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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Public Switched Telecom Network (PSTN)
Rank 597 592 586
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -6
Contract jobs citing PSTN 33 24 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.057% 0.042% 0.024%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.41% 0.29% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 11 4
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£408 £363 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.55% -9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £250 £336
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £439 £464
UK excluding London average daily rate £397 £360 £381
% change year-on-year
+10.13% -5.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 1 2
Average hourly rate £12.35 £40.00 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-69.12% +41.59%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.35 £40.00 £28.25
% change year-on-year
-69.12% +41.59%

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
8058 8268 7224
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 14.62% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4617 4497 3898
Average daily rate £375 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 525 460 419
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-10.31% +2.12%

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 3 September 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 3 September 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 3 September 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 -10 22 £408 +12.55% 7
Scotland - 9 - -
West Midlands - 6 - -
City of London +13 4 £425 -2.85%
South East -14 4 £402 +30.81% 4
London -16 4 £425 +9.67% 1
Hook - 3 £408 -
Hampshire - 3 £408 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 - -
Tyne and Wear - 2 - -
Shropshire - 2 - -
Staffordshire - 2 - -
Stoke-on-Trent - 2 - -
North East - 2 - -
East of England - 2 £300 -
Glasgow - 2 - -
Fife - 2 - -
Highlands - 2 - -
Wales - 2 - -
Inverness - 2 - -
Berkshire -4 1 £155 -57.24%
North West -31 1 - -
Wrexham - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 - -
North Wales - 1 - -
Mid Wales - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Worcestershire - 1 - -
Ipswich - 1 - -
Worcester - 1 - -

PSTN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 44 (74.58%) Telecoms
2 29 (49.15%) Migration
3 22 (37.29%) BT
3 22 (37.29%) LLU
3 22 (37.29%) ADSL
4 19 (32.20%) System Testing
4 19 (32.20%) Line Management
5 11 (18.64%) Cisco
5 11 (18.64%) Microsoft
6 10 (16.95%) ISDN
6 10 (16.95%) SS7
7 9 (15.25%) 3G
7 9 (15.25%) 4G
7 9 (15.25%) Diameter Protocol
8 8 (13.56%) VoIP
8 8 (13.56%) User Acceptance Testing
9 7 (11.86%) Video Conferencing
9 7 (11.86%) 2G
9 7 (11.86%) TCP/IP
9 7 (11.86%) Business Intelligence
9 7 (11.86%) PBX
9 7 (11.86%) TCAP
9 7 (11.86%) ISUP
9 7 (11.86%) SCCP
9 7 (11.86%) INAP
10 6 (10.17%) Internet
10 6 (10.17%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (10.17%) Use Case
10 6 (10.17%) QA
10 6 (10.17%) Capacity Planning

PSTN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 (8.47%) Lync
2 1 (1.69%) Office Communications Server
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (37.29%) ADSL
1 22 (37.29%) LLU
2 10 (16.95%) ISDN
2 10 (16.95%) SS7
3 9 (15.25%) 3G
3 9 (15.25%) 4G
3 9 (15.25%) Diameter Protocol
4 8 (13.56%) VoIP
5 7 (11.86%) PBX
5 7 (11.86%) TCP/IP
5 7 (11.86%) TCAP
5 7 (11.86%) ISUP
5 7 (11.86%) SCCP
5 7 (11.86%) INAP
5 7 (11.86%) 2G
6 6 (10.17%) Internet
7 5 (8.47%) GSM
7 5 (8.47%) WAN
7 5 (8.47%) MPLS
7 5 (8.47%) OSPF
Development Applications
1 4 (6.78%) SoapUI
2 2 (3.39%) JMeter
3 1 (1.69%) OpenSTA
General
1 44 (74.58%) Telecoms
2 5 (8.47%) Advertising
3 2 (3.39%) Finance
4 1 (1.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (8.47%) Analyst
1 5 (8.47%) Network Analyst
1 5 (8.47%) Voice Engineer
2 4 (6.78%) Consultant
3 3 (5.08%) Network Engineer
3 3 (5.08%) Senior Analyst
3 3 (5.08%) Business Consultant
3 3 (5.08%) Senior Voice Engineer
3 3 (5.08%) Senior Network Analyst
3 3 (5.08%) Microsoft Consultant
3 3 (5.08%) Unified Communications Consultant
4 2 (3.39%) Embedded C Software Engineer
4 2 (3.39%) Cisco Voice Engineer
4 2 (3.39%) VoIP Engineer
4 2 (3.39%) Cisco Engineer
4 2 (3.39%) Test Leader
4 2 (3.39%) Embedded C Engineer
4 2 (3.39%) C Software Engineer
4 2 (3.39%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 2 (3.39%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.78%) SOAP
2 2 (3.39%) XMPP
2 2 (3.39%) 802.1X
3 1 (1.69%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.86%) Video Conferencing
2 4 (6.78%) IVR
3 3 (5.08%) User Experience
4 2 (3.39%) Computer Science
4 2 (3.39%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.39%) Handset
5 1 (1.69%) PKI
5 1 (1.69%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 3 (5.08%) Windows
1 3 (5.08%) Android
1 3 (5.08%) Apple iOS
1 3 (5.08%) Windows Phone
2 2 (3.39%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (49.15%) Migration
2 19 (32.20%) System Testing
2 19 (32.20%) Line Management
3 8 (13.56%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (11.86%) Business Intelligence
5 6 (10.17%) Use Case
5 6 (10.17%) Capacity Planning
6 5 (8.47%) Time Management
6 5 (8.47%) Test Automation
6 5 (8.47%) System Integration Testing
6 5 (8.47%) Software Testing
7 3 (5.08%) Project Management
7 3 (5.08%) Unit Testing
7 3 (5.08%) ITIL
7 3 (5.08%) Information Security
7 3 (5.08%) TDD
7 3 (5.08%) Software Engineering
7 3 (5.08%) Disaster Recovery
8 2 (3.39%) WAN Optimisation
8 2 (3.39%) Infrastructure Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (6.78%) C
2 3 (5.08%) Python
2 3 (5.08%) Embedded C
3 2 (3.39%) Embedded C++
3 2 (3.39%) C++
3 2 (3.39%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (10.17%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (5.08%) CCIE
2 3 (5.08%) CCNP
2 3 (5.08%) CCNA
3 2 (3.39%) CCVP
3 2 (3.39%) Degree
4 1 (1.69%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.69%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.69%) CCIP
4 1 (1.69%) Avaya Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (10.17%) QA
2 3 (5.08%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (6.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (5.08%) Hyper-V
3 2 (3.39%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (8.47%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (6.78%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 22 (37.29%) BT
2 11 (18.64%) Cisco
2 11 (18.64%) Microsoft
3 5 (8.47%) Ericsson
4 4 (6.78%) VMware
5 3 (5.08%) F5
5 3 (5.08%) Sonus
5 3 (5.08%) Nokia
5 3 (5.08%) Nortel
5 3 (5.08%) Citrix
6 2 (3.39%) Avaya
6 2 (3.39%) Juniper
6 2 (3.39%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 2 (3.39%) CheckPoint
6 2 (3.39%) Cramer
6 2 (3.39%) Huawei
6 2 (3.39%) Polycom
6 2 (3.39%) Riverbed
7 1 (1.69%) Twitter