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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 468 423 409
Rank change year-on-year
-45 -14
Contract jobs citing GSM 127 155 191
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.29% 0.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.56% 2.14% 2.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 37 36
Average daily rate
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£330 £300 £278
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +8.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £158 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £388 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £250 £240
% change year-on-year
+32.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 28 20
Average hourly rate £38.50 £35.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.45% +1.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.25 £28.45 £23.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.00 £37.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £35.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+11.26% +1.42%

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
8141 7236 8937
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.44% 13.57% 15.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4382 3894 4029
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 435 417 704
Average hourly rate £21.00 £23.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.63% +4.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.03 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £38.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-10.20% -2.00%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 22 August 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 -47 99 £338 +17.39% 23
South East -35 50 £313 +19.61% 14
Berkshire -20 27 £215 -14.00% 7
South West -23 14 £340 -
East of England -21 11 £375 - 4
Cambridgeshire +1 9 £375 - 4
Slough +6 8 £215 -29.79%
London +13 7 £305 -12.85% 4
Reading -1 7 - - 4
Buckinghamshire -5 6 £450 -
West Midlands -26 6 £271 +93.75%
Yorkshire +8 5 £271 +80.83%
Surrey 0 5 £385 - 4
Guildford +2 4 £385 - 3
Birmingham +3 3 £268 +91.07%
West Yorkshire +12 2 £268 +78.33%
North West +1 2 - -
Cambridge -12 2 £375 - 1
Leeds - 2 £268 -
City of London +24 1 - - 1
Newbury -4 1 £90 - 2
Wales - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 £450 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Middlesex - - - -
Monmouthshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
South Wales - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Peterborough - - - - 1

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 116 (58.00%) Telecoms
2 95 (47.50%) LTE
3 94 (47.00%) UMTS
4 71 (35.50%) GPRS
5 63 (31.50%) 3G
6 52 (26.00%) 2G
6 52 (26.00%) 4G
7 37 (18.50%) WCDMA
8 35 (17.50%) Degree
9 30 (15.00%) Wireless
9 30 (15.00%) 3GPP
10 29 (14.50%) Radio Access Network
11 28 (14.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 24 (12.00%) SDH
12 24 (12.00%) Electronics
13 23 (11.50%) ATM
14 21 (10.50%) Ericsson
15 20 (10.00%) Huawei
16 19 (9.50%) CDMA
16 19 (9.50%) C
17 18 (9.00%) Ethernet
18 17 (8.50%) Software Engineering
19 16 (8.00%) MPLS
19 16 (8.00%) Network Architecture
19 16 (8.00%) HSPA
20 15 (7.50%) Performance Monitoring
20 15 (7.50%) SLA
20 15 (7.50%) Validation
20 15 (7.50%) Network Design
21 14 (7.00%) Cisco

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 2 (1.00%) Apache
1 2 (1.00%) WebLogic
1 2 (1.00%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.50%) Lync
Applications
1 8 (4.00%) MS Excel
2 7 (3.50%) MS Office
3 6 (3.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.00%) MS Project
5 1 (0.50%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 2 (1.00%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.50%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.50%) Minerva
Communications & Networking
1 95 (47.50%) LTE
2 94 (47.00%) UMTS
3 71 (35.50%) GPRS
4 63 (31.50%) 3G
5 52 (26.00%) 2G
5 52 (26.00%) 4G
6 37 (18.50%) WCDMA
7 30 (15.00%) Wireless
7 30 (15.00%) 3GPP
8 29 (14.50%) Radio Access Network
9 24 (12.00%) SDH
10 23 (11.50%) ATM
11 19 (9.50%) CDMA
12 18 (9.00%) Ethernet
13 16 (8.00%) MPLS
13 16 (8.00%) HSPA
14 14 (7.00%) Bluetooth
15 13 (6.50%) SS7
15 13 (6.50%) ZigBee
16 12 (6.00%) SIGTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.00%) Oracle Database
1 2 (1.00%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 2 (1.00%) JIRA
1 2 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (1.00%) ClearCase
2 1 (0.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 116 (58.00%) Telecoms
2 24 (12.00%) Electronics
3 6 (3.00%) Billing
3 6 (3.00%) Marketing
4 4 (2.00%) Dutch Language
4 4 (2.00%) Multimedia
4 4 (2.00%) Front Office
5 3 (1.50%) Finance
5 3 (1.50%) Back Office
6 2 (1.00%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.50%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.50%) French Language
7 1 (0.50%) German Language
Job Titles
1 31 (15.50%) Test Engineer
2 24 (12.00%) RF Engineer
3 16 (8.00%) Architect
4 15 (7.50%) Field Engineer
5 12 (6.00%) Integration Engineer
6 11 (5.50%) Design Engineer
6 11 (5.50%) Consultant
7 9 (4.50%) Network Engineer
8 8 (4.00%) RF Design Engineer
8 8 (4.00%) Solutions Architect
8 8 (4.00%) Software Engineer
9 7 (3.50%) Test and Integration Engineer
9 7 (3.50%) RF Optimisation Engineer
9 7 (3.50%) Systems Architect
9 7 (3.50%) Senior Test Engineer
10 6 (3.00%) Analyst
11 5 (2.50%) Senior Integration Engineer
11 5 (2.50%) OSS Architect
11 5 (2.50%) Test Leader
11 5 (2.50%) Transmission Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.50%) WAP
2 9 (4.50%) XML
3 6 (3.00%) HTML
3 6 (3.00%) SyncML
4 5 (2.50%) WML
5 2 (1.00%) KML
5 2 (1.00%) JDBC
5 2 (1.00%) STL
5 2 (1.00%) Web Services
5 2 (1.00%) Flash
5 2 (1.00%) J2ME
5 2 (1.00%) J2EE
6 1 (0.50%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 5 (2.50%) Smart Meter
1 5 (2.50%) Mobile App
2 4 (2.00%) Embedded Systems
2 4 (2.00%) Computer Science
2 4 (2.00%) Firmware
2 4 (2.00%) Blackberry
2 4 (2.00%) Handset
2 4 (2.00%) Streaming Video
3 3 (1.50%) Device Driver
3 3 (1.50%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.00%) Digital Media
4 2 (1.00%) Mathematics
4 2 (1.00%) N-Tier
4 2 (1.00%) ASIC
4 2 (1.00%) Statistics
4 2 (1.00%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 2 (1.00%) GIS
4 2 (1.00%) VHDL
4 2 (1.00%) Verilog
4 2 (1.00%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 10 (5.00%) Windows
2 9 (4.50%) Android
3 7 (3.50%) UNIX
4 4 (2.00%) bada
4 4 (2.00%) Windows Phone
4 4 (2.00%) Apple iOS
4 4 (2.00%) Linux
5 2 (1.00%) Windows NT
5 2 (1.00%) Windows 2000
5 2 (1.00%) Windows CE
6 1 (0.50%) Solaris
6 1 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (8.50%) Software Engineering
2 16 (8.00%) Network Architecture
3 15 (7.50%) Performance Monitoring
3 15 (7.50%) Validation
3 15 (7.50%) Network Design
4 12 (6.00%) Problem Management
4 12 (6.00%) Network Management
5 11 (5.50%) Change Management
5 11 (5.50%) Project Management
6 10 (5.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 8 (4.00%) Network Planning
7 8 (4.00%) Logistics
8 7 (3.50%) WFM
8 7 (3.50%) Resource Management
8 7 (3.50%) Test Scripting
8 7 (3.50%) Information Management
8 7 (3.50%) Requirements Analysis
9 6 (3.00%) Software Testing
10 5 (2.50%) Integration Acceptance Testing
10 5 (2.50%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 19 (9.50%) C
2 14 (7.00%) C++
3 11 (5.50%) SQL
4 9 (4.50%) Python
5 7 (3.50%) Embedded C
6 5 (2.50%) Java
7 4 (2.00%) Perl
7 4 (2.00%) VBA
8 3 (1.50%) Embedded C++
9 2 (1.00%) JavaScript
9 2 (1.00%) Assembly Language
9 2 (1.00%) Tcl
9 2 (1.00%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.50%) C#
Qualifications
1 35 (17.50%) Degree
2 9 (4.50%) ISEB
3 7 (3.50%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (3.00%) PMP
4 6 (3.00%) PMI Certification
5 5 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (1.50%) ISEB Practitioner
6 3 (1.50%) Six Sigma Black Belt
6 3 (1.50%) Six Sigma Green Belt
7 2 (1.00%) CNA
7 2 (1.00%) Novell Certification
8 1 (0.50%) JNCIS
8 1 (0.50%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.50%) CCIE
8 1 (0.50%) CCNP
8 1 (0.50%) CCNA
8 1 (0.50%) HND
8 1 (0.50%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.50%) SLA
2 8 (4.00%) QA
3 2 (1.00%) JTAG
4 1 (0.50%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 9 (4.50%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.50%) NSN NetAct
3 2 (1.00%) Netcool
3 2 (1.00%) OPNET
4 1 (0.50%) SCOM
4 1 (0.50%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.50%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 28 (14.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 21 (10.50%) Ericsson
3 20 (10.00%) Huawei
4 14 (7.00%) Cisco
5 11 (5.50%) Mapinfo
6 10 (5.00%) Nokia
6 10 (5.00%) Microsoft
7 9 (4.50%) Cramer
8 7 (3.50%) HP
9 5 (2.50%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 5 (2.50%) EMC
9 5 (2.50%) Oracle
10 4 (2.00%) Symbian
10 4 (2.00%) Juniper
10 4 (2.00%) Agilent
11 3 (1.50%) NetCracker
11 3 (1.50%) SGI
11 3 (1.50%) CheckPoint
11 3 (1.50%) Nortel
11 3 (1.50%) Sybase
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