The table below looks at the statistics for 2G skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 2G over the 3 months to 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 98 80 93
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +13
Contract jobs citing 2G 12 25 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.53% 1.16% 0.65%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.65% 7.69% 4.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 2
Average daily rate
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£263 £300 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £260 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £340 £292
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £305 £265
% change year-on-year
+1.63% +15.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
329 325 315
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.43% 15.04% 15.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 156 96
Average daily rate £325 £323 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.77% +7.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £150 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £407
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 29 54
Average hourly rate £24.25 £20.25 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.75% -23.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £12.00 £13.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.90 £30.00 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.00 £21.67
% change year-on-year
+11.90% -3.06%

2G
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing 2G across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

2G Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

2G
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 2G across the West Midlands region.

2G Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

2G
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 2G across the West Midlands region.

2G Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

2G
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing 2G 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 2G.

1 23 (74.19%) Telecoms
1 23 (74.19%) LTE
2 22 (70.97%) 3G
3 15 (48.39%) 4G
4 12 (38.71%) SLA
5 10 (32.26%) Fault Management
6 9 (29.03%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 9 (29.03%) MS Office
7 7 (22.58%) Nokia
7 7 (22.58%) Problem Management
7 7 (22.58%) Root Cause Analysis
8 6 (19.35%) Radio Access Network
9 5 (16.13%) ITIL
9 5 (16.13%) Management Information System
10 4 (12.90%) GSM
11 3 (9.68%) MS Excel
11 3 (9.68%) PMP
11 3 (9.68%) PMI Certification
11 3 (9.68%) Ericsson
11 3 (9.68%) Microsoft
11 3 (9.68%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (9.68%) Front Office
11 3 (9.68%) Huawei
11 3 (9.68%) Degree
12 2 (6.45%) Network Planning
12 2 (6.45%) RNC
12 2 (6.45%) Cramer
12 2 (6.45%) Ethernet
12 2 (6.45%) Finance
12 2 (6.45%) Service Delivery

2G
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing 2G 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 2G. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 9 (29.03%) MS Office
2 3 (9.68%) MS Excel
3 1 (3.23%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 23 (74.19%) LTE
2 22 (70.97%) 3G
3 15 (48.39%) 4G
4 6 (19.35%) Radio Access Network
5 4 (12.90%) GSM
6 2 (6.45%) SDH
6 2 (6.45%) Ethernet
6 2 (6.45%) RNC
7 1 (3.23%) VLAN
7 1 (3.23%) 2.5G
7 1 (3.23%) ATM
7 1 (3.23%) UMTS
General
1 23 (74.19%) Telecoms
2 3 (9.68%) Front Office
3 2 (6.45%) Finance
4 1 (3.23%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 9 (29.03%) Incident Manager
2 4 (12.90%) Project Manager
3 2 (6.45%) Service Manager
3 2 (6.45%) Network Manager
3 2 (6.45%) Radio Engineer
3 2 (6.45%) NOC Manager
3 2 (6.45%) RF Engineer
3 2 (6.45%) RF Optimisation Engineer
3 2 (6.45%) Circuiting Engineer
4 1 (3.23%) Service Improvement Manager
4 1 (3.23%) Coordinator
4 1 (3.23%) Rollout Manager
4 1 (3.23%) Transmission Planner
4 1 (3.23%) NOC Engineer
4 1 (3.23%) Telecoms Project Manager
4 1 (3.23%) RAN Engineer
4 1 (3.23%) Project Engineer
4 1 (3.23%) Technical Specialist
4 1 (3.23%) Support Engineer
4 1 (3.23%) Field Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.13%) Management Information System
2 2 (6.45%) PMI
3 1 (3.23%) Computer Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (32.26%) Fault Management
2 7 (22.58%) Root Cause Analysis
2 7 (22.58%) Problem Management
3 5 (16.13%) ITIL
4 2 (6.45%) PRINCE2
4 2 (6.45%) Project Management
4 2 (6.45%) Service Delivery
4 2 (6.45%) Network Planning
4 2 (6.45%) Performance Analysis
5 1 (3.23%) Performance Management
5 1 (3.23%) Operations Management
5 1 (3.23%) Migration
5 1 (3.23%) ETL
5 1 (3.23%) Configuration Management
Qualifications
1 3 (9.68%) ITIL Certification
1 3 (9.68%) PMP
1 3 (9.68%) PMI Certification
1 3 (9.68%) Degree
2 2 (6.45%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (38.71%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 9 (29.03%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 7 (22.58%) Nokia
3 3 (9.68%) Microsoft
3 3 (9.68%) Ericsson
3 3 (9.68%) Huawei
4 2 (6.45%) Cramer
5 1 (3.23%) NetCracker
5 1 (3.23%) Mapinfo
5 1 (3.23%) BT
5 1 (3.23%) NEC