The table below looks at the statistics for 3G skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 3G over the 3 months to 21 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
3G
UK
Rank 476 452 356
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -96
Contract jobs citing 3G 106 176 275
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.35% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.57% 2.38% 3.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 65 80
Median daily rate £275 £298 £268
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.56% +11.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £212 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £490 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £273 £294 £275
% change year-on-year
-7.23% +6.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 6
Median hourly rate £17.50 £26.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.69% -35.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £14.00 £24.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £43.60 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £42.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-62.13% +5.62%

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

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
6750 7382 7526
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.33% 14.53% 14.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4126 4293 4253
Median daily rate £400 £398 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.62% +6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.36% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 348 365 420
Median hourly rate £28.00 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% +19.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £14.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-13.79% +20.83%

3G
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing 3G as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

3G Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

3G
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 3G within the UK.

3G Daily Rate Trend in the UK

3G
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 3G within the UK over the 3 months to 21 January 2017.

3G Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

3G
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 3G within the UK.

3G Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

3G
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 3G within the UK over the 3 months to 21 January 2017.

3G Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

3G
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 3G within the UK over the 3 months to 21 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -41 101 £265 -13.82% 9
South East -12 55 £245 -15.51% 5
Berkshire -9 41 £245 -34.66% 3
Reading +20 22 £245 -5.76% 1
North West +37 12 £600 +162.58%
London -5 10 £650 +111.38% 3
Surrey +13 9 £280 +3.70%
Manchester +30 8 £600 +313.79%
Guildford -3 7 £280 -
North East -7 7 £206 -56.57%
East Midlands +7 6 - -
West Yorkshire +25 4 £275 -21.42%
Yorkshire +17 4 £275 -21.42%
Leeds +8 4 £275 +89.65%
Newcastle upon Tyne -19 4 £215 -54.73%
Tyne and Wear -22 4 £215 -54.73%
Buckinghamshire +8 3 - -
West Midlands -9 3 £200 -27.27%
Cheshire - 3 - -
Leicestershire - 3 - -
Maidenhead -2 2 - -
City of London -9 2 - -
Warrington - 2 - -
Amersham - 2 - -
Hayes - 2 - -
Scotland +23 1 £290 +120.95%
Hampshire +11 1 £190 -24.00% 1
South West +10 1 £270 +25.58% 1
Slough +1 1 - -
Bristol -2 1 £270 - 1

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing 3G also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for 3G.

1 143 (68.42%) 4G
2 121 (57.89%) 2G
3 99 (47.37%) Telecoms
4 84 (40.19%) LTE
5 48 (22.97%) Huawei
6 46 (22.01%) Ericsson
7 45 (21.53%) Radio Access Network
8 41 (19.62%) Nokia
9 31 (14.83%) Cisco
10 30 (14.35%) UMTS
11 28 (13.40%) Microsoft
11 28 (13.40%) Cisco Certification
12 26 (12.44%) Nokia Networks
13 25 (11.96%) GSM
13 25 (11.96%) ITIL
14 24 (11.48%) MS Office
14 24 (11.48%) Wi-Fi
15 23 (11.00%) Windows
16 22 (10.53%) Active Directory
16 22 (10.53%) Network Architecture
17 21 (10.05%) VoLTE
17 21 (10.05%) CCNP
17 21 (10.05%) MS Excel
18 20 (9.57%) CCIE
18 20 (9.57%) Firewall
19 19 (9.09%) Juniper
19 19 (9.09%) TCP/IP
20 18 (8.61%) SLA
21 17 (8.13%) Citrix
22 16 (7.66%) Back Office

3G
Top Related IT Skills 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 (1.44%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.48%) CMS
2 1 (0.48%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 24 (11.48%) MS Office
2 21 (10.05%) MS Excel
3 11 (5.26%) MS Visio
4 5 (2.39%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.48%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.96%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 143 (68.42%) 4G
2 121 (57.89%) 2G
3 84 (40.19%) LTE
4 45 (21.53%) Radio Access Network
5 30 (14.35%) UMTS
6 25 (11.96%) GSM
7 24 (11.48%) Wi-Fi
8 21 (10.05%) VoLTE
9 20 (9.57%) Firewall
10 19 (9.09%) TCP/IP
11 16 (7.66%) Diameter Protocol
12 14 (6.70%) DHCP
12 14 (6.70%) DNS
12 14 (6.70%) Wireless
13 13 (6.22%) Wireshark
14 12 (5.74%) MVNO
14 12 (5.74%) VPN
15 9 (4.31%) RNC
15 9 (4.31%) UTRAN
16 8 (3.83%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.91%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (1.44%) GIS
3 2 (0.96%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (0.96%) MS Access
4 1 (0.48%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 1 (0.48%) BusinessObjects XI
4 1 (0.48%) MySQL
4 1 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (0.48%) JIRA
General
1 99 (47.37%) Telecoms
2 16 (7.66%) Back Office
3 11 (5.26%) Finance
4 10 (4.78%) Marketing
5 5 (2.39%) Billing
5 5 (2.39%) Electronics
6 2 (0.96%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.96%) Retail
7 1 (0.48%) French Language
7 1 (0.48%) Front Office
7 1 (0.48%) German Language
7 1 (0.48%) Legal
Job Titles
1 20 (9.57%) Architect
1 20 (9.57%) RAN Engineer
2 19 (9.09%) 3G Engineer
2 19 (9.09%) Field Engineer
3 16 (7.66%) Optimisation Engineer
4 15 (7.18%) 4G Engineer
5 14 (6.70%) Desktop Support
5 14 (6.70%) Network Engineer
6 11 (5.26%) Consultant
6 11 (5.26%) Radio Engineer
6 11 (5.26%) Test Engineer
7 10 (4.78%) Mobile Architect
8 9 (4.31%) 2nd Line Support
8 9 (4.31%) Security Architect
8 9 (4.31%) Support Engineer
9 8 (3.83%) Radio Planner
9 8 (3.83%) Technical Support
10 6 (2.87%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
10 6 (2.87%) LTE Engineer
10 6 (2.87%) Support Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.44%) XML
2 2 (0.96%) REST
2 2 (0.96%) WAP
3 1 (0.48%) .NET
3 1 (0.48%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.48%) iOS SDK
3 1 (0.48%) SPML
3 1 (0.48%) Web Services
3 1 (0.48%) WebRTC
3 1 (0.48%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.70%) Data Centre
2 11 (5.26%) Statistics
3 10 (4.78%) Fat Client
3 10 (4.78%) Thin Client
4 9 (4.31%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (2.39%) Blackberry
5 5 (2.39%) Management Information System
6 4 (1.91%) Smartphone
7 3 (1.44%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.44%) Driving Licence
7 3 (1.44%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.44%) NHS
7 3 (1.44%) PKI
7 3 (1.44%) VHDL
7 3 (1.44%) VLSI
8 2 (0.96%) Handset
8 2 (0.96%) Hedge funds
8 2 (0.96%) Performance Metrics
9 1 (0.48%) EPoS
9 1 (0.48%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 23 (11.00%) Windows
2 15 (7.18%) Windows 7
3 13 (6.22%) Windows Server
4 11 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (3.83%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (3.35%) Linux
6 7 (3.35%) Windows 10
6 7 (3.35%) Windows 8
7 4 (1.91%) Unix
8 3 (1.44%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.48%) Android
10 1 (0.48%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.48%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.48%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (11.96%) ITIL
2 22 (10.53%) Network Architecture
3 16 (7.66%) Stakeholder Management
4 12 (5.74%) Network Optimisation
5 11 (5.26%) Network Planning
5 11 (5.26%) Project Management
5 11 (5.26%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 10 (4.78%) Network Design
6 10 (4.78%) Software Delivery
7 9 (4.31%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (4.31%) Migration
7 9 (4.31%) Performance Management
7 9 (4.31%) Risk Assessment
8 8 (3.83%) Security Testing
9 6 (2.87%) Kalman Filter
10 5 (2.39%) Capacity Planning
10 5 (2.39%) Continuous Improvement
10 5 (2.39%) High Availability
11 4 (1.91%) Embedded Software Development
11 4 (1.91%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (3.35%) C++
2 5 (2.39%) C
2 5 (2.39%) SQL
3 3 (1.44%) Java
3 3 (1.44%) Perl
4 2 (0.96%) C#
4 2 (0.96%) Ruby
5 1 (0.48%) Embedded C
5 1 (0.48%) Embedded C++
5 1 (0.48%) Python
5 1 (0.48%) VBA
Qualifications
1 28 (13.40%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (10.05%) CCNP
3 20 (9.57%) CCIE
4 15 (7.18%) CCNA
5 13 (6.22%) Security Cleared
6 11 (5.26%) SC Cleared
7 10 (4.78%) Degree
8 6 (2.87%) HND
9 5 (2.39%) CCSP
9 5 (2.39%) JNCIE
10 3 (1.44%) CCDA
10 3 (1.44%) HNC
10 3 (1.44%) MCSE
10 3 (1.44%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (0.96%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.96%) PMP
12 1 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.48%) CompTIA Security+
12 1 (0.48%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (8.61%) SLA
2 8 (3.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.96%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.96%) QA
4 1 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 22 (10.53%) Active Directory
2 9 (4.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.83%) Microsoft App-V
4 7 (3.35%) XenApp
5 3 (1.44%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.48%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (5.74%) SCCM
2 7 (3.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (1.44%) Amdocs OSS
4 2 (0.96%) Cisco Prime
4 2 (0.96%) DameWare
4 2 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (0.96%) OpenView
4 2 (0.96%) SolarWinds Orion
5 1 (0.48%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.48%) Nessus
5 1 (0.48%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 48 (22.97%) Huawei
2 46 (22.01%) Ericsson
3 41 (19.62%) Nokia
4 31 (14.83%) Cisco
5 28 (13.40%) Microsoft
6 26 (12.44%) Nokia Networks
7 19 (9.09%) Juniper
8 17 (8.13%) Citrix
9 14 (6.70%) Nortel
10 10 (4.78%) Cramer
10 10 (4.78%) VMware
11 9 (4.31%) Palo Alto
12 8 (3.83%) HP
12 8 (3.83%) Remedy
13 7 (3.35%) AppSense
13 7 (3.35%) Mapinfo
13 7 (3.35%) NEC
14 6 (2.87%) ThinPrint
15 5 (2.39%) Tellabs
16 4 (1.91%) Arqiva