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 5 May 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 126 132 109
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -23
Contract jobs citing GSM 12 11 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.39% 0.34% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.42% 2.48% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 1
Average daily rate
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- £260 £175
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +48.57%
UK excluding London average daily rate £208 £261 £260
% change year-on-year
-20.57% +0.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £35.00 £41.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.66% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -6.66%
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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
351 444 323
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 11.55% 13.71% 14.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 249 186
Average daily rate £360 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £470 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+4.54% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 33 21
Average hourly rate £22.00 £17.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.71% -18.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.55 £14.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.35 £40.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -11.11%

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 5 May 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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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
Bristol +3 4 - -
Devon - 4 - -
Dorset +3 2 - -
Cornwall - 2 - -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 5 May 2015, 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 20 (86.96%) Telecoms
2 19 (82.61%) UMTS
3 17 (73.91%) Ethernet
3 17 (73.91%) ATM
3 17 (73.91%) SDH
3 17 (73.91%) Ericsson
3 17 (73.91%) RNC
3 17 (73.91%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 17 (73.91%) Radio Access Network
4 16 (69.57%) Line Management
4 16 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (69.57%) WFM
4 16 (69.57%) SLA
5 4 (17.39%) GPRS
6 3 (13.04%) 3G
6 3 (13.04%) 2G
6 3 (13.04%) LTE
7 2 (8.70%) Embedded Software Development
7 2 (8.70%) Software Engineering
7 2 (8.70%) Risk Management
7 2 (8.70%) C
7 2 (8.70%) C++
7 2 (8.70%) Embedded C
7 2 (8.70%) Embedded C++
8 1 (4.35%) Microsoft
8 1 (4.35%) TCP/IP
8 1 (4.35%) WCDMA
8 1 (4.35%) MS Office
8 1 (4.35%) UNIX
8 1 (4.35%) SMS

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 May 2015, 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.

Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 19 (82.61%) UMTS
2 17 (73.91%) Ethernet
2 17 (73.91%) ATM
2 17 (73.91%) SDH
2 17 (73.91%) RNC
2 17 (73.91%) Radio Access Network
3 4 (17.39%) GPRS
4 3 (13.04%) 3G
4 3 (13.04%) 2G
4 3 (13.04%) LTE
5 1 (4.35%) TCP/IP
5 1 (4.35%) WCDMA
5 1 (4.35%) SMS
5 1 (4.35%) SS7
5 1 (4.35%) TETRA
5 1 (4.35%) 4G
5 1 (4.35%) SIGTRAN
5 1 (4.35%) MVNO
General
1 20 (86.96%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.35%) Electronics
2 1 (4.35%) Retail
Job Titles
1 17 (73.91%) Field Engineer
2 2 (8.70%) Embedded Software Engineer
2 2 (8.70%) Test Engineer
2 2 (8.70%) Software Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Support Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Senior Test Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Integration Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) RF Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Ericsson Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Test and Integration Engineer
3 1 (4.35%) Senior Integration Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.35%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (69.57%) Line Management
1 16 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
1 16 (69.57%) WFM
2 2 (8.70%) Embedded Software Development
2 2 (8.70%) Software Engineering
2 2 (8.70%) Risk Management
3 1 (4.35%) Service Management
3 1 (4.35%) Integration Acceptance Testing
3 1 (4.35%) Configuration Management
3 1 (4.35%) Data Management
3 1 (4.35%) Data Analysis
3 1 (4.35%) Problem Management
3 1 (4.35%) Risk Analysis
3 1 (4.35%) Performance Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.70%) C
1 2 (8.70%) C++
1 2 (8.70%) Embedded C
1 2 (8.70%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 1 (4.35%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (69.57%) SLA
2 1 (4.35%) QA
Vendors
1 17 (73.91%) Ericsson
1 17 (73.91%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.35%) Nokia
2 1 (4.35%) Mapinfo