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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 502 476 407
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -69
Contract jobs citing SDH 81 77 134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.16% 0.30%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.09% 1.21% 1.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 41 8
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£285 £288 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.86% +2.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £400 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £296 £300 £280
% change year-on-year
-1.25% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Average hourly rate - £106.59 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +255.30%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £180.00 -

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
7445 6341 6980
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.59% 13.17% 15.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 4177 3362 3334
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 405 371 626
Average hourly rate £23.50 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.66% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £43.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -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 30 January 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 26 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 30 January 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 -20 75 £285 -0.86% 10
South East -6 30 £283 +2.72% 7
Berkshire +6 29 £283 +48.68% 6
South West - 16 £495 -
Reading +3 13 - - 1
London -26 10 £285 -0.86% 3
Bracknell +7 8 - - 1
Newbury - 3 £283 - 2
East of England - 2 - -
North Wales - 1 - -
Wales - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Docklands, London - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Kent - - - -
Middlesex - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Slough - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Brentford - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Gwynedd - - - -

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 110 (80.88%) Telecoms
2 81 (59.56%) Ethernet
3 61 (44.85%) ATM
4 53 (38.97%) GSM
5 52 (38.24%) Ericsson
6 49 (36.03%) UMTS
7 48 (35.29%) Radio Access Network
8 43 (31.62%) SLA
8 43 (31.62%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 40 (29.41%) RNC
10 38 (27.94%) Agile Software Development
11 37 (27.21%) Line Management
11 37 (27.21%) WFM
12 33 (24.26%) MPLS
13 24 (17.65%) DWDM
14 23 (16.91%) Cisco
15 19 (13.97%) Migration
16 18 (13.24%) Cramer
17 17 (12.50%) OSPF
18 16 (11.76%) Cisco Certification
19 15 (11.03%) DSL
20 14 (10.29%) 3G
21 13 (9.56%) BGP
21 13 (9.56%) CCNA
21 13 (9.56%) ITIL
21 13 (9.56%) 4G
21 13 (9.56%) Huawei
22 12 (8.82%) Network Planning
22 12 (8.82%) TCP/IP
22 12 (8.82%) WAN

SDH
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 9 (6.62%) WebLogic
1 9 (6.62%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.74%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (5.88%) MS Project
2 7 (5.15%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.74%) MS Office
3 1 (0.74%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 81 (59.56%) Ethernet
2 61 (44.85%) ATM
3 53 (38.97%) GSM
4 49 (36.03%) UMTS
5 48 (35.29%) Radio Access Network
6 40 (29.41%) RNC
7 33 (24.26%) MPLS
8 24 (17.65%) DWDM
9 17 (12.50%) OSPF
10 15 (11.03%) DSL
11 14 (10.29%) 3G
12 13 (9.56%) BGP
12 13 (9.56%) 4G
13 12 (8.82%) TCP/IP
13 12 (8.82%) WAN
13 12 (8.82%) 2G
14 10 (7.35%) Firewall
15 9 (6.62%) EIGRP
15 9 (6.62%) VPN
16 8 (5.88%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.62%) Oracle Database 10g
1 9 (6.62%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (5.88%) Toad
2 4 (2.94%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.94%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (2.94%) ClearCase
2 4 (2.94%) Subversion
General
1 110 (80.88%) Telecoms
2 2 (1.47%) Russian Language
2 2 (1.47%) Finance
3 1 (0.74%) Electronics
3 1 (0.74%) Back Office
3 1 (0.74%) Investment Banking
3 1 (0.74%) Banking
3 1 (0.74%) German Language
Job Titles
1 44 (32.35%) Field Engineer
2 18 (13.24%) Transmission Engineer
3 14 (10.29%) Network Engineer
4 12 (8.82%) Project Manager
4 12 (8.82%) Delivery Manager
5 10 (7.35%) IP Engineer
6 9 (6.62%) Telecoms Project Manager
7 6 (4.41%) IP Network Engineer
8 5 (3.68%) Transmission Planning Engineer
8 5 (3.68%) Transmission Planner
8 5 (3.68%) Microwave Engineer
9 4 (2.94%) Deployment Engineer
9 4 (2.94%) C++ Developer
9 4 (2.94%) Architect
9 4 (2.94%) Software Engineer
9 4 (2.94%) Developer
10 3 (2.21%) Solutions Architect
10 3 (2.21%) Network Architect
10 3 (2.21%) Network Design Architect
11 2 (1.47%) Ericsson Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.88%) WSDL
1 8 (5.88%) JAXB
1 8 (5.88%) SOAP
1 8 (5.88%) JMS
1 8 (5.88%) Web Services
1 8 (5.88%) XML
2 4 (2.94%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 8 (5.88%) Management Information System
2 4 (2.94%) Mobile App
2 4 (2.94%) Client/Server
3 3 (2.21%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 3 (2.21%) UNIX
2 1 (0.74%) Windows
2 1 (0.74%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (27.94%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (27.21%) Line Management
2 37 (27.21%) WFM
3 19 (13.97%) Migration
4 13 (9.56%) ITIL
5 12 (8.82%) Network Planning
5 12 (8.82%) Project Management
6 9 (6.62%) TDD
6 9 (6.62%) Software Engineering
6 9 (6.62%) Data Migration
7 7 (5.15%) PRINCE2
8 6 (4.41%) Service Delivery
8 6 (4.41%) Service Management
9 5 (3.68%) Network Design
9 5 (3.68%) Matrix Management
10 4 (2.94%) OOD
10 4 (2.94%) OO
11 3 (2.21%) Asset Management
11 3 (2.21%) Continuous Improvement
11 3 (2.21%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (8.09%) C
2 9 (6.62%) Java
2 9 (6.62%) PL/SQL
2 9 (6.62%) SQL
3 4 (2.94%) Ruby
3 4 (2.94%) Bash Shell
3 4 (2.94%) Python
3 4 (2.94%) Perl
3 4 (2.94%) C++
Qualifications
1 16 (11.76%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (9.56%) CCNA
3 11 (8.09%) Security Cleared
4 8 (5.88%) CCNP
5 7 (5.15%) SC Cleared
5 7 (5.15%) BC Cleared
6 4 (2.94%) DV Cleared
7 3 (2.21%) CCIE
8 2 (1.47%) CCIP
9 1 (0.74%) JNCIE
9 1 (0.74%) CFA
9 1 (0.74%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (31.62%) SLA
2 1 (0.74%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1 (0.74%) VMware ESX
1 1 (0.74%) XenApp
1 1 (0.74%) vSphere
Vendors
1 52 (38.24%) Ericsson
2 43 (31.62%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 23 (16.91%) Cisco
4 18 (13.24%) Cramer
5 13 (9.56%) Huawei
6 9 (6.62%) Oracle
6 9 (6.62%) Microsoft
7 8 (5.88%) BEA
7 8 (5.88%) MetaSolv
8 7 (5.15%) Amdocs
9 5 (3.68%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 4 (2.94%) Telcordia
11 3 (2.21%) BT
11 3 (2.21%) Juniper
12 2 (1.47%) Nokia
13 1 (0.74%) Remedy
13 1 (0.74%) VMware
13 1 (0.74%) CheckPoint
13 1 (0.74%) HP
13 1 (0.74%) Nortel
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