The table below looks at the statistics for HSPA skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited HSPA over the 3 months to 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
Rank 619 583 574
Rank change year-on-year
-36 -9
Contract jobs citing HSPA 4 10 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.008% 0.020% 0.004%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.054% 0.13% 0.030%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 9 2
Average daily rate £130 £285 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-54.38% -30.48%
UK excluding London average daily rate £130 £285 £410
% change year-on-year
-54.38% -30.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £32.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 - -

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
7370 7607 6728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.54% 14.87% 13.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4346 4206 3499
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £219 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 320 449 391
Average hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £42.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% +26.19%

HSPA
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing HSPA within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

HSPA Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

HSPA
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing HSPA within the UK.

HSPA Daily Rate Trend in the UK

HSPA
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing HSPA within the UK.

HSPA Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

HSPA
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing HSPA within the UK over the 3 months to 13 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -3 3 £130 -54.38%
South East +1 1 - -
South West - 1 - -
Bolton - 1 £130 -
Manchester - 1 £130 -
Hampshire - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 - -
North West - 1 £130 -

HSPA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing HSPA 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 HSPA.

1 13 (92.86%) LTE
2 11 (78.57%) GSM
3 9 (64.29%) WCDMA
4 8 (57.14%) Telecoms
5 7 (50.00%) 3G
5 7 (50.00%) GPRS
6 6 (42.86%) 3GPP
7 5 (35.71%) 2G
8 4 (28.57%) Handset
8 4 (28.57%) Wireless
8 4 (28.57%) Radio Access Network
8 4 (28.57%) 4G
9 3 (21.43%) VoLTE
9 3 (21.43%) Root Cause Analysis
9 3 (21.43%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (21.43%) Iperf
9 3 (21.43%) VoWiFi
9 3 (21.43%) UMTS
9 3 (21.43%) Benchmarking
9 3 (21.43%) CA
9 3 (21.43%) Network Planning
9 3 (21.43%) Wireshark
9 3 (21.43%) NFC
10 2 (14.29%) Huawei
10 2 (14.29%) Defect Management
10 2 (14.29%) WiMAX
10 2 (14.29%) Actix
10 2 (14.29%) High Availability
10 2 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
11 1 (7.14%) Deep Packet Inspection

HSPA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing HSPA 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 HSPA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 13 (92.86%) LTE
2 11 (78.57%) GSM
3 9 (64.29%) WCDMA
4 7 (50.00%) 3G
4 7 (50.00%) GPRS
5 6 (42.86%) 3GPP
6 5 (35.71%) 2G
7 4 (28.57%) 4G
7 4 (28.57%) Radio Access Network
7 4 (28.57%) Wireless
8 3 (21.43%) NFC
8 3 (21.43%) UMTS
8 3 (21.43%) VoLTE
8 3 (21.43%) VoWiFi
8 3 (21.43%) Wireshark
9 2 (14.29%) WiMAX
10 1 (7.14%) HSDPA
10 1 (7.14%) HSUPA
10 1 (7.14%) IP Telephony
10 1 (7.14%) ZigBee
General
1 8 (57.14%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (28.57%) Test Engineer
2 3 (21.43%) LTE Engineer
2 3 (21.43%) Senior Test Engineer
3 2 (14.29%) Designer
3 2 (14.29%) Optimisation Engineer
3 2 (14.29%) Senior Designer
4 1 (7.14%) 4G Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) 4G Optimisation Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Core Network Architect
4 1 (7.14%) Network Architect
4 1 (7.14%) Network Optimisation Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Radio Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Radio Network Optimisation Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) RAN Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Penetration Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Software Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Telecoms Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Telecoms Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Telecoms Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.14%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 4 (28.57%) Handset
2 1 (7.14%) Device Driver
2 1 (7.14%) Smart Meter
2 1 (7.14%) Streaming Video
2 1 (7.14%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.14%) Android
1 1 (7.14%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (21.43%) Benchmarking
1 3 (21.43%) Network Planning
1 3 (21.43%) Root Cause Analysis
2 2 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
2 2 (14.29%) Defect Management
2 2 (14.29%) High Availability
3 1 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (7.14%) Capacity Management
3 1 (7.14%) Deep Packet Inspection
3 1 (7.14%) Fault Management
3 1 (7.14%) Incident Management
3 1 (7.14%) Network Architecture
3 1 (7.14%) Performance Testing
3 1 (7.14%) Security Testing
3 1 (7.14%) Software Engineering
3 1 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (7.14%) Test Planning
3 1 (7.14%) Use Case
3 1 (7.14%) V-Model
3 1 (7.14%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.14%) C
1 1 (7.14%) C++
Qualifications
1 1 (7.14%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.14%) QA
1 1 (7.14%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (7.14%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 3 (21.43%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (21.43%) Iperf
Vendors
1 3 (21.43%) CA
2 2 (14.29%) Actix
2 2 (14.29%) Huawei
3 1 (7.14%) Agilent
3 1 (7.14%) Anite
3 1 (7.14%) Apple
3 1 (7.14%) Ericsson
3 1 (7.14%) HP
3 1 (7.14%) Nokia