The table below looks at the statistics 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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN)
Rank 595 572 527
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -45
Contract jobs citing SGSN 13 31 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.023% 0.058% 0.069%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.16% 0.42% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 2
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£400 £363 £293
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.34% +23.93%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £363 £293
% change year-on-year
+10.34% +23.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Average hourly rate - - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £37.50

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
8000 7309 7055
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.29% 13.58% 14.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 4493 3952 3587
Average daily rate £355 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 387 527
Average hourly rate £23.00 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.05% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% -24.00%

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
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 9 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 1 July 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 -33 13 £400 +10.34% 1
South East -28 6 £400 +10.34%
Berkshire -15 4 £400 +10.34%
London -4 3 - - 1
Home Counties - 2 - -
Slough +4 1 £400 +6.66%
Reading +1 1 - -
East of England -3 1 - -
Hertfordshire -14 1 - -

SGSN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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 24 (60.00%) GGSN
2 22 (55.00%) Telecoms
3 19 (47.50%) LTE
4 15 (37.50%) 3G
5 13 (32.50%) SS7
6 12 (30.00%) UMTS
6 12 (30.00%) 4G
7 11 (27.50%) GSM
7 11 (27.50%) Wireless
8 10 (25.00%) SCCP
8 10 (25.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 9 (22.50%) 2G
9 9 (22.50%) ISUP
9 9 (22.50%) GPRS
9 9 (22.50%) DNS
9 9 (22.50%) Perl
9 9 (22.50%) UNIX
10 8 (20.00%) Diameter Protocol
11 6 (15.00%) Network Architecture
11 6 (15.00%) Migration
11 6 (15.00%) Degree
11 6 (15.00%) Huawei
11 6 (15.00%) Linux
11 6 (15.00%) Cisco
12 5 (12.50%) Packet Switching
12 5 (12.50%) Python
12 5 (12.50%) SQL
12 5 (12.50%) Back Office
12 5 (12.50%) 3GPP
12 5 (12.50%) TCAP

SGSN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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.

Applications
1 4 (10.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 24 (60.00%) GGSN
2 19 (47.50%) LTE
3 15 (37.50%) 3G
4 13 (32.50%) SS7
5 12 (30.00%) UMTS
5 12 (30.00%) 4G
6 11 (27.50%) GSM
6 11 (27.50%) Wireless
7 10 (25.00%) SCCP
8 9 (22.50%) ISUP
8 9 (22.50%) 2G
8 9 (22.50%) GPRS
8 9 (22.50%) DNS
9 8 (20.00%) Diameter Protocol
10 5 (12.50%) VoLTE
10 5 (12.50%) MGW
10 5 (12.50%) 3GPP
10 5 (12.50%) Packet Switching
10 5 (12.50%) RNC
10 5 (12.50%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.00%) MS Access
General
1 22 (55.00%) Telecoms
2 5 (12.50%) Back Office
3 2 (5.00%) Electronics
4 1 (2.50%) Retail
4 1 (2.50%) Multimedia
4 1 (2.50%) Billing
4 1 (2.50%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 5 (12.50%) CS Core Engineer
2 4 (10.00%) Network Engineer
2 4 (10.00%) Test Engineer
3 3 (7.50%) Cisco Engineer
3 3 (7.50%) Integration Engineer
3 3 (7.50%) Core Network Engineer
3 3 (7.50%) Verification Engineer
4 2 (5.00%) Designer
4 2 (5.00%) Network Design Engineer
4 2 (5.00%) Design Engineer
4 2 (5.00%) Architect
4 2 (5.00%) Project Manager
5 1 (2.50%) Analyst
5 1 (2.50%) Test Analyst
5 1 (2.50%) Network Consultant
5 1 (2.50%) Consultant
5 1 (2.50%) Technical Project Manager
5 1 (2.50%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (2.50%) Technical Support
5 1 (2.50%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.50%) LIMS
2 1 (2.50%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.50%) IVR
2 1 (2.50%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 9 (22.50%) UNIX
2 6 (15.00%) Linux
3 1 (2.50%) Windows 2000
3 1 (2.50%) Windows NT
3 1 (2.50%) VMS
3 1 (2.50%) Windows
3 1 (2.50%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (15.00%) Migration
1 6 (15.00%) Network Architecture
2 5 (12.50%) Test Scripting
3 3 (7.50%) Compatibility Testing
3 3 (7.50%) Network Planning
4 2 (5.00%) CRM
4 2 (5.00%) Network Design
4 2 (5.00%) Capacity Planning
5 1 (2.50%) Network Management
5 1 (2.50%) Test Management
5 1 (2.50%) PRINCE
5 1 (2.50%) Project Management
5 1 (2.50%) Service Delivery
5 1 (2.50%) Problem Management
5 1 (2.50%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (2.50%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (22.50%) Perl
2 5 (12.50%) SQL
2 5 (12.50%) Python
3 3 (7.50%) C
Qualifications
1 6 (15.00%) Degree
2 4 (10.00%) HND
2 4 (10.00%) CCNP
2 4 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.50%) PMP
3 1 (2.50%) PMI Certification
System Software
1 1 (2.50%) NDS
Systems Management
1 1 (2.50%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 10 (25.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 6 (15.00%) Cisco
2 6 (15.00%) Huawei
3 5 (12.50%) NetHawk
4 4 (10.00%) Tekelec
5 3 (7.50%) Agilent
6 2 (5.00%) Ericsson
6 2 (5.00%) Oracle
7 1 (2.50%) Sybase
7 1 (2.50%) IBM
7 1 (2.50%) Microsoft
7 1 (2.50%) Nokia