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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 128 110 118
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +8
Contract jobs citing GSM 11 11 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.35% 0.44% 0.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.63% 3.58% 2.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 3
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£313 £303 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.30% +14.15%
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £325 £270
% change year-on-year
-19.23% +20.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-4.00% +7.14%
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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
419 307 328
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 13.33% 12.33% 13.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 150 176
Average daily rate £356 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.61% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 19 31
Average hourly rate £24.00 £20.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -46.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.65 £9.50 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £31.50 £190.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 18 (78.26%) Telecoms
2 17 (73.91%) UMTS
3 13 (56.52%) Radio Access Network
4 12 (52.17%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 11 (47.83%) RNC
5 11 (47.83%) SDH
5 11 (47.83%) ATM
5 11 (47.83%) Ethernet
5 11 (47.83%) Ericsson
6 10 (43.48%) SLA
6 10 (43.48%) WFM
6 10 (43.48%) Line Management
7 9 (39.13%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (30.43%) LTE
8 7 (30.43%) GPRS
9 6 (26.09%) WCDMA
10 5 (21.74%) Electronics
10 5 (21.74%) TETRA
10 5 (21.74%) Integration Acceptance Testing
10 5 (21.74%) Degree
11 4 (17.39%) SMS
12 3 (13.04%) 4G
13 2 (8.70%) ISTQB
13 2 (8.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 2 (8.70%) ISEB
13 2 (8.70%) Risk Management
13 2 (8.70%) Wireless
14 1 (4.35%) IPsec
14 1 (4.35%) Service Management
14 1 (4.35%) 2G

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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.

Communications & Networking
1 17 (73.91%) UMTS
2 13 (56.52%) Radio Access Network
3 11 (47.83%) RNC
3 11 (47.83%) SDH
3 11 (47.83%) ATM
3 11 (47.83%) Ethernet
4 7 (30.43%) LTE
4 7 (30.43%) GPRS
5 6 (26.09%) WCDMA
6 5 (21.74%) TETRA
7 4 (17.39%) SMS
8 3 (13.04%) 4G
9 2 (8.70%) Wireless
10 1 (4.35%) IPsec
10 1 (4.35%) 2G
10 1 (4.35%) TCP/IP
10 1 (4.35%) 3G
10 1 (4.35%) UTRAN
10 1 (4.35%) SS7
10 1 (4.35%) DHCP
General
1 18 (78.26%) Telecoms
2 5 (21.74%) Electronics
3 1 (4.35%) Retail
3 1 (4.35%) Billing
Job Titles
1 11 (47.83%) Field Engineer
2 6 (26.09%) Test Engineer
2 6 (26.09%) Integration Engineer
3 5 (21.74%) RF Engineer
4 4 (17.39%) Design Engineer
4 4 (17.39%) RF Design Engineer
5 3 (13.04%) Test and Integration Engineer
6 2 (8.70%) Senior Integration Engineer
6 2 (8.70%) Senior Design Engineer
6 2 (8.70%) Senior RF Engineer
6 2 (8.70%) Senior Test Engineer
7 1 (4.35%) Support Engineer
7 1 (4.35%) Ericsson Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.35%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (43.48%) WFM
1 10 (43.48%) Line Management
2 9 (39.13%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (21.74%) Integration Acceptance Testing
4 2 (8.70%) Risk Management
5 1 (4.35%) Service Management
5 1 (4.35%) Validation
5 1 (4.35%) Configuration Management
5 1 (4.35%) Test Planning
5 1 (4.35%) Black-Box Testing
5 1 (4.35%) Coaching
5 1 (4.35%) Data Management
5 1 (4.35%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.35%) C
Qualifications
1 5 (21.74%) Degree
2 2 (8.70%) ISTQB
2 2 (8.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (8.70%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (43.48%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (52.17%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 11 (47.83%) Ericsson
3 1 (4.35%) Anite
3 1 (4.35%) Nokia
3 1 (4.35%) Huawei
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