The table below looks at the statistics for 2G skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2G over the 3 months to 27 September 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
2G
Rank 600 554 474
Rank change year-on-year
-46 -80
Contract jobs citing 2G 57 107 169
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.19% 0.30%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.69% 1.37% 2.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 48 39
Median daily rate £289 £270 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.94% -13.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £215 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £401 £388 £453
UK excluding London median daily rate £270 £270 £313
% change year-on-year
- -13.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 5
Median hourly rate - £43.78 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -7.83%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.78 £47.50
% change year-on-year
- -7.83%

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
8297 7834 8460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.50% 13.69% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5065 4500 4673
Median daily rate £400 £380 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £360 £345
% change year-on-year
+2.77% +4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 416 545 478
Median hourly rate £26.50 £20.50 £22.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.26% -10.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £21.01 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+33.30% -8.67%

2G
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing 2G as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 September 2016.

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 28 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2G within the UK over the 3 months to 27 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -26 49 £290 +7.40% 3
South East -7 27 £280 +3.70% 1
Berkshire -12 21 £290 +2.65% 1
Newbury +5 10 - -
London -16 8 £385 +28.33% 2
Reading +7 7 - -
North West +19 5 - -
Warrington +12 3 - -
Cheshire +9 3 - -
Yorkshire +5 3 £244 -9.53%
West Yorkshire +1 3 £244 -9.53%
Hampshire - 3 - -
Scotland +10 2 £250 - 1
South West +5 2 £270 -22.85%
Surrey +4 2 £270 +3.84%
Leeds +3 2 £114 -57.96%
Guildford 0 2 £270 +3.84%
Bristol -1 2 £270 -
Manchester - 2 - -
Glasgow +13 1 - - 1
Slough -3 1 - - 1
East Midlands -8 1 £250 -7.40%
Midlands - 1 £288 -
South Wales - 1 - -
Cardiff - 1 - -
Wales - 1 - -
Channel Islands - 1 - -
Jersey - 1 - -

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing 2G also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for 2G.

1 115 (95.83%) 3G
2 96 (80.00%) 4G
3 70 (58.33%) Telecoms
4 56 (46.67%) LTE
5 45 (37.50%) Radio Access Network
6 40 (33.33%) Huawei
7 29 (24.17%) Nokia
8 27 (22.50%) Ericsson
9 24 (20.00%) Wireless
10 23 (19.17%) Nokia Networks
11 21 (17.50%) GSM
12 19 (15.83%) UMTS
13 13 (10.83%) SLA
13 13 (10.83%) Cramer
14 12 (10.00%) ATM
14 12 (10.00%) MS Office
15 11 (9.17%) C
15 11 (9.17%) Microsoft
15 11 (9.17%) Back Office
15 11 (9.17%) Node B
15 11 (9.17%) RNC
16 10 (8.33%) Degree
16 10 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
16 10 (8.33%) Network Optimisation
16 10 (8.33%) Tellabs
16 10 (8.33%) Electronics
16 10 (8.33%) Mapinfo
16 10 (8.33%) MS Excel
17 9 (7.50%) HNC
17 9 (7.50%) SQL

2G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.83%) CMS
Applications
1 12 (10.00%) MS Office
2 10 (8.33%) MS Excel
2 10 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
3 6 (5.00%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.67%) MS Project
5 1 (0.83%) FrameMaker
Communications & Networking
1 115 (95.83%) 3G
2 96 (80.00%) 4G
3 56 (46.67%) LTE
4 45 (37.50%) Radio Access Network
5 24 (20.00%) Wireless
6 21 (17.50%) GSM
7 19 (15.83%) UMTS
8 12 (10.00%) ATM
9 11 (9.17%) Node B
9 11 (9.17%) RNC
10 9 (7.50%) UTRAN
11 8 (6.67%) TCP/IP
12 6 (5.00%) VoLTE
12 6 (5.00%) WCDMA
13 5 (4.17%) Bluetooth
13 5 (4.17%) Wireshark
14 4 (3.33%) 5G
14 4 (3.33%) NFC
14 4 (3.33%) SS7
14 4 (3.33%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.00%) Data Warehouse
1 6 (5.00%) MS Access
2 4 (3.33%) GIS
3 1 (0.83%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (0.83%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (0.83%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (0.83%) Bugzilla
General
1 70 (58.33%) Telecoms
2 11 (9.17%) Back Office
3 10 (8.33%) Electronics
4 7 (5.83%) Finance
4 7 (5.83%) Marketing
5 3 (2.50%) Automotive
6 1 (0.83%) Billing
6 1 (0.83%) French Language
6 1 (0.83%) German Language
6 1 (0.83%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 24 (20.00%) RAN Engineer
2 9 (7.50%) 3G Engineer
2 9 (7.50%) Radio Engineer
2 9 (7.50%) Test Engineer
3 7 (5.83%) 4G Engineer
3 7 (5.83%) Field Engineer
3 7 (5.83%) LTE Engineer
3 7 (5.83%) Optimisation Engineer
3 7 (5.83%) Radio Planner
3 7 (5.83%) Support Engineer
3 7 (5.83%) Telecoms Engineer
4 6 (5.00%) Service Desk Engineer
5 5 (4.17%) Telecoms Manager
5 5 (4.17%) Wireless Engineer
6 4 (3.33%) Architect
6 4 (3.33%) Databuild Engineer
6 4 (3.33%) Hardware Architect
6 4 (3.33%) Technical Architect
7 3 (2.50%) Network Engineer
7 3 (2.50%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.67%) REST
2 1 (0.83%) HTML
2 1 (0.83%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
1 9 (7.50%) Statistics
2 7 (5.83%) Management Information System
3 5 (4.17%) VHDL
4 4 (3.33%) VLSI
5 3 (2.50%) Driving Licence
5 3 (2.50%) PMI
5 3 (2.50%) Telematics
6 2 (1.67%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.67%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.83%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.83%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.83%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 4 (3.33%) Unix
2 2 (1.67%) Linux
3 1 (0.83%) Android
3 1 (0.83%) Windows
3 1 (0.83%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (8.33%) Network Optimisation
2 7 (5.83%) Network Architecture
2 7 (5.83%) Stakeholder Management
3 6 (5.00%) Business Intelligence
3 6 (5.00%) Dashboard Development
3 6 (5.00%) Performance Monitoring
4 5 (4.17%) Embedded Software Development
4 5 (4.17%) ITIL
4 5 (4.17%) Network Design
4 5 (4.17%) Project Management
4 5 (4.17%) Service Delivery
5 4 (3.33%) Network Planning
6 3 (2.50%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (2.50%) Change Control
6 3 (2.50%) Fault Management
6 3 (2.50%) PRINCE2
6 3 (2.50%) Programme Management
6 3 (2.50%) Resource Management
6 3 (2.50%) Validation
7 2 (1.67%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 11 (9.17%) C
2 9 (7.50%) SQL
3 5 (4.17%) C++
4 1 (0.83%) Assembly Language
4 1 (0.83%) Java
4 1 (0.83%) Perl
4 1 (0.83%) PL/SQL
4 1 (0.83%) VBA
Qualifications
1 10 (8.33%) Degree
2 9 (7.50%) HNC
3 6 (5.00%) CCIE
3 6 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (4.17%) HND
4 5 (4.17%) PMI Certification
5 4 (3.33%) CCNA
5 4 (3.33%) CCNP
6 2 (1.67%) CCSP
6 2 (1.67%) JNCIE
6 2 (1.67%) PMP
7 1 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (10.83%) SLA
2 1 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.83%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 8 (6.67%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.83%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 9 (7.50%) NSN NetAct
2 7 (5.83%) Amdocs OSS
3 2 (1.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 40 (33.33%) Huawei
2 29 (24.17%) Nokia
3 27 (22.50%) Ericsson
4 23 (19.17%) Nokia Networks
5 13 (10.83%) Cramer
6 11 (9.17%) Microsoft
7 10 (8.33%) Mapinfo
7 10 (8.33%) Tellabs
8 9 (7.50%) Remedy
8 9 (7.50%) Siemens
9 8 (6.67%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 8 (6.67%) BT
9 8 (6.67%) Cisco
9 8 (6.67%) Nortel
10 7 (5.83%) Citrix
11 6 (5.00%) Juniper
11 6 (5.00%) ZTE
12 5 (4.17%) Arqiva
12 5 (4.17%) Telindus
12 5 (4.17%) Virgin Media
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