Period
to 18 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SS7 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SS7 over the 6 months to 18 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.

Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
UK
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 876 870 847
Rank change year-on-year -6 -23 -6
Contract jobs citing SS7 13 16 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.013% 0.015% 0.050%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.093% 0.098% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 10 17
UK median daily rate £325 £329 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.14% +9.58% -
10th Percentile £305 £185 £267
90th Percentile £345 £403 £473
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £320
% change year-on-year -1.52% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
UK median hourly rate - £55.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

SS7 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 14034 16407 15981
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.75% 15.53% 13.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 8536 9905 9237
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £215 £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 738 843 1023
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 £47.97 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -24.00% +21.95% +2.50%

SS7
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SS7 as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SS7 in the UK

SS7
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SS7.

Contractor daily rate trend for SS7 in the UK

SS7
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SS7.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SS7 in the UK

SS7
Top 5 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SS7 within the UK over the 6 months to 18 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 +40 13 £325 +16.07% 2
UK excluding London +36 13 £325 -1.52% 2
South East +16 8 £325 +18.18% 2
East of England - 4 - -
South West +12 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SS7 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 SS7.

1 10 (76.92%) Telecoms
2 9 (69.23%) Oracle
2 9 (69.23%) High Availability
3 8 (61.54%) Diameter Protocol
4 7 (53.85%) MVNO
4 7 (53.85%) Perl
4 7 (53.85%) Linux
4 7 (53.85%) Nokia
4 7 (53.85%) Network Design
5 6 (46.15%) Firewall
5 6 (46.15%) SIGTRAN
5 6 (46.15%) Windows
5 6 (46.15%) Value-Added Service
6 5 (38.46%) Cybersecurity
6 5 (38.46%) VoLTE
6 5 (38.46%) Tekelec
6 5 (38.46%) VoWiFi
6 5 (38.46%) SIEM
6 5 (38.46%) Risk Management
6 5 (38.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (38.46%) Degree
6 5 (38.46%) INAP
6 5 (38.46%) Billing
6 5 (38.46%) Penetration Testing
6 5 (38.46%) Unix
7 4 (30.77%) CISM
7 4 (30.77%) Change Management
7 4 (30.77%) Security+ Certification
7 4 (30.77%) Clustering
7 4 (30.77%) Data Management

SS7
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 1 (7.69%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (7.69%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (7.69%) Heroku
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (61.54%) Diameter Protocol
2 7 (53.85%) MVNO
3 6 (46.15%) Firewall
3 6 (46.15%) SIGTRAN
3 6 (46.15%) Value-Added Service
4 5 (38.46%) INAP
4 5 (38.46%) VoLTE
4 5 (38.46%) VoWiFi
5 4 (30.77%) VLAN
6 3 (23.08%) Intelligent Network
7 2 (15.38%) HTTP
7 2 (15.38%) LDAP
7 2 (15.38%) SNMP
7 2 (15.38%) Wireshark
8 1 (7.69%) 3GPP
8 1 (7.69%) Cisco ICM
8 1 (7.69%) ISUP
8 1 (7.69%) SMPP
8 1 (7.69%) Unified Communications
8 1 (7.69%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) Oracle Database
General
1 10 (76.92%) Telecoms
2 5 (38.46%) Billing
3 1 (7.69%) Finance
3 1 (7.69%) Legal
3 1 (7.69%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 6 (46.15%) Network Engineer
2 4 (30.77%) Design Engineer
2 4 (30.77%) Network Design Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Configuration Specialist
3 2 (15.38%) Designer
4 1 (7.69%) Architect
4 1 (7.69%) Core Network Architect
4 1 (7.69%) Data Architect
4 1 (7.69%) Lead Designer
4 1 (7.69%) Mobile Designer
4 1 (7.69%) Network Architect
4 1 (7.69%) Network Systems Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Operations Support Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Security Designer
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Designer
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Mobile Designer
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Network Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Support Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (30.77%) HTML
1 4 (30.77%) XML
2 3 (23.08%) SOAP
3 2 (15.38%) Middleware
3 2 (15.38%) REST
3 2 (15.38%) Web Services
4 1 (7.69%) VXML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (30.77%) Clustering
1 4 (30.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
1 4 (30.77%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 7 (53.85%) Linux
2 6 (46.15%) Windows
3 5 (38.46%) Unix
4 4 (30.77%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (69.23%) High Availability
2 7 (53.85%) Network Design
3 5 (38.46%) Cybersecurity
3 5 (38.46%) Penetration Testing
3 5 (38.46%) Risk Management
3 5 (38.46%) SIEM
4 4 (30.77%) Change Management
4 4 (30.77%) Data Management
5 2 (15.38%) Customer Requirements
5 2 (15.38%) Fault Management
5 2 (15.38%) Load Balancing
5 2 (15.38%) OO
5 2 (15.38%) Service Management
6 1 (7.69%) Analytics
6 1 (7.69%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (7.69%) Cisco ICM Scripting
6 1 (7.69%) Collaborative Working
6 1 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (7.69%) Creative Problem-Solving
6 1 (7.69%) Data Analytics
Programming Languages
1 7 (53.85%) Perl
2 4 (30.77%) Java
2 4 (30.77%) Shell Script
3 3 (23.08%) Python
4 2 (15.38%) C++
4 2 (15.38%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (38.46%) Degree
2 4 (30.77%) CISM
2 4 (30.77%) CISSP
2 4 (30.77%) CompTIA Security+
2 4 (30.77%) Security+ Certification
3 2 (15.38%) SC Cleared
3 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (38.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) Cisco UCCE
1 1 (7.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 9 (69.23%) Oracle
2 7 (53.85%) Nokia
3 5 (38.46%) Tekelec
4 4 (30.77%) Sun
5 2 (15.38%) Ericsson
5 2 (15.38%) Huawei
6 1 (7.69%) Cisco