The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GSM over the 3 months to 21 April 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 386 386 384
Rank change year-on-year
0 -2
Contract jobs citing GSM 17 20 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.076% 0.083% 0.028%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.57% 0.71% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 5 4
Average daily rate
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£350 £345 £294
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.44% +17.44%
UK excluding London average daily rate £255 £260 £260
% change year-on-year
-1.92% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £14.00 £52.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -73.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £35.25
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -0.70%
GSM
England

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

Communications & Networking Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
2975 2826 3018
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 13.31% 11.71% 13.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 1917 1842 1881
Average daily rate £375 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £310
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +8.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 88 132
Average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £33.75 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+46.34% -8.88%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

GSM Jobs Demand Trend in London

GSM
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

GSM Daily Rate Trend in London

GSM
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

GSM Hourly Rate Trend in London

GSM
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the London region over the 3 months to 21 April 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
City of London +15 1 - - 2
Docklands, London - - - -
Hammersmith - - - -
Brentford - - - -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 25 (73.53%) Telecoms
2 18 (52.94%) UMTS
3 10 (29.41%) RNC
4 9 (26.47%) SLA
4 9 (26.47%) LTE
5 8 (23.53%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 8 (23.53%) Line Management
5 8 (23.53%) Ericsson
5 8 (23.53%) Ethernet
5 8 (23.53%) GPRS
5 8 (23.53%) SDH
5 8 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (20.59%) WFM
6 7 (20.59%) ATM
6 7 (20.59%) Radio Access Network
7 5 (14.71%) C
7 5 (14.71%) Cisco
8 4 (11.76%) TCP/IP
8 4 (11.76%) DNS
8 4 (11.76%) MPLS
8 4 (11.76%) CDMA
8 4 (11.76%) LDAP
8 4 (11.76%) IP Telephony
8 4 (11.76%) QA
8 4 (11.76%) Time Management
8 4 (11.76%) Handset
8 4 (11.76%) 4G
9 3 (8.82%) PABX
9 3 (8.82%) VoLTE
9 3 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 (2.94%) CMS
1 1 (2.94%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 1 (2.94%) MS Office
1 1 (2.94%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.94%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 18 (52.94%) UMTS
2 10 (29.41%) RNC
3 9 (26.47%) LTE
4 8 (23.53%) Ethernet
4 8 (23.53%) GPRS
4 8 (23.53%) SDH
5 7 (20.59%) ATM
5 7 (20.59%) Radio Access Network
6 4 (11.76%) IP Telephony
6 4 (11.76%) 4G
6 4 (11.76%) CDMA
6 4 (11.76%) LDAP
6 4 (11.76%) TCP/IP
6 4 (11.76%) DNS
6 4 (11.76%) MPLS
7 3 (8.82%) 3GPP
7 3 (8.82%) 3G
7 3 (8.82%) SGSN
7 3 (8.82%) PABX
7 3 (8.82%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (2.94%) OpenSTA
General
1 25 (73.53%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.94%) Finance
2 1 (2.94%) Publishing
2 1 (2.94%) Dutch Language
2 1 (2.94%) Spanish Language
2 1 (2.94%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 10 (29.41%) Field Engineer
2 3 (8.82%) Test Engineer
2 3 (8.82%) Project Manager
2 3 (8.82%) Integration Engineer
2 3 (8.82%) Cisco Engineer
2 3 (8.82%) Verification Engineer
3 2 (5.88%) Microwave Engineer
3 2 (5.88%) RF Engineer
3 2 (5.88%) Technical Support
3 2 (5.88%) Analyst
3 2 (5.88%) Test Analyst
3 2 (5.88%) Installations Engineer
4 1 (2.94%) Architect
4 1 (2.94%) Design Engineer
4 1 (2.94%) Technical Support Engineer
4 1 (2.94%) SAP Project Manager
4 1 (2.94%) Business Architect
4 1 (2.94%) Technical Engineer
4 1 (2.94%) Consultant
4 1 (2.94%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.82%) WAP
2 1 (2.94%) Rendezvous
2 1 (2.94%) .NET
2 1 (2.94%) SOAP
2 1 (2.94%) XML
2 1 (2.94%) J2ME
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.76%) Handset
2 2 (5.88%) Mobile App
2 2 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.94%) Machine to Machine
3 1 (2.94%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.94%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.94%) IVR
3 1 (2.94%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.94%) FMCG
3 1 (2.94%) iPhone
3 1 (2.94%) Smart Meter
3 1 (2.94%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.88%) UNIX
2 1 (2.94%) Windows
2 1 (2.94%) Solaris
2 1 (2.94%) Linux
2 1 (2.94%) Windows Mobile
2 1 (2.94%) Android
2 1 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.94%) webOS
2 1 (2.94%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (23.53%) Line Management
2 7 (20.59%) WFM
3 4 (11.76%) Time Management
4 3 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (8.82%) Project Management
5 2 (5.88%) Software Testing
5 2 (5.88%) Project Planning
5 2 (5.88%) Test Scripting
5 2 (5.88%) Migration
5 2 (5.88%) Automation Testing
6 1 (2.94%) System Testing
6 1 (2.94%) Data Migration
6 1 (2.94%) Test Automation
6 1 (2.94%) Waterfall
6 1 (2.94%) Use Case
6 1 (2.94%) Usability Testing
6 1 (2.94%) Performance Testing
6 1 (2.94%) Compatibility Testing
6 1 (2.94%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (14.71%) C
2 3 (8.82%) Java
3 2 (5.88%) Perl
4 1 (2.94%) SQL
4 1 (2.94%) C++
Qualifications
1 2 (5.88%) Degree
2 1 (2.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (2.94%) CCNA
2 1 (2.94%) ISEB
2 1 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (2.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (26.47%) SLA
2 4 (11.76%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.94%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) Tivoli
1 1 (2.94%) Netcool
1 1 (2.94%) Netcool/OMNIbus
1 1 (2.94%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (23.53%) Ericsson
1 8 (23.53%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 5 (14.71%) Cisco
3 2 (5.88%) BT
3 2 (5.88%) NEC
4 1 (2.94%) Huawei
4 1 (2.94%) Sitecore
4 1 (2.94%) Oracle
4 1 (2.94%) SAP
4 1 (2.94%) IBM
4 1 (2.94%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.94%) HP
4 1 (2.94%) Juniper
4 1 (2.94%) Red Hat
4 1 (2.94%) Apple
4 1 (2.94%) CheckPoint
4 1 (2.94%) TIBCO