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 25 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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 574 546 553
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +7
Contract jobs citing SS7 19 22 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.035% 0.043% 0.054%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.25% 0.32% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 15
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£263 £375 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% +33.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £295 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £395 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £375 £280
% change year-on-year
-30.00% +33.92%
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
7508 6968 8954
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.73% 13.66% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4004 3592 3943
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 407 472 682
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.85 £14.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%

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 25 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 25 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 -27 17 £263 -30.00% 6
Berkshire +4 14 £284 -24.33%
South East -7 14 £284 -24.33%
Reading +9 3 - -
Newbury - 3 £450 -
South West - 2 £263 - 1
London +2 1 - - 2
Slough - 1 - -
Swindon - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Luton - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Abbots Langley - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 1
East of England - - - - 3
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 1
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 2
Wiltshire - - - -
City of London - - - - 1

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 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 49 (64.47%) Telecoms
2 33 (43.42%) Configuration Management
3 32 (42.11%) SIGTRAN
4 27 (35.53%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 26 (34.21%) MGW
6 25 (32.89%) Fault Management
7 24 (31.58%) Change Management
8 21 (27.63%) 3G
9 19 (25.00%) INAP
10 17 (22.37%) Problem Management
10 17 (22.37%) DNS
10 17 (22.37%) Performance Management
11 14 (18.42%) GGSN
11 14 (18.42%) SGSN
12 13 (17.11%) LTE
13 12 (15.79%) UNIX
13 12 (15.79%) GPRS
14 11 (14.47%) Juniper
15 10 (13.16%) TCP/IP
15 10 (13.16%) GSM
15 10 (13.16%) 4G
16 9 (11.84%) Velocent
16 9 (11.84%) LDAP
16 9 (11.84%) ATM
16 9 (11.84%) Ericsson
16 9 (11.84%) ISUP
16 9 (11.84%) Front Office
17 8 (10.53%) Nokia
17 8 (10.53%) MPLS
17 8 (10.53%) WAP

SS7
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 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 (2.63%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (1.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 32 (42.11%) SIGTRAN
2 26 (34.21%) MGW
3 21 (27.63%) 3G
4 19 (25.00%) INAP
5 17 (22.37%) DNS
6 14 (18.42%) GGSN
6 14 (18.42%) SGSN
7 13 (17.11%) LTE
8 12 (15.79%) GPRS
9 10 (13.16%) GSM
9 10 (13.16%) TCP/IP
9 10 (13.16%) 4G
10 9 (11.84%) ISUP
10 9 (11.84%) LDAP
10 9 (11.84%) ATM
11 8 (10.53%) MPLS
12 7 (9.21%) L2TP
12 7 (9.21%) 2G
13 6 (7.89%) Wireshark
13 6 (7.89%) 3GPP
General
1 49 (64.47%) Telecoms
2 9 (11.84%) Front Office
3 3 (3.95%) Legal
4 1 (1.32%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.32%) Billing
4 1 (1.32%) Marketing
4 1 (1.32%) Electronics
4 1 (1.32%) Finance
Job Titles
1 26 (34.21%) NOC Engineer
2 13 (17.11%) Databuild Engineer
3 8 (10.53%) Test Leader
4 7 (9.21%) Network Support
5 5 (6.58%) Analyst
5 5 (6.58%) Test Analyst
6 4 (5.26%) Support Engineer
6 4 (5.26%) Test Engineer
6 4 (5.26%) Technical Engineer
7 3 (3.95%) Integration Engineer
7 3 (3.95%) Designer
8 2 (2.63%) Systems Support Engineer
8 2 (2.63%) Telecoms Project Manager
8 2 (2.63%) RAN Engineer
8 2 (2.63%) Voice Engineer
8 2 (2.63%) Design Engineer
8 2 (2.63%) Programme Manager
8 2 (2.63%) Technical Support Engineer
8 2 (2.63%) Test Manager
8 2 (2.63%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.53%) WAP
2 1 (1.32%) Rendezvous
2 1 (1.32%) SOAP
2 1 (1.32%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.58%) Smart Meter
2 1 (1.32%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.32%) DTV
2 1 (1.32%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 12 (15.79%) UNIX
2 8 (10.53%) VMS
3 4 (5.26%) Linux
4 3 (3.95%) Windows 2000
4 3 (3.95%) Windows NT
4 3 (3.95%) Windows
5 2 (2.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.32%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (43.42%) Configuration Management
2 25 (32.89%) Fault Management
3 24 (31.58%) Change Management
4 17 (22.37%) Problem Management
4 17 (22.37%) Performance Management
5 5 (6.58%) Workflow
6 4 (5.26%) Regression Testing
7 3 (3.95%) Requirements Analysis
8 2 (2.63%) Disaster Recovery
8 2 (2.63%) Software Testing
8 2 (2.63%) Integration Acceptance Testing
8 2 (2.63%) Project Management
9 1 (1.32%) Process Management
9 1 (1.32%) Validation
9 1 (1.32%) Migration
9 1 (1.32%) Programme Management
9 1 (1.32%) Network Design
9 1 (1.32%) Business Intelligence
9 1 (1.32%) Resource Management
9 1 (1.32%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.63%) Perl
1 2 (2.63%) SQL
1 2 (2.63%) C
2 1 (1.32%) Java
2 1 (1.32%) Python
2 1 (1.32%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 5 (6.58%) Degree
2 2 (2.63%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (2.63%) ISEB
3 1 (1.32%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.32%) CCNP
3 1 (1.32%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.32%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.32%) NFS
Systems Management
1 6 (7.89%) NSN NetAct
2 2 (2.63%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 27 (35.53%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 11 (14.47%) Juniper
3 9 (11.84%) Ericsson
3 9 (11.84%) Velocent
4 8 (10.53%) Nokia
5 7 (9.21%) Cisco
5 7 (9.21%) Huawei
6 5 (6.58%) Siemens
7 3 (3.95%) CheckPoint
7 3 (3.95%) Microsoft
7 3 (3.95%) Sybase
7 3 (3.95%) Agilent
8 2 (2.63%) Oracle
8 2 (2.63%) F5
8 2 (2.63%) HP
8 2 (2.63%) Red Hat
9 1 (1.32%) TIBCO
9 1 (1.32%) BT
9 1 (1.32%) VMware
9 1 (1.32%) Redknee