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 February 2017 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 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
UK
Rank 598 596 555
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -41
Contract jobs citing GPRS 10 32 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.022% 0.062% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.15% 0.42% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 11 33
Median daily rate £276 £230 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.10% -20.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £225 £143
10% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £325 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £260 £230 £290
% change year-on-year
+13.04% -20.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 5
Median hourly rate - £42.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +21.42%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £38.75
% change year-on-year
- +9.67%

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
6797 7566 7866
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.97% 14.55% 14.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 4235 4474 4313
Median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £235 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 375 315 455
Median hourly rate £23.00 £27.66 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.84% +10.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £51.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £30.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-28.33% +13.20%

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 6 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 February 2017. 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 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 +15 10 £276 +20.10% 6
London +22 7 £293 -
Yorkshire - 1 £260 - 1
Leeds - 1 £260 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £260 - 1
West Midlands - 1 - - 1

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 February 2017, 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 14 (70.00%) UMTS
1 14 (70.00%) Telecoms
1 14 (70.00%) LTE
2 13 (65.00%) GSM
3 10 (50.00%) 3G
4 9 (45.00%) Network Design
5 8 (40.00%) Huawei
5 8 (40.00%) GGSN
5 8 (40.00%) Network Management
5 8 (40.00%) Capacity Management
6 7 (35.00%) 2G
6 7 (35.00%) Back Office
6 7 (35.00%) VoIP
6 7 (35.00%) Configuration Management
6 7 (35.00%) Windows
7 6 (30.00%) SNMP
7 6 (30.00%) TCP/IP
7 6 (30.00%) DNS
7 6 (30.00%) SMTP
7 6 (30.00%) DHCP
7 6 (30.00%) Validation
7 6 (30.00%) Problem Management
7 6 (30.00%) Fault Management
7 6 (30.00%) Front Office
7 6 (30.00%) Statistics
7 6 (30.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 6 (30.00%) 4G
7 6 (30.00%) Functional Testing
7 6 (30.00%) People Management
7 6 (30.00%) Diameter Protocol

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 1 (5.00%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (10.00%) MS Office
2 1 (5.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.00%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 14 (70.00%) LTE
1 14 (70.00%) UMTS
2 13 (65.00%) GSM
3 10 (50.00%) 3G
4 8 (40.00%) GGSN
5 7 (35.00%) 2G
5 7 (35.00%) VoIP
6 6 (30.00%) 4G
6 6 (30.00%) DHCP
6 6 (30.00%) Diameter Protocol
6 6 (30.00%) DNS
6 6 (30.00%) SMTP
6 6 (30.00%) SNMP
6 6 (30.00%) TCP/IP
7 4 (20.00%) HSPA
7 4 (20.00%) VoLTE
7 4 (20.00%) WCDMA
8 2 (10.00%) ATM
8 2 (10.00%) MPLS
8 2 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.00%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 1 (5.00%) JIRA
1 1 (5.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (70.00%) Telecoms
2 7 (35.00%) Back Office
3 6 (30.00%) Front Office
4 1 (5.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (30.00%) Back Office Engineer
2 5 (25.00%) Optimisation Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) Radio Engineer
4 2 (10.00%) Consultant
4 2 (10.00%) Network Consultant
4 2 (10.00%) Network Design Consultant
4 2 (10.00%) Network Optimisation Consultant
4 2 (10.00%) RAN Engineer
4 2 (10.00%) Senior RAN Engineer
4 2 (10.00%) Test Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Core Network Designer
5 1 (5.00%) Designer
5 1 (5.00%) Digital Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Field Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Field Test Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Mobile Designer
5 1 (5.00%) Network Designer
5 1 (5.00%) Test Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (10.00%) WAP
2 1 (5.00%) iOS SDK
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.00%) Handset
2 1 (5.00%) Driving Licence
2 1 (5.00%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (5.00%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 7 (35.00%) Windows
2 1 (5.00%) Android
2 1 (5.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.00%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (45.00%) Network Design
2 8 (40.00%) Capacity Management
2 8 (40.00%) Network Management
3 7 (35.00%) Configuration Management
4 6 (30.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 6 (30.00%) Fault Management
4 6 (30.00%) Functional Testing
4 6 (30.00%) Kalman Filter
4 6 (30.00%) People Management
4 6 (30.00%) Problem Management
4 6 (30.00%) Statistics
4 6 (30.00%) Validation
5 3 (15.00%) Network Architecture
6 2 (10.00%) Network Optimisation
6 2 (10.00%) Performance Management
6 2 (10.00%) Performance Optimisation
6 2 (10.00%) Presales
6 2 (10.00%) Radio Network Optimisation
6 2 (10.00%) Resource Management
7 1 (5.00%) Cross-Browser Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (10.00%) Java
1 2 (10.00%) SQL
2 1 (5.00%) C++
Qualifications
1 4 (20.00%) Degree
2 1 (5.00%) CCIE
2 1 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.00%) QA
1 2 (10.00%) SLA
Vendors
1 8 (40.00%) Huawei
2 4 (20.00%) Nokia Networks
3 3 (15.00%) Ericsson
3 3 (15.00%) Mapinfo
4 2 (10.00%) BT
4 2 (10.00%) Remedy
5 1 (5.00%) Greenplum
5 1 (5.00%) HP
5 1 (5.00%) Nokia