The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for WCDMA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WCDMA over the 3 months to 26 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.

Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA)
UK
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 593 635 634
Rank change year-on-year +42 -1  
Contract jobs citing WCDMA 7 20 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.015% 0.036% 0.032%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.11% 0.24% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 11 4
Median daily rate - £230 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -11.53%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £230 £260
% change year-on-year - -11.53%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £17.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 - -

WCDMA 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 6380 8486 8228
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.73% 15.19% 14.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3873 5131 4503
Median daily rate £400 £387 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.29% +10.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £340
% change year-on-year +6.89% +6.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 360 446
Median hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.79% +0.86%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -28.57% +16.66%  

WCDMA
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for WCDMA in the UK

WCDMA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WCDMA in the UK

WCDMA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WCDMA in the UK

WCDMA
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 WCDMA within the UK over the 3 months to 26 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 +40 7 - -
South East +9 4 - -
Berkshire +24 3 - -
Hertfordshire - 2 - -
Hatfield - 2 - -
East of England - 2 - -
Reading +22 1 - -
Farnborough - 1 - -
Hampshire - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 26 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WCDMA 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 WCDMA.

1 16 (94.12%) GSM
1 16 (94.12%) LTE
2 15 (88.24%) HSPA
3 11 (64.71%) Android
3 11 (64.71%) QA
3 11 (64.71%) Problem Management
3 11 (64.71%) Publishing
3 11 (64.71%) Stakeholder Management
3 11 (64.71%) Java
3 11 (64.71%) Apple
3 11 (64.71%) Project Management
3 11 (64.71%) Xcode
3 11 (64.71%) Objective-C
3 11 (64.71%) Mentoring
3 11 (64.71%) Coaching
3 11 (64.71%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (64.71%) Mobile Development
3 11 (64.71%) Apple Swift
3 11 (64.71%) Android Studio
3 11 (64.71%) Service Design
4 10 (58.82%) Finance
4 10 (58.82%) Degree
5 6 (35.29%) 3G
6 5 (29.41%) Telecoms
6 5 (29.41%) 2G
6 5 (29.41%) Radio Access Network
6 5 (29.41%) Mobile App
7 4 (23.53%) 4G
8 3 (17.65%) Actix
8 3 (17.65%) Performance Management

WCDMA
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 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (5.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 16 (94.12%) GSM
1 16 (94.12%) LTE
2 15 (88.24%) HSPA
3 6 (35.29%) 3G
4 5 (29.41%) 2G
4 5 (29.41%) Radio Access Network
5 4 (23.53%) 4G
6 2 (11.76%) 3GPP
6 2 (11.76%) ATM
6 2 (11.76%) GPRS
6 2 (11.76%) VoLTE
6 2 (11.76%) Wireless
6 2 (11.76%) Wireshark
7 1 (5.88%) UTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 11 (64.71%) Android Studio
1 11 (64.71%) Xcode
General
1 11 (64.71%) Publishing
2 10 (58.82%) Finance
3 5 (29.41%) Telecoms
4 1 (5.88%) French Language
Job Titles
1 11 (64.71%) Architect
2 2 (11.76%) Designer
2 2 (11.76%) Java Applications Architect
2 2 (11.76%) Java Architect
2 2 (11.76%) Mobile Architect
2 2 (11.76%) Optimisation Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) RAN Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Senior Designer
2 2 (11.76%) Senior RAN Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Applications Architect
3 1 (5.88%) Graduate
3 1 (5.88%) Graduate Test Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Network Designer
3 1 (5.88%) Senior Network Designer
3 1 (5.88%) Test Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Wireless Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 11 (64.71%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (29.41%) Mobile App
3 1 (5.88%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 11 (64.71%) Android
2 1 (5.88%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (64.71%) Coaching
1 11 (64.71%) Mentoring
1 11 (64.71%) Mobile Development
1 11 (64.71%) Problem Management
1 11 (64.71%) Project Management
1 11 (64.71%) Service Design
1 11 (64.71%) Stakeholder Management
2 3 (17.65%) Performance Management
3 2 (11.76%) High Availability
3 2 (11.76%) Network Management
3 2 (11.76%) Network Optimisation
3 2 (11.76%) Radio Network Optimisation
3 2 (11.76%) Resource Management
4 1 (5.88%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (5.88%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (5.88%) ITIL V3
4 1 (5.88%) Network Design
4 1 (5.88%) Network Planning
4 1 (5.88%) Presales
4 1 (5.88%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 11 (64.71%) Apple Swift
1 11 (64.71%) Java
1 11 (64.71%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 10 (58.82%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (64.71%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 11 (64.71%) Apple
2 3 (17.65%) Actix
3 2 (11.76%) Mapinfo
3 2 (11.76%) Nokia Networks
4 1 (5.88%) Ericsson
4 1 (5.88%) Greenplum
4 1 (5.88%) Huawei
4 1 (5.88%) Nokia