The table below looks at the statistics for GSM skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GSM over the 3 months to 30 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 602 564 557
Rank change year-on-year
-38 -7
Contract jobs citing GSM 45 69 74
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.084% 0.12% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.52% 0.85% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 28 23
Median daily rate £275 £258 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.79% -1.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £217 £123 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £440 £358
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £225 £261
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -13.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 5
Median hourly rate £39.00 £36.75 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.12% +22.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.80 £36.00 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.80 £93.50 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £36.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+6.12% +22.50%

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
8720 8085 7343
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.25% 14.41% 13.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 5286 4548 3945
Median daily rate £390 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.85% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 429 484 402
Median hourly rate £28.50 £22.83 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.83% +20.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +29.72%

GSM
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing GSM as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 June 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the UK over the 3 months to 30 June 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -13 44 £275 +6.79% 6
London +14 12 £344 -11.29% 1
North West -6 11 £268 +30.48% 1
Cheshire +2 10 £260 -
South East -13 10 £425 +70.00% 2
Warrington - 10 £260 -
Berkshire -15 6 £425 +136.11%
East of England +17 4 £270 +5.88% 2
Hertfordshire +7 4 £270 +5.88%
Hemel Hempstead +1 4 £270 -7.69%
Reading -4 4 - -
South West - 3 - -
City of London +51 2 £488 +25.80%
Hampshire +11 2 - -
Yorkshire +4 2 - -
Leeds -5 2 - -
West Yorkshire -11 2 - -
Portsmouth - 2 - -
Wiltshire - 2 - -
Guildford +4 1 - -
Slough +2 1 £425 +88.88%
Surrey -11 1 - - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -57 1 £275 +7.84%
North East -57 1 £275 +7.84%
Tyne and Wear -61 1 £275 +7.84%
Lancashire - 1 £275 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £275 -
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 £225 -
Swindon - 1 - -
Amersham - 1 - -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing GSM also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for GSM.

1 80 (80.00%) UMTS
2 66 (66.00%) Telecoms
3 46 (46.00%) LTE
4 31 (31.00%) GPRS
5 30 (30.00%) 3G
6 25 (25.00%) Diameter Protocol
7 23 (23.00%) WCDMA
7 23 (23.00%) 2G
8 22 (22.00%) 4G
9 21 (21.00%) SS7
9 21 (21.00%) Project Management
9 21 (21.00%) SLA
9 21 (21.00%) Unix
10 20 (20.00%) CDMA
10 20 (20.00%) Radio Access Network
11 19 (19.00%) Huawei
11 19 (19.00%) Microsoft
12 18 (18.00%) Sybase
13 17 (17.00%) Oracle
14 16 (16.00%) Solaris
14 16 (16.00%) Oracle Database
15 15 (15.00%) Nokia
16 14 (14.00%) Ericsson
16 14 (14.00%) Mapinfo
16 14 (14.00%) Linux
16 14 (14.00%) Finance
17 13 (13.00%) NSN NetAct
18 12 (12.00%) Wi-Fi
19 11 (11.00%) VoIP
20 10 (10.00%) MGCP

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (6.00%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (1.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (1.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (9.00%) MS Excel
1 9 (9.00%) MS Office
2 7 (7.00%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (2.00%) AutoCAD
3 2 (2.00%) MS Project
3 2 (2.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.00%) Traffica
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 80 (80.00%) UMTS
2 46 (46.00%) LTE
3 31 (31.00%) GPRS
4 30 (30.00%) 3G
5 25 (25.00%) Diameter Protocol
6 23 (23.00%) 2G
6 23 (23.00%) WCDMA
7 22 (22.00%) 4G
8 21 (21.00%) SS7
9 20 (20.00%) CDMA
9 20 (20.00%) Radio Access Network
10 12 (12.00%) Wi-Fi
11 11 (11.00%) VoIP
12 10 (10.00%) H.323
12 10 (10.00%) MGCP
12 10 (10.00%) NGN
13 9 (9.00%) VoLTE
14 8 (8.00%) RANAP
14 8 (8.00%) RTP
15 7 (7.00%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (16.00%) Oracle Database
2 5 (5.00%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (3.00%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.00%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.00%) GIS
4 1 (1.00%) MySQL
4 1 (1.00%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (8.00%) Subversion
1 8 (8.00%) Trac
2 1 (1.00%) CppUnit
2 1 (1.00%) JIRA
2 1 (1.00%) JMeter
General
1 66 (66.00%) Telecoms
2 14 (14.00%) Finance
3 5 (5.00%) Electronics
4 4 (4.00%) Back Office
5 3 (3.00%) Banking
6 1 (1.00%) Arabic Language
6 1 (1.00%) Marketing
6 1 (1.00%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 16 (16.00%) Core Network Engineer
1 16 (16.00%) Network Engineer
2 13 (13.00%) Radio Engineer
2 13 (13.00%) Support Engineer
3 11 (11.00%) Implementation Controller
3 11 (11.00%) Network Support
3 11 (11.00%) Network Support Engineer
4 8 (8.00%) Software Engineer
5 7 (7.00%) Optimisation Engineer
6 6 (6.00%) C++ Software Engineer
6 6 (6.00%) Project Manager
6 6 (6.00%) Technical Engineer
6 6 (6.00%) Technical Support
6 6 (6.00%) Technical Support Engineer
7 5 (5.00%) Consultant
8 4 (4.00%) Analyst
8 4 (4.00%) GSM Engineer
9 3 (3.00%) LTE Engineer
9 3 (3.00%) Test Analyst
9 3 (3.00%) Transmission Planner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.00%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 8 (8.00%) STL
2 1 (1.00%) HTML
2 1 (1.00%) HTML5
2 1 (1.00%) WAP
2 1 (1.00%) WebRTC
2 1 (1.00%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (8.00%) Computer Science
3 7 (7.00%) Statistics
4 5 (5.00%) PMI
5 3 (3.00%) Blackberry
6 2 (2.00%) Algorithms
6 2 (2.00%) Driving Licence
6 2 (2.00%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (1.00%) Contactless
7 1 (1.00%) EMV
7 1 (1.00%) Handset
7 1 (1.00%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.00%) PKI
7 1 (1.00%) Smart Meter
7 1 (1.00%) Smartcard
7 1 (1.00%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 21 (21.00%) Unix
2 16 (16.00%) Solaris
3 14 (14.00%) Linux
4 7 (7.00%) Windows
5 2 (2.00%) Android
5 2 (2.00%) Windows 2000
5 2 (2.00%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (21.00%) Project Management
2 10 (10.00%) Change Control
2 10 (10.00%) Software Engineering
3 9 (9.00%) Performance Monitoring
4 8 (8.00%) Cross-Platform Development
4 8 (8.00%) ITIL
4 8 (8.00%) OO
5 7 (7.00%) PRINCE2
6 6 (6.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 6 (6.00%) Network Planning
6 6 (6.00%) Risk Management
7 5 (5.00%) Dependency Management
7 5 (5.00%) Fault Management
7 5 (5.00%) Logistics
7 5 (5.00%) Network Architecture
7 5 (5.00%) Network Design
8 3 (3.00%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (3.00%) High Availability
8 3 (3.00%) Line Management
8 3 (3.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (9.00%) C++
2 8 (8.00%) C
3 6 (6.00%) SQL
4 3 (3.00%) MapBasic
5 2 (2.00%) Embedded C
5 2 (2.00%) VB
6 1 (1.00%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.00%) Java
6 1 (1.00%) Perl
Qualifications
1 10 (10.00%) Degree
2 5 (5.00%) PMI Certification
3 3 (3.00%) ISEB
3 3 (3.00%) MCSE
3 3 (3.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.00%) Six Sigma Green Belt
5 1 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (21.00%) SLA
2 2 (2.00%) ISO 14001
3 1 (1.00%) QA
System Software
1 3 (3.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (3.00%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (2.00%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 13 (13.00%) NSN NetAct
2 3 (3.00%) AirWatch
3 2 (2.00%) Amdocs OSS
3 2 (2.00%) Netcool
Vendors
1 19 (19.00%) Huawei
1 19 (19.00%) Microsoft
2 18 (18.00%) Sybase
3 17 (17.00%) Oracle
4 15 (15.00%) Nokia
5 14 (14.00%) Ericsson
5 14 (14.00%) Mapinfo
6 10 (10.00%) Nokia Networks
7 9 (9.00%) Amdocs
8 7 (7.00%) BT
9 5 (5.00%) SAP
9 5 (5.00%) Virgin Media
10 4 (4.00%) Actix
10 4 (4.00%) Cisco
11 3 (3.00%) Alcatel-Lucent
11 3 (3.00%) Anite
11 3 (3.00%) Remedy
11 3 (3.00%) Samsung
11 3 (3.00%) Siemens
11 3 (3.00%) Tellabs