The table below looks at the statistics for Unified Communications skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Unified Communications over the 3 months to 28 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Unified Communications
Rank 160 130 128
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -2
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 7 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.16% 0.19% 0.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.30% 1.30% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 4
Average daily rate
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£515 £250 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+106.00% -23.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £250 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £250 £454
UK excluding London average daily rate £420 £350 £400
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 - £19.75
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England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
537 460 369
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.42% 14.91% 12.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 295 239 182
Average daily rate £375 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £205 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £439 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 40 43
Average hourly rate £17.33 £22.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.97% -22.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £13.58 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

Unified Communications
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

Unified Communications Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Unified Communications
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Unified Communications across the North West region.

Unified Communications Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Unified Communications
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Unified Communications across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Unified Communications Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Unified Communications
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications across the North West region.

Unified Communications Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Unified Communications
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Unified Communications within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester - 4 £369 - 5
Cumbria - 2 £555 -
Unified Communications
England

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Unified Communications also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Unified Communications.

1 8 (47.06%) Cisco
2 6 (35.29%) Microsoft
3 4 (23.53%) Java
3 4 (23.53%) JavaScript
3 4 (23.53%) PHP
3 4 (23.53%) .NET
3 4 (23.53%) UNIX
3 4 (23.53%) Linux
3 4 (23.53%) Python
3 4 (23.53%) VoIP
3 4 (23.53%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (23.53%) MS Exchange
3 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (23.53%) Ruby
3 4 (23.53%) Security Cleared
3 4 (23.53%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (23.53%) RESTful
3 4 (23.53%) Visualisation
3 4 (23.53%) Open Source
3 4 (23.53%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (23.53%) Big Data
3 4 (23.53%) Big Data Analytics
3 4 (23.53%) Analytics
3 4 (23.53%) DevOps
3 4 (23.53%) Converged Networks
4 3 (17.65%) Cisco CUCM
4 3 (17.65%) Lync
4 3 (17.65%) SC Cleared
4 3 (17.65%) IVR
4 3 (17.65%) Cisco Certification

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Unified Communications also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Unified Communications. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (23.53%) MS Exchange
1 4 (23.53%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (17.65%) Lync
Applications
1 1 (5.88%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (23.53%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (11.76%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (23.53%) VoIP
1 4 (23.53%) Converged Networks
2 2 (11.76%) IP Telephony
2 2 (11.76%) PBX
2 2 (11.76%) Skype
2 2 (11.76%) ISDN
2 2 (11.76%) Firewall
3 1 (5.88%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (5.88%) LAN
3 1 (5.88%) WLAN
3 1 (5.88%) WAN
3 1 (5.88%) Internet
3 1 (5.88%) Network Security
3 1 (5.88%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (23.53%) Data Warehouse
1 4 (23.53%) Big Data
General
1 1 (5.88%) Telecoms
1 1 (5.88%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (41.18%) Architect
2 3 (17.65%) Chief Architect
2 3 (17.65%) Technical Architect
2 3 (17.65%) Chief Technical Architect
3 2 (11.76%) Cisco Expert
3 2 (11.76%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 2 (11.76%) Project Manager
4 1 (5.88%) Communications Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Chief Technology Officer
4 1 (5.88%) Network Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Infrastructure Architect
4 1 (5.88%) Unified Communications Specialist
4 1 (5.88%) VoIP Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Cisco VoIP Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (23.53%) .NET
1 4 (23.53%) RESTful
2 1 (5.88%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (23.53%) Visualisation
2 3 (17.65%) IVR
3 1 (5.88%) User Experience
3 1 (5.88%) BYOD
3 1 (5.88%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 4 (23.53%) UNIX
1 4 (23.53%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (23.53%) Open Source
1 4 (23.53%) Big Data Analytics
1 4 (23.53%) Analytics
1 4 (23.53%) DevOps
2 2 (11.76%) Project Management
3 1 (5.88%) PRINCE2
3 1 (5.88%) Business Transformation
3 1 (5.88%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 1 (5.88%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (23.53%) Java
1 4 (23.53%) JavaScript
1 4 (23.53%) PHP
1 4 (23.53%) Python
1 4 (23.53%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (23.53%) Security Cleared
2 3 (17.65%) SC Cleared
2 3 (17.65%) CCNP
2 3 (17.65%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (11.76%) CCVP
3 2 (11.76%) CCNA
4 1 (5.88%) DV Cleared
System Software
1 2 (11.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (5.88%) XenApp
2 1 (5.88%) XenDesktop
2 1 (5.88%) Active Directory
2 1 (5.88%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 3 (17.65%) Cisco CUCM
2 2 (11.76%) Cisco IPCC
3 1 (5.88%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 8 (47.06%) Cisco
2 6 (35.29%) Microsoft
3 2 (11.76%) VMware
4 1 (5.88%) Draytek
4 1 (5.88%) HP
4 1 (5.88%) EMC
4 1 (5.88%) Citrix
4 1 (5.88%) Juniper
4 1 (5.88%) CheckPoint
4 1 (5.88%) 3Com
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