The table below looks at the statistics for 4G skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 4G over the 3 months to 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
4G
Rank 389 474 421
Rank change year-on-year
+85 -53
Contract jobs citing 4G 190 87 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.37% 0.18% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.56% 1.34% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 33 35
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£278 £330 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.90% +4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £235 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £600 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £271 £261 £305
% change year-on-year
+3.82% -14.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 10
Average hourly rate £55.00 - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £55.00 - £37.50

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
7410 6490 7173
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.60% 13.33% 15.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4167 3461 3435
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £223 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 396 389 638
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.50 £21.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.37% -15.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

4G
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing 4G within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

4G Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

4G
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 4G within the UK.

4G Daily Rate Trend in the UK

4G
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 4G within the UK over the 3 months to 26 January 2015.

4G Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

4G
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 4G within the UK.

4G Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

4G
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 4G within the UK over the 3 months to 26 January 2015.

4G Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

4G
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 4G within the UK over the 3 months to 26 January 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 +60 170 £285 -17.39% 21
South East +39 110 £260 -26.24% 14
Berkshire +40 94 £260 -21.21% 8
Reading +13 29 £253 +2.02%
London -1 14 £463 -22.91% 1
North West +4 13 £275 +17.02%
West Midlands +6 9 £280 +107.40% 3
South West -20 9 £299 -2.84% 1
Buckinghamshire - 7 - -
Surrey +3 6 £258 - 3
Guildford 0 6 £258 - 1
Slough -5 5 £450 +53.84% 3
West Sussex - 4 - -
East of England - 4 £350 - 2
Hertfordshire - 3 - -
Chesham - 3 - -
Maidenhead +9 2 £320 -
Solihull +7 2 - - 1
Birmingham -2 2 £155 +14.81% 1
Bristol -7 2 £330 - 1
Warwickshire - 2 - -
City of London +9 1 £375 +8.69%
Manchester -5 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 £350 - 2
Coventry - 1 - -
Amersham - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £350 - 2
Suffolk - - - -
Southall - - - -

4G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing 4G 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 4G.

1 301 (82.92%) 3G
2 236 (65.01%) Telecoms
3 204 (56.20%) 2G
4 187 (51.52%) LTE
5 116 (31.96%) Radio Access Network
6 76 (20.94%) Ericsson
7 74 (20.39%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 69 (19.01%) Huawei
9 67 (18.46%) GSM
10 50 (13.77%) SLA
11 49 (13.50%) Nokia
11 49 (13.50%) Project Management
12 46 (12.67%) Degree
13 39 (10.74%) Analytical Skills
14 34 (9.37%) UMTS
15 30 (8.26%) PRINCE2
15 30 (8.26%) MS Excel
16 29 (7.99%) Wireless
16 29 (7.99%) Finance
16 29 (7.99%) Validation
17 27 (7.44%) MS Office
17 27 (7.44%) 3GPP
18 26 (7.16%) VoLTE
19 25 (6.89%) GPRS
20 24 (6.61%) ITIL
21 23 (6.34%) Linux
21 23 (6.34%) Configuration Management
22 22 (6.06%) SQL
22 22 (6.06%) Broadband
22 22 (6.06%) TCP/IP

4G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing 4G 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 4G. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (1.10%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.28%) CMS
2 1 (0.28%) Lync
2 1 (0.28%) IIS
Applications
1 30 (8.26%) MS Excel
2 27 (7.44%) MS Office
3 13 (3.58%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.55%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.83%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 301 (82.92%) 3G
2 204 (56.20%) 2G
3 187 (51.52%) LTE
4 116 (31.96%) Radio Access Network
5 67 (18.46%) GSM
6 34 (9.37%) UMTS
7 29 (7.99%) Wireless
8 27 (7.44%) 3GPP
9 26 (7.16%) VoLTE
10 25 (6.89%) GPRS
11 22 (6.06%) Broadband
11 22 (6.06%) TCP/IP
11 22 (6.06%) Ethernet
12 21 (5.79%) Wi-Fi
13 19 (5.23%) Internet
14 18 (4.96%) SS7
14 18 (4.96%) DNS
15 16 (4.41%) MPLS
16 15 (4.13%) RNC
17 14 (3.86%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (2.48%) Oracle Database
2 7 (1.93%) MS Access
3 6 (1.65%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.10%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (1.10%) MySQL
5 3 (0.83%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
6 2 (0.55%) BusinessObjects XI
7 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.28%) Big Data
7 1 (0.28%) SQL Server
7 1 (0.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.10%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 4 (1.10%) ClearCase
1 4 (1.10%) Subversion
1 4 (1.10%) Git (software)
1 4 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.28%) Rational DOORS
General
1 236 (65.01%) Telecoms
2 29 (7.99%) Finance
3 16 (4.41%) Billing
4 12 (3.31%) Back Office
5 9 (2.48%) Marketing
5 9 (2.48%) Manufacturing
6 8 (2.20%) Legal
7 7 (1.93%) Retail
8 6 (1.65%) Electronics
9 4 (1.10%) Aerospace
9 4 (1.10%) Avionics
10 3 (0.83%) Automotive
10 3 (0.83%) Law
10 3 (0.83%) Front Office
11 1 (0.28%) Advertising
11 1 (0.28%) German Language
11 1 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 26 (7.16%) Test Engineer
2 25 (6.89%) Project Manager
3 23 (6.34%) Field Engineer
4 19 (5.23%) Architect
4 19 (5.23%) Delivery Manager
4 19 (5.23%) RAN Engineer
5 18 (4.96%) Integration Engineer
5 18 (4.96%) Design Engineer
6 16 (4.41%) Developer
6 16 (4.41%) Designer
7 15 (4.13%) RF Engineer
8 13 (3.58%) RF Optimisation Engineer
9 9 (2.48%) Analyst
9 9 (2.48%) Service Manager
10 8 (2.20%) Solutions Architect
10 8 (2.20%) Network Engineer
10 8 (2.20%) Wireless Engineer
10 8 (2.20%) Radio Engineer
11 7 (1.93%) 3G Engineer
11 7 (1.93%) Telecoms Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.20%) SOAP
2 7 (1.93%) .NET
3 6 (1.65%) XML
4 4 (1.10%) STL
5 3 (0.83%) HTML
5 3 (0.83%) HTML5
6 1 (0.28%) Rendezvous
6 1 (0.28%) ActiveMQ
6 1 (0.28%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 39 (10.74%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.20%) Computer Science
3 6 (1.65%) Mobile App
3 6 (1.65%) Management Information System
4 5 (1.38%) Handset
5 4 (1.10%) User Experience
5 4 (1.10%) Client/Server
6 3 (0.83%) Telematics
6 3 (0.83%) Replication
6 3 (0.83%) GIS
7 2 (0.55%) Clustering
8 1 (0.28%) VHDL
8 1 (0.28%) Verilog
8 1 (0.28%) IVR
8 1 (0.28%) Economics
8 1 (0.28%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 1 (0.28%) PDA
8 1 (0.28%) Statistics
8 1 (0.28%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.28%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 23 (6.34%) Linux
2 21 (5.79%) UNIX
3 8 (2.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 8 (2.20%) Solaris
4 7 (1.93%) Windows
5 6 (1.65%) Android
6 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.28%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (0.28%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.28%) Windows Phone 8
6 1 (0.28%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (13.50%) Project Management
2 30 (8.26%) PRINCE2
3 29 (7.99%) Validation
4 24 (6.61%) ITIL
5 23 (6.34%) Configuration Management
6 18 (4.96%) Change Management
7 17 (4.68%) Performance Management
8 16 (4.41%) Service Delivery
9 15 (4.13%) Network Planning
10 14 (3.86%) Migration
11 12 (3.31%) Network Architecture
12 11 (3.03%) Capacity Management
12 11 (3.03%) Project Planning
13 10 (2.75%) Matrix Management
13 10 (2.75%) Dependency Management
13 10 (2.75%) Supplier Management
14 9 (2.48%) Service Management
14 9 (2.48%) CRM
15 8 (2.20%) Stakeholder Management
15 8 (2.20%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (6.06%) SQL
2 18 (4.96%) Perl
3 16 (4.41%) C
4 14 (3.86%) C++
5 8 (2.20%) C#
6 5 (1.38%) Python
7 4 (1.10%) Bash Shell
7 4 (1.10%) Ruby
8 2 (0.55%) Java
9 1 (0.28%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.28%) Embedded C++
9 1 (0.28%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.28%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 46 (12.67%) Degree
2 18 (4.96%) Cisco Certification
3 14 (3.86%) CCNP
4 12 (3.31%) CCNA
5 10 (2.75%) Security Cleared
6 8 (2.20%) HND
7 6 (1.65%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (1.38%) HNC
8 5 (1.38%) SC Cleared
9 4 (1.10%) DV Cleared
9 4 (1.10%) CCIE
10 3 (0.83%) CCDP
10 3 (0.83%) PMP
10 3 (0.83%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.83%) CCDE
11 2 (0.55%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.55%) CCIP
12 1 (0.28%) ISEB
12 1 (0.28%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (13.77%) SLA
2 4 (1.10%) QA
2 4 (1.10%) DO-178B
2 4 (1.10%) DO-254
3 2 (0.55%) Basel III
3 2 (0.55%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 4 (1.10%) NFS
2 2 (0.55%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 19 (5.23%) NSN NetAct
2 15 (4.13%) HP Quality Center
3 11 (3.03%) Netcool
4 4 (1.10%) OpenView
5 3 (0.83%) Tivoli
5 3 (0.83%) Cisco Prime
6 2 (0.55%) Windows Intune
6 2 (0.55%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.28%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 76 (20.94%) Ericsson
2 74 (20.39%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 69 (19.01%) Huawei
4 49 (13.50%) Nokia
5 21 (5.79%) Cisco
6 20 (5.51%) Microsoft
7 19 (5.23%) HP
8 14 (3.86%) Oracle
9 13 (3.58%) Nortel
10 12 (3.31%) BT
11 10 (2.75%) Business Objects
12 8 (2.20%) Red Hat
12 8 (2.20%) CheckPoint
13 7 (1.93%) Mapinfo
13 7 (1.93%) Cramer
13 7 (1.93%) Actix
14 6 (1.65%) Greenplum
14 6 (1.65%) Juniper
15 5 (1.38%) Remedy
16 4 (1.10%) F5
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