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 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 612 437 533
Rank change year-on-year
-175 +96
Contract jobs citing GSM 46 197 85
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.082% 0.35% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.54% 2.38% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 70 22
Average daily rate £270 £258 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.85% -9.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £123 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £349 £350 £372
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £255 £261
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 7
Average hourly rate £47.50 £36.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.94% +2.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.50 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+31.94% +2.85%

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
8550 8291 7322
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.30% 14.85% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5171 4513 3872
Average daily rate £388 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.05% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 357 459 407
Average hourly rate £28.00 £28.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.21
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year
- +46.34%

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 30 April 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -166 44 £273 +6.34% 11
South East -85 20 £230 -11.53% 4
London -11 9 £325 -7.14% 1
Berkshire -50 7 £255 +10.27% 3
Guildford -2 6 £315 -1.56%
Surrey -15 6 £315 -1.56% 1
North West -19 6 £303 +16.34%
East of England +7 4 £270 - 4
Hertfordshire - 4 £270 - 1
Hemel Hempstead - 4 £270 -
M4 Corridor - 4 £230 -
Buckinghamshire +13 3 - -
Manchester -10 2 £130 -
Cheshire -11 2 £330 +26.92%
Reading -17 2 - - 1
Warrington -18 2 £330 +26.92%
Lancashire - 2 £350 -
City of London +42 1 - -
East Midlands +1 1 £275 - 1
South West -2 1 - - 1
Yorkshire -18 1 £130 +6.12%
West Yorkshire -19 1 £130 +6.12%
Leeds -24 1 £130 +6.12%
Swindon - 1 - -
Preston - 1 £275 -
Northampton - 1 £275 -
Bolton - 1 £130 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £275 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £275 -
Wiltshire - 1 - -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 73 (71.57%) UMTS
2 60 (58.82%) Telecoms
3 40 (39.22%) LTE
4 34 (33.33%) GPRS
5 29 (28.43%) 3G
5 29 (28.43%) Diameter Protocol
6 27 (26.47%) WCDMA
7 25 (24.51%) SLA
8 24 (23.53%) 2G
8 24 (23.53%) 4G
9 23 (22.55%) SS7
9 23 (22.55%) Unix
10 20 (19.61%) Oracle
10 20 (19.61%) Sybase
10 20 (19.61%) CDMA
10 20 (19.61%) Radio Access Network
11 19 (18.63%) Oracle Database
11 19 (18.63%) Solaris
12 16 (15.69%) Linux
13 15 (14.71%) VoIP
13 15 (14.71%) Nokia
13 15 (14.71%) Software Engineering
13 15 (14.71%) Huawei
14 14 (13.73%) Degree
14 14 (13.73%) Project Management
15 13 (12.75%) H.323
15 13 (12.75%) MGCP
15 13 (12.75%) Ericsson
15 13 (12.75%) NGN
16 11 (10.78%) Computer Science

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 6 (5.88%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (0.98%) Confluence
2 1 (0.98%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (8.82%) MS Excel
2 6 (5.88%) MS Office
2 6 (5.88%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.96%) MS Project
3 2 (1.96%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.98%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (0.98%) Traffica
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.98%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 73 (71.57%) UMTS
2 40 (39.22%) LTE
3 34 (33.33%) GPRS
4 29 (28.43%) 3G
4 29 (28.43%) Diameter Protocol
5 27 (26.47%) WCDMA
6 24 (23.53%) 2G
6 24 (23.53%) 4G
7 23 (22.55%) SS7
8 20 (19.61%) CDMA
8 20 (19.61%) Radio Access Network
9 15 (14.71%) VoIP
10 13 (12.75%) H.323
10 13 (12.75%) MGCP
10 13 (12.75%) NGN
11 11 (10.78%) Wi-Fi
12 9 (8.82%) RANAP
12 9 (8.82%) RTP
12 9 (8.82%) TCP/IP
13 7 (6.86%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (18.63%) Oracle Database
2 5 (4.90%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.98%) GIS
3 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 10 (9.80%) Subversion
2 9 (8.82%) Trac
3 3 (2.94%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.96%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.96%) LabVIEW
5 1 (0.98%) JIRA
5 1 (0.98%) PVCS
General
1 60 (58.82%) Telecoms
2 11 (10.78%) Finance
3 5 (4.90%) Back Office
4 4 (3.92%) Electronics
5 1 (0.98%) Banking
5 1 (0.98%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 19 (18.63%) Core Network Engineer
1 19 (18.63%) Network Engineer
1 19 (18.63%) Support Engineer
2 15 (14.71%) Network Support
2 15 (14.71%) Network Support Engineer
3 14 (13.73%) Software Engineer
4 8 (7.84%) C++ Software Engineer
4 8 (7.84%) Radio Engineer
5 7 (6.86%) Technical Engineer
5 7 (6.86%) Technical Support
5 7 (6.86%) Technical Support Engineer
6 6 (5.88%) Project Manager
6 6 (5.88%) Service Manager
6 6 (5.88%) Telecoms Manager
7 5 (4.90%) Analyst
7 5 (4.90%) Delivery Manager
8 4 (3.92%) ITIL Manager
8 4 (3.92%) ITIL Service Manager
8 4 (3.92%) RAN Engineer
8 4 (3.92%) Services Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (8.82%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 9 (8.82%) STL
2 4 (3.92%) HTML
3 2 (1.96%) WebRTC
4 1 (0.98%) .NET
4 1 (0.98%) HTML5
4 1 (0.98%) WAP
4 1 (0.98%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.78%) Computer Science
2 7 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.90%) Statistics
4 4 (3.92%) PMI
5 3 (2.94%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (2.94%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 1 (0.98%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.98%) Contactless
6 1 (0.98%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.98%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.98%) EMV
6 1 (0.98%) Handset
6 1 (0.98%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.98%) PKI
6 1 (0.98%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.98%) Smartcard
6 1 (0.98%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 23 (22.55%) Unix
2 19 (18.63%) Solaris
3 16 (15.69%) Linux
4 2 (1.96%) Windows
5 1 (0.98%) Windows 2000
5 1 (0.98%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (14.71%) Software Engineering
2 14 (13.73%) Project Management
3 10 (9.80%) Change Control
4 9 (8.82%) Continuous Improvement
4 9 (8.82%) Cross-Platform Development
4 9 (8.82%) OO
5 8 (7.84%) ITIL
6 7 (6.86%) Network Architecture
6 7 (6.86%) PRINCE2
7 6 (5.88%) Performance Monitoring
7 6 (5.88%) Service Delivery
8 5 (4.90%) Fault Management
8 5 (4.90%) Network Planning
9 4 (3.92%) Embedded Software Development
9 4 (3.92%) High Availability
9 4 (3.92%) Logistics
9 4 (3.92%) Risk Management
10 3 (2.94%) Network Design
11 2 (1.96%) Incident Management
11 2 (1.96%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (10.78%) C++
2 8 (7.84%) C
3 3 (2.94%) Embedded C
3 3 (2.94%) JavaScript
3 3 (2.94%) SQL
4 2 (1.96%) VBA
5 1 (0.98%) Java
5 1 (0.98%) MapBasic
5 1 (0.98%) Python
5 1 (0.98%) VB
5 1 (0.98%) VC++
Qualifications
1 14 (13.73%) Degree
2 4 (3.92%) ITIL Certification
2 4 (3.92%) PMI Certification
3 3 (2.94%) ISEB
4 2 (1.96%) Six Sigma Green Belt
5 1 (0.98%) Chartered Engineer
5 1 (0.98%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.98%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (24.51%) SLA
2 2 (1.96%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.98%) QA
System Software
1 4 (3.92%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 11 (10.78%) NSN NetAct
2 2 (1.96%) Netcool
3 1 (0.98%) Amdocs OSS
3 1 (0.98%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (19.61%) Oracle
1 20 (19.61%) Sybase
2 15 (14.71%) Huawei
2 15 (14.71%) Nokia
3 13 (12.75%) Ericsson
4 11 (10.78%) Microsoft
5 10 (9.80%) Mapinfo
6 9 (8.82%) Amdocs
6 9 (8.82%) Nokia Networks
7 6 (5.88%) BT
8 5 (4.90%) Cisco
9 4 (3.92%) Remedy
9 4 (3.92%) SAP
9 4 (3.92%) Virgin Media
10 3 (2.94%) Actix
10 3 (2.94%) Tellabs
11 2 (1.96%) Alcatel-Lucent
11 2 (1.96%) EMC
11 2 (1.96%) HP
11 2 (1.96%) Siemens
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