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 27 June 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
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 576 591 483
Rank change year-on-year +15 -108  
Contract jobs citing 2G 34 63 159
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.072% 0.12% 0.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.53% 0.72% 2.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 12 63
Median daily rate £300 £310 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.22% +8.77%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £207 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £406 £423 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £290 £268
% change year-on-year +9.48% +8.41%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 2
Median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £77.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -67.74%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £77.50
% change year-on-year - -67.74%  

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 6447 8714 7937
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.68% 16.14% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3816 5270 4473
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 433 468
Median hourly rate £28.27 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.82% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

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 27 June 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 21 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 27 June 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 -7 34 £300 -3.22%
South East 0 20 £300 +9.09%
Berkshire +13 15 £275 +5.76%
Reading +19 9 £275 -
London -1 4 £275 -28.10%
Hampshire +6 3 - -
South West +5 3 £410 -
Bristol - 3 £410 -
Newbury 0 2 - -
Basingstoke -16 2 - -
North West +15 1 £275 -6.77%
Surrey +7 1 £335 -8.21%
Guildford -3 1 £335 -
East of England -3 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -
Leicestershire - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 £275 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Preston - 1 £275 -
Leicester - 1 - -
Essex - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 79 (95.18%) 3G
2 67 (80.72%) 4G
3 49 (59.04%) Telecoms
4 39 (46.99%) LTE
5 28 (33.73%) Radio Access Network
6 15 (18.07%) GSM
7 14 (16.87%) Ericsson
8 13 (15.66%) VoLTE
8 13 (15.66%) 5G
9 12 (14.46%) Nokia
9 12 (14.46%) UMTS
10 9 (10.84%) Huawei
11 8 (9.64%) Degree
11 8 (9.64%) SLA
11 8 (9.64%) Windows
11 8 (9.64%) Linux
11 8 (9.64%) Analytical Skills
11 8 (9.64%) Network Architecture
12 7 (8.43%) Nokia Networks
12 7 (8.43%) SQL
13 6 (7.23%) Microsoft Office
13 6 (7.23%) Cisco
13 6 (7.23%) 3GPP
13 6 (7.23%) Diameter Protocol
14 5 (6.02%) NSN NetAct
14 5 (6.02%) HSPA
14 5 (6.02%) MVNO
14 5 (6.02%) Wireless
14 5 (6.02%) Firewall
14 5 (6.02%) French Language

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 6 (7.23%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (6.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 79 (95.18%) 3G
2 67 (80.72%) 4G
3 39 (46.99%) LTE
4 28 (33.73%) Radio Access Network
5 15 (18.07%) GSM
6 13 (15.66%) 5G
6 13 (15.66%) VoLTE
7 12 (14.46%) UMTS
8 6 (7.23%) 3GPP
8 6 (7.23%) Diameter Protocol
9 5 (6.02%) Bluetooth
9 5 (6.02%) Firewall
9 5 (6.02%) HSPA
9 5 (6.02%) MVNO
9 5 (6.02%) NFC
9 5 (6.02%) UTRAN
9 5 (6.02%) Wireless
9 5 (6.02%) WLAN
10 4 (4.82%) RNC
10 4 (4.82%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.61%) Big Data
1 3 (3.61%) Geospatial Data
1 3 (3.61%) GIS
1 3 (3.61%) MS Access
2 2 (2.41%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.41%) Power BI
3 1 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
General
1 49 (59.04%) Telecoms
2 5 (6.02%) French Language
3 3 (3.61%) Electronics
4 2 (2.41%) Spanish Language
5 1 (1.20%) Military
5 1 (1.20%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (8.43%) Optimisation Engineer
2 6 (7.23%) Architect
2 6 (7.23%) Designer
2 6 (7.23%) Network Engineer
2 6 (7.23%) Test Engineer
3 5 (6.02%) Field Engineer
3 5 (6.02%) Mobile Engineer
3 5 (6.02%) Radio Engineer
3 5 (6.02%) RAN Engineer
4 4 (4.82%) Mobile Architect
4 4 (4.82%) Security Architect
4 4 (4.82%) Support Engineer
5 3 (3.61%) Electronics Engineer
5 3 (3.61%) Electronics Test Engineer
5 3 (3.61%) Linux Engineer
5 3 (3.61%) Radio Planner
5 3 (3.61%) Senior Designer
5 3 (3.61%) Systems Engineer
5 3 (3.61%) Transmission Planner
5 3 (3.61%) Virtualisation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.41%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.64%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.41%) User Experience
3 1 (1.20%) Algorithms
3 1 (1.20%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.20%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 8 (9.64%) Linux
1 8 (9.64%) Windows
2 4 (4.82%) Unix
3 1 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (9.64%) Network Architecture
2 5 (6.02%) Performance Management
3 4 (4.82%) Configuration Management
3 4 (4.82%) Network Management
3 4 (4.82%) Network Optimisation
3 4 (4.82%) Risk Assessment
3 4 (4.82%) Security Testing
3 4 (4.82%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 4 (4.82%) Validation
3 4 (4.82%) Workflow
4 3 (3.61%) CAD
4 3 (3.61%) Continuous Improvement
4 3 (3.61%) High Availability
4 3 (3.61%) IT Strategy
4 3 (3.61%) Network Design
4 3 (3.61%) Process Improvement
4 3 (3.61%) Technical Analysis
5 2 (2.41%) Analytics
5 2 (2.41%) Capacity Management
5 2 (2.41%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 7 (8.43%) SQL
2 3 (3.61%) C
2 3 (3.61%) Java
2 3 (3.61%) Perl
3 2 (2.41%) C++
4 1 (1.20%) C#
4 1 (1.20%) MapBasic
4 1 (1.20%) MATLAB
4 1 (1.20%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (9.64%) Degree
2 3 (3.61%) CCNP
2 3 (3.61%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (2.41%) CCNA
3 2 (2.41%) HNC
3 2 (2.41%) HND
4 1 (1.20%) PMI Certification
4 1 (1.20%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (9.64%) SLA
2 4 (4.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (4.82%) QA
3 1 (1.20%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (1.20%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 5 (6.02%) NSN NetAct
2 4 (4.82%) Nagios
3 1 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (16.87%) Ericsson
2 12 (14.46%) Nokia
3 9 (10.84%) Huawei
4 7 (8.43%) Nokia Networks
5 6 (7.23%) Cisco
6 4 (4.82%) Actix
7 3 (3.61%) Mapinfo
7 3 (3.61%) Microsoft
8 2 (2.41%) NEC
8 2 (2.41%) Nortel
8 2 (2.41%) Oracle
8 2 (2.41%) Remedy
9 1 (1.20%) Arqiva
9 1 (1.20%) CheckPoint
9 1 (1.20%) Crossbeam
9 1 (1.20%) Greenplum
9 1 (1.20%) HP
9 1 (1.20%) Red Hat