Period
to 14 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for GSM skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited GSM over the 6 months to 14 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
South East > Berkshire
6 months to
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 154 148 173
Rank change year-on-year -6 +25 -66
Contract jobs citing GSM 19 11 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.48% 0.29% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.81% 1.50% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 2
Berkshire median daily rate £375 £190 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +97.37% -45.71% +68.67%
10th Percentile £224 £185 £278
90th Percentile £403 £195 £423
South East median daily rate £375 £350 £240
% change year-on-year +7.14% +45.83% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Berkshire median hourly rate £22.50 - -
South East median hourly rate £36.25 £45.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -19.44% +12.50% +11.11%

GSM is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
Berkshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 677 733 1,092
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 17.19% 19.21% 22.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 333 316 522
Berkshire median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +8.57%
10th Percentile £185 £235 £250
90th Percentile £548 £575 £525
South East median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +5.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 50 40
Berkshire median hourly rate £20.00 £12.65 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +58.10% -12.76% -51.67%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.55 £45.25
South East median hourly rate £22.75 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +30.00% -30.00% -

GSM
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

Job postings citing GSM as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Berkshire.

Job vacancy trend for GSM in Berkshire

GSM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing GSM in Berkshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for GSM in Berkshire

GSM
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing GSM in Berkshire over the 6 months to 14 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for GSM in Berkshire

GSM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM in Berkshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for GSM in Berkshire

GSM
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the Berkshire region over the 6 months to 14 August 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading -2 12 £195 -
Slough - 1 £305 -
Newbury - 1 - -
GSM
South East

For the 6 months to 14 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing GSM also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for GSM.

1 15 (78.95%) UMTS
1 15 (78.95%) Telecoms
2 14 (73.68%) LTE
3 12 (63.16%) Radio Access Network
4 11 (57.89%) 3GPP
5 10 (52.63%) Huawei
6 9 (47.37%) Capacity Management
6 9 (47.37%) Algorithms
6 9 (47.37%) 5G
7 8 (42.11%) Performance Engineering
7 8 (42.11%) VoLTE
7 8 (42.11%) Customer Requirements
7 8 (42.11%) 4G
7 8 (42.11%) Actix
7 8 (42.11%) Degree
7 8 (42.11%) Network Planning
7 8 (42.11%) Mapinfo
8 6 (31.58%) 3G
8 6 (31.58%) 2G
8 6 (31.58%) Samsung
9 5 (26.32%) HP
10 4 (21.05%) GPRS
10 4 (21.05%) Management Information System
10 4 (21.05%) Problem-Solving
10 4 (21.05%) HP ALM
11 3 (15.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 3 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
11 3 (15.79%) Diameter Protocol
11 3 (15.79%) Wireshark
11 3 (15.79%) SIGTRAN

GSM
Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire 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:

Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.53%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (5.26%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (78.95%) UMTS
2 14 (73.68%) LTE
3 12 (63.16%) Radio Access Network
4 11 (57.89%) 3GPP
5 9 (47.37%) 5G
6 8 (42.11%) 4G
6 8 (42.11%) VoLTE
7 6 (31.58%) 2G
7 6 (31.58%) 3G
8 4 (21.05%) GPRS
9 3 (15.79%) Diameter Protocol
9 3 (15.79%) SCCP
9 3 (15.79%) SIGTRAN
9 3 (15.79%) Wireless
9 3 (15.79%) Wireshark
10 2 (10.53%) HTTP
10 2 (10.53%) Internet
10 2 (10.53%) ISUP
10 2 (10.53%) SS7
10 2 (10.53%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) MS Access
General
1 15 (78.95%) Telecoms
2 2 (10.53%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 8 (42.11%) Performance Engineer
2 5 (26.32%) Radio Engineer
3 4 (21.05%) RF Engineer
4 3 (15.79%) Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) GSM Engineer
5 2 (10.53%) RAN Engineer
5 2 (10.53%) Test Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) UMTS Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) 4G Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Data Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Embedded Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) IP Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) IP Network Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) LTE Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Network Performance Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Performance Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Senior IP Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Senior IP Network Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Test Leader
6 1 (5.26%) Test Project Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) SOAP
1 1 (5.26%) WAP
1 1 (5.26%) WinForms
1 1 (5.26%) WML
1 1 (5.26%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (47.37%) Algorithms
2 4 (21.05%) Management Information System
3 3 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (5.26%) Data Centre
4 1 (5.26%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (5.26%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.53%) Windows
2 1 (5.26%) Unix
2 1 (5.26%) Windows 10
2 1 (5.26%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (47.37%) Capacity Management
2 8 (42.11%) Customer Requirements
2 8 (42.11%) Network Planning
2 8 (42.11%) Performance Engineering
3 4 (21.05%) Problem-Solving
4 3 (15.79%) Defect Management
4 3 (15.79%) Software Testing
5 2 (10.53%) Customer-Centricity
5 2 (10.53%) Performance Management
5 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
5 2 (10.53%) Validation
6 1 (5.26%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (5.26%) Creative Thinking
6 1 (5.26%) Migration
6 1 (5.26%) Project Management
6 1 (5.26%) Regression Testing
6 1 (5.26%) Risk Assessment
6 1 (5.26%) Software Engineering
6 1 (5.26%) Supplier Management
6 1 (5.26%) Traceability Matrix
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.26%) C
Qualifications
1 8 (42.11%) Degree
2 3 (15.79%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (15.79%) ISEB
2 3 (15.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (5.26%) CCIE
3 1 (5.26%) CCNA
System Software
1 1 (5.26%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (21.05%) HP ALM
2 1 (5.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (52.63%) Huawei
2 8 (42.11%) Actix
2 8 (42.11%) Mapinfo
3 6 (31.58%) Samsung
4 5 (26.32%) HP
5 2 (10.53%) Cisco
6 1 (5.26%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 1 (5.26%) Citrix
6 1 (5.26%) Ericsson
6 1 (5.26%) Microsoft
6 1 (5.26%) Nokia
6 1 (5.26%) Remedy