The first table below looks at the demand for 3G skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited 3G over the 3 months to 30 July 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 for the West Midlands region.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
3G
Rank 105 91 79
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -12
Contract jobs citing 3G 13 12 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.53% 0.60% 1.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.37% 3.91% 9.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 4
Average daily rate
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£175 - £248
UK excluding London average daily rate £318 £300 £280
% change year-on-year
+5.83% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 0
Average hourly rate £10.00 £16.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-39.39% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.25 £35.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year
-17.60% -2.06%
Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
386 307 322
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.76% 15.42% 14.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 138 138
Average daily rate £315 £323 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.32% +7.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £144 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £452 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 35 32
Average hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £26.50 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.00%
3G
England

3G
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing 3G across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

3G Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

3G
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing 3G across the West Midlands region.

3G Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3G
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing 3G across the West Midlands region.

3G Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3G
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing 3G across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 July 2014.

3G Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

3G
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 3G within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 July 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
Birmingham -6 2 - -
West Bromwich - - - -
3G
England

3G
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing 3G 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 3G.

1 23 (71.88%) 2G
2 21 (65.63%) LTE
3 17 (53.13%) Telecoms
4 15 (46.88%) SLA
5 12 (37.50%) Microsoft
6 11 (34.38%) MS Office
7 10 (31.25%) 4G
8 9 (28.13%) Root Cause Analysis
9 8 (25.00%) Problem Management
9 8 (25.00%) ITIL
9 8 (25.00%) MS Excel
9 8 (25.00%) Cisco
10 7 (21.88%) Fault Management
11 6 (18.75%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (12.50%) WAN
12 4 (12.50%) Ethernet
12 4 (12.50%) Ericsson
12 4 (12.50%) Windows XP
12 4 (12.50%) Windows
12 4 (12.50%) Degree
12 4 (12.50%) Radio Access Network
12 4 (12.50%) Windows 7
13 3 (9.38%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
13 3 (9.38%) SCCM
13 3 (9.38%) Incident Management
13 3 (9.38%) Java
13 3 (9.38%) SQL
13 3 (9.38%) SDH
13 3 (9.38%) TCP/IP
13 3 (9.38%) VPN

3G
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing 3G 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 3G. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 11 (34.38%) MS Office
2 8 (25.00%) MS Excel
3 2 (6.25%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 23 (71.88%) 2G
2 21 (65.63%) LTE
3 10 (31.25%) 4G
4 4 (12.50%) WAN
4 4 (12.50%) Ethernet
4 4 (12.50%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (9.38%) SDH
5 3 (9.38%) TCP/IP
5 3 (9.38%) VPN
5 3 (9.38%) Firewall
5 3 (9.38%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (6.25%) SAN
6 2 (6.25%) DNS
6 2 (6.25%) LAN
6 2 (6.25%) WLAN
6 2 (6.25%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (3.13%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 1 (3.13%) Nokia DX200
7 1 (3.13%) MIMO
7 1 (3.13%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) MySQL
General
1 17 (53.13%) Telecoms
2 3 (9.38%) Front Office
3 1 (3.13%) Electronics
3 1 (3.13%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 12 (37.50%) Incident Manager
2 3 (9.38%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
2 3 (9.38%) Network Manager
2 3 (9.38%) Developer
2 3 (9.38%) Support Engineer
2 3 (9.38%) 2nd Line Support
3 2 (6.25%) Analyst
3 2 (6.25%) Software Developer
3 2 (6.25%) Project Manager
3 2 (6.25%) Service Manager
3 2 (6.25%) Data Centre Engineer
3 2 (6.25%) NOC Manager
3 2 (6.25%) Circuiting Engineer
3 2 (6.25%) Network Services Manager
4 1 (3.13%) Development Engineer
4 1 (3.13%) Development DBA
4 1 (3.13%) OSS Engineer
4 1 (3.13%) Data Network Analyst
4 1 (3.13%) Database Engineer
4 1 (3.13%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.13%) HTML5
1 1 (3.13%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.38%) Management Information System
2 2 (6.25%) PMI
3 1 (3.13%) Telematics
3 1 (3.13%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.50%) Windows XP
1 4 (12.50%) Windows
1 4 (12.50%) Windows 7
2 1 (3.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (28.13%) Root Cause Analysis
2 8 (25.00%) Problem Management
2 8 (25.00%) ITIL
3 7 (21.88%) Fault Management
4 3 (9.38%) Incident Management
5 2 (6.25%) Project Management
5 2 (6.25%) Operations Management
5 2 (6.25%) WAN Optimisation
6 1 (3.13%) Use Case
6 1 (3.13%) ETL
6 1 (3.13%) Six Sigma
6 1 (3.13%) Service Management
6 1 (3.13%) Validation
6 1 (3.13%) Migration
6 1 (3.13%) DMAIC
Programming Languages
1 3 (9.38%) Java
1 3 (9.38%) SQL
2 2 (6.25%) VBA
2 2 (6.25%) JavaScript
2 2 (6.25%) Perl
Qualifications
1 6 (18.75%) ITIL Certification
2 4 (12.50%) Degree
3 2 (6.25%) PMP
3 2 (6.25%) PMI Certification
3 2 (6.25%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (46.88%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (9.38%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.13%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (9.38%) SCCM
2 2 (6.25%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 12 (37.50%) Microsoft
2 8 (25.00%) Cisco
3 4 (12.50%) Ericsson
4 3 (9.38%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 2 (6.25%) Avaya
5 2 (6.25%) Radware
5 2 (6.25%) Nokia
5 2 (6.25%) Mitel
5 2 (6.25%) Blue Coat
5 2 (6.25%) SonicWALL
6 1 (3.13%) F5
6 1 (3.13%) LANDesk
6 1 (3.13%) Huawei
6 1 (3.13%) NetCracker
6 1 (3.13%) CheckPoint
6 1 (3.13%) Mapinfo
6 1 (3.13%) Websense
6 1 (3.13%) BT
6 1 (3.13%) NEC
6 1 (3.13%) Cramer