Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 21 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)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 179 - 158
Rank change year-on-year - +158 +18
Contract jobs citing SDH 5 0 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.10% - 0.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.64% - 2.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 4
West Midlands median daily rate £250 - £475
10th Percentile £225 - £384
90th Percentile £275 - £488
England median daily rate £328 £340 £368
% change year-on-year -3.68% -7.48% +13.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - £40.00 -

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 784 846 593
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.20% 13.72% 12.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 464 439 297
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +3.70%
10th Percentile £161 £187 £210
90th Percentile £501 £538 £500
England median daily rate £403 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +0.63% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 40 64
West Midlands median hourly rate £22.49 £21.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.84% +21.43% -12.50%
10th Percentile £10.63 £11.38 £10.81
90th Percentile £44.50 £39.55 £39.82
England median hourly rate £18.56 £23.75 £20.50
% change year-on-year -21.84% +15.85% +2.50%

SDH
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing SDH as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for SDH in the West Midlands

SDH
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SDH in the West Midlands

SDH
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SDH in the West Midlands

SDH
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDH within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 21 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
Solihull - 5 £250 -
SDH
England

For the 6 months to 21 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for SDH.

1 3 (60.00%) Unix
1 3 (60.00%) Windows
1 3 (60.00%) Linux
1 3 (60.00%) VoIP
1 3 (60.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (40.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (40.00%) DSL
2 2 (40.00%) Quality Management
2 2 (40.00%) Selenium
2 2 (40.00%) GPON
2 2 (40.00%) Test Strategy
2 2 (40.00%) Network Design
2 2 (40.00%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
3 1 (20.00%) Jenkins
3 1 (20.00%) Test Planning
3 1 (20.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (20.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (20.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (20.00%) xDSL
3 1 (20.00%) Change Management
3 1 (20.00%) Front Office
3 1 (20.00%) Back Office
3 1 (20.00%) Billing
3 1 (20.00%) Validation
3 1 (20.00%) WAN
3 1 (20.00%) Cisco
3 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (20.00%) Juniper
3 1 (20.00%) Nokia

SDH
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 3 (60.00%) VoIP
2 2 (40.00%) DSL
2 2 (40.00%) GPON
3 1 (20.00%) DWDM
3 1 (20.00%) LAN
3 1 (20.00%) WAN
3 1 (20.00%) xDSL
Development Applications
1 2 (40.00%) Selenium
2 1 (20.00%) Jenkins
General
1 3 (60.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (20.00%) Back Office
2 1 (20.00%) Billing
2 1 (20.00%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Automation Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Transmission Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Transmission Planner
2 1 (20.00%) Transmission Planning Engineer
Operating Systems
1 3 (60.00%) Linux
1 3 (60.00%) Unix
1 3 (60.00%) Windows
2 1 (20.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (40.00%) Network Design
1 2 (40.00%) Quality Management
1 2 (40.00%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
1 2 (40.00%) Stakeholder Management
1 2 (40.00%) Test Strategy
2 1 (20.00%) Change Management
2 1 (20.00%) Test Automation
2 1 (20.00%) Test Planning
2 1 (20.00%) Validation
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Cisco
1 1 (20.00%) Juniper
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (20.00%) Nokia