Period
to 18 August 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 18 August 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
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 828 784 769
Rank change year-on-year -44 -15 -192
Contract jobs citing 2G 71 75 136
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.069% 0.078% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.51% 0.57% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 15 33
UK median daily rate £325 £363 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.34% +25.00% +7.41%
10th Percentile £189 £261 £195
90th Percentile £548 £435 £493
UK excluding London median daily rate £240 £342 £265
% change year-on-year -29.75% +28.92% -1.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 2 6
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - -42.90%
10th Percentile £16.25 £22.50 £22.50
90th Percentile £50.30 £27.50 £47.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £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 13,853 13,129 16,816
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.45% 13.61% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,487 7,886 10,201
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £397 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.93% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 774 746 810
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.23 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.70% -26.00% +21.95%

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 18 August 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 18 August 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 18 August 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 -33 69 £325 -10.34% 5
UK excluding London -17 49 £240 -29.75% 3
South East -6 40 £251 -21.10% 3
London -21 21 £525 +40.00% 2
Midlands -7 5 £213 -18.27%
West Midlands -16 5 £213 -18.27%
East of England -8 2 - -
North West -10 1 - -
North of England -18 1 - -
Scotland -38 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 70 (98.59%) 4G
2 66 (92.96%) 3G
3 33 (46.48%) Telecoms
4 21 (29.58%) Radio Access Network
5 14 (19.72%) Huawei
6 12 (16.90%) LTE
7 11 (15.49%) TETRA
8 10 (14.08%) Degree
8 10 (14.08%) ITIL
8 10 (14.08%) GSM
8 10 (14.08%) Security Cleared
9 9 (12.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 9 (12.68%) SC Cleared
9 9 (12.68%) Network Architecture
9 9 (12.68%) PRINCE2
9 9 (12.68%) Service Management
9 9 (12.68%) Security Management
10 8 (11.27%) Finance
10 8 (11.27%) Cybersecurity
10 8 (11.27%) Availability Management
11 7 (9.86%) Smart Meter
11 7 (9.86%) Wireless
12 6 (8.45%) SS7
12 6 (8.45%) UMTS
12 6 (8.45%) Data Entry
12 6 (8.45%) Driving Licence
13 5 (7.04%) Problem-Solving
13 5 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
13 5 (7.04%) Wireshark
14 4 (5.63%) Presales

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 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 70 (98.59%) 4G
2 66 (92.96%) 3G
3 21 (29.58%) Radio Access Network
4 12 (16.90%) LTE
5 11 (15.49%) TETRA
6 10 (14.08%) GSM
7 7 (9.86%) Wireless
8 6 (8.45%) SS7
8 6 (8.45%) UMTS
9 5 (7.04%) Wireshark
10 4 (5.63%) 3GPP
10 4 (5.63%) SIGTRAN
11 3 (4.23%) ATM
11 3 (4.23%) DNS
11 3 (4.23%) GGSN
11 3 (4.23%) Internet
11 3 (4.23%) LAN
11 3 (4.23%) SCCP
11 3 (4.23%) SGSN
11 3 (4.23%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.41%) Big Data
1 1 (1.41%) Geospatial Data
1 1 (1.41%) GIS
1 1 (1.41%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 1 (1.41%) SoapUI
1 1 (1.41%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 33 (46.48%) Telecoms
2 8 (11.27%) Finance
3 3 (4.23%) Billing
4 2 (2.82%) Electronics
5 1 (1.41%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.41%) Marketing
5 1 (1.41%) Retail
Job Titles
1 10 (14.08%) RF Engineer
2 7 (9.86%) Architect
2 7 (9.86%) Radio Engineer
3 6 (8.45%) Consultant
3 6 (8.45%) Core Network Architect
3 6 (8.45%) Network Architect
3 6 (8.45%) Network Engineer
3 6 (8.45%) Security Consultant
3 6 (8.45%) Test Engineer
4 5 (7.04%) 4G Engineer
5 4 (5.63%) Cybersecurity Consultant
5 4 (5.63%) IT Manager
5 4 (5.63%) IT Security Manager
5 4 (5.63%) Network Manager
5 4 (5.63%) RAN Engineer
5 4 (5.63%) Security Manager
5 4 (5.63%) Senior Network Engineer
6 3 (4.23%) Analyst
6 3 (4.23%) Performance Manager
6 3 (4.23%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.82%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.86%) Smart Meter
2 6 (8.45%) Driving Licence
3 5 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (5.63%) Management Information System
4 4 (5.63%) NHS
5 2 (2.82%) Replication
6 1 (1.41%) Internet of Things
6 1 (1.41%) Machine to Machine
6 1 (1.41%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.41%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.23%) Linux
2 1 (1.41%) Unix
2 1 (1.41%) Windows
2 1 (1.41%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (14.08%) ITIL
2 9 (12.68%) Network Architecture
2 9 (12.68%) PRINCE2
2 9 (12.68%) Security Management
2 9 (12.68%) Service Management
3 8 (11.27%) Availability Management
3 8 (11.27%) Cybersecurity
4 6 (8.45%) Data Entry
5 5 (7.04%) Problem-Solving
6 4 (5.63%) Network Planning
6 4 (5.63%) Presales
7 3 (4.23%) Capacity Management
7 3 (4.23%) Capacity Planning
7 3 (4.23%) Collaborative Working
7 3 (4.23%) Defect Management
7 3 (4.23%) Performance Management
7 3 (4.23%) Problem Management
7 3 (4.23%) Software Testing
7 3 (4.23%) Validation
8 2 (2.82%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 3 (4.23%) Python
2 2 (2.82%) C
Qualifications
1 10 (14.08%) Degree
1 10 (14.08%) Security Cleared
2 9 (12.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 9 (12.68%) SC Cleared
3 3 (4.23%) ISEB
3 3 (4.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.82%) CCNA
4 2 (2.82%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.41%) CCIE
5 1 (1.41%) CCNP
5 1 (1.41%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.23%) SLA
2 2 (2.82%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (2.82%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 3 (4.23%) HP ALM
2 2 (2.82%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.82%) Iperf
3 1 (1.41%) Amdocs OSS
3 1 (1.41%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 14 (19.72%) Huawei
2 4 (5.63%) HP
3 3 (4.23%) Empirix
3 3 (4.23%) Ericsson
3 3 (4.23%) Nokia
4 2 (2.82%) Cramer
5 1 (1.41%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 1 (1.41%) Amdocs
5 1 (1.41%) BT
5 1 (1.41%) Cisco
5 1 (1.41%) Greenplum
5 1 (1.41%) Juniper
5 1 (1.41%) NetCracker
5 1 (1.41%) Progress
5 1 (1.41%) Remedy
5 1 (1.41%) SAP