The table below looks at the statistics for 3G skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 3G over the 3 months to 28 July 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
3G
Rank 373 342 337
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -5
Contract jobs citing 3G 259 275 271
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.45% 0.50% 0.53%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.29% 3.64% 3.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 67 43
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£270 £310 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.90% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £210 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £450 £395
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £313 £300
% change year-on-year
-13.60% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 15
Average hourly rate £36.00 £28.00 £35.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -21.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £9.60 £15.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £37.25 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £29.25 £35.50
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -17.60%

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
7876 7565 6973
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 13.83% 13.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4518 4037 3593
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.31% +2.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +4.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 480 417 482
Average hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £11.79 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

3G
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing 3G within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 28 July 2015.

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 28 July 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 3G within the UK over the 3 months to 28 July 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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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
England -30 241 £270 -12.90% 25
South East -15 137 £261 -19.84% 12
Berkshire +4 127 £262 -19.53% 4
Reading 0 39 £270 -15.62% 1
London +14 37 £320 +20.75% 6
Slough +9 17 £208 -44.66%
Newbury +8 13 £310 +78.41% 3
West Yorkshire -8 12 £270 -
Leeds -14 12 £270 -
Yorkshire -16 12 £270 -
East of England -3 10 £310 -17.33% 2
Bracknell -3 9 - -
North West -29 9 £260 +15.55% 1
West Midlands -7 8 £270 +54.28% 2
Hertfordshire -7 8 £325 +62.50%
South West -12 8 £400 +52.38% 2
East Midlands +3 6 £260 -42.22%
Tyne and Wear - 6 £498 -
North East - 6 £498 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 6 £498 -
Maidenhead +3 5 £260 -45.26%
Kingston Upon Thames - 5 £300 -
Northamptonshire - 5 £255 -
Birmingham +3 4 £265 - 2
Surrey -1 4 £274 - 2
Gloucestershire -2 4 £400 -
Cheltenham -3 4 £400 -
Buckinghamshire -8 3 £190 -55.29% 2
City of London -9 3 £375 +70.45%
Manchester -16 3 £150 -50.00% 1

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 382 (64.97%) Telecoms
2 368 (62.59%) 4G
3 347 (59.01%) 2G
4 274 (46.60%) LTE
5 175 (29.76%) Radio Access Network
6 104 (17.69%) GSM
7 90 (15.31%) Ericsson
8 71 (12.07%) Linux
9 65 (11.05%) Huawei
10 64 (10.88%) Wireless
11 63 (10.71%) C++
12 62 (10.54%) UNIX
13 61 (10.37%) UMTS
13 61 (10.37%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
14 60 (10.20%) SS7
15 59 (10.03%) Nokia
16 57 (9.69%) MS Excel
17 55 (9.35%) SLA
18 54 (9.18%) VoLTE
19 53 (9.01%) SQL
19 53 (9.01%) Wi-Fi
20 51 (8.67%) MS Office
21 50 (8.50%) GPRS
22 49 (8.33%) Perl
23 47 (7.99%) Performance Management
24 46 (7.82%) Nortel
25 45 (7.65%) Network Architecture
25 45 (7.65%) Degree
26 44 (7.48%) Microsoft
27 43 (7.31%) RNC

3G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

Application Platforms
1 4 (0.68%) SharePoint
2 3 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
4 1 (0.17%) Node.js
Applications
1 57 (9.69%) MS Excel
2 51 (8.67%) MS Office
3 22 (3.74%) MS Visio
4 16 (2.72%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.85%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.68%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 368 (62.59%) 4G
2 347 (59.01%) 2G
3 274 (46.60%) LTE
4 175 (29.76%) Radio Access Network
5 104 (17.69%) GSM
6 64 (10.88%) Wireless
7 61 (10.37%) UMTS
8 60 (10.20%) SS7
9 54 (9.18%) VoLTE
10 53 (9.01%) Wi-Fi
11 50 (8.50%) GPRS
12 43 (7.31%) RNC
13 40 (6.80%) TCP/IP
14 39 (6.63%) 3GPP
15 38 (6.46%) Diameter Protocol
16 37 (6.29%) SIGTRAN
17 32 (5.44%) Ethernet
18 31 (5.27%) ATM
19 29 (4.93%) DNS
19 29 (4.93%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (3.23%) MySQL
2 18 (3.06%) MS Access
2 18 (3.06%) BusinessObjects
2 18 (3.06%) PostgreSQL
3 8 (1.36%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (1.19%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.17%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.17%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.17%) Informix
5 1 (0.17%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.17%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 10 (1.70%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 10 (1.70%) ClearCase
1 10 (1.70%) Subversion
1 10 (1.70%) Git (software)
2 4 (0.68%) Cucumber
3 3 (0.51%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.17%) SoapUI
4 1 (0.17%) CANoe
4 1 (0.17%) JMeter
4 1 (0.17%) LabVIEW
General
1 382 (64.97%) Telecoms
2 19 (3.23%) Finance
3 18 (3.06%) Electronics
4 17 (2.89%) Billing
5 13 (2.21%) Back Office
6 3 (0.51%) Advertising
6 3 (0.51%) German Language
7 2 (0.34%) Legal
7 2 (0.34%) French Language
7 2 (0.34%) Military
7 2 (0.34%) Retail
8 1 (0.17%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.17%) Banking
8 1 (0.17%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 48 (8.16%) Test Engineer
2 42 (7.14%) Developer
3 38 (6.46%) RAN Engineer
4 31 (5.27%) Radio Engineer
4 31 (5.27%) Field Engineer
5 29 (4.93%) Project Manager
6 26 (4.42%) Architect
7 25 (4.25%) Integration Engineer
7 25 (4.25%) Performance Engineer
8 24 (4.08%) Tester
9 23 (3.91%) Analyst
9 23 (3.91%) Support Engineer
9 23 (3.91%) Design Engineer
10 22 (3.74%) Network Engineer
10 22 (3.74%) Delivery Manager
11 20 (3.40%) Designer
12 16 (2.72%) Voice Engineer
13 15 (2.55%) Project Engineer
13 15 (2.55%) RAN Performance Engineer
14 13 (2.21%) C++ Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (4.59%) XML
2 15 (2.55%) STL
3 12 (2.04%) 802.1X
4 11 (1.87%) .NET
5 10 (1.70%) Web Services
6 8 (1.36%) ASP.NET
7 5 (0.85%) POSIX
7 5 (0.85%) Boost C++ Libraries
8 4 (0.68%) Classic ASP
9 3 (0.51%) CSS
9 3 (0.51%) WAP
9 3 (0.51%) HTML
10 2 (0.34%) XMPP
10 2 (0.34%) SOAP
11 1 (0.17%) Middleware
11 1 (0.17%) ActiveMQ
11 1 (0.17%) JSON
11 1 (0.17%) HTML5
11 1 (0.17%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 23 (3.91%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (2.72%) Mobile App
2 16 (2.72%) Statistics
3 12 (2.04%) Computer Science
4 10 (1.70%) Client/Server
4 10 (1.70%) Handset
5 9 (1.53%) PKI
6 8 (1.36%) Management Information System
6 8 (1.36%) Replication
6 8 (1.36%) PMI
7 6 (1.02%) Blackberry
8 5 (0.85%) Economics
9 4 (0.68%) Algorithms
10 3 (0.51%) Performance Metrics
11 2 (0.34%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (0.34%) Smartphone
11 2 (0.34%) Embedded Systems
11 2 (0.34%) Fat Client
11 2 (0.34%) IVR
11 2 (0.34%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 71 (12.07%) Linux
2 62 (10.54%) UNIX
3 18 (3.06%) Windows
4 10 (1.70%) Windows 7
5 9 (1.53%) Embedded Linux
6 7 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (1.02%) Solaris
8 4 (0.68%) Android
8 4 (0.68%) VMS
8 4 (0.68%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.34%) SUSE
10 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.34%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (7.99%) Performance Management
2 45 (7.65%) Network Architecture
3 40 (6.80%) Validation
4 37 (6.29%) Network Planning
5 36 (6.12%) Network Design
6 35 (5.95%) Configuration Management
6 35 (5.95%) Project Management
7 29 (4.93%) ITIL
8 28 (4.76%) Requirements Analysis
9 23 (3.91%) Service Delivery
9 23 (3.91%) Agile Software Development
10 21 (3.57%) ETL
11 20 (3.40%) OO
11 20 (3.40%) OOD
11 20 (3.40%) Fault Management
12 18 (3.06%) Performance Engineering
12 18 (3.06%) Test Planning
13 17 (2.89%) Software Engineering
14 15 (2.55%) Change Management
15 13 (2.21%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 63 (10.71%) C++
2 53 (9.01%) SQL
3 49 (8.33%) Perl
4 28 (4.76%) C
5 20 (3.40%) C#
6 18 (3.06%) Python
7 16 (2.72%) Java
8 11 (1.87%) Ruby
8 11 (1.87%) Bash Shell
9 10 (1.70%) Embedded C
9 10 (1.70%) Embedded C++
10 4 (0.68%) JavaScript
10 4 (0.68%) VBA
11 1 (0.17%) PHP
11 1 (0.17%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.17%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 45 (7.65%) Degree
2 29 (4.93%) Cisco Certification
3 26 (4.42%) CCNP
4 24 (4.08%) Security Cleared
5 18 (3.06%) HNC
6 13 (2.21%) CCNA
7 12 (2.04%) HND
7 12 (2.04%) DV Cleared
8 9 (1.53%) SC Cleared
8 9 (1.53%) PMI Certification
9 6 (1.02%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 4 (0.68%) ISEB
11 3 (0.51%) CISSP
11 3 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.51%) ISTQB
12 2 (0.34%) MCP
12 2 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.34%) CCSA
12 2 (0.34%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (9.35%) SLA
2 10 (1.70%) QA
3 3 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 11 (1.87%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.68%) BitLocker
3 3 (0.51%) XenApp
4 2 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (0.34%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 24 (4.08%) NSN NetAct
2 21 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
3 13 (2.21%) OpenView
4 10 (1.70%) HP NNM
5 8 (1.36%) NetCrunch
6 6 (1.02%) SCCM
7 5 (0.85%) Netcool
8 3 (0.51%) Cacti
9 2 (0.34%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.17%) Iperf
10 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 90 (15.31%) Ericsson
2 65 (11.05%) Huawei
3 61 (10.37%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 59 (10.03%) Nokia
5 46 (7.82%) Nortel
6 44 (7.48%) Microsoft
7 36 (6.12%) Oracle
8 35 (5.95%) Cisco
9 30 (5.10%) HP
10 28 (4.76%) Amdocs
11 20 (3.40%) Mapinfo
12 16 (2.72%) Actix
13 13 (2.21%) Cramer
14 12 (2.04%) CheckPoint
14 12 (2.04%) NEC
14 12 (2.04%) Greenplum
15 11 (1.87%) Remedy
15 11 (1.87%) Dell
16 10 (1.70%) Juniper
16 10 (1.70%) Blue Coat
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