Period
to 21 November 2017

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 6 months to 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 792 800 765
Rank change year-on-year +8 -35 -105
Contract jobs citing GSM 85 81 123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.082% 0.077% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.60% 0.50% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 21 35
UK median daily rate £350 £280 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +1.82% -14.06%
10th Percentile £220 £163 £159
90th Percentile £438 £450 £534
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £265
% change year-on-year +8.33% +13.42% -16.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 19 17
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £41.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.02% +36.67% -20.00%
10th Percentile £13.04 £27.70 £13.10
90th Percentile £41.75 £41.50 £40.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.41 £41.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year -59.99% +13.89% -4.00%

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 14147 16251 15798
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.72% 15.52% 13.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 8605 9813 9138
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 745 827 1017
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £24.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.83% +17.07% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.13 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.65 £48.15 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.04 £25.00 £20.97
% change year-on-year -27.84% +19.23% +4.84%

GSM
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing GSM as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 21 November 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing GSM over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for GSM in the UK

GSM
Top 11 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 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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
England +24 85 £350 +25.00% 10
UK excluding London +23 66 £325 +8.33% 8
South East +5 44 £273 -9.92% 7
London -16 19 £425 +58.14% 3
North of England +49 9 £313 +71.94%
Yorkshire +27 8 £338 +197.36%
South West -4 8 £388 -
Midlands +23 4 - -
West Midlands - 4 - -
North West +15 1 £230 -8.00%
East of England -6 1 £375 -9.09%

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 53 (62.35%) Telecoms
2 52 (61.18%) LTE
3 34 (40.00%) 3G
4 29 (34.12%) UMTS
5 25 (29.41%) WCDMA
6 23 (27.06%) Linux
6 23 (27.06%) Finance
6 23 (27.06%) 4G
7 20 (23.53%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 20 (23.53%) Multithreading
7 20 (23.53%) SGSN
7 20 (23.53%) C++
8 19 (22.35%) Unix
8 19 (22.35%) Analytical Skills
9 18 (21.18%) VoIP
9 18 (21.18%) Cisco
10 17 (20.00%) Java
10 17 (20.00%) Degree
11 16 (18.82%) Android
11 16 (18.82%) VoLTE
11 16 (18.82%) GPRS
12 15 (17.65%) Windows
12 15 (17.65%) VoWiFi
12 15 (17.65%) HSPA
13 14 (16.47%) Asterisk PBX
13 14 (16.47%) Wireshark
13 14 (16.47%) Apple iOS
13 14 (16.47%) WAN
13 14 (16.47%) LAN
13 14 (16.47%) PBX

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 4 (4.71%) Apache
Applications
1 2 (2.35%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.18%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.53%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 52 (61.18%) LTE
2 34 (40.00%) 3G
3 29 (34.12%) UMTS
4 25 (29.41%) WCDMA
5 23 (27.06%) 4G
6 20 (23.53%) SGSN
7 18 (21.18%) VoIP
8 16 (18.82%) GPRS
8 16 (18.82%) VoLTE
9 15 (17.65%) HSPA
9 15 (17.65%) VoWiFi
10 14 (16.47%) Asterisk PBX
10 14 (16.47%) LAN
10 14 (16.47%) PBX
10 14 (16.47%) WAN
10 14 (16.47%) Wireshark
11 13 (15.29%) Diameter Protocol
12 11 (12.94%) GGSN
12 11 (12.94%) Wireless
13 10 (11.76%) 3GPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (8.24%) GIS
2 5 (5.88%) Big Data
3 2 (2.35%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (1.18%) MySQL
4 1 (1.18%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (11.76%) GCC
1 10 (11.76%) GDB
1 10 (11.76%) Subversion
1 10 (11.76%) Trac
2 7 (8.24%) Android Studio
2 7 (8.24%) Xcode
3 4 (4.71%) Metasploit
General
1 53 (62.35%) Telecoms
2 23 (27.06%) Finance
3 10 (11.76%) Electronics
4 9 (10.59%) Manufacturing
4 9 (10.59%) Marketing
5 7 (8.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 12 (14.12%) Software Engineer
1 12 (14.12%) Telecoms Engineer
2 11 (12.94%) Architect
2 11 (12.94%) C++ Software Engineer
3 10 (11.76%) Telecoms Software Engineer
4 9 (10.59%) 3rd Line Support
4 9 (10.59%) 3rd Line Technical Support
4 9 (10.59%) Technical Support
5 7 (8.24%) Developer
6 6 (7.06%) LTE Engineer
6 6 (7.06%) Network Engineer
6 6 (7.06%) Radio Engineer
7 5 (5.88%) C++ Developer
7 5 (5.88%) Core Network Engineer
7 5 (5.88%) Design Engineer
8 4 (4.71%) Designer
8 4 (4.71%) Mobile Engineer
8 4 (4.71%) Optimisation Engineer
9 3 (3.53%) Interoperability Testing (IOT) Engineer
9 3 (3.53%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (23.53%) Boost C++ Libraries
2 10 (11.76%) STL
3 9 (10.59%) HTML
4 4 (4.71%) LAMP
5 3 (3.53%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 19 (22.35%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.88%) Management Information System
3 4 (4.71%) Mobile App
3 4 (4.71%) PKI
4 2 (2.35%) Handset
5 1 (1.18%) CCTV
5 1 (1.18%) CESG
5 1 (1.18%) User Experience
5 1 (1.18%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 23 (27.06%) Linux
2 19 (22.35%) Unix
3 16 (18.82%) Android
4 15 (17.65%) Windows
5 14 (16.47%) Apple iOS
6 9 (10.59%) Mac OS X
6 9 (10.59%) Windows Phone
7 5 (5.88%) Windows 2000
7 5 (5.88%) Windows NT
8 1 (1.18%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (23.53%) Multithreading
2 13 (15.29%) Coaching
2 13 (15.29%) Service Design
3 12 (14.12%) Software Engineering
4 11 (12.94%) Problem Management
5 10 (11.76%) Cross-Platform Development
5 10 (11.76%) Mentoring
5 10 (11.76%) OO
5 10 (11.76%) Project Management
5 10 (11.76%) Stakeholder Management
6 9 (10.59%) Business Intelligence
6 9 (10.59%) Digital Marketing
6 9 (10.59%) Programme Management
6 9 (10.59%) Service Delivery
6 9 (10.59%) Translating Business Requirements
7 7 (8.24%) Mobile Development
8 6 (7.06%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (7.06%) Integration Testing
8 6 (7.06%) Open Source
9 5 (5.88%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 20 (23.53%) C++
2 17 (20.00%) Java
3 13 (15.29%) C
4 9 (10.59%) PHP
4 9 (10.59%) PowerShell
4 9 (10.59%) VB
5 7 (8.24%) Apple Swift
5 7 (8.24%) Objective-C
5 7 (8.24%) SQL
6 3 (3.53%) Perl
6 3 (3.53%) Python
7 2 (2.35%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.18%) Scala
Qualifications
1 17 (20.00%) Degree
2 11 (12.94%) Numerate Degree
3 6 (7.06%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (5.88%) CCNA
4 5 (5.88%) CCNP
5 3 (3.53%) HNC
6 2 (2.35%) Security Cleared
7 1 (1.18%) CEH
7 1 (1.18%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (1.18%) CISM
7 1 (1.18%) CISSP
7 1 (1.18%) CREST Certified
7 1 (1.18%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.18%) HND
7 1 (1.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.18%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (14.12%) QA
2 5 (5.88%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.35%) ISO 9000
3 2 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 10 (11.76%) KVM
1 10 (11.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (4.71%) iptables
2 4 (4.71%) Postfix
2 4 (4.71%) Samba
2 4 (4.71%) Squid
Systems Management
1 10 (11.76%) Ansible
1 10 (11.76%) Opscode Chef
1 10 (11.76%) Puppet
2 9 (10.59%) AirWatch
3 5 (5.88%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 4 (4.71%) Cisco UCCX
4 4 (4.71%) Nessus
4 4 (4.71%) Nmap
5 2 (2.35%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (1.18%) Amdocs OSS
Vendors
1 18 (21.18%) Cisco
2 13 (15.29%) Huawei
3 10 (11.76%) VMware
4 9 (10.59%) MobileIron
4 9 (10.59%) SAP
5 7 (8.24%) Apple
5 7 (8.24%) Microsoft
6 5 (5.88%) Actix
6 5 (5.88%) Sybase
7 4 (4.71%) Mapinfo
7 4 (4.71%) NEC
7 4 (4.71%) Nokia
8 3 (3.53%) Ericsson
9 2 (2.35%) NetScout
10 1 (1.18%) Acme Packet
10 1 (1.18%) Agilent
10 1 (1.18%) EMC
10 1 (1.18%) Greenplum
10 1 (1.18%) Redknee
10 1 (1.18%) Tekelec