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 29 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.

Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)
UK
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 603 625 599
Rank change year-on-year +22 -26  
Contract jobs citing SDH 11 24 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.023% 0.045% 0.080%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.17% 0.28% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 11 17
UK median daily rate £220 £275 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% -26.66%  
10th Percentile £210 £250 £229
90th Percentile £230 £400 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate - £275 £385
% change year-on-year - -28.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
UK median hourly rate £33.00 £40.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.50% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 - -

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 6455 8694 8061
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.70% 16.19% 14.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 10117 13736 12668
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.09% +9.29%  
10th Percentile £208 £228 £206
90th Percentile £575 £563 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +4.10% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1010 1069 1117
UK median hourly rate £28.27 £28.50 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.82% +24.83%  
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £31.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -12.69% +36.95%  

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 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 6 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 29 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 +14 10 £220 -20.00% 1
London +4 6 £220 -18.51% 1
UK excluding London +52 4 - -
South East +7 2 - -
Midlands +14 1 - -
Scotland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 19 (73.08%) Telecoms
2 12 (46.15%) DWDM
3 10 (38.46%) Cisco
4 9 (34.62%) MPLS
5 7 (26.92%) Juniper
5 7 (26.92%) DSL
5 7 (26.92%) Ethernet
5 7 (26.92%) TCP/IP
5 7 (26.92%) LAN
6 6 (23.08%) ATM
6 6 (23.08%) WAN
6 6 (23.08%) Security Cleared
7 5 (19.23%) SC Cleared
7 5 (19.23%) xDSL
7 5 (19.23%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (19.23%) VPN
7 5 (19.23%) Nortel
7 5 (19.23%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (15.38%) OSPF
8 4 (15.38%) Internet
8 4 (15.38%) BGP
8 4 (15.38%) VoIP
8 4 (15.38%) CCNP
8 4 (15.38%) CCNA
8 4 (15.38%) JSP 440
9 3 (11.54%) Information Security
9 3 (11.54%) CESG
9 3 (11.54%) Huawei
9 3 (11.54%) DV Cleared
9 3 (11.54%) Fault 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:

Applications
1 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (7.69%) MS Visio
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 12 (46.15%) DWDM
2 9 (34.62%) MPLS
3 7 (26.92%) DSL
3 7 (26.92%) Ethernet
3 7 (26.92%) LAN
3 7 (26.92%) TCP/IP
4 6 (23.08%) ATM
4 6 (23.08%) WAN
5 5 (19.23%) VPN
5 5 (19.23%) xDSL
6 4 (15.38%) BGP
6 4 (15.38%) Internet
6 4 (15.38%) OSPF
6 4 (15.38%) VoIP
7 3 (11.54%) 2G
7 3 (11.54%) 3G
7 3 (11.54%) 4G
7 3 (11.54%) ADSL
7 3 (11.54%) GSM
8 2 (7.69%) GPON
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (11.54%) Geospatial Data
1 3 (11.54%) GIS
2 1 (3.85%) Informix
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Jenkins
1 1 (3.85%) Selenium
General
1 19 (73.08%) Telecoms
2 1 (3.85%) Back Office
2 1 (3.85%) French Language
2 1 (3.85%) Front Office
2 1 (3.85%) German Language
2 1 (3.85%) Military
Job Titles
1 4 (15.38%) Design Engineer
1 4 (15.38%) IP Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) Operations Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) Optical Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) Transmission Planner
2 3 (11.54%) WAN Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) Provisioning Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) Transmission Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Incident Manager
4 1 (3.85%) IP Design Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) ITIL Manager
4 1 (3.85%) Lead Architect
4 1 (3.85%) Network Architect
4 1 (3.85%) Network Design Architect
4 1 (3.85%) Network Technical Architect
4 1 (3.85%) Switch Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Technical Design Architect
4 1 (3.85%) Technical Design Leader
4 1 (3.85%) Technical Leader
4 1 (3.85%) Test Project Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.54%) Leaflet
Miscellaneous
1 5 (19.23%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (11.54%) CESG
3 1 (3.85%) Data Centre
3 1 (3.85%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 3 (11.54%) Unix
2 2 (7.69%) Linux
3 1 (3.85%) Mac OS X
3 1 (3.85%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (11.54%) CAD
1 3 (11.54%) Customer Requirements
1 3 (11.54%) Fault Management
1 3 (11.54%) Information Security
1 3 (11.54%) Migration
2 2 (7.69%) Network Design
2 2 (7.69%) Service Delivery
2 2 (7.69%) Validation
3 1 (3.85%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (3.85%) Change Management
3 1 (3.85%) Data Migration
3 1 (3.85%) Escalation Management
3 1 (3.85%) Incident Management
3 1 (3.85%) ITIL
3 1 (3.85%) Network Management
3 1 (3.85%) Presales
3 1 (3.85%) Project Management
3 1 (3.85%) QMS
3 1 (3.85%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.85%) C
Qualifications
1 6 (23.08%) Security Cleared
2 5 (19.23%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (19.23%) SC Cleared
3 4 (15.38%) CCNA
3 4 (15.38%) CCNP
4 3 (11.54%) CCDP
4 3 (11.54%) DV Cleared
5 2 (7.69%) CCDA
6 1 (3.85%) CCIE
6 1 (3.85%) Degree
6 1 (3.85%) JNCIA
6 1 (3.85%) JNCIE
6 1 (3.85%) JNCIP
6 1 (3.85%) OCP
6 1 (3.85%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (15.38%) JSP 440
2 3 (11.54%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (3.85%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 10 (38.46%) Cisco
2 7 (26.92%) Juniper
3 5 (19.23%) Nortel
4 3 (11.54%) Alcatel-Lucent
4 3 (11.54%) Ciena
4 3 (11.54%) Huawei
4 3 (11.54%) Tellabs
5 2 (7.69%) Microsoft
5 2 (7.69%) Sybase
6 1 (3.85%) Avaya
6 1 (3.85%) Cramer
6 1 (3.85%) Ericsson
6 1 (3.85%) HP
6 1 (3.85%) Oracle
6 1 (3.85%) Remedy
6 1 (3.85%) Virgin Media