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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 508 508 382
Rank change year-on-year
0 -126
Contract jobs citing GSM 87 74 177
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.14% 0.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.10% 1.06% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 29 52
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£319 £260 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.59% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £141 £134 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £388 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £261 £268
% change year-on-year
+20.57% -2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 20
Average hourly rate £22.00 £37.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.33% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £33.00 £29.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £37.50 £37.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.14%

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
7932 6951 7862
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.38% 13.47% 15.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 4506 3786 3830
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 418 664
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.38%

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 19 December 2014.

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 19 December 2014.

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 19 December 2014. 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 -14 79 £320 +19.06% 9
South East -19 31 £334 +24.18% 5
Berkshire +2 20 £350 +1.81% 3
London +22 16 £398 +218.00%
Reading +24 11 £450 - 1
South West -18 11 £313 -10.07%
Buckinghamshire -10 6 - -
Dorset - 6 £313 -
Surrey -5 4 £318 +32.29% 2
Yorkshire -7 3 - - 2
East of England -17 3 - - 2
Cambridgeshire - 3 - - 2
City of London +9 2 - -
West Midlands -17 2 £350 +157.35%
Guildford -12 1 £318 +32.29% 2
Bristol -19 1 - -
Amersham - 1 - -
County Antrim - - - -
Belfast - - - -
Borehamwood - - - -
Bournemouth - - - -
Bracknell - - - -
Brentford - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 2
Coventry - - - -
Feltham - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - - 1

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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.

1 141 (62.95%) Telecoms
2 120 (53.57%) UMTS
3 116 (51.79%) LTE
4 74 (33.04%) GPRS
5 68 (30.36%) 3G
6 63 (28.13%) 4G
7 57 (25.45%) 2G
8 47 (20.98%) Radio Access Network
9 46 (20.54%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 38 (16.96%) Ericsson
11 37 (16.52%) Degree
12 35 (15.63%) SLA
13 34 (15.18%) SDH
13 34 (15.18%) Ethernet
14 33 (14.73%) Wireless
15 32 (14.29%) ATM
16 29 (12.95%) RNC
17 28 (12.50%) WCDMA
17 28 (12.50%) 3GPP
18 27 (12.05%) Agile Software Development
19 26 (11.61%) Line Management
20 23 (10.27%) C
20 23 (10.27%) WFM
21 21 (9.38%) SS7
21 21 (9.38%) Electronics
22 20 (8.93%) Huawei
23 18 (8.04%) SIGTRAN
24 17 (7.59%) Nokia
25 16 (7.14%) Project Management
25 16 (7.14%) UNIX

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 (0.45%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (0.45%) SharePoint
1 1 (0.45%) SAS
1 1 (0.45%) CMS
Applications
1 14 (6.25%) MS Excel
2 10 (4.46%) MS Office
3 7 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.45%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.45%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.89%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 120 (53.57%) UMTS
2 116 (51.79%) LTE
3 74 (33.04%) GPRS
4 68 (30.36%) 3G
5 63 (28.13%) 4G
6 57 (25.45%) 2G
7 47 (20.98%) Radio Access Network
8 34 (15.18%) SDH
8 34 (15.18%) Ethernet
9 33 (14.73%) Wireless
10 32 (14.29%) ATM
11 29 (12.95%) RNC
12 28 (12.50%) WCDMA
12 28 (12.50%) 3GPP
13 21 (9.38%) SS7
14 18 (8.04%) SIGTRAN
15 16 (7.14%) INAP
16 14 (6.25%) HTTP
16 14 (6.25%) CDMA
16 14 (6.25%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.23%) MS Access
2 4 (1.79%) Oracle Database
3 2 (0.89%) MySQL
4 1 (0.45%) BusinessObjects XI
4 1 (0.45%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 1 (0.45%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 4 (1.79%) JIRA
2 3 (1.34%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.89%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.45%) QADirector
4 1 (0.45%) NeoLoad
4 1 (0.45%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.45%) LabVIEW
4 1 (0.45%) JMeter
General
1 141 (62.95%) Telecoms
2 21 (9.38%) Electronics
3 10 (4.46%) Marketing
4 6 (2.68%) Finance
5 5 (2.23%) Back Office
6 4 (1.79%) Billing
7 3 (1.34%) Legal
8 2 (0.89%) Front Office
8 2 (0.89%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.89%) Dutch Language
8 2 (0.89%) French Language
8 2 (0.89%) German Language
9 1 (0.45%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.45%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.45%) Publishing
9 1 (0.45%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.45%) Retail
Job Titles
1 29 (12.95%) Field Engineer
2 25 (11.16%) Test Engineer
3 23 (10.27%) RF Engineer
4 13 (5.80%) Architect
5 11 (4.91%) Design Engineer
6 9 (4.02%) Network Engineer
7 8 (3.57%) Integration Engineer
7 8 (3.57%) Analyst
7 8 (3.57%) RAN Engineer
7 8 (3.57%) RF Optimisation Engineer
7 8 (3.57%) Transmission Engineer
8 7 (3.13%) Operations Manager
8 7 (3.13%) Solutions Architect
8 7 (3.13%) RF Design Engineer
9 6 (2.68%) Support Engineer
10 5 (2.23%) Back Office Engineer
10 5 (2.23%) Test and Integration Engineer
10 5 (2.23%) Consultant
10 5 (2.23%) Project Manager
10 5 (2.23%) Implementation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.13%) WAP
1 7 (3.13%) SOAP
2 5 (2.23%) XML
3 4 (1.79%) Web Services
3 4 (1.79%) WML
4 2 (0.89%) STL
4 2 (0.89%) .NET
4 2 (0.89%) HTML
5 1 (0.45%) J2ME
5 1 (0.45%) SyncML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.70%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (3.57%) Computer Science
3 6 (2.68%) Handset
4 4 (1.79%) DTV
4 4 (1.79%) Smart Meter
5 3 (1.34%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.34%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (1.34%) Video on Demand
5 3 (1.34%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.34%) IVR
6 2 (0.89%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 2 (0.89%) Clustering
6 2 (0.89%) Blackberry
6 2 (0.89%) Internet of Things
7 1 (0.45%) Open Source
7 1 (0.45%) iPad
7 1 (0.45%) FMCG
7 1 (0.45%) iPhone
7 1 (0.45%) SCADA
7 1 (0.45%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 16 (7.14%) UNIX
2 13 (5.80%) Linux
3 8 (3.57%) Solaris
4 7 (3.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (3.13%) Android
5 3 (1.34%) Windows
6 2 (0.89%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.45%) Windows Phone
7 1 (0.45%) webOS
7 1 (0.45%) bada
7 1 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.45%) Windows NT
7 1 (0.45%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (12.05%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (11.61%) Line Management
3 23 (10.27%) WFM
4 16 (7.14%) Project Management
5 14 (6.25%) Software Engineering
6 12 (5.36%) Validation
7 11 (4.91%) Problem Management
8 10 (4.46%) Network Design
8 10 (4.46%) Service Delivery
9 9 (4.02%) ITIL
9 9 (4.02%) Network Planning
10 8 (3.57%) Service Management
10 8 (3.57%) PRINCE2
10 8 (3.57%) Requirements Analysis
11 7 (3.13%) Network Architecture
11 7 (3.13%) Continuous Improvement
11 7 (3.13%) Resource Management
11 7 (3.13%) Performance Analysis
11 7 (3.13%) Performance Monitoring
11 7 (3.13%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (10.27%) C
2 14 (6.25%) SQL
3 8 (3.57%) Embedded C
4 7 (3.13%) C++
5 4 (1.79%) Perl
6 3 (1.34%) VBA
6 3 (1.34%) Java
7 2 (0.89%) Assembly Language
8 1 (0.45%) R
8 1 (0.45%) VB
8 1 (0.45%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.45%) Python
8 1 (0.45%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 37 (16.52%) Degree
2 8 (3.57%) ISEB
3 5 (2.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (2.23%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (2.23%) PMP
3 5 (2.23%) PMI Certification
4 3 (1.34%) Six Sigma Green Belt
4 3 (1.34%) Six Sigma Black Belt
4 3 (1.34%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.34%) HND
4 3 (1.34%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (0.45%) HNC
5 1 (0.45%) CNA
5 1 (0.45%) Novell Certification
5 1 (0.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (0.45%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (15.63%) SLA
2 14 (6.25%) QA
3 3 (1.34%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.45%) NDS
Systems Management
1 11 (4.91%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (3.13%) Netcool
3 4 (1.79%) NSN NetAct
4 2 (0.89%) OPNET
5 1 (0.45%) SCOM
5 1 (0.45%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 1 (0.45%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 46 (20.54%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 38 (16.96%) Ericsson
3 20 (8.93%) Huawei
4 17 (7.59%) Nokia
5 14 (6.25%) Cisco
6 13 (5.80%) HP
7 9 (4.02%) Microsoft
8 8 (3.57%) Cramer
8 8 (3.57%) Mapinfo
8 8 (3.57%) Oracle
9 7 (3.13%) Business Objects
9 7 (3.13%) Red Hat
10 6 (2.68%) Greenplum
11 4 (1.79%) BT
11 4 (1.79%) Nortel
11 4 (1.79%) CheckPoint
12 3 (1.34%) EMC
12 3 (1.34%) Sun
12 3 (1.34%) Anite
13 2 (0.89%) NetCracker
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