The table below looks at the statistics for Softswitch skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Softswitch over the 3 months to 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Softswitch
Rank 604 579 544
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -35
Contract jobs citing Softswitch 3 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.006% 0.006% 0.011%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.038% 0.043% 0.073%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 4
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£363 £363 £195
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +85.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £353 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £373 £230
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £363 £243
% change year-on-year
- +49.48%
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
7948 6904 6873
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.67% 13.12% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4423 3766 3378
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 383 558
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £43.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

Softswitch
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Softswitch Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Softswitch
Daily Rate Trend

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

Softswitch Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Softswitch
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Softswitch within the UK over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Softswitch Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Softswitch
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Softswitch Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Softswitch
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 Softswitch within the UK over the 3 months to 22 May 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -27 2 £450 +24.13% 1
Berkshire -6 1 £450 +28.57%
South East -15 1 £450 +24.13% 1
South Wales - 1 £275 -
Wales - 1 £275 -
Cardiff - 1 £275 -

Softswitch
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Softswitch 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 Softswitch.

1 4 (57.14%) Migration
2 3 (42.86%) MGW
2 3 (42.86%) Telecoms
2 3 (42.86%) TCP/IP
3 2 (28.57%) Ericsson
3 2 (28.57%) MPLS
3 2 (28.57%) Network Design
3 2 (28.57%) VoIP
3 2 (28.57%) B2B
3 2 (28.57%) Danish Language
3 2 (28.57%) Swedish Language
4 1 (14.29%) xDSL
4 1 (14.29%) Unified Communications
4 1 (14.29%) Sonus
4 1 (14.29%) Structured Cabling
4 1 (14.29%) Cisco
4 1 (14.29%) Sun
4 1 (14.29%) CCNP
4 1 (14.29%) CCNA
4 1 (14.29%) Active Directory
4 1 (14.29%) HP
4 1 (14.29%) CISSP
4 1 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (14.29%) Avaya
4 1 (14.29%) WAN
4 1 (14.29%) VPN
4 1 (14.29%) Oracle
4 1 (14.29%) UNIX
4 1 (14.29%) Linux

Softswitch
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Softswitch 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 Softswitch. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 3 (42.86%) MGW
1 3 (42.86%) TCP/IP
2 2 (28.57%) MPLS
2 2 (28.57%) VoIP
3 1 (14.29%) xDSL
3 1 (14.29%) Unified Communications
3 1 (14.29%) Structured Cabling
3 1 (14.29%) WAN
3 1 (14.29%) VPN
3 1 (14.29%) ISDN
3 1 (14.29%) LAN
3 1 (14.29%) VLAN
3 1 (14.29%) SSH
3 1 (14.29%) BGP
3 1 (14.29%) Telnet
3 1 (14.29%) Firewall
General
1 3 (42.86%) Telecoms
2 2 (28.57%) Danish Language
2 2 (28.57%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Architect
2 2 (28.57%) Network Engineer
2 2 (28.57%) Senior Manager
2 2 (28.57%) Technical Manager
2 2 (28.57%) Senior Technical Manager
3 1 (14.29%) Network Support Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Cisco Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Cisco Support Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Cisco Support
3 1 (14.29%) VoIP Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Network Support
3 1 (14.29%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Security Architect
3 1 (14.29%) Support Engineer
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) UNIX
1 1 (14.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Migration
2 2 (28.57%) Network Design
2 2 (28.57%) B2B
3 1 (14.29%) Project Management
3 1 (14.29%) Data Security
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) CCNP
1 1 (14.29%) CCNA
1 1 (14.29%) CISSP
1 1 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (14.29%) MCSE
1 1 (14.29%) MCTS
System Software
1 1 (14.29%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Ericsson
2 1 (14.29%) Sonus
2 1 (14.29%) Cisco
2 1 (14.29%) Sun
2 1 (14.29%) HP
2 1 (14.29%) Avaya
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle