Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 837 854 797
Rank change year-on-year +17 -57 -42
Contract jobs citing SDH 38 42 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.037% 0.040% 0.083%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.27% 0.26% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 21 35
UK median daily rate £328 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.68% -2.86% +9.38%
10th Percentile £210 £213 £250
90th Percentile £436 £401 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £340 £350
% change year-on-year -4.41% -2.86% +27.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
UK median hourly rate - £40.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 13924 16275 15970
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.73% 15.52% 13.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8473 9837 9234
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £214 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 731 831 1028
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +15.85% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.50 £48.00 £46.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -24.00% +21.95% +2.50%

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 19 November 2017.

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 10 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 19 November 2017. 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 +27 38 £328 -3.68% 4
UK excluding London +30 26 £325 -4.41% 2
South East +5 13 £350 +2.94% 1
London -27 11 £406 +7.62% 3
North of England +60 7 £210 -
Yorkshire - 6 £210 -
Midlands - 5 £250 -
West Midlands - 5 £250 -
North West +20 1 - -
East of England - 1 £260 -

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 26 (68.42%) DWDM
2 23 (60.53%) Telecoms
3 16 (42.11%) Cisco
4 13 (34.21%) Ethernet
5 12 (31.58%) VoIP
6 10 (26.32%) Project Management
7 9 (23.68%) Microsoft Office
7 9 (23.68%) Microsoft
8 8 (21.05%) PRINCE2
8 8 (21.05%) WAN
8 8 (21.05%) ATM
9 7 (18.42%) Microsoft Excel
9 7 (18.42%) Ericsson
9 7 (18.42%) Wi-Fi
9 7 (18.42%) Frame Relay
10 6 (15.79%) Nokia
10 6 (15.79%) MPLS
10 6 (15.79%) LAN
11 5 (13.16%) Unix
11 5 (13.16%) Proactive Monitoring
12 4 (10.53%) Product Management
12 4 (10.53%) VPN
13 3 (7.89%) 3G
13 3 (7.89%) SONET
13 3 (7.89%) Mac OS X
13 3 (7.89%) Windows
13 3 (7.89%) Linux
13 3 (7.89%) 2G
13 3 (7.89%) Validation
13 3 (7.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner

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 9 (23.68%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (18.42%) Microsoft Excel
Communications & Networking
1 26 (68.42%) DWDM
2 13 (34.21%) Ethernet
3 12 (31.58%) VoIP
4 8 (21.05%) ATM
4 8 (21.05%) WAN
5 7 (18.42%) Frame Relay
5 7 (18.42%) Wi-Fi
6 6 (15.79%) LAN
6 6 (15.79%) MPLS
7 4 (10.53%) VPN
8 3 (7.89%) 2G
8 3 (7.89%) 3G
8 3 (7.89%) 4G
8 3 (7.89%) SONET
8 3 (7.89%) Structured Cabling
8 3 (7.89%) VPLS
9 2 (5.26%) DOCSIS
9 2 (5.26%) GPON
9 2 (5.26%) Radio Access Network
9 2 (5.26%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.63%) Geospatial Data
1 1 (2.63%) GIS
Development Applications
1 2 (5.26%) Selenium
2 1 (2.63%) Jenkins
General
1 23 (60.53%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.26%) Finance
3 1 (2.63%) Back Office
3 1 (2.63%) Billing
3 1 (2.63%) Front Office
3 1 (2.63%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 7 (18.42%) Telecoms Manager
2 5 (13.16%) Product Manager
2 5 (13.16%) Project Manager
3 4 (10.53%) NOC Engineer
4 3 (7.89%) Telecoms Product Manager
4 3 (7.89%) Transmission Engineer
4 3 (7.89%) Transmission Planner
5 2 (5.26%) Analyst
5 2 (5.26%) Architect
5 2 (5.26%) Design Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Designer
5 2 (5.26%) Implementation Controller
5 2 (5.26%) Network Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Network Manager
5 2 (5.26%) Optical Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Programme Manager
5 2 (5.26%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (5.26%) Telecoms Project Manager
5 2 (5.26%) Test Analyst
5 2 (5.26%) Test Project Leader
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.89%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 5 (13.16%) Unix
2 3 (7.89%) Linux
2 3 (7.89%) Mac OS X
2 3 (7.89%) Windows
3 1 (2.63%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (26.32%) Project Management
2 8 (21.05%) PRINCE2
3 5 (13.16%) Proactive Monitoring
4 4 (10.53%) Product Management
5 3 (7.89%) Network Design
5 3 (7.89%) Validation
6 2 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (5.26%) CRM
6 2 (5.26%) Data Modelling
6 2 (5.26%) Enterprise Data Management
6 2 (5.26%) eTOM
6 2 (5.26%) Information Security
6 2 (5.26%) ITIL
6 2 (5.26%) Migration
6 2 (5.26%) Programme Management
6 2 (5.26%) Project Planning
6 2 (5.26%) Quality Management
6 2 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (5.26%) UML
6 2 (5.26%) Workflow
Qualifications
1 3 (7.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (2.63%) CCNA
2 1 (2.63%) CCNP
2 1 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (2.63%) Degree
2 1 (2.63%) JNCIA
2 1 (2.63%) JNCIP
2 1 (2.63%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.26%) QA
2 1 (2.63%) SLA
Vendors
1 16 (42.11%) Cisco
2 9 (23.68%) Microsoft
3 7 (18.42%) Ericsson
4 6 (15.79%) Nokia
5 2 (5.26%) Ciena
5 2 (5.26%) Huawei
5 2 (5.26%) Sybase
6 1 (2.63%) BT
6 1 (2.63%) Cramer
6 1 (2.63%) Juniper
6 1 (2.63%) Nortel