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 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
UK / England
Rank 559 572 475
Rank change year-on-year +13 -97  
Contract jobs citing SDH 15 41 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.036% 0.084% 0.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.25% 0.57% 1.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 23 29
Median daily rate £279 £363 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.10% +22.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £310 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £363 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £279 £363 £295
% change year-on-year -23.10% +22.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 6049 7248 7261
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 14.66% 14.77% 15.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 3746 4383 4012
Median daily rate £401 £385 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.15% +4.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £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 316 308 405
Median hourly rate £22.85 £27.83 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.89% +7.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -38.24% +23.33%  

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 26 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
South East +6 4 - - 2
London - 3 - - 1
West Midlands - 2 - -
Yorkshire +16 1 £320 -8.57%
East of England -9 1 £238 -34.48%
SDH
UK

SDH
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 35 (81.40%) Telecoms
2 22 (51.16%) DWDM
3 19 (44.19%) Juniper
3 19 (44.19%) Cisco
4 17 (39.53%) WAN
4 17 (39.53%) LAN
5 12 (27.91%) PSTN
5 12 (27.91%) GSM
5 12 (27.91%) ADSL
5 12 (27.91%) xDSL
6 11 (25.58%) Security Cleared
6 11 (25.58%) GPON
7 8 (18.60%) Ethernet
7 8 (18.60%) TCP/IP
8 7 (16.28%) Huawei
9 6 (13.95%) SC Cleared
9 6 (13.95%) Network Design
9 6 (13.95%) DSL
10 5 (11.63%) Ciena
10 5 (11.63%) Analytical Skills
10 5 (11.63%) BGP
10 5 (11.63%) OSPF
10 5 (11.63%) VPN
10 5 (11.63%) ATM
10 5 (11.63%) JSP 440
11 4 (9.30%) VLAN
11 4 (9.30%) 4G
11 4 (9.30%) 2G
11 4 (9.30%) GIS
11 4 (9.30%) Wi-Fi

SDH
Top Related 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 4 (9.30%) MS Visio
2 3 (6.98%) MS Project
3 2 (4.65%) MS Excel
3 2 (4.65%) MS Office
4 1 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 22 (51.16%) DWDM
2 17 (39.53%) LAN
2 17 (39.53%) WAN
3 12 (27.91%) ADSL
3 12 (27.91%) GSM
3 12 (27.91%) PSTN
3 12 (27.91%) xDSL
4 11 (25.58%) GPON
5 8 (18.60%) Ethernet
5 8 (18.60%) TCP/IP
6 6 (13.95%) DSL
7 5 (11.63%) ATM
7 5 (11.63%) BGP
7 5 (11.63%) OSPF
7 5 (11.63%) VPN
8 4 (9.30%) 3G
8 4 (9.30%) 4G
8 4 (9.30%) Internet
8 4 (9.30%) MPLS
8 4 (9.30%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.30%) Geospatial Data
1 4 (9.30%) GIS
2 1 (2.33%) Informix
2 1 (2.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.33%) JMeter
1 1 (2.33%) JUnit
General
1 35 (81.40%) Telecoms
2 3 (6.98%) Billing
3 2 (4.65%) French Language
4 1 (2.33%) German Language
4 1 (2.33%) Military
4 1 (2.33%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 6 (13.95%) Design Engineer
1 6 (13.95%) Optical Engineer
2 4 (9.30%) Network Engineer
2 4 (9.30%) Transmission Engineer
2 4 (9.30%) Transmission Planner
3 3 (6.98%) Project Engineer
3 3 (6.98%) Project Manager
4 2 (4.65%) NOC Engineer
4 2 (4.65%) Telecoms Engineer
4 2 (4.65%) Telecoms Manager
4 2 (4.65%) Telecoms Project Manager
4 2 (4.65%) Test Engineer
4 2 (4.65%) WAN Engineer
5 1 (2.33%) Cisco Engineer
5 1 (2.33%) IP Design Engineer
5 1 (2.33%) IP Engineer
5 1 (2.33%) LAN Engineer
5 1 (2.33%) LAN/WAN Engineer
5 1 (2.33%) Provisioning Engineer
5 1 (2.33%) Switch Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.98%) Leaflet
2 1 (2.33%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.63%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.98%) CESG
3 1 (2.33%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.65%) Linux
1 2 (4.65%) Unix
2 1 (2.33%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (13.95%) Network Design
2 4 (9.30%) CAD
3 3 (6.98%) Customer Requirements
3 3 (6.98%) Information Security
3 3 (6.98%) Network Management
4 2 (4.65%) Migration
4 2 (4.65%) PRINCE2
4 2 (4.65%) Project Management
4 2 (4.65%) Time Management
4 2 (4.65%) Validation
5 1 (2.33%) Defect Tracking
5 1 (2.33%) Escalation Management
5 1 (2.33%) Load Balancing
5 1 (2.33%) Network Architecture
5 1 (2.33%) Network Planning
5 1 (2.33%) Performance Testing
5 1 (2.33%) Service Delivery
5 1 (2.33%) Strategic Planning
5 1 (2.33%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.33%) C
Qualifications
1 11 (25.58%) Security Cleared
2 6 (13.95%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.98%) CCNA
3 3 (6.98%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (6.98%) DV Cleared
4 2 (4.65%) CCNP
4 2 (4.65%) Degree
5 1 (2.33%) CCDA
5 1 (2.33%) CCDP
5 1 (2.33%) CCIE
5 1 (2.33%) CISSP
5 1 (2.33%) ISEB
5 1 (2.33%) ISTQB
5 1 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.33%) JNCIA
5 1 (2.33%) JNCIE
5 1 (2.33%) JNCIP
5 1 (2.33%) OCP
5 1 (2.33%) Oracle Certification
5 1 (2.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.63%) JSP 440
2 2 (4.65%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.33%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 19 (44.19%) Cisco
1 19 (44.19%) Juniper
2 7 (16.28%) Huawei
3 5 (11.63%) Ciena
4 4 (9.30%) Remedy
5 3 (6.98%) Nokia
6 2 (4.65%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 2 (4.65%) Microsoft
6 2 (4.65%) Nortel
6 2 (4.65%) Tellabs
7 1 (2.33%) Arista
7 1 (2.33%) BT
7 1 (2.33%) Cramer
7 1 (2.33%) Ericsson
7 1 (2.33%) NetApp
7 1 (2.33%) Oracle
7 1 (2.33%) Palo Alto
7 1 (2.33%) Sybase
7 1 (2.33%) Virgin Media