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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 134 116 116
Rank change year-on-year
-18 0
Contract jobs citing GSM 11 7 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.33% 0.30% 0.41%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.31% 2.24% 2.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 8
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£313 £348 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.07% +31.13%
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £261 £268
% change year-on-year
+20.57% -2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.14%
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
477 313 374
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 14.49% 13.25% 13.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 264 156 190
Average daily rate £338 £300 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £450 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 34 38
Average hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.50% -42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.50 £13.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £34.50 £190.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.38%

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 19 December 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
Dorset - 6 £313 -
Bristol -19 1 - -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 21 (75.00%) Telecoms
2 19 (67.86%) UMTS
3 12 (42.86%) LTE
4 11 (39.29%) Radio Access Network
5 10 (35.71%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 9 (32.14%) RNC
6 9 (32.14%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (32.14%) GPRS
6 9 (32.14%) SDH
6 9 (32.14%) Ethernet
6 9 (32.14%) SLA
6 9 (32.14%) ATM
6 9 (32.14%) Ericsson
7 8 (28.57%) WFM
7 8 (28.57%) Line Management
8 7 (25.00%) Degree
8 7 (25.00%) TETRA
9 6 (21.43%) WCDMA
10 5 (17.86%) C
10 5 (17.86%) Integration Acceptance Testing
10 5 (17.86%) Electronics
11 4 (14.29%) Software Engineering
11 4 (14.29%) 3G
11 4 (14.29%) SMS
12 3 (10.71%) C++
12 3 (10.71%) Wireless
12 3 (10.71%) ISEB
12 3 (10.71%) 4G
12 3 (10.71%) Embedded Systems
13 2 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 19 (67.86%) UMTS
2 12 (42.86%) LTE
3 11 (39.29%) Radio Access Network
4 9 (32.14%) RNC
4 9 (32.14%) GPRS
4 9 (32.14%) SDH
4 9 (32.14%) Ethernet
4 9 (32.14%) ATM
5 7 (25.00%) TETRA
6 6 (21.43%) WCDMA
7 4 (14.29%) 3G
7 4 (14.29%) SMS
8 3 (10.71%) Wireless
8 3 (10.71%) 4G
9 1 (3.57%) Bluetooth
9 1 (3.57%) DHCP
9 1 (3.57%) TCP/IP
9 1 (3.57%) UTRAN
9 1 (3.57%) SS7
9 1 (3.57%) IPsec
Development Applications
1 2 (7.14%) ClearCase
General
1 21 (75.00%) Telecoms
2 5 (17.86%) Electronics
3 1 (3.57%) Retail
3 1 (3.57%) Billing
3 1 (3.57%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (32.14%) Field Engineer
2 7 (25.00%) RF Engineer
3 6 (21.43%) Design Engineer
3 6 (21.43%) Test Engineer
3 6 (21.43%) Integration Engineer
3 6 (21.43%) RF Design Engineer
4 4 (14.29%) Software Engineer
5 3 (10.71%) Test and Integration Engineer
6 2 (7.14%) Senior Design Engineer
6 2 (7.14%) Senior Integration Engineer
6 2 (7.14%) Senior RF Engineer
6 2 (7.14%) Senior Test Engineer
6 2 (7.14%) Consultant
7 1 (3.57%) Senior Manager
7 1 (3.57%) Support Engineer
7 1 (3.57%) Senior Software Engineer
7 1 (3.57%) Ericsson Engineer
7 1 (3.57%) Business Manager
7 1 (3.57%) Integration Manager
7 1 (3.57%) Embedded Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.14%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.71%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (3.57%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.57%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (32.14%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (28.57%) WFM
2 8 (28.57%) Line Management
3 5 (17.86%) Integration Acceptance Testing
4 4 (14.29%) Software Engineering
5 2 (7.14%) Validation
5 2 (7.14%) Risk Management
5 2 (7.14%) UML
6 1 (3.57%) Configuration Management
6 1 (3.57%) Project Management
6 1 (3.57%) Service Management
6 1 (3.57%) Service Delivery
6 1 (3.57%) Six Sigma
6 1 (3.57%) Data Management
6 1 (3.57%) Problem Management
6 1 (3.57%) Risk Analysis
6 1 (3.57%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (3.57%) Test Planning
6 1 (3.57%) Coaching
6 1 (3.57%) Black-Box Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (17.86%) C
2 3 (10.71%) C++
3 1 (3.57%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 7 (25.00%) Degree
2 3 (10.71%) ISEB
3 2 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (7.14%) ISTQB
4 1 (3.57%) HND
4 1 (3.57%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (3.57%) Six Sigma Black Belt
4 1 (3.57%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (32.14%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (35.71%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 9 (32.14%) Ericsson
3 1 (3.57%) Nokia
3 1 (3.57%) Anite
3 1 (3.57%) Huawei