The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 24 April 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)
England / South East
3 months to
24 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 249 249 228
Rank change year-on-year 0 -21  
Contract jobs citing SDH 4 26 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.049% 0.27% 0.45%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.28% 1.24% 2.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 13 20
Median daily rate - £325 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.06%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £238 £363 £295
% change year-on-year -34.48% +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 the South East with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 1414 2099 2058
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 17.45% 21.56% 20.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 785 1182 1001
Median daily rate £400 £364 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.89% +4.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £384 £363 £340
% change year-on-year +5.86% +6.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 108 102
Median hourly rate £25.00 £38.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.06% +6.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.75 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.95 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -31.57% +16.66%  

SDH
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 the South East

SDH
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SDH in the South East

SDH
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SDH in the South East

SDH
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDH within the South East region over the 3 months to 24 April 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
Berkshire +10 3 - -
Buckinghamshire -7 1 - -
SDH
England

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 South East region with a requirement for SDH.

1 8 (88.89%) Telecoms
2 5 (55.56%) VPN
3 4 (44.44%) Remedy
4 3 (33.33%) DWDM
4 3 (33.33%) VLAN
4 3 (33.33%) SLA
5 2 (22.22%) Cisco
5 2 (22.22%) ATM
5 2 (22.22%) LAN
5 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Excel
5 2 (22.22%) WAN
5 2 (22.22%) Nortel
5 2 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (22.22%) Juniper
5 2 (22.22%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 2 (22.22%) Internet
5 2 (22.22%) DSL
5 2 (22.22%) MPLS
5 2 (22.22%) Migration
5 2 (22.22%) xDSL
5 2 (22.22%) SC Cleared
5 2 (22.22%) Security Cleared
5 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (22.22%) Customer Requirements
5 2 (22.22%) TCP/IP
6 1 (11.11%) Geospatial Data
6 1 (11.11%) Escalation Management
6 1 (11.11%) Virgin Media
6 1 (11.11%) 2G
6 1 (11.11%) Validation

SDH
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 (22.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (11.11%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 5 (55.56%) VPN
2 3 (33.33%) DWDM
2 3 (33.33%) VLAN
3 2 (22.22%) ATM
3 2 (22.22%) DSL
3 2 (22.22%) Internet
3 2 (22.22%) LAN
3 2 (22.22%) MPLS
3 2 (22.22%) TCP/IP
3 2 (22.22%) WAN
3 2 (22.22%) xDSL
4 1 (11.11%) 3G
4 1 (11.11%) ADSL
4 1 (11.11%) BGP
4 1 (11.11%) EIGRP
4 1 (11.11%) Ethernet
4 1 (11.11%) OSPF
4 1 (11.11%) RIP
4 1 (11.11%) VoIP
4 1 (11.11%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) Geospatial Data
1 1 (11.11%) GIS
General
1 8 (88.89%) Telecoms
2 1 (11.11%) German Language
2 1 (11.11%) Military
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Transmission Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Optical Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Lead Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Network Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Network Design Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Network Technical Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Provisioning Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Design Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Design Leader
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Leader
3 1 (11.11%) Transmission Planner
3 1 (11.11%) WAN Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (22.22%) Customer Requirements
1 2 (22.22%) Migration
2 1 (11.11%) CAD
2 1 (11.11%) Escalation Management
2 1 (11.11%) Network Design
2 1 (11.11%) Service Delivery
2 1 (11.11%) Validation
Qualifications
1 2 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
1 2 (22.22%) SC Cleared
1 2 (22.22%) Security Cleared
2 1 (11.11%) CCDA
2 1 (11.11%) CCDP
2 1 (11.11%) CCIE
2 1 (11.11%) CCNA
2 1 (11.11%) CCNP
2 1 (11.11%) JNCIE
2 1 (11.11%) OCP
2 1 (11.11%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (33.33%) SLA
2 1 (11.11%) JSP 440
Vendors
1 4 (44.44%) Remedy
2 2 (22.22%) Alcatel-Lucent
2 2 (22.22%) Cisco
2 2 (22.22%) Juniper
2 2 (22.22%) Nortel
3 1 (11.11%) Avaya
3 1 (11.11%) Cramer
3 1 (11.11%) Ericsson
3 1 (11.11%) Microsoft
3 1 (11.11%) Virgin Media