The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for HSPA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited HSPA 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.

High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 591 644 592
Rank change year-on-year +53 -52  
Contract jobs citing HSPA 14 4 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.031% 0.007% 0.062%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.21% 0.050% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 27
Median daily rate £276 £190 £279
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +45.39% -31.83%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £142 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £238 £298
UK excluding London median daily rate £260 £190 £279
% change year-on-year +36.84% -31.83%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £32.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.50 -

HSPA 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 6545 7942 7919
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.47% 14.76% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4037 4754 4323
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 £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 362 339 435
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 £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

HSPA
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for HSPA in the UK

HSPA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for HSPA in the UK

HSPA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for HSPA in the UK

HSPA
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing HSPA within the UK 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
England +60 14 £276 +112.50%
South East +26 9 - -
Berkshire - 9 - -
Reading - 3 - -
East of England -1 2 - -
Hertfordshire -1 2 - -
Hatfield -8 2 - -
Leeds - 1 £260 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £260 -
London - 1 £293 -
Yorkshire - 1 £260 -

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing HSPA 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 HSPA.

1 15 (83.33%) GSM
1 15 (83.33%) WCDMA
1 15 (83.33%) LTE
2 12 (66.67%) Degree
3 11 (61.11%) Apple
3 11 (61.11%) Project Management
3 11 (61.11%) Xcode
3 11 (61.11%) Objective-C
3 11 (61.11%) Java
3 11 (61.11%) QA
3 11 (61.11%) Problem Management
3 11 (61.11%) Publishing
3 11 (61.11%) Stakeholder Management
3 11 (61.11%) Android
3 11 (61.11%) Android Studio
3 11 (61.11%) Mentoring
3 11 (61.11%) Coaching
3 11 (61.11%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (61.11%) Mobile Development
3 11 (61.11%) Apple Swift
3 11 (61.11%) Service Design
4 10 (55.56%) Finance
5 7 (38.89%) Telecoms
6 6 (33.33%) 2G
6 6 (33.33%) 3G
7 5 (27.78%) Mobile App
8 4 (22.22%) VoLTE
8 4 (22.22%) GPRS
8 4 (22.22%) 4G
8 4 (22.22%) Radio Access Network

HSPA
Co-occurring 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:

Applications
1 2 (11.11%) MS Office
2 1 (5.56%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.56%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 15 (83.33%) GSM
1 15 (83.33%) LTE
1 15 (83.33%) WCDMA
2 6 (33.33%) 2G
2 6 (33.33%) 3G
3 4 (22.22%) 4G
3 4 (22.22%) GPRS
3 4 (22.22%) Radio Access Network
3 4 (22.22%) VoLTE
4 2 (11.11%) ATM
4 2 (11.11%) Wireshark
5 1 (5.56%) 3GPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.56%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 11 (61.11%) Android Studio
1 11 (61.11%) Xcode
General
1 11 (61.11%) Publishing
2 10 (55.56%) Finance
3 7 (38.89%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (66.67%) Architect
2 4 (22.22%) Optimisation Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Designer
3 2 (11.11%) Java Applications Architect
3 2 (11.11%) Java Architect
3 2 (11.11%) Mobile Architect
3 2 (11.11%) Radio Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) RAN Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Senior Designer
3 2 (11.11%) Senior RAN Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Applications Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Network Designer
4 1 (5.56%) Senior Network Designer
4 1 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
Miscellaneous
1 11 (61.11%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (27.78%) Mobile App
3 1 (5.56%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 11 (61.11%) Android
2 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (61.11%) Coaching
1 11 (61.11%) Mentoring
1 11 (61.11%) Mobile Development
1 11 (61.11%) Problem Management
1 11 (61.11%) Project Management
1 11 (61.11%) Service Design
1 11 (61.11%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (11.11%) Capacity Management
2 2 (11.11%) High Availability
2 2 (11.11%) Network Architecture
2 2 (11.11%) Network Management
2 2 (11.11%) Network Optimisation
2 2 (11.11%) Performance Management
2 2 (11.11%) Radio Network Optimisation
2 2 (11.11%) Resource Management
3 1 (5.56%) Capacity Planning
3 1 (5.56%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (5.56%) eTOM
3 1 (5.56%) ITIL V3
3 1 (5.56%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 11 (61.11%) Apple Swift
1 11 (61.11%) Java
1 11 (61.11%) Objective-C
2 2 (11.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (66.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (61.11%) QA
2 2 (11.11%) SLA
Vendors
1 11 (61.11%) Apple
2 3 (16.67%) Ericsson
2 3 (16.67%) Mapinfo
2 3 (16.67%) Nokia Networks
3 2 (11.11%) Actix
3 2 (11.11%) Remedy
4 1 (5.56%) Greenplum
4 1 (5.56%) HP
4 1 (5.56%) Huawei