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 27 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 581 609 581
Rank change year-on-year +28 -28  
Contract jobs citing GSM 29 45 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.062% 0.083% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.45% 0.52% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 18 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 £288 £213 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £444 £483 £440
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%  
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 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 6447 8714 7937
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.68% 16.14% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3816 5270 4473
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 433 468
Median hourly rate £28.27 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.82% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing GSM over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for GSM in the UK

GSM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for GSM in the UK

GSM
Top 17 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 27 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
England +7 29 £350 +27.27% 15
South East +18 13 £350 -17.64% 9
Yorkshire +37 8 £288 - 1
Leeds +24 8 £288 - 1
West Yorkshire +23 8 £288 - 1
Berkshire +24 6 - - 2
South West +5 4 £388 - 1
Bristol +1 4 £388 - 1
Hampshire +11 3 £350 -
Surrey +10 3 - - 6
Basingstoke - 3 £350 -
Camberley - 3 - - 5
Reading +18 2 - -
London -7 2 £450 +17.64% 2
East of England -4 1 - - 1
Buckinghamshire -15 1 - -
Essex - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 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 with a requirement for GSM.

1 56 (91.80%) LTE
2 44 (72.13%) Telecoms
3 28 (45.90%) UMTS
4 25 (40.98%) 3G
5 20 (32.79%) SGSN
5 20 (32.79%) 4G
6 19 (31.15%) Java
7 18 (29.51%) Android
8 17 (27.87%) Degree
8 17 (27.87%) Wireshark
8 17 (27.87%) Finance
8 17 (27.87%) Linux
9 16 (26.23%) VoIP
9 16 (26.23%) Cisco
9 16 (26.23%) Diameter Protocol
10 15 (24.59%) WCDMA
10 15 (24.59%) Windows
10 15 (24.59%) 2G
10 15 (24.59%) QA
11 14 (22.95%) HSPA
11 14 (22.95%) Analytical Skills
12 13 (21.31%) Cross-Platform Development
12 13 (21.31%) GCC
12 13 (21.31%) GDB
12 13 (21.31%) Asterisk PBX
12 13 (21.31%) Trac
12 13 (21.31%) Multithreading
12 13 (21.31%) Boost C++ Libraries
12 13 (21.31%) RANAP
12 13 (21.31%) GGSN

GSM
Co-occurring 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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (3.28%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (8.20%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (14.75%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.64%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 56 (91.80%) LTE
2 28 (45.90%) UMTS
3 25 (40.98%) 3G
4 20 (32.79%) 4G
4 20 (32.79%) SGSN
5 17 (27.87%) Wireshark
6 16 (26.23%) Diameter Protocol
6 16 (26.23%) VoIP
7 15 (24.59%) 2G
7 15 (24.59%) WCDMA
8 14 (22.95%) HSPA
9 13 (21.31%) Asterisk PBX
9 13 (21.31%) GGSN
9 13 (21.31%) GPRS
9 13 (21.31%) PBX
9 13 (21.31%) RANAP
9 13 (21.31%) RTP
10 11 (18.03%) LAN
10 11 (18.03%) WAN
10 11 (18.03%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.92%) Big Data
2 2 (3.28%) Geospatial Data
2 2 (3.28%) GIS
3 1 (1.64%) MySQL
3 1 (1.64%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (21.31%) GCC
1 13 (21.31%) GDB
1 13 (21.31%) Subversion
1 13 (21.31%) Trac
2 9 (14.75%) Android Studio
2 9 (14.75%) Xcode
General
1 44 (72.13%) Telecoms
2 17 (27.87%) Finance
3 10 (16.39%) Electronics
4 9 (14.75%) Manufacturing
4 9 (14.75%) Marketing
4 9 (14.75%) Publishing
5 2 (3.28%) Back Office
5 2 (3.28%) Front Office
6 1 (1.64%) French Language
Job Titles
1 13 (21.31%) C++ Software Engineer
1 13 (21.31%) Software Engineer
2 11 (18.03%) Architect
3 9 (14.75%) 3rd Line Support
3 9 (14.75%) 3rd Line Technical Support
3 9 (14.75%) Technical Support
4 5 (8.20%) Telecoms Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Design Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) Designer
6 3 (4.92%) Project Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) RAN Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) Senior Designer
6 3 (4.92%) Systems Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) Telecoms Software Engineer
7 2 (3.28%) Back Office Engineer
7 2 (3.28%) Build Engineer
7 2 (3.28%) Databuild Engineer
7 2 (3.28%) Mobile Architect
7 2 (3.28%) Mobile Engineer
7 2 (3.28%) Transmission Planner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (21.31%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 13 (21.31%) STL
2 9 (14.75%) HTML
3 1 (1.64%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (22.95%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.20%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.28%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.28%) Handset
4 1 (1.64%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 18 (29.51%) Android
2 17 (27.87%) Linux
3 15 (24.59%) Windows
4 10 (16.39%) Apple iOS
4 10 (16.39%) Unix
5 9 (14.75%) Mac OS X
5 9 (14.75%) Windows Phone
6 1 (1.64%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (21.31%) Cross-Platform Development
1 13 (21.31%) Multithreading
1 13 (21.31%) OO
1 13 (21.31%) Software Engineering
2 12 (19.67%) Problem Management
2 12 (19.67%) Service Design
3 9 (14.75%) Business Intelligence
3 9 (14.75%) Coaching
3 9 (14.75%) Digital Marketing
3 9 (14.75%) Mentoring
3 9 (14.75%) Mobile Development
3 9 (14.75%) Programme Management
3 9 (14.75%) Project Management
3 9 (14.75%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (9.84%) Configuration Management
4 6 (9.84%) Continuous Improvement
4 6 (9.84%) Validation
5 3 (4.92%) Capacity Management
5 3 (4.92%) Integration Testing
5 3 (4.92%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 19 (31.15%) Java
2 13 (21.31%) C++
3 9 (14.75%) Apple Swift
3 9 (14.75%) Objective-C
3 9 (14.75%) PHP
3 9 (14.75%) PowerShell
3 9 (14.75%) VB
Qualifications
1 17 (27.87%) Degree
2 9 (14.75%) Numerate Degree
3 3 (4.92%) HNC
4 1 (1.64%) HND
4 1 (1.64%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (24.59%) QA
2 3 (4.92%) SLA
Systems Management
1 9 (14.75%) AirWatch
2 5 (8.20%) NSN NetAct
3 2 (3.28%) Host Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 16 (26.23%) Cisco
2 9 (14.75%) Apple
2 9 (14.75%) MobileIron
2 9 (14.75%) SAP
3 8 (13.11%) Nokia
4 7 (11.48%) Ericsson
5 6 (9.84%) Huawei
6 5 (8.20%) Microsoft
7 4 (6.56%) Actix
7 4 (6.56%) Nokia Networks
8 1 (1.64%) Acme Packet
8 1 (1.64%) Greenplum
8 1 (1.64%) Juniper
8 1 (1.64%) Mapinfo
8 1 (1.64%) NetScout
8 1 (1.64%) Oracle
8 1 (1.64%) Redknee
8 1 (1.64%) Tekelec
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