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 2 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 483 431 406
Rank change year-on-year
-52 -25
Contract jobs citing GSM 128 152 185
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.28% 0.32%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.56% 2.11% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 35 35
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£334 £275 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.36% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £247 £155 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £388 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £250 £240
% change year-on-year
+33.50% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 27 19
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £22.50 £22.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £37.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+8.45% +1.42%

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
8189 7193 8881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.50% 13.46% 15.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4449 3894 4022
Average daily rate £360 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.40% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £328
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 416 690
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -7.16%

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 2 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 2 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 2 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 -34 101 £339 +23.74% 26
South East -38 52 £313 +25.00% 15
Berkshire -27 23 £215 -14.00% 6
South West -22 15 £340 -
Buckinghamshire +6 11 £450 -
East of England -14 11 £375 - 4
Cambridgeshire -1 9 £375 - 4
Slough +6 7 £215 -29.79%
London +14 6 £305 -12.85% 6
Reading -8 6 - - 4
West Midlands -22 6 £271 +93.75%
Yorkshire +6 5 £271 +80.83%
Surrey -3 5 £385 - 4
Guildford +3 4 £385 - 3
Birmingham +2 3 £268 +91.07%
West Yorkshire +4 2 £268 +78.33%
North West -6 2 - -
Cambridge -8 2 £375 - 1
Leeds - 2 £268 -
City of London +29 1 - - 2
Newbury -2 1 £90 - 2
Wales - 1 - - 1
Milton Keynes - 1 £450 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Middlesex - - - -
Monmouthshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - - 1
Wiltshire - - - -
South Wales - - - - 1
Peterborough - - - - 2

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 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.

1 115 (57.50%) Telecoms
2 103 (51.50%) LTE
3 100 (50.00%) UMTS
4 75 (37.50%) GPRS
5 62 (31.00%) 3G
6 52 (26.00%) 2G
6 52 (26.00%) 4G
7 37 (18.50%) WCDMA
8 35 (17.50%) Degree
9 32 (16.00%) 3GPP
10 31 (15.50%) Radio Access Network
11 30 (15.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
11 30 (15.00%) Wireless
12 23 (11.50%) ATM
13 22 (11.00%) SDH
13 22 (11.00%) Ericsson
13 22 (11.00%) Electronics
14 20 (10.00%) Huawei
15 19 (9.50%) CDMA
15 19 (9.50%) C
16 18 (9.00%) Ethernet
17 17 (8.50%) Software Engineering
18 16 (8.00%) SLA
18 16 (8.00%) HSPA
19 15 (7.50%) Network Design
20 14 (7.00%) Validation
20 14 (7.00%) MPLS
20 14 (7.00%) Cisco
20 14 (7.00%) Bluetooth
20 14 (7.00%) C++

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 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 2 (1.00%) WebLogic
1 2 (1.00%) Apache
1 2 (1.00%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.50%) Lync
Applications
1 12 (6.00%) MS Excel
2 8 (4.00%) MS Office
3 6 (3.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.00%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.00%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.50%) Minerva
2 1 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.50%) Dynamics NAV
Communications & Networking
1 103 (51.50%) LTE
2 100 (50.00%) UMTS
3 75 (37.50%) GPRS
4 62 (31.00%) 3G
5 52 (26.00%) 4G
5 52 (26.00%) 2G
6 37 (18.50%) WCDMA
7 32 (16.00%) 3GPP
8 31 (15.50%) Radio Access Network
9 30 (15.00%) Wireless
10 23 (11.50%) ATM
11 22 (11.00%) SDH
12 19 (9.50%) CDMA
13 18 (9.00%) Ethernet
14 16 (8.00%) HSPA
15 14 (7.00%) Bluetooth
15 14 (7.00%) MPLS
16 13 (6.50%) SS7
16 13 (6.50%) ZigBee
17 12 (6.00%) RNC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.50%) MS Access
2 4 (2.00%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.00%) ClearCase
1 2 (1.00%) JIRA
1 2 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 115 (57.50%) Telecoms
2 22 (11.00%) Electronics
3 6 (3.00%) Billing
3 6 (3.00%) Marketing
4 4 (2.00%) Dutch Language
4 4 (2.00%) Multimedia
5 3 (1.50%) Finance
5 3 (1.50%) Front Office
5 3 (1.50%) Back Office
6 2 (1.00%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.50%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.50%) French Language
7 1 (0.50%) German Language
Job Titles
1 31 (15.50%) Test Engineer
2 25 (12.50%) RF Engineer
3 16 (8.00%) Architect
4 14 (7.00%) Field Engineer
5 12 (6.00%) Integration Engineer
6 11 (5.50%) Design Engineer
6 11 (5.50%) Consultant
7 9 (4.50%) Network Engineer
8 8 (4.00%) Solutions Architect
8 8 (4.00%) Software Engineer
8 8 (4.00%) RF Design Engineer
8 8 (4.00%) RF Optimisation Engineer
9 7 (3.50%) Senior Test Engineer
9 7 (3.50%) Test and Integration Engineer
9 7 (3.50%) Systems Architect
10 6 (3.00%) Analyst
10 6 (3.00%) Performance Engineer
11 5 (2.50%) Senior Integration Engineer
11 5 (2.50%) OSS Architect
11 5 (2.50%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.50%) WAP
2 9 (4.50%) XML
3 6 (3.00%) SyncML
3 6 (3.00%) HTML
4 5 (2.50%) WML
5 2 (1.00%) J2EE
5 2 (1.00%) JDBC
5 2 (1.00%) STL
5 2 (1.00%) Web Services
5 2 (1.00%) KML
5 2 (1.00%) Flash
5 2 (1.00%) J2ME
6 1 (0.50%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 5 (2.50%) Smart Meter
1 5 (2.50%) Mobile App
2 4 (2.00%) Computer Science
2 4 (2.00%) Embedded Systems
2 4 (2.00%) Blackberry
2 4 (2.00%) Handset
2 4 (2.00%) Streaming Video
3 3 (1.50%) Management Information System
3 3 (1.50%) Device Driver
4 2 (1.00%) N-Tier
4 2 (1.00%) Firmware
4 2 (1.00%) ASIC
4 2 (1.00%) VHDL
4 2 (1.00%) Verilog
4 2 (1.00%) IVR
4 2 (1.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 2 (1.00%) Statistics
4 2 (1.00%) GIS
4 2 (1.00%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.50%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 10 (5.00%) Windows
1 10 (5.00%) Android
2 7 (3.50%) UNIX
3 4 (2.00%) Windows Phone
3 4 (2.00%) bada
3 4 (2.00%) Apple iOS
3 4 (2.00%) Linux
4 2 (1.00%) Windows 2000
4 2 (1.00%) Windows NT
4 2 (1.00%) Windows CE
5 1 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.50%) Solaris
5 1 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (8.50%) Software Engineering
2 15 (7.50%) Network Design
3 14 (7.00%) Validation
4 12 (6.00%) Network Management
5 11 (5.50%) Network Architecture
5 11 (5.50%) Project Management
5 11 (5.50%) Line Management
6 10 (5.00%) Performance Monitoring
7 9 (4.50%) Network Planning
7 9 (4.50%) Problem Management
8 8 (4.00%) Logistics
8 8 (4.00%) WFM
9 7 (3.50%) Resource Management
9 7 (3.50%) Requirements Analysis
9 7 (3.50%) Test Scripting
9 7 (3.50%) Performance Analysis
9 7 (3.50%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (3.50%) Information Management
10 6 (3.00%) Change Management
10 6 (3.00%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (9.50%) C
2 14 (7.00%) C++
3 13 (6.50%) SQL
4 9 (4.50%) Python
5 7 (3.50%) Embedded C
6 5 (2.50%) Java
7 4 (2.00%) VBA
7 4 (2.00%) Perl
8 3 (1.50%) Embedded C++
9 2 (1.00%) Assembly Language
9 2 (1.00%) Tcl
9 2 (1.00%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.50%) C#
10 1 (0.50%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.50%) R
Qualifications
1 35 (17.50%) Degree
2 9 (4.50%) ISEB
3 7 (3.50%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (3.00%) PMP
4 6 (3.00%) PMI Certification
5 5 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (1.50%) Six Sigma Black Belt
6 3 (1.50%) Six Sigma Green Belt
6 3 (1.50%) ISEB Practitioner
7 2 (1.00%) CNA
7 2 (1.00%) Novell Certification
7 2 (1.00%) HND
8 1 (0.50%) CCIE
8 1 (0.50%) CCNP
8 1 (0.50%) CCNA
8 1 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.50%) JNCIS
8 1 (0.50%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (8.00%) SLA
2 8 (4.00%) QA
3 2 (1.00%) JTAG
4 1 (0.50%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 9 (4.50%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (3.00%) NSN NetAct
3 5 (2.50%) Netcool
4 2 (1.00%) OPNET
5 1 (0.50%) SCOM
5 1 (0.50%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.50%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 30 (15.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 22 (11.00%) Ericsson
3 20 (10.00%) Huawei
4 14 (7.00%) Cisco
5 13 (6.50%) Mapinfo
6 11 (5.50%) Nokia
7 10 (5.00%) Microsoft
8 9 (4.50%) Cramer
9 7 (3.50%) Oracle
9 7 (3.50%) HP
10 5 (2.50%) EMC
10 5 (2.50%) Business Objects
10 5 (2.50%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 5 (2.50%) Greenplum
11 4 (2.00%) Agilent
11 4 (2.00%) Symbian
11 4 (2.00%) Juniper
12 3 (1.50%) Sybase
12 3 (1.50%) Nortel
12 3 (1.50%) CheckPoint
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