Period
to 15 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PSTN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PSTN over the 6 months to 15 October 2018 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
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 850 843 866
Rank change year-on-year -7 +23 -35
Contract jobs citing PSTN 39 38 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.038% 0.039% 0.039%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.29% 0.28% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 18 22
UK median daily rate £300 £389 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.83% +5.50% -3.03%
10th Percentile £270 £220 £251
90th Percentile £442 £638 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £382 £357
% change year-on-year -21.44% +6.97% -8.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 3
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £40.00 £13.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -62.50% +188.60% +12.23%
10th Percentile £14.50 £36.20 £12.31
90th Percentile £15.50 £61.10 £14.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £40.00 £13.12
% change year-on-year -62.50% +204.94% +6.21%

PSTN is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13,583 13,440 16,380
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.18% 13.66% 15.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,189 8,197 9,981
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £220
90th Percentile £610 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 686 725 838
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.30% -19.79% +20.00%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.10 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.04 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.38 £25.00
% change year-on-year -1.96% -22.48% +25.00%

PSTN
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for PSTN in the UK

PSTN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for PSTN in the UK

PSTN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing PSTN over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for PSTN in the UK

PSTN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for PSTN in the UK

PSTN
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PSTN within the UK over the 6 months to 15 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -24 36 £300 -22.83% 15
UK excluding London -28 25 £300 -21.44% 10
London -3 11 £368 -25.57% 7
South East -5 7 £500 +127.27% 2
North West -16 7 £300 -20.00% 4
North of England -24 7 £300 -52.00% 5
South West -11 5 £294 -
Midlands - 4 £300 -
East of England -8 2 £300 -22.83% 1
East Midlands - 2 £300 -
West Midlands - 2 £300 -
Scotland - 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 15 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing PSTN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for PSTN.

1 21 (53.85%) LAN
1 21 (53.85%) Telecoms
2 14 (35.90%) PABX
3 13 (33.33%) Problem Management
4 12 (30.77%) ISDN
5 11 (28.21%) Cisco
6 10 (25.64%) VoIP
7 9 (23.08%) Microsoft
7 9 (23.08%) Windows
7 9 (23.08%) Skype for Business
8 8 (20.51%) Skype
8 8 (20.51%) WAN
8 8 (20.51%) Active Directory
8 8 (20.51%) MPLS
9 7 (17.95%) Firewall
9 7 (17.95%) VMware
10 6 (15.38%) Migration
10 6 (15.38%) PowerShell
10 6 (15.38%) Internet
10 6 (15.38%) PBX
10 6 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
10 6 (15.38%) Data Centre
11 5 (12.82%) Office 365
11 5 (12.82%) MS Exchange
11 5 (12.82%) VPN
11 5 (12.82%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (10.26%) Wireless
12 4 (10.26%) Management Information System
12 4 (10.26%) Risk Management
12 4 (10.26%) Android

PSTN
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 9 (23.08%) Skype for Business
2 5 (12.82%) MS Exchange
3 3 (7.69%) IIS
4 2 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.13%) SharePoint
5 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.56%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 6 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (5.13%) MS Visio
3 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (12.82%) Office 365
2 4 (10.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (5.13%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (5.13%) IaaS
4 1 (2.56%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (2.56%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 21 (53.85%) LAN
2 14 (35.90%) PABX
3 12 (30.77%) ISDN
4 10 (25.64%) VoIP
5 8 (20.51%) MPLS
5 8 (20.51%) Skype
5 8 (20.51%) WAN
6 7 (17.95%) Firewall
7 6 (15.38%) Internet
7 6 (15.38%) PBX
8 5 (12.82%) VPN
8 5 (12.82%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (10.26%) BGP
9 4 (10.26%) OSPF
9 4 (10.26%) SDH
9 4 (10.26%) Wireless
10 3 (7.69%) ADSL
10 3 (7.69%) Cisco Nexus
10 3 (7.69%) IPsec
11 2 (5.13%) xDSL
Development Applications
1 1 (2.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 21 (53.85%) Telecoms
2 3 (7.69%) Finance
3 1 (2.56%) Banking
3 1 (2.56%) Dutch Language
3 1 (2.56%) French Language
Job Titles
1 15 (38.46%) Voice Engineer
2 10 (25.64%) Network Engineer
3 6 (15.38%) Field Engineer
3 6 (15.38%) Voice Network Engineer
4 5 (12.82%) Network Field Engineer
4 5 (12.82%) PABX Engineer
5 4 (10.26%) Consultant
6 3 (7.69%) Architect
6 3 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (7.69%) Security Consultant
7 2 (5.13%) Senior Network Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) Voice Architect
8 1 (2.56%) Compliance Consultant
8 1 (2.56%) Configuration Engineer
8 1 (2.56%) Databuild Engineer
8 1 (2.56%) Designer
8 1 (2.56%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
8 1 (2.56%) Office 365 Engineer
8 1 (2.56%) Windows Engineer
8 1 (2.56%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.13%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.38%) Data Centre
2 4 (10.26%) Management Information System
2 4 (10.26%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (5.13%) BYOD
3 2 (5.13%) Client/Server
3 2 (5.13%) Computer Science
3 2 (5.13%) N-Tier
4 1 (2.56%) Algorithms
4 1 (2.56%) Fat Client
4 1 (2.56%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.56%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.56%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 9 (23.08%) Windows
2 4 (10.26%) Android
2 4 (10.26%) Apple iOS
3 3 (7.69%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (5.13%) Windows 7
4 2 (5.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.56%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (33.33%) Problem Management
2 6 (15.38%) Migration
3 4 (10.26%) ITIL
3 4 (10.26%) Risk Management
4 3 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 3 (7.69%) Security Architecture
5 2 (5.13%) B2B
5 2 (5.13%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (5.13%) Case Management
5 2 (5.13%) Cybersecurity
5 2 (5.13%) Data Management
5 2 (5.13%) Information Security
5 2 (5.13%) Load Balancing
5 2 (5.13%) Memory Management
5 2 (5.13%) Network Management
5 2 (5.13%) Problem-Solving
5 2 (5.13%) Security Testing
5 2 (5.13%) Target Operating Model
5 2 (5.13%) WAN Optimisation
6 1 (2.56%) Business Development
Programming Languages
1 6 (15.38%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.56%) C
2 1 (2.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (10.26%) Security Cleared
2 2 (5.13%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (5.13%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (5.13%) CTC Cleared
2 2 (5.13%) Degree
2 2 (5.13%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.56%) CCA
3 1 (2.56%) CCAA
3 1 (2.56%) CCNA
3 1 (2.56%) CCNP
3 1 (2.56%) CCSA
3 1 (2.56%) CCSE
3 1 (2.56%) CISSP
3 1 (2.56%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (2.56%) MCITP
3 1 (2.56%) MCSE
3 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (2.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.26%) GDPR
2 1 (2.56%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.56%) MiFID
2 1 (2.56%) QA
2 1 (2.56%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (20.51%) Active Directory
2 4 (10.26%) VMware ESXi
2 4 (10.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (5.13%) vSphere
4 1 (2.56%) Hyper-V
4 1 (2.56%) XenApp
4 1 (2.56%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (10.26%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (2.56%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (2.56%) SCCM
2 1 (2.56%) SCOM
2 1 (2.56%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 11 (28.21%) Cisco
2 9 (23.08%) Microsoft
3 7 (17.95%) VMware
4 4 (10.26%) Citrix
5 3 (7.69%) HP
6 2 (5.13%) BT
6 2 (5.13%) Juniper
6 2 (5.13%) Meraki
6 2 (5.13%) NetApp
6 2 (5.13%) SolarWinds
6 2 (5.13%) Toshiba
6 2 (5.13%) Veeam
7 1 (2.56%) Brocade
7 1 (2.56%) Forcepoint
7 1 (2.56%) Huawei
7 1 (2.56%) Openreach
7 1 (2.56%) Polycom
7 1 (2.56%) Qualys
7 1 (2.56%) Riverbed
7 1 (2.56%) Zscaler