Period
to 25 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for LTE skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited LTE over the 6 months to 25 February 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.

3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE)
UK
6 months to
25 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 750 645 652
Rank change year-on-year -105 +7 -151
Contract jobs citing LTE 116 208 232
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.22% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.89% 1.47% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 40 68
UK median daily rate £350 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -7.69% +12.55%
10th Percentile £228 £215 £247
90th Percentile £550 £650 £479
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £300 £325
% change year-on-year +13.33% -7.69% +12.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 22 24
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £41.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.54% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £26.90 £16.88 £13.50
90th Percentile £42.40 £41.50 £47.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -8.54% +2.50% +5.57%

LTE 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 13,087 14,126 15,154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.09% 14.84% 14.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,079 8,622 8,881
UK median daily rate £401 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 686 762 816
UK median hourly rate £19.58 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.93% -4.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.34 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £48.12
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -6.98% -2.27% -2.22%

LTE
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for LTE in the UK

LTE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for LTE in the UK

LTE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing LTE over the 6 months to 25 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for LTE in the UK

LTE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for LTE in the UK

LTE
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing LTE over the 6 months to 25 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for LTE in the UK

LTE
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LTE within the UK over the 6 months to 25 February 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 -105 115 £350 +16.67% 26
UK excluding London -81 85 £340 +13.33% 24
South East -101 58 £340 +17.24% 12
London -13 31 £390 -40.00% 4
East of England -7 16 £285 -30.91% 4
South West +24 9 £388 +3.33% 1
West Midlands - 1 - - 4
Midlands - 1 - - 4
Scotland - 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 25 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing LTE 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 LTE.

1 89 (76.72%) Telecoms
2 38 (32.76%) 3G
3 35 (30.17%) Degree
4 34 (29.31%) GSM
5 31 (26.72%) Wireless
6 30 (25.86%) Project Management
7 27 (23.28%) 3GPP
8 23 (19.83%) C++
8 23 (19.83%) 4G
9 22 (18.97%) WCDMA
9 22 (18.97%) Linux
10 20 (17.24%) C
10 20 (17.24%) QA
10 20 (17.24%) HSPA
10 20 (17.24%) VoLTE
10 20 (17.24%) Analytical Skills
11 19 (16.38%) 2G
12 18 (15.52%) Radio Access Network
13 17 (14.66%) Software Engineering
13 17 (14.66%) Stakeholder Management
14 16 (13.79%) DNS
14 16 (13.79%) Embedded C
14 16 (13.79%) Service Design
15 15 (12.93%) Coaching
15 15 (12.93%) HP
15 15 (12.93%) Python
15 15 (12.93%) Agile Software Development
16 14 (12.07%) TETRA
16 14 (12.07%) Problem Management
16 14 (12.07%) OO

LTE
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 (2.59%) OpenStack
Applications
1 3 (2.59%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.72%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.59%) Primavera
2 1 (0.86%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 8 (6.90%) Office 365
2 2 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.86%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 38 (32.76%) 3G
2 34 (29.31%) GSM
3 31 (26.72%) Wireless
4 27 (23.28%) 3GPP
5 23 (19.83%) 4G
6 22 (18.97%) WCDMA
7 20 (17.24%) HSPA
7 20 (17.24%) VoLTE
8 19 (16.38%) 2G
9 18 (15.52%) Radio Access Network
10 16 (13.79%) DNS
11 14 (12.07%) TETRA
11 14 (12.07%) VoWiFi
12 13 (11.21%) DHCP
12 13 (11.21%) TCP/IP
13 12 (10.34%) Diameter Protocol
13 12 (10.34%) UMTS
13 12 (10.34%) Wireshark
14 10 (8.62%) MGW
14 10 (8.62%) RANAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.72%) Big Data
1 2 (1.72%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 11 (9.48%) JIRA
2 9 (7.76%) GCC
2 9 (7.76%) GDB
2 9 (7.76%) Subversion
2 9 (7.76%) Trac
3 8 (6.90%) Android Studio
3 8 (6.90%) Selenium
3 8 (6.90%) Xcode
4 5 (4.31%) WebDriver
5 2 (1.72%) Git (software)
5 2 (1.72%) Mercurial
5 2 (1.72%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (1.72%) Zephyr
6 1 (0.86%) ClearQuest
6 1 (0.86%) GitLab
6 1 (0.86%) Rational DOORS
General
1 89 (76.72%) Telecoms
2 14 (12.07%) Finance
3 8 (6.90%) Publishing
4 6 (5.17%) Electronics
5 3 (2.59%) Billing
6 1 (0.86%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.86%) Automotive
6 1 (0.86%) Back Office
6 1 (0.86%) Games
6 1 (0.86%) Legal
Job Titles
1 20 (17.24%) Telecoms Engineer
2 18 (15.52%) Test Engineer
3 16 (13.79%) Software Engineer
4 15 (12.93%) LTE Engineer
5 13 (11.21%) Architect
6 9 (7.76%) C++ Software Engineer
6 9 (7.76%) Design Engineer
6 9 (7.76%) Project Manager
7 8 (6.90%) Interoperability Testing (IOT) Engineer
7 8 (6.90%) Telecoms Software Engineer
8 7 (6.03%) Telecoms Test Engineer
9 6 (5.17%) Designer
9 6 (5.17%) Handset Engineer
9 6 (5.17%) Network Engineer
10 5 (4.31%) DSP Engineer
10 5 (4.31%) Java Engineer
10 5 (4.31%) Mobile Engineer
10 5 (4.31%) Senior DSP Engineer
10 5 (4.31%) Senior Software Engineer
10 5 (4.31%) Telecoms Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.76%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 9 (7.76%) STL
2 1 (0.86%) .NET
2 1 (0.86%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 20 (17.24%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (9.48%) Management Information System
3 10 (8.62%) Handset
4 6 (5.17%) Algorithms
5 5 (4.31%) Mobile App
5 5 (4.31%) VHDL
6 3 (2.59%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.59%) PMI
7 2 (1.72%) Clustering
7 2 (1.72%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 2 (1.72%) PKI
7 2 (1.72%) User Experience
7 2 (1.72%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.86%) ASIC
8 1 (0.86%) CESG
8 1 (0.86%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.86%) Infotainment
8 1 (0.86%) Internet of Things
8 1 (0.86%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 22 (18.97%) Linux
2 9 (7.76%) Android
3 5 (4.31%) Mac OS X
3 5 (4.31%) Windows
4 4 (3.45%) Apple iOS
4 4 (3.45%) Unix
5 3 (2.59%) VxWorks
6 2 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.86%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (25.86%) Project Management
2 17 (14.66%) Software Engineering
2 17 (14.66%) Stakeholder Management
3 16 (13.79%) Service Design
4 15 (12.93%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (12.93%) Coaching
5 14 (12.07%) Mentoring
5 14 (12.07%) OO
5 14 (12.07%) Problem Management
6 12 (10.34%) Regression Testing
7 11 (9.48%) PRINCE2
8 10 (8.62%) Test Automation
9 9 (7.76%) Cross-Platform Development
9 9 (7.76%) Root Cause Analysis
9 9 (7.76%) Test Management
10 8 (6.90%) High Availability
10 8 (6.90%) Multithreading
11 7 (6.03%) Physics
12 6 (5.17%) Integration Testing
12 6 (5.17%) Mobile Development
Programming Languages
1 23 (19.83%) C++
2 20 (17.24%) C
3 16 (13.79%) Embedded C
4 15 (12.93%) Python
5 13 (11.21%) Java
6 9 (7.76%) SQL
7 8 (6.90%) Embedded C++
8 6 (5.17%) Apple Swift
8 6 (5.17%) Objective-C
9 4 (3.45%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.72%) C#
10 2 (1.72%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.86%) Perl
11 1 (0.86%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 35 (30.17%) Degree
2 14 (12.07%) Numerate Degree
3 12 (10.34%) Security Cleared
4 7 (6.03%) SC Cleared
5 3 (2.59%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (2.59%) PMI Certification
5 3 (2.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 3 (2.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 2 (1.72%) CISM
6 2 (1.72%) HNC
7 1 (0.86%) CEH
7 1 (0.86%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (0.86%) CISSP
7 1 (0.86%) CREST Certified
7 1 (0.86%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (17.24%) QA
2 2 (1.72%) SLA
3 1 (0.86%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (2.59%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 11 (9.48%) HP ALM
2 8 (6.90%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 2 (1.72%) Failover Clustering
3 2 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.86%) Amdocs OSS
4 1 (0.86%) Netcool
Vendors
1 15 (12.93%) HP
2 14 (12.07%) Cisco
3 8 (6.90%) Apple
4 7 (6.03%) Huawei
4 7 (6.03%) Nokia
5 5 (4.31%) Motorola
6 4 (3.45%) Actix
7 3 (2.59%) Juniper
7 3 (2.59%) Nokia Networks
7 3 (2.59%) Remedy
7 3 (2.59%) VMware
8 2 (1.72%) 3PAR
8 2 (1.72%) Dell
8 2 (1.72%) Ericsson
8 2 (1.72%) Infoblox
8 2 (1.72%) Oracle
8 2 (1.72%) Palo Alto
8 2 (1.72%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.86%) Samsung
9 1 (0.86%) ServiceNow