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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
Rank 585 561 561
Rank change year-on-year
-24 0
Contract jobs citing SS7 21 18 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.037% 0.034% 0.052%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.26% 0.25% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 15
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% +16.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £159 £265 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £385 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £250 £280
% change year-on-year
+35.00% -10.71%
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
8217 7116 8906
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.53% 13.50% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4453 3843 4029
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 414 695
Average hourly rate £21.88 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.15 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-3.05% -7.16%

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 29 August 2014.

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 23 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 29 August 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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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 -18 14 £338 +3.84% 5
Berkshire +7 10 £394 +57.50% 1
South East -18 10 £394 +57.50% 3
Reading +6 3 - -
Newbury - 3 £450 -
South West - 1 £263 -
Slough - 1 - - 1
Swindon - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Abbots Langley - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 1
Gatwick - - - -
London - - - -
Luton - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 1
Hampshire - - - - 1
Hertfordshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - - 1
Wiltshire - - - -
City of London - - - -
East of England - - - - 1

SS7
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 30 (60.00%) Telecoms
2 22 (44.00%) 3G
3 21 (42.00%) Configuration Management
4 20 (40.00%) SIGTRAN
5 17 (34.00%) INAP
6 15 (30.00%) GPRS
7 14 (28.00%) MGW
7 14 (28.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 13 (26.00%) GSM
9 11 (22.00%) Fault Management
10 10 (20.00%) Problem Management
10 10 (20.00%) LTE
10 10 (20.00%) Change Management
10 10 (20.00%) UNIX
10 10 (20.00%) DNS
11 9 (18.00%) ISUP
12 8 (16.00%) Degree
12 8 (16.00%) GGSN
12 8 (16.00%) SGSN
12 8 (16.00%) 2G
12 8 (16.00%) 4G
13 7 (14.00%) Performance Management
13 7 (14.00%) Requirements Analysis
13 7 (14.00%) ATM
13 7 (14.00%) UMTS
14 6 (12.00%) SCCP
14 6 (12.00%) Wireshark
15 5 (10.00%) Firewall
15 5 (10.00%) Front Office
15 5 (10.00%) TCP/IP

SS7
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 1 (2.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 22 (44.00%) 3G
2 20 (40.00%) SIGTRAN
3 17 (34.00%) INAP
4 15 (30.00%) GPRS
5 14 (28.00%) MGW
6 13 (26.00%) GSM
7 10 (20.00%) DNS
7 10 (20.00%) LTE
8 9 (18.00%) ISUP
9 8 (16.00%) 4G
9 8 (16.00%) GGSN
9 8 (16.00%) SGSN
9 8 (16.00%) 2G
10 7 (14.00%) UMTS
10 7 (14.00%) ATM
11 6 (12.00%) SCCP
11 6 (12.00%) Wireshark
12 5 (10.00%) Firewall
12 5 (10.00%) TCP/IP
13 4 (8.00%) 3GPP
General
1 30 (60.00%) Telecoms
2 5 (10.00%) Front Office
3 3 (6.00%) Back Office
4 1 (2.00%) Electronics
4 1 (2.00%) Finance
4 1 (2.00%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.00%) Billing
4 1 (2.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 10 (20.00%) Databuild Engineer
2 9 (18.00%) NOC Engineer
3 6 (12.00%) Test Engineer
4 5 (10.00%) Test Leader
5 4 (8.00%) Network Support
5 4 (8.00%) Support Engineer
6 3 (6.00%) Technical Engineer
6 3 (6.00%) Test Analyst
6 3 (6.00%) Analyst
6 3 (6.00%) Network Engineer
6 3 (6.00%) Integration Engineer
6 3 (6.00%) Back Office Engineer
7 2 (4.00%) Telecoms Project Manager
7 2 (4.00%) Voice Engineer
7 2 (4.00%) Core Network Engineer
7 2 (4.00%) Technical Support Engineer
7 2 (4.00%) Systems Support Engineer
7 2 (4.00%) Systems Engineer
7 2 (4.00%) Systems Support
7 2 (4.00%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.00%) WAP
2 1 (2.00%) Rendezvous
2 1 (2.00%) SOAP
2 1 (2.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (2.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.00%) DTV
2 1 (2.00%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 10 (20.00%) UNIX
2 4 (8.00%) Linux
3 3 (6.00%) VMS
4 2 (4.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (2.00%) Windows 2000
5 1 (2.00%) Windows NT
5 1 (2.00%) Windows
5 1 (2.00%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (42.00%) Configuration Management
2 11 (22.00%) Fault Management
3 10 (20.00%) Change Management
3 10 (20.00%) Problem Management
4 7 (14.00%) Performance Management
4 7 (14.00%) Requirements Analysis
5 3 (6.00%) Resource Management
5 3 (6.00%) Workflow
6 2 (4.00%) Integration Acceptance Testing
6 2 (4.00%) Project Management
6 2 (4.00%) Software Testing
7 1 (2.00%) Business Intelligence
7 1 (2.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (2.00%) Integration Testing
7 1 (2.00%) Test Scripting
7 1 (2.00%) Process Management
7 1 (2.00%) Regression Testing
7 1 (2.00%) Validation
7 1 (2.00%) Migration
7 1 (2.00%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (4.00%) C
1 2 (4.00%) Perl
2 1 (2.00%) Python
2 1 (2.00%) Groovy
2 1 (2.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (16.00%) Degree
2 2 (4.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (4.00%) ISEB
3 1 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.00%) CCNP
3 1 (2.00%) CCNA
3 1 (2.00%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.00%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.00%) NFS
Systems Management
1 3 (6.00%) NSN NetAct
2 2 (4.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (28.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 4 (8.00%) Nokia
2 4 (8.00%) Huawei
3 3 (6.00%) Agilent
3 3 (6.00%) CheckPoint
3 3 (6.00%) Cisco
3 3 (6.00%) Ericsson
4 2 (4.00%) Velocent
4 2 (4.00%) F5
4 2 (4.00%) HP
4 2 (4.00%) Juniper
4 2 (4.00%) Siemens
4 2 (4.00%) Red Hat
5 1 (2.00%) TIBCO
5 1 (2.00%) BT
5 1 (2.00%) VMware
5 1 (2.00%) Redknee
5 1 (2.00%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 1 (2.00%) Citrix
5 1 (2.00%) Microsoft
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