The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for GPRS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited GPRS over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
England / South East
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 247 246 236
Rank change year-on-year -1 -10  
Contract jobs citing GPRS 1 20 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.013% 0.21% 0.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.067% 0.98% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 11 23
Median daily rate - £230 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -19.29%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £260 £230 £260
% change year-on-year +13.04% -11.53%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £26.00 £42.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.82% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -38.82% +6.25%  

GPRS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 1490 2048 2020
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 18.94% 21.92% 20.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 854 1141 982
Median daily rate £400 £353 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.47% +2.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 105 101
Median hourly rate £22.50 £42.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.42% +16.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £18.00 £13.83
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £51.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

GPRS
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East citing GPRS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for GPRS in the South East

GPRS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing GPRS in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for GPRS in the South East

GPRS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing GPRS in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for GPRS in the South East

GPRS
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GPRS within the South East region over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Surrey 0 1 - -
GPRS
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing GPRS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for GPRS.

1 4 (66.67%) GSM
1 4 (66.67%) 3G
1 4 (66.67%) 2G
1 4 (66.67%) LTE
2 3 (50.00%) VoLTE
2 3 (50.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (50.00%) UMTS
3 2 (33.33%) WCDMA
3 2 (33.33%) Network Optimisation
3 2 (33.33%) Radio Network Optimisation
3 2 (33.33%) Radio Access Network
3 2 (33.33%) Network Management
3 2 (33.33%) 4G
3 2 (33.33%) Resource Management
3 2 (33.33%) MS Excel
3 2 (33.33%) ATM
3 2 (33.33%) Performance Management
3 2 (33.33%) HSPA
4 1 (16.67%) QA
4 1 (16.67%) SIGTRAN
4 1 (16.67%) GGSN
4 1 (16.67%) SGSN
4 1 (16.67%) Greenplum
4 1 (16.67%) ITIL V3
4 1 (16.67%) Nokia Networks
4 1 (16.67%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (16.67%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (16.67%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (16.67%) Embedded Software Development
4 1 (16.67%) Machine to Machine

GPRS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 2 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (16.67%) MS Office
2 1 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 4 (66.67%) 2G
1 4 (66.67%) 3G
1 4 (66.67%) GSM
1 4 (66.67%) LTE
2 3 (50.00%) UMTS
2 3 (50.00%) VoLTE
3 2 (33.33%) 4G
3 2 (33.33%) ATM
3 2 (33.33%) HSPA
3 2 (33.33%) Radio Access Network
3 2 (33.33%) WCDMA
4 1 (16.67%) Firewall
4 1 (16.67%) GGSN
4 1 (16.67%) HTTP
4 1 (16.67%) SGSN
4 1 (16.67%) SIGTRAN
4 1 (16.67%) VoIP
4 1 (16.67%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (16.67%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (50.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (16.67%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Optimisation Engineer
1 2 (33.33%) RAN Engineer
1 2 (33.33%) Senior RAN Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Core Network Designer
2 1 (16.67%) Designer
2 1 (16.67%) Field Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Field Test Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Mobile Designer
2 1 (16.67%) Network Designer
2 1 (16.67%) Project Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Test Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Embedded Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Handset
1 1 (16.67%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
1 1 (16.67%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) Network Management
1 2 (33.33%) Network Optimisation
1 2 (33.33%) Performance Management
1 2 (33.33%) Radio Network Optimisation
1 2 (33.33%) Resource Management
2 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (16.67%) Capacity Planning
2 1 (16.67%) Configuration Management
2 1 (16.67%) Embedded Software Development
2 1 (16.67%) eTOM
2 1 (16.67%) ITIL
2 1 (16.67%) ITIL V3
2 1 (16.67%) Network Design
2 1 (16.67%) Presales
2 1 (16.67%) Root Cause Analysis
2 1 (16.67%) Service Management
2 1 (16.67%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 1 (16.67%) C++
1 1 (16.67%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) CCIE
1 1 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (16.67%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) Ericsson
1 1 (16.67%) Greenplum
1 1 (16.67%) HP
1 1 (16.67%) Huawei
1 1 (16.67%) Mapinfo
1 1 (16.67%) Nokia Networks