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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 537 537 518
Rank change year-on-year
0 -19
Contract jobs citing GPRS 75 49 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.093% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.89% 0.69% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 12 13
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£313 £310 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.80% -11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £150 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £370 £431
UK excluding London average daily rate £311 £163 £333
% change year-on-year
+91.53% -51.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 15 14
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 £22.50 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £36.70 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £35.50 £33.75
% change year-on-year
+26.76% +5.18%

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
8424 7141 8923
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.62% 13.53% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4660 3880 4041
Average daily rate £363 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.69% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 415 683
Average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% +4.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.57 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +20 61 £313 -3.10% 14
South East +27 37 £311 +14.22% 8
Berkshire +25 21 £235 - 4
East of England -13 10 £350 - 4
Slough - 9 £235 - 2
South West -37 8 £260 -
Reading +21 7 £413 -
Hampshire -16 6 £313 +14.67% 1
Hertfordshire -21 5 - - 1
Buckinghamshire - 5 - -
Cambridgeshire - 5 £350 - 3
London +11 2 £350 +7.69%
Newbury 0 2 £163 -
Peterborough - 2 £350 -
Cambridge - 1 £375 - 3
Chesham - 1 - -
Cirencester - - - -
Doncaster - - - -
Exeter - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Horsham - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
Abingdon - - - - 1
Amersham - - - -
County Antrim - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Belfast - - - -
Bicester - - - -
Borehamwood - - - - 1
Bracknell - - - -

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 79 (77.45%) GSM
2 63 (61.76%) Telecoms
3 53 (51.96%) UMTS
4 48 (47.06%) LTE
5 41 (40.20%) 3G
6 38 (37.25%) 4G
7 31 (30.39%) WCDMA
7 31 (30.39%) Degree
8 27 (26.47%) 3GPP
9 24 (23.53%) 2G
10 19 (18.63%) Electronics
11 18 (17.65%) Wireless
11 18 (17.65%) CDMA
12 16 (15.69%) Internet
13 15 (14.71%) SS7
13 15 (14.71%) Cisco
14 13 (12.75%) IPv6
14 13 (12.75%) Project Management
15 12 (11.76%) Huawei
15 12 (11.76%) Resource Management
15 12 (11.76%) SIGTRAN
15 12 (11.76%) HSPA
16 11 (10.78%) Software Engineering
16 11 (10.78%) Firewall
16 11 (10.78%) DNS
16 11 (10.78%) PRINCE2
16 11 (10.78%) Radio Access Network
17 10 (9.80%) SQL
17 10 (9.80%) Integration Acceptance Testing
17 10 (9.80%) INAP

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.98%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 7 (6.86%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.96%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (1.96%) MS Project
3 1 (0.98%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.94%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 79 (77.45%) GSM
2 53 (51.96%) UMTS
3 48 (47.06%) LTE
4 41 (40.20%) 3G
5 38 (37.25%) 4G
6 31 (30.39%) WCDMA
7 27 (26.47%) 3GPP
8 24 (23.53%) 2G
9 18 (17.65%) Wireless
9 18 (17.65%) CDMA
10 16 (15.69%) Internet
11 15 (14.71%) SS7
12 13 (12.75%) IPv6
13 12 (11.76%) SIGTRAN
13 12 (11.76%) HSPA
14 11 (10.78%) Firewall
14 11 (10.78%) DNS
14 11 (10.78%) Radio Access Network
15 10 (9.80%) INAP
16 9 (8.82%) ISUP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.88%) MS Access
2 5 (4.90%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.98%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (1.96%) LabVIEW
General
1 63 (61.76%) Telecoms
2 19 (18.63%) Electronics
3 5 (4.90%) Billing
4 4 (3.92%) Back Office
5 3 (2.94%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.94%) Multimedia
6 2 (1.96%) Finance
6 2 (1.96%) Marketing
7 1 (0.98%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 28 (27.45%) Test Engineer
2 15 (14.71%) Integration Engineer
3 13 (12.75%) Architect
4 7 (6.86%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 7 (6.86%) Systems Architect
5 6 (5.88%) Senior Test Engineer
5 6 (5.88%) OSS Architect
5 6 (5.88%) Solutions Architect
5 6 (5.88%) OSS Solutions Architect
6 5 (4.90%) Analyst
6 5 (4.90%) Senior Integration Engineer
7 4 (3.92%) Technical Specialist
7 4 (3.92%) Network Engineer
7 4 (3.92%) Integration Manager
7 4 (3.92%) Software Engineer
7 4 (3.92%) Back Office Engineer
8 3 (2.94%) Consultant
8 3 (2.94%) Senior Manager
8 3 (2.94%) Developer
8 3 (2.94%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.84%) XML
1 8 (7.84%) WAP
2 5 (4.90%) WML
3 3 (2.94%) .NET
3 3 (2.94%) HTML
3 3 (2.94%) SyncML
4 2 (1.96%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (0.98%) MFC
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.82%) Smart Meter
2 8 (7.84%) Mobile App
3 7 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (3.92%) Statistics
4 4 (3.92%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.94%) Firmware
5 3 (2.94%) Blackberry
5 3 (2.94%) Streaming Video
5 3 (2.94%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.96%) DTV
7 1 (0.98%) User Experience
7 1 (0.98%) Internet of Things
7 1 (0.98%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.98%) PDA
7 1 (0.98%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.98%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 9 (8.82%) Windows
2 8 (7.84%) Android
3 3 (2.94%) Windows Phone
3 3 (2.94%) bada
3 3 (2.94%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.98%) UNIX
4 1 (0.98%) Windows NT
4 1 (0.98%) Linux
4 1 (0.98%) Windows 2000
4 1 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.98%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (0.98%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (12.75%) Project Management
2 12 (11.76%) Resource Management
3 11 (10.78%) Software Engineering
3 11 (10.78%) PRINCE2
4 10 (9.80%) Integration Acceptance Testing
5 8 (7.84%) Network Management
6 7 (6.86%) Requirements Analysis
6 7 (6.86%) Information Management
7 6 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (5.88%) TOGAF
7 6 (5.88%) Validation
7 6 (5.88%) Test Scripting
7 6 (5.88%) SOA
8 5 (4.90%) Performance Analysis
8 5 (4.90%) ITIL
9 4 (3.92%) Risk Assessment
9 4 (3.92%) Problem Management
9 4 (3.92%) Software Testing
9 4 (3.92%) Customer Engagement
9 4 (3.92%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (9.80%) SQL
2 7 (6.86%) C
3 5 (4.90%) Embedded C
4 4 (3.92%) Java
5 3 (2.94%) VBA
5 3 (2.94%) C#
5 3 (2.94%) C++
6 1 (0.98%) Python
6 1 (0.98%) Perl
6 1 (0.98%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 31 (30.39%) Degree
2 10 (9.80%) ISEB
3 7 (6.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (6.86%) PMP
3 7 (6.86%) PMI Certification
3 7 (6.86%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (3.92%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (2.94%) Six Sigma Green Belt
5 3 (2.94%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.94%) Six Sigma Black Belt
5 3 (2.94%) ISEB Practitioner
6 2 (1.96%) CCNA
7 1 (0.98%) CCNP
7 1 (0.98%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.82%) QA
2 2 (1.96%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (0.98%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.98%) Terminal Server
1 1 (0.98%) Terminal Services
1 1 (0.98%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (6.86%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (5.88%) NSN NetAct
2 6 (5.88%) Netcool
3 3 (2.94%) OPNET
4 1 (0.98%) WSUS
4 1 (0.98%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 15 (14.71%) Cisco
2 12 (11.76%) Huawei
3 9 (8.82%) HP
4 8 (7.84%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 6 (5.88%) Agilent
5 6 (5.88%) Greenplum
5 6 (5.88%) Microsoft
6 5 (4.90%) Business Objects
6 5 (4.90%) Oracle
7 4 (3.92%) Cramer
7 4 (3.92%) CheckPoint
7 4 (3.92%) Mapinfo
7 4 (3.92%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 4 (3.92%) Ericsson
8 3 (2.94%) Symbian
8 3 (2.94%) BMC
8 3 (2.94%) Juniper
8 3 (2.94%) Citrix
8 3 (2.94%) Remedy
8 3 (2.94%) NetCracker
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