The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GSM over the 3 months to 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 523 477 453
Rank change year-on-year
-46 -24
Contract jobs citing GSM 66 100 119
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.12% 0.20% 0.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.88% 1.34% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 34 30
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£260 £339 £274
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.24% +23.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £255 £164
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £388 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £334 £250
% change year-on-year
-22.09% +33.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 10 15
Average hourly rate £14.00 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-62.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £27.35 £19.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.30 £45.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £38.50 £35.50
% change year-on-year
-15.58% +8.45%
GSM
UK

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

Communications & Networking Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7469 7473 6574
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.05% 14.85% 13.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4319 4117 3641
Average daily rate £375 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 484 409 381
Average hourly rate £21.53 £21.63 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.46% -3.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.44 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.29
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

GSM Jobs Demand Trend in England

GSM
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

GSM Daily Rate Trend in England

GSM
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GSM across the England region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

GSM Daily Rate Histogram in England

GSM
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

GSM Hourly Rate Trend in England

GSM
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GSM across the England region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

GSM Hourly Rate Histogram in England

GSM
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the England region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015. 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
South East -35 35 £293 -6.40% 5
East of England -1 7 £300 -20.00% 1
London +17 6 £665 +118.03% 6
West Midlands -1 5 £260 -4.14% 1
Yorkshire -30 4 - -
North West -30 3 £195 -
North East - 2 £255 -
GSM
UK

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 117 (70.48%) UMTS
2 112 (67.47%) Telecoms
3 85 (51.20%) LTE
4 65 (39.16%) 3G
5 63 (37.95%) GPRS
6 54 (32.53%) 2G
7 43 (25.90%) 4G
8 31 (18.67%) Radio Access Network
9 27 (16.27%) Huawei
9 27 (16.27%) Wireless
10 26 (15.66%) SLA
11 25 (15.06%) HP Quality Center
12 23 (13.86%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 23 (13.86%) Nokia
13 22 (13.25%) QA
13 22 (13.25%) RNC
14 21 (12.65%) Ericsson
14 21 (12.65%) VoLTE
15 20 (12.05%) HP
16 18 (10.84%) Degree
16 18 (10.84%) Wireshark
16 18 (10.84%) Network Architecture
16 18 (10.84%) SS7
16 18 (10.84%) Diameter Protocol
17 16 (9.64%) Amdocs
18 15 (9.04%) Network Planning
18 15 (9.04%) Test Automation
18 15 (9.04%) Requirements Analysis
18 15 (9.04%) 3GPP
19 14 (8.43%) MS Office

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.60%) SharePoint Server
1 1 (0.60%) Node.js
Applications
1 14 (8.43%) MS Office
2 10 (6.02%) MS Excel
3 5 (3.01%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.20%) MS Project
4 2 (1.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.60%) Metrica
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 117 (70.48%) UMTS
2 85 (51.20%) LTE
3 65 (39.16%) 3G
4 63 (37.95%) GPRS
5 54 (32.53%) 2G
6 43 (25.90%) 4G
7 31 (18.67%) Radio Access Network
8 27 (16.27%) Wireless
9 22 (13.25%) RNC
10 21 (12.65%) VoLTE
11 18 (10.84%) Diameter Protocol
11 18 (10.84%) Wireshark
11 18 (10.84%) SS7
12 15 (9.04%) 3GPP
13 14 (8.43%) HSPA
14 12 (7.23%) SDH
15 11 (6.63%) Internet
15 11 (6.63%) HSDPA
16 10 (6.02%) SGSN
16 10 (6.02%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.41%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (1.20%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.20%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.60%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.60%) MS Access
3 1 (0.60%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 3 (1.81%) SoapUI
2 2 (1.20%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.60%) JMeter
3 1 (0.60%) LabVIEW
3 1 (0.60%) OpenSTA
General
1 112 (67.47%) Telecoms
2 9 (5.42%) Back Office
2 9 (5.42%) German Language
3 5 (3.01%) Electronics
3 5 (3.01%) Finance
4 3 (1.81%) Billing
5 2 (1.20%) Advertising
6 1 (0.60%) Banking
6 1 (0.60%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 19 (11.45%) Tester
1 19 (11.45%) Test Engineer
2 15 (9.04%) Technical Tester
3 13 (7.83%) Analyst
4 11 (6.63%) Support Engineer
5 9 (5.42%) Field Engineer
5 9 (5.42%) Radio Engineer
6 7 (4.22%) Integration Engineer
7 6 (3.61%) Wireless Engineer
7 6 (3.61%) RAN Engineer
7 6 (3.61%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 6 (3.61%) 2nd Line Support
8 5 (3.01%) Administrator
8 5 (3.01%) Architect
8 5 (3.01%) Support Analyst
8 5 (3.01%) RF Engineer
9 4 (2.41%) Telecoms Engineer
9 4 (2.41%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (2.41%) Developer
9 4 (2.41%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.61%) SOAP
1 6 (3.61%) WAP
2 1 (0.60%) .NET Framework
2 1 (0.60%) WCF
2 1 (0.60%) WPF
2 1 (0.60%) WF
2 1 (0.60%) LINQ
2 1 (0.60%) ASP.NET Web API
2 1 (0.60%) XML
2 1 (0.60%) MSMQ
2 1 (0.60%) .NET
2 1 (0.60%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 9 (5.42%) Handset
1 9 (5.42%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (4.82%) Statistics
3 5 (3.01%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.20%) Smart Meter
4 2 (1.20%) PMI
4 2 (1.20%) Embedded Systems
4 2 (1.20%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.60%) Mobile Payment
5 1 (0.60%) Machine to Machine
5 1 (0.60%) GIS
5 1 (0.60%) Arduino
Operating Systems
1 10 (6.02%) UNIX
2 9 (5.42%) Linux
3 7 (4.22%) Solaris
4 1 (0.60%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (10.84%) Network Architecture
2 15 (9.04%) Test Automation
2 15 (9.04%) Requirements Analysis
2 15 (9.04%) Network Planning
3 14 (8.43%) Change Management
4 12 (7.23%) Fault Management
5 11 (6.63%) Test Management
5 11 (6.63%) Validation
5 11 (6.63%) Test Planning
6 8 (4.82%) Stakeholder Management
6 8 (4.82%) Project Management
6 8 (4.82%) Software Testing
7 7 (4.22%) Test Scripting
7 7 (4.22%) Time Management
7 7 (4.22%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (3.61%) Migration
8 6 (3.61%) Network Design
8 6 (3.61%) Monte Carlo Method
8 6 (3.61%) Performance Monitoring
9 5 (3.01%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (7.23%) SQL
2 11 (6.63%) C
3 8 (4.82%) Java
4 5 (3.01%) VBA
4 5 (3.01%) Embedded C
5 4 (2.41%) Python
6 3 (1.81%) MapBasic
6 3 (1.81%) Embedded C++
6 3 (1.81%) C++
7 2 (1.20%) Perl
7 2 (1.20%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.20%) VC++
8 1 (0.60%) MATLAB
8 1 (0.60%) R
Qualifications
1 18 (10.84%) Degree
2 10 (6.02%) HNC
3 8 (4.82%) ISEB
4 2 (1.20%) PMI Certification
4 2 (1.20%) MBA
4 2 (1.20%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.60%) HND
5 1 (0.60%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (15.66%) SLA
2 22 (13.25%) QA
3 1 (0.60%) JTAG
3 1 (0.60%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 1 (0.60%) NDS
Systems Management
1 25 (15.06%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (6.63%) NSN NetAct
3 6 (3.61%) Netcool
4 2 (1.20%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 1 (0.60%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.60%) Iperf
Vendors
1 27 (16.27%) Huawei
2 23 (13.86%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 23 (13.86%) Nokia
3 21 (12.65%) Ericsson
4 20 (12.05%) HP
5 16 (9.64%) Amdocs
6 14 (8.43%) Mapinfo
7 11 (6.63%) Siemens
8 7 (4.22%) Microsoft
9 6 (3.61%) Nortel
9 6 (3.61%) ZTE
10 5 (3.01%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 5 (3.01%) Oracle
11 4 (2.41%) Cisco
11 4 (2.41%) BT
12 2 (1.20%) Remedy
12 2 (1.20%) Sybase
12 2 (1.20%) Actix
13 1 (0.60%) TEOCO
13 1 (0.60%) Atmel
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