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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 579 543 521
Rank change year-on-year
-36 -22
Contract jobs citing GPRS 52 69 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.088% 0.12% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.63% 0.84% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 17 14
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£275 £313 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% +19.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £147 £218 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £396 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £313 £210
% change year-on-year
-12.00% +48.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 18
Average hourly rate £14.00 £44.00 £35.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-68.18% +23.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £31.10 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.32 £48.50 £36.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £45.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year
-71.11% +26.76%

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
8211 8177 7143
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.82% 14.69% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4684 4427 3853
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 £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £517 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 532 442 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £21.75 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.03% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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 -38 47 £250 -20.00% 11
South East -35 31 £293 -6.02% 3
Berkshire +5 28 £293 +23.15% 1
Newbury +6 17 £310 +244.44%
Slough -1 8 £225 -4.25%
London +7 7 - - 3
West Midlands - 5 £135 - 1
Middlesex +5 2 - -
Hammersmith -3 2 - - 2
Reading -16 2 £450 +9.09% 1
Guildford -2 1 - -
Surrey -4 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - -
North West - 1 £150 - 2
Fife - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 £135 -
Bury - 1 £150 -
Manchester - 1 £150 - 1
Scotland - 1 - -

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 67 (79.76%) GSM
2 60 (71.43%) UMTS
3 54 (64.29%) Telecoms
4 40 (47.62%) LTE
5 34 (40.48%) 3G
6 25 (29.76%) SLA
7 21 (25.00%) 2G
8 20 (23.81%) HSPA
8 20 (23.81%) VoLTE
9 17 (20.24%) HP Quality Center
10 16 (19.05%) 4G
10 16 (19.05%) Diameter Protocol
10 16 (19.05%) Wireshark
11 15 (17.86%) HP
11 15 (17.86%) Requirements Analysis
12 14 (16.67%) Network Architecture
12 14 (16.67%) WCDMA
12 14 (16.67%) Amdocs
12 14 (16.67%) Wireless
13 13 (15.48%) UNIX
13 13 (15.48%) SS7
14 12 (14.29%) Ericsson
14 12 (14.29%) Handset
14 12 (14.29%) Huawei
14 12 (14.29%) Radio Access Network
14 12 (14.29%) GGSN
15 11 (13.10%) Fault Management
15 11 (13.10%) Test Management
15 11 (13.10%) Test Planning
15 11 (13.10%) RNC

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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.

Application Platforms
1 3 (3.57%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 5 (5.95%) MS Office
1 5 (5.95%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.19%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.19%) Metrica
Communications & Networking
1 67 (79.76%) GSM
2 60 (71.43%) UMTS
3 40 (47.62%) LTE
4 34 (40.48%) 3G
5 21 (25.00%) 2G
6 20 (23.81%) VoLTE
6 20 (23.81%) HSPA
7 16 (19.05%) Wireshark
7 16 (19.05%) Diameter Protocol
7 16 (19.05%) 4G
8 14 (16.67%) Wireless
8 14 (16.67%) WCDMA
9 13 (15.48%) SS7
10 12 (14.29%) Radio Access Network
10 12 (14.29%) GGSN
11 11 (13.10%) RNC
12 10 (11.90%) SGSN
13 9 (10.71%) HSDPA
13 9 (10.71%) ISUP
14 8 (9.52%) CDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.95%) Oracle Database
2 3 (3.57%) MS Access
3 1 (1.19%) BusinessObjects
General
1 54 (64.29%) Telecoms
2 7 (8.33%) Back Office
3 3 (3.57%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 16 (19.05%) Tester
2 15 (17.86%) Technical Tester
3 13 (15.48%) Support Engineer
4 10 (11.90%) Test Engineer
5 9 (10.71%) Analyst
6 7 (8.33%) Field Engineer
7 6 (7.14%) Network Engineer
7 6 (7.14%) Software Engineer
7 6 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support
7 6 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 5 (5.95%) Core Network Engineer
9 4 (4.76%) RAN Engineer
9 4 (4.76%) Senior Software Engineer
9 4 (4.76%) Senior Test Engineer
9 4 (4.76%) Support Analyst
10 3 (3.57%) Test Analyst
10 3 (3.57%) Network Support Engineer
10 3 (3.57%) Network Support
10 3 (3.57%) CS Core Engineer
10 3 (3.57%) Radio Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.14%) WAP
2 3 (3.57%) 802.1X
2 3 (3.57%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.29%) Handset
2 5 (5.95%) Computer Science
3 4 (4.76%) Embedded Systems
4 3 (3.57%) Smart Meter
5 2 (2.38%) Statistics
5 2 (2.38%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.19%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 13 (15.48%) UNIX
2 11 (13.10%) Solaris
3 9 (10.71%) Linux
4 4 (4.76%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (17.86%) Requirements Analysis
2 14 (16.67%) Network Architecture
3 11 (13.10%) Test Management
3 11 (13.10%) Fault Management
3 11 (13.10%) Validation
3 11 (13.10%) Test Planning
4 10 (11.90%) Change Management
5 9 (10.71%) Test Automation
6 7 (8.33%) Software Engineering
6 7 (8.33%) Test Scripting
7 4 (4.76%) Software Architecture
7 4 (4.76%) Software Testing
7 4 (4.76%) Incident Management
7 4 (4.76%) Network Planning
8 3 (3.57%) Network Design
8 3 (3.57%) Supplier Management
8 3 (3.57%) Information Security
8 3 (3.57%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (3.57%) TDD
8 3 (3.57%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 9 (10.71%) C
2 6 (7.14%) C++
2 6 (7.14%) Java
2 6 (7.14%) Embedded C++
3 3 (3.57%) SQL
3 3 (3.57%) Python
3 3 (3.57%) Embedded C
4 2 (2.38%) VBA
4 2 (2.38%) Perl
5 1 (1.19%) MapBasic
Qualifications
1 10 (11.90%) Degree
2 4 (4.76%) ISEB
3 1 (1.19%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.19%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (29.76%) SLA
2 7 (8.33%) QA
System Software
1 3 (3.57%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (20.24%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (7.14%) Netcool
3 3 (3.57%) NSN NetAct
3 3 (3.57%) Iperf
4 2 (2.38%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 1 (1.19%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 15 (17.86%) HP
2 14 (16.67%) Amdocs
3 12 (14.29%) Huawei
3 12 (14.29%) Ericsson
4 9 (10.71%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 5 (5.95%) Mapinfo
5 5 (5.95%) Oracle
5 5 (5.95%) Sybase
6 4 (4.76%) Nokia
6 4 (4.76%) BT
7 3 (3.57%) CA
7 3 (3.57%) Nortel
8 2 (2.38%) Microsoft
9 1 (1.19%) CheckPoint
9 1 (1.19%) Juniper
9 1 (1.19%) Cisco
9 1 (1.19%) Infovista
9 1 (1.19%) Twitter
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