The table below looks at the statistics for PSTN skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited PSTN over the 3 months to 27 May 2016 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
27 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Public Switched Telecom Network (PSTN)
Rank 632 599 598
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -1
Contract jobs citing PSTN 24 28 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.044% 0.051% 0.032%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.28% 0.35% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 17 8
Median daily rate £420 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £337 £275 £232
10% offered a daily rate of more than £452 £410 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+25.75% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Median hourly rate £12.38 £25.70 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.84% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.38 £25.70 -
% change year-on-year
-51.84% -

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
8648 8054 7036
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.86% 14.80% 13.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 5245 4486 3835
Median daily rate £390 £350 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -1.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £340 £333
% change year-on-year
+8.38% +2.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 384 469 398
Median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +31.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £43.30 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £26.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+11.53% +44.44%

PSTN
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing PSTN as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 27 May 2016.

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
Top 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PSTN within the UK over the 3 months to 27 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -23 24 £420 +12.00% 9
South East -7 14 £339 -12.01%
Berkshire +1 11 £395 +43.63%
London -13 7 £425 +13.33% 2
Wokingham - 3 - -
Reading -2 2 - -
Hampshire -4 2 £337 -15.68%
South Yorkshire - 2 £428 -
Yorkshire - 2 £428 -
Sheffield - 2 £428 -
City of London +32 1 £375 -
Newbury 0 1 £188 -31.81%
Surrey -7 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £453 - 3
North West - 1 £453 - 3
Bracknell - 1 £340 -
Epsom - 1 - -
Farnborough - 1 £338 -

PSTN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing PSTN 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 PSTN.

1 36 (55.38%) ISDN
1 36 (55.38%) Cisco
2 30 (46.15%) MPLS
3 28 (43.08%) WAN
4 27 (41.54%) ITIL
4 27 (41.54%) Cisco Certification
4 27 (41.54%) Telecoms
5 24 (36.92%) Firewall
6 23 (35.38%) DNS
7 21 (32.31%) TCP/IP
8 20 (30.77%) CCNA
9 19 (29.23%) LAN
9 19 (29.23%) ADSL
9 19 (29.23%) Data Centre
9 19 (29.23%) 802.1X
10 18 (27.69%) IPsec
10 18 (27.69%) Ethernet
10 18 (27.69%) Project Management
11 17 (26.15%) DHCP
11 17 (26.15%) Incident Management
12 16 (24.62%) Load Balancing
12 16 (24.62%) VoIP
13 15 (23.08%) SNMP
13 15 (23.08%) SSL
13 15 (23.08%) ICMP
13 15 (23.08%) Change Management
13 15 (23.08%) X.25
13 15 (23.08%) Network Management
13 15 (23.08%) HSRP
14 14 (21.54%) Network Monitoring

PSTN
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 10 (15.38%) Skype for Business
2 6 (9.23%) Live Communications Server
3 2 (3.08%) CMS
3 2 (3.08%) MS Exchange
3 2 (3.08%) Office Communications Server
4 1 (1.54%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (3.08%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.15%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 36 (55.38%) ISDN
2 30 (46.15%) MPLS
3 28 (43.08%) WAN
4 24 (36.92%) Firewall
5 23 (35.38%) DNS
6 21 (32.31%) TCP/IP
7 19 (29.23%) ADSL
7 19 (29.23%) LAN
8 18 (27.69%) Ethernet
8 18 (27.69%) IPsec
9 17 (26.15%) DHCP
10 16 (24.62%) VoIP
11 15 (23.08%) HSRP
11 15 (23.08%) ICMP
11 15 (23.08%) SNMP
11 15 (23.08%) SSL
11 15 (23.08%) X.25
12 14 (21.54%) Network Security
13 13 (20.00%) Cisco ASA
13 13 (20.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.54%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.54%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 27 (41.54%) Telecoms
2 12 (18.46%) Finance
3 2 (3.08%) Back Office
3 2 (3.08%) Billing
4 1 (1.54%) Advertising
4 1 (1.54%) Banking
4 1 (1.54%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.54%) Local Government
4 1 (1.54%) Marketing
4 1 (1.54%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (29.23%) Network Engineer
2 10 (15.38%) Architect
2 10 (15.38%) Support Engineer
3 8 (12.31%) Cisco Engineer
4 7 (10.77%) Cisco Support
4 7 (10.77%) Network Support
4 7 (10.77%) Network Support Engineer
4 7 (10.77%) Voice Engineer
5 6 (9.23%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 6 (9.23%) Network Security Engineer
5 6 (9.23%) Security Engineer
5 6 (9.23%) Support Technician
6 5 (7.69%) Cisco Security Engineer
6 5 (7.69%) Cisco Support Engineer
6 5 (7.69%) Design Engineer
6 5 (7.69%) Security Support Engineer
6 5 (7.69%) Senior Architect
6 5 (7.69%) Senior Design Engineer
6 5 (7.69%) Senior VoIP Engineer
6 5 (7.69%) VoIP Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (29.23%) 802.1X
2 3 (4.62%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (29.23%) Data Centre
2 14 (21.54%) Management Information System
3 13 (20.00%) Cryptography
4 9 (13.85%) Driving Licence
5 5 (7.69%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (6.15%) PKI
7 3 (4.62%) IVR
8 2 (3.08%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (3.08%) Statistics
9 1 (1.54%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 8 (12.31%) Windows
2 6 (9.23%) Windows Server
3 2 (3.08%) Unix
3 2 (3.08%) Windows 2000
3 2 (3.08%) Windows NT
4 1 (1.54%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (41.54%) ITIL
2 18 (27.69%) Project Management
3 17 (26.15%) Incident Management
4 16 (24.62%) Load Balancing
5 15 (23.08%) Change Management
5 15 (23.08%) Network Management
6 14 (21.54%) Information Security
6 14 (21.54%) Network Monitoring
6 14 (21.54%) Problem Management
7 13 (20.00%) Capacity Management
7 13 (20.00%) Computer Security
7 13 (20.00%) Security Patching
8 8 (12.31%) Migration
9 7 (10.77%) Service Delivery
9 7 (10.77%) Service Management
10 6 (9.23%) Disaster Recovery
10 6 (9.23%) High Availability
10 6 (9.23%) Network Load Balancing
10 6 (9.23%) Performance Optimisation
11 5 (7.69%) WAN Optimisation
Qualifications
1 27 (41.54%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (30.77%) CCNA
3 13 (20.00%) CCNP
4 6 (9.23%) CCNP Voice
5 3 (4.62%) CCIE
6 2 (3.08%) Avaya Certification
6 2 (3.08%) CCVP
6 2 (3.08%) SC Cleared
6 2 (3.08%) Security Cleared
7 1 (1.54%) CCENT
7 1 (1.54%) Degree
7 1 (1.54%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (12.31%) PCI DSS
2 5 (7.69%) SLA
3 2 (3.08%) BS7799
3 2 (3.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (1.54%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 2 (3.08%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.54%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (1.54%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (10.77%) Cisco CUCM
1 7 (10.77%) Cisco UCCX
2 2 (3.08%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 36 (55.38%) Cisco
2 11 (16.92%) Avaya
3 9 (13.85%) F5
3 9 (13.85%) Juniper
4 8 (12.31%) Cyberoam
4 8 (12.31%) Microsoft
5 5 (7.69%) CheckPoint
5 5 (7.69%) Polycom
5 5 (7.69%) Riverbed
6 4 (6.15%) BT
6 4 (6.15%) Verint
7 3 (4.62%) Nortel
7 3 (4.62%) Palo Alto
8 2 (3.08%) Mitel
8 2 (3.08%) Sybase
9 1 (1.54%) Huawei
9 1 (1.54%) NICE Systems
9 1 (1.54%) Sonus
9 1 (1.54%) VMware