The table below looks at the statistics for PPP skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited PPP over the 3 months to 25 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
UK
Rank 590 620 622
Rank change year-on-year
+30 +2
Contract jobs citing PPP 12 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.027% 0.013% 0.010%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.18% 0.092% 0.064%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 1 3
Median daily rate £345 £365 £205
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.47% +78.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £365 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £365 £281
UK excluding London median daily rate £333 £365 £203
% change year-on-year
-8.90% +80.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £34.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £28.50

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
6711 7583 7851
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.99% 14.58% 14.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 4187 4469 4290
Median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £235 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 368 324 451
Median hourly rate £23.95 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.16% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £43.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £35.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-38.57% +32.07%

PPP
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing PPP as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 February 2017.

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 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PPP within the UK over the 3 months to 25 February 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 +41 10 £345 -5.47% 11
South West +7 4 £360 -1.36%
Bristol +5 4 £360 -1.36%
South East +17 2 £391 - 3
Birmingham - 2 £313 -
West Midlands - 2 £313 -
Wales - 2 - -
South Wales - 2 - -
Berkshire - 2 £391 - 3
Yorkshire - 1 £320 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £320 -
Bracknell - 1 £463 - 2
Wakefield - 1 £320 -
Reading - 1 £320 - 1
London - 1 £400 - 1

PPP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing PPP 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 PPP.

1 20 (76.92%) MPLS
2 18 (69.23%) OSPF
2 18 (69.23%) BGP
3 17 (65.38%) Cisco
3 17 (65.38%) Firewall
4 16 (61.54%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (53.85%) CCNP
6 12 (46.15%) CCNA
6 12 (46.15%) Ethernet
7 10 (38.46%) WAN
7 10 (38.46%) VPN
8 9 (34.62%) Juniper
8 9 (34.62%) L2TP
8 9 (34.62%) IPsec
8 9 (34.62%) Finance
8 9 (34.62%) Data Centre
9 8 (30.77%) xDSL
9 8 (30.77%) VLAN
9 8 (30.77%) CCIE
10 7 (26.92%) HP
10 7 (26.92%) Wireless
10 7 (26.92%) HSRP
11 6 (23.08%) Network Management
11 6 (23.08%) Security Cleared
11 6 (23.08%) Cisco ASA
11 6 (23.08%) Frame Relay
11 6 (23.08%) Telecoms
11 6 (23.08%) Cisco IOS
12 5 (19.23%) Degree
12 5 (19.23%) CA

PPP
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 3 (11.54%) Exchange Server 2010
1 3 (11.54%) Exchange Server 2013
1 3 (11.54%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (7.69%) MS Excel
1 2 (7.69%) MS Office
1 2 (7.69%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (15.38%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (76.92%) MPLS
2 18 (69.23%) BGP
2 18 (69.23%) OSPF
3 17 (65.38%) Firewall
4 12 (46.15%) Ethernet
5 10 (38.46%) VPN
5 10 (38.46%) WAN
6 9 (34.62%) IPsec
6 9 (34.62%) L2TP
7 8 (30.77%) VLAN
7 8 (30.77%) xDSL
8 7 (26.92%) HSRP
8 7 (26.92%) Wireless
9 6 (23.08%) Cisco ASA
9 6 (23.08%) Cisco IOS
9 6 (23.08%) Frame Relay
10 5 (19.23%) Cisco Nexus
10 5 (19.23%) EIGRP
10 5 (19.23%) Internet
10 5 (19.23%) Unified Communications
Development Applications
1 3 (11.54%) JIRA
2 2 (7.69%) Oracle Forms
General
1 9 (34.62%) Finance
2 6 (23.08%) Telecoms
3 3 (11.54%) Legal
4 2 (7.69%) Electronics
4 2 (7.69%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 14 (53.85%) Network Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) Cisco Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) Cisco Network Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) Firewall Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) Analyst
3 2 (7.69%) LAN Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) LAN/WAN Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) Migration Manager
3 2 (7.69%) Network Analyst
3 2 (7.69%) NOC Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) Senior Analyst
3 2 (7.69%) Senior Network Analyst
3 2 (7.69%) Telephony Manager
3 2 (7.69%) Test Manager
3 2 (7.69%) Unified Communications Manager
3 2 (7.69%) WAN Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) IP Design Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Juniper Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Technical Operations Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (15.38%) 802.1X
2 1 (3.85%) OpenEmbedded
2 1 (3.85%) OpenGL
2 1 (3.85%) WebKit
2 1 (3.85%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 9 (34.62%) Data Centre
2 2 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (7.69%) Computer Science
2 2 (7.69%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.85%) Digital TV
3 1 (3.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 1 (3.85%) RSA SecurID
3 1 (3.85%) STB
Operating Systems
1 4 (15.38%) Linux
2 3 (11.54%) Unix
2 3 (11.54%) Windows
2 3 (11.54%) Windows Server
2 3 (11.54%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (11.54%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (7.69%) Solaris
4 1 (3.85%) Embedded Linux
4 1 (3.85%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (23.08%) Network Management
2 4 (15.38%) Customer Requirements
2 4 (15.38%) ITIL
2 4 (15.38%) Load Balancing
2 4 (15.38%) Stress Testing
3 3 (11.54%) Automated Testing
3 3 (11.54%) Change Management
3 3 (11.54%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 3 (11.54%) Resilience Testing
3 3 (11.54%) Test Scripting
3 3 (11.54%) Test Strategy
3 3 (11.54%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (11.54%) Virtual Environments
4 2 (7.69%) Line Management
4 2 (7.69%) Migration
4 2 (7.69%) Performance Management
4 2 (7.69%) Presales
4 2 (7.69%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (7.69%) Test Management
5 1 (3.85%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 2 (7.69%) C
1 2 (7.69%) SQL
2 1 (3.85%) C++
2 1 (3.85%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 16 (61.54%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (53.85%) CCNP
3 12 (46.15%) CCNA
4 8 (30.77%) CCIE
5 6 (23.08%) Security Cleared
6 5 (19.23%) Degree
6 5 (19.23%) SC Cleared
7 2 (7.69%) CCDA
7 2 (7.69%) CCDP
7 2 (7.69%) SCSA
7 2 (7.69%) Sun Certification
8 1 (3.85%) CISSP
8 1 (3.85%) JNCIE
8 1 (3.85%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.69%) SLA
2 1 (3.85%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (11.54%) Hyper-V
1 3 (11.54%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (11.54%) Cisco Prime
1 3 (11.54%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (65.38%) Cisco
2 9 (34.62%) Juniper
3 7 (26.92%) HP
4 5 (19.23%) CA
4 5 (19.23%) CheckPoint
5 4 (15.38%) Palo Alto
5 4 (15.38%) VMware
6 3 (11.54%) F5
6 3 (11.54%) Meraki
6 3 (11.54%) Nokia
7 2 (7.69%) AirMagnet
7 2 (7.69%) Brocade
7 2 (7.69%) Huawei
7 2 (7.69%) IBM
7 2 (7.69%) IronPort
7 2 (7.69%) Microsoft
7 2 (7.69%) Oracle
7 2 (7.69%) SolarWinds
7 2 (7.69%) Sun
7 2 (7.69%) Veritas