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 29 September 2016 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
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 646 609 570
Rank change year-on-year
-37 -39
Contract jobs citing GPRS 7 54 69
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.013% 0.093% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.085% 0.68% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 11 20
Median daily rate £350 £313 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £275 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £475 £388
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £313 £313
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 4
Median hourly rate £13.25 £14.00 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.35% -68.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.65 £13.00 £31.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.85 £14.00 £48.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £13.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -71.11%

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
8274 7955 8575
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.50% 13.72% 14.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 5051 4583 4747
Median daily rate £400 £380 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £231 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £360 £344
% change year-on-year
+1.38% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 543 484
Median hourly rate £27.50 £20.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.14% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £21.01 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+38.06% -6.64%

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
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 29 September 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 9 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 29 September 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -24 7 £350 +9.80% 3
South East +1 4 £250 -21.56% 1
Surrey +11 3 £250 -
London -11 3 £450 +14.64% 1
Guildford +2 2 £250 -
Reading +21 1 - -
Berkshire -17 1 - - 1
Staines - 1 - -
Hillingdon - 1 - -

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 September 2016, 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 10 (76.92%) UMTS
2 9 (69.23%) Telecoms
3 8 (61.54%) GSM
4 5 (38.46%) LTE
5 4 (30.77%) WCDMA
5 4 (30.77%) 3G
6 3 (23.08%) MPLS
6 3 (23.08%) Wireless
6 3 (23.08%) Unix
6 3 (23.08%) Windows
6 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
7 2 (15.38%) 2G
7 2 (15.38%) Network Design
7 2 (15.38%) SGSN
7 2 (15.38%) ZigBee
7 2 (15.38%) 4G
7 2 (15.38%) Handset
7 2 (15.38%) Degree
7 2 (15.38%) Presales
7 2 (15.38%) Performance Optimisation
7 2 (15.38%) ATM
7 2 (15.38%) CDMA
7 2 (15.38%) WAP
7 2 (15.38%) Sybase
7 2 (15.38%) MS Office
7 2 (15.38%) Java
7 2 (15.38%) Linux
7 2 (15.38%) BT
7 2 (15.38%) SLA
7 2 (15.38%) Firewall

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:

Applications
1 2 (15.38%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 10 (76.92%) UMTS
2 8 (61.54%) GSM
3 5 (38.46%) LTE
4 4 (30.77%) 3G
4 4 (30.77%) WCDMA
5 3 (23.08%) MPLS
5 3 (23.08%) Wireless
6 2 (15.38%) 2G
6 2 (15.38%) 4G
6 2 (15.38%) ATM
6 2 (15.38%) CDMA
6 2 (15.38%) Firewall
6 2 (15.38%) SGSN
6 2 (15.38%) SS7
6 2 (15.38%) ZigBee
7 1 (7.69%) Bluetooth
7 1 (7.69%) DHCP
7 1 (7.69%) Ethernet
7 1 (7.69%) PPP
7 1 (7.69%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (7.69%) JIRA
1 1 (7.69%) LabVIEW
General
1 9 (69.23%) Telecoms
2 1 (7.69%) Billing
2 1 (7.69%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 3 (23.08%) Test Engineer
2 2 (15.38%) Consultant
2 2 (15.38%) Network Consultant
2 2 (15.38%) Network Design Consultant
2 2 (15.38%) Network Engineer
2 2 (15.38%) Network Optimisation Consultant
3 1 (7.69%) Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Core Network Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Field Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Field Test Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Network Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Operations Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Radio Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Radio Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Smart Metering Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Test Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) VoLTE Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (15.38%) WAP
2 1 (7.69%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Handset
2 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.69%) Driving Licence
2 1 (7.69%) Smart Energy
2 1 (7.69%) Smart Meter
2 1 (7.69%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 3 (23.08%) Unix
1 3 (23.08%) Windows
2 2 (15.38%) Linux
3 1 (7.69%) Mandriva Linux
3 1 (7.69%) Solaris
3 1 (7.69%) Ubuntu
3 1 (7.69%) Windows 2000
3 1 (7.69%) Windows NT
3 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
3 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (7.69%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (15.38%) Network Design
1 2 (15.38%) Performance Optimisation
1 2 (15.38%) Presales
2 1 (7.69%) Business Development
2 1 (7.69%) Case Management
2 1 (7.69%) Data Protection
2 1 (7.69%) Fault Management
2 1 (7.69%) Incident Management
2 1 (7.69%) Network Planning
2 1 (7.69%) Performance Management
2 1 (7.69%) Requirements Management
2 1 (7.69%) Software Engineering
2 1 (7.69%) Software Testing
2 1 (7.69%) Stakeholder Engagement
2 1 (7.69%) Stress Testing
2 1 (7.69%) System Testing
2 1 (7.69%) Test Automation
2 1 (7.69%) Test Scripting
2 1 (7.69%) V-Model
2 1 (7.69%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) C
2 1 (7.69%) C++
2 1 (7.69%) Embedded C
2 1 (7.69%) Embedded C++
2 1 (7.69%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) Degree
2 1 (7.69%) ISTQB
2 1 (7.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) QA
1 2 (15.38%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (7.69%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) Cacti
1 1 (7.69%) Cisco CME
1 1 (7.69%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (7.69%) Cisco Prime
1 1 (7.69%) FortiGate
1 1 (7.69%) NSN NetAct
1 1 (7.69%) SolarWinds Orion
1 1 (7.69%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
2 2 (15.38%) BT
2 2 (15.38%) Sybase
3 1 (7.69%) CheckPoint
3 1 (7.69%) Cisco
3 1 (7.69%) Juniper
3 1 (7.69%) Nokia
3 1 (7.69%) Oracle
3 1 (7.69%) SolarWinds