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 5 May 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 428 494 444
Rank change year-on-year
+66 -50
Contract jobs citing GSM 187 88 109
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.33% 0.16% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.25% 1.22% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 24 24
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£255 £285 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.52% +3.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £375 £321
UK excluding London average daily rate £208 £261 £260
% change year-on-year
-20.57% +0.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 16
Average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.50 £23.60 £18.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £77.50 £38.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -6.66%

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
8325 7230 7275
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.89% 13.25% 15.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 4527 3851 3617
Average daily rate £350 £352 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.56% +0.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+4.54% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 391 580
Average hourly rate £28.00 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.20 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.15 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -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 5 May 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 5 May 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 5 May 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 +72 177 £231 -18.85% 28
South East +27 80 £258 +47.14% 17
Berkshire +29 57 £191 +9.28% 9
Newbury +14 30 £260 +48.57% 2
West Yorkshire - 20 £123 -
Yorkshire - 20 £123 -
North West - 20 £260 - 1
Leeds - 19 £123 -
London +8 16 £350 +19.65% 6
South West +6 12 - -
Surrey +13 11 £320 - 2
Guildford +13 9 £320 - 1
Warrington - 9 £260 -
Cheshire - 9 £260 -
West Midlands -11 8 £260 -7.14%
Merseyside - 6 - -
Coventry - 6 £260 -
Scotland 0 5 £450 -
East Midlands -7 5 - -
Derbyshire - 5 - -
Manchester - 5 - - 1
Bristol +3 4 - -
Reading -6 4 - - 3
Hampshire -11 4 £440 - 2
Devon - 4 - -
Liverpool - 4 - -
City of London +7 2 £575 +101.75% 1
Dorset +3 2 - -
Slough -2 2 £208 - 3
Birmingham -3 2 - -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 May 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.

1 234 (74.76%) Telecoms
2 202 (64.54%) UMTS
3 138 (44.09%) LTE
4 121 (38.66%) Radio Access Network
5 119 (38.02%) 3G
6 111 (35.46%) Ericsson
7 103 (32.91%) SLA
8 99 (31.63%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 98 (31.31%) SDH
10 92 (29.39%) RNC
11 90 (28.75%) 4G
12 87 (27.80%) 2G
13 81 (25.88%) Ethernet
14 73 (23.32%) ATM
14 73 (23.32%) GPRS
15 71 (22.68%) Agile Software Development
16 70 (22.36%) Line Management
17 69 (22.04%) WFM
18 58 (18.53%) Wireless
19 48 (15.34%) Network Planning
20 45 (14.38%) Huawei
21 39 (12.46%) HP Quality Center
22 37 (11.82%) C
23 35 (11.18%) SS7
24 34 (10.86%) HSPA
25 33 (10.54%) HP
26 29 (9.27%) SIGTRAN
27 25 (7.99%) Nokia
27 25 (7.99%) TCP/IP
28 24 (7.67%) Wi-Fi

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 May 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 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (0.32%) CMS
Applications
1 9 (2.88%) MS Office
1 9 (2.88%) MS Excel
1 9 (2.88%) MS PowerPoint
2 7 (2.24%) Doxygen
3 3 (0.96%) MS Project
4 2 (0.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.32%) MultiFonds
Communications & Networking
1 202 (64.54%) UMTS
2 138 (44.09%) LTE
3 121 (38.66%) Radio Access Network
4 119 (38.02%) 3G
5 98 (31.31%) SDH
6 92 (29.39%) RNC
7 90 (28.75%) 4G
8 87 (27.80%) 2G
9 81 (25.88%) Ethernet
10 73 (23.32%) ATM
10 73 (23.32%) GPRS
11 58 (18.53%) Wireless
12 35 (11.18%) SS7
13 34 (10.86%) HSPA
14 29 (9.27%) SIGTRAN
15 25 (7.99%) TCP/IP
16 24 (7.67%) Wi-Fi
17 23 (7.35%) WiMAX
18 22 (7.03%) VoLTE
19 21 (6.71%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.64%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 7 (2.24%) GoogleTest
2 3 (0.96%) Jenkins
2 3 (0.96%) eggPlant
2 3 (0.96%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (0.96%) Selenium
3 1 (0.32%) OpenSTA
3 1 (0.32%) LabVIEW
General
1 234 (74.76%) Telecoms
2 16 (5.11%) Billing
3 8 (2.56%) German Language
4 7 (2.24%) Electronics
4 7 (2.24%) Back Office
5 6 (1.92%) Finance
6 3 (0.96%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.64%) Marketing
8 1 (0.32%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.32%) Banking
8 1 (0.32%) Retail
8 1 (0.32%) Publishing
8 1 (0.32%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.32%) French Language
8 1 (0.32%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.32%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 73 (23.32%) Field Engineer
2 30 (9.58%) Test Engineer
3 24 (7.67%) Performance Engineer
4 15 (4.79%) Radio Engineer
5 14 (4.47%) Analyst
6 13 (4.15%) Wireless Engineer
6 13 (4.15%) Tester
7 11 (3.51%) Support Engineer
7 11 (3.51%) RAN Engineer
8 10 (3.19%) RF Engineer
9 9 (2.88%) Design Engineer
10 8 (2.56%) Integration Engineer
10 8 (2.56%) Software Engineer
10 8 (2.56%) RAN Performance Engineer
11 7 (2.24%) Support Analyst
11 7 (2.24%) Project Manager
12 6 (1.92%) 2nd Line Support
12 6 (1.92%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 5 (1.60%) Mobile Tester
13 5 (1.60%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.24%) Software Packaging
2 4 (1.28%) SOAP
3 3 (0.96%) WAP
4 1 (0.32%) XML
4 1 (0.32%) HTML
4 1 (0.32%) .NET
4 1 (0.32%) J2ME
4 1 (0.32%) Rendezvous
4 1 (0.32%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 16 (5.11%) Statistics
2 10 (3.19%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (1.60%) Raspberry Pi
3 5 (1.60%) BeagleBone
3 5 (1.60%) Handset
4 4 (1.28%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.28%) iPhone
4 4 (1.28%) Mobile App
4 4 (1.28%) iPad
5 2 (0.64%) Cryptography
5 2 (0.64%) Machine to Machine
5 2 (0.64%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.32%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (0.32%) Internet of Things
6 1 (0.32%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.32%) ASIC
6 1 (0.32%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.32%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.32%) IVR
6 1 (0.32%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 20 (6.39%) Linux
2 16 (5.11%) UNIX
3 5 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (1.60%) Solaris
4 4 (1.28%) Android
4 4 (1.28%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.64%) Windows
6 1 (0.32%) webOS
6 1 (0.32%) Windows NT
6 1 (0.32%) Windows 2000
6 1 (0.32%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (22.68%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (22.36%) Line Management
3 69 (22.04%) WFM
4 48 (15.34%) Network Planning
5 22 (7.03%) Network Design
6 20 (6.39%) Project Management
6 20 (6.39%) Network Architecture
7 17 (5.43%) CRM
7 17 (5.43%) Performance Engineering
8 15 (4.79%) Fault Management
9 14 (4.47%) Performance Management
9 14 (4.47%) Configuration Management
9 14 (4.47%) Software Engineering
9 14 (4.47%) Change Management
10 13 (4.15%) OO
11 11 (3.51%) Logistics
11 11 (3.51%) Software Testing
12 10 (3.19%) Test Scripting
12 10 (3.19%) Performance Monitoring
12 10 (3.19%) Resource Management
Programming Languages
1 37 (11.82%) C
2 17 (5.43%) C++
3 11 (3.51%) SQL
4 8 (2.56%) Embedded C
4 8 (2.56%) Embedded C++
5 7 (2.24%) Java
6 6 (1.92%) Python
7 3 (0.96%) Perl
7 3 (0.96%) VBScript
7 3 (0.96%) VB
7 3 (0.96%) VBA
7 3 (0.96%) C#
8 2 (0.64%) MapBasic
8 2 (0.64%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.32%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 15 (4.79%) Degree
2 11 (3.51%) HNC
3 9 (2.88%) ISEB
4 2 (0.64%) ISTQB
4 2 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.32%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.32%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.32%) HND
5 1 (0.32%) CCNA
5 1 (0.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (32.91%) SLA
2 18 (5.75%) QA
3 1 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.32%) NFS
1 1 (0.32%) NDS
Systems Management
1 39 (12.46%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (4.79%) NSN NetAct
3 4 (1.28%) Netcool
Vendors
1 111 (35.46%) Ericsson
2 99 (31.63%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 45 (14.38%) Huawei
4 33 (10.54%) HP
5 25 (7.99%) Nokia
6 15 (4.79%) Amdocs
7 14 (4.47%) Mapinfo
8 13 (4.15%) Actix
9 12 (3.83%) Siemens
10 11 (3.51%) Nortel
11 8 (2.56%) Business Objects
11 8 (2.56%) Cisco
12 7 (2.24%) ZTE
12 7 (2.24%) Google
13 6 (1.92%) Alcatel-Lucent
14 5 (1.60%) Red Hat
15 4 (1.28%) Microsoft
15 4 (1.28%) SAP
16 3 (0.96%) EMC
16 3 (0.96%) BT
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