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 June 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 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 497 517 471
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -46
Contract jobs citing GSM 99 72 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.14% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.25% 1.02% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 22 23
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£175 £261 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.01% -15.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £315 £441
UK excluding London average daily rate £150 £260 £310
% change year-on-year
-42.30% -16.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 17
Average hourly rate £36.75 £30.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £27.50 £27.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £93.50 £41.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.75 £30.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+22.50% -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
7899 7042 6806
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.51% 13.23% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4432 3809 3360
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £200 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £335 £313
% change year-on-year
+1.49% +7.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 443 390 537
Average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.84% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.28 £40.50 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+44.44% -20.00%

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 June 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 June 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 June 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 +23 97 £163 -37.79% 24
South East +7 41 £175 - 10
Berkshire +11 27 £150 -14.28% 6
London +2 13 £375 +31.57% 6
Yorkshire -8 11 £123 -30.00%
Leeds - 11 £123 -
West Yorkshire - 11 £123 -
Surrey +9 9 £320 - 1
Guildford +8 7 £320 - 1
Newbury -2 7 £175 - 2
North West - 7 £205 - 5
City of London +11 5 £388 +35.96% 1
Reading +5 4 - -
Hertfordshire -6 4 £225 +12.50%
East of England -6 4 £225 -35.71% 1
Hampshire -3 2 £440 +41.93% 2
West Midlands -14 2 - -
Cheshire - 2 - - 1
Merseyside - 2 - -
Stevenage - 2 £225 -
Manchester - 2 £150 - 4
Basingstoke +3 1 £440 -
Slough +2 1 £208 - 3
South West +1 1 - - 1
Bristol -1 1 - -
Bury - 1 £150 -
Coventry - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £450 -
Bracknell - 1 - -
Hemel Hempstead - 1 £285 -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 June 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.

1 216 (72.97%) Telecoms
2 189 (63.85%) UMTS
3 132 (44.59%) LTE
4 116 (39.19%) 3G
5 113 (38.18%) Radio Access Network
6 101 (34.12%) Ericsson
7 93 (31.42%) SLA
8 87 (29.39%) 2G
8 87 (29.39%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 86 (29.05%) SDH
10 85 (28.72%) 4G
11 83 (28.04%) RNC
12 72 (24.32%) GPRS
13 68 (22.97%) Ethernet
14 63 (21.28%) ATM
15 61 (20.61%) Agile Software Development
16 60 (20.27%) Wireless
16 60 (20.27%) WFM
16 60 (20.27%) Line Management
17 48 (16.22%) Network Planning
18 41 (13.85%) Huawei
19 38 (12.84%) C
20 35 (11.82%) HSPA
21 34 (11.49%) HP Quality Center
22 31 (10.47%) SS7
23 29 (9.80%) HP
24 26 (8.78%) Wi-Fi
24 26 (8.78%) WiMAX
25 24 (8.11%) SIGTRAN
25 24 (8.11%) Nokia

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 June 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.

Applications
1 12 (4.05%) MS Excel
2 9 (3.04%) MS Office
2 9 (3.04%) MS PowerPoint
3 7 (2.36%) Doxygen
4 3 (1.01%) MS Project
5 2 (0.68%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.34%) MultiFonds
Communications & Networking
1 189 (63.85%) UMTS
2 132 (44.59%) LTE
3 116 (39.19%) 3G
4 113 (38.18%) Radio Access Network
5 87 (29.39%) 2G
6 86 (29.05%) SDH
7 85 (28.72%) 4G
8 83 (28.04%) RNC
9 72 (24.32%) GPRS
10 68 (22.97%) Ethernet
11 63 (21.28%) ATM
12 60 (20.27%) Wireless
13 35 (11.82%) HSPA
14 31 (10.47%) SS7
15 26 (8.78%) Wi-Fi
15 26 (8.78%) WiMAX
16 24 (8.11%) SIGTRAN
17 22 (7.43%) TCP/IP
17 22 (7.43%) VoLTE
18 20 (6.76%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.68%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 7 (2.36%) GoogleTest
2 3 (1.01%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.01%) eggPlant
2 3 (1.01%) SoapUI
2 3 (1.01%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (1.01%) Selenium
3 2 (0.68%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.34%) OpenSTA
4 1 (0.34%) JMeter
4 1 (0.34%) LabVIEW
General
1 216 (72.97%) Telecoms
2 14 (4.73%) Billing
3 7 (2.36%) Back Office
3 7 (2.36%) Electronics
3 7 (2.36%) German Language
4 6 (2.03%) Finance
5 3 (1.01%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.68%) Advertising
6 2 (0.68%) Marketing
7 1 (0.34%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.34%) Banking
7 1 (0.34%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.34%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 63 (21.28%) Field Engineer
2 25 (8.45%) Test Engineer
3 24 (8.11%) Performance Engineer
4 16 (5.41%) Radio Engineer
5 14 (4.73%) Tester
5 14 (4.73%) Analyst
6 12 (4.05%) Wireless Engineer
7 11 (3.72%) RAN Engineer
8 9 (3.04%) RF Engineer
8 9 (3.04%) Software Engineer
8 9 (3.04%) Support Engineer
9 8 (2.70%) Design Engineer
9 8 (2.70%) Integration Engineer
9 8 (2.70%) RAN Performance Engineer
10 7 (2.36%) Support Analyst
11 6 (2.03%) 2nd Line Support
11 6 (2.03%) Project Manager
11 6 (2.03%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 5 (1.69%) Mobile Tester
12 5 (1.69%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.36%) Software Packaging
2 4 (1.35%) SOAP
3 1 (0.34%) XML
3 1 (0.34%) WAP
3 1 (0.34%) Rendezvous
3 1 (0.34%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (5.74%) Statistics
2 10 (3.38%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (1.69%) Raspberry Pi
3 5 (1.69%) BeagleBone
4 4 (1.35%) Handset
5 3 (1.01%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.01%) iPhone
5 3 (1.01%) Smart Meter
5 3 (1.01%) iPad
5 3 (1.01%) Mobile App
6 2 (0.68%) Embedded Systems
6 2 (0.68%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.34%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.34%) IVR
7 1 (0.34%) Arduino
7 1 (0.34%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.34%) Mobile Payment
7 1 (0.34%) Machine to Machine
7 1 (0.34%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 19 (6.42%) Linux
2 11 (3.72%) UNIX
3 3 (1.01%) Android
3 3 (1.01%) Apple iOS
4 2 (0.68%) Windows
5 1 (0.34%) Solaris
5 1 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.34%) Windows 2000
5 1 (0.34%) Windows NT
5 1 (0.34%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (20.61%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (20.27%) WFM
2 60 (20.27%) Line Management
3 48 (16.22%) Network Planning
4 19 (6.42%) Project Management
4 19 (6.42%) Network Design
5 18 (6.08%) Network Architecture
6 17 (5.74%) Performance Engineering
6 17 (5.74%) Software Engineering
7 16 (5.41%) Fault Management
8 15 (5.07%) Change Management
8 15 (5.07%) OO
8 15 (5.07%) CRM
9 14 (4.73%) Performance Management
10 13 (4.39%) Configuration Management
10 13 (4.39%) Software Testing
11 11 (3.72%) Performance Monitoring
12 10 (3.38%) Resource Management
13 9 (3.04%) Logistics
13 9 (3.04%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 38 (12.84%) C
2 19 (6.42%) C++
3 13 (4.39%) SQL
3 13 (4.39%) Embedded C
4 11 (3.72%) Embedded C++
5 8 (2.70%) Python
6 7 (2.36%) Java
7 3 (1.01%) VBScript
7 3 (1.01%) VB
7 3 (1.01%) VBA
7 3 (1.01%) C#
8 2 (0.68%) MapBasic
8 2 (0.68%) VC++
8 2 (0.68%) Perl
8 2 (0.68%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.34%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 15 (5.07%) Degree
2 11 (3.72%) HNC
3 10 (3.38%) ISEB
4 3 (1.01%) ISTQB
5 2 (0.68%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.34%) HND
6 1 (0.34%) CCNA
6 1 (0.34%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.34%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 93 (31.42%) SLA
2 20 (6.76%) QA
3 1 (0.34%) JTAG
3 1 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.34%) NFS
1 1 (0.34%) NDS
Systems Management
1 34 (11.49%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (5.74%) NSN NetAct
3 5 (1.69%) Netcool
Vendors
1 101 (34.12%) Ericsson
2 87 (29.39%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 41 (13.85%) Huawei
4 29 (9.80%) HP
5 24 (8.11%) Nokia
6 17 (5.74%) Amdocs
7 15 (5.07%) Mapinfo
8 13 (4.39%) Actix
9 12 (4.05%) Nortel
9 12 (4.05%) Siemens
10 9 (3.04%) Business Objects
11 7 (2.36%) Microsoft
11 7 (2.36%) Google
11 7 (2.36%) ZTE
12 6 (2.03%) Alcatel-Lucent
13 5 (1.69%) Cisco
14 4 (1.35%) SAP
15 3 (1.01%) EMC
16 2 (0.68%) TIBCO
16 2 (0.68%) Remedy
Berkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £35 - £37 per hour + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Buckinghamshire
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Rate: £250 - £270 per day + competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 15 days ago