Period
to 19 September 2017

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 19 September 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.

3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE)
UK
6 months to
19 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 644 719 604
Rank change year-on-year +75 -115 -141
Contract jobs citing LTE 217 170 311
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.16% 0.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.60% 1.01% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 47 80
UK median daily rate £350 £375 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +20.97% -
10th Percentile £263 £240 £144
90th Percentile £499 £675 £504
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £289
% change year-on-year +8.33% +3.90% -9.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 25 33
UK median hourly rate £44.80 £41.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.26% +13.89% -0.69%
10th Percentile £39.00 £22.50 £13.50
90th Percentile £48.35 £49.19 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year +6.17% +9.46% -1.33%

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 13580 16908 15979
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.80% 14.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 8174 10312 9104
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £198 £223 £208
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 744 830 1023
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +21.95% +2.73%
10th Percentile £10.96 £11.65 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £44.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -26.00% +21.95% +2.50%

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 19 September 2017.

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
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 19 September 2017. 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 +98 213 £350 -6.67% 12
UK excluding London +117 185 £325 +8.33% 9
South East +69 148 £325 +16.07% 5
London -12 27 £475 -5.00% 3
East of England +4 15 £285 -24.00% 2
North of England +83 12 £288 -4.96% 1
Yorkshire - 11 £288 -
South West 0 10 £389 -5.59%
North West +25 1 £230 -30.30% 1

For the 6 months to 19 September 2017, IT contractor jobs citing LTE 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 LTE.

1 151 (69.59%) Telecoms
2 97 (44.70%) 4G
3 85 (39.17%) 3G
4 54 (24.88%) Wireless
5 53 (24.42%) GSM
6 37 (17.05%) Validation
7 34 (15.67%) Degree
8 33 (15.21%) 2G
9 32 (14.75%) Linux
9 32 (14.75%) Radio Access Network
10 26 (11.98%) WAN
11 25 (11.52%) Project Management
11 25 (11.52%) Security Cleared
12 24 (11.06%) VoIP
13 23 (10.60%) 3GPP
13 23 (10.60%) SGSN
13 23 (10.60%) VoLTE
13 23 (10.60%) Diameter Protocol
14 22 (10.14%) Test Automation
14 22 (10.14%) HP
14 22 (10.14%) Windows
15 21 (9.68%) Nokia
16 20 (9.22%) Unix
16 20 (9.22%) LAN
16 20 (9.22%) Test Management
17 19 (8.76%) Android
17 19 (8.76%) Analytics
17 19 (8.76%) MVNO
17 19 (8.76%) UMTS
17 19 (8.76%) C++

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 8 (3.69%) OpenStack
2 2 (0.92%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (1.38%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.46%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.46%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (1.38%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.92%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.46%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.46%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 97 (44.70%) 4G
2 85 (39.17%) 3G
3 54 (24.88%) Wireless
4 53 (24.42%) GSM
5 33 (15.21%) 2G
6 32 (14.75%) Radio Access Network
7 26 (11.98%) WAN
8 24 (11.06%) VoIP
9 23 (10.60%) 3GPP
9 23 (10.60%) Diameter Protocol
9 23 (10.60%) SGSN
9 23 (10.60%) VoLTE
10 20 (9.22%) LAN
11 19 (8.76%) MVNO
11 19 (8.76%) UMTS
12 18 (8.29%) Wireshark
13 17 (7.83%) WCDMA
14 16 (7.37%) Value-Added Service
15 15 (6.91%) TETRA
16 14 (6.45%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.23%) MS Access
2 5 (2.30%) Big Data
3 1 (0.46%) MySQL
3 1 (0.46%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (3.23%) Android Studio
1 7 (3.23%) Xcode
2 6 (2.76%) GCC
2 6 (2.76%) GDB
2 6 (2.76%) Subversion
2 6 (2.76%) Trac
3 3 (1.38%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (0.92%) MSI
5 1 (0.46%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.46%) JIRA
5 1 (0.46%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.46%) Mercurial
General
1 151 (69.59%) Telecoms
2 18 (8.29%) Finance
3 15 (6.91%) Marketing
4 13 (5.99%) Electronics
5 12 (5.53%) Manufacturing
6 7 (3.23%) Publishing
7 5 (2.30%) Back Office
8 4 (1.84%) Billing
9 3 (1.38%) French Language
10 2 (0.92%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.46%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.46%) Avionics
11 1 (0.46%) Military
Job Titles
1 29 (13.36%) Test Engineer
2 26 (11.98%) Network Engineer
3 25 (11.52%) Architect
4 21 (9.68%) Telecoms Engineer
5 20 (9.22%) Analyst
6 19 (8.76%) LTE Engineer
7 18 (8.29%) Test Analyst
8 12 (5.53%) 3rd Line Support
8 12 (5.53%) 3rd Line Technical Support
8 12 (5.53%) Technical Support
9 11 (5.07%) 4G Engineer
9 11 (5.07%) Design Engineer
9 11 (5.07%) Systems Engineer
10 10 (4.61%) Integration Engineer
10 10 (4.61%) Optimisation Engineer
10 10 (4.61%) Software Engineer
11 9 (4.15%) Performance Analyst
11 9 (4.15%) Performance Test Analyst
11 9 (4.15%) Project Manager
12 8 (3.69%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.53%) HTML
2 6 (2.76%) Boost C++ Libraries
2 6 (2.76%) STL
3 2 (0.92%) SOAP
3 2 (0.92%) SPML
4 1 (0.46%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.46%) ActiveX
4 1 (0.46%) Middleware
4 1 (0.46%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (4.61%) Data Centre
3 7 (3.23%) Algorithms
4 6 (2.76%) CESG
4 6 (2.76%) VHDL
5 4 (1.84%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (1.38%) Handset
6 3 (1.38%) Virtual Team
7 2 (0.92%) Blackberry
7 2 (0.92%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.92%) Mobile App
7 2 (0.92%) User Experience
8 1 (0.46%) ASIC
8 1 (0.46%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.46%) PKI
8 1 (0.46%) RIA
8 1 (0.46%) Social Media
8 1 (0.46%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 32 (14.75%) Linux
2 22 (10.14%) Windows
3 20 (9.22%) Unix
4 19 (8.76%) Android
5 16 (7.37%) Apple iOS
6 12 (5.53%) Mac OS X
6 12 (5.53%) Windows Phone
7 8 (3.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (1.38%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.46%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.46%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (17.05%) Validation
2 25 (11.52%) Project Management
3 22 (10.14%) Test Automation
4 20 (9.22%) Test Management
5 19 (8.76%) Analytics
6 17 (7.83%) Integration Testing
6 17 (7.83%) Regression Testing
7 15 (6.91%) High Availability
7 15 (6.91%) Programme Management
7 15 (6.91%) Service Design
8 14 (6.45%) Test Planning
9 13 (5.99%) Test Scripting
10 12 (5.53%) Business Intelligence
10 12 (5.53%) Digital Marketing
11 11 (5.07%) Network Design
12 10 (4.61%) Configuration Management
12 10 (4.61%) Software Engineering
13 9 (4.15%) Customer Requirements
13 9 (4.15%) Network Management
13 9 (4.15%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 19 (8.76%) C++
2 17 (7.83%) Java
3 16 (7.37%) C
4 13 (5.99%) Embedded C
5 12 (5.53%) PHP
5 12 (5.53%) PowerShell
5 12 (5.53%) VB
6 7 (3.23%) Embedded C++
7 5 (2.30%) Apple Swift
7 5 (2.30%) Objective-C
8 3 (1.38%) Perl
9 2 (0.92%) Python
9 2 (0.92%) SQL
10 1 (0.46%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 34 (15.67%) Degree
2 25 (11.52%) Security Cleared
3 15 (6.91%) ISTQB
4 14 (6.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 12 (5.53%) BPSS Clearance
5 12 (5.53%) SC Cleared
6 9 (4.15%) HNC
7 6 (2.76%) Numerate Degree
8 5 (2.30%) HND
9 3 (1.38%) CCNP
9 3 (1.38%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (1.38%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.92%) CCIE
10 2 (0.92%) CISM
11 1 (0.46%) CCDP
11 1 (0.46%) CCNA
11 1 (0.46%) CEH
11 1 (0.46%) CISSP
11 1 (0.46%) JNCIP
11 1 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.91%) QA
2 6 (2.76%) SLA
3 5 (2.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.84%) PMO
5 2 (0.92%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.46%) ISO 26262
6 1 (0.46%) MISRA
System Software
1 6 (2.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (0.92%) vSphere
3 1 (0.46%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 18 (8.29%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (5.53%) AirWatch
3 7 (3.23%) NSN NetAct
4 3 (1.38%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 2 (0.92%) Amdocs OSS
5 2 (0.92%) Nagios
5 2 (0.92%) Netcool
Vendors
1 22 (10.14%) HP
2 21 (9.68%) Nokia
3 17 (7.83%) Cisco
3 17 (7.83%) Motorola
4 16 (7.37%) Ericsson
5 14 (6.45%) Huawei
6 12 (5.53%) MobileIron
6 12 (5.53%) SAP
7 11 (5.07%) F5
7 11 (5.07%) Nokia Networks
8 9 (4.15%) VMware
9 8 (3.69%) Actix
9 8 (3.69%) Brocade
9 8 (3.69%) Fortinet
9 8 (3.69%) Red Hat
10 7 (3.23%) Apple
11 5 (2.30%) Mapinfo
11 5 (2.30%) Samsung
12 4 (1.84%) Microsoft
13 3 (1.38%) Oracle