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Skills in unified communications, data centre design, integration, mobile networks and experience with service providers and multiple technologies are all in demand.

From individual consumers to multinational organisations, we all expect fast access to huge amounts of data (and bandwidth) on an increasingly broad range of fixed and mobile devices and demand is unlikely to decelerate any time soon.

So the outlook is very positive for professionals working in the increasingly competitive telecoms sector and for organisations that want to exploit the latest developments.

 Click here to request your copy of our IT Salary and Benefits Guide for 2013.

The mobile sector is particularly active. All of the key players in the mobile domain have been hiring in readiness for various product launches and technology advances such as the move to 4G. Although the 4G mobile auction was not the financial success the UK government was hoping for, 4G devices and services are already available and the networks capable of running them at full speed will be rolled out across the UK during the year ahead and beyond. Telecoms specialists will be needed to work on the development of existing infrastructures in support of this.

A number of organisations are hiring for network upgrade programmes and the development of hosted cloud services (particularly data centres) and unified communications (UC). These are major growth areas for businesses seeking access to cutting edge technologies, so service providers, consultancies and Cisco Gold Partners are all seeing increased demand for pre-sales consultants, designers and solutions architects who have come from the data centre environment or have vertical market experience.

There has been a rise in the amount of people required to support these new services and network design engineers and Cisco-certified technical architects are in demand, and will continue to be. As the transition away from legacy on premise systems into the cloud gains momentum, the need for integration specialists is ramping up, and those with internet service provider and telecom service provider backgrounds and experience of multiple technologies (such as Cisco, Juniper and Alcatel) are sought after.

However, project and programme managers increasingly need more than technical expertise. Demand will grow for technology transition and integration experts as more legacy systems are replaced and the technical people involved are increasingly expected to take on a more customer facing role. Expertise in complex business change or transformation and transition projects as well as strong communication and people skills are called for.

With so much change inside the telecoms industry and the many organisations that rely on its products and services, there are plenty of permanent and contract vacancies for people with skill sets in UC, cloud, data centre design, network support, project and programme management and coordination; with most opportunities in and around the larger UK cities. The best remuneration packages tend to be in financial services and management consultancies, closely followed by service providers. Overall, the focus on saving costs and adding value is keeping salaries and day rates static, and this is expected to continue into the next year.

 Click here to request your copy of our IT Salary and Benefits Guide for 2013.

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