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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 604 588 568
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -20
Contract jobs citing SS7 29 22 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.050% 0.039% 0.036%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.36% 0.27% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 2
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£300 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £142 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £355 £416 £385
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £300 £250
% change year-on-year
-5.00% +20.00%
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
8062 8177 7057
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 14.64% 13.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4616 4454 3809
Average daily rate £375 £363 £352
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 524 456 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £23.50 £23.21
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +1.24%

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 9 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 4 September 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 +5 24 £300 - 3
Berkshire +1 13 £285 -15.55%
South East -21 13 £285 -15.55%
London - 9 £300 -
Kingston Upon Thames - 7 £300 -
Newbury -6 6 - -
Slough +4 4 £295 -
Reading -9 1 - -
City of London - 1 £375 -

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 56 (69.14%) Telecoms
2 47 (58.02%) 3G
3 35 (43.21%) 2G
4 32 (39.51%) Diameter Protocol
5 31 (38.27%) 4G
6 30 (37.04%) SIGTRAN
7 27 (33.33%) UNIX
8 26 (32.10%) SCCP
9 20 (24.69%) GSM
10 19 (23.46%) ISUP
10 19 (23.46%) MGW
11 18 (22.22%) Network Architecture
11 18 (22.22%) Degree
11 18 (22.22%) TCAP
12 17 (20.99%) UMTS
12 17 (20.99%) GGSN
12 17 (20.99%) SGSN
13 15 (18.52%) GPRS
14 12 (14.81%) CDMA
15 11 (13.58%) INAP
15 11 (13.58%) Huawei
16 10 (12.35%) Wireless
16 10 (12.35%) Back Office
16 10 (12.35%) SLA
16 10 (12.35%) PSTN
16 10 (12.35%) Solaris
17 9 (11.11%) Linux
17 9 (11.11%) WCDMA
17 9 (11.11%) LTE
17 9 (11.11%) Nokia Solutions and Networks

SS7
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 5 (6.17%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (1.23%) JBoss
2 1 (1.23%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Communications & Networking
1 47 (58.02%) 3G
2 35 (43.21%) 2G
3 32 (39.51%) Diameter Protocol
4 31 (38.27%) 4G
5 30 (37.04%) SIGTRAN
6 26 (32.10%) SCCP
7 20 (24.69%) GSM
8 19 (23.46%) ISUP
8 19 (23.46%) MGW
9 18 (22.22%) TCAP
10 17 (20.99%) UMTS
10 17 (20.99%) GGSN
10 17 (20.99%) SGSN
11 15 (18.52%) GPRS
12 12 (14.81%) CDMA
13 11 (13.58%) INAP
14 10 (12.35%) Wireless
14 10 (12.35%) PSTN
15 9 (11.11%) WCDMA
15 9 (11.11%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (8.64%) MySQL
1 7 (8.64%) PostgreSQL
1 7 (8.64%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (1.23%) JMeter
1 1 (1.23%) Maven
1 1 (1.23%) SoapUI
General
1 56 (69.14%) Telecoms
2 10 (12.35%) Back Office
3 3 (3.70%) Advertising
3 3 (3.70%) Billing
4 2 (2.47%) Italian Language
5 1 (1.23%) Marketing
5 1 (1.23%) Legal
Job Titles
1 13 (16.05%) Network Engineer
2 12 (14.81%) Core Network Engineer
3 11 (13.58%) Test Engineer
4 8 (9.88%) Databuild Engineer
5 7 (8.64%) Support Engineer
5 7 (8.64%) Tester
5 7 (8.64%) Developer
6 6 (7.41%) Network Support
7 5 (6.17%) C++ Developer
7 5 (6.17%) Voice Engineer
7 5 (6.17%) Network Support Engineer
8 4 (4.94%) Network Analyst
8 4 (4.94%) Analyst
8 4 (4.94%) Wireless Engineer
8 4 (4.94%) Telecoms Developer
8 4 (4.94%) Technical Tester
9 3 (3.70%) Technical Support
9 3 (3.70%) NOC Engineer
9 3 (3.70%) Design Engineer
9 3 (3.70%) CS Core Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.64%) STL
1 7 (8.64%) POSIX
1 7 (8.64%) Boost C++ Libraries
2 2 (2.47%) XML
2 2 (2.47%) SOAP
3 1 (1.23%) HTML
3 1 (1.23%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.41%) Statistics
1 6 (7.41%) Computer Science
2 3 (3.70%) Data Structures
3 2 (2.47%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.23%) Raspberry Pi
4 1 (1.23%) BeagleBone
4 1 (1.23%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.23%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.23%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 27 (33.33%) UNIX
2 10 (12.35%) Solaris
3 9 (11.11%) Linux
4 1 (1.23%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (22.22%) Network Architecture
2 7 (8.64%) Multithreading
3 6 (7.41%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (7.41%) ITIL
4 4 (4.94%) Requirements Analysis
4 4 (4.94%) Validation
4 4 (4.94%) Migration
4 4 (4.94%) Test Planning
5 3 (3.70%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (3.70%) Use Case
6 2 (2.47%) Risk Management
6 2 (2.47%) CRM
6 2 (2.47%) Network Planning
6 2 (2.47%) Software Testing
6 2 (2.47%) Configuration Management
6 2 (2.47%) Test Strategy
6 2 (2.47%) Integration Testing
6 2 (2.47%) Time Management
6 2 (2.47%) Test Automation
7 1 (1.23%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 8 (9.88%) C++
2 1 (1.23%) Java
2 1 (1.23%) SQL
2 1 (1.23%) Shell Script
2 1 (1.23%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 18 (22.22%) Degree
2 7 (8.64%) HNC
3 6 (7.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (1.23%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.23%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.23%) HND
4 1 (1.23%) CISSP
4 1 (1.23%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (12.35%) SLA
2 3 (3.70%) QA
3 1 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (1.23%) NDS
Systems Management
1 6 (7.41%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (13.58%) Huawei
2 9 (11.11%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 8 (9.88%) Oracle
3 8 (9.88%) Nokia
4 7 (8.64%) Tieto
4 7 (8.64%) Dialogic
5 6 (7.41%) Remedy
5 6 (7.41%) Sybase
6 4 (4.94%) Cisco
7 3 (3.70%) Microsoft
7 3 (3.70%) Tekelec
7 3 (3.70%) Agilent
8 2 (2.47%) HP
8 2 (2.47%) Ericsson
8 2 (2.47%) Siemens
9 1 (1.23%) TIBCO
9 1 (1.23%) Alcatel-Lucent