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 28 May 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
28 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 545 563 493
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -70
Contract jobs citing SS7 52 30 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.094% 0.055% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.65% 0.42% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 11 13
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£235 £230 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.17% -23.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £213 £192
10% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £310 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £150 £230 £403
% change year-on-year
-34.78% -42.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
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
8032 7164 6888
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.59% 13.22% 14.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4510 3914 3417
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £201
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 455 393 544
Average hourly rate £26.00 £18.50 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.54% -16.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.90 £40.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+44.44% -19.10%

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 28 May 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 17 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 28 May 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 +9 52 £235 +2.17% 6
South East -16 24 £150 -34.78% 1
Berkshire +7 21 £150 -34.78% 1
London +30 13 £284 - 4
Leeds - 6 - -
West Yorkshire - 6 - -
Yorkshire - 6 - -
Reading -1 4 - -
City of London - 4 £400 - 2
East of England +11 3 £325 -
Hertfordshire - 3 £325 -
Home Counties - 2 - -
Newbury - 2 £175 - 1
South West +11 1 - -
Bristol +3 1 - -
Slough +1 1 - -
Hampshire - 1 - -

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 66 (71.74%) Telecoms
2 61 (66.30%) 3G
3 52 (56.52%) SIGTRAN
4 49 (53.26%) 4G
5 42 (45.65%) 2G
6 34 (36.96%) GSM
7 26 (28.26%) HP Quality Center
8 24 (26.09%) Diameter Protocol
8 24 (26.09%) TCP/IP
9 21 (22.83%) HP
9 21 (22.83%) ISUP
9 21 (22.83%) SCCP
10 20 (21.74%) Wireless
11 18 (19.57%) Billing
12 17 (18.48%) MVNO
12 17 (18.48%) Network Architecture
13 16 (17.39%) CRM
13 16 (17.39%) UNIX
14 15 (16.30%) INAP
14 15 (16.30%) MGW
15 14 (15.22%) LTE
16 13 (14.13%) SGSN
16 13 (14.13%) TCAP
17 9 (9.78%) RTP
17 9 (9.78%) Migration
17 9 (9.78%) PSTN
17 9 (9.78%) SMS
18 8 (8.70%) ITIL
18 8 (8.70%) GPRS
18 8 (8.70%) Nokia

SS7
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 (1.09%) Lync
1 1 (1.09%) CMS
1 1 (1.09%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
1 1 (1.09%) JBoss
1 1 (1.09%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (1.09%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (1.09%) MS Office
1 1 (1.09%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.09%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.09%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 61 (66.30%) 3G
2 52 (56.52%) SIGTRAN
3 49 (53.26%) 4G
4 42 (45.65%) 2G
5 34 (36.96%) GSM
6 24 (26.09%) Diameter Protocol
6 24 (26.09%) TCP/IP
7 21 (22.83%) ISUP
7 21 (22.83%) SCCP
8 20 (21.74%) Wireless
9 17 (18.48%) MVNO
10 15 (16.30%) INAP
10 15 (16.30%) MGW
11 14 (15.22%) LTE
12 13 (14.13%) SGSN
12 13 (14.13%) TCAP
13 9 (9.78%) RTP
13 9 (9.78%) PSTN
13 9 (9.78%) SMS
14 8 (8.70%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.09%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (1.09%) Maven
General
1 66 (71.74%) Telecoms
2 18 (19.57%) Billing
3 4 (4.35%) Back Office
4 3 (3.26%) Multimedia
5 2 (2.17%) Electronics
5 2 (2.17%) Finance
5 2 (2.17%) Legal
5 2 (2.17%) Advertising
6 1 (1.09%) Marketing
6 1 (1.09%) Banking
6 1 (1.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (21.74%) Test Engineer
2 12 (13.04%) Wireless Engineer
3 11 (11.96%) Tester
4 8 (8.70%) Databuild Engineer
5 5 (5.43%) Voice Engineer
5 5 (5.43%) Design Engineer
5 5 (5.43%) Analyst
5 5 (5.43%) Network Engineer
6 4 (4.35%) Consultant
6 4 (4.35%) Network Analyst
6 4 (4.35%) Core Network Engineer
6 4 (4.35%) Mobile Tester
7 3 (3.26%) Network Design Engineer
7 3 (3.26%) Network Architect
7 3 (3.26%) Architect
8 2 (2.17%) Project Manager
8 2 (2.17%) Test Manager
8 2 (2.17%) Test Analyst
8 2 (2.17%) NOC Engineer
8 2 (2.17%) Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.17%) SOAP
1 2 (2.17%) HTML
1 2 (2.17%) XML
2 1 (1.09%) XMPP
2 1 (1.09%) Rendezvous
2 1 (1.09%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.52%) Management Information System
1 6 (6.52%) Statistics
2 4 (4.35%) Data Centre
3 3 (3.26%) BYOD
3 3 (3.26%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.26%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.17%) IPTV
4 2 (2.17%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.09%) Raspberry Pi
5 1 (1.09%) BeagleBone
5 1 (1.09%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.09%) Web 2.0
5 1 (1.09%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.09%) Handset
5 1 (1.09%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 16 (17.39%) UNIX
2 3 (3.26%) Linux
3 1 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.09%) SUSE
3 1 (1.09%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (18.48%) Network Architecture
2 16 (17.39%) CRM
3 9 (9.78%) Migration
4 8 (8.70%) ITIL
5 5 (5.43%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (5.43%) Data Management
5 5 (5.43%) Risk Management
5 5 (5.43%) Service Management
6 4 (4.35%) Information Security
7 3 (3.26%) Test Scripting
7 3 (3.26%) Test Strategy
7 3 (3.26%) Requirements Analysis
7 3 (3.26%) Network Design
7 3 (3.26%) Compatibility Testing
7 3 (3.26%) Benchmarking
7 3 (3.26%) Configuration Management
7 3 (3.26%) PRINCE2
8 2 (2.17%) Business Intelligence
8 2 (2.17%) Change Management
8 2 (2.17%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.17%) Java
1 2 (2.17%) Erlang
2 1 (1.09%) Shell Script
2 1 (1.09%) C++
2 1 (1.09%) Perl
2 1 (1.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (8.70%) Degree
2 7 (7.61%) HNC
3 6 (6.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 2 (2.17%) PMP
4 2 (2.17%) PMI Certification
4 2 (2.17%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.17%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.17%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.09%) CISM
5 1 (1.09%) ISEB
5 1 (1.09%) CISSP
5 1 (1.09%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.09%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (3.26%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.17%) NDS
2 1 (1.09%) NFS
2 1 (1.09%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 26 (28.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 21 (22.83%) HP
2 8 (8.70%) Nokia
3 7 (7.61%) Huawei
4 6 (6.52%) Remedy
4 6 (6.52%) Cisco
4 6 (6.52%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 3 (3.26%) Tekelec
5 3 (3.26%) Verint
5 3 (3.26%) Agilent
5 3 (3.26%) Microsoft
5 3 (3.26%) Oracle
6 2 (2.17%) TIBCO
6 2 (2.17%) Siemens
7 1 (1.09%) Google
7 1 (1.09%) BT
7 1 (1.09%) Red Hat
7 1 (1.09%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.09%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 1 (1.09%) Ericsson
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