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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
Rank 614 596 555
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -41
Contract jobs citing HSPA 6 15 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.011% 0.027% 0.047%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.077% 0.20% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 5
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£180 £283 £165
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-36.28% +71.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £156 £261 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £305 £215
UK excluding London average daily rate £180 £283 £175
% change year-on-year
-36.28% +61.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Average hourly rate - - £26.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £26.50

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
7831 7646 6987
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.77% 13.99% 13.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4478 4078 3617
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £336 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.27% +4.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 477 416 465
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+8.81% -21.56%

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing HSPA within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

HSPA Daily Rate Histogram 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 10 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 31 July 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 -28 6 £180 -36.28% 1
Berkshire +4 4 £245 -3.92%
South East -15 4 £245 -13.27%
Slough +1 3 £180 -29.41%
Northamptonshire - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £150 -
Bury - 1 £150 -
Newbury - 1 £310 -
East Midlands - 1 - -
North West - 1 £150 -

HSPA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 37 (97.37%) GPRS
2 33 (86.84%) GSM
3 32 (84.21%) Telecoms
4 31 (81.58%) LTE
5 26 (68.42%) UMTS
6 25 (65.79%) Ericsson
6 25 (65.79%) 3G
6 25 (65.79%) Radio Access Network
7 24 (63.16%) 4G
8 23 (60.53%) 2G
9 19 (50.00%) Huawei
10 16 (42.11%) Wireless
11 15 (39.47%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 14 (36.84%) GPON
12 14 (36.84%) WiMAX
12 14 (36.84%) Wi-Fi
12 14 (36.84%) Network Planning
12 14 (36.84%) CDMA2000
12 14 (36.84%) MPLS
12 14 (36.84%) DSL
12 14 (36.84%) SDH
13 13 (34.21%) Performance Management
14 11 (28.95%) WCDMA
14 11 (28.95%) C
14 11 (28.95%) Resource Management
15 10 (26.32%) Network Design
15 10 (26.32%) Amdocs
15 10 (26.32%) Configuration Management
15 10 (26.32%) Nortel
15 10 (26.32%) Network Architecture

HSPA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 8 (21.05%) MS Excel
2 6 (15.79%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (5.26%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 37 (97.37%) GPRS
2 33 (86.84%) GSM
3 31 (81.58%) LTE
4 26 (68.42%) UMTS
5 25 (65.79%) 3G
5 25 (65.79%) Radio Access Network
6 24 (63.16%) 4G
7 23 (60.53%) 2G
8 16 (42.11%) Wireless
9 14 (36.84%) GPON
9 14 (36.84%) WiMAX
9 14 (36.84%) CDMA2000
9 14 (36.84%) MPLS
9 14 (36.84%) DSL
9 14 (36.84%) Wi-Fi
9 14 (36.84%) SDH
10 11 (28.95%) WCDMA
11 10 (26.32%) VoLTE
12 5 (13.16%) 3GPP
13 3 (7.89%) RNC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.53%) MS Access
1 4 (10.53%) BusinessObjects
General
1 32 (84.21%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.63%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 11 (28.95%) RAN Engineer
2 10 (26.32%) Performance Engineer
3 8 (21.05%) RAN Performance Engineer
4 7 (18.42%) Support Engineer
5 6 (15.79%) 2nd Line Support
5 6 (15.79%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 4 (10.53%) Radio Engineer
7 2 (5.26%) Analyst
7 2 (5.26%) Test Analyst
7 2 (5.26%) Senior RAN Engineer
8 1 (2.63%) RF Engineer
8 1 (2.63%) Tester
8 1 (2.63%) Ericsson Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.26%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.26%) Statistics
1 2 (5.26%) Smart Meter
2 1 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.63%) Algorithms
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (36.84%) Network Planning
2 13 (34.21%) Performance Management
3 11 (28.95%) Resource Management
4 10 (26.32%) Network Architecture
4 10 (26.32%) Configuration Management
4 10 (26.32%) Network Design
5 8 (21.05%) Change Management
5 8 (21.05%) Fault Management
6 4 (10.53%) eTOM
6 4 (10.53%) Service Management
6 4 (10.53%) Service Delivery
6 4 (10.53%) ITIL
6 4 (10.53%) Network Management
6 4 (10.53%) Performance Improvement
7 3 (7.89%) Capacity Management
8 2 (5.26%) Performance Analysis
8 2 (5.26%) Performance Engineering
8 2 (5.26%) Test Scripting
8 2 (5.26%) ERP
8 2 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 11 (28.95%) C
2 4 (10.53%) SQL
2 4 (10.53%) VBA
Qualifications
1 5 (13.16%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (23.68%) SLA
2 1 (2.63%) QA
System Software
1 2 (5.26%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (5.26%) Netcool
1 2 (5.26%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 25 (65.79%) Ericsson
2 19 (50.00%) Huawei
3 15 (39.47%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 10 (26.32%) Amdocs
4 10 (26.32%) Nortel
5 9 (23.68%) Mapinfo
6 5 (13.16%) Actix
7 4 (10.53%) Microsoft
8 1 (2.63%) Nokia