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 21 January 2017 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
UK
Rank 573 607 575
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -32
Contract jobs citing GPRS 9 20 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.020% 0.039% 0.063%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.13% 0.27% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 16
Median daily rate £280 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.84% -13.33%
UK excluding London median daily rate £280 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
-13.84% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 7
Median hourly rate - £26.25 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -38.23%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £40.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year
- -10.00%

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
6750 7382 7526
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.33% 14.53% 14.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4126 4293 4253
Median daily rate £400 £398 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.62% +6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.36% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 348 365 420
Median hourly rate £28.00 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% +19.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £14.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-13.79% +20.83%

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
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 6 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 21 January 2017. 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 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 +17 9 £280 -13.84% 4
London +11 4 - - 1
South East +14 2 £280 +24.44% 1
Surrey +13 2 £280 -
Guildford -7 2 £280 -
West Midlands - 1 - -

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, 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 13 (76.47%) UMTS
2 12 (70.59%) GSM
2 12 (70.59%) LTE
3 11 (64.71%) Telecoms
4 8 (47.06%) 3G
5 7 (41.18%) Network Design
6 6 (35.29%) Huawei
6 6 (35.29%) GGSN
6 6 (35.29%) Network Management
6 6 (35.29%) Windows
7 5 (29.41%) VoIP
7 5 (29.41%) DHCP
7 5 (29.41%) Configuration Management
7 5 (29.41%) Back Office
7 5 (29.41%) Kalman Filter
7 5 (29.41%) 2G
8 4 (23.53%) Validation
8 4 (23.53%) Statistics
8 4 (23.53%) Problem Management
8 4 (23.53%) Fault Management
8 4 (23.53%) Functional Testing
8 4 (23.53%) Continuous Improvement
8 4 (23.53%) Capacity Management
8 4 (23.53%) 4G
8 4 (23.53%) Front Office
8 4 (23.53%) SNMP
8 4 (23.53%) TCP/IP
8 4 (23.53%) WCDMA
8 4 (23.53%) SMTP
8 4 (23.53%) DNS

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.88%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (5.88%) MS Excel
1 1 (5.88%) MS Office
1 1 (5.88%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 13 (76.47%) UMTS
2 12 (70.59%) GSM
2 12 (70.59%) LTE
3 8 (47.06%) 3G
4 6 (35.29%) GGSN
5 5 (29.41%) 2G
5 5 (29.41%) DHCP
5 5 (29.41%) VoIP
6 4 (23.53%) 4G
6 4 (23.53%) Diameter Protocol
6 4 (23.53%) DNS
6 4 (23.53%) SMTP
6 4 (23.53%) SNMP
6 4 (23.53%) TCP/IP
6 4 (23.53%) WCDMA
7 3 (17.65%) ATM
7 3 (17.65%) MPLS
7 3 (17.65%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (11.76%) Firewall
8 2 (11.76%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 1 (5.88%) JIRA
1 1 (5.88%) Visual Studio
General
1 11 (64.71%) Telecoms
2 5 (29.41%) Back Office
3 4 (23.53%) Front Office
4 1 (5.88%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (23.53%) Back Office Engineer
2 3 (17.65%) Optimisation Engineer
3 2 (11.76%) Consultant
3 2 (11.76%) Network Consultant
3 2 (11.76%) Network Design Consultant
3 2 (11.76%) Network Optimisation Consultant
3 2 (11.76%) RAN Engineer
3 2 (11.76%) Senior RAN Engineer
3 2 (11.76%) Test Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Core Network Designer
4 1 (5.88%) Designer
4 1 (5.88%) Digital Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Field Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Field Test Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Network Designer
4 1 (5.88%) Network Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Radio Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.76%) WAP
2 1 (5.88%) 802.1X
2 1 (5.88%) iOS SDK
Miscellaneous
1 4 (23.53%) Statistics
2 2 (11.76%) Handset
3 1 (5.88%) Driving Licence
3 1 (5.88%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (5.88%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 6 (35.29%) Windows
2 1 (5.88%) Android
2 1 (5.88%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.88%) Linux
2 1 (5.88%) Mandriva Linux
2 1 (5.88%) Ubuntu
2 1 (5.88%) Windows Server
2 1 (5.88%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (5.88%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (41.18%) Network Design
2 6 (35.29%) Network Management
3 5 (29.41%) Configuration Management
3 5 (29.41%) Kalman Filter
4 4 (23.53%) Capacity Management
4 4 (23.53%) Continuous Improvement
4 4 (23.53%) Fault Management
4 4 (23.53%) Functional Testing
4 4 (23.53%) People Management
4 4 (23.53%) Problem Management
4 4 (23.53%) Validation
5 2 (11.76%) Network Optimisation
5 2 (11.76%) Performance Management
5 2 (11.76%) Performance Optimisation
5 2 (11.76%) Presales
5 2 (11.76%) Radio Network Optimisation
5 2 (11.76%) Resource Management
6 1 (5.88%) Cross-Browser Testing
6 1 (5.88%) Embedded Software Development
6 1 (5.88%) Issue Tracking
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.76%) Java
2 1 (5.88%) C++
Qualifications
1 2 (11.76%) Degree
2 1 (5.88%) CCIE
2 1 (5.88%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.76%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) Cacti
1 1 (5.88%) Cisco CME
1 1 (5.88%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (5.88%) Cisco Prime
1 1 (5.88%) FortiGate
1 1 (5.88%) SolarWinds Orion
1 1 (5.88%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 6 (35.29%) Huawei
2 2 (11.76%) BT
2 2 (11.76%) Nokia Networks
3 1 (5.88%) CheckPoint
3 1 (5.88%) Cisco
3 1 (5.88%) Ericsson
3 1 (5.88%) Greenplum
3 1 (5.88%) HP
3 1 (5.88%) Juniper
3 1 (5.88%) Mapinfo
3 1 (5.88%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.88%) Nokia
3 1 (5.88%) SolarWinds