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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 623 588 577
Rank change year-on-year
-35 -11
Contract jobs citing SDH 24 45 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.045% 0.080% 0.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.28% 0.56% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 16 16
Median daily rate £275 £378 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-27.15% +22.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £450 £456
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £393 £220
% change year-on-year
-29.93% +78.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £40.00 - £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
8720 8085 7343
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.25% 14.41% 13.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 5286 4548 3945
Median daily rate £390 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.85% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 429 484 402
Median hourly rate £28.50 £22.83 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.83% +20.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +29.72%

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 30 June 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 29 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 30 June 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 -2 24 £275 -27.15% 1
South East +1 11 £250 -36.30%
London +13 7 £270 -26.53% 1
Berkshire -6 5 £250 -
Reading -4 4 £250 -
Buckinghamshire +9 2 - -
Hampshire +7 2 £375 -4.45%
Surrey - 2 - -
North West - 2 £275 -
South West +4 1 - -
Milton Keynes +4 1 - -
Slough +3 1 £250 -
Swindon -3 1 - -
Winchester -5 1 £400 -
Wiltshire -6 1 - -
Bracknell -8 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne -57 1 £275 -
North East -57 1 £275 -
Tyne and Wear -61 1 £275 -
Manchester - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 £275 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £275 -
East Midlands - 1 £275 -
Amersham - 1 - -
Preston - 1 £275 -
Northampton - 1 £275 -
Ipswich - 1 - -
East of England - 1 - -
Suffolk - 1 - -

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 40 (61.54%) DWDM
2 38 (58.46%) ATM
3 33 (50.77%) Telecoms
4 20 (30.77%) Security Cleared
5 19 (29.23%) SC Cleared
6 18 (27.69%) Nortel
6 18 (27.69%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 17 (26.15%) Ethernet
8 14 (21.54%) MPLS
9 13 (20.00%) Huawei
10 12 (18.46%) VPN
10 12 (18.46%) Cisco
11 10 (15.38%) Project Management
12 9 (13.85%) Microsoft
12 9 (13.85%) MS Excel
13 7 (10.77%) BGP
13 7 (10.77%) Cisco Certification
13 7 (10.77%) Network Design
13 7 (10.77%) xDSL
13 7 (10.77%) Ciena
14 6 (9.23%) Radio Access Network
14 6 (9.23%) German Language
14 6 (9.23%) Juniper
14 6 (9.23%) 3G
14 6 (9.23%) LAN
14 6 (9.23%) WAN
14 6 (9.23%) SLA
15 5 (7.69%) TCP/IP
15 5 (7.69%) CCIE
15 5 (7.69%) PRINCE2

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 9 (13.85%) MS Excel
2 5 (7.69%) MS Office
3 3 (4.62%) MS Project
4 1 (1.54%) Spreadsheet
Communications & Networking
1 40 (61.54%) DWDM
2 38 (58.46%) ATM
3 17 (26.15%) Ethernet
4 14 (21.54%) MPLS
5 12 (18.46%) VPN
6 7 (10.77%) BGP
6 7 (10.77%) xDSL
7 6 (9.23%) 3G
7 6 (9.23%) LAN
7 6 (9.23%) Radio Access Network
7 6 (9.23%) WAN
8 5 (7.69%) 2G
8 5 (7.69%) 4G
8 5 (7.69%) Frame Relay
8 5 (7.69%) IPsec
8 5 (7.69%) OSPF
8 5 (7.69%) TCP/IP
9 4 (6.15%) HSRP
9 4 (6.15%) SONET
9 4 (6.15%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.62%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (3.08%) GIS
General
1 33 (50.77%) Telecoms
2 6 (9.23%) German Language
3 3 (4.62%) French Language
4 2 (3.08%) Finance
5 1 (1.54%) Advertising
5 1 (1.54%) Back Office
5 1 (1.54%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 17 (26.15%) Designer
1 17 (26.15%) Network Designer
2 7 (10.77%) Project Manager
2 7 (10.77%) Transmission Engineer
3 5 (7.69%) Architect
3 5 (7.69%) Microwave Engineer
3 5 (7.69%) Network Architect
3 5 (7.69%) Transmission Planner
4 4 (6.15%) Delivery Manager
4 4 (6.15%) Network Engineer
4 4 (6.15%) NOC Engineer
5 3 (4.62%) Network Technical Architect
5 3 (4.62%) NOC Technician
5 3 (4.62%) Technical Architect
5 3 (4.62%) Telecoms Manager
5 3 (4.62%) Telecoms Project Manager
6 2 (3.08%) IP Design Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) Network Design Architect
6 2 (3.08%) Optical Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) RAN Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.62%) XML
2 1 (1.54%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.62%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.54%) RSA SecurID
3 1 (1.54%) Statistics
3 1 (1.54%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.54%) Linux
1 1 (1.54%) Mac OS X
1 1 (1.54%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (15.38%) Project Management
2 7 (10.77%) Network Design
3 5 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
3 5 (7.69%) Migration
3 5 (7.69%) Network Management
3 5 (7.69%) Presales
3 5 (7.69%) PRINCE2
4 4 (6.15%) Capacity Management
5 3 (4.62%) Fault Management
5 3 (4.62%) ITIL
5 3 (4.62%) ITIL V3
5 3 (4.62%) Network Planning
5 3 (4.62%) Planning and Forecasting
6 2 (3.08%) Network Monitoring
6 2 (3.08%) Validation
7 1 (1.54%) Budgeting and Forecasting
7 1 (1.54%) Capacity Planning
7 1 (1.54%) Functional Testing
7 1 (1.54%) Network Architecture
7 1 (1.54%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.54%) Java
1 1 (1.54%) PL/SQL
1 1 (1.54%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (30.77%) Security Cleared
2 19 (29.23%) SC Cleared
3 7 (10.77%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (7.69%) CCIE
5 4 (6.15%) CCNA
6 3 (4.62%) CCNP
7 1 (1.54%) BC Cleared
7 1 (1.54%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.54%) CISSP
7 1 (1.54%) Degree
7 1 (1.54%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.54%) JNCIE
7 1 (1.54%) JNCIP
7 1 (1.54%) PMI Certification
7 1 (1.54%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.23%) SLA
Systems Management
1 4 (6.15%) NSN NetAct
2 3 (4.62%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.54%) Amdocs OSS
3 1 (1.54%) OpenView
Vendors
1 18 (27.69%) Alcatel-Lucent
1 18 (27.69%) Nortel
2 13 (20.00%) Huawei
3 12 (18.46%) Cisco
4 9 (13.85%) Microsoft
5 7 (10.77%) Ciena
6 6 (9.23%) Juniper
7 5 (7.69%) Ericsson
7 5 (7.69%) Nokia
7 5 (7.69%) Remedy
8 4 (6.15%) Amdocs
8 4 (6.15%) BT
8 4 (6.15%) Mapinfo
8 4 (6.15%) Tellabs
9 3 (4.62%) Virgin Media
10 2 (3.08%) Avaya
11 1 (1.54%) Cramer
11 1 (1.54%) EMC
11 1 (1.54%) Nokia Networks
11 1 (1.54%) Palo Alto