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 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 597 635 617
Rank change year-on-year +38 -18  
Contract jobs citing PSTN 13 16 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.028% 0.030% 0.051%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.20% 0.18% 0.35%
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 3
Median hourly rate £54.00 £12.38 £12.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +336.36% +0.20%  
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 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 6449 8728 7938
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.69% 16.21% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 10114 13811 12506
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £230 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1013 1078 1091
Median hourly rate £29.00 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.75% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £31.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -12.69% +34.04%  

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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for PSTN in the UK

PSTN
Top 6 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 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
England +34 13 £535 +42.66% 5
UK excluding London +30 7 £140 -58.51% 2
London +16 6 £580 +49.67% 3
North of England +60 3 - - 1
South East +18 3 £140 -46.61%
South West - 1 - -

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 with a requirement for PSTN.

1 25 (69.44%) Cisco
2 21 (58.33%) VoIP
3 13 (36.11%) Firewall
3 13 (36.11%) Skype for Business
4 11 (30.56%) Skype
5 10 (27.78%) WAN
5 10 (27.78%) Active Directory
5 10 (27.78%) Windows
6 9 (25.00%) ISDN
6 9 (25.00%) LAN
6 9 (25.00%) Microsoft
6 9 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (22.22%) Wireless
7 8 (22.22%) Migration
7 8 (22.22%) ITIL
8 7 (19.44%) PBX
8 7 (19.44%) Windows Server
8 7 (19.44%) Cisco UCCX
8 7 (19.44%) Cisco CUCM
9 6 (16.67%) Unified Communications
9 6 (16.67%) F5
10 5 (13.89%) High Availability
10 5 (13.89%) Telecoms
10 5 (13.89%) Replication
10 5 (13.89%) Polycom
10 5 (13.89%) MS Exchange
10 5 (13.89%) ADSL
10 5 (13.89%) DNS
10 5 (13.89%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (13.89%) CCNA

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 13 (36.11%) Skype for Business
2 5 (13.89%) MS Exchange
3 4 (11.11%) Office Communications Server
4 1 (2.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (11.11%) Office 365
2 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (58.33%) VoIP
2 13 (36.11%) Firewall
3 11 (30.56%) Skype
4 10 (27.78%) WAN
5 9 (25.00%) ISDN
5 9 (25.00%) LAN
6 8 (22.22%) Wireless
7 7 (19.44%) PBX
8 6 (16.67%) Unified Communications
9 5 (13.89%) ADSL
9 5 (13.89%) DNS
10 4 (11.11%) DHCP
10 4 (11.11%) MPLS
10 4 (11.11%) TCP/IP
11 3 (8.33%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (8.33%) Cisco Nexus
11 3 (8.33%) HSRP
11 3 (8.33%) ICMP
11 3 (8.33%) IPsec
11 3 (8.33%) X.25
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.78%) MySQL
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server
General
1 5 (13.89%) Telecoms
2 3 (8.33%) Retail
3 2 (5.56%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (19.44%) Cisco Engineer
2 5 (13.89%) Project Manager
2 5 (13.89%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 4 (11.11%) VoIP Project Manager
4 3 (8.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 3 (8.33%) Architect
4 3 (8.33%) Cisco Voice Engineer
4 3 (8.33%) Data Centre Engineer
4 3 (8.33%) Network Engineer
4 3 (8.33%) Telephony Engineer
4 3 (8.33%) Voice Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Analyst
5 2 (5.56%) Business Consultant
5 2 (5.56%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Cisco Specialist
5 2 (5.56%) Consultant
5 2 (5.56%) Deployment Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Desktop Support
5 2 (5.56%) Infrastructure Architect
5 2 (5.56%) Lead Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.33%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.89%) Replication
2 3 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (8.33%) Data Centre
3 2 (5.56%) Handset
3 2 (5.56%) iPad
3 2 (5.56%) PKI
4 1 (2.78%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.78%) CCTV
4 1 (2.78%) IVR
4 1 (2.78%) Private Cloud
4 1 (2.78%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 10 (27.78%) Windows
2 9 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (19.44%) Windows Server
4 4 (11.11%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (8.33%) Windows 7
5 3 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (2.78%) Linux
6 1 (2.78%) Unix
6 1 (2.78%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (22.22%) ITIL
1 8 (22.22%) Migration
2 5 (13.89%) High Availability
3 4 (11.11%) Load Balancing
4 2 (5.56%) PRINCE2
4 2 (5.56%) Project Management
4 2 (5.56%) Project Planning
4 2 (5.56%) Software Distribution
5 1 (2.78%) Business Analysis
5 1 (2.78%) Capacity Management
5 1 (2.78%) Customer Requirements
5 1 (2.78%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (2.78%) Integration Testing
5 1 (2.78%) Manual Testing
5 1 (2.78%) Re-Platforming
5 1 (2.78%) Scenario Testing
5 1 (2.78%) Service Design
5 1 (2.78%) SIEM
5 1 (2.78%) Strategic Planning
5 1 (2.78%) Test Planning
Qualifications
1 5 (13.89%) CCNA
1 5 (13.89%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (8.33%) CCVP
3 2 (5.56%) PMI Certification
3 2 (5.56%) PMP
3 2 (5.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 2 (5.56%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.78%) CCIE
4 1 (2.78%) CCNP
4 1 (2.78%) MCSE
4 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (2.78%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.56%) PMO
System Software
1 10 (27.78%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (5.56%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (5.56%) vSphere
3 1 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (19.44%) Cisco CUCM
1 7 (19.44%) Cisco UCCX
2 2 (5.56%) AirWatch
2 2 (5.56%) SCCM
3 1 (2.78%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (2.78%) DameWare
3 1 (2.78%) HP Data Protector
3 1 (2.78%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 25 (69.44%) Cisco
2 9 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 6 (16.67%) F5
4 5 (13.89%) Avaya
4 5 (13.89%) Polycom
5 4 (11.11%) Aastra
5 4 (11.11%) CheckPoint
5 4 (11.11%) Citrix
5 4 (11.11%) HP
6 3 (8.33%) Fortinet
6 3 (8.33%) Infoblox
6 3 (8.33%) Juniper
6 3 (8.33%) Red Box
6 3 (8.33%) SolarWinds
7 2 (5.56%) Apple
7 2 (5.56%) LANDesk
7 2 (5.56%) Mitel
7 2 (5.56%) Siemens
7 2 (5.56%) Toshiba
7 2 (5.56%) VMware
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