Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 829 833 771
Rank change year-on-year +4 -62 -134
Contract jobs citing 2G 56 48 129
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.055% 0.048% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.42% 0.36% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 18 37
UK median daily rate £338 £390 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.46% +18.18% +17.86%
10th Percentile £177 £313 £230
90th Percentile £546 £463 £430
UK excluding London median daily rate £240 £388 £308
% change year-on-year -38.06% +26.02% +13.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 5
UK median hourly rate £37.50 - £25.00
10th Percentile £18.25 - £22.50
90th Percentile £55.12 - £49.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 - £25.00

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 13,465 13,503 16,446
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.16% 13.59% 15.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,100 8,240 10,018
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £200 £186 £219
90th Percentile £605 £583 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 659 723 832
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.30% -17.20% +16.25%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.32 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.56% -22.00% +25.00%

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 20 October 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 20 October 2018.

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 20 October 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 -4 53 £338 -13.46% 13
UK excluding London -12 41 £240 -38.06% 5
South East +2 29 £325 -3.94% 1
London -11 12 £525 +32.08% 8
West Midlands -11 6 £226 -12.98%
Midlands -13 6 £226 -12.98%
East of England - 4 £400 - 3
North of England -23 2 £300 -
North West -13 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 £300 -

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 53 (94.64%) 3G
2 52 (92.86%) 4G
3 26 (46.43%) Telecoms
4 22 (39.29%) Radio Access Network
5 14 (25.00%) LTE
6 11 (19.64%) Huawei
7 10 (17.86%) Degree
8 9 (16.07%) GSM
9 8 (14.29%) Ericsson
10 7 (12.50%) Smart Meter
10 7 (12.50%) Network Architecture
10 7 (12.50%) RNC
11 6 (10.71%) Capacity Planning
11 6 (10.71%) Wireshark
11 6 (10.71%) SharePoint
11 6 (10.71%) ATM
11 6 (10.71%) Finance
11 6 (10.71%) SS7
11 6 (10.71%) Network Management
12 5 (8.93%) Analytical Skills
12 5 (8.93%) Availability Management
12 5 (8.93%) Remedy
12 5 (8.93%) Microsoft Office
12 5 (8.93%) ITIL
12 5 (8.93%) SC Cleared
12 5 (8.93%) Security Cleared
12 5 (8.93%) TETRA
13 4 (7.14%) GGSN
13 4 (7.14%) SGSN
13 4 (7.14%) Computer Science

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 6 (10.71%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (8.93%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (3.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 53 (94.64%) 3G
2 52 (92.86%) 4G
3 22 (39.29%) Radio Access Network
4 14 (25.00%) LTE
5 9 (16.07%) GSM
6 7 (12.50%) RNC
7 6 (10.71%) ATM
7 6 (10.71%) SS7
7 6 (10.71%) Wireshark
8 5 (8.93%) TETRA
9 4 (7.14%) 3GPP
9 4 (7.14%) 5G
9 4 (7.14%) GGSN
9 4 (7.14%) SGSN
9 4 (7.14%) Wireless
10 3 (5.36%) DNS
10 3 (5.36%) UMTS
10 3 (5.36%) VLAN
11 2 (3.57%) LAN
11 2 (3.57%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.79%) Geospatial Data
1 1 (1.79%) GIS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.79%) SoapUI
1 1 (1.79%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 26 (46.43%) Telecoms
2 6 (10.71%) Finance
3 2 (3.57%) Billing
4 1 (1.79%) Electronics
4 1 (1.79%) Marketing
4 1 (1.79%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (10.71%) 4G Engineer
1 6 (10.71%) Network Engineer
1 6 (10.71%) RAN Engineer
1 6 (10.71%) Test Engineer
2 5 (8.93%) Radio Engineer
3 4 (7.14%) Mobile Engineer
3 4 (7.14%) RF Engineer
3 4 (7.14%) Senior Network Engineer
4 3 (5.36%) 3G Engineer
4 3 (5.36%) Architect
4 3 (5.36%) Field Engineer
4 3 (5.36%) Integration Engineer
4 3 (5.36%) Optimisation Engineer
4 3 (5.36%) Senior Test Engineer
4 3 (5.36%) Senior Tester
4 3 (5.36%) Tester
4 3 (5.36%) Wireless Engineer
5 2 (3.57%) Consultant
5 2 (3.57%) Support Engineer
5 2 (3.57%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.79%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.50%) Smart Meter
2 5 (8.93%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (7.14%) Computer Science
4 3 (5.36%) Driving Licence
5 2 (3.57%) NHS
5 2 (3.57%) Replication
6 1 (1.79%) CCTV
6 1 (1.79%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 3 (5.36%) Linux
2 1 (1.79%) Unix
2 1 (1.79%) Windows
2 1 (1.79%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (12.50%) Network Architecture
2 6 (10.71%) Capacity Planning
2 6 (10.71%) Network Management
3 5 (8.93%) Availability Management
3 5 (8.93%) ITIL
4 4 (7.14%) Cybersecurity
4 4 (7.14%) Data Entry
4 4 (7.14%) PRINCE2
4 4 (7.14%) Resource Allocation
4 4 (7.14%) Security Management
4 4 (7.14%) Service Management
5 3 (5.36%) Capacity Management
5 3 (5.36%) High Availability
5 3 (5.36%) Network Optimisation
6 2 (3.57%) API Integration
6 2 (3.57%) Feature Driven Development
6 2 (3.57%) Mobile Optimisation
6 2 (3.57%) Network Monitoring
6 2 (3.57%) Presales
6 2 (3.57%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.57%) Python
Qualifications
1 10 (17.86%) Degree
2 5 (8.93%) SC Cleared
2 5 (8.93%) Security Cleared
3 4 (7.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 2 (3.57%) CCNA
4 2 (3.57%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.79%) CCIE
5 1 (1.79%) CCNP
5 1 (1.79%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.36%) SLA
2 1 (1.79%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (3.57%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (3.57%) Iperf
2 1 (1.79%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (19.64%) Huawei
2 8 (14.29%) Ericsson
3 5 (8.93%) Remedy
4 4 (7.14%) Nokia
5 3 (5.36%) Empirix
6 1 (1.79%) Actix
6 1 (1.79%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 1 (1.79%) Cisco
6 1 (1.79%) Cramer
6 1 (1.79%) Greenplum
6 1 (1.79%) HP
6 1 (1.79%) Juniper
6 1 (1.79%) NetCracker