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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
Rank 559 587 549
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -38
Contract jobs citing HSPA 35 13 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.063% 0.024% 0.021%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.43% 0.18% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 8 3
Average daily rate
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£261 £275 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £408 £343
UK excluding London average daily rate £261 £175 £213
% change year-on-year
+49.28% -17.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
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
8185 7226 7463
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.69% 13.09% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4470 3816 3720
Average daily rate £350 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £315
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 399 579
Average hourly rate £28.75 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.75% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -11.11%

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 24 April 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 12 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 24 April 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 +22 35 £261 -5.00% 2
Berkshire +4 16 £290 +65.71%
South East 0 16 £290 +65.71%
Newbury 0 11 £290 +65.71%
Leeds - 8 £123 -
West Yorkshire - 8 £123 -
Yorkshire - 8 £123 -
North West - 7 £260 - 1
Cheshire - 7 £260 -
Warrington - 7 £260 -
Coventry - 6 £260 -
West Midlands - 6 £260 -

HSPA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 38 (92.68%) LTE
2 37 (90.24%) GPRS
3 34 (82.93%) GSM
4 33 (80.49%) Telecoms
5 31 (75.61%) Ericsson
5 31 (75.61%) Radio Access Network
6 30 (73.17%) 4G
7 27 (65.85%) 3G
8 25 (60.98%) UMTS
9 22 (53.66%) 2G
9 22 (53.66%) Network Planning
9 22 (53.66%) Huawei
10 21 (51.22%) Wi-Fi
11 17 (41.46%) Wireless
11 17 (41.46%) DSL
11 17 (41.46%) CDMA2000
11 17 (41.46%) MPLS
11 17 (41.46%) SDH
11 17 (41.46%) WiMAX
11 17 (41.46%) GPON
12 15 (36.59%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
13 13 (31.71%) Performance Management
13 13 (31.71%) C
13 13 (31.71%) VoLTE
14 12 (29.27%) Resource Management
15 10 (24.39%) Network Architecture
15 10 (24.39%) Network Design
15 10 (24.39%) WCDMA
15 10 (24.39%) Nortel
15 10 (24.39%) Configuration Management

HSPA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 (19.51%) MS Excel
2 6 (14.63%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (2.44%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 38 (92.68%) LTE
2 37 (90.24%) GPRS
3 34 (82.93%) GSM
4 31 (75.61%) Radio Access Network
5 30 (73.17%) 4G
6 27 (65.85%) 3G
7 25 (60.98%) UMTS
8 22 (53.66%) 2G
9 21 (51.22%) Wi-Fi
10 17 (41.46%) Wireless
10 17 (41.46%) DSL
10 17 (41.46%) CDMA2000
10 17 (41.46%) MPLS
10 17 (41.46%) SDH
10 17 (41.46%) WiMAX
10 17 (41.46%) GPON
11 13 (31.71%) VoLTE
12 10 (24.39%) WCDMA
13 4 (9.76%) 802.11
14 3 (7.32%) RNC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.76%) MS Access
General
1 33 (80.49%) Telecoms
2 4 (9.76%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.44%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 10 (24.39%) Performance Engineer
2 9 (21.95%) RAN Engineer
3 8 (19.51%) RAN Performance Engineer
4 6 (14.63%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 6 (14.63%) Support Engineer
4 6 (14.63%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (9.76%) Designer
6 2 (4.88%) Radio Engineer
6 2 (4.88%) Ericsson Engineer
6 2 (4.88%) Senior RAN Engineer
7 1 (2.44%) Tester
7 1 (2.44%) Consultant
7 1 (2.44%) RF Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.88%) Statistics
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (53.66%) Network Planning
2 13 (31.71%) Performance Management
3 12 (29.27%) Resource Management
4 10 (24.39%) Network Architecture
4 10 (24.39%) Network Design
4 10 (24.39%) Configuration Management
5 7 (17.07%) Change Management
5 7 (17.07%) Fault Management
6 4 (9.76%) Network Management
6 4 (9.76%) Service Management
6 4 (9.76%) Service Delivery
6 4 (9.76%) ITIL
6 4 (9.76%) Performance Improvement
6 4 (9.76%) eTOM
7 3 (7.32%) Capacity Management
8 2 (4.88%) Performance Analysis
8 2 (4.88%) Performance Engineering
9 1 (2.44%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (31.71%) C
2 4 (9.76%) SQL
2 4 (9.76%) VBA
Qualifications
1 4 (9.76%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (19.51%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (4.88%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (2.44%) Netcool
Vendors
1 31 (75.61%) Ericsson
2 22 (53.66%) Huawei
3 15 (36.59%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 10 (24.39%) Nortel
5 8 (19.51%) Amdocs
5 8 (19.51%) Mapinfo
6 6 (14.63%) Actix
7 4 (9.76%) Nokia
7 4 (9.76%) Microsoft
7 4 (9.76%) Business Objects