Period
to 24 February 2018

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 24 February 2018 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 817 731 699
Rank change year-on-year -86 -32 -171
Contract jobs citing 2G 61 124 200
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.061% 0.13% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.46% 0.87% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 38 78
UK median daily rate £390 £360 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% +24.14% +5.45%
10th Percentile £281 £240 £208
90th Percentile £494 £650 £406
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £350 £280
% change year-on-year +10.71% +25.00% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £25.00 £71.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.00% -64.79% +88.35%
10th Percentile £31.00 £22.50 £28.55
90th Percentile £33.00 £27.50 £113.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £25.00 £71.00
% change year-on-year +28.00% -64.79% +88.35%

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 13,190 14,247 15,124
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.10% 14.86% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,138 8,686 8,870
UK median daily rate £401 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 688 765 812
UK median hourly rate £19.72 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.28% -4.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.38 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £48.21
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £21.88
% change year-on-year -6.98% -1.71% -2.45%

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 24 February 2018.

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 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 24 February 2018. 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 -88 53 £390 +26.32% 7
UK excluding London -34 50 £388 +10.71% 8
South East -42 23 £333 +23.15% 2
South West +22 12 £390 +44.44% 1
North of England +15 9 £495 +1.54%
London -38 9 £403 -21.08%
Yorkshire +2 6 £495 +85.05%
North West +5 3 - -
Channel Islands +1 3 - -
Scotland -9 3 £250 - 1

For the 6 months to 24 February 2018, 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 44 (72.13%) 3G
2 41 (67.21%) 4G
3 40 (65.57%) Telecoms
4 26 (42.62%) Radio Access Network
5 19 (31.15%) LTE
6 14 (22.95%) Project Management
7 12 (19.67%) Huawei
8 10 (16.39%) Security Cleared
9 9 (14.75%) Agile Software Development
9 9 (14.75%) Nokia
9 9 (14.75%) Analytical Skills
10 8 (13.11%) VoLTE
10 8 (13.11%) GSM
11 7 (11.48%) PRINCE2
11 7 (11.48%) SLA
11 7 (11.48%) Ericsson
11 7 (11.48%) Project Planning
11 7 (11.48%) SC Cleared
12 6 (9.84%) Android
12 6 (9.84%) Apple iOS
12 6 (9.84%) RNC
12 6 (9.84%) TETRA
12 6 (9.84%) High Availability
13 5 (8.20%) DevOps
13 5 (8.20%) Stakeholder Management
13 5 (8.20%) Motorola
13 5 (8.20%) ATM
13 5 (8.20%) WCDMA
13 5 (8.20%) HSPA
14 4 (6.56%) Security Architecture

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:

Applications
1 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (3.28%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.28%) Primavera
Communications & Networking
1 44 (72.13%) 3G
2 41 (67.21%) 4G
3 26 (42.62%) Radio Access Network
4 19 (31.15%) LTE
5 8 (13.11%) GSM
5 8 (13.11%) VoLTE
6 6 (9.84%) RNC
6 6 (9.84%) TETRA
7 5 (8.20%) ATM
7 5 (8.20%) HSPA
7 5 (8.20%) WCDMA
8 4 (6.56%) 3GPP
8 4 (6.56%) MPLS
8 4 (6.56%) SDH
8 4 (6.56%) VoWiFi
8 4 (6.56%) Wireless
8 4 (6.56%) Wireshark
9 3 (4.92%) DWDM
9 3 (4.92%) GGSN
9 3 (4.92%) SGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.28%) Geospatial Data
1 2 (3.28%) GIS
2 1 (1.64%) Big Data
2 1 (1.64%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (1.64%) Relational Database
General
1 40 (65.57%) Telecoms
2 3 (4.92%) Finance
3 2 (3.28%) Marketing
4 1 (1.64%) Dutch Language
4 1 (1.64%) French Language
4 1 (1.64%) Legal
Job Titles
1 8 (13.11%) Consultant
2 6 (9.84%) Designer
2 6 (9.84%) Implementation Manager
2 6 (9.84%) Project Manager
3 4 (6.56%) Design Engineer
3 4 (6.56%) Security Consultant
3 4 (6.56%) Service Manager
4 3 (4.92%) Field Engineer
4 3 (4.92%) Network Manager
4 3 (4.92%) Network Performance Manager
4 3 (4.92%) Network Security Consultant
4 3 (4.92%) Network Services Manager
4 3 (4.92%) Performance Manager
4 3 (4.92%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
4 3 (4.92%) Radio Planner
4 3 (4.92%) Service Performance Manager
4 3 (4.92%) Test Project Manager
4 3 (4.92%) VoLTE Consultant
4 3 (4.92%) VoLTE Engineer
5 2 (3.28%) Telecoms Manager
Miscellaneous
1 9 (14.75%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.92%) PMI
3 2 (3.28%) User Experience
4 1 (1.64%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.64%) Internet of Things
4 1 (1.64%) Machine to Machine
4 1 (1.64%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.84%) Android
1 6 (9.84%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (22.95%) Project Management
2 9 (14.75%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (11.48%) PRINCE2
3 7 (11.48%) Project Planning
4 6 (9.84%) High Availability
5 5 (8.20%) DevOps
5 5 (8.20%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (6.56%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (6.56%) Information Security
6 4 (6.56%) Performance Measurement
6 4 (6.56%) Risk Management
6 4 (6.56%) Security Architecture
6 4 (6.56%) Statistics
7 3 (4.92%) Analytical Thinking
7 3 (4.92%) Feasibility Study
7 3 (4.92%) IT Strategy
7 3 (4.92%) Network Architecture
7 3 (4.92%) Performance Monitoring
7 3 (4.92%) System Testing
7 3 (4.92%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.28%) Python
1 2 (3.28%) VB
2 1 (1.64%) Perl
2 1 (1.64%) SQL
2 1 (1.64%) VBA
Qualifications
1 10 (16.39%) Security Cleared
2 7 (11.48%) SC Cleared
3 4 (6.56%) CISSP
4 3 (4.92%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (4.92%) PMI Certification
4 3 (4.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 2 (3.28%) Degree
5 2 (3.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (1.64%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (11.48%) SLA
2 2 (3.28%) QA
3 1 (1.64%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.64%) PMO
Systems Management
1 1 (1.64%) Amdocs OSS
Vendors
1 12 (19.67%) Huawei
2 9 (14.75%) Nokia
3 7 (11.48%) Ericsson
4 5 (8.20%) Motorola
5 3 (4.92%) Actix
5 3 (4.92%) NEC
5 3 (4.92%) Nortel
6 1 (1.64%) Agilent
6 1 (1.64%) Cramer
6 1 (1.64%) Mapinfo
6 1 (1.64%) NetScout