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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Synchronous Optical Network (SONET)
Rank 605 574 601
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +27
Contract jobs citing SONET 8 10 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.014% 0.019% 0.012%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.095% 0.14% 0.079%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 2
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£425 £240 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+77.08% -25.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £165 £400
% change year-on-year
- -58.75%
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
8406 7046 8917
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.61% 13.55% 15.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 4657 3830 4038
Average daily rate £363 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.69% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 410 683
Average hourly rate £22.69 £22.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.84% +4.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.57 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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 10 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 18 September 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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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 8 £425 +77.08%
London -5 2 £425 +41.66%
Reading - - - -
Warrington - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
North West - - - -
South East - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -

SONET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 12 (66.67%) Ethernet
2 11 (61.11%) Cisco
3 10 (55.56%) WAN
4 9 (50.00%) BGP
5 8 (44.44%) MPLS
6 7 (38.89%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (38.89%) Mentoring
7 6 (33.33%) Gigabit Ethernet
7 6 (33.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 6 (33.33%) LAN
7 6 (33.33%) SDH
7 6 (33.33%) DWDM
7 6 (33.33%) EIGRP
7 6 (33.33%) Validation
7 6 (33.33%) VHDL
8 5 (27.78%) Frame Relay
8 5 (27.78%) OSPF
8 5 (27.78%) ISDN
8 5 (27.78%) ATM
8 5 (27.78%) VPN
8 5 (27.78%) VLAN
9 4 (22.22%) VPLS
9 4 (22.22%) Juniper
9 4 (22.22%) RIP
9 4 (22.22%) Telecoms
10 3 (16.67%) APPN
10 3 (16.67%) TCP/IP
10 3 (16.67%) IBM
10 3 (16.67%) SNA
10 3 (16.67%) CCIE

SONET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 2 (11.11%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (16.67%) MS Visio
2 1 (5.56%) MS Project
2 1 (5.56%) MS Office
2 1 (5.56%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 12 (66.67%) Ethernet
2 10 (55.56%) WAN
3 9 (50.00%) BGP
4 8 (44.44%) MPLS
5 6 (33.33%) LAN
5 6 (33.33%) SDH
5 6 (33.33%) DWDM
5 6 (33.33%) EIGRP
5 6 (33.33%) Gigabit Ethernet
6 5 (27.78%) VLAN
6 5 (27.78%) Frame Relay
6 5 (27.78%) ATM
6 5 (27.78%) ISDN
6 5 (27.78%) OSPF
6 5 (27.78%) VPN
7 4 (22.22%) RIP
7 4 (22.22%) VPLS
8 3 (16.67%) Multicast
8 3 (16.67%) TCP/IP
8 3 (16.67%) APPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.56%) MS Access
General
1 4 (22.22%) Telecoms
2 2 (11.11%) Publishing
3 1 (5.56%) Front Office
3 1 (5.56%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (33.33%) FPGA Engineer
2 4 (22.22%) Network Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Test Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Network Supervisor
3 2 (11.11%) Integration Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Network Team Leader
4 1 (5.56%) Junior Network Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Senior Network Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Network Administrator
4 1 (5.56%) Team Leader
4 1 (5.56%) Project Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Administrator
4 1 (5.56%) Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Junior
Miscellaneous
1 6 (33.33%) VHDL
1 6 (33.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 2 (11.11%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) Windows
1 1 (5.56%) Windows 2000
1 1 (5.56%) Windows NT
1 1 (5.56%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (38.89%) Mentoring
2 6 (33.33%) Validation
3 3 (16.67%) Network Design
3 3 (16.67%) Performance Monitoring
4 2 (11.11%) Change Management
4 2 (11.11%) Network Management
4 2 (11.11%) Problem Management
5 1 (5.56%) Integration Testing
5 1 (5.56%) Network Architecture
5 1 (5.56%) Capacity Planning
5 1 (5.56%) Supplier Management
5 1 (5.56%) ITIL
5 1 (5.56%) Service Delivery
5 1 (5.56%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 3 (16.67%) Python
Qualifications
1 7 (38.89%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (16.67%) CCIE
2 3 (16.67%) CCNP
3 2 (11.11%) Degree
3 2 (11.11%) CCNA
3 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
4 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared
4 1 (5.56%) CCIP
System Software
1 2 (11.11%) ProxySG
Vendors
1 11 (61.11%) Cisco
2 4 (22.22%) Juniper
3 3 (16.67%) IBM
4 2 (11.11%) Blue Coat
4 2 (11.11%) F5
4 2 (11.11%) NetQoS
5 1 (5.56%) Siemens
5 1 (5.56%) Microsoft
5 1 (5.56%) Nortel