The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GSM over the 3 months to 27 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 620 507 541
Rank change year-on-year
-113 +34
Contract jobs citing GSM 36 120 74
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.066% 0.22% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.42% 1.49% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 49 22
Median daily rate £275 £163 £261
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+69.23% -37.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £122 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £376 £314
UK excluding London median daily rate £270 £150 £260
% change year-on-year
+80.00% -42.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 10
Median hourly rate £36.25 £36.75 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.36% +13.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.25 £36.00 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £93.50 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £36.75 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-1.36% +13.07%

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
8648 8054 7036
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.86% 14.80% 13.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 5245 4486 3835
Median daily rate £390 £350 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -1.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £340 £333
% change year-on-year
+8.38% +2.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 384 469 398
Median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +31.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £43.30 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £26.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+11.53% +44.44%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing GSM as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 27 May 2016.

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
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the UK over the 3 months to 27 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -105 35 £275 +83.33% 8
South East -53 11 £230 +53.33% 5
London -13 10 £450 +24.13% 1
North West -16 6 £275 +5.76%
Berkshire -36 6 - - 1
Cheshire -10 5 £295 +13.46%
Warrington -11 5 £295 +13.46%
East of England +8 4 £270 +20.00% 1
Hertfordshire +4 4 £270 +20.00%
Hemel Hempstead +2 4 £270 -5.26%
Reading -5 3 - -
City of London +33 2 £500 +29.03%
Yorkshire -2 2 £130 +6.12%
Hampshire -3 2 - - 1
Leeds -11 2 £130 +6.12%
West Yorkshire -11 2 £130 +6.12%
Portsmouth - 2 - -
East Midlands +11 1 £275 -
Buckinghamshire +10 1 - -
Guildford -1 1 - -
Surrey -15 1 - - 1
M4 Corridor - 1 £230 -
Preston - 1 £275 -
Northampton - 1 £275 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £275 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £275 -
Lancashire - 1 £275 -
North East - 1 £275 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £275 -
Channel Islands - 1 £250 -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing GSM also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for GSM.

1 72 (72.00%) UMTS
2 62 (62.00%) Telecoms
3 44 (44.00%) LTE
4 30 (30.00%) 3G
4 30 (30.00%) GPRS
5 26 (26.00%) WCDMA
5 26 (26.00%) Diameter Protocol
6 24 (24.00%) 4G
6 24 (24.00%) SLA
6 24 (24.00%) 2G
7 22 (22.00%) Unix
8 21 (21.00%) Radio Access Network
9 20 (20.00%) SS7
10 19 (19.00%) Sybase
10 19 (19.00%) CDMA
11 18 (18.00%) Oracle
12 17 (17.00%) Solaris
12 17 (17.00%) Oracle Database
12 17 (17.00%) Huawei
13 16 (16.00%) Project Management
13 16 (16.00%) Linux
13 16 (16.00%) Microsoft
14 14 (14.00%) Nokia
14 14 (14.00%) Finance
15 13 (13.00%) Wi-Fi
15 13 (13.00%) Ericsson
15 13 (13.00%) VoIP
15 13 (13.00%) Software Engineering
16 11 (11.00%) H.323
16 11 (11.00%) MGCP

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (6.00%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (1.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (9.00%) MS Excel
2 7 (7.00%) MS Office
2 7 (7.00%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (2.00%) MS Project
3 2 (2.00%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.00%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (1.00%) Traffica
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 72 (72.00%) UMTS
2 44 (44.00%) LTE
3 30 (30.00%) 3G
3 30 (30.00%) GPRS
4 26 (26.00%) Diameter Protocol
4 26 (26.00%) WCDMA
5 24 (24.00%) 2G
5 24 (24.00%) 4G
6 21 (21.00%) Radio Access Network
7 20 (20.00%) SS7
8 19 (19.00%) CDMA
9 13 (13.00%) VoIP
9 13 (13.00%) Wi-Fi
10 11 (11.00%) H.323
10 11 (11.00%) MGCP
10 11 (11.00%) NGN
10 11 (11.00%) TCP/IP
11 9 (9.00%) RANAP
11 9 (9.00%) RTP
12 8 (8.00%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (17.00%) Oracle Database
2 5 (5.00%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.00%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.00%) GIS
Development Applications
1 9 (9.00%) Subversion
1 9 (9.00%) Trac
2 3 (3.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 62 (62.00%) Telecoms
2 14 (14.00%) Finance
3 5 (5.00%) Electronics
4 4 (4.00%) Back Office
5 2 (2.00%) Banking
6 1 (1.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 17 (17.00%) Core Network Engineer
1 17 (17.00%) Network Engineer
2 14 (14.00%) Support Engineer
3 12 (12.00%) Network Support
3 12 (12.00%) Network Support Engineer
3 12 (12.00%) Software Engineer
4 10 (10.00%) Radio Engineer
5 7 (7.00%) C++ Software Engineer
6 6 (6.00%) Implementation Controller
6 6 (6.00%) Project Manager
6 6 (6.00%) Service Manager
6 6 (6.00%) Technical Engineer
6 6 (6.00%) Technical Support
6 6 (6.00%) Technical Support Engineer
6 6 (6.00%) Telecoms Manager
7 5 (5.00%) Analyst
7 5 (5.00%) Delivery Manager
7 5 (5.00%) Optimisation Engineer
8 4 (4.00%) GSM Engineer
8 4 (4.00%) ITIL Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.00%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 9 (9.00%) STL
2 4 (4.00%) HTML
3 2 (2.00%) WebRTC
4 1 (1.00%) HTML5
4 1 (1.00%) WAP
4 1 (1.00%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
1 8 (8.00%) Computer Science
2 5 (5.00%) PMI
3 3 (3.00%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (3.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 3 (3.00%) Statistics
4 2 (2.00%) Blackberry
5 1 (1.00%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.00%) Contactless
5 1 (1.00%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.00%) EMV
5 1 (1.00%) Handset
5 1 (1.00%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.00%) PKI
5 1 (1.00%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.00%) Smartcard
5 1 (1.00%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 22 (22.00%) Unix
2 17 (17.00%) Solaris
3 16 (16.00%) Linux
4 5 (5.00%) Windows
5 2 (2.00%) Android
5 2 (2.00%) Windows 2000
5 2 (2.00%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (16.00%) Project Management
2 13 (13.00%) Software Engineering
3 11 (11.00%) ITIL
4 9 (9.00%) Change Control
4 9 (9.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 9 (9.00%) Cross-Platform Development
4 9 (9.00%) OO
5 8 (8.00%) Performance Monitoring
6 7 (7.00%) PRINCE2
6 7 (7.00%) Service Delivery
7 6 (6.00%) Network Architecture
7 6 (6.00%) Network Planning
8 5 (5.00%) Fault Management
8 5 (5.00%) Logistics
8 5 (5.00%) Risk Management
9 4 (4.00%) High Availability
10 3 (3.00%) Dependency Management
10 3 (3.00%) Embedded Software Development
10 3 (3.00%) Line Management
10 3 (3.00%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 9 (9.00%) C++
2 7 (7.00%) C
3 4 (4.00%) SQL
4 3 (3.00%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.00%) Embedded C
5 1 (1.00%) Java
5 1 (1.00%) MapBasic
5 1 (1.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 11 (11.00%) Degree
2 5 (5.00%) PMI Certification
3 4 (4.00%) ISEB
3 4 (4.00%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (2.00%) MCSE
4 2 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.00%) Six Sigma Green Belt
5 1 (1.00%) Chartered Engineer
5 1 (1.00%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (24.00%) SLA
2 2 (2.00%) ISO 14001
3 1 (1.00%) QA
System Software
1 3 (3.00%) Firmware
2 2 (2.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 10 (10.00%) NSN NetAct
2 2 (2.00%) AirWatch
2 2 (2.00%) Netcool
3 1 (1.00%) Amdocs OSS
Vendors
1 19 (19.00%) Sybase
2 18 (18.00%) Oracle
3 17 (17.00%) Huawei
4 16 (16.00%) Microsoft
5 14 (14.00%) Nokia
6 13 (13.00%) Ericsson
7 10 (10.00%) Mapinfo
7 10 (10.00%) Nokia Networks
8 8 (8.00%) Amdocs
9 7 (7.00%) BT
10 5 (5.00%) Cisco
10 5 (5.00%) SAP
10 5 (5.00%) Virgin Media
11 4 (4.00%) Remedy
12 3 (3.00%) Actix
12 3 (3.00%) Alcatel-Lucent
12 3 (3.00%) Siemens
12 3 (3.00%) Tellabs
13 2 (2.00%) Arqiva
13 2 (2.00%) Telindus
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