Period
to 15 August 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 15 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.

Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
UK
6 months to
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 845 835 871
Rank change year-on-year -10 +36 -127
Contract jobs citing SDH 36 32 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.035% 0.033% 0.042%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.26% 0.25% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 16 20
UK median daily rate £273 £350 £281
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.14% +24.44% -23.47%
10th Percentile £212 £210 £246
90th Percentile £528 £428 £402
UK excluding London median daily rate £279 £339 £275
% change year-on-year -17.71% +23.18% -26.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 1
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £33.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.88% -17.50% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £33.00 -
% change year-on-year -37.88% - -

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 13,743 13,022 16,905
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.43% 13.62% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,415 7,827 10,254
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 £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 769 745 805
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 £12.22 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.57 £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%

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 15 August 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 12 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 15 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 -23 33 £273 -22.14% 5
UK excluding London -5 32 £279 -17.71% 1
Midlands -11 12 - -
West Midlands -16 12 - -
South East -24 10 £450 +28.57%
North of England - 4 £228 -
Scotland -37 3 - -
Yorkshire - 3 £228 -
London -34 2 £295 -27.38% 4
South West - 2 - - 1
East of England -12 1 - -
North West - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 15 August 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 23 (63.89%) Telecoms
2 19 (52.78%) Ethernet
3 18 (50.00%) Security Cleared
4 17 (47.22%) SC Cleared
4 17 (47.22%) DWDM
4 17 (47.22%) MPLS
5 16 (44.44%) VPN
6 15 (41.67%) BGP
7 13 (36.11%) Juniper
8 12 (33.33%) Cisco
8 12 (33.33%) VPLS
9 10 (27.78%) ATM
10 9 (25.00%) WAN
10 9 (25.00%) LAN
10 9 (25.00%) Internet
10 9 (25.00%) X.21
10 9 (25.00%) VLAN
11 8 (22.22%) DSL
11 8 (22.22%) Ericsson
11 8 (22.22%) Network Management
12 7 (19.44%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (19.44%) CCNP
12 7 (19.44%) KiloStream
12 7 (19.44%) MegaStream
13 6 (16.67%) CCNA
13 6 (16.67%) RIP
13 6 (16.67%) TCP/IP
13 6 (16.67%) Nortel
13 6 (16.67%) OSPF
14 5 (13.89%) Alcatel-Lucent

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 2 (5.56%) ArcGIS
1 2 (5.56%) Smallworld
Applications
1 2 (5.56%) Autodesk Inventor
1 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (5.56%) MicroStation
2 1 (2.78%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Remedy AR System
1 1 (2.78%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 19 (52.78%) Ethernet
2 17 (47.22%) DWDM
2 17 (47.22%) MPLS
3 16 (44.44%) VPN
4 15 (41.67%) BGP
5 12 (33.33%) VPLS
6 10 (27.78%) ATM
7 9 (25.00%) Internet
7 9 (25.00%) LAN
7 9 (25.00%) VLAN
7 9 (25.00%) WAN
7 9 (25.00%) X.21
8 8 (22.22%) DSL
9 7 (19.44%) KiloStream
9 7 (19.44%) MegaStream
10 6 (16.67%) OSPF
10 6 (16.67%) RIP
10 6 (16.67%) TCP/IP
11 5 (13.89%) GSM
11 5 (13.89%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.33%) GIS
2 1 (2.78%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 3 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.78%) Rational Rose
General
1 23 (63.89%) Telecoms
2 3 (8.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (25.00%) Network Engineer
2 5 (13.89%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
3 4 (11.11%) NOC Engineer
3 4 (11.11%) Telecoms Engineer
4 3 (8.33%) Analyst
4 3 (8.33%) Architect
4 3 (8.33%) Network Analyst
4 3 (8.33%) Network Support
4 3 (8.33%) Support Engineer
4 3 (8.33%) Transmission Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) BSS Architect
5 2 (5.56%) BSS Solutions Architect
5 2 (5.56%) Consultant
5 2 (5.56%) Designer
5 2 (5.56%) Network Support Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) OSS Architect
5 2 (5.56%) OSS Solutions Architect
5 2 (5.56%) Security Consultant
5 2 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (5.56%) WAN Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.56%) BYOD
2 2 (5.56%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (2.78%) CMDB
3 1 (2.78%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.78%) Frameworx
3 1 (2.78%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.78%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.78%) TM Forum
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.33%) Linux
1 3 (8.33%) Windows
2 2 (5.56%) Unix
2 2 (5.56%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (22.22%) Network Management
2 5 (13.89%) Migration
3 3 (8.33%) ITIL
3 3 (8.33%) Proactive Monitoring
3 3 (8.33%) Risk Management
4 2 (5.56%) Analytics
4 2 (5.56%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (5.56%) Fault Management
4 2 (5.56%) Kalman Filter
4 2 (5.56%) Network Monitoring
4 2 (5.56%) Problem Management
4 2 (5.56%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (5.56%) Security Architecture
4 2 (5.56%) Security Testing
5 1 (2.78%) Change Control
5 1 (2.78%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (2.78%) Line Management
5 1 (2.78%) Open Source
5 1 (2.78%) Process Improvement
5 1 (2.78%) SDLC
Qualifications
1 18 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 17 (47.22%) SC Cleared
3 7 (19.44%) CCNP
3 7 (19.44%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (16.67%) CCNA
5 5 (13.89%) BC Cleared
5 5 (13.89%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (11.11%) DV Cleared
7 3 (8.33%) CCIP
7 3 (8.33%) JNCIS
8 1 (2.78%) CCDP
8 1 (2.78%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.33%) SLA
2 1 (2.78%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (2.78%) Hyper-V
1 1 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 13 (36.11%) Juniper
2 12 (33.33%) Cisco
3 8 (22.22%) Ericsson
4 6 (16.67%) Nortel
5 5 (13.89%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 4 (11.11%) Ciena
6 4 (11.11%) Microsoft
7 3 (8.33%) Huawei
8 2 (5.56%) Autodesk
9 1 (2.78%) BMC
9 1 (2.78%) BT
9 1 (2.78%) IBM
9 1 (2.78%) Nokia Networks
9 1 (2.78%) Remedy
9 1 (2.78%) ServiceNow
9 1 (2.78%) VMware