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 May 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 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 616 577 567
Rank change year-on-year
-39 -10
Contract jobs citing SDH 30 68 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.056% 0.12% 0.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.35% 0.82% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 20 24
Median daily rate £275 £370 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.67% +29.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £204 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £450 £443
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £375 £175
% change year-on-year
-26.66% +114.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £33.75
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
8519 8251 7146
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.87% 14.73% 13.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 5166 4605 3901
Median daily rate £390 £350 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 478 403
Median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +31.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £43.10 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £26.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+11.53% +44.44%

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 May 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 28 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 May 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 -24 30 £275 -25.67% 1
South East -2 22 £288 +4.54%
Berkshire -18 10 £250 -
Reading -3 7 £250 -
Hampshire +4 5 £350 -9.67%
Milton Keynes - 4 - -
Buckinghamshire - 4 - -
London +3 3 £225 -38.35% 1
Bracknell -9 2 - -
Surrey - 2 - -
Winchester - 2 £375 -
East Midlands +10 1 £275 -
Slough +7 1 £250 -
North West -1 1 £275 +111.53%
Basingstoke -9 1 £288 -11.53%
South West -12 1 - -
East of England - 1 - -
North East - 1 £275 -
Suffolk - 1 - -
Wiltshire - 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £275 -
Preston - 1 £275 -
Northampton - 1 £275 -
Ipswich - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 - -
Northamptonshire - 1 £275 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £275 -
Lancashire - 1 £275 -

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 42 (62.69%) DWDM
2 38 (56.72%) ATM
3 34 (50.75%) Telecoms
4 21 (31.34%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 20 (29.85%) Security Cleared
6 19 (28.36%) SC Cleared
6 19 (28.36%) Nortel
6 19 (28.36%) Ethernet
7 17 (25.37%) Huawei
8 16 (23.88%) Cisco
8 16 (23.88%) MPLS
9 14 (20.90%) VPN
10 12 (17.91%) Microsoft
10 12 (17.91%) MS Excel
11 11 (16.42%) Project Management
12 10 (14.93%) Ciena
13 9 (13.43%) xDSL
13 9 (13.43%) Juniper
14 8 (11.94%) Cisco Certification
14 8 (11.94%) BGP
14 8 (11.94%) Radio Access Network
15 7 (10.45%) OSPF
15 7 (10.45%) IPsec
15 7 (10.45%) Network Planning
15 7 (10.45%) German Language
16 6 (8.96%) VLAN
16 6 (8.96%) Network Design
16 6 (8.96%) Remedy
16 6 (8.96%) RTCP
16 6 (8.96%) RTP

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 12 (17.91%) MS Excel
2 6 (8.96%) MS Office
3 3 (4.48%) MS Project
4 2 (2.99%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (1.49%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 42 (62.69%) DWDM
2 38 (56.72%) ATM
3 19 (28.36%) Ethernet
4 16 (23.88%) MPLS
5 14 (20.90%) VPN
6 9 (13.43%) xDSL
7 8 (11.94%) BGP
7 8 (11.94%) Radio Access Network
8 7 (10.45%) IPsec
8 7 (10.45%) OSPF
9 6 (8.96%) HSRP
9 6 (8.96%) LAN
9 6 (8.96%) RTCP
9 6 (8.96%) RTP
9 6 (8.96%) SCTP
9 6 (8.96%) VLAN
9 6 (8.96%) WAN
10 5 (7.46%) 4G
10 5 (7.46%) DHCP
10 5 (7.46%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.48%) BusinessObjects
General
1 34 (50.75%) Telecoms
2 7 (10.45%) German Language
3 3 (4.48%) Finance
3 3 (4.48%) French Language
4 2 (2.99%) Back Office
5 1 (1.49%) Advertising
5 1 (1.49%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 17 (25.37%) Designer
1 17 (25.37%) Network Designer
2 8 (11.94%) Transmission Engineer
3 7 (10.45%) Network Engineer
3 7 (10.45%) Project Manager
4 5 (7.46%) Architect
4 5 (7.46%) Microwave Engineer
4 5 (7.46%) Network Architect
5 4 (5.97%) Delivery Manager
6 3 (4.48%) Design Engineer
6 3 (4.48%) Network Technical Architect
6 3 (4.48%) Technical Architect
6 3 (4.48%) Telecoms Manager
6 3 (4.48%) Telecoms Project Manager
6 3 (4.48%) Transmission Planner
6 3 (4.48%) Transmission Planning Engineer
7 2 (2.99%) Audit Consultant
7 2 (2.99%) IP Design Engineer
7 2 (2.99%) Optical Engineer
7 2 (2.99%) Technical Design Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.46%) XML
2 1 (1.49%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.48%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.99%) Statistics
4 1 (1.49%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.49%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.49%) Linux
1 1 (1.49%) Mac OS X
1 1 (1.49%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (16.42%) Project Management
2 7 (10.45%) Network Planning
3 6 (8.96%) Network Design
4 5 (7.46%) Continuous Improvement
4 5 (7.46%) Migration
4 5 (7.46%) Presales
4 5 (7.46%) PRINCE2
5 4 (5.97%) Capacity Management
5 4 (5.97%) Fault Management
5 4 (5.97%) Network Monitoring
5 4 (5.97%) Validation
6 3 (4.48%) ITIL
6 3 (4.48%) ITIL V3
7 2 (2.99%) Capacity Planning
7 2 (2.99%) Functional Testing
7 2 (2.99%) Network Architecture
7 2 (2.99%) Network Management
7 2 (2.99%) Risk Analysis
8 1 (1.49%) Service Design
8 1 (1.49%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.49%) Java
1 1 (1.49%) PL/SQL
1 1 (1.49%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (29.85%) Security Cleared
2 19 (28.36%) SC Cleared
3 8 (11.94%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (8.96%) CCIE
5 5 (7.46%) CCNA
6 4 (5.97%) CCNP
7 2 (2.99%) Degree
8 1 (1.49%) BC Cleared
8 1 (1.49%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.49%) CISSP
8 1 (1.49%) DV Cleared
8 1 (1.49%) JNCIE
8 1 (1.49%) JNCIP
8 1 (1.49%) PMI Certification
8 1 (1.49%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.96%) SLA
Systems Management
1 5 (7.46%) NSN NetAct
2 3 (4.48%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.49%) Amdocs OSS
3 1 (1.49%) OpenView
Vendors
1 21 (31.34%) Alcatel-Lucent
2 19 (28.36%) Nortel
3 17 (25.37%) Huawei
4 16 (23.88%) Cisco
5 12 (17.91%) Microsoft
6 10 (14.93%) Ciena
7 9 (13.43%) Juniper
8 6 (8.96%) Nokia
8 6 (8.96%) Remedy
9 5 (7.46%) Ericsson
10 4 (5.97%) Amdocs
10 4 (5.97%) BT
10 4 (5.97%) Mapinfo
10 4 (5.97%) Tellabs
11 3 (4.48%) Virgin Media
12 2 (2.99%) Avaya
12 2 (2.99%) Nokia Networks
13 1 (1.49%) Cramer
13 1 (1.49%) EMC
13 1 (1.49%) Palo Alto