Period
to 24 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 841 743 644
Rank change year-on-year -98 -99 -72
Contract jobs citing 2G 55 143 251
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.053% 0.14% 0.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.39% 0.88% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 40 120
UK median daily rate £390 £338 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.56% +25.00% -13.60%
10th Percentile £260 £214 £205
90th Percentile £458 £426 £401
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £290 £270
% change year-on-year +33.62% +7.41% -13.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 3
UK median hourly rate - £45.50 £43.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.93% +1.81%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.00 £43.78
% change year-on-year - -17.77% +1.81%

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 14116 16276 15916
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.70% 15.50% 13.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 8591 9824 9211
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £214 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 741 834 1023
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +13.45% +4.68%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.89 £48.26 £45.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.04 £25.00 £20.97
% change year-on-year -27.84% +19.23% +4.84%

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 November 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 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 24 November 2017. 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 -85 49 £390 +34.48% 4
UK excluding London -37 42 £388 +33.62% 4
South East -46 22 £335 +19.64% 1
South West +4 11 £408 +50.93% 1
London -18 11 £400 +8.11%
North of England +39 3 - - 1
North West +21 3 - - 1
Channel Islands +2 3 - -
Scotland +1 2 £250 -
Midlands +29 1 £260 -
West Midlands +19 1 £260 -

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 48 (87.27%) 3G
2 40 (72.73%) Telecoms
3 39 (70.91%) 4G
4 22 (40.00%) Radio Access Network
4 22 (40.00%) LTE
5 14 (25.45%) Huawei
6 10 (18.18%) Nokia
7 9 (16.36%) Ericsson
7 9 (16.36%) GSM
7 9 (16.36%) Project Planning
8 8 (14.55%) RNC
8 8 (14.55%) VoLTE
8 8 (14.55%) Analytical Skills
9 7 (12.73%) Network Optimisation
9 7 (12.73%) TETRA
9 7 (12.73%) SC Cleared
9 7 (12.73%) Security Cleared
9 7 (12.73%) UMTS
10 6 (10.91%) Project Management
11 5 (9.09%) Motorola
11 5 (9.09%) Microsoft Project
11 5 (9.09%) ATM
11 5 (9.09%) Degree
12 4 (7.27%) Network Architecture
12 4 (7.27%) Continuous Improvement
12 4 (7.27%) High Availability
12 4 (7.27%) Broadband
12 4 (7.27%) SDH
12 4 (7.27%) WCDMA
12 4 (7.27%) SLA

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 5 (9.09%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (3.64%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.64%) Primavera
Communications & Networking
1 48 (87.27%) 3G
2 39 (70.91%) 4G
3 22 (40.00%) LTE
3 22 (40.00%) Radio Access Network
4 9 (16.36%) GSM
5 8 (14.55%) RNC
5 8 (14.55%) VoLTE
6 7 (12.73%) TETRA
6 7 (12.73%) UMTS
7 5 (9.09%) ATM
8 4 (7.27%) Broadband
8 4 (7.27%) Diameter Protocol
8 4 (7.27%) SDH
8 4 (7.27%) VoWiFi
8 4 (7.27%) WCDMA
9 3 (5.45%) 3GPP
9 3 (5.45%) DNS
9 3 (5.45%) DWDM
9 3 (5.45%) GGSN
9 3 (5.45%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.64%) Geospatial Data
1 2 (3.64%) GIS
2 1 (1.82%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (1.82%) Relational Database
General
1 40 (72.73%) Telecoms
2 3 (5.45%) Finance
3 2 (3.64%) French Language
3 2 (3.64%) Spanish Language
4 1 (1.82%) Marketing
4 1 (1.82%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (12.73%) Designer
2 5 (9.09%) Consultant
3 4 (7.27%) Field Engineer
3 4 (7.27%) Project Planner
4 3 (5.45%) Architect
4 3 (5.45%) Design Engineer
4 3 (5.45%) Optimisation Engineer
4 3 (5.45%) Radio Engineer
4 3 (5.45%) Radio Planner
4 3 (5.45%) Transmission Planner
4 3 (5.45%) VoLTE Consultant
4 3 (5.45%) VoLTE Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) 4G Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) 4G Optimisation Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) Delivery Manager
5 2 (3.64%) Implementation Controller
5 2 (3.64%) Integration Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) Telecoms Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) Telecoms Manager
5 2 (3.64%) Telecoms Planner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.82%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (14.55%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.45%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.64%) PMI
3 2 (3.64%) Virtual Team
4 1 (1.82%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.82%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (16.36%) Project Planning
2 7 (12.73%) Network Optimisation
3 6 (10.91%) Project Management
4 4 (7.27%) Continuous Improvement
4 4 (7.27%) High Availability
4 4 (7.27%) Network Architecture
5 3 (5.45%) Analytics
5 3 (5.45%) ETL
5 3 (5.45%) Network Performance Management
5 3 (5.45%) Performance Management
5 3 (5.45%) Performance Measurement
5 3 (5.45%) Radio Network Optimisation
5 3 (5.45%) Statistics
6 2 (3.64%) CAD
6 2 (3.64%) Coaching
6 2 (3.64%) Fault Analysis
6 2 (3.64%) IT Strategy
6 2 (3.64%) PRINCE2
6 2 (3.64%) Quality Management
6 2 (3.64%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.64%) VB
2 1 (1.82%) Perl
2 1 (1.82%) Python
2 1 (1.82%) SQL
2 1 (1.82%) VBA
Qualifications
1 7 (12.73%) SC Cleared
1 7 (12.73%) Security Cleared
2 5 (9.09%) Degree
3 2 (3.64%) PMI Certification
4 1 (1.82%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.27%) SLA
2 2 (3.64%) ISO 9001
2 2 (3.64%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (1.82%) Amdocs OSS
1 1 (1.82%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 14 (25.45%) Huawei
2 10 (18.18%) Nokia
3 9 (16.36%) Ericsson
4 5 (9.09%) Motorola
5 3 (5.45%) NEC
5 3 (5.45%) Nortel
6 2 (3.64%) Actix
6 2 (3.64%) Cramer
7 1 (1.82%) Agilent
7 1 (1.82%) Mapinfo
7 1 (1.82%) NetScout