Period
to 18 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SDH skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SDH over the 6 months to 18 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.

Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
UK
6 months to
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 846 829 855
Rank change year-on-year -17 +26 -47
Contract jobs citing SDH 38 38 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.037% 0.038% 0.037%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.28% 0.28% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 23 22
UK median daily rate £303 £328 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.63% -3.68% -8.11%
10th Percentile £219 £210 £216
90th Percentile £500 £436 £401
UK excluding London median daily rate £356 £325 £340
% change year-on-year +9.62% -4.41% -9.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 2 1
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £33.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.42% -17.50% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £33.00 -
% change year-on-year -42.42% - -

SDH 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 13,611 13,536 16,472
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.20% 13.62% 15.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,212 8,248 10,031
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £220
90th Percentile £606 £585 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 673 727 837
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.30% -18.95% +18.75%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.25 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.44 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.26% -22.24% +25.00%

SDH
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SDH as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SDH in the UK

SDH
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SDH.

Contractor daily rate trend for SDH in the UK

SDH
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SDH over the 6 months to 18 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SDH in the UK

SDH
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDH.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SDH in the UK

SDH
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 SDH within the UK over the 6 months to 18 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 34 £303 -7.63% 20
UK excluding London -20 26 £356 +9.62% 11
South East -8 16 £356 +1.79% 2
London -15 11 £295 -27.38% 10
Midlands -13 6 - - 3
West Midlands -16 6 - - 3
Scotland -13 4 - - 1
North of England -34 1 - - 3
North West - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 18 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SDH 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 SDH.

1 22 (57.89%) DWDM
2 21 (55.26%) Telecoms
3 19 (50.00%) Ethernet
4 15 (39.47%) MPLS
4 15 (39.47%) Security Cleared
5 14 (36.84%) SC Cleared
5 14 (36.84%) BGP
6 13 (34.21%) Internet
6 13 (34.21%) Cisco
6 13 (34.21%) Microsoft
6 13 (34.21%) Juniper
6 13 (34.21%) WAN
7 11 (28.95%) RIP
7 11 (28.95%) TCP/IP
7 11 (28.95%) OSPF
8 10 (26.32%) EIGRP
8 10 (26.32%) VPN
8 10 (26.32%) Nortel
8 10 (26.32%) LAN
8 10 (26.32%) Windows
8 10 (26.32%) BPSS Clearance
9 9 (23.68%) Analytical Skills
9 9 (23.68%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (23.68%) CCNP
10 8 (21.05%) CCNA
10 8 (21.05%) DSL
10 8 (21.05%) Network Management
11 7 (18.42%) VPLS
11 7 (18.42%) BC Cleared
11 7 (18.42%) Time Management

SDH
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 3 (7.89%) ArcGIS
1 3 (7.89%) Smallworld
Applications
1 4 (10.53%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (7.89%) Autodesk Inventor
2 3 (7.89%) MicroStation
2 3 (7.89%) MS Visio
3 2 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (5.26%) ScheduALL
2 1 (2.63%) Remedy AR System
2 1 (2.63%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 22 (57.89%) DWDM
2 19 (50.00%) Ethernet
3 15 (39.47%) MPLS
4 14 (36.84%) BGP
5 13 (34.21%) Internet
5 13 (34.21%) WAN
6 11 (28.95%) OSPF
6 11 (28.95%) RIP
6 11 (28.95%) TCP/IP
7 10 (26.32%) EIGRP
7 10 (26.32%) LAN
7 10 (26.32%) VPN
8 8 (21.05%) DSL
9 7 (18.42%) ATM
9 7 (18.42%) VPLS
10 6 (15.79%) VLAN
11 4 (10.53%) ADSL
11 4 (10.53%) Firewall
11 4 (10.53%) RSVP
11 4 (10.53%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.53%) GIS
2 1 (2.63%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 21 (55.26%) Telecoms
2 4 (10.53%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (21.05%) Implementation Engineer
2 5 (13.16%) Network Engineer
3 3 (7.89%) Analyst
3 3 (7.89%) Data Centre Engineer
3 3 (7.89%) Network Analyst
3 3 (7.89%) WAN Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Consultant
4 2 (5.26%) Designer
4 2 (5.26%) Global Services Delivery Manager
4 2 (5.26%) Network Delivery Manager
4 2 (5.26%) Network Manager
4 2 (5.26%) Network Services Manager
4 2 (5.26%) NOC Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Radio Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Security Consultant
4 2 (5.26%) Service Manager
4 2 (5.26%) Services Delivery Manager
4 2 (5.26%) Telecoms Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Transmission Engineer
5 1 (2.63%) Solutions Designer
Miscellaneous
1 9 (23.68%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (13.16%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (10.53%) Data Centre
4 2 (5.26%) BYOD
4 2 (5.26%) Digital Media
4 2 (5.26%) Over-the-Top Content
5 1 (2.63%) CMDB
5 1 (2.63%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.63%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 10 (26.32%) Windows
2 7 (18.42%) Linux
3 3 (7.89%) Unix
3 3 (7.89%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (21.05%) Network Management
2 7 (18.42%) Time Management
3 6 (15.79%) Logistics
4 5 (13.16%) Migration
5 4 (10.53%) Analytics
5 4 (10.53%) Kalman Filter
6 3 (7.89%) Fault Management
6 3 (7.89%) ITIL
6 3 (7.89%) Network Monitoring
6 3 (7.89%) Problem Management
6 3 (7.89%) Risk Management
6 3 (7.89%) Root Cause Analysis
6 3 (7.89%) Service Management
7 2 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
7 2 (5.26%) Security Architecture
7 2 (5.26%) Security Testing
7 2 (5.26%) Service Delivery
7 2 (5.26%) Statistics
7 2 (5.26%) Systems Analysis
7 2 (5.26%) Validation
Qualifications
1 15 (39.47%) Security Cleared
2 14 (36.84%) SC Cleared
3 10 (26.32%) BPSS Clearance
4 9 (23.68%) CCNP
4 9 (23.68%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (21.05%) CCNA
6 7 (18.42%) BC Cleared
7 5 (13.16%) CCIP
8 4 (10.53%) JNCIS
9 2 (5.26%) DV Cleared
10 1 (2.63%) CCDP
10 1 (2.63%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (13.16%) SLA
2 1 (2.63%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (2.63%) Hyper-V
1 1 (2.63%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 13 (34.21%) Cisco
1 13 (34.21%) Juniper
1 13 (34.21%) Microsoft
2 10 (26.32%) Nortel
3 5 (13.16%) Alcatel-Lucent
4 3 (7.89%) Autodesk
4 3 (7.89%) Ciena
5 2 (5.26%) BT
5 2 (5.26%) Ericsson
5 2 (5.26%) Huawei
5 2 (5.26%) Tektronix
6 1 (2.63%) BMC
6 1 (2.63%) CenturyLink
6 1 (2.63%) Remedy
6 1 (2.63%) ServiceNow
6 1 (2.63%) VMware