Period
to 16 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 16 September 2019 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
6 months to
16 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 728 848 802
Rank change year-on-year +120 -46 +4
Contract jobs citing 2G 104 63 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.062% 0.069%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.89% 0.47% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 34 14
UK median daily rate £360 £356 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% -0.58% +24.10%
10th Percentile £246 £203 £261
90th Percentile £440 £546 £435
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £275 £335
% change year-on-year +30.91% -17.91% +26.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 2
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £27.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.55% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £41.25 £16.25 £22.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £54.79 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +88.89% -10.00% -

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 11,656 13,509 13,244
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.13% 13.32% 13.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,091 8,203 7,998
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £200 £198
90th Percentile £600 £606 £583
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 621 714 739
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.00% +5.26% -24.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.23 £10.96
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.95 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £19.19 £18.50
% change year-on-year +22.44% +3.74% -26.00%

2G
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing 2G as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for 2G in the UK

2G
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for 2G in the UK

2G
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing 2G over the 6 months to 16 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for 2G in the UK

2G
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for 2G in the UK

2G
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 2G within the UK over the 6 months to 16 September 2019. 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
England +98 101 £361 +1.40% 6
UK excluding London +97 88 £360 +30.91% 6
South East +47 58 £363 +7.41% 2
South West - 16 £350 -
London +41 13 £450 -14.29%
East of England +24 10 £425 - 4
North of England +26 4 £200 -33.33%
North West +11 3 £200 -
Yorkshire +19 1 £150 -50.00%

For the 6 months to 16 September 2019, 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 with a requirement for 2G.

1 100 (96.15%) 3G
2 94 (90.38%) 4G
3 82 (78.85%) Telecoms
4 52 (50.00%) 5G
5 49 (47.12%) Radio Access Network
6 30 (28.85%) LTE
6 30 (28.85%) Huawei
7 26 (25.00%) PRINCE2
8 25 (24.04%) Project Management
8 25 (24.04%) Nokia
8 25 (24.04%) 2.5G
9 24 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
10 23 (22.12%) PMI Certification
11 22 (21.15%) Ericsson
11 22 (21.15%) PMI
12 21 (20.19%) GSM
13 20 (19.23%) Critical Success Factor
14 19 (18.27%) SLA
15 17 (16.35%) Degree
15 17 (16.35%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 16 (15.38%) RNC
17 15 (14.42%) Project Delivery
18 14 (13.46%) Management Information System
19 13 (12.50%) Configuration Management
19 13 (12.50%) Change Control
20 12 (11.54%) Customer Requirements
20 12 (11.54%) Wireshark
20 12 (11.54%) Network Architecture
20 12 (11.54%) UMTS
20 12 (11.54%) Wireless

2G
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 5 (4.81%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.92%) Apache Airflow
2 2 (1.92%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.96%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.96%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 5 (4.81%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.92%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 100 (96.15%) 3G
2 94 (90.38%) 4G
3 52 (50.00%) 5G
4 49 (47.12%) Radio Access Network
5 30 (28.85%) LTE
6 25 (24.04%) 2.5G
7 21 (20.19%) GSM
8 16 (15.38%) RNC
9 12 (11.54%) UMTS
9 12 (11.54%) Wireless
9 12 (11.54%) Wireshark
10 11 (10.58%) Node B
11 10 (9.62%) WCDMA
11 10 (9.62%) WiMAX
12 7 (6.73%) ATM
12 7 (6.73%) HSPA
12 7 (6.73%) VoIP
13 6 (5.77%) 3GPP
13 6 (5.77%) Firewall
14 5 (4.81%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.88%) Big Data
2 2 (1.92%) Apache Hive
2 2 (1.92%) Cloudera CDH
2 2 (1.92%) HBase
2 2 (1.92%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 1 (0.96%) JMeter
1 1 (0.96%) SoapUI
General
1 82 (78.85%) Telecoms
2 4 (3.85%) Finance
2 4 (3.85%) Marketing
3 2 (1.92%) Back Office
4 1 (0.96%) Billing
4 1 (0.96%) Law
4 1 (0.96%) Legal
Job Titles
1 34 (32.69%) Project Manager
2 13 (12.50%) RAN Engineer
3 10 (9.62%) Telecoms Manager
4 8 (7.69%) Network Manager
4 8 (7.69%) Network Project Manager
5 7 (6.73%) Capacity Manager
5 7 (6.73%) Network Engineer
5 7 (6.73%) OSS Project Manager
6 6 (5.77%) Delivery Manager
6 6 (5.77%) Performance Manager
7 5 (4.81%) Mobile Project Manager
7 5 (4.81%) Optimisation Engineer
7 5 (4.81%) Radio Engineer
7 5 (4.81%) Support Engineer
8 4 (3.85%) Analyst
8 4 (3.85%) Network Security Engineer
8 4 (3.85%) Security Engineer
8 4 (3.85%) Senior Manager
8 4 (3.85%) Technical Engineer
8 4 (3.85%) Telecoms Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.85%) REST
1 4 (3.85%) SOAP
2 3 (2.88%) OAuth
2 3 (2.88%) OAuth2
3 2 (1.92%) Kafka
3 2 (1.92%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 22 (21.15%) PMI
2 14 (13.46%) Management Information System
3 5 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.88%) Handset
4 3 (2.88%) Internet of Things
5 2 (1.92%) Cyberattack
5 2 (1.92%) Cybercrime
5 2 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.92%) PKI
5 2 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.96%) Fibre Optics
6 1 (0.96%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 1 (0.96%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.96%) VHDL
6 1 (0.96%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 9 (8.65%) Linux
2 2 (1.92%) Android
2 2 (1.92%) Apple iOS
2 2 (1.92%) Debian
2 2 (1.92%) Mac OS
2 2 (1.92%) Ubuntu
2 2 (1.92%) Unix
2 2 (1.92%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (25.00%) PRINCE2
2 25 (24.04%) Project Management
3 24 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
4 20 (19.23%) Critical Success Factor
5 15 (14.42%) Project Delivery
6 13 (12.50%) Change Control
6 13 (12.50%) Configuration Management
7 12 (11.54%) Customer Requirements
7 12 (11.54%) Network Architecture
7 12 (11.54%) Programme Management
7 12 (11.54%) Risk Management
8 10 (9.62%) Capacity Management
8 10 (9.62%) Migration
8 10 (9.62%) Problem Management
8 10 (9.62%) Problem-Solving
9 9 (8.65%) Feature Driven Development
9 9 (8.65%) Network Planning
10 8 (7.69%) Test Strategy
11 7 (6.73%) Continuous Improvement
11 7 (6.73%) Performance Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (1.92%) SQL
2 1 (0.96%) Shell Script
2 1 (0.96%) VBA
Qualifications
1 23 (22.12%) PMI Certification
2 17 (16.35%) Degree
2 17 (16.35%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 3 (2.88%) PMP
4 2 (1.92%) CCNA
4 2 (1.92%) CCNP
4 2 (1.92%) CEH
4 2 (1.92%) CISA
4 2 (1.92%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (1.92%) CISM
4 2 (1.92%) CISSP
4 2 (1.92%) CompTIA Security+
4 2 (1.92%) Master's Degree
4 2 (1.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 2 (1.92%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.92%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (18.27%) SLA
2 2 (1.92%) QA
3 1 (0.96%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (4.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (1.92%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.92%) HDFS
2 2 (1.92%) Snort
2 2 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (1.92%) Hadoop YARN
1 2 (1.92%) Oozie
2 1 (0.96%) Netcool
2 1 (0.96%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 30 (28.85%) Huawei
2 25 (24.04%) Nokia
3 22 (21.15%) Ericsson
4 10 (9.62%) Actix
5 8 (7.69%) Remedy
6 7 (6.73%) Microsoft
6 7 (6.73%) Nortel
7 5 (4.81%) VMware
8 3 (2.88%) Empirix
9 2 (1.92%) Apple
9 2 (1.92%) BT
9 2 (1.92%) Cisco
9 2 (1.92%) EMC
9 2 (1.92%) Meraki
9 2 (1.92%) Tableau
9 2 (1.92%) Veritas
10 1 (0.96%) Mapinfo
10 1 (0.96%) Nokia Networks
10 1 (0.96%) Oracle
10 1 (0.96%) Samsung