Period
to 23 October 2021

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 6 months to 23 October 2021 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
6 months to
23 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 579 426 689
Rank change year-on-year -153 +263 +137
Contract jobs citing 2G 160 68 102
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.24% 0.25% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.09% 1.87% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 25 40
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £650 £650 £361
Median % change year-on-year - +79.93% +11.15%
UK median daily rate £650 £638 £360
% change year-on-year +1.96% +77.08% +10.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Median hourly rate - £37.50 £28.50
Median % change year-on-year - +31.58% -24.00%
UK median hourly rate - £37.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year - +31.58% -24.00%

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

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 7,664 3,636 10,245
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.40% 13.23% 13.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,989 2,324 6,420
10th Percentile £213 £213 £192
25th Percentile £357 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £585 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £630 £610
UK median daily rate £475 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +6.74% +4.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 351 158 494
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.75
25th Percentile £13.88 £17.31 £15.78
Median hourly rate £20.51 £31.50 £26.25
Median % change year-on-year -34.89% +20.00% +39.81%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.11 £47.44
90th Percentile £64.50 £54.30 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -30.16% +21.15% +39.04%

2G
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing 2G as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for 2G in England

2G
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing 2G in England.

Daily rate trend for 2G in England

2G
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing 2G in England over the 6 months to 23 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for 2G in England

2G
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing 2G in England.

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 6 months to 23 October 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -138 92 £650 - 2
South East -82 33 £413 -1.49% 4
Midlands - 13 £279 - 1
West Midlands - 13 £279 - 1
South West -46 7 £433 +8.13%
East of England -59 5 £325 -27.78% 4
2G
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing 2G also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for 2G.

1 121 (75.63%) 5G
2 119 (74.38%) Telecoms
3 80 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 79 (49.38%) 4G
5 75 (46.88%) Project Delivery
6 74 (46.25%) 3G
7 71 (44.38%) MVNO
8 69 (43.13%) GSM
9 67 (41.88%) Stakeholder Management
10 65 (40.63%) C
11 64 (40.00%) SDLC
12 48 (30.00%) Packet Switching
13 38 (23.75%) PRINCE2
13 38 (23.75%) Radio Access Network
14 37 (23.13%) PMI Certification
15 31 (19.38%) Ericsson
16 29 (18.13%) PMI
17 28 (17.50%) PMBOK
18 21 (13.13%) LTE
19 19 (11.88%) Degree
20 18 (11.25%) Network Design
20 18 (11.25%) RNC
20 18 (11.25%) Nokia
20 18 (11.25%) Remedy
21 17 (10.63%) Project Management
21 17 (10.63%) Validation
21 17 (10.63%) Computer Science
21 17 (10.63%) Problem-Solving
22 16 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
22 16 (10.00%) Finance

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:

Application Platforms
1 6 (3.75%) SharePoint
2 5 (3.13%) Confluence
3 4 (2.50%) ArcGIS
3 4 (2.50%) OpenStack
Applications
1 10 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.88%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.25%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.63%) GitHub
2 1 (0.63%) AWS
2 1 (0.63%) Azure
2 1 (0.63%) BrowserStack
2 1 (0.63%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 121 (75.63%) 5G
2 79 (49.38%) 4G
3 74 (46.25%) 3G
4 71 (44.38%) MVNO
5 69 (43.13%) GSM
6 48 (30.00%) Packet Switching
7 38 (23.75%) Radio Access Network
8 21 (13.13%) LTE
9 18 (11.25%) RNC
10 11 (6.88%) VoLTE
10 11 (6.88%) Wireshark
11 9 (5.63%) Diameter Protocol
11 9 (5.63%) MGW
12 8 (5.00%) Node B
13 7 (4.38%) 3GPP
14 6 (3.75%) LAN
14 6 (3.75%) WAN
15 5 (3.13%) HTTPS
15 5 (3.13%) UMTS
15 5 (3.13%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.50%) QGIS
2 1 (0.63%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 9 (5.63%) JIRA
2 5 (3.13%) JUnit
2 5 (3.13%) Mockito
3 4 (2.50%) CocoaPods
3 4 (2.50%) fastlane
3 4 (2.50%) Git (software)
3 4 (2.50%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.50%) Sonatype Nexus
3 4 (2.50%) Xcode
4 1 (0.63%) Appium
4 1 (0.63%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.63%) Robot Framework
4 1 (0.63%) Selenium
4 1 (0.63%) WebDriver
General
1 119 (74.38%) Telecoms
2 16 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (10.00%) Finance
3 14 (8.75%) Banking
4 13 (8.13%) Social Skills
5 3 (1.88%) Presentation Skills
6 2 (1.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 38 (23.75%) Analyst
2 36 (22.50%) Business Analyst
3 34 (21.25%) Project Manager
4 28 (17.50%) Technical Manager
5 27 (16.88%) Technical Project Manager
6 14 (8.75%) Network Engineer
7 13 (8.13%) Voice Engineer
8 12 (7.50%) Mobile Engineer
8 12 (7.50%) Network Specialist
9 11 (6.88%) Core Network Engineer
9 11 (6.88%) Design Engineer
9 11 (6.88%) Voice Network Engineer
10 10 (6.25%) Databuild Engineer
11 9 (5.63%) Developer
12 7 (4.38%) Designer
13 6 (3.75%) RAN Engineer
13 6 (3.75%) Telecoms Manager
14 5 (3.13%) Android Developer
14 5 (3.13%) Network Design Specialist
14 5 (3.13%) Optimisation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.13%) Dagger
1 5 (3.13%) Material Design
1 5 (3.13%) Retrofit
1 5 (3.13%) RxJava
2 4 (2.50%) .NET
2 4 (2.50%) ASP.NET
2 4 (2.50%) JSON
2 4 (2.50%) REST
2 4 (2.50%) Ruby on Rails
3 2 (1.25%) Node.js
3 2 (1.25%) React
4 1 (0.63%) Itk
4 1 (0.63%) LDAP
4 1 (0.63%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 29 (18.13%) PMI
2 7 (4.38%) Mobile App
3 6 (3.75%) User Experience
3 6 (3.75%) Virtual Team
4 4 (2.50%) iPad
4 4 (2.50%) iPhone
5 3 (1.88%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.25%) Cloud Native
6 2 (1.25%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.63%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.63%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 9 (5.63%) Android
2 7 (4.38%) Apple iOS
3 4 (2.50%) Mac OS X
4 2 (1.25%) Unix
5 1 (0.63%) Linux
5 1 (0.63%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (46.88%) Project Delivery
3 67 (41.88%) Stakeholder Management
4 64 (40.00%) SDLC
5 38 (23.75%) PRINCE2
6 18 (11.25%) Network Design
7 17 (10.63%) Computer Science
7 17 (10.63%) Problem-Solving
7 17 (10.63%) Project Management
7 17 (10.63%) Validation
8 14 (8.75%) Customer Requirements
9 12 (7.50%) Quality Management
10 11 (6.88%) DevOps
11 10 (6.25%) Capacity Planning
11 10 (6.25%) Change Management
12 9 (5.63%) Continuous Delivery
12 9 (5.63%) Critical Thinking
12 9 (5.63%) Data Validation
12 9 (5.63%) QMS
12 9 (5.63%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 65 (40.63%) C
2 5 (3.13%) Kotlin
3 4 (2.50%) Apple Swift
3 4 (2.50%) PHP
3 4 (2.50%) Python
3 4 (2.50%) Shell Script
4 2 (1.25%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.25%) TypeScript
5 1 (0.63%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 37 (23.13%) PMI Certification
2 19 (11.88%) Degree
3 10 (6.25%) Master's Degree
4 9 (5.63%) MBCS
5 8 (5.00%) PMP
6 6 (3.75%) CCNA
6 6 (3.75%) CCNP
6 6 (3.75%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.88%) Security Cleared
8 2 (1.25%) ISEB
8 2 (1.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (17.50%) PMBOK
2 12 (7.50%) QA
3 9 (5.63%) PMO
4 2 (1.25%) GDPR
5 1 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.63%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.25%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (3.75%) HP ALM
2 5 (3.13%) NSN NetAct
3 2 (1.25%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 31 (19.38%) Ericsson
2 18 (11.25%) Nokia
2 18 (11.25%) Remedy
3 15 (9.38%) Huawei
4 12 (7.50%) Mapinfo
5 6 (3.75%) HP
5 6 (3.75%) Nokia Networks
6 4 (2.50%) Apple
6 4 (2.50%) Mavenir
7 3 (1.88%) BT
7 3 (1.88%) Empirix
7 3 (1.88%) Juniper
8 2 (1.25%) Actix
8 2 (1.25%) CA
8 2 (1.25%) Cisco
8 2 (1.25%) ForgeRock
8 2 (1.25%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.25%) VMware
9 1 (0.63%) Microsoft
9 1 (0.63%) SAP