The table below looks at the statistics for GPRS skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GPRS over the 3 months to 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 140 103 134
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +31
Contract jobs citing GPRS 8 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.24% 0.045% 0.065%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.45% 0.39% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 0
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£260 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £311 £163 £333
% change year-on-year
+91.53% -51.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £35.50 £33.75
% change year-on-year
+26.76% +5.18%
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 West region.

Communications & Networking Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
553 257 427
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 16.62% 11.49% 13.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 348 134 185
Average daily rate £363 £290 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -22.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £458 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 32 61
Average hourly rate £25.00 £24.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.04% -2.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.65 £13.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £120.00 £40.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

GPRS
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

GPRS Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

GPRS
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

GPRS Daily Rate Trend in the South West

GPRS
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

GPRS Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

GPRS
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Devon - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
GPRS
England

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 12 (100.00%) GSM
1 12 (100.00%) LTE
2 11 (91.67%) UMTS
2 11 (91.67%) Telecoms
3 10 (83.33%) WCDMA
4 9 (75.00%) Integration Acceptance Testing
5 8 (66.67%) Degree
6 7 (58.33%) Electronics
7 6 (50.00%) SMS
8 4 (33.33%) ISEB
9 3 (25.00%) 3G
9 3 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (25.00%) 4G
9 3 (25.00%) ISTQB
10 2 (16.67%) Agilent
10 2 (16.67%) Wireshark
10 2 (16.67%) SIGTRAN
10 2 (16.67%) NSN NetAct
10 2 (16.67%) Radio Access Network
10 2 (16.67%) ISUP
10 2 (16.67%) SCCP
10 2 (16.67%) INAP
10 2 (16.67%) 3GPP
10 2 (16.67%) SS7
10 2 (16.67%) Validation
11 1 (8.33%) Anite
11 1 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
11 1 (8.33%) Billing
11 1 (8.33%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (8.33%) Software Engineering

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 12 (100.00%) GSM
1 12 (100.00%) LTE
2 11 (91.67%) UMTS
3 10 (83.33%) WCDMA
4 6 (50.00%) SMS
5 3 (25.00%) 3G
5 3 (25.00%) 4G
6 2 (16.67%) Wireshark
6 2 (16.67%) SIGTRAN
6 2 (16.67%) Radio Access Network
6 2 (16.67%) ISUP
6 2 (16.67%) SCCP
6 2 (16.67%) INAP
6 2 (16.67%) 3GPP
6 2 (16.67%) SS7
7 1 (8.33%) 2G
7 1 (8.33%) Wireless
7 1 (8.33%) IPsec
7 1 (8.33%) Bluetooth
7 1 (8.33%) DHCP
General
1 11 (91.67%) Telecoms
2 7 (58.33%) Electronics
3 1 (8.33%) Billing
Job Titles
1 10 (83.33%) Integration Engineer
1 10 (83.33%) Test Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Test and Integration Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Senior Test Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Senior Integration Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Integration Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Business Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Software Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Business Manager
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (75.00%) Integration Acceptance Testing
2 2 (16.67%) Validation
3 1 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (8.33%) Software Engineering
3 1 (8.33%) Project Management
3 1 (8.33%) Risk Management
3 1 (8.33%) Service Delivery
3 1 (8.33%) Six Sigma
3 1 (8.33%) Black-Box Testing
3 1 (8.33%) Test Planning
3 1 (8.33%) Coaching
3 1 (8.33%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (8.33%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1 (8.33%) C
1 1 (8.33%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 8 (66.67%) Degree
2 4 (33.33%) ISEB
3 3 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (25.00%) ISTQB
4 1 (8.33%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (8.33%) Six Sigma Green Belt
4 1 (8.33%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (16.67%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) Agilent
2 1 (8.33%) Anite
2 1 (8.33%) Huawei
2 1 (8.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks