The table below looks at the statistics for SONET skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SONET over the 3 months to 26 November 2014 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Synchronous Optical Network (SONET)
Rank 590 566 565
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -1
Contract jobs citing SONET 5 12 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.009% 0.023% 0.015%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.063% 0.17% 0.099%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 5
Average daily rate
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£300 £234 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.34% -15.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £180 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £331 £305
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £180 £236
% change year-on-year
+52.77% -23.80%
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 6972 8102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.19% 13.48% 15.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4570 3836 3886
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 430 460 634
Average hourly rate £22.68 £20.50 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.63% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.63 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.30 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+8.04% +3.57%

SONET
Jobs Demand Trend

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

SONET Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SONET
Daily Rate Trend

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

SONET Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SONET
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SONET within the UK over the 3 months to 26 November 2014.

SONET Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

SONET
Hourly Rate Trend

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

SONET Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SONET
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 SONET within the UK over the 3 months to 26 November 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
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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 -14 5 £300 +28.34%
Berkshire +4 3 £275 -
South East -16 3 £275 +52.77%
London +9 2 £375 +17.64%
Warrington - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
North West - - - -

SONET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SONET 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 SONET.

1 10 (76.92%) Ethernet
2 6 (46.15%) WAN
2 6 (46.15%) BGP
2 6 (46.15%) Validation
2 6 (46.15%) VHDL
2 6 (46.15%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 6 (46.15%) Gigabit Ethernet
2 6 (46.15%) Mentoring
3 5 (38.46%) DWDM
4 4 (30.77%) MPLS
4 4 (30.77%) OSPF
4 4 (30.77%) EIGRP
4 4 (30.77%) Cisco
4 4 (30.77%) LAN
4 4 (30.77%) SDH
5 3 (23.08%) RIP
5 3 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (23.08%) Network Design
5 3 (23.08%) Multicast
6 2 (15.38%) VPLS
6 2 (15.38%) APPN
6 2 (15.38%) FDDI
6 2 (15.38%) SMDS
6 2 (15.38%) Frame Relay
6 2 (15.38%) CCIE
6 2 (15.38%) IBM
6 2 (15.38%) IGRP
6 2 (15.38%) X.25
6 2 (15.38%) VPN
6 2 (15.38%) SNA

SONET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SONET 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 SONET. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (7.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (15.38%) MS Visio
2 1 (7.69%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 10 (76.92%) Ethernet
2 6 (46.15%) WAN
2 6 (46.15%) BGP
2 6 (46.15%) Gigabit Ethernet
3 5 (38.46%) DWDM
4 4 (30.77%) MPLS
4 4 (30.77%) OSPF
4 4 (30.77%) EIGRP
4 4 (30.77%) LAN
4 4 (30.77%) SDH
5 3 (23.08%) RIP
5 3 (23.08%) Multicast
6 2 (15.38%) VPLS
6 2 (15.38%) APPN
6 2 (15.38%) FDDI
6 2 (15.38%) SMDS
6 2 (15.38%) Frame Relay
6 2 (15.38%) IGRP
6 2 (15.38%) X.25
6 2 (15.38%) VPN
General
1 1 (7.69%) Telecoms
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
1 1 (7.69%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 6 (46.15%) FPGA Engineer
2 4 (30.77%) Network Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Test Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Architect
4 1 (7.69%) Junior
4 1 (7.69%) Network Consultant
4 1 (7.69%) Consultant
4 1 (7.69%) Network Administrator
4 1 (7.69%) Project Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Administrator
4 1 (7.69%) Junior Network Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 6 (46.15%) VHDL
1 6 (46.15%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 2 (15.38%) Windows
2 1 (7.69%) Windows 2000
2 1 (7.69%) Windows NT
2 1 (7.69%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Validation
1 6 (46.15%) Mentoring
2 3 (23.08%) Network Design
3 1 (7.69%) Project Management
3 1 (7.69%) Service Delivery
3 1 (7.69%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) Python
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (15.38%) CCIE
3 1 (7.69%) CCNA
3 1 (7.69%) Degree
3 1 (7.69%) CFA
Vendors
1 4 (30.77%) Cisco
2 2 (15.38%) IBM
3 1 (7.69%) Microsoft
3 1 (7.69%) Juniper
3 1 (7.69%) Infoblox
3 1 (7.69%) F5