The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 486 408 372
Rank change year-on-year
-78 -36
Contract jobs citing GSM 103 156 210
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.31% 0.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.36% 2.23% 2.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 40 30
Average daily rate
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£310 £315 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.58% +14.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £165 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £416
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £308 £275
% change year-on-year
+0.81% +11.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 32 26
Average hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £31.15 £27.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £37.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.14%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7573 6986 8979
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.87% 13.66% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4037 3623 3957
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 406 467 692
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.38
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +4.61%

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 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -50 79 £315 +5.00% 24
South East -54 41 £310 +3.33% 11
Berkshire -16 26 £215 -28.33% 8
South West -24 13 £263 - 1
East of England -18 11 £375 - 5
Cambridgeshire -2 9 £375 - 5
Slough +4 8 £215 -42.66%
London -10 7 £305 -12.85% 6
Reading +1 5 - - 4
Guildford -3 5 £385 - 2
Surrey -8 5 £385 - 3
Buckinghamshire -7 4 £450 -
Hampshire -23 3 £310 +13.76%
City of London +18 2 - - 4
Newbury -5 2 £90 - 2
Hertfordshire - 2 £200 -
Yorkshire +5 1 £175 +16.66%
Cambridge -11 1 £375 - 2
Milton Keynes - 1 £450 -
Wales - 1 £300 - 1
South Wales - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Middlesex - - - -
Monmouthshire - - - - 1
Oxfordshire - - - -
Chepstow - - - - 1
Leeds - - - -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 126 (67.02%) Telecoms
2 100 (53.19%) UMTS
3 84 (44.68%) LTE
4 71 (37.77%) GPRS
5 55 (29.26%) 3G
6 46 (24.47%) 4G
7 42 (22.34%) WCDMA
8 39 (20.74%) 2G
9 32 (17.02%) Degree
10 28 (14.89%) SDH
11 26 (13.83%) ATM
11 26 (13.83%) Radio Access Network
12 25 (13.30%) Wireless
13 24 (12.77%) Electronics
13 24 (12.77%) 3GPP
14 22 (11.70%) Network Architecture
14 22 (11.70%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
15 21 (11.17%) CDMA
15 21 (11.17%) Ethernet
15 21 (11.17%) Ericsson
16 18 (9.57%) Performance Monitoring
17 17 (9.04%) HSPA
17 17 (9.04%) SLA
17 17 (9.04%) C
18 16 (8.51%) Software Engineering
18 16 (8.51%) Huawei
18 16 (8.51%) Change Management
19 15 (7.98%) MPLS
19 15 (7.98%) Continuous Improvement
20 14 (7.45%) SIGTRAN

GSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 (1.06%) WebLogic
1 2 (1.06%) Apache
1 2 (1.06%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
1 2 (1.06%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.53%) Lync
Applications
1 3 (1.60%) MS Office
1 3 (1.60%) MS Excel
1 3 (1.60%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (1.06%) MS Project
3 1 (0.53%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 2 (1.06%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.53%) Minerva
2 1 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
Communications & Networking
1 100 (53.19%) UMTS
2 84 (44.68%) LTE
3 71 (37.77%) GPRS
4 55 (29.26%) 3G
5 46 (24.47%) 4G
6 42 (22.34%) WCDMA
7 39 (20.74%) 2G
8 28 (14.89%) SDH
9 26 (13.83%) ATM
9 26 (13.83%) Radio Access Network
10 25 (13.30%) Wireless
11 24 (12.77%) 3GPP
12 21 (11.17%) Ethernet
12 21 (11.17%) CDMA
13 17 (9.04%) HSPA
14 15 (7.98%) MPLS
15 14 (7.45%) SIGTRAN
16 12 (6.38%) SS7
16 12 (6.38%) Internet
16 12 (6.38%) Bluetooth
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.06%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.06%) ClearCase
1 2 (1.06%) JIRA
1 2 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.53%) Visual Studio
General
1 126 (67.02%) Telecoms
2 24 (12.77%) Electronics
3 6 (3.19%) Front Office
3 6 (3.19%) Billing
4 4 (2.13%) Marketing
4 4 (2.13%) Multimedia
5 3 (1.60%) Dutch Language
5 3 (1.60%) Finance
6 2 (1.06%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.53%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.53%) German Language
Job Titles
1 33 (17.55%) Test Engineer
2 18 (9.57%) Field Engineer
3 17 (9.04%) Integration Engineer
3 17 (9.04%) RF Engineer
4 16 (8.51%) Architect
5 11 (5.85%) Consultant
5 11 (5.85%) Test and Integration Engineer
6 8 (4.26%) Design Engineer
6 8 (4.26%) Senior Test Engineer
6 8 (4.26%) Software Engineer
6 8 (4.26%) Solutions Architect
7 7 (3.72%) Systems Architect
8 6 (3.19%) RF Design Engineer
8 6 (3.19%) Senior Integration Engineer
9 5 (2.66%) OSS Architect
9 5 (2.66%) Integration Manager
9 5 (2.66%) Transmission Engineer
9 5 (2.66%) Designer
9 5 (2.66%) OSS Solutions Architect
10 4 (2.13%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (6.38%) WAP
2 9 (4.79%) XML
3 6 (3.19%) SyncML
3 6 (3.19%) HTML
4 5 (2.66%) WML
5 2 (1.06%) J2EE
5 2 (1.06%) JDBC
5 2 (1.06%) STL
5 2 (1.06%) Web Services
5 2 (1.06%) KML
5 2 (1.06%) WebRTC
5 2 (1.06%) Flash
5 2 (1.06%) J2ME
Miscellaneous
1 5 (2.66%) Smart Meter
1 5 (2.66%) Mobile App
2 4 (2.13%) Embedded Systems
2 4 (2.13%) Firmware
2 4 (2.13%) Blackberry
2 4 (2.13%) Handset
2 4 (2.13%) Streaming Video
3 3 (1.60%) Management Information System
3 3 (1.60%) Device Driver
4 2 (1.06%) Statistics
4 2 (1.06%) VHDL
4 2 (1.06%) Verilog
4 2 (1.06%) IVR
4 2 (1.06%) W3C
4 2 (1.06%) GIS
4 2 (1.06%) ASIC
4 2 (1.06%) N-Tier
4 2 (1.06%) Digital Media
4 2 (1.06%) Machine to Machine
5 1 (0.53%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 11 (5.85%) Windows
2 8 (4.26%) UNIX
3 4 (2.13%) Linux
3 4 (2.13%) Windows 2000
3 4 (2.13%) Windows NT
3 4 (2.13%) Android
3 4 (2.13%) bada
3 4 (2.13%) Apple iOS
3 4 (2.13%) Windows Phone
4 2 (1.06%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (11.70%) Network Architecture
2 18 (9.57%) Performance Monitoring
3 16 (8.51%) Change Management
3 16 (8.51%) Software Engineering
4 15 (7.98%) Continuous Improvement
5 14 (7.45%) Problem Management
5 14 (7.45%) Network Design
6 12 (6.38%) Validation
7 10 (5.32%) Integration Acceptance Testing
7 10 (5.32%) Project Management
7 10 (5.32%) Network Management
8 8 (4.26%) Logistics
9 7 (3.72%) Risk Analysis
9 7 (3.72%) Information Management
9 7 (3.72%) Test Scripting
9 7 (3.72%) Network Planning
10 6 (3.19%) Risk Management
10 6 (3.19%) Regression Testing
10 6 (3.19%) Resource Management
11 5 (2.66%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 17 (9.04%) C
2 13 (6.91%) C++
3 9 (4.79%) Python
4 8 (4.26%) SQL
5 6 (3.19%) Embedded C
5 6 (3.19%) Java
6 4 (2.13%) Perl
7 2 (1.06%) VBA
7 2 (1.06%) Tcl
7 2 (1.06%) MATLAB
7 2 (1.06%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.06%) Embedded C++
8 1 (0.53%) Assembly Language
8 1 (0.53%) C#
Qualifications
1 32 (17.02%) Degree
2 11 (5.85%) ISEB
3 7 (3.72%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (3.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (3.19%) PMP
4 6 (3.19%) PMI Certification
5 3 (1.60%) ISEB Practitioner
5 3 (1.60%) Six Sigma Black Belt
5 3 (1.60%) ISTQB
5 3 (1.60%) Six Sigma Green Belt
6 2 (1.06%) CNA
6 2 (1.06%) Novell Certification
7 1 (0.53%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.53%) HND
7 1 (0.53%) CCIE
7 1 (0.53%) CCNP
7 1 (0.53%) CCNA
7 1 (0.53%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.53%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.53%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (9.04%) SLA
2 6 (3.19%) QA
3 2 (1.06%) JTAG
Systems Management
1 9 (4.79%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.60%) NSN NetAct
3 2 (1.06%) Netcool
3 2 (1.06%) OPNET
4 1 (0.53%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (0.53%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.53%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 22 (11.70%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 21 (11.17%) Ericsson
3 16 (8.51%) Huawei
4 11 (5.85%) Cisco
5 8 (4.26%) Microsoft
6 7 (3.72%) Mapinfo
7 6 (3.19%) HP
7 6 (3.19%) Oracle
7 6 (3.19%) Cramer
8 4 (2.13%) Agilent
8 4 (2.13%) Symbian
8 4 (2.13%) Sybase
8 4 (2.13%) Juniper
8 4 (2.13%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 4 (2.13%) Nokia
9 3 (1.60%) SGI
9 3 (1.60%) EMC
9 3 (1.60%) Nortel
9 3 (1.60%) NetCracker
10 2 (1.06%) Anite
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