The table below looks at the statistics for GPRS skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GPRS over the 3 months to 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 239 215 211
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -4
Contract jobs citing GPRS 31 36 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.31% 0.39% 0.30%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.71% 1.98% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 12 4
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£293 £311 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.02% +18.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £216 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £381 £410 £314
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £313 £210
% change year-on-year
-12.00% +48.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
Average hourly rate £13.00 £43.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-69.76% +91.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £45.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year
-71.11% +26.76%
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 South East region.

Communications & Networking Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
1817 1815 1613
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 18.34% 19.84% 18.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 974 859 741
Average daily rate £350 £347 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.72% -0.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £475 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 97 102
Average hourly rate £27.00 £20.21 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.63% -10.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

GPRS
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

GPRS Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

GPRS
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

GPRS Daily Rate Trend in the South East

GPRS
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GPRS across the South East region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

GPRS Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

GPRS
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

GPRS Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

GPRS
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GPRS within the South East region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire +3 28 £293 +23.15% 1
Middlesex +5 2 - -
Surrey -4 1 - -
GPRS
England

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 34 (87.18%) GSM
2 32 (82.05%) UMTS
3 29 (74.36%) Telecoms
4 18 (46.15%) LTE
5 17 (43.59%) VoLTE
6 15 (38.46%) HP Quality Center
6 15 (38.46%) Requirements Analysis
6 15 (38.46%) HP
7 14 (35.90%) Wireshark
8 13 (33.33%) Diameter Protocol
8 13 (33.33%) Wireless
9 11 (28.21%) Validation
9 11 (28.21%) UNIX
9 11 (28.21%) Test Planning
9 11 (28.21%) 4G
9 11 (28.21%) Test Management
9 11 (28.21%) RNC
10 10 (25.64%) 3G
11 9 (23.08%) HSDPA
11 9 (23.08%) Solaris
11 9 (23.08%) SLA
11 9 (23.08%) Test Automation
12 7 (17.95%) Test Scripting
13 6 (15.38%) NAS
13 6 (15.38%) HSPA
13 6 (15.38%) Ericsson
13 6 (15.38%) CDMA
14 5 (12.82%) Linux
14 5 (12.82%) WCDMA
14 5 (12.82%) SMS

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (5.13%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (7.69%) MS Office
1 3 (7.69%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.56%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Metrica
Communications & Networking
1 34 (87.18%) GSM
2 32 (82.05%) UMTS
3 18 (46.15%) LTE
4 17 (43.59%) VoLTE
5 14 (35.90%) Wireshark
6 13 (33.33%) Wireless
6 13 (33.33%) Diameter Protocol
7 11 (28.21%) 4G
7 11 (28.21%) RNC
8 10 (25.64%) 3G
9 9 (23.08%) HSDPA
10 6 (15.38%) NAS
10 6 (15.38%) HSPA
10 6 (15.38%) CDMA
11 5 (12.82%) WCDMA
11 5 (12.82%) SMS
11 5 (12.82%) 2G
11 5 (12.82%) MPLS
12 4 (10.26%) 3GPP
12 4 (10.26%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.26%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.56%) MS Access
2 1 (2.56%) BusinessObjects
General
1 29 (74.36%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.13%) Electronics
3 1 (2.56%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 15 (38.46%) Tester
1 15 (38.46%) Technical Tester
2 5 (12.82%) Analyst
3 3 (7.69%) Test Analyst
4 2 (5.13%) Network Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Technical Support
4 2 (5.13%) Support Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Telecoms Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Performance Analyst
4 2 (5.13%) Technical Support Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Test Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Technical Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Core Network Engineer
5 1 (2.56%) OSS Solutions Architect
5 1 (2.56%) OSS Architect
5 1 (2.56%) Field Engineer
5 1 (2.56%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (2.56%) Consultant
5 1 (2.56%) Developer
5 1 (2.56%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.69%) SOAP
1 3 (7.69%) 802.1X
2 2 (5.13%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.69%) Computer Science
1 3 (7.69%) Smart Meter
2 2 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.13%) Handset
2 2 (5.13%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 11 (28.21%) UNIX
2 9 (23.08%) Solaris
3 5 (12.82%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (38.46%) Requirements Analysis
2 11 (28.21%) Test Management
2 11 (28.21%) Test Planning
2 11 (28.21%) Validation
3 9 (23.08%) Test Automation
4 7 (17.95%) Test Scripting
5 4 (10.26%) Network Planning
5 4 (10.26%) Software Testing
6 3 (7.69%) ERP
6 3 (7.69%) Supplier Management
6 3 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (7.69%) V-Model
6 3 (7.69%) Waterfall
7 1 (2.56%) Fault Management
7 1 (2.56%) Security Testing
7 1 (2.56%) Capacity Planning
7 1 (2.56%) Line Management
7 1 (2.56%) SDLC
7 1 (2.56%) Document Management
7 1 (2.56%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.13%) C
1 2 (5.13%) Java
1 2 (5.13%) Perl
2 1 (2.56%) SQL
2 1 (2.56%) MapBasic
Qualifications
1 4 (10.26%) ISEB
1 4 (10.26%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (23.08%) SLA
2 3 (7.69%) QA
System Software
1 3 (7.69%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 15 (38.46%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (10.26%) Netcool
3 2 (5.13%) Netcool/OMNIbus
4 1 (2.56%) NSN NetAct
4 1 (2.56%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 15 (38.46%) HP
2 6 (15.38%) Ericsson
3 4 (10.26%) Oracle
3 4 (10.26%) Sybase
3 4 (10.26%) Huawei
4 3 (7.69%) Nokia
5 1 (2.56%) Mapinfo
5 1 (2.56%) Infovista
5 1 (2.56%) Nortel