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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 427 419 295
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -124
Contract jobs citing 2G 181 156 337
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.33% 0.29% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.24% 2.16% 3.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 30 29
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£313 £275 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% +5.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £150 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £388 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £270 £260
% change year-on-year
+15.74% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 3
Average hourly rate £43.00 £22.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+91.11% -35.71%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.00 £22.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+91.11% -35.71%

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
8084 7210 9059
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.54% 13.51% 15.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4373 3882 4077
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 418 712
Average hourly rate £21.75 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-4.25% -6.00%

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 27 August 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 27 August 2014.

2G Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

2G
Top 27 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 27 August 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 +3 153 £325 +10.16% 9
South East -15 80 £325 +0.77% 5
Berkshire -19 42 £325 - 1
Reading +13 20 - -
Buckinghamshire +3 13 - -
Surrey +6 10 - - 2
South West -25 10 - -
Hampshire -5 7 £313 -6.71% 2
London -10 7 £475 +50.19% 1
East of England -24 6 £375 - 3
Guildford - 6 - - 1
Cambridgeshire +1 5 £375 - 2
Newbury -6 5 £258 -24.81%
Yorkshire +11 4 £510 +240.00%
West Yorkshire +7 3 - -
Leeds - 3 - -
Amersham - 2 - -
Hertfordshire -15 1 - -
Chesham - 1 - -
Luton - - - -
Bristol - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
Redhill - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - - 1
City of London - - - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 273 (90.10%) 3G
2 173 (57.10%) Telecoms
3 170 (56.11%) LTE
4 159 (52.48%) 4G
5 63 (20.79%) Radio Access Network
6 62 (20.46%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 55 (18.15%) Ericsson
8 51 (16.83%) GSM
9 50 (16.50%) Huawei
10 42 (13.86%) SLA
11 37 (12.21%) Project Management
12 33 (10.89%) Ethernet
13 31 (10.23%) MS Excel
14 30 (9.90%) Nokia
15 29 (9.57%) SQL
16 28 (9.24%) Oracle
16 28 (9.24%) ATM
16 28 (9.24%) Network Architecture
17 27 (8.91%) MS Office
17 27 (8.91%) Wireless
18 25 (8.25%) Microsoft
19 24 (7.92%) Mapinfo
19 24 (7.92%) SDH
19 24 (7.92%) UMTS
20 23 (7.59%) GPRS
21 21 (6.93%) Degree
22 20 (6.60%) NSN NetAct
22 20 (6.60%) Network Planning
23 19 (6.27%) Problem Management
23 19 (6.27%) Fault Management

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 11 (3.63%) Apache
2 2 (0.66%) WebSphere
2 2 (0.66%) WebSphere Portal
3 1 (0.33%) TeamSite
3 1 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 31 (10.23%) MS Excel
2 27 (8.91%) MS Office
3 8 (2.64%) MS Visio
4 7 (2.31%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.33%) MicroStation
5 1 (0.33%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (0.99%) Oracle Financials
1 3 (0.99%) HFM
2 1 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 273 (90.10%) 3G
2 170 (56.11%) LTE
3 159 (52.48%) 4G
4 63 (20.79%) Radio Access Network
5 51 (16.83%) GSM
6 33 (10.89%) Ethernet
7 28 (9.24%) ATM
8 27 (8.91%) Wireless
9 24 (7.92%) SDH
9 24 (7.92%) UMTS
10 23 (7.59%) GPRS
11 13 (4.29%) MPLS
12 12 (3.96%) DNS
12 12 (3.96%) 3GPP
12 12 (3.96%) RNC
13 11 (3.63%) Firewall
14 10 (3.30%) ZigBee
15 9 (2.97%) WCDMA
16 8 (2.64%) DHCP
16 8 (2.64%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (2.97%) MySQL
1 9 (2.97%) PostgreSQL
1 9 (2.97%) Relational Database
2 8 (2.64%) MS Access
2 8 (2.64%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (1.32%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (0.99%) Essbase
4 3 (0.99%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.66%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
6 1 (0.33%) BusinessObjects XI
6 1 (0.33%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 13 (4.29%) Maven
2 11 (3.63%) JIRA
2 11 (3.63%) Selenium
2 11 (3.63%) Ant
2 11 (3.63%) Toad
2 11 (3.63%) LoadRunner
2 11 (3.63%) SoapUI
2 11 (3.63%) Apache Ivy
2 11 (3.63%) eggPlant
3 4 (1.32%) Talend Open Studio
4 2 (0.66%) Calabash
General
1 173 (57.10%) Telecoms
2 11 (3.63%) Finance
3 9 (2.97%) Front Office
3 9 (2.97%) Back Office
4 8 (2.64%) Electronics
5 7 (2.31%) Banking
6 3 (0.99%) Spanish Language
7 2 (0.66%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.66%) German Language
7 2 (0.66%) Billing
8 1 (0.33%) Marketing
8 1 (0.33%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.33%) French Language
8 1 (0.33%) Automotive
8 1 (0.33%) Korean Language
8 1 (0.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (5.94%) Project Manager
1 18 (5.94%) Incident Manager
2 17 (5.61%) Field Engineer
3 16 (5.28%) RAN Engineer
4 14 (4.62%) Design Engineer
5 12 (3.96%) RF Engineer
6 11 (3.63%) Developer
6 11 (3.63%) Analyst
6 11 (3.63%) Architect
7 10 (3.30%) Test Leader
7 10 (3.30%) Databuild Engineer
8 9 (2.97%) Transmission Engineer
8 9 (2.97%) Radio Engineer
8 9 (2.97%) Network Engineer
9 8 (2.64%) Deployment Manager
9 8 (2.64%) Delivery Manager
10 7 (2.31%) Network Manager
10 7 (2.31%) Test Engineer
10 7 (2.31%) RF Optimisation Engineer
11 6 (1.98%) Transmission Planner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.63%) SOAP
1 11 (3.63%) Web Services
1 11 (3.63%) J2ME
1 11 (3.63%) WAP
1 11 (3.63%) REST
2 9 (2.97%) XML
3 4 (1.32%) ActiveMQ
4 1 (0.33%) HTML5
4 1 (0.33%) HTML
4 1 (0.33%) .NET
4 1 (0.33%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 13 (4.29%) Handset
2 11 (3.63%) Mobile App
3 7 (2.31%) Management Information System
4 5 (1.65%) PMI
4 5 (1.65%) Mobile Banking
5 3 (0.99%) Smart Meter
5 3 (0.99%) Computer Science
6 2 (0.66%) Smartphone
6 2 (0.66%) Statistics
6 2 (0.66%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.33%) VHDL
7 1 (0.33%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.33%) DTV
7 1 (0.33%) GIS
7 1 (0.33%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.33%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 15 (4.95%) UNIX
2 10 (3.30%) Linux
3 7 (2.31%) Android
4 4 (1.32%) Windows
5 1 (0.33%) Solaris
5 1 (0.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (12.21%) Project Management
2 28 (9.24%) Network Architecture
3 20 (6.60%) Network Planning
4 19 (6.27%) Problem Management
4 19 (6.27%) Fault Management
5 15 (4.95%) ITIL
6 13 (4.29%) Configuration Management
6 13 (4.29%) Test Automation
6 13 (4.29%) Root Cause Analysis
7 12 (3.96%) Regression Testing
7 12 (3.96%) Validation
7 12 (3.96%) Migration
7 12 (3.96%) Network Design
8 11 (3.63%) Agile Software Development
8 11 (3.63%) Scrum
8 11 (3.63%) Performance Management
8 11 (3.63%) Manual Testing
8 11 (3.63%) Performance Monitoring
9 10 (3.30%) Capacity Planning
9 10 (3.30%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 29 (9.57%) SQL
2 16 (5.28%) C
3 13 (4.29%) Perl
4 11 (3.63%) C++
5 9 (2.97%) Java
6 6 (1.98%) C#
6 6 (1.98%) VBA
7 5 (1.65%) Embedded C
8 4 (1.32%) Embedded C++
9 3 (0.99%) ActionScript
10 2 (0.66%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.33%) Python
Qualifications
1 21 (6.93%) Degree
2 8 (2.64%) ITIL Certification
3 6 (1.98%) Cisco Certification
3 6 (1.98%) PMI Certification
4 5 (1.65%) HND
4 5 (1.65%) CCNP
5 4 (1.32%) PMP
6 3 (0.99%) CCIE
6 3 (0.99%) ISEB
6 3 (0.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (0.66%) JNCIA
7 2 (0.66%) JNCIS
7 2 (0.66%) CCSP
7 2 (0.66%) CCNA
8 1 (0.33%) CNA
8 1 (0.33%) Novell Certification
8 1 (0.33%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (13.86%) SLA
2 17 (5.61%) QA
3 3 (0.99%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 20 (6.60%) NSN NetAct
2 15 (4.95%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (1.65%) Netcool
4 1 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 62 (20.46%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 55 (18.15%) Ericsson
3 50 (16.50%) Huawei
4 30 (9.90%) Nokia
5 28 (9.24%) Oracle
6 25 (8.25%) Microsoft
7 24 (7.92%) Mapinfo
8 16 (5.28%) HP
9 12 (3.96%) Nortel
9 12 (3.96%) Sun
10 11 (3.63%) Business Objects
10 11 (3.63%) Apple
10 11 (3.63%) Cramer
11 9 (2.97%) Greenplum
12 8 (2.64%) BT
13 6 (1.98%) NEC
14 5 (1.65%) CheckPoint
14 5 (1.65%) F5
14 5 (1.65%) SAP
15 4 (1.32%) Talend
Hampshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £300 to £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Peterborough
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £45 per hour + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
Hampshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £320 per day + competitive
Posted: 19 days ago
Guildford
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £320 per day + competitive
Posted: 21 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 22 days ago