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 27 November 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
27 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Public Switched Telecom Network (PSTN)
Rank 590 555 516
Rank change year-on-year
-35 -39
Contract jobs citing PSTN 22 23 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.039% 0.045% 0.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.27% 0.33% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 5 29
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£263 £278 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.40% -44.50%
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £278 £320
% change year-on-year
-18.91% -13.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 10
Average hourly rate - - £28.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £28.00

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
8073 6886 7958
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.20% 13.50% 15.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 4640 3787 3834
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 £225 £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 437 454 641
Average hourly rate £22.69 £20.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.45% -2.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.68 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+8.04% +3.57%

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 27 November 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 17 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 27 November 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 -2 22 £263 -5.40% 4
London +3 14 £285 -
City of London - 2 £325 -
West Midlands -14 1 £160 +6.66%
North West - - - - 2
South East - - - - 1
Camberley - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Horsham - - - -
Manchester - - - - 2
Reading - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -

PSTN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 November 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 21 (47.73%) Cisco
2 19 (43.18%) ISDN
3 17 (38.64%) Telecoms
4 16 (36.36%) VoIP
5 11 (25.00%) PBX
6 9 (20.45%) MPLS
6 9 (20.45%) Finance
6 9 (20.45%) Firewall
6 9 (20.45%) Cisco CUCM
7 8 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (18.18%) LAN
8 7 (15.91%) WAN
8 7 (15.91%) DNS
8 7 (15.91%) Oracle
8 7 (15.91%) Microsoft
8 7 (15.91%) IP Telephony
9 6 (13.64%) BT
9 6 (13.64%) SCCP
9 6 (13.64%) H.323
9 6 (13.64%) DHCP
9 6 (13.64%) Security Cleared
10 5 (11.36%) Oracle iProcurement
10 5 (11.36%) Load Balancing
10 5 (11.36%) SC Cleared
10 5 (11.36%) Cisco Nexus
10 5 (11.36%) Windows
10 5 (11.36%) CCNP
10 5 (11.36%) Avaya
10 5 (11.36%) CheckPoint
10 5 (11.36%) Reuters

PSTN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 November 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 4 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 2 (4.55%) MS Exchange
2 2 (4.55%) SharePoint 2013
2 2 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (4.55%) Lync
3 1 (2.27%) Office Communications Server
3 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (2.27%) CMS
Applications
1 4 (9.09%) MS Excel
2 3 (6.82%) MS Office
3 2 (4.55%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (11.36%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.82%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 19 (43.18%) ISDN
2 16 (36.36%) VoIP
3 11 (25.00%) PBX
4 9 (20.45%) MPLS
4 9 (20.45%) Firewall
5 8 (18.18%) LAN
6 7 (15.91%) WAN
6 7 (15.91%) DNS
6 7 (15.91%) IP Telephony
7 6 (13.64%) SCCP
7 6 (13.64%) H.323
7 6 (13.64%) DHCP
8 5 (11.36%) Cisco Nexus
8 5 (11.36%) Wireless
8 5 (11.36%) Cisco IPT
9 4 (9.09%) X.21
9 4 (9.09%) BGP
9 4 (9.09%) GSM
9 4 (9.09%) Ethernet
10 3 (6.82%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.55%) SQL Server
1 2 (4.55%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (4.55%) Dreamweaver
General
1 17 (38.64%) Telecoms
2 9 (20.45%) Finance
3 5 (11.36%) Legal
4 4 (9.09%) Billing
5 2 (4.55%) Financial Institution
6 1 (2.27%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (18.18%) Telephony Engineer
2 6 (13.64%) Administrator
2 6 (13.64%) Analyst
3 5 (11.36%) Market Data Administrator
3 5 (11.36%) Data Administrator
4 4 (9.09%) Systems Engineer
4 4 (9.09%) Voice Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Consultant
6 2 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (4.55%) Network Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Support Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) Trainer
6 2 (4.55%) Cost Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Technical Trainer
6 2 (4.55%) Data Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) IT Trainer
6 2 (4.55%) Technical Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) Voice Support Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.82%) HTML
2 1 (2.27%) TAPI
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.55%) NHS
1 2 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (4.55%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (2.27%) SCADA
2 1 (2.27%) Blackberry
2 1 (2.27%) IVR
2 1 (2.27%) CMDB
2 1 (2.27%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 5 (11.36%) Windows
2 2 (4.55%) UNIX
3 1 (2.27%) Windows NT
3 1 (2.27%) Solaris
3 1 (2.27%) Linux
3 1 (2.27%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (11.36%) Load Balancing
1 5 (11.36%) Change Management
1 5 (11.36%) Data Management
2 3 (6.82%) Migration
3 2 (4.55%) Service Management
3 2 (4.55%) ITIL
3 2 (4.55%) Line Management
3 2 (4.55%) Product Management
3 2 (4.55%) ITIL V2
3 2 (4.55%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 2 (4.55%) Requirements Analysis
4 1 (2.27%) V-Model
4 1 (2.27%) Network Load Balancing
4 1 (2.27%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (2.27%) Technical Analysis
4 1 (2.27%) Analytics
4 1 (2.27%) Speech Recognition
4 1 (2.27%) Time Management
4 1 (2.27%) Computer Security
4 1 (2.27%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.82%) C
2 1 (2.27%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.27%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (13.64%) Security Cleared
3 5 (11.36%) SC Cleared
3 5 (11.36%) CCNP
4 4 (9.09%) CCIE
5 3 (6.82%) CCNA
6 2 (4.55%) Avaya Certification
7 1 (2.27%) DV Cleared
7 1 (2.27%) CCENT
7 1 (2.27%) CCVP
7 1 (2.27%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.27%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.27%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (20.45%) Cisco CUCM
2 3 (6.82%) CA Spectrum
3 2 (4.55%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (2.27%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (2.27%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (2.27%) CiscoWorks
4 1 (2.27%) OpenView
Vendors
1 21 (47.73%) Cisco
2 7 (15.91%) Oracle
2 7 (15.91%) Microsoft
3 6 (13.64%) BT
4 5 (11.36%) Avaya
4 5 (11.36%) CheckPoint
4 5 (11.36%) Reuters
4 5 (11.36%) Bloomberg
5 4 (9.09%) Siemens
6 3 (6.82%) Mitel
6 3 (6.82%) Verint
6 3 (6.82%) HP
6 3 (6.82%) CA
7 2 (4.55%) Nortel
7 2 (4.55%) VMware
7 2 (4.55%) Motorola
7 2 (4.55%) Barracuda Networks
8 1 (2.27%) IPFX
8 1 (2.27%) Sybase
8 1 (2.27%) Juniper