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 24 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 137 124 117
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -7
Contract jobs citing GSM 2 5 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.062% 0.18% 0.44%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.49% 1.13% 2.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 3
Average daily rate
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- £260 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -1.88%
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £260 £270
% change year-on-year
+21.15% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +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
410 441 539
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.77% 15.57% 18.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 206 219 246
Average daily rate £350 £337 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.85% +6.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £215 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £540 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 35 50
Average hourly rate £18.00 £22.50 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% -21.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £15.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £31.56 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.00 £21.67
% change year-on-year
+11.90% -3.06%

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 23 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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 3 (60.00%) Web Services
1 3 (60.00%) VoIP
1 3 (60.00%) IVR
1 3 (60.00%) Software Testing
1 3 (60.00%) JIRA
1 3 (60.00%) Integration Testing
1 3 (60.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (60.00%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (60.00%) Trend Analysis
2 2 (40.00%) Radio Access Network
2 2 (40.00%) Line Management
2 2 (40.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 2 (40.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (40.00%) WFM
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (40.00%) RNC
2 2 (40.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (40.00%) Ethernet
2 2 (40.00%) SLA
2 2 (40.00%) Ericsson
2 2 (40.00%) ATM
2 2 (40.00%) SDH
2 2 (40.00%) UMTS

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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.

Communications & Networking
1 3 (60.00%) VoIP
2 2 (40.00%) Ethernet
2 2 (40.00%) RNC
2 2 (40.00%) Radio Access Network
2 2 (40.00%) ATM
2 2 (40.00%) SDH
2 2 (40.00%) UMTS
Development Applications
1 3 (60.00%) JIRA
1 3 (60.00%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (40.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Analyst
1 3 (60.00%) Test Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) Field Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (60.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (60.00%) IVR
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Software Testing
1 3 (60.00%) Integration Testing
1 3 (60.00%) Trend Analysis
2 2 (40.00%) Line Management
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (40.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (40.00%) WFM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (40.00%) SLA
Systems Management
1 3 (60.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (40.00%) Ericsson
1 2 (40.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks