The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
3G
Rank 373 211 165
Rank change year-on-year
-162 -46
Contract jobs citing 3G 229 439 698
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.41% 0.92% 1.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.16% 6.08% 7.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 83 101
Average daily rate £293 £285 £271
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.63% +5.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £150 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £375 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £285 £270
% change year-on-year
+1.75% +5.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 21 57
Average hourly rate £24.50 £35.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% +2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.35 £17.50 £16.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £37.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.00 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-28.00% +7.14%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7257 7224 9297
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.89% 15.14% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3828 3580 4351
Average daily rate £360 £345 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% -6.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 572 627
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.63 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -23.72%

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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 2014.

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 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -185 206 £290 +1.75% 28
South East -82 115 £293 +1.73% 11
Berkshire -38 85 £303 +6.14% 8
Reading -20 31 £278 +0.90% 4
London -37 28 £500 +185.71% 9
Surrey -6 27 £265 -11.66% 1
West Midlands -2 18 £290 +38.09%
Maidenhead +5 14 £295 -
North West -15 14 £210 +40.00%
City of London -18 9 £500 +233.33% 2
South West -29 7 £310 +55.00% 6
Slough +2 6 £168 -49.24% 1
Birmingham -4 6 £290 +26.08%
Manchester -14 5 £200 -
East of England -36 5 £338 - 1
Hertfordshire -9 4 £338 -
Swindon -10 4 - - 1
Wiltshire -17 4 - - 1
Bracknell - 4 - -
Newbury -15 3 - - 2
Buckinghamshire -45 2 - -
Glasgow +8 1 £270 +125.00%
Hampshire -3 1 £283 -37.22% 2
Cambridge -7 1 - - 1
Scotland -12 1 £270 +125.00%
Bristol -18 1 £425 +112.50% 3
Cambridgeshire -19 1 - - 1
Ilford - 1 - -
Windsor - 1 - -
Bedfordshire - - - -

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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.

1 308 (60.87%) 2G
2 293 (57.91%) Telecoms
3 195 (38.54%) LTE
4 141 (27.87%) Radio Access Network
5 138 (27.27%) 4G
6 136 (26.88%) Ericsson
7 112 (22.13%) Nokia
8 89 (17.59%) RNC
9 81 (16.01%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 79 (15.61%) Huawei
11 78 (15.42%) ATM
12 77 (15.22%) SLA
13 68 (13.44%) Nortel
14 64 (12.65%) Ethernet
15 55 (10.87%) DWDM
16 54 (10.67%) VPN
17 48 (9.49%) NEC
17 48 (9.49%) MPLS
18 45 (8.89%) ETL
19 43 (8.50%) Windows
20 41 (8.10%) Degree
20 41 (8.10%) Network Planning
21 40 (7.91%) SQL
22 38 (7.51%) MS Excel
22 38 (7.51%) SDH
23 37 (7.31%) GSM
23 37 (7.31%) Project Management
23 37 (7.31%) Network Design
24 36 (7.11%) Wi-Fi
24 36 (7.11%) Cisco

3G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 9 (1.78%) Apache
2 6 (1.19%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.79%) IBM Notes
3 4 (0.79%) MS Exchange
4 3 (0.59%) GroupWise
4 3 (0.59%) Lync
5 2 (0.40%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
5 2 (0.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 38 (7.51%) MS Excel
2 35 (6.92%) MS Office
3 8 (1.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.79%) Maya
4 4 (0.79%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.40%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.59%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 308 (60.87%) 2G
2 195 (38.54%) LTE
3 141 (27.87%) Radio Access Network
4 138 (27.27%) 4G
5 89 (17.59%) RNC
6 78 (15.42%) ATM
7 64 (12.65%) Ethernet
8 55 (10.87%) DWDM
9 54 (10.67%) VPN
10 48 (9.49%) MPLS
11 38 (7.51%) SDH
12 37 (7.31%) GSM
13 36 (7.11%) Wi-Fi
14 33 (6.52%) UMTS
15 25 (4.94%) GPRS
16 24 (4.74%) OSPF
16 24 (4.74%) SIGTRAN
17 23 (4.55%) BGP
18 21 (4.15%) VRRP
19 20 (3.95%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (3.16%) MS Access
2 12 (2.37%) Relational Database
3 8 (1.58%) MySQL
4 6 (1.19%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (1.19%) EDRMS
4 6 (1.19%) Data Mining
5 3 (0.59%) SQL Server
6 2 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 9 (1.78%) Ant
1 9 (1.78%) Toad
1 9 (1.78%) LoadRunner
1 9 (1.78%) eggPlant
1 9 (1.78%) SoapUI
1 9 (1.78%) Selenium
1 9 (1.78%) JIRA
1 9 (1.78%) Maven
1 9 (1.78%) Apache Ivy
2 5 (0.99%) Talend Open Studio
3 1 (0.20%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.20%) Calabash
General
1 293 (57.91%) Telecoms
2 16 (3.16%) Finance
3 14 (2.77%) Front Office
4 9 (1.78%) Banking
5 6 (1.19%) Marketing
5 6 (1.19%) Back Office
6 4 (0.79%) Billing
6 4 (0.79%) Electronics
6 4 (0.79%) Legal
7 3 (0.59%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.59%) German Language
8 2 (0.40%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.20%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.20%) French Language
Job Titles
1 89 (17.59%) Field Engineer
2 51 (10.08%) Design Engineer
3 41 (8.10%) RAN Engineer
4 29 (5.73%) Databuild Engineer
4 29 (5.73%) Test Engineer
5 24 (4.74%) Analyst
6 21 (4.15%) Network Engineer
6 21 (4.15%) Architect
7 18 (3.56%) Transmission Engineer
7 18 (3.56%) Incident Manager
8 17 (3.36%) Project Manager
9 15 (2.96%) Transmission Design Engineer
9 15 (2.96%) Network Design Engineer
10 14 (2.77%) Network Planner
10 14 (2.77%) Consultant
10 14 (2.77%) Support Engineer
11 13 (2.57%) Desktop Support
11 13 (2.57%) Designer
12 12 (2.37%) Senior Architect
13 11 (2.17%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.17%) XML
2 9 (1.78%) SOAP
2 9 (1.78%) Web Services
2 9 (1.78%) WAP
2 9 (1.78%) J2ME
2 9 (1.78%) REST
3 6 (1.19%) J2EE
4 5 (0.99%) .NET
5 2 (0.40%) HTML
6 1 (0.20%) RSS
6 1 (0.20%) CSS
6 1 (0.20%) LAMP
6 1 (0.20%) Pylons
6 1 (0.20%) Ajax
6 1 (0.20%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 13 (2.57%) Blackberry
1 13 (2.57%) Handset
2 10 (1.98%) Mobile App
3 8 (1.58%) Smartcard
4 7 (1.38%) Thin Client
4 7 (1.38%) Management Information System
4 7 (1.38%) Fat Client
5 6 (1.19%) Mobile Banking
6 4 (0.79%) PDA
6 4 (0.79%) Smart Meter
6 4 (0.79%) PMI
7 3 (0.59%) Firmware
7 3 (0.59%) Device Driver
7 3 (0.59%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (0.59%) Mobile Computing
7 3 (0.59%) Hedge funds
7 3 (0.59%) CCTV
7 3 (0.59%) Computer Science
8 2 (0.40%) Economics
8 2 (0.40%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 43 (8.50%) Windows
2 31 (6.13%) Windows 7
3 25 (4.94%) Windows XP
4 16 (3.16%) UNIX
5 13 (2.57%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (1.98%) Linux
7 9 (1.78%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (1.58%) Windows Vista
8 8 (1.58%) Android
9 6 (1.19%) Apple iOS
10 4 (0.79%) Solaris
11 3 (0.59%) Windows 2000
11 3 (0.59%) NetWare
11 3 (0.59%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.59%) Embedded Linux
12 2 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (8.89%) ETL
2 41 (8.10%) Network Planning
3 37 (7.31%) Project Management
3 37 (7.31%) Network Design
4 32 (6.32%) ITIL
5 31 (6.13%) Network Architecture
6 30 (5.93%) Capacity Management
7 29 (5.73%) Validation
8 21 (4.15%) Change Management
8 21 (4.15%) Problem Management
9 19 (3.75%) PRINCE2
10 15 (2.96%) Service Management
10 15 (2.96%) Continuous Improvement
10 15 (2.96%) Performance Monitoring
11 14 (2.77%) Fault Management
12 13 (2.57%) Capacity Planning
13 11 (2.17%) Test Automation
14 10 (1.98%) Configuration Management
14 10 (1.98%) Scrum
15 9 (1.78%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 40 (7.91%) SQL
2 16 (3.16%) C
3 14 (2.77%) Perl
4 12 (2.37%) VB
5 11 (2.17%) Java
6 6 (1.19%) C++
7 5 (0.99%) C#
8 3 (0.59%) VBA
8 3 (0.59%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.20%) Python
9 1 (0.20%) PHP
9 1 (0.20%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.20%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.20%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.20%) R
Qualifications
1 41 (8.10%) Degree
2 20 (3.95%) Security Cleared
3 19 (3.75%) SC Cleared
4 16 (3.16%) HND
4 16 (3.16%) Cisco Certification
5 15 (2.96%) ITIL Certification
6 9 (1.78%) CCNA
7 8 (1.58%) PMI Certification
8 6 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 6 (1.19%) CCNP
9 5 (0.99%) CCIE
10 4 (0.79%) PMP
11 3 (0.59%) ISEB
11 3 (0.59%) JNCIS
12 2 (0.40%) JNCIA
12 2 (0.40%) CCSP
13 1 (0.20%) CISSP
13 1 (0.20%) CNA
13 1 (0.20%) Novell Certification
13 1 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (15.22%) SLA
2 13 (2.57%) QA
System Software
1 28 (5.53%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (0.40%) vSphere
3 2 (0.40%) VMware Server
4 1 (0.20%) NDS
4 1 (0.20%) Terminal Server
4 1 (0.20%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.20%) XenApp
4 1 (0.20%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 21 (4.15%) NSN NetAct
2 10 (1.98%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (1.78%) SCCM
4 5 (0.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.59%) ZENworks
5 3 (0.59%) DameWare
5 3 (0.59%) WSUS
6 1 (0.20%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 136 (26.88%) Ericsson
2 112 (22.13%) Nokia
3 81 (16.01%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 79 (15.61%) Huawei
5 68 (13.44%) Nortel
6 48 (9.49%) NEC
7 36 (7.11%) Cisco
8 31 (6.13%) Microsoft
9 25 (4.94%) Oracle
10 15 (2.96%) HP
11 14 (2.77%) BT
11 14 (2.77%) Citrix
11 14 (2.77%) Mapinfo
12 13 (2.57%) Siemens
13 9 (1.78%) Sun
13 9 (1.78%) Apple
14 8 (1.58%) Google
14 8 (1.58%) Cramer
14 8 (1.58%) OPNET
14 8 (1.58%) VMware
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