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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 549 494 430
Rank change year-on-year
-55 -64
Contract jobs citing SDH 57 85 162
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.16% 0.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.69% 1.19% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 22 27
Average daily rate
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£315 £288 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.56% -28.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £197 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 £347 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £233 £210
% change year-on-year
+29.03% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £20.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -42.85%
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
8217 7116 8906
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.53% 13.50% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4453 3843 4029
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 414 695
Average hourly rate £21.88 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.15 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-3.05% -7.16%

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 29 August 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 23 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 29 August 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 -48 49 £330 +14.78% 3
South East -49 15 - - 1
Berkshire -21 13 - -
Reading -5 10 - -
London +2 6 £456 +52.08% 1
West Midlands -12 3 £271 -
Bracknell +3 2 - -
South West - 2 - -
City of London +10 1 - -
East of England - 1 - -
Wales - 1 - -
South Wales - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Essex - - - -
Hampshire - - - - 1
Monmouthshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Chepstow - - - -
Basildon - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Winchester - - - -
Wokingham - - - -

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 74 (64.91%) Telecoms
2 65 (57.02%) Ethernet
3 53 (46.49%) ATM
4 44 (38.60%) DWDM
5 35 (30.70%) 3G
6 34 (29.82%) MPLS
7 33 (28.95%) Ericsson
7 33 (28.95%) Cisco
7 33 (28.95%) LTE
8 28 (24.56%) Radio Access Network
8 28 (24.56%) Project Management
9 27 (23.68%) Huawei
10 24 (21.05%) 2G
11 22 (19.30%) GSM
12 21 (18.42%) UMTS
13 18 (15.79%) Network Planning
14 16 (14.04%) BGP
14 16 (14.04%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
15 14 (12.28%) VPN
15 14 (12.28%) Cramer
16 13 (11.40%) SLA
16 13 (11.40%) WAN
17 12 (10.53%) 4G
17 12 (10.53%) VoIP
17 12 (10.53%) Cisco Certification
18 10 (8.77%) Nokia
18 10 (8.77%) OSPF
18 10 (8.77%) Internet
18 10 (8.77%) Firewall
18 10 (8.77%) BT

SDH
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 (1.75%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (7.02%) MS Project
2 3 (2.63%) MS Office
3 2 (1.75%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (1.75%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.75%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 65 (57.02%) Ethernet
2 53 (46.49%) ATM
3 44 (38.60%) DWDM
4 35 (30.70%) 3G
5 34 (29.82%) MPLS
6 33 (28.95%) LTE
7 28 (24.56%) Radio Access Network
8 24 (21.05%) 2G
9 22 (19.30%) GSM
10 21 (18.42%) UMTS
11 16 (14.04%) BGP
12 14 (12.28%) VPN
13 13 (11.40%) WAN
14 12 (10.53%) 4G
14 12 (10.53%) VoIP
15 10 (8.77%) OSPF
15 10 (8.77%) Internet
15 10 (8.77%) Firewall
15 10 (8.77%) RNC
15 10 (8.77%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
General
1 74 (64.91%) Telecoms
2 6 (5.26%) French Language
2 6 (5.26%) German Language
3 5 (4.39%) Back Office
4 4 (3.51%) Finance
5 3 (2.63%) Front Office
5 3 (2.63%) Dutch Language
6 2 (1.75%) Publishing
7 1 (0.88%) Electronics
7 1 (0.88%) Billing
Job Titles
1 30 (26.32%) Transmission Engineer
2 14 (12.28%) Design Engineer
2 14 (12.28%) Field Engineer
3 13 (11.40%) Transmission Design Engineer
4 10 (8.77%) Project Manager
4 10 (8.77%) Delivery Manager
5 9 (7.89%) Network Engineer
6 7 (6.14%) IP Engineer
6 7 (6.14%) Transmission Planner
7 6 (5.26%) Transmission Planning Engineer
7 6 (5.26%) Microwave Engineer
8 5 (4.39%) Telecoms Project Manager
8 5 (4.39%) Deployment Engineer
9 4 (3.51%) Architect
9 4 (3.51%) Test Engineer
10 3 (2.63%) Solutions Architect
10 3 (2.63%) Network Manager
10 3 (2.63%) Network Architect
10 3 (2.63%) Network Specialist
10 3 (2.63%) Network Design Architect
Miscellaneous
1 3 (2.63%) Management Information System
2 2 (1.75%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 1 (0.88%) Windows NT
1 1 (0.88%) Windows XP
1 1 (0.88%) Windows
1 1 (0.88%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (24.56%) Project Management
2 18 (15.79%) Network Planning
3 8 (7.02%) Migration
3 8 (7.02%) WFM
4 6 (5.26%) Network Design
4 6 (5.26%) PRINCE2
4 6 (5.26%) Service Delivery
5 5 (4.39%) Network Management
6 4 (3.51%) Capacity Planning
6 4 (3.51%) Asset Management
7 3 (2.63%) Information Management
7 3 (2.63%) Supplier Management
7 3 (2.63%) ITIL
7 3 (2.63%) Network Architecture
7 3 (2.63%) Time Management
8 2 (1.75%) Data Cleansing
8 2 (1.75%) Continuous Improvement
8 2 (1.75%) Low Latency
8 2 (1.75%) Performance Monitoring
8 2 (1.75%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 1 (0.88%) C
Qualifications
1 12 (10.53%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (7.89%) CCNA
3 8 (7.02%) Degree
4 4 (3.51%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.51%) CCIE
5 3 (2.63%) CCNP
5 3 (2.63%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.88%) PMP
6 1 (0.88%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.88%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (11.40%) SLA
Vendors
1 33 (28.95%) Ericsson
1 33 (28.95%) Cisco
2 27 (23.68%) Huawei
3 16 (14.04%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 14 (12.28%) Cramer
5 10 (8.77%) Nokia
5 10 (8.77%) BT
6 9 (7.89%) NEC
7 7 (6.14%) Nortel
7 7 (6.14%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 6 (5.26%) Juniper
9 5 (4.39%) Microsoft
9 5 (4.39%) Ciena
10 3 (2.63%) Amdocs
10 3 (2.63%) CheckPoint
10 3 (2.63%) Riverbed
10 3 (2.63%) Infoblox
11 2 (1.75%) Siemens
11 2 (1.75%) Cognos
12 1 (0.88%) Remedy