Period
to 18 October 2018

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 18 October 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)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 197 181 -
Rank change year-on-year -16 - +164
Contract jobs citing SDH 6 5 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.12% 0.11% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.90% 0.69% -
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 0
West Midlands median daily rate - £250 -
England median daily rate £303 £328 £340
% change year-on-year -7.63% -3.68% -8.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £22.00 - -
England median hourly rate £22.00 £33.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -33.33% -17.50% -

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 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 666 722 868
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.10% 15.60% 13.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 383 427 460
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £176 £160 £181
90th Percentile £530 £500 £525
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 50 36
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.50 £22.49 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.63% -3.27% +32.86%
10th Percentile £11.33 £11.18 £11.76
90th Percentile £28.10 £61.13 £39.75
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +12.50%

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 18 October 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
Solihull -6 3 - -
Birmingham - 3 - - 2
SDH
England

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for SDH.

1 6 (100.00%) SC Cleared
1 6 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (50.00%) X.21
2 3 (50.00%) VLAN
2 3 (50.00%) VPLS
2 3 (50.00%) MicroStation
2 3 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (50.00%) Autodesk Inventor
2 3 (50.00%) Ethernet
2 3 (50.00%) VPN
2 3 (50.00%) Juniper
2 3 (50.00%) Internet
2 3 (50.00%) DWDM
2 3 (50.00%) MPLS
2 3 (50.00%) BGP
2 3 (50.00%) Autodesk
2 3 (50.00%) GIS
2 3 (50.00%) ArcGIS
2 3 (50.00%) Smallworld
2 3 (50.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (33.33%) DSL
3 2 (33.33%) Network Management
4 1 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (16.67%) DV Cleared
4 1 (16.67%) KiloStream
4 1 (16.67%) MegaStream

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:

Application Platforms
1 3 (50.00%) ArcGIS
1 3 (50.00%) Smallworld
Applications
1 3 (50.00%) Autodesk Inventor
1 3 (50.00%) MicroStation
Communications & Networking
1 3 (50.00%) BGP
1 3 (50.00%) DWDM
1 3 (50.00%) Ethernet
1 3 (50.00%) Internet
1 3 (50.00%) MPLS
1 3 (50.00%) VLAN
1 3 (50.00%) VPLS
1 3 (50.00%) VPN
1 3 (50.00%) X.21
2 2 (33.33%) DSL
3 1 (16.67%) KiloStream
3 1 (16.67%) MegaStream
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (50.00%) GIS
Development Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (50.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Telecoms Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Network Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) NOC Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Support Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Telecoms Planner
Miscellaneous
1 3 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) Network Management
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) SC Cleared
1 6 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (16.67%) DV Cleared
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) Autodesk
1 3 (50.00%) Juniper