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 3 March 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS)
Rank 551 545 506
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -39
Contract jobs citing Office Communications Server 36 21 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.068% 0.041% 0.055%
As % of the Application Platforms category 0.38% 0.24% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 8 13
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£450 £334 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.83% -11.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £293 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £523 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £575 £400 £300
% change year-on-year
+43.75% +33.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £49.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £49.50 - -

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
9433 8921 8159
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 17.94% 17.58% 17.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 5789 5262 4567
Average daily rate £400 £375 £351
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +6.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 309 309 403
Average hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £18.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.57 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £18.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-8.10% -

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 3 March 2015.

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 3 March 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
England +8 36 £450 +34.83% 14
South East -5 15 £353 -11.87%
London +3 11 £450 +34.83% 5
Reading +8 7 £425 -15.00%
Berkshire +5 7 £425 -15.00%
North West - 5 £675 - 6
City of London +10 4 £413 +23.59% 3
Cumbria - 3 - - 2
Hampshire -21 1 £280 -6.66%
South West - 1 £200 - 3
Tyne and Wear - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
Kent - - - -
Surrey - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
Home Counties - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - - 1
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Manchester - - - - 4
Milton Keynes - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Portsmouth - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Bracknell - - - -
Bristol - - - - 2
Cheltenham - - - - 1

Office Communications Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, 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 89 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 74 (83.15%) Lync
3 64 (71.91%) MS Exchange
4 59 (66.29%) Active Directory
5 48 (53.93%) Windows
6 40 (44.94%) Exchange Server 2010
7 38 (42.70%) SharePoint
7 38 (42.70%) Migration
8 34 (38.20%) Office 365
9 31 (34.83%) DNS
10 29 (32.58%) Exchange Server 2007
11 28 (31.46%) Clustering
12 27 (30.34%) Microsoft Certification
13 25 (28.09%) Firewall
14 24 (26.97%) Cisco
14 24 (26.97%) Windows Server 2012
14 24 (26.97%) Hyper-V
15 22 (24.72%) Exchange Server 2013
15 22 (24.72%) Blackberry
15 22 (24.72%) IIS
16 21 (23.60%) VMware
17 20 (22.47%) MS Excel
17 20 (22.47%) MCSE
17 20 (22.47%) Windows Server 2003
17 20 (22.47%) Microsoft Azure
17 20 (22.47%) Windows Server 2008
18 19 (21.35%) vSphere
18 19 (21.35%) MS Office
19 18 (20.22%) VLAN
20 17 (19.10%) SQL Server

Office Communications Server
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, 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 74 (83.15%) Lync
2 64 (71.91%) MS Exchange
3 40 (44.94%) Exchange Server 2010
4 38 (42.70%) SharePoint
5 29 (32.58%) Exchange Server 2007
6 22 (24.72%) Exchange Server 2013
6 22 (24.72%) IIS
7 13 (14.61%) Exchange Server 2003
8 10 (11.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 6 (6.74%) IBM Notes
9 6 (6.74%) GroupWise
10 5 (5.62%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (1.12%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 20 (22.47%) MS Excel
2 19 (21.35%) MS Office
3 1 (1.12%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 34 (38.20%) Office 365
2 20 (22.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (5.62%) PaaS
3 5 (5.62%) IaaS
3 5 (5.62%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 31 (34.83%) DNS
2 25 (28.09%) Firewall
3 18 (20.22%) VLAN
4 16 (17.98%) SAN
4 16 (17.98%) LDAP
5 15 (16.85%) VPN
6 12 (13.48%) PBX
7 10 (11.24%) NAS
8 9 (10.11%) Unified Communications
9 8 (8.99%) Reverse Proxy
9 8 (8.99%) VoIP
9 8 (8.99%) DMZ
10 7 (7.87%) SSL
10 7 (7.87%) VPLS
10 7 (7.87%) MPLS
10 7 (7.87%) Multicast
11 6 (6.74%) IMAP
11 6 (6.74%) POP3
11 6 (6.74%) SMTP
12 3 (3.37%) MGCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (19.10%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (2.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 8 (8.99%) Telecoms
2 6 (6.74%) Banking
3 4 (4.49%) Finance
4 3 (3.37%) Legal
4 3 (3.37%) Retail
4 3 (3.37%) Investment Banking
5 2 (2.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 28 (31.46%) Architect
2 21 (23.60%) Consultant
3 9 (10.11%) Exchange Engineer
4 8 (8.99%) Analyst
4 8 (8.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (6.74%) Server Engineer
5 6 (6.74%) Field Engineer
5 6 (6.74%) Messaging Engineer
6 5 (5.62%) Senior Architect
6 5 (5.62%) Cloud Architect
6 5 (5.62%) Support Analyst
6 5 (5.62%) Technical Architect
6 5 (5.62%) Senior Consultant
7 4 (4.49%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (4.49%) Technical Design Architect
7 4 (4.49%) Messaging Architect
7 4 (4.49%) Implementation Engineer
8 3 (3.37%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
8 3 (3.37%) 3rd Line Support
8 3 (3.37%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.62%) Middleware
2 1 (1.12%) XMPP
2 1 (1.12%) .NET
2 1 (1.12%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.12%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 28 (31.46%) Clustering
2 22 (24.72%) Blackberry
3 12 (13.48%) Video Conferencing
4 8 (8.99%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (3.37%) Mobile Computing
6 2 (2.25%) Streaming Video
7 1 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.12%) iPhone
7 1 (1.12%) iPad
7 1 (1.12%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.12%) CESG
7 1 (1.12%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 48 (53.93%) Windows
2 24 (26.97%) Windows Server 2012
3 20 (22.47%) Windows Server 2003
3 20 (22.47%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (7.87%) Windows 7
5 6 (6.74%) Android
5 6 (6.74%) Windows 2000
6 5 (5.62%) Windows 8
7 4 (4.49%) UNIX
7 4 (4.49%) AIX
7 4 (4.49%) Solaris
8 2 (2.25%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (1.12%) Windows XP
9 1 (1.12%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.12%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (42.70%) Migration
2 14 (15.73%) ITIL
3 13 (14.61%) Load Balancing
4 11 (12.36%) Change Management
5 10 (11.24%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (7.87%) Service Management
7 5 (5.62%) B2B
7 5 (5.62%) Performance Management
7 5 (5.62%) Customer Engagement
7 5 (5.62%) Root Cause Analysis
8 4 (4.49%) Server Monitoring
8 4 (4.49%) Requirements Engineering
8 4 (4.49%) GAP Analysis
8 4 (4.49%) Service Delivery
8 4 (4.49%) Technical Architecture
9 3 (3.37%) CRM
9 3 (3.37%) Business Continuity
9 3 (3.37%) Validation
9 3 (3.37%) Project Management
9 3 (3.37%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 13 (14.61%) PowerShell
2 5 (5.62%) SQL
3 3 (3.37%) C
4 2 (2.25%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.12%) C#
Qualifications
1 27 (30.34%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (22.47%) MCSE
3 16 (17.98%) MCITP
4 12 (13.48%) Security Cleared
5 11 (12.36%) SC Cleared
6 10 (11.24%) MCTS
7 6 (6.74%) Degree
8 5 (5.62%) MCSA
8 5 (5.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (4.49%) CCA
9 4 (4.49%) Citrix Certification
9 4 (4.49%) CCEA
9 4 (4.49%) MCSD
10 2 (2.25%) DV Cleared
10 2 (2.25%) VCP4
10 2 (2.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (1.12%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (1.12%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.25%) SLA
System Software
1 59 (66.29%) Active Directory
2 24 (26.97%) Hyper-V
3 19 (21.35%) vSphere
4 9 (10.11%) Forefront TMG
4 9 (10.11%) ISA Server
5 6 (6.74%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (2.25%) UAG
7 1 (1.12%) VMware ESX
7 1 (1.12%) Xen
Systems Management
1 13 (14.61%) SCCM
2 12 (13.48%) SCOM
3 11 (12.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 7 (7.87%) WSUS
4 7 (7.87%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 2 (2.25%) MOM
5 2 (2.25%) MIMEsweeper
6 1 (1.12%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 89 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 24 (26.97%) Cisco
3 21 (23.60%) VMware
4 16 (17.98%) Avaya
5 7 (7.87%) HP
5 7 (7.87%) Symantec
6 6 (6.74%) Novell
6 6 (6.74%) Lotus
7 5 (5.62%) Citrix
7 5 (5.62%) IronPort
7 5 (5.62%) Sonus
8 3 (3.37%) Polycom
9 2 (2.25%) Websense
10 1 (1.12%) TOWER Software
10 1 (1.12%) Open Text
10 1 (1.12%) Remedy
10 1 (1.12%) McAfee
10 1 (1.12%) Telerik
10 1 (1.12%) Altiris
10 1 (1.12%) Yahoo!