Period
to 21 February 2019

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 21 February 2019 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
21 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 804 790 747
Rank change year-on-year -14 -43 -11
Contract jobs citing GSM 40 66 89
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.044% 0.071% 0.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.34% 0.53% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 13 8
England median daily rate £400 £388 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +13.14% +9.60%
10th Percentile £263 £228 £128
90th Percentile £438 £425 £433
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £343
% change year-on-year +3.23% +13.14% +10.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 16
England median hourly rate £37.50 £25.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% -39.02% +2.50%
10th Percentile £25.25 £13.07 £27.00
90th Percentile £42.75 £43.75 £41.50
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £25.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year +50.00% -39.02% +2.50%

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 11,636 12,394 13,124
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.82% 13.29% 14.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,078 7,726 8,046
England median daily rate £425 £413 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +0.61% +2.50%
10th Percentile £200 £190 £213
90th Percentile £613 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £401 £400
% change year-on-year +6.12% +0.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 507 639 693
England median hourly rate £18.70 £20.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.50% -6.98% -3.10%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £19.45 £21.50
% change year-on-year -3.84% -9.55% -4.44%

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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing GSM in England over the 6 months to 21 February 2019.

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 21 February 2019.

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 21 February 2019. 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 -20 25 £275 +3.77% 3
East of England - 6 £400 - 2
London -1 4 £325 -23.53% 4
South West -36 3 £425 +9.68% 3
Midlands -9 1 - - 7
West Midlands -18 1 - - 4
Yorkshire - 1 £300 -
North of England - 1 £300 -
GSM
UK

For the 6 months to 21 February 2019, 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 35 (87.50%) LTE
2 27 (67.50%) UMTS
3 25 (62.50%) Telecoms
4 17 (42.50%) Wireless
5 15 (37.50%) 4G
5 15 (37.50%) Radio Access Network
6 14 (35.00%) 3G
7 13 (32.50%) 2G
8 12 (30.00%) Huawei
9 10 (25.00%) SLA
10 9 (22.50%) Wireshark
11 8 (20.00%) Degree
11 8 (20.00%) 5G
12 7 (17.50%) Node B
12 7 (17.50%) WiMAX
12 7 (17.50%) RNC
12 7 (17.50%) Actix
12 7 (17.50%) VoIP
12 7 (17.50%) Nokia
13 6 (15.00%) 3GPP
13 6 (15.00%) WCDMA
13 6 (15.00%) Validation
14 5 (12.50%) TETRA
14 5 (12.50%) TCP/IP
14 5 (12.50%) C++
14 5 (12.50%) MS Visio
14 5 (12.50%) Broadband
14 5 (12.50%) Ericsson
14 5 (12.50%) Wi-Fi
15 4 (10.00%) Microsoft Office

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 5 (12.50%) MS Visio
2 4 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (5.00%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (5.00%) Oracle BRM
1 2 (5.00%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 35 (87.50%) LTE
2 27 (67.50%) UMTS
3 17 (42.50%) Wireless
4 15 (37.50%) 4G
4 15 (37.50%) Radio Access Network
5 14 (35.00%) 3G
6 13 (32.50%) 2G
7 9 (22.50%) Wireshark
8 8 (20.00%) 5G
9 7 (17.50%) Node B
9 7 (17.50%) RNC
9 7 (17.50%) VoIP
9 7 (17.50%) WiMAX
10 6 (15.00%) 3GPP
10 6 (15.00%) WCDMA
11 5 (12.50%) Broadband
11 5 (12.50%) TCP/IP
11 5 (12.50%) TETRA
11 5 (12.50%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (10.00%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.00%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3 (7.50%) GCC
1 3 (7.50%) GDB
1 3 (7.50%) JIRA
2 2 (5.00%) ClearCase
2 2 (5.00%) ClearQuest
2 2 (5.00%) Git (software)
2 2 (5.00%) Jenkins
2 2 (5.00%) TeamCity
3 1 (2.50%) Bugzilla
3 1 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.50%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 25 (62.50%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.00%) Billing
2 2 (5.00%) General Ledger
3 1 (2.50%) Electronics
3 1 (2.50%) Finance
3 1 (2.50%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (17.50%) Wireless Engineer
2 6 (15.00%) RAN Engineer
2 6 (15.00%) RF Engineer
3 4 (10.00%) Software Engineer
4 3 (7.50%) C++ Software Engineer
4 3 (7.50%) Optimisation Engineer
4 3 (7.50%) Project Manager
4 3 (7.50%) Radio Engineer
4 3 (7.50%) RF Optimisation Engineer
4 3 (7.50%) Telecoms Engineer
5 2 (5.00%) Architect
5 2 (5.00%) Design Engineer
5 2 (5.00%) Oracle Architect
5 2 (5.00%) RF Design Engineer
5 2 (5.00%) Support Engineer
5 2 (5.00%) Technical Engineer
5 2 (5.00%) Technical Support
5 2 (5.00%) Technical Support Engineer
5 2 (5.00%) Wireless Support Engineer
6 1 (2.50%) Senior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.50%) STL
1 3 (7.50%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.50%) Self-Motivation
2 2 (5.00%) Algorithms
2 2 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.00%) IPTV
3 1 (2.50%) PMI
3 1 (2.50%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.00%) Linux
2 2 (5.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (15.00%) Validation
2 4 (10.00%) High Availability
2 4 (10.00%) Network Optimisation
2 4 (10.00%) Network Planning
2 4 (10.00%) Performance Improvement
2 4 (10.00%) Software Engineering
3 3 (7.50%) Capacity Management
3 3 (7.50%) Customer Requirements
3 3 (7.50%) Multithreading
3 3 (7.50%) Network Architecture
3 3 (7.50%) Network Design
3 3 (7.50%) Performance Engineering
3 3 (7.50%) Project Management
3 3 (7.50%) Service Delivery
3 3 (7.50%) Systems Analysis
4 2 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (5.00%) Benchmarking
4 2 (5.00%) Configuration Management
4 2 (5.00%) Fault Management
4 2 (5.00%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 5 (12.50%) C++
2 2 (5.00%) C
2 2 (5.00%) Perl
2 2 (5.00%) PL/SQL
2 2 (5.00%) Python
2 2 (5.00%) Shell Script
2 2 (5.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (20.00%) Degree
2 3 (7.50%) DV Cleared
2 3 (7.50%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.50%) MOS
3 1 (2.50%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (25.00%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.50%) Firmware
Vendors
1 12 (30.00%) Huawei
2 7 (17.50%) Actix
2 7 (17.50%) Nokia
3 5 (12.50%) Ericsson
4 4 (10.00%) Microsoft
5 3 (7.50%) Mapinfo
5 3 (7.50%) Nortel
6 2 (5.00%) Oracle
6 2 (5.00%) Perforce
6 2 (5.00%) Samsung
6 2 (5.00%) Siebel
7 1 (2.50%) Cisco
7 1 (2.50%) NEC