35 (8.52%) Microsoft
8 30 (7.30%) Amdocs
9 20 (4.87%) HP
10 18 (4.38%) Cramer
11 17 (4.14%) Actix
12 15 (3.65%) Business Objects
13 12 (2.92%) Mapinfo
14 10 (2.43%) Remedy
15 9 (2.19%) NEC
16 7 (1.70%) Cisco
16 7 (1.70%) Greenplum
17 6 (1.46%) Alcatel-Lucent
18 3 (0.73%) Siemens
18 3 (0.73%) Tieto
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