The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for PSTN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PSTN over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Public Switched Telecom Network (PSTN)
UK / England
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 556 587 584
Rank change year-on-year +31 -3  
Contract jobs citing PSTN 21 39 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.050% 0.079% 0.045%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.35% 0.53% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 29 7
Median daily rate £375 £352 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.53% +0.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £200 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £492 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £340 £308
% change year-on-year +16.17% +10.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Median hourly rate £16.25 - £32.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 - £25.70

PSTN is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6060 7327 7289
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 14.52% 14.75% 15.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 3746 4449 4027
Median daily rate £400 £385 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.96% +4.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £238 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 326 309 403
Median hourly rate £23.95 £27.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.90% +5.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

PSTN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing PSTN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for PSTN in England

PSTN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for PSTN in England

PSTN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing PSTN in England over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for PSTN in England

PSTN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for PSTN in England

PSTN
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PSTN within the England region over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. 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 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
South East +1 8 £450 +32.35% 4
London +30 7 £303 -28.82% 1
Yorkshire - 4 £325 -
West Midlands +14 2 £288 -
PSTN
UK

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, 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 across the England region with a requirement for PSTN.

1 37 (63.79%) Cisco
2 29 (50.00%) Telecoms
3 25 (43.10%) VoIP
4 19 (32.76%) WAN
5 18 (31.03%) LAN
6 15 (25.86%) ADSL
6 15 (25.86%) Migration
7 13 (22.41%) xDSL
8 12 (20.69%) Cisco CUCM
8 12 (20.69%) PBX
8 12 (20.69%) SDH
8 12 (20.69%) CCNA
8 12 (20.69%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (20.69%) Firewall
9 11 (18.97%) Juniper
9 11 (18.97%) DWDM
9 11 (18.97%) GSM
9 11 (18.97%) GPON
9 11 (18.97%) Skype for Business
9 11 (18.97%) Unified Communications
10 10 (17.24%) ITIL
11 9 (15.52%) ISDN
11 9 (15.52%) Microsoft
11 9 (15.52%) Network Security
11 9 (15.52%) Customer Requirements
12 8 (13.79%) IVR
12 8 (13.79%) Retail
12 8 (13.79%) CTI
12 8 (13.79%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (12.07%) Wireless

PSTN
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 11 (18.97%) Skype for Business
2 3 (5.17%) MS Exchange
3 2 (3.45%) Office Communications Server
4 1 (1.72%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (3.45%) MS Office
2 1 (1.72%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.45%) Office 365
2 1 (1.72%) OneDrive
2 1 (1.72%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 25 (43.10%) VoIP
2 19 (32.76%) WAN
3 18 (31.03%) LAN
4 15 (25.86%) ADSL
5 13 (22.41%) xDSL
6 12 (20.69%) Firewall
6 12 (20.69%) PBX
6 12 (20.69%) SDH
7 11 (18.97%) DWDM
7 11 (18.97%) GPON
7 11 (18.97%) GSM
7 11 (18.97%) Unified Communications
8 9 (15.52%) ISDN
8 9 (15.52%) Network Security
9 8 (13.79%) CTI
9 8 (13.79%) Wi-Fi
10 7 (12.07%) Skype
10 7 (12.07%) Wireless
10 7 (12.07%) ZigBee
11 6 (10.34%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.72%) SQL Server
General
1 29 (50.00%) Telecoms
2 8 (13.79%) Retail
3 1 (1.72%) Banking
3 1 (1.72%) Finance
3 1 (1.72%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (13.79%) Network Engineer
1 8 (13.79%) Unified Communications Engineer
2 5 (8.62%) Consultant
2 5 (8.62%) Project Manager
3 4 (6.90%) VoIP Project Manager
4 3 (5.17%) Telecoms Engineer
4 3 (5.17%) Telephony Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Business Consultant
5 2 (3.45%) Cisco Specialist
5 2 (3.45%) Cisco VoIP Specialist
5 2 (3.45%) Deployment Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Design Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Mitel Specialist
5 2 (3.45%) Network Consultant
5 2 (3.45%) Network Security Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) NOC Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Security Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Solutions Consultant
5 2 (3.45%) Telecoms Specialist
5 2 (3.45%) VoIP Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.90%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.72%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (13.79%) IVR
2 5 (8.62%) Embedded Systems
3 4 (6.90%) Data Centre
3 4 (6.90%) Driving Licence
3 4 (6.90%) Internet of Things
4 3 (5.17%) Replication
5 2 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.45%) Handset
5 2 (3.45%) iPad
5 2 (3.45%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.72%) CCTV
6 1 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 5 (8.62%) Windows
1 5 (8.62%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (5.17%) Windows Server
3 2 (3.45%) Windows 7
3 2 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (25.86%) Migration
2 10 (17.24%) ITIL
3 9 (15.52%) Customer Requirements
4 5 (8.62%) High Availability
4 5 (8.62%) Project Management
5 4 (6.90%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (6.90%) Information Security
5 4 (6.90%) Network Management
6 3 (5.17%) Load Balancing
6 3 (5.17%) Network Planning
7 2 (3.45%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (3.45%) Computer Security
7 2 (3.45%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (3.45%) Cryptography
7 2 (3.45%) Incident Management
7 2 (3.45%) Network Design
7 2 (3.45%) Problem Management
7 2 (3.45%) Project Planning
7 2 (3.45%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (3.45%) Strategic Planning
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.45%) C
2 1 (1.72%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (20.69%) CCNA
1 12 (20.69%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (12.07%) CCNP
3 5 (8.62%) Security Cleared
4 3 (5.17%) CCIE
5 2 (3.45%) PMI Certification
5 2 (3.45%) PMP
5 2 (3.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (1.72%) GCIH
6 1 (1.72%) GIAC
6 1 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.17%) PCI DSS
2 2 (3.45%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (8.62%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.45%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (3.45%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (20.69%) Cisco CUCM
2 5 (8.62%) Cisco UCCX
3 3 (5.17%) Cisco UCCE
4 2 (3.45%) AirWatch
5 1 (1.72%) SCCM
Vendors
1 37 (63.79%) Cisco
2 11 (18.97%) Juniper
3 9 (15.52%) Microsoft
4 7 (12.07%) F5
5 6 (10.34%) BT
5 6 (10.34%) EMC
6 5 (8.62%) Avaya
7 4 (6.90%) Aastra
8 3 (5.17%) CheckPoint
8 3 (5.17%) HP
8 3 (5.17%) Infoblox
8 3 (5.17%) Red Box
8 3 (5.17%) SolarWinds
9 2 (3.45%) Apple
9 2 (3.45%) Citrix
9 2 (3.45%) Huawei
9 2 (3.45%) LANDesk
9 2 (3.45%) Mitel
9 2 (3.45%) Polycom
9 2 (3.45%) Siemens
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