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 22 December 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 382 406 374
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -32
Contract jobs citing GSM 17 9 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.074% 0.037% 0.047%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.58% 0.31% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 5 4
Average daily rate
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£398 £125 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+218.00% -61.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £276 £104 £157
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £389 £588
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £260 £265
% change year-on-year
+21.15% -1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 3
Average hourly rate £14.00 - £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.14%
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
2906 2947 3040
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 12.71% 12.27% 14.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1964 1937 1916
Average daily rate £388 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 76 158
Average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.88 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £27.55 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.13
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.95%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GSM across the London region over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

GSM Daily Rate Histogram 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 22 December 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
City of London +1 2 - -
Brentford - - - -
Feltham - - - -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, 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 15 (68.18%) Telecoms
2 13 (59.09%) UMTS
3 8 (36.36%) GPRS
4 7 (31.82%) LTE
5 6 (27.27%) Line Management
6 5 (22.73%) Ericsson
7 4 (18.18%) ATM
7 4 (18.18%) SDH
7 4 (18.18%) Ethernet
7 4 (18.18%) Handset
7 4 (18.18%) QA
7 4 (18.18%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 4 (18.18%) Radio Access Network
8 3 (13.64%) Java
8 3 (13.64%) WAP
8 3 (13.64%) SLA
8 3 (13.64%) Project Management
8 3 (13.64%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (13.64%) RNC
8 3 (13.64%) Logistics
9 2 (9.09%) SQL
9 2 (9.09%) .NET
9 2 (9.09%) PRINCE2
9 2 (9.09%) UNIX
9 2 (9.09%) VoIP
9 2 (9.09%) TCP/IP
9 2 (9.09%) 3G
9 2 (9.09%) DSL
9 2 (9.09%) BT
9 2 (9.09%) NEC

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, 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 (4.55%) CMS
1 1 (4.55%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 1 (4.55%) MS Office
1 1 (4.55%) MS Excel
1 1 (4.55%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 13 (59.09%) UMTS
2 8 (36.36%) GPRS
3 7 (31.82%) LTE
4 4 (18.18%) Radio Access Network
4 4 (18.18%) ATM
4 4 (18.18%) SDH
4 4 (18.18%) Ethernet
5 3 (13.64%) RNC
6 2 (9.09%) 4G
6 2 (9.09%) DSL
6 2 (9.09%) IPsec
6 2 (9.09%) 2G
6 2 (9.09%) TCP/IP
6 2 (9.09%) 3G
6 2 (9.09%) VoIP
7 1 (4.55%) WLAN
7 1 (4.55%) WCDMA
7 1 (4.55%) CDMA
7 1 (4.55%) LAN
7 1 (4.55%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.55%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) LoadRunner
1 1 (4.55%) JMeter
1 1 (4.55%) LabVIEW
1 1 (4.55%) JIRA
1 1 (4.55%) QADirector
1 1 (4.55%) NeoLoad
General
1 15 (68.18%) Telecoms
2 2 (9.09%) Electronics
3 1 (4.55%) Front Office
3 1 (4.55%) Finance
3 1 (4.55%) Publishing
3 1 (4.55%) Dutch Language
3 1 (4.55%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 6 (27.27%) Field Engineer
2 3 (13.64%) Project Manager
3 2 (9.09%) Test Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) RF Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Microwave Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Installations Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Technical Manager
4 1 (4.55%) Data Manager
4 1 (4.55%) Architect
4 1 (4.55%) RAN Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Radio Network Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Test Leader
4 1 (4.55%) Transmission Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Transmission Planning Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Commissioning Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Mobile Tester
4 1 (4.55%) Mobile Test Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) SAP Data Manager
4 1 (4.55%) Radio Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) SAP Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) WAP
2 2 (9.09%) .NET
3 1 (4.55%) SOAP
3 1 (4.55%) Web Services
3 1 (4.55%) J2ME
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) Handset
2 2 (9.09%) Mobile App
2 2 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.55%) Client/Server
3 1 (4.55%) Blackberry
3 1 (4.55%) FMCG
3 1 (4.55%) iPhone
3 1 (4.55%) Open Source
3 1 (4.55%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.09%) UNIX
2 1 (4.55%) Android
2 1 (4.55%) webOS
2 1 (4.55%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (27.27%) Line Management
2 3 (13.64%) Project Management
2 3 (13.64%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (13.64%) Logistics
3 2 (9.09%) WFM
3 2 (9.09%) Performance Testing
3 2 (9.09%) Network Design
3 2 (9.09%) PRINCE2
3 2 (9.09%) Test Scripting
4 1 (4.55%) System Testing
4 1 (4.55%) Time Management
4 1 (4.55%) Data Migration
4 1 (4.55%) Waterfall
4 1 (4.55%) Test Strategy
4 1 (4.55%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (4.55%) Automation Testing
4 1 (4.55%) Coaching
4 1 (4.55%) CRM
4 1 (4.55%) Benchmarking
4 1 (4.55%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.64%) Java
2 2 (9.09%) SQL
3 1 (4.55%) VB
3 1 (4.55%) Perl
3 1 (4.55%) PL/SQL
3 1 (4.55%) C
3 1 (4.55%) C++
Qualifications
1 1 (4.55%) ISEB
1 1 (4.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
1 1 (4.55%) ISTQB
1 1 (4.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (18.18%) QA
2 3 (13.64%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) Tivoli
1 1 (4.55%) Netcool
1 1 (4.55%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 5 (22.73%) Ericsson
2 4 (18.18%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 2 (9.09%) BT
3 2 (9.09%) NEC
3 2 (9.09%) Huawei
4 1 (4.55%) Sitecore
4 1 (4.55%) Oracle
4 1 (4.55%) SAP
4 1 (4.55%) Cisco
4 1 (4.55%) IBM
4 1 (4.55%) Microsoft
4 1 (4.55%) Nokia
4 1 (4.55%) Apple