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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 139 107 128
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +21
Contract jobs citing GPRS 4 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.12% 0.045% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.80% 0.37% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
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£263 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £210 £358
% change year-on-year
+48.80% -41.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £35.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+26.76% +1.42%
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
499 269 451
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 15.46% 12.16% 14.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 306 136 195
Average daily rate £350 £300 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £175 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 28 63
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.65 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.50% -45.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £134.00 £41.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-3.05% -7.16%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 7 (100.00%) GSM
1 7 (100.00%) LTE
2 6 (85.71%) UMTS
2 6 (85.71%) Telecoms
3 5 (71.43%) Integration Acceptance Testing
3 5 (71.43%) WCDMA
4 4 (57.14%) Degree
5 3 (42.86%) SMS
5 3 (42.86%) Electronics
6 2 (28.57%) Agilent
6 2 (28.57%) Wireshark
6 2 (28.57%) SIGTRAN
6 2 (28.57%) 3GPP
6 2 (28.57%) ISEB
6 2 (28.57%) 3G
6 2 (28.57%) SS7
6 2 (28.57%) ISUP
6 2 (28.57%) SCCP
6 2 (28.57%) INAP
6 2 (28.57%) NSN NetAct
7 1 (14.29%) Six Sigma Green Belt
7 1 (14.29%) 4G
7 1 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (14.29%) Radio Access Network
7 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (14.29%) Service Delivery
7 1 (14.29%) Project Management
7 1 (14.29%) Six Sigma
7 1 (14.29%) C
7 1 (14.29%) Bluetooth

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 7 (100.00%) GSM
1 7 (100.00%) LTE
2 6 (85.71%) UMTS
3 5 (71.43%) WCDMA
4 3 (42.86%) SMS
5 2 (28.57%) 3GPP
5 2 (28.57%) Wireshark
5 2 (28.57%) SIGTRAN
5 2 (28.57%) 3G
5 2 (28.57%) SS7
5 2 (28.57%) ISUP
5 2 (28.57%) SCCP
5 2 (28.57%) INAP
6 1 (14.29%) Wireless
6 1 (14.29%) ZigBee
6 1 (14.29%) 4G
6 1 (14.29%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (14.29%) Bluetooth
General
1 6 (85.71%) Telecoms
2 3 (42.86%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) Test Engineer
1 5 (71.43%) Integration Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Business Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Test and Integration Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Business Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Software Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Integration Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Embedded Software Engineer
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Integration Acceptance Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Validation
2 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (14.29%) Software Engineering
2 1 (14.29%) Risk Analysis
2 1 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
2 1 (14.29%) Six Sigma
2 1 (14.29%) Project Management
2 1 (14.29%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) C
1 1 (14.29%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 4 (57.14%) Degree
2 2 (28.57%) ISEB
3 1 (14.29%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (14.29%) ISTQB
3 1 (14.29%) Six Sigma Black Belt
3 1 (14.29%) Six Sigma Green Belt
3 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (28.57%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Agilent