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 3 months to 30 March 2017 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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 547 571 390
Rank change year-on-year +24 -181  
Contract jobs citing GSM 29 53 218
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.069% 0.11% 0.45%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.48% 0.72% 2.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 15 76
Median daily rate £360 £270 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +3.84%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £253 £260
% change year-on-year +42.57% -2.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 8
Median hourly rate £35.50 £40.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.25% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.90 £34.80 £35.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.10 £47.50 £38.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.50 £41.25 £36.00
% change year-on-year -13.93% +14.58%  

GSM is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6071 7371 7304
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 14.46% 14.75% 14.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 3741 4476 4043
Median daily rate £401 £385 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.02% +4.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £238 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 331 308 406
Median hourly rate £22.85 £27.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.90% +5.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.09 £12.74 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.80 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

GSM
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing GSM as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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 3 months to 30 March 2017. 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 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
South East +15 23 £360 +48.45% 4
London +24 3 - -
East of England +4 2 - - 2
West Midlands - 1 - -
GSM
UK

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, 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 across the England region with a requirement for GSM.

1 67 (77.01%) Telecoms
2 65 (74.71%) LTE
3 55 (63.22%) UMTS
4 40 (45.98%) Cisco
5 33 (37.93%) VoIP
6 30 (34.48%) Linux
7 28 (32.18%) Diameter Protocol
8 26 (29.89%) Software Engineering
9 24 (27.59%) 3G
10 22 (25.29%) RTP
10 22 (25.29%) OO
10 22 (25.29%) C++
10 22 (25.29%) STL
10 22 (25.29%) PBX
10 22 (25.29%) Subversion
10 22 (25.29%) RANAP
10 22 (25.29%) Trac
10 22 (25.29%) Boost C++ Libraries
10 22 (25.29%) Asterisk PBX
10 22 (25.29%) GCC
10 22 (25.29%) GDB
10 22 (25.29%) 4G
10 22 (25.29%) Cross-Platform Development
11 17 (19.54%) 2G
11 17 (19.54%) Problem Management
12 15 (17.24%) GGSN
12 15 (17.24%) Wireshark
12 15 (17.24%) Huawei
12 15 (17.24%) WCDMA
12 15 (17.24%) High Availability

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:

Applications
1 4 (4.60%) MS Office
2 3 (3.45%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 65 (74.71%) LTE
2 55 (63.22%) UMTS
3 33 (37.93%) VoIP
4 28 (32.18%) Diameter Protocol
5 24 (27.59%) 3G
6 22 (25.29%) 4G
6 22 (25.29%) Asterisk PBX
6 22 (25.29%) PBX
6 22 (25.29%) RANAP
6 22 (25.29%) RTP
7 17 (19.54%) 2G
8 15 (17.24%) GGSN
8 15 (17.24%) HSPA
8 15 (17.24%) WCDMA
8 15 (17.24%) Wireshark
9 12 (13.79%) GPRS
9 12 (13.79%) Radio Access Network
9 12 (13.79%) SDH
10 11 (12.64%) LAN
10 11 (12.64%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.30%) Big Data
2 1 (1.15%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.15%) Geospatial Data
2 1 (1.15%) GIS
2 1 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 22 (25.29%) GCC
1 22 (25.29%) GDB
1 22 (25.29%) Subversion
1 22 (25.29%) Trac
2 11 (12.64%) Android Studio
2 11 (12.64%) Xcode
General
1 67 (77.01%) Telecoms
2 11 (12.64%) Finance
2 11 (12.64%) Publishing
3 7 (8.05%) Back Office
4 6 (6.90%) Front Office
5 1 (1.15%) Banking
5 1 (1.15%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 22 (25.29%) C++ Software Engineer
1 22 (25.29%) Software Engineer
2 12 (13.79%) Architect
3 9 (10.34%) Optimisation Engineer
4 7 (8.05%) Radio Engineer
5 6 (6.90%) 3G Engineer
5 6 (6.90%) Back Office Engineer
5 6 (6.90%) Telecoms Engineer
6 5 (5.75%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
6 5 (5.75%) 4G Engineer
6 5 (5.75%) 4G Optimisation Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) Consultant
7 4 (4.60%) Network Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) RAN Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) Support Consultant
7 4 (4.60%) Technical Consultant
7 4 (4.60%) Technical Support
7 4 (4.60%) Technical Support Consultant
7 4 (4.60%) Technical Trainer
7 4 (4.60%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (25.29%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 22 (25.29%) STL
2 1 (1.15%) WAP
2 1 (1.15%) WebRTC
2 1 (1.15%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (13.79%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.75%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.30%) Handset
4 1 (1.15%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.15%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 30 (34.48%) Linux
2 11 (12.64%) Android
3 8 (9.20%) Windows
4 1 (1.15%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (29.89%) Software Engineering
2 22 (25.29%) Cross-Platform Development
2 22 (25.29%) OO
3 17 (19.54%) Problem Management
4 15 (17.24%) High Availability
5 13 (14.94%) Multithreading
6 12 (13.79%) Coaching
6 12 (13.79%) Project Management
6 12 (13.79%) Stakeholder Management
7 11 (12.64%) Mentoring
7 11 (12.64%) Mobile Development
7 11 (12.64%) Service Design
8 9 (10.34%) Validation
9 8 (9.20%) Network Design
9 8 (9.20%) Network Management
10 7 (8.05%) Configuration Management
10 7 (8.05%) Continuous Improvement
10 7 (8.05%) Statistics
11 6 (6.90%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (6.90%) Fault Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (25.29%) C++
2 12 (13.79%) Java
3 11 (12.64%) Apple Swift
3 11 (12.64%) Objective-C
4 1 (1.15%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (11.49%) Degree
2 5 (5.75%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.15%) ISEB
3 1 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (13.79%) QA
2 1 (1.15%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.15%) Firmware
Vendors
1 40 (45.98%) Cisco
2 15 (17.24%) Huawei
3 11 (12.64%) Apple
3 11 (12.64%) Juniper
4 8 (9.20%) Ericsson
5 7 (8.05%) Nokia
6 3 (3.45%) Nokia Networks
7 2 (2.30%) Actix
7 2 (2.30%) Microsoft
8 1 (1.15%) BT
8 1 (1.15%) Greenplum
8 1 (1.15%) HP
8 1 (1.15%) Mapinfo
8 1 (1.15%) Samsung
Camberley, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago