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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 139 118 122
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +4
Contract jobs citing GPRS 1 6 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.031% 0.24% 0.040%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.24% 1.99% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 0
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- £260 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £410 £325
% change year-on-year
-14.63% +26.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £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 South West region.

Communications & Networking Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
425 301 323
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 13.32% 12.28% 12.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 149 172
Average daily rate £356 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.61% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 17 31
Average hourly rate £24.00 £20.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -46.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.95 £9.50 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £32.80 £190.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 30 January 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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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
Bristol -10 1 - - 2
GPRS
England

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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%) Telecoms
1 7 (100.00%) LTE
2 6 (85.71%) UMTS
2 6 (85.71%) WCDMA
3 5 (71.43%) Integration Acceptance Testing
3 5 (71.43%) Electronics
3 5 (71.43%) Degree
4 4 (57.14%) SMS
5 3 (42.86%) 4G
6 2 (28.57%) Radio Access Network
6 2 (28.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (28.57%) ISTQB
6 2 (28.57%) Risk Management
6 2 (28.57%) ISEB
7 1 (14.29%) 3G
7 1 (14.29%) UTRAN
7 1 (14.29%) Configuration Management
7 1 (14.29%) SS7
7 1 (14.29%) Service Management
7 1 (14.29%) DHCP
7 1 (14.29%) TCP/IP
7 1 (14.29%) IPsec
7 1 (14.29%) 2G
7 1 (14.29%) Validation
7 1 (14.29%) Anite
7 1 (14.29%) UNIX
7 1 (14.29%) Retail
7 1 (14.29%) Billing
7 1 (14.29%) Data Management

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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
2 6 (85.71%) WCDMA
3 4 (57.14%) SMS
4 3 (42.86%) 4G
5 2 (28.57%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (14.29%) 3G
6 1 (14.29%) UTRAN
6 1 (14.29%) SS7
6 1 (14.29%) DHCP
6 1 (14.29%) TCP/IP
6 1 (14.29%) IPsec
6 1 (14.29%) 2G
6 1 (14.29%) SIGTRAN
6 1 (14.29%) MVNO
General
1 7 (100.00%) Telecoms
2 5 (71.43%) Electronics
3 1 (14.29%) Retail
3 1 (14.29%) Billing
Job Titles
1 6 (85.71%) Test Engineer
1 6 (85.71%) Integration Engineer
2 3 (42.86%) Test and Integration Engineer
3 2 (28.57%) Senior Integration Engineer
3 2 (28.57%) Senior Test Engineer
4 1 (14.29%) Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Integration Acceptance Testing
2 2 (28.57%) Risk Management
3 1 (14.29%) Configuration Management
3 1 (14.29%) Service Management
3 1 (14.29%) Validation
3 1 (14.29%) Data Management
3 1 (14.29%) Problem Management
3 1 (14.29%) Test Planning
3 1 (14.29%) Coaching
3 1 (14.29%) Black-Box Testing
Qualifications
1 5 (71.43%) Degree
2 2 (28.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (28.57%) ISTQB
2 2 (28.57%) ISEB
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) Anite
1 1 (14.29%) Huawei
1 1 (14.29%) Nokia Solutions and Networks