The table below looks at the statistics for SDH 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 SDH over the 3 months to 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
Rank - 106 108
Contract jobs citing SDH 0 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands - 0.23% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category - 1.63% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 0
Average daily rate - £155 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £290 £250
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +16.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £108.75
SDH
England

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
267 307 260
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 10.29% 14.08% 12.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 128 122
Average daily rate £375 £298 £336
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.05% -11.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £155 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 49 12
Average hourly rate £18.00 £27.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% +28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.65 £14.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £40.00 £29.86
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% +26.19%

SDH
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

SDH Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

SDH
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

SDH Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

SDH
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

SDH Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing SDH 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 SDH.

1 7 (63.64%) Telecoms
2 6 (54.55%) Ethernet
2 6 (54.55%) MPLS
2 6 (54.55%) SC Cleared
2 6 (54.55%) Security Cleared
3 5 (45.45%) Juniper
3 5 (45.45%) ATM
3 5 (45.45%) SONET
4 4 (36.36%) DWDM
4 4 (36.36%) Validation
4 4 (36.36%) JNCIS
4 4 (36.36%) JNCIP
4 4 (36.36%) JNCIE
4 4 (36.36%) Cisco
5 3 (27.27%) CCIE
5 3 (27.27%) CCNP
5 3 (27.27%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (27.27%) LAN
5 3 (27.27%) WAN
5 3 (27.27%) DHCP
5 3 (27.27%) Internet
5 3 (27.27%) TCP/IP
5 3 (27.27%) VPN
5 3 (27.27%) OSPF
5 3 (27.27%) BGP
5 3 (27.27%) L2TP
5 3 (27.27%) VLAN
5 3 (27.27%) VPLS
5 3 (27.27%) Network Design
5 3 (27.27%) JNCIA

SDH
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing SDH 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 SDH. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 6 (54.55%) Ethernet
1 6 (54.55%) MPLS
2 5 (45.45%) ATM
2 5 (45.45%) SONET
3 4 (36.36%) DWDM
4 3 (27.27%) BGP
4 3 (27.27%) DHCP
4 3 (27.27%) Internet
4 3 (27.27%) L2TP
4 3 (27.27%) LAN
4 3 (27.27%) OSPF
4 3 (27.27%) Spanning Tree
4 3 (27.27%) TCP/IP
4 3 (27.27%) VLAN
4 3 (27.27%) VPLS
4 3 (27.27%) VPN
4 3 (27.27%) WAN
5 2 (18.18%) Multicast
6 1 (9.09%) PSTN
General
1 7 (63.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (36.36%) Architect
1 4 (36.36%) Provisioning Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) Juniper Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) Network Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) Senior Network Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) Systems Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Juniper Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Network Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Senior Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Senior Systems Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Solutions Architect
Miscellaneous
1 3 (27.27%) Data Centre
2 2 (18.18%) Visualisation
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (36.36%) Validation
2 3 (27.27%) Network Design
2 3 (27.27%) Network Optimisation
3 1 (9.09%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 3 (27.27%) C
Qualifications
1 6 (54.55%) SC Cleared
1 6 (54.55%) Security Cleared
2 4 (36.36%) JNCIE
2 4 (36.36%) JNCIP
2 4 (36.36%) JNCIS
3 3 (27.27%) CCIE
3 3 (27.27%) CCNP
3 3 (27.27%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (27.27%) JNCIA
Vendors
1 5 (45.45%) Juniper
2 4 (36.36%) Cisco