Period
to 18 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 18 July 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)
UK > England
6 months to
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 822 763 793
Rank change year-on-year -59 +30 -200
Contract jobs citing GSM 38 56 93
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.040% 0.064% 0.091%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.30% 0.47% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 14 35
England median daily rate £375 £350 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +27.27% +5.77%
10th Percentile £256 £264 £179
90th Percentile £458 £456 £468
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £275
% change year-on-year +7.14% +27.27% +5.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 9
England median hourly rate £36.25 £45.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.44% +12.50% +11.11%
10th Percentile £18.13 £27.70 £36.25
90th Percentile £43.75 £47.50 £48.75
UK 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 England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 12,571 12,015 15,547
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.32% 13.73% 15.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,755 7,259 9,581
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £205 £210 £225
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 700 694 688
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% -25.20% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.08 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.56 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.24% -21.75% +19.05%

GSM
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for GSM in England

GSM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for GSM in England

GSM
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing GSM in England over the 6 months to 18 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for GSM in England

GSM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for GSM in England

GSM
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing GSM in England over the 6 months to 18 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for GSM in England

GSM
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the England region over the 6 months to 18 July 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
South East -18 30 £375 +7.14% 8
East of England +5 2 - - 1
West Midlands - 2 - -
Midlands - 2 - - 1
South West +2 1 - - 5
North of England -32 1 - -
London -37 1 £475 +5.56% 3
North West - 1 - -
GSM
UK

For the 6 months to 18 July 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 England region with a requirement for GSM.

1 31 (81.58%) UMTS
2 27 (71.05%) Telecoms
2 27 (71.05%) LTE
3 16 (42.11%) 3GPP
4 14 (36.84%) 5G
5 13 (34.21%) Radio Access Network
6 11 (28.95%) VoLTE
6 11 (28.95%) Huawei
7 10 (26.32%) Degree
7 10 (26.32%) C++
7 10 (26.32%) Capacity Management
8 9 (23.68%) 4G
8 9 (23.68%) 3G
9 8 (21.05%) Mapinfo
9 8 (21.05%) Network Planning
9 8 (21.05%) 2G
9 8 (21.05%) Algorithms
9 8 (21.05%) Performance Engineering
9 8 (21.05%) Actix
9 8 (21.05%) Customer Requirements
9 8 (21.05%) Problem-Solving
10 7 (18.42%) Diameter Protocol
10 7 (18.42%) Wi-Fi
10 7 (18.42%) Software Engineering
10 7 (18.42%) VoIP
11 6 (15.79%) Cisco
11 6 (15.79%) Bluetooth
11 6 (15.79%) Wireless
11 6 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
11 6 (15.79%) NFC

GSM
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 1 (2.63%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.26%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (5.26%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 31 (81.58%) UMTS
2 27 (71.05%) LTE
3 16 (42.11%) 3GPP
4 14 (36.84%) 5G
5 13 (34.21%) Radio Access Network
6 11 (28.95%) VoLTE
7 9 (23.68%) 3G
7 9 (23.68%) 4G
8 8 (21.05%) 2G
9 7 (18.42%) Diameter Protocol
9 7 (18.42%) VoIP
9 7 (18.42%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (15.79%) Bluetooth
10 6 (15.79%) NFC
10 6 (15.79%) Wireless
11 5 (13.16%) MGW
11 5 (13.16%) RANAP
11 5 (13.16%) SDH
11 5 (13.16%) SGSN
11 5 (13.16%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.63%) Geospatial Data
1 1 (2.63%) GIS
1 1 (2.63%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 5 (13.16%) GCC
1 5 (13.16%) GDB
2 4 (10.53%) Git (software)
2 4 (10.53%) Mercurial
2 4 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (7.89%) Subversion
3 3 (7.89%) Trac
4 1 (2.63%) Metasploit
4 1 (2.63%) Rational Rose
General
1 27 (71.05%) Telecoms
2 5 (13.16%) Games
3 3 (7.89%) Finance
4 1 (2.63%) Electronics
4 1 (2.63%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (21.05%) Performance Engineer
2 5 (13.16%) Radio Engineer
2 5 (13.16%) RF Engineer
3 4 (10.53%) Network Engineer
4 3 (7.89%) Analyst
4 3 (7.89%) C++ Developer
4 3 (7.89%) C++ Software Developer
4 3 (7.89%) Developer
4 3 (7.89%) LTE Engineer
4 3 (7.89%) Software Developer
4 3 (7.89%) Software Engineer
4 3 (7.89%) Wireless Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) BSS Architect
5 2 (5.26%) BSS Solutions Architect
5 2 (5.26%) Core Network Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) GSM Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) OSS Architect
5 2 (5.26%) OSS Solutions Architect
5 2 (5.26%) RAN Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) UMTS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (13.16%) STL
2 3 (7.89%) Boost C++ Libraries
3 1 (2.63%) 802.1X
3 1 (2.63%) LAMP
3 1 (2.63%) LDAP
3 1 (2.63%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (21.05%) Algorithms
2 6 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (10.53%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 4 (10.53%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.63%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.63%) Frameworx
4 1 (2.63%) Handset
4 1 (2.63%) PKI
4 1 (2.63%) TM Forum
Operating Systems
1 5 (13.16%) Linux
1 5 (13.16%) VxWorks
2 3 (7.89%) Unix
2 3 (7.89%) Windows
3 2 (5.26%) Windows 2000
3 2 (5.26%) Windows NT
4 1 (2.63%) Windows 10
4 1 (2.63%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (26.32%) Capacity Management
2 8 (21.05%) Customer Requirements
2 8 (21.05%) Network Planning
2 8 (21.05%) Performance Engineering
2 8 (21.05%) Problem-Solving
3 7 (18.42%) Software Engineering
4 3 (7.89%) Cross-Platform Development
4 3 (7.89%) Defect Management
4 3 (7.89%) High Availability
4 3 (7.89%) OO
4 3 (7.89%) Software Testing
5 2 (5.26%) Capacity Planning
5 2 (5.26%) Customer-Centricity
5 2 (5.26%) Integration Testing
5 2 (5.26%) Multithreading
5 2 (5.26%) Performance Management
5 2 (5.26%) Service Delivery
5 2 (5.26%) Validation
6 1 (2.63%) Strategic Thinking
6 1 (2.63%) Traceability Matrix
Programming Languages
1 10 (26.32%) C++
2 5 (13.16%) C
3 2 (5.26%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (26.32%) Degree
2 4 (10.53%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (7.89%) CCNA
3 3 (7.89%) ISEB
3 3 (7.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (5.26%) CCNP
5 1 (2.63%) CCIE
5 1 (2.63%) HND
5 1 (2.63%) Numerate Degree
5 1 (2.63%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.63%) ISO 9000
1 1 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 17025
1 1 (2.63%) QA
1 1 (2.63%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.63%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.63%) iptables
1 1 (2.63%) Postfix
1 1 (2.63%) Samba
1 1 (2.63%) Squid
Systems Management
1 3 (7.89%) HP ALM
2 1 (2.63%) Cisco UCCX
2 1 (2.63%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (2.63%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.63%) Nessus
2 1 (2.63%) Nmap
Vendors
1 11 (28.95%) Huawei
2 8 (21.05%) Actix
2 8 (21.05%) Mapinfo
3 6 (15.79%) Cisco
4 5 (13.16%) Samsung
5 4 (10.53%) HP
6 3 (7.89%) Microsoft
7 2 (5.26%) Ericsson
7 2 (5.26%) Sybase
8 1 (2.63%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 1 (2.63%) BT
8 1 (2.63%) Citrix
8 1 (2.63%) Greenplum
8 1 (2.63%) IBM
8 1 (2.63%) Juniper
8 1 (2.63%) NEC
8 1 (2.63%) Nokia
8 1 (2.63%) Nokia Networks
8 1 (2.63%) Remedy