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 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 354 388 237
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -151
Contract jobs citing 3G 285 203 365
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.53% 0.39% 0.77%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.59% 2.94% 5.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 63 61
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.48% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £195 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £445 £404
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
-10.34% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 14 14
Average hourly rate £37.50 £27.50 £33.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.36% -18.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.30 £18.90 £17.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £101.50 £40.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £27.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+36.36% -24.13%

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
7948 6904 6873
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.67% 13.12% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4423 3766 3378
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 383 558
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £43.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 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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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 +36 264 £263 -9.09% 33
South East +28 149 £250 -12.28% 21
Berkshire +23 138 £228 -21.55% 21
Reading +14 39 £275 -11.29% 2
London -4 24 £284 -2.15% 5
Yorkshire +2 18 £123 -
Leeds - 18 £123 -
West Yorkshire - 18 £123 -
South West +19 17 £388 +25.00% 2
North West -19 17 £375 +72.10%
Slough +9 13 £208 +23.88% 3
Newbury +7 11 £275 +6.79% 11
Bracknell +6 9 £263 +14.13% 3
East of England +5 9 £310 -17.33% 3
Manchester -5 9 £375 +87.50%
Wiltshire +6 8 - - 2
Hertfordshire +1 8 £325 -3.70% 1
Gloucestershire 0 7 £400 +29.03%
West Midlands -20 7 £180 -37.93% 1
Cheltenham - 7 £400 -
City of London +9 5 £400 +40.35% 1
Maidenhead +8 5 £363 -
Buckinghamshire +4 4 £500 -
Swindon +10 3 - - 1
Hampshire -1 3 £210 -25.66%
Coventry -2 3 £260 +52.94%
Birmingham -9 3 £100 -65.51% 1
Surrey -15 3 £255 -3.77%
East Midlands - 3 £260 - 1
Cheshire - 3 £260 -

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 414 (66.13%) Telecoms
2 412 (65.81%) 2G
3 383 (61.18%) 4G
4 300 (47.92%) LTE
5 202 (32.27%) Radio Access Network
6 119 (19.01%) GSM
7 108 (17.25%) Ericsson
8 80 (12.78%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 76 (12.14%) Nokia
10 71 (11.34%) Wireless
11 67 (10.70%) Network Planning
12 64 (10.22%) Huawei
13 61 (9.74%) SS7
14 60 (9.58%) SLA
15 56 (8.95%) SQL
16 55 (8.79%) Perl
16 55 (8.79%) UMTS
16 55 (8.79%) RNC
17 51 (8.15%) MS Excel
18 50 (7.99%) TCP/IP
19 46 (7.35%) C++
20 45 (7.19%) UNIX
20 45 (7.19%) Degree
20 45 (7.19%) NSN NetAct
21 44 (7.03%) Linux
21 44 (7.03%) GPRS
22 43 (6.87%) Network Architecture
23 42 (6.71%) SIGTRAN
23 42 (6.71%) MS Office
24 41 (6.55%) Nortel

3G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 3 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
1 3 (0.48%) SharePoint
1 3 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 2 (0.32%) CMS
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 51 (8.15%) MS Excel
2 42 (6.71%) MS Office
3 13 (2.08%) MS Visio
4 12 (1.92%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.80%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.16%) Maya
6 1 (0.16%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 13 (2.08%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 412 (65.81%) 2G
2 383 (61.18%) 4G
3 300 (47.92%) LTE
4 202 (32.27%) Radio Access Network
5 119 (19.01%) GSM
6 71 (11.34%) Wireless
7 61 (9.74%) SS7
8 55 (8.79%) UMTS
8 55 (8.79%) RNC
9 50 (7.99%) TCP/IP
10 44 (7.03%) GPRS
11 42 (6.71%) SIGTRAN
12 38 (6.07%) VoLTE
12 38 (6.07%) 3GPP
13 36 (5.75%) Wi-Fi
14 34 (5.43%) Wireshark
15 30 (4.79%) Diameter Protocol
16 29 (4.63%) Internet
16 29 (4.63%) Ethernet
17 25 (3.99%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (2.88%) MS Access
2 8 (1.28%) PostgreSQL
2 8 (1.28%) MySQL
3 7 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (0.96%) Oracle Database
5 4 (0.64%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.16%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (1.92%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 12 (1.92%) ClearCase
1 12 (1.92%) Git (software)
1 12 (1.92%) Subversion
2 4 (0.64%) Cucumber
3 3 (0.48%) CANoe
3 3 (0.48%) LabVIEW
4 2 (0.32%) JIRA
5 1 (0.16%) Rational DOORS
General
1 414 (66.13%) Telecoms
2 23 (3.67%) Billing
3 22 (3.51%) Electronics
3 22 (3.51%) Finance
4 9 (1.44%) Back Office
5 4 (0.64%) Retail
6 3 (0.48%) German Language
6 3 (0.48%) Automotive
6 3 (0.48%) Legal
7 2 (0.32%) Advertising
7 2 (0.32%) Banking
8 1 (0.16%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.16%) French Language
8 1 (0.16%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 60 (9.58%) Test Engineer
2 52 (8.31%) RAN Engineer
3 40 (6.39%) Integration Engineer
4 33 (5.27%) Project Manager
5 32 (5.11%) Performance Engineer
6 31 (4.95%) Developer
6 31 (4.95%) Delivery Manager
7 30 (4.79%) Radio Engineer
8 25 (3.99%) Analyst
9 22 (3.51%) Architect
9 22 (3.51%) Field Engineer
9 22 (3.51%) Design Engineer
10 19 (3.04%) Voice Engineer
11 18 (2.88%) Support Engineer
12 17 (2.72%) Tester
13 16 (2.56%) Project Engineer
13 16 (2.56%) Wireless Engineer
13 16 (2.56%) RAN Performance Engineer
14 15 (2.40%) Designer
15 14 (2.24%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.51%) XML
2 12 (1.92%) STL
3 5 (0.80%) .NET
3 5 (0.80%) HTML
4 3 (0.48%) HTML5
5 2 (0.32%) XMPP
6 1 (0.16%) ActiveMQ
6 1 (0.16%) SOAP
6 1 (0.16%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 24 (3.83%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (3.35%) Statistics
3 20 (3.19%) Mobile App
4 12 (1.92%) Replication
4 12 (1.92%) Client/Server
5 11 (1.76%) Handset
6 10 (1.60%) Computer Science
7 8 (1.28%) PMI
7 8 (1.28%) Blackberry
8 7 (1.12%) PKI
9 5 (0.80%) Economics
9 5 (0.80%) Management Information System
10 3 (0.48%) Algorithms
10 3 (0.48%) Telematics
11 2 (0.32%) GIS
11 2 (0.32%) IVR
11 2 (0.32%) Embedded Systems
11 2 (0.32%) Performance Metrics
11 2 (0.32%) User Experience
11 2 (0.32%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 45 (7.19%) UNIX
2 44 (7.03%) Linux
3 12 (1.92%) Windows
4 9 (1.44%) Windows 7
5 8 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (0.96%) Embedded Linux
7 4 (0.64%) VMS
7 4 (0.64%) Apple iOS
7 4 (0.64%) Android
8 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.16%) Solaris
9 1 (0.16%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.16%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (10.70%) Network Planning
2 43 (6.87%) Network Architecture
3 35 (5.59%) Network Design
4 33 (5.27%) Performance Management
4 33 (5.27%) Project Management
5 32 (5.11%) ITIL
6 30 (4.79%) Configuration Management
7 29 (4.63%) Validation
7 29 (4.63%) Service Delivery
8 24 (3.83%) Performance Engineering
9 23 (3.67%) Agile Software Development
10 21 (3.35%) PRINCE2
11 19 (3.04%) Change Management
12 18 (2.88%) OOD
12 18 (2.88%) OO
12 18 (2.88%) CRM
12 18 (2.88%) Fault Management
13 16 (2.56%) Service Management
14 15 (2.40%) Performance Monitoring
15 14 (2.24%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 56 (8.95%) SQL
2 55 (8.79%) Perl
3 46 (7.35%) C++
4 30 (4.79%) C
5 20 (3.19%) Python
6 14 (2.24%) C#
7 13 (2.08%) Ruby
7 13 (2.08%) Bash Shell
7 13 (2.08%) Java
8 9 (1.44%) Embedded C
9 7 (1.12%) Embedded C++
10 4 (0.64%) VBA
11 3 (0.48%) Erlang
12 1 (0.16%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 45 (7.19%) Degree
2 25 (3.99%) Security Cleared
3 22 (3.51%) Cisco Certification
4 21 (3.35%) HNC
5 18 (2.88%) CCNP
6 17 (2.72%) HND
7 14 (2.24%) DV Cleared
8 11 (1.76%) PMI Certification
9 10 (1.60%) CCNA
10 8 (1.28%) SC Cleared
11 6 (0.96%) ISEB
12 5 (0.80%) ISTQB
12 5 (0.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 5 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.48%) PMP
13 3 (0.48%) CISSP
14 2 (0.32%) CCSA
14 2 (0.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 2 (0.32%) JNCIS
14 2 (0.32%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (9.58%) SLA
2 7 (1.12%) QA
3 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 7 (1.12%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.64%) BitLocker
3 2 (0.32%) XenApp
3 2 (0.32%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 45 (7.19%) NSN NetAct
2 33 (5.27%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (0.96%) OpenView
3 6 (0.96%) Netcool
3 6 (0.96%) HP NNM
4 5 (0.80%) SCCM
5 2 (0.32%) NetCrunch
5 2 (0.32%) FortiGate
5 2 (0.32%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.16%) Iperf
6 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 108 (17.25%) Ericsson
2 80 (12.78%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 76 (12.14%) Nokia
4 64 (10.22%) Huawei
5 41 (6.55%) Nortel
6 37 (5.91%) Oracle
6 37 (5.91%) Microsoft
7 32 (5.11%) HP
8 30 (4.79%) Amdocs
9 28 (4.47%) Cramer
10 23 (3.67%) Cisco
11 22 (3.51%) Actix
12 17 (2.72%) Business Objects
12 17 (2.72%) Mapinfo
13 11 (1.76%) Remedy
14 10 (1.60%) Greenplum
15 8 (1.28%) Siemens
15 8 (1.28%) Red Hat
16 7 (1.12%) NEC
17 6 (0.96%) Juniper
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