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 28 June 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 554 576 562
Rank change year-on-year +22 -14  
Contract jobs citing GSM 29 44 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.067% 0.089% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.49% 0.56% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 19 28
Median daily rate £350 £275 £258
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +27.27% +6.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £185 £121
10% offered a daily rate of more than £469 £495 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £275 £225
% change year-on-year +27.27% +22.22%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 4
Median hourly rate £45.00 £39.00 £36.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +6.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £32.70 £35.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £39.90 £96.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £39.00 £36.75
% change year-on-year +15.38% +6.12%  

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 5978 7894 7394
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 13.83% 15.96% 14.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 9425 12827 12006
Median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £230 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 843 864 1004
Median hourly rate £24.86 £28.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.21% +22.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.00 £45.49
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £31.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -12.69% +34.04%  

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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

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
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 28 June 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 +29 13 £350 -17.64% 8
North of England +54 8 £288 +4.54% 1
Yorkshire +24 8 £288 - 1
South West -1 4 £388 - 1
London +2 2 £450 +30.90% 2
East of England -4 1 - - 1
GSM
UK

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 53 (91.38%) LTE
2 41 (70.69%) Telecoms
3 25 (43.10%) UMTS
3 25 (43.10%) 3G
4 20 (34.48%) SGSN
4 20 (34.48%) 4G
5 19 (32.76%) Java
6 18 (31.03%) Android
7 17 (29.31%) Degree
7 17 (29.31%) Finance
8 16 (27.59%) Wireshark
8 16 (27.59%) Linux
9 15 (25.86%) Windows
9 15 (25.86%) VoIP
9 15 (25.86%) WCDMA
9 15 (25.86%) Cisco
9 15 (25.86%) QA
9 15 (25.86%) 2G
9 15 (25.86%) Diameter Protocol
10 14 (24.14%) Analytical Skills
10 14 (24.14%) HSPA
11 13 (22.41%) GGSN
11 13 (22.41%) GPRS
12 12 (20.69%) PBX
12 12 (20.69%) STL
12 12 (20.69%) OO
12 12 (20.69%) C++
12 12 (20.69%) RTP
12 12 (20.69%) Multithreading
12 12 (20.69%) Boost C++ Libraries

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 2 (3.45%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (5.17%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 9 (15.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.72%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 53 (91.38%) LTE
2 25 (43.10%) 3G
2 25 (43.10%) UMTS
3 20 (34.48%) 4G
3 20 (34.48%) SGSN
4 16 (27.59%) Wireshark
5 15 (25.86%) 2G
5 15 (25.86%) Diameter Protocol
5 15 (25.86%) VoIP
5 15 (25.86%) WCDMA
6 14 (24.14%) HSPA
7 13 (22.41%) GGSN
7 13 (22.41%) GPRS
8 12 (20.69%) Asterisk PBX
8 12 (20.69%) PBX
8 12 (20.69%) RANAP
8 12 (20.69%) RTP
9 11 (18.97%) LAN
9 11 (18.97%) WAN
9 11 (18.97%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.17%) Big Data
2 2 (3.45%) Geospatial Data
2 2 (3.45%) GIS
3 1 (1.72%) MySQL
3 1 (1.72%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (20.69%) GCC
1 12 (20.69%) GDB
1 12 (20.69%) Subversion
1 12 (20.69%) Trac
2 9 (15.52%) Android Studio
2 9 (15.52%) Xcode
General
1 41 (70.69%) Telecoms
2 17 (29.31%) Finance
3 10 (17.24%) Electronics
4 9 (15.52%) Manufacturing
4 9 (15.52%) Marketing
4 9 (15.52%) Publishing
5 2 (3.45%) Back Office
5 2 (3.45%) Front Office
6 1 (1.72%) French Language
Job Titles
1 12 (20.69%) C++ Software Engineer
1 12 (20.69%) Software Engineer
2 11 (18.97%) Architect
3 9 (15.52%) 3rd Line Support
3 9 (15.52%) 3rd Line Technical Support
3 9 (15.52%) Technical Support
4 3 (5.17%) Designer
4 3 (5.17%) Project Engineer
4 3 (5.17%) RAN Engineer
4 3 (5.17%) Senior Designer
4 3 (5.17%) Systems Engineer
4 3 (5.17%) Telecoms Engineer
4 3 (5.17%) Telecoms Software Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Build Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Databuild Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Design Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Java Applications Architect
5 2 (3.45%) Mobile Architect
5 2 (3.45%) Mobile Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Transmission Planner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (20.69%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 12 (20.69%) STL
2 9 (15.52%) HTML
3 1 (1.72%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (24.14%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.62%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.45%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.45%) Handset
4 1 (1.72%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 18 (31.03%) Android
2 16 (27.59%) Linux
3 15 (25.86%) Windows
4 10 (17.24%) Apple iOS
4 10 (17.24%) Unix
5 9 (15.52%) Mac OS X
5 9 (15.52%) Windows Phone
6 1 (1.72%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (20.69%) Cross-Platform Development
1 12 (20.69%) Multithreading
1 12 (20.69%) OO
1 12 (20.69%) Problem Management
1 12 (20.69%) Service Design
1 12 (20.69%) Software Engineering
2 9 (15.52%) Business Intelligence
2 9 (15.52%) Coaching
2 9 (15.52%) Digital Marketing
2 9 (15.52%) Mentoring
2 9 (15.52%) Mobile Development
2 9 (15.52%) Programme Management
2 9 (15.52%) Project Management
2 9 (15.52%) Stakeholder Management
3 6 (10.34%) Configuration Management
3 6 (10.34%) Continuous Improvement
3 6 (10.34%) Validation
4 3 (5.17%) Capacity Management
4 3 (5.17%) High Availability
4 3 (5.17%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 19 (32.76%) Java
2 12 (20.69%) C++
3 9 (15.52%) Apple Swift
3 9 (15.52%) Objective-C
3 9 (15.52%) PHP
3 9 (15.52%) PowerShell
3 9 (15.52%) VB
Qualifications
1 17 (29.31%) Degree
2 9 (15.52%) Numerate Degree
3 3 (5.17%) HNC
4 1 (1.72%) HND
4 1 (1.72%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (25.86%) QA
2 3 (5.17%) SLA
Systems Management
1 9 (15.52%) AirWatch
2 5 (8.62%) NSN NetAct
3 2 (3.45%) Host Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 15 (25.86%) Cisco
2 9 (15.52%) Apple
2 9 (15.52%) MobileIron
2 9 (15.52%) SAP
3 6 (10.34%) Nokia
4 5 (8.62%) Ericsson
5 4 (6.90%) Actix
5 4 (6.90%) Huawei
5 4 (6.90%) Nokia Networks
6 3 (5.17%) Microsoft
7 1 (1.72%) Acme Packet
7 1 (1.72%) Greenplum
7 1 (1.72%) Juniper
7 1 (1.72%) Mapinfo
7 1 (1.72%) NetScout
7 1 (1.72%) Oracle
7 1 (1.72%) Redknee
7 1 (1.72%) Tekelec
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