The first table below looks at the demand for SS7 skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SS7 over the 3 months to 10 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
10 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 566 532 552
Rank change year-on-year
-34 +20
Contract jobs citing SS7 18 31 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.034% 0.062% 0.044%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.25% 0.44% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 9 9
Average daily rate
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£263 £400 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-34.37% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £198 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £450 £300
% change year-on-year
-41.66% +50.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £30.00
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7228 6984 8759
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.71% 13.95% 15.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 3868 3545 3833
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 388 518 662
Average hourly rate £19.00 £24.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.83% +4.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.62 £13.75 £12.71
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £41.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.98 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.07% -

SS7
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SS7 within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

SS7 Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SS7
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SS7 within the UK.

SS7 Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SS7
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SS7 within the UK over the 3 months to 10 July 2014.

SS7 Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

SS7
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SS7 within the UK.

SS7 Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SS7
Top 21 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SS7 within the UK over the 3 months to 10 July 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 -25 17 £263 -34.37% 4
Berkshire -3 14 £294 -34.72% 1
South East -11 14 £294 -34.72% 1
Reading 0 3 - -
Slough - 3 £250 -
Newbury -2 2 £450 - 1
Bristol - 2 £263 -
South West - 2 £263 -
London +5 1 - -
Abbots Langley - - - -
Borehamwood - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 2
Fareham - - - -
Kingston Upon Thames - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 2
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 1
Wiltshire - - - -
City of London - - - -
East of England - - - - 3

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SS7 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 SS7.

1 52 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 33 (42.31%) SIGTRAN
2 33 (42.31%) Configuration Management
3 31 (39.74%) MGW
4 29 (37.18%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 27 (34.62%) Fault Management
6 26 (33.33%) Change Management
7 21 (26.92%) DNS
8 18 (23.08%) 3G
8 18 (23.08%) GGSN
8 18 (23.08%) SGSN
9 17 (21.79%) Problem Management
9 17 (21.79%) INAP
9 17 (21.79%) Performance Management
10 15 (19.23%) Juniper
11 13 (16.67%) UNIX
11 13 (16.67%) LTE
12 12 (15.38%) 4G
13 11 (14.10%) Velocent
13 11 (14.10%) LDAP
13 11 (14.10%) ATM
13 11 (14.10%) TCP/IP
13 11 (14.10%) MPLS
13 11 (14.10%) Huawei
14 10 (12.82%) ISUP
14 10 (12.82%) Cisco
14 10 (12.82%) GPRS
15 9 (11.54%) WAP
15 9 (11.54%) VMS
15 9 (11.54%) L2TP

SS7
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 10 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SS7 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 SS7. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (2.56%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (1.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 33 (42.31%) SIGTRAN
2 31 (39.74%) MGW
3 21 (26.92%) DNS
4 18 (23.08%) 3G
4 18 (23.08%) GGSN
4 18 (23.08%) SGSN
5 17 (21.79%) INAP
6 13 (16.67%) LTE
7 12 (15.38%) 4G
8 11 (14.10%) TCP/IP
8 11 (14.10%) MPLS
8 11 (14.10%) LDAP
8 11 (14.10%) ATM
9 10 (12.82%) GPRS
9 10 (12.82%) ISUP
10 9 (11.54%) L2TP
11 8 (10.26%) GSM
11 8 (10.26%) Firewall
12 7 (8.97%) 2G
12 7 (8.97%) Cisco Nexus
General
1 52 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 9 (11.54%) Front Office
3 5 (6.41%) Legal
4 1 (1.28%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.28%) Marketing
4 1 (1.28%) Electronics
4 1 (1.28%) Finance
Job Titles
1 30 (38.46%) NOC Engineer
2 13 (16.67%) Databuild Engineer
3 7 (8.97%) Network Support
3 7 (8.97%) Test Leader
4 5 (6.41%) Technical Engineer
4 5 (6.41%) Analyst
4 5 (6.41%) Test Analyst
5 4 (5.13%) Support Engineer
6 3 (3.85%) Integration Engineer
6 3 (3.85%) Designer
7 2 (2.56%) Programme Manager
7 2 (2.56%) Systems Support Engineer
7 2 (2.56%) Telecoms Project Manager
7 2 (2.56%) RAN Engineer
7 2 (2.56%) Design Engineer
7 2 (2.56%) Technical Support Engineer
7 2 (2.56%) Test Engineer
7 2 (2.56%) Test Manager
7 2 (2.56%) Project Manager
7 2 (2.56%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (11.54%) WAP
2 1 (1.28%) Rendezvous
2 1 (1.28%) SOAP
2 1 (1.28%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.41%) Smart Meter
2 1 (1.28%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.28%) DTV
2 1 (1.28%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 13 (16.67%) UNIX
2 9 (11.54%) VMS
3 4 (5.13%) Windows
3 4 (5.13%) Linux
3 4 (5.13%) Windows 2000
3 4 (5.13%) Windows NT
4 2 (2.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.28%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (42.31%) Configuration Management
2 27 (34.62%) Fault Management
3 26 (33.33%) Change Management
4 17 (21.79%) Problem Management
4 17 (21.79%) Performance Management
5 5 (6.41%) Regression Testing
6 3 (3.85%) Workflow
7 2 (2.56%) Disaster Recovery
7 2 (2.56%) Integration Acceptance Testing
7 2 (2.56%) Project Management
7 2 (2.56%) Software Testing
8 1 (1.28%) Network Management
8 1 (1.28%) Process Management
8 1 (1.28%) ITIL
8 1 (1.28%) Business Intelligence
8 1 (1.28%) Validation
8 1 (1.28%) Migration
8 1 (1.28%) Programme Management
8 1 (1.28%) Network Design
8 1 (1.28%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.56%) Perl
1 2 (2.56%) SQL
1 2 (2.56%) C
2 1 (1.28%) Java
2 1 (1.28%) Python
2 1 (1.28%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 5 (6.41%) Degree
2 2 (2.56%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.56%) ISEB
3 1 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.28%) CCNP
3 1 (1.28%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.28%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.28%) NFS
Systems Management
1 6 (7.69%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (1.28%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 29 (37.18%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 15 (19.23%) Juniper
3 11 (14.10%) Huawei
3 11 (14.10%) Velocent
4 10 (12.82%) Cisco
5 9 (11.54%) Ericsson
6 8 (10.26%) Nokia
7 6 (7.69%) CheckPoint
8 5 (6.41%) Siemens
9 4 (5.13%) Microsoft
9 4 (5.13%) Sybase
10 3 (3.85%) Agilent
11 2 (2.56%) Oracle
11 2 (2.56%) F5
11 2 (2.56%) Red Hat
12 1 (1.28%) TIBCO
12 1 (1.28%) BT
12 1 (1.28%) VMware
12 1 (1.28%) Redknee
12 1 (1.28%) SAP