Period
to 14 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SGSN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SGSN over the 6 months to 14 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.

Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN)
UK
6 months to
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 876 818 890
Rank change year-on-year -58 +72 -31
Contract jobs citing SGSN 12 27 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.012% 0.028% 0.014%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.087% 0.21% 0.089%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 10 9
UK median daily rate £240 £331 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.55% +8.61% +1.67%
10th Percentile £211 £268 £215
90th Percentile £245 £479 £485
UK excluding London median daily rate £240 £338 £305
% change year-on-year -28.89% +10.66% -23.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.56% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year -5.56% - -

SGSN 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 13,755 13,019 16,896
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.44% 13.62% 15.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,429 7,823 10,257
UK median daily rate £425 £407 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.55% +1.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.00% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 770 746 801
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.13 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.58% -23.50% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.23 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.53 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.59 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.21% -25.64% +21.95%

SGSN
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SGSN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SGSN in the UK

SGSN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SGSN.

Contractor daily rate trend for SGSN in the UK

SGSN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SGSN in the UK

SGSN
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 SGSN within the UK over the 6 months to 14 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 -47 12 £240 -27.55% 2
UK excluding London -35 10 £240 -28.89% 2
South East -29 6 - - 1
Midlands - 3 £240 -
West Midlands - 3 £240 -
London -23 2 - -
South West -3 1 - -

For the 6 months to 14 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SGSN 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 SGSN.

1 9 (75.00%) GGSN
2 6 (50.00%) 4G
2 6 (50.00%) Linux
2 6 (50.00%) Telecoms
3 4 (33.33%) BGP
3 4 (33.33%) C++
3 4 (33.33%) GSM
3 4 (33.33%) UMTS
3 4 (33.33%) VoIP
3 4 (33.33%) Cisco
3 4 (33.33%) STL
3 4 (33.33%) 3G
3 4 (33.33%) RANAP
3 4 (33.33%) GCC
3 4 (33.33%) GDB
3 4 (33.33%) LTE
3 4 (33.33%) MGW
3 4 (33.33%) Software Engineering
3 4 (33.33%) Diameter Protocol
4 3 (25.00%) Firewall
4 3 (25.00%) Smart Meter
4 3 (25.00%) Empirix
4 3 (25.00%) SS7
4 3 (25.00%) 2G
5 2 (16.67%) Migration
5 2 (16.67%) VMware
5 2 (16.67%) AWK
5 2 (16.67%) HP
5 2 (16.67%) MPLS
5 2 (16.67%) OSPF

SGSN
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 (16.67%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Maya
Communications & Networking
1 9 (75.00%) GGSN
2 6 (50.00%) 4G
3 4 (33.33%) 3G
3 4 (33.33%) BGP
3 4 (33.33%) Diameter Protocol
3 4 (33.33%) GSM
3 4 (33.33%) LTE
3 4 (33.33%) MGW
3 4 (33.33%) RANAP
3 4 (33.33%) UMTS
3 4 (33.33%) VoIP
4 3 (25.00%) 2G
4 3 (25.00%) Firewall
4 3 (25.00%) SS7
5 2 (16.67%) Asterisk PBX
5 2 (16.67%) Radio Access Network
5 2 (16.67%) RNC
5 2 (16.67%) RTP
5 2 (16.67%) VoLTE
5 2 (16.67%) VoWiFi
Development Applications
1 4 (33.33%) GCC
1 4 (33.33%) GDB
2 2 (16.67%) Subversion
2 2 (16.67%) Trac
General
1 6 (50.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (33.33%) Mobile Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Senior Tester
2 3 (25.00%) Tester
3 2 (16.67%) C++ Developer
3 2 (16.67%) C++ Software Developer
3 2 (16.67%) C++ Software Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Software Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Software Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) 3G Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) 4G Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Integration Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (33.33%) STL
2 2 (16.67%) Boost C++ Libraries
Miscellaneous
1 3 (25.00%) Smart Meter
2 2 (16.67%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (8.33%) LIMS
Operating Systems
1 6 (50.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) Software Engineering
2 2 (16.67%) Capacity Planning
2 2 (16.67%) Cross-Platform Development
2 2 (16.67%) High Availability
2 2 (16.67%) Migration
2 2 (16.67%) Multithreading
2 2 (16.67%) Network Design
2 2 (16.67%) Network Management
2 2 (16.67%) OO
2 2 (16.67%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) C++
2 2 (16.67%) AWK
2 2 (16.67%) Bash Shell
2 2 (16.67%) Perl
2 2 (16.67%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (8.33%) SC Cleared
1 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 4 (33.33%) Cisco
2 3 (25.00%) Empirix
3 2 (16.67%) HP
3 2 (16.67%) VMware
4 1 (8.33%) Sophos