Period
to 27 April 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 27 April 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
27 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 814 778 826
Rank change year-on-year -36 +48 -7
Contract jobs citing PSTN 54 60 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.053% 0.066% 0.058%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.41% 0.46% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 22 48
UK median daily rate £396 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.94% +6.67% +8.70%
10th Percentile £284 £289 £175
90th Percentile £450 £573 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £265 £394 £350
% change year-on-year -32.70% +12.50% +27.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 3
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £42.13 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -63.20% +155.30% -35.80%
10th Percentile £13.35 £20.64 £15.75
90th Percentile £45.50 £62.91 £17.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £42.13 £16.50
% change year-on-year -63.20% +155.30% -51.82%

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 13,321 12,952 15,686
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.17% 14.22% 14.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,216 7,888 9,317
UK median daily rate £415 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.47% +1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £208 £215
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +0.65% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 739 731 713
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.56% -13.46% +15.56%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.27
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.76 £21.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -10.65% -16.00% +8.11%

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 27 April 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing PSTN over the 6 months to 27 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for PSTN in the UK

PSTN
Top 11 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 27 April 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 -62 52 £390 -2.50% 18
UK excluding London -35 26 £265 -32.70% 15
London -45 26 £390 -17.02% 3
South East -12 18 £220 -49.71% 3
Midlands -11 4 - - 6
North of England -11 3 £625 +92.31% 3
North West -8 2 - - 3
West Midlands -21 2 - - 2
East Midlands - 2 - - 4
North East - 1 £625 -
Scotland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 26 (48.15%) Skype for Business
1 26 (48.15%) Skype
2 24 (44.44%) Microsoft
3 22 (40.74%) VoIP
4 20 (37.04%) PBX
4 20 (37.04%) Windows
5 16 (29.63%) ISDN
5 16 (29.63%) Active Directory
6 14 (25.93%) Cisco
6 14 (25.93%) Office 365
7 13 (24.07%) PowerShell
7 13 (24.07%) MPLS
7 13 (24.07%) Telecoms
8 12 (22.22%) Data Centre
9 10 (18.52%) WAN
9 10 (18.52%) SQL
10 9 (16.67%) LAN
10 9 (16.67%) Firewall
10 9 (16.67%) Android
10 9 (16.67%) Apple iOS
11 8 (14.81%) ADSL
11 8 (14.81%) Ethernet
12 7 (12.96%) Avaya
12 7 (12.96%) Finance
12 7 (12.96%) Workload Management
13 6 (11.11%) IPsec
13 6 (11.11%) Internet
13 6 (11.11%) Project Management
13 6 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (11.11%) CCNP

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 26 (48.15%) Skype for Business
2 2 (3.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 2 (3.70%) CMS
2 2 (3.70%) IIS
2 2 (3.70%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 3 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 14 (25.93%) Office 365
2 3 (5.56%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (3.70%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (3.70%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (1.85%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (1.85%) G Suite
4 1 (1.85%) Mimecast
4 1 (1.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (48.15%) Skype
2 22 (40.74%) VoIP
3 20 (37.04%) PBX
4 16 (29.63%) ISDN
5 13 (24.07%) MPLS
6 10 (18.52%) WAN
7 9 (16.67%) Firewall
7 9 (16.67%) LAN
8 8 (14.81%) ADSL
8 8 (14.81%) Ethernet
9 6 (11.11%) Internet
9 6 (11.11%) IPsec
10 5 (9.26%) Cisco Nexus
10 5 (9.26%) DHCP
10 5 (9.26%) DNS
10 5 (9.26%) GSM
10 5 (9.26%) Intelligent Network
11 4 (7.41%) Cisco ASA
11 4 (7.41%) HSRP
11 4 (7.41%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.85%) Big Data
General
1 13 (24.07%) Telecoms
2 7 (12.96%) Finance
3 1 (1.85%) Automotive
3 1 (1.85%) Dutch Language
3 1 (1.85%) French Language
3 1 (1.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (16.67%) Unified Communications Engineer
2 7 (12.96%) Analyst
3 6 (11.11%) Microsoft Engineer
3 6 (11.11%) Network Engineer
4 5 (9.26%) Architect
4 5 (9.26%) Consultant
4 5 (9.26%) Telephony Analyst
5 4 (7.41%) Cisco Engineer
5 4 (7.41%) Core Network Engineer
5 4 (7.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (7.41%) Product Engineer
5 4 (7.41%) Solutions Architect
5 4 (7.41%) Support Analyst
6 3 (5.56%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 3 (5.56%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (5.56%) Telephony Support
6 3 (5.56%) Voice Engineer
7 2 (3.70%) Cisco Consultant
7 2 (3.70%) Data Centre Engineer
7 2 (3.70%) VoIP Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.26%) 802.1X
2 2 (3.70%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 12 (22.22%) Data Centre
2 4 (7.41%) Computer Science
2 4 (7.41%) Management Information System
2 4 (7.41%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (3.70%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.70%) Client/Server
3 2 (3.70%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.85%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.85%) CCTV
4 1 (1.85%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.85%) IVR
4 1 (1.85%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 20 (37.04%) Windows
2 9 (16.67%) Android
2 9 (16.67%) Apple iOS
3 3 (5.56%) Unix
3 3 (5.56%) Windows 2000
3 3 (5.56%) Windows 7
3 3 (5.56%) Windows NT
4 2 (3.70%) Windows Server
4 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.85%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.85%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (12.96%) Workload Management
2 6 (11.11%) ITIL
2 6 (11.11%) Project Management
3 5 (9.26%) Case Management
3 5 (9.26%) Migration
3 5 (9.26%) Service Delivery
4 4 (7.41%) Analytics
4 4 (7.41%) High Availability
4 4 (7.41%) Load Balancing
4 4 (7.41%) Network Architecture
5 3 (5.56%) Ticket Management
6 2 (3.70%) Customer-Centricity
6 2 (3.70%) Incident Management
6 2 (3.70%) ITIL V3
6 2 (3.70%) Memory Management
6 2 (3.70%) Network Design
6 2 (3.70%) PRINCE2
6 2 (3.70%) Problem-Solving
7 1 (1.85%) B2C
7 1 (1.85%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (24.07%) PowerShell
2 10 (18.52%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (11.11%) CCNP
1 6 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (9.26%) Degree
3 4 (7.41%) CTC Cleared
3 4 (7.41%) Security Cleared
4 3 (5.56%) CCIE
4 3 (5.56%) CCNA
5 2 (3.70%) CCVP
5 2 (3.70%) CISSP
5 2 (3.70%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (3.70%) MCSE
5 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.85%) CCSA
6 1 (1.85%) CCSE
6 1 (1.85%) Chartered Engineer
6 1 (1.85%) CISM
6 1 (1.85%) MCITP
6 1 (1.85%) MCSA
6 1 (1.85%) MCTS
6 1 (1.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.41%) SLA
2 1 (1.85%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (1.85%) GDPR
2 1 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.85%) QA
System Software
1 16 (29.63%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.85%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.85%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (1.85%) AirWatch
1 1 (1.85%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (1.85%) DameWare
1 1 (1.85%) HP Data Protector
1 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Intune
1 1 (1.85%) SCCM
1 1 (1.85%) SolarWinds Orion
1 1 (1.85%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 24 (44.44%) Microsoft
2 14 (25.93%) Cisco
3 7 (12.96%) Avaya
4 4 (7.41%) F5
4 4 (7.41%) Fortinet
4 4 (7.41%) Huawei
5 3 (5.56%) Mitel
5 3 (5.56%) Polycom
5 3 (5.56%) Sybase
6 2 (3.70%) BT
6 2 (3.70%) Google
6 2 (3.70%) Juniper
6 2 (3.70%) MobileIron
6 2 (3.70%) Sonus
7 1 (1.85%) Aerohive Networks
7 1 (1.85%) Meraki
7 1 (1.85%) NICE Systems
7 1 (1.85%) Openreach
7 1 (1.85%) Splunk
7 1 (1.85%) Zscaler