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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 546 544 513
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -31
Contract jobs citing SS7 48 56 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.086% 0.10% 0.095%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.59% 0.77% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 18 11
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£175 £213 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.64% -29.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £190 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £268 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £154 £213 £430
% change year-on-year
-27.64% -50.58%
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
8185 7226 7463
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.69% 13.09% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4470 3816 3720
Average daily rate £350 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £315
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 399 579
Average hourly rate £28.75 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.75% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -11.11%

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 24 April 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 13 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 24 April 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -8 45 £175 -17.64% 8
South East -31 27 £158 -25.88% 3
Berkshire -31 25 £158 -25.88% 2
London - 9 £275 - 3
Newbury - 6 £175 -
Reading -23 3 - - 1
South West - 3 - -
Bristol - 3 - -
City of London - 2 £356 - 2
East of England +22 1 - - 1
Home Counties - 1 - -
Hampshire - 1 - - 1
Hertfordshire - 1 - -

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 51 (71.83%) Telecoms
2 43 (60.56%) 3G
3 40 (56.34%) SIGTRAN
4 36 (50.70%) 4G
5 35 (49.30%) GSM
6 32 (45.07%) 2G
7 27 (38.03%) HP Quality Center
8 25 (35.21%) TCP/IP
9 22 (30.99%) HP
10 19 (26.76%) Billing
11 18 (25.35%) Wireless
11 18 (25.35%) MVNO
12 17 (23.94%) CRM
13 13 (18.31%) ISUP
13 13 (18.31%) SCCP
13 13 (18.31%) INAP
14 11 (15.49%) SGSN
14 11 (15.49%) UNIX
14 11 (15.49%) TCAP
15 9 (12.68%) Network Architecture
16 8 (11.27%) LTE
16 8 (11.27%) GPRS
17 7 (9.86%) Migration
17 7 (9.86%) Huawei
18 6 (8.45%) Management Information System
18 6 (8.45%) Cisco
18 6 (8.45%) UMTS
18 6 (8.45%) PSTN
18 6 (8.45%) Wireshark
19 5 (7.04%) Degree

SS7
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 (1.41%) Lync
1 1 (1.41%) CMS
1 1 (1.41%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
1 1 (1.41%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.41%) JBoss
Applications
1 1 (1.41%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (1.41%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.41%) MS Visio
1 1 (1.41%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.41%) Google Apps
1 1 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 43 (60.56%) 3G
2 40 (56.34%) SIGTRAN
3 36 (50.70%) 4G
4 35 (49.30%) GSM
5 32 (45.07%) 2G
6 25 (35.21%) TCP/IP
7 18 (25.35%) Wireless
7 18 (25.35%) MVNO
8 13 (18.31%) ISUP
8 13 (18.31%) SCCP
8 13 (18.31%) INAP
9 11 (15.49%) SGSN
9 11 (15.49%) TCAP
10 8 (11.27%) LTE
10 8 (11.27%) GPRS
11 6 (8.45%) UMTS
11 6 (8.45%) PSTN
11 6 (8.45%) Wireshark
12 5 (7.04%) GGSN
12 5 (7.04%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (1.41%) Maven
General
1 51 (71.83%) Telecoms
2 19 (26.76%) Billing
3 4 (5.63%) Back Office
4 3 (4.23%) Multimedia
5 2 (2.82%) Electronics
5 2 (2.82%) Finance
6 1 (1.41%) Marketing
6 1 (1.41%) Legal
6 1 (1.41%) Advertising
6 1 (1.41%) Banking
6 1 (1.41%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (28.17%) Test Engineer
2 13 (18.31%) Wireless Engineer
3 10 (14.08%) Tester
4 4 (5.63%) Design Engineer
4 4 (5.63%) Consultant
4 4 (5.63%) Mobile Tester
5 3 (4.23%) Analyst
6 2 (2.82%) Network Design Engineer
6 2 (2.82%) NOC Engineer
6 2 (2.82%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (2.82%) Network Analyst
6 2 (2.82%) Senior Test Engineer
6 2 (2.82%) Senior Network Analyst
6 2 (2.82%) Telecoms Engineer
6 2 (2.82%) Integration Engineer
6 2 (2.82%) Network Architect
6 2 (2.82%) Test Manager
6 2 (2.82%) Network Engineer
6 2 (2.82%) Architect
6 2 (2.82%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.82%) SOAP
1 2 (2.82%) HTML
1 2 (2.82%) XML
2 1 (1.41%) XMPP
2 1 (1.41%) Rendezvous
2 1 (1.41%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (8.45%) Management Information System
2 3 (4.23%) Mobile App
2 3 (4.23%) BYOD
3 2 (2.82%) IPTV
3 2 (2.82%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.82%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.41%) Open Source
4 1 (1.41%) Raspberry Pi
4 1 (1.41%) BeagleBone
4 1 (1.41%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.41%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.41%) Handset
4 1 (1.41%) IVR
4 1 (1.41%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 11 (15.49%) UNIX
2 3 (4.23%) Linux
3 1 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.41%) SUSE
3 1 (1.41%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (23.94%) CRM
2 9 (12.68%) Network Architecture
3 7 (9.86%) Migration
4 5 (7.04%) Service Management
4 5 (7.04%) Data Management
5 4 (5.63%) Risk Management
6 3 (4.23%) Requirements Analysis
6 3 (4.23%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (4.23%) Compatibility Testing
6 3 (4.23%) Test Scripting
6 3 (4.23%) Information Security
6 3 (4.23%) Network Design
6 3 (4.23%) Benchmarking
6 3 (4.23%) PRINCE2
7 2 (2.82%) ITIL
7 2 (2.82%) Configuration Management
7 2 (2.82%) Change Management
7 2 (2.82%) Integration Testing
7 2 (2.82%) Problem Management
7 2 (2.82%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.82%) Java
1 2 (2.82%) Erlang
2 1 (1.41%) Shell Script
2 1 (1.41%) Perl
2 1 (1.41%) C++
Qualifications
1 5 (7.04%) Degree
2 2 (2.82%) PMP
2 2 (2.82%) PMI Certification
2 2 (2.82%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.41%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.41%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.41%) ISEB
3 1 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.41%) HNC
3 1 (1.41%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (2.82%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.82%) NDS
2 1 (1.41%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.41%) NFS
Systems Management
1 27 (38.03%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (30.99%) HP
2 7 (9.86%) Huawei
3 6 (8.45%) Cisco
4 4 (5.63%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 3 (4.23%) Verint
5 3 (4.23%) Nokia
6 2 (2.82%) Oracle
6 2 (2.82%) Microsoft
6 2 (2.82%) TIBCO
7 1 (1.41%) Agilent
7 1 (1.41%) BT
7 1 (1.41%) Google
7 1 (1.41%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 1 (1.41%) Ericsson
7 1 (1.41%) Red Hat
7 1 (1.41%) Salesforce.com
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