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 2 September 2014 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
3G
Rank 330 345 191
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -154
Contract jobs citing 3G 317 262 623
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.56% 0.49% 1.08%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.87% 3.64% 7.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 56 69
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +11.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £214 £169 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £438 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £314 £288 £285
% change year-on-year
+9.13% +0.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 11 29
Average hourly rate £32.50 £26.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.64% -29.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £14.50 £19.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.20 £35.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £26.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+27.35% -29.33%

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
8189 7193 8881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.50% 13.46% 15.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4449 3894 4022
Average daily rate £360 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.40% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £328
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 416 690
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -7.16%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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
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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 +19 276 £325 - 30
South East +14 169 £325 - 17
Berkshire +3 121 £360 +7.86% 11
Reading +20 39 £360 +38.46% 4
West Midlands -13 19 £175 -7.89%
South West -19 19 £263 -12.50%
North West +3 18 £246 +40.57%
Hampshire 0 18 £285 -12.30% 2
London -2 17 £160 -52.59% 5
Buckinghamshire 0 14 £425 -
Wiltshire +4 13 - -
Swindon - 13 - -
Surrey +9 12 - - 2
Slough +9 10 £375 - 2
Bracknell +7 8 - -
Manchester +4 8 £300 -
East of England -20 7 £375 - 5
Cambridgeshire -4 5 £375 - 4
Guildford - 5 - - 1
West Yorkshire +6 4 - -
Yorkshire +5 4 - - 1
Leeds - 3 - -
Maidenhead - 3 £413 - 1
City of London +24 2 £220 -34.81%
Birmingham -2 2 - -
Hertfordshire -11 2 - -
Newbury -12 2 £90 -73.72% 1
Bristol -22 2 £263 -
Amersham - 2 - -
East Midlands +3 1 £450 - 2

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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.

1 284 (52.69%) Telecoms
2 275 (51.02%) 2G
3 250 (46.38%) LTE
4 226 (41.93%) 4G
5 111 (20.59%) Radio Access Network
6 99 (18.37%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 89 (16.51%) Project Management
8 77 (14.29%) Ericsson
9 71 (13.17%) Huawei
10 63 (11.69%) Degree
11 62 (11.50%) GSM
12 60 (11.13%) SLA
13 59 (10.95%) Windows
14 51 (9.46%) Ethernet
15 50 (9.28%) Microsoft
16 48 (8.91%) UMTS
16 48 (8.91%) Nokia
17 47 (8.72%) SQL
18 46 (8.53%) Network Architecture
19 45 (8.35%) Wi-Fi
19 45 (8.35%) Wireless
20 44 (8.16%) MS Office
21 43 (7.98%) Windows 7
22 41 (7.61%) MS Excel
23 40 (7.42%) Cisco
24 39 (7.24%) GPRS
24 39 (7.24%) ATM
25 38 (7.05%) Active Directory
26 37 (6.86%) DNS
27 35 (6.49%) SDH

3G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 12 (2.23%) SharePoint
2 11 (2.04%) Apache
3 9 (1.67%) MS Exchange
4 7 (1.30%) SharePoint 2013
5 6 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (0.37%) Lync
8 2 (0.37%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.19%) MS Project Server
9 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 44 (8.16%) MS Office
2 41 (7.61%) MS Excel
3 9 (1.67%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (1.48%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.37%) Acrobat
5 2 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.19%) MicroStation
6 1 (0.19%) MS Project
6 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 275 (51.02%) 2G
2 250 (46.38%) LTE
3 226 (41.93%) 4G
4 111 (20.59%) Radio Access Network
5 62 (11.50%) GSM
6 51 (9.46%) Ethernet
7 48 (8.91%) UMTS
8 45 (8.35%) Wi-Fi
8 45 (8.35%) Wireless
9 39 (7.24%) GPRS
9 39 (7.24%) ATM
10 37 (6.86%) DNS
11 35 (6.49%) SDH
12 31 (5.75%) Broadband
13 29 (5.38%) 3GPP
13 29 (5.38%) DHCP
13 29 (5.38%) VPN
14 26 (4.82%) SGSN
15 25 (4.64%) VoLTE
16 24 (4.45%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (1.67%) Relational Database
2 8 (1.48%) MySQL
2 8 (1.48%) MS Access
2 8 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (1.30%) Data Mining
4 2 (0.37%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.19%) BusinessObjects XI
5 1 (0.19%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (2.04%) Toad
1 11 (2.04%) LoadRunner
1 11 (2.04%) Maven
1 11 (2.04%) JIRA
1 11 (2.04%) Selenium
1 11 (2.04%) Ant
1 11 (2.04%) SoapUI
1 11 (2.04%) Apache Ivy
1 11 (2.04%) eggPlant
2 3 (0.56%) Talend Open Studio
3 2 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.37%) Calabash
3 2 (0.37%) ClearCase
General
1 284 (52.69%) Telecoms
2 22 (4.08%) Finance
3 18 (3.34%) Billing
4 16 (2.97%) Marketing
5 13 (2.41%) Back Office
6 12 (2.23%) Electronics
7 9 (1.67%) Banking
8 8 (1.48%) Front Office
9 5 (0.93%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.93%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.56%) Dutch Language
10 3 (0.56%) German Language
10 3 (0.56%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.37%) French Language
12 1 (0.19%) Korean Language
12 1 (0.19%) Retail
12 1 (0.19%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.19%) Advertising
12 1 (0.19%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 50 (9.28%) Architect
2 34 (6.31%) Solutions Architect
3 32 (5.94%) Design Engineer
3 32 (5.94%) Test Engineer
4 30 (5.57%) Project Manager
5 29 (5.38%) Analyst
6 26 (4.82%) Support Engineer
7 25 (4.64%) Desktop Support
8 24 (4.45%) Senior Architect
9 23 (4.27%) RAN Engineer
10 20 (3.71%) Senior Solutions Architect
10 20 (3.71%) Network Engineer
10 20 (3.71%) Field Engineer
11 19 (3.53%) Transmission Engineer
12 18 (3.34%) Databuild Engineer
13 15 (2.78%) 3G Engineer
14 13 (2.41%) Radio Engineer
14 13 (2.41%) Incident Manager
14 13 (2.41%) 2nd Line Support
14 13 (2.41%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.04%) SOAP
1 11 (2.04%) Web Services
1 11 (2.04%) J2ME
1 11 (2.04%) WAP
1 11 (2.04%) REST
2 10 (1.86%) XML
3 4 (0.74%) ActiveMQ
4 2 (0.37%) STL
5 1 (0.19%) HTML5
5 1 (0.19%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 25 (4.64%) Blackberry
2 18 (3.34%) Computer Science
3 14 (2.60%) Handset
4 11 (2.04%) Mobile App
5 10 (1.86%) Fat Client
5 10 (1.86%) Thin Client
6 9 (1.67%) Smart Meter
7 8 (1.48%) Smartcard
8 7 (1.30%) PMI
9 6 (1.11%) Management Information System
9 6 (1.11%) Device Driver
10 5 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
10 5 (0.93%) Hedge funds
10 5 (0.93%) Mobile Banking
11 4 (0.74%) Firmware
11 4 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.56%) Embedded Systems
12 3 (0.56%) Statistics
12 3 (0.56%) VHDL
12 3 (0.56%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 59 (10.95%) Windows
2 43 (7.98%) Windows 7
3 33 (6.12%) Windows XP
4 29 (5.38%) UNIX
5 21 (3.90%) Windows Server 2003
6 18 (3.34%) Linux
7 17 (3.15%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (1.67%) Android
9 6 (1.11%) VMS
10 5 (0.93%) Embedded Linux
11 3 (0.56%) Solaris
12 2 (0.37%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.19%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.19%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.19%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.19%) NetWare
13 1 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (16.51%) Project Management
2 46 (8.53%) Network Architecture
3 35 (6.49%) Network Planning
4 29 (5.38%) Problem Management
4 29 (5.38%) Validation
5 28 (5.19%) ITIL
6 22 (4.08%) PRINCE2
6 22 (4.08%) Configuration Management
7 21 (3.90%) Performance Management
8 20 (3.71%) Change Management
8 20 (3.71%) Network Design
9 18 (3.34%) Fault Management
10 17 (3.15%) Migration
11 15 (2.78%) Test Automation
12 14 (2.60%) Requirements Analysis
12 14 (2.60%) Software Engineering
13 13 (2.41%) Test Planning
14 12 (2.23%) Service Management
15 11 (2.04%) Scrum
15 11 (2.04%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 47 (8.72%) SQL
2 32 (5.94%) C
3 16 (2.97%) C++
4 14 (2.60%) Perl
5 10 (1.86%) Java
6 7 (1.30%) VBA
7 5 (0.93%) C#
8 4 (0.74%) Embedded C
9 3 (0.56%) Embedded C++
10 2 (0.37%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.19%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.19%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.19%) VC++
Qualifications
1 63 (11.69%) Degree
2 18 (3.34%) Security Cleared
3 16 (2.97%) SC Cleared
4 10 (1.86%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (1.86%) PMI Certification
5 8 (1.48%) ITIL Certification
5 8 (1.48%) CCNP
6 7 (1.30%) PMP
7 6 (1.11%) CCNA
8 5 (0.93%) HND
9 4 (0.74%) ISEB
9 4 (0.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (0.56%) CCIE
10 3 (0.56%) JNCIS
11 2 (0.37%) HNC
11 2 (0.37%) JNCIA
11 2 (0.37%) CNA
11 2 (0.37%) Novell Certification
11 2 (0.37%) CCSP
12 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (11.13%) SLA
2 19 (3.53%) QA
3 4 (0.74%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 38 (7.05%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.37%) XenApp
3 2 (0.37%) vSphere
3 2 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (0.37%) NDS
4 1 (0.19%) Terminal Server
4 1 (0.19%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.19%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 23 (4.27%) NSN NetAct
2 19 (3.53%) SCCM
3 18 (3.34%) HP Quality Center
4 6 (1.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (0.93%) Netcool
5 5 (0.93%) DameWare
6 2 (0.37%) ARCserve
6 2 (0.37%) FortiGate
6 2 (0.37%) SCDPM
7 1 (0.19%) Windows Intune
7 1 (0.19%) Cisco IPCC
7 1 (0.19%) WSUS
Vendors
1 99 (18.37%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 77 (14.29%) Ericsson
3 71 (13.17%) Huawei
4 50 (9.28%) Microsoft
5 48 (8.91%) Nokia
6 40 (7.42%) Cisco
7 27 (5.01%) HP
8 25 (4.64%) Mapinfo
9 23 (4.27%) Oracle
10 15 (2.78%) Nortel
11 14 (2.60%) NEC
12 13 (2.41%) Sun
13 12 (2.23%) Business Objects
14 11 (2.04%) Citrix
14 11 (2.04%) Cramer
14 11 (2.04%) Apple
14 11 (2.04%) BT
15 10 (1.86%) Juniper
16 9 (1.67%) VMware
17 8 (1.48%) F5
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