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 29 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 258 177 223
Rank change year-on-year
-81 +46
Contract jobs citing GSM 20 87 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.21% 0.87% 0.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.98% 4.30% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 47 4
Average daily rate £230 £260 £175
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.53% +48.57%
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £256 £261
% change year-on-year
+2.43% -1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 0
Average hourly rate £47.50 £36.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.94% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.50 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+31.94% +2.85%
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
2045 2024 1724
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 21.22% 20.34% 18.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 1149 987 758
Average daily rate £375 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £180 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £340 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.05% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 98 119
Average hourly rate £37.00 £36.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.77% +71.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £17.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £116.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £20.75
% change year-on-year
- +44.57%

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
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 29 April 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
Berkshire -50 7 £255 - 3
Surrey -18 6 £315 -1.56% 1
M4 Corridor - 4 £230 -
Buckinghamshire +19 3 - -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 31 (79.49%) Telecoms
2 29 (74.36%) UMTS
3 21 (53.85%) LTE
4 20 (51.28%) Diameter Protocol
5 15 (38.46%) GPRS
6 13 (33.33%) WCDMA
7 11 (28.21%) 4G
8 10 (25.64%) Oracle Database
8 10 (25.64%) CDMA
8 10 (25.64%) Oracle
8 10 (25.64%) Sybase
8 10 (25.64%) Unix
8 10 (25.64%) Solaris
8 10 (25.64%) 3G
8 10 (25.64%) SS7
9 9 (23.08%) RTP
9 9 (23.08%) Wi-Fi
9 9 (23.08%) 2G
9 9 (23.08%) Linux
9 9 (23.08%) OO
9 9 (23.08%) STL
9 9 (23.08%) C++
9 9 (23.08%) Boost C++ Libraries
9 9 (23.08%) Trac
9 9 (23.08%) Cross-Platform Development
9 9 (23.08%) RANAP
9 9 (23.08%) Subversion
9 9 (23.08%) Software Engineering
10 8 (20.51%) ITIL
10 8 (20.51%) SLA

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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.

Application Platforms
1 5 (12.82%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (2.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (2.56%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Traffica
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 29 (74.36%) UMTS
2 21 (53.85%) LTE
3 20 (51.28%) Diameter Protocol
4 15 (38.46%) GPRS
5 13 (33.33%) WCDMA
6 11 (28.21%) 4G
7 10 (25.64%) 3G
7 10 (25.64%) CDMA
7 10 (25.64%) SS7
8 9 (23.08%) 2G
8 9 (23.08%) RANAP
8 9 (23.08%) RTP
8 9 (23.08%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (15.38%) VoIP
10 5 (12.82%) H.323
10 5 (12.82%) MGCP
10 5 (12.82%) NGN
10 5 (12.82%) Radio Access Network
11 3 (7.69%) VoLTE
12 2 (5.13%) VoWiFi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (25.64%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.56%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 9 (23.08%) Subversion
1 9 (23.08%) Trac
General
1 31 (79.49%) Telecoms
2 3 (7.69%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (23.08%) Core Network Engineer
1 9 (23.08%) Network Engineer
1 9 (23.08%) Software Engineer
2 8 (20.51%) Support Engineer
3 7 (17.95%) C++ Software Engineer
3 7 (17.95%) Network Support
3 7 (17.95%) Network Support Engineer
3 7 (17.95%) Technical Engineer
3 7 (17.95%) Technical Support
3 7 (17.95%) Technical Support Engineer
4 6 (15.38%) Service Manager
5 5 (12.82%) Telecoms Manager
6 4 (10.26%) Delivery Manager
6 4 (10.26%) ITIL Manager
6 4 (10.26%) ITIL Service Manager
6 4 (10.26%) Services Delivery Manager
7 3 (7.69%) Project Manager
8 2 (5.13%) GSM Engineer
8 2 (5.13%) Radio Engineer
8 2 (5.13%) UMTS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (23.08%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 9 (23.08%) STL
2 1 (2.56%) HTML
2 1 (2.56%) HTML5
2 1 (2.56%) WebRTC
2 1 (2.56%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.69%) Computer Science
2 2 (5.13%) PMI
3 1 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.56%) Smart Meter
3 1 (2.56%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 10 (25.64%) Solaris
1 10 (25.64%) Unix
2 9 (23.08%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (23.08%) Cross-Platform Development
1 9 (23.08%) OO
1 9 (23.08%) Software Engineering
2 8 (20.51%) ITIL
3 6 (15.38%) Service Delivery
4 4 (10.26%) Continuous Improvement
4 4 (10.26%) PRINCE2
4 4 (10.26%) Project Management
5 3 (7.69%) Network Planning
5 3 (7.69%) Performance Monitoring
6 2 (5.13%) Fault Management
6 2 (5.13%) High Availability
6 2 (5.13%) Problem Management
6 2 (5.13%) Release Management
6 2 (5.13%) Service Management
7 1 (2.56%) Programme Management
7 1 (2.56%) Risk Assessment
7 1 (2.56%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (2.56%) Test Planning
7 1 (2.56%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 9 (23.08%) C++
2 2 (5.13%) C
3 1 (2.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (10.26%) Degree
1 4 (10.26%) ITIL Certification
2 2 (5.13%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (20.51%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.56%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.56%) Netcool
Vendors
1 10 (25.64%) Oracle
1 10 (25.64%) Sybase
2 3 (7.69%) Ericsson
2 3 (7.69%) Huawei
2 3 (7.69%) Nokia
3 2 (5.13%) HP
3 2 (5.13%) Nokia Networks
4 1 (2.56%) Alcatel-Lucent
4 1 (2.56%) Arqiva
4 1 (2.56%) BT
4 1 (2.56%) Cisco
4 1 (2.56%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.56%) NetCracker
4 1 (2.56%) Siemens
4 1 (2.56%) Telindus
4 1 (2.56%) Virgin Media
4 1 (2.56%) ZTE