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 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 133 - -
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing GSM 21 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.54% - -
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.01% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 0
Average daily rate
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£260 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £255 £260 £260
% change year-on-year
-1.92% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
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 North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
524 397 319
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.59% 12.54% 13.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 163 125
Average daily rate £350 £310 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £149
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £310
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +8.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 35 50
Average hourly rate £17.50 £28.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.59% +42.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £15.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.67 £45.00 £50.80
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 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
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 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
(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
Manchester - 5 £275 - 2
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 27 (77.14%) Telecoms
2 19 (54.29%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 19 (54.29%) Radio Access Network
2 19 (54.29%) Ericsson
3 18 (51.43%) RNC
4 13 (37.14%) LTE
4 13 (37.14%) UMTS
4 13 (37.14%) 3G
5 12 (34.29%) ATM
5 12 (34.29%) SDH
5 12 (34.29%) Ethernet
5 12 (34.29%) SLA
5 12 (34.29%) WFM
5 12 (34.29%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (34.29%) Line Management
6 8 (22.86%) Performance Engineering
6 8 (22.86%) Bluetooth
6 8 (22.86%) C
6 8 (22.86%) C++
6 8 (22.86%) UNIX
6 8 (22.86%) Linux
6 8 (22.86%) OO
7 7 (20.00%) GPRS
7 7 (20.00%) Configuration Management
7 7 (20.00%) WCDMA
7 7 (20.00%) 2G
7 7 (20.00%) Network Design
7 7 (20.00%) Doxygen
7 7 (20.00%) Google
7 7 (20.00%) Huawei

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 (20.00%) Doxygen
2 4 (11.43%) MS PowerPoint
2 4 (11.43%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.86%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 19 (54.29%) Radio Access Network
2 18 (51.43%) RNC
3 13 (37.14%) LTE
3 13 (37.14%) UMTS
3 13 (37.14%) 3G
4 12 (34.29%) Ethernet
4 12 (34.29%) ATM
4 12 (34.29%) SDH
5 8 (22.86%) Bluetooth
6 7 (20.00%) GPRS
6 7 (20.00%) WCDMA
6 7 (20.00%) 2G
6 7 (20.00%) 4G
6 7 (20.00%) HSPA
7 1 (2.86%) Internet
Development Applications
1 7 (20.00%) GoogleTest
General
1 27 (77.14%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (37.14%) Performance Engineer
2 12 (34.29%) Field Engineer
3 5 (14.29%) RAN Engineer
3 5 (14.29%) RAN Performance Engineer
3 5 (14.29%) Software Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Developer
4 3 (8.57%) C++ Developer
5 2 (5.71%) C Developer
5 2 (5.71%) Senior RAN Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Linux Developer
6 1 (2.86%) Analyst
6 1 (2.86%) Software Developer
6 1 (2.86%) Radio Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Embedded C++ Developer
6 1 (2.86%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Project Analyst
6 1 (2.86%) C++ Software Developer
6 1 (2.86%) RF Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (20.00%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.14%) Statistics
2 5 (14.29%) Raspberry Pi
2 5 (14.29%) BeagleBone
3 2 (5.71%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 8 (22.86%) UNIX
1 8 (22.86%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (34.29%) Agile Software Development
1 12 (34.29%) WFM
1 12 (34.29%) Line Management
2 8 (22.86%) Performance Engineering
2 8 (22.86%) OO
3 7 (20.00%) Configuration Management
3 7 (20.00%) Network Design
3 7 (20.00%) Resource Management
3 7 (20.00%) Performance Management
4 6 (17.14%) Network Planning
5 5 (14.29%) Software Engineering
6 4 (11.43%) eTOM
6 4 (11.43%) ITIL
6 4 (11.43%) Network Management
6 4 (11.43%) Performance Improvement
6 4 (11.43%) Service Management
6 4 (11.43%) Service Delivery
7 1 (2.86%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (2.86%) Project Management
7 1 (2.86%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 8 (22.86%) C
1 8 (22.86%) C++
2 1 (2.86%) Embedded C++
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (34.29%) SLA
Vendors
1 19 (54.29%) Ericsson
1 19 (54.29%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 7 (20.00%) Nortel
2 7 (20.00%) Google
2 7 (20.00%) Huawei
3 4 (11.43%) Mapinfo
3 4 (11.43%) Business Objects
4 1 (2.86%) SAP
4 1 (2.86%) HP
4 1 (2.86%) Remedy