The table below looks at the statistics for SS7 skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SS7 over the 3 months to 24 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
24 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 634 607 582
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -25
Contract jobs citing SS7 9 39 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.017% 0.068% 0.040%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.10% 0.49% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 11 9
Median daily rate £250 £305 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.03% +16.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £280 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £282 £375 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £280 £273 £263
% change year-on-year
+2.75% +3.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £55.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 - -

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
8767 7959 7409
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.20% 13.98% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 5340 4545 3929
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 426 483 431
Median hourly rate £28.50 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.71% +5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.75 £21.53 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+38.21% +7.62%

SS7
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing SS7 as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
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 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SS7 within the UK over the 3 months to 24 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -45 9 £250 -18.03% 5
Berkshire -8 4 £275 +25.00% 1
South East -17 4 £275 +25.00% 5
Reading +4 2 - -
Yorkshire -1 2 £285 -
London -9 2 £200 -34.42%
Slough +7 1 £275 - 1
Kingston Upon Thames 0 1 £225 -25.00%
East Yorkshire - 1 - -
Hull - 1 - -

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing SS7 also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SS7.

1 33 (82.50%) Telecoms
2 31 (77.50%) Diameter Protocol
3 29 (72.50%) Unix
4 26 (65.00%) Solaris
5 22 (55.00%) UMTS
6 21 (52.50%) GPRS
7 19 (47.50%) Oracle
8 18 (45.00%) Sybase
8 18 (45.00%) WCDMA
8 18 (45.00%) Oracle Database
9 17 (42.50%) GSM
9 17 (42.50%) H.323
10 16 (40.00%) GGSN
11 14 (35.00%) SharePoint Server
11 14 (35.00%) MGCP
11 14 (35.00%) CDMA
12 12 (30.00%) SGSN
13 9 (22.50%) Huawei
13 9 (22.50%) SLA
14 8 (20.00%) VoIP
15 7 (17.50%) 3G
15 7 (17.50%) SCCP
15 7 (17.50%) SIGTRAN
16 6 (15.00%) NGN
17 5 (12.50%) Computer Science
17 5 (12.50%) Nokia Networks
17 5 (12.50%) 4G
17 5 (12.50%) ISUP
18 4 (10.00%) Ericsson
18 4 (10.00%) Nokia

SS7
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 14 (35.00%) SharePoint Server
Communications & Networking
1 31 (77.50%) Diameter Protocol
2 22 (55.00%) UMTS
3 21 (52.50%) GPRS
4 18 (45.00%) WCDMA
5 17 (42.50%) GSM
5 17 (42.50%) H.323
6 16 (40.00%) GGSN
7 14 (35.00%) CDMA
7 14 (35.00%) MGCP
8 12 (30.00%) SGSN
9 8 (20.00%) VoIP
10 7 (17.50%) 3G
10 7 (17.50%) SCCP
10 7 (17.50%) SIGTRAN
11 6 (15.00%) NGN
12 5 (12.50%) 4G
12 5 (12.50%) ISUP
13 4 (10.00%) 2G
14 3 (7.50%) RNC
14 3 (7.50%) TCAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (45.00%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.50%) MySQL
2 1 (2.50%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (2.50%) CppUnit
1 1 (2.50%) JIRA
1 1 (2.50%) JMeter
General
1 33 (82.50%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.00%) Back Office
3 1 (2.50%) Arabic Language
3 1 (2.50%) Billing
3 1 (2.50%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 26 (65.00%) Network Engineer
2 25 (62.50%) Core Network Engineer
3 14 (35.00%) Support Engineer
4 12 (30.00%) Network Support
4 12 (30.00%) Network Support Engineer
5 11 (27.50%) Technical Engineer
5 11 (27.50%) Technical Support
5 11 (27.50%) Technical Support Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) Integration Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Telecoms Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Test Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) Tester
6 2 (5.00%) VoLTE Engineer
7 1 (2.50%) 3G Engineer
7 1 (2.50%) 4G Engineer
7 1 (2.50%) Network Integration Engineer
7 1 (2.50%) Network Systems Engineer
7 1 (2.50%) Systems Integration Engineer
7 1 (2.50%) Telecoms Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.50%) Computer Science
2 2 (5.00%) Smart Meter
3 1 (2.50%) Algorithms
3 1 (2.50%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 1 (2.50%) IVR
3 1 (2.50%) PKI
3 1 (2.50%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 29 (72.50%) Unix
2 26 (65.00%) Solaris
3 4 (10.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (5.00%) ITIL
1 2 (5.00%) Load Balancing
1 2 (5.00%) Network Architecture
2 1 (2.50%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (2.50%) Automated Testing
2 1 (2.50%) Budget Control
2 1 (2.50%) Change Management
2 1 (2.50%) DDoS Mitigation
2 1 (2.50%) Demand Forecasting
2 1 (2.50%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (2.50%) Manual Testing
2 1 (2.50%) Migration
2 1 (2.50%) Performance Management
2 1 (2.50%) Quality Management
2 1 (2.50%) Regression Testing
2 1 (2.50%) SIEM
2 1 (2.50%) Software Testing
2 1 (2.50%) Test Scripting
2 1 (2.50%) Test Strategy
2 1 (2.50%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.50%) SQL
2 2 (5.00%) Perl
3 1 (2.50%) Bash Shell
3 1 (2.50%) C
3 1 (2.50%) C++
3 1 (2.50%) Java
Qualifications
1 4 (10.00%) Degree
2 2 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.50%) CCNA
3 1 (2.50%) CCNP
3 1 (2.50%) CISM
3 1 (2.50%) CISSP
3 1 (2.50%) CompTIA Security+
3 1 (2.50%) CRISC
3 1 (2.50%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (22.50%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.50%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.50%) Nessus
1 1 (2.50%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 19 (47.50%) Oracle
2 18 (45.00%) Sybase
3 9 (22.50%) Huawei
4 5 (12.50%) Nokia Networks
5 4 (10.00%) Ericsson
5 4 (10.00%) Nokia
5 4 (10.00%) Samsung
6 2 (5.00%) Cisco
6 2 (5.00%) GENBAND
6 2 (5.00%) HP
7 1 (2.50%) Avaya
7 1 (2.50%) Citrix
7 1 (2.50%) F5
7 1 (2.50%) Fortinet
7 1 (2.50%) Google
7 1 (2.50%) Mitel
7 1 (2.50%) Nortel
7 1 (2.50%) Panasonic
7 1 (2.50%) Qualys
7 1 (2.50%) Siemens