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 3 months to 28 March 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.

Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 593 597 512
Rank change year-on-year +4 -85  
Contract jobs citing SDH 15 42 130
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.033% 0.078% 0.24%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.23% 0.53% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 24 31
Median daily rate £279 £363 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.10% +22.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £300 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £363 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £279 £363 £295
% change year-on-year -23.10% +22.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

SDH 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 6520 7903 8008
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.46% 14.75% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4030 4739 4375
Median daily rate £400 £383 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.57% +5.51%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £233 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 360 336 444
Median hourly rate £24.00 £32.25 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.58% +17.27%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.14 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -40.96% +25.00%  

SDH
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing SDH as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SDH in the UK

SDH
Top 15 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 3 months to 28 March 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 +4 15 £279 -23.10% 4
Berkshire +16 4 - -
South East -7 4 - - 1
London - 3 - - 1
Bracknell +3 2 - -
West Midlands - 2 - -
Yorkshire +17 1 £320 -8.57%
Slough +3 1 - -
Hertfordshire +1 1 £238 -34.48%
East of England -7 1 £238 -34.48%
St Albans - 1 £238 -
Wakefield - 1 £320 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £320 -
Newbury - 1 - -
Solihull - 1 - -

SDH
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SDH 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 SDH.

1 41 (82.00%) Telecoms
2 26 (52.00%) DWDM
3 19 (38.00%) Juniper
3 19 (38.00%) Cisco
4 17 (34.00%) WAN
4 17 (34.00%) LAN
5 12 (24.00%) PSTN
5 12 (24.00%) GSM
5 12 (24.00%) ADSL
5 12 (24.00%) xDSL
6 11 (22.00%) GPON
6 11 (22.00%) Security Cleared
7 10 (20.00%) VPN
8 9 (18.00%) Remedy
8 9 (18.00%) VLAN
9 8 (16.00%) Ethernet
9 8 (16.00%) TCP/IP
10 7 (14.00%) MS Visio
10 7 (14.00%) Huawei
11 6 (12.00%) SC Cleared
11 6 (12.00%) Network Design
11 6 (12.00%) DSL
11 6 (12.00%) Customer Requirements
12 5 (10.00%) Ciena
12 5 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
12 5 (10.00%) BGP
12 5 (10.00%) OSPF
12 5 (10.00%) Nortel
12 5 (10.00%) MS Excel
12 5 (10.00%) ATM

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:

Applications
1 7 (14.00%) MS Visio
2 5 (10.00%) MS Excel
3 4 (8.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (6.00%) MS Project
5 2 (4.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 26 (52.00%) DWDM
2 17 (34.00%) LAN
2 17 (34.00%) WAN
3 12 (24.00%) ADSL
3 12 (24.00%) GSM
3 12 (24.00%) PSTN
3 12 (24.00%) xDSL
4 11 (22.00%) GPON
5 10 (20.00%) VPN
6 9 (18.00%) VLAN
7 8 (16.00%) Ethernet
7 8 (16.00%) TCP/IP
8 6 (12.00%) DSL
9 5 (10.00%) ATM
9 5 (10.00%) BGP
9 5 (10.00%) OSPF
10 4 (8.00%) 3G
10 4 (8.00%) Internet
10 4 (8.00%) MPLS
10 4 (8.00%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.00%) Geospatial Data
1 4 (8.00%) GIS
2 1 (2.00%) Informix
2 1 (2.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.00%) JMeter
1 1 (2.00%) JUnit
General
1 41 (82.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (6.00%) Billing
3 2 (4.00%) French Language
3 2 (4.00%) Front Office
4 1 (2.00%) German Language
4 1 (2.00%) Military
4 1 (2.00%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 8 (16.00%) Transmission Engineer
2 6 (12.00%) Design Engineer
2 6 (12.00%) Optical Engineer
3 4 (8.00%) Network Engineer
3 4 (8.00%) NOC Engineer
3 4 (8.00%) Transmission Planner
4 3 (6.00%) Project Engineer
4 3 (6.00%) Project Manager
4 3 (6.00%) Telecoms Engineer
5 2 (4.00%) 1st Line Engineer
5 2 (4.00%) Telecoms Manager
5 2 (4.00%) Telecoms Project Manager
5 2 (4.00%) Test Engineer
5 2 (4.00%) WAN Engineer
6 1 (2.00%) Fault Management Engineer
6 1 (2.00%) IP Design Engineer
6 1 (2.00%) IP Engineer
6 1 (2.00%) LAN Engineer
6 1 (2.00%) LAN/WAN Engineer
6 1 (2.00%) Switch Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.00%) Leaflet
2 1 (2.00%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.00%) CESG
3 1 (2.00%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.00%) Linux
1 2 (4.00%) Unix
2 1 (2.00%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (12.00%) Customer Requirements
1 6 (12.00%) Network Design
2 4 (8.00%) CAD
3 3 (6.00%) Information Security
3 3 (6.00%) Network Management
4 2 (4.00%) Migration
4 2 (4.00%) PRINCE2
4 2 (4.00%) Project Management
4 2 (4.00%) Time Management
4 2 (4.00%) Validation
5 1 (2.00%) Defect Tracking
5 1 (2.00%) Escalation Management
5 1 (2.00%) Fault Management
5 1 (2.00%) Load Balancing
5 1 (2.00%) Network Architecture
5 1 (2.00%) Network Planning
5 1 (2.00%) Performance Testing
5 1 (2.00%) Service Delivery
5 1 (2.00%) Strategic Planning
5 1 (2.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.00%) C
Qualifications
1 11 (22.00%) Security Cleared
2 6 (12.00%) SC Cleared
3 5 (10.00%) Degree
4 3 (6.00%) CCNA
4 3 (6.00%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (6.00%) DV Cleared
4 3 (6.00%) OCP
4 3 (6.00%) Oracle Certification
5 2 (4.00%) CCNP
6 1 (2.00%) CCDA
6 1 (2.00%) CCDP
6 1 (2.00%) CCIE
6 1 (2.00%) CISSP
6 1 (2.00%) ISEB
6 1 (2.00%) ISTQB
6 1 (2.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (2.00%) JNCIA
6 1 (2.00%) JNCIE
6 1 (2.00%) JNCIP
6 1 (2.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.00%) JSP 440
1 5 (10.00%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.00%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 19 (38.00%) Cisco
1 19 (38.00%) Juniper
2 9 (18.00%) Remedy
3 7 (14.00%) Huawei
4 5 (10.00%) Ciena
4 5 (10.00%) Microsoft
4 5 (10.00%) Nortel
5 4 (8.00%) Nokia
6 3 (6.00%) Tellabs
7 2 (4.00%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 2 (4.00%) Ericsson
8 1 (2.00%) Arista
8 1 (2.00%) BT
8 1 (2.00%) Cramer
8 1 (2.00%) NetApp
8 1 (2.00%) Oracle
8 1 (2.00%) Palo Alto
8 1 (2.00%) Sybase
8 1 (2.00%) Virgin Media