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 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Synchronous Optical Network (SONET)
Rank 622 592 572
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -20
Contract jobs citing SONET 1 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.002% 0.002% 0.008%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.014% 0.013% 0.059%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 3
Average daily rate £325 - £235
UK excluding London average daily rate - - £225
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
7370 7607 6728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.54% 14.87% 13.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4346 4206 3499
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £219 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 320 449 391
Average hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £42.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% +26.19%

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
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 3 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 13 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +4 1 £325 -
London -2 1 £325 -
City of London - 1 £325 -

SONET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 7 (77.78%) SDH
1 7 (77.78%) MPLS
2 5 (55.56%) CCNP
2 5 (55.56%) Telecoms
2 5 (55.56%) Ethernet
2 5 (55.56%) TCP/IP
2 5 (55.56%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (55.56%) Juniper
2 5 (55.56%) Data Centre
3 4 (44.44%) JNCIS
3 4 (44.44%) JNCIP
3 4 (44.44%) JNCIE
4 3 (33.33%) Network Design
4 3 (33.33%) JNCIA
4 3 (33.33%) VLAN
4 3 (33.33%) VPLS
4 3 (33.33%) SC Cleared
4 3 (33.33%) Security Cleared
4 3 (33.33%) Network Optimisation
4 3 (33.33%) Spanning Tree
4 3 (33.33%) Internet
4 3 (33.33%) DWDM
4 3 (33.33%) VPN
4 3 (33.33%) WAN
4 3 (33.33%) DHCP
4 3 (33.33%) ATM
4 3 (33.33%) LAN
4 3 (33.33%) C
4 3 (33.33%) CCIE
4 3 (33.33%) OSPF

SONET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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.

Applications
1 1 (11.11%) MS Project
1 1 (11.11%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 7 (77.78%) MPLS
1 7 (77.78%) SDH
2 5 (55.56%) Ethernet
2 5 (55.56%) TCP/IP
3 3 (33.33%) ATM
3 3 (33.33%) BGP
3 3 (33.33%) DHCP
3 3 (33.33%) DWDM
3 3 (33.33%) Internet
3 3 (33.33%) L2TP
3 3 (33.33%) LAN
3 3 (33.33%) OSPF
3 3 (33.33%) Spanning Tree
3 3 (33.33%) VLAN
3 3 (33.33%) VPLS
3 3 (33.33%) VPN
3 3 (33.33%) WAN
4 2 (22.22%) Multicast
5 1 (11.11%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (11.11%) Wireless
General
1 5 (55.56%) Telecoms
2 2 (22.22%) Banking
2 2 (22.22%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Juniper Engineer
1 3 (33.33%) Network Engineer
1 3 (33.33%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
1 3 (33.33%) Senior Network Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Hardware Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Juniper Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Network Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Telecoms Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Service Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Systems Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Telecoms Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Telecoms Manager
Miscellaneous
1 5 (55.56%) Data Centre
2 1 (11.11%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 1 (11.11%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (33.33%) Network Design
1 3 (33.33%) Network Optimisation
2 1 (11.11%) Migration
2 1 (11.11%) Project Management
2 1 (11.11%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 3 (33.33%) C
Qualifications
1 5 (55.56%) CCNP
1 5 (55.56%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (44.44%) JNCIE
2 4 (44.44%) JNCIP
2 4 (44.44%) JNCIS
3 3 (33.33%) CCIE
3 3 (33.33%) JNCIA
3 3 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 3 (33.33%) Security Cleared
4 2 (22.22%) CCDP
4 2 (22.22%) CCNA
5 1 (11.11%) CFA
5 1 (11.11%) Degree
Vendors
1 5 (55.56%) Juniper
2 2 (22.22%) Cisco
3 1 (11.11%) Microsoft