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 28 June 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 570 604 597
Rank change year-on-year +34 -7  
Contract jobs citing PSTN 13 16 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.030% 0.032% 0.050%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.22% 0.20% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 9 20
Median daily rate £535 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +42.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £181 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £723 £428 £426
UK excluding London median daily rate £140 £338 £391
% change year-on-year -58.51% -13.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Median hourly rate £54.00 £12.38 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +336.36% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.00 £12.38 £12.35
% change year-on-year +336.36% +0.20%  

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 5978 7894 7394
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 13.83% 15.96% 14.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 9425 12827 12006
Median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £230 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 843 864 1004
Median hourly rate £24.86 £28.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.21% +22.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.00 £45.49
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £31.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -12.69% +34.04%  

PSTN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing PSTN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

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 28 June 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing PSTN in England over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 28 June 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
London +16 6 £580 +49.67% 3
North of England +60 3 - - 1
North West +25 3 - - 1
South East +18 3 £140 -46.61%
South West - 1 - -
PSTN
UK

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 22 (66.67%) Cisco
2 18 (54.55%) VoIP
3 13 (39.39%) Firewall
4 10 (30.30%) WAN
4 10 (30.30%) Active Directory
4 10 (30.30%) Windows
4 10 (30.30%) Skype for Business
5 9 (27.27%) ISDN
5 9 (27.27%) LAN
5 9 (27.27%) Microsoft
5 9 (27.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (24.24%) Wireless
6 8 (24.24%) Migration
6 8 (24.24%) Skype
7 7 (21.21%) Windows Server
7 7 (21.21%) Cisco CUCM
7 7 (21.21%) PBX
8 6 (18.18%) Unified Communications
8 6 (18.18%) F5
9 5 (15.15%) High Availability
9 5 (15.15%) MS Exchange
9 5 (15.15%) ADSL
9 5 (15.15%) ITIL
9 5 (15.15%) DNS
9 5 (15.15%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (15.15%) CCNA
9 5 (15.15%) Telecoms
9 5 (15.15%) Replication
10 4 (12.12%) Office Communications Server
10 4 (12.12%) Aastra

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 10 (30.30%) Skype for Business
2 5 (15.15%) MS Exchange
3 4 (12.12%) Office Communications Server
4 1 (3.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (12.12%) Office 365
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 18 (54.55%) VoIP
2 13 (39.39%) Firewall
3 10 (30.30%) WAN
4 9 (27.27%) ISDN
4 9 (27.27%) LAN
5 8 (24.24%) Skype
5 8 (24.24%) Wireless
6 7 (21.21%) PBX
7 6 (18.18%) Unified Communications
8 5 (15.15%) ADSL
8 5 (15.15%) DNS
9 4 (12.12%) DHCP
9 4 (12.12%) MPLS
9 4 (12.12%) TCP/IP
10 3 (9.09%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (9.09%) Ethernet
10 3 (9.09%) ICMP
10 3 (9.09%) IPsec
10 3 (9.09%) SSL
10 3 (9.09%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.03%) MySQL
1 1 (3.03%) SQL Server
General
1 5 (15.15%) Telecoms
2 3 (9.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (15.15%) Project Manager
1 5 (15.15%) Unified Communications Engineer
2 4 (12.12%) Cisco Engineer
2 4 (12.12%) VoIP Project Manager
3 3 (9.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Architect
3 3 (9.09%) Data Centre Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Network Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Telephony Engineer
4 2 (6.06%) Analyst
4 2 (6.06%) Business Consultant
4 2 (6.06%) Cisco VoIP Specialist
4 2 (6.06%) Consultant
4 2 (6.06%) Deployment Engineer
4 2 (6.06%) Desktop Support
4 2 (6.06%) Infrastructure Architect
4 2 (6.06%) Lead Architect
4 2 (6.06%) Mitel Specialist
4 2 (6.06%) Telecoms Specialist
4 2 (6.06%) VoIP Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (9.09%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.15%) Replication
2 3 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (9.09%) Data Centre
3 2 (6.06%) Handset
3 2 (6.06%) iPad
3 2 (6.06%) PKI
4 1 (3.03%) Blackberry
4 1 (3.03%) CCTV
4 1 (3.03%) IVR
4 1 (3.03%) Private Cloud
4 1 (3.03%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 10 (30.30%) Windows
2 9 (27.27%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (21.21%) Windows Server
4 4 (12.12%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (9.09%) Windows 7
5 3 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (3.03%) Linux
6 1 (3.03%) Unix
6 1 (3.03%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (24.24%) Migration
2 5 (15.15%) High Availability
2 5 (15.15%) ITIL
3 4 (12.12%) Load Balancing
4 2 (6.06%) PRINCE2
4 2 (6.06%) Project Management
4 2 (6.06%) Project Planning
4 2 (6.06%) Software Distribution
5 1 (3.03%) Business Analysis
5 1 (3.03%) Capacity Management
5 1 (3.03%) Customer Requirements
5 1 (3.03%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (3.03%) Integration Testing
5 1 (3.03%) Manual Testing
5 1 (3.03%) Open Source
5 1 (3.03%) Re-Platforming
5 1 (3.03%) Scenario Testing
5 1 (3.03%) Service Design
5 1 (3.03%) SIEM
5 1 (3.03%) Test Planning
Qualifications
1 5 (15.15%) CCNA
1 5 (15.15%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (6.06%) PMI Certification
2 2 (6.06%) PMP
2 2 (6.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 2 (6.06%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.03%) CCIE
3 1 (3.03%) CCNP
3 1 (3.03%) MCSE
3 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (3.03%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.06%) PMO
System Software
1 10 (30.30%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.06%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (6.06%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (6.06%) vSphere
3 1 (3.03%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (21.21%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (12.12%) Cisco UCCX
3 2 (6.06%) AirWatch
3 2 (6.06%) SCCM
4 1 (3.03%) Cisco UCCE
4 1 (3.03%) DameWare
4 1 (3.03%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (3.03%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 22 (66.67%) Cisco
2 9 (27.27%) Microsoft
3 6 (18.18%) F5
4 4 (12.12%) Aastra
4 4 (12.12%) CheckPoint
4 4 (12.12%) Citrix
4 4 (12.12%) HP
5 3 (9.09%) Fortinet
5 3 (9.09%) Infoblox
5 3 (9.09%) Juniper
5 3 (9.09%) Red Box
5 3 (9.09%) SolarWinds
6 2 (6.06%) Apple
6 2 (6.06%) Avaya
6 2 (6.06%) LANDesk
6 2 (6.06%) MobileIron
6 2 (6.06%) Polycom
6 2 (6.06%) Siemens
6 2 (6.06%) Toshiba
6 2 (6.06%) VMware
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