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 17 January 2017 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
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
UK
Rank 560 583 547
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -36
Contract jobs citing SDH 35 35 65
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.078% 0.070% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.51% 0.48% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 22 15
Median daily rate £260 £344 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-24.36% +7.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £290 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £356 £495 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £260 £321 £435
% change year-on-year
-19.06% -26.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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
6862 7258 7390
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.33% 14.55% 14.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4145 4226 4179
Median daily rate £400 £400 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +9.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
-1.20% +7.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 353 365 410
Median hourly rate £28.00 £28.38 £22.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.32% +25.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £14.00 £12.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year
-15.00% +26.31%

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 17 January 2017.

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 14 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 17 January 2017. 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 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 +8 28 £320 -8.57% 3
West Midlands +3 12 - -
Solihull +6 11 - -
London +7 5 £380 -7.87% 3
South East 0 4 - -
Berkshire +2 3 - -
Manchester - 3 - -
North West - 3 - -
East of England +6 2 £200 -33.33%
Suffolk - 2 £200 -
Yorkshire - 1 £320 -
Ipswich - 1 - -
Wakefield - 1 £320 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £320 -

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, 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 44 (77.19%) Telecoms
2 33 (57.89%) DWDM
3 25 (43.86%) Cisco
4 22 (38.60%) WAN
5 21 (36.84%) LAN
5 21 (36.84%) Juniper
6 16 (28.07%) Ethernet
6 16 (28.07%) Security Cleared
7 12 (21.05%) PSTN
7 12 (21.05%) GSM
8 11 (19.30%) ADSL
8 11 (19.30%) Network Design
8 11 (19.30%) SC Cleared
8 11 (19.30%) GPON
8 11 (19.30%) xDSL
9 9 (15.79%) Wi-Fi
9 9 (15.79%) VPN
10 8 (14.04%) VoIP
10 8 (14.04%) Remedy
10 8 (14.04%) Huawei
10 8 (14.04%) VLAN
11 7 (12.28%) Degree
11 7 (12.28%) MPLS
11 7 (12.28%) Microsoft
11 7 (12.28%) MS Visio
11 7 (12.28%) PRINCE2
12 6 (10.53%) Ciena
12 6 (10.53%) ATM
12 6 (10.53%) TCP/IP
12 6 (10.53%) DSL

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 7 (12.28%) MS Visio
2 4 (7.02%) MS Office
2 4 (7.02%) MS Project
3 3 (5.26%) MS Excel
3 3 (5.26%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 33 (57.89%) DWDM
2 22 (38.60%) WAN
3 21 (36.84%) LAN
4 16 (28.07%) Ethernet
5 12 (21.05%) GSM
5 12 (21.05%) PSTN
6 11 (19.30%) ADSL
6 11 (19.30%) GPON
6 11 (19.30%) xDSL
7 9 (15.79%) VPN
7 9 (15.79%) Wi-Fi
8 8 (14.04%) VLAN
8 8 (14.04%) VoIP
9 7 (12.28%) MPLS
10 6 (10.53%) ATM
10 6 (10.53%) DSL
10 6 (10.53%) TCP/IP
11 5 (8.77%) BGP
11 5 (8.77%) OSPF
12 4 (7.02%) SONET
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.26%) GIS
2 1 (1.75%) Informix
2 1 (1.75%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.75%) JMeter
1 1 (1.75%) JUnit
General
1 44 (77.19%) Telecoms
2 4 (7.02%) Billing
3 2 (3.51%) French Language
3 2 (3.51%) Front Office
4 1 (1.75%) German Language
4 1 (1.75%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 9 (15.79%) Project Manager
2 7 (12.28%) Transmission Engineer
3 6 (10.53%) Telecoms Manager
4 5 (8.77%) Network Engineer
4 5 (8.77%) SC Cleared Project Manager
4 5 (8.77%) Telecoms Project Manager
5 4 (7.02%) Design Engineer
5 4 (7.02%) NOC Engineer
5 4 (7.02%) Project Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Optical Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Telecoms Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Transmission Planner
7 2 (3.51%) 1st Line Engineer
7 2 (3.51%) Field Engineer
7 2 (3.51%) PMO Manager
7 2 (3.51%) PMO Project Manager
7 2 (3.51%) Switch Engineer
7 2 (3.51%) Test Engineer
8 1 (1.75%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 1 (1.75%) Senior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.51%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.75%) RSA SecurID
2 1 (1.75%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.02%) Linux
2 2 (3.51%) Unix
2 2 (3.51%) Windows
3 1 (1.75%) Embedded Linux
3 1 (1.75%) Mac OS X
3 1 (1.75%) Mandriva Linux
3 1 (1.75%) Ubuntu
3 1 (1.75%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.75%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (19.30%) Network Design
2 7 (12.28%) PRINCE2
3 6 (10.53%) Project Management
4 5 (8.77%) Time Management
5 4 (7.02%) Network Management
6 3 (5.26%) CAD
6 3 (5.26%) Strategic Planning
7 2 (3.51%) Matrix Organization
7 2 (3.51%) Migration
7 2 (3.51%) Service Management
8 1 (1.75%) Defect Tracking
8 1 (1.75%) Kalman Filter
8 1 (1.75%) Network Architecture
8 1 (1.75%) Network Planning
8 1 (1.75%) Programme Management
8 1 (1.75%) Project Governance
8 1 (1.75%) Software Engineering
8 1 (1.75%) Test Strategy
8 1 (1.75%) Validation
8 1 (1.75%) Virtual Team Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.51%) C
2 1 (1.75%) C++
2 1 (1.75%) Embedded C
2 1 (1.75%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 16 (28.07%) Security Cleared
2 11 (19.30%) SC Cleared
3 7 (12.28%) Degree
4 4 (7.02%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 3 (5.26%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (3.51%) CCNA
6 2 (3.51%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (3.51%) OCP
6 2 (3.51%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (3.51%) PMI Certification
6 2 (3.51%) PMP
6 2 (3.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (1.75%) CCIE
7 1 (1.75%) CCNP
7 1 (1.75%) CISSP
7 1 (1.75%) ISEB
7 1 (1.75%) ISTQB
7 1 (1.75%) JNCIA
7 1 (1.75%) JNCIE
7 1 (1.75%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.26%) JSP 440
1 3 (5.26%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (3.51%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (1.75%) Cacti
2 1 (1.75%) Cisco CME
2 1 (1.75%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (1.75%) FortiGate
2 1 (1.75%) SolarWinds Orion
2 1 (1.75%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 25 (43.86%) Cisco
2 21 (36.84%) Juniper
3 8 (14.04%) Huawei
3 8 (14.04%) Remedy
4 7 (12.28%) Microsoft
5 6 (10.53%) Ciena
6 4 (7.02%) Nokia
7 3 (5.26%) BT
7 3 (5.26%) Fujitsu
7 3 (5.26%) Nortel
7 3 (5.26%) Tellabs
8 1 (1.75%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 1 (1.75%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.75%) Ericsson
8 1 (1.75%) NetApp
8 1 (1.75%) Oracle
8 1 (1.75%) Palo Alto
8 1 (1.75%) SolarWinds
8 1 (1.75%) Sybase