Period
to 25 February 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Telecoms in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Telecoms over the 6 months to 25 February 2021 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

Telecommunications
UK
6 months to
25 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 69 67 81
Rank change year-on-year -2 +14 0
Contract jobs citing Telecoms 1,525 2,195 2,876
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.22% 3.21% 2.93%
As % of the General category 7.96% 8.62% 7.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,267 1,377 1,763
Median daily rate £473 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.13% -5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £250 £163 £236
90th Percentile £713 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +9.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 88 74
Median hourly rate £27.50 £18.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.68% +4.29% -16.67%
10th Percentile £15.31 £11.91 £12.25
90th Percentile £52.63 £48.75 £41.66
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.25 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +50.00% - -16.67%

Telecoms is in the General Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 19,149 25,478 39,340
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.39% 37.30% 40.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,893 16,787 26,325
Median daily rate £495 £475 £477
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% -0.42% +1.49%
10th Percentile £300 £269 £300
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £435 £430
% change year-on-year -2.30% +1.16% +4.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 698 773 1,029
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.03 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.84% +0.13% -4.76%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.44 £11.54
90th Percentile £56.28 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.71 £20.00
% change year-on-year +14.16% -1.45% -2.44%

Telecoms
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Telecoms as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Telecoms in the UK

Telecoms
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Telecoms.

Daily rate trend for Telecoms in the UK

Telecoms
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Telecoms over the 6 months to 25 February 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Telecoms in the UK

Telecoms
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Telecoms.

Hourly rate trend for Telecoms in the UK

Telecoms
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Telecoms over the 6 months to 25 February 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Telecoms in the UK

Telecoms
Top 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Telecoms within the UK over the 6 months to 25 February 2021. 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 +7 1,380 £475 +18.38% 516
UK excluding London -2 805 £425 +6.25% 403
London +36 491 £525 +23.53% 130
Work from Home -34 453 £475 +18.75% 63
South East 0 399 £403 +0.63% 115
South West +12 133 £513 +10.81% 45
North of England +39 102 £450 +50.00% 99
Midlands -6 71 £424 +27.52% 84
East of England +14 66 £390 -2.50% 40
North West +11 59 £477 +73.55% 45
West Midlands -6 52 £450 +16.88% 60
Yorkshire +59 39 £415 +7.17% 43
Scotland 0 30 £350 -17.65% 11
East Midlands 0 19 £368 +17.60% 24
Northern Ireland +2 6 £363 +107.14% 5
North East +28 4 £375 +7.14% 11
Channel Islands +7 1 - -
Wales -5 1 £500 +25.00% 3

For the 6 months to 25 February 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Telecoms 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 Telecoms.

1 545 (35.74%) Finance
2 455 (29.84%) Public Sector
3 443 (29.05%) Marketing
4 438 (28.72%) Manufacturing
5 434 (28.46%) Programme Management
6 433 (28.39%) Business Intelligence
7 425 (27.87%) SAP
8 423 (27.74%) Electronics
9 416 (27.28%) Digital Marketing
10 246 (16.13%) Agile Software Development
11 193 (12.66%) Security Cleared
12 180 (11.80%) Microsoft
13 162 (10.62%) Project Management
14 144 (9.44%) SC Cleared
15 143 (9.38%) DevOps
16 141 (9.25%) Analytical Skills
17 138 (9.05%) Stakeholder Management
18 137 (8.98%) Project Delivery
19 128 (8.39%) ITIL
20 126 (8.26%) Python
21 121 (7.93%) AWS
22 118 (7.74%) Azure
23 115 (7.54%) Java
23 115 (7.54%) Remedy
24 113 (7.41%) Windows
25 107 (7.02%) Linux
26 106 (6.95%) Degree
27 102 (6.69%) Cisco
28 101 (6.62%) WAN
28 101 (6.62%) PRINCE2

Telecoms
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 37 (2.43%) SharePoint
2 27 (1.77%) Confluence
3 19 (1.25%) OpenStack
4 17 (1.11%) Mule
4 17 (1.11%) Red Hat Fuse
5 14 (0.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 13 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
6 13 (0.85%) Oracle Service Bus
7 9 (0.59%) MS Exchange
8 7 (0.46%) Apache
8 7 (0.46%) Skype for Business
9 6 (0.39%) CMS
10 4 (0.26%) Apache Spark
10 4 (0.26%) Camunda
10 4 (0.26%) IIS
11 3 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2010
11 3 (0.20%) nginx
11 3 (0.20%) WebLogic
12 2 (0.13%) Apache Solr
12 2 (0.13%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 76 (4.98%) Microsoft Office
2 59 (3.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 55 (3.61%) Microsoft Project
4 32 (2.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 28 (1.84%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.33%) AutoCAD
7 4 (0.26%) Simulink
8 2 (0.13%) Chatbot
8 2 (0.13%) GNU Octave
8 2 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.066%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.066%) Figma
9 1 (0.066%) InVision
9 1 (0.066%) Notepad++
9 1 (0.066%) Sketch
9 1 (0.066%) SPSS
9 1 (0.066%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 37 (2.43%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 17 (1.11%) Remedy ITSM
3 7 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.20%) Oracle BRM
4 3 (0.20%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.13%) SAP PSCD
6 1 (0.066%) BusinessWorks
6 1 (0.066%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.066%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.066%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.066%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.066%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.066%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.066%) Traffica
6 1 (0.066%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.066%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 121 (7.93%) AWS
2 118 (7.74%) Azure
3 75 (4.92%) Microsoft 365
4 35 (2.30%) GCP
5 30 (1.97%) Power Platform
6 27 (1.77%) SaaS
7 26 (1.70%) Amazon EKS
8 22 (1.44%) Azure Active Directory
9 16 (1.05%) GitHub
10 12 (0.79%) IaaS
11 10 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
11 10 (0.66%) PaaS
12 9 (0.59%) OneDrive
13 7 (0.46%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (0.39%) Serverless
15 5 (0.33%) Dynamics 365
15 5 (0.33%) Power Automate
15 5 (0.33%) PowerApps
16 4 (0.26%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 4 (0.26%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 101 (6.62%) WAN
2 86 (5.64%) 4G
3 79 (5.18%) 3G
3 79 (5.18%) LAN
4 75 (4.92%) 2G
4 75 (4.92%) VoIP
5 74 (4.85%) Wi-Fi
6 69 (4.52%) LTE
7 67 (4.39%) 5G
8 61 (4.00%) Firewall
9 57 (3.74%) VPN
10 55 (3.61%) Wireless
11 50 (3.28%) Internet
12 48 (3.15%) VoLTE
13 46 (3.02%) MPLS
14 45 (2.95%) Radio Access Network
14 45 (2.95%) TCP/IP
15 33 (2.16%) Broadband
16 32 (2.10%) Network Security
17 30 (1.97%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (2.16%) SQL Server
2 31 (2.03%) Big Data
3 28 (1.84%) Data Warehouse
4 21 (1.38%) Power BI
5 18 (1.18%) MySQL
5 18 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
6 16 (1.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 13 (0.85%) GIS
8 12 (0.79%) MongoDB
8 12 (0.79%) Qlik Sense
8 12 (0.79%) Relational Database
9 11 (0.72%) Tableau
10 9 (0.59%) BigQuery
10 9 (0.59%) QlikView
11 8 (0.52%) Pentaho
12 7 (0.46%) NoSQL
13 6 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 5 (0.33%) Bigtable
14 5 (0.33%) Cloud Spanner
14 5 (0.33%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 60 (3.93%) Git (software)
1 60 (3.93%) JIRA
2 40 (2.62%) Jenkins
3 29 (1.90%) GitLab
4 19 (1.25%) Artifactory
5 13 (0.85%) Maven
6 12 (0.79%) LoadRunner
7 8 (0.52%) Bitbucket
7 8 (0.52%) Subversion
8 7 (0.46%) Cucumber
8 7 (0.46%) Visual Studio
9 6 (0.39%) Selenium
9 6 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 5 (0.33%) JUnit
11 4 (0.26%) GDB
11 4 (0.26%) LabVIEW
11 4 (0.26%) Redmine
11 4 (0.26%) Visual Studio Code
12 3 (0.20%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 545 (35.74%) Finance
2 455 (29.84%) Public Sector
3 443 (29.05%) Marketing
4 438 (28.72%) Manufacturing
5 423 (27.74%) Electronics
6 36 (2.36%) Billing
7 34 (2.23%) Retail
8 26 (1.70%) Legal
9 18 (1.18%) Local Government
9 18 (1.18%) Military
10 16 (1.05%) Banking
11 13 (0.85%) Back Office
12 12 (0.79%) Mandarin Language
13 10 (0.66%) Law
14 8 (0.52%) German Language
15 7 (0.46%) French Language
15 7 (0.46%) Publishing
16 6 (0.39%) Financial Institution
17 5 (0.33%) Retail Banking
18 3 (0.20%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 214 (14.03%) Architect
2 156 (10.23%) Developer
3 149 (9.77%) Project Manager
4 124 (8.13%) Analyst
5 71 (4.66%) Consultant
6 66 (4.33%) Telecoms Manager
7 61 (4.00%) Solutions Architect
8 57 (3.74%) Data Architect
9 56 (3.67%) Java Developer
10 47 (3.08%) Data Modeller
11 46 (3.02%) DevOps Engineer
12 44 (2.89%) Telecoms Project Manager
13 43 (2.82%) Network Engineer
14 41 (2.69%) Voice Project Manager
15 40 (2.62%) Designer
16 39 (2.56%) Business Analyst
17 38 (2.49%) Service Manager
18 28 (1.84%) Integration Developer
18 28 (1.84%) Senior Developer
19 27 (1.77%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (4.59%) Web Services
2 51 (3.34%) JSON
2 51 (3.34%) XML
3 45 (2.95%) RESTful
4 44 (2.89%) SOAP
5 40 (2.62%) Middleware
6 35 (2.30%) Node.js
7 33 (2.16%) Kafka
8 32 (2.10%) REST
9 29 (1.90%) XSLT
10 26 (1.70%) CSS
10 26 (1.70%) Elastic Stack
11 25 (1.64%) HTML
12 24 (1.57%) .NET
13 23 (1.51%) AngularJS
14 16 (1.05%) React
15 15 (0.98%) Apache Camel
16 14 (0.92%) Spring
17 12 (0.79%) .NET Core
18 10 (0.66%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 141 (9.25%) Analytical Skills
2 76 (4.98%) Data Centre
3 73 (4.79%) Management Information System
4 56 (3.67%) NHS
5 26 (1.70%) Virtual Team
6 23 (1.51%) Greenfield Project
6 23 (1.51%) Self-Motivation
6 23 (1.51%) User Experience
7 22 (1.44%) PMI
8 17 (1.11%) Mobile App
8 17 (1.11%) Private Cloud
9 16 (1.05%) Public Cloud
10 13 (0.85%) Algorithms
11 12 (0.79%) Driving Licence
12 11 (0.72%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 10 (0.66%) Cloud Native
14 9 (0.59%) Reference Data
14 9 (0.59%) SCADA
14 9 (0.59%) VHDL
15 8 (0.52%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 113 (7.41%) Windows
2 107 (7.02%) Linux
3 47 (3.08%) Windows 10
4 30 (1.97%) Windows Server
5 23 (1.51%) Unix
6 19 (1.25%) Windows 7
7 15 (0.98%) Android
8 13 (0.85%) Apple iOS
9 11 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (0.39%) Windows Server 2016
11 5 (0.33%) CentOS
11 5 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
12 4 (0.26%) Mac OS
12 4 (0.26%) OpenWrt
12 4 (0.26%) Ubuntu
12 4 (0.26%) Windows 8
12 4 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
13 3 (0.20%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.20%) Windows Mobile
13 3 (0.20%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 434 (28.46%) Programme Management
2 433 (28.39%) Business Intelligence
3 416 (27.28%) Digital Marketing
4 246 (16.13%) Agile Software Development
5 162 (10.62%) Project Management
6 143 (9.38%) DevOps
7 138 (9.05%) Stakeholder Management
8 137 (8.98%) Project Delivery
9 128 (8.39%) ITIL
10 101 (6.62%) PRINCE2
11 87 (5.70%) Data Modelling
12 80 (5.25%) Microservices
13 78 (5.11%) Migration
14 76 (4.98%) Analytics
15 73 (4.79%) Problem-Solving
16 66 (4.33%) Scrum
17 65 (4.26%) Data Analysis
18 62 (4.07%) Continuous Improvement
19 59 (3.87%) Data Architecture
20 54 (3.54%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 126 (8.26%) Python
2 115 (7.54%) Java
3 70 (4.59%) C
4 64 (4.20%) SQL
5 56 (3.67%) JavaScript
6 43 (2.82%) Bash Shell
7 38 (2.49%) Perl
8 28 (1.84%) XPath
9 25 (1.64%) C++
10 23 (1.51%) PowerShell
11 17 (1.11%) C#
12 13 (0.85%) PHP
12 13 (0.85%) VB
13 12 (0.79%) Go
13 12 (0.79%) MATLAB
13 12 (0.79%) Ruby
14 11 (0.72%) Apex Code
14 11 (0.72%) T-SQL
15 9 (0.59%) TypeScript
16 6 (0.39%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 193 (12.66%) Security Cleared
2 144 (9.44%) SC Cleared
3 106 (6.95%) Degree
4 49 (3.21%) Cisco Certification
5 39 (2.56%) DV Cleared
6 31 (2.03%) CCNP
7 27 (1.77%) PMI Certification
8 24 (1.57%) CCNA
9 20 (1.31%) CCIE
10 14 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
11 12 (0.79%) CISSP
12 11 (0.72%) CCDP
13 9 (0.59%) PMP
14 8 (0.52%) APMP
14 8 (0.52%) BC Cleared
14 8 (0.52%) ISTQB
14 8 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 7 (0.46%) CISM
15 7 (0.46%) Master's Degree
15 7 (0.46%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (4.46%) SLA
2 34 (2.23%) QA
3 18 (1.18%) PMO
4 14 (0.92%) PMBOK
5 13 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 11 (0.72%) Data Quality
6 11 (0.72%) NIST
7 10 (0.66%) OASIS TOSCA
8 9 (0.59%) GDPR
8 9 (0.59%) NCSC
9 8 (0.52%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 7 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 7 (0.46%) PCI DSS
11 6 (0.39%) JSP 440
12 5 (0.33%) ISO 9001
12 5 (0.33%) NEBOSH
13 4 (0.26%) Government Security Classifications
13 4 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 4 (0.26%) Section 508
13 4 (0.26%) WAI
System Software
1 84 (5.51%) Docker
2 73 (4.79%) Active Directory
3 28 (1.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (1.05%) VMware NSX
5 12 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (0.72%) Hyper-V
7 9 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
8 7 (0.46%) LXC
9 6 (0.39%) KVM
9 6 (0.39%) Terminal Server
10 3 (0.20%) BitLocker
10 3 (0.20%) Firmware
10 3 (0.20%) vSphere
11 2 (0.13%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.13%) vCloud
12 1 (0.066%) Ceph
12 1 (0.066%) HDFS
12 1 (0.066%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 78 (5.11%) Kubernetes
2 61 (4.00%) Ansible
3 48 (3.15%) Terraform
4 37 (2.43%) Prometheus
5 34 (2.23%) Grafana
6 28 (1.84%) Kibana
7 26 (1.70%) Consul
7 26 (1.70%) logstash
8 24 (1.57%) Istio
8 24 (1.57%) Rancher
9 23 (1.51%) Fluentd
10 20 (1.31%) SCCM
11 17 (1.11%) Puppet
12 16 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
13 15 (0.98%) Microsoft Intune
14 12 (0.79%) Docker Swarm
15 8 (0.52%) Cisco Prime
15 8 (0.52%) vCenter Server
16 6 (0.39%) Cloudify
16 6 (0.39%) Juju
Vendors
1 425 (27.87%) SAP
2 180 (11.80%) Microsoft
3 115 (7.54%) Remedy
4 102 (6.69%) Cisco
5 64 (4.20%) Ericsson
6 54 (3.54%) Oracle
7 49 (3.21%) Salesforce.com
8 39 (2.56%) Sparx
9 38 (2.49%) VMware
10 35 (2.30%) Google
11 33 (2.16%) Nokia
12 29 (1.90%) Splunk
13 25 (1.64%) F5
13 25 (1.64%) SolarWinds
14 24 (1.57%) AppDynamics
14 24 (1.57%) Juniper
15 19 (1.25%) BT
15 19 (1.25%) Huawei
16 17 (1.11%) ServiceNow
17 15 (0.98%) Atlassian