The table below looks at the statistics 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 31 March 2015 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 539 522 525
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +3
Contract jobs citing SS7 50 66 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.091% 0.12% 0.054%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.63% 0.96% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 18 4
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£158 £211 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.44% -29.58%
UK excluding London average daily rate £150 £211 £300
% change year-on-year
-28.99% -29.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £85.00 - -
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
7976 6895 6994
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.52% 12.94% 15.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 4359 3571 3404
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 £205 £205 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-0.72% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 429 415 582
Average hourly rate £27.00 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.00% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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 31 March 2015.

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 23 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 31 March 2015. 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 44 £158 -25.44% 6
South East -62 28 £154 -27.21% 2
Berkshire -33 27 £154 -27.21% 1
Newbury - 8 £175 -
London - 6 £339 - 2
Reading -28 4 £111 -47.38%
South West - 4 - -
East of England +12 1 - - 2
Hampshire - 1 - - 1
City of London - - - -
North West - - - -
Stockport - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 2
Gloucestershire - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Marlow - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Portsmouth - - - -
Bracknell - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 2
Gloucester - - - -

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, 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 44 (72.13%) Telecoms
2 37 (60.66%) 3G
2 37 (60.66%) SIGTRAN
3 36 (59.02%) GSM
4 33 (54.10%) 4G
5 28 (45.90%) 2G
6 27 (44.26%) HP Quality Center
7 25 (40.98%) TCP/IP
8 22 (36.07%) HP
9 18 (29.51%) Billing
9 18 (29.51%) MVNO
10 17 (27.87%) Wireless
10 17 (27.87%) CRM
11 11 (18.03%) SGSN
12 10 (16.39%) ISUP
12 10 (16.39%) SCCP
13 9 (14.75%) UNIX
14 8 (13.11%) GPRS
14 8 (13.11%) INAP
14 8 (13.11%) Network Architecture
15 7 (11.48%) LTE
15 7 (11.48%) UMTS
16 6 (9.84%) DNS
16 6 (9.84%) Cisco
16 6 (9.84%) Wireshark
16 6 (9.84%) Management Information System
16 6 (9.84%) GGSN
17 5 (8.20%) Data Management
17 5 (8.20%) Service Management
17 5 (8.20%) TCAP

SS7
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, 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 1 (1.64%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.64%) CMS
1 1 (1.64%) Lync
Applications
1 1 (1.64%) MS Office
1 1 (1.64%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.64%) MS Visio
1 1 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.64%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 37 (60.66%) 3G
1 37 (60.66%) SIGTRAN
2 36 (59.02%) GSM
3 33 (54.10%) 4G
4 28 (45.90%) 2G
5 25 (40.98%) TCP/IP
6 18 (29.51%) MVNO
7 17 (27.87%) Wireless
8 11 (18.03%) SGSN
9 10 (16.39%) ISUP
9 10 (16.39%) SCCP
10 8 (13.11%) INAP
10 8 (13.11%) GPRS
11 7 (11.48%) UMTS
11 7 (11.48%) LTE
12 6 (9.84%) Wireshark
12 6 (9.84%) GGSN
12 6 (9.84%) DNS
13 5 (8.20%) SMPP
13 5 (8.20%) TCAP
General
1 44 (72.13%) Telecoms
2 18 (29.51%) Billing
3 4 (6.56%) Back Office
4 3 (4.92%) Multimedia
5 2 (3.28%) Electronics
5 2 (3.28%) Marketing
5 2 (3.28%) Finance
6 1 (1.64%) Legal
6 1 (1.64%) Banking
6 1 (1.64%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (32.79%) Test Engineer
2 13 (21.31%) Wireless Engineer
3 9 (14.75%) Tester
4 4 (6.56%) Consultant
4 4 (6.56%) Mobile Tester
5 2 (3.28%) Test and Integration Engineer
5 2 (3.28%) Senior Integration Engineer
5 2 (3.28%) CS Core Engineer
5 2 (3.28%) Senior Test Engineer
5 2 (3.28%) Telecoms Engineer
5 2 (3.28%) Integration Engineer
5 2 (3.28%) Network Architect
5 2 (3.28%) Architect
5 2 (3.28%) Project Manager
5 2 (3.28%) Test Manager
5 2 (3.28%) Design Engineer
6 1 (1.64%) Manual Tester
6 1 (1.64%) Test Analyst
6 1 (1.64%) Cisco Engineer
6 1 (1.64%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.28%) HTML
1 2 (3.28%) SOAP
2 1 (1.64%) XML
2 1 (1.64%) Rendezvous
2 1 (1.64%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (9.84%) Management Information System
2 3 (4.92%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.28%) IPTV
4 1 (1.64%) Web 2.0
4 1 (1.64%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.64%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.64%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.64%) Handset
4 1 (1.64%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 9 (14.75%) UNIX
2 1 (1.64%) Solaris
2 1 (1.64%) Linux
2 1 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (27.87%) CRM
2 8 (13.11%) Network Architecture
3 5 (8.20%) Data Management
3 5 (8.20%) Service Management
3 5 (8.20%) Migration
4 4 (6.56%) Risk Management
5 3 (4.92%) Information Security
5 3 (4.92%) Benchmarking
5 3 (4.92%) PRINCE2
5 3 (4.92%) Requirements Analysis
5 3 (4.92%) Compatibility Testing
5 3 (4.92%) Test Scripting
6 2 (3.28%) Mobile Device Management
6 2 (3.28%) Problem Management
6 2 (3.28%) Risk Analysis
6 2 (3.28%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (3.28%) Network Design
6 2 (3.28%) ITIL
6 2 (3.28%) Change Management
6 2 (3.28%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.28%) Erlang
2 1 (1.64%) C
2 1 (1.64%) Java
2 1 (1.64%) Perl
Qualifications
1 3 (4.92%) Degree
2 2 (3.28%) PMP
2 2 (3.28%) PMI Certification
2 2 (3.28%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.64%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.64%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.64%) HNC
3 1 (1.64%) HND
3 1 (1.64%) ISEB
3 1 (1.64%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.64%) QA
System Software
1 2 (3.28%) NDS
2 1 (1.64%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.64%) NFS
Systems Management
1 27 (44.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (36.07%) HP
2 6 (9.84%) Cisco
3 4 (6.56%) Huawei
3 4 (6.56%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 3 (4.92%) Verint
5 2 (3.28%) TIBCO
5 2 (3.28%) Ericsson
6 1 (1.64%) Nokia
6 1 (1.64%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.64%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.64%) Microsoft
6 1 (1.64%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 1 (1.64%) SGI
6 1 (1.64%) BT
6 1 (1.64%) Google
6 1 (1.64%) Oracle
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