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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 566 584 520
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -64
Contract jobs citing SS7 42 19 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.075% 0.035% 0.083%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.53% 0.26% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 10 10
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£305 £281 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.44% -27.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £230 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £281 £450
% change year-on-year
+15.55% -37.50%
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
8000 7309 7055
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.29% 13.58% 14.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 4493 3952 3587
Average daily rate £355 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 387 527
Average hourly rate £23.00 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.05% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% -24.00%

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 1 July 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 15 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 1 July 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 +6 42 £305 +16.19% 3
London +11 17 £303 - 1
South East -13 16 £285 -8.06% 1
Berkshire 0 14 £285 -8.06%
Leeds - 6 - -
West Yorkshire - 6 - -
Yorkshire - 6 - -
City of London - 5 £375 -
Reading +8 3 - -
Kingston Upon Thames - 3 £300 -
Newbury -1 2 - -
Hertfordshire - 2 £325 -
Home Counties - 2 - -
East of England - 2 £325 -
Slough +4 1 - -

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 67 (72.83%) Telecoms
2 62 (67.39%) 3G
3 48 (52.17%) 4G
4 47 (51.09%) SIGTRAN
5 43 (46.74%) 2G
6 31 (33.70%) GSM
7 27 (29.35%) Diameter Protocol
8 26 (28.26%) SCCP
9 23 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
10 22 (23.91%) ISUP
11 18 (19.57%) TCP/IP
11 18 (19.57%) HP
11 18 (19.57%) Network Architecture
12 17 (18.48%) UNIX
12 17 (18.48%) Billing
12 17 (18.48%) Wireless
13 16 (17.39%) INAP
13 16 (17.39%) TCAP
14 15 (16.30%) CRM
14 15 (16.30%) MGW
14 15 (16.30%) MVNO
15 13 (14.13%) LTE
15 13 (14.13%) SGSN
16 12 (13.04%) PSTN
17 11 (11.96%) Degree
18 9 (9.78%) Wireshark
18 9 (9.78%) SMS
18 9 (9.78%) RTP
19 8 (8.70%) GPRS
19 8 (8.70%) UMTS

SS7
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 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%) JBoss
1 1 (1.09%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.09%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
1 1 (1.09%) Lync
Applications
1 1 (1.09%) MS Office
1 1 (1.09%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.09%) MS Visio
1 1 (1.09%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.09%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 62 (67.39%) 3G
2 48 (52.17%) 4G
3 47 (51.09%) SIGTRAN
4 43 (46.74%) 2G
5 31 (33.70%) GSM
6 27 (29.35%) Diameter Protocol
7 26 (28.26%) SCCP
8 22 (23.91%) ISUP
9 18 (19.57%) TCP/IP
10 17 (18.48%) Wireless
11 16 (17.39%) TCAP
11 16 (17.39%) INAP
12 15 (16.30%) MGW
12 15 (16.30%) MVNO
13 13 (14.13%) LTE
13 13 (14.13%) SGSN
14 12 (13.04%) PSTN
15 9 (9.78%) SMS
15 9 (9.78%) RTP
15 9 (9.78%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.26%) MySQL
1 3 (3.26%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.09%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (1.09%) JMeter
1 1 (1.09%) Maven
1 1 (1.09%) SoapUI
General
1 67 (72.83%) Telecoms
2 17 (18.48%) Billing
3 5 (5.43%) Back Office
4 3 (3.26%) Advertising
4 3 (3.26%) Multimedia
5 2 (2.17%) Legal
5 2 (2.17%) Electronics
5 2 (2.17%) Italian Language
6 1 (1.09%) Marketing
6 1 (1.09%) Finance
6 1 (1.09%) Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (21.74%) Test Engineer
2 11 (11.96%) Tester
2 11 (11.96%) Wireless Engineer
3 8 (8.70%) Databuild Engineer
4 6 (6.52%) Network Engineer
5 5 (5.43%) Analyst
5 5 (5.43%) Design Engineer
5 5 (5.43%) Voice Engineer
6 4 (4.35%) Core Network Engineer
6 4 (4.35%) Network Analyst
6 4 (4.35%) Consultant
6 4 (4.35%) Mobile Tester
7 3 (3.26%) CS Core Engineer
7 3 (3.26%) Developer
7 3 (3.26%) Network Design Engineer
8 2 (2.17%) Test and Integration Engineer
8 2 (2.17%) Senior Integration Engineer
8 2 (2.17%) Test Leader
8 2 (2.17%) C++ Developer
8 2 (2.17%) Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.26%) XML
1 3 (3.26%) POSIX
1 3 (3.26%) SOAP
1 3 (3.26%) STL
1 3 (3.26%) Boost C++ Libraries
2 2 (2.17%) HTML
3 1 (1.09%) Web Services
3 1 (1.09%) Rendezvous
3 1 (1.09%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.52%) Statistics
2 5 (5.43%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.26%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.17%) Data Structures
4 2 (2.17%) IPTV
4 2 (2.17%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.17%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.09%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.09%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.09%) Web 2.0
5 1 (1.09%) Handset
5 1 (1.09%) IVR
5 1 (1.09%) Raspberry Pi
5 1 (1.09%) BeagleBone
5 1 (1.09%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 17 (18.48%) UNIX
2 6 (6.52%) Linux
3 1 (1.09%) SUSE
3 1 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.09%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (19.57%) Network Architecture
2 15 (16.30%) CRM
3 8 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (7.61%) Migration
5 6 (6.52%) ITIL
6 4 (4.35%) Risk Management
7 3 (3.26%) Use Case
7 3 (3.26%) Software Testing
7 3 (3.26%) Requirements Analysis
7 3 (3.26%) Data Management
7 3 (3.26%) Compatibility Testing
7 3 (3.26%) Test Scripting
7 3 (3.26%) Multithreading
7 3 (3.26%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (3.26%) Benchmarking
7 3 (3.26%) Service Management
7 3 (3.26%) Test Strategy
8 2 (2.17%) Change Management
8 2 (2.17%) Information Security
8 2 (2.17%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.35%) C++
2 2 (2.17%) Java
2 2 (2.17%) Erlang
3 1 (1.09%) Perl
3 1 (1.09%) SQL
3 1 (1.09%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 11 (11.96%) Degree
2 7 (7.61%) HNC
3 6 (6.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 2 (2.17%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.17%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.09%) HND
5 1 (1.09%) ISEB
5 1 (1.09%) CISSP
5 1 (1.09%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.09%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.35%) QA
2 2 (2.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (1.09%) NFS
1 1 (1.09%) NDS
1 1 (1.09%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 23 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (19.57%) HP
2 8 (8.70%) Huawei
3 7 (7.61%) Nokia
3 7 (7.61%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 6 (6.52%) Remedy
5 4 (4.35%) Cisco
5 4 (4.35%) Microsoft
6 3 (3.26%) Oracle
6 3 (3.26%) Tieto
6 3 (3.26%) Dialogic
6 3 (3.26%) Verint
6 3 (3.26%) Tekelec
6 3 (3.26%) Agilent
7 2 (2.17%) TIBCO
7 2 (2.17%) Siemens
8 1 (1.09%) Red Hat
8 1 (1.09%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (1.09%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 1 (1.09%) Ericsson
8 1 (1.09%) BT