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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Unified Communications over the 3 months to 27 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Unified Communications
Rank 153 140 134
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -6
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 6 10 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.16% 0.27% 0.032%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.03% 2.11% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 0
Median daily rate £435 £555 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.62% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £425 £350
% change year-on-year
-14.11% +21.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.90 £22.00 -
% change year-on-year
+67.72% -
Unified Communications
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
585 474 390
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.41% 13.03% 12.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 329 239 185
Median daily rate £375 £325 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +13.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 43 32
Median hourly rate £14.00 £17.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% -22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.60 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £25.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+26.00% +38.88%

Unified Communications
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Unified Communications as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Unified Communications within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 June 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire -2 3 £435 -45.62%
Manchester -16 2 - - 3
Merseyside - 1 £450 -
Unified Communications
England

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Unified Communications.

1 7 (70.00%) Skype for Business
1 7 (70.00%) Skype
2 6 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (60.00%) Citrix
3 5 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 5 (50.00%) Office 365
3 5 (50.00%) SCOM
3 5 (50.00%) Cisco
4 4 (40.00%) SCCM
4 4 (40.00%) Hyper-V
4 4 (40.00%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (40.00%) Identity Management
4 4 (40.00%) Windows
4 4 (40.00%) Data Centre
4 4 (40.00%) Windows 10
4 4 (40.00%) Remote Desktop
4 4 (40.00%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (30.00%) Infrastructure Transformation
5 3 (30.00%) MS Excel
5 3 (30.00%) SharePoint
5 3 (30.00%) MS Exchange
5 3 (30.00%) LAN
5 3 (30.00%) WAN
5 3 (30.00%) SaaS
5 3 (30.00%) PaaS
5 3 (30.00%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (30.00%) IaaS
6 2 (20.00%) Riverbed
6 2 (20.00%) PowerShell

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 7 (70.00%) Skype for Business
2 3 (30.00%) MS Exchange
2 3 (30.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (10.00%) CMS
3 1 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 3 (30.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (50.00%) Office 365
2 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (30.00%) IaaS
3 3 (30.00%) PaaS
3 3 (30.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (70.00%) Skype
2 4 (40.00%) Remote Desktop
3 3 (30.00%) LAN
3 3 (30.00%) WAN
4 2 (20.00%) DNS
4 2 (20.00%) MPLS
5 1 (10.00%) Broadband
5 1 (10.00%) ISDN
5 1 (10.00%) NetScaler
5 1 (10.00%) PBX
5 1 (10.00%) PSTN
5 1 (10.00%) Spanning Tree
5 1 (10.00%) VLAN
5 1 (10.00%) VoIP
5 1 (10.00%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (40.00%) Amazon RDS
General
1 1 (10.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (50.00%) Architect
2 3 (30.00%) Senior Architect
2 3 (30.00%) Senior Solutions Architect
2 3 (30.00%) Solutions Architect
3 2 (20.00%) Active Directory Architect
3 2 (20.00%) Cisco Architect
3 2 (20.00%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Avaya Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Azure Architect
4 1 (10.00%) Azure DevOps
4 1 (10.00%) DevOps Architect
4 1 (10.00%) Exchange Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Lync Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Security Architect
4 1 (10.00%) Security Solutions Architect
4 1 (10.00%) Senior DevOps
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Security Architect
4 1 (10.00%) Server Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (40.00%) Data Centre
1 4 (40.00%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (10.00%) PKI
2 1 (10.00%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) Windows
1 4 (40.00%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (40.00%) Identity Management
2 3 (30.00%) Infrastructure Transformation
3 2 (20.00%) Project Management
3 2 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (10.00%) Business Continuity
4 1 (10.00%) Capacity Management
4 1 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (10.00%) DevOps
4 1 (10.00%) Load Balancing
4 1 (10.00%) Mentoring
4 1 (10.00%) Portfolio Management
4 1 (10.00%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 2 (20.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) Avaya Certification
System Software
1 5 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (40.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (10.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (50.00%) SCOM
2 4 (40.00%) SCCM
3 3 (30.00%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (10.00%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 6 (60.00%) Citrix
1 6 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (50.00%) Cisco
3 2 (20.00%) Polycom
3 2 (20.00%) Riverbed
3 2 (20.00%) VMware
4 1 (10.00%) Avaya
4 1 (10.00%) F5
4 1 (10.00%) Panasonic
4 1 (10.00%) Siemens
4 1 (10.00%) SolarWinds
4 1 (10.00%) Sonus