Period
to 23 February 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 23 February 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
23 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 172 181 173
Rank change year-on-year +9 -8 -13
Contract jobs citing SDH 14 12 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.29% 0.23% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.94% 1.70% 1.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 3
West Midlands median daily rate £250 - £475
10th Percentile £225 - £463
90th Percentile £275 - £488
England median daily rate £250 £340 £363
% change year-on-year -26.47% -6.21% +23.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - - -

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 721 707 590
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.09% 13.43% 11.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 425 366 287
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £391 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.15% +11.79% -
10th Percentile £164 £201 £181
90th Percentile £525 £540 £502
England median daily rate £413 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +0.61% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 28 43
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.17 £15.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +101.12% -16.67% -30.77%
10th Percentile £12.13 £9.83 £10.55
90th Percentile £44.20 £38.00 £41.75
England median hourly rate £20.04 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -6.79% -2.27% +10.00%

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 23 February 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 +9 12 £250 - 1
SDH
England

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 10 (71.43%) Security Cleared
2 9 (64.29%) SC Cleared
2 9 (64.29%) MPLS
3 8 (57.14%) X.21
4 7 (50.00%) VLAN
4 7 (50.00%) VPLS
4 7 (50.00%) KiloStream
4 7 (50.00%) MegaStream
4 7 (50.00%) BGP
4 7 (50.00%) Ethernet
4 7 (50.00%) VPN
5 5 (35.71%) Juniper
6 4 (28.57%) Telecoms
6 4 (28.57%) DV Cleared
6 4 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (21.43%) LAN
7 3 (21.43%) WAN
8 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
8 2 (14.29%) Unified Communications
8 2 (14.29%) ITIL
8 2 (14.29%) Quality Management
8 2 (14.29%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (14.29%) TOGAF
8 2 (14.29%) Network Design
8 2 (14.29%) eTOM
9 1 (7.14%) Finance
9 1 (7.14%) Validation
9 1 (7.14%) Change Management
9 1 (7.14%) 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 9 (64.29%) MPLS
2 8 (57.14%) X.21
3 7 (50.00%) BGP
3 7 (50.00%) Ethernet
3 7 (50.00%) KiloStream
3 7 (50.00%) MegaStream
3 7 (50.00%) VLAN
3 7 (50.00%) VPLS
3 7 (50.00%) VPN
4 3 (21.43%) LAN
4 3 (21.43%) WAN
5 2 (14.29%) Unified Communications
6 1 (7.14%) DWDM
6 1 (7.14%) GPON
6 1 (7.14%) VoIP
6 1 (7.14%) xDSL
Development Applications
1 4 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (28.57%) Telecoms
2 1 (7.14%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (50.00%) Network Engineer
1 7 (50.00%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Architect
2 2 (14.29%) Network Support
2 2 (14.29%) Network Support Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Solutions Architect
2 2 (14.29%) Support Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Transmission Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Consultant
3 1 (7.14%) Telecoms Consultant
3 1 (7.14%) Transmission Planner
3 1 (7.14%) Transmission Planning Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.14%) Linux
1 1 (7.14%) Unix
1 1 (7.14%) Windows
1 1 (7.14%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (14.29%) eTOM
1 2 (14.29%) ITIL
1 2 (14.29%) Network Design
1 2 (14.29%) Quality Management
1 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
1 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
1 2 (14.29%) TOGAF
2 1 (7.14%) Change Management
2 1 (7.14%) Validation
Qualifications
1 10 (71.43%) Security Cleared
2 9 (64.29%) SC Cleared
3 4 (28.57%) DV Cleared
Vendors
1 5 (35.71%) Juniper
2 1 (7.14%) Cisco
2 1 (7.14%) Nokia