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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 551 488 441
Rank change year-on-year
-63 -47
Contract jobs citing GSM 74 128 151
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.23% 0.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.90% 1.54% 2.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 36 35
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£260 £334 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.09% +21.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £247 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £388 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £334 £250
% change year-on-year
-22.09% +33.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 11 27
Average hourly rate £14.00 £37.50 £35.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-62.66% +5.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £27.50 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.30 £50.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £38.50 £35.50
% change year-on-year
-15.58% +8.45%

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
8197 8298 7149
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.81% 14.67% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4697 4499 3856
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 531 449 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.15% -2.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

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 1 September 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 1 September 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 1 September 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 -45 68 £260 -23.24% 16
South East -40 35 £293 -6.40% 5
Berkshire -1 27 £250 +16.27% 2
Newbury +6 17 £310 +244.44% 1
London -1 8 £665 +118.03% 6
East of England +2 7 £300 -20.00% 2
Hertfordshire +5 6 £300 -
Hemel Hempstead - 6 £300 -
West Midlands +5 5 £260 -4.14% 1
Slough +3 5 £225 +4.65%
Hampshire -1 4 £498 +59.20%
Leeds -23 4 - - 1
West Yorkshire -23 4 - - 1
Yorkshire -31 4 - - 1
Solihull -3 3 - - 1
North West -19 3 £195 -
Birmingham +4 2 £260 -2.80%
Hammersmith -1 2 - - 2
Cheshire -11 2 £240 -
Reading -13 2 £450 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 2 £255 -
North East - 2 £255 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 £255 -
Middlesex - 2 - -
Guildford -2 1 - -
Cambridge -6 1 - -
Surrey -12 1 - -
Wales -12 1 £240 -
Cambridgeshire -13 1 - -
Warrington -14 1 £240 -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 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.

1 120 (69.36%) UMTS
2 118 (68.21%) Telecoms
3 89 (51.45%) LTE
4 67 (38.73%) GPRS
5 63 (36.42%) 3G
6 51 (29.48%) 2G
7 41 (23.70%) 4G
8 32 (18.50%) Radio Access Network
9 29 (16.76%) Wireless
10 27 (15.61%) SLA
10 27 (15.61%) Huawei
11 25 (14.45%) HP Quality Center
12 23 (13.29%) QA
12 23 (13.29%) Nokia
12 23 (13.29%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 23 (13.29%) VoLTE
13 22 (12.72%) Ericsson
13 22 (12.72%) RNC
14 20 (11.56%) Diameter Protocol
15 19 (10.98%) Degree
15 19 (10.98%) Wireshark
15 19 (10.98%) SS7
15 19 (10.98%) HP
16 18 (10.40%) Network Architecture
17 17 (9.83%) 3GPP
18 16 (9.25%) HSPA
19 15 (8.67%) Test Automation
19 15 (8.67%) Amdocs
19 15 (8.67%) Requirements Analysis
19 15 (8.67%) Network Planning

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 2 (1.16%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (0.58%) Node.js
Applications
1 14 (8.09%) MS Office
2 9 (5.20%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.31%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.73%) MS Project
5 2 (1.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.58%) Metrica
1 1 (0.58%) MultiFonds
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 120 (69.36%) UMTS
2 89 (51.45%) LTE
3 67 (38.73%) GPRS
4 63 (36.42%) 3G
5 51 (29.48%) 2G
6 41 (23.70%) 4G
7 32 (18.50%) Radio Access Network
8 29 (16.76%) Wireless
9 23 (13.29%) VoLTE
10 22 (12.72%) RNC
11 20 (11.56%) Diameter Protocol
12 19 (10.98%) Wireshark
12 19 (10.98%) SS7
13 17 (9.83%) 3GPP
14 16 (9.25%) HSPA
15 15 (8.67%) WCDMA
16 13 (7.51%) SDH
17 11 (6.36%) Internet
17 11 (6.36%) SGSN
17 11 (6.36%) HSDPA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.31%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (1.73%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.58%) MS Access
4 1 (0.58%) Big Data
4 1 (0.58%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (1.73%) SoapUI
2 2 (1.16%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.58%) JMeter
3 1 (0.58%) LabVIEW
3 1 (0.58%) OpenSTA
General
1 118 (68.21%) Telecoms
2 9 (5.20%) Back Office
2 9 (5.20%) German Language
3 5 (2.89%) Electronics
4 4 (2.31%) Finance
5 2 (1.16%) Advertising
5 2 (1.16%) Banking
5 2 (1.16%) Billing
6 1 (0.58%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.58%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 20 (11.56%) Test Engineer
2 19 (10.98%) Tester
3 15 (8.67%) Technical Tester
4 13 (7.51%) Support Engineer
5 11 (6.36%) Analyst
6 9 (5.20%) Field Engineer
6 9 (5.20%) Radio Engineer
7 7 (4.05%) Integration Engineer
7 7 (4.05%) Network Engineer
8 6 (3.47%) 2nd Line Support
8 6 (3.47%) Wireless Engineer
8 6 (3.47%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 6 (3.47%) RAN Engineer
9 5 (2.89%) RF Engineer
9 5 (2.89%) Administrator
9 5 (2.89%) Architect
10 4 (2.31%) Project Manager
10 4 (2.31%) Developer
10 4 (2.31%) Solutions Architect
10 4 (2.31%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.47%) SOAP
1 6 (3.47%) WAP
2 1 (0.58%) .NET Framework
2 1 (0.58%) WCF
2 1 (0.58%) WPF
2 1 (0.58%) WF
2 1 (0.58%) LINQ
2 1 (0.58%) ASP.NET Web API
2 1 (0.58%) XML
2 1 (0.58%) MSMQ
2 1 (0.58%) .NET
2 1 (0.58%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (5.78%) Handset
2 8 (4.62%) Statistics
2 8 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.47%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.16%) Smart Meter
4 2 (1.16%) PMI
4 2 (1.16%) Embedded Systems
4 2 (1.16%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.58%) Mobile Payment
5 1 (0.58%) Machine to Machine
5 1 (0.58%) GIS
5 1 (0.58%) Arduino
Operating Systems
1 11 (6.36%) UNIX
2 9 (5.20%) Linux
3 8 (4.62%) Solaris
4 1 (0.58%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (10.40%) Network Architecture
2 15 (8.67%) Test Automation
2 15 (8.67%) Requirements Analysis
2 15 (8.67%) Network Planning
3 14 (8.09%) Change Management
4 11 (6.36%) Validation
4 11 (6.36%) Fault Management
4 11 (6.36%) Test Management
4 11 (6.36%) Test Planning
5 9 (5.20%) Project Management
6 8 (4.62%) Software Testing
7 7 (4.05%) Test Scripting
7 7 (4.05%) Time Management
7 7 (4.05%) Stakeholder Management
7 7 (4.05%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (3.47%) Migration
8 6 (3.47%) Monte Carlo Method
8 6 (3.47%) Performance Monitoring
9 5 (2.89%) Line Management
9 5 (2.89%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 12 (6.94%) SQL
2 11 (6.36%) C
3 8 (4.62%) Java
4 5 (2.89%) VBA
4 5 (2.89%) Embedded C
5 4 (2.31%) Python
6 3 (1.73%) MapBasic
6 3 (1.73%) Embedded C++
6 3 (1.73%) C++
7 2 (1.16%) Perl
7 2 (1.16%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.16%) VC++
8 1 (0.58%) MATLAB
8 1 (0.58%) R
Qualifications
1 19 (10.98%) Degree
2 10 (5.78%) HNC
3 8 (4.62%) ISEB
4 2 (1.16%) PMI Certification
4 2 (1.16%) MBA
4 2 (1.16%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.58%) HND
5 1 (0.58%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (15.61%) SLA
2 23 (13.29%) QA
3 1 (0.58%) JTAG
3 1 (0.58%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 1 (0.58%) NDS
Systems Management
1 25 (14.45%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (6.36%) NSN NetAct
3 6 (3.47%) Netcool
4 3 (1.73%) Iperf
5 2 (1.16%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 1 (0.58%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 27 (15.61%) Huawei
2 23 (13.29%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 23 (13.29%) Nokia
3 22 (12.72%) Ericsson
4 19 (10.98%) HP
5 15 (8.67%) Amdocs
6 14 (8.09%) Mapinfo
7 11 (6.36%) Siemens
8 8 (4.62%) Microsoft
9 6 (3.47%) Oracle
9 6 (3.47%) Nortel
9 6 (3.47%) ZTE
10 5 (2.89%) Alcatel-Lucent
11 4 (2.31%) Cisco
11 4 (2.31%) BT
12 3 (1.73%) Sybase
12 3 (1.73%) CA
13 2 (1.16%) SAP
13 2 (1.16%) Remedy
13 2 (1.16%) Actix
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