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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 607 577 518
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -59
Contract jobs citing GSM 43 68 89
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.080% 0.12% 0.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.49% 0.85% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 23 20
Median daily rate £275 £275 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- -9.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £225 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £498 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £268 £260 £305
% change year-on-year
+2.88% -14.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 8
Median hourly rate £39.00 £25.00 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+56.00% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.80 £14.00 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.80 £36.00 £42.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £36.00 £31.25
% change year-on-year
+8.33% +15.20%

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
8740 7972 7525
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.19% 14.00% 13.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 5340 4547 3993
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 483 433
Median hourly rate £28.75 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.90% +5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £21.53 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+46.34% +7.62%

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 26 July 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 26 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 26 July 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 -38 42 £275 - 11
South East -4 14 £275 - 4
London 0 12 £329 -15.16% 1
Cheshire +10 9 £255 - 1
North West +5 9 £255 +24.39% 2
Warrington - 8 £255 -
Berkshire -18 7 £350 +55.55%
Hampshire +7 5 £250 -49.74%
Reading +11 4 - -
West Yorkshire +7 3 - -
Leeds +2 3 - -
Yorkshire -1 3 - -
South West - 3 - -
Southampton - 3 £250 -
City of London +44 2 £488 +25.80%
Slough +6 2 £350 +55.55%
Portsmouth - 2 - -
Wiltshire - 2 - -
Guildford +4 1 - - 1
Surrey -5 1 - - 4
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 - -
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 £225 -
Amersham - 1 - -
Midlands - 1 £288 -
Bristol - 1 - -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 78 (83.87%) UMTS
2 61 (65.59%) Telecoms
3 41 (44.09%) LTE
4 31 (33.33%) 3G
5 24 (25.81%) GPRS
5 24 (25.81%) 2G
5 24 (25.81%) Project Management
5 24 (25.81%) 4G
6 21 (22.58%) Radio Access Network
7 19 (20.43%) Diameter Protocol
7 19 (20.43%) Huawei
7 19 (20.43%) WCDMA
7 19 (20.43%) Microsoft
8 17 (18.28%) SS7
9 16 (17.20%) SLA
9 16 (17.20%) Nokia
9 16 (17.20%) CDMA
9 16 (17.20%) NSN NetAct
10 15 (16.13%) Unix
10 15 (16.13%) Mapinfo
11 14 (15.05%) Ericsson
11 14 (15.05%) Sybase
12 13 (13.98%) Oracle
12 13 (13.98%) Finance
13 12 (12.90%) Solaris
13 12 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
13 12 (12.90%) Change Control
13 12 (12.90%) Oracle Database
14 11 (11.83%) Amdocs
15 10 (10.75%) MS Office

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 (6.45%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (1.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (1.08%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (10.75%) MS Office
2 8 (8.60%) MS Excel
3 6 (6.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (2.15%) AutoCAD
4 2 (2.15%) MS Project
4 2 (2.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.08%) Traffica
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 78 (83.87%) UMTS
2 41 (44.09%) LTE
3 31 (33.33%) 3G
4 24 (25.81%) 2G
4 24 (25.81%) 4G
4 24 (25.81%) GPRS
5 21 (22.58%) Radio Access Network
6 19 (20.43%) Diameter Protocol
6 19 (20.43%) WCDMA
7 17 (18.28%) SS7
8 16 (17.20%) CDMA
9 9 (9.68%) VoLTE
10 8 (8.60%) ATM
10 8 (8.60%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (7.53%) VoIP
12 6 (6.45%) 3GPP
12 6 (6.45%) H.323
12 6 (6.45%) MGCP
12 6 (6.45%) UTRAN
12 6 (6.45%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (12.90%) Oracle Database
2 5 (5.38%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (3.23%) SQL Server
4 2 (2.15%) GIS
5 1 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.08%) MySQL
5 1 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (5.38%) Subversion
1 5 (5.38%) Trac
2 1 (1.08%) CppUnit
2 1 (1.08%) JIRA
2 1 (1.08%) JMeter
General
1 61 (65.59%) Telecoms
2 13 (13.98%) Finance
3 5 (5.38%) Electronics
4 4 (4.30%) Back Office
5 3 (3.23%) Banking
6 1 (1.08%) Arabic Language
6 1 (1.08%) Mandarin Language
6 1 (1.08%) Marketing
6 1 (1.08%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 14 (15.05%) Implementation Controller
1 14 (15.05%) Radio Engineer
2 12 (12.90%) Core Network Engineer
2 12 (12.90%) Network Engineer
3 10 (10.75%) Support Engineer
4 7 (7.53%) Network Support
4 7 (7.53%) Network Support Engineer
4 7 (7.53%) Optimisation Engineer
5 6 (6.45%) Project Manager
5 6 (6.45%) Technical Engineer
5 6 (6.45%) Technical Support
5 6 (6.45%) Technical Support Engineer
6 5 (5.38%) Software Engineer
7 4 (4.30%) Consultant
7 4 (4.30%) RAN Engineer
8 3 (3.23%) Analyst
8 3 (3.23%) C++ Software Engineer
8 3 (3.23%) GSM Engineer
8 3 (3.23%) Transmission Planner
9 2 (2.15%) Implementation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.38%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 5 (5.38%) STL
2 1 (1.08%) HTML
2 1 (1.08%) HTML5
2 1 (1.08%) WebRTC
2 1 (1.08%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.53%) Statistics
3 5 (5.38%) PMI
4 4 (4.30%) Computer Science
5 3 (3.23%) Algorithms
5 3 (3.23%) Blackberry
6 2 (2.15%) Driving Licence
6 2 (2.15%) Smart Meter
7 1 (1.08%) Contactless
7 1 (1.08%) EMV
7 1 (1.08%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.08%) PKI
7 1 (1.08%) Smartcard
7 1 (1.08%) Telematics
7 1 (1.08%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 15 (16.13%) Unix
2 12 (12.90%) Solaris
3 9 (9.68%) Linux
4 7 (7.53%) Windows
5 2 (2.15%) Android
5 2 (2.15%) Windows 2000
5 2 (2.15%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (25.81%) Project Management
2 12 (12.90%) Change Control
3 10 (10.75%) Performance Monitoring
4 7 (7.53%) ITIL
4 7 (7.53%) PRINCE2
4 7 (7.53%) Risk Management
5 6 (6.45%) Dependency Management
5 6 (6.45%) Network Design
5 6 (6.45%) Software Engineering
6 5 (5.38%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (5.38%) Cross-Platform Development
6 5 (5.38%) Fault Management
6 5 (5.38%) Logistics
6 5 (5.38%) Network Planning
6 5 (5.38%) OO
7 4 (4.30%) Network Architecture
8 3 (3.23%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (3.23%) Benchmarking
8 3 (3.23%) Line Management
8 3 (3.23%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (8.60%) C
2 6 (6.45%) C++
2 6 (6.45%) SQL
3 3 (3.23%) MapBasic
4 2 (2.15%) VB
5 1 (1.08%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.08%) Embedded C
5 1 (1.08%) Perl
Qualifications
1 7 (7.53%) Degree
2 5 (5.38%) PMI Certification
3 3 (3.23%) MCSE
3 3 (3.23%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.15%) Six Sigma Green Belt
5 1 (1.08%) ISEB
5 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (17.20%) SLA
2 2 (2.15%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 3 (3.23%) Active Directory
1 3 (3.23%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 16 (17.20%) NSN NetAct
2 3 (3.23%) AirWatch
3 2 (2.15%) Amdocs OSS
3 2 (2.15%) Netcool
Vendors
1 19 (20.43%) Huawei
1 19 (20.43%) Microsoft
2 16 (17.20%) Nokia
3 15 (16.13%) Mapinfo
4 14 (15.05%) Ericsson
4 14 (15.05%) Sybase
5 13 (13.98%) Oracle
6 11 (11.83%) Amdocs
7 8 (8.60%) Nokia Networks
8 6 (6.45%) BT
9 5 (5.38%) SAP
9 5 (5.38%) Virgin Media
10 4 (4.30%) Cisco
11 3 (3.23%) Actix
11 3 (3.23%) Alcatel-Lucent
11 3 (3.23%) Anite
11 3 (3.23%) Remedy
11 3 (3.23%) Samsung
11 3 (3.23%) Siemens
11 3 (3.23%) Tellabs
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