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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 529 529 490
Rank change year-on-year
0 -39
Contract jobs citing GPRS 70 41 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.079% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.90% 0.61% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 13 9
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£260 £375 £200
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.66% +87.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £192 £114
10% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £525 £363
UK excluding London average daily rate £260 £350 £200
% change year-on-year
-25.71% +75.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 11
Average hourly rate £40.00 £14.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+185.71% -62.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £14.00 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £14.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 - £37.50

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
7789 6720 6936
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.52% 12.95% 15.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 4246 3470 3376
Average daily rate £365 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-0.72% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 411 579
Average hourly rate £27.50 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.50% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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 27 March 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
Top 30 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 27 March 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 +24 68 £260 -30.66% 12
South East -14 32 £285 -30.48% 6
Berkshire +3 28 £285 -30.48% 4
Newbury +7 15 £290 +65.71% 2
Yorkshire - 11 £123 -
North West - 8 £260 - 1
Cheshire - 8 £260 -
Reading 0 5 - - 1
East of England +9 4 - - 2
South West -13 3 - - 2
Buckinghamshire - 3 - -
London -1 2 - -
Bristol -11 1 - - 1
Amersham - 1 - -
Banbury - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - - 1
Bury St Edmunds - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Epsom - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Slough - - - - 1
Uxbridge - - - -
Middlesex - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - - 2
South Yorkshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - - 1
Surrey - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - - 1

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 74 (73.27%) GSM
2 61 (60.40%) Telecoms
3 56 (55.45%) UMTS
3 56 (55.45%) LTE
4 40 (39.60%) 3G
5 38 (37.62%) Radio Access Network
6 35 (34.65%) HSPA
7 34 (33.66%) 2G
8 32 (31.68%) Wireless
8 32 (31.68%) 4G
9 28 (27.72%) Huawei
9 28 (27.72%) Ericsson
10 23 (22.77%) C
11 22 (21.78%) Network Planning
12 19 (18.81%) VoLTE
12 19 (18.81%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 19 (18.81%) MPLS
13 18 (17.82%) DSL
13 18 (17.82%) Wi-Fi
14 17 (16.83%) CDMA2000
14 17 (16.83%) SDH
14 17 (16.83%) GPON
14 17 (16.83%) WiMAX
15 15 (14.85%) SQL
16 14 (13.86%) Service Management
17 13 (12.87%) WCDMA
17 13 (12.87%) Network Design
17 13 (12.87%) Network Architecture
17 13 (12.87%) Performance Management
18 12 (11.88%) Resource Management

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 1 (0.99%) SAS
1 1 (0.99%) CMS
1 1 (0.99%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 11 (10.89%) MS Excel
2 9 (8.91%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.99%) MS Office
3 1 (0.99%) Maya
Communications & Networking
1 74 (73.27%) GSM
2 56 (55.45%) UMTS
2 56 (55.45%) LTE
3 40 (39.60%) 3G
4 38 (37.62%) Radio Access Network
5 35 (34.65%) HSPA
6 34 (33.66%) 2G
7 32 (31.68%) Wireless
7 32 (31.68%) 4G
8 19 (18.81%) VoLTE
8 19 (18.81%) MPLS
9 18 (17.82%) DSL
9 18 (17.82%) Wi-Fi
10 17 (16.83%) CDMA2000
10 17 (16.83%) SDH
10 17 (16.83%) GPON
10 17 (16.83%) WiMAX
11 13 (12.87%) WCDMA
12 10 (9.90%) LAN
12 10 (9.90%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.94%) Oracle Database
2 5 (4.95%) MS Access
3 1 (0.99%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (0.99%) Visual Studio
General
1 61 (60.40%) Telecoms
2 8 (7.92%) Electronics
3 5 (4.95%) Back Office
4 3 (2.97%) Finance
4 3 (2.97%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.99%) Publishing
5 1 (0.99%) Marketing
5 1 (0.99%) Multimedia
5 1 (0.99%) Billing
5 1 (0.99%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (12.87%) Analyst
2 10 (9.90%) Performance Engineer
3 9 (8.91%) RAN Engineer
4 8 (7.92%) RAN Performance Engineer
5 7 (6.93%) Tester
5 7 (6.93%) Test Engineer
6 5 (4.95%) Support Analyst
6 5 (4.95%) Support Engineer
6 5 (4.95%) Technical Tester
7 4 (3.96%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 4 (3.96%) Technical Manager
7 4 (3.96%) Software Engineer
7 4 (3.96%) Business Analyst
8 3 (2.97%) Developer
8 3 (2.97%) 2nd Line Support
8 3 (2.97%) Field Engineer
8 3 (2.97%) Test Analyst
8 3 (2.97%) CS Core Engineer
8 3 (2.97%) Technical Infrastructure Manager
8 3 (2.97%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.97%) WAP
1 3 (2.97%) XML
2 2 (1.98%) SOAP
2 2 (1.98%) .NET
3 1 (0.99%) Web Services
3 1 (0.99%) J2ME
3 1 (0.99%) Rendezvous
3 1 (0.99%) ServiceStack
3 1 (0.99%) REST
3 1 (0.99%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (0.99%) WPF
3 1 (0.99%) Silverlight
3 1 (0.99%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.94%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.95%) Smart Meter
3 3 (2.97%) Handset
4 2 (1.98%) Statistics
5 1 (0.99%) EPoS
5 1 (0.99%) EMV
5 1 (0.99%) Chip and PIN
5 1 (0.99%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.99%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.99%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.99%) Blackberry
5 1 (0.99%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.99%) iPad
5 1 (0.99%) iPhone
5 1 (0.99%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.99%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.90%) UNIX
2 7 (6.93%) Linux
3 3 (2.97%) Solaris
4 2 (1.98%) Android
4 2 (1.98%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.98%) Windows
5 1 (0.99%) Windows CE
5 1 (0.99%) Windows 2000
5 1 (0.99%) Windows NT
5 1 (0.99%) Windows Phone
5 1 (0.99%) webOS
5 1 (0.99%) Windows Phone 7
5 1 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.99%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (21.78%) Network Planning
2 14 (13.86%) Service Management
3 13 (12.87%) Network Design
3 13 (12.87%) Network Architecture
3 13 (12.87%) Performance Management
4 12 (11.88%) Resource Management
4 12 (11.88%) Change Management
5 11 (10.89%) Configuration Management
5 11 (10.89%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (9.90%) Fault Management
7 9 (8.91%) Software Engineering
8 7 (6.93%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (6.93%) Test Scripting
8 7 (6.93%) Incident Management
8 7 (6.93%) Software Testing
9 6 (5.94%) Network Management
10 5 (4.95%) Service Delivery
10 5 (4.95%) Capacity Management
11 4 (3.96%) eTOM
11 4 (3.96%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 23 (22.77%) C
2 15 (14.85%) SQL
3 9 (8.91%) Embedded C
4 6 (5.94%) PL/SQL
5 5 (4.95%) Python
5 5 (4.95%) Shell Script
6 4 (3.96%) VBA
6 4 (3.96%) C#
7 3 (2.97%) Embedded C++
7 3 (2.97%) C++
7 3 (2.97%) Java
8 2 (1.98%) Perl
Qualifications
1 9 (8.91%) Degree
2 7 (6.93%) ISEB
3 6 (5.94%) SC Cleared
3 6 (5.94%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (11.88%) SLA
2 4 (3.96%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.97%) Firmware
2 1 (0.99%) NFS
Systems Management
1 7 (6.93%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (4.95%) Netcool
2 5 (4.95%) NSN NetAct
3 2 (1.98%) Cisco IPCC
4 1 (0.99%) Netcool/OMNIbus
4 1 (0.99%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 28 (27.72%) Huawei
1 28 (27.72%) Ericsson
2 19 (18.81%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 11 (10.89%) Amdocs
4 10 (9.90%) Nortel
5 9 (8.91%) Mapinfo
6 8 (7.92%) Business Objects
7 7 (6.93%) HP
7 7 (6.93%) Oracle
8 6 (5.94%) Actix
8 6 (5.94%) Microsoft
9 3 (2.97%) IBM
9 3 (2.97%) EMC
9 3 (2.97%) BT
10 2 (1.98%) Apple
11 1 (0.99%) Red Hat
11 1 (0.99%) Cisco
11 1 (0.99%) Sybase
11 1 (0.99%) Anite
11 1 (0.99%) TIBCO
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