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 23 September 2014 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
Rank 604 558 589
Rank change year-on-year
-46 +31
Contract jobs citing HSPA 10 20 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.017% 0.038% 0.024%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.12% 0.28% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 2
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£255 £176 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+44.68% -41.25%
UK excluding London average daily rate £255 £176 £250
% change year-on-year
+44.68% -29.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £24.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £24.50 -

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
8414 7100 9045
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.56% 13.47% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4661 3882 4105
Average daily rate £365 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.68% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £333
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -2.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 463 396 711
Average hourly rate £22.69 £22.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.84% +4.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50

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 23 September 2014. 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 -27 5 £255 +13.33%
South East -11 4 £255 +13.33%
Berkshire +11 2 £255 -
Surrey - 1 - -
East of England - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
London - - - -
Reigate - - - -

HSPA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, 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 17 (73.91%) LTE
2 13 (56.52%) UMTS
2 13 (56.52%) GSM
3 12 (52.17%) 3G
4 11 (47.83%) GPRS
4 11 (47.83%) Telecoms
5 10 (43.48%) Radio Access Network
6 8 (34.78%) 4G
6 8 (34.78%) Wireless
7 6 (26.09%) DNS
7 6 (26.09%) IPv6
8 5 (21.74%) Ericsson
8 5 (21.74%) 2G
8 5 (21.74%) WiMAX
8 5 (21.74%) Degree
9 4 (17.39%) Huawei
9 4 (17.39%) Network Planning
9 4 (17.39%) Handset
9 4 (17.39%) Electronics
9 4 (17.39%) Smart Meter
9 4 (17.39%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 4 (17.39%) ZigBee
9 4 (17.39%) Test Scripting
9 4 (17.39%) 3GPP
9 4 (17.39%) Juniper
9 4 (17.39%) Cisco
9 4 (17.39%) TCP/IP
9 4 (17.39%) VoIP
9 4 (17.39%) WCDMA
9 4 (17.39%) CDMA

HSPA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, 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.

Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 17 (73.91%) LTE
2 13 (56.52%) UMTS
2 13 (56.52%) GSM
3 12 (52.17%) 3G
4 11 (47.83%) GPRS
5 10 (43.48%) Radio Access Network
6 8 (34.78%) 4G
6 8 (34.78%) Wireless
7 6 (26.09%) DNS
7 6 (26.09%) IPv6
8 5 (21.74%) 2G
8 5 (21.74%) WiMAX
9 4 (17.39%) ZigBee
9 4 (17.39%) 3GPP
9 4 (17.39%) CDMA
9 4 (17.39%) VoIP
9 4 (17.39%) TCP/IP
9 4 (17.39%) WCDMA
10 3 (13.04%) LAN
10 3 (13.04%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 1 (4.35%) LabVIEW
General
1 11 (47.83%) Telecoms
2 4 (17.39%) Electronics
3 2 (8.70%) Marketing
3 2 (8.70%) Finance
3 2 (8.70%) Manufacturing
4 1 (4.35%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 5 (21.74%) Test Engineer
2 3 (13.04%) Network Specialist
3 2 (8.70%) Certification Manager
3 2 (8.70%) Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) Test Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Support Engineer
3 2 (8.70%) Field Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) Test Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Architect
4 1 (4.35%) Programme Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Product Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Ericsson Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) 3G Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) 3G Optimisation Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (17.39%) Handset
1 4 (17.39%) Smart Meter
2 3 (13.04%) Firmware
3 2 (8.70%) Digital Media
4 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.35%) Blackberry
4 1 (4.35%) DTV
4 1 (4.35%) Device Driver
4 1 (4.35%) Client/Server
4 1 (4.35%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.35%) Windows
1 1 (4.35%) Android
1 1 (4.35%) Apple iOS
1 1 (4.35%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (17.39%) Network Planning
1 4 (17.39%) Test Scripting
2 3 (13.04%) V-Model
2 3 (13.04%) Waterfall
2 3 (13.04%) Network Design
2 3 (13.04%) Programme Management
2 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (8.70%) TDD
3 2 (8.70%) Project Management
3 2 (8.70%) Security Testing
4 1 (4.35%) Integration Testing
4 1 (4.35%) Test Management
4 1 (4.35%) Network Management
4 1 (4.35%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (4.35%) Capacity Management
4 1 (4.35%) Performance Analysis
4 1 (4.35%) Coaching
4 1 (4.35%) Test Automation
4 1 (4.35%) Product Management
4 1 (4.35%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.04%) Python
2 2 (8.70%) Tcl
3 1 (4.35%) MATLAB
3 1 (4.35%) C
3 1 (4.35%) C++
3 1 (4.35%) Java
3 1 (4.35%) Perl
3 1 (4.35%) SQL
3 1 (4.35%) VBA
Qualifications
1 5 (21.74%) Degree
2 2 (8.70%) PMP
2 2 (8.70%) PMI Certification
3 1 (4.35%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) QA
2 1 (4.35%) SLA
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (21.74%) Ericsson
2 4 (17.39%) Cisco
2 4 (17.39%) Juniper
2 4 (17.39%) Huawei
2 4 (17.39%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 3 (13.04%) HP
4 2 (8.70%) Agilent
4 2 (8.70%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 1 (4.35%) Actix
5 1 (4.35%) Microsoft
5 1 (4.35%) Business Objects
5 1 (4.35%) SAP
5 1 (4.35%) Nokia
5 1 (4.35%) Apple
5 1 (4.35%) Mapinfo