Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 858 845 842
Rank change year-on-year -13 -3 -4
Contract jobs citing SDH 45 43 47
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.043% 0.042% 0.046%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.33% 0.31% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 24 20
UK median daily rate £295 £333 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.28% -2.21% -2.86%
10th Percentile £213 £210 £254
90th Percentile £380 £435 £402
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £326 £340
% change year-on-year -4.21% -4.04% -1.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 0 1
UK median hourly rate £20.50 - £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 - -

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 13,515 13,966 15,491
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.88% 13.53% 15.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,156 8,606 9,423
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £200 £180 £213
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +0.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 643 708 795
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -15.56% +7.14%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.19 £11.67
90th Percentile £48.17 £46.33 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year -5.26% -20.00% +15.85%

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 14 December 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 7 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 14 December 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 +2 40 £295 -9.92% 12
UK excluding London -35 26 £313 -4.21% 6
South East -2 19 £294 -16.07% 3
London +21 17 £295 -27.38% 6
Scotland -11 4 - -
Midlands -21 4 £325 +30.00%
West Midlands -27 4 £325 +30.00%

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 27 (60.00%) Telecoms
2 23 (51.11%) DWDM
3 21 (46.67%) Ethernet
4 20 (44.44%) MPLS
5 19 (42.22%) SC Cleared
5 19 (42.22%) Security Cleared
6 17 (37.78%) Internet
6 17 (37.78%) TCP/IP
7 16 (35.56%) WAN
7 16 (35.56%) Cisco
8 14 (31.11%) VPN
8 14 (31.11%) OSPF
8 14 (31.11%) BGP
8 14 (31.11%) BPSS Clearance
9 13 (28.89%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (28.89%) Microsoft
9 13 (28.89%) CCNP
9 13 (28.89%) LAN
10 12 (26.67%) RIP
10 12 (26.67%) CCNA
11 11 (24.44%) Nortel
11 11 (24.44%) Juniper
11 11 (24.44%) EIGRP
11 11 (24.44%) BC Cleared
12 10 (22.22%) DSL
12 10 (22.22%) Windows
13 9 (20.00%) Network Management
14 8 (17.78%) Analytical Skills
14 8 (17.78%) Firewall
15 7 (15.56%) Finance

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 (6.67%) ArcGIS
1 3 (6.67%) Smallworld
Applications
1 3 (6.67%) Autodesk Inventor
1 3 (6.67%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (6.67%) MicroStation
1 3 (6.67%) MS Visio
2 2 (4.44%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (6.67%) ScheduALL
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.22%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (2.22%) IaaS
1 1 (2.22%) PaaS
1 1 (2.22%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (51.11%) DWDM
2 21 (46.67%) Ethernet
3 20 (44.44%) MPLS
4 17 (37.78%) Internet
4 17 (37.78%) TCP/IP
5 16 (35.56%) WAN
6 14 (31.11%) BGP
6 14 (31.11%) OSPF
6 14 (31.11%) VPN
7 13 (28.89%) LAN
8 12 (26.67%) RIP
9 11 (24.44%) EIGRP
10 10 (22.22%) DSL
11 8 (17.78%) Firewall
12 7 (15.56%) ATM
12 7 (15.56%) VoIP
13 6 (13.33%) xDSL
14 5 (11.11%) 3G
14 5 (11.11%) 4G
14 5 (11.11%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.33%) GIS
2 3 (6.67%) Geospatial Data
General
1 27 (60.00%) Telecoms
2 7 (15.56%) Finance
3 4 (8.89%) Billing
Job Titles
1 8 (17.78%) Implementation Engineer
2 7 (15.56%) Network Engineer
3 5 (11.11%) Consultant
3 5 (11.11%) Security Consultant
3 5 (11.11%) WAN Engineer
4 4 (8.89%) Network Consultant
4 4 (8.89%) Network Planner
4 4 (8.89%) Network Security Consultant
5 3 (6.67%) Analyst
5 3 (6.67%) Data Centre Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Design Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Global Services Delivery Manager
5 3 (6.67%) LAN Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) LAN/WAN Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Network Analyst
5 3 (6.67%) Network Delivery Manager
5 3 (6.67%) Network Design Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Network Manager
5 3 (6.67%) Service Manager
5 3 (6.67%) Services Delivery Manager
Miscellaneous
1 8 (17.78%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (11.11%) Mobile App
2 5 (11.11%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (8.89%) Data Centre
3 4 (8.89%) Management Information System
4 3 (6.67%) Digital Media
4 3 (6.67%) Digital TV
4 3 (6.67%) Over-the-Top Content
5 1 (2.22%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 10 (22.22%) Windows
2 6 (13.33%) Linux
3 3 (6.67%) Unix
3 3 (6.67%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (20.00%) Network Management
2 7 (15.56%) Time Management
3 6 (13.33%) Logistics
3 6 (13.33%) Migration
3 6 (13.33%) Project Management
3 6 (13.33%) Service Delivery
4 5 (11.11%) Security Architecture
4 5 (11.11%) Security Testing
5 4 (8.89%) Analytics
5 4 (8.89%) Data Loss Prevention
5 4 (8.89%) Database Security
5 4 (8.89%) Identity Access Management
5 4 (8.89%) ITIL
5 4 (8.89%) Kalman Filter
5 4 (8.89%) Service Management
5 4 (8.89%) SIEM
5 4 (8.89%) Vulnerability Management
6 3 (6.67%) Fault Management
6 3 (6.67%) Mathematics
6 3 (6.67%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.89%) SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (42.22%) SC Cleared
1 19 (42.22%) Security Cleared
2 14 (31.11%) BPSS Clearance
3 13 (28.89%) CCNP
3 13 (28.89%) Cisco Certification
4 12 (26.67%) CCNA
5 11 (24.44%) BC Cleared
6 6 (13.33%) CCIP
7 4 (8.89%) CCDP
7 4 (8.89%) Degree
7 4 (8.89%) JNCIS
8 3 (6.67%) CCIE
9 2 (4.44%) CCDA
10 1 (2.22%) ISEB
10 1 (2.22%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.11%) SLA
2 4 (8.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (8.89%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 16 (35.56%) Cisco
2 13 (28.89%) Microsoft
3 11 (24.44%) Juniper
3 11 (24.44%) Nortel
4 6 (13.33%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 3 (6.67%) Autodesk
5 3 (6.67%) Ciena
5 3 (6.67%) Tektronix
6 2 (4.44%) BT
6 2 (4.44%) Ericsson
6 2 (4.44%) Huawei
7 1 (2.22%) CenturyLink