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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
3G
Rank 312 383 218
Rank change year-on-year
+71 -165
Contract jobs citing 3G 333 227 437
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.60% 0.41% 0.90%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.07% 3.14% 5.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 55 84
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£261 £290 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.91% +1.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £180 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £500 £415
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £290 £295
% change year-on-year
-10.34% -1.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 19
Average hourly rate £36.00 £26.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.84% -24.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £18.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £40.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £27.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+30.90% -21.42%

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
8185 7226 7463
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.69% 13.09% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4470 3816 3720
Average daily rate £350 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £315
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 399 579
Average hourly rate £28.75 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.75% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -11.11%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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 +67 303 £260 -10.34% 38
South East +42 180 £255 -12.82% 22
Berkshire +18 148 £261 -13.63% 17
Newbury +18 35 £270 -
Reading -1 30 £313 +12.61% 9
South West +21 24 £450 +45.16% 2
North West -11 22 £313 +48.80% 1
London -6 20 £281 -34.01% 6
Wiltshire +23 15 - - 1
Yorkshire -4 15 £123 -
Surrey -10 15 £255 -3.77% 1
West Yorkshire - 15 £123 -
Leeds - 14 £123 -
Slough +7 13 £208 +23.88% 4
Guildford -6 12 £255 -3.77%
West Midlands -17 12 £260 -10.34%
Cheshire - 12 £260 -
Warrington - 12 £260 -
Buckinghamshire +6 8 £238 - 2
Coventry 0 8 £260 +52.94%
Manchester -10 8 £375 +87.50% 1
Swindon +14 7 - -
Hampshire -5 6 £210 -25.66% 1
Gloucestershire -9 6 £450 +68.22%
East Midlands - 6 £320 -
Cheltenham - 6 £450 -
Leicestershire - 5 £319 -
Bracknell +1 4 £263 - 1
Milton Keynes -1 4 £238 - 1
Maidenhead -4 4 £363 +22.88%

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 413 (66.72%) 2G
2 398 (64.30%) Telecoms
3 356 (57.51%) 4G
4 303 (48.95%) LTE
5 219 (35.38%) Radio Access Network
6 123 (19.87%) GSM
6 123 (19.87%) Ericsson
7 99 (15.99%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 82 (13.25%) Nokia
9 74 (11.95%) Huawei
10 73 (11.79%) Wireless
11 69 (11.15%) Network Planning
12 65 (10.50%) SLA
13 61 (9.85%) SQL
13 61 (9.85%) RNC
14 58 (9.37%) Perl
15 56 (9.05%) MS Excel
16 55 (8.89%) Linux
17 52 (8.40%) UMTS
18 51 (8.24%) UNIX
19 50 (8.08%) C++
20 49 (7.92%) MS Office
21 47 (7.59%) Degree
22 46 (7.43%) Nortel
22 46 (7.43%) TCP/IP
23 45 (7.27%) NSN NetAct
24 43 (6.95%) Microsoft
24 43 (6.95%) GPRS
24 43 (6.95%) SS7
25 40 (6.46%) Oracle

3G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 10 (1.62%) SharePoint
2 3 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
2 3 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (0.32%) CMS
3 2 (0.32%) MS Exchange
3 2 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 56 (9.05%) MS Excel
2 49 (7.92%) MS Office
3 16 (2.58%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.62%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.81%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.16%) Maya
6 1 (0.16%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 13 (2.10%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 413 (66.72%) 2G
2 356 (57.51%) 4G
3 303 (48.95%) LTE
4 219 (35.38%) Radio Access Network
5 123 (19.87%) GSM
6 73 (11.79%) Wireless
7 61 (9.85%) RNC
8 52 (8.40%) UMTS
9 46 (7.43%) TCP/IP
10 43 (6.95%) GPRS
10 43 (6.95%) SS7
11 36 (5.82%) 3GPP
12 34 (5.49%) Wi-Fi
13 33 (5.33%) DNS
13 33 (5.33%) Ethernet
13 33 (5.33%) VoLTE
13 33 (5.33%) SIGTRAN
14 29 (4.68%) Wireshark
15 27 (4.36%) HSPA
16 26 (4.20%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (2.91%) MS Access
2 11 (1.78%) MySQL
2 11 (1.78%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (1.13%) Oracle Database
5 4 (0.65%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.16%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (1.62%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 10 (1.62%) ClearCase
1 10 (1.62%) Subversion
1 10 (1.62%) Git (software)
2 4 (0.65%) LabVIEW
3 3 (0.48%) CANoe
4 2 (0.32%) JIRA
4 2 (0.32%) Talend Open Studio
4 2 (0.32%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.16%) Rational DOORS
General
1 398 (64.30%) Telecoms
2 28 (4.52%) Finance
3 26 (4.20%) Billing
4 21 (3.39%) Electronics
5 9 (1.45%) Back Office
6 7 (1.13%) Retail
7 5 (0.81%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.65%) Legal
8 4 (0.65%) German Language
9 3 (0.48%) Banking
9 3 (0.48%) Automotive
10 2 (0.32%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.32%) Multimedia
10 2 (0.32%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.32%) Marketing
11 1 (0.16%) French Language
11 1 (0.16%) Law
11 1 (0.16%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 57 (9.21%) Test Engineer
2 47 (7.59%) RAN Engineer
3 40 (6.46%) Integration Engineer
4 33 (5.33%) Developer
5 32 (5.17%) Delivery Manager
5 32 (5.17%) Project Manager
6 28 (4.52%) Performance Engineer
6 28 (4.52%) Designer
7 26 (4.20%) Field Engineer
8 25 (4.04%) Design Engineer
8 25 (4.04%) Radio Engineer
9 23 (3.72%) Analyst
10 22 (3.55%) Support Engineer
11 20 (3.23%) Architect
12 16 (2.58%) Wireless Engineer
13 15 (2.42%) Voice Engineer
14 14 (2.26%) Network Engineer
14 14 (2.26%) Tester
14 14 (2.26%) Network Planner
14 14 (2.26%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (4.04%) XML
2 10 (1.62%) STL
3 8 (1.29%) .NET
4 6 (0.97%) SOAP
5 5 (0.81%) HTML
6 3 (0.48%) HTML5
7 2 (0.32%) ActiveMQ
7 2 (0.32%) XMPP
7 2 (0.32%) RESTful
7 2 (0.32%) Apache Cordova
7 2 (0.32%) Sencha Touch
8 1 (0.16%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 35 (5.65%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (2.75%) Mobile App
3 15 (2.42%) Statistics
4 12 (1.94%) Replication
5 11 (1.78%) Computer Science
6 10 (1.62%) Blackberry
6 10 (1.62%) Handset
6 10 (1.62%) Client/Server
7 7 (1.13%) PMI
8 6 (0.97%) PKI
9 4 (0.65%) User Experience
9 4 (0.65%) Algorithms
9 4 (0.65%) Management Information System
9 4 (0.65%) GIS
9 4 (0.65%) Economics
10 3 (0.48%) Telematics
11 2 (0.32%) Performance Metrics
11 2 (0.32%) IVR
11 2 (0.32%) Smartphone
11 2 (0.32%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 55 (8.89%) Linux
2 51 (8.24%) UNIX
3 17 (2.75%) Windows
4 12 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (1.62%) Windows 7
6 6 (0.97%) Solaris
6 6 (0.97%) Embedded Linux
7 4 (0.65%) VMS
7 4 (0.65%) Windows XP
7 4 (0.65%) Android
7 4 (0.65%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.16%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (11.15%) Network Planning
2 38 (6.14%) Configuration Management
3 36 (5.82%) Project Management
3 36 (5.82%) Performance Management
4 31 (5.01%) Validation
5 30 (4.85%) ITIL
6 29 (4.68%) Network Architecture
6 29 (4.68%) Network Design
7 28 (4.52%) PRINCE2
7 28 (4.52%) Service Delivery
8 22 (3.55%) Change Management
9 21 (3.39%) Agile Software Development
10 20 (3.23%) Performance Engineering
11 19 (3.07%) Fault Management
11 19 (3.07%) CRM
12 18 (2.91%) Requirements Analysis
13 17 (2.75%) ETL
14 16 (2.58%) OO
14 16 (2.58%) OOD
14 16 (2.58%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 61 (9.85%) SQL
2 58 (9.37%) Perl
3 50 (8.08%) C++
4 32 (5.17%) C
5 21 (3.39%) C#
6 19 (3.07%) Python
7 16 (2.58%) Java
8 11 (1.78%) Bash Shell
8 11 (1.78%) Ruby
9 10 (1.62%) Embedded C
10 7 (1.13%) Embedded C++
11 4 (0.65%) VBA
12 3 (0.48%) Erlang
13 2 (0.32%) JavaScript
14 1 (0.16%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.16%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 47 (7.59%) Degree
2 22 (3.55%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (3.55%) Security Cleared
3 17 (2.75%) CCNP
3 17 (2.75%) HND
4 16 (2.58%) HNC
5 12 (1.94%) DV Cleared
6 11 (1.78%) CCNA
7 10 (1.62%) PMI Certification
8 9 (1.45%) SC Cleared
9 6 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (0.81%) ISEB
11 4 (0.65%) ISTQB
12 3 (0.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 3 (0.48%) PMP
13 2 (0.32%) CCSA
13 2 (0.32%) CISSP
13 2 (0.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 2 (0.32%) JNCIS
13 2 (0.32%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (10.50%) SLA
2 6 (0.97%) QA
3 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 8 (1.29%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.65%) BitLocker
3 3 (0.48%) XenApp
4 2 (0.32%) ProxySG
4 2 (0.32%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 45 (7.27%) NSN NetAct
2 32 (5.17%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (0.81%) SCCM
4 4 (0.65%) Netcool
5 3 (0.48%) Cisco Prime
6 2 (0.32%) FortiGate
6 2 (0.32%) NetCrunch
Vendors
1 123 (19.87%) Ericsson
2 99 (15.99%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 82 (13.25%) Nokia
4 74 (11.95%) Huawei
5 46 (7.43%) Nortel
6 43 (6.95%) Microsoft
7 40 (6.46%) Oracle
8 29 (4.68%) HP
9 26 (4.20%) Cramer
9 26 (4.20%) Amdocs
10 25 (4.04%) Cisco
11 24 (3.88%) Actix
12 14 (2.26%) Mapinfo
13 12 (1.94%) Red Hat
14 11 (1.78%) Business Objects
15 8 (1.29%) Greenplum
16 7 (1.13%) Siemens
16 7 (1.13%) NEC
17 6 (0.97%) BT
17 6 (0.97%) Juniper
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