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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 380 481 397
Rank change year-on-year
+101 -84
Contract jobs citing GSM 233 89 144
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.43% 0.17% 0.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.99% 1.32% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 18 25
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£260 £300 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £175 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £328 £400 £359
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £300 £270
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 13
Average hourly rate £36.00 £30.00 £35.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -15.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £14.00 £24.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.70 £35.80 £39.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £35.25
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -0.70%

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
7789 6720 6936
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.52% 12.95% 15.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 4246 3470 3376
Average daily rate £365 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-0.72% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 411 579
Average hourly rate £27.50 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.50% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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 27 March 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
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 27 March 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 +117 218 £260 -13.33% 22
South East +34 100 £260 -9.56% 12
Berkshire +31 76 £255 +45.71% 9
Newbury +12 44 £279 +59.28% 5
North West - 31 £263 - 1
London -2 17 £350 +26.12% 5
Yorkshire - 17 £123 - 1
South West -2 14 - - 2
Manchester - 11 £263 - 1
Surrey - 10 £275 - 1
Guildford - 8 £260 - 1
Reading -5 7 £111 - 3
Buckinghamshire - 7 - -
East of England +5 6 - -
East Midlands -2 6 - -
Cambridgeshire +1 5 - -
Scotland -3 5 £450 - 1
Devon - 4 - -
Cambridge +5 3 - -
Slough -1 2 £208 - 1
Oxfordshire - 2 - -
Essex - 1 - -
Amersham - 1 - -
Banbury - - - -
Bracknell - - - -
Brentford - - - -
Brighton - - - -
Epsom - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
East Sussex - - - -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 246 (75.69%) Telecoms
2 203 (62.46%) UMTS
3 141 (43.38%) LTE
4 124 (38.15%) Radio Access Network
5 118 (36.31%) 3G
6 117 (36.00%) Ericsson
7 105 (32.31%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 104 (32.00%) SDH
9 103 (31.69%) SLA
10 95 (29.23%) RNC
11 90 (27.69%) 4G
12 88 (27.08%) Ethernet
13 85 (26.15%) 2G
14 78 (24.00%) ATM
15 77 (23.69%) Agile Software Development
16 75 (23.08%) Line Management
17 74 (22.77%) GPRS
18 72 (22.15%) WFM
19 61 (18.77%) Wireless
20 51 (15.69%) Network Planning
21 46 (14.15%) Huawei
22 42 (12.92%) C
23 37 (11.38%) HP Quality Center
24 36 (11.08%) SS7
25 33 (10.15%) HSPA
26 32 (9.85%) HP
27 31 (9.54%) SIGTRAN
28 27 (8.31%) Nokia
29 26 (8.00%) TCP/IP
29 26 (8.00%) Wi-Fi

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 (0.31%) SharePoint
1 1 (0.31%) SAS
1 1 (0.31%) CMS
1 1 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 11 (3.38%) MS Office
1 11 (3.38%) MS Excel
2 10 (3.08%) MS PowerPoint
3 7 (2.15%) Doxygen
4 3 (0.92%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.31%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.31%) MultiFonds
Communications & Networking
1 203 (62.46%) UMTS
2 141 (43.38%) LTE
3 124 (38.15%) Radio Access Network
4 118 (36.31%) 3G
5 104 (32.00%) SDH
6 95 (29.23%) RNC
7 90 (27.69%) 4G
8 88 (27.08%) Ethernet
9 85 (26.15%) 2G
10 78 (24.00%) ATM
11 74 (22.77%) GPRS
12 61 (18.77%) Wireless
13 36 (11.08%) SS7
14 33 (10.15%) HSPA
15 31 (9.54%) SIGTRAN
16 26 (8.00%) WiMAX
16 26 (8.00%) Wi-Fi
16 26 (8.00%) TCP/IP
17 22 (6.77%) MPLS
18 20 (6.15%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.62%) MySQL
1 2 (0.62%) MS Access
2 1 (0.31%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.31%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (0.31%) BusinessObjects XI
2 1 (0.31%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
Development Applications
1 7 (2.15%) GoogleTest
2 3 (0.92%) Jenkins
2 3 (0.92%) eggPlant
2 3 (0.92%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (0.92%) Selenium
3 1 (0.31%) OpenSTA
3 1 (0.31%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.31%) JMeter
3 1 (0.31%) JIRA
3 1 (0.31%) QADirector
3 1 (0.31%) NeoLoad
General
1 246 (75.69%) Telecoms
2 16 (4.92%) Billing
3 9 (2.77%) Electronics
3 9 (2.77%) Finance
4 8 (2.46%) German Language
5 7 (2.15%) Back Office
6 6 (1.85%) Marketing
7 3 (0.92%) Legal
7 3 (0.92%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.62%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.31%) French Language
9 1 (0.31%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.31%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.31%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.31%) Publishing
9 1 (0.31%) Banking
9 1 (0.31%) Retail
9 1 (0.31%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 78 (24.00%) Field Engineer
2 28 (8.62%) Test Engineer
3 24 (7.38%) Performance Engineer
4 14 (4.31%) Tester
5 13 (4.00%) Radio Engineer
5 13 (4.00%) Wireless Engineer
6 12 (3.69%) Analyst
6 12 (3.69%) Design Engineer
6 12 (3.69%) RAN Engineer
7 10 (3.08%) RF Engineer
8 8 (2.46%) Support Engineer
8 8 (2.46%) Software Engineer
8 8 (2.46%) RAN Performance Engineer
9 7 (2.15%) Project Manager
10 6 (1.85%) Integration Engineer
11 5 (1.54%) Developer
11 5 (1.54%) Support Analyst
11 5 (1.54%) Operations Manager
11 5 (1.54%) Mobile Tester
12 4 (1.23%) Transmission Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.15%) SOAP
1 7 (2.15%) Software Packaging
2 3 (0.92%) WAP
3 2 (0.62%) .NET
4 1 (0.31%) HTML
4 1 (0.31%) Rendezvous
4 1 (0.31%) XMPP
4 1 (0.31%) Web Services
4 1 (0.31%) XML
4 1 (0.31%) J2ME
Miscellaneous
1 16 (4.92%) Statistics
2 12 (3.69%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (1.85%) Handset
4 5 (1.54%) Computer Science
4 5 (1.54%) Raspberry Pi
4 5 (1.54%) BeagleBone
4 5 (1.54%) Mobile App
5 4 (1.23%) iPad
5 4 (1.23%) iPhone
6 3 (0.92%) DTV
6 3 (0.92%) Video on Demand
7 2 (0.62%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.31%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 1 (0.31%) SCADA
8 1 (0.31%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.31%) Open Source
8 1 (0.31%) FMCG
8 1 (0.31%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.31%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.31%) ASIC
Operating Systems
1 25 (7.69%) Linux
2 21 (6.46%) UNIX
3 7 (2.15%) Solaris
3 7 (2.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (1.23%) Apple iOS
4 4 (1.23%) Android
5 2 (0.62%) Windows
6 1 (0.31%) Windows 2000
6 1 (0.31%) Windows NT
6 1 (0.31%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (0.31%) webOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (23.69%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (23.08%) Line Management
3 72 (22.15%) WFM
4 51 (15.69%) Network Planning
5 25 (7.69%) Project Management
6 22 (6.77%) Network Design
7 17 (5.23%) Network Architecture
7 17 (5.23%) Performance Engineering
8 16 (4.92%) Software Engineering
8 16 (4.92%) CRM
9 14 (4.31%) Configuration Management
9 14 (4.31%) Fault Management
9 14 (4.31%) Performance Management
10 13 (4.00%) OO
11 12 (3.69%) Service Delivery
11 12 (3.69%) Change Management
12 11 (3.38%) Service Management
12 11 (3.38%) Software Testing
12 11 (3.38%) Logistics
12 11 (3.38%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 42 (12.92%) C
2 18 (5.54%) C++
3 11 (3.38%) Embedded C
4 8 (2.46%) Embedded C++
4 8 (2.46%) SQL
5 7 (2.15%) Java
6 5 (1.54%) Perl
6 5 (1.54%) Python
7 4 (1.23%) VB
8 3 (0.92%) VBScript
8 3 (0.92%) C#
9 1 (0.31%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.31%) VBA
9 1 (0.31%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 20 (6.15%) Degree
2 11 (3.38%) HNC
3 10 (3.08%) ISEB
4 3 (0.92%) ISTQB
5 2 (0.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.31%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.31%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.31%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.31%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (31.69%) SLA
2 21 (6.46%) QA
3 2 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.31%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1 (0.31%) NFS
1 1 (0.31%) NDS
Systems Management
1 37 (11.38%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (4.31%) NSN NetAct
3 5 (1.54%) Netcool
4 1 (0.31%) Netcool/OMNIbus
4 1 (0.31%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 117 (36.00%) Ericsson
2 105 (32.31%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 46 (14.15%) Huawei
4 32 (9.85%) HP
5 27 (8.31%) Nokia
6 12 (3.69%) Siemens
6 12 (3.69%) Nortel
6 12 (3.69%) Actix
7 10 (3.08%) Amdocs
8 9 (2.77%) Business Objects
9 7 (2.15%) Cisco
9 7 (2.15%) Red Hat
9 7 (2.15%) Mapinfo
9 7 (2.15%) ZTE
9 7 (2.15%) Google
10 6 (1.85%) Microsoft
11 5 (1.54%) SAP
11 5 (1.54%) Alcatel-Lucent
11 5 (1.54%) BT
12 3 (0.92%) EMC
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