The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PPP skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PPP 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.

Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 599 638 618
Rank change year-on-year +39 -20  
Contract jobs citing PPP 6 10 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.013% 0.019% 0.013%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.092% 0.13% 0.088%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 2
Median daily rate £320 £365 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.32% +21.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £365 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £432 £365 £320
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £365 £300
% change year-on-year -12.32% +21.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

PPP 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 with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6545 7942 7919
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.47% 14.76% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4037 4754 4323
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 362 339 435
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

PPP
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for PPP in the UK

PPP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for PPP in the UK

PPP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for PPP in the UK

PPP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for PPP in the UK

PPP
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PPP within the UK 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
England +44 5 £320 -12.32% 5
Bristol +2 2 £350 -4.10%
South West -5 2 £350 -4.10%
South East +10 1 £463 - 1
Wales - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 £313 -
Yorkshire - 1 £320 -
South Wales - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 £313 -
Bracknell - 1 £463 -
Wakefield - 1 £320 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £320 -
Berkshire - 1 £463 - 1

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing PPP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for PPP.

1 20 (83.33%) MPLS
2 18 (75.00%) OSPF
2 18 (75.00%) BGP
3 17 (70.83%) Cisco
3 17 (70.83%) Firewall
4 16 (66.67%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (58.33%) CCNP
6 12 (50.00%) CCNA
6 12 (50.00%) Ethernet
7 10 (41.67%) WAN
7 10 (41.67%) VPN
8 9 (37.50%) Juniper
8 9 (37.50%) L2TP
8 9 (37.50%) IPsec
8 9 (37.50%) Data Centre
9 8 (33.33%) xDSL
9 8 (33.33%) Finance
9 8 (33.33%) VLAN
9 8 (33.33%) CCIE
10 7 (29.17%) HP
10 7 (29.17%) Wireless
10 7 (29.17%) HSRP
11 6 (25.00%) Network Management
11 6 (25.00%) Frame Relay
11 6 (25.00%) Telecoms
11 6 (25.00%) Cisco IOS
11 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
11 6 (25.00%) Cisco ASA
12 5 (20.83%) CheckPoint
12 5 (20.83%) Internet

PPP
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 3 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
1 3 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2013
1 3 (12.50%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Excel
1 2 (8.33%) MS Office
1 2 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (16.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (83.33%) MPLS
2 18 (75.00%) BGP
2 18 (75.00%) OSPF
3 17 (70.83%) Firewall
4 12 (50.00%) Ethernet
5 10 (41.67%) VPN
5 10 (41.67%) WAN
6 9 (37.50%) IPsec
6 9 (37.50%) L2TP
7 8 (33.33%) VLAN
7 8 (33.33%) xDSL
8 7 (29.17%) HSRP
8 7 (29.17%) Wireless
9 6 (25.00%) Cisco ASA
9 6 (25.00%) Cisco IOS
9 6 (25.00%) Frame Relay
10 5 (20.83%) Cisco Nexus
10 5 (20.83%) EIGRP
10 5 (20.83%) Internet
10 5 (20.83%) Unified Communications
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) JIRA
2 2 (8.33%) Oracle Forms
General
1 8 (33.33%) Finance
2 6 (25.00%) Telecoms
3 3 (12.50%) Legal
4 2 (8.33%) Electronics
4 2 (8.33%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 14 (58.33%) Network Engineer
2 3 (12.50%) Cisco Engineer
2 3 (12.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
2 3 (12.50%) Firewall Engineer
3 2 (8.33%) Analyst
3 2 (8.33%) LAN Engineer
3 2 (8.33%) LAN/WAN Engineer
3 2 (8.33%) Migration Manager
3 2 (8.33%) Network Analyst
3 2 (8.33%) NOC Engineer
3 2 (8.33%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
3 2 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
3 2 (8.33%) Senior Network Analyst
3 2 (8.33%) Telephony Manager
3 2 (8.33%) Test Manager
3 2 (8.33%) Unified Communications Manager
3 2 (8.33%) WAN Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Design Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Project Coordinator
4 1 (4.17%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.50%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 9 (37.50%) Data Centre
2 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.33%) Computer Science
2 2 (8.33%) Management Information System
3 1 (4.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 1 (4.17%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 3 (12.50%) Linux
1 3 (12.50%) Unix
1 3 (12.50%) Windows
1 3 (12.50%) Windows Server
1 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
1 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
2 2 (8.33%) Solaris
3 1 (4.17%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (25.00%) Network Management
2 4 (16.67%) Customer Requirements
2 4 (16.67%) ITIL
2 4 (16.67%) Load Balancing
2 4 (16.67%) Stress Testing
3 3 (12.50%) Automated Testing
3 3 (12.50%) Change Management
3 3 (12.50%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 3 (12.50%) Resilience Testing
3 3 (12.50%) Test Scripting
3 3 (12.50%) Test Strategy
3 3 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (12.50%) Virtual Environments
4 2 (8.33%) Line Management
4 2 (8.33%) Migration
4 2 (8.33%) Performance Management
4 2 (8.33%) Presales
4 2 (8.33%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (8.33%) Test Management
5 1 (4.17%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.33%) SQL
2 1 (4.17%) C
Qualifications
1 16 (66.67%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (58.33%) CCNP
3 12 (50.00%) CCNA
4 8 (33.33%) CCIE
5 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
6 5 (20.83%) SC Cleared
7 4 (16.67%) Degree
8 2 (8.33%) CCDA
8 2 (8.33%) CCDP
8 2 (8.33%) SCSA
8 2 (8.33%) Sun Certification
9 1 (4.17%) CISSP
9 1 (4.17%) JNCIE
9 1 (4.17%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.33%) SLA
2 1 (4.17%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (12.50%) Hyper-V
1 3 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (12.50%) Cisco Prime
1 3 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (70.83%) Cisco
2 9 (37.50%) Juniper
3 7 (29.17%) HP
4 5 (20.83%) CheckPoint
5 4 (16.67%) CA
5 4 (16.67%) Palo Alto
5 4 (16.67%) VMware
6 3 (12.50%) F5
6 3 (12.50%) Meraki
6 3 (12.50%) Nokia
7 2 (8.33%) AirMagnet
7 2 (8.33%) Brocade
7 2 (8.33%) Huawei
7 2 (8.33%) IBM
7 2 (8.33%) IronPort
7 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
7 2 (8.33%) Oracle
7 2 (8.33%) SolarWinds
7 2 (8.33%) Sun
7 2 (8.33%) Veritas