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 20 October 2014 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 599 559 531
Rank change year-on-year
-40 -28
Contract jobs citing SS7 30 22 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.051% 0.042% 0.086%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.35% 0.31% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 13
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-64.00% -10.71%
UK excluding London average daily rate £90 £250 £278
% change year-on-year
-64.00% -9.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £30.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £30.00 -

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
8504 7122 8560
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.59% 13.52% 15.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4798 3887 4044
Average daily rate £365 £375 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.66% +5.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 466 442 639
Average hourly rate £23.00 £21.75 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.74% +3.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+4.44% -

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
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 16 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 20 October 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 -28 19 £90 -64.00% 2
Berkshire 0 4 £90 -64.00% 2
South East -26 4 £90 -64.00% 2
East of England - 2 - -
Reading +7 1 - -
Slough - 1 - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
City of London - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Gatwick - - - -
London - - - -
Luton - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 23 (46.94%) 3G
1 23 (46.94%) Telecoms
2 18 (36.73%) GSM
3 17 (34.69%) SIGTRAN
4 14 (28.57%) LTE
4 14 (28.57%) GPRS
4 14 (28.57%) INAP
5 12 (24.49%) Configuration Management
5 12 (24.49%) UMTS
5 12 (24.49%) DNS
5 12 (24.49%) NVQ Level 3
6 11 (22.45%) Degree
7 10 (20.41%) GGSN
7 10 (20.41%) SGSN
7 10 (20.41%) UNIX
7 10 (20.41%) ISUP
8 9 (18.37%) 2G
9 8 (16.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 8 (16.33%) 4G
9 8 (16.33%) Requirements Analysis
10 7 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
10 7 (14.29%) Firewall
10 7 (14.29%) SCCP
10 7 (14.29%) ATM
11 6 (12.24%) 3GPP
11 6 (12.24%) MGW
11 6 (12.24%) Wireshark
12 5 (10.20%) Marketing
12 5 (10.20%) Huawei
12 5 (10.20%) Computer Science

SS7
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

Business Applications
1 2 (4.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 23 (46.94%) 3G
2 18 (36.73%) GSM
3 17 (34.69%) SIGTRAN
4 14 (28.57%) LTE
4 14 (28.57%) GPRS
4 14 (28.57%) INAP
5 12 (24.49%) DNS
5 12 (24.49%) UMTS
6 10 (20.41%) ISUP
6 10 (20.41%) GGSN
6 10 (20.41%) SGSN
7 9 (18.37%) 2G
8 8 (16.33%) 4G
9 7 (14.29%) SCCP
9 7 (14.29%) Firewall
9 7 (14.29%) ATM
10 6 (12.24%) 3GPP
10 6 (12.24%) Wireshark
10 6 (12.24%) MGW
11 5 (10.20%) Radio Access Network
General
1 23 (46.94%) Telecoms
2 5 (10.20%) Marketing
3 4 (8.16%) Back Office
4 2 (4.08%) Electronics
4 2 (4.08%) Finance
4 2 (4.08%) Manufacturing
5 1 (2.04%) Billing
5 1 (2.04%) Legal
Job Titles
1 10 (20.41%) Databuild Engineer
2 6 (12.24%) Test Engineer
3 4 (8.16%) Support Engineer
3 4 (8.16%) Back Office Engineer
4 3 (6.12%) Test Leader
5 2 (4.08%) Technical Support Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Core Network Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Technical Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Integration Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Systems Support Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Telecoms Project Manager
5 2 (4.08%) Voice Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Project Manager
5 2 (4.08%) Programme Manager
5 2 (4.08%) Analyst
5 2 (4.08%) Test Analyst
5 2 (4.08%) Network Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Systems Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Systems Support
5 2 (4.08%) Technical Support
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (10.20%) Computer Science
3 2 (4.08%) DTV
3 2 (4.08%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.04%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 10 (20.41%) UNIX
2 3 (6.12%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (24.49%) Configuration Management
2 8 (16.33%) Requirements Analysis
3 4 (8.16%) Problem Management
4 3 (6.12%) Workflow
4 3 (6.12%) Resource Management
5 2 (4.08%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (4.08%) Capacity Management
5 2 (4.08%) Project Management
5 2 (4.08%) Process Management
5 2 (4.08%) Digital Marketing
5 2 (4.08%) Integration Acceptance Testing
5 2 (4.08%) Programme Management
5 2 (4.08%) Software Testing
6 1 (2.04%) Risk Management
6 1 (2.04%) Integration Testing
6 1 (2.04%) Test Scripting
6 1 (2.04%) Product Marketing
6 1 (2.04%) Network Architecture
6 1 (2.04%) Network Management
6 1 (2.04%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.16%) C
2 1 (2.04%) Perl
Qualifications
1 12 (24.49%) NVQ Level 3
2 11 (22.45%) Degree
3 2 (4.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (4.08%) ISEB
4 1 (2.04%) CISSP
4 1 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (2.04%) CISM
4 1 (2.04%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.04%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.04%) HNC
4 1 (2.04%) HND
4 1 (2.04%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (2.04%) NDS
Systems Management
1 3 (6.12%) NSN NetAct
1 3 (6.12%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (16.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 5 (10.20%) Huawei
3 4 (8.16%) Nokia
3 4 (8.16%) CheckPoint
4 3 (6.12%) HP
4 3 (6.12%) Agilent
5 2 (4.08%) Ericsson
5 2 (4.08%) SGI
5 2 (4.08%) F5
5 2 (4.08%) SAP
5 2 (4.08%) Siemens
6 1 (2.04%) TIBCO
6 1 (2.04%) Cisco
6 1 (2.04%) Juniper
6 1 (2.04%) Alcatel-Lucent