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 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 587 556 513
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -43
Contract jobs citing GPRS 33 55 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.058% 0.10% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.42% 0.72% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 13 14
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£250 £263 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £216 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £370 £359
UK excluding London average daily rate £250 £263 £300
% change year-on-year
-4.76% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 15
Average hourly rate £14.00 £47.50 £35.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-70.52% +33.80%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.80 £47.50 £35.50
% change year-on-year
-26.73% +33.80%

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
7831 7646 6987
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.77% 13.99% 13.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4478 4078 3617
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £336 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.27% +4.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 477 416 465
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+8.81% -21.56%

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015.

GPRS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

GPRS
Top 21 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 31 July 2015. 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 -37 31 £225 -14.28% 5
South East -17 21 £250 -1.96%
Berkshire +2 20 £225 +2.27%
Newbury +14 16 £310 +244.44%
Slough -6 4 £225 -4.25%
West Midlands - 3 - - 2
London -2 2 - - 1
East of England -8 1 - - 1
Hertfordshire -8 1 - -
Fife - 1 - -
Scotland - 1 - -
Bury - 1 £150 -
Leeds - 1 - - 1
West Yorkshire - 1 - - 1
Northamptonshire - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £150 -
Home Counties - 1 £275 -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - - 1
East Midlands - 1 - -
North West - 1 £150 -

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 83 (83.84%) GSM
2 69 (69.70%) UMTS
3 60 (60.61%) Telecoms
4 59 (59.60%) LTE
5 50 (50.51%) 3G
6 38 (38.38%) 2G
7 37 (37.37%) HSPA
8 35 (35.35%) Radio Access Network
9 33 (33.33%) 4G
10 29 (29.29%) Ericsson
11 25 (25.25%) Wireless
11 25 (25.25%) VoLTE
12 24 (24.24%) Huawei
13 23 (23.23%) SLA
14 19 (19.19%) Amdocs
14 19 (19.19%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
15 17 (17.17%) HP Quality Center
15 17 (17.17%) HP
15 17 (17.17%) C
16 16 (16.16%) Wi-Fi
16 16 (16.16%) Requirements Analysis
16 16 (16.16%) Network Planning
16 16 (16.16%) Network Architecture
17 15 (15.15%) Fault Management
17 15 (15.15%) Change Management
18 14 (14.14%) CDMA2000
18 14 (14.14%) MPLS
18 14 (14.14%) DSL
18 14 (14.14%) SDH
18 14 (14.14%) WiMAX

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 10 (10.10%) MS Excel
2 7 (7.07%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (4.04%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 83 (83.84%) GSM
2 69 (69.70%) UMTS
3 59 (59.60%) LTE
4 50 (50.51%) 3G
5 38 (38.38%) 2G
6 37 (37.37%) HSPA
7 35 (35.35%) Radio Access Network
8 33 (33.33%) 4G
9 25 (25.25%) VoLTE
9 25 (25.25%) Wireless
10 16 (16.16%) Wi-Fi
11 14 (14.14%) WiMAX
11 14 (14.14%) GPON
11 14 (14.14%) DSL
11 14 (14.14%) CDMA2000
11 14 (14.14%) MPLS
11 14 (14.14%) SDH
12 13 (13.13%) WCDMA
12 13 (13.13%) Wireshark
13 12 (12.12%) RNC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.05%) MS Access
1 5 (5.05%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (1.01%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.01%) Visual Studio
General
1 60 (60.61%) Telecoms
2 6 (6.06%) Back Office
3 2 (2.02%) Electronics
3 2 (2.02%) Finance
4 1 (1.01%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.01%) Multimedia
4 1 (1.01%) Billing
4 1 (1.01%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 16 (16.16%) Tester
2 15 (15.15%) Technical Tester
3 12 (12.12%) Analyst
4 11 (11.11%) RAN Engineer
5 10 (10.10%) Performance Engineer
6 9 (9.09%) Support Engineer
7 8 (8.08%) RAN Performance Engineer
8 7 (7.07%) Support Analyst
8 7 (7.07%) Test Engineer
9 6 (6.06%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (6.06%) Software Engineer
9 6 (6.06%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 5 (5.05%) Field Engineer
11 4 (4.04%) Embedded Software Engineer
11 4 (4.04%) Radio Engineer
11 4 (4.04%) CS Core Engineer
12 2 (2.02%) Senior RAN Engineer
12 2 (2.02%) Embedded C Engineer
12 2 (2.02%) C Software Engineer
12 2 (2.02%) Senior Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.04%) SOAP
2 2 (2.02%) 802.1X
2 2 (2.02%) WAP
3 1 (1.01%) WinForms
3 1 (1.01%) WPF
3 1 (1.01%) Silverlight
3 1 (1.01%) REST
3 1 (1.01%) ServiceStack
3 1 (1.01%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (1.01%) .NET
3 1 (1.01%) Web Services
3 1 (1.01%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.04%) Handset
1 4 (4.04%) Statistics
1 4 (4.04%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.02%) Smart Meter
2 2 (2.02%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (1.01%) Machine to Machine
3 1 (1.01%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.01%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 8 (8.08%) Linux
2 6 (6.06%) UNIX
2 6 (6.06%) Solaris
3 2 (2.02%) Windows
3 2 (2.02%) Embedded Linux
4 1 (1.01%) Android
4 1 (1.01%) Windows Phone 7
4 1 (1.01%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.01%) Windows Phone
4 1 (1.01%) Windows 2000
4 1 (1.01%) Windows NT
4 1 (1.01%) Windows CE
4 1 (1.01%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (16.16%) Network Planning
1 16 (16.16%) Requirements Analysis
1 16 (16.16%) Network Architecture
2 15 (15.15%) Fault Management
2 15 (15.15%) Change Management
3 13 (13.13%) Performance Management
4 11 (11.11%) Test Planning
4 11 (11.11%) Validation
4 11 (11.11%) Test Management
4 11 (11.11%) Resource Management
4 11 (11.11%) Network Design
5 10 (10.10%) Configuration Management
6 9 (9.09%) Incident Management
6 9 (9.09%) Test Automation
7 8 (8.08%) Test Scripting
8 7 (7.07%) Software Engineering
9 6 (6.06%) Software Testing
10 5 (5.05%) Service Delivery
10 5 (5.05%) Network Management
10 5 (5.05%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (17.17%) C
2 6 (6.06%) C++
2 6 (6.06%) Embedded C++
3 5 (5.05%) Embedded C
3 5 (5.05%) SQL
4 4 (4.04%) VBA
4 4 (4.04%) Python
5 2 (2.02%) Java
5 2 (2.02%) C#
Qualifications
1 9 (9.09%) Degree
2 6 (6.06%) ISEB
3 1 (1.01%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.01%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (23.23%) SLA
2 3 (3.03%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.02%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (17.17%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (5.05%) Netcool
3 3 (3.03%) NSN NetAct
4 1 (1.01%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 29 (29.29%) Ericsson
2 24 (24.24%) Huawei
3 19 (19.19%) Amdocs
3 19 (19.19%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 17 (17.17%) HP
5 11 (11.11%) Mapinfo
6 10 (10.10%) Nortel
7 6 (6.06%) Microsoft
8 5 (5.05%) Actix
9 3 (3.03%) Nokia
10 2 (2.02%) BT
11 1 (1.01%) Juniper
11 1 (1.01%) Apple
11 1 (1.01%) CheckPoint
11 1 (1.01%) EMC
11 1 (1.01%) Sybase
11 1 (1.01%) Cisco
11 1 (1.01%) IBM
11 1 (1.01%) Twitter