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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 191 151 152
Rank change year-on-year
-40 +1
Contract jobs citing GSM 51 90 101
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.55% 1.02% 1.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.79% 5.47% 4.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 20 20
Average daily rate
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£313 £261 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.61% +11.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £198 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £388 £356
UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £274 £240
% change year-on-year
+21.91% +14.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 15 10
Average hourly rate £43.00 £37.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.66% +7.14%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £35.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+11.26% +1.42%
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
1829 1646 2095
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 19.66% 18.58% 20.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 851 763 616
Average daily rate £348 £350 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.57% +6.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £180 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £463 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 111 187
Average hourly rate £18.75 £23.75 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.05% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £13.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-13.00% -

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 19 August 2014.

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 19 August 2014. 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 -22 28 £215 -17.70% 8
Buckinghamshire -1 6 £450 -
Surrey -7 5 £385 - 3
Middlesex - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 19 August 2014, 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 50 (67.57%) Telecoms
2 39 (52.70%) LTE
3 35 (47.30%) GPRS
4 32 (43.24%) UMTS
5 31 (41.89%) 4G
6 26 (35.14%) 3G
6 26 (35.14%) 2G
7 17 (22.97%) WCDMA
7 17 (22.97%) Degree
8 16 (21.62%) 3GPP
9 14 (18.92%) Performance Monitoring
10 13 (17.57%) Network Architecture
11 12 (16.22%) CDMA
12 11 (14.86%) Radio Access Network
13 10 (13.51%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
13 10 (13.51%) Wireless
13 10 (13.51%) Change Management
13 10 (13.51%) Internet
14 9 (12.16%) MPLS
14 9 (12.16%) IPv6
14 9 (12.16%) Network Design
14 9 (12.16%) Continuous Improvement
14 9 (12.16%) VoLTE
14 9 (12.16%) Problem Management
15 8 (10.81%) QA
15 8 (10.81%) Huawei
15 8 (10.81%) HSPA
15 8 (10.81%) Cisco
15 8 (10.81%) Ericsson
15 8 (10.81%) SDH

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 19 August 2014, 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 (5.41%) MS Excel
1 4 (5.41%) MS PowerPoint
2 3 (4.05%) MS Office
3 1 (1.35%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.70%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 39 (52.70%) LTE
2 35 (47.30%) GPRS
3 32 (43.24%) UMTS
4 31 (41.89%) 4G
5 26 (35.14%) 2G
5 26 (35.14%) 3G
6 17 (22.97%) WCDMA
7 16 (21.62%) 3GPP
8 12 (16.22%) CDMA
9 11 (14.86%) Radio Access Network
10 10 (13.51%) Wireless
10 10 (13.51%) Internet
11 9 (12.16%) IPv6
11 9 (12.16%) MPLS
11 9 (12.16%) VoLTE
12 8 (10.81%) HSPA
12 8 (10.81%) SDH
13 7 (9.46%) Firewall
14 6 (8.11%) HTTP
15 5 (6.76%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.70%) MS Access
1 2 (2.70%) Oracle Database
General
1 50 (67.57%) Telecoms
2 5 (6.76%) Electronics
2 5 (6.76%) Marketing
3 3 (4.05%) Billing
3 3 (4.05%) Front Office
4 1 (1.35%) Finance
4 1 (1.35%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 12 (16.22%) Architect
2 11 (14.86%) Test Engineer
3 8 (10.81%) RF Engineer
4 7 (9.46%) Systems Architect
5 5 (6.76%) Solutions Architect
6 4 (5.41%) Network Designer
6 4 (5.41%) OSS Architect
6 4 (5.41%) RF Optimisation Engineer
6 4 (5.41%) Designer
6 4 (5.41%) OSS Solutions Architect
7 3 (4.05%) Performance Engineer
7 3 (4.05%) Design Engineer
8 2 (2.70%) Data Analyst
8 2 (2.70%) Senior Network Engineer
8 2 (2.70%) Senior Test Engineer
8 2 (2.70%) Analyst
8 2 (2.70%) Consultant
8 2 (2.70%) Network Engineer
8 2 (2.70%) RAN Engineer
8 2 (2.70%) 3G Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.41%) WML
1 4 (5.41%) XML
1 4 (5.41%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.41%) Smart Meter
2 2 (2.70%) Digital Media
2 2 (2.70%) Management Information System
2 2 (2.70%) Handset
2 2 (2.70%) Statistics
3 1 (1.35%) Mathematics
3 1 (1.35%) ASIC
3 1 (1.35%) DTV
3 1 (1.35%) VHDL
3 1 (1.35%) Verilog
3 1 (1.35%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 5 (6.76%) Android
2 2 (2.70%) UNIX
3 1 (1.35%) Windows
3 1 (1.35%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (18.92%) Performance Monitoring
2 13 (17.57%) Network Architecture
3 10 (13.51%) Change Management
4 9 (12.16%) Network Design
4 9 (12.16%) Problem Management
4 9 (12.16%) Continuous Improvement
5 7 (9.46%) Software Engineering
5 7 (9.46%) Information Management
6 6 (8.11%) Project Management
6 6 (8.11%) Network Management
7 5 (6.76%) Network Planning
8 4 (5.41%) Validation
8 4 (5.41%) PRINCE2
8 4 (5.41%) SOA
8 4 (5.41%) TOGAF
8 4 (5.41%) Resource Management
9 3 (4.05%) Capacity Planning
9 3 (4.05%) Time Management
9 3 (4.05%) Risk Assessment
9 3 (4.05%) Customer Engagement
Programming Languages
1 7 (9.46%) SQL
2 5 (6.76%) Python
3 4 (5.41%) VBA
3 4 (5.41%) C++
4 3 (4.05%) C
4 3 (4.05%) Perl
5 2 (2.70%) Tcl
6 1 (1.35%) MATLAB
6 1 (1.35%) C#
6 1 (1.35%) Java
6 1 (1.35%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 17 (22.97%) Degree
2 4 (5.41%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (5.41%) PMP
2 4 (5.41%) PMI Certification
3 2 (2.70%) CNA
3 2 (2.70%) Novell Certification
3 2 (2.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (2.70%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (10.81%) QA
2 4 (5.41%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (2.70%) Netcool
1 2 (2.70%) OPNET
2 1 (1.35%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (13.51%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 8 (10.81%) Huawei
2 8 (10.81%) Cisco
2 8 (10.81%) Ericsson
3 5 (6.76%) Nokia
3 5 (6.76%) HP
3 5 (6.76%) Alcatel-Lucent
4 4 (5.41%) Mapinfo
4 4 (5.41%) Juniper
5 2 (2.70%) Agilent
5 2 (2.70%) Greenplum
5 2 (2.70%) SGI
5 2 (2.70%) Remedy
5 2 (2.70%) Cramer
5 2 (2.70%) NetCracker
5 2 (2.70%) BMC
5 2 (2.70%) Citrix
5 2 (2.70%) Microsoft
5 2 (2.70%) Oracle
5 2 (2.70%) Business Objects
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