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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 475 445 407
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -38
Contract jobs citing GSM 137 141 200
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.27% 0.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.63% 1.97% 2.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 33 37
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£320 £270 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.51% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £153 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £418 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £316 £250 £250
% change year-on-year
+26.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 21 14
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.50 £36.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.63% -2.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.60 £22.50 £17.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £37.50 £49.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+8.45% -5.33%

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
8424 7141 8923
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.62% 13.53% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4660 3880 4041
Average daily rate £363 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.69% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 415 683
Average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% +4.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.57 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 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
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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 -14 110 £330 +21.65% 22
South East -15 57 £349 +39.50% 9
Berkshire -29 23 £215 -14.00% 5
South West -32 17 £338 - 1
Buckinghamshire +7 13 £450 +69.81%
East of England -17 9 £375 - 4
Cambridgeshire +9 7 £375 - 3
Surrey +1 7 £385 - 2
Slough 0 7 £215 -29.79% 2
London +10 6 £350 -9.67% 6
Guildford +5 6 £385 - 2
Reading -2 6 - - 1
West Midlands -21 6 £271 +93.75% 1
Yorkshire +5 5 £271 +80.83%
Dorset - 4 £350 - 1
Birmingham -2 3 £268 +91.07%
North West -4 3 £320 +113.33%
West Yorkshire +7 2 £268 +78.33%
Cambridge -5 2 £375 - 3
Leeds - 2 £268 -
Bournemouth - 2 £360 -
City of London +20 1 - - 4
Newbury -3 1 £90 - 2
Milton Keynes -6 1 £450 -
Hertfordshire -25 1 - - 1
Chesham - 1 - -
Wales - 1 - - 1
South Wales - - - - 1
Northern Ireland - - - -
Coventry - - - - 1

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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.

1 118 (58.71%) Telecoms
2 112 (55.72%) LTE
3 105 (52.24%) UMTS
4 79 (39.30%) GPRS
5 61 (30.35%) 3G
6 54 (26.87%) 2G
7 51 (25.37%) 4G
8 40 (19.90%) Degree
8 40 (19.90%) WCDMA
9 32 (15.92%) Radio Access Network
9 32 (15.92%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 31 (15.42%) Wireless
11 29 (14.43%) 3GPP
12 24 (11.94%) Electronics
13 21 (10.45%) Huawei
13 21 (10.45%) ATM
13 21 (10.45%) Ericsson
14 19 (9.45%) SDH
14 19 (9.45%) C
15 18 (8.96%) CDMA
15 18 (8.96%) Software Engineering
16 17 (8.46%) Ethernet
17 16 (7.96%) SLA
18 15 (7.46%) SS7
18 15 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
19 14 (6.97%) HSPA
19 14 (6.97%) Cisco
19 14 (6.97%) C++
19 14 (6.97%) Validation
19 14 (6.97%) Network Design

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 (0.50%) Lync
Applications
1 11 (5.47%) MS Excel
2 8 (3.98%) MS Office
3 5 (2.49%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.00%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.49%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.50%) Minerva
2 1 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.50%) Dynamics NAV
Communications & Networking
1 112 (55.72%) LTE
2 105 (52.24%) UMTS
3 79 (39.30%) GPRS
4 61 (30.35%) 3G
5 54 (26.87%) 2G
6 51 (25.37%) 4G
7 40 (19.90%) WCDMA
8 32 (15.92%) Radio Access Network
9 31 (15.42%) Wireless
10 29 (14.43%) 3GPP
11 21 (10.45%) ATM
12 19 (9.45%) SDH
13 18 (8.96%) CDMA
14 17 (8.46%) Ethernet
15 15 (7.46%) SS7
16 14 (6.97%) HSPA
17 13 (6.47%) INAP
18 12 (5.97%) SIGTRAN
18 12 (5.97%) ISUP
18 12 (5.97%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.49%) MS Access
1 5 (2.49%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3 (1.49%) JIRA
1 3 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.00%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.50%) LabVIEW
General
1 118 (58.71%) Telecoms
2 24 (11.94%) Electronics
3 7 (3.48%) Billing
4 6 (2.99%) Marketing
5 5 (2.49%) Back Office
6 4 (1.99%) Dutch Language
7 3 (1.49%) Multimedia
7 3 (1.49%) Front Office
8 2 (1.00%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.00%) Finance
9 1 (0.50%) French Language
9 1 (0.50%) German Language
9 1 (0.50%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 34 (16.92%) Test Engineer
2 26 (12.94%) RF Engineer
3 17 (8.46%) Integration Engineer
3 17 (8.46%) Architect
4 13 (6.47%) Field Engineer
5 11 (5.47%) Design Engineer
6 10 (4.98%) Consultant
7 9 (4.48%) Senior Test Engineer
7 9 (4.48%) Test and Integration Engineer
7 9 (4.48%) Network Engineer
7 9 (4.48%) Solutions Architect
7 9 (4.48%) RF Optimisation Engineer
8 8 (3.98%) RF Design Engineer
9 7 (3.48%) Senior Integration Engineer
9 7 (3.48%) Systems Architect
9 7 (3.48%) Software Engineer
10 6 (2.99%) OSS Architect
10 6 (2.99%) OSS Solutions Architect
10 6 (2.99%) Analyst
10 6 (2.99%) Performance Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.98%) WAP
1 8 (3.98%) XML
2 5 (2.49%) WML
3 3 (1.49%) SyncML
3 3 (1.49%) HTML
3 3 (1.49%) Web Services
4 2 (1.00%) STL
5 1 (0.50%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (2.99%) Computer Science
3 5 (2.49%) Handset
3 5 (2.49%) Smart Meter
4 4 (1.99%) Mobile App
4 4 (1.99%) Embedded Systems
4 4 (1.99%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.49%) IVR
5 3 (1.49%) Streaming Video
5 3 (1.49%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.00%) Digital Media
6 2 (1.00%) ASIC
6 2 (1.00%) VHDL
6 2 (1.00%) Verilog
6 2 (1.00%) Statistics
6 2 (1.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 1 (0.50%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.50%) Clustering
7 1 (0.50%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.50%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 9 (4.48%) Android
2 8 (3.98%) UNIX
3 6 (2.99%) Windows
3 6 (2.99%) Linux
4 3 (1.49%) Windows Phone
4 3 (1.49%) Apple iOS
4 3 (1.49%) bada
5 2 (1.00%) Solaris
6 1 (0.50%) Windows NT
6 1 (0.50%) Windows 2000
6 1 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (8.96%) Software Engineering
2 14 (6.97%) Validation
2 14 (6.97%) Network Design
3 13 (6.47%) Network Management
4 12 (5.97%) Project Management
5 10 (4.98%) Line Management
5 10 (4.98%) Integration Acceptance Testing
6 9 (4.48%) Network Planning
6 9 (4.48%) Problem Management
7 8 (3.98%) Performance Analysis
7 8 (3.98%) Network Architecture
7 8 (3.98%) WFM
7 8 (3.98%) Logistics
7 8 (3.98%) Requirements Analysis
7 8 (3.98%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (3.48%) Information Management
8 7 (3.48%) Software Testing
8 7 (3.48%) Resource Management
8 7 (3.48%) ITIL
8 7 (3.48%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 19 (9.45%) C
2 14 (6.97%) C++
3 11 (5.47%) SQL
4 7 (3.48%) Python
4 7 (3.48%) Embedded C
5 5 (2.49%) Perl
6 4 (1.99%) Java
6 4 (1.99%) VBA
7 3 (1.49%) Embedded C++
8 2 (1.00%) Assembly Language
8 2 (1.00%) Tcl
9 1 (0.50%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.50%) C#
9 1 (0.50%) R
Qualifications
1 40 (19.90%) Degree
2 11 (5.47%) ISEB
3 7 (3.48%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (3.48%) PMP
3 7 (3.48%) PMI Certification
3 7 (3.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (1.49%) ISEB Practitioner
4 3 (1.49%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.49%) Six Sigma Black Belt
4 3 (1.49%) Six Sigma Green Belt
5 2 (1.00%) HND
5 2 (1.00%) CCIE
5 2 (1.00%) CNA
5 2 (1.00%) Novell Certification
6 1 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (7.96%) SLA
2 8 (3.98%) QA
3 2 (1.00%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 10 (4.98%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.99%) Netcool
3 5 (2.49%) NSN NetAct
4 3 (1.49%) OPNET
5 1 (0.50%) Cisco Prime
5 1 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.50%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.50%) SCOM
Vendors
1 32 (15.92%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 21 (10.45%) Huawei
2 21 (10.45%) Ericsson
3 14 (6.97%) Cisco
4 12 (5.97%) Nokia
5 11 (5.47%) Mapinfo
6 10 (4.98%) Cramer
7 8 (3.98%) Microsoft
7 8 (3.98%) HP
8 6 (2.99%) Greenplum
8 6 (2.99%) Oracle
9 5 (2.49%) Agilent
9 5 (2.49%) Business Objects
10 4 (1.99%) CheckPoint
10 4 (1.99%) Juniper
10 4 (1.99%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 4 (1.99%) EMC
10 4 (1.99%) Nortel
10 4 (1.99%) Anite
10 4 (1.99%) NetCracker
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