Period
to 6 June 2020

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 6 June 2020 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
6 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 530 756 819
Rank change year-on-year +226 +63 -68
Contract jobs citing 2G 75 92 75
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.10% 0.075%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.25% 0.81% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 45 36
Median daily rate £388 £360 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.64% +5.88% +4.62%
10th Percentile £296 £256 £205
90th Percentile £511 £438 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £361 £325
% change year-on-year +10.73% +11.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 10
Median hourly rate £47.50 £42.50 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +61.90% +5.00%
10th Percentile £30.43 £41.25 £16.25
90th Percentile £53.70 £43.75 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £42.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year +11.76% +61.90% +5.00%

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 6,024 11,422 13,447
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.48% 12.60% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,465 7,038 8,283
Median daily rate £425 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.58% +0.59% +3.66%
10th Percentile £183 £205 £205
90th Percentile £625 £610 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £391
% change year-on-year -3.03% +5.63% +0.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 338 537 734
Median hourly rate £30.00 £20.50 £19.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.34% +5.45% -6.34%
10th Percentile £13.91 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £47.73
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.06 £19.09
% change year-on-year +10.77% -5.42% -4.07%

2G
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing 2G as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for 2G in the UK

2G
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing 2G.

Daily rate trend for 2G in the UK

2G
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing 2G over the 6 months to 6 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for 2G in the UK

2G
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing 2G.

Hourly rate trend for 2G in the UK

2G
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing 2G over the 6 months to 6 June 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for 2G in the UK

2G
Top 9 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 6 June 2020. 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 +226 71 £388 +7.64%
UK excluding London +152 48 £400 +10.73%
South East +113 40 £375 +3.45%
London +191 23 £325 -
East of England +66 4 £425 +6.25%
South West +47 3 £450 +28.57%
North of England +93 1 - -
Work from Home +8 1 - -
North West - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 6 June 2020, 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 74 (98.67%) 3G
2 72 (96.00%) 4G
3 35 (46.67%) 5G
4 33 (44.00%) Telecoms
5 31 (41.33%) LTE
6 27 (36.00%) Radio Access Network
7 20 (26.67%) Huawei
8 19 (25.33%) Wireless
8 19 (25.33%) GSM
9 17 (22.67%) Ericsson
10 16 (21.33%) WCDMA
11 13 (17.33%) Network Architecture
12 12 (16.00%) SLA
12 12 (16.00%) Network Planning
13 10 (13.33%) RNC
13 10 (13.33%) Degree
13 10 (13.33%) Wi-Fi
13 10 (13.33%) Nokia Networks
14 9 (12.00%) User Experience
14 9 (12.00%) Project Management
14 9 (12.00%) Mapinfo
15 8 (10.67%) UMTS
15 8 (10.67%) Validation
15 8 (10.67%) Programme Management
15 8 (10.67%) SGSN
15 8 (10.67%) Network Design
15 8 (10.67%) VoLTE
15 8 (10.67%) Problem-Solving
16 7 (9.33%) Kalman Filter
16 7 (9.33%) Performance Improvement

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 4 (5.33%) OpenStack
2 1 (1.33%) CMS
2 1 (1.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (5.33%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (2.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.67%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.33%) Traffica
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.67%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 74 (98.67%) 3G
2 72 (96.00%) 4G
3 35 (46.67%) 5G
4 31 (41.33%) LTE
5 27 (36.00%) Radio Access Network
6 19 (25.33%) GSM
6 19 (25.33%) Wireless
7 16 (21.33%) WCDMA
8 10 (13.33%) RNC
8 10 (13.33%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (10.67%) SGSN
9 8 (10.67%) UMTS
9 8 (10.67%) VoLTE
10 7 (9.33%) 3GPP
10 7 (9.33%) BGP
10 7 (9.33%) OSPF
10 7 (9.33%) VoIP
10 7 (9.33%) Wireshark
11 6 (8.00%) MPLS
12 5 (6.67%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.33%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 1 (1.33%) Selenium
General
1 33 (44.00%) Telecoms
2 4 (5.33%) Finance
3 3 (4.00%) Law
4 2 (2.67%) Marketing
5 1 (1.33%) Back Office
5 1 (1.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 12 (16.00%) Radio Engineer
2 10 (13.33%) Network Engineer
3 7 (9.33%) Design Engineer
3 7 (9.33%) Project Manager
4 6 (8.00%) Mobile Engineer
4 6 (8.00%) Wireless Engineer
4 6 (8.00%) Wireless Network Engineer
5 5 (6.67%) Architect
5 5 (6.67%) RF Engineer
6 4 (5.33%) Build Manager
6 4 (5.33%) Optimisation Engineer
6 4 (5.33%) Programme Manager
6 4 (5.33%) RAN Engineer
6 4 (5.33%) Technical Manager
6 4 (5.33%) Technical Project Manager
7 3 (4.00%) Network Manager
7 3 (4.00%) RAN Design Engineer
7 3 (4.00%) VMware Architect
8 2 (2.67%) Consultant
8 2 (2.67%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.33%) JSON
1 1 (1.33%) Pandas
1 1 (1.33%) PyQt
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.00%) User Experience
2 7 (9.33%) Social Media
3 5 (6.67%) Data Centre
4 4 (5.33%) Replication
4 4 (5.33%) VSAM
5 2 (2.67%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 2 (2.67%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.67%) PMI
6 1 (1.33%) Over-the-Top Content
6 1 (1.33%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.33%) Embedded Linux
1 1 (1.33%) Linux
1 1 (1.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (17.33%) Network Architecture
2 12 (16.00%) Network Planning
3 9 (12.00%) Project Management
4 8 (10.67%) Network Design
4 8 (10.67%) Problem-Solving
4 8 (10.67%) Programme Management
4 8 (10.67%) Validation
5 7 (9.33%) Capacity Management
5 7 (9.33%) Kalman Filter
5 7 (9.33%) Performance Improvement
6 6 (8.00%) Project Delivery
7 5 (6.67%) Network Optimisation
7 5 (6.67%) Quality Management
7 5 (6.67%) Test Automation
8 4 (5.33%) Capacity Planning
8 4 (5.33%) Change Management
8 4 (5.33%) Migration
8 4 (5.33%) Performance Testing
8 4 (5.33%) Resource Management
8 4 (5.33%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (8.00%) C
1 6 (8.00%) Python
2 1 (1.33%) C++
2 1 (1.33%) Embedded C
2 1 (1.33%) Perl
2 1 (1.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (13.33%) Degree
2 3 (4.00%) BPSS Clearance
2 3 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (4.00%) PMI Certification
2 3 (4.00%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.67%) BC Cleared
3 2 (2.67%) CCIE
3 2 (2.67%) CCNA
3 2 (2.67%) CCNP
3 2 (2.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 2 (2.67%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.33%) CCIE Service Provider
4 1 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.33%) Master's Degree
4 1 (1.33%) MOS
4 1 (1.33%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (16.00%) SLA
2 2 (2.67%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (9.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (5.33%) vCloud
2 4 (5.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (5.33%) vCenter Server
1 4 (5.33%) vRealize
1 4 (5.33%) vRealize Orchestrator
2 2 (2.67%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 20 (26.67%) Huawei
2 17 (22.67%) Ericsson
3 10 (13.33%) Nokia Networks
4 9 (12.00%) Mapinfo
5 7 (9.33%) Nokia
5 7 (9.33%) VMware
6 4 (5.33%) Cisco
6 4 (5.33%) Dell
7 3 (4.00%) Actix
8 2 (2.67%) Samsung
9 1 (1.33%) HP
9 1 (1.33%) Infoblox
9 1 (1.33%) Juniper
9 1 (1.33%) Microsoft
9 1 (1.33%) Nortel
9 1 (1.33%) Tableau
9 1 (1.33%) Vertica