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 29 January 2015 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 452 496 357
Rank change year-on-year
+44 -139
Contract jobs citing GSM 120 63 179
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.13% 0.39%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.64% 0.98% 2.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 19 48
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£265 £260 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.92% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £120 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £400 £338
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £325 £270
% change year-on-year
-19.23% +20.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 18
Average hourly rate £35.00 £25.75 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.92% -26.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £16.35 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.40 £35.15 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-4.00% +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
7319 6447 7117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.61% 13.20% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4100 3421 3411
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 399 378 636
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.60 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.68% -17.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 29 January 2015.

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 29 January 2015.

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 29 January 2015. 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 +37 109 £265 +10.41% 24
South East -1 45 £258 -33.54% 9
Berkshire +10 30 £255 -34.19% 6
London +24 16 £400 +220.00% 3
North West - 16 £263 -
Newbury +4 11 £293 -26.87% 2
Buckinghamshire -5 10 - - 1
Reading +15 9 £230 - 1
Manchester - 8 £264 -
East of England - 6 - - 5
Surrey +1 5 £260 +8.33%
Guildford 0 5 £260 +8.33%
Cambridgeshire - 5 - - 3
Yorkshire - 4 - - 1
Milton Keynes -6 3 - -
Scotland -7 2 - -
Cambridge - 2 - - 1
West Midlands 0 1 - - 1
Amersham - 1 - -
Essex - 1 - -
Hampshire - - - - 2
Nottinghamshire - - - - 2
Oxfordshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - - 1
Brentford - - - -
Coventry - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Nottingham - - - - 2
East Midlands - - - - 2
Sheffield - - - - 1

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, 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.

1 152 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 122 (53.51%) UMTS
3 107 (46.93%) LTE
4 75 (32.89%) 3G
5 66 (28.95%) 4G
6 64 (28.07%) 2G
7 61 (26.75%) Radio Access Network
8 57 (25.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 55 (24.12%) Ericsson
10 51 (22.37%) SDH
11 50 (21.93%) GPRS
12 49 (21.49%) SLA
12 49 (21.49%) RNC
13 48 (21.05%) Ethernet
14 43 (18.86%) ATM
15 39 (17.11%) Line Management
16 38 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
17 36 (15.79%) WFM
18 29 (12.72%) Wireless
18 29 (12.72%) C
19 27 (11.84%) Degree
20 24 (10.53%) SS7
21 23 (10.09%) UNIX
21 23 (10.09%) Linux
22 22 (9.65%) Huawei
23 19 (8.33%) HP
23 19 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
23 19 (8.33%) SIGTRAN
24 18 (7.89%) 3GPP
24 18 (7.89%) Network Planning

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, 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 (0.44%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (0.44%) CMS
1 1 (0.44%) SharePoint
1 1 (0.44%) SAS
Applications
1 14 (6.14%) MS Excel
2 7 (3.07%) Doxygen
2 7 (3.07%) MS Office
3 5 (2.19%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.44%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 122 (53.51%) UMTS
2 107 (46.93%) LTE
3 75 (32.89%) 3G
4 66 (28.95%) 4G
5 64 (28.07%) 2G
6 61 (26.75%) Radio Access Network
7 51 (22.37%) SDH
8 50 (21.93%) GPRS
9 49 (21.49%) RNC
10 48 (21.05%) Ethernet
11 43 (18.86%) ATM
12 29 (12.72%) Wireless
13 24 (10.53%) SS7
14 19 (8.33%) SIGTRAN
15 18 (7.89%) 3GPP
16 15 (6.58%) TCP/IP
16 15 (6.58%) DNS
17 13 (5.70%) MPLS
18 12 (5.26%) SCCP
18 12 (5.26%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.19%) MS Access
2 3 (1.32%) Oracle Database
3 2 (0.88%) MySQL
4 1 (0.44%) BusinessObjects XI
4 1 (0.44%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 1 (0.44%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 7 (3.07%) GoogleTest
2 3 (1.32%) Selenium
2 3 (1.32%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.32%) eggPlant
2 3 (1.32%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (0.88%) JIRA
4 1 (0.44%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.44%) QADirector
4 1 (0.44%) NeoLoad
4 1 (0.44%) JMeter
4 1 (0.44%) LabVIEW
4 1 (0.44%) LoadRunner
General
1 152 (66.67%) Telecoms
2 16 (7.02%) Electronics
3 8 (3.51%) Marketing
4 7 (3.07%) Finance
4 7 (3.07%) Billing
5 5 (2.19%) Back Office
6 3 (1.32%) Dutch Language
6 3 (1.32%) Legal
7 2 (0.88%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.88%) French Language
8 1 (0.44%) German Language
8 1 (0.44%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.44%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.44%) Front Office
8 1 (0.44%) Publishing
8 1 (0.44%) Retail
Job Titles
1 43 (18.86%) Field Engineer
2 21 (9.21%) Test Engineer
3 14 (6.14%) RF Engineer
4 11 (4.82%) Performance Engineer
5 10 (4.39%) Operations Manager
5 10 (4.39%) Design Engineer
5 10 (4.39%) Tester
6 8 (3.51%) Analyst
6 8 (3.51%) Network Engineer
7 7 (3.07%) RF Optimisation Engineer
7 7 (3.07%) Integration Engineer
7 7 (3.07%) Implementation Manager
8 6 (2.63%) Software Engineer
8 6 (2.63%) Support Engineer
8 6 (2.63%) RAN Engineer
9 5 (2.19%) Wireless Engineer
9 5 (2.19%) Back Office Engineer
9 5 (2.19%) Developer
9 5 (2.19%) RF Design Engineer
9 5 (2.19%) Radio Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.51%) SOAP
2 7 (3.07%) Software Packaging
3 3 (1.32%) WAP
4 2 (0.88%) .NET
4 2 (0.88%) Web Services
5 1 (0.44%) Rendezvous
5 1 (0.44%) XML
5 1 (0.44%) J2ME
5 1 (0.44%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.58%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (3.51%) Statistics
2 8 (3.51%) Computer Science
3 6 (2.63%) Handset
4 5 (2.19%) Mobile App
5 4 (1.75%) iPad
5 4 (1.75%) iPhone
6 3 (1.32%) Video on Demand
6 3 (1.32%) DTV
7 2 (0.88%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 2 (0.88%) Cryptography
7 2 (0.88%) Clustering
7 2 (0.88%) IVR
7 2 (0.88%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.44%) FMCG
8 1 (0.44%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.44%) SCADA
8 1 (0.44%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.44%) Open Source
8 1 (0.44%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 23 (10.09%) UNIX
1 23 (10.09%) Linux
2 10 (4.39%) Android
3 9 (3.95%) Solaris
4 8 (3.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (1.75%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.44%) webOS
6 1 (0.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.44%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (17.11%) Line Management
2 38 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 36 (15.79%) WFM
4 18 (7.89%) Network Planning
5 17 (7.46%) Project Management
6 13 (5.70%) Problem Management
7 11 (4.82%) Software Engineering
7 11 (4.82%) Service Management
8 10 (4.39%) ITIL
9 9 (3.95%) Performance Engineering
9 9 (3.95%) OO
10 8 (3.51%) Service Delivery
10 8 (3.51%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (3.51%) Release Management
10 8 (3.51%) Fault Management
11 7 (3.07%) Validation
11 7 (3.07%) Logistics
11 7 (3.07%) CRM
12 6 (2.63%) PRINCE2
12 6 (2.63%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (12.72%) C
2 13 (5.70%) SQL
3 12 (5.26%) C++
4 7 (3.07%) Java
5 6 (2.63%) Perl
5 6 (2.63%) Embedded C
6 4 (1.75%) Python
6 4 (1.75%) VB
7 3 (1.32%) VBScript
7 3 (1.32%) Embedded C++
8 2 (0.88%) C#
8 2 (0.88%) VBA
8 2 (0.88%) Assembly Language
9 1 (0.44%) R
9 1 (0.44%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (11.84%) Degree
2 4 (1.75%) ISEB
2 4 (1.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (1.32%) ISTQB
4 2 (0.88%) HNC
4 2 (0.88%) HND
5 1 (0.44%) CCIE
5 1 (0.44%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (0.44%) PMP
5 1 (0.44%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (21.49%) SLA
2 10 (4.39%) QA
3 3 (1.32%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.44%) NFS
1 1 (0.44%) NDS
Systems Management
1 19 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (3.51%) Netcool
2 8 (3.51%) NSN NetAct
3 1 (0.44%) SCOM
3 1 (0.44%) OPNET
3 1 (0.44%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.44%) Netcool/OMNIbus
Vendors
1 57 (25.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 55 (24.12%) Ericsson
3 22 (9.65%) Huawei
4 19 (8.33%) HP
5 16 (7.02%) Nokia
6 10 (4.39%) Cisco
7 9 (3.95%) Business Objects
8 8 (3.51%) Red Hat
9 7 (3.07%) Google
9 7 (3.07%) Oracle
10 6 (2.63%) Microsoft
10 6 (2.63%) Mapinfo
10 6 (2.63%) Cramer
11 5 (2.19%) Greenplum
11 5 (2.19%) BT
12 4 (1.75%) SAP
12 4 (1.75%) CheckPoint
12 4 (1.75%) EMC
13 3 (1.32%) Anite
13 3 (1.32%) Nortel
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