Period
to 19 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for 3G skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited 3G over the 6 months to 19 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3G
UK
6 months to
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 754 688 688
Rank change year-on-year -66 0 -187
Contract jobs citing 3G 129 190 219
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.19% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.94% 1.42% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 58 65
UK median daily rate £256 £336 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.79% +29.33% -8.77%
10th Percentile £182 £251 £149
90th Percentile £538 £579 £415
UK excluding London median daily rate £233 £300 £230
% change year-on-year -22.50% +30.43% -14.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 12 20
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £14.85 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -40.60% -13.79%
10th Percentile £14.20 £14.10 £9.00
90th Percentile £38.18 £27.50 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £14.20 £25.00
% change year-on-year +37.32% -43.20% -31.03%

3G is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13,704 13,410 16,635
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.30% 13.58% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,319 8,100 10,154
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £196 £220
90th Percentile £606 £583 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 724 744 819
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.23 £10.96 £11.50
90th Percentile £48.53 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.41% -26.00% +21.95%

3G
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing 3G as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for 3G in the UK

3G
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing 3G.

Contractor daily rate trend for 3G in the UK

3G
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing 3G over the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for 3G in the UK

3G
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for 3G in the UK

3G
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing 3G over the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for 3G in the UK

3G
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing 3G within the UK over the 6 months to 19 September 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -77 120 £318 -5.58% 28
UK excluding London -65 102 £233 -22.50% 24
South East -25 72 £350 +16.67% 8
London +3 24 £500 -4.76% 4
North of England -28 9 £225 -18.18% 6
Scotland -16 8 £200 -
North East -1 7 £223 +11.25%
Midlands -16 6 £226 -12.98% 1
West Midlands -30 6 £226 -12.98% 1
East of England -14 4 - - 5
South West -12 3 - - 4
North West -20 1 - - 3
Yorkshire -24 1 £300 +4.35% 3

For the 6 months to 19 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing 3G also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for 3G.

1 98 (75.97%) 4G
2 62 (48.06%) 2G
3 57 (44.19%) Telecoms
4 29 (22.48%) Radio Access Network
5 24 (18.60%) Nokia
5 24 (18.60%) Security Cleared
6 22 (17.05%) SC Cleared
6 22 (17.05%) Windows
6 22 (17.05%) Microsoft
7 21 (16.28%) Wi-Fi
8 20 (15.50%) Active Directory
8 20 (15.50%) LTE
8 20 (15.50%) Analytical Skills
9 19 (14.73%) VMware Infrastructure
9 19 (14.73%) VMware
10 18 (13.95%) Citrix
10 18 (13.95%) DNS
11 17 (13.18%) Windows Server 2003
11 17 (13.18%) SCCM
11 17 (13.18%) Windows 7
11 17 (13.18%) Wireshark
11 17 (13.18%) Diameter Protocol
12 16 (12.40%) Windows 10
12 16 (12.40%) Windows Server
12 16 (12.40%) Problem-Solving
12 16 (12.40%) Degree
13 15 (11.63%) Ivanti
13 15 (11.63%) Fat Client
13 15 (11.63%) XenApp
13 15 (11.63%) Windows Server 2008

3G
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 3 (2.33%) OpenStack
2 2 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (1.55%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.55%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (5.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (4.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (3.10%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.78%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.33%) Cloud Computing
1 3 (2.33%) IaaS
1 3 (2.33%) PaaS
2 1 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.78%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 98 (75.97%) 4G
2 62 (48.06%) 2G
3 29 (22.48%) Radio Access Network
4 21 (16.28%) Wi-Fi
5 20 (15.50%) LTE
6 18 (13.95%) DNS
7 17 (13.18%) Diameter Protocol
7 17 (13.18%) Wireshark
8 15 (11.63%) DHCP
9 11 (8.53%) TETRA
10 10 (7.75%) VoLTE
11 9 (6.98%) GSM
11 9 (6.98%) Wireless
12 6 (4.65%) 5G
12 6 (4.65%) GGSN
12 6 (4.65%) SGSN
12 6 (4.65%) SIGTRAN
12 6 (4.65%) SS7
12 6 (4.65%) UMTS
13 5 (3.88%) 3GPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.33%) BusinessObjects
1 3 (2.33%) Power BI
2 2 (1.55%) MS Access
3 1 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.78%) Geospatial Data
3 1 (0.78%) GIS
3 1 (0.78%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (9.30%) SoapUI
2 1 (0.78%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 57 (44.19%) Telecoms
2 10 (7.75%) Finance
3 3 (2.33%) Marketing
4 2 (1.55%) Electronics
5 1 (0.78%) Billing
5 1 (0.78%) Games
5 1 (0.78%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.78%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (14.73%) Test Engineer
2 10 (7.75%) 2nd Line Support
3 9 (6.98%) 3G Engineer
3 9 (6.98%) Consultant
4 8 (6.20%) 4G Engineer
5 7 (5.43%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 7 (5.43%) Architect
5 7 (5.43%) Desktop Support
5 7 (5.43%) Network Engineer
5 7 (5.43%) Support Engineer
6 6 (4.65%) Analyst
6 6 (4.65%) Mobile Engineer
6 6 (4.65%) Radio Engineer
6 6 (4.65%) RAN Engineer
6 6 (4.65%) Security Consultant
7 5 (3.88%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 5 (3.88%) RF Engineer
8 4 (3.10%) IT Security Manager
8 4 (3.10%) Performance Engineer
8 4 (3.10%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.08%) SOAP
2 12 (9.30%) LDAP
3 1 (0.78%) CSS
3 1 (0.78%) DOM
3 1 (0.78%) HTML
3 1 (0.78%) Node.js
3 1 (0.78%) RESTful
3 1 (0.78%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 20 (15.50%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (11.63%) Fat Client
2 15 (11.63%) Thin Client
3 10 (7.75%) Computer Science
4 7 (5.43%) Smart Meter
5 6 (4.65%) Driving Licence
6 5 (3.88%) Management Information System
7 4 (3.10%) Data Centre
7 4 (3.10%) NHS
7 4 (3.10%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (2.33%) Blackberry
9 1 (0.78%) CCTV
9 1 (0.78%) CMDB
9 1 (0.78%) iPhone
9 1 (0.78%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 22 (17.05%) Windows
2 17 (13.18%) Windows 7
2 17 (13.18%) Windows Server 2003
3 16 (12.40%) Windows 10
3 16 (12.40%) Windows Server
4 15 (11.63%) Windows 8
4 15 (11.63%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (3.88%) Linux
6 4 (3.10%) Unix
6 4 (3.10%) Windows XP
7 2 (1.55%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.78%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.78%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.78%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (12.40%) Problem-Solving
2 15 (11.63%) Software Delivery
3 12 (9.30%) Service Management
4 11 (8.53%) ITIL
4 11 (8.53%) PRINCE2
5 10 (7.75%) Security Management
5 10 (7.75%) Validation
6 9 (6.98%) Capacity Planning
7 8 (6.20%) Availability Management
7 8 (6.20%) Migration
8 7 (5.43%) Business Intelligence
8 7 (5.43%) Cybersecurity
8 7 (5.43%) Network Architecture
8 7 (5.43%) Network Management
8 7 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (4.65%) Data Entry
9 6 (4.65%) Network Design
9 6 (4.65%) Performance Management
9 6 (4.65%) Project Management
10 5 (3.88%) Performance Engineering
Programming Languages
1 5 (3.88%) C
2 4 (3.10%) SQL
3 3 (2.33%) C++
4 1 (0.78%) Embedded C
4 1 (0.78%) Embedded C++
4 1 (0.78%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.78%) Python
4 1 (0.78%) VB
4 1 (0.78%) VBA
Qualifications
1 24 (18.60%) Security Cleared
2 22 (17.05%) SC Cleared
3 16 (12.40%) Degree
4 9 (6.98%) BPSS Clearance
4 9 (6.98%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 7 (5.43%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (2.33%) ISEB
6 3 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.33%) PhD
7 2 (1.55%) CCNA
7 2 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.78%) CCIE
8 1 (0.78%) CCNP
8 1 (0.78%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.78%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.98%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (3.10%) SLA
3 2 (1.55%) PMO
3 2 (1.55%) QA
System Software
1 20 (15.50%) Active Directory
2 19 (14.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (11.63%) Microsoft App-V
3 15 (11.63%) XenApp
4 1 (0.78%) Docker
Systems Management
1 17 (13.18%) SCCM
2 14 (10.85%) HP ALM
2 14 (10.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (2.33%) Netcool
3 3 (2.33%) NSN NetAct
3 3 (2.33%) OpenView
3 3 (2.33%) TeMIP
4 2 (1.55%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.78%) Amdocs OSS
5 1 (0.78%) Ansible
5 1 (0.78%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 24 (18.60%) Nokia
2 22 (17.05%) Microsoft
3 19 (14.73%) VMware
4 18 (13.95%) Citrix
5 15 (11.63%) HP
5 15 (11.63%) Ivanti
5 15 (11.63%) ThinPrint
6 13 (10.08%) Huawei
7 8 (6.20%) Ericsson
8 5 (3.88%) Empirix
9 4 (3.10%) Cisco
9 4 (3.10%) Remedy
10 3 (2.33%) Dell
10 3 (2.33%) MicroStrategy
10 3 (2.33%) Nokia Networks
10 3 (2.33%) Tableau
10 3 (2.33%) Xerox
11 2 (1.55%) Cramer
12 1 (0.78%) Greenplum
12 1 (0.78%) NetCracker