Period
to 27 October 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 27 October 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
27 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 82 65 68
Rank change year-on-year -17 +3 +24
Contract jobs citing Telecoms 2,526 1,141 2,955
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.96% 3.52% 3.50%
As % of the General category 5.57% 6.67% 6.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,675 712 1,694
10th Percentile £258 £221 £163
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £467 £450 £411
Median % change year-on-year +3.78% +9.42% -3.24%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £525
90th Percentile £688 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £435 £400
% change year-on-year -2.30% +8.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 31 102
10th Percentile £16.75 £15.46 £10.77
25th Percentile £20.25 £16.50 £15.86
Median hourly rate £35.75 £24.00 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +48.96% +33.33% +2.86%
75th Percentile £62.38 £43.75 £38.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £53.75 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.50 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +133.33% +11.43% +6.06%

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 45,338 17,100 43,406
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.19% 52.82% 51.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,782 11,581 28,158
10th Percentile £306 £266 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - +2.70%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £713 £688 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,394 586 1,493
10th Percentile £12.08 £11.56 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year -13.64% +17.33% +4.17%
75th Percentile £41.65 £41.54 £40.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.12 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -14.40% +14.29% -

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 27 October 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 27 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Telecoms in the UK

Telecoms
Top 17 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 27 October 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 -12 2,206 £475 +3.26% 755
UK excluding London -18 1,158 £425 -2.30% 550
London -14 804 £550 +4.76% 234
Work from Home -19 667 £467 +16.75% 85
South East -7 602 £400 -5.88% 172
South West -16 222 £450 -14.29% 73
Midlands -35 109 £383 -4.38% 98
North of England -23 107 £506 +19.12% 113
North West -16 78 £525 +11.70% 61
West Midlands -41 75 £450 +12.50% 62
East of England -45 61 £425 +8.42% 59
Scotland -60 49 £375 -6.25% 28
East Midlands -10 34 £276 +6.25% 36
Yorkshire -46 24 £325 -18.75% 46
Wales -22 8 £525 +11.70% 7
North East -3 5 £255 - 6
Northern Ireland -7 2 - -

For the 6 months to 27 October 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.

1 752 (29.77%) Finance
2 580 (22.96%) Marketing
3 557 (22.05%) Agile Software Development
3 557 (22.05%) Public Sector
4 556 (22.01%) SAP
5 542 (21.46%) Business Intelligence
6 533 (21.10%) Programme Management
7 531 (21.02%) Social Skills
8 521 (20.63%) Electronics
9 519 (20.55%) Manufacturing
10 514 (20.35%) Digital Marketing
11 363 (14.37%) Stakeholder Management
12 280 (11.08%) Project Management
13 248 (9.82%) Project Delivery
14 223 (8.83%) Microsoft
15 204 (8.08%) Azure
16 199 (7.88%) 5G
17 196 (7.76%) Security Cleared
18 187 (7.40%) Cisco
19 178 (7.05%) ITIL
19 178 (7.05%) Problem-Solving
20 177 (7.01%) DevOps
21 174 (6.89%) Analytical Skills
21 174 (6.89%) Degree
22 169 (6.69%) AWS
23 158 (6.25%) SQL
24 157 (6.22%) Migration
25 142 (5.62%) Scrum
26 140 (5.54%) Radio Access Network
27 134 (5.30%) Python

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 55 (2.18%) SharePoint
2 44 (1.74%) OpenStack
3 29 (1.15%) CMS
3 29 (1.15%) Confluence
4 18 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
5 12 (0.48%) Apache Spark
6 10 (0.40%) MS Exchange
7 8 (0.32%) nginx
8 7 (0.28%) SAS
9 5 (0.20%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.16%) Apache
10 4 (0.16%) Skype for Business
11 3 (0.12%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 3 (0.12%) Apache Airflow
11 3 (0.12%) Apache Solr
11 3 (0.12%) Smallworld
12 2 (0.079%) Camunda
12 2 (0.079%) Headless CMS
12 2 (0.079%) Liferay
12 2 (0.079%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 85 (3.37%) Microsoft Office
2 77 (3.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (1.23%) Microsoft Project
4 28 (1.11%) MS Visio
5 27 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 16 (0.63%) Sketch
7 11 (0.44%) AutoCAD
7 11 (0.44%) Photoshop
8 9 (0.36%) UXPin
9 8 (0.32%) Figma
10 7 (0.28%) InVision
11 3 (0.12%) GNU Octave
11 3 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
11 3 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
12 2 (0.079%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.079%) Windchill
13 1 (0.040%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.040%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 1 (0.040%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.040%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 22 (0.87%) Remedy ITSM
2 16 (0.63%) SAP ERP
3 14 (0.55%) Remedy AR System
4 10 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
5 9 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
6 8 (0.32%) iTrent
7 7 (0.28%) SAP PSCD
7 7 (0.28%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 5 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 4 (0.16%) SAP CO
9 4 (0.16%) SAP FI
9 4 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
10 3 (0.12%) Adobe Campaign
10 3 (0.12%) BASE24
10 3 (0.12%) Oracle BRM
10 3 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
11 2 (0.079%) Oracle Payables
11 2 (0.079%) Oracle Receivables
11 2 (0.079%) SAP IBP
11 2 (0.079%) SessionCam
Cloud Services
1 204 (8.08%) Azure
2 169 (6.69%) AWS
3 87 (3.44%) Microsoft 365
4 66 (2.61%) SaaS
5 57 (2.26%) GCP
6 54 (2.14%) PaaS
7 51 (2.02%) IaaS
8 49 (1.94%) Power Platform
9 33 (1.31%) Serverless
10 22 (0.87%) Amazon EKS
11 21 (0.83%) GitHub
12 20 (0.79%) Azure Active Directory
13 15 (0.59%) Amazon SQS
13 15 (0.59%) PowerApps
14 14 (0.55%) Azure Logic Apps
14 14 (0.55%) Dynamics 365
15 11 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
16 10 (0.40%) AWS Lambda
17 8 (0.32%) Azure Functions
17 8 (0.32%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 199 (7.88%) 5G
2 140 (5.54%) Radio Access Network
3 121 (4.79%) 2G
4 120 (4.75%) LAN
5 115 (4.55%) 4G
6 111 (4.39%) Firewall
7 110 (4.35%) WAN
8 106 (4.20%) Wireless
9 92 (3.64%) MVNO
10 83 (3.29%) MPLS
11 82 (3.25%) VoIP
12 80 (3.17%) GSM
13 76 (3.01%) 3G
14 70 (2.77%) Internet
15 68 (2.69%) VPN
16 67 (2.65%) Network Security
17 64 (2.53%) Wi-Fi
18 62 (2.45%) LTE
19 60 (2.38%) Ethernet
20 57 (2.26%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (2.53%) Metadata
2 45 (1.78%) Power BI
3 44 (1.74%) Metadata Repository
4 42 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
5 39 (1.54%) SQL Server
6 31 (1.23%) Hadoop
7 26 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
8 23 (0.91%) Big Data
8 23 (0.91%) MongoDB
8 23 (0.91%) Tableau
9 22 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 21 (0.83%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 17 (0.67%) Qlik Sense
11 17 (0.67%) Relational Database
12 16 (0.63%) NoSQL
13 15 (0.59%) Oracle Database
14 14 (0.55%) MySQL
14 14 (0.55%) Pentaho
15 13 (0.51%) BusinessObjects
16 12 (0.48%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 86 (3.40%) JIRA
2 63 (2.49%) Git (software)
2 63 (2.49%) Jenkins
3 17 (0.67%) Cypress.io
4 15 (0.59%) Sonatype Nexus
4 15 (0.59%) TeamCity
5 13 (0.51%) Axure RP
6 12 (0.48%) Bitbucket
7 11 (0.44%) Octopus Deploy
8 10 (0.40%) Cucumber
8 10 (0.40%) GitLab
8 10 (0.40%) Selenium
8 10 (0.40%) Visual Studio Team System
9 9 (0.36%) Subversion
10 6 (0.24%) Jasmine
10 6 (0.24%) JUnit
10 6 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
11 5 (0.20%) Maven
11 5 (0.20%) Oracle APEX
12 4 (0.16%) Visual Studio
General
1 752 (29.77%) Finance
2 580 (22.96%) Marketing
3 557 (22.05%) Public Sector
4 531 (21.02%) Social Skills
5 521 (20.63%) Electronics
6 519 (20.55%) Manufacturing
7 174 (6.89%) Analytical Skills
8 86 (3.40%) Presentation Skills
9 76 (3.01%) Billing
10 65 (2.57%) Retail
11 62 (2.45%) Influencing Skills
12 39 (1.54%) Legal
13 35 (1.39%) Organisational Skills
14 31 (1.23%) Banking
15 19 (0.75%) Documentation Skills
15 19 (0.75%) Games
16 16 (0.63%) General Ledger
17 15 (0.59%) Back Office
17 15 (0.59%) Local Government
18 13 (0.51%) Law
Job Titles
1 379 (15.00%) Architect
2 254 (10.06%) Analyst
3 250 (9.90%) Project Manager
4 205 (8.12%) Developer
5 164 (6.49%) Solutions Architect
6 148 (5.86%) Designer
7 124 (4.91%) Business Analyst
8 120 (4.75%) Telecoms Manager
9 107 (4.24%) Consultant
10 106 (4.20%) Network Engineer
11 80 (3.17%) Data Architect
12 60 (2.38%) Telecoms Project Manager
13 56 (2.22%) Support Engineer
14 55 (2.18%) Telecoms Engineer
15 53 (2.10%) Coordinator
16 52 (2.06%) Design Engineer
17 50 (1.98%) Delivery Manager
18 49 (1.94%) DevOps Engineer
19 48 (1.90%) BSS Architect
19 48 (1.90%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (2.38%) HTML
2 57 (2.26%) Node.js
3 51 (2.02%) CSS
4 50 (1.98%) Web Services
5 43 (1.70%) React
6 40 (1.58%) AngularJS
6 40 (1.58%) SOAP
7 39 (1.54%) .NET
8 36 (1.43%) Middleware
9 35 (1.39%) REST
10 31 (1.23%) XML
11 30 (1.19%) Kafka
12 24 (0.95%) JSON
13 23 (0.91%) RESTful
14 22 (0.87%) ASP.NET
14 22 (0.87%) OAuth
15 20 (0.79%) Elastic Stack
16 18 (0.71%) Redux
16 18 (0.71%) Spring
17 16 (0.63%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 88 (3.48%) Virtual Team
2 84 (3.33%) NHS
2 84 (3.33%) User Experience
3 83 (3.29%) Management Information System
4 78 (3.09%) Data Centre
5 58 (2.30%) Self-Motivation
6 52 (2.06%) Data Protection Act
7 43 (1.70%) PMI
8 35 (1.39%) Fibre Optics
9 29 (1.15%) Public Cloud
10 25 (0.99%) CMDB
11 23 (0.91%) Mobile App
12 22 (0.87%) PKI
13 16 (0.63%) Algorithms
13 16 (0.63%) Private Cloud
14 15 (0.59%) Legacy Systems
15 14 (0.55%) CCTV
15 14 (0.55%) Hybrid Cloud
15 14 (0.55%) Video Conferencing
16 13 (0.51%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 125 (4.95%) Windows
2 123 (4.87%) Linux
3 49 (1.94%) Windows 10
4 45 (1.78%) Unix
5 34 (1.35%) Android
6 32 (1.27%) Windows Server
7 29 (1.15%) Apple iOS
8 18 (0.71%) Mac OS
9 14 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 11 (0.44%) Mac OS X
11 10 (0.40%) Ubuntu
12 8 (0.32%) Debian
13 7 (0.28%) CentOS
14 6 (0.24%) Amazon Linux
14 6 (0.24%) Windows 7
15 4 (0.16%) Solaris
16 3 (0.12%) SUSE
16 3 (0.12%) VMS
17 2 (0.079%) AIX
17 2 (0.079%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 557 (22.05%) Agile Software Development
2 542 (21.46%) Business Intelligence
3 533 (21.10%) Programme Management
4 514 (20.35%) Digital Marketing
5 363 (14.37%) Stakeholder Management
6 280 (11.08%) Project Management
7 248 (9.82%) Project Delivery
8 178 (7.05%) ITIL
8 178 (7.05%) Problem-Solving
9 177 (7.01%) DevOps
10 157 (6.22%) Migration
11 142 (5.62%) Scrum
12 126 (4.99%) Analytics
13 124 (4.91%) PRINCE2
14 122 (4.83%) Change Management
15 118 (4.67%) Continuous Improvement
15 118 (4.67%) Data Modelling
16 111 (4.39%) SDLC
17 110 (4.35%) Service Design
18 106 (4.20%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 158 (6.25%) SQL
2 134 (5.30%) Python
3 105 (4.16%) C
4 94 (3.72%) Java
5 89 (3.52%) JavaScript
6 49 (1.94%) C#
7 39 (1.54%) Bash Shell
8 38 (1.50%) TypeScript
9 29 (1.15%) Perl
10 21 (0.83%) C++
11 19 (0.75%) T-SQL
12 16 (0.63%) Go
12 16 (0.63%) PowerShell
12 16 (0.63%) Ruby
13 15 (0.59%) PL/SQL
14 13 (0.51%) Apex Code
14 13 (0.51%) R
15 11 (0.44%) Kotlin
15 11 (0.44%) PHP
15 11 (0.44%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 196 (7.76%) Security Cleared
2 174 (6.89%) Degree
3 125 (4.95%) SC Cleared
4 119 (4.71%) Cisco Certification
5 81 (3.21%) CCNA
6 64 (2.53%) CCNP
7 59 (2.34%) PMI Certification
8 30 (1.19%) CISSP
9 26 (1.03%) DV Cleared
10 25 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
11 24 (0.95%) Master's Degree
11 24 (0.95%) TOGAF Certification
12 23 (0.91%) PMP
13 21 (0.83%) ISTQB
14 19 (0.75%) CCIE
14 19 (0.75%) Computer Science Degree
15 17 (0.67%) Microsoft Certification
16 15 (0.59%) CCDP
17 12 (0.48%) CESG Certified Professional
17 12 (0.48%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (3.17%) PMO
2 58 (2.30%) QA
3 54 (2.14%) SLA
4 44 (1.74%) Data Quality
5 36 (1.43%) Accessibility
6 30 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 29 (1.15%) PMBOK
8 19 (0.75%) GDPR
9 14 (0.55%) NCSC
10 13 (0.51%) JSP 440
11 10 (0.40%) GRC
12 9 (0.36%) WCAG
13 8 (0.32%) NIST
14 7 (0.28%) RMADS
15 6 (0.24%) COBIT
15 6 (0.24%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 5 (0.20%) GxP
16 5 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 4 (0.16%) NEBOSH
17 4 (0.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 77 (3.05%) Docker
2 72 (2.85%) Active Directory
3 56 (2.22%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (1.07%) vCloud
5 21 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
6 16 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
6 16 (0.63%) vSphere
7 14 (0.55%) VMware NSX
8 10 (0.40%) KVM
9 7 (0.28%) Firmware
9 7 (0.28%) Hyper-V
10 5 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (0.16%) LXC
11 4 (0.16%) XenApp
12 3 (0.12%) HDFS
12 3 (0.12%) ProxySG
13 2 (0.079%) Apache Flume
14 1 (0.040%) Ceph
14 1 (0.040%) FreeRADIUS
14 1 (0.040%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 108 (4.28%) Kubernetes
2 60 (2.38%) Terraform
3 52 (2.06%) Ansible
4 42 (1.66%) Grafana
5 39 (1.54%) Prometheus
6 26 (1.03%) SCCM
7 25 (0.99%) Kibana
8 21 (0.83%) Fluentd
9 18 (0.71%) Consul
9 18 (0.71%) Istio
10 15 (0.59%) Rancher
11 12 (0.48%) logstash
12 11 (0.44%) Puppet
12 11 (0.44%) vCenter Server
13 10 (0.40%) Cisco CUCM
13 10 (0.40%) Microsoft Intune
14 9 (0.36%) HP ALM
14 9 (0.36%) Netcool
15 7 (0.28%) Amdocs OSS
15 7 (0.28%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 556 (22.01%) SAP
2 223 (8.83%) Microsoft
3 187 (7.40%) Cisco
4 92 (3.64%) Oracle
4 92 (3.64%) VMware
5 85 (3.37%) Ericsson
6 84 (3.33%) Remedy
7 71 (2.81%) BT
8 63 (2.49%) Salesforce.com
9 61 (2.41%) Juniper
10 52 (2.06%) Nokia
11 51 (2.02%) Sparx
12 49 (1.94%) Google
13 40 (1.58%) ServiceNow
14 37 (1.46%) F5
15 34 (1.35%) CheckPoint
16 31 (1.23%) Huawei
16 31 (1.23%) Red Hat
17 26 (1.03%) Openreach
18 22 (0.87%) Splunk