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 21 April 2015 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
Rank 592 595 540
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -55
Contract jobs citing PPP 10 9 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.016% 0.017%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.12% 0.12% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 6 4
Average daily rate
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£300 £344 £364
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.72% -5.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £308 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £386 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £338 £364
% change year-on-year
-11.11% -7.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £22.50

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
8203 7310 7294
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.65% 13.01% 15.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4494 3848 3626
Average daily rate £350 £360 £348
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +3.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £310
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +8.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 421 573
Average hourly rate £28.75 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.75% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.60 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+46.34% -8.88%

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
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 30 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 21 April 2015. 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 +5 8 £325 -3.70% 3
South East -1 8 £325 +1.96% 1
Tunbridge Wells - 4 - -
Kent - 4 - -
Reading -1 3 - -
Berkshire -3 3 - -
Hampshire - - - -
Rochdale - - - - 1
Southampton - - - -
Surrey - - - - 1
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
North East - - - -
North West - - - - 2
Basingstoke - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Bracknell - - - -
Bridgend - - - - 3
Camberley - - - -
Dudley - - - -
Gatwick - - - -
Leeds - - - -
London - - - -
Manchester - - - - 2
Prudhoe - - - -
South Wales - - - - 3
Tyne and Wear - - - -
Wales - - - - 3
West Midlands - - - -

PPP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, 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 14 (58.33%) VPN
2 12 (50.00%) TCP/IP
2 12 (50.00%) Firewall
3 10 (41.67%) Cisco
3 10 (41.67%) UNIX
3 10 (41.67%) OSPF
3 10 (41.67%) BGP
3 10 (41.67%) CCNP
3 10 (41.67%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (33.33%) VRRP
4 8 (33.33%) EIGRP
4 8 (33.33%) SNMP
4 8 (33.33%) DMVPN
4 8 (33.33%) HSRP
5 7 (29.17%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (29.17%) Perl
5 7 (29.17%) Change Management
5 7 (29.17%) CCIE
6 6 (25.00%) TACACS
6 6 (25.00%) ATM
6 6 (25.00%) RANCID
6 6 (25.00%) FlexPod
6 6 (25.00%) OpenNMS
7 5 (20.83%) MS Excel
7 5 (20.83%) Microsoft
8 4 (16.67%) HTTP
8 4 (16.67%) GPRS
8 4 (16.67%) DHCP
8 4 (16.67%) DNS
8 4 (16.67%) CCNA

PPP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, 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 (4.17%) MS Project Server
1 1 (4.17%) Node.js
Applications
1 5 (20.83%) MS Excel
2 3 (12.50%) MS PowerPoint
2 3 (12.50%) MS Office
3 1 (4.17%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (58.33%) VPN
2 12 (50.00%) TCP/IP
2 12 (50.00%) Firewall
3 10 (41.67%) OSPF
3 10 (41.67%) BGP
4 8 (33.33%) SNMP
4 8 (33.33%) DMVPN
4 8 (33.33%) VRRP
4 8 (33.33%) EIGRP
4 8 (33.33%) HSRP
5 6 (25.00%) TACACS
5 6 (25.00%) ATM
6 4 (16.67%) GPRS
6 4 (16.67%) HTTP
6 4 (16.67%) DHCP
6 4 (16.67%) DNS
6 4 (16.67%) Cisco Nexus
6 4 (16.67%) xDSL
7 3 (12.50%) IPsec
7 3 (12.50%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) Oracle Forms
General
1 4 (16.67%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.17%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Banking
2 1 (4.17%) Retail
2 1 (4.17%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (29.17%) Support Engineer
1 7 (29.17%) Cisco Engineer
2 6 (25.00%) Network Engineer
2 6 (25.00%) Cisco Support
2 6 (25.00%) Cisco Support Engineer
3 2 (8.33%) Supplier Relationship Manager
3 2 (8.33%) Developer
3 2 (8.33%) Relationships Manager
4 1 (4.17%) NOC Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Network Support
4 1 (4.17%) Embedded C Software Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Technical Support Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Network Support Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Business Architect
4 1 (4.17%) Technical Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Analyst
4 1 (4.17%) Network Consultant
4 1 (4.17%) Consultant
4 1 (4.17%) Applications Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.17%) REST
1 1 (4.17%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (29.17%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (25.00%) FlexPod
3 1 (4.17%) EPoS
3 1 (4.17%) EMV
3 1 (4.17%) Chip and PIN
3 1 (4.17%) Statistics
3 1 (4.17%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 10 (41.67%) UNIX
2 3 (12.50%) Solaris
2 3 (12.50%) Linux
3 1 (4.17%) Windows Mobile
3 1 (4.17%) Android
3 1 (4.17%) Apple iOS
3 1 (4.17%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (29.17%) Change Management
2 3 (12.50%) Information Security
2 3 (12.50%) Unit Testing
2 3 (12.50%) TDD
2 3 (12.50%) Software Engineering
3 2 (8.33%) Load Balancing
4 1 (4.17%) Project Planning
4 1 (4.17%) Change Control
4 1 (4.17%) Mobile Application Development
4 1 (4.17%) Dependency Management
4 1 (4.17%) Android Development
4 1 (4.17%) iOS Development
4 1 (4.17%) Network Monitoring
4 1 (4.17%) Programme Management
4 1 (4.17%) CRM
4 1 (4.17%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (29.17%) Perl
2 3 (12.50%) SQL
2 3 (12.50%) C
3 2 (8.33%) C++
3 2 (8.33%) Python
3 2 (8.33%) Embedded C
4 1 (4.17%) Embedded C++
4 1 (4.17%) Java
Qualifications
1 10 (41.67%) Cisco Certification
1 10 (41.67%) CCNP
2 7 (29.17%) CCIE
3 4 (16.67%) CCNA
4 3 (12.50%) Sun Certification
4 3 (12.50%) SCSA
4 3 (12.50%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.33%) SLA
2 1 (4.17%) QA
2 1 (4.17%) COREP
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 6 (25.00%) OpenNMS
1 6 (25.00%) RANCID
2 1 (4.17%) CiscoWorks
2 1 (4.17%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 10 (41.67%) Cisco
2 5 (20.83%) Microsoft
3 3 (12.50%) Sun
3 3 (12.50%) HP
3 3 (12.50%) Veritas
3 3 (12.50%) Huawei
3 3 (12.50%) Oracle
4 1 (4.17%) SolarWinds
4 1 (4.17%) Twitter
4 1 (4.17%) Remedy