The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GSM over the 3 months to 1 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
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 131 102 120
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +18
Contract jobs citing GSM 15 4 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.46% 0.18% 0.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.98% 1.46% 2.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 1
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UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £250 £240
% change year-on-year
+33.50% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 6
Average hourly rate £30.50 £45.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.22% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.90 £45.00 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.10 £45.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+8.45% +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 West region.

Communications & Networking Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
503 274 447
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 15.53% 12.18% 14.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 308 139 195
Average daily rate £350 £300 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £175 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £484 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 28 63
Average hourly rate £25.00 £19.65 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.22% -45.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.60 £15.00 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £120.00 £41.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -7.16%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

GSM Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

GSM
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

GSM Daily Rate Trend in the South West

GSM
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

GSM Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

GSM
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 1 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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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
Wiltshire - - - -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 1 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 14 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 13 (61.90%) UMTS
3 10 (47.62%) LTE
4 7 (33.33%) TETRA
4 7 (33.33%) GPRS
5 5 (23.81%) WCDMA
5 5 (23.81%) C
5 5 (23.81%) Integration Acceptance Testing
5 5 (23.81%) 3G
5 5 (23.81%) Degree
6 4 (19.05%) Software Engineering
7 3 (14.29%) Electronics
7 3 (14.29%) Wireless
7 3 (14.29%) C++
7 3 (14.29%) SLA
7 3 (14.29%) SMS
7 3 (14.29%) Risk Analysis
7 3 (14.29%) Radio Access Network
7 3 (14.29%) Embedded Systems
8 2 (9.52%) Agilent
8 2 (9.52%) 3GPP
8 2 (9.52%) SDH
8 2 (9.52%) Ethernet
8 2 (9.52%) STL
8 2 (9.52%) UNIX
8 2 (9.52%) Linux
8 2 (9.52%) UML
8 2 (9.52%) ClearCase
8 2 (9.52%) ATM
8 2 (9.52%) Risk Management

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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.

Communications & Networking
1 13 (61.90%) UMTS
2 10 (47.62%) LTE
3 7 (33.33%) GPRS
3 7 (33.33%) TETRA
4 5 (23.81%) 3G
4 5 (23.81%) WCDMA
5 3 (14.29%) SMS
5 3 (14.29%) Wireless
5 3 (14.29%) Radio Access Network
6 2 (9.52%) 3GPP
6 2 (9.52%) Ethernet
6 2 (9.52%) SDH
6 2 (9.52%) ATM
6 2 (9.52%) SS7
6 2 (9.52%) ISUP
6 2 (9.52%) SCCP
6 2 (9.52%) INAP
6 2 (9.52%) RNC
6 2 (9.52%) Wireshark
6 2 (9.52%) SIGTRAN
Development Applications
1 2 (9.52%) ClearCase
General
1 14 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 3 (14.29%) Electronics
3 2 (9.52%) Billing
4 1 (4.76%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (33.33%) Design Engineer
1 7 (33.33%) Test Engineer
1 7 (33.33%) Integration Engineer
1 7 (33.33%) RF Engineer
1 7 (33.33%) RF Design Engineer
2 5 (23.81%) Consultant
3 4 (19.05%) Software Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) Test and Integration Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Test Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Field Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Integration Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior RF Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Design Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) Test Leader
6 1 (4.76%) Integration Manager
6 1 (4.76%) Senior Manager
6 1 (4.76%) Senior Software Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) Senior Business Manager
6 1 (4.76%) Business Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (9.52%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.52%) UNIX
1 2 (9.52%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (23.81%) Integration Acceptance Testing
2 4 (19.05%) Software Engineering
3 3 (14.29%) Risk Analysis
4 2 (9.52%) WFM
4 2 (9.52%) Risk Management
4 2 (9.52%) UML
5 1 (4.76%) Six Sigma
5 1 (4.76%) Project Management
5 1 (4.76%) Service Delivery
5 1 (4.76%) Validation
5 1 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (4.76%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (4.76%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 5 (23.81%) C
2 3 (14.29%) C++
3 1 (4.76%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 5 (23.81%) Degree
2 2 (9.52%) ISEB
3 1 (4.76%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (4.76%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.76%) HND
3 1 (4.76%) Six Sigma Black Belt
3 1 (4.76%) Six Sigma Green Belt
3 1 (4.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (14.29%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (9.52%) NSN NetAct
1 2 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (9.52%) Ericsson
1 2 (9.52%) Agilent
1 2 (9.52%) Nokia Solutions and Networks