The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for 4G skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited 4G over the 3 months to 25 June 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.

4G
UK
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 458 524 426
Rank change year-on-year +66 -98  
Contract jobs citing 4G 130 128 216
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.24% 0.39%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.07% 1.50% 2.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 46 68
Median daily rate £390 £400 £283
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +41.59%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £171 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £650 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £335 £260
% change year-on-year +8.20% +28.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 7
Median hourly rate £46.89 £42.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.33% +13.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.05 £36.70 £36.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.73 £46.26 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.89 £45.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +4.20% +20.00%  

4G 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 6280 8561 8086
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.57% 16.14% 14.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 3720 5192 4560
Median daily rate £400 £390 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 391 421 478
Median hourly rate £27.50 £28.50 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.50% +21.27%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -11.11% +26.00%  

4G
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing 4G as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for 4G in the UK

4G
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing 4G.

Contractor daily rate trend for 4G in the UK

4G
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing 4G over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for 4G in the UK

4G
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing 4G.

Contractor hourly rate trend for 4G in the UK

4G
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 4G within the UK over the 3 months to 25 June 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 +53 127 £390 -2.50% 7
South East +48 78 £363 -0.68% 3
Berkshire +16 50 £375 +66.66%
London +7 28 £475 -20.83% 3
Hampshire +20 21 £375 -21.46% 3
Reading +16 21 £350 -
Basingstoke +9 17 £375 - 2
South West +7 9 £389 -3.41%
Bristol +1 9 £389 -3.41%
West Midlands +25 7 £335 +15.41%
Bracknell +10 4 - -
City of London +4 3 £575 +33.72% 1
Surrey +2 3 £335 -12.41%
Newbury +1 3 - -
Guildford 0 3 £335 -
Solihull - 3 - -
Birmingham +16 2 £315 +86.66%
North West +21 1 £275 +5.76%
West Sussex +17 1 £200 -42.85%
Hook +5 1 £313 -34.89%
East of England -8 1 - - 1
Buckinghamshire -14 1 - -
Crawley - 1 £200 -
Lancashire - 1 £275 -
Preston - 1 £275 -
Maidenhead - 1 - -
Hounslow - 1 - -
Heathrow - 1 - -
Walsall - 1 £425 -
Wolverhampton - 1 £335 -

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing 4G 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 4G.

1 145 (70.05%) 3G
2 125 (60.39%) Telecoms
3 91 (43.96%) LTE
4 67 (32.37%) 2G
5 40 (19.32%) Radio Access Network
6 31 (14.98%) Nokia
7 29 (14.01%) Validation
8 28 (13.53%) Degree
9 25 (12.08%) Project Management
9 25 (12.08%) Diameter Protocol
10 23 (11.11%) MVNO
11 22 (10.63%) VoLTE
11 22 (10.63%) Wireless
11 22 (10.63%) Windows
12 20 (9.66%) Linux
12 20 (9.66%) GSM
13 17 (8.21%) HP
13 17 (8.21%) Ericsson
14 16 (7.73%) Cisco
14 16 (7.73%) Nokia Networks
15 15 (7.25%) Value-Added Service
15 15 (7.25%) Wi-Fi
16 14 (6.76%) Firewall
17 12 (5.80%) UMTS
17 12 (5.80%) Microsoft Office
17 12 (5.80%) ITIL
17 12 (5.80%) Analytics
17 12 (5.80%) Test Automation
17 12 (5.80%) HP Quality Center
18 11 (5.31%) SIGTRAN

4G
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 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2013
1 1 (0.48%) MS Exchange
1 1 (0.48%) SharePoint
1 1 (0.48%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (5.80%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (3.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.48%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.48%) Oracle Receivables
1 1 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.90%) Office 365
2 2 (0.97%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.97%) IBM Cloud
2 2 (0.97%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 145 (70.05%) 3G
2 91 (43.96%) LTE
3 67 (32.37%) 2G
4 40 (19.32%) Radio Access Network
5 25 (12.08%) Diameter Protocol
6 23 (11.11%) MVNO
7 22 (10.63%) VoLTE
7 22 (10.63%) Wireless
8 20 (9.66%) GSM
9 15 (7.25%) Value-Added Service
9 15 (7.25%) Wi-Fi
10 14 (6.76%) Firewall
11 12 (5.80%) UMTS
12 11 (5.31%) 5G
12 11 (5.31%) LDAP
12 11 (5.31%) SIGTRAN
13 8 (3.86%) Internet
13 8 (3.86%) SMS
14 7 (3.38%) INAP
14 7 (3.38%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.38%) Big Data
2 3 (1.45%) Geospatial Data
2 3 (1.45%) GIS
2 3 (1.45%) MongoDB
2 3 (1.45%) MS Access
2 3 (1.45%) SQL Server
3 2 (0.97%) Oracle Database
3 2 (0.97%) Power BI
4 1 (0.48%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (0.48%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.48%) MySQL
4 1 (0.48%) Sisense
Development Applications
1 4 (1.93%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.97%) GDB
2 2 (0.97%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.97%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (0.97%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.48%) LoadRunner
General
1 125 (60.39%) Telecoms
2 8 (3.86%) Back Office
3 6 (2.90%) Finance
4 5 (2.42%) French Language
5 4 (1.93%) Billing
5 4 (1.93%) Retail
6 2 (0.97%) Legal
6 2 (0.97%) Military
6 2 (0.97%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.48%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.48%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 24 (11.59%) Test Engineer
2 22 (10.63%) Network Engineer
3 21 (10.14%) Project Manager
4 14 (6.76%) 4G Engineer
4 14 (6.76%) Analyst
5 13 (6.28%) Architect
5 13 (6.28%) Design Engineer
6 12 (5.80%) Support Engineer
6 12 (5.80%) Test Analyst
7 11 (5.31%) Mobile Engineer
8 9 (4.35%) Systems Engineer
8 9 (4.35%) Telecoms Manager
8 9 (4.35%) Telecoms Project Manager
9 8 (3.86%) 4G Project Manager
10 7 (3.38%) 3G Engineer
10 7 (3.38%) Integration Engineer
10 7 (3.38%) LTE Engineer
10 7 (3.38%) RAN Engineer
11 6 (2.90%) Network Manager
11 6 (2.90%) Senior Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.38%) SOAP
1 7 (3.38%) SPML
2 4 (1.93%) Google Maps API
3 2 (0.97%) XML
4 1 (0.48%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (4.83%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (1.93%) Computer Science
2 4 (1.93%) Greenfield Project
2 4 (1.93%) User Experience
3 2 (0.97%) BYOD
3 2 (0.97%) Driving Licence
3 2 (0.97%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (0.97%) iPhone
3 2 (0.97%) Smartphone
3 2 (0.97%) Social Media
3 2 (0.97%) Virtual Team
4 1 (0.48%) PKI
4 1 (0.48%) RIA
4 1 (0.48%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 22 (10.63%) Windows
2 20 (9.66%) Linux
3 11 (5.31%) Unix
4 7 (3.38%) Windows 10
5 6 (2.90%) Apple iOS
6 5 (2.42%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (1.93%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (1.45%) CentOS
8 3 (1.45%) Windows 7
8 3 (1.45%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.97%) Android
9 2 (0.97%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.48%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (14.01%) Validation
2 25 (12.08%) Project Management
3 12 (5.80%) Analytics
3 12 (5.80%) ITIL
3 12 (5.80%) Test Automation
4 11 (5.31%) Performance Management
4 11 (5.31%) Test Management
5 10 (4.83%) Continuous Improvement
5 10 (4.83%) Customer Requirements
5 10 (4.83%) Regression Testing
5 10 (4.83%) Service Management
6 9 (4.35%) Network Architecture
6 9 (4.35%) Network Management
7 8 (3.86%) Configuration Management
7 8 (3.86%) Service Delivery
8 7 (3.38%) Capacity Management
8 7 (3.38%) High Availability
8 7 (3.38%) PRINCE2
8 7 (3.38%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 6 (2.90%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 10 (4.83%) SQL
2 5 (2.42%) Perl
3 4 (1.93%) Java
4 2 (0.97%) Apple Swift
4 2 (0.97%) C
4 2 (0.97%) Objective-C
4 2 (0.97%) Python
5 1 (0.48%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.48%) C#
5 1 (0.48%) C++
5 1 (0.48%) MapBasic
5 1 (0.48%) MATLAB
5 1 (0.48%) VB
Qualifications
1 28 (13.53%) Degree
2 11 (5.31%) Security Cleared
3 10 (4.83%) ISTQB
3 10 (4.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (4.35%) CCNP
4 9 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
4 9 (4.35%) HNC
5 7 (3.38%) HND
6 4 (1.93%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (1.93%) SC Cleared
7 3 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (0.97%) CCNA
8 2 (0.97%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (0.97%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.97%) PMP
8 2 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.48%) CCDP
9 1 (0.48%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.83%) SLA
2 4 (1.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (1.93%) QA
3 2 (0.97%) Def Stans
4 1 (0.48%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (2.42%) VMware ESXi
2 4 (1.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.45%) vSphere
4 2 (0.97%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 12 (5.80%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.90%) NSN NetAct
3 4 (1.93%) Nagios
4 3 (1.45%) Cisco CUCM
4 3 (1.45%) SCCM
5 2 (0.97%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.48%) Netcool
Vendors
1 31 (14.98%) Nokia
2 17 (8.21%) Ericsson
2 17 (8.21%) HP
3 16 (7.73%) Cisco
3 16 (7.73%) Nokia Networks
4 9 (4.35%) Microsoft
5 8 (3.86%) Huawei
6 7 (3.38%) VMware
7 6 (2.90%) Juniper
7 6 (2.90%) Motorola
7 6 (2.90%) Oracle
7 6 (2.90%) Samsung
8 4 (1.93%) Actix
8 4 (1.93%) CheckPoint
8 4 (1.93%) Google
8 4 (1.93%) Red Hat
8 4 (1.93%) Remedy
9 3 (1.45%) Avaya
9 3 (1.45%) Fortinet
9 3 (1.45%) Mapinfo
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