The table below looks at the statistics for WCDMA skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WCDMA over the 3 months to 30 June 2015 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
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA)
Rank 596 579 534
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -45
Contract jobs citing WCDMA 4 20 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.037% 0.067%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.050% 0.27% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 5 3
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£225 £263 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% -15.32%
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £263 £310
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -15.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 8
Average hourly rate - £45.00 £35.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +26.76%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £45.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year
- +26.76%

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

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
8010 7295 7035
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.28% 13.55% 14.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4490 3939 3567
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £201 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 383 531
Average hourly rate £23.00 £19.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.05% -20.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.10 £41.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £18.63 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+34.22% -25.50%

WCDMA
Jobs Demand Trend

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

WCDMA Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

WCDMA
Daily Rate Trend

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

WCDMA Daily Rate Trend in the UK

WCDMA
Hourly Rate Trend

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

WCDMA Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

WCDMA
Top 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WCDMA within the UK over the 3 months to 30 June 2015. 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 -23 3 £225 -14.28% 1
East of England -1 2 £225 -18.18%
Stevenage -3 2 £225 -18.18%
Hertfordshire -16 2 £225 -18.18%
Slough +2 1 £180 -
Berkshire -5 1 £180 -
South East -29 1 £180 -

WCDMA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing WCDMA 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 WCDMA.

1 18 (85.71%) GSM
1 18 (85.71%) LTE
2 16 (76.19%) Telecoms
3 15 (71.43%) Radio Access Network
4 13 (61.90%) GPRS
5 12 (57.14%) 3G
6 11 (52.38%) Performance Management
6 11 (52.38%) HSPA
6 11 (52.38%) Configuration Management
7 10 (47.62%) Nortel
7 10 (47.62%) Ericsson
7 10 (47.62%) 2G
7 10 (47.62%) Network Design
7 10 (47.62%) Huawei
7 10 (47.62%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 10 (47.62%) 4G
7 10 (47.62%) Resource Management
8 8 (38.10%) 3GPP
9 6 (28.57%) MS Excel
10 5 (23.81%) Service Delivery
10 5 (23.81%) Wireless
11 4 (19.05%) Network Management
11 4 (19.05%) Performance Improvement
11 4 (19.05%) Mapinfo
11 4 (19.05%) Service Management
11 4 (19.05%) eTOM
11 4 (19.05%) MS PowerPoint
11 4 (19.05%) C
11 4 (19.05%) Business Objects
11 4 (19.05%) ITIL

WCDMA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 June 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing WCDMA 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 WCDMA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 6 (28.57%) MS Excel
2 4 (19.05%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 18 (85.71%) GSM
1 18 (85.71%) LTE
2 15 (71.43%) Radio Access Network
3 13 (61.90%) GPRS
4 12 (57.14%) 3G
5 11 (52.38%) HSPA
6 10 (47.62%) 4G
6 10 (47.62%) 2G
7 8 (38.10%) 3GPP
8 5 (23.81%) Wireless
9 4 (19.05%) UMTS
10 2 (9.52%) WLAN
10 2 (9.52%) ATM
10 2 (9.52%) CDMA
10 2 (9.52%) HSDPA
10 2 (9.52%) HSUPA
10 2 (9.52%) GGSN
10 2 (9.52%) SGSN
11 1 (4.76%) MGW
11 1 (4.76%) NAS
Development Applications
1 2 (9.52%) ClearCase
General
1 16 (76.19%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.76%) Multimedia
2 1 (4.76%) Marketing
2 1 (4.76%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 12 (57.14%) RAN Engineer
2 10 (47.62%) Performance Engineer
3 8 (38.10%) RAN Performance Engineer
4 5 (23.81%) Senior RAN Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) CS Core Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Development Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Radio Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Test and Integration Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Senior Integration Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) OSS Consultant
5 1 (4.76%) Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Consultant
5 1 (4.76%) Technical Support
5 1 (4.76%) Support Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Technical Support Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Test Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Technical Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Senior Test Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Integration Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) RF Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (9.52%) Algorithms
2 2 (9.52%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (4.76%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.52%) Windows
2 1 (4.76%) Windows 2000
2 1 (4.76%) Windows NT
2 1 (4.76%) Windows Mobile
2 1 (4.76%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (52.38%) Configuration Management
1 11 (52.38%) Performance Management
2 10 (47.62%) Resource Management
2 10 (47.62%) Network Design
3 5 (23.81%) Service Delivery
4 4 (19.05%) Service Management
4 4 (19.05%) ITIL
4 4 (19.05%) eTOM
4 4 (19.05%) Network Management
4 4 (19.05%) Performance Improvement
5 2 (9.52%) Performance Engineering
6 1 (4.76%) Performance Monitoring
6 1 (4.76%) Signal Processing
6 1 (4.76%) Risk Analysis
6 1 (4.76%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (4.76%) Software Engineering
6 1 (4.76%) Integration Acceptance Testing
6 1 (4.76%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (19.05%) C
2 2 (9.52%) VC++
2 2 (9.52%) Python
2 2 (9.52%) Embedded C
3 1 (4.76%) MATLAB
3 1 (4.76%) C++
Qualifications
1 2 (9.52%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.76%) QA
1 1 (4.76%) JTAG
Vendors
1 10 (47.62%) Nortel
1 10 (47.62%) Ericsson
1 10 (47.62%) Huawei
1 10 (47.62%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 4 (19.05%) Mapinfo
2 4 (19.05%) Business Objects
3 1 (4.76%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.76%) Nokia
3 1 (4.76%) Sybase
3 1 (4.76%) NetScout