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 February 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 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Rank 522 526 477
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -49
Contract jobs citing GPRS 54 40 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.080% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.70% 0.61% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 10 9
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£283 £375 £200
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-24.66% +87.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £132 £260 £114
10% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £550 £340
UK excluding London average daily rate £283 £375 £200
% change year-on-year
-24.66% +87.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 14
Average hourly rate £35.00 £14.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+150.00% -62.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.80 £14.00 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £14.00 £89.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.75 - £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
7686 6595 7037
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.65% 13.12% 15.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4152 3354 3398
Average daily rate £375 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 378 605
Average hourly rate £25.50 £20.00 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.50% -14.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.85 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £20.53 £23.42
% change year-on-year
+33.95% -12.32%

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 February 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 27 February 2015.

GPRS Hourly Rate Histogram 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 February 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 -1 53 £283 -24.66% 20
South East -15 28 £290 -29.26% 13
Berkshire +6 21 £290 -29.26% 9
Newbury - 11 £290 - 4
North West - 7 £260 - 1
Cheshire - 7 £260 - 1
East of England +9 5 - -
West Midlands - 5 £260 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 5 - -
Coventry - 5 £260 -
Reading +1 4 - - 4
Yorkshire - 4 £123 - 2
London -18 3 - -
South West -29 3 - - 2
Scotland -4 1 - -
Slough -11 1 - -
Bristol -19 1 - - 1
Amersham - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 £350 -
West Sussex - - - -
North East - - - - 1
Cumbria - - - -
Middlesex - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - - 2
South Yorkshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Dumfries and Galloway - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - - 1
Banbury - - - - 1
Bury St Edmunds - - - -

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 61 (67.78%) GSM
2 57 (63.33%) Telecoms
3 48 (53.33%) LTE
4 45 (50.00%) UMTS
5 36 (40.00%) 3G
6 33 (36.67%) Radio Access Network
7 30 (33.33%) 4G
8 27 (30.00%) HSPA
9 26 (28.89%) 2G
10 24 (26.67%) Wireless
11 23 (25.56%) Ericsson
11 23 (25.56%) Huawei
12 20 (22.22%) Network Planning
12 20 (22.22%) C
13 19 (21.11%) Wi-Fi
14 18 (20.00%) MPLS
15 17 (18.89%) DSL
16 15 (16.67%) CDMA2000
16 15 (16.67%) WCDMA
16 15 (16.67%) SDH
16 15 (16.67%) WiMAX
16 15 (16.67%) GPON
16 15 (16.67%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
17 14 (15.56%) SQL
17 14 (15.56%) Service Management
18 13 (14.44%) VoLTE
19 12 (13.33%) VCP4
20 11 (12.22%) Performance Management
20 11 (12.22%) Agile Software Development
20 11 (12.22%) Network Design

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 (1.11%) SAS
1 1 (1.11%) CMS
1 1 (1.11%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 10 (11.11%) MS Excel
2 9 (10.00%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.11%) Maya
Business Applications
1 1 (1.11%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 61 (67.78%) GSM
2 48 (53.33%) LTE
3 45 (50.00%) UMTS
4 36 (40.00%) 3G
5 33 (36.67%) Radio Access Network
6 30 (33.33%) 4G
7 27 (30.00%) HSPA
8 26 (28.89%) 2G
9 24 (26.67%) Wireless
10 19 (21.11%) Wi-Fi
11 18 (20.00%) MPLS
12 17 (18.89%) DSL
13 15 (16.67%) CDMA2000
13 15 (16.67%) SDH
13 15 (16.67%) WCDMA
13 15 (16.67%) WiMAX
13 15 (16.67%) GPON
14 13 (14.44%) VoLTE
15 11 (12.22%) SMS
16 10 (11.11%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.78%) Oracle Database
2 4 (4.44%) MS Access
3 1 (1.11%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 57 (63.33%) Telecoms
2 11 (12.22%) Electronics
3 3 (3.33%) Finance
3 3 (3.33%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.22%) Billing
5 1 (1.11%) Marketing
5 1 (1.11%) Back Office
5 1 (1.11%) Publishing
5 1 (1.11%) Retail
5 1 (1.11%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 11 (12.22%) Analyst
1 11 (12.22%) Test Engineer
2 8 (8.89%) Performance Engineer
3 7 (7.78%) Tester
3 7 (7.78%) RAN Engineer
4 6 (6.67%) RAN Performance Engineer
4 6 (6.67%) Integration Engineer
5 5 (5.56%) Technical Tester
6 4 (4.44%) Software Engineer
6 4 (4.44%) Business Analyst
6 4 (4.44%) Technical Manager
7 3 (3.33%) Test and Integration Engineer
7 3 (3.33%) Senior Integration Engineer
7 3 (3.33%) Technical Infrastructure Manager
7 3 (3.33%) Field Engineer
7 3 (3.33%) Test Analyst
7 3 (3.33%) Developer
7 3 (3.33%) Consultant
7 3 (3.33%) Senior Test Engineer
7 3 (3.33%) Embedded Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.33%) WAP
1 3 (3.33%) XML
2 2 (2.22%) .NET
2 2 (2.22%) SOAP
3 1 (1.11%) Web Services
3 1 (1.11%) J2ME
3 1 (1.11%) Rendezvous
3 1 (1.11%) WinForms
3 1 (1.11%) WPF
3 1 (1.11%) Silverlight
3 1 (1.11%) REST
3 1 (1.11%) ServiceStack
3 1 (1.11%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.89%) Smart Meter
1 8 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.33%) Handset
3 2 (2.22%) Statistics
4 1 (1.11%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.11%) iPhone
4 1 (1.11%) IVR
4 1 (1.11%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.11%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.11%) EPoS
4 1 (1.11%) EMV
4 1 (1.11%) Chip and PIN
4 1 (1.11%) Blackberry
4 1 (1.11%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.11%) iPad
4 1 (1.11%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.11%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.11%) UNIX
2 7 (7.78%) Linux
3 3 (3.33%) Solaris
4 2 (2.22%) Windows
4 2 (2.22%) Apple iOS
4 2 (2.22%) Android
5 1 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.11%) webOS
5 1 (1.11%) Windows Phone 7
5 1 (1.11%) Windows 2000
5 1 (1.11%) Windows NT
5 1 (1.11%) Windows CE
5 1 (1.11%) Windows Mobile
5 1 (1.11%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (22.22%) Network Planning
2 14 (15.56%) Service Management
3 11 (12.22%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (12.22%) Performance Management
3 11 (12.22%) Network Design
4 10 (11.11%) Resource Management
4 10 (11.11%) Configuration Management
5 7 (7.78%) Change Management
5 7 (7.78%) Stakeholder Management
5 7 (7.78%) Software Engineering
5 7 (7.78%) Network Management
6 6 (6.67%) Network Architecture
7 5 (5.56%) Validation
7 5 (5.56%) Integration Acceptance Testing
7 5 (5.56%) Service Delivery
8 4 (4.44%) ITIL
8 4 (4.44%) eTOM
8 4 (4.44%) Fault Management
8 4 (4.44%) Capacity Planning
8 4 (4.44%) Performance Improvement
Programming Languages
1 20 (22.22%) C
2 14 (15.56%) SQL
3 7 (7.78%) Embedded C
4 6 (6.67%) PL/SQL
5 5 (5.56%) Shell Script
6 4 (4.44%) C#
7 3 (3.33%) Java
7 3 (3.33%) VBA
7 3 (3.33%) Python
8 2 (2.22%) Embedded C++
8 2 (2.22%) Perl
8 2 (2.22%) C++
Qualifications
1 12 (13.33%) VCP4
2 11 (12.22%) Degree
3 6 (6.67%) SC Cleared
3 6 (6.67%) Security Cleared
4 4 (4.44%) ISEB
5 3 (3.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.22%) ISTQB
7 1 (1.11%) CCNA
7 1 (1.11%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.11%) PMP
7 1 (1.11%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.56%) SLA
2 4 (4.44%) QA
System Software
1 3 (3.33%) Firmware
2 1 (1.11%) NFS
Systems Management
1 6 (6.67%) Netcool
2 5 (5.56%) NSN NetAct
3 3 (3.33%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (2.22%) Cisco IPCC
5 1 (1.11%) Tivoli
5 1 (1.11%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 1 (1.11%) OPNET
Vendors
1 23 (25.56%) Ericsson
1 23 (25.56%) Huawei
2 15 (16.67%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 8 (8.89%) Mapinfo
3 8 (8.89%) Nortel
3 8 (8.89%) Oracle
3 8 (8.89%) Business Objects
4 6 (6.67%) Actix
5 5 (5.56%) Microsoft
6 4 (4.44%) Amdocs
7 3 (3.33%) BT
7 3 (3.33%) IBM
7 3 (3.33%) EMC
8 2 (2.22%) HP
8 2 (2.22%) Cisco
8 2 (2.22%) Apple
8 2 (2.22%) Cramer
8 2 (2.22%) Anite
9 1 (1.11%) TIBCO
9 1 (1.11%) Remedy
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