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 4 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 247 215 195
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -20
Contract jobs citing GPRS 23 28 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.24% 0.31% 0.46%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.34% 1.63% 2.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 7 10
Average daily rate
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£275 £255 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.84% -15.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £165 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £340 £328
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £263 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.76% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 6
Average hourly rate £13.00 - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.90 £47.50 £35.50
% change year-on-year
-49.68% +33.80%
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
1721 1714 1562
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 18.11% 18.67% 18.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 917 764 693
Average daily rate £355 £338 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.18% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £475 £462
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 94 123
Average hourly rate £22.83 £17.50 £25.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.45% -31.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £12.90 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

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
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 4 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 21 £268 +21.59%
Middlesex 0 1 - -
Home Counties - 1 £275 -
GPRS
England

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 4 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 39 (90.70%) GSM
2 37 (86.05%) UMTS
3 31 (72.09%) Telecoms
4 26 (60.47%) LTE
5 23 (53.49%) VoLTE
6 22 (51.16%) Wireless
7 17 (39.53%) HP
7 17 (39.53%) HP Quality Center
8 16 (37.21%) 4G
8 16 (37.21%) Requirements Analysis
9 14 (32.56%) Wireshark
10 13 (30.23%) HSPA
11 11 (25.58%) Test Management
11 11 (25.58%) Test Planning
11 11 (25.58%) Ericsson
11 11 (25.58%) 3G
11 11 (25.58%) Validation
12 10 (23.26%) WiMAX
12 10 (23.26%) Network Planning
12 10 (23.26%) RNC
12 10 (23.26%) CDMA2000
12 10 (23.26%) MPLS
12 10 (23.26%) DSL
12 10 (23.26%) Wi-Fi
12 10 (23.26%) SDH
12 10 (23.26%) Diameter Protocol
12 10 (23.26%) GPON
13 9 (20.93%) Radio Access Network
13 9 (20.93%) Test Automation
13 9 (20.93%) Test Scripting

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 4 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.

Applications
1 3 (6.98%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (4.65%) MS Office
2 2 (4.65%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 39 (90.70%) GSM
2 37 (86.05%) UMTS
3 26 (60.47%) LTE
4 23 (53.49%) VoLTE
5 22 (51.16%) Wireless
6 16 (37.21%) 4G
7 14 (32.56%) Wireshark
8 13 (30.23%) HSPA
9 11 (25.58%) 3G
10 10 (23.26%) CDMA2000
10 10 (23.26%) MPLS
10 10 (23.26%) DSL
10 10 (23.26%) SDH
10 10 (23.26%) Wi-Fi
10 10 (23.26%) WiMAX
10 10 (23.26%) RNC
10 10 (23.26%) GPON
10 10 (23.26%) Diameter Protocol
11 9 (20.93%) Radio Access Network
11 9 (20.93%) HSDPA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.33%) MS Access
1 1 (2.33%) BusinessObjects
General
1 31 (72.09%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.33%) Finance
2 1 (2.33%) Multimedia
2 1 (2.33%) Billing
2 1 (2.33%) Marketing
2 1 (2.33%) Back Office
2 1 (2.33%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 16 (37.21%) Tester
2 15 (34.88%) Technical Tester
3 5 (11.63%) Analyst
4 4 (9.30%) Test Engineer
5 3 (6.98%) Test Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Telecoms Engineer
6 2 (4.65%) Performance Analyst
7 1 (2.33%) RAN Engineer
7 1 (2.33%) CS Core Engineer
7 1 (2.33%) Technical Engineer
7 1 (2.33%) Technical Support
7 1 (2.33%) Support Engineer
7 1 (2.33%) Field Engineer
7 1 (2.33%) Capacity Planner
7 1 (2.33%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.98%) SOAP
1 3 (6.98%) 802.1X
2 1 (2.33%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.30%) Statistics
2 3 (6.98%) Smart Meter
2 3 (6.98%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.33%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 6 (13.95%) UNIX
2 5 (11.63%) Solaris
2 5 (11.63%) Linux
3 1 (2.33%) Windows 2000
3 1 (2.33%) Windows NT
3 1 (2.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (37.21%) Requirements Analysis
2 11 (25.58%) Test Management
2 11 (25.58%) Validation
2 11 (25.58%) Test Planning
3 10 (23.26%) Network Planning
4 9 (20.93%) Test Scripting
4 9 (20.93%) Test Automation
5 6 (13.95%) Software Testing
6 3 (6.98%) V-Model
6 3 (6.98%) Supplier Management
6 3 (6.98%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (6.98%) ERP
6 3 (6.98%) Waterfall
7 2 (4.65%) Performance Analysis
7 2 (4.65%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (4.65%) Performance Management
8 1 (2.33%) Security Testing
8 1 (2.33%) Capacity Planning
8 1 (2.33%) Service Delivery
8 1 (2.33%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (13.95%) C
2 1 (2.33%) Java
2 1 (2.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (13.95%) ISEB
2 2 (4.65%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.63%) SLA
2 2 (4.65%) QA
System Software
1 3 (6.98%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (39.53%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (4.65%) Netcool
Vendors
1 17 (39.53%) HP
2 11 (25.58%) Ericsson
3 6 (13.95%) Huawei
4 3 (6.98%) Actix
5 2 (4.65%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 2 (4.65%) Nokia
6 1 (2.33%) Mapinfo
6 1 (2.33%) Sybase
6 1 (2.33%) Microsoft