The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GSM over the 3 months to 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 229 211 151
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -60
Contract jobs citing GSM 32 40 84
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.34% 0.43% 0.99%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.83% 2.31% 5.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 7 19
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.29% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £165 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £411 £378
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £313 £308
% change year-on-year
-16.80% +1.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 18
Average hourly rate £36.00 £27.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.90% -26.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+10.76% -13.33%
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 South East region.

Communications & Networking Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
1748 1734 1564
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 18.34% 18.85% 18.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 917 773 689
Average daily rate £360 £338 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -0.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £203 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £470 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £336 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.27% +4.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 117 95 127
Average hourly rate £25.50 £17.50 £25.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.71% -31.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.91 £12.95 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+8.81% -21.56%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

GSM Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

GSM
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

GSM Daily Rate Trend in the South East

GSM
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GSM across the South East region over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

GSM Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

GSM
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

GSM Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

GSM
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the South East region over the 3 months to 31 July 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
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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
Berkshire +5 26 £225 +4.65% 3
Hampshire -8 2 £498 +60.48% 3
Surrey -5 1 - - 1
Home Counties - 1 £275 -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 84 (71.19%) Telecoms
2 83 (70.34%) UMTS
3 63 (53.39%) LTE
4 52 (44.07%) 4G
4 52 (44.07%) 3G
5 44 (37.29%) Wireless
6 42 (35.59%) GPRS
7 30 (25.42%) 2G
7 30 (25.42%) HP Quality Center
8 29 (24.58%) Ericsson
9 25 (21.19%) Radio Access Network
9 25 (21.19%) VoLTE
10 24 (20.34%) Network Planning
11 23 (19.49%) HP
12 22 (18.64%) WiMAX
12 22 (18.64%) Wi-Fi
13 21 (17.80%) RNC
13 21 (17.80%) SDH
14 20 (16.95%) SLA
15 18 (15.25%) Wireshark
16 17 (14.41%) C
17 16 (13.56%) Requirements Analysis
17 16 (13.56%) Diameter Protocol
18 15 (12.71%) HSPA
19 14 (11.86%) Huawei
19 14 (11.86%) CDMA2000
19 14 (11.86%) MPLS
19 14 (11.86%) DSL
19 14 (11.86%) GPON
20 13 (11.02%) SS7

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 4 (3.39%) MS PowerPoint
2 3 (2.54%) MS Office
2 3 (2.54%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 83 (70.34%) UMTS
2 63 (53.39%) LTE
3 52 (44.07%) 4G
3 52 (44.07%) 3G
4 44 (37.29%) Wireless
5 42 (35.59%) GPRS
6 30 (25.42%) 2G
7 25 (21.19%) Radio Access Network
7 25 (21.19%) VoLTE
8 22 (18.64%) Wi-Fi
8 22 (18.64%) WiMAX
9 21 (17.80%) RNC
9 21 (17.80%) SDH
10 18 (15.25%) Wireshark
11 16 (13.56%) Diameter Protocol
12 15 (12.71%) HSPA
13 14 (11.86%) GPON
13 14 (11.86%) CDMA2000
13 14 (11.86%) MPLS
13 14 (11.86%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.85%) MS Access
1 1 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 1 (0.85%) LabVIEW
General
1 84 (71.19%) Telecoms
2 7 (5.93%) Billing
3 2 (1.69%) Marketing
3 2 (1.69%) Finance
4 1 (0.85%) Multimedia
4 1 (0.85%) Back Office
4 1 (0.85%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 21 (17.80%) Tester
2 15 (12.71%) Technical Tester
3 14 (11.86%) Test Engineer
4 9 (7.63%) Radio Engineer
5 7 (5.93%) Wireless Engineer
6 6 (5.08%) Field Engineer
7 5 (4.24%) Design Engineer
7 5 (4.24%) Administrator
7 5 (4.24%) RF Engineer
8 4 (3.39%) Telecoms Engineer
8 4 (3.39%) Architect
9 3 (2.54%) Project Manager
9 3 (2.54%) Analyst
9 3 (2.54%) Solutions Architect
9 3 (2.54%) Performance Engineer
9 3 (2.54%) Mobile Tester
10 2 (1.69%) Mobile Solutions Architect
10 2 (1.69%) Integration Engineer
10 2 (1.69%) Performance Analyst
10 2 (1.69%) RAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.54%) SOAP
2 1 (0.85%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.93%) Statistics
2 6 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.54%) Handset
4 1 (0.85%) Algorithms
4 1 (0.85%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 11 (9.32%) Linux
2 7 (5.93%) UNIX
3 5 (4.24%) Solaris
4 1 (0.85%) Windows
4 1 (0.85%) Windows 2000
4 1 (0.85%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (20.34%) Network Planning
2 16 (13.56%) Requirements Analysis
3 12 (10.17%) Test Automation
4 11 (9.32%) Performance Monitoring
4 11 (9.32%) Test Planning
4 11 (9.32%) Test Management
4 11 (9.32%) Validation
5 9 (7.63%) Project Management
6 8 (6.78%) CRM
6 8 (6.78%) Network Design
6 8 (6.78%) Software Testing
7 7 (5.93%) Test Scripting
7 7 (5.93%) Network Architecture
8 6 (5.08%) Monte Carlo Method
8 6 (5.08%) Software Engineering
8 6 (5.08%) OOD
8 6 (5.08%) UML
8 6 (5.08%) OO
9 5 (4.24%) Agile Software Development
9 5 (4.24%) WFM
Programming Languages
1 17 (14.41%) C
2 7 (5.93%) SQL
3 6 (5.08%) C++
3 6 (5.08%) Embedded C
3 6 (5.08%) Embedded C++
4 2 (1.69%) MapBasic
4 2 (1.69%) PL/SQL
4 2 (1.69%) VBA
Qualifications
1 9 (7.63%) ISEB
2 7 (5.93%) Degree
3 3 (2.54%) ISTQB
4 1 (0.85%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.85%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (0.85%) HNC
4 1 (0.85%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (16.95%) SLA
2 3 (2.54%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.85%) NDS
Systems Management
1 30 (25.42%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (5.93%) NSN NetAct
3 2 (1.69%) Netcool
Vendors
1 29 (24.58%) Ericsson
2 23 (19.49%) HP
3 14 (11.86%) Huawei
4 10 (8.47%) Actix
4 10 (8.47%) Nokia
5 9 (7.63%) Mapinfo
6 8 (6.78%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 5 (4.24%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 2 (1.69%) Microsoft
8 2 (1.69%) Siemens
9 1 (0.85%) Nortel
9 1 (0.85%) Sybase
9 1 (0.85%) SAP
9 1 (0.85%) Cisco
9 1 (0.85%) TEOCO
9 1 (0.85%) TIBCO