The table below looks at the statistics for GPRS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GPRS over the 3 months to 2 October 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
2 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 564 536 508
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -28
Contract jobs citing GPRS 59 38 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.073% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.71% 0.54% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 9 9
Average daily rate
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£313 £320 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.34% -14.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £156 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £396 £360 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £219 £371
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -41.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 10 11
Average hourly rate £44.00 £35.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.94% +1.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.10 £29.25 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £35.70 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £35.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+26.76% +9.23%

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
8347 7085 8666
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.38% 13.63% 15.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 4622 3865 3984
Average daily rate £363 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.68% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £215 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 453 404 673
Average hourly rate £24.50 £21.75 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.64% +1.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+8.88% -

GPRS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing GPRS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GPRS within the UK over the 3 months to 2 October 2014.

GPRS Daily Rate Histogram 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GPRS within the UK over the 3 months to 2 October 2014.

GPRS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

GPRS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GPRS within the UK over the 3 months to 2 October 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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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
England -5 49 £313 -3.84% 11
South East +13 29 £313 +5.04% 4
Berkshire +22 13 £324 - 2
South West -21 8 £260 -
Reading +28 7 £413 -
East of England -20 7 £350 - 6
Hampshire -13 6 £313 -2.34% 1
Buckinghamshire - 5 - -
Cambridgeshire - 5 £350 - 4
Newbury 0 2 £163 -
Hertfordshire -29 2 - - 2
Peterborough - 2 £350 -
Slough - 2 - - 2
London +5 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 £375 - 3
Chesham - 1 - -
Cirencester - - - -
Doncaster - - - -
Exeter - - - -
Horsham - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
Abingdon - - - - 1
Amersham - - - -
County Antrim - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Belfast - - - -
Borehamwood - - - - 2
Bracknell - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 77 (77.00%) GSM
2 62 (62.00%) Telecoms
3 50 (50.00%) UMTS
4 46 (46.00%) LTE
5 42 (42.00%) 3G
6 37 (37.00%) 4G
7 31 (31.00%) Degree
8 30 (30.00%) WCDMA
9 27 (27.00%) 3GPP
10 23 (23.00%) 2G
11 19 (19.00%) Electronics
12 17 (17.00%) CDMA
12 17 (17.00%) Wireless
13 14 (14.00%) Internet
13 14 (14.00%) SS7
14 13 (13.00%) Project Management
15 12 (12.00%) Smart Meter
15 12 (12.00%) Resource Management
16 11 (11.00%) SIGTRAN
16 11 (11.00%) ZigBee
16 11 (11.00%) Software Engineering
16 11 (11.00%) Cisco
16 11 (11.00%) IPv6
16 11 (11.00%) PRINCE2
17 10 (10.00%) SQL
17 10 (10.00%) ISEB
17 10 (10.00%) INAP
17 10 (10.00%) Integration Acceptance Testing
17 10 (10.00%) Huawei
17 10 (10.00%) HSPA

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 6 (6.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.00%) MS Project
2 2 (2.00%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (3.00%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (2.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 77 (77.00%) GSM
2 50 (50.00%) UMTS
3 46 (46.00%) LTE
4 42 (42.00%) 3G
5 37 (37.00%) 4G
6 30 (30.00%) WCDMA
7 27 (27.00%) 3GPP
8 23 (23.00%) 2G
9 17 (17.00%) CDMA
9 17 (17.00%) Wireless
10 14 (14.00%) Internet
10 14 (14.00%) SS7
11 11 (11.00%) SIGTRAN
11 11 (11.00%) ZigBee
11 11 (11.00%) IPv6
12 10 (10.00%) INAP
12 10 (10.00%) HSPA
13 9 (9.00%) Radio Access Network
13 9 (9.00%) Firewall
13 9 (9.00%) ISUP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.00%) MS Access
2 5 (5.00%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (2.00%) LabVIEW
General
1 62 (62.00%) Telecoms
2 19 (19.00%) Electronics
3 5 (5.00%) Billing
4 4 (4.00%) Back Office
5 3 (3.00%) Manufacturing
5 3 (3.00%) Multimedia
6 2 (2.00%) Marketing
6 2 (2.00%) Finance
7 1 (1.00%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 26 (26.00%) Test Engineer
2 14 (14.00%) Integration Engineer
3 13 (13.00%) Architect
4 7 (7.00%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 7 (7.00%) Systems Architect
5 6 (6.00%) OSS Solutions Architect
5 6 (6.00%) Solutions Architect
5 6 (6.00%) Senior Test Engineer
5 6 (6.00%) OSS Architect
6 5 (5.00%) Senior Integration Engineer
6 5 (5.00%) Consultant
6 5 (5.00%) Analyst
7 4 (4.00%) Software Engineer
7 4 (4.00%) Network Engineer
7 4 (4.00%) Technical Specialist
7 4 (4.00%) Integration Manager
7 4 (4.00%) Back Office Engineer
8 3 (3.00%) Test Leader
8 3 (3.00%) Core Network Engineer
8 3 (3.00%) Performance Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.00%) WAP
1 8 (8.00%) XML
2 5 (5.00%) WML
3 3 (3.00%) .NET
3 3 (3.00%) HTML
3 3 (3.00%) SyncML
4 2 (2.00%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (1.00%) MFC
Miscellaneous
1 12 (12.00%) Smart Meter
2 8 (8.00%) Mobile App
3 7 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (4.00%) Statistics
4 4 (4.00%) Computer Science
5 3 (3.00%) Streaming Video
5 3 (3.00%) Blackberry
5 3 (3.00%) Management Information System
6 2 (2.00%) DTV
7 1 (1.00%) Mathematics
7 1 (1.00%) Handset
7 1 (1.00%) Smartphone
7 1 (1.00%) PDA
7 1 (1.00%) User Experience
7 1 (1.00%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 8 (8.00%) Windows
1 8 (8.00%) Android
2 3 (3.00%) bada
2 3 (3.00%) Apple iOS
2 3 (3.00%) Windows Phone
3 1 (1.00%) Windows NT
3 1 (1.00%) UNIX
3 1 (1.00%) Linux
3 1 (1.00%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (13.00%) Project Management
2 12 (12.00%) Resource Management
3 11 (11.00%) Software Engineering
3 11 (11.00%) PRINCE2
4 10 (10.00%) Integration Acceptance Testing
5 8 (8.00%) Network Management
6 7 (7.00%) Requirements Analysis
6 7 (7.00%) Information Management
7 6 (6.00%) SOA
7 6 (6.00%) Validation
7 6 (6.00%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (6.00%) TOGAF
7 6 (6.00%) Test Scripting
8 5 (5.00%) ITIL
8 5 (5.00%) Performance Analysis
9 4 (4.00%) Configuration Management
9 4 (4.00%) Software Testing
9 4 (4.00%) Risk Assessment
9 4 (4.00%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (4.00%) Customer Engagement
Programming Languages
1 10 (10.00%) SQL
2 7 (7.00%) C
3 5 (5.00%) Embedded C
4 4 (4.00%) Java
5 3 (3.00%) VBA
5 3 (3.00%) C#
5 3 (3.00%) C++
6 1 (1.00%) Python
6 1 (1.00%) Perl
6 1 (1.00%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 31 (31.00%) Degree
2 10 (10.00%) ISEB
3 7 (7.00%) PMP
3 7 (7.00%) PMI Certification
3 7 (7.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (6.00%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (4.00%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (3.00%) Six Sigma Black Belt
6 3 (3.00%) Six Sigma Green Belt
6 3 (3.00%) ISTQB
6 3 (3.00%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.00%) CCNA
7 1 (1.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (9.00%) QA
2 1 (1.00%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (3.00%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 7 (7.00%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (6.00%) Netcool
2 6 (6.00%) NSN NetAct
3 3 (3.00%) OPNET
Vendors
1 11 (11.00%) Cisco
2 10 (10.00%) Huawei
3 9 (9.00%) HP
4 6 (6.00%) Agilent
4 6 (6.00%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 6 (6.00%) Greenplum
5 5 (5.00%) Business Objects
5 5 (5.00%) Oracle
5 5 (5.00%) Microsoft
6 4 (4.00%) CheckPoint
6 4 (4.00%) Mapinfo
6 4 (4.00%) Cramer
7 3 (3.00%) NetCracker
7 3 (3.00%) Symbian
7 3 (3.00%) Citrix
7 3 (3.00%) BMC
7 3 (3.00%) Remedy
8 2 (2.00%) Ericsson
8 2 (2.00%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 2 (2.00%) SGI
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