The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
UK
Rank 591 604 552
Rank change year-on-year +13 -52  
Contract jobs citing GPRS 5 38 69
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.011% 0.072% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.076% 0.49% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 17 40
Median daily rate £276 £230 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.10% -11.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £159 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £381 £297
UK excluding London median daily rate £260 £230 £260
% change year-on-year +13.04% -11.53%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 3
Median hourly rate £26.00 £42.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.82% +21.42%  
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 with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6618 7818 7780
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.61% 14.75% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4078 4664 4242
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 361 334 431
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +27.58%  

GPRS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 UK

GPRS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for GPRS in the UK

GPRS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for GPRS in the UK

GPRS
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GPRS within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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
England +2 5 £276 +20.10% 9
London +21 3 £293 -13.65% 1
Yorkshire +12 1 £260 +100.00%
West Yorkshire +11 1 £260 +100.00%
Surrey +11 1 - -
Leeds +8 1 £260 +100.00%
South East +8 1 - - 2
Staines - 1 - -

GPRS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 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 with a requirement for GPRS.

1 12 (70.59%) GSM
2 11 (64.71%) UMTS
2 11 (64.71%) Telecoms
2 11 (64.71%) LTE
3 8 (47.06%) Network Management
3 8 (47.06%) Capacity Management
3 8 (47.06%) Huawei
3 8 (47.06%) GGSN
3 8 (47.06%) 3G
4 7 (41.18%) Back Office
4 7 (41.18%) Network Design
4 7 (41.18%) 2G
4 7 (41.18%) VoIP
4 7 (41.18%) Windows
4 7 (41.18%) Configuration Management
5 6 (35.29%) SMTP
5 6 (35.29%) DHCP
5 6 (35.29%) SNMP
5 6 (35.29%) TCP/IP
5 6 (35.29%) DNS
5 6 (35.29%) Statistics
5 6 (35.29%) Problem Management
5 6 (35.29%) Fault Management
5 6 (35.29%) Validation
5 6 (35.29%) Front Office
5 6 (35.29%) Continuous Improvement
5 6 (35.29%) 4G
5 6 (35.29%) Functional Testing
5 6 (35.29%) Kalman Filter
5 6 (35.29%) People Management

GPRS
Top Related IT Skills 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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.88%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (17.65%) MS Office
2 2 (11.76%) MS Excel
3 1 (5.88%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 12 (70.59%) GSM
2 11 (64.71%) LTE
2 11 (64.71%) UMTS
3 8 (47.06%) 3G
3 8 (47.06%) GGSN
4 7 (41.18%) 2G
4 7 (41.18%) VoIP
5 6 (35.29%) 4G
5 6 (35.29%) DHCP
5 6 (35.29%) Diameter Protocol
5 6 (35.29%) DNS
5 6 (35.29%) SMTP
5 6 (35.29%) SNMP
5 6 (35.29%) TCP/IP
6 5 (29.41%) VoLTE
7 4 (23.53%) HSPA
8 2 (11.76%) ATM
8 2 (11.76%) Radio Access Network
8 2 (11.76%) WCDMA
8 2 (11.76%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 1 (5.88%) JIRA
1 1 (5.88%) Visual Studio
General
1 11 (64.71%) Telecoms
2 7 (41.18%) Back Office
3 6 (35.29%) Front Office
4 1 (5.88%) Electronics
4 1 (5.88%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (35.29%) Back Office Engineer
2 5 (29.41%) Optimisation Engineer
3 3 (17.65%) Radio Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) RAN Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) Senior RAN Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Core Network Designer
5 1 (5.88%) Designer
5 1 (5.88%) Digital Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Field Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Field Test Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Mobile Designer
5 1 (5.88%) Network Designer
5 1 (5.88%) Project Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Test Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Test Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.88%) iOS SDK
1 1 (5.88%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.88%) Embedded Systems
1 1 (5.88%) Handset
1 1 (5.88%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 7 (41.18%) Windows
2 1 (5.88%) Android
2 1 (5.88%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.88%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (47.06%) Capacity Management
1 8 (47.06%) Network Management
2 7 (41.18%) Configuration Management
2 7 (41.18%) Network Design
3 6 (35.29%) Continuous Improvement
3 6 (35.29%) Fault Management
3 6 (35.29%) Functional Testing
3 6 (35.29%) Kalman Filter
3 6 (35.29%) People Management
3 6 (35.29%) Problem Management
3 6 (35.29%) Statistics
3 6 (35.29%) Validation
4 3 (17.65%) Network Architecture
5 2 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (11.76%) Network Optimisation
5 2 (11.76%) Performance Management
5 2 (11.76%) Radio Network Optimisation
5 2 (11.76%) Resource Management
6 1 (5.88%) eTOM
6 1 (5.88%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.76%) SQL
2 1 (5.88%) C++
2 1 (5.88%) Java
Qualifications
1 2 (11.76%) Degree
2 1 (5.88%) CCIE
2 1 (5.88%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.76%) SLA
2 1 (5.88%) QA
Vendors
1 8 (47.06%) Huawei
2 4 (23.53%) Nokia Networks
3 3 (17.65%) Ericsson
3 3 (17.65%) Mapinfo
4 2 (11.76%) Remedy
5 1 (5.88%) Greenplum
5 1 (5.88%) HP
5 1 (5.88%) Nokia