The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham 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 66 60 -
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -
Contract jobs citing GSM 3 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.39% 0.30% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.38% 2.44% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 0
Average daily rate
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£268 £140 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+91.07% -
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%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Communications & Networking Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
126 82 112
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 16.47% 12.44% 16.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 50 46
Average daily rate £304 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.21% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £160 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £399
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 4 4
Average hourly rate £20.00 £14.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+42.85% -17.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £13.20 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.50 £17.10 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
- -10.00%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

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

GSM Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

GSM
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

GSM Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

GSM
Top 18 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham 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 4 (80.00%) LTE
2 3 (60.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (60.00%) UMTS
2 3 (60.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 2 (40.00%) 4G
3 2 (40.00%) Nokia
3 2 (40.00%) 2G
3 2 (40.00%) Network Design
3 2 (40.00%) Logistics
4 1 (20.00%) WFM
4 1 (20.00%) RNC
4 1 (20.00%) ATM
4 1 (20.00%) SDH
4 1 (20.00%) Ethernet
4 1 (20.00%) SLA
4 1 (20.00%) Ericsson
4 1 (20.00%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (20.00%) Line Management

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham 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.

Communications & Networking
1 4 (80.00%) LTE
2 3 (60.00%) UMTS
3 2 (40.00%) 4G
3 2 (40.00%) 2G
4 1 (20.00%) RNC
4 1 (20.00%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (20.00%) Ethernet
4 1 (20.00%) ATM
4 1 (20.00%) SDH
General
1 3 (60.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) RF Engineer
2 2 (40.00%) RF Optimisation Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) Transmission Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) Field Engineer
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) Network Design
1 2 (40.00%) Logistics
2 1 (20.00%) WFM
2 1 (20.00%) Line Management
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) SLA
Vendors
1 3 (60.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 2 (40.00%) Nokia
3 1 (20.00%) Ericsson