Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 802 747 728
Rank change year-on-year -55 -19 -242
Contract jobs citing 2G 80 89 156
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.079% 0.098% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.59% 0.70% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 18 50
UK median daily rate £340 £325 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.62% +12.07% +7.91%
10th Percentile £205 £250 £209
90th Percentile £523 £673 £474
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £325 £270
% change year-on-year +4.62% +20.37% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 4
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - -33.33%
10th Percentile £16.25 £22.50 £22.50
90th Percentile £33.00 £27.50 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.25 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -33.33%

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 13,466 12,718 15,854
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.37% 13.97% 14.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,313 7,772 9,459
UK median daily rate £425 £411 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +2.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £208 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +0.65% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 748 736 707
UK median hourly rate £19.49 £21.08 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.52% -15.69% +16.06%
10th Percentile £11.76 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £48.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.40 £19.90 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.54% -20.40% +11.11%

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 27 May 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing 2G over the 6 months to 27 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for 2G in the UK

2G
Top 11 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 27 May 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 -46 78 £340 +4.62% 7
UK excluding London -12 64 £340 +4.62% 4
South East -4 46 £340 +36.00% 2
London -67 15 £513 +8.75% 3
North of England -11 8 £495 +13.14%
Yorkshire -9 6 £495 +85.05%
South West +7 5 £390 +5.76% 1
West Midlands -16 4 £211 -
Midlands -16 4 £211 - 1
North West -16 2 - -
Scotland -35 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 69 (86.25%) 4G
2 67 (83.75%) 3G
3 43 (53.75%) Telecoms
4 24 (30.00%) Radio Access Network
5 18 (22.50%) LTE
6 12 (15.00%) Huawei
7 10 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (12.50%) PRINCE2
7 10 (12.50%) Security Cleared
8 9 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
8 9 (11.25%) GSM
8 9 (11.25%) Project Management
9 8 (10.00%) Wireless
9 8 (10.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 8 (10.00%) Network Architecture
10 7 (8.75%) TETRA
10 7 (8.75%) SLA
10 7 (8.75%) ITIL
11 6 (7.50%) UMTS
11 6 (7.50%) Service Management
11 6 (7.50%) Apple iOS
11 6 (7.50%) SC Cleared
11 6 (7.50%) Android
11 6 (7.50%) Smart Meter
11 6 (7.50%) Degree
11 6 (7.50%) Collaborative Working
12 5 (6.25%) Performance Optimisation
12 5 (6.25%) Problem Management
12 5 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
12 5 (6.25%) DevOps

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 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 69 (86.25%) 4G
2 67 (83.75%) 3G
3 24 (30.00%) Radio Access Network
4 18 (22.50%) LTE
5 9 (11.25%) GSM
6 8 (10.00%) Wireless
7 7 (8.75%) TETRA
8 6 (7.50%) UMTS
9 4 (5.00%) IPsec
9 4 (5.00%) MPLS
9 4 (5.00%) SS7
9 4 (5.00%) VoLTE
9 4 (5.00%) Wireshark
10 3 (3.75%) HSPA
10 3 (3.75%) Internet
10 3 (3.75%) MVNO
10 3 (3.75%) Node B
10 3 (3.75%) SCCP
10 3 (3.75%) SCTP
10 3 (3.75%) SIGTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.25%) Big Data
1 1 (1.25%) Geospatial Data
1 1 (1.25%) GIS
1 1 (1.25%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 1 (1.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 43 (53.75%) Telecoms
2 4 (5.00%) Finance
3 3 (3.75%) Billing
4 2 (2.50%) Marketing
5 1 (1.25%) Dutch Language
5 1 (1.25%) Electronics
5 1 (1.25%) French Language
5 1 (1.25%) Legal
5 1 (1.25%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (8.75%) Architect
1 7 (8.75%) Consultant
1 7 (8.75%) Network Manager
1 7 (8.75%) RF Engineer
1 7 (8.75%) Security Consultant
2 6 (7.50%) Core Network Architect
2 6 (7.50%) Implementation Manager
2 6 (7.50%) Network Architect
2 6 (7.50%) Network Performance Manager
2 6 (7.50%) Performance Manager
2 6 (7.50%) Service Manager
3 5 (6.25%) Network Engineer
3 5 (6.25%) Network Services Manager
3 5 (6.25%) Project Manager
3 5 (6.25%) Service Performance Manager
4 4 (5.00%) 4G Engineer
4 4 (5.00%) Radio Engineer
4 4 (5.00%) RAN Engineer
4 4 (5.00%) Security Manager
4 4 (5.00%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.25%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.50%) Smart Meter
3 4 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 3 (3.75%) Driving Licence
4 3 (3.75%) NHS
5 1 (1.25%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.25%) Internet of Things
5 1 (1.25%) Machine to Machine
5 1 (1.25%) PMI
5 1 (1.25%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.25%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 6 (7.50%) Android
1 6 (7.50%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.25%) Linux
2 1 (1.25%) Unix
2 1 (1.25%) Windows
2 1 (1.25%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
1 10 (12.50%) PRINCE2
2 9 (11.25%) Project Management
3 8 (10.00%) Network Architecture
4 7 (8.75%) ITIL
5 6 (7.50%) Collaborative Working
5 6 (7.50%) Service Management
6 5 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
6 5 (6.25%) DevOps
6 5 (6.25%) Performance Optimisation
6 5 (6.25%) Problem Management
6 5 (6.25%) Security Management
6 5 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (5.00%) High Availability
7 4 (5.00%) Network Planning
7 4 (5.00%) Problem-Solving
8 3 (3.75%) Defect Management
8 3 (3.75%) Feasibility Study
8 3 (3.75%) Presales
8 3 (3.75%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.50%) C
2 1 (1.25%) Python
Qualifications
1 10 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 8 (10.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 6 (7.50%) Degree
3 6 (7.50%) SC Cleared
4 3 (3.75%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (3.75%) CISSP
4 3 (3.75%) ISEB
4 3 (3.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (2.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (1.25%) CCIE
6 1 (1.25%) CCNA
6 1 (1.25%) CCNP
6 1 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.25%) HND
6 1 (1.25%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.75%) SLA
2 2 (2.50%) PMO
3 1 (1.25%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (3.75%) HP ALM
2 2 (2.50%) Amdocs OSS
3 1 (1.25%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.25%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 12 (15.00%) Huawei
2 5 (6.25%) Ericsson
3 4 (5.00%) Nokia
4 3 (3.75%) HP
5 2 (2.50%) Actix
5 2 (2.50%) Cramer
5 2 (2.50%) Empirix
6 1 (1.25%) Amdocs
6 1 (1.25%) BT
6 1 (1.25%) Juniper
6 1 (1.25%) Progress
6 1 (1.25%) SAP