The table below looks at the statistics for GPRS skills in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GPRS over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 400 410 402
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -8
Contract jobs citing GPRS 8 5 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.038% 0.024% 0.023%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.30% 0.18% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 2
Average daily rate - £300 £430
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -30.23%
UK excluding London average daily rate £255 £300 £410
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -26.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Average hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £14.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
- +13.33%
GPRS
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Communications & Networking Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
2692 2829 2735
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 12.71% 13.34% 12.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1741 1841 1745
Average daily rate £423 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.03% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 80 74
Average hourly rate £24.23 £19.75 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.68% +16.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.12 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £30.00 £33.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

GPRS
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing GPRS across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

GPRS Jobs Demand Trend in London

GPRS
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing GPRS across the London region.

GPRS Daily Rate Trend in London

GPRS
Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing GPRS across the London region.

GPRS Hourly Rate Trend in London

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the London region citing GPRS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited GPRS.

1 16 (88.89%) GSM
2 14 (77.78%) UMTS
2 14 (77.78%) Telecoms
3 10 (55.56%) LTE
4 9 (50.00%) WCDMA
5 8 (44.44%) Handset
6 7 (38.89%) VoIP
6 7 (38.89%) SS7
6 7 (38.89%) Degree
6 7 (38.89%) Diameter Protocol
7 6 (33.33%) Oracle Database
7 6 (33.33%) H.323
7 6 (33.33%) SLA
7 6 (33.33%) CDMA
7 6 (33.33%) Oracle
7 6 (33.33%) Sybase
7 6 (33.33%) Unix
7 6 (33.33%) Solaris
7 6 (33.33%) MGCP
7 6 (33.33%) Computer Science
7 6 (33.33%) QA
7 6 (33.33%) NGN
8 5 (27.78%) BT
8 5 (27.78%) Java
8 5 (27.78%) WAP
8 5 (27.78%) 3G
8 5 (27.78%) HSPA
8 5 (27.78%) Driving Licence
9 4 (22.22%) 3GPP
10 3 (16.67%) Benchmarking

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the London region citing GPRS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited GPRS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 16 (88.89%) GSM
2 14 (77.78%) UMTS
3 10 (55.56%) LTE
4 9 (50.00%) WCDMA
5 7 (38.89%) Diameter Protocol
5 7 (38.89%) SS7
5 7 (38.89%) VoIP
6 6 (33.33%) CDMA
6 6 (33.33%) H.323
6 6 (33.33%) MGCP
6 6 (33.33%) NGN
7 5 (27.78%) 3G
7 5 (27.78%) HSPA
8 4 (22.22%) 3GPP
9 3 (16.67%) NFC
9 3 (16.67%) VoLTE
9 3 (16.67%) VoWiFi
9 3 (16.67%) Wireshark
10 2 (11.11%) DNS
10 2 (11.11%) GGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (33.33%) Oracle Database
General
1 14 (77.78%) Telecoms
2 2 (11.11%) Back Office
3 1 (5.56%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 8 (44.44%) Test Engineer
2 6 (33.33%) Core Network Engineer
2 6 (33.33%) Network Engineer
2 6 (33.33%) Network Support
2 6 (33.33%) Network Support Engineer
2 6 (33.33%) Support Engineer
3 5 (27.78%) Field Engineer
3 5 (27.78%) Field Test Engineer
4 3 (16.67%) Senior Test Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Core Network Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Network Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Senior Penetration Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Senior Telecoms Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Senior Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Telecoms Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Telecoms Test Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Test Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (27.78%) WAP
2 1 (5.56%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 8 (44.44%) Handset
2 6 (33.33%) Computer Science
3 5 (27.78%) Driving Licence
4 1 (5.56%) Smart Meter
4 1 (5.56%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 6 (33.33%) Solaris
1 6 (33.33%) Unix
2 1 (5.56%) Android
2 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (16.67%) Benchmarking
2 2 (11.11%) Defect Management
3 1 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (5.56%) Capacity Management
3 1 (5.56%) Configuration Management
3 1 (5.56%) Deep Packet Inspection
3 1 (5.56%) Functional Testing
3 1 (5.56%) Kalman Filter
3 1 (5.56%) Network Architecture
3 1 (5.56%) Network Design
3 1 (5.56%) Network Management
3 1 (5.56%) People Management
3 1 (5.56%) Performance Testing
3 1 (5.56%) Problem Management
3 1 (5.56%) Security Testing
3 1 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (5.56%) Test Scripting
3 1 (5.56%) Validation
3 1 (5.56%) V-Model
3 1 (5.56%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (27.78%) Java
Qualifications
1 7 (38.89%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (33.33%) QA
1 6 (33.33%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 3 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (16.67%) Iperf
Vendors
1 6 (33.33%) Oracle
1 6 (33.33%) Sybase
2 5 (27.78%) BT
3 3 (16.67%) CA
4 2 (11.11%) Huawei
5 1 (5.56%) Apple
5 1 (5.56%) HP
5 1 (5.56%) Nokia Solutions and Networks