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 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Handsets
Rank 579 535 495
Rank change year-on-year
-44 -40
Contract jobs citing Handset 44 58 81
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.087% 0.11% 0.16%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.27% 0.36% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 30 52
Average daily rate £416 £303 £202
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+37.60% +49.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £166 £160 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £420 £425 £205
% change year-on-year
-1.17% +107.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 7 7
Average hourly rate £32.50 £17.50 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+85.71% +20.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £14.00 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £25.90 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +20.68%

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
16353 15933 15959
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 32.27% 31.15% 32.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 10543 9918 9611
Average daily rate £425 £420 £403
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 643 668 680
Average hourly rate £21.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.44% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £11.62
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.58 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -

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 13 February 2016.

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 13 February 2016.

Handset Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Handset
Top 29 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 13 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -12 42 £413 +36.36% 10
North West -6 14 £500 -9.09%
London -20 14 £348 +41.83% 4
South East +13 11 £178 -49.28% 3
Cheshire -2 10 £500 -9.09%
Warrington -6 9 £500 -9.09%
Surrey 0 4 £344 -
Berkshire +13 3 - - 2
Hampshire +12 3 £165 -52.85%
Merseyside +4 2 - -
Liverpool -3 2 - -
South West -4 2 £325 +36.84%
West Lothian - 2 £420 -
Scotland - 2 £420 -
Livingston - 2 £420 -
Southampton - 2 £165 -
City of London +40 1 - -
Somerset +4 1 - -
East of England +1 1 - -
Chester +1 1 - -
Cumbria - 1 - -
Oxfordshire - 1 £178 -
Maidenhead - 1 - -
Carlisle - 1 - -
Kidlington - 1 £178 -
Clevedon - 1 - -
Reigate - 1 £275 -
Bristol - 1 £325 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -

Handset
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 38 (40.86%) Telecoms
2 23 (24.73%) VPN
3 21 (22.58%) Wireless
4 20 (21.51%) Android
5 17 (18.28%) Microsoft
5 17 (18.28%) Windows
6 15 (16.13%) Wi-Fi
7 14 (15.05%) Management Information System
7 14 (15.05%) Apple iOS
7 14 (15.05%) Mobile Device Management
8 12 (12.90%) LAN
9 11 (11.83%) Cisco
9 11 (11.83%) WAN
9 11 (11.83%) LTE
10 10 (10.75%) Problem Management
10 10 (10.75%) Nokia
10 10 (10.75%) 3G
10 10 (10.75%) Blackberry
10 10 (10.75%) Enterprise Software
10 10 (10.75%) AirWatch
11 9 (9.68%) Finance
11 9 (9.68%) VoIP
11 9 (9.68%) Active Directory
11 9 (9.68%) GPRS
12 7 (7.53%) Marketing
12 7 (7.53%) Windows 7
12 7 (7.53%) PRINCE2
12 7 (7.53%) SharePoint
12 7 (7.53%) Linux
12 7 (7.53%) MS Office

Handset
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 7 (7.53%) SharePoint
2 5 (5.38%) MS Exchange
3 4 (4.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (3.23%) CMS
5 2 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (2.15%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.08%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (7.53%) MS Office
2 5 (5.38%) MS Excel
3 3 (3.23%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (2.15%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.08%) Adobe After Effects
5 1 (1.08%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (1.08%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (1.08%) Blender
5 1 (1.08%) Photoshop
5 1 (1.08%) SketchUp
5 1 (1.08%) Solid Edge
5 1 (1.08%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (1.08%) Vectorworks
Communications & Networking
1 23 (24.73%) VPN
2 21 (22.58%) Wireless
3 15 (16.13%) Wi-Fi
4 12 (12.90%) LAN
5 11 (11.83%) LTE
5 11 (11.83%) WAN
6 10 (10.75%) 3G
7 9 (9.68%) GPRS
7 9 (9.68%) VoIP
8 7 (7.53%) Internet
9 6 (6.45%) DHCP
9 6 (6.45%) DNS
9 6 (6.45%) Firewall
9 6 (6.45%) GSM
9 6 (6.45%) SMS
10 5 (5.38%) OSPF
10 5 (5.38%) RIP
10 5 (5.38%) Spanning Tree
10 5 (5.38%) TCP/IP
10 5 (5.38%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.30%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (3.23%) Selenium
2 2 (2.15%) Appium
2 2 (2.15%) Calabash
2 2 (2.15%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.08%) eggPlant
3 1 (1.08%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.08%) Robotium
3 1 (1.08%) UI Automator
3 1 (1.08%) WATIR
General
1 38 (40.86%) Telecoms
2 9 (9.68%) Finance
3 7 (7.53%) Marketing
4 6 (6.45%) Electronics
5 4 (4.30%) Legal
5 4 (4.30%) Local Government
6 3 (3.23%) Billing
7 1 (1.08%) Banking
7 1 (1.08%) Games
7 1 (1.08%) Multimedia
7 1 (1.08%) Retail
7 1 (1.08%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 17 (18.28%) Analyst
2 8 (8.60%) Test Engineer
3 7 (7.53%) Project Manager
4 6 (6.45%) Administrator
4 6 (6.45%) Android Engineer
4 6 (6.45%) Designer
4 6 (6.45%) Systems Engineer
4 6 (6.45%) Telecoms Engineer
5 5 (5.38%) Desktop Support
5 5 (5.38%) IT Support
5 5 (5.38%) Senior Designer
5 5 (5.38%) Support Analyst
6 4 (4.30%) Field Engineer
6 4 (4.30%) Field Test Engineer
6 4 (4.30%) IT Analyst
6 4 (4.30%) IT Support Analyst
6 4 (4.30%) Network Analyst
6 4 (4.30%) Presales Engineer
6 4 (4.30%) Service Analyst
7 3 (3.23%) VAS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.38%) WAP
2 1 (1.08%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.08%) Flash
2 1 (1.08%) HTML
2 1 (1.08%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 14 (15.05%) Management Information System
2 10 (10.75%) Blackberry
2 10 (10.75%) Enterprise Software
3 7 (7.53%) Driving Licence
3 7 (7.53%) Mobile App
4 6 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (5.38%) Smartphone
6 4 (4.30%) iPad
7 3 (3.23%) CMDB
7 3 (3.23%) Device Driver
7 3 (3.23%) NHS
8 2 (2.15%) Embedded Systems
8 2 (2.15%) Fat Client
8 2 (2.15%) iPhone
8 2 (2.15%) Pricing Data
8 2 (2.15%) Thin Client
8 2 (2.15%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (1.08%) Data Centre
9 1 (1.08%) Internet of Things
9 1 (1.08%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 20 (21.51%) Android
2 17 (18.28%) Windows
3 14 (15.05%) Apple iOS
4 7 (7.53%) Linux
4 7 (7.53%) Windows 7
5 6 (6.45%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (6.45%) Windows XP
6 5 (5.38%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (4.30%) Windows Vista
8 3 (3.23%) Windows 2000
8 3 (3.23%) Windows Mobile
8 3 (3.23%) Windows Server
9 2 (2.15%) Embedded Linux
9 2 (2.15%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (1.08%) Unix
10 1 (1.08%) Windows 10
10 1 (1.08%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (15.05%) Mobile Device Management
2 10 (10.75%) Problem Management
3 7 (7.53%) Configuration Management
3 7 (7.53%) PRINCE2
4 6 (6.45%) Android Development
4 6 (6.45%) Project Management
4 6 (6.45%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (5.38%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (5.38%) Business Continuity
5 5 (5.38%) Industrial Design
5 5 (5.38%) Root Cause Analysis
6 4 (4.30%) B2B
6 4 (4.30%) Incident Management
6 4 (4.30%) ITIL
6 4 (4.30%) Presales
7 3 (3.23%) Capacity Management
7 3 (3.23%) Change Control
7 3 (3.23%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (3.23%) High Availability
7 3 (3.23%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 7 (7.53%) Java
2 5 (5.38%) SQL
3 2 (2.15%) C
3 2 (2.15%) C++
3 2 (2.15%) Embedded C++
3 2 (2.15%) Ruby
4 1 (1.08%) ActionScript
4 1 (1.08%) ActionScript 3.0
4 1 (1.08%) Apple Swift
4 1 (1.08%) PHP
Qualifications
1 4 (4.30%) Cisco Certification
1 4 (4.30%) Degree
1 4 (4.30%) MCDST
1 4 (4.30%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (3.23%) ACCA
2 3 (3.23%) CCNA
2 3 (3.23%) CIMA
2 3 (3.23%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.15%) CCNP
4 1 (1.08%) CCDP
4 1 (1.08%) CCIE
4 1 (1.08%) CCIP
4 1 (1.08%) CCVP
4 1 (1.08%) HNC
4 1 (1.08%) HND
4 1 (1.08%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.38%) QA
2 4 (4.30%) SLA
3 1 (1.08%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.08%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 9 (9.68%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.15%) XenApp
2 2 (2.15%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (10.75%) AirWatch
2 2 (2.15%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.15%) Iperf
2 2 (2.15%) NSN NetAct
3 1 (1.08%) Cacti
3 1 (1.08%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (1.08%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (1.08%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 17 (18.28%) Microsoft
2 11 (11.83%) Cisco
3 10 (10.75%) Nokia
4 6 (6.45%) Juniper
5 5 (5.38%) Apple
5 5 (5.38%) Aruba
5 5 (5.38%) Sony
6 4 (4.30%) BT
6 4 (4.30%) Citrix
7 3 (3.23%) Avaya
8 2 (2.15%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 2 (2.15%) CA
8 2 (2.15%) Motorola
8 2 (2.15%) Sage
8 2 (2.15%) Siemens
8 2 (2.15%) Wyse
9 1 (1.08%) Adobe
9 1 (1.08%) Mitel
9 1 (1.08%) Oracle
9 1 (1.08%) Remedy
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