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 3 months to 29 March 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.

2G
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 556 555 382
Rank change year-on-year -1 -173  
Contract jobs citing 2G 49 93 250
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.17% 0.47%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.75% 1.17% 3.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 36 82
Median daily rate £356 £270 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.94% +3.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £211 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £645 £490 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £265 £260
% change year-on-year +32.07% +1.92%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 4
Median hourly rate £25.00 - £36.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - £36.45

2G 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 with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6545 7942 7919
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.47% 14.76% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4037 4754 4323
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 362 339 435
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

2G
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing 2G as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 29 March 2017.

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 26 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 3 months to 29 March 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
England +4 47 £356 +31.94% 6
London +37 15 £650 +48.48% 2
South East -17 13 £185 -40.32% 4
Berkshire -1 8 £185 -45.18% 2
Reading +11 5 £185 -30.51% 1
Bristol +2 5 £363 -
South West -5 5 £363 -
Hertfordshire 0 4 £350 -
East of England -2 4 £350 +7.69%
East Midlands -6 4 - -
Hampshire - 4 - - 1
North West +28 3 £600 +361.53%
Manchester +17 3 £600 +361.53%
Hatfield -7 3 £350 -
Basingstoke - 3 - -
Leicestershire - 3 - -
Yorkshire +14 2 £268 +0.94%
West Yorkshire +13 2 £268 +0.94%
Leeds +3 2 £268 +0.94%
Hounslow - 2 - -
Scotland +28 1 - -
Newbury +1 1 - - 1
Guildford -1 1 - -
Slough -2 1 - -
Surrey -8 1 - -
Glasgow - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing 2G also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for 2G.

1 116 (96.67%) 3G
2 90 (75.00%) 4G
3 67 (55.83%) Telecoms
4 59 (49.17%) LTE
5 38 (31.67%) Ericsson
6 37 (30.83%) Radio Access Network
7 36 (30.00%) Huawei
8 33 (27.50%) Nokia
9 18 (15.00%) Cisco
9 18 (15.00%) GSM
9 18 (15.00%) VoLTE
10 17 (14.17%) Cisco Certification
11 16 (13.33%) CCNP
11 16 (13.33%) UMTS
12 15 (12.50%) Nokia Networks
13 14 (11.67%) Firewall
14 13 (10.83%) TCP/IP
14 13 (10.83%) SLA
15 12 (10.00%) Network Architecture
16 11 (9.17%) Performance Management
16 11 (9.17%) CCNA
16 11 (9.17%) ITIL
17 10 (8.33%) MS Office
17 10 (8.33%) MS Excel
17 10 (8.33%) CCIE
17 10 (8.33%) Wireshark
17 10 (8.33%) Diameter Protocol
17 10 (8.33%) Network Optimisation
18 9 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
18 9 (7.50%) MVNO

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 10 (8.33%) MS Excel
1 10 (8.33%) MS Office
2 4 (3.33%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (2.50%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.83%) G Suite
1 1 (0.83%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 116 (96.67%) 3G
2 90 (75.00%) 4G
3 59 (49.17%) LTE
4 37 (30.83%) Radio Access Network
5 18 (15.00%) GSM
5 18 (15.00%) VoLTE
6 16 (13.33%) UMTS
7 14 (11.67%) Firewall
8 13 (10.83%) TCP/IP
9 10 (8.33%) Diameter Protocol
9 10 (8.33%) Wireshark
10 9 (7.50%) MVNO
11 8 (6.67%) RNC
12 7 (5.83%) GPRS
13 6 (5.00%) ATM
13 6 (5.00%) HSPA
14 5 (4.17%) 5G
14 5 (4.17%) UTRAN
14 5 (4.17%) Wireless
15 4 (3.33%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.17%) GIS
2 4 (3.33%) BusinessObjects
2 4 (3.33%) Geospatial Data
3 3 (2.50%) MS Access
4 2 (1.67%) Big Data
4 2 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.83%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
5 1 (0.83%) BusinessObjects XI
5 1 (0.83%) MySQL
5 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.83%) Power BI
General
1 67 (55.83%) Telecoms
2 8 (6.67%) Back Office
3 4 (3.33%) Marketing
4 3 (2.50%) Finance
5 2 (1.67%) Electronics
5 2 (1.67%) French Language
5 2 (1.67%) Spanish Language
6 1 (0.83%) Military
Job Titles
1 14 (11.67%) 3G Engineer
1 14 (11.67%) Optimisation Engineer
2 12 (10.00%) 4G Engineer
3 11 (9.17%) Field Engineer
4 9 (7.50%) Radio Engineer
5 8 (6.67%) Architect
5 8 (6.67%) Mobile Architect
5 8 (6.67%) RAN Engineer
5 8 (6.67%) Security Architect
6 7 (5.83%) Radio Planner
7 6 (5.00%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
7 6 (5.00%) Designer
8 5 (4.17%) 4G Optimisation Engineer
8 5 (4.17%) Mobile Engineer
8 5 (4.17%) Network Engineer
8 5 (4.17%) Transmission Planner
9 4 (3.33%) LTE Engineer
9 4 (3.33%) Mobile Specialist
9 4 (3.33%) Test Engineer
10 3 (2.50%) Senior RAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.33%) XML
2 1 (0.83%) .NET
2 1 (0.83%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.83%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.50%) Mobile App
2 3 (2.50%) NHS
3 2 (1.67%) Algorithms
3 2 (1.67%) Management Information System
4 1 (0.83%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.83%) Machine to Machine
4 1 (0.83%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.17%) Linux
1 5 (4.17%) Unix
2 3 (2.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (10.00%) Network Architecture
2 11 (9.17%) ITIL
2 11 (9.17%) Performance Management
3 10 (8.33%) Network Optimisation
4 9 (7.50%) Network Design
5 8 (6.67%) Risk Assessment
5 8 (6.67%) Security Testing
5 8 (6.67%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 6 (5.00%) Network Planning
6 6 (5.00%) Statistics
7 5 (4.17%) Migration
7 5 (4.17%) Stakeholder Management
7 5 (4.17%) Validation
8 4 (3.33%) CAD
8 4 (3.33%) Presales
8 4 (3.33%) Process Improvement
9 3 (2.50%) Continuous Improvement
9 3 (2.50%) Microwave Transmission Network Planning
9 3 (2.50%) Network Management
9 3 (2.50%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 9 (7.50%) SQL
2 5 (4.17%) C++
2 5 (4.17%) Perl
3 3 (2.50%) C
3 3 (2.50%) C#
3 3 (2.50%) Java
4 2 (1.67%) MapBasic
4 2 (1.67%) MATLAB
4 2 (1.67%) Ruby
4 2 (1.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 17 (14.17%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (13.33%) CCNP
3 11 (9.17%) CCNA
4 10 (8.33%) CCIE
5 7 (5.83%) Degree
6 3 (2.50%) CCDA
6 3 (2.50%) HNC
6 3 (2.50%) HND
7 2 (1.67%) MCSE
7 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.67%) PMI Certification
7 2 (1.67%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (10.83%) SLA
2 8 (6.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.67%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (0.83%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1 (0.83%) Amdocs OSS
1 1 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (0.83%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 38 (31.67%) Ericsson
2 36 (30.00%) Huawei
3 33 (27.50%) Nokia
4 18 (15.00%) Cisco
5 15 (12.50%) Nokia Networks
6 9 (7.50%) Juniper
6 9 (7.50%) Microsoft
7 8 (6.67%) Nortel
8 5 (4.17%) Arqiva
8 5 (4.17%) NEC
9 4 (3.33%) Cramer
9 4 (3.33%) Greenplum
9 4 (3.33%) Mapinfo
10 3 (2.50%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 3 (2.50%) Oracle
10 3 (2.50%) Remedy
10 3 (2.50%) Samsung
11 2 (1.67%) Actix
11 2 (1.67%) Crossbeam
11 2 (1.67%) Palo Alto
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