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 23 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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
3G
Rank 373 213 162
Rank change year-on-year
-160 -51
Contract jobs citing 3G 235 437 725
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.42% 0.90% 1.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.22% 5.91% 7.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 84 103
Average daily rate £290 £285 £274
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.75% +4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £150 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £415 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £295 £270
% change year-on-year
-1.69% +9.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 19 53
Average hourly rate £24.50 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.35 £17.50 £15.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £37.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-22.85% -
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7301 7394 9291
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.98% 15.25% 15.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 3859 3673 4348
Average daily rate £360 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 402 578 616
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.25 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.11% -16.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.95 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -18.18%

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 23 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 23 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 23 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 -154 212 £290 +1.75% 21
South East -81 117 £293 -2.50% 7
Berkshire -32 87 £303 +6.14% 5
Reading -18 33 £278 -7.50% 2
London -28 32 £426 +136.80% 7
Surrey -7 27 £265 -11.66%
West Midlands -7 18 £290 +38.09% 3
Maidenhead +5 14 £295 - 1
North West -21 14 £210 - 1
City of London -10 11 £393 +161.66% 2
South West -23 7 £310 +55.00% 2
Birmingham -3 6 £290 +26.08%
Slough +1 5 £168 -54.26%
Manchester -8 5 £200 - 1
East of England -47 5 £338 - 1
Swindon -9 4 - -
Hertfordshire -10 4 £338 - 1
Wiltshire -18 4 - -
Bracknell - 4 - -
Newbury -15 3 - - 1
Buckinghamshire -38 2 - -
Glasgow +1 1 £270 -
Scotland -6 1 £270 -
Cambridge -9 1 - -
Hampshire -21 1 £283 -35.42% 2
Cambridgeshire -24 1 - -
Bristol -26 1 £425 +112.50% 1
Ilford - 1 - -
Windsor - 1 - -
Bedfordshire - - - -

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 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.

1 307 (60.79%) 2G
2 296 (58.61%) Telecoms
3 193 (38.22%) LTE
4 141 (27.92%) Radio Access Network
5 138 (27.33%) Ericsson
6 137 (27.13%) 4G
7 113 (22.38%) Nokia
8 89 (17.62%) RNC
9 79 (15.64%) Huawei
9 79 (15.64%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 79 (15.64%) ATM
10 76 (15.05%) SLA
11 68 (13.47%) Nortel
12 65 (12.87%) Ethernet
13 55 (10.89%) DWDM
14 52 (10.30%) VPN
15 48 (9.50%) NEC
16 47 (9.31%) MPLS
17 45 (8.91%) ETL
18 43 (8.51%) Degree
19 41 (8.12%) SQL
19 41 (8.12%) Windows
20 40 (7.92%) SDH
20 40 (7.92%) Network Planning
21 39 (7.72%) GSM
22 38 (7.52%) Network Design
23 37 (7.33%) MS Excel
24 36 (7.13%) Project Management
24 36 (7.13%) Wi-Fi
25 35 (6.93%) UMTS

3G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 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%) MS Exchange
4 3 (0.59%) GroupWise
4 3 (0.59%) IBM Notes
4 3 (0.59%) Lync
5 2 (0.40%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
6 1 (0.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 37 (7.33%) MS Excel
2 34 (6.73%) MS Office
3 8 (1.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.79%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.79%) Maya
5 2 (0.40%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.59%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 307 (60.79%) 2G
2 193 (38.22%) LTE
3 141 (27.92%) Radio Access Network
4 137 (27.13%) 4G
5 89 (17.62%) RNC
6 79 (15.64%) ATM
7 65 (12.87%) Ethernet
8 55 (10.89%) DWDM
9 52 (10.30%) VPN
10 47 (9.31%) MPLS
11 40 (7.92%) SDH
12 39 (7.72%) GSM
13 36 (7.13%) Wi-Fi
14 35 (6.93%) UMTS
15 24 (4.75%) GPRS
15 24 (4.75%) OSPF
15 24 (4.75%) SIGTRAN
16 23 (4.55%) BGP
17 21 (4.16%) VRRP
18 20 (3.96%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (3.17%) MS Access
2 12 (2.38%) Relational Database
3 8 (1.58%) MySQL
4 7 (1.39%) Data Mining
5 6 (1.19%) EDRMS
5 6 (1.19%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.59%) SQL Server
7 2 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.20%) Oracle Reports
8 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%) JIRA
1 9 (1.78%) Selenium
1 9 (1.78%) Maven
1 9 (1.78%) Apache Ivy
1 9 (1.78%) eggPlant
1 9 (1.78%) SoapUI
2 5 (0.99%) Talend Open Studio
3 1 (0.20%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.20%) Calabash
General
1 296 (58.61%) Telecoms
2 16 (3.17%) Finance
3 14 (2.77%) Front Office
4 9 (1.78%) Banking
5 7 (1.39%) Marketing
6 6 (1.19%) Back Office
7 4 (0.79%) Billing
7 4 (0.79%) Electronics
7 4 (0.79%) Legal
8 3 (0.59%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.59%) German Language
9 2 (0.40%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.20%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.20%) French Language
Job Titles
1 91 (18.02%) Field Engineer
2 51 (10.10%) Design Engineer
3 41 (8.12%) RAN Engineer
4 30 (5.94%) Databuild Engineer
5 29 (5.74%) Test Engineer
6 24 (4.75%) Analyst
7 23 (4.55%) Architect
8 21 (4.16%) Network Engineer
9 18 (3.56%) Transmission Engineer
9 18 (3.56%) Incident Manager
10 15 (2.97%) Support Engineer
10 15 (2.97%) Transmission Design Engineer
10 15 (2.97%) Network Design Engineer
11 14 (2.77%) Network Planner
11 14 (2.77%) Consultant
12 13 (2.57%) Project Manager
12 13 (2.57%) Desktop Support
12 13 (2.57%) Designer
13 12 (2.38%) Senior Architect
13 12 (2.38%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.18%) 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%) LAMP
6 1 (0.20%) RSS
6 1 (0.20%) CSS
6 1 (0.20%) Java EE
6 1 (0.20%) Ajax
6 1 (0.20%) Pylons
Miscellaneous
1 13 (2.57%) Handset
2 12 (2.38%) Blackberry
3 10 (1.98%) Mobile App
4 8 (1.58%) Smartcard
5 7 (1.39%) Thin Client
5 7 (1.39%) Fat Client
6 6 (1.19%) Mobile Banking
6 6 (1.19%) Management Information System
7 4 (0.79%) Smart Meter
7 4 (0.79%) PDA
7 4 (0.79%) PMI
8 3 (0.59%) Device Driver
8 3 (0.59%) Firmware
8 3 (0.59%) Computer Science
8 3 (0.59%) Mobile Computing
8 3 (0.59%) Hedge funds
8 3 (0.59%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.40%) Economics
9 2 (0.40%) Statistics
9 2 (0.40%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 41 (8.12%) Windows
2 29 (5.74%) Windows 7
3 24 (4.75%) Windows XP
4 17 (3.37%) UNIX
5 13 (2.57%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (1.98%) Linux
7 9 (1.78%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (1.58%) Android
9 7 (1.39%) Windows Vista
10 6 (1.19%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.79%) Solaris
12 3 (0.59%) Windows 2000
12 3 (0.59%) NetWare
12 3 (0.59%) Embedded Linux
12 3 (0.59%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (8.91%) ETL
2 40 (7.92%) Network Planning
3 38 (7.52%) Network Design
4 36 (7.13%) Project Management
5 32 (6.34%) Network Architecture
6 30 (5.94%) Capacity Management
7 29 (5.74%) Validation
8 28 (5.54%) ITIL
9 21 (4.16%) Problem Management
10 17 (3.37%) Change Management
10 17 (3.37%) PRINCE2
11 15 (2.97%) Service Management
11 15 (2.97%) Performance Monitoring
11 15 (2.97%) Continuous Improvement
12 14 (2.77%) Fault Management
13 13 (2.57%) Capacity Planning
14 11 (2.18%) Test Automation
15 10 (1.98%) Configuration Management
15 10 (1.98%) Scrum
16 9 (1.78%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 41 (8.12%) SQL
2 18 (3.56%) C
3 14 (2.77%) Perl
4 12 (2.38%) VB
5 11 (2.18%) 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%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.20%) Python
9 1 (0.20%) PHP
9 1 (0.20%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.20%) R
9 1 (0.20%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 43 (8.51%) Degree
2 18 (3.56%) Security Cleared
3 17 (3.37%) SC Cleared
4 16 (3.17%) HND
5 15 (2.97%) Cisco Certification
6 14 (2.77%) ITIL Certification
7 8 (1.58%) CCNA
8 7 (1.39%) PMI Certification
9 6 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 6 (1.19%) CCNP
10 5 (0.99%) CCIE
11 3 (0.59%) ISEB
11 3 (0.59%) PMP
11 3 (0.59%) JNCIS
12 2 (0.40%) JNCIA
12 2 (0.40%) CCSP
13 1 (0.20%) CCSA
13 1 (0.20%) CISA
13 1 (0.20%) CISM
13 1 (0.20%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (15.05%) SLA
2 12 (2.38%) QA
System Software
1 26 (5.15%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.40%) vSphere
3 2 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
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%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.20%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 21 (4.16%) 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%) DameWare
5 3 (0.59%) ZENworks
5 3 (0.59%) WSUS
6 1 (0.20%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 138 (27.33%) Ericsson
2 113 (22.38%) Nokia
3 79 (15.64%) Huawei
3 79 (15.64%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 68 (13.47%) Nortel
5 48 (9.50%) NEC
6 35 (6.93%) Cisco
7 30 (5.94%) Microsoft
8 25 (4.95%) Oracle
9 14 (2.77%) Siemens
9 14 (2.77%) Mapinfo
9 14 (2.77%) HP
9 14 (2.77%) BT
10 13 (2.57%) Citrix
11 9 (1.78%) Sun
11 9 (1.78%) Apple
12 8 (1.58%) Google
12 8 (1.58%) Business Objects
12 8 (1.58%) Cramer
12 8 (1.58%) OPNET
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