The table below looks at the statistics for SDH skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SDH over the 3 months to 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 487 488 447
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -41
Contract jobs citing SDH 107 112 112
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.20% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.31% 1.55% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 45 25
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.63% +9.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £181 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £420 £356
UK excluding London average daily rate £293 £215 £260
% change year-on-year
+36.04% -17.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 0
Average hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £108.75 -

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
8185 7226 7463
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.69% 13.09% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4470 3816 3720
Average daily rate £350 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £315
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 399 579
Average hourly rate £28.75 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.75% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -11.11%

SDH
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SDH within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 24 April 2015.

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 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDH within the UK over the 3 months to 24 April 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 -8 100 £295 +3.50% 4
South East -15 44 £290 +34.88% 2
Berkshire -6 36 £290 +52.63% 2
South West - 15 £450 -
Newbury 0 11 £290 +65.71%
North West -11 9 £130 - 1
East Midlands - 8 - -
Gloucestershire - 7 £450 -
Derbyshire - 6 - -
Cheltenham - 6 £450 -
Manchester -9 5 £130 - 1
Reading -11 5 - - 1
Leeds - 5 - -
West Yorkshire - 5 - -
Yorkshire - 5 - -
London -31 4 - - 1
Liverpool - 4 - -
Merseyside - 4 - -
Scotland - 4 - -
Hampshire -8 3 £325 -
West Midlands -11 3 - -
Bracknell - 3 - - 1
Maidenhead +1 2 - -
Birmingham 0 2 - -
Bristol - 2 - -
Oxford - 2 - -
Southampton - 2 - -
Oxfordshire - 2 - -
Devon - 2 - -
Dorset - 2 - -

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SDH 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 SDH.

1 156 (85.71%) Telecoms
2 108 (59.34%) Ethernet
3 99 (54.40%) GSM
4 98 (53.85%) UMTS
5 95 (52.20%) Radio Access Network
6 94 (51.65%) Ericsson
7 92 (50.55%) ATM
8 85 (46.70%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 81 (44.51%) Agile Software Development
10 77 (42.31%) RNC
11 73 (40.11%) SLA
12 70 (38.46%) Line Management
12 70 (38.46%) WFM
13 32 (17.58%) MPLS
14 31 (17.03%) Huawei
15 26 (14.29%) 4G
15 26 (14.29%) Network Planning
16 25 (13.74%) DSL
17 23 (12.64%) LTE
18 20 (10.99%) Security Cleared
18 20 (10.99%) DWDM
18 20 (10.99%) Internet
19 19 (10.44%) 3G
19 19 (10.44%) TCP/IP
19 19 (10.44%) Wireless
20 18 (9.89%) Wi-Fi
20 18 (9.89%) C
21 17 (9.34%) GPRS
21 17 (9.34%) CDMA2000
21 17 (9.34%) WiMAX

SDH
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SDH 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 SDH. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (3.30%) WebLogic
1 6 (3.30%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.55%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (5.49%) MS Office
2 4 (2.20%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.20%) MS Project
3 2 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 108 (59.34%) Ethernet
2 99 (54.40%) GSM
3 98 (53.85%) UMTS
4 95 (52.20%) Radio Access Network
5 92 (50.55%) ATM
6 77 (42.31%) RNC
7 32 (17.58%) MPLS
8 26 (14.29%) 4G
9 25 (13.74%) DSL
10 23 (12.64%) LTE
11 20 (10.99%) DWDM
11 20 (10.99%) Internet
12 19 (10.44%) 3G
12 19 (10.44%) TCP/IP
12 19 (10.44%) Wireless
13 18 (9.89%) Wi-Fi
14 17 (9.34%) GPRS
14 17 (9.34%) CDMA2000
14 17 (9.34%) WiMAX
14 17 (9.34%) HSPA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (3.30%) Oracle Database 10g
1 6 (3.30%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 10 (5.49%) Subversion
1 10 (5.49%) ClearCase
1 10 (5.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 10 (5.49%) Git (software)
2 5 (2.75%) Toad
General
1 156 (85.71%) Telecoms
2 6 (3.30%) German Language
3 5 (2.75%) Marketing
4 4 (2.20%) Back Office
5 1 (0.55%) Finance
5 1 (0.55%) Legal
5 1 (0.55%) Electronics
5 1 (0.55%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.55%) Banking
Job Titles
1 73 (40.11%) Field Engineer
2 12 (6.59%) Transmission Engineer
3 11 (6.04%) Developer
3 11 (6.04%) C++ Developer
3 11 (6.04%) Delivery Manager
4 10 (5.49%) Network Engineer
5 9 (4.95%) Project Manager
6 8 (4.40%) Architect
7 7 (3.85%) IP Engineer
7 7 (3.85%) IP Network Engineer
8 5 (2.75%) Telecoms Project Manager
9 4 (2.20%) Support Engineer
9 4 (2.20%) Network Architect
9 4 (2.20%) Deployment Engineer
9 4 (2.20%) Project Engineer
9 4 (2.20%) Microwave Engineer
9 4 (2.20%) Strategy Manager
9 4 (2.20%) Architecture Manager
10 3 (1.65%) Senior Architect
10 3 (1.65%) Back Office Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (6.04%) STL
2 5 (2.75%) JAXB
2 5 (2.75%) WSDL
2 5 (2.75%) SOAP
2 5 (2.75%) Web Services
2 5 (2.75%) XML
2 5 (2.75%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (5.49%) Client/Server
1 10 (5.49%) Mobile App
2 5 (2.75%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.10%) Statistics
3 2 (1.10%) Economics
4 1 (0.55%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (0.55%) SCADA
4 1 (0.55%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 4 (2.20%) UNIX
2 1 (0.55%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (44.51%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (38.46%) Line Management
2 70 (38.46%) WFM
3 26 (14.29%) Network Planning
4 16 (8.79%) Migration
5 11 (6.04%) OO
6 10 (5.49%) OOD
6 10 (5.49%) ITIL
7 6 (3.30%) TDD
7 6 (3.30%) Service Management
7 6 (3.30%) Software Engineering
7 6 (3.30%) Data Migration
8 5 (2.75%) Matrix Management
8 5 (2.75%) PRINCE2
8 5 (2.75%) Service Delivery
8 5 (2.75%) Project Management
9 4 (2.20%) Performance Management
9 4 (2.20%) Network Management
10 3 (1.65%) Continuous Improvement
10 3 (1.65%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 18 (9.89%) C
2 11 (6.04%) Ruby
2 11 (6.04%) Bash Shell
2 11 (6.04%) C++
2 11 (6.04%) Perl
2 11 (6.04%) Python
3 7 (3.85%) Java
4 6 (3.30%) PL/SQL
4 6 (3.30%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (10.99%) Security Cleared
2 11 (6.04%) DV Cleared
3 9 (4.95%) SC Cleared
3 9 (4.95%) BC Cleared
3 9 (4.95%) HNC
3 9 (4.95%) CCNP
3 9 (4.95%) CCNA
3 9 (4.95%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (2.20%) PMP
4 4 (2.20%) PMI Certification
5 2 (1.10%) CCIP
5 2 (1.10%) Degree
6 1 (0.55%) HND
6 1 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (40.11%) SLA
2 9 (4.95%) QA
3 1 (0.55%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1 (0.55%) XenApp
1 1 (0.55%) vSphere
1 1 (0.55%) VMware ESX
Vendors
1 94 (51.65%) Ericsson
2 85 (46.70%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 31 (17.03%) Huawei
4 13 (7.14%) Nokia
5 11 (6.04%) Cisco
6 10 (5.49%) Cramer
7 9 (4.95%) Siemens
8 6 (3.30%) Oracle
9 5 (2.75%) ZTE
9 5 (2.75%) MetaSolv
9 5 (2.75%) BEA
10 4 (2.20%) Telcordia
10 4 (2.20%) Amdocs
10 4 (2.20%) Microsoft
10 4 (2.20%) ComArch
11 3 (1.65%) Actix
11 3 (1.65%) Alcatel-Lucent
12 2 (1.10%) BT
12 2 (1.10%) Sybase
13 1 (0.55%) F5
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