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 26 February 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
26 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank 457 461 443
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -18
Contract jobs citing SDH 115 113 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.22% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.53% 1.69% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 48 10
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£295 £285 £255
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.50% +11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £207 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £383 £287
UK excluding London average daily rate £295 £235 £255
% change year-on-year
+25.53% -7.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 0
Average hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £108.75 -

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
7532 6678 7173
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.60% 13.12% 15.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 4090 3404 3469
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 383 622
Average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £23.33
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -14.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.60 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £45.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £21.00 £22.85
% change year-on-year
+30.95% -8.09%

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 26 February 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 26 February 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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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 -10 104 £295 +3.50% 14
South East -30 42 £293 +27.17% 9
Berkshire -8 36 £290 +34.88% 6
South West - 18 £495 -
Reading +1 13 - -
London -27 12 £285 - 5
Newbury - 10 £291 - 4
East Midlands - 6 - -
Bracknell +5 4 - - 1
Hampshire -13 2 - -
East of England - 2 - -
City of London +6 1 - - 2
Buckinghamshire -10 1 - -
Slough - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Docklands, London - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Kent - - - -
Middlesex - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Brentford - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Chippenham - - - -
Hertford - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 February 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.

1 145 (89.51%) Telecoms
2 101 (62.35%) Ethernet
3 87 (53.70%) GSM
4 86 (53.09%) UMTS
5 83 (51.23%) Ericsson
6 81 (50.00%) Radio Access Network
7 79 (48.77%) ATM
8 69 (42.59%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 68 (41.98%) SLA
10 66 (40.74%) Agile Software Development
10 66 (40.74%) RNC
11 63 (38.89%) Line Management
12 62 (38.27%) WFM
13 35 (21.60%) MPLS
14 24 (14.81%) DSL
15 19 (11.73%) Network Planning
15 19 (11.73%) 4G
16 18 (11.11%) Migration
16 18 (11.11%) DWDM
16 18 (11.11%) C
17 16 (9.88%) OSPF
17 16 (9.88%) Wireless
18 15 (9.26%) Wi-Fi
18 15 (9.26%) Cramer
18 15 (9.26%) WiMAX
18 15 (9.26%) CDMA2000
18 15 (9.26%) GPRS
18 15 (9.26%) GPON
18 15 (9.26%) HSPA
18 15 (9.26%) LTE

SDH
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 February 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.

Application Platforms
1 9 (5.56%) WebLogic
1 9 (5.56%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.62%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (4.32%) MS Project
2 6 (3.70%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.62%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 101 (62.35%) Ethernet
2 87 (53.70%) GSM
3 86 (53.09%) UMTS
4 81 (50.00%) Radio Access Network
5 79 (48.77%) ATM
6 66 (40.74%) RNC
7 35 (21.60%) MPLS
8 24 (14.81%) DSL
9 19 (11.73%) 4G
10 18 (11.11%) DWDM
11 16 (9.88%) Wireless
11 16 (9.88%) OSPF
12 15 (9.26%) CDMA2000
12 15 (9.26%) GPRS
12 15 (9.26%) Wi-Fi
12 15 (9.26%) WiMAX
12 15 (9.26%) HSPA
12 15 (9.26%) LTE
12 15 (9.26%) GPON
13 13 (8.02%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.56%) Oracle Database 10g
1 9 (5.56%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (4.94%) Toad
2 5 (3.09%) Subversion
2 5 (3.09%) Git (software)
2 5 (3.09%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 5 (3.09%) ClearCase
General
1 145 (89.51%) Telecoms
2 2 (1.23%) Finance
2 2 (1.23%) Russian Language
3 1 (0.62%) Electronics
3 1 (0.62%) Banking
3 1 (0.62%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 67 (41.36%) Field Engineer
2 13 (8.02%) Project Manager
2 13 (8.02%) Delivery Manager
3 11 (6.79%) Network Engineer
4 10 (6.17%) Transmission Engineer
5 8 (4.94%) Telecoms Project Manager
6 6 (3.70%) IP Network Engineer
6 6 (3.70%) IP Engineer
6 6 (3.70%) Architect
7 5 (3.09%) Developer
7 5 (3.09%) C++ Developer
8 4 (2.47%) Software Engineer
8 4 (2.47%) Deployment Engineer
9 3 (1.85%) Ericsson Engineer
9 3 (1.85%) Network Architect
9 3 (1.85%) Pre Sales Consultant
9 3 (1.85%) Solutions Architect
9 3 (1.85%) Sales Consultant
9 3 (1.85%) Consultant
10 2 (1.23%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.94%) Web Services
1 8 (4.94%) XML
1 8 (4.94%) JMS
1 8 (4.94%) WSDL
1 8 (4.94%) JAXB
1 8 (4.94%) SOAP
2 5 (3.09%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.32%) Management Information System
2 5 (3.09%) Client/Server
2 5 (3.09%) Mobile App
3 3 (1.85%) SCADA
4 2 (1.23%) Statistics
5 1 (0.62%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 3 (1.85%) UNIX
2 1 (0.62%) Windows
2 1 (0.62%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (40.74%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (38.89%) Line Management
3 62 (38.27%) WFM
4 19 (11.73%) Network Planning
5 18 (11.11%) Migration
6 12 (7.41%) ITIL
7 11 (6.79%) Project Management
8 9 (5.56%) TDD
8 9 (5.56%) Software Engineering
8 9 (5.56%) Data Migration
9 6 (3.70%) Service Management
9 6 (3.70%) Service Delivery
9 6 (3.70%) PRINCE2
10 5 (3.09%) OO
10 5 (3.09%) OOD
10 5 (3.09%) Matrix Management
11 4 (2.47%) Performance Management
12 3 (1.85%) Incident Management
12 3 (1.85%) Continuous Improvement
12 3 (1.85%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 18 (11.11%) C
2 9 (5.56%) Java
2 9 (5.56%) PL/SQL
2 9 (5.56%) SQL
3 5 (3.09%) Python
3 5 (3.09%) Ruby
3 5 (3.09%) Bash Shell
3 5 (3.09%) Perl
3 5 (3.09%) C++
Qualifications
1 13 (8.02%) Security Cleared
2 10 (6.17%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (4.94%) CCNA
3 8 (4.94%) CCNP
3 8 (4.94%) VCP4
3 8 (4.94%) SC Cleared
3 8 (4.94%) BC Cleared
4 5 (3.09%) DV Cleared
5 3 (1.85%) Degree
6 2 (1.23%) CCIP
6 2 (1.23%) CCIE
7 1 (0.62%) JNCIE
7 1 (0.62%) CFA
7 1 (0.62%) HNC
7 1 (0.62%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (41.98%) SLA
2 1 (0.62%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1 (0.62%) VMware ESX
1 1 (0.62%) XenApp
1 1 (0.62%) vSphere
Vendors
1 83 (51.23%) Ericsson
2 69 (42.59%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 15 (9.26%) Huawei
3 15 (9.26%) Cramer
4 14 (8.64%) Cisco
5 9 (5.56%) Oracle
6 8 (4.94%) BEA
6 8 (4.94%) MetaSolv
7 7 (4.32%) Microsoft
8 6 (3.70%) Amdocs
9 4 (2.47%) Telcordia
10 3 (1.85%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 3 (1.85%) Juniper
10 3 (1.85%) Actix
11 2 (1.23%) Nokia
12 1 (0.62%) Siemens
12 1 (0.62%) CheckPoint
12 1 (0.62%) Remedy
12 1 (0.62%) BT
12 1 (0.62%) VMware
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