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 24 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Public Switched Telecom Network (PSTN)
Rank 570 549 504
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -45
Contract jobs citing PSTN 22 21 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.041% 0.041% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.28% 0.31% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 24
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£290 £289 £463
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.43% -37.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £188 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £318 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £255 £289 £300
% change year-on-year
-11.68% -3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 9
Average hourly rate £28.50 £14.75 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+93.22% -47.32%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 - £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
7825 6877 7709
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.43% 13.43% 15.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4453 3746 3776
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 £220 £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 419 411 645
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.52 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.85 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.00 £21.67
% change year-on-year
+11.90% -3.06%

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 24 December 2014.

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 15 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 24 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 -25 21 £290 +0.43% 3
London +19 9 £425 - 2
Berkshire -3 4 £400 +28.00%
South East -31 4 £400 +28.00%
Reading +17 2 £400 +33.33%
West Midlands -5 1 £155 +3.33%
City of London - 1 £400 - 1
North West - - - - 1
Sheffield - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Crawley - - - -
Horsham - - - -

PSTN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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 26 (55.32%) Cisco
2 21 (44.68%) ISDN
3 16 (34.04%) VoIP
3 16 (34.04%) Telecoms
4 14 (29.79%) PBX
5 10 (21.28%) DNS
5 10 (21.28%) MPLS
6 9 (19.15%) Firewall
6 9 (19.15%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (19.15%) WAN
6 9 (19.15%) LAN
6 9 (19.15%) Windows
6 9 (19.15%) Cisco CUCM
7 8 (17.02%) Avaya
8 7 (14.89%) BT
8 7 (14.89%) Security Cleared
8 7 (14.89%) IP Telephony
9 6 (12.77%) SC Cleared
9 6 (12.77%) Finance
9 6 (12.77%) SCCP
9 6 (12.77%) H.323
9 6 (12.77%) Ethernet
9 6 (12.77%) Microsoft
9 6 (12.77%) CCNP
10 5 (10.64%) Nortel
10 5 (10.64%) CheckPoint
10 5 (10.64%) Internet
10 5 (10.64%) ITIL
10 5 (10.64%) DHCP
10 5 (10.64%) BGP

PSTN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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 (10.64%) Lync
2 4 (8.51%) SharePoint
2 4 (8.51%) MS Exchange
2 4 (8.51%) Live Communications Server
3 3 (6.38%) IIS
4 2 (4.26%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.13%) IBM Notes
5 1 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (2.13%) GroupWise
5 1 (2.13%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (6.38%) MS Office
1 3 (6.38%) MS Excel
2 2 (4.26%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (2.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (4.26%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.38%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 21 (44.68%) ISDN
2 16 (34.04%) VoIP
3 14 (29.79%) PBX
4 10 (21.28%) DNS
4 10 (21.28%) MPLS
5 9 (19.15%) WAN
5 9 (19.15%) LAN
5 9 (19.15%) Firewall
6 7 (14.89%) IP Telephony
7 6 (12.77%) SCCP
7 6 (12.77%) H.323
7 6 (12.77%) Ethernet
8 5 (10.64%) BGP
8 5 (10.64%) DHCP
8 5 (10.64%) Internet
8 5 (10.64%) Wireless
8 5 (10.64%) RTP
8 5 (10.64%) Cisco IPT
8 5 (10.64%) Cisco Nexus
9 4 (8.51%) X.21
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.26%) SQL Server
1 2 (4.26%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (4.26%) Dreamweaver
General
1 16 (34.04%) Telecoms
2 6 (12.77%) Finance
3 4 (8.51%) Billing
4 2 (4.26%) Financial Institution
4 2 (4.26%) Legal
5 1 (2.13%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (17.02%) Telephony Engineer
2 6 (12.77%) Analyst
3 4 (8.51%) Consultant
3 4 (8.51%) Systems Engineer
3 4 (8.51%) Voice Engineer
4 3 (6.38%) Support Engineer
4 3 (6.38%) Administrator
4 3 (6.38%) Field Engineer
4 3 (6.38%) Network Engineer
5 2 (4.26%) Trainer
5 2 (4.26%) Technical Trainer
5 2 (4.26%) 2nd Line Support
5 2 (4.26%) Data Analyst
5 2 (4.26%) IT Trainer
5 2 (4.26%) Technical Analyst
5 2 (4.26%) Data Administrator
5 2 (4.26%) Cost Analyst
5 2 (4.26%) Support Analyst
5 2 (4.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (4.26%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.38%) HTML
2 1 (2.13%) TAPI
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.38%) PKI
2 2 (4.26%) Video Conferencing
2 2 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.26%) NHS
3 1 (2.13%) IVR
3 1 (2.13%) EPoS
3 1 (2.13%) EMV
3 1 (2.13%) Chip and PIN
3 1 (2.13%) SCADA
3 1 (2.13%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 9 (19.15%) Windows
2 3 (6.38%) UNIX
3 1 (2.13%) Solaris
3 1 (2.13%) Linux
3 1 (2.13%) Windows 2000
3 1 (2.13%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (10.64%) ITIL
1 5 (10.64%) Disaster Recovery
1 5 (10.64%) Network Load Balancing
2 4 (8.51%) Load Balancing
2 4 (8.51%) Migration
2 4 (8.51%) Service Management
2 4 (8.51%) Change Management
3 2 (4.26%) Data Management
3 2 (4.26%) Requirements Analysis
3 2 (4.26%) Line Management
3 2 (4.26%) Product Management
3 2 (4.26%) Customer Engagement
3 2 (4.26%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 2 (4.26%) ITIL V2
4 1 (2.13%) Analytics
4 1 (2.13%) Technical Analysis
4 1 (2.13%) Unit Testing
4 1 (2.13%) Time Management
4 1 (2.13%) Computer Security
4 1 (2.13%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.51%) C
2 1 (2.13%) SQL
2 1 (2.13%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 9 (19.15%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (14.89%) Security Cleared
3 6 (12.77%) SC Cleared
3 6 (12.77%) CCNP
4 4 (8.51%) CCIE
4 4 (8.51%) CCNA
5 3 (6.38%) Degree
6 2 (4.26%) MCTS
6 2 (4.26%) MCITP
6 2 (4.26%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (4.26%) Avaya Certification
7 1 (2.13%) CCVP
7 1 (2.13%) CCIP
7 1 (2.13%) CCENT
7 1 (2.13%) BC Cleared
7 1 (2.13%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.26%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (8.51%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (19.15%) Cisco CUCM
2 3 (6.38%) CA Spectrum
3 2 (4.26%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (2.13%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (2.13%) OpenView
4 1 (2.13%) CiscoWorks
4 1 (2.13%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 26 (55.32%) Cisco
2 8 (17.02%) Avaya
3 7 (14.89%) BT
4 6 (12.77%) Microsoft
5 5 (10.64%) CheckPoint
5 5 (10.64%) Nortel
6 4 (8.51%) Siemens
6 4 (8.51%) Oracle
7 3 (6.38%) HP
7 3 (6.38%) CA
7 3 (6.38%) Lotus
7 3 (6.38%) Verint
7 3 (6.38%) Mitel
8 2 (4.26%) Barracuda Networks
8 2 (4.26%) Cramer
8 2 (4.26%) VMware
8 2 (4.26%) Reuters
8 2 (4.26%) Bloomberg
8 2 (4.26%) Remedy
8 2 (4.26%) Motorola