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 2 March 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
2 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
3G
Rank 123 119 106
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -13
Contract jobs citing 3G 19 13 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.56% 0.47% 0.59%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.11% 3.59% 3.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 5
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£260 £300 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +13.20%
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £315 £275
% change year-on-year
-17.32% +14.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £14.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -17.14%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £14.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+157.14% -62.66%
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
462 362 385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.52% 12.98% 16.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 210 155 147
Average daily rate £350 £305 £298
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.75% +2.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £241 £213 £148
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £560 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 30 58
Average hourly rate £18.13 £30.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-39.56% +9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £20.00 £23.33
% change year-on-year
+37.50% -14.27%

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 2 March 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 -22 1 - -
3G
England

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 March 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 23 (79.31%) Telecoms
2 17 (58.62%) 4G
3 16 (55.17%) 2G
4 14 (48.28%) LTE
5 12 (41.38%) GSM
6 9 (31.03%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 8 (27.59%) Performance Engineering
7 8 (27.59%) Ericsson
7 8 (27.59%) Huawei
8 7 (24.14%) Network Design
8 7 (24.14%) Network Planning
8 7 (24.14%) Radio Access Network
9 6 (20.69%) VCP4
9 6 (20.69%) HSPA
9 6 (20.69%) Performance Management
9 6 (20.69%) RNC
9 6 (20.69%) Statistics
9 6 (20.69%) Resource Management
9 6 (20.69%) Nortel
9 6 (20.69%) Configuration Management
9 6 (20.69%) GPRS
9 6 (20.69%) WCDMA
9 6 (20.69%) Ethernet
10 5 (17.24%) ITIL
10 5 (17.24%) Windows
10 5 (17.24%) Windows XP
10 5 (17.24%) Data Analysis
10 5 (17.24%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (17.24%) BT
10 5 (17.24%) Finance

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

For the 6 months to 2 March 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 4 (13.79%) MS Excel
1 4 (13.79%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (3.45%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 17 (58.62%) 4G
2 16 (55.17%) 2G
3 14 (48.28%) LTE
4 12 (41.38%) GSM
5 7 (24.14%) Radio Access Network
6 6 (20.69%) GPRS
6 6 (20.69%) WCDMA
6 6 (20.69%) RNC
6 6 (20.69%) HSPA
6 6 (20.69%) Ethernet
7 5 (17.24%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (13.79%) DNS
8 4 (13.79%) DHCP
8 4 (13.79%) SMS
9 1 (3.45%) SDH
9 1 (3.45%) ATM
9 1 (3.45%) Broadband
9 1 (3.45%) TCP/IP
9 1 (3.45%) VPN
9 1 (3.45%) 2.5G
General
1 23 (79.31%) Telecoms
2 5 (17.24%) Finance
Job Titles
1 12 (41.38%) Performance Engineer
2 4 (13.79%) RAN Engineer
2 4 (13.79%) RAN Performance Engineer
3 3 (10.34%) Field Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Desktop Support
4 2 (6.90%) 3rd Line Support
4 2 (6.90%) Senior RAN Engineer
5 1 (3.45%) SLA Manager
5 1 (3.45%) Project Manager
5 1 (3.45%) Transmission Planner
5 1 (3.45%) Radio Engineer
5 1 (3.45%) Telecoms Project Manager
5 1 (3.45%) Service Analyst
5 1 (3.45%) Analyst
5 1 (3.45%) Support Engineer
5 1 (3.45%) Quality Manager
5 1 (3.45%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 1 (3.45%) Desktop Engineer
5 1 (3.45%) Telecoms Engineer
5 1 (3.45%) RF Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 6 (20.69%) Statistics
2 4 (13.79%) Fat Client
2 4 (13.79%) Thin Client
3 1 (3.45%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 5 (17.24%) Windows
1 5 (17.24%) Windows XP
2 4 (13.79%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (13.79%) Windows Server 2008
2 4 (13.79%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (27.59%) Performance Engineering
2 7 (24.14%) Network Design
2 7 (24.14%) Network Planning
3 6 (20.69%) Configuration Management
3 6 (20.69%) Resource Management
3 6 (20.69%) Performance Management
4 5 (17.24%) ITIL
4 5 (17.24%) Data Analysis
5 4 (13.79%) PRINCE2
5 4 (13.79%) Data Entry
5 4 (13.79%) Network Management
5 4 (13.79%) Performance Improvement
5 4 (13.79%) Service Management
5 4 (13.79%) Service Delivery
5 4 (13.79%) eTOM
6 1 (3.45%) Migration
6 1 (3.45%) Line Management
6 1 (3.45%) Project Management
6 1 (3.45%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.90%) C
Qualifications
1 6 (20.69%) VCP4
2 4 (13.79%) Degree
3 2 (6.90%) SC Cleared
3 2 (6.90%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.90%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (13.79%) Active Directory
1 4 (13.79%) XenApp
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (13.79%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (31.03%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 8 (27.59%) Ericsson
2 8 (27.59%) Huawei
3 6 (20.69%) Nortel
4 5 (17.24%) BT
5 4 (13.79%) Citrix
5 4 (13.79%) Business Objects
5 4 (13.79%) Mapinfo
6 2 (6.90%) Nokia
7 1 (3.45%) Microsoft
7 1 (3.45%) Cramer
7 1 (3.45%) VMware
7 1 (3.45%) AppSense