The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for SDH skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SDH over the 3 months to 22 June 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.

Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
UK / England
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 580 610 580
Rank change year-on-year +30 -30  
Contract jobs citing SDH 10 27 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.023% 0.055% 0.082%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.17% 0.34% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 11 19
Median daily rate £220 £275 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% -26.66%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £275 £385
% change year-on-year - -28.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £33.00 £40.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.50% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 - -

SDH 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 5883 7880 7535
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 13.67% 15.91% 14.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 3497 4892 4304
Median daily rate £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £245 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 357 351 431
Median hourly rate £24.86 £28.00 £22.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.21% +22.19%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

SDH
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for SDH in England

SDH
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SDH in England

SDH
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SDH in England

SDH
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 SDH within the England region over the 3 months to 22 June 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 +14 6 £220 -18.51% 1
South East +10 3 - - 1
SDH
UK

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SDH 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 SDH.

1 18 (72.00%) Telecoms
2 11 (44.00%) DWDM
3 10 (40.00%) Cisco
4 9 (36.00%) MPLS
5 8 (32.00%) Ethernet
6 7 (28.00%) Juniper
6 7 (28.00%) TCP/IP
7 6 (24.00%) DSL
7 6 (24.00%) LAN
7 6 (24.00%) Security Cleared
8 5 (20.00%) SC Cleared
8 5 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (20.00%) ATM
8 5 (20.00%) WAN
8 5 (20.00%) Nortel
9 4 (16.00%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (16.00%) OSPF
9 4 (16.00%) VPN
9 4 (16.00%) Internet
9 4 (16.00%) BGP
9 4 (16.00%) Tellabs
9 4 (16.00%) xDSL
9 4 (16.00%) JSP 440
9 4 (16.00%) Huawei
10 3 (12.00%) Information Security
10 3 (12.00%) 2G
10 3 (12.00%) Migration
10 3 (12.00%) Fault Management
10 3 (12.00%) DV Cleared
10 3 (12.00%) 4G

SDH
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 2 (8.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (8.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (4.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (4.00%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 11 (44.00%) DWDM
2 9 (36.00%) MPLS
3 8 (32.00%) Ethernet
4 7 (28.00%) TCP/IP
5 6 (24.00%) DSL
5 6 (24.00%) LAN
6 5 (20.00%) ATM
6 5 (20.00%) WAN
7 4 (16.00%) BGP
7 4 (16.00%) Internet
7 4 (16.00%) OSPF
7 4 (16.00%) VPN
7 4 (16.00%) xDSL
8 3 (12.00%) 2G
8 3 (12.00%) 3G
8 3 (12.00%) 4G
8 3 (12.00%) ADSL
8 3 (12.00%) GSM
9 2 (8.00%) UMTS
9 2 (8.00%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.00%) Geospatial Data
1 3 (12.00%) GIS
2 1 (4.00%) Informix
2 1 (4.00%) SQL Server
General
1 18 (72.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.00%) French Language
2 1 (4.00%) German Language
2 1 (4.00%) Military
Job Titles
1 4 (16.00%) Design Engineer
1 4 (16.00%) IP Engineer
2 3 (12.00%) Operations Engineer
2 3 (12.00%) Optical Engineer
2 3 (12.00%) Transmission Planner
2 3 (12.00%) WAN Engineer
3 2 (8.00%) Network Engineer
3 2 (8.00%) Provisioning Engineer
3 2 (8.00%) Transmission Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) Architect
4 1 (4.00%) Incident Manager
4 1 (4.00%) ITIL Manager
4 1 (4.00%) Junior
4 1 (4.00%) Network Architect
4 1 (4.00%) Project Leader
4 1 (4.00%) Support Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) Switch Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) Technical Architect
4 1 (4.00%) Technical Design Architect
4 1 (4.00%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.00%) Leaflet
Miscellaneous
1 5 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (12.00%) CESG
3 1 (4.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.00%) Unix
2 1 (4.00%) Linux
2 1 (4.00%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (12.00%) CAD
1 3 (12.00%) Customer Requirements
1 3 (12.00%) Fault Management
1 3 (12.00%) Information Security
1 3 (12.00%) Migration
2 2 (8.00%) Service Delivery
2 2 (8.00%) Validation
3 1 (4.00%) Data Migration
3 1 (4.00%) Defect Tracking
3 1 (4.00%) Escalation Management
3 1 (4.00%) Incident Management
3 1 (4.00%) ITIL
3 1 (4.00%) Network Design
3 1 (4.00%) Presales
3 1 (4.00%) Project Management
3 1 (4.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.00%) C
Qualifications
1 6 (24.00%) Security Cleared
2 5 (20.00%) SC Cleared
3 4 (16.00%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (12.00%) CCNA
4 3 (12.00%) CCNP
4 3 (12.00%) DV Cleared
5 2 (8.00%) CCDA
5 2 (8.00%) CCDP
6 1 (4.00%) CCIE
6 1 (4.00%) Degree
6 1 (4.00%) JNCIA
6 1 (4.00%) JNCIE
6 1 (4.00%) JNCIP
6 1 (4.00%) OCP
6 1 (4.00%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (16.00%) JSP 440
2 3 (12.00%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.00%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 10 (40.00%) Cisco
2 7 (28.00%) Juniper
3 5 (20.00%) Nortel
4 4 (16.00%) Huawei
4 4 (16.00%) Tellabs
5 3 (12.00%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 3 (12.00%) Ciena
6 2 (8.00%) Sybase
7 1 (4.00%) Avaya
7 1 (4.00%) Cramer
7 1 (4.00%) Ericsson
7 1 (4.00%) Microsoft
7 1 (4.00%) Oracle
7 1 (4.00%) Remedy
7 1 (4.00%) Virgin Media