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 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 632 565 579
Rank change year-on-year
-67 +14
Contract jobs citing GPRS 26 66 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.047% 0.12% 0.071%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.30% 0.80% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 41 16
Average daily rate £230 £260 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.53% -16.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £144 £123 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £297 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £230 £260 £263
% change year-on-year
-11.53% -0.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Average hourly rate - £76.25 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +444.64%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £76.25 -

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
8550 8291 7322
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.30% 14.85% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5171 4513 3872
Average daily rate £388 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.05% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 357 459 407
Average hourly rate £28.00 £28.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.21
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year
- +46.34%

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 30 April 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 15 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 30 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -68 25 £230 -11.53% 2
South East -30 17 £230 -19.29% 1
M4 Corridor - 8 £230 -
Berkshire -11 7 £255 -10.52% 1
London -3 4 £305 -
Reading -18 2 - - 1
Buckinghamshire +12 1 - -
West Midlands -11 1 - -
North West -12 1 £130 -50.00% 1
Yorkshire -14 1 £130 +6.12%
West Yorkshire -15 1 £130 +6.12%
Leeds -20 1 £130 +6.12%
Manchester - 1 £130 -
Hampshire - 1 - -
Bolton - 1 £130 -

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 45 (91.84%) UMTS
2 35 (71.43%) Telecoms
3 34 (69.39%) GSM
4 32 (65.31%) SS7
5 31 (63.27%) Diameter Protocol
6 30 (61.22%) Unix
7 29 (59.18%) WCDMA
8 28 (57.14%) Solaris
9 26 (53.06%) Sybase
10 25 (51.02%) Oracle
10 25 (51.02%) Oracle Database
11 23 (46.94%) SLA
12 20 (40.82%) CDMA
13 15 (30.61%) GGSN
13 15 (30.61%) Degree
14 13 (26.53%) NGN
14 13 (26.53%) MGCP
14 13 (26.53%) H.323
14 13 (26.53%) VoIP
15 12 (24.49%) SGSN
15 12 (24.49%) Computer Science
16 10 (20.41%) LTE
17 9 (18.37%) Huawei
17 9 (18.37%) 3G
18 8 (16.33%) Network Architecture
19 6 (12.24%) 4G
19 6 (12.24%) Radio Access Network
19 6 (12.24%) 2G
19 6 (12.24%) SharePoint Server
20 4 (8.16%) Wi-Fi

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 6 (12.24%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (2.04%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (2.04%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.04%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.04%) Traffica
Communications & Networking
1 45 (91.84%) UMTS
2 34 (69.39%) GSM
3 32 (65.31%) SS7
4 31 (63.27%) Diameter Protocol
5 29 (59.18%) WCDMA
6 20 (40.82%) CDMA
7 15 (30.61%) GGSN
8 13 (26.53%) H.323
8 13 (26.53%) MGCP
8 13 (26.53%) NGN
8 13 (26.53%) VoIP
9 12 (24.49%) SGSN
10 10 (20.41%) LTE
11 9 (18.37%) 3G
12 6 (12.24%) 2G
12 6 (12.24%) 4G
12 6 (12.24%) Radio Access Network
13 4 (8.16%) ISUP
13 4 (8.16%) TCAP
13 4 (8.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (51.02%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.04%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 2 (4.08%) JIRA
1 2 (4.08%) Subversion
1 2 (4.08%) Trac
2 1 (2.04%) LabVIEW
General
1 35 (71.43%) Telecoms
2 4 (8.16%) Back Office
3 1 (2.04%) Finance
Job Titles
1 28 (57.14%) Core Network Engineer
1 28 (57.14%) Network Engineer
2 25 (51.02%) Support Engineer
3 23 (46.94%) Network Support
3 23 (46.94%) Network Support Engineer
4 12 (24.49%) Technical Engineer
4 12 (24.49%) Technical Support
4 12 (24.49%) Technical Support Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) C++ Software Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Consultant
5 2 (4.08%) GSM Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) IP Consultant
5 2 (4.08%) LTE Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Network Manager
5 2 (4.08%) Software Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Test Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) UMTS Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) UMTS Software Engineer
6 1 (2.04%) Field Test Engineer
6 1 (2.04%) Network Performance Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.08%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 2 (4.08%) STL
2 1 (2.04%) iOS SDK
2 1 (2.04%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (24.49%) Computer Science
2 2 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.08%) Smart Meter
3 1 (2.04%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.04%) Handset
3 1 (2.04%) Smart Energy
3 1 (2.04%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 30 (61.22%) Unix
2 28 (57.14%) Solaris
3 3 (6.12%) Linux
3 3 (6.12%) Windows
4 1 (2.04%) Android
4 1 (2.04%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.04%) Windows 2000
4 1 (2.04%) Windows NT
4 1 (2.04%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (16.33%) Network Architecture
2 3 (6.12%) Fault Management
3 2 (4.08%) Cross-Platform Development
3 2 (4.08%) Incident Management
3 2 (4.08%) Network Design
3 2 (4.08%) OO
3 2 (4.08%) Performance Management
3 2 (4.08%) Requirements Analysis
3 2 (4.08%) Software Engineering
3 2 (4.08%) Software Testing
3 2 (4.08%) Waterfall
4 1 (2.04%) Automation Testing
4 1 (2.04%) Capacity Management
4 1 (2.04%) Case Management
4 1 (2.04%) Cross-Browser Testing
4 1 (2.04%) Network Monitoring
4 1 (2.04%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (2.04%) Process Improvement
4 1 (2.04%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 1 (2.04%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.12%) C++
2 2 (4.08%) SQL
3 1 (2.04%) C
3 1 (2.04%) Embedded C
3 1 (2.04%) Embedded C++
3 1 (2.04%) Java
Qualifications
1 15 (30.61%) Degree
2 2 (4.08%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.04%) CCIE
3 1 (2.04%) CCNA
3 1 (2.04%) CCNP
3 1 (2.04%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.04%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (46.94%) SLA
2 1 (2.04%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.04%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (4.08%) Netcool
1 2 (4.08%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (2.04%) CiscoWorks
2 1 (2.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 26 (53.06%) Sybase
2 25 (51.02%) Oracle
3 9 (18.37%) Huawei
4 4 (8.16%) Nokia Networks
5 3 (6.12%) Nokia
6 2 (4.08%) HP
6 2 (4.08%) Microsoft
7 1 (2.04%) Amdocs
7 1 (2.04%) BT
7 1 (2.04%) Cisco
7 1 (2.04%) Mapinfo
7 1 (2.04%) SolarWinds