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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 189 164 147
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -17
Contract jobs citing GSM 57 81 110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.62% 0.92% 1.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.14% 5.06% 5.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 19 21
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£349 £250 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+39.50% +6.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £231 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £388 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £316 £250 £245
% change year-on-year
+26.50% +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 4
Average hourly rate £35.25 £37.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.00% +7.14%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+8.45% -5.33%
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
1816 1600 2072
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 19.85% 18.25% 20.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 870 732 614
Average daily rate £348 £350 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.50% +6.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £190 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 94 163
Average hourly rate £19.91 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.51% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £37.63 £39.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
- -10.00%

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 17 September 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GSM across the South East region over the 3 months to 17 September 2014.

GSM Hourly Rate Histogram 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 17 September 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
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire -30 23 £215 -14.00% 6
Buckinghamshire +9 13 £450 +69.81%
Surrey +3 7 £385 - 2
Oxfordshire - - - - 2
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 (62.50%) Telecoms
1 50 (62.50%) LTE
2 41 (51.25%) UMTS
3 39 (48.75%) GPRS
4 30 (37.50%) 4G
5 26 (32.50%) 2G
6 22 (27.50%) 3G
7 18 (22.50%) 3GPP
7 18 (22.50%) Degree
8 17 (21.25%) WCDMA
9 13 (16.25%) CDMA
9 13 (16.25%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 12 (15.00%) Radio Access Network
11 10 (12.50%) Wireless
12 9 (11.25%) SQL
12 9 (11.25%) Internet
12 9 (11.25%) Nokia
12 9 (11.25%) Network Design
12 9 (11.25%) VoLTE
13 8 (10.00%) Huawei
13 8 (10.00%) QA
13 8 (10.00%) Ericsson
13 8 (10.00%) IPv6
13 8 (10.00%) MS Excel
14 7 (8.75%) Cisco
14 7 (8.75%) HTTP
14 7 (8.75%) Project Management
14 7 (8.75%) Information Management
14 7 (8.75%) Software Engineering
14 7 (8.75%) HSPA

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 8 (10.00%) MS Excel
2 4 (5.00%) MS PowerPoint
2 4 (5.00%) MS Office
3 1 (1.25%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (3.75%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 50 (62.50%) LTE
2 41 (51.25%) UMTS
3 39 (48.75%) GPRS
4 30 (37.50%) 4G
5 26 (32.50%) 2G
6 22 (27.50%) 3G
7 18 (22.50%) 3GPP
8 17 (21.25%) WCDMA
9 13 (16.25%) CDMA
10 12 (15.00%) Radio Access Network
11 10 (12.50%) Wireless
12 9 (11.25%) Internet
12 9 (11.25%) VoLTE
13 8 (10.00%) IPv6
14 7 (8.75%) HTTP
14 7 (8.75%) HSPA
15 6 (7.50%) Firewall
16 5 (6.25%) MPLS
16 5 (6.25%) HSDPA
17 4 (5.00%) HSUPA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.25%) MS Access
1 5 (6.25%) Oracle Database
General
1 50 (62.50%) Telecoms
2 5 (6.25%) Electronics
2 5 (6.25%) Marketing
3 3 (3.75%) Billing
4 2 (2.50%) Front Office
5 1 (1.25%) Back Office
5 1 (1.25%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.25%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.25%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (16.25%) Architect
2 11 (13.75%) RF Engineer
3 10 (12.50%) Test Engineer
4 7 (8.75%) Systems Architect
4 7 (8.75%) RF Optimisation Engineer
5 6 (7.50%) Performance Engineer
5 6 (7.50%) Solutions Architect
6 5 (6.25%) OSS Architect
6 5 (6.25%) OSS Solutions Architect
7 4 (5.00%) Designer
7 4 (5.00%) Implementation Manager
7 4 (5.00%) Network Designer
7 4 (5.00%) Operations Manager
8 3 (3.75%) Design Engineer
8 3 (3.75%) RAN Engineer
9 2 (2.50%) Network Optimisation Engineer
9 2 (2.50%) Network Performance Engineer
9 2 (2.50%) Transmission Engineer
9 2 (2.50%) 3G Engineer
9 2 (2.50%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.00%) XML
1 4 (5.00%) WML
1 4 (5.00%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.00%) Smart Meter
3 2 (2.50%) Digital Media
3 2 (2.50%) Statistics
3 2 (2.50%) Handset
3 2 (2.50%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.25%) DTV
4 1 (1.25%) ASIC
4 1 (1.25%) VHDL
4 1 (1.25%) Verilog
4 1 (1.25%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.25%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 6 (7.50%) Android
2 2 (2.50%) UNIX
3 1 (1.25%) Windows
3 1 (1.25%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (11.25%) Network Design
2 7 (8.75%) Project Management
2 7 (8.75%) Information Management
2 7 (8.75%) Software Engineering
2 7 (8.75%) Network Management
3 6 (7.50%) Network Planning
3 6 (7.50%) Performance Monitoring
4 5 (6.25%) SOA
4 5 (6.25%) ITIL
4 5 (6.25%) PRINCE2
4 5 (6.25%) TOGAF
4 5 (6.25%) Validation
4 5 (6.25%) Problem Management
4 5 (6.25%) Network Architecture
4 5 (6.25%) Continuous Improvement
4 5 (6.25%) Performance Analysis
5 4 (5.00%) Fault Management
5 4 (5.00%) Customer Engagement
5 4 (5.00%) Release Management
5 4 (5.00%) Resource Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (11.25%) SQL
2 5 (6.25%) Python
3 4 (5.00%) VBA
3 4 (5.00%) C++
4 3 (3.75%) C
4 3 (3.75%) Perl
5 2 (2.50%) Tcl
6 1 (1.25%) Assembly Language
6 1 (1.25%) C#
6 1 (1.25%) Java
6 1 (1.25%) MATLAB
6 1 (1.25%) R
Qualifications
1 18 (22.50%) Degree
2 5 (6.25%) PMP
2 5 (6.25%) PMI Certification
3 4 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.50%) ISEB
4 2 (2.50%) CNA
4 2 (2.50%) Novell Certification
5 1 (1.25%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (10.00%) QA
2 5 (6.25%) SLA
Systems Management
1 6 (7.50%) Netcool
2 3 (3.75%) OPNET
2 3 (3.75%) NSN NetAct
3 1 (1.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (16.25%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 9 (11.25%) Nokia
3 8 (10.00%) Huawei
3 8 (10.00%) Ericsson
4 7 (8.75%) Cisco
5 6 (7.50%) Greenplum
5 6 (7.50%) Mapinfo
6 5 (6.25%) HP
6 5 (6.25%) Oracle
6 5 (6.25%) Business Objects
7 4 (5.00%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 3 (3.75%) BMC
8 3 (3.75%) Juniper
8 3 (3.75%) Citrix
8 3 (3.75%) Remedy
8 3 (3.75%) NetCracker
8 3 (3.75%) Cramer
9 2 (2.50%) Agilent
9 2 (2.50%) Anite
9 2 (2.50%) Microsoft