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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 583 554 499
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -55
Contract jobs citing SDH 50 56 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.086% 0.10% 0.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.62% 0.68% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 18 25
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£350 £315 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £264 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £403 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £300 £233
% change year-on-year
+20.83% +29.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London average 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
8062 8177 7057
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 14.64% 13.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4616 4454 3809
Average daily rate £375 £363 £352
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 524 456 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £23.50 £23.21
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +1.24%

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 4 September 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 4 September 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -14 38 £350 +6.06% 6
South East -9 29 £363 - 4
Berkshire +4 18 £293 - 1
Scotland -2 10 - -
Glasgow - 9 - -
Newbury - 5 £310 - 1
Reading -12 4 - -
Hampshire - 4 £388 - 1
London +4 3 £325 -28.76% 1
South West -4 3 £400 -
Buckinghamshire - 3 £450 -
Milton Keynes - 3 £450 -
Surrey -1 2 £250 -
Bracknell -5 2 - -
Guildford - 2 £250 -
Tyne and Wear - 2 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 - -
North East - 2 - -
West Midlands +8 1 - -
Wales -19 1 £240 -
Inverness - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 £240 -
Solihull - 1 - -
Highlands - 1 - -
Newport - 1 £240 -
Gloucestershire - 1 £400 -
Wiltshire - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 - -
Paddington - 1 £350 -
Cheltenham - 1 £400 -

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 75 (68.81%) Telecoms
2 45 (41.28%) Ethernet
3 33 (30.28%) ATM
4 31 (28.44%) DWDM
5 25 (22.94%) 3G
5 25 (22.94%) Security Cleared
6 23 (21.10%) 2G
7 22 (20.18%) MPLS
7 22 (20.18%) Huawei
8 21 (19.27%) 4G
8 21 (19.27%) Radio Access Network
8 21 (19.27%) Ericsson
9 20 (18.35%) MS Office
10 19 (17.43%) Cisco
11 17 (15.60%) Internet
11 17 (15.60%) Project Management
12 16 (14.68%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
13 15 (13.76%) LTE
14 14 (12.84%) DV Cleared
14 14 (12.84%) Network Planning
14 14 (12.84%) Migration
14 14 (12.84%) WAN
14 14 (12.84%) VPN
15 13 (11.93%) Nokia
15 13 (11.93%) Finance
15 13 (11.93%) RNC
15 13 (11.93%) SC Cleared
16 12 (11.01%) DSL
16 12 (11.01%) TCP/IP
16 12 (11.01%) GSM

SDH
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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.

Applications
1 20 (18.35%) MS Office
2 5 (4.59%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.75%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 45 (41.28%) Ethernet
2 33 (30.28%) ATM
3 31 (28.44%) DWDM
4 25 (22.94%) 3G
5 23 (21.10%) 2G
6 22 (20.18%) MPLS
7 21 (19.27%) 4G
7 21 (19.27%) Radio Access Network
8 17 (15.60%) Internet
9 15 (13.76%) LTE
10 14 (12.84%) VPN
10 14 (12.84%) WAN
11 13 (11.93%) RNC
12 12 (11.01%) TCP/IP
12 12 (11.01%) GSM
12 12 (11.01%) DSL
13 11 (10.09%) UMTS
14 10 (9.17%) VoIP
15 9 (8.26%) LAN
15 9 (8.26%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.83%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 7 (6.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 7 (6.42%) ClearCase
1 7 (6.42%) Subversion
1 7 (6.42%) Git (software)
General
1 75 (68.81%) Telecoms
2 13 (11.93%) Finance
3 9 (8.26%) Marketing
4 8 (7.34%) Back Office
5 6 (5.50%) German Language
6 1 (0.92%) Legal
6 1 (0.92%) Publishing
6 1 (0.92%) Billing
Job Titles
1 14 (12.84%) Architect
2 10 (9.17%) Network Engineer
2 10 (9.17%) Network Architect
3 9 (8.26%) Project Manager
4 8 (7.34%) Developer
4 8 (7.34%) Support Engineer
4 8 (7.34%) C++ Developer
4 8 (7.34%) Microwave Engineer
5 7 (6.42%) Project Engineer
6 6 (5.50%) Transmission Engineer
7 5 (4.59%) Implementation Engineer
7 5 (4.59%) Senior Implementation Engineer
7 5 (4.59%) Field Engineer
8 4 (3.67%) Tester
8 4 (3.67%) Technical Tester
8 4 (3.67%) Deployment Engineer
8 4 (3.67%) Architecture Manager
8 4 (3.67%) Strategy Manager
8 4 (3.67%) IP Engineer
9 3 (2.75%) Transmission Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.34%) STL
2 1 (0.92%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.42%) Client/Server
1 7 (6.42%) Mobile App
2 2 (1.83%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (1.83%) Economics
2 2 (1.83%) GIS
3 1 (0.92%) Management Information System
3 1 (0.92%) CESG
3 1 (0.92%) Tandem
3 1 (0.92%) SCADA
3 1 (0.92%) PMI
3 1 (0.92%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.34%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (15.60%) Project Management
2 14 (12.84%) Migration
2 14 (12.84%) Network Planning
3 11 (10.09%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (8.26%) Network Design
5 8 (7.34%) Quality Management
5 8 (7.34%) OO
5 8 (7.34%) Network Management
6 7 (6.42%) OOD
7 6 (5.50%) Validation
8 5 (4.59%) PRINCE2
8 5 (4.59%) Continuous Improvement
9 4 (3.67%) Change Control
9 4 (3.67%) Requirements Analysis
9 4 (3.67%) Matrix Management
9 4 (3.67%) Data Security
9 4 (3.67%) E-Procurement
9 4 (3.67%) Capacity Management
9 4 (3.67%) Test Planning
10 3 (2.75%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (7.34%) C++
1 8 (7.34%) Perl
1 8 (7.34%) Python
1 8 (7.34%) Ruby
1 8 (7.34%) Bash Shell
2 2 (1.83%) C
3 1 (0.92%) SQL
3 1 (0.92%) Java
Qualifications
1 25 (22.94%) Security Cleared
2 14 (12.84%) DV Cleared
3 13 (11.93%) SC Cleared
4 8 (7.34%) HNC
5 7 (6.42%) CCNA
5 7 (6.42%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (4.59%) PMP
6 5 (4.59%) PMI Certification
7 4 (3.67%) Degree
7 4 (3.67%) BC Cleared
7 4 (3.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (1.83%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.17%) QA
2 3 (2.75%) SLA
Vendors
1 22 (20.18%) Huawei
2 21 (19.27%) Ericsson
3 19 (17.43%) Cisco
4 16 (14.68%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 13 (11.93%) Nokia
6 9 (8.26%) Siemens
7 7 (6.42%) Nortel
7 7 (6.42%) Juniper
7 7 (6.42%) Remedy
7 7 (6.42%) BT
8 6 (5.50%) ComArch
8 6 (5.50%) Sybase
8 6 (5.50%) ZTE
9 5 (4.59%) Cramer
9 5 (4.59%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 4 (3.67%) SAP
10 4 (3.67%) Microsoft
10 4 (3.67%) EMC
10 4 (3.67%) Riverbed
10 4 (3.67%) Ciena