Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 837 774 803
Rank change year-on-year -63 +29 +26
Contract jobs citing PSTN 33 70 74
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.033% 0.072% 0.068%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.25% 0.48% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 29 22
UK median daily rate £389 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.32% +3.33% +31.58%
10th Percentile £220 £260 £269
90th Percentile £638 £513 £502
UK excluding London median daily rate £389 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.74% -0.07% +48.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 41
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £13.86 £12.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +188.60% +12.23% -69.13%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £13.86 £12.35
% change year-on-year +188.60% +12.23% -69.13%

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 13,238 14,524 15,070
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.32% 15.00% 13.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,175 8,825 8,722
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £180 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 675 753 918
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +4.76%
10th Percentile £10.88 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.25 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year -15.56% +4.65% -4.44%

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 20 January 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 8 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 20 January 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 -40 33 £389 +0.32% 12
UK excluding London -17 25 £389 +3.74% 10
South East -28 15 £220 -43.23% 7
London -34 8 £310 -22.65% 2
North of England +37 7 £625 +138.10% 2
North East - 4 £625 -
North West +4 3 £375 +42.86% 1
East of England -14 3 £389 +5.42%

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 with a requirement for PSTN.

1 15 (45.45%) Microsoft
2 13 (39.39%) ISDN
3 12 (36.36%) LAN
3 12 (36.36%) WAN
4 10 (30.30%) Telecoms
4 10 (30.30%) Unified Communications
5 9 (27.27%) Skype for Business
5 9 (27.27%) MPLS
6 8 (24.24%) VoIP
6 8 (24.24%) PBX
6 8 (24.24%) Active Directory
6 8 (24.24%) SSL
6 8 (24.24%) Cisco
6 8 (24.24%) Windows
6 8 (24.24%) Data Centre
7 7 (21.21%) Skype
7 7 (21.21%) VoLTE
7 7 (21.21%) VoWiFi
7 7 (21.21%) ATM
7 7 (21.21%) CDMA
7 7 (21.21%) GPRS
7 7 (21.21%) GSM
7 7 (21.21%) TCP/IP
7 7 (21.21%) DNS
7 7 (21.21%) CCNP
7 7 (21.21%) 3GPP
7 7 (21.21%) UMTS
7 7 (21.21%) WCDMA
7 7 (21.21%) Service Delivery
7 7 (21.21%) Cisco Certification

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 (27.27%) Skype for Business
2 2 (6.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (3.03%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (9.09%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (15.15%) Office 365
2 4 (12.12%) SaaS
3 1 (3.03%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 13 (39.39%) ISDN
2 12 (36.36%) LAN
2 12 (36.36%) WAN
3 10 (30.30%) Unified Communications
4 9 (27.27%) MPLS
5 8 (24.24%) PBX
5 8 (24.24%) SSL
5 8 (24.24%) VoIP
6 7 (21.21%) 3GPP
6 7 (21.21%) ATM
6 7 (21.21%) CDMA
6 7 (21.21%) DNS
6 7 (21.21%) GPRS
6 7 (21.21%) GSM
6 7 (21.21%) Skype
6 7 (21.21%) TCP/IP
6 7 (21.21%) UMTS
6 7 (21.21%) VoLTE
6 7 (21.21%) VoWiFi
6 7 (21.21%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.03%) Big Data
General
1 10 (30.30%) Telecoms
2 5 (15.15%) Finance
3 3 (9.09%) Legal
4 1 (3.03%) Automotive
4 1 (3.03%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (24.24%) Network Engineer
2 7 (21.21%) Architect
2 7 (21.21%) Core Network Engineer
3 6 (18.18%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 5 (15.15%) Analyst
4 5 (15.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (12.12%) Network Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (12.12%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (9.09%) Business Architect
6 3 (9.09%) Voice Analyst
7 2 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support
7 2 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
7 2 (6.06%) Cisco Engineer
7 2 (6.06%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 2 (6.06%) Consultant
7 2 (6.06%) Data Centre Engineer
7 2 (6.06%) Network Support
7 2 (6.06%) Network Support Analyst
7 2 (6.06%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (9.09%) 802.1X
2 1 (3.03%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (24.24%) Data Centre
2 7 (21.21%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (6.06%) Blackberry
3 2 (6.06%) IVR
3 2 (6.06%) Private Cloud
4 1 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.03%) Handset
4 1 (3.03%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 8 (24.24%) Windows
2 6 (18.18%) Unix
2 6 (18.18%) Windows 2000
2 6 (18.18%) Windows NT
3 1 (3.03%) Windows 7
3 1 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (3.03%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (21.21%) Service Delivery
2 4 (12.12%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (12.12%) Network Architecture
3 3 (9.09%) High Availability
3 3 (9.09%) Kalman Filter
3 3 (9.09%) Presales
3 3 (9.09%) Server Virtualisation
3 3 (9.09%) Service Management
4 2 (6.06%) Analytics
4 2 (6.06%) Load Balancing
5 1 (3.03%) Analytical Thinking
5 1 (3.03%) B2C
5 1 (3.03%) BCP
5 1 (3.03%) Integration Testing
5 1 (3.03%) IT Strategy
5 1 (3.03%) Mobile Device Management
5 1 (3.03%) Project Management
5 1 (3.03%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (3.03%) Test Scripting
5 1 (3.03%) Workload Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.06%) SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (21.21%) CCNP
1 7 (21.21%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (18.18%) CCNA
3 4 (12.12%) MCSE
3 4 (12.12%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 8 (24.24%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.03%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (9.09%) Cisco IPCC
2 2 (6.06%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (6.06%) Cisco UCCX
3 1 (3.03%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (3.03%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (3.03%) DameWare
3 1 (3.03%) HP Data Protector
3 1 (3.03%) SCCM
3 1 (3.03%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 15 (45.45%) Microsoft
2 8 (24.24%) Cisco
3 6 (18.18%) Huawei
3 6 (18.18%) Polycom
3 6 (18.18%) Sybase
4 4 (12.12%) Sonus
5 3 (9.09%) Avaya
6 2 (6.06%) F5
6 2 (6.06%) Fortinet
6 2 (6.06%) Oracle
7 1 (3.03%) Acme Packet
7 1 (3.03%) Altiris
7 1 (3.03%) HP
7 1 (3.03%) Juniper
7 1 (3.03%) MobileIron
7 1 (3.03%) NICE Systems
7 1 (3.03%) Symantec
7 1 (3.03%) VMware