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 3 months to 27 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.

Signaling System No. 7 (SS7)
UK
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 599 646 601
Rank change year-on-year +47 -45  
Contract jobs citing SS7 11 8 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.023% 0.015% 0.074%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.17% 0.092% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 14
Median daily rate £300 £225 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -28.57%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £285 £325
% change year-on-year +5.26% -12.30%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £55.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £55.00 -

SS7 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 6447 8714 7937
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.68% 16.14% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3816 5270 4473
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 433 468
Median hourly rate £28.27 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.82% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

SS7
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing SS7 as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 6 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 3 months to 27 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 +25 11 £300 +33.33% 4
South East +20 8 £300 - 1
Berkshire +27 6 - -
London +4 3 £300 +50.00% 1
Southampton - 2 £300 -
Hampshire - 2 £300 -

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 8 (53.33%) Middleware
2 8 (53.33%) INAP
2 8 (53.33%) Java
2 8 (53.33%) Perl
2 8 (53.33%) SOAP
2 8 (53.33%) Web Services
2 8 (53.33%) Linux
2 8 (53.33%) OO
2 8 (53.33%) Python
2 8 (53.33%) HTTP
2 8 (53.33%) SNMP
2 8 (53.33%) Network Design
2 8 (53.33%) Load Balancing
2 8 (53.33%) REST
2 8 (53.33%) MVNO
2 8 (53.33%) Diameter Protocol
2 8 (53.33%) Intelligent Network
2 8 (53.33%) Customer Requirements
3 7 (46.67%) Ericsson
4 5 (33.33%) Cisco
4 5 (33.33%) Huawei
5 4 (26.67%) Avaya
6 3 (20.00%) VoIP
6 3 (20.00%) Data Centre
7 2 (13.33%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (13.33%) Cisco Nexus
7 2 (13.33%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (13.33%) CCNP
7 2 (13.33%) Cisco Certification

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:

Communications & Networking
1 8 (53.33%) Diameter Protocol
1 8 (53.33%) HTTP
1 8 (53.33%) INAP
1 8 (53.33%) Intelligent Network
1 8 (53.33%) MVNO
1 8 (53.33%) SNMP
2 3 (20.00%) VoIP
3 2 (13.33%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (13.33%) Cisco Nexus
3 2 (13.33%) DSL
3 2 (13.33%) Ethernet
3 2 (13.33%) RTP
3 2 (13.33%) TCP/IP
3 2 (13.33%) VPN
4 1 (6.67%) LAN
4 1 (6.67%) OSPF
4 1 (6.67%) WAN
General
1 10 (66.67%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (20.00%) Avaya Engineer
1 3 (20.00%) Ericsson Engineer
1 3 (20.00%) Network Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Configuration Specialist
2 2 (13.33%) Network Support
2 2 (13.33%) Network Support Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Support Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) BSS Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) OSS Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Professional Services Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Professional Services Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Senior Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Senior Professional Services Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Senior Systems Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Senior Voice Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (53.33%) Middleware
1 8 (53.33%) REST
1 8 (53.33%) SOAP
1 8 (53.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (20.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 8 (53.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (53.33%) Customer Requirements
1 8 (53.33%) Load Balancing
1 8 (53.33%) Network Design
1 8 (53.33%) OO
2 1 (6.67%) Migration
2 1 (6.67%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (53.33%) Java
1 8 (53.33%) Perl
1 8 (53.33%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (13.33%) CCNP
1 2 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 7 (46.67%) Ericsson
2 5 (33.33%) Cisco
2 5 (33.33%) Huawei
3 4 (26.67%) Avaya
4 1 (6.67%) Acme Packet
4 1 (6.67%) Tandberg