The table below looks at the statistics for 3G skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 3G over the 3 months to 22 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
3G
Rank 131 112 117
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +5
Contract jobs citing 3G 17 16 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.46% 0.53% 0.30%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.38% 4.34% 2.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 10 0
Average daily rate
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£375 £218 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+72.10% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
-10.34% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £24.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £27.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+36.36% -24.13%
3G
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
503 369 302
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.71% 12.20% 12.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 175 122
Average daily rate £325 £300 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £490 £461
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 28 34
Average hourly rate £17.50 £32.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.15% +47.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £15.50 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.85 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

3G
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing 3G across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

3G Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

3G
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 3G across the North West region.

3G Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3G
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 3G across the North West region.

3G Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3G
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 3G within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -5 9 £375 +87.50%
Cheshire - 3 £260 -
3G
England

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing 3G also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited 3G.

1 28 (82.35%) 4G
2 25 (73.53%) Telecoms
3 23 (67.65%) LTE
4 22 (64.71%) 2G
5 15 (44.12%) GSM
6 14 (41.18%) Huawei
7 11 (32.35%) Ericsson
7 11 (32.35%) Radio Access Network
8 10 (29.41%) RNC
9 9 (26.47%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 8 (23.53%) Performance Engineering
11 7 (20.59%) Performance Management
11 7 (20.59%) HSPA
11 7 (20.59%) Network Design
11 7 (20.59%) Statistics
11 7 (20.59%) Resource Management
11 7 (20.59%) GPRS
11 7 (20.59%) Nortel
11 7 (20.59%) WCDMA
11 7 (20.59%) Configuration Management
12 6 (17.65%) Network Planning
13 5 (14.71%) MS PowerPoint
13 5 (14.71%) MS Excel
13 5 (14.71%) Business Objects
14 4 (11.76%) ITIL
14 4 (11.76%) E-Commerce
14 4 (11.76%) Ethernet
14 4 (11.76%) Service Management
14 4 (11.76%) Service Delivery
14 4 (11.76%) Wi-Fi

3G
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing 3G also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited 3G. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 5 (14.71%) MS PowerPoint
1 5 (14.71%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 28 (82.35%) 4G
2 23 (67.65%) LTE
3 22 (64.71%) 2G
4 15 (44.12%) GSM
5 11 (32.35%) Radio Access Network
6 10 (29.41%) RNC
7 7 (20.59%) HSPA
7 7 (20.59%) GPRS
7 7 (20.59%) WCDMA
8 4 (11.76%) Ethernet
8 4 (11.76%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (11.76%) VoLTE
9 2 (5.88%) UMTS
10 1 (2.94%) XCAP
10 1 (2.94%) ATM
Development Applications
1 4 (11.76%) Cucumber
General
1 25 (73.53%) Telecoms
2 3 (8.82%) Finance
3 1 (2.94%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 13 (38.24%) Performance Engineer
2 5 (14.71%) RAN Engineer
2 5 (14.71%) RAN Performance Engineer
3 4 (11.76%) Consultant
3 4 (11.76%) Test Consultant
4 3 (8.82%) Field Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Senior RAN Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Radio Engineer
6 1 (2.94%) Telecoms Project Manager
6 1 (2.94%) Telecoms Engineer
6 1 (2.94%) RF Engineer
6 1 (2.94%) Quality Manager
6 1 (2.94%) Coordinator
6 1 (2.94%) Project Manager
6 1 (2.94%) Project Coordinator
6 1 (2.94%) SLA Manager
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.59%) Statistics
2 4 (11.76%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.76%) Android
1 4 (11.76%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (23.53%) Performance Engineering
2 7 (20.59%) Performance Management
2 7 (20.59%) Network Design
2 7 (20.59%) Resource Management
2 7 (20.59%) Configuration Management
3 6 (17.65%) Network Planning
4 4 (11.76%) ITIL
4 4 (11.76%) E-Commerce
4 4 (11.76%) Service Management
4 4 (11.76%) Service Delivery
4 4 (11.76%) Kanban
4 4 (11.76%) Performance Improvement
4 4 (11.76%) BDD
4 4 (11.76%) Network Management
4 4 (11.76%) eTOM
4 4 (11.76%) Software Testing
4 4 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (11.76%) Test Planning
5 3 (8.82%) Data Analysis
5 3 (8.82%) Data Entry
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.88%) C
Qualifications
1 3 (8.82%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.88%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 14 (41.18%) Huawei
2 11 (32.35%) Ericsson
3 9 (26.47%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 7 (20.59%) Nortel
5 5 (14.71%) Business Objects
6 4 (11.76%) Mapinfo
7 3 (8.82%) BT
8 2 (5.88%) Nokia
9 1 (2.94%) Microsoft
9 1 (2.94%) Oracle
9 1 (2.94%) Amdocs