The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 28 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 / West Midlands
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 128 121
Contract jobs citing GPRS 0 1 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands - 0.037% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category - 0.33% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 3
Median daily rate - - £260
UK excluding London median daily rate £260 £230 £260
% change year-on-year +13.04% -11.53%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 West Midlands with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 297 304 367
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 13.36% 11.11% 14.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 139 174
Median daily rate £400 £400 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 17 43
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -34.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.70 £26.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.14 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -40.96% +25.00%  

GPRS
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

GPRS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for GPRS in the West Midlands

GPRS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for GPRS in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for GPRS.

1 1 (100.00%) 3G
1 1 (100.00%) Wi-Fi
1 1 (100.00%) Finance
1 1 (100.00%) CMS
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) Software Testing
1 1 (100.00%) JIRA
1 1 (100.00%) Android
1 1 (100.00%) Waterfall
1 1 (100.00%) Apple iOS
1 1 (100.00%) 4G
1 1 (100.00%) iOS SDK
1 1 (100.00%) Non-Functional Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Automation Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Issue Tracking
1 1 (100.00%) Cross-Browser Testing

GPRS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 (100.00%) CMS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (100.00%) 3G
1 1 (100.00%) 4G
1 1 (100.00%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 1 (100.00%) JIRA
General
1 1 (100.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Analyst
1 1 (100.00%) Digital Analyst
1 1 (100.00%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (100.00%) iOS SDK
Operating Systems
1 1 (100.00%) Android
1 1 (100.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) Automation Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Cross-Browser Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Issue Tracking
1 1 (100.00%) Non-Functional Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Software Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Waterfall