The table below looks at the statistics for Office Communications Server skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Office Communications Server over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS)
Rank 540 532 541
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +9
Contract jobs citing Office Communications Server 52 38 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.096% 0.074% 0.041%
As % of the Application Platforms category 0.53% 0.42% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 23 12
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£425 £382 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.25% -10.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £230 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £565 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £331 £335
% change year-on-year
+28.30% -1.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £28.75 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.75 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Application Platforms category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Application Platforms Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
9845 9126 8714
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.15% 17.83% 17.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 6369 5531 4914
Average daily rate £395 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £508 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 324 373 434
Average hourly rate £19.38 £17.50 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.74% -6.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.12 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £36.07 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.38 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+10.74% -7.89%

Office Communications Server
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Office Communications Server within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Application Platforms category.

Office Communications Server Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Office Communications Server
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Office Communications Server within the UK.

Office Communications Server Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Office Communications Server
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Office Communications Server within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Office Communications Server Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Office Communications Server
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Office Communications Server within the UK.

Office Communications Server Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Office Communications Server
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Office Communications Server within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014. 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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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
England -15 51 £425 +11.25% 16
London +10 24 £438 +14.52% 3
South East -22 13 £350 +5.66% 4
East Midlands - 5 £238 -
Buckinghamshire - 5 £350 -
Derbyshire - 5 £238 -
Milton Keynes - 5 £350 -
Chesterfield - 5 £238 -
Yorkshire - 4 - -
City of London -2 2 £205 -40.79% 1
Reading +14 1 - - 2
Berkshire -6 1 - - 2
North West -10 1 £451 - 2
South West -27 1 £600 - 1
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Cheltenham - 1 £600 -
Gloucestershire - 1 £600 -
Hampshire - - - - 1
Kent - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Surrey - - - - 1
Cheshire - - - -
Cumbria - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - - 5
North East - - - - 5
Southampton - - - -
Manchester - - - - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - - 5
Northwich - - - -

Office Communications Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Office Communications Server 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 Office Communications Server.

1 84 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 75 (89.29%) Lync
3 65 (77.38%) MS Exchange
4 53 (63.10%) Active Directory
5 47 (55.95%) Exchange Server 2010
6 42 (50.00%) Windows
7 38 (45.24%) SharePoint
8 35 (41.67%) Office 365
9 33 (39.29%) Migration
10 32 (38.10%) Exchange Server 2007
11 30 (35.71%) Firewall
12 26 (30.95%) Blackberry
12 26 (30.95%) DNS
12 26 (30.95%) Cisco
12 26 (30.95%) Windows Server 2012
13 23 (27.38%) Hyper-V
13 23 (27.38%) Clustering
14 22 (26.19%) Exchange Server 2013
15 21 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
15 21 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
16 20 (23.81%) Microsoft Azure
17 18 (21.43%) PowerShell
18 17 (20.24%) vSphere
18 17 (20.24%) LDAP
18 17 (20.24%) MS Office
19 16 (19.05%) IIS
19 16 (19.05%) Microsoft Certification
19 16 (19.05%) VMware
20 15 (17.86%) Avaya
20 15 (17.86%) SQL Server

Office Communications Server
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Office Communications Server 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 Office Communications Server. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 75 (89.29%) Lync
2 65 (77.38%) MS Exchange
3 47 (55.95%) Exchange Server 2010
4 38 (45.24%) SharePoint
5 32 (38.10%) Exchange Server 2007
6 22 (26.19%) Exchange Server 2013
7 16 (19.05%) IIS
8 15 (17.86%) Exchange Server 2003
9 10 (11.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (5.95%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (2.38%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (1.19%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
12 1 (1.19%) IBM Notes
12 1 (1.19%) GroupWise
Applications
1 17 (20.24%) MS Office
2 14 (16.67%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.19%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (1.19%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 35 (41.67%) Office 365
2 20 (23.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (8.33%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (4.76%) PaaS
4 4 (4.76%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 30 (35.71%) Firewall
2 26 (30.95%) DNS
3 17 (20.24%) LDAP
4 15 (17.86%) VLAN
5 14 (16.67%) PBX
5 14 (16.67%) VPN
6 12 (14.29%) SAN
7 11 (13.10%) Reverse Proxy
7 11 (13.10%) NAS
8 10 (11.90%) Unified Communications
8 10 (11.90%) DMZ
8 10 (11.90%) MPLS
8 10 (11.90%) VPLS
8 10 (11.90%) SSL
9 9 (10.71%) Multicast
10 6 (7.14%) VoIP
11 4 (4.76%) MGCP
11 4 (4.76%) H.323
12 1 (1.19%) Internet
12 1 (1.19%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (17.86%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.38%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.19%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (3.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (2.38%) Subversion
2 2 (2.38%) Git (software)
General
1 8 (9.52%) Telecoms
1 8 (9.52%) Banking
2 6 (7.14%) Finance
3 5 (5.95%) Retail
3 5 (5.95%) Investment Banking
4 3 (3.57%) Legal
4 3 (3.57%) Publishing
5 2 (2.38%) Games
Job Titles
1 21 (25.00%) Architect
1 21 (25.00%) Consultant
2 9 (10.71%) Messaging Engineer
3 8 (9.52%) Microsoft Consultant
4 7 (8.33%) Analyst
4 7 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (5.95%) Messaging Architect
5 5 (5.95%) Exchange Engineer
6 4 (4.76%) Exchange Specialist
6 4 (4.76%) Implementation Engineer
6 4 (4.76%) Support Analyst
6 4 (4.76%) Senior Consultant
6 4 (4.76%) Platform Architect
6 4 (4.76%) Cloud Architect
7 3 (3.57%) Designer
7 3 (3.57%) Solutions Architect
7 3 (3.57%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (3.57%) 2nd Line Support
8 2 (2.38%) Support Consultant
8 2 (2.38%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.33%) Middleware
2 1 (1.19%) XMPP
2 1 (1.19%) .NET
2 1 (1.19%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.19%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 26 (30.95%) Blackberry
2 23 (27.38%) Clustering
3 12 (14.29%) Video Conferencing
4 7 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (3.57%) Mobile Computing
6 2 (2.38%) Online Games
6 2 (2.38%) Streaming Video
7 1 (1.19%) Thin Client
7 1 (1.19%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.19%) CESG
7 1 (1.19%) PKI
7 1 (1.19%) Fat Client
7 1 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.19%) iPhone
7 1 (1.19%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 42 (50.00%) Windows
2 26 (30.95%) Windows Server 2012
3 21 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 8 (9.52%) Android
5 5 (5.95%) Windows 2000
6 4 (4.76%) Windows 7
7 3 (3.57%) Windows XP
8 2 (2.38%) Linux
8 2 (2.38%) Windows 2000 Server
8 2 (2.38%) CentOS
8 2 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (1.19%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.19%) Windows Phone
9 1 (1.19%) UNIX
9 1 (1.19%) AIX
9 1 (1.19%) Solaris
9 1 (1.19%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (39.29%) Migration
2 13 (15.48%) Load Balancing
3 11 (13.10%) ITIL
3 11 (13.10%) Change Management
4 7 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (4.76%) High Availability
5 4 (4.76%) Server Monitoring
6 3 (3.57%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (3.57%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (3.57%) Change Control
6 3 (3.57%) Project Management
6 3 (3.57%) Service Management
6 3 (3.57%) Service Delivery
6 3 (3.57%) Business Continuity
7 2 (2.38%) Problem Management
7 2 (2.38%) Scrum
7 2 (2.38%) Workflow
7 2 (2.38%) Validation
7 2 (2.38%) Capacity Management
7 2 (2.38%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 18 (21.43%) PowerShell
2 4 (4.76%) SQL
3 3 (3.57%) Shell Script
4 2 (2.38%) Perl
4 2 (2.38%) Python
4 2 (2.38%) C
5 1 (1.19%) C#
Qualifications
1 16 (19.05%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (15.48%) MCSE
3 10 (11.90%) MCITP
3 10 (11.90%) Security Cleared
4 9 (10.71%) SC Cleared
5 3 (3.57%) MCTS
6 2 (2.38%) MCSA
6 2 (2.38%) DV Cleared
6 2 (2.38%) Degree
6 2 (2.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (2.38%) RHCSA
7 1 (1.19%) CCA
7 1 (1.19%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (1.19%) CCEA
7 1 (1.19%) MCSD
7 1 (1.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.38%) SLA
System Software
1 53 (63.10%) Active Directory
2 23 (27.38%) Hyper-V
3 17 (20.24%) vSphere
4 9 (10.71%) Forefront TMG
4 9 (10.71%) ISA Server
5 3 (3.57%) UAG
5 3 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (2.38%) XenApp
6 2 (2.38%) XenDesktop
6 2 (2.38%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (2.38%) Xen
7 1 (1.19%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 13 (15.48%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 11 (13.10%) SCOM
3 10 (11.90%) SCCM
3 10 (11.90%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 6 (7.14%) WSUS
5 3 (3.57%) MIMEsweeper
5 3 (3.57%) MOM
6 2 (2.38%) Nagios
6 2 (2.38%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (2.38%) Puppet
6 2 (2.38%) Red Hat Spacewalk
6 2 (2.38%) Cobbler
6 2 (2.38%) Opsview
7 1 (1.19%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 84 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 26 (30.95%) Cisco
3 16 (19.05%) VMware
4 15 (17.86%) Avaya
5 10 (11.90%) HP
5 10 (11.90%) Symantec
6 7 (8.33%) IronPort
7 6 (7.14%) Polycom
8 3 (3.57%) Citrix
8 3 (3.57%) McAfee
8 3 (3.57%) Websense
9 2 (2.38%) Dell
9 2 (2.38%) Veritas
9 2 (2.38%) Tandberg
9 2 (2.38%) Infoblox
9 2 (2.38%) Splunk
9 2 (2.38%) Sonus
10 1 (1.19%) Lotus
10 1 (1.19%) Novell
10 1 (1.19%) Oracle