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 14 February 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.

Location
3 months to
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 563 465 531
Rank change year-on-year
-98 +66
Contract jobs citing GSM 63 142 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.28% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.84% 1.87% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 37 17
Average daily rate £325 £265 £240
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.64% +10.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £130 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £368 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £265 £305
% change year-on-year
+22.64% -13.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 2
Average hourly rate £40.00 £35.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.67% +153.57%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 -
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -

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
7470 7611 6637
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.49% 14.87% 13.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4415 4207 3456
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £219 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 321 449 384
Average hourly rate £28.38 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.50% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% +26.19%

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 14 February 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
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 14 February 2016.

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 14 February 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 -77 57 £325 +22.64% 11
South East -15 29 £388 +37.16% 7
Berkshire -16 16 £388 +37.16% 2
Surrey -1 12 £370 +42.30% 2
Guildford +10 11 £315 +21.15% 2
London +1 9 - -
North West -25 6 £270 +2.85% 1
South West -6 4 £351 +12.16% 2
West Yorkshire -10 4 £275 +115.68%
Yorkshire -14 4 £275 +115.68%
Merseyside +3 3 - -
Liverpool -4 3 - -
Bracknell - 3 - -
Reading -7 2 - - 1
Scotland -9 2 - - 2
Wiltshire - 2 £351 -
Glasgow - 2 - - 1
Bristol -1 1 - - 2
East of England -6 1 £310 - 1
Newbury -8 1 £225 -22.41%
East Midlands -9 1 - -
Cheshire -13 1 £270 +4.85% 1
Leeds -22 1 - -
Manchester -29 1 £130 -50.71%
Nottingham - 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 £310 -
Lancashire - 1 £425 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 - -
Bolton - 1 £130 -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 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 72 (59.02%) UMTS
2 66 (54.10%) Telecoms
3 51 (41.80%) GPRS
4 44 (36.07%) LTE
5 35 (28.69%) WCDMA
6 34 (27.87%) 3G
7 32 (26.23%) Diameter Protocol
8 28 (22.95%) SS7
9 27 (22.13%) 2G
9 27 (22.13%) 4G
10 25 (20.49%) SLA
11 24 (19.67%) CDMA
11 24 (19.67%) Unix
12 21 (17.21%) Oracle
13 20 (16.39%) VoIP
14 19 (15.57%) Sybase
14 19 (15.57%) Solaris
14 19 (15.57%) Oracle Database
15 17 (13.93%) Degree
16 16 (13.11%) Radio Access Network
17 15 (12.30%) Software Engineering
17 15 (12.30%) NGN
17 15 (12.30%) Computer Science
17 15 (12.30%) Linux
17 15 (12.30%) MGCP
17 15 (12.30%) H.323
18 14 (11.48%) Huawei
19 11 (9.02%) HSPA
19 11 (9.02%) C++
20 10 (8.20%) TCP/IP

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 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 7 (5.74%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (0.82%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (6.56%) MS Excel
2 5 (4.10%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (3.28%) MS Office
4 2 (1.64%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.82%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.82%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.82%) Minerva
1 1 (0.82%) SAP EHS
1 1 (0.82%) SAP GTS
Communications & Networking
1 72 (59.02%) UMTS
2 51 (41.80%) GPRS
3 44 (36.07%) LTE
4 35 (28.69%) WCDMA
5 34 (27.87%) 3G
6 32 (26.23%) Diameter Protocol
7 28 (22.95%) SS7
8 27 (22.13%) 2G
8 27 (22.13%) 4G
9 24 (19.67%) CDMA
10 20 (16.39%) VoIP
11 16 (13.11%) Radio Access Network
12 15 (12.30%) H.323
12 15 (12.30%) MGCP
12 15 (12.30%) NGN
13 11 (9.02%) HSPA
14 10 (8.20%) TCP/IP
14 10 (8.20%) Wi-Fi
15 9 (7.38%) RTP
15 9 (7.38%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (15.57%) Oracle Database
2 4 (3.28%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.82%) MS Access
3 1 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (7.38%) Subversion
2 8 (6.56%) Trac
3 4 (3.28%) LabVIEW
4 3 (2.46%) Visual Studio
5 2 (1.64%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.82%) JIRA
6 1 (0.82%) PVCS
6 1 (0.82%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 66 (54.10%) Telecoms
2 8 (6.56%) Back Office
3 7 (5.74%) Finance
4 4 (3.28%) Electronics
5 3 (2.46%) Automotive
5 3 (2.46%) Banking
6 2 (1.64%) Legal
6 2 (1.64%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.82%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 25 (20.49%) Support Engineer
2 21 (17.21%) Network Engineer
3 20 (16.39%) Core Network Engineer
4 17 (13.93%) Network Support
4 17 (13.93%) Network Support Engineer
5 14 (11.48%) Software Engineer
6 9 (7.38%) Analyst
7 8 (6.56%) Test Engineer
8 7 (5.74%) C++ Software Engineer
8 7 (5.74%) Project Manager
9 6 (4.92%) Optimisation Engineer
9 6 (4.92%) Service Manager
9 6 (4.92%) Technical Engineer
9 6 (4.92%) Technical Support
9 6 (4.92%) Technical Support Engineer
9 6 (4.92%) Telecoms Manager
10 5 (4.10%) Developer
10 5 (4.10%) LTE Engineer
10 5 (4.10%) RAN Engineer
11 4 (3.28%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.56%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 8 (6.56%) STL
2 4 (3.28%) WAP
3 3 (2.46%) HTML
4 1 (0.82%) .NET
4 1 (0.82%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 15 (12.30%) Computer Science
2 10 (8.20%) Statistics
3 6 (4.92%) Handset
4 4 (3.28%) Driving Licence
4 4 (3.28%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (2.46%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 2 (1.64%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.64%) PMI
6 2 (1.64%) Telematics
7 1 (0.82%) Contactless
7 1 (0.82%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.82%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.82%) EMV
7 1 (0.82%) IVR
7 1 (0.82%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.82%) PKI
7 1 (0.82%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.82%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.82%) Streaming Video
7 1 (0.82%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 24 (19.67%) Unix
2 19 (15.57%) Solaris
3 15 (12.30%) Linux
4 1 (0.82%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (12.30%) Software Engineering
2 10 (8.20%) Network Planning
3 8 (6.56%) Change Control
3 8 (6.56%) Network Architecture
3 8 (6.56%) OO
4 7 (5.74%) Service Delivery
5 6 (4.92%) ITIL
5 6 (4.92%) Project Management
6 5 (4.10%) Change Management
6 5 (4.10%) PRINCE2
7 4 (3.28%) Benchmarking
7 4 (3.28%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (3.28%) Embedded Software Development
7 4 (3.28%) High Availability
7 4 (3.28%) Network Design
7 4 (3.28%) Performance Monitoring
7 4 (3.28%) Validation
8 3 (2.46%) Fault Management
8 3 (2.46%) Network Management
8 3 (2.46%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 11 (9.02%) C++
2 7 (5.74%) C
3 5 (4.10%) VBA
4 4 (3.28%) Embedded C
4 4 (3.28%) Java
5 3 (2.46%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.46%) SQL
6 2 (1.64%) MapBasic
6 2 (1.64%) Perl
7 1 (0.82%) Python
7 1 (0.82%) VB
7 1 (0.82%) VC++
Qualifications
1 17 (13.93%) Degree
2 4 (3.28%) ISEB
2 4 (3.28%) ITIL Certification
2 4 (3.28%) PMI Certification
3 2 (1.64%) PMP
4 1 (0.82%) Chartered Engineer
4 1 (0.82%) DV Cleared
4 1 (0.82%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (20.49%) SLA
2 4 (3.28%) QA
System Software
1 6 (4.92%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 10 (8.20%) NSN NetAct
2 3 (2.46%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.46%) Iperf
3 2 (1.64%) Netcool
3 2 (1.64%) Netcool/OMNIbus
4 1 (0.82%) OPNET
Vendors
1 21 (17.21%) Oracle
2 19 (15.57%) Sybase
3 14 (11.48%) Huawei
4 9 (7.38%) Ericsson
4 9 (7.38%) Nokia
5 8 (6.56%) Amdocs
5 8 (6.56%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 5 (4.10%) BT
7 4 (3.28%) Anite
7 4 (3.28%) Mapinfo
8 3 (2.46%) Actix
8 3 (2.46%) CA
8 3 (2.46%) ION Trading
8 3 (2.46%) Microsoft
9 2 (1.64%) EMC
9 2 (1.64%) HP
9 2 (1.64%) Infovista
9 2 (1.64%) NetCracker
10 1 (0.82%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 1 (0.82%) Nortel
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