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 24 August 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
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
Rank 622 596 503
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -93
Contract jobs citing GSM 39 66 121
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.072% 0.11% 0.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.46% 0.81% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 20 35
Median daily rate £275 £270 £334
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% -19.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £197 £221 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £498 £388
UK excluding London median daily rate £281 £263 £334
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -21.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 10
Median hourly rate £40.00 £14.00 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+185.71% -63.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.40 £13.00 £28.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £36.00 £58.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £24.50 £39.50
% change year-on-year
+63.26% -37.97%

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
8569 8125 8127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.72% 13.90% 14.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 5229 4655 4363
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £235 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 515 456
Median hourly rate £33.00 £21.51 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.39% +4.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £21.53 £21.88
% change year-on-year
+62.60% -1.60%

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 24 August 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 24 August 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 -25 36 £275 +2.80% 10
South East -6 12 £275 - 5
London +10 10 £269 -48.93% 1
North West +20 6 £250 +28.20% 1
Cheshire +12 6 £250 +4.16%
Warrington +16 5 £250 +4.16%
Hampshire +1 4 £250 -49.74%
Berkshire -16 4 £350 +40.00% 1
West Yorkshire +8 3 - - 1
Leeds +3 3 - - 1
Yorkshire -1 3 - - 1
South West - 3 - -
Surrey - 3 - - 2
Southampton - 3 £250 -
Reading +11 2 - -
Slough +8 2 £350 +55.55% 1
Camberley - 2 - - 2
Wiltshire - 2 - -
City of London +32 1 £475 +22.58%
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 £225 -
Amersham - 1 - -
Nottingham - 1 £300 -
Guildford - 1 - -
Portsmouth - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £300 - 1
East Midlands - 1 £300 - 1
Midlands - 1 £288 -
Bristol - 1 - -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 August 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 60 (78.95%) UMTS
2 49 (64.47%) Telecoms
3 35 (46.05%) LTE
4 25 (32.89%) 3G
5 20 (26.32%) 2G
6 19 (25.00%) Project Management
6 19 (25.00%) Microsoft
7 18 (23.68%) 4G
8 17 (22.37%) Radio Access Network
9 15 (19.74%) Huawei
10 14 (18.42%) NSN NetAct
11 13 (17.11%) Nokia
11 13 (17.11%) Mapinfo
12 12 (15.79%) GPRS
13 11 (14.47%) MS Office
13 11 (14.47%) Ericsson
13 11 (14.47%) Change Control
13 11 (14.47%) Analytical Skills
14 10 (13.16%) Diameter Protocol
14 10 (13.16%) Amdocs
14 10 (13.16%) SLA
14 10 (13.16%) WCDMA
14 10 (13.16%) Finance
15 9 (11.84%) VoLTE
16 8 (10.53%) Cisco
16 8 (10.53%) ATM
16 8 (10.53%) CDMA
16 8 (10.53%) Linux
17 7 (9.21%) MS Excel
17 7 (9.21%) Unix

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 2 (2.63%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (1.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (1.32%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 11 (14.47%) MS Office
2 7 (9.21%) MS Excel
3 4 (5.26%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (2.63%) MS Project
5 1 (1.32%) AutoCAD
5 1 (1.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.32%) Traffica
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.32%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 60 (78.95%) UMTS
2 35 (46.05%) LTE
3 25 (32.89%) 3G
4 20 (26.32%) 2G
5 18 (23.68%) 4G
6 17 (22.37%) Radio Access Network
7 12 (15.79%) GPRS
8 10 (13.16%) Diameter Protocol
8 10 (13.16%) WCDMA
9 9 (11.84%) VoLTE
10 8 (10.53%) ATM
10 8 (10.53%) CDMA
11 7 (9.21%) SS7
12 6 (7.89%) 3GPP
12 6 (7.89%) UTRAN
12 6 (7.89%) VoIP
12 6 (7.89%) VoWiFi
12 6 (7.89%) Wireless
13 5 (6.58%) SDH
13 5 (6.58%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.26%) BusinessObjects
1 4 (5.26%) Oracle Database
2 3 (3.95%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.32%) GIS
3 1 (1.32%) MySQL
3 1 (1.32%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (5.26%) Subversion
1 4 (5.26%) Trac
2 3 (3.95%) GCC
2 3 (3.95%) GDB
3 1 (1.32%) CppUnit
3 1 (1.32%) JIRA
3 1 (1.32%) JMeter
3 1 (1.32%) LabVIEW
General
1 49 (64.47%) Telecoms
2 10 (13.16%) Finance
3 6 (7.89%) Electronics
4 2 (2.63%) Banking
5 1 (1.32%) Arabic Language
5 1 (1.32%) Automotive
5 1 (1.32%) Back Office
5 1 (1.32%) Mandarin Language
5 1 (1.32%) Marketing
5 1 (1.32%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 14 (18.42%) Implementation Controller
2 13 (17.11%) Radio Engineer
3 6 (7.89%) Network Engineer
3 6 (7.89%) Optimisation Engineer
4 5 (6.58%) Core Network Engineer
5 4 (5.26%) C++ Software Engineer
5 4 (5.26%) Software Engineer
6 3 (3.95%) Analyst
6 3 (3.95%) Consultant
6 3 (3.95%) Electronics Engineer
6 3 (3.95%) GSM Engineer
6 3 (3.95%) Project Manager
6 3 (3.95%) RAN Engineer
6 3 (3.95%) Support Engineer
6 3 (3.95%) Transmission Planner
7 2 (2.63%) 3G Engineer
7 2 (2.63%) Ericsson Engineer
7 2 (2.63%) GSM Consultant
7 2 (2.63%) RF Engineer
7 2 (2.63%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.26%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 4 (5.26%) STL
2 1 (1.32%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.32%) HTML
2 1 (1.32%) HTML5
2 1 (1.32%) WebRTC
2 1 (1.32%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 11 (14.47%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.58%) Statistics
3 3 (3.95%) Algorithms
3 3 (3.95%) Blackberry
3 3 (3.95%) PMI
4 2 (2.63%) Driving Licence
4 2 (2.63%) Telematics
5 1 (1.32%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.32%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.32%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.53%) Linux
2 7 (9.21%) Unix
2 7 (9.21%) Windows
3 4 (5.26%) Solaris
4 2 (2.63%) Android
4 2 (2.63%) Windows 2000
4 2 (2.63%) Windows NT
5 1 (1.32%) Mandriva Linux
5 1 (1.32%) Ubuntu
5 1 (1.32%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.32%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (25.00%) Project Management
2 11 (14.47%) Change Control
3 7 (9.21%) Performance Monitoring
4 6 (7.89%) Dependency Management
4 6 (7.89%) ITIL
4 6 (7.89%) Risk Management
5 5 (6.58%) Logistics
5 5 (6.58%) Network Design
5 5 (6.58%) Network Planning
5 5 (6.58%) Software Engineering
6 4 (5.26%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (5.26%) Cross-Platform Development
6 4 (5.26%) OO
6 4 (5.26%) PRINCE2
7 3 (3.95%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (3.95%) Fault Management
7 3 (3.95%) High Availability
7 3 (3.95%) Planning and Forecasting
8 2 (2.63%) Presales
8 2 (2.63%) Software Audit
Programming Languages
1 7 (9.21%) C
2 5 (6.58%) C++
2 5 (6.58%) SQL
3 2 (2.63%) MapBasic
4 1 (1.32%) Bash Shell
4 1 (1.32%) Embedded C
4 1 (1.32%) Perl
4 1 (1.32%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (5.26%) Degree
2 3 (3.95%) MCSE
2 3 (3.95%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (3.95%) PMI Certification
3 2 (2.63%) Six Sigma Green Belt
4 1 (1.32%) ISEB
4 1 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (13.16%) SLA
2 2 (2.63%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 3 (3.95%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.63%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.32%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 14 (18.42%) NSN NetAct
2 3 (3.95%) AirWatch
3 2 (2.63%) Amdocs OSS
3 2 (2.63%) Netcool
4 1 (1.32%) Cacti
4 1 (1.32%) Cisco CME
4 1 (1.32%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (1.32%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (1.32%) FortiGate
4 1 (1.32%) SolarWinds Orion
4 1 (1.32%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 19 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 15 (19.74%) Huawei
3 13 (17.11%) Mapinfo
3 13 (17.11%) Nokia
4 11 (14.47%) Ericsson
5 10 (13.16%) Amdocs
6 8 (10.53%) Cisco
7 6 (7.89%) Sybase
8 5 (6.58%) BT
8 5 (6.58%) SAP
9 4 (5.26%) Nokia Networks
9 4 (5.26%) Oracle
9 4 (5.26%) Virgin Media
10 3 (3.95%) EMC
10 3 (3.95%) Remedy
10 3 (3.95%) Samsung
10 3 (3.95%) Tellabs
11 2 (2.63%) Actix
11 2 (2.63%) Anite
11 2 (2.63%) Siemens
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