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 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 152 121 -
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -
Contract jobs citing GSM 6 20 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.16% 0.61% -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.01% 4.57% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 9 0
Average daily rate £270 £263 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £265 £305
% change year-on-year
+22.64% -13.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -4.00%
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 North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
595 438 376
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.70% 13.39% 13.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 343 214 176
Average daily rate £410 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £222 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £459 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 38 25
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.00 £15.09
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.44% +19.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.55 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GSM across the North West region over the 3 months to 12 February 2016.

GSM Daily Rate Histogram 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
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the North West region over the 3 months to 12 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Merseyside -1 3 - -
Cheshire -13 1 £270 +4.85% 1
Manchester -23 1 £130 -50.71%
Lancashire - 1 £425 -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 (42.86%) Visual Studio
1 3 (42.86%) Linux
1 3 (42.86%) UMTS
1 3 (42.86%) TCP/IP
1 3 (42.86%) HTML
1 3 (42.86%) JavaScript
1 3 (42.86%) Software Engineering
1 3 (42.86%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
1 3 (42.86%) Embedded Software Development
2 2 (28.57%) Radio Access Network
2 2 (28.57%) LTE
2 2 (28.57%) Statistics
2 2 (28.57%) 2G
2 2 (28.57%) Finance
2 2 (28.57%) 3G
2 2 (28.57%) Ericsson
3 1 (14.29%) Nokia
3 1 (14.29%) EMV
3 1 (14.29%) Mapinfo
3 1 (14.29%) Smartcard
3 1 (14.29%) RFID
3 1 (14.29%) VBA
3 1 (14.29%) SLA
3 1 (14.29%) Microsoft
3 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
3 1 (14.29%) ATM
3 1 (14.29%) GPRS
3 1 (14.29%) Back Office
3 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
3 1 (14.29%) Telecoms

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
1 1 (14.29%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 3 (42.86%) TCP/IP
1 3 (42.86%) UMTS
2 2 (28.57%) 2G
2 2 (28.57%) 3G
2 2 (28.57%) LTE
2 2 (28.57%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (14.29%) 4G
3 1 (14.29%) ATM
3 1 (14.29%) GPRS
3 1 (14.29%) HSPA
3 1 (14.29%) RFID
Development Applications
1 3 (42.86%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Back Office
2 1 (14.29%) Banking
2 1 (14.29%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Developer
1 3 (42.86%) Developer/Software Engineer
1 3 (42.86%) Embedded Developer
1 3 (42.86%) Embedded Engineer
1 3 (42.86%) Embedded Software Developer
1 3 (42.86%) Embedded Software Engineer
1 3 (42.86%) Software Developer
1 3 (42.86%) Software Engineer
2 2 (28.57%) RAN Engineer
2 2 (28.57%) Support Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) EMV Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) Optimisation Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Radio Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) RF Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (42.86%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 2 (28.57%) Statistics
3 1 (14.29%) Contactless
3 1 (14.29%) EMV
3 1 (14.29%) PKI
3 1 (14.29%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 3 (42.86%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Embedded Software Development
1 3 (42.86%) Software Engineering
2 1 (14.29%) Business Development
2 1 (14.29%) Capacity Management
2 1 (14.29%) Change Control
2 1 (14.29%) Fault Management
2 1 (14.29%) Incident Management
2 1 (14.29%) Migration
2 1 (14.29%) Network Architecture
2 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (42.86%) JavaScript
2 1 (14.29%) VBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Ericsson
2 1 (14.29%) Amdocs
2 1 (14.29%) Gemalto
2 1 (14.29%) Mapinfo
2 1 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) Nokia