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 May 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 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 637 584 580
Rank change year-on-year
-53 -4
Contract jobs citing GPRS 14 40 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.026% 0.074% 0.058%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.17% 0.50% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 22 15
Median daily rate £230 £123 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+87.75% -53.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £120 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £364 £287 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £230 £123 £261
% change year-on-year
+87.75% -53.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £117.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £117.50 -

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
8480 8003 7116
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.84% 14.78% 13.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 5139 4435 3863
Median daily rate £388 £350 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -1.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £327
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 457 402
Median hourly rate £28.50 £25.85 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.25% +29.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+34.61% +30.00%

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
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 24 May 2016.

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
Top 12 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 May 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 -32 14 £230 +87.75% 6
South East -9 9 £230 +70.37% 4
M4 Corridor - 4 £230 -
London -8 3 £305 - 1
Berkshire -15 3 - - 2
Yorkshire -3 1 £130 +6.12%
West Midlands -7 1 - -
Reading -7 1 - - 1
West Yorkshire -14 1 £130 +6.12%
Leeds -22 1 £130 +6.12%
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Hampshire - 1 - - 1

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 43 (93.48%) UMTS
2 33 (71.74%) Telecoms
3 32 (69.57%) GSM
4 29 (63.04%) Unix
4 29 (63.04%) SS7
4 29 (63.04%) Diameter Protocol
5 28 (60.87%) WCDMA
6 26 (56.52%) Solaris
6 26 (56.52%) Sybase
7 24 (52.17%) Oracle
7 24 (52.17%) Oracle Database
8 21 (45.65%) SLA
9 20 (43.48%) CDMA
10 14 (30.43%) GGSN
11 13 (28.26%) Degree
12 12 (26.09%) NGN
12 12 (26.09%) SGSN
12 12 (26.09%) MGCP
12 12 (26.09%) H.323
12 12 (26.09%) VoIP
13 10 (21.74%) Computer Science
13 10 (21.74%) LTE
14 9 (19.57%) 3G
15 8 (17.39%) Huawei
16 7 (15.22%) Network Architecture
17 6 (13.04%) 4G
17 6 (13.04%) Radio Access Network
17 6 (13.04%) 2G
17 6 (13.04%) SharePoint Server
18 4 (8.70%) Wi-Fi

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 (13.04%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (2.17%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (2.17%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.17%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Traffica
Communications & Networking
1 43 (93.48%) UMTS
2 32 (69.57%) GSM
3 29 (63.04%) Diameter Protocol
3 29 (63.04%) SS7
4 28 (60.87%) WCDMA
5 20 (43.48%) CDMA
6 14 (30.43%) GGSN
7 12 (26.09%) H.323
7 12 (26.09%) MGCP
7 12 (26.09%) NGN
7 12 (26.09%) SGSN
7 12 (26.09%) VoIP
8 10 (21.74%) LTE
9 9 (19.57%) 3G
10 6 (13.04%) 2G
10 6 (13.04%) 4G
10 6 (13.04%) Radio Access Network
11 4 (8.70%) ISUP
11 4 (8.70%) VoLTE
11 4 (8.70%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (52.17%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.17%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 2 (4.35%) JIRA
1 2 (4.35%) Subversion
1 2 (4.35%) Trac
2 1 (2.17%) LabVIEW
General
1 33 (71.74%) Telecoms
2 3 (6.52%) Back Office
3 1 (2.17%) Finance
3 1 (2.17%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 26 (56.52%) Core Network Engineer
1 26 (56.52%) Network Engineer
2 22 (47.83%) Support Engineer
3 20 (43.48%) Network Support
3 20 (43.48%) Network Support Engineer
4 11 (23.91%) Technical Engineer
4 11 (23.91%) Technical Support
4 11 (23.91%) Technical Support Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) C++ Software Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) Consultant
5 2 (4.35%) GSM Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) IP Consultant
5 2 (4.35%) LTE Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) Network Manager
5 2 (4.35%) Software Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) Test Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) UMTS Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) UMTS Software Engineer
6 1 (2.17%) Digital Analyst
6 1 (2.17%) Network Performance Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.35%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 2 (4.35%) STL
2 1 (2.17%) iOS SDK
2 1 (2.17%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (21.74%) Computer Science
2 2 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.35%) Smart Meter
3 1 (2.17%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.17%) Handset
3 1 (2.17%) Smart Energy
3 1 (2.17%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 29 (63.04%) Unix
2 26 (56.52%) Solaris
3 4 (8.70%) Windows
4 3 (6.52%) Linux
5 2 (4.35%) Windows 2000
5 2 (4.35%) Windows NT
6 1 (2.17%) Android
6 1 (2.17%) Apple iOS
6 1 (2.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (15.22%) Network Architecture
2 3 (6.52%) Fault Management
3 2 (4.35%) Cross-Platform Development
3 2 (4.35%) Incident Management
3 2 (4.35%) Network Design
3 2 (4.35%) OO
3 2 (4.35%) Performance Management
3 2 (4.35%) Software Engineering
3 2 (4.35%) Software Testing
3 2 (4.35%) Waterfall
4 1 (2.17%) Automation Testing
4 1 (2.17%) Capacity Management
4 1 (2.17%) Case Management
4 1 (2.17%) Cross-Browser Testing
4 1 (2.17%) Network Monitoring
4 1 (2.17%) Network Optimisation
4 1 (2.17%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (2.17%) Process Improvement
4 1 (2.17%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 1 (2.17%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.52%) C++
2 2 (4.35%) SQL
3 1 (2.17%) Embedded C++
3 1 (2.17%) Java
Qualifications
1 13 (28.26%) Degree
2 2 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.17%) CCIE
3 1 (2.17%) CCNA
3 1 (2.17%) CCNP
3 1 (2.17%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (45.65%) SLA
2 1 (2.17%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (4.35%) Netcool
1 2 (4.35%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (2.17%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (2.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 26 (56.52%) Sybase
2 24 (52.17%) Oracle
3 8 (17.39%) Huawei
4 3 (6.52%) Microsoft
4 3 (6.52%) Nokia
4 3 (6.52%) Nokia Networks
5 2 (4.35%) HP
6 1 (2.17%) Amdocs
6 1 (2.17%) BT
6 1 (2.17%) Cisco
6 1 (2.17%) Mapinfo
6 1 (2.17%) SolarWinds