Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 810 823 756
Rank change year-on-year +13 -67 -68
Contract jobs citing 2G 68 64 124
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.068% 0.064% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.53% 0.48% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 27 34
UK median daily rate £375 £390 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.85% +6.85% +23.73%
10th Percentile £291 £322 £252
90th Percentile £419 £494 £573
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £350
% change year-on-year -3.85% +11.43% +20.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
UK median hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 - -

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 12,763 13,457 14,593
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.83% 13.42% 15.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,684 8,316 8,864
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £200 £181 £213
90th Percentile £610 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 613 678 754
UK median hourly rate £18.76 £18.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.32% -16.89% +2.27%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.00 £11.47
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.08 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.75 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.67% -16.67% +7.12%

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 18 January 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing 2G over the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for 2G in the UK

2G
Top 10 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 18 January 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 +15 63 £375 -3.85% 6
UK excluding London -14 51 £375 -3.85% 4
South East +15 37 £369 +8.46% 1
London +10 12 £350 -11.39% 2
East of England - 10 £400 - 1
Yorkshire -22 2 £300 -39.39%
North of England -29 2 £300 -39.39%
South West -45 1 - - 1
West Midlands - 1 £365 -
Midlands - 1 £365 - 1

For the 6 months to 18 January 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 66 (97.06%) 3G
2 64 (94.12%) 4G
3 46 (67.65%) Telecoms
4 30 (44.12%) 5G
5 25 (36.76%) LTE
6 23 (33.82%) Radio Access Network
7 19 (27.94%) Huawei
8 15 (22.06%) Project Management
9 14 (20.59%) GSM
9 14 (20.59%) Network Management
10 13 (19.12%) Degree
11 12 (17.65%) RNC
11 12 (17.65%) Microsoft Office
11 12 (17.65%) Ericsson
12 11 (16.18%) PMI Certification
12 11 (16.18%) PRINCE2
13 10 (14.71%) Nokia
13 10 (14.71%) 2.5G
13 10 (14.71%) Wireless
14 9 (13.24%) Wireshark
14 9 (13.24%) Remedy
14 9 (13.24%) PMI
14 9 (13.24%) Network Architecture
15 8 (11.76%) Linux
15 8 (11.76%) SharePoint
15 8 (11.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
16 7 (10.29%) Firewall
16 7 (10.29%) SS7
16 7 (10.29%) Node B
16 7 (10.29%) Presales

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 8 (11.76%) SharePoint
Applications
1 12 (17.65%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (8.82%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 66 (97.06%) 3G
2 64 (94.12%) 4G
3 30 (44.12%) 5G
4 25 (36.76%) LTE
5 23 (33.82%) Radio Access Network
6 14 (20.59%) GSM
7 12 (17.65%) RNC
8 10 (14.71%) 2.5G
8 10 (14.71%) Wireless
9 9 (13.24%) Wireshark
10 7 (10.29%) Firewall
10 7 (10.29%) Node B
10 7 (10.29%) SS7
11 6 (8.82%) DNS
11 6 (8.82%) MPLS
11 6 (8.82%) UMTS
12 5 (7.35%) 3GPP
12 5 (7.35%) WiMAX
13 4 (5.88%) IP Telephony
13 4 (5.88%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.35%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 1 (1.47%) Bugzilla
1 1 (1.47%) JIRA
1 1 (1.47%) SoapUI
1 1 (1.47%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (1.47%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 46 (67.65%) Telecoms
2 6 (8.82%) Billing
3 4 (5.88%) Finance
4 3 (4.41%) Spanish Language
5 1 (1.47%) Electronics
5 1 (1.47%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.47%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 14 (20.59%) Project Manager
2 8 (11.76%) RAN Engineer
3 7 (10.29%) Consultant
3 7 (10.29%) Mobile Engineer
4 6 (8.82%) Wireless Engineer
5 5 (7.35%) 4G Engineer
5 5 (7.35%) Field Engineer
6 4 (5.88%) Network Consultant
6 4 (5.88%) Network Security Consultant
6 4 (5.88%) Radio Engineer
6 4 (5.88%) Security Consultant
7 3 (4.41%) Integration Engineer
7 3 (4.41%) Mobile Project Manager
7 3 (4.41%) Post-Sales Consultant
7 3 (4.41%) Presales Consultant
7 3 (4.41%) Sales Consultant
7 3 (4.41%) Test Engineer
8 2 (2.94%) Optimisation Engineer
8 2 (2.94%) Senior Field Engineer
8 2 (2.94%) Telecoms Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.47%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.24%) PMI
2 4 (5.88%) Mobile App
3 3 (4.41%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (4.41%) Social Media
4 2 (2.94%) Animation
4 2 (2.94%) Cloud Native
4 2 (2.94%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (2.94%) Public Cloud
4 2 (2.94%) Replication
5 1 (1.47%) CCTV
5 1 (1.47%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.47%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 8 (11.76%) Linux
2 3 (4.41%) Windows
3 2 (2.94%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (22.06%) Project Management
2 14 (20.59%) Network Management
3 11 (16.18%) PRINCE2
4 9 (13.24%) Network Architecture
5 7 (10.29%) Presales
6 6 (8.82%) Computer Science
6 6 (8.82%) Problem-Solving
6 6 (8.82%) Validation
7 5 (7.35%) Capacity Planning
7 5 (7.35%) High Availability
8 4 (5.88%) Change Control
8 4 (5.88%) Data Loss Prevention
8 4 (5.88%) Database Security
8 4 (5.88%) Identity Access Management
8 4 (5.88%) ITIL V3
8 4 (5.88%) Resource Allocation
8 4 (5.88%) Security Architecture
8 4 (5.88%) Security Testing
8 4 (5.88%) SIEM
8 4 (5.88%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (8.82%) SQL
2 4 (5.88%) Python
3 3 (4.41%) C
4 2 (2.94%) Bash Shell
4 2 (2.94%) C++
4 2 (2.94%) Java
Qualifications
1 13 (19.12%) Degree
2 11 (16.18%) PMI Certification
3 4 (5.88%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.88%) Security Cleared
4 3 (4.41%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 2 (2.94%) CCNA
5 2 (2.94%) CCNP
5 2 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (2.94%) Master's Degree
5 2 (2.94%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (11.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (7.35%) PMO
2 5 (7.35%) SLA
3 4 (5.88%) ISO 9001
3 4 (5.88%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (4.41%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (2.94%) Iperf
2 1 (1.47%) HP ALM
2 1 (1.47%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (27.94%) Huawei
2 12 (17.65%) Ericsson
3 10 (14.71%) Nokia
4 9 (13.24%) Remedy
5 6 (8.82%) Microsoft
6 4 (5.88%) Actix
6 4 (5.88%) Cisco
7 3 (4.41%) Nortel
8 2 (2.94%) HP
8 2 (2.94%) Mapinfo
8 2 (2.94%) Nokia Networks
9 1 (1.47%) Cramer
9 1 (1.47%) NetCracker