The table below looks at the statistics for SDH skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SDH over the 3 months to 29 July 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
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 648 592 595
Rank change year-on-year
-56 +3
Contract jobs citing SDH 13 57 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.024% 0.100% 0.069%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.15% 0.71% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 18 7
Median daily rate £270 £378 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-28.47% -5.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £250 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £354 £450 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate - £393 £300
% change year-on-year
- +30.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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
8734 7973 7654
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.22% 13.96% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 5344 4566 4060
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 494 441
Median hourly rate £29.25 £20.94 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.71% +4.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £47.83 £42.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £21.53 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+50.98% +7.62%

SDH
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing SDH as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

SDH Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SDH
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SDH within the UK.

SDH Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SDH
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SDH within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 2016.

SDH Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

SDH
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SDH within the UK.

SDH Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SDH
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDH within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 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 -34 13 £270 -28.47% 1
London -2 6 £270 -26.53% 1
South East -12 4 - -
Buckinghamshire +16 2 - -
Manchester - 2 - -
North West - 2 - -
Milton Keynes +14 1 - -
Swindon +3 1 - -
Wiltshire 0 1 - -
Berkshire -8 1 - -
South West -10 1 - -
Bracknell -11 1 - -
Amersham - 1 - -
Ipswich - 1 - -
East of England - 1 - -
Suffolk - 1 - -

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing SDH 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 SDH.

1 34 (59.65%) DWDM
1 34 (59.65%) Telecoms
2 32 (56.14%) ATM
3 17 (29.82%) Security Cleared
4 16 (28.07%) SC Cleared
5 14 (24.56%) Ethernet
6 13 (22.81%) MPLS
6 13 (22.81%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 13 (22.81%) Nortel
7 11 (19.30%) Cisco
8 10 (17.54%) Huawei
9 9 (15.79%) VPN
9 9 (15.79%) Project Management
10 8 (14.04%) Microsoft
10 8 (14.04%) MS Excel
10 8 (14.04%) Network Design
11 7 (12.28%) BGP
11 7 (12.28%) Cisco Certification
12 6 (10.53%) Juniper
12 6 (10.53%) LAN
12 6 (10.53%) WAN
12 6 (10.53%) TCP/IP
12 6 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
13 5 (8.77%) Network Management
13 5 (8.77%) Presales
13 5 (8.77%) Ciena
13 5 (8.77%) Migration
13 5 (8.77%) Frame Relay
13 5 (8.77%) CCIE
13 5 (8.77%) SLA

SDH
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:

Applications
1 8 (14.04%) MS Excel
2 5 (8.77%) MS Office
3 3 (5.26%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 34 (59.65%) DWDM
2 32 (56.14%) ATM
3 14 (24.56%) Ethernet
4 13 (22.81%) MPLS
5 9 (15.79%) VPN
6 7 (12.28%) BGP
7 6 (10.53%) LAN
7 6 (10.53%) TCP/IP
7 6 (10.53%) WAN
8 5 (8.77%) Frame Relay
9 4 (7.02%) 3G
9 4 (7.02%) GSM
9 4 (7.02%) LTE
9 4 (7.02%) SONET
9 4 (7.02%) VoIP
9 4 (7.02%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (7.02%) xDSL
10 3 (5.26%) Internet
10 3 (5.26%) IPv4
10 3 (5.26%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.26%) BusinessObjects
1 3 (5.26%) GIS
General
1 34 (59.65%) Telecoms
2 4 (7.02%) German Language
3 1 (1.75%) Advertising
3 1 (1.75%) Finance
3 1 (1.75%) French Language
Job Titles
1 13 (22.81%) Designer
1 13 (22.81%) Network Designer
2 7 (12.28%) Project Manager
3 6 (10.53%) Transmission Planner
4 5 (8.77%) Architect
4 5 (8.77%) Microwave Engineer
4 5 (8.77%) Network Architect
5 4 (7.02%) Delivery Manager
5 4 (7.02%) NOC Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Network Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Network Technical Architect
6 3 (5.26%) NOC Technician
6 3 (5.26%) Technical Architect
6 3 (5.26%) Telecoms Manager
6 3 (5.26%) Telecoms Project Manager
6 3 (5.26%) Transmission Engineer
7 2 (3.51%) Analyst
7 2 (3.51%) Network Design Architect
7 2 (3.51%) Optical Engineer
7 2 (3.51%) Technical Design Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.75%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.26%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.75%) RSA SecurID
3 1 (1.75%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.75%) Linux
1 1 (1.75%) Mac OS X
1 1 (1.75%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (15.79%) Project Management
2 8 (14.04%) Network Design
3 5 (8.77%) Migration
3 5 (8.77%) Network Management
3 5 (8.77%) Presales
3 5 (8.77%) PRINCE2
4 4 (7.02%) Capacity Management
4 4 (7.02%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (5.26%) ITIL
5 3 (5.26%) ITIL V3
5 3 (5.26%) Planning and Forecasting
6 2 (3.51%) CAD
6 2 (3.51%) Fault Management
6 2 (3.51%) Network Planning
7 1 (1.75%) Capacity Planning
7 1 (1.75%) Load Balancing
7 1 (1.75%) Project Planning
7 1 (1.75%) Risk Analysis
7 1 (1.75%) Service Management
7 1 (1.75%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.75%) Java
1 1 (1.75%) PL/SQL
1 1 (1.75%) SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (29.82%) Security Cleared
2 16 (28.07%) SC Cleared
3 7 (12.28%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (8.77%) CCIE
5 4 (7.02%) CCNA
6 3 (5.26%) CCNP
7 1 (1.75%) BC Cleared
7 1 (1.75%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.75%) CISSP
7 1 (1.75%) Degree
7 1 (1.75%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.75%) JNCIE
7 1 (1.75%) JNCIP
7 1 (1.75%) PMI Certification
7 1 (1.75%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.77%) SLA
2 1 (1.75%) JSP 440
Systems Management
1 3 (5.26%) NSN NetAct
2 2 (3.51%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.75%) Amdocs OSS
3 1 (1.75%) OpenView
Vendors
1 13 (22.81%) Alcatel-Lucent
1 13 (22.81%) Nortel
2 11 (19.30%) Cisco
3 10 (17.54%) Huawei
4 8 (14.04%) Microsoft
5 6 (10.53%) Juniper
6 5 (8.77%) Ciena
6 5 (8.77%) Ericsson
7 4 (7.02%) Amdocs
7 4 (7.02%) BT
7 4 (7.02%) Mapinfo
7 4 (7.02%) Nokia
7 4 (7.02%) Remedy
7 4 (7.02%) Tellabs
8 3 (5.26%) Virgin Media
9 2 (3.51%) Avaya
10 1 (1.75%) Cramer
10 1 (1.75%) EMC
10 1 (1.75%) Palo Alto