Period
to 30 July 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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 76 64 71
Rank change year-on-year -12 +7 +24
Contract jobs citing Telecoms 2,228 1,288 3,108
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.08% 3.53% 3.39%
As % of the General category 5.81% 6.74% 6.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,458 737 1,746
10th Percentile £275 £220 £213
25th Percentile £358 £331 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
75th Percentile £575 £550 £525
90th Percentile £675 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £405
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +0.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 48 74
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.58 £12.37
25th Percentile £19.25 £16.50 £15.06
Median hourly rate £29.10 £21.25 £22.25
Median % change year-on-year +36.94% -4.49% +5.95%
75th Percentile £48.56 £43.88 £39.50
90th Percentile £65.00 £48.98 £46.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.70 £21.25 £22.50
% change year-on-year +44.47% -5.56% +15.38%

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 38,321 19,112 47,891
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.02% 52.31% 52.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,628 12,637 31,058
10th Percentile £306 £263 £275
25th Percentile £405 £385 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £597 £575
90th Percentile £700 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,307 723 1,475
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.36 £10.82
25th Percentile £13.38 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £20.56 £19.32
Median % change year-on-year -5.13% +6.39% +7.33%
75th Percentile £40.00 £40.75 £38.75
90th Percentile £56.50 £53.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +11.11% +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 30 July 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 30 July 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 30 July 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 -10 1,936 £463 +2.78% 682
UK excluding London -11 1,039 £425 - 523
London +3 727 £525 +10.82% 172
Work from Home -31 618 £475 +26.67% 85
South East -7 516 £425 +4.10% 149
South West -6 181 £450 -14.29% 76
North of England +6 111 £433 +15.33% 143
Midlands -56 85 £356 -11.13% 71
East of England -5 82 £395 -2.77% 56
North West -3 77 £445 +27.14% 101
Scotland -45 61 £350 -17.65% 18
West Midlands -49 61 £350 -12.50% 47
Yorkshire -20 27 £485 +29.33% 30
East Midlands -13 24 £370 +111.43% 24
North East -6 7 £255 -55.65% 12
Wales -3 6 £538 +7.50% 9
Northern Ireland -5 1 - -
Channel Islands - 1 £550 -

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 657 (29.49%) Finance
2 489 (21.95%) Social Skills
3 484 (21.72%) Marketing
4 473 (21.23%) Public Sector
5 467 (20.96%) Business Intelligence
6 463 (20.78%) SAP
6 463 (20.78%) Agile Software Development
7 447 (20.06%) Programme Management
8 446 (20.02%) Electronics
9 439 (19.70%) Manufacturing
10 425 (19.08%) Digital Marketing
11 268 (12.03%) Stakeholder Management
12 213 (9.56%) Project Management
13 209 (9.38%) Security Cleared
14 203 (9.11%) Project Delivery
15 193 (8.66%) Azure
16 188 (8.44%) DevOps
17 182 (8.17%) Analytical Skills
18 176 (7.90%) Cisco
19 173 (7.76%) Python
20 168 (7.54%) Degree
21 167 (7.50%) AWS
22 162 (7.27%) Microsoft
23 160 (7.18%) 5G
24 155 (6.96%) Migration
25 153 (6.87%) Problem-Solving
26 150 (6.73%) WAN
27 148 (6.64%) SQL
28 144 (6.46%) Linux
29 142 (6.37%) ITIL

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 47 (2.11%) Confluence
2 37 (1.66%) OpenStack
3 35 (1.57%) SharePoint
4 26 (1.17%) CMS
5 19 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
6 10 (0.45%) Apache
7 8 (0.36%) Skype for Business
8 5 (0.22%) SAS
9 4 (0.18%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 4 (0.18%) Apache Airflow
9 4 (0.18%) MS Exchange
9 4 (0.18%) nginx
10 3 (0.13%) Apache Solr
10 3 (0.13%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.13%) ArcGIS
10 3 (0.13%) Camunda
10 3 (0.13%) Smallworld
10 3 (0.13%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.090%) Headless CMS
11 2 (0.090%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 89 (3.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 76 (3.41%) Microsoft Office
3 34 (1.53%) Microsoft Project
4 30 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 26 (1.17%) MS Visio
6 18 (0.81%) AutoCAD
7 11 (0.49%) Sketch
8 8 (0.36%) Photoshop
9 7 (0.31%) Figma
10 6 (0.27%) InVision
10 6 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
11 5 (0.22%) GNU Octave
11 5 (0.22%) UXPin
12 3 (0.13%) OmniGraffle
13 2 (0.090%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 2 (0.090%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.090%) Simulink
13 2 (0.090%) Zeplin
14 1 (0.045%) Acrobat
14 1 (0.045%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 15 (0.67%) SAP ERP
2 14 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
3 11 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
3 11 (0.49%) SAP PSCD
4 7 (0.31%) iTrent
4 7 (0.31%) Remedy AR System
5 6 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 3 (0.13%) BASE24
6 3 (0.13%) Oracle BRM
6 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.13%) Unica
6 3 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.090%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.090%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.090%) Oracle Payroll
7 2 (0.090%) Primavera
7 2 (0.090%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 1 (0.045%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 193 (8.66%) Azure
2 167 (7.50%) AWS
3 67 (3.01%) Microsoft 365
4 63 (2.83%) GCP
5 62 (2.78%) IaaS
6 55 (2.47%) SaaS
7 53 (2.38%) PaaS
8 37 (1.66%) Power Platform
9 29 (1.30%) Amazon EKS
10 24 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
11 20 (0.90%) GitHub
12 18 (0.81%) Serverless
13 12 (0.54%) PowerApps
14 11 (0.49%) Amazon SQS
15 10 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
16 9 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
17 8 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
17 8 (0.36%) Azure Logic Apps
18 7 (0.31%) FinancialForce
19 5 (0.22%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 160 (7.18%) 5G
2 150 (6.73%) WAN
3 133 (5.97%) LAN
4 106 (4.76%) Firewall
5 91 (4.08%) 2G
6 89 (3.99%) 4G
7 88 (3.95%) VoIP
7 88 (3.95%) Wireless
8 83 (3.73%) Internet
9 82 (3.68%) Radio Access Network
10 79 (3.55%) Wi-Fi
11 74 (3.32%) VPN
12 65 (2.92%) MPLS
13 63 (2.83%) GSM
14 62 (2.78%) MVNO
15 60 (2.69%) Broadband
16 58 (2.60%) 3G
17 57 (2.56%) Network Security
18 52 (2.33%) Ethernet
19 51 (2.29%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (2.15%) Metadata
2 38 (1.71%) SQL Server
3 35 (1.57%) Metadata Repository
4 34 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
4 34 (1.53%) PostgreSQL
5 33 (1.48%) Power BI
6 25 (1.12%) Big Data
6 25 (1.12%) Relational Database
7 24 (1.08%) MongoDB
8 19 (0.85%) MySQL
8 19 (0.85%) Oracle Database
8 19 (0.85%) Tableau
9 14 (0.63%) Electronic Patient Records
9 14 (0.63%) NoSQL
10 13 (0.58%) Data Mining
10 13 (0.58%) Hadoop
11 12 (0.54%) BigQuery
12 11 (0.49%) GIS
13 10 (0.45%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 10 (0.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 115 (5.16%) JIRA
2 73 (3.28%) Git (software)
3 67 (3.01%) Jenkins
4 17 (0.76%) GitLab
5 16 (0.72%) Subversion
6 15 (0.67%) Cypress.io
6 15 (0.67%) LoadRunner
7 11 (0.49%) Cucumber
7 11 (0.49%) JUnit
7 11 (0.49%) Selenium
7 11 (0.49%) TeamCity
8 10 (0.45%) Maven
8 10 (0.45%) Sonatype Nexus
9 9 (0.40%) Bitbucket
9 9 (0.40%) Oracle APEX
10 7 (0.31%) Artifactory
10 7 (0.31%) Axure RP
10 7 (0.31%) Visual Studio Team System
11 5 (0.22%) Storybook
11 5 (0.22%) Visual Studio
General
1 657 (29.49%) Finance
2 489 (21.95%) Social Skills
3 484 (21.72%) Marketing
4 473 (21.23%) Public Sector
5 446 (20.02%) Electronics
6 439 (19.70%) Manufacturing
7 182 (8.17%) Analytical Skills
8 74 (3.32%) Presentation Skills
9 70 (3.14%) Billing
10 59 (2.65%) Influencing Skills
11 57 (2.56%) Retail
12 31 (1.39%) Legal
13 23 (1.03%) Organisational Skills
14 22 (0.99%) Back Office
15 20 (0.90%) Banking
16 17 (0.76%) Publishing
17 14 (0.63%) Local Government
18 13 (0.58%) General Ledger
19 12 (0.54%) Documentation Skills
20 10 (0.45%) German Language
Job Titles
1 303 (13.60%) Architect
2 220 (9.87%) Analyst
3 212 (9.52%) Project Manager
4 211 (9.47%) Developer
5 115 (5.16%) Designer
6 114 (5.12%) Solutions Architect
7 110 (4.94%) Consultant
8 100 (4.49%) Telecoms Manager
9 89 (3.99%) Business Analyst
10 84 (3.77%) Network Engineer
11 62 (2.78%) DevOps Engineer
12 61 (2.74%) Telecoms Engineer
13 54 (2.42%) Data Architect
14 49 (2.20%) Service Manager
14 49 (2.20%) Telecoms Project Manager
15 42 (1.89%) Design Engineer
16 38 (1.71%) Java Developer
17 37 (1.66%) Senior Developer
18 36 (1.62%) Coordinator
19 35 (1.57%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (2.65%) HTML
1 59 (2.65%) Node.js
2 55 (2.47%) React
3 54 (2.42%) CSS
4 52 (2.33%) Web Services
5 47 (2.11%) REST
6 40 (1.80%) XML
7 38 (1.71%) AngularJS
8 36 (1.62%) .NET
8 36 (1.62%) JSON
9 32 (1.44%) Kafka
10 27 (1.21%) SOAP
11 25 (1.12%) Elastic Stack
12 20 (0.90%) RESTful
13 18 (0.81%) ASP.NET
13 18 (0.81%) Redux
14 17 (0.76%) Middleware
15 16 (0.72%) Ruby on Rails
15 16 (0.72%) Velocity
16 14 (0.63%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 94 (4.22%) Data Centre
2 75 (3.37%) Virtual Team
3 73 (3.28%) Management Information System
4 67 (3.01%) NHS
5 50 (2.24%) User Experience
6 46 (2.06%) Self-Motivation
7 28 (1.26%) Data Protection Act
8 26 (1.17%) Mobile App
9 25 (1.12%) Public Cloud
10 24 (1.08%) Driving Licence
10 24 (1.08%) PMI
11 23 (1.03%) CMDB
12 21 (0.94%) Algorithms
13 18 (0.81%) Fibre Optics
13 18 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
13 18 (0.81%) Hybrid Cloud
14 17 (0.76%) Cloud Native
14 17 (0.76%) Legacy Systems
15 16 (0.72%) Social Media
16 15 (0.67%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 144 (6.46%) Linux
2 105 (4.71%) Windows
3 62 (2.78%) Unix
4 43 (1.93%) Android
5 37 (1.66%) Apple iOS
6 25 (1.12%) Windows 10
7 22 (0.99%) Windows Server
8 16 (0.72%) Mac OS X
9 11 (0.49%) Windows Mobile
10 10 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 9 (0.40%) Mac OS
12 7 (0.31%) CentOS
13 6 (0.27%) Windows 7
14 4 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
14 4 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
15 3 (0.13%) Amazon Linux
15 3 (0.13%) Embedded Linux
16 2 (0.090%) MVS
16 2 (0.090%) OpenWrt
16 2 (0.090%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 467 (20.96%) Business Intelligence
2 463 (20.78%) Agile Software Development
3 447 (20.06%) Programme Management
4 425 (19.08%) Digital Marketing
5 268 (12.03%) Stakeholder Management
6 213 (9.56%) Project Management
7 203 (9.11%) Project Delivery
8 188 (8.44%) DevOps
9 155 (6.96%) Migration
10 153 (6.87%) Problem-Solving
11 142 (6.37%) ITIL
12 127 (5.70%) Scrum
13 113 (5.07%) Test Automation
14 111 (4.98%) Microservices
15 98 (4.40%) PRINCE2
15 98 (4.40%) SDLC
16 97 (4.35%) Analytics
17 96 (4.31%) Continuous Improvement
18 90 (4.04%) Software Engineering
19 86 (3.86%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 173 (7.76%) Python
2 148 (6.64%) SQL
3 104 (4.67%) Java
4 88 (3.95%) JavaScript
5 85 (3.82%) C
6 44 (1.97%) Bash Shell
7 38 (1.71%) TypeScript
8 29 (1.30%) Perl
9 24 (1.08%) Ruby
10 22 (0.99%) C#
10 22 (0.99%) Kotlin
11 21 (0.94%) C++
12 19 (0.85%) PL/SQL
13 17 (0.76%) R
14 15 (0.67%) PowerShell
15 14 (0.63%) VB
16 13 (0.58%) Go
17 12 (0.54%) PHP
18 11 (0.49%) MATLAB
19 10 (0.45%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 209 (9.38%) Security Cleared
2 168 (7.54%) Degree
3 123 (5.52%) SC Cleared
4 105 (4.71%) Cisco Certification
5 70 (3.14%) CCNA
6 56 (2.51%) CCNP
7 36 (1.62%) PMI Certification
8 27 (1.21%) DV Cleared
9 25 (1.12%) CCIE
10 24 (1.08%) CISSP
11 23 (1.03%) Master's Degree
12 22 (0.99%) PMP
13 21 (0.94%) Computer Science Degree
14 19 (0.85%) CCDP
15 16 (0.72%) ISEB
15 16 (0.72%) TOGAF Certification
16 15 (0.67%) ISTQB
16 15 (0.67%) Microsoft Certification
17 13 (0.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 13 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (3.28%) PMO
2 72 (3.23%) SLA
3 60 (2.69%) QA
4 39 (1.75%) Data Quality
5 28 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 22 (0.99%) Accessibility
7 20 (0.90%) GDPR
8 17 (0.76%) PMBOK
9 15 (0.67%) NEBOSH
10 7 (0.31%) JSP 440
10 7 (0.31%) OASIS TOSCA
11 6 (0.27%) RMADS
12 5 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
12 5 (0.22%) GxP
12 5 (0.22%) ISO 9001
12 5 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 5 (0.22%) NCSC
12 5 (0.22%) NIST
13 4 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 4 (0.18%) NIST 800
System Software
1 89 (3.99%) Docker
2 85 (3.82%) Active Directory
3 48 (2.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (0.67%) vSphere
5 13 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
6 12 (0.54%) VMware NSX
7 10 (0.45%) Firmware
8 9 (0.40%) KVM
8 9 (0.40%) vCloud
9 8 (0.36%) LXC
9 8 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
10 7 (0.31%) ProxySG
11 4 (0.18%) Hyper-V
12 3 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (0.13%) XenApp
13 2 (0.090%) Ceph
13 2 (0.090%) NFS
14 1 (0.045%) Apache Flume
14 1 (0.045%) Virtual Servers
14 1 (0.045%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 110 (4.94%) Kubernetes
2 77 (3.46%) Ansible
3 61 (2.74%) Terraform
4 41 (1.84%) Grafana
5 38 (1.71%) Prometheus
6 31 (1.39%) Kibana
7 24 (1.08%) Rancher
8 23 (1.03%) Fluentd
9 21 (0.94%) HP ALM
9 21 (0.94%) Istio
10 20 (0.90%) Consul
11 19 (0.85%) logstash
12 18 (0.81%) Microsoft Intune
13 16 (0.72%) SCCM
14 14 (0.63%) Puppet
15 12 (0.54%) Active Directory Federation Services
16 11 (0.49%) HP Quality Center
16 11 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
17 9 (0.40%) FortiGate
18 8 (0.36%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 463 (20.78%) SAP
2 176 (7.90%) Cisco
3 162 (7.27%) Microsoft
4 101 (4.53%) Oracle
5 69 (3.10%) VMware
6 66 (2.96%) Remedy
7 65 (2.92%) BT
7 65 (2.92%) Ericsson
8 60 (2.69%) Google
9 53 (2.38%) Juniper
10 51 (2.29%) Nokia
10 51 (2.29%) Salesforce.com
11 46 (2.06%) F5
12 38 (1.71%) CheckPoint
13 35 (1.57%) ServiceNow
14 34 (1.53%) HP
15 32 (1.44%) Huawei
16 31 (1.39%) Sparx
17 29 (1.30%) Fortinet
18 28 (1.26%) Splunk