The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the South West region.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 131 123 135
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +12
Contract jobs citing GSM 11 4 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.34% 0.17% 0.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.31% 1.20% 2.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 4
Average daily rate £260 £175 £394
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+48.57% -55.55%
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £260 £270
% change year-on-year
- -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £41.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-1.40% +1.42%
Communications & Networking Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
476 334 544
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 14.50% 14.24% 15.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 262 192 280
Average daily rate £375 £364 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.09% -14.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £175 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 20 36
Average hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.97% -21.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £15.20 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.90 £40.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -18.18%
GSM
England

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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Bristol -11 9 £260 +48.57% 1
Wiltshire - - - -
GSM
England

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 19 (90.48%) UMTS
1 19 (90.48%) Telecoms
2 17 (80.95%) LTE
3 14 (66.67%) GPRS
3 14 (66.67%) WCDMA
4 12 (57.14%) SMS
5 11 (52.38%) Integration Acceptance Testing
6 8 (38.10%) Degree
6 8 (38.10%) Risk Management
6 8 (38.10%) Electronics
7 7 (33.33%) ISEB
7 7 (33.33%) Risk Analysis
8 5 (23.81%) Radio Access Network
8 5 (23.81%) ISTQB
9 4 (19.05%) 3G
10 3 (14.29%) 2G
10 3 (14.29%) Validation
10 3 (14.29%) RNC
10 3 (14.29%) Huawei
10 3 (14.29%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
11 2 (9.52%) 4G
11 2 (9.52%) Demand Management
11 2 (9.52%) Network Architecture
11 2 (9.52%) Black-Box Testing
11 2 (9.52%) SIGTRAN
11 2 (9.52%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (9.52%) TETRA
11 2 (9.52%) ISUP
12 1 (4.76%) IPsec
12 1 (4.76%) ETL

GSM
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 (90.48%) UMTS
2 17 (80.95%) LTE
3 14 (66.67%) GPRS
3 14 (66.67%) WCDMA
4 12 (57.14%) SMS
5 5 (23.81%) Radio Access Network
6 4 (19.05%) 3G
7 3 (14.29%) 2G
7 3 (14.29%) RNC
8 2 (9.52%) 4G
8 2 (9.52%) SIGTRAN
8 2 (9.52%) TETRA
8 2 (9.52%) ISUP
9 1 (4.76%) IPsec
9 1 (4.76%) RTCP
9 1 (4.76%) RTP
9 1 (4.76%) Intranet
9 1 (4.76%) TCP/IP
9 1 (4.76%) VoIP
9 1 (4.76%) GGSN
General
1 19 (90.48%) Telecoms
2 8 (38.10%) Electronics
3 1 (4.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (61.90%) Test Engineer
2 12 (57.14%) Integration Engineer
3 9 (42.86%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 6 (28.57%) Test Manager
5 5 (23.81%) Senior Test Engineer
5 5 (23.81%) Integration Manager
5 5 (23.81%) Senior Integration Engineer
6 2 (9.52%) RF Engineer
6 2 (9.52%) RF Design Engineer
6 2 (9.52%) Design Engineer
6 2 (9.52%) Consultant
7 1 (4.76%) Senior Manager
7 1 (4.76%) Senior Test Manager
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (52.38%) Integration Acceptance Testing
2 8 (38.10%) Risk Management
3 7 (33.33%) Risk Analysis
4 3 (14.29%) Validation
5 2 (9.52%) Demand Management
5 2 (9.52%) Network Architecture
5 2 (9.52%) Black-Box Testing
6 1 (4.76%) ETL
6 1 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
Qualifications
1 8 (38.10%) Degree
2 7 (33.33%) ISEB
3 5 (23.81%) ISTQB
4 2 (9.52%) ISEB Practitioner
Vendors
1 3 (14.29%) Huawei
1 3 (14.29%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 1 (4.76%) Ericsson
2 1 (4.76%) Cisco