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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
2G
Rank 115 104 100
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -4
Contract jobs citing 2G 12 15 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.44% 0.63% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.84% 5.26% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 1
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£260 £290 £210
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.34% +38.09%
UK excluding London average daily rate £268 £290 £285
% change year-on-year
-7.75% +1.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £37.89 - £29.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.70 - £32.00
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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
422 285 272
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.52% 12.00% 14.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 123 122
Average daily rate £345 £350 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.42% +27.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £213 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £310
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +8.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 22 39
Average hourly rate £26.00 £16.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+62.50% -17.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 £10.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £30.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+46.34% -8.88%

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 21 April 2015, 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 (92.00%) 3G
2 18 (72.00%) Telecoms
2 18 (72.00%) LTE
3 17 (68.00%) 4G
4 9 (36.00%) Radio Access Network
5 7 (28.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 7 (28.00%) Performance Management
5 7 (28.00%) Huawei
5 7 (28.00%) Configuration Management
6 6 (24.00%) GPRS
6 6 (24.00%) GSM
6 6 (24.00%) WCDMA
6 6 (24.00%) SLA
6 6 (24.00%) Nortel
6 6 (24.00%) Ericsson
6 6 (24.00%) Network Design
6 6 (24.00%) Resource Management
6 6 (24.00%) HSPA
7 5 (20.00%) Fault Management
8 4 (16.00%) Service Delivery
8 4 (16.00%) MS Excel
8 4 (16.00%) Ethernet
8 4 (16.00%) MS Office
8 4 (16.00%) Mapinfo
9 3 (12.00%) Internet
9 3 (12.00%) Service Management
9 3 (12.00%) Automotive
9 3 (12.00%) Validation
9 3 (12.00%) ITIL
9 3 (12.00%) HTML

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

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, 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 4 (16.00%) MS Office
1 4 (16.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (12.00%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 23 (92.00%) 3G
2 18 (72.00%) LTE
3 17 (68.00%) 4G
4 9 (36.00%) Radio Access Network
5 6 (24.00%) HSPA
5 6 (24.00%) GPRS
5 6 (24.00%) GSM
5 6 (24.00%) WCDMA
6 4 (16.00%) Ethernet
7 3 (12.00%) TCP/IP
7 3 (12.00%) HTTPS
7 3 (12.00%) IPv4
7 3 (12.00%) IPv6
7 3 (12.00%) Internet
7 3 (12.00%) MIMO
7 3 (12.00%) Wireless
7 3 (12.00%) FlexRay
8 1 (4.00%) RNC
Development Applications
1 3 (12.00%) CANoe
2 1 (4.00%) Rational DOORS
General
1 18 (72.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (12.00%) Automotive
3 2 (8.00%) Electronics
3 2 (8.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (24.00%) Performance Engineer
2 5 (20.00%) RAN Engineer
3 4 (16.00%) RAN Performance Engineer
4 3 (12.00%) Incident Manager
5 2 (8.00%) Radio Engineer
5 2 (8.00%) Project Manager
5 2 (8.00%) Systems Engineer
5 2 (8.00%) Field Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Service Manager
6 1 (4.00%) Technical Specialist
6 1 (4.00%) Project Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Telecoms Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) RF Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Support Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) NOC Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) NOC Manager
6 1 (4.00%) Senior RAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.00%) HTML
1 3 (12.00%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.00%) Telematics
2 1 (4.00%) GIS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (28.00%) Configuration Management
1 7 (28.00%) Performance Management
2 6 (24.00%) Network Design
2 6 (24.00%) Resource Management
3 5 (20.00%) Fault Management
4 4 (16.00%) Service Delivery
5 3 (12.00%) Validation
5 3 (12.00%) Service Management
5 3 (12.00%) ITIL
5 3 (12.00%) eTOM
5 3 (12.00%) Network Management
5 3 (12.00%) Performance Improvement
6 2 (8.00%) Root Cause Analysis
6 2 (8.00%) Performance Engineering
6 2 (8.00%) Problem Management
6 2 (8.00%) Use Case
6 2 (8.00%) DMAIC
6 2 (8.00%) Six Sigma
7 1 (4.00%) Workflow
7 1 (4.00%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.00%) C
Qualifications
1 2 (8.00%) Degree
2 1 (4.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (24.00%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.00%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 7 (28.00%) Huawei
1 7 (28.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 6 (24.00%) Nortel
2 6 (24.00%) Ericsson
3 4 (16.00%) Mapinfo
4 3 (12.00%) Nokia
4 3 (12.00%) Business Objects
5 1 (4.00%) Microsoft