The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for 2G skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited 2G over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

2G
UK / England
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 536 523 383
Rank change year-on-year -13 -140  
Contract jobs citing 2G 47 91 232
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.11% 0.18% 0.47%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.78% 1.25% 3.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 35 78
Median daily rate £356 £270 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.94% +3.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £210 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £645 £493 £401
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £265 £260
% change year-on-year +32.07% +1.92%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 5
Median hourly rate £25.00 - £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - £35.00

2G is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6035 7275 7369
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 14.51% 14.73% 15.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 3739 4421 4072
Median daily rate £405 £385 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.19% +4.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £235 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 323 307 412
Median hourly rate £22.50 £27.66 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.65% +6.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.95 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.14 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -40.96% +25.00%  

2G
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing 2G as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for 2G in England

2G
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing 2G in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for 2G in England

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing 2G in England over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for 2G in England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for 2G in England

2G
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2G within the England region over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +31 15 £650 +48.48% 2
South East -22 13 £185 -40.32% 5
South West -2 5 £363 -
East of England 0 4 £350 +7.69%
East Midlands -9 4 - -
North West +26 3 £600 +361.53%
Yorkshire +13 2 £268 +0.94%
2G
UK

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing 2G also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for 2G.

1 108 (96.43%) 3G
2 85 (75.89%) 4G
3 59 (52.68%) Telecoms
4 56 (50.00%) LTE
5 38 (33.93%) Ericsson
6 37 (33.04%) Radio Access Network
7 33 (29.46%) Huawei
8 31 (27.68%) Nokia
9 17 (15.18%) GSM
9 17 (15.18%) VoLTE
10 16 (14.29%) Nokia Networks
10 16 (14.29%) Cisco
11 15 (13.39%) Cisco Certification
11 15 (13.39%) UMTS
12 14 (12.50%) CCNP
12 14 (12.50%) TCP/IP
13 12 (10.71%) CCNA
13 12 (10.71%) ITIL
13 12 (10.71%) Firewall
14 11 (9.82%) CCIE
14 11 (9.82%) Wireshark
14 11 (9.82%) Performance Management
15 10 (8.93%) Network Architecture
15 10 (8.93%) MVNO
15 10 (8.93%) Diameter Protocol
15 10 (8.93%) SLA
15 10 (8.93%) Juniper
16 9 (8.04%) MS Office
16 9 (8.04%) SQL
16 9 (8.04%) MS Excel

2G
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 9 (8.04%) MS Excel
1 9 (8.04%) MS Office
2 3 (2.68%) MS PowerPoint
2 3 (2.68%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.89%) G Suite
1 1 (0.89%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 108 (96.43%) 3G
2 85 (75.89%) 4G
3 56 (50.00%) LTE
4 37 (33.04%) Radio Access Network
5 17 (15.18%) GSM
5 17 (15.18%) VoLTE
6 15 (13.39%) UMTS
7 14 (12.50%) TCP/IP
8 12 (10.71%) Firewall
9 11 (9.82%) Wireshark
10 10 (8.93%) Diameter Protocol
10 10 (8.93%) MVNO
11 7 (6.25%) GPRS
12 6 (5.36%) ATM
12 6 (5.36%) HSPA
12 6 (5.36%) RNC
13 5 (4.46%) 5G
13 5 (4.46%) UTRAN
14 4 (3.57%) SDH
14 4 (3.57%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.46%) GIS
2 4 (3.57%) BusinessObjects
2 4 (3.57%) Geospatial Data
3 3 (2.68%) MS Access
4 2 (1.79%) Big Data
4 2 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.89%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
5 1 (0.89%) BusinessObjects XI
5 1 (0.89%) MySQL
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.89%) Power BI
General
1 59 (52.68%) Telecoms
2 9 (8.04%) Back Office
3 3 (2.68%) Finance
3 3 (2.68%) Marketing
4 2 (1.79%) Electronics
4 2 (1.79%) French Language
4 2 (1.79%) Spanish Language
5 1 (0.89%) Military
Job Titles
1 14 (12.50%) Optimisation Engineer
2 11 (9.82%) 3G Engineer
3 10 (8.93%) 4G Engineer
4 9 (8.04%) Field Engineer
4 9 (8.04%) Radio Engineer
5 8 (7.14%) Architect
5 8 (7.14%) Mobile Architect
5 8 (7.14%) RAN Engineer
5 8 (7.14%) Security Architect
6 6 (5.36%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
6 6 (5.36%) Designer
7 5 (4.46%) 4G Optimisation Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) Mobile Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) Network Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) Radio Planner
7 5 (4.46%) Transmission Planner
8 4 (3.57%) Test Engineer
9 3 (2.68%) LTE Engineer
9 3 (2.68%) Performance Engineer
9 3 (2.68%) Senior RAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.57%) XML
2 1 (0.89%) .NET
2 1 (0.89%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.89%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.04%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (1.79%) Management Information System
3 1 (0.89%) Computer Science
3 1 (0.89%) Machine to Machine
3 1 (0.89%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.46%) Linux
1 5 (4.46%) Unix
2 3 (2.68%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (10.71%) ITIL
2 11 (9.82%) Performance Management
3 10 (8.93%) Network Architecture
4 9 (8.04%) Network Design
4 9 (8.04%) Risk Assessment
5 8 (7.14%) Network Optimisation
5 8 (7.14%) Security Testing
5 8 (7.14%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 6 (5.36%) Network Planning
7 5 (4.46%) Migration
7 5 (4.46%) Validation
8 4 (3.57%) CAD
8 4 (3.57%) Presales
8 4 (3.57%) Process Improvement
8 4 (3.57%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (3.57%) Statistics
9 3 (2.68%) Continuous Improvement
9 3 (2.68%) Incident Management
9 3 (2.68%) Microwave Transmission Network Planning
9 3 (2.68%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (8.04%) SQL
2 5 (4.46%) Perl
3 3 (2.68%) C#
3 3 (2.68%) C++
3 3 (2.68%) Java
4 2 (1.79%) MapBasic
4 2 (1.79%) MATLAB
4 2 (1.79%) Ruby
4 2 (1.79%) VB
5 1 (0.89%) C
Qualifications
1 15 (13.39%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (12.50%) CCNP
3 12 (10.71%) CCNA
4 11 (9.82%) CCIE
5 7 (6.25%) Degree
6 3 (2.68%) HNC
6 3 (2.68%) HND
7 2 (1.79%) PMI Certification
7 2 (1.79%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (8.93%) SLA
2 8 (7.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.79%) PMO
Systems Management
1 1 (0.89%) Amdocs OSS
1 1 (0.89%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (0.89%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 38 (33.93%) Ericsson
2 33 (29.46%) Huawei
3 31 (27.68%) Nokia
4 16 (14.29%) Cisco
4 16 (14.29%) Nokia Networks
5 10 (8.93%) Juniper
6 8 (7.14%) Nortel
7 6 (5.36%) Microsoft
8 5 (4.46%) Arqiva
8 5 (4.46%) NEC
9 4 (3.57%) Cramer
9 4 (3.57%) Greenplum
9 4 (3.57%) Mapinfo
10 3 (2.68%) Oracle
10 3 (2.68%) Remedy
10 3 (2.68%) Samsung
11 2 (1.79%) Actix
11 2 (1.79%) CheckPoint
11 2 (1.79%) Crossbeam
11 2 (1.79%) HP
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