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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 553 518 433
Rank change year-on-year
-35 -85
Contract jobs citing GSM 60 74 124
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.14% 0.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.76% 1.02% 1.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 23 33
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£255 £263 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -15.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £128 £203 £167
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £372 £441
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £263 £308
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -14.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 30
Average hourly rate £36.00 £30.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.60 £27.50 £22.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.05 £41.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -20.00%

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
7937 7246 6967
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.21% 13.69% 14.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 4468 3937 3536
Average daily rate £355 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.38% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £326 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.37% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 381 526
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.94% -28.00%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 -29 60 £255 -2.85% 19
South East -17 25 £225 -15.09% 11
Berkshire +16 18 £203 -5.81% 9
London -12 11 £388 +35.96% 4
Newbury +4 7 - - 6
East of England +2 7 £255 -30.61%
North West - 7 £205 -
Hertfordshire -7 6 £255 +27.50%
City of London -6 5 £388 +35.96% 1
Yorkshire -17 4 £123 -30.00%
West Yorkshire - 4 £123 -
Leeds - 4 £123 -
West Midlands +1 3 £260 - 1
Slough 0 3 £225 +4.65% 2
Guildford -3 3 - -
Surrey -7 3 - -
Hemel Hempstead - 3 £293 -
Reading +8 2 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 £255 -
Solihull - 2 - - 1
Stevenage - 2 £225 -
Manchester - 2 £150 -
Cheshire - 2 - -
Merseyside - 2 - -
North East - 2 £255 -
Tyne and Wear - 2 £255 -
Basingstoke +6 1 £440 -
Hampshire -1 1 £440 +41.93% 2
Cambridgeshire -6 1 - -
Home Counties - 1 £275 -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 220 (73.09%) Telecoms
2 195 (64.78%) UMTS
3 138 (45.85%) LTE
4 120 (39.87%) 3G
5 107 (35.55%) Radio Access Network
6 98 (32.56%) Ericsson
7 89 (29.57%) 2G
8 88 (29.24%) SLA
9 86 (28.57%) 4G
10 82 (27.24%) GPRS
10 82 (27.24%) RNC
11 81 (26.91%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 79 (26.25%) SDH
13 61 (20.27%) Ethernet
14 59 (19.60%) Wireless
15 58 (19.27%) Agile Software Development
15 58 (19.27%) ATM
16 54 (17.94%) WFM
16 54 (17.94%) Line Management
17 48 (15.95%) Network Planning
18 42 (13.95%) Huawei
19 37 (12.29%) C
19 37 (12.29%) HP Quality Center
20 36 (11.96%) HSPA
21 32 (10.63%) HP
22 31 (10.30%) SS7
23 27 (8.97%) VoLTE
24 26 (8.64%) Nokia
24 26 (8.64%) Wi-Fi
25 25 (8.31%) WiMAX

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 (0.33%) Node.js
Applications
1 14 (4.65%) MS Excel
2 12 (3.99%) MS Office
3 10 (3.32%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (1.66%) Doxygen
5 3 (1.00%) MS Project
6 2 (0.66%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.33%) MultiFonds
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 195 (64.78%) UMTS
2 138 (45.85%) LTE
3 120 (39.87%) 3G
4 107 (35.55%) Radio Access Network
5 89 (29.57%) 2G
6 86 (28.57%) 4G
7 82 (27.24%) RNC
7 82 (27.24%) GPRS
8 79 (26.25%) SDH
9 61 (20.27%) Ethernet
10 59 (19.60%) Wireless
11 58 (19.27%) ATM
12 36 (11.96%) HSPA
13 31 (10.30%) SS7
14 27 (8.97%) VoLTE
15 26 (8.64%) Wi-Fi
16 25 (8.31%) WiMAX
17 23 (7.64%) SIGTRAN
18 21 (6.98%) TCP/IP
19 19 (6.31%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.66%) MS Access
1 2 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (0.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (0.33%) Big Data
2 1 (0.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (1.66%) GoogleTest
2 3 (1.00%) SoapUI
3 2 (0.66%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.33%) HP UFT
4 1 (0.33%) JMeter
4 1 (0.33%) LabVIEW
4 1 (0.33%) Selenium
4 1 (0.33%) OpenSTA
4 1 (0.33%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.33%) eggPlant
General
1 220 (73.09%) Telecoms
2 14 (4.65%) Billing
3 8 (2.66%) Back Office
4 7 (2.33%) Electronics
4 7 (2.33%) Finance
4 7 (2.33%) German Language
5 3 (1.00%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.66%) Advertising
6 2 (0.66%) Banking
6 2 (0.66%) Marketing
7 1 (0.33%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.33%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 57 (18.94%) Field Engineer
2 24 (7.97%) Test Engineer
2 24 (7.97%) Performance Engineer
3 20 (6.64%) Tester
4 18 (5.98%) Analyst
5 17 (5.65%) Radio Engineer
6 12 (3.99%) Wireless Engineer
6 12 (3.99%) RAN Engineer
7 10 (3.32%) Support Engineer
8 9 (2.99%) RF Engineer
9 8 (2.66%) Integration Engineer
9 8 (2.66%) Design Engineer
9 8 (2.66%) Software Engineer
9 8 (2.66%) RAN Performance Engineer
10 7 (2.33%) Support Analyst
10 7 (2.33%) Technical Tester
11 6 (1.99%) 2nd Line Support
11 6 (1.99%) Project Manager
11 6 (1.99%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 5 (1.66%) Mobile Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (1.99%) SOAP
2 5 (1.66%) Software Packaging
3 2 (0.66%) XML
4 1 (0.33%) MSMQ
4 1 (0.33%) WAP
4 1 (0.33%) Rendezvous
4 1 (0.33%) XMPP
4 1 (0.33%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.33%) WCF
4 1 (0.33%) WPF
4 1 (0.33%) WF
4 1 (0.33%) LINQ
4 1 (0.33%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (0.33%) .NET
4 1 (0.33%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 20 (6.64%) Statistics
2 13 (4.32%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (1.33%) Raspberry Pi
3 4 (1.33%) BeagleBone
3 4 (1.33%) Computer Science
3 4 (1.33%) Handset
4 3 (1.00%) Smart Meter
5 2 (0.66%) Algorithms
5 2 (0.66%) Embedded Systems
5 2 (0.66%) Cryptography
6 1 (0.33%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.33%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (0.33%) Machine to Machine
6 1 (0.33%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.33%) iPad
6 1 (0.33%) Arduino
6 1 (0.33%) iPhone
6 1 (0.33%) IVR
6 1 (0.33%) GIS
6 1 (0.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 19 (6.31%) Linux
2 11 (3.65%) UNIX
3 3 (1.00%) Windows
3 3 (1.00%) Solaris
4 1 (0.33%) Windows 2000
4 1 (0.33%) Windows NT
4 1 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (0.33%) Android
4 1 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (19.27%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (17.94%) WFM
2 54 (17.94%) Line Management
3 48 (15.95%) Network Planning
4 20 (6.64%) Network Architecture
5 19 (6.31%) Network Design
6 18 (5.98%) Project Management
6 18 (5.98%) Change Management
6 18 (5.98%) Performance Engineering
7 16 (5.32%) Software Engineering
7 16 (5.32%) Fault Management
8 15 (4.98%) CRM
9 14 (4.65%) Performance Management
10 13 (4.32%) Software Testing
10 13 (4.32%) OO
10 13 (4.32%) Configuration Management
10 13 (4.32%) Performance Monitoring
11 12 (3.99%) Test Automation
12 10 (3.32%) Resource Management
12 10 (3.32%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 37 (12.29%) C
2 17 (5.65%) C++
3 15 (4.98%) SQL
4 13 (4.32%) Embedded C
5 11 (3.65%) Embedded C++
6 8 (2.66%) Python
7 5 (1.66%) Java
8 3 (1.00%) C#
8 3 (1.00%) VBA
9 2 (0.66%) VC++
9 2 (0.66%) MapBasic
9 2 (0.66%) Perl
9 2 (0.66%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.33%) VBScript
10 1 (0.33%) VB
10 1 (0.33%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 15 (4.98%) Degree
2 12 (3.99%) ISEB
3 11 (3.65%) HNC
4 3 (1.00%) ISTQB
5 2 (0.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (0.66%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.33%) HND
6 1 (0.33%) CCNA
6 1 (0.33%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (29.24%) SLA
2 19 (6.31%) QA
3 1 (0.33%) JTAG
3 1 (0.33%) ISO 8583
3 1 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.33%) NFS
1 1 (0.33%) NDS
Systems Management
1 37 (12.29%) HP Quality Center
2 19 (6.31%) NSN NetAct
3 7 (2.33%) Netcool
Vendors
1 98 (32.56%) Ericsson
2 81 (26.91%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 42 (13.95%) Huawei
4 32 (10.63%) HP
5 26 (8.64%) Nokia
6 19 (6.31%) Mapinfo
6 19 (6.31%) Amdocs
7 13 (4.32%) Actix
8 12 (3.99%) Siemens
9 11 (3.65%) Nortel
10 9 (2.99%) Microsoft
10 9 (2.99%) Business Objects
11 7 (2.33%) ZTE
12 6 (1.99%) Alcatel-Lucent
13 5 (1.66%) Google
13 5 (1.66%) Cisco
14 4 (1.33%) SAP
15 3 (1.00%) EMC
16 2 (0.66%) Oracle
16 2 (0.66%) TIBCO
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