The table below looks at the statistics for PSTN skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited PSTN over the 3 months to 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Public Switched Telecom Network (PSTN)
Rank 582 592 560
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -32
Contract jobs citing PSTN 38 19 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.067% 0.035% 0.037%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.49% 0.25% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 7 7
Average daily rate
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£392 £425 £423
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.76% +0.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £216 £360
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £494 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £402 £343 £423
% change year-on-year
+17.44% -18.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 1 1
Average hourly rate £12.35 £40.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-69.12% +50.94%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.35 £40.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-69.12% +50.94%

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
7831 7646 6987
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.77% 13.99% 13.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4478 4078 3617
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £336 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.27% +4.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 477 416 465
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+8.81% -21.56%

PSTN
Jobs Demand Trend

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

PSTN Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

PSTN
Daily Rate Trend

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

PSTN Daily Rate Trend in the UK

PSTN
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing PSTN within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

PSTN Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

PSTN
Hourly Rate Trend

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

PSTN Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

PSTN
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing PSTN within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

PSTN Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

PSTN
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 PSTN within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 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 -13 30 £392 -7.76% 2
London +2 14 £381 -23.75% 1
City of London -4 7 £388 -22.50%
Scotland - 7 - -
West Midlands - 5 - -
South East -10 3 £408 +63.20%
Hook - 3 £408 -
Hampshire - 3 £408 -
East of England +1 2 £300 +15.38%
North East - 2 - -
Glasgow - 2 - -
Fife - 2 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 - -
Tyne and Wear - 2 - -
Birmingham - 2 - -
Suffolk +5 1 - -
Ipswich +3 1 - -
North West -28 1 - - 1
Wrexham - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 - -
North Wales - 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 - -
Staffordshire - 1 - -
Worcestershire - 1 - -
Worcester - 1 - -
Chelmsford - 1 £300 -
Preston - 1 - -
Shrewsbury - 1 - -
Stoke-on-Trent - 1 - -
Inverness - 1 - -

PSTN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PSTN 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 PSTN.

1 41 (64.06%) Telecoms
2 24 (37.50%) Migration
3 20 (31.25%) ADSL
4 17 (26.56%) BT
4 17 (26.56%) LLU
5 15 (23.44%) Cisco
5 15 (23.44%) Microsoft
6 14 (21.88%) System Testing
6 14 (21.88%) Line Management
7 11 (17.19%) Windows
7 11 (17.19%) ISDN
8 10 (15.63%) VoIP
8 10 (15.63%) SS7
9 9 (14.06%) 3G
9 9 (14.06%) Diameter Protocol
9 9 (14.06%) 4G
10 8 (12.50%) Cisco CUCM
10 8 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (12.50%) ISUP
10 8 (12.50%) VMware
11 7 (10.94%) 2G
11 7 (10.94%) SCCP
11 7 (10.94%) INAP
11 7 (10.94%) Ericsson
11 7 (10.94%) TCAP
11 7 (10.94%) TCP/IP
11 7 (10.94%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (10.94%) PBX
11 7 (10.94%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (9.38%) Android

PSTN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PSTN 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 PSTN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (7.81%) Lync
2 3 (4.69%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.56%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 3 (4.69%) MS Office
1 3 (4.69%) MS Excel
1 3 (4.69%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.69%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (31.25%) ADSL
2 17 (26.56%) LLU
3 11 (17.19%) ISDN
4 10 (15.63%) VoIP
4 10 (15.63%) SS7
5 9 (14.06%) 3G
5 9 (14.06%) 4G
5 9 (14.06%) Diameter Protocol
6 8 (12.50%) ISUP
7 7 (10.94%) SCCP
7 7 (10.94%) INAP
7 7 (10.94%) TCP/IP
7 7 (10.94%) PBX
7 7 (10.94%) TCAP
7 7 (10.94%) 2G
8 6 (9.38%) GSM
8 6 (9.38%) Internet
9 5 (7.81%) MPLS
9 5 (7.81%) OSPF
9 5 (7.81%) BGP
Development Applications
1 4 (6.25%) SoapUI
2 2 (3.13%) JMeter
3 1 (1.56%) OpenSTA
General
1 41 (64.06%) Telecoms
2 5 (7.81%) Advertising
3 2 (3.13%) Finance
4 1 (1.56%) Retail
4 1 (1.56%) Multimedia
4 1 (1.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 7 (10.94%) Analyst
1 7 (10.94%) Voice Engineer
2 5 (7.81%) Network Analyst
3 4 (6.25%) Consultant
3 4 (6.25%) Senior Voice Engineer
4 3 (4.69%) Voice Design Engineer
4 3 (4.69%) Unified Communications Consultant
4 3 (4.69%) Network Engineer
4 3 (4.69%) Administrator
4 3 (4.69%) Design Engineer
4 3 (4.69%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (4.69%) Business Consultant
4 3 (4.69%) Senior Network Analyst
4 3 (4.69%) Microsoft Consultant
5 2 (3.13%) VoIP Engineer
5 2 (3.13%) Cisco Engineer
5 2 (3.13%) Embedded C Software Engineer
5 2 (3.13%) Embedded C Engineer
5 2 (3.13%) C Software Engineer
5 2 (3.13%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.25%) SOAP
2 2 (3.13%) XMPP
2 2 (3.13%) 802.1X
3 1 (1.56%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.94%) Video Conferencing
2 5 (7.81%) IVR
3 4 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.69%) User Experience
5 2 (3.13%) Computer Science
5 2 (3.13%) Management Information System
5 2 (3.13%) Handset
6 1 (1.56%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 11 (17.19%) Windows
2 6 (9.38%) Android
2 6 (9.38%) Apple iOS
3 3 (4.69%) Windows Phone
3 3 (4.69%) Windows 7
3 3 (4.69%) UNIX
3 3 (4.69%) Windows XP
4 1 (1.56%) Windows 2000
4 1 (1.56%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (37.50%) Migration
2 14 (21.88%) System Testing
2 14 (21.88%) Line Management
3 8 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (10.94%) Business Intelligence
5 6 (9.38%) Use Case
5 6 (9.38%) Capacity Planning
6 5 (7.81%) Time Management
6 5 (7.81%) Test Automation
6 5 (7.81%) Software Testing
6 5 (7.81%) System Integration Testing
7 3 (4.69%) ITIL
7 3 (4.69%) Project Management
7 3 (4.69%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (4.69%) Unit Testing
7 3 (4.69%) Information Security
7 3 (4.69%) TDD
7 3 (4.69%) Software Engineering
8 2 (3.13%) Service Management
8 2 (3.13%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 4 (6.25%) C
2 3 (4.69%) Python
2 3 (4.69%) Embedded C
3 2 (3.13%) Embedded C++
3 2 (3.13%) C++
3 2 (3.13%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (9.38%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (4.69%) CCIE
2 3 (4.69%) CCNP
2 3 (4.69%) CCNA
3 2 (3.13%) CCVP
3 2 (3.13%) Degree
4 1 (1.56%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.56%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.56%) CCIP
4 1 (1.56%) Avaya Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.38%) QA
2 3 (4.69%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (9.38%) Active Directory
2 4 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (4.69%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 8 (12.50%) Cisco CUCM
2 5 (7.81%) Cisco UCCX
3 1 (1.56%) Cisco IPCC
3 1 (1.56%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 17 (26.56%) BT
2 15 (23.44%) Cisco
2 15 (23.44%) Microsoft
3 8 (12.50%) VMware
4 7 (10.94%) Ericsson
5 5 (7.81%) Nokia
6 3 (4.69%) Nortel
6 3 (4.69%) Citrix
6 3 (4.69%) F5
6 3 (4.69%) Sonus
7 2 (3.13%) Huawei
7 2 (3.13%) Polycom
7 2 (3.13%) Riverbed
7 2 (3.13%) Avaya
7 2 (3.13%) Juniper
7 2 (3.13%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 2 (3.13%) CheckPoint
7 2 (3.13%) Cramer
8 1 (1.56%) Twitter
8 1 (1.56%) Sybase