Period
to 19 November 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 19 November 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
19 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 811 778 795
Rank change year-on-year -33 +17 -45
Contract jobs citing GSM 47 83 80
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.050% 0.089% 0.082%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.38% 0.65% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 24 23
England median daily rate £400 £350 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +25.00% +0.90%
10th Percentile £353 £220 £165
90th Percentile £478 £438 £448
UK median daily rate £400 £350 £280
% change year-on-year +14.29% +25.00% +1.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 19
England median hourly rate £43.63 £25.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +74.50% -39.02% +86.36%
10th Percentile £25.75 £13.04 £27.70
90th Percentile £55.21 £41.75 £41.50
UK median hourly rate £43.63 £25.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year +74.50% -39.02% +36.67%

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 12,396 12,772 14,734
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.13% 13.70% 15.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,500 7,861 9,005
England median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +2.56%
10th Percentile £200 £189 £218
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 568 669 748
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +9.76%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.45 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.96 £46.22 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £19.00 £22.92
% change year-on-year +2.63% -17.09% +11.79%

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 19 November 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 19 November 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 19 November 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 -29 35 £415 +88.64% 5
East of England +6 7 £400 +6.67%
London -8 3 - - 8
North West -16 1 - -
North of England -23 1 - -
South West -32 1 £425 +9.68% 4
GSM
UK

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 39 (82.98%) LTE
2 31 (65.96%) UMTS
3 30 (63.83%) Telecoms
4 23 (48.94%) Radio Access Network
5 20 (42.55%) 5G
5 20 (42.55%) Huawei
5 20 (42.55%) 3GPP
6 19 (40.43%) 4G
7 18 (38.30%) Wireless
8 15 (31.91%) 2G
8 15 (31.91%) Degree
9 14 (29.79%) 3G
9 14 (29.79%) Actix
10 12 (25.53%) Capacity Management
11 11 (23.40%) Algorithms
12 10 (21.28%) VoLTE
12 10 (21.28%) Customer Requirements
12 10 (21.28%) Mapinfo
12 10 (21.28%) Wireshark
12 10 (21.28%) WiMAX
12 10 (21.28%) Network Planning
13 9 (19.15%) SLA
13 9 (19.15%) Performance Engineering
14 8 (17.02%) Samsung
14 8 (17.02%) Nokia
14 8 (17.02%) C++
14 8 (17.02%) RNC
15 7 (14.89%) Node B
16 6 (12.77%) C
16 6 (12.77%) WCDMA

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 3 (6.38%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (6.38%) MS Visio
2 2 (4.26%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (4.26%) Oracle BRM
1 2 (4.26%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.26%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 39 (82.98%) LTE
2 31 (65.96%) UMTS
3 23 (48.94%) Radio Access Network
4 20 (42.55%) 3GPP
4 20 (42.55%) 5G
5 19 (40.43%) 4G
6 18 (38.30%) Wireless
7 15 (31.91%) 2G
8 14 (29.79%) 3G
9 10 (21.28%) VoLTE
9 10 (21.28%) WiMAX
9 10 (21.28%) Wireshark
10 8 (17.02%) RNC
11 7 (14.89%) Node B
12 6 (12.77%) WCDMA
13 5 (10.64%) Wi-Fi
14 4 (8.51%) Diameter Protocol
14 4 (8.51%) GPRS
14 4 (8.51%) TCP/IP
14 4 (8.51%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.26%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.13%) Geospatial Data
2 1 (2.13%) GIS
Development Applications
1 5 (10.64%) Git (software)
2 3 (6.38%) GCC
2 3 (6.38%) GDB
2 3 (6.38%) Mercurial
2 3 (6.38%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (4.26%) ClearCase
3 2 (4.26%) ClearQuest
3 2 (4.26%) Jenkins
3 2 (4.26%) JIRA
3 2 (4.26%) TeamCity
General
1 30 (63.83%) Telecoms
2 3 (6.38%) Games
3 2 (4.26%) Billing
3 2 (4.26%) Electronics
3 2 (4.26%) General Ledger
4 1 (2.13%) Finance
4 1 (2.13%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (19.15%) Wireless Engineer
2 8 (17.02%) Performance Engineer
3 7 (14.89%) Radio Engineer
3 7 (14.89%) RF Engineer
4 6 (12.77%) RAN Engineer
5 5 (10.64%) Software Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) C++ Software Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) LTE Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) Optimisation Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) RF Optimisation Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) Test Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) 4G Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Consultant
7 2 (4.26%) GSM Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Oracle Architect
7 2 (4.26%) Technical Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Technical Support
7 2 (4.26%) Technical Support Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) UMTS Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Wireless Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.38%) STL
2 1 (2.13%) WAP
2 1 (2.13%) WebRTC
2 1 (2.13%) WinForms
2 1 (2.13%) WML
2 1 (2.13%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (23.40%) Algorithms
2 4 (8.51%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (6.38%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 3 (6.38%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (4.26%) IPTV
4 2 (4.26%) Replication
5 1 (2.13%) Smart Meter
5 1 (2.13%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 5 (10.64%) Linux
2 3 (6.38%) Unix
2 3 (6.38%) VxWorks
3 1 (2.13%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (25.53%) Capacity Management
2 10 (21.28%) Customer Requirements
2 10 (21.28%) Network Planning
3 9 (19.15%) Performance Engineering
4 5 (10.64%) Problem-Solving
4 5 (10.64%) Software Engineering
5 4 (8.51%) High Availability
5 4 (8.51%) Network Optimisation
5 4 (8.51%) Test Automation
5 4 (8.51%) Validation
6 3 (6.38%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (6.38%) Multithreading
6 3 (6.38%) Network Architecture
6 3 (6.38%) Performance Improvement
6 3 (6.38%) Project Management
6 3 (6.38%) Radio Network Optimisation
7 2 (4.26%) Benchmarking
7 2 (4.26%) Configuration Management
7 2 (4.26%) Network Design
7 2 (4.26%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 8 (17.02%) C++
2 6 (12.77%) C
3 4 (8.51%) Python
4 2 (4.26%) Perl
4 2 (4.26%) PL/SQL
4 2 (4.26%) Shell Script
4 2 (4.26%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (31.91%) Degree
2 2 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.13%) CCNA
3 1 (2.13%) DV Cleared
3 1 (2.13%) HND
3 1 (2.13%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (19.15%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (4.26%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (4.26%) Iperf
2 1 (2.13%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 20 (42.55%) Huawei
2 14 (29.79%) Actix
3 10 (21.28%) Mapinfo
4 8 (17.02%) Nokia
4 8 (17.02%) Samsung
5 5 (10.64%) Ericsson
6 3 (6.38%) Nortel
7 2 (4.26%) Cisco
7 2 (4.26%) Microsoft
7 2 (4.26%) Oracle
7 2 (4.26%) Perforce
7 2 (4.26%) Siebel
8 1 (2.13%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 1 (2.13%) Greenplum
8 1 (2.13%) HP
8 1 (2.13%) Remedy