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 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 595 563 552
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -11
Contract jobs citing GPRS 24 38 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.047% 0.075% 0.056%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.32% 0.51% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 21 5
Average daily rate £325 £325 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -20.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £275 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £425 £494
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £410
% change year-on-year
- -20.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 3
Average hourly rate £42.50 £28.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+49.12% +103.57%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
- +13.33%

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
7518 7523 6488
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.62% 14.85% 13.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4420 4209 3417
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £215 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 349 426 385
Average hourly rate £27.66 £23.75 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.46% +21.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £40.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

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 5 February 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
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 5 February 2016.

GPRS Hourly Rate Histogram 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 5 February 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 -18 19 £325 - 10
London -4 7 - - 2
South East -11 6 £325 +13.04% 6
Berkshire -3 4 £325 +14.53% 2
Cambridgeshire +6 2 £325 -
East of England -2 2 £325 - 1
Surrey -6 2 - - 1
Huntingdon - 2 £325 -
Guildford - 2 - - 1
Slough +10 1 £325 -
Newbury +6 1 £225 -21.39%
Reading -12 1 - -
Bolton - 1 £130 -
Manchester - 1 £130 -
North West - 1 £130 - 1

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 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 50 (74.63%) UMTS
2 49 (73.13%) Telecoms
3 48 (71.64%) GSM
4 31 (46.27%) SS7
5 30 (44.78%) Diameter Protocol
6 29 (43.28%) WCDMA
7 27 (40.30%) SLA
7 27 (40.30%) Unix
8 23 (34.33%) Solaris
9 21 (31.34%) LTE
10 18 (26.87%) CDMA
11 16 (23.88%) Degree
11 16 (23.88%) GGSN
12 15 (22.39%) Oracle Database
12 15 (22.39%) Oracle
12 15 (22.39%) Sybase
13 14 (20.90%) VoIP
13 14 (20.90%) 3G
13 14 (20.90%) Computer Science
14 12 (17.91%) NGN
14 12 (17.91%) MGCP
14 12 (17.91%) H.323
14 12 (17.91%) Handset
15 8 (11.94%) SGSN
15 8 (11.94%) Network Architecture
16 7 (10.45%) 4G
16 7 (10.45%) QA
16 7 (10.45%) HSPA
16 7 (10.45%) Huawei
16 7 (10.45%) MPLS

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 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 5 (7.46%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1 (1.49%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.49%) MS Office
1 1 (1.49%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.49%) Minerva
Communications & Networking
1 50 (74.63%) UMTS
2 48 (71.64%) GSM
3 31 (46.27%) SS7
4 30 (44.78%) Diameter Protocol
5 29 (43.28%) WCDMA
6 21 (31.34%) LTE
7 18 (26.87%) CDMA
8 16 (23.88%) GGSN
9 14 (20.90%) 3G
9 14 (20.90%) VoIP
10 12 (17.91%) H.323
10 12 (17.91%) MGCP
10 12 (17.91%) NGN
11 8 (11.94%) SGSN
12 7 (10.45%) 4G
12 7 (10.45%) HSPA
12 7 (10.45%) MPLS
13 6 (8.96%) Wireless
14 5 (7.46%) 2G
14 5 (7.46%) TCAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (22.39%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.99%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (1.49%) MS Access
3 1 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (2.99%) Subversion
1 2 (2.99%) Trac
2 1 (1.49%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 49 (73.13%) Telecoms
2 6 (8.96%) Back Office
3 1 (1.49%) Electronics
3 1 (1.49%) Finance
3 1 (1.49%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 25 (37.31%) Support Engineer
2 24 (35.82%) Core Network Engineer
2 24 (35.82%) Network Engineer
3 22 (32.84%) Network Support
3 22 (32.84%) Network Support Engineer
4 8 (11.94%) Test Engineer
5 6 (8.96%) Architect
5 6 (8.96%) Field Engineer
6 5 (7.46%) C++ Software Engineer
6 5 (7.46%) Field Test Engineer
6 5 (7.46%) Software Engineer
7 3 (4.48%) C Software Engineer
7 3 (4.48%) C/C++ Software Engineer
7 3 (4.48%) OSS Architect
7 3 (4.48%) OSS Solutions Architect
7 3 (4.48%) Senior C Software Engineer
7 3 (4.48%) Senior C++ Software Engineer
7 3 (4.48%) Senior Software Engineer
7 3 (4.48%) Senior Test Engineer
7 3 (4.48%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.96%) WAP
2 2 (2.99%) Boost C++ Libraries
2 2 (2.99%) STL
3 1 (1.49%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 14 (20.90%) Computer Science
2 12 (17.91%) Handset
3 5 (7.46%) Driving Licence
4 3 (4.48%) Embedded Systems
5 2 (2.99%) Smart Meter
6 1 (1.49%) Statistics
6 1 (1.49%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 27 (40.30%) Unix
2 23 (34.33%) Solaris
3 5 (7.46%) Linux
4 3 (4.48%) Embedded Linux
5 1 (1.49%) Android
5 1 (1.49%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (11.94%) Network Architecture
2 5 (7.46%) Software Engineering
3 4 (5.97%) Fault Management
3 4 (5.97%) Network Design
4 3 (4.48%) Benchmarking
4 3 (4.48%) Defect Management
4 3 (4.48%) Network Management
4 3 (4.48%) Project Management
4 3 (4.48%) SDLC
4 3 (4.48%) Software Architecture
4 3 (4.48%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (2.99%) Capacity Management
5 2 (2.99%) Configuration Management
5 2 (2.99%) Enterprise Architecture
5 2 (2.99%) Performance Management
5 2 (2.99%) PRINCE2
5 2 (2.99%) Problem Management
5 2 (2.99%) Requirements Analysis
5 2 (2.99%) SOA
5 2 (2.99%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 6 (8.96%) Java
2 5 (7.46%) C
2 5 (7.46%) C++
3 4 (5.97%) Perl
4 3 (4.48%) Embedded C++
5 1 (1.49%) Embedded C
5 1 (1.49%) MapBasic
5 1 (1.49%) SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (23.88%) Degree
2 2 (2.99%) PMI Certification
2 2 (2.99%) PMP
3 1 (1.49%) CCIE
3 1 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (40.30%) SLA
2 7 (10.45%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.99%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (5.97%) HP Quality Center
1 4 (5.97%) Netcool
1 4 (5.97%) Netcool/OMNIbus
2 3 (4.48%) Iperf
3 1 (1.49%) NSN NetAct
3 1 (1.49%) OPNET
3 1 (1.49%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 15 (22.39%) Oracle
1 15 (22.39%) Sybase
2 7 (10.45%) Huawei
3 5 (7.46%) BT
3 5 (7.46%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 3 (4.48%) CA
4 3 (4.48%) HP
4 3 (4.48%) Infovista
4 3 (4.48%) Nokia
5 1 (1.49%) Apple
5 1 (1.49%) Atmel
5 1 (1.49%) Cerion
5 1 (1.49%) Ericsson
5 1 (1.49%) Greenplum
5 1 (1.49%) Mapinfo
5 1 (1.49%) NetCracker
5 1 (1.49%) Nortel
5 1 (1.49%) Talend
Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £250 - £260 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South West London
Reed Technology
Rate: £186 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford
Spectrum IT
Rate: £29000 - £39000 per annum + 9mth FTC
Posted: 17 days ago
Guildford
Spectrum IT
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: 25 days ago