The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bristol region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GSM over the 3 months to 27 February 2015 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 67 50 54
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +4
Contract jobs citing GSM 5 14 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bristol 0.57% 1.61% 0.61%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.24% 20.59% 4.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 1
Average daily rate
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- £260 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -1.88%
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £300 £270
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 - £35.50
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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 Bristol region.

Communications & Networking Category
Bristol
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
118 68 81
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bristol 13.47% 7.80% 12.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 36 43
Average daily rate £400 £313 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.00% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £175 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £463 £395
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 6
Average hourly rate £12.50 £11.55 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.22% -46.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.04 £11.00 £20.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.72 £20.00 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £20.53 £23.42
% change year-on-year
+33.95% -12.32%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend in Bristol

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

GSM Jobs Demand Trend in Bristol

GSM
Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

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

GSM Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

GSM
Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

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

GSM Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bristol

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Bristol 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 11 (100.00%) Telecoms
2 10 (90.91%) UMTS
3 6 (54.55%) GPRS
3 6 (54.55%) LTE
3 6 (54.55%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 6 (54.55%) Radio Access Network
4 5 (45.45%) Line Management
4 5 (45.45%) WFM
4 5 (45.45%) SDH
4 5 (45.45%) WCDMA
4 5 (45.45%) Ethernet
4 5 (45.45%) Ericsson
4 5 (45.45%) SLA
4 5 (45.45%) ATM
4 5 (45.45%) RNC
5 4 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (36.36%) Integration Acceptance Testing
5 4 (36.36%) Electronics
5 4 (36.36%) Degree
6 3 (27.27%) SMS
7 2 (18.18%) ISEB
7 2 (18.18%) Risk Management
7 2 (18.18%) ISTQB
7 2 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (18.18%) 4G
8 1 (9.09%) MVNO
8 1 (9.09%) Black-Box Testing
8 1 (9.09%) Test Planning
8 1 (9.09%) Coaching
8 1 (9.09%) User Experience

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in Bristol by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Bristol 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 10 (90.91%) UMTS
2 6 (54.55%) GPRS
2 6 (54.55%) LTE
2 6 (54.55%) Radio Access Network
3 5 (45.45%) ATM
3 5 (45.45%) RNC
3 5 (45.45%) SDH
3 5 (45.45%) WCDMA
3 5 (45.45%) Ethernet
4 3 (27.27%) SMS
5 2 (18.18%) 4G
6 1 (9.09%) SIGTRAN
6 1 (9.09%) MVNO
6 1 (9.09%) DHCP
6 1 (9.09%) TCP/IP
6 1 (9.09%) 3G
6 1 (9.09%) UTRAN
6 1 (9.09%) SS7
6 1 (9.09%) IPsec
6 1 (9.09%) 2G
General
1 11 (100.00%) Telecoms
2 4 (36.36%) Electronics
3 1 (9.09%) Retail
3 1 (9.09%) Billing
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Field Engineer
1 5 (45.45%) Test Engineer
1 5 (45.45%) Integration Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Test and Integration Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Senior Integration Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Senior Test Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (9.09%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) WFM
1 5 (45.45%) Line Management
2 4 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (36.36%) Integration Acceptance Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Risk Management
4 1 (9.09%) Validation
4 1 (9.09%) Configuration Management
4 1 (9.09%) Service Management
4 1 (9.09%) Problem Management
4 1 (9.09%) Black-Box Testing
4 1 (9.09%) Test Planning
4 1 (9.09%) Data Management
4 1 (9.09%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 1 (9.09%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (36.36%) Degree
2 2 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (18.18%) ISEB
2 2 (18.18%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (45.45%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (54.55%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 5 (45.45%) Ericsson
3 1 (9.09%) Anite
3 1 (9.09%) Huawei