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 May 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
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 132 128 136
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +8
Contract jobs citing GSM 1 12 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.034% 0.38% 0.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.21% 3.27% 2.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 2
Average daily rate - - £261
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £255 £261
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £35.00 £41.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -15.66%
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 West region.

Communications & Networking Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
476 367 459
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 16.25% 11.73% 14.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 312 178 256
Average daily rate £363 £360 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.69% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £227 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £475 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £340 £335
% change year-on-year
+6.61% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 29 28
Average hourly rate £35.50 £22.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+61.36% +18.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.55 £11.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.23 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
- +50.00%

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 May 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
Wiltshire - 1 - -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, 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 3 (42.86%) UMTS
1 3 (42.86%) LTE
2 2 (28.57%) Git (software)
2 2 (28.57%) 3G
2 2 (28.57%) Nokia
2 2 (28.57%) Wireshark
2 2 (28.57%) Project Management
2 2 (28.57%) Network Design
2 2 (28.57%) MS Visio
2 2 (28.57%) WCDMA
2 2 (28.57%) Telecoms
2 2 (28.57%) 2G
2 2 (28.57%) Actix
2 2 (28.57%) NSN NetAct
2 2 (28.57%) 4G
2 2 (28.57%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (14.29%) Embedded Software Development
3 1 (14.29%) WebRTC
3 1 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (14.29%) Data Centre
3 1 (14.29%) High Availability
3 1 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (14.29%) Change Control
3 1 (14.29%) Confluence
3 1 (14.29%) Network Architecture
3 1 (14.29%) Waterfall
3 1 (14.29%) Manufacturing
3 1 (14.29%) Migration
3 1 (14.29%) Anite
3 1 (14.29%) Scrum

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (14.29%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (28.57%) MS Visio
2 1 (14.29%) AutoCAD
2 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
2 1 (14.29%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (14.29%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 3 (42.86%) LTE
1 3 (42.86%) UMTS
2 2 (28.57%) 2G
2 2 (28.57%) 3G
2 2 (28.57%) 4G
2 2 (28.57%) Radio Access Network
2 2 (28.57%) WCDMA
2 2 (28.57%) Wireshark
3 1 (14.29%) Broadband
3 1 (14.29%) HSPA
3 1 (14.29%) IPv4
3 1 (14.29%) IPv6
3 1 (14.29%) LAN
3 1 (14.29%) Network Security
3 1 (14.29%) PBX
3 1 (14.29%) TCP/IP
3 1 (14.29%) VoIP
3 1 (14.29%) WAN
3 1 (14.29%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (14.29%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Git (software)
2 1 (14.29%) JIRA
2 1 (14.29%) PVCS
2 1 (14.29%) Subversion
General
1 2 (28.57%) Telecoms
2 1 (14.29%) Electronics
2 1 (14.29%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 1 (14.29%) Analyst
1 1 (14.29%) Designer
1 1 (14.29%) Network Analyst
1 1 (14.29%) Project Manager
1 1 (14.29%) Radio Engineer
1 1 (14.29%) Senior Designer
1 1 (14.29%) Software Project Manager
1 1 (14.29%) Software Test Engineer
1 1 (14.29%) Systems Engineer
1 1 (14.29%) Systems Test Engineer
1 1 (14.29%) Telecoms Engineer
1 1 (14.29%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) .NET
1 1 (14.29%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (14.29%) Data Centre
1 1 (14.29%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Linux
1 1 (14.29%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (28.57%) Network Design
1 2 (28.57%) Project Management
2 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (14.29%) Benchmarking
2 1 (14.29%) Change Control
2 1 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
2 1 (14.29%) Embedded Software Development
2 1 (14.29%) High Availability
2 1 (14.29%) Migration
2 1 (14.29%) MODAF
2 1 (14.29%) Network Architecture
2 1 (14.29%) Network Planning
2 1 (14.29%) PRINCE2
2 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
2 1 (14.29%) Scrum
2 1 (14.29%) Test Scripting
2 1 (14.29%) Unit Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) C
1 1 (14.29%) C++
1 1 (14.29%) Embedded C
1 1 (14.29%) MapBasic
1 1 (14.29%) Python
1 1 (14.29%) SQL
1 1 (14.29%) VB
1 1 (14.29%) VC++
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) Chartered Engineer
1 1 (14.29%) Degree
1 1 (14.29%) DV Cleared
1 1 (14.29%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 2 (28.57%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Actix
1 2 (28.57%) Nokia
2 1 (14.29%) Amdocs
2 1 (14.29%) Anite
2 1 (14.29%) Atlassian
2 1 (14.29%) Cisco
2 1 (14.29%) Ericsson
2 1 (14.29%) Huawei
2 1 (14.29%) ION Trading
2 1 (14.29%) Mapinfo