The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GSM over the 3 months to 16 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 97 70 58
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -12
Contract jobs citing GSM 23 62 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.94% 2.44% 2.79%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.51% 9.08% 8.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 15 16
Average daily rate
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£215 £250 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.00% +6.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £233 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £388 £315
UK excluding London average daily rate £316 £250 £245
% change year-on-year
+26.50% +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+8.45% +1.42%
GSM
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Berkshire region.

Communications & Networking Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
655 683 1052
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 26.91% 26.85% 33.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 250 222 223
Average daily rate £350 £330 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £165 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £446 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 25 27
Average hourly rate £17.50 £23.75 £19.54
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.31% +21.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £13.00 £11.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £37.50 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
- -10.00%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing GSM across the Berkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

GSM Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

GSM
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing GSM across the Berkshire region.

GSM Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

GSM
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GSM across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 16 September 2014.

GSM Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

GSM
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing GSM across the Berkshire region.

GSM Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

GSM
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 16 September 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Slough +3 7 £215 -29.79% 2
Reading -10 6 - - 2
Newbury -4 1 £90 - 2
Bracknell - - - -
GSM
South East

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing GSM also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited GSM.

1 26 (72.22%) Telecoms
2 22 (61.11%) GPRS
3 19 (52.78%) UMTS
4 18 (50.00%) LTE
5 17 (47.22%) Degree
6 14 (38.89%) 4G
6 14 (38.89%) WCDMA
7 10 (27.78%) 3G
8 9 (25.00%) Internet
8 9 (25.00%) VoLTE
9 8 (22.22%) 3GPP
10 7 (19.44%) CDMA
10 7 (19.44%) HTTP
10 7 (19.44%) Cisco
10 7 (19.44%) IPv6
10 7 (19.44%) Ericsson
10 7 (19.44%) 2G
10 7 (19.44%) Information Management
10 7 (19.44%) Network Design
10 7 (19.44%) Radio Access Network
11 6 (16.67%) QA
11 6 (16.67%) Software Engineering
11 6 (16.67%) Wireless
12 5 (13.89%) Firewall
12 5 (13.89%) MPLS
12 5 (13.89%) HP
12 5 (13.89%) SLA
12 5 (13.89%) Marketing
12 5 (13.89%) Huawei
12 5 (13.89%) Electronics

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing GSM also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited GSM. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (2.78%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 22 (61.11%) GPRS
2 19 (52.78%) UMTS
3 18 (50.00%) LTE
4 14 (38.89%) 4G
4 14 (38.89%) WCDMA
5 10 (27.78%) 3G
6 9 (25.00%) Internet
6 9 (25.00%) VoLTE
7 8 (22.22%) 3GPP
8 7 (19.44%) CDMA
8 7 (19.44%) IPv6
8 7 (19.44%) HTTP
8 7 (19.44%) Radio Access Network
8 7 (19.44%) 2G
9 6 (16.67%) Wireless
10 5 (13.89%) Firewall
10 5 (13.89%) MPLS
11 4 (11.11%) ISUP
11 4 (11.11%) INAP
11 4 (11.11%) DAB
General
1 26 (72.22%) Telecoms
2 5 (13.89%) Electronics
2 5 (13.89%) Marketing
3 3 (8.33%) Billing
4 1 (2.78%) Front Office
4 1 (2.78%) Finance
4 1 (2.78%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (22.22%) Test Engineer
2 7 (19.44%) Architect
2 7 (19.44%) Systems Architect
3 4 (11.11%) Network Designer
3 4 (11.11%) Designer
4 3 (8.33%) Performance Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) 3G Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Senior 3G Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Network Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Design Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Network Performance Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Network Optimisation Engineer
6 1 (2.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (2.78%) Consultant
6 1 (2.78%) Radio Engineer
6 1 (2.78%) RF Optimisation Engineer
6 1 (2.78%) Senior Test Engineer
6 1 (2.78%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.11%) WML
1 4 (11.11%) XML
1 4 (11.11%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.11%) Smart Meter
2 3 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.56%) Management Information System
3 2 (5.56%) Statistics
4 1 (2.78%) DTV
4 1 (2.78%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.56%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (19.44%) Information Management
1 7 (19.44%) Network Design
2 6 (16.67%) Software Engineering
3 5 (13.89%) Network Architecture
4 4 (11.11%) Resource Management
4 4 (11.11%) Network Planning
5 3 (8.33%) Validation
5 3 (8.33%) Risk Assessment
5 3 (8.33%) Time Management
6 2 (5.56%) Network Management
6 2 (5.56%) Root Cause Analysis
6 2 (5.56%) Configuration Management
6 2 (5.56%) Project Management
6 2 (5.56%) Software Testing
7 1 (2.78%) Requirements Analysis
7 1 (2.78%) Project Planning
7 1 (2.78%) Problem Management
7 1 (2.78%) Digital Marketing
7 1 (2.78%) Performance Testing
7 1 (2.78%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.56%) SQL
1 2 (5.56%) VBA
Qualifications
1 17 (47.22%) Degree
2 4 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (5.56%) CNA
3 2 (5.56%) Novell Certification
3 2 (5.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (5.56%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (16.67%) QA
2 5 (13.89%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (19.44%) Cisco
1 7 (19.44%) Ericsson
2 5 (13.89%) HP
2 5 (13.89%) Huawei
2 5 (13.89%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 4 (11.11%) Alcatel-Lucent
4 3 (8.33%) Juniper
5 2 (5.56%) Nokia
5 2 (5.56%) SGI
6 1 (2.78%) Siemens
6 1 (2.78%) SAP
6 1 (2.78%) Microsoft