The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Handset in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Handset over the 3 months to 22 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Handsets
Rank 544 417 448
Rank change year-on-year
-127 +31
Contract jobs citing Handset 62 158 146
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.30% 0.25%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.35% 0.96% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 106 56
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£215 £215 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -38.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £194 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £438 £419
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £295 £260
% change year-on-year
-6.77% +13.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 13 13
Average hourly rate £15.00 £22.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.81% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.55 £16.84 £13.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.15 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £16.84 £15.84
% change year-on-year
-19.83% +6.31%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
17565 16397 17509
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.39% 31.06% 29.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 10667 10120 10142
Average daily rate £400 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
- +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 732 667 895
Average hourly rate £18.90 £18.03 £24.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.82% -26.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.42 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.83 £17.50 £25.73
% change year-on-year
+7.57% -31.98%

Handset
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Handset within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

Handset Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Handset
Daily Rate Trend

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

Handset Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Handset
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Handset within the UK over the 3 months to 22 September 2014.

Handset Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Handset
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Handset Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Handset
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Handset within the UK over the 3 months to 22 September 2014.

Handset Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Handset
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 Handset within the UK over the 3 months to 22 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 -127 60 £215 - 22
London -67 40 £214 +0.46% 6
City of London +13 9 £203 -46.92% 3
South East -23 8 £345 +9.52% 4
East of England -30 4 £138 -52.58% 4
Middlesex - 4 - -
North West -7 3 - - 1
Berkshire -9 1 - -
Manchester -13 1 - -
Bedfordshire -14 1 £138 - 1
Hampshire -18 1 £600 - 2
South West -35 1 - - 2
Wiltshire - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 - -
Southampton - 1 £600 - 1
Bracknell - 1 - -
Brentford - - - -
Bristol - - - - 2
Cambridge - - - - 1
Glasgow - - - -
Leeds - - - - 4
Oxford - - - -
Reading - - - -
Slough - - - -
Stratford-upon-Avon - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -
Watford - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 4
West Midlands - - - -

Handset
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Handset 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 Handset.

1 58 (39.19%) Windows
2 54 (36.49%) Blackberry
3 46 (31.08%) Active Directory
4 41 (27.70%) MS Office
5 35 (23.65%) Android
6 28 (18.92%) Banking
7 27 (18.24%) ITIL
7 27 (18.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 27 (18.24%) iPhone
7 27 (18.24%) Windows 7
8 24 (16.22%) Microsoft
8 24 (16.22%) Finance
9 23 (15.54%) Telecoms
10 22 (14.86%) Agile Software Development
11 21 (14.19%) Citrix
11 21 (14.19%) Apple
12 20 (13.51%) Mobile App
13 18 (12.16%) Windows XP
14 16 (10.81%) Degree
14 16 (10.81%) MS Excel
14 16 (10.81%) VoIP
15 15 (10.14%) Cisco
15 15 (10.14%) iPad
16 13 (8.78%) Apple iOS
16 13 (8.78%) QA
16 13 (8.78%) Analytical Skills
16 13 (8.78%) Wireless
17 12 (8.11%) Legal
17 12 (8.11%) SLA
17 12 (8.11%) 3G

Handset
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Handset 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 Handset. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 27 (18.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 9 (6.08%) IBM Notes
3 8 (5.41%) Lync
4 7 (4.73%) Apache
4 7 (4.73%) SharePoint
4 7 (4.73%) MS Exchange
5 5 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (2.03%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (1.35%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.35%) Lotus Domino
8 1 (0.68%) Node.js
Applications
1 41 (27.70%) MS Office
2 16 (10.81%) MS Excel
3 3 (2.03%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.35%) assyst
2 1 (0.68%) SAP FI
2 1 (0.68%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.68%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 16 (10.81%) VoIP
2 13 (8.78%) Wireless
3 12 (8.11%) 3G
3 12 (8.11%) LTE
4 10 (6.76%) 2G
5 9 (6.08%) VPN
6 8 (5.41%) Internet
6 8 (5.41%) 4G
7 7 (4.73%) TCP/IP
7 7 (4.73%) UMTS
8 5 (3.38%) HTTP
8 5 (3.38%) DHCP
8 5 (3.38%) GSM
8 5 (3.38%) DNS
8 5 (3.38%) Unified Communications
8 5 (3.38%) NFC
9 4 (2.70%) HSPA
9 4 (2.70%) ASN.1
9 4 (2.70%) Wireshark
9 4 (2.70%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.68%) SQL Server
1 1 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
1 1 (0.68%) MS Access
1 1 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (5.41%) Ant
1 8 (5.41%) Subversion
1 8 (5.41%) JIRA
1 8 (5.41%) SoapUI
2 7 (4.73%) Apache Ivy
2 7 (4.73%) eggPlant
2 7 (4.73%) Selenium
2 7 (4.73%) Maven
2 7 (4.73%) Toad
2 7 (4.73%) LoadRunner
3 5 (3.38%) Calabash
4 4 (2.70%) TestDirector
4 4 (2.70%) ClearCase
4 4 (2.70%) ClearQuest
5 3 (2.03%) Robotium
6 2 (1.35%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.68%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.68%) ProC
7 1 (0.68%) JMeter
7 1 (0.68%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 28 (18.92%) Banking
2 24 (16.22%) Finance
3 23 (15.54%) Telecoms
4 12 (8.11%) Legal
5 11 (7.43%) Electronics
6 10 (6.76%) Law
7 8 (5.41%) Retail
8 6 (4.05%) Marketing
9 4 (2.70%) Local Government
9 4 (2.70%) Retail Banking
9 4 (2.70%) Manufacturing
10 3 (2.03%) Advertising
10 3 (2.03%) Financial Institution
10 3 (2.03%) Investment Banking
11 2 (1.35%) Multimedia
11 2 (1.35%) Billing
12 1 (0.68%) Automotive
12 1 (0.68%) Back Office
12 1 (0.68%) Games
12 1 (0.68%) Arabic Language
Job Titles
1 44 (29.73%) Analyst
2 20 (13.51%) Support Analyst
3 19 (12.84%) Desktop Support
4 17 (11.49%) Service Analyst
4 17 (11.49%) Service Desk Analyst
5 11 (7.43%) Desktop Analyst
5 11 (7.43%) Support Engineer
5 11 (7.43%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 8 (5.41%) Developer
6 8 (5.41%) Test Engineer
7 7 (4.73%) 2nd Line Support
7 7 (4.73%) 1st Line Support
7 7 (4.73%) Test Leader
8 6 (4.05%) Desktop Engineer
9 5 (3.38%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 5 (3.38%) Software Engineer
9 5 (3.38%) Project Manager
9 5 (3.38%) Tester
9 5 (3.38%) Consultant
9 5 (3.38%) Android Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (7.43%) Web Services
2 8 (5.41%) J2ME
2 8 (5.41%) SOAP
3 7 (4.73%) REST
3 7 (4.73%) WAP
4 6 (4.05%) HTML
5 5 (3.38%) JSON
6 4 (2.70%) UIKit
6 4 (2.70%) Cocoa
7 3 (2.03%) RESTful
7 3 (2.03%) Middleware
8 1 (0.68%) OLE
8 1 (0.68%) OLE DB
8 1 (0.68%) jQuery
8 1 (0.68%) Android SDK
8 1 (0.68%) DAO
8 1 (0.68%) BREW
8 1 (0.68%) Windows SharePoint Services
8 1 (0.68%) ISAPI
8 1 (0.68%) MAPI
Miscellaneous
1 54 (36.49%) Blackberry
2 27 (18.24%) iPhone
3 20 (13.51%) Mobile App
4 15 (10.14%) iPad
5 13 (8.78%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (4.05%) Mobile Banking
6 6 (4.05%) Computer Science
7 5 (3.38%) Digital Media
8 4 (2.70%) Video Conferencing
8 4 (2.70%) IVR
8 4 (2.70%) Smartphone
9 3 (2.03%) PDA
9 3 (2.03%) Client/Server
9 3 (2.03%) Management Information System
9 3 (2.03%) Mobile Payment
10 2 (1.35%) Firmware
10 2 (1.35%) Hedge funds
11 1 (0.68%) ASIC
11 1 (0.68%) NHS
11 1 (0.68%) Animation
Operating Systems
1 58 (39.19%) Windows
2 35 (23.65%) Android
3 27 (18.24%) Windows 7
4 18 (12.16%) Windows XP
5 13 (8.78%) Apple iOS
6 6 (4.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (4.05%) Windows Vista
7 5 (3.38%) Linux
7 5 (3.38%) Windows Phone
8 4 (2.70%) VxWorks
9 3 (2.03%) Windows Mobile
10 2 (1.35%) OS/2
10 2 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (1.35%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.68%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.68%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.68%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (18.24%) ITIL
2 22 (14.86%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (8.11%) Manual Testing
4 11 (7.43%) Test Automation
5 10 (6.76%) Regression Testing
6 9 (6.08%) Scrum
7 8 (5.41%) Test Planning
8 7 (4.73%) Document Management
9 6 (4.05%) Incident Management
9 6 (4.05%) Migration
9 6 (4.05%) TDD
9 6 (4.05%) Kalman Filter
10 5 (3.38%) Coaching
10 5 (3.38%) Android Development
10 5 (3.38%) User Acceptance Testing
10 5 (3.38%) Test Scripting
10 5 (3.38%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (3.38%) Software Engineering
10 5 (3.38%) OO
11 4 (2.70%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (8.11%) C
2 11 (7.43%) SQL
3 9 (6.08%) Java
4 5 (3.38%) JavaScript
4 5 (3.38%) C++
4 5 (3.38%) Objective-C
5 2 (1.35%) Perl
6 1 (0.68%) VBA
6 1 (0.68%) VC++
6 1 (0.68%) Python
6 1 (0.68%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 16 (10.81%) Degree
2 7 (4.73%) ITIL Certification
3 5 (3.38%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (2.03%) MCDST
4 3 (2.03%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.03%) Security Cleared
4 3 (2.03%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (1.35%) MCSE
5 2 (1.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (1.35%) MOS
6 1 (0.68%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.68%) MCSA
6 1 (0.68%) CCIE
6 1 (0.68%) CCNA
6 1 (0.68%) ISEB
6 1 (0.68%) MCP
6 1 (0.68%) PMP
6 1 (0.68%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (8.78%) QA
2 12 (8.11%) SLA
3 1 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 14443
3 1 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 7816
System Software
1 46 (31.08%) Active Directory
2 8 (5.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.35%) Terminal Services
3 2 (1.35%) Xen
3 2 (1.35%) XenApp
3 2 (1.35%) KVM
4 1 (0.68%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 11 (7.43%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.03%) Backup Exec
3 2 (1.35%) WSUS
3 2 (1.35%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (1.35%) NetBackup
3 2 (1.35%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 24 (16.22%) Microsoft
2 21 (14.19%) Citrix
2 21 (14.19%) Apple
3 15 (10.14%) Cisco
4 11 (7.43%) HP
5 9 (6.08%) Lotus
5 9 (6.08%) VMware
6 8 (5.41%) Oracle
7 7 (4.73%) Sun
8 6 (4.05%) Mitel
8 6 (4.05%) Symbian
9 5 (3.38%) Avaya
10 4 (2.70%) SAP
10 4 (2.70%) Dell
11 3 (2.03%) Adobe
11 3 (2.03%) Juniper
11 3 (2.03%) Symantec
11 3 (2.03%) Perforce
11 3 (2.03%) BT
12 2 (1.35%) McAfee
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