The table below looks at the statistics for GPRS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GPRS over the 3 months to 24 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
24 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 637 615 550
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -65
Contract jobs citing GPRS 6 31 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.011% 0.054% 0.100%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.068% 0.39% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 6 15
Median daily rate £185 £250 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.00% -4.76%
UK excluding London median daily rate - £250 £263
% change year-on-year
- -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 1
Median hourly rate £39.00 £14.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+178.57% -68.88%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £34.80 £45.00
% change year-on-year
+12.06% -22.66%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
8767 7959 7409
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.20% 13.98% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 5340 4545 3929
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 426 483 431
Median hourly rate £28.50 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.71% +5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.75 £21.53 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+38.21% +7.62%

GPRS
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing GPRS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

GPRS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

GPRS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing GPRS within the UK.

GPRS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

GPRS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing GPRS within the UK.

GPRS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

GPRS
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GPRS within the UK over the 3 months to 24 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -38 6 £185 -17.77% 1
Berkshire -12 3 - -
South East -20 3 - - 1
London +1 2 £185 -
Reading - 2 - -
Hillingdon - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 - -
South West - 1 - -

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing GPRS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for GPRS.

1 31 (86.11%) UMTS
2 26 (72.22%) Telecoms
3 24 (66.67%) GSM
4 21 (58.33%) Unix
4 21 (58.33%) SS7
5 20 (55.56%) WCDMA
5 20 (55.56%) Sybase
6 19 (52.78%) Diameter Protocol
7 18 (50.00%) Oracle Database
7 18 (50.00%) Oracle
7 18 (50.00%) Solaris
8 14 (38.89%) CDMA
9 13 (36.11%) SLA
10 12 (33.33%) SGSN
11 11 (30.56%) GGSN
12 8 (22.22%) 3G
13 7 (19.44%) Degree
13 7 (19.44%) Huawei
14 6 (16.67%) SharePoint Server
14 6 (16.67%) NGN
14 6 (16.67%) 2G
14 6 (16.67%) LTE
14 6 (16.67%) MGCP
14 6 (16.67%) H.323
14 6 (16.67%) VoIP
14 6 (16.67%) 4G
15 4 (11.11%) Windows
15 4 (11.11%) Computer Science
15 4 (11.11%) Network Architecture
15 4 (11.11%) Radio Access Network

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (16.67%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (2.78%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (2.78%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.78%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Traffica
Communications & Networking
1 31 (86.11%) UMTS
2 24 (66.67%) GSM
3 21 (58.33%) SS7
4 20 (55.56%) WCDMA
5 19 (52.78%) Diameter Protocol
6 14 (38.89%) CDMA
7 12 (33.33%) SGSN
8 11 (30.56%) GGSN
9 8 (22.22%) 3G
10 6 (16.67%) 2G
10 6 (16.67%) 4G
10 6 (16.67%) H.323
10 6 (16.67%) LTE
10 6 (16.67%) MGCP
10 6 (16.67%) NGN
10 6 (16.67%) VoIP
11 4 (11.11%) Radio Access Network
12 3 (8.33%) Firewall
12 3 (8.33%) VoLTE
12 3 (8.33%) VoWiFi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (50.00%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.78%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 2 (5.56%) JIRA
2 1 (2.78%) LabVIEW
2 1 (2.78%) Subversion
2 1 (2.78%) Trac
General
1 26 (72.22%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.56%) Back Office
3 1 (2.78%) Billing
3 1 (2.78%) Finance
3 1 (2.78%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 18 (50.00%) Core Network Engineer
1 18 (50.00%) Network Engineer
2 14 (38.89%) Support Engineer
3 12 (33.33%) Network Support
3 12 (33.33%) Network Support Engineer
4 11 (30.56%) Technical Engineer
4 11 (30.56%) Technical Support
4 11 (30.56%) Technical Support Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Analyst
5 2 (5.56%) Network Manager
5 2 (5.56%) Test Analyst
6 1 (2.78%) C++ Software Engineer
6 1 (2.78%) Designer
6 1 (2.78%) GSM Engineer
6 1 (2.78%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 1 (2.78%) Network Analyst
6 1 (2.78%) Performance Manager
6 1 (2.78%) Radio Engineer
6 1 (2.78%) Test Engineer
6 1 (2.78%) UMTS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.78%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 1 (2.78%) iOS SDK
1 1 (2.78%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.11%) Computer Science
2 2 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.56%) Smart Meter
3 1 (2.78%) Smart Energy
3 1 (2.78%) Statistics
3 1 (2.78%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 21 (58.33%) Unix
2 18 (50.00%) Solaris
3 4 (11.11%) Windows
4 2 (5.56%) Linux
4 2 (5.56%) Windows 2000
4 2 (5.56%) Windows NT
5 1 (2.78%) Android
5 1 (2.78%) Apple iOS
5 1 (2.78%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (11.11%) Network Architecture
2 3 (8.33%) Fault Management
3 2 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (5.56%) Incident Management
3 2 (5.56%) Performance Management
3 2 (5.56%) Software Engineering
3 2 (5.56%) Software Testing
3 2 (5.56%) Waterfall
4 1 (2.78%) Data Protection
4 1 (2.78%) Document Management
4 1 (2.78%) Information Security
4 1 (2.78%) Requirements Management
4 1 (2.78%) Risk Assessment
4 1 (2.78%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 1 (2.78%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (2.78%) Stress Testing
4 1 (2.78%) System Testing
4 1 (2.78%) Test Automation
4 1 (2.78%) Test Scripting
4 1 (2.78%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.56%) C++
1 2 (5.56%) SQL
2 1 (2.78%) C
2 1 (2.78%) Embedded C
2 1 (2.78%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 7 (19.44%) Degree
2 2 (5.56%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.78%) CCIE
3 1 (2.78%) CCNA
3 1 (2.78%) CCNP
3 1 (2.78%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (36.11%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.78%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (5.56%) Netcool
1 2 (5.56%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (2.78%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 20 (55.56%) Sybase
2 18 (50.00%) Oracle
3 7 (19.44%) Huawei
4 3 (8.33%) Microsoft
5 2 (5.56%) Nokia Networks
6 1 (2.78%) Amdocs
6 1 (2.78%) Cisco
6 1 (2.78%) HP
6 1 (2.78%) Mapinfo
6 1 (2.78%) Nokia
6 1 (2.78%) SolarWinds