Period
to 14 May 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 14 May 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 72 68 74
Rank change year-on-year -4 +6 +13
Contract jobs citing Telecoms 1,820 1,638 2,903
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.18% 3.25% 3.18%
As % of the General category 6.08% 6.39% 6.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,171 935 1,693
10th Percentile £275 £200 £239
25th Percentile £358 £306 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%
75th Percentile £575 £538 £538
90th Percentile £700 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 65 59
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.94 £12.45
25th Percentile £16.01 £16.25 £15.13
Median hourly rate £27.12 £19.00 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +42.74% -9.52% +5.00%
75th Percentile £46.25 £34.50 £36.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.00 £44.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.12 £19.00 £21.59
% change year-on-year +42.74% -11.98% +7.93%

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 29,957 25,621 48,171
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 52.42% 50.81% 52.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,095 16,604 31,612
10th Percentile £300 £250 £280
25th Percentile £400 £369 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £588 £575
90th Percentile £694 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £434 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +0.27% +1.80% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,108 1,050 1,396
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.42 £10.75
25th Percentile £14.50 £15.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.95% +3.89%
75th Percentile £43.75 £40.63 £38.31
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.55 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.98 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.13% +5.56% +3.93%

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 14 May 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 14 May 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 14 May 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 1,606 £460 +8.24% 437
UK excluding London -3 886 £425 +6.25% 366
London +28 590 £500 +11.11% 99
Work from Home -30 564 £475 +18.75% 72
South East -1 428 £425 +5.99% 122
South West +12 164 £460 -12.38% 45
North of England +37 111 £430 +25.55% 77
Midlands -21 72 £350 +9.80% 60
North West +13 67 £425 +47.83% 49
East of England +11 65 £390 -2.50% 32
West Midlands -11 58 £350 -11.39% 39
Scotland -29 44 £350 -17.65% 22
Yorkshire +44 39 £525 +47.09% 24
East Midlands -9 14 £310 +12.73% 20
North East +17 5 £375 -16.67% 4
Wales -1 3 £500 +25.00% 7
Northern Ireland -3 2 £142 -18.86% 1
Channel Islands - 2 £550 -

For the 6 months to 14 May 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.

1 581 (31.92%) Finance
2 447 (24.56%) Public Sector
3 442 (24.29%) Marketing
4 436 (23.96%) Social Skills
5 433 (23.79%) SAP
6 431 (23.68%) Business Intelligence
7 429 (23.57%) Programme Management
8 424 (23.30%) Manufacturing
9 419 (23.02%) Electronics
10 403 (22.14%) Digital Marketing
11 335 (18.41%) Agile Software Development
12 212 (11.65%) Security Cleared
13 180 (9.89%) Analytical Skills
14 179 (9.84%) Azure
14 179 (9.84%) Microsoft
15 177 (9.73%) DevOps
16 171 (9.40%) Python
17 168 (9.23%) Stakeholder Management
18 164 (9.01%) Project Management
19 157 (8.63%) AWS
20 147 (8.08%) Project Delivery
21 138 (7.58%) Degree
21 138 (7.58%) ITIL
22 134 (7.36%) SC Cleared
23 132 (7.25%) Cisco
24 128 (7.03%) Problem-Solving
25 121 (6.65%) WAN
26 119 (6.54%) Linux
27 114 (6.26%) Migration
28 109 (5.99%) Java

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 33 (1.81%) Confluence
1 33 (1.81%) SharePoint
2 27 (1.48%) OpenStack
3 18 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
4 15 (0.82%) CMS
5 11 (0.60%) Apache
6 8 (0.44%) Skype for Business
7 5 (0.27%) Apache Solr
8 4 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 4 (0.22%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.22%) Mule
8 4 (0.22%) Red Hat Fuse
8 4 (0.22%) Smallworld
9 3 (0.16%) Apache Airflow
9 3 (0.16%) Camunda
9 3 (0.16%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.11%) ArcGIS
10 2 (0.11%) nginx
10 2 (0.11%) Oracle Spatial
10 2 (0.11%) SAS
Applications
1 79 (4.34%) Microsoft Excel
2 70 (3.85%) Microsoft Office
3 43 (2.36%) Microsoft Project
4 31 (1.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 23 (1.26%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.77%) AutoCAD
7 6 (0.33%) Figma
7 6 (0.33%) Sketch
7 6 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.27%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.22%) InVision
10 2 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.11%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.11%) GNU Octave
10 2 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.11%) Simulink
10 2 (0.11%) UXPin
10 2 (0.11%) Zeplin
11 1 (0.055%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 27 (1.48%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 13 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (0.66%) Remedy ITSM
4 10 (0.55%) SAP ERP
5 9 (0.49%) SAP PSCD
6 4 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
9 1 (0.055%) Oracle Assets
9 1 (0.055%) Oracle Financials
9 1 (0.055%) Oracle Payables
9 1 (0.055%) Oracle Receivables
9 1 (0.055%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 1 (0.055%) SAP CRM
9 1 (0.055%) SAP FI
9 1 (0.055%) SAP Hybris
9 1 (0.055%) SessionCam
9 1 (0.055%) Traffica
9 1 (0.055%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 179 (9.84%) Azure
2 157 (8.63%) AWS
3 85 (4.67%) Microsoft 365
4 50 (2.75%) SaaS
5 48 (2.64%) GCP
6 42 (2.31%) IaaS
7 36 (1.98%) Power Platform
8 35 (1.92%) PaaS
9 30 (1.65%) Amazon EKS
10 27 (1.48%) Azure Active Directory
11 13 (0.71%) Serverless
12 12 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
13 10 (0.55%) GitHub
14 8 (0.44%) PowerApps
14 8 (0.44%) Stripe
15 7 (0.38%) Amazon SQS
15 7 (0.38%) FinancialForce
16 6 (0.33%) AWS Lambda
17 5 (0.27%) Adobe Analytics
17 5 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 121 (6.65%) WAN
2 102 (5.60%) 5G
3 87 (4.78%) 4G
4 86 (4.73%) LAN
5 83 (4.56%) VoIP
6 80 (4.40%) Wi-Fi
7 76 (4.18%) Firewall
8 70 (3.85%) 3G
8 70 (3.85%) Internet
9 68 (3.74%) VPN
10 67 (3.68%) 2G
11 58 (3.19%) LTE
12 56 (3.08%) Broadband
13 51 (2.80%) TCP/IP
14 49 (2.69%) Radio Access Network
14 49 (2.69%) Wireless
15 45 (2.47%) MPLS
16 41 (2.25%) Unified Communications
17 38 (2.09%) VoLTE
18 37 (2.03%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (1.92%) SQL Server
2 32 (1.76%) Data Warehouse
3 29 (1.59%) Big Data
4 27 (1.48%) Power BI
5 26 (1.43%) MongoDB
6 19 (1.04%) MySQL
7 16 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
7 16 (0.88%) Relational Database
8 15 (0.82%) BigQuery
9 14 (0.77%) Tableau
10 12 (0.66%) NoSQL
11 11 (0.60%) Electronic Patient Records
11 11 (0.60%) GIS
11 11 (0.60%) Oracle Database
11 11 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 8 (0.44%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 8 (0.44%) MS Access
12 8 (0.44%) Redis
13 7 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
13 7 (0.38%) Qlik Sense
Development Applications
1 84 (4.62%) JIRA
2 71 (3.90%) Git (software)
3 53 (2.91%) Jenkins
4 24 (1.32%) GitLab
5 14 (0.77%) LoadRunner
6 13 (0.71%) Subversion
7 11 (0.60%) Maven
8 10 (0.55%) Artifactory
9 9 (0.49%) Cucumber
10 8 (0.44%) JUnit
11 7 (0.38%) Bitbucket
11 7 (0.38%) Cypress.io
11 7 (0.38%) Selenium
11 7 (0.38%) Visual Studio
12 5 (0.27%) GDB
12 5 (0.27%) Storybook
12 5 (0.27%) Visual Studio Team System
13 4 (0.22%) LabVIEW
13 4 (0.22%) Oracle APEX
13 4 (0.22%) TeamCity
General
1 581 (31.92%) Finance
2 447 (24.56%) Public Sector
3 442 (24.29%) Marketing
4 436 (23.96%) Social Skills
5 424 (23.30%) Manufacturing
6 419 (23.02%) Electronics
7 180 (9.89%) Analytical Skills
8 49 (2.69%) Presentation Skills
9 47 (2.58%) Billing
10 43 (2.36%) Retail
11 39 (2.14%) Influencing Skills
12 27 (1.48%) Legal
13 22 (1.21%) Organisational Skills
14 19 (1.04%) Banking
15 15 (0.82%) Back Office
15 15 (0.82%) Military
15 15 (0.82%) Publishing
16 14 (0.77%) German Language
17 13 (0.71%) Local Government
18 9 (0.49%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 258 (14.18%) Architect
2 178 (9.78%) Developer
3 163 (8.96%) Analyst
4 159 (8.74%) Project Manager
5 103 (5.66%) Consultant
6 79 (4.34%) Telecoms Manager
7 74 (4.07%) Solutions Architect
8 73 (4.01%) Designer
9 67 (3.68%) DevOps Engineer
10 60 (3.30%) Data Architect
11 53 (2.91%) Network Engineer
12 52 (2.86%) Business Analyst
13 47 (2.58%) Telecoms Project Manager
14 46 (2.53%) Data Modeller
15 45 (2.47%) Service Manager
16 44 (2.42%) Telecoms Engineer
17 41 (2.25%) Java Developer
18 32 (1.76%) Senior Developer
19 31 (1.70%) Network Architect
20 30 (1.65%) Enterprise Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (2.91%) Web Services
2 46 (2.53%) REST
2 46 (2.53%) XML
3 42 (2.31%) CSS
3 42 (2.31%) HTML
4 39 (2.14%) JSON
4 39 (2.14%) Node.js
5 33 (1.81%) Kafka
6 32 (1.76%) AngularJS
6 32 (1.76%) React
7 31 (1.70%) .NET
8 28 (1.54%) SOAP
9 26 (1.43%) Elastic Stack
10 25 (1.37%) Middleware
11 22 (1.21%) RESTful
12 14 (0.77%) ASP.NET
12 14 (0.77%) Velocity
13 13 (0.71%) .NET Core
14 12 (0.66%) Spring Boot
15 11 (0.60%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 83 (4.56%) Data Centre
2 78 (4.29%) Management Information System
3 54 (2.97%) NHS
3 54 (2.97%) Virtual Team
4 38 (2.09%) User Experience
5 35 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
6 23 (1.26%) Greenfield Project
6 23 (1.26%) Public Cloud
7 20 (1.10%) Mobile App
8 18 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
8 18 (0.99%) PMI
9 17 (0.93%) Driving Licence
10 16 (0.88%) Social Media
11 15 (0.82%) CMDB
12 14 (0.77%) Cloud Native
13 13 (0.71%) CESG
14 12 (0.66%) Data Structures
15 11 (0.60%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 11 (0.60%) Internet of Things
15 11 (0.60%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 119 (6.54%) Linux
2 107 (5.88%) Windows
3 47 (2.58%) Unix
4 37 (2.03%) Windows 10
5 28 (1.54%) Windows Server
6 27 (1.48%) Android
7 22 (1.21%) Apple iOS
8 12 (0.66%) Windows Mobile
9 9 (0.49%) Windows 7
10 8 (0.44%) Mac OS X
11 7 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
12 6 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.33%) Windows Server 2016
13 5 (0.27%) Embedded Linux
13 5 (0.27%) OpenWrt
13 5 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.22%) Windows 8
15 3 (0.16%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.11%) CentOS
16 2 (0.11%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 431 (23.68%) Business Intelligence
2 429 (23.57%) Programme Management
3 403 (22.14%) Digital Marketing
4 335 (18.41%) Agile Software Development
5 177 (9.73%) DevOps
6 168 (9.23%) Stakeholder Management
7 164 (9.01%) Project Management
8 147 (8.08%) Project Delivery
9 138 (7.58%) ITIL
10 128 (7.03%) Problem-Solving
11 114 (6.26%) Migration
12 103 (5.66%) Microservices
12 103 (5.66%) Scrum
13 83 (4.56%) PRINCE2
14 81 (4.45%) Analytics
14 81 (4.45%) Data Modelling
14 81 (4.45%) Test Automation
15 77 (4.23%) Decision-Making
15 77 (4.23%) Software Engineering
16 71 (3.90%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 171 (9.40%) Python
2 109 (5.99%) Java
2 109 (5.99%) SQL
3 66 (3.63%) C
4 64 (3.52%) JavaScript
5 53 (2.91%) Bash Shell
6 34 (1.87%) Perl
7 32 (1.76%) TypeScript
8 27 (1.48%) C++
9 24 (1.32%) PowerShell
10 23 (1.26%) VB
11 21 (1.15%) C#
12 20 (1.10%) Ruby
13 18 (0.99%) Kotlin
14 13 (0.71%) Go
15 12 (0.66%) MATLAB
16 11 (0.60%) Apex Code
17 8 (0.44%) R
17 8 (0.44%) Shell Script
18 7 (0.38%) PHP
Qualifications
1 212 (11.65%) Security Cleared
2 138 (7.58%) Degree
3 134 (7.36%) SC Cleared
4 59 (3.24%) Cisco Certification
5 37 (2.03%) DV Cleared
6 36 (1.98%) CCNP
7 29 (1.59%) CCNA
8 24 (1.32%) PMI Certification
9 23 (1.26%) CCIE
9 23 (1.26%) CISSP
10 17 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
11 16 (0.88%) CCDP
11 16 (0.88%) PMP
12 14 (0.77%) ISEB
13 13 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
14 12 (0.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 10 (0.55%) CISM
15 10 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
16 9 (0.49%) JNCIA
17 8 (0.44%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (4.01%) SLA
2 44 (2.42%) QA
3 29 (1.59%) PMO
4 27 (1.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 21 (1.15%) Data Quality
6 12 (0.66%) GDPR
6 12 (0.66%) NEBOSH
7 9 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 8 (0.44%) OASIS TOSCA
9 7 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 7 (0.38%) JSP 440
9 7 (0.38%) NIST
10 6 (0.33%) ISO 9001
10 6 (0.33%) NCSC
10 6 (0.33%) PMBOK
11 5 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
11 5 (0.27%) JTAG
11 5 (0.27%) RMADS
12 4 (0.22%) NIST 800
12 4 (0.22%) WCAG
System Software
1 95 (5.22%) Docker
2 92 (5.05%) Active Directory
3 31 (1.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (0.60%) Hyper-V
4 11 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (0.49%) LXC
5 9 (0.49%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (0.44%) KVM
7 6 (0.33%) Firmware
7 6 (0.33%) ProxySG
7 6 (0.33%) VMware NSX
8 4 (0.22%) Terminal Server
8 4 (0.22%) vSphere
9 3 (0.16%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.16%) XenApp
10 2 (0.11%) NFS
11 1 (0.055%) Ceph
11 1 (0.055%) HDFS
11 1 (0.055%) Samba
11 1 (0.055%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 101 (5.55%) Kubernetes
2 74 (4.07%) Ansible
3 62 (3.41%) Terraform
4 36 (1.98%) Prometheus
5 34 (1.87%) Grafana
6 30 (1.65%) Kibana
7 29 (1.59%) Rancher
8 24 (1.32%) logstash
9 23 (1.26%) Consul
9 23 (1.26%) Fluentd
10 22 (1.21%) Istio
10 22 (1.21%) Microsoft Intune
11 19 (1.04%) Puppet
11 19 (1.04%) SCCM
12 16 (0.88%) HP ALM
13 15 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
14 14 (0.77%) Docker Swarm
15 12 (0.66%) Single Sign-On
16 8 (0.44%) Cloudify
16 8 (0.44%) Juju
Vendors
1 433 (23.79%) SAP
2 179 (9.84%) Microsoft
3 132 (7.25%) Cisco
4 91 (5.00%) Remedy
5 69 (3.79%) Oracle
6 60 (3.30%) Ericsson
7 55 (3.02%) Google
8 46 (2.53%) VMware
9 43 (2.36%) Salesforce.com
10 41 (2.25%) Nokia
11 36 (1.98%) BT
11 36 (1.98%) Juniper
12 33 (1.81%) F5
13 32 (1.76%) Sparx
14 29 (1.59%) Huawei
15 27 (1.48%) SolarWinds
16 26 (1.43%) Splunk
17 25 (1.37%) Fortinet
17 25 (1.37%) HP
18 24 (1.32%) CheckPoint