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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 232 211 169
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -42
Contract jobs citing GSM 31 28 65
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.33% 0.31% 0.78%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.73% 1.60% 4.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 5 11
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -26.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £191 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £313 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £263 £308
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -14.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 21
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 £36.75 £30.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+22.50% -20.00%
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
1788 1746 1553
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 19.01% 19.14% 18.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 866 760 655
Average daily rate £375 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £195 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 125 97 166
Average hourly rate £30.00 £18.75 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% -25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.75 £13.00 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £44.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £18.63 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+34.22% -25.50%

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 30 June 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 30 June 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 +4 20 £180 -16.27% 6
Surrey +3 7 £320 - 1
Hampshire -7 2 £440 +41.93%
Home Counties - 1 £275 -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 97 (74.05%) Telecoms
2 90 (68.70%) UMTS
3 71 (54.20%) LTE
4 63 (48.09%) 3G
5 62 (47.33%) 4G
6 49 (37.40%) Wireless
7 39 (29.77%) 2G
7 39 (29.77%) GPRS
8 35 (26.72%) Ericsson
9 32 (24.43%) Radio Access Network
10 31 (23.66%) HP Quality Center
10 31 (23.66%) Network Planning
11 26 (19.85%) Wi-Fi
12 25 (19.08%) WiMAX
12 25 (19.08%) SDH
13 24 (18.32%) HP
13 24 (18.32%) VoLTE
14 22 (16.79%) SLA
14 22 (16.79%) RNC
15 21 (16.03%) C
16 18 (13.74%) HSPA
17 17 (12.98%) GPON
17 17 (12.98%) Huawei
17 17 (12.98%) DSL
17 17 (12.98%) SS7
17 17 (12.98%) CDMA2000
17 17 (12.98%) MPLS
18 16 (12.21%) SIGTRAN
19 15 (11.45%) Project Management
20 14 (10.69%) Wireshark

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 5 (3.82%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.05%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.53%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 90 (68.70%) UMTS
2 71 (54.20%) LTE
3 63 (48.09%) 3G
4 62 (47.33%) 4G
5 49 (37.40%) Wireless
6 39 (29.77%) GPRS
6 39 (29.77%) 2G
7 32 (24.43%) Radio Access Network
8 26 (19.85%) Wi-Fi
9 25 (19.08%) WiMAX
9 25 (19.08%) SDH
10 24 (18.32%) VoLTE
11 22 (16.79%) RNC
12 18 (13.74%) HSPA
13 17 (12.98%) GPON
13 17 (12.98%) SS7
13 17 (12.98%) CDMA2000
13 17 (12.98%) MPLS
13 17 (12.98%) DSL
14 16 (12.21%) SIGTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.76%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 2 (1.53%) HP UFT
1 2 (1.53%) Selenium
1 2 (1.53%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.53%) eggPlant
2 1 (0.76%) LabVIEW
General
1 97 (74.05%) Telecoms
2 8 (6.11%) Billing
3 4 (3.05%) Finance
4 2 (1.53%) Marketing
5 1 (0.76%) Multimedia
5 1 (0.76%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 18 (13.74%) Tester
2 14 (10.69%) Test Engineer
3 11 (8.40%) Radio Engineer
4 7 (5.34%) Wireless Engineer
4 7 (5.34%) Technical Tester
4 7 (5.34%) Performance Engineer
4 7 (5.34%) Field Engineer
5 6 (4.58%) Design Engineer
6 5 (3.82%) Administrator
7 4 (3.05%) Telecoms Engineer
7 4 (3.05%) RF Engineer
7 4 (3.05%) Analyst
8 3 (2.29%) Project Manager
8 3 (2.29%) Mobile Tester
9 2 (1.53%) RAN Engineer
9 2 (1.53%) RF Optimisation Engineer
9 2 (1.53%) Delivery Manager
9 2 (1.53%) Integration Engineer
9 2 (1.53%) Ericsson Engineer
9 2 (1.53%) Performance Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.53%) SOAP
2 1 (0.76%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.40%) Statistics
2 8 (6.11%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.29%) Handset
4 2 (1.53%) iPhone
4 2 (1.53%) iPad
4 2 (1.53%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.76%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 9 (6.87%) Linux
2 4 (3.05%) UNIX
3 2 (1.53%) Android
3 2 (1.53%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.53%) Solaris
4 1 (0.76%) Windows
4 1 (0.76%) Windows 2000
4 1 (0.76%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (23.66%) Network Planning
2 15 (11.45%) Project Management
3 12 (9.16%) Performance Monitoring
4 10 (7.63%) Test Automation
5 9 (6.87%) CRM
5 9 (6.87%) Network Design
6 8 (6.11%) Test Scripting
6 8 (6.11%) Software Testing
6 8 (6.11%) Requirements Analysis
6 8 (6.11%) Logistics
7 7 (5.34%) OOD
7 7 (5.34%) UML
7 7 (5.34%) OO
7 7 (5.34%) Software Engineering
7 7 (5.34%) Network Architecture
7 7 (5.34%) Performance Engineering
8 6 (4.58%) Test Planning
8 6 (4.58%) Line Management
8 6 (4.58%) WFM
8 6 (4.58%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (16.03%) C
2 9 (6.87%) SQL
3 7 (5.34%) C++
3 7 (5.34%) Embedded C
3 7 (5.34%) Embedded C++
4 2 (1.53%) MapBasic
4 2 (1.53%) PL/SQL
4 2 (1.53%) Java
4 2 (1.53%) VBScript
4 2 (1.53%) VB
4 2 (1.53%) VBA
5 1 (0.76%) Python
5 1 (0.76%) Perl
Qualifications
1 9 (6.87%) ISEB
2 6 (4.58%) Degree
3 3 (2.29%) ISTQB
4 1 (0.76%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.76%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (0.76%) HNC
4 1 (0.76%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (16.79%) SLA
2 3 (2.29%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.76%) NDS
Systems Management
1 31 (23.66%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (8.40%) NSN NetAct
3 4 (3.05%) Netcool
Vendors
1 35 (26.72%) Ericsson
2 24 (18.32%) HP
3 17 (12.98%) Huawei
4 12 (9.16%) Actix
5 10 (7.63%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 10 (7.63%) Nokia
6 8 (6.11%) Mapinfo
7 5 (3.82%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 3 (2.29%) Business Objects
8 3 (2.29%) SAP
9 2 (1.53%) Siemens
10 1 (0.76%) TIBCO
10 1 (0.76%) NetHawk
10 1 (0.76%) TEOCO
10 1 (0.76%) Cisco
10 1 (0.76%) Microsoft
10 1 (0.76%) Sybase
10 1 (0.76%) Nortel