The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 541 477 396
Rank change year-on-year
-64 -81
Contract jobs citing SDH 39 92 193
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.072% 0.18% 0.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.53% 1.33% 2.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 28 56
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+37.93% -25.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £326 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £261 £280
% change year-on-year
+14.83% -6.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £32.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £32.00
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7382 6928 8973
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.71% 13.59% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 3936 3573 3939
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 402 476 681
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.54 £14.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.54% +2.00%

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 23 July 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 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 23 July 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 -65 34 £370 +33.33% 9
South East -32 17 £140 -40.00% 5
Berkshire -20 14 - -
Reading +5 13 - -
London -23 6 £456 +52.08% 2
City of London +20 1 £315 +8.62% 1
Basingstoke +14 1 £140 -
Bracknell +6 1 - -
North West -4 1 £300 -
Hampshire -20 1 £140 -7.00% 1
West Midlands -22 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £300 -
Milton Keynes - - - - 2
Newbury - - - -
Brentford - - - -
Chepstow - - - - 1
Monmouthshire - - - - 1
Warwickshire - - - -
Winchester - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - - 2
Essex - - - -
Basildon - - - -
East of England - - - -
South Wales - - - - 1
South West - - - - 2
Wales - - - - 1

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 120 (76.92%) Telecoms
2 72 (46.15%) Ethernet
3 69 (44.23%) DWDM
4 65 (41.67%) ATM
5 51 (32.69%) Huawei
6 45 (28.85%) 3G
7 44 (28.21%) MPLS
8 42 (26.92%) LTE
9 41 (26.28%) Project Management
10 36 (23.08%) Ericsson
11 35 (22.44%) Radio Access Network
12 33 (21.15%) Cisco
13 31 (19.87%) 2G
14 28 (17.95%) GSM
15 27 (17.31%) BGP
16 26 (16.67%) UMTS
17 24 (15.38%) VPN
18 21 (13.46%) Network Design
19 19 (12.18%) OSPF
20 18 (11.54%) BT
20 18 (11.54%) Degree
21 17 (10.90%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
21 17 (10.90%) SLA
22 14 (8.97%) Network Planning
22 14 (8.97%) WAN
23 13 (8.33%) Nortel
23 13 (8.33%) VRRP
23 13 (8.33%) Cramer
23 13 (8.33%) Firewall
23 13 (8.33%) Time Management

SDH
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 2 (1.28%) SharePoint
Applications
1 12 (7.69%) MS Office
2 11 (7.05%) MS Project
3 9 (5.77%) MS Excel
4 6 (3.85%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (2.56%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 72 (46.15%) Ethernet
2 69 (44.23%) DWDM
3 65 (41.67%) ATM
4 45 (28.85%) 3G
5 44 (28.21%) MPLS
6 42 (26.92%) LTE
7 35 (22.44%) Radio Access Network
8 31 (19.87%) 2G
9 28 (17.95%) GSM
10 27 (17.31%) BGP
11 26 (16.67%) UMTS
12 24 (15.38%) VPN
13 19 (12.18%) OSPF
14 14 (8.97%) WAN
15 13 (8.33%) Firewall
15 13 (8.33%) VRRP
16 12 (7.69%) VLAN
16 12 (7.69%) 4G
16 12 (7.69%) SONET
16 12 (7.69%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.49%) MS Access
2 2 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
General
1 120 (76.92%) Telecoms
2 12 (7.69%) German Language
3 10 (6.41%) Back Office
4 6 (3.85%) Front Office
4 6 (3.85%) French Language
5 5 (3.21%) Finance
6 4 (2.56%) Electronics
7 3 (1.92%) Dutch Language
7 3 (1.92%) Legal
8 2 (1.28%) Publishing
9 1 (0.64%) Billing
Job Titles
1 25 (16.03%) Design Engineer
1 25 (16.03%) Transmission Engineer
2 21 (13.46%) Network Engineer
3 17 (10.90%) Delivery Manager
4 16 (10.26%) Field Engineer
5 13 (8.33%) Transmission Design Engineer
6 12 (7.69%) Network Design Engineer
7 11 (7.05%) Test Engineer
7 11 (7.05%) Project Manager
8 7 (4.49%) Network Manager
8 7 (4.49%) RAN Engineer
9 6 (3.85%) NOC Engineer
10 5 (3.21%) Deployment Engineer
10 5 (3.21%) Analyst
10 5 (3.21%) Telecoms Project Manager
11 4 (2.56%) Transmission Planner
11 4 (2.56%) Back Office Engineer
11 4 (2.56%) Data Analyst
11 4 (2.56%) Consultant
11 4 (2.56%) Network Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 2 (1.28%) Management Information System
1 2 (1.28%) SCADA
2 1 (0.64%) PKI
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (26.28%) Project Management
2 21 (13.46%) Network Design
3 14 (8.97%) Network Planning
4 13 (8.33%) Time Management
5 10 (6.41%) Migration
5 10 (6.41%) PRINCE2
6 9 (5.77%) Network Management
7 8 (5.13%) Data Cleansing
8 7 (4.49%) Network Architecture
8 7 (4.49%) Performance Monitoring
8 7 (4.49%) Problem Management
8 7 (4.49%) Change Management
8 7 (4.49%) Business Development
9 6 (3.85%) Service Delivery
9 6 (3.85%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (3.85%) Capacity Planning
10 5 (3.21%) WFM
11 4 (2.56%) Supplier Management
11 4 (2.56%) Capacity Management
11 4 (2.56%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 12 (7.69%) SQL
2 7 (4.49%) VB
3 3 (1.92%) C
Qualifications
1 18 (11.54%) Degree
2 9 (5.77%) Security Cleared
3 8 (5.13%) SC Cleared
4 7 (4.49%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (3.21%) CCNA
6 4 (2.56%) CCNP
7 3 (1.92%) CCIP
7 3 (1.92%) CCIE
7 3 (1.92%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.64%) APMP
8 1 (0.64%) PMP
8 1 (0.64%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.64%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (10.90%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (0.64%) NFS
Systems Management
1 7 (4.49%) OPNET
Vendors
1 51 (32.69%) Huawei
2 36 (23.08%) Ericsson
3 33 (21.15%) Cisco
4 18 (11.54%) BT
5 17 (10.90%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 13 (8.33%) Cramer
6 13 (8.33%) Nortel
7 10 (6.41%) Nokia
8 9 (5.77%) Juniper
8 9 (5.77%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 9 (5.77%) NEC
9 7 (4.49%) Business Objects
10 6 (3.85%) CheckPoint
11 5 (3.21%) Siemens
12 3 (1.92%) Microsoft
12 3 (1.92%) Riverbed
12 3 (1.92%) Infoblox
13 2 (1.28%) Amdocs
13 2 (1.28%) Remedy
13 2 (1.28%) Cognos
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