The first table below looks at the demand 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 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the West Midlands region.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
2G
Rank 103 95 89
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -6
Contract jobs citing 2G 15 3 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.63% 0.16% 0.80%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.42% 1.12% 6.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 2
Average daily rate £290 £210 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.09% -23.63%
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £286 £270
% change year-on-year
+1.31% +6.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £29.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.00 £34.50
% change year-on-year
- -7.24%
Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
277 268 267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 11.70% 14.62% 11.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 122 104
Average daily rate £350 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £150 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 38 30
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.05% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.30 £32.90 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -18.18%
2G
England

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 17 April 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 41 (100.00%) 3G
2 29 (70.73%) Telecoms
3 21 (51.22%) LTE
4 20 (48.78%) SLA
5 13 (31.71%) Ericsson
6 7 (17.07%) Nokia
6 7 (17.07%) ITIL
6 7 (17.07%) RNC
7 6 (14.63%) 4G
7 6 (14.63%) Microsoft
7 6 (14.63%) Nortel
7 6 (14.63%) MS Excel
7 6 (14.63%) ETL
7 6 (14.63%) Root Cause Analysis
8 5 (12.20%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (12.20%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 5 (12.20%) Problem Management
8 5 (12.20%) Huawei
9 4 (9.76%) Fault Management
9 4 (9.76%) Legal
9 4 (9.76%) MS Office
10 3 (7.32%) DWDM
10 3 (7.32%) Change Management
10 3 (7.32%) ATM
10 3 (7.32%) HND
10 3 (7.32%) SQL
10 3 (7.32%) C
10 3 (7.32%) Java
10 3 (7.32%) NEC
10 3 (7.32%) Change Control

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

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 6 (14.63%) MS Excel
2 4 (9.76%) MS Office
3 1 (2.44%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 41 (100.00%) 3G
2 21 (51.22%) LTE
3 7 (17.07%) RNC
4 6 (14.63%) 4G
5 3 (7.32%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (7.32%) DWDM
5 3 (7.32%) ATM
6 2 (4.88%) Ethernet
6 2 (4.88%) 2.5G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) MySQL
General
1 29 (70.73%) Telecoms
2 4 (9.76%) Legal
3 2 (4.88%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 9 (21.95%) Incident Manager
2 8 (19.51%) Field Engineer
3 6 (14.63%) Operations Manager
4 3 (7.32%) Design Engineer
4 3 (7.32%) Project Manager
4 3 (7.32%) Developer
5 2 (4.88%) Telecoms Project Manager
5 2 (4.88%) Software Developer
5 2 (4.88%) Delivery Manager
6 1 (2.44%) Deployment Project Manager
6 1 (2.44%) Development DBA
6 1 (2.44%) OSS Engineer
6 1 (2.44%) Development Engineer
6 1 (2.44%) Network Optimisation Engineer
6 1 (2.44%) Project Delivery Manager
6 1 (2.44%) Network Planner
6 1 (2.44%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
6 1 (2.44%) Database Engineer
6 1 (2.44%) NOC Manager
6 1 (2.44%) Network Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.44%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (17.07%) ITIL
2 6 (14.63%) ETL
2 6 (14.63%) Root Cause Analysis
3 5 (12.20%) Problem Management
4 4 (9.76%) Fault Management
5 3 (7.32%) Change Control
5 3 (7.32%) Change Management
6 2 (4.88%) Network Design
6 2 (4.88%) Network Planning
6 2 (4.88%) Incident Management
6 2 (4.88%) WFM
7 1 (2.44%) Project Management
7 1 (2.44%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.32%) C
1 3 (7.32%) Java
1 3 (7.32%) SQL
2 2 (4.88%) VBA
2 2 (4.88%) JavaScript
2 2 (4.88%) Perl
Qualifications
1 5 (12.20%) ITIL Certification
2 3 (7.32%) HND
3 1 (2.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (2.44%) PMP
3 1 (2.44%) PMI Certification
3 1 (2.44%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (48.78%) SLA
Vendors
1 13 (31.71%) Ericsson
2 7 (17.07%) Nokia
3 6 (14.63%) Microsoft
3 6 (14.63%) Nortel
4 5 (12.20%) Huawei
4 5 (12.20%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 3 (7.32%) NEC
6 2 (4.88%) Cramer