The first table below looks at the demand for NFC skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited NFC over the 3 months to 16 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Rank 587 528 545
Rank change year-on-year
-59 +17
Contract jobs citing NFC 16 24 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.028% 0.049% 0.078%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.22% 0.33% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 14 22
Average daily rate £368 £438 £459
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.00% -4.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £416 £362
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £550 £544
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £505 £463
% change year-on-year
-34.65% +9.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7353 7384 9261
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.79% 15.20% 15.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3863 3656 4316
Average daily rate £360 £348 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.59% -4.79%
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 421 588 622
Average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -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 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £28.25
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -20.35%

NFC
Jobs Demand Trend

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

NFC Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

NFC
Daily Rate Trend

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

NFC Daily Rate Trend in the UK

NFC
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing NFC within the UK over the 3 months to 16 April 2014.

NFC Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

NFC
Hourly Rate Trend

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

NFC Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

NFC
Top 25 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NFC within the UK over the 3 months to 16 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 15 £400 -11.11% 6
London -43 10 £425 -
South East - 4 £310 - 3
Surrey - 2 £315 -
East Midlands -8 1 £525 +5.00%
Northamptonshire -18 1 £525 +5.00%
South West - - - -
East of England - - - - 3
North West - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
City of London - - - -
Bolton - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 3
Enfield - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Northampton - - - -
Saffron Walden - - - -
Stevenage - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Watford - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 3
Cheshire - - - -
Essex - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -

NFC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing NFC 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 NFC.

1 27 (44.26%) Mobile Payment
2 20 (32.79%) Finance
3 15 (24.59%) Java
3 15 (24.59%) Android
4 14 (22.95%) Mobile Commerce
5 12 (19.67%) Mobile App
5 12 (19.67%) Degree
6 11 (18.03%) Bluetooth
7 10 (16.39%) E-Commerce
7 10 (16.39%) Banking
7 10 (16.39%) Apple iOS
8 9 (14.75%) EMV
8 9 (14.75%) Handset
9 8 (13.11%) Telecoms
9 8 (13.11%) Smartcard
9 8 (13.11%) Computer Science
10 7 (11.48%) Retail
10 7 (11.48%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (11.48%) Project Management
10 7 (11.48%) Symbian
10 7 (11.48%) Stakeholder Management
10 7 (11.48%) Android Development
11 6 (9.84%) .NET
11 6 (9.84%) Web Services
11 6 (9.84%) JSON
11 6 (9.84%) Qt
11 6 (9.84%) bada
12 5 (8.20%) Security Cleared
12 5 (8.20%) Mobile Banking
12 5 (8.20%) Marketing

NFC
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing NFC 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 NFC. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (1.64%) MS Visio
1 1 (1.64%) OmniGraffle
Communications & Networking
1 11 (18.03%) Bluetooth
2 3 (4.92%) 3GPP
3 1 (1.64%) Internet
3 1 (1.64%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (1.64%) DLNA
Development Applications
1 3 (4.92%) Subversion
2 1 (1.64%) JIRA
2 1 (1.64%) Axure RP
General
1 20 (32.79%) Finance
2 10 (16.39%) Banking
3 8 (13.11%) Telecoms
4 7 (11.48%) Retail
5 5 (8.20%) Marketing
6 3 (4.92%) Electronics
6 3 (4.92%) Retail Banking
7 2 (3.28%) Advertising
8 1 (1.64%) Financial Institution
8 1 (1.64%) Law
8 1 (1.64%) German Language
8 1 (1.64%) Spanish Language
8 1 (1.64%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 19 (31.15%) Project Manager
2 14 (22.95%) Developer
3 8 (13.11%) Architect
4 7 (11.48%) Solutions Architect
5 6 (9.84%) Mobile Solutions Architect
5 6 (9.84%) Android Developer
6 5 (8.20%) iOS Developer
6 5 (8.20%) Lead Developer
7 4 (6.56%) Analyst
8 3 (4.92%) Business Analyst
8 3 (4.92%) Software Engineer
8 3 (4.92%) Systems Engineer
8 3 (4.92%) Technical Manager
9 2 (3.28%) Telecoms Project Manager
9 2 (3.28%) Designer
9 2 (3.28%) Senior Software Engineer
9 2 (3.28%) Change Manager
9 2 (3.28%) Technical Project Manager
9 2 (3.28%) Senior Manager
9 2 (3.28%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (9.84%) .NET
1 6 (9.84%) Web Services
1 6 (9.84%) JSON
1 6 (9.84%) Qt
2 3 (4.92%) Middleware
3 1 (1.64%) J2ME
3 1 (1.64%) JNI
3 1 (1.64%) BREW
Miscellaneous
1 27 (44.26%) Mobile Payment
2 12 (19.67%) Mobile App
3 9 (14.75%) EMV
3 9 (14.75%) Handset
4 8 (13.11%) Smartcard
4 8 (13.11%) Computer Science
5 5 (8.20%) Mobile Banking
6 2 (3.28%) Smartphone
7 1 (1.64%) Xbox
7 1 (1.64%) EFT
7 1 (1.64%) Firmware
7 1 (1.64%) EPoS
7 1 (1.64%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.64%) Device Driver
7 1 (1.64%) Wiki
7 1 (1.64%) Animation
7 1 (1.64%) Online Banking
7 1 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.64%) Social Media
7 1 (1.64%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 15 (24.59%) Android
2 10 (16.39%) Apple iOS
3 6 (9.84%) bada
4 3 (4.92%) Windows
4 3 (4.92%) Linux
5 2 (3.28%) Windows Phone
6 1 (1.64%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (1.64%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.64%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (22.95%) Mobile Commerce
2 10 (16.39%) E-Commerce
3 7 (11.48%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (11.48%) Project Management
3 7 (11.48%) Stakeholder Management
3 7 (11.48%) Android Development
4 5 (8.20%) iOS Development
5 3 (4.92%) Configuration Management
5 3 (4.92%) UML
5 3 (4.92%) Software Engineering
5 3 (4.92%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 2 (3.28%) Mobile Application Development
6 2 (3.28%) MODAF
6 2 (3.28%) Unit Testing
6 2 (3.28%) System Testing
6 2 (3.28%) Programme Management
6 2 (3.28%) Change Management
6 2 (3.28%) B2B
7 1 (1.64%) PRINCE2
7 1 (1.64%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 15 (24.59%) Java
2 5 (8.20%) C
3 3 (4.92%) C++
4 1 (1.64%) XAML
Qualifications
1 12 (19.67%) Degree
2 5 (8.20%) Security Cleared
3 3 (4.92%) DV Cleared
4 1 (1.64%) CISSP
4 1 (1.64%) PhD
4 1 (1.64%) CISA
4 1 (1.64%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.64%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (3.28%) Xen
1 2 (3.28%) KVM
Systems Management
1 4 (6.56%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 7 (11.48%) Symbian
2 3 (4.92%) Perforce
3 2 (3.28%) Calypso
4 1 (1.64%) Nokia
4 1 (1.64%) Apple