The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GSM over the 3 months to 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 386 486 347
Rank change year-on-year
+100 -139
Contract jobs citing GSM 201 80 191
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.38% 0.16% 0.42%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.62% 1.21% 2.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 15 47
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£260 £300 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £124 £110 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £390 £326
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £305 £270
% change year-on-year
-14.75% +12.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 16
Average hourly rate £36.00 £14.00 £36.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+157.14% -61.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.80 £14.00 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £32.40 £38.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £37.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year
-2.70% +4.22%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7664 6633 7073
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.59% 13.10% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4164 3385 3436
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £320
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 376 592
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.80 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.69 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+43.45% -11.11%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing GSM within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

GSM Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

GSM
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing GSM within the UK.

GSM Daily Rate Trend in the UK

GSM
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GSM within the UK over the 3 months to 4 March 2015.

GSM Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

GSM
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing GSM within the UK.

GSM Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

GSM
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GSM within the UK over the 3 months to 4 March 2015.

GSM Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

GSM
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the UK over the 3 months to 4 March 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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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
England +104 184 £260 -7.14% 24
South East +29 88 £283 -11.71% 16
Berkshire +31 64 £271 -32.18% 11
Newbury +15 38 £290 -27.50% 4
North West - 33 £263 - 2
London -9 17 £350 +180.00%
South West -7 12 - -
Yorkshire - 12 £123 - 2
Manchester - 12 £264 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 10 - -
Guildford +5 8 £260 +8.33% 1
Surrey +4 8 £260 +8.33% 2
West Midlands - 7 £260 - 1
East of England +9 6 - - 1
Reading 0 6 £111 - 3
East Midlands +9 5 - -
Scotland -5 5 - -
Cambridgeshire - 5 - -
Coventry - 5 £260 -
Devon - 4 - -
Cambridge - 3 - -
Milton Keynes - 3 - -
Slough -4 1 £208 -
Oxfordshire - 1 - - 1
Amersham - 1 - -
Essex - 1 - - 1
Middlesex - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - - 1

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 222 (75.77%) Telecoms
2 178 (60.75%) UMTS
3 124 (42.32%) LTE
4 114 (38.91%) Radio Access Network
5 108 (36.86%) Ericsson
6 100 (34.13%) 3G
7 95 (32.42%) SLA
8 93 (31.74%) SDH
9 91 (31.06%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 87 (29.69%) RNC
11 81 (27.65%) Ethernet
11 81 (27.65%) 4G
12 73 (24.91%) Agile Software Development
12 73 (24.91%) ATM
13 71 (24.23%) Line Management
14 70 (23.89%) 2G
15 68 (23.21%) WFM
16 63 (21.50%) GPRS
17 50 (17.06%) Wireless
18 41 (13.99%) C
19 39 (13.31%) Network Planning
20 31 (10.58%) Huawei
20 31 (10.58%) VCP4
21 29 (9.90%) HP Quality Center
22 28 (9.56%) SS7
23 27 (9.22%) HP
23 27 (9.22%) Linux
23 27 (9.22%) SIGTRAN
24 26 (8.87%) HSPA
25 25 (8.53%) WiMAX

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (0.34%) CMS
1 1 (0.34%) SAS
1 1 (0.34%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (3.75%) MS Excel
2 10 (3.41%) MS PowerPoint
3 7 (2.39%) Doxygen
4 2 (0.68%) MS Office
5 1 (0.34%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 178 (60.75%) UMTS
2 124 (42.32%) LTE
3 114 (38.91%) Radio Access Network
4 100 (34.13%) 3G
5 93 (31.74%) SDH
6 87 (29.69%) RNC
7 81 (27.65%) Ethernet
7 81 (27.65%) 4G
8 73 (24.91%) ATM
9 70 (23.89%) 2G
10 63 (21.50%) GPRS
11 50 (17.06%) Wireless
12 28 (9.56%) SS7
13 27 (9.22%) SIGTRAN
14 26 (8.87%) HSPA
15 25 (8.53%) WiMAX
16 23 (7.85%) TCP/IP
17 22 (7.51%) Wi-Fi
18 21 (7.17%) MPLS
19 17 (5.80%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.68%) MySQL
1 2 (0.68%) MS Access
2 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database
2 1 (0.34%) BusinessObjects XI
2 1 (0.34%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
2 1 (0.34%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (0.34%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 7 (2.39%) GoogleTest
2 3 (1.02%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.02%) eggPlant
2 3 (1.02%) Selenium
2 3 (1.02%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (0.68%) JIRA
4 1 (0.34%) NeoLoad
4 1 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.34%) QADirector
4 1 (0.34%) JMeter
4 1 (0.34%) LabVIEW
4 1 (0.34%) LoadRunner
General
1 222 (75.77%) Telecoms
2 15 (5.12%) Billing
3 13 (4.44%) Electronics
4 9 (3.07%) Finance
5 7 (2.39%) Marketing
6 3 (1.02%) Legal
6 3 (1.02%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.68%) Back Office
7 2 (0.68%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.34%) French Language
8 1 (0.34%) German Language
8 1 (0.34%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.34%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.34%) Publishing
8 1 (0.34%) Front Office
8 1 (0.34%) Retail
8 1 (0.34%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 74 (25.26%) Field Engineer
2 23 (7.85%) Test Engineer
3 22 (7.51%) Performance Engineer
4 13 (4.44%) Tester
5 12 (4.10%) Design Engineer
6 11 (3.75%) RAN Engineer
6 11 (3.75%) Analyst
6 11 (3.75%) RF Engineer
7 10 (3.41%) Radio Engineer
8 9 (3.07%) Wireless Engineer
9 8 (2.73%) Software Engineer
9 8 (2.73%) Operations Manager
10 7 (2.39%) Integration Engineer
11 6 (2.05%) Implementation Manager
11 6 (2.05%) Support Engineer
11 6 (2.05%) Project Manager
11 6 (2.05%) RAN Performance Engineer
12 5 (1.71%) Developer
13 4 (1.37%) Hardware Engineer
13 4 (1.37%) Embedded Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.73%) SOAP
2 7 (2.39%) Software Packaging
3 3 (1.02%) WAP
4 2 (0.68%) .NET
4 2 (0.68%) Web Services
5 1 (0.34%) XMPP
5 1 (0.34%) Rendezvous
5 1 (0.34%) XML
5 1 (0.34%) J2ME
5 1 (0.34%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (5.46%) Statistics
2 13 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (2.05%) Handset
4 5 (1.71%) Mobile App
4 5 (1.71%) Computer Science
4 5 (1.71%) Raspberry Pi
4 5 (1.71%) BeagleBone
5 4 (1.37%) iPhone
5 4 (1.37%) iPad
6 3 (1.02%) Video on Demand
6 3 (1.02%) DTV
7 2 (0.68%) Cryptography
7 2 (0.68%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.68%) IVR
7 2 (0.68%) Clustering
8 1 (0.34%) Open Source
8 1 (0.34%) Internet of Things
8 1 (0.34%) Machine to Machine
8 1 (0.34%) FMCG
8 1 (0.34%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 27 (9.22%) Linux
2 23 (7.85%) UNIX
3 8 (2.73%) Solaris
3 8 (2.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (1.37%) Android
4 4 (1.37%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.68%) Windows
6 1 (0.34%) webOS
6 1 (0.34%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (0.34%) Windows 2000
6 1 (0.34%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (24.91%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (24.23%) Line Management
3 68 (23.21%) WFM
4 39 (13.31%) Network Planning
5 24 (8.19%) Project Management
6 18 (6.14%) Network Design
7 17 (5.80%) Software Engineering
8 16 (5.46%) Performance Engineering
9 14 (4.78%) Service Management
9 14 (4.78%) CRM
10 13 (4.44%) OO
11 12 (4.10%) Service Delivery
11 12 (4.10%) ITIL
11 12 (4.10%) Performance Management
11 12 (4.10%) Fault Management
12 11 (3.75%) Configuration Management
12 11 (3.75%) Logistics
13 10 (3.41%) Performance Monitoring
14 9 (3.07%) Problem Management
15 8 (2.73%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (13.99%) C
2 18 (6.14%) C++
3 11 (3.75%) Embedded C
4 8 (2.73%) SQL
4 8 (2.73%) Embedded C++
5 7 (2.39%) Java
6 6 (2.05%) Perl
7 5 (1.71%) Python
8 4 (1.37%) VB
9 3 (1.02%) VBScript
9 3 (1.02%) C#
10 1 (0.34%) Assembly Language
10 1 (0.34%) VBA
10 1 (0.34%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 31 (10.58%) VCP4
2 21 (7.17%) Degree
3 7 (2.39%) ISEB
4 4 (1.37%) ISTQB
4 4 (1.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (0.68%) HNC
5 2 (0.68%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.34%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.34%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.34%) PMP
6 1 (0.34%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.34%) CCIE
6 1 (0.34%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (32.42%) SLA
2 8 (2.73%) QA
3 2 (0.68%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.34%) NFS
1 1 (0.34%) NDS
Systems Management
1 29 (9.90%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (3.75%) NSN NetAct
3 6 (2.05%) Netcool
4 1 (0.34%) OPNET
4 1 (0.34%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.34%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 108 (36.86%) Ericsson
2 91 (31.06%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 31 (10.58%) Huawei
4 27 (9.22%) HP
5 13 (4.44%) Nokia
6 11 (3.75%) Actix
6 11 (3.75%) Nortel
7 9 (3.07%) Business Objects
8 8 (2.73%) Cisco
8 8 (2.73%) Red Hat
9 7 (2.39%) Google
10 6 (2.05%) Mapinfo
11 5 (1.71%) Amdocs
11 5 (1.71%) BT
11 5 (1.71%) SAP
12 4 (1.37%) Oracle
12 4 (1.37%) Microsoft
13 3 (1.02%) Cramer
13 3 (1.02%) EMC
14 2 (0.68%) Sun
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