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 3 months to 30 April 2017 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
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 494 463 349
Rank change year-on-year -31 -114  
Contract jobs citing 3G 106 197 330
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.35% 0.59%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.67% 2.31% 3.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 54 93
Median daily rate £300 £278 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.10% +6.73%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £201 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £449 £388
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £270 £260
% change year-on-year +11.11% +3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 7 10
Median hourly rate £18.50 £27.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.72% -23.61%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.46 £18.60 £34.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £43.50 £48.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £27.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year -32.72% -23.61%  

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

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6348 8514 8277
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.70% 15.23% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3836 5147 4512
Median daily rate £400 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £364 £340
% change year-on-year +6.45% +7.05%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 381 357 458
Median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.71% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -16.66% -  

3G
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing 3G as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 30 April 2017.

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 3 months to 30 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for 3G in the UK

3G
Top 30 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 3 months to 30 April 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -35 104 £300 +7.14% 15
South East -22 61 £363 +16.00% 2
Berkshire -7 45 £363 +9.43% 2
Reading +15 22 £363 +36.15% 1
London +32 20 £290 -33.71% 7
Hampshire +5 8 - -
South West +6 7 £375 +33.92% 4
Bristol +5 7 £375 +33.92% 4
Basingstoke +5 5 - -
East Midlands 0 4 - -
East of England -15 4 - -
Surrey +4 3 - -
Hertfordshire -5 3 - -
Farnborough - 3 - -
Leicestershire - 3 - -
North West +34 2 £275 +19.56%
West Midlands +10 2 £300 -
North East +5 2 £200 -13.04% 1
Newbury -4 2 - -
Hounslow - 2 - -
Hatfield - 2 - -
West Yorkshire +20 1 £260 -1.88% 1
Yorkshire +16 1 £260 -1.88% 1
Leeds +13 1 £260 -1.88% 1
Manchester +9 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne +9 1 - - 1
Tyne and Wear +8 1 - - 1
Guildford -1 1 - -
Bracknell -5 1 - -
Derby - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 30 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing 3G also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for 3G.

1 143 (70.44%) 4G
2 107 (52.71%) 2G
3 99 (48.77%) Telecoms
4 95 (46.80%) LTE
5 60 (29.56%) Radio Access Network
6 44 (21.67%) Nokia
7 34 (16.75%) Windows
8 32 (15.76%) VoLTE
9 31 (15.27%) Microsoft
9 31 (15.27%) Ericsson
10 25 (12.32%) Huawei
10 25 (12.32%) Diameter Protocol
11 24 (11.82%) Degree
12 23 (11.33%) Nokia Networks
13 22 (10.84%) Microsoft Office
14 21 (10.34%) GSM
14 21 (10.34%) UMTS
15 20 (9.85%) Cisco
15 20 (9.85%) Active Directory
16 19 (9.36%) Windows 7
17 18 (8.87%) Project Management
17 18 (8.87%) Wi-Fi
18 17 (8.37%) Firewall
18 17 (8.37%) SLA
18 17 (8.37%) Linux
19 16 (7.88%) Validation
20 15 (7.39%) Performance Management
20 15 (7.39%) ITIL
21 14 (6.90%) Microsoft Excel
21 14 (6.90%) CCNP

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 1 (0.49%) CMS
1 1 (0.49%) MS Exchange
1 1 (0.49%) SharePoint
Applications
1 22 (10.84%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (6.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (3.45%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.49%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.99%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 143 (70.44%) 4G
2 107 (52.71%) 2G
3 95 (46.80%) LTE
4 60 (29.56%) Radio Access Network
5 32 (15.76%) VoLTE
6 25 (12.32%) Diameter Protocol
7 21 (10.34%) GSM
7 21 (10.34%) UMTS
8 18 (8.87%) Wi-Fi
9 17 (8.37%) Firewall
10 14 (6.90%) 5G
10 14 (6.90%) Wireless
11 11 (5.42%) MVNO
11 11 (5.42%) SIGTRAN
12 10 (4.93%) LDAP
12 10 (4.93%) TCP/IP
13 9 (4.43%) 3GPP
13 9 (4.43%) UTRAN
14 8 (3.94%) DHCP
14 8 (3.94%) INAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.97%) MS Access
2 3 (1.48%) Big Data
2 3 (1.48%) Geospatial Data
2 3 (1.48%) GIS
3 2 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.99%) MySQL
3 2 (0.99%) Oracle Database
3 2 (0.99%) Power BI
4 1 (0.49%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 1 (0.49%) BusinessObjects XI
4 1 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.49%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.49%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.49%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (0.49%) JIRA
1 1 (0.49%) LabVIEW
1 1 (0.49%) Visual Studio
General
1 99 (48.77%) Telecoms
2 9 (4.43%) Back Office
3 6 (2.96%) Finance
4 3 (1.48%) Electronics
4 3 (1.48%) French Language
5 2 (0.99%) Front Office
5 2 (0.99%) Retail
5 2 (0.99%) Spanish Language
6 1 (0.49%) Automotive
6 1 (0.49%) Billing
6 1 (0.49%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.49%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.49%) Military
Job Titles
1 20 (9.85%) Test Engineer
2 19 (9.36%) Network Engineer
3 18 (8.87%) Support Engineer
4 16 (7.88%) 3G Engineer
4 16 (7.88%) RAN Engineer
5 15 (7.39%) Design Engineer
6 14 (6.90%) 4G Engineer
7 13 (6.40%) Architect
7 13 (6.40%) Optimisation Engineer
7 13 (6.40%) Radio Engineer
8 11 (5.42%) 2nd Line Support
8 11 (5.42%) Field Engineer
9 10 (4.93%) Desktop Support
10 9 (4.43%) LTE Engineer
10 9 (4.43%) Mobile Architect
10 9 (4.43%) Security Architect
11 8 (3.94%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
11 8 (3.94%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 8 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 7 (3.45%) Mobile Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.45%) SOAP
1 7 (3.45%) SPML
2 5 (2.46%) XML
3 3 (1.48%) .NET
4 1 (0.49%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.49%) iOS SDK
4 1 (0.49%) Middleware
4 1 (0.49%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (3.45%) Fat Client
2 7 (3.45%) Thin Client
3 6 (2.96%) Data Centre
4 5 (2.46%) Computer Science
5 4 (1.97%) Driving Licence
6 3 (1.48%) Smartphone
7 2 (0.99%) Algorithms
7 2 (0.99%) User Experience
8 1 (0.49%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.49%) CMDB
8 1 (0.49%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.49%) EPoS
8 1 (0.49%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.49%) iPhone
8 1 (0.49%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.49%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.49%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 34 (16.75%) Windows
2 19 (9.36%) Windows 7
3 17 (8.37%) Linux
4 13 (6.40%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (5.42%) Windows Server
6 8 (3.94%) Unix
7 7 (3.45%) Windows XP
8 6 (2.96%) Windows 10
8 6 (2.96%) Windows 8
8 6 (2.96%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (2.46%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.48%) CentOS
11 1 (0.49%) Android
11 1 (0.49%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.49%) Embedded Linux
11 1 (0.49%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.49%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.49%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (8.87%) Project Management
2 16 (7.88%) Validation
3 15 (7.39%) ITIL
3 15 (7.39%) Performance Management
4 14 (6.90%) Network Architecture
5 10 (4.93%) Network Design
6 9 (4.43%) Configuration Management
6 9 (4.43%) Migration
6 9 (4.43%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 9 (4.43%) Stakeholder Management
7 8 (3.94%) Network Management
7 8 (3.94%) Security Testing
8 7 (3.45%) Network Planning
8 7 (3.45%) Process Improvement
8 7 (3.45%) Risk Assessment
9 6 (2.96%) Capacity Management
9 6 (2.96%) Data Management
9 6 (2.96%) Network Optimisation
9 6 (2.96%) PRINCE2
9 6 (2.96%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 13 (6.40%) SQL
2 8 (3.94%) Perl
3 6 (2.96%) C++
4 5 (2.46%) C
4 5 (2.46%) Java
5 4 (1.97%) C#
6 2 (0.99%) Ruby
7 1 (0.49%) Assembly Language
7 1 (0.49%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 24 (11.82%) Degree
2 14 (6.90%) CCNP
2 14 (6.90%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (3.94%) CCNA
3 8 (3.94%) Security Cleared
4 7 (3.45%) SC Cleared
5 5 (2.46%) CCIE
5 5 (2.46%) HNC
5 5 (2.46%) HND
6 3 (1.48%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.48%) PMI Certification
6 3 (1.48%) PMP
7 2 (0.99%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (8.37%) SLA
2 8 (3.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.48%) PMO
3 3 (1.48%) QA
System Software
1 20 (9.85%) Active Directory
2 7 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.97%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (1.97%) XenApp
4 2 (0.99%) Firmware
4 2 (0.99%) vSphere
5 1 (0.49%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.49%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 11 (5.42%) SCCM
2 4 (1.97%) Nagios
2 4 (1.97%) NSN NetAct
2 4 (1.97%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (1.48%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.49%) Amdocs OSS
4 1 (0.49%) DameWare
4 1 (0.49%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.49%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (0.49%) OpenView
Vendors
1 44 (21.67%) Nokia
2 31 (15.27%) Ericsson
2 31 (15.27%) Microsoft
3 25 (12.32%) Huawei
4 23 (11.33%) Nokia Networks
5 20 (9.85%) Cisco
6 10 (4.93%) Citrix
6 10 (4.93%) Juniper
7 8 (3.94%) HP
7 8 (3.94%) Nortel
7 8 (3.94%) Samsung
7 8 (3.94%) VMware
8 5 (2.46%) CheckPoint
8 5 (2.46%) Dell
8 5 (2.46%) Mapinfo
8 5 (2.46%) NEC
8 5 (2.46%) Oracle
9 4 (1.97%) AppSense
9 4 (1.97%) Avaya
9 4 (1.97%) Red Hat
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