The table below looks at the statistics for PPP skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited PPP over the 3 months to 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
Rank 570 580 546
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -34
Contract jobs citing PPP 25 2 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.045% 0.004% 0.022%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.32% 0.029% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 0 0
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£300 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £28.50 - £15.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 - £15.50

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
7932 6951 7862
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.38% 13.47% 15.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 4506 3786 3830
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 418 664
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.38%

PPP
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing PPP within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

PPP Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

PPP
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing PPP within the UK.

PPP Daily Rate Trend in the UK

PPP
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing PPP within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

PPP Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

PPP
Hourly Rate Trend

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

PPP Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

PPP
Top 27 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PPP within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014. 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 -8 24 £300 - 1
London +26 13 £300 - 1
City of London +18 11 £300 - 1
West Midlands - 6 £178 -
South East - 3 £275 -
Reading - 3 £275 -
Redditch - 3 £155 -
Berkshire - 3 £275 -
Worcestershire - 3 £155 -
Birmingham - 2 £203 -
Warwickshire - 1 - -
Studley - 1 - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Camberley - - - -
Cardiff - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Reigate - - - -
Slough - - - -
South Wales - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
Wales - - - -
Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
East of England - - - -

PPP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PPP 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 PPP.

1 37 (78.72%) BGP
2 35 (74.47%) Cisco
3 34 (72.34%) VPN
4 32 (68.09%) OSPF
4 32 (68.09%) Firewall
5 31 (65.96%) Cisco Certification
6 27 (57.45%) CCNP
6 27 (57.45%) TCP/IP
7 26 (55.32%) CCIE
8 25 (53.19%) SNMP
8 25 (53.19%) UNIX
8 25 (53.19%) EIGRP
9 24 (51.06%) VRRP
9 24 (51.06%) DMVPN
9 24 (51.06%) HSRP
10 23 (48.94%) Perl
11 19 (40.43%) TACACS
11 19 (40.43%) OpenNMS
11 19 (40.43%) FlexPod
11 19 (40.43%) RANCID
12 17 (36.17%) Change Management
13 15 (31.91%) Cisco Nexus
14 10 (21.28%) ATM
15 9 (19.15%) ISDN
15 9 (19.15%) MPLS
16 8 (17.02%) DSL
16 8 (17.02%) DNS
16 8 (17.02%) IPsec
17 7 (14.89%) X.21
17 7 (14.89%) Load Balancing

PPP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PPP 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 PPP. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.13%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 1 (2.13%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (78.72%) BGP
2 34 (72.34%) VPN
3 32 (68.09%) OSPF
3 32 (68.09%) Firewall
4 27 (57.45%) TCP/IP
5 25 (53.19%) SNMP
5 25 (53.19%) EIGRP
6 24 (51.06%) VRRP
6 24 (51.06%) DMVPN
6 24 (51.06%) HSRP
7 19 (40.43%) TACACS
8 15 (31.91%) Cisco Nexus
9 10 (21.28%) ATM
10 9 (19.15%) ISDN
10 9 (19.15%) MPLS
11 8 (17.02%) DSL
11 8 (17.02%) DNS
11 8 (17.02%) IPsec
12 7 (14.89%) X.21
12 7 (14.89%) WAN
General
1 3 (6.38%) Telecoms
1 3 (6.38%) Law
2 2 (4.26%) Finance
3 1 (2.13%) Banking
3 1 (2.13%) Retail
3 1 (2.13%) Multimedia
3 1 (2.13%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (34.04%) Network Engineer
2 15 (31.91%) Cisco Engineer
3 11 (23.40%) Cisco Support Engineer
3 11 (23.40%) Cisco Support
3 11 (23.40%) Support Engineer
4 8 (17.02%) Network Consultant
4 8 (17.02%) Consultant
5 7 (14.89%) Cisco Consultant
5 7 (14.89%) Cisco Network Consultant
6 5 (10.64%) NOC Engineer
7 3 (6.38%) Transition Manager
7 3 (6.38%) Test Engineer
8 2 (4.26%) Developer
8 2 (4.26%) Integration Engineer
9 1 (2.13%) Business Architect
9 1 (2.13%) Senior Programme Manager
9 1 (2.13%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 1 (2.13%) Senior Cisco Engineer
9 1 (2.13%) Business Process Architect
9 1 (2.13%) PMO Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.13%) Web Services
1 1 (2.13%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 19 (40.43%) FlexPod
2 3 (6.38%) Statistics
3 1 (2.13%) EPoS
3 1 (2.13%) EMV
3 1 (2.13%) Chip and PIN
3 1 (2.13%) Smartcard
3 1 (2.13%) Device Driver
3 1 (2.13%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 25 (53.19%) UNIX
2 1 (2.13%) Windows
2 1 (2.13%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (36.17%) Change Management
2 7 (14.89%) Load Balancing
3 5 (10.64%) Project Management
3 5 (10.64%) Network Monitoring
4 4 (8.51%) Network Design
5 2 (4.26%) Configuration Management
5 2 (4.26%) ITIL
6 1 (2.13%) Network Management
6 1 (2.13%) Project Governance
6 1 (2.13%) Change Control
6 1 (2.13%) Embedded Software Development
6 1 (2.13%) Agile Project Management
6 1 (2.13%) Business Transformation
6 1 (2.13%) Dependency Management
6 1 (2.13%) PRINCE2
6 1 (2.13%) CRM
6 1 (2.13%) OOD
6 1 (2.13%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (2.13%) TDD
6 1 (2.13%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (48.94%) Perl
2 7 (14.89%) R
3 6 (12.77%) Python
4 2 (4.26%) C
5 1 (2.13%) C++
5 1 (2.13%) Embedded C++
5 1 (2.13%) Assembly Language
5 1 (2.13%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 31 (65.96%) Cisco Certification
2 27 (57.45%) CCNP
3 26 (55.32%) CCIE
4 5 (10.64%) CCNA
5 1 (2.13%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (2.13%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.64%) SLA
2 1 (2.13%) COREP
2 1 (2.13%) QA
Systems Management
1 19 (40.43%) OpenNMS
1 19 (40.43%) RANCID
2 3 (6.38%) Netcool
3 1 (2.13%) CiscoWorks
3 1 (2.13%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 35 (74.47%) Cisco
2 3 (6.38%) Juniper
3 2 (4.26%) IBM
4 1 (2.13%) Aruba
4 1 (2.13%) F5
4 1 (2.13%) Oracle
4 1 (2.13%) HP
4 1 (2.13%) Nortel
4 1 (2.13%) Novell
4 1 (2.13%) Siemens
4 1 (2.13%) Remedy
4 1 (2.13%) SolarWinds
4 1 (2.13%) VMware