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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
3G
Rank 323 322 180
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -142
Contract jobs citing 3G 317 272 661
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.57% 0.51% 1.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.97% 3.77% 7.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 56 85
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£313 £300 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £169 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £438 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £275 £270
% change year-on-year
+13.63% +1.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 13 32
Average hourly rate £26.75 £26.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.94% -29.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £14.70 £20.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.95 £35.90 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -26.89%

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
7978 7223 9069
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.40% 13.58% 15.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 4292 3891 4082
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 429 418 712
Average hourly rate £20.50 £23.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.76% +4.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.88 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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 +8 274 £325 +8.33% 37
South East +9 165 £325 +8.33% 22
Berkshire +6 122 £360 +33.33% 15
Reading +22 40 £418 +60.57% 5
London +2 21 £335 -0.74% 5
North West +4 19 £235 +34.28% 1
South West -17 19 £259 -13.75% 2
West Midlands -14 14 £175 -7.89%
Surrey +13 13 - - 2
Wiltshire -2 13 - - 1
Hampshire -16 13 £310 -0.87% 3
Swindon - 13 - - 1
Buckinghamshire +1 11 £425 -
Slough +8 9 £375 - 1
East of England -16 8 £368 - 6
Manchester -5 6 £300 -
Guildford - 6 - - 1
Cambridgeshire -3 5 £375 - 4
Maidenhead - 4 £413 - 7
City of London +21 3 £220 -34.81%
Hertfordshire -13 3 £200 -
West Yorkshire +1 2 - -
Yorkshire 0 2 - -
Birmingham -3 2 - -
Bristol -20 2 £259 - 1
Amersham - 2 - -
Leeds - 2 - -
East Midlands +9 1 £450 - 1
West Sussex +4 1 £285 -
Windsor +1 1 - -

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 277 (53.07%) Telecoms
2 268 (51.34%) 2G
3 242 (46.36%) LTE
4 220 (42.15%) 4G
5 113 (21.65%) Radio Access Network
6 92 (17.62%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 85 (16.28%) Project Management
8 73 (13.98%) Ericsson
9 68 (13.03%) Huawei
10 63 (12.07%) GSM
11 62 (11.88%) Degree
12 54 (10.34%) Windows
12 54 (10.34%) SLA
13 52 (9.96%) Ethernet
13 52 (9.96%) Network Architecture
14 51 (9.77%) Microsoft
15 47 (9.00%) SQL
16 46 (8.81%) Wi-Fi
17 44 (8.43%) Wireless
17 44 (8.43%) UMTS
17 44 (8.43%) Nokia
18 42 (8.05%) MS Office
18 42 (8.05%) MS Excel
18 42 (8.05%) ATM
19 38 (7.28%) SDH
19 38 (7.28%) Active Directory
19 38 (7.28%) Cisco
19 38 (7.28%) Windows 7
20 37 (7.09%) DNS
21 35 (6.70%) GPRS

3G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 11 (2.11%) Apache
2 10 (1.92%) MS Exchange
3 9 (1.72%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (0.77%) SharePoint 2013
5 4 (0.77%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (0.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.38%) Lync
8 1 (0.19%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.19%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 42 (8.05%) MS Office
1 42 (8.05%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.72%) MS PowerPoint
3 8 (1.53%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.38%) Acrobat
4 2 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.19%) MicroStation
5 1 (0.19%) MS Project
5 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 268 (51.34%) 2G
2 242 (46.36%) LTE
3 220 (42.15%) 4G
4 113 (21.65%) Radio Access Network
5 63 (12.07%) GSM
6 52 (9.96%) Ethernet
7 46 (8.81%) Wi-Fi
8 44 (8.43%) Wireless
8 44 (8.43%) UMTS
9 42 (8.05%) ATM
10 38 (7.28%) SDH
11 37 (7.09%) DNS
12 35 (6.70%) GPRS
13 31 (5.94%) VPN
14 28 (5.36%) 3GPP
15 27 (5.17%) DHCP
16 26 (4.98%) Broadband
16 26 (4.98%) VoLTE
16 26 (4.98%) SGSN
17 25 (4.79%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (1.72%) MySQL
1 9 (1.72%) PostgreSQL
1 9 (1.72%) Relational Database
2 8 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (1.34%) Data Mining
3 7 (1.34%) MS Access
4 2 (0.38%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
5 1 (0.19%) BusinessObjects XI
5 1 (0.19%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (2.11%) Toad
1 11 (2.11%) LoadRunner
1 11 (2.11%) Maven
1 11 (2.11%) JIRA
1 11 (2.11%) Selenium
1 11 (2.11%) Ant
1 11 (2.11%) SoapUI
1 11 (2.11%) Apache Ivy
1 11 (2.11%) eggPlant
2 4 (0.77%) Talend Open Studio
3 2 (0.38%) Calabash
3 2 (0.38%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 277 (53.07%) Telecoms
2 21 (4.02%) Finance
3 17 (3.26%) Billing
4 15 (2.87%) Marketing
5 12 (2.30%) Back Office
6 11 (2.11%) Electronics
7 9 (1.72%) Banking
8 8 (1.53%) Front Office
9 5 (0.96%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.77%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.57%) Dutch Language
11 3 (0.57%) German Language
11 3 (0.57%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.38%) French Language
13 1 (0.19%) Korean Language
13 1 (0.19%) Retail
13 1 (0.19%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.19%) Advertising
13 1 (0.19%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 50 (9.58%) Architect
2 34 (6.51%) Solutions Architect
2 34 (6.51%) Design Engineer
3 33 (6.32%) Test Engineer
4 29 (5.56%) Project Manager
5 28 (5.36%) Analyst
6 26 (4.98%) Support Engineer
7 25 (4.79%) RAN Engineer
8 24 (4.60%) Senior Architect
9 23 (4.41%) Desktop Support
10 22 (4.21%) Network Engineer
11 20 (3.83%) Senior Solutions Architect
12 18 (3.45%) Databuild Engineer
12 18 (3.45%) Transmission Engineer
13 15 (2.87%) Field Engineer
14 14 (2.68%) 3G Engineer
14 14 (2.68%) Incident Manager
15 13 (2.49%) Test Leader
15 13 (2.49%) Transmission Design Engineer
16 12 (2.30%) Radio Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.11%) SOAP
1 11 (2.11%) Web Services
1 11 (2.11%) XML
1 11 (2.11%) J2ME
1 11 (2.11%) WAP
1 11 (2.11%) REST
2 4 (0.77%) ActiveMQ
3 2 (0.38%) STL
4 1 (0.19%) HTML
4 1 (0.19%) .NET
4 1 (0.19%) J2EE
4 1 (0.19%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 21 (4.02%) Blackberry
2 17 (3.26%) Computer Science
3 14 (2.68%) Handset
4 11 (2.11%) Mobile App
5 9 (1.72%) Smart Meter
5 9 (1.72%) Fat Client
5 9 (1.72%) Thin Client
6 8 (1.53%) Smartcard
7 6 (1.15%) PMI
7 6 (1.15%) Video Conferencing
7 6 (1.15%) Device Driver
8 5 (0.96%) Mobile Banking
8 5 (0.96%) Hedge funds
9 4 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (0.77%) Firmware
9 4 (0.77%) Management Information System
10 3 (0.57%) Embedded Systems
10 3 (0.57%) Statistics
11 2 (0.38%) DTV
11 2 (0.38%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 54 (10.34%) Windows
2 38 (7.28%) Windows 7
3 32 (6.13%) Windows XP
4 28 (5.36%) UNIX
5 21 (4.02%) Windows Server 2003
6 17 (3.26%) Linux
6 17 (3.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (1.34%) Android
8 4 (0.77%) Embedded Linux
8 4 (0.77%) VMS
9 3 (0.57%) Solaris
10 2 (0.38%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.19%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.19%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (16.28%) Project Management
2 52 (9.96%) Network Architecture
3 33 (6.32%) Network Planning
4 32 (6.13%) Problem Management
5 30 (5.75%) Validation
6 28 (5.36%) ITIL
7 25 (4.79%) Change Management
8 23 (4.41%) Network Design
9 22 (4.21%) Configuration Management
10 21 (4.02%) PRINCE2
10 21 (4.02%) Performance Management
11 17 (3.26%) Migration
12 16 (3.07%) Fault Management
12 16 (3.07%) Continuous Improvement
12 16 (3.07%) Performance Monitoring
13 15 (2.87%) Test Automation
14 14 (2.68%) Requirements Analysis
15 13 (2.49%) Service Management
16 12 (2.30%) Software Engineering
16 12 (2.30%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 47 (9.00%) SQL
2 28 (5.36%) C
3 15 (2.87%) C++
3 15 (2.87%) Perl
4 10 (1.92%) Java
5 7 (1.34%) VBA
6 6 (1.15%) C#
7 4 (0.77%) Embedded C
8 3 (0.57%) Embedded C++
9 2 (0.38%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.38%) VB
10 1 (0.19%) Assembly Language
10 1 (0.19%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 62 (11.88%) Degree
2 16 (3.07%) Security Cleared
3 14 (2.68%) SC Cleared
4 11 (2.11%) ITIL Certification
5 10 (1.92%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (1.72%) PMI Certification
7 8 (1.53%) CCNP
8 6 (1.15%) CCNA
8 6 (1.15%) HND
8 6 (1.15%) PMP
9 3 (0.57%) JNCIS
9 3 (0.57%) CCIE
9 3 (0.57%) ISEB
9 3 (0.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 2 (0.38%) CCSP
10 2 (0.38%) HNC
10 2 (0.38%) JNCIA
10 2 (0.38%) CNA
10 2 (0.38%) Novell Certification
11 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (10.34%) SLA
2 18 (3.45%) QA
3 4 (0.77%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 38 (7.28%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.38%) XenApp
3 2 (0.38%) vSphere
3 2 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (0.38%) NDS
4 1 (0.19%) Terminal Server
4 1 (0.19%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.19%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 20 (3.83%) NSN NetAct
2 18 (3.45%) SCCM
3 17 (3.26%) HP Quality Center
4 6 (1.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (0.96%) DameWare
6 2 (0.38%) OPNET
6 2 (0.38%) Netcool
6 2 (0.38%) ARCserve
6 2 (0.38%) FortiGate
6 2 (0.38%) SCDPM
7 1 (0.19%) Windows Intune
7 1 (0.19%) Cisco IPCC
7 1 (0.19%) WSUS
Vendors
1 92 (17.62%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 73 (13.98%) Ericsson
3 68 (13.03%) Huawei
4 51 (9.77%) Microsoft
5 44 (8.43%) Nokia
6 38 (7.28%) Cisco
7 23 (4.41%) HP
7 23 (4.41%) Mapinfo
8 22 (4.21%) Oracle
9 18 (3.45%) Nortel
10 14 (2.68%) NEC
11 13 (2.49%) Sun
11 13 (2.49%) BT
12 11 (2.11%) Business Objects
12 11 (2.11%) Apple
13 10 (1.92%) Juniper
13 10 (1.92%) Citrix
14 9 (1.72%) Cramer
14 9 (1.72%) VMware
15 8 (1.53%) Ciena
United Kingdom
Comvergent Limited
Rate: Excellent Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Comvergent Limited
Rate: Excellent Contract Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Slough
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £300 to £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Peterborough
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £45 per hour + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
Hampshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £320 per day + competitive
Posted: 13 days ago
Leicestershire
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £250.00 - £275.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Kidlington
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
Guildford
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £320 per day + competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Ellesmere Port
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £16.00 - £22.00 per hour
Posted: 20 days ago
Swindon
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £22 - £28 per hour
Posted: 21 days ago
Oxfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 27 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £45 - £55 per hour + competitive
Posted: 27 days ago