The first table below looks at the demand for SGSN skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SGSN over the 3 months to 16 April 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN)
Rank 547 526 550
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +24
Contract jobs citing SGSN 56 26 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.097% 0.054% 0.069%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.76% 0.35% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 0 4
Average daily rate £210 - £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £182 - £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 - £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £210 - £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7353 7384 9261
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.79% 15.20% 15.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3863 3656 4316
Average daily rate £360 £348 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.59% -4.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 421 588 622
Average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £28.25
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -20.35%

SGSN
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SGSN within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

SGSN Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SGSN
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SGSN within the UK.

SGSN Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SGSN
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SGSN within the UK over the 3 months to 16 April 2014.

SGSN Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

SGSN
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SGSN within the UK.

SGSN Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SGSN
Top 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SGSN within the UK over the 3 months to 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +8 54 £210 -
Berkshire +32 46 £210 -
South East +29 46 £210 -
Reading +22 38 £200 -
London - 3 £220 -
Newbury - 1 £113 -
St Albans - - - -
Watford - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
East of England - - - -

SGSN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SGSN 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 SGSN.

1 61 (93.85%) GGSN
2 48 (73.85%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 37 (56.92%) DNS
4 32 (49.23%) Configuration Management
5 31 (47.69%) Telecoms
6 30 (46.15%) MGW
7 27 (41.54%) Juniper
8 23 (35.38%) Problem Management
9 22 (33.85%) Fault Management
9 22 (33.85%) Velocent
9 22 (33.85%) Change Management
10 21 (32.31%) LDAP
11 20 (30.77%) L2TP
12 18 (27.69%) Performance Management
13 15 (23.08%) SS7
14 13 (20.00%) LTE
15 12 (18.46%) SIGTRAN
15 12 (18.46%) Legal
16 11 (16.92%) Cisco
16 11 (16.92%) Huawei
17 10 (15.38%) Front Office
17 10 (15.38%) Back Office
17 10 (15.38%) Firewall
17 10 (15.38%) Service Delivery
17 10 (15.38%) MPLS
18 8 (12.31%) CheckPoint
18 8 (12.31%) UMTS
18 8 (12.31%) Root Cause Analysis
19 7 (10.77%) Cisco Nexus
20 6 (9.23%) Wireshark

SGSN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SGSN 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 SGSN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 61 (93.85%) GGSN
2 37 (56.92%) DNS
3 30 (46.15%) MGW
4 21 (32.31%) LDAP
5 20 (30.77%) L2TP
6 15 (23.08%) SS7
7 13 (20.00%) LTE
8 12 (18.46%) SIGTRAN
9 10 (15.38%) Firewall
9 10 (15.38%) MPLS
10 8 (12.31%) UMTS
11 7 (10.77%) Cisco Nexus
12 6 (9.23%) Wireshark
12 6 (9.23%) 4G
12 6 (9.23%) SDH
12 6 (9.23%) 3GPP
13 5 (7.69%) VoIP
13 5 (7.69%) 3G
14 4 (6.15%) GPRS
15 3 (4.62%) NAS
General
1 31 (47.69%) Telecoms
2 12 (18.46%) Legal
3 10 (15.38%) Front Office
3 10 (15.38%) Back Office
4 4 (6.15%) Billing
5 2 (3.08%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 25 (38.46%) NOC Engineer
2 12 (18.46%) CS Core Engineer
3 7 (10.77%) Network Support
4 5 (7.69%) Test Engineer
5 4 (6.15%) Support Engineer
5 4 (6.15%) Test and Integration Engineer
5 4 (6.15%) Integration Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) Tester
6 2 (3.08%) Consultant
6 2 (3.08%) Network Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) Technical Manager
6 2 (3.08%) Network Designer
6 2 (3.08%) Designer
6 2 (3.08%) Core Network Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) Mobile Tester
6 2 (3.08%) Senior Test Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) Switch Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) Senior Integration Engineer
7 1 (1.54%) Senior Telecoms Engineer
7 1 (1.54%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.54%) WAP
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.54%) VMS
1 1 (1.54%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (49.23%) Configuration Management
2 23 (35.38%) Problem Management
3 22 (33.85%) Fault Management
3 22 (33.85%) Change Management
4 18 (27.69%) Performance Management
5 10 (15.38%) Service Delivery
6 8 (12.31%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (4.62%) Test Strategy
7 3 (4.62%) Network Architecture
7 3 (4.62%) Validation
7 3 (4.62%) Migration
8 2 (3.08%) Project Management
8 2 (3.08%) PRINCE2
8 2 (3.08%) Test Management
8 2 (3.08%) Test Scripting
9 1 (1.54%) Time Management
9 1 (1.54%) User Acceptance Testing
9 1 (1.54%) Software Engineering
9 1 (1.54%) Supplier Management
9 1 (1.54%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.08%) Tcl
2 1 (1.54%) Python
2 1 (1.54%) Perl
Qualifications
1 4 (6.15%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (4.62%) ISEB
3 2 (3.08%) CCIE
3 2 (3.08%) CCNA
3 2 (3.08%) Degree
4 1 (1.54%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.54%) JNCIS
4 1 (1.54%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.54%) CCNP
Systems Management
1 3 (4.62%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.54%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 48 (73.85%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 27 (41.54%) Juniper
3 22 (33.85%) Velocent
4 11 (16.92%) Cisco
4 11 (16.92%) Huawei
5 8 (12.31%) CheckPoint
6 6 (9.23%) Ericsson
7 2 (3.08%) Tektronix
7 2 (3.08%) Agilent
8 1 (1.54%) NetHawk
8 1 (1.54%) Oracle
8 1 (1.54%) HP
8 1 (1.54%) Nortel
8 1 (1.54%) SGI
8 1 (1.54%) Nokia