The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
UK
Rank 576 585 394
Rank change year-on-year +9 -191  
Contract jobs citing GSM 33 56 235
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.074% 0.11% 0.44%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.51% 0.71% 2.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 17 78
Median daily rate £360 £270 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +3.84%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £255 £260
% change year-on-year +41.17% -1.92%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 10 8
Median hourly rate £26.00 £40.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.00% +11.11%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £40.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year -35.00% +11.11%  

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 with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6534 7871 7887
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.61% 14.79% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4036 4697 4305
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 356 337 437
Median hourly rate £25.00 £32.00 £27.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.87% +17.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -38.24% +23.33%  

GSM
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 the UK

GSM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for GSM in the UK

GSM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for GSM in the UK

GSM
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSM within the UK over the 3 months to 26 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
England +15 30 £360 +32.11% 15
South East +20 24 £360 +41.17% 6
Berkshire +29 12 - - 1
Surrey +9 11 - - 2
Camberley - 10 - - 1
Reading +24 6 - -
London +21 3 - - 4
Hertfordshire +3 2 - - 3
East of England -1 2 - - 3
Hatfield -9 2 - -
Buckinghamshire -12 1 £360 - 1
Staines - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 £360 - 1
Solihull - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - -

GSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 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 with a requirement for GSM.

1 71 (78.02%) Telecoms
2 69 (75.82%) LTE
3 59 (64.84%) UMTS
4 40 (43.96%) Cisco
5 33 (36.26%) VoIP
6 29 (31.87%) Linux
7 28 (30.77%) Diameter Protocol
8 26 (28.57%) Software Engineering
9 24 (26.37%) 3G
10 22 (24.18%) RTP
10 22 (24.18%) OO
10 22 (24.18%) C++
10 22 (24.18%) STL
10 22 (24.18%) PBX
10 22 (24.18%) RANAP
10 22 (24.18%) Subversion
10 22 (24.18%) Trac
10 22 (24.18%) Boost C++ Libraries
10 22 (24.18%) Asterisk PBX
10 22 (24.18%) GCC
10 22 (24.18%) GDB
10 22 (24.18%) Cross-Platform Development
11 21 (23.08%) 4G
12 19 (20.88%) Huawei
13 17 (18.68%) Problem Management
13 17 (18.68%) 2G
14 16 (17.58%) High Availability
15 15 (16.48%) HSPA
15 15 (16.48%) WCDMA
16 14 (15.38%) GGSN

GSM
Top Related IT Skills 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 8 (8.79%) MS Office
2 4 (4.40%) MS Visio
3 3 (3.30%) MS Excel
4 1 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 69 (75.82%) LTE
2 59 (64.84%) UMTS
3 33 (36.26%) VoIP
4 28 (30.77%) Diameter Protocol
5 24 (26.37%) 3G
6 22 (24.18%) Asterisk PBX
6 22 (24.18%) PBX
6 22 (24.18%) RANAP
6 22 (24.18%) RTP
7 21 (23.08%) 4G
8 17 (18.68%) 2G
9 15 (16.48%) HSPA
9 15 (16.48%) WCDMA
10 14 (15.38%) GGSN
10 14 (15.38%) Wireshark
11 12 (13.19%) GPRS
11 12 (13.19%) Radio Access Network
11 12 (13.19%) SDH
12 11 (12.09%) GPON
12 11 (12.09%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.10%) Big Data
1 1 (1.10%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.10%) Geospatial Data
1 1 (1.10%) GIS
1 1 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 22 (24.18%) GCC
1 22 (24.18%) GDB
1 22 (24.18%) Subversion
1 22 (24.18%) Trac
2 11 (12.09%) Android Studio
2 11 (12.09%) Xcode
General
1 71 (78.02%) Telecoms
2 11 (12.09%) Finance
2 11 (12.09%) Publishing
3 7 (7.69%) Back Office
4 6 (6.59%) Front Office
5 1 (1.10%) Banking
5 1 (1.10%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 22 (24.18%) C++ Software Engineer
1 22 (24.18%) Software Engineer
2 12 (13.19%) Architect
3 9 (9.89%) Optimisation Engineer
3 9 (9.89%) Telecoms Engineer
4 7 (7.69%) 3G Engineer
4 7 (7.69%) Radio Engineer
5 6 (6.59%) Back Office Engineer
6 5 (5.49%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
6 5 (5.49%) 4G Engineer
6 5 (5.49%) 4G Optimisation Engineer
7 4 (4.40%) Consultant
7 4 (4.40%) Design Engineer
7 4 (4.40%) RAN Engineer
7 4 (4.40%) Support Consultant
7 4 (4.40%) Technical Consultant
7 4 (4.40%) Technical Support
7 4 (4.40%) Technical Support Consultant
7 4 (4.40%) Technical Trainer
7 4 (4.40%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (24.18%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 22 (24.18%) STL
2 1 (1.10%) WAP
2 1 (1.10%) WebRTC
2 1 (1.10%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (13.19%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.49%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.20%) Handset
4 1 (1.10%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.10%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 29 (31.87%) Linux
2 11 (12.09%) Android
3 7 (7.69%) Windows
4 1 (1.10%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (28.57%) Software Engineering
2 22 (24.18%) Cross-Platform Development
2 22 (24.18%) OO
3 17 (18.68%) Problem Management
4 16 (17.58%) High Availability
5 12 (13.19%) Coaching
5 12 (13.19%) Multithreading
5 12 (13.19%) Project Management
5 12 (13.19%) Stakeholder Management
6 11 (12.09%) Mentoring
6 11 (12.09%) Mobile Development
6 11 (12.09%) Service Design
7 8 (8.79%) Network Design
7 8 (8.79%) Network Management
7 8 (8.79%) Validation
8 7 (7.69%) Configuration Management
8 7 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
8 7 (7.69%) Statistics
9 6 (6.59%) Capacity Management
9 6 (6.59%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (24.18%) C++
2 12 (13.19%) Java
3 11 (12.09%) Apple Swift
3 11 (12.09%) Objective-C
4 1 (1.10%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (10.99%) Degree
2 5 (5.49%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.10%) ISEB
3 1 (1.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (13.19%) QA
2 1 (1.10%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.10%) Firmware
Vendors
1 40 (43.96%) Cisco
2 19 (20.88%) Huawei
3 12 (13.19%) Ericsson
4 11 (12.09%) Apple
4 11 (12.09%) Juniper
4 11 (12.09%) Nokia
5 6 (6.59%) Microsoft
6 3 (3.30%) Nokia Networks
7 2 (2.20%) Actix
8 1 (1.10%) BT
8 1 (1.10%) Greenplum
8 1 (1.10%) HP
8 1 (1.10%) Mapinfo
8 1 (1.10%) Samsung
8 1 (1.10%) ZTE
Camberley, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago