Period
to 20 January 2019

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 20 January 2019 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
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 767 739 648
Rank change year-on-year -28 -91 +36
Contract jobs citing LTE 107 139 210
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.14% 0.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.85% 1.05% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 57 39
UK median daily rate £395 £363 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.97% +20.83% -7.69%
10th Percentile £215 £228 £223
90th Percentile £473 £585 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £340 £300
% change year-on-year +17.65% +13.33% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 4 28
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £34.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.68% -15.85% +13.89%
10th Percentile £22.85 £28.65 £22.50
90th Percentile £55.12 £41.20 £42.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £34.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year +37.68% -15.85% +2.50%

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 12,570 13,288 14,554
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.82% 13.36% 15.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,573 8,213 8,853
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £200 £181 £213
90th Percentile £608 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 597 675 753
UK median hourly rate £18.75 £18.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.27% -16.89% +2.27%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.88 £11.47
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.25 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% -15.56% +4.65%

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 20 January 2019.

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 20 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for LTE in the UK

LTE
Top 11 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 20 January 2019. 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 -12 107 £395 +8.97% 38
UK excluding London -32 86 £400 +17.65% 31
South East -15 49 £385 +13.24% 15
East of England +6 28 £400 +40.35% 10
London -9 21 £350 -11.95% 7
South West -40 4 £425 +9.68% 3
Midlands - 4 £375 - 2
East Midlands - 3 £375 -
North of England -22 1 £300 +30.43% 1
Yorkshire - 1 £300 - 1
West Midlands - 1 £365 - 2

For the 6 months to 20 January 2019, 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 58 (54.21%) Telecoms
2 47 (43.93%) 4G
3 43 (40.19%) Wireless
4 40 (37.38%) 3G
5 37 (34.58%) UMTS
6 34 (31.78%) GSM
7 33 (30.84%) 5G
8 28 (26.17%) Radio Access Network
9 27 (25.23%) 3GPP
10 24 (22.43%) 2G
11 17 (15.89%) Degree
12 15 (14.02%) Linux
12 15 (14.02%) Huawei
13 12 (11.21%) Software Engineering
13 12 (11.21%) Wireshark
13 12 (11.21%) C
13 12 (11.21%) C++
14 11 (10.28%) Wi-Fi
14 11 (10.28%) VoLTE
15 10 (9.35%) Python
15 10 (9.35%) Remedy
15 10 (9.35%) Ericsson
16 9 (8.41%) Nokia
16 9 (8.41%) SLA
16 9 (8.41%) WCDMA
16 9 (8.41%) Validation
17 8 (7.48%) TETRA
17 8 (7.48%) Test Automation
18 7 (6.54%) WiMAX
18 7 (6.54%) Network Design

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:

Applications
1 5 (4.67%) MS Visio
2 3 (2.80%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.80%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.80%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.93%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.93%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 47 (43.93%) 4G
2 43 (40.19%) Wireless
3 40 (37.38%) 3G
4 37 (34.58%) UMTS
5 34 (31.78%) GSM
6 33 (30.84%) 5G
7 28 (26.17%) Radio Access Network
8 27 (25.23%) 3GPP
9 24 (22.43%) 2G
10 12 (11.21%) Wireshark
11 11 (10.28%) VoLTE
11 11 (10.28%) Wi-Fi
12 9 (8.41%) WCDMA
13 8 (7.48%) TETRA
14 7 (6.54%) Ethernet
14 7 (6.54%) NAS
14 7 (6.54%) Node B
14 7 (6.54%) RNC
14 7 (6.54%) WiMAX
15 6 (5.61%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.80%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 6 (5.61%) ClearCase
1 6 (5.61%) Git (software)
2 5 (4.67%) JIRA
3 4 (3.74%) Bugzilla
4 3 (2.80%) ClearQuest
4 3 (2.80%) GCC
4 3 (2.80%) GDB
4 3 (2.80%) Rational DOORS
4 3 (2.80%) Rational Quality Manager
5 2 (1.87%) Jenkins
5 2 (1.87%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 58 (54.21%) Telecoms
2 5 (4.67%) Billing
2 5 (4.67%) Finance
3 4 (3.74%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.80%) Aerospace
4 3 (2.80%) Electronics
5 2 (1.87%) Automotive
6 1 (0.93%) Avionics
6 1 (0.93%) Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (14.95%) Test Engineer
2 10 (9.35%) Field Engineer
3 9 (8.41%) Systems Engineer
4 8 (7.48%) Telecoms Engineer
4 8 (7.48%) Wireless Engineer
5 7 (6.54%) RAN Engineer
5 7 (6.54%) Software Engineer
6 6 (5.61%) Protocol Stack Engineer
7 5 (4.67%) 4G Engineer
7 5 (4.67%) Developer
8 4 (3.74%) Architect
8 4 (3.74%) Field Test Engineer
8 4 (3.74%) Network Engineer
8 4 (3.74%) Project Manager
8 4 (3.74%) Radio Engineer
8 4 (3.74%) RF Engineer
8 4 (3.74%) Solutions Architect
9 3 (2.80%) Mobile Engineer
9 3 (2.80%) Optimisation Engineer
9 3 (2.80%) Telecoms Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.80%) STL
1 3 (2.80%) WebRTC
2 2 (1.87%) Yocto
3 1 (0.93%) gRPC
3 1 (0.93%) LDAP
3 1 (0.93%) Middleware
3 1 (0.93%) Protocol Buffers
3 1 (0.93%) REST
3 1 (0.93%) SOAP
3 1 (0.93%) SPML
3 1 (0.93%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.54%) Analytical Skills
1 7 (6.54%) Handset
2 6 (5.61%) Algorithms
2 6 (5.61%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (2.80%) Cloud Native
3 3 (2.80%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.80%) Public Cloud
4 2 (1.87%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 2 (1.87%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (1.87%) Social Media
5 1 (0.93%) Acoustics
5 1 (0.93%) CAN bus
5 1 (0.93%) CCTV
5 1 (0.93%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.93%) Device Driver
5 1 (0.93%) Driving Licence
5 1 (0.93%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (0.93%) Machine to Machine
5 1 (0.93%) PKI
5 1 (0.93%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 15 (14.02%) Linux
2 3 (2.80%) Windows
3 2 (1.87%) Android
3 2 (1.87%) VxWorks
4 1 (0.93%) Embedded Linux
4 1 (0.93%) Ubuntu
4 1 (0.93%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (11.21%) Software Engineering
2 9 (8.41%) Validation
3 8 (7.48%) Test Automation
4 7 (6.54%) Network Design
5 6 (5.61%) Network Management
5 6 (5.61%) Test Scripting
6 5 (4.67%) Network Architecture
6 5 (4.67%) Project Management
6 5 (4.67%) Service Management
6 5 (4.67%) Test Management
7 4 (3.74%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (3.74%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (3.74%) Feature Driven Development
7 4 (3.74%) High Availability
7 4 (3.74%) Migration
7 4 (3.74%) Signal Processing
8 3 (2.80%) Network Planning
8 3 (2.80%) Requirements Management
8 3 (2.80%) Software Testing
8 3 (2.80%) Systems Analysis
Programming Languages
1 12 (11.21%) C
1 12 (11.21%) C++
2 10 (9.35%) Python
3 6 (5.61%) MATLAB
4 4 (3.74%) Assembly Language
4 4 (3.74%) Bash Shell
5 3 (2.80%) Embedded C
5 3 (2.80%) R
6 2 (1.87%) Embedded C++
6 2 (1.87%) Java
6 2 (1.87%) SQL
7 1 (0.93%) Go
7 1 (0.93%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 17 (15.89%) Degree
2 5 (4.67%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (4.67%) ISTQB
2 5 (4.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 5 (4.67%) Security Cleared
3 4 (3.74%) CCIE
3 4 (3.74%) CCNP
4 3 (2.80%) DV Cleared
4 3 (2.80%) HNC
4 3 (2.80%) HND
4 3 (2.80%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.93%) CCNA
5 1 (0.93%) Master's Degree
5 1 (0.93%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.93%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.41%) SLA
2 4 (3.74%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.87%) Firmware
1 2 (1.87%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.93%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (6.54%) Netcool
2 5 (4.67%) HP ALM
2 5 (4.67%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (2.80%) NSN NetAct
4 1 (0.93%) confd
4 1 (0.93%) Iperf
4 1 (0.93%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 15 (14.02%) Huawei
2 10 (9.35%) Ericsson
2 10 (9.35%) Remedy
3 9 (8.41%) Nokia
4 7 (6.54%) Actix
4 7 (6.54%) Intel
5 6 (5.61%) Cisco
5 6 (5.61%) Microsoft
6 5 (4.67%) HP
6 5 (4.67%) Perforce
7 3 (2.80%) BT
7 3 (2.80%) Mapinfo
7 3 (2.80%) Nortel
7 3 (2.80%) OpenText
7 3 (2.80%) Samsung
7 3 (2.80%) ServiceNow
7 3 (2.80%) SolarWinds
8 2 (1.87%) VMware
9 1 (0.93%) F5
9 1 (0.93%) Juniper