The first table below looks at the demand 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 17 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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
4G
Rank 467 415 537
Rank change year-on-year
-52 +122
Contract jobs citing 4G 121 142 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.30% 0.079%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.67% 1.96% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 27 7
Average daily rate £400 £335 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.40% -25.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £285 £281
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £338 £450
% change year-on-year
-3.70% -25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 15 2
Average hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £33.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +12.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.50 £32.70 £32.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £152.50 £49.90 £33.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £33.25
% change year-on-year
+13.33% +12.78%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7239 7241 9288
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.85% 15.15% 15.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 3817 3579 4347
Average daily rate £360 £348 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.59% -5.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 402 572 626
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -18.18%

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 17 April 2014.

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 17 April 2014.

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 17 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 -44 102 £381 +17.30% 62
South East -23 58 £268 -21.32% 10
Berkshire -2 51 £268 -16.40% 9
Reading +13 25 £210 - 3
London -33 16 £500 +58.73% 16
Guildford 0 6 - -
Surrey -9 6 - - 1
East of England -37 6 £338 +3.84% 20
North East - 6 £368 -
Bracknell - 5 - -
Hertfordshire -4 4 £338 - 19
Newbury -5 3 - - 3
City of London -9 3 £500 - 8
South West -29 3 £368 +5.00% 14
Slough +3 2 £135 -16.92% 1
Swindon -16 1 - - 2
Wiltshire -17 1 - - 2
Bristol -17 1 £425 +32.81% 10
Buckinghamshire -33 1 - -
Durham - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Watford - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Middlesex - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
Chesham - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Darlington - - - -
Addlestone - - - -

4G
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, 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.

1 139 (66.83%) 3G
2 127 (61.06%) Telecoms
3 93 (44.71%) 2G
4 66 (31.73%) LTE
5 50 (24.04%) Radio Access Network
6 34 (16.35%) Huawei
7 29 (13.94%) Network Architecture
8 28 (13.46%) GSM
9 27 (12.98%) MPLS
10 26 (12.50%) Change Management
11 24 (11.54%) Cisco
11 24 (11.54%) Ericsson
11 24 (11.54%) UMTS
11 24 (11.54%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 22 (10.58%) Ethernet
12 22 (10.58%) SLA
13 21 (10.10%) Project Management
14 19 (9.13%) SQL
15 18 (8.65%) Oracle
15 18 (8.65%) Nokia
16 17 (8.17%) Problem Management
17 16 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
18 15 (7.21%) Performance Monitoring
18 15 (7.21%) Fault Management
18 15 (7.21%) Configuration Management
18 15 (7.21%) 3GPP
19 14 (6.73%) Juniper
19 14 (6.73%) Regression Testing
20 13 (6.25%) SIGTRAN
21 12 (5.77%) Cisco Nexus

4G
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, 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 9 (4.33%) Apache
2 2 (0.96%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 5 (2.40%) MS PowerPoint
2 4 (1.92%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.44%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.44%) MS Office
4 1 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.92%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.96%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 139 (66.83%) 3G
2 93 (44.71%) 2G
3 66 (31.73%) LTE
4 50 (24.04%) Radio Access Network
5 28 (13.46%) GSM
6 27 (12.98%) MPLS
7 24 (11.54%) UMTS
8 22 (10.58%) Ethernet
9 15 (7.21%) 3GPP
10 13 (6.25%) SIGTRAN
11 12 (5.77%) Cisco Nexus
11 12 (5.77%) L2TP
11 12 (5.77%) ATM
12 11 (5.29%) GPRS
12 11 (5.29%) SS7
12 11 (5.29%) Wireless
13 10 (4.81%) MVNO
13 10 (4.81%) RNC
14 9 (4.33%) MGW
14 9 (4.33%) TELNET
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (4.33%) MySQL
2 6 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.48%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 9 (4.33%) Toad
1 9 (4.33%) LoadRunner
1 9 (4.33%) Maven
1 9 (4.33%) JIRA
1 9 (4.33%) Selenium
1 9 (4.33%) Ant
1 9 (4.33%) SoapUI
1 9 (4.33%) Apache Ivy
1 9 (4.33%) eggPlant
2 5 (2.40%) Talend Open Studio
3 1 (0.48%) Calabash
3 1 (0.48%) Eclipse
General
1 127 (61.06%) Telecoms
2 12 (5.77%) Front Office
2 12 (5.77%) Banking
3 11 (5.29%) Billing
4 6 (2.88%) Finance
4 6 (2.88%) Legal
5 3 (1.44%) Back Office
5 3 (1.44%) Electronics
6 2 (0.96%) Multimedia
6 2 (0.96%) Marketing
6 2 (0.96%) French Language
7 1 (0.48%) German Language
7 1 (0.48%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 19 (9.13%) Project Manager
2 12 (5.77%) Architect
2 12 (5.77%) Analyst
3 10 (4.81%) RF Engineer
3 10 (4.81%) Designer
4 9 (4.33%) Design Engineer
4 9 (4.33%) Solutions Architect
5 8 (3.85%) RAN Engineer
5 8 (3.85%) RF Optimisation Engineer
5 8 (3.85%) NOC Engineer
6 7 (3.37%) Developer
6 7 (3.37%) Consultant
6 7 (3.37%) Field Engineer
7 6 (2.88%) Radio Engineer
7 6 (2.88%) Databuild Engineer
7 6 (2.88%) QA Leader
8 5 (2.40%) Commissioning Engineer
8 5 (2.40%) Senior Architect
8 5 (2.40%) OSS Engineer
8 5 (2.40%) Installations Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.81%) XML
1 10 (4.81%) WAP
2 9 (4.33%) REST
2 9 (4.33%) J2ME
2 9 (4.33%) SOAP
2 9 (4.33%) Web Services
3 6 (2.88%) .NET
4 5 (2.40%) J2EE
5 1 (0.48%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.48%) CSS
5 1 (0.48%) POSIX
5 1 (0.48%) WebRTC
5 1 (0.48%) LAMP
5 1 (0.48%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (4.81%) Handset
2 9 (4.33%) Mobile App
3 8 (3.85%) PMI
4 6 (2.88%) Mobile Banking
5 1 (0.48%) W3C
5 1 (0.48%) Blackberry
5 1 (0.48%) GIS
5 1 (0.48%) VHDL
5 1 (0.48%) Verilog
5 1 (0.48%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 1 (0.48%) Statistics
5 1 (0.48%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 12 (5.77%) UNIX
1 12 (5.77%) Windows
2 7 (3.37%) Linux
3 4 (1.92%) Windows 2000
3 4 (1.92%) Windows NT
3 4 (1.92%) Windows 7
4 3 (1.44%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (1.44%) Windows XP
4 3 (1.44%) Solaris
4 3 (1.44%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (0.96%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (0.48%) Android
6 1 (0.48%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.48%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (0.48%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (13.94%) Network Architecture
2 26 (12.50%) Change Management
3 21 (10.10%) Project Management
4 17 (8.17%) Problem Management
5 16 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
6 15 (7.21%) Performance Monitoring
6 15 (7.21%) Fault Management
6 15 (7.21%) Configuration Management
7 14 (6.73%) Regression Testing
8 12 (5.77%) Validation
9 11 (5.29%) ITIL
9 11 (5.29%) Test Automation
10 10 (4.81%) PRINCE2
10 10 (4.81%) ERP
10 10 (4.81%) Migration
11 9 (4.33%) Scrum
11 9 (4.33%) Agile Software Development
11 9 (4.33%) CRM
11 9 (4.33%) Network Planning
11 9 (4.33%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (9.13%) SQL
2 11 (5.29%) Perl
2 11 (5.29%) C++
3 10 (4.81%) Java
4 7 (3.37%) C
5 6 (2.88%) C#
6 4 (1.92%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.44%) VBA
8 2 (0.96%) Embedded C
8 2 (0.96%) Embedded C++
9 1 (0.48%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.48%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.48%) R
9 1 (0.48%) PHP
9 1 (0.48%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (5.77%) PMI Certification
2 9 (4.33%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (3.85%) Degree
4 5 (2.40%) CCNP
4 5 (2.40%) CCNA
5 4 (1.92%) CCIE
5 4 (1.92%) PMP
6 3 (1.44%) HND
6 3 (1.44%) Security Cleared
6 3 (1.44%) JNCIS
7 2 (0.96%) JNCIA
7 2 (0.96%) CCSP
8 1 (0.48%) ISEB
8 1 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.48%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (10.58%) SLA
2 9 (4.33%) QA
System Software
1 2 (0.96%) vSphere
1 2 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (0.48%) NDS
Systems Management
1 9 (4.33%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.44%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 34 (16.35%) Huawei
2 24 (11.54%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 24 (11.54%) Cisco
2 24 (11.54%) Ericsson
3 18 (8.65%) Nokia
3 18 (8.65%) Oracle
4 14 (6.73%) Juniper
5 10 (4.81%) SAP
5 10 (4.81%) HP
6 9 (4.33%) Sun
6 9 (4.33%) Apple
7 8 (3.85%) Nortel
7 8 (3.85%) Microsoft
7 8 (3.85%) BT
8 6 (2.88%) Greenplum
8 6 (2.88%) CheckPoint
9 5 (2.40%) Talend
9 5 (2.40%) Amdocs
10 4 (1.92%) Mapinfo
10 4 (1.92%) Sybase
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