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 31 October 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 103 95 93
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -2
Contract jobs citing 2G 13 13 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.52% 0.63% 0.68%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.28% 4.22% 4.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 1
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£306 £250 £220
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.50% +13.63%
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £280 £253
% change year-on-year
+11.60% +10.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £190.00 - £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.25 £37.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year
+20.66% -21.05%
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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
396 308 340
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.90% 14.98% 15.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 154 136
Average daily rate £334 £340 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.83% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £159 £210 £174
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £330 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.54% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 39 46
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.00 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £30.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.94 £22.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+1.94% +7.14%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 2G across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 31 October 2014.

2G Daily Rate Histogram 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 31 October 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 20 (83.33%) LTE
2 17 (70.83%) 3G
3 16 (66.67%) Telecoms
4 13 (54.17%) 4G
5 10 (41.67%) SLA
6 8 (33.33%) MS Office
6 8 (33.33%) Fault Management
6 8 (33.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 6 (25.00%) Problem Management
7 6 (25.00%) Root Cause Analysis
8 5 (20.83%) Radio Access Network
8 5 (20.83%) ITIL
8 5 (20.83%) Nokia
8 5 (20.83%) Management Information System
9 4 (16.67%) MS Excel
9 4 (16.67%) GSM
9 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
9 4 (16.67%) Degree
10 3 (12.50%) Front Office
10 3 (12.50%) Ethernet
10 3 (12.50%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (12.50%) PMP
10 3 (12.50%) PMI Certification
10 3 (12.50%) Ericsson
11 2 (8.33%) Service Delivery
11 2 (8.33%) Project Management
11 2 (8.33%) PMI
11 2 (8.33%) SDH
11 2 (8.33%) HND
11 2 (8.33%) Network Planning

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

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 8 (33.33%) MS Office
2 4 (16.67%) MS Excel
3 2 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 20 (83.33%) LTE
2 17 (70.83%) 3G
3 13 (54.17%) 4G
4 5 (20.83%) Radio Access Network
5 4 (16.67%) GSM
6 3 (12.50%) Ethernet
7 2 (8.33%) SDH
8 1 (4.17%) UMTS
8 1 (4.17%) ATM
8 1 (4.17%) TCP/IP
8 1 (4.17%) HTTPS
8 1 (4.17%) IPv4
8 1 (4.17%) IPv6
8 1 (4.17%) Internet
8 1 (4.17%) Wireless
8 1 (4.17%) 2.5G
8 1 (4.17%) RNC
8 1 (4.17%) VLAN
8 1 (4.17%) MIMO
General
1 16 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 3 (12.50%) Front Office
3 1 (4.17%) Back Office
3 1 (4.17%) Electronics
3 1 (4.17%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 7 (29.17%) Incident Manager
2 2 (8.33%) Radio Engineer
2 2 (8.33%) NOC Manager
2 2 (8.33%) RF Optimisation Engineer
2 2 (8.33%) Circuiting Engineer
2 2 (8.33%) Project Manager
2 2 (8.33%) Service Manager
2 2 (8.33%) Network Manager
2 2 (8.33%) RF Engineer
3 1 (4.17%) Communications Engineer
3 1 (4.17%) NOC Engineer
3 1 (4.17%) Systems Engineer
3 1 (4.17%) Support Engineer
3 1 (4.17%) Operations Manager
3 1 (4.17%) Service Improvement Manager
3 1 (4.17%) Rollout Manager
3 1 (4.17%) Transmission Planner
3 1 (4.17%) Telecoms Project Manager
3 1 (4.17%) RAN Engineer
3 1 (4.17%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.17%) HTML
1 1 (4.17%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 5 (20.83%) Management Information System
2 2 (8.33%) PMI
3 1 (4.17%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.17%) Telematics
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (33.33%) Fault Management
2 6 (25.00%) Root Cause Analysis
2 6 (25.00%) Problem Management
3 5 (20.83%) ITIL
4 2 (8.33%) Project Management
4 2 (8.33%) Service Delivery
4 2 (8.33%) Network Planning
4 2 (8.33%) Performance Analysis
5 1 (4.17%) Performance Management
5 1 (4.17%) Operations Management
5 1 (4.17%) Use Case
5 1 (4.17%) Validation
5 1 (4.17%) Migration
5 1 (4.17%) DMAIC
5 1 (4.17%) PRINCE2
5 1 (4.17%) ETL
5 1 (4.17%) Six Sigma
5 1 (4.17%) Configuration Management
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) Degree
2 3 (12.50%) ITIL Certification
2 3 (12.50%) PMP
2 3 (12.50%) PMI Certification
3 2 (8.33%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (41.67%) SLA
Vendors
1 8 (33.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 5 (20.83%) Nokia
3 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
4 3 (12.50%) Ericsson
5 2 (8.33%) Cramer
5 2 (8.33%) Huawei
6 1 (4.17%) NetCracker
6 1 (4.17%) Mapinfo
6 1 (4.17%) BT
6 1 (4.17%) NEC