The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GSM over the 3 months to 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 116 - 114
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing GSM 15 0 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.48% - 0.30%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.54% - 1.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 0 4
Average daily rate
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£263 - £300
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 - £262
10% offered a daily rate of more than £275 - £335
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £325 £270
% change year-on-year
-19.23% +20.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
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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 North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
424 375 467
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.48% 13.78% 17.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 203 188 191
Average daily rate £338 £337 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.14% +3.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £213 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 25 52
Average hourly rate £18.50 £15.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.33% -45.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £31.56 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

GSM Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

GSM
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

GSM Daily Rate Trend in the North West

GSM
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

GSM Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 8 (47.06%) UNIX
1 8 (47.06%) Linux
1 8 (47.06%) OO
1 8 (47.06%) C
1 8 (47.06%) C++
1 8 (47.06%) Bluetooth
1 8 (47.06%) Telecoms
2 7 (41.18%) Doxygen
2 7 (41.18%) Google
2 7 (41.18%) Software Packaging
2 7 (41.18%) GoogleTest
3 6 (35.29%) RNC
4 5 (29.41%) Software Engineering
4 5 (29.41%) UMTS
5 4 (23.53%) Ethernet
5 4 (23.53%) SLA
5 4 (23.53%) Ericsson
5 4 (23.53%) SDH
5 4 (23.53%) ATM
5 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (23.53%) Line Management
5 4 (23.53%) WFM
5 4 (23.53%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 4 (23.53%) Radio Access Network
6 2 (11.76%) Web Services
6 2 (11.76%) IVR
6 2 (11.76%) Cryptography
6 2 (11.76%) Network Planning
6 2 (11.76%) 3G
6 2 (11.76%) VoIP

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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.

Applications
1 7 (41.18%) Doxygen
Communications & Networking
1 8 (47.06%) Bluetooth
2 6 (35.29%) RNC
3 5 (29.41%) UMTS
4 4 (23.53%) SDH
4 4 (23.53%) Ethernet
4 4 (23.53%) ATM
4 4 (23.53%) Radio Access Network
5 2 (11.76%) LTE
5 2 (11.76%) 3G
5 2 (11.76%) VoIP
6 1 (5.88%) Internet
Development Applications
1 7 (41.18%) GoogleTest
2 2 (11.76%) JIRA
2 2 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (47.06%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (29.41%) Software Engineer
2 4 (23.53%) Field Engineer
3 3 (17.65%) C++ Developer
3 3 (17.65%) Developer
4 2 (11.76%) Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Test Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Performance Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) C Developer
5 1 (5.88%) Embedded C++ Developer
5 1 (5.88%) Software Developer
5 1 (5.88%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) C++ Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (41.18%) Software Packaging
2 2 (11.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.76%) IVR
1 2 (11.76%) Cryptography
1 2 (11.76%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 8 (47.06%) UNIX
1 8 (47.06%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (47.06%) OO
2 5 (29.41%) Software Engineering
3 4 (23.53%) WFM
3 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (23.53%) Line Management
4 2 (11.76%) Trend Analysis
4 2 (11.76%) Performance Engineering
4 2 (11.76%) Network Planning
4 2 (11.76%) Integration Testing
4 2 (11.76%) Software Testing
5 1 (5.88%) Test Scripting
5 1 (5.88%) Logistics
5 1 (5.88%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (47.06%) C
1 8 (47.06%) C++
2 1 (5.88%) Embedded C++
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (23.53%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (41.18%) Google
2 4 (23.53%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 4 (23.53%) Ericsson
3 1 (5.88%) SAP