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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 555 473 316
Rank change year-on-year
-82 -157
Contract jobs citing SDH 52 105 274
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.091% 0.20% 0.53%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.64% 1.50% 3.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 46 37
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.53% +11.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £268 £263 £310
% change year-on-year
+1.90% -15.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 8
Average hourly rate - £20.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -38.46%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £25.00

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
8118 6995 8016
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.23% 13.46% 15.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 4655 3850 3842
Average daily rate £360 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £223 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £335 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.88% +3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 438 473 605
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.25 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -1.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.51 £12.00 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.88 £21.88 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+4.57% +4.16%

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 21 November 2014.

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 17 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 21 November 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 -70 48 £270 -19.40% 6
South East -36 22 £348 +39.00% 5
Berkshire -17 17 £240 -5.88% 3
Reading +5 9 - -
London -33 8 £375 -
Bracknell -3 6 - - 2
West Midlands -13 3 £246 -
Buckinghamshire - 2 £445 - 2
Birmingham -3 1 £268 -
Hampshire -22 1 £425 +136.11%
North Wales - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 £440 - 2
Wales - 1 - -
Slough - - - -
Gwynedd - - - -
Newbury - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, 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 72 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 67 (62.04%) Ethernet
3 45 (41.67%) ATM
4 32 (29.63%) MPLS
5 30 (27.78%) Cisco
6 28 (25.93%) DWDM
6 28 (25.93%) Radio Access Network
7 27 (25.00%) Ericsson
7 27 (25.00%) GSM
7 27 (25.00%) UMTS
8 25 (23.15%) SLA
9 22 (20.37%) RNC
9 22 (20.37%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 21 (19.44%) Cramer
11 18 (16.67%) WFM
11 18 (16.67%) 3G
11 18 (16.67%) Line Management
12 16 (14.81%) BGP
12 16 (14.81%) 2G
13 15 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
13 15 (13.89%) Cisco Certification
13 15 (13.89%) WAN
14 14 (12.96%) Migration
14 14 (12.96%) LTE
15 13 (12.04%) Project Management
16 12 (11.11%) OSPF
16 12 (11.11%) Network Planning
17 10 (9.26%) CCNA
18 9 (8.33%) VPN
18 9 (8.33%) DSL

SDH
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, 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 8 (7.41%) WebLogic
1 8 (7.41%) WebSphere
2 2 (1.85%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (4.63%) MS Project
2 4 (3.70%) MS Excel
3 3 (2.78%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.78%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 67 (62.04%) Ethernet
2 45 (41.67%) ATM
3 32 (29.63%) MPLS
4 28 (25.93%) DWDM
4 28 (25.93%) Radio Access Network
5 27 (25.00%) GSM
5 27 (25.00%) UMTS
6 22 (20.37%) RNC
7 18 (16.67%) 3G
8 16 (14.81%) 2G
8 16 (14.81%) BGP
9 15 (13.89%) WAN
10 14 (12.96%) LTE
11 12 (11.11%) OSPF
12 9 (8.33%) DSL
12 9 (8.33%) VPN
13 8 (7.41%) 4G
14 7 (6.48%) EIGRP
14 7 (6.48%) 2.5G
14 7 (6.48%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.41%) Oracle Database 10g
1 8 (7.41%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (7.41%) Toad
General
1 72 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 6 (5.56%) German Language
3 3 (2.78%) Dutch Language
3 3 (2.78%) French Language
4 2 (1.85%) Russian Language
4 2 (1.85%) Finance
4 2 (1.85%) Publishing
4 2 (1.85%) Electronics
5 1 (0.93%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 24 (22.22%) Field Engineer
2 18 (16.67%) Transmission Engineer
3 11 (10.19%) Delivery Manager
4 9 (8.33%) Project Manager
5 8 (7.41%) Network Engineer
5 8 (7.41%) IP Engineer
6 7 (6.48%) Transmission Planner
6 7 (6.48%) Telecoms Project Manager
7 6 (5.56%) Microwave Engineer
7 6 (5.56%) Transmission Planning Engineer
8 5 (4.63%) Network Design Architect
8 5 (4.63%) Network Architect
8 5 (4.63%) Architect
9 4 (3.70%) Solutions Architect
10 3 (2.78%) Software Engineer
10 3 (2.78%) Network Specialist
11 2 (1.85%) Circuiting Engineer
11 2 (1.85%) Network Support
11 2 (1.85%) Configuration Specialist
11 2 (1.85%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.41%) SOAP
1 8 (7.41%) Web Services
1 8 (7.41%) XML
1 8 (7.41%) JMS
1 8 (7.41%) WSDL
1 8 (7.41%) JAXB
Miscellaneous
1 5 (4.63%) Management Information System
2 4 (3.70%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.85%) Windows
2 1 (0.93%) Windows 2000
2 1 (0.93%) Windows NT
2 1 (0.93%) Windows XP
2 1 (0.93%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (16.67%) WFM
1 18 (16.67%) Line Management
2 15 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (12.96%) Migration
4 13 (12.04%) Project Management
5 12 (11.11%) Network Planning
6 8 (7.41%) Software Engineering
6 8 (7.41%) Data Migration
6 8 (7.41%) TDD
7 7 (6.48%) Network Design
8 5 (4.63%) ITIL
8 5 (4.63%) PRINCE2
9 4 (3.70%) Asset Management
10 3 (2.78%) Information Management
10 3 (2.78%) Service Delivery
10 3 (2.78%) Network Management
11 1 (0.93%) Procure-to-pay
11 1 (0.93%) Statistical Analysis
11 1 (0.93%) PRINCE
Programming Languages
1 8 (7.41%) Java
1 8 (7.41%) PL/SQL
1 8 (7.41%) SQL
2 2 (1.85%) C
Qualifications
1 15 (13.89%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (9.26%) CCNA
3 6 (5.56%) CCIE
4 5 (4.63%) Degree
5 4 (3.70%) CCNP
6 2 (1.85%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.85%) BC Cleared
6 2 (1.85%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.93%) JNCIE
7 1 (0.93%) CFA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (23.15%) SLA
2 1 (0.93%) ISO 9000
Vendors
1 30 (27.78%) Cisco
2 27 (25.00%) Ericsson
3 22 (20.37%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 21 (19.44%) Cramer
5 8 (7.41%) MetaSolv
5 8 (7.41%) Microsoft
5 8 (7.41%) Oracle
5 8 (7.41%) BEA
6 6 (5.56%) Huawei
7 5 (4.63%) Amdocs
8 4 (3.70%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 3 (2.78%) Juniper
10 2 (1.85%) Cognos
10 2 (1.85%) Nortel
10 2 (1.85%) BT
10 2 (1.85%) Nokia
11 1 (0.93%) Siemens
11 1 (0.93%) Ciena
11 1 (0.93%) Sybase
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