The table below looks at the statistics for SIGTRAN skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SIGTRAN over the 3 months to 27 August 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
27 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
SIGTRAN
Rank 612 576 584
Rank change year-on-year
-36 +8
Contract jobs citing SIGTRAN 8 24 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.014% 0.043% 0.017%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.10% 0.29% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 9 0
Average daily rate
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£358 £338 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.92% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £344 -
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average 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
7954 8278 7255
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.84% 14.70% 13.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 4535 4468 3905
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £511 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 450 420
Average hourly rate £21.53 £21.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.11% -4.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.20 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

SIGTRAN
Jobs Demand Trend

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

SIGTRAN Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SIGTRAN
Daily Rate Trend

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

SIGTRAN Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SIGTRAN
Hourly Rate Trend

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

SIGTRAN Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SIGTRAN
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SIGTRAN within the UK over the 3 months to 27 August 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 -36 8 £358 +5.92% 1
Berkshire 0 7 £325 -7.14%
South East -25 7 £325 -7.14%
Newbury -5 5 - -
Bracknell -8 1 - -
Reading -10 1 £325 -9.72%

SIGTRAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SIGTRAN 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 SIGTRAN.

1 32 (91.43%) SS7
2 29 (82.86%) 3G
3 22 (62.86%) 2G
4 20 (57.14%) Telecoms
4 20 (57.14%) MGW
5 19 (54.29%) 4G
6 13 (37.14%) Network Architecture
7 10 (28.57%) Diameter Protocol
8 9 (25.71%) Wireless
9 8 (22.86%) UNIX
9 8 (22.86%) GSM
9 8 (22.86%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (22.86%) LTE
10 7 (20.00%) SGSN
10 7 (20.00%) SMS
10 7 (20.00%) Nokia
10 7 (20.00%) ATM
10 7 (20.00%) ISUP
11 6 (17.14%) SCCP
11 6 (17.14%) Remedy
11 6 (17.14%) RTP
11 6 (17.14%) ITIL
11 6 (17.14%) HNC
11 6 (17.14%) Statistics
11 6 (17.14%) Wireshark
11 6 (17.14%) Radio Access Network
11 6 (17.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 5 (14.29%) VoLTE
12 5 (14.29%) SMPP
12 5 (14.29%) VPN

SIGTRAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SIGTRAN 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 SIGTRAN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.86%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Communications & Networking
1 32 (91.43%) SS7
2 29 (82.86%) 3G
3 22 (62.86%) 2G
4 20 (57.14%) MGW
5 19 (54.29%) 4G
6 10 (28.57%) Diameter Protocol
7 9 (25.71%) Wireless
8 8 (22.86%) LTE
8 8 (22.86%) GSM
9 7 (20.00%) SMS
9 7 (20.00%) ATM
9 7 (20.00%) SGSN
9 7 (20.00%) ISUP
10 6 (17.14%) SCCP
10 6 (17.14%) Wireshark
10 6 (17.14%) RTP
10 6 (17.14%) Radio Access Network
11 5 (14.29%) VoLTE
11 5 (14.29%) VPN
11 5 (14.29%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.86%) Oracle Database
General
1 20 (57.14%) Telecoms
2 4 (11.43%) Billing
2 4 (11.43%) Back Office
3 1 (2.86%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 10 (28.57%) Test Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) Wireless Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) Voice Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) Tester
2 6 (17.14%) Databuild Engineer
3 4 (11.43%) Technical Tester
4 3 (8.57%) Core Network Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Design Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Network Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Telecoms Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Network Design Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Designer
6 1 (2.86%) Network Designer
6 1 (2.86%) Technical Consultant
6 1 (2.86%) Solutions Designer
6 1 (2.86%) Manual Tester
6 1 (2.86%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.86%) Web Services
1 1 (2.86%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.14%) Statistics
2 2 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 8 (22.86%) UNIX
2 1 (2.86%) Linux
2 1 (2.86%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (37.14%) Network Architecture
2 6 (17.14%) ITIL
3 4 (11.43%) Validation
3 4 (11.43%) Migration
3 4 (11.43%) Test Planning
3 4 (11.43%) Requirements Analysis
4 3 (8.57%) Network Planning
4 3 (8.57%) CRM
5 2 (5.71%) Risk Management
5 2 (5.71%) Integration Testing
6 1 (2.86%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (2.86%) Performance Testing
6 1 (2.86%) Service Management
6 1 (2.86%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (2.86%) Data Management
6 1 (2.86%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.86%) SQL
1 1 (2.86%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (17.14%) HNC
1 6 (17.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 4 (11.43%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 8 (22.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (20.00%) Nokia
2 6 (17.14%) Remedy
3 4 (11.43%) Cisco
4 3 (8.57%) HP
4 3 (8.57%) Agilent
4 3 (8.57%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 3 (8.57%) Tekelec
5 2 (5.71%) Siemens
5 2 (5.71%) Oracle
6 1 (2.86%) ComArch
6 1 (2.86%) Huawei