The table below looks at the statistics for the RF Engineer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited RF Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 10 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Radio Frequency Engineer
Rank 616 600 579
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -21
Contract jobs requiring an RF Engineer 10 12 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.019% 0.023% 0.018%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.021% 0.025% 0.019%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 8 1
Average daily rate £400 £313 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.00% +13.63%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £344 -
% change year-on-year
+16.36% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 3
Average hourly rate - £36.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £36.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
- -2.66%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
48618 48918 46871
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31219 30411 27715
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1735 1925 2068
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.95% -3.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

RF Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing RF Engineer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

RF Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

RF Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

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

RF Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

RF Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

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

RF Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

RF Engineer
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing RF Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 10 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 -7 8 £400 +28.00% 4
South East +15 3 £405 +8.00% 1
Hampshire +6 3 £405 +4.51%
West Yorkshire - 2 £400 -
Leeds - 2 £400 -
Yorkshire - 2 £400 -
London +7 1 - -
South West +4 1 - -
Wiltshire -4 1 - -
Swindon - 1 - -
Fife - 1 - -
Scotland - 1 - -

RF Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited RF Engineer in their job title 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 with RF Engineer in their job title.

1 8 (40.00%) 3G
2 7 (35.00%) 2G
3 6 (30.00%) LTE
4 5 (25.00%) Electronics
4 5 (25.00%) Manufacturing
5 4 (20.00%) Telecoms
5 4 (20.00%) Huawei
5 4 (20.00%) 4G
6 3 (15.00%) Radio Access Network
6 3 (15.00%) Statistics
6 3 (15.00%) C
6 3 (15.00%) VBA
6 3 (15.00%) GSM
6 3 (15.00%) UMTS
7 2 (10.00%) WLAN
7 2 (10.00%) Ericsson
7 2 (10.00%) Nokia
7 2 (10.00%) Firmware
7 2 (10.00%) Validation
7 2 (10.00%) RNC
7 2 (10.00%) SC Cleared
7 2 (10.00%) Security Cleared
7 2 (10.00%) Functional Testing
7 2 (10.00%) Actix
7 2 (10.00%) VoLTE
7 2 (10.00%) Network Optimisation
8 1 (5.00%) Kalman Filter
8 1 (5.00%) Mentoring
8 1 (5.00%) Node B
8 1 (5.00%) Network Architecture

RF Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited RF Engineer in their job title 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 with RF Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Simulink
Communications & Networking
1 8 (40.00%) 3G
2 7 (35.00%) 2G
3 6 (30.00%) LTE
4 4 (20.00%) 4G
5 3 (15.00%) GSM
5 3 (15.00%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (15.00%) UMTS
6 2 (10.00%) RNC
6 2 (10.00%) VoLTE
6 2 (10.00%) WLAN
7 1 (5.00%) DVB
7 1 (5.00%) Node B
7 1 (5.00%) SNMP
7 1 (5.00%) XCAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.00%) MongoDB
General
1 5 (25.00%) Electronics
1 5 (25.00%) Manufacturing
2 4 (20.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (5.00%) Avionics
3 1 (5.00%) French Language
3 1 (5.00%) Military
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.00%) Statistics
2 1 (5.00%) ASIC
2 1 (5.00%) DTV
2 1 (5.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 1 (5.00%) IPTV
2 1 (5.00%) MPEG
2 1 (5.00%) STB
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (10.00%) Functional Testing
1 2 (10.00%) Network Optimisation
1 2 (10.00%) Validation
2 1 (5.00%) Benchmarking
2 1 (5.00%) Configuration Management
2 1 (5.00%) Kalman Filter
2 1 (5.00%) Mentoring
2 1 (5.00%) Network Architecture
2 1 (5.00%) Network Design
2 1 (5.00%) Performance Analysis
2 1 (5.00%) Project Planning
2 1 (5.00%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.00%) C
1 3 (15.00%) VBA
2 1 (5.00%) MATLAB
2 1 (5.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (10.00%) SC Cleared
1 2 (10.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (5.00%) Degree
2 1 (5.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (10.00%) Firmware
Vendors
1 4 (20.00%) Huawei
2 2 (10.00%) Actix
2 2 (10.00%) Ericsson
2 2 (10.00%) Nokia
3 1 (5.00%) Cadence
3 1 (5.00%) EMC
3 1 (5.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 1 (5.00%) Xilinx