The table below looks at the statistics for UAG skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited UAG over the 3 months to 18 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG)
Rank 585 492 509
Rank change year-on-year
-93 +17
Contract jobs citing UAG 23 77 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.042% 0.15% 0.068%
As % of the System Software category 0.43% 1.47% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 51 12
Average daily rate
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£363 £475 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.68% +38.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £350 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £412 £530 £498
UK excluding London average daily rate £377 £475 £288
% change year-on-year
-20.57% +65.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 7
Average hourly rate - £35.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +118.75%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £35.00 £16.16
% change year-on-year
- +116.58%

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

System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5370 5246 4580
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.71% 10.15% 9.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2963 2677 2142
Average daily rate £358 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £170 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 665 638 773
Average hourly rate £16.50 £15.80 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.43% -12.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.23 £31.56 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -11.42%

UAG
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing UAG within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

UAG Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

UAG
Daily Rate Trend

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

UAG Daily Rate Trend in the UK

UAG
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing UAG within the UK over the 3 months to 18 December 2014.

UAG Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

UAG
Hourly Rate Trend

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

UAG Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

UAG
Top 23 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing UAG within the UK over the 3 months to 18 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 -82 17 £375 -21.05% 2
London -9 7 £350 -22.22% 2
South East -47 7 £380 -24.10%
Scotland -8 6 £263 -
Surrey -9 4 £375 -23.46%
Buckinghamshire -12 3 £395 -12.27%
North West -9 2 £440 +13.54%
Milton Keynes -14 2 £380 -15.66%
Leeds -11 1 £270 -
West Yorkshire -14 1 £270 -
Yorkshire -20 1 £270 -
Woking - 1 £260 -
Coventry - - - -
Crewe - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Poole - - - -
Redhill - - - -
Staines - - - -
City of London - - - - 1
Cheshire - - - -
Dorset - - - -
South West - - - -
West Midlands - - - -

UAG
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing UAG 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 UAG.

1 53 (88.33%) Windows
2 50 (83.33%) Active Directory
3 36 (60.00%) Microsoft
4 34 (56.67%) VMware
5 30 (50.00%) SCCM
6 28 (46.67%) SCOM
6 28 (46.67%) SharePoint
7 26 (43.33%) SQL Server
7 26 (43.33%) SAN
8 20 (33.33%) Citrix
8 20 (33.33%) MS Exchange
8 20 (33.33%) F5
9 19 (31.67%) Windows Server 2008
9 19 (31.67%) SQL
9 19 (31.67%) Firewall
10 18 (30.00%) Hyper-V
10 18 (30.00%) SolarWinds
11 17 (28.33%) Forefront TMG
12 15 (25.00%) XenApp
12 15 (25.00%) SharePoint 2013
12 15 (25.00%) Performance Tuning
13 14 (23.33%) VMware Infrastructure
13 14 (23.33%) DNS
13 14 (23.33%) Microsoft Certification
13 14 (23.33%) Cisco
14 13 (21.67%) ISA Server
14 13 (21.67%) Symantec
14 13 (21.67%) Lync
15 12 (20.00%) SharePoint 2010
15 12 (20.00%) Load Balancing

UAG
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing UAG 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 UAG. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 28 (46.67%) SharePoint
2 20 (33.33%) MS Exchange
3 15 (25.00%) SharePoint 2013
4 13 (21.67%) Lync
5 12 (20.00%) SharePoint 2010
5 12 (20.00%) IIS
6 11 (18.33%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (8.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (5.00%) Office Communications Server
8 3 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 12 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 5 (8.33%) MS Office
3 2 (3.33%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 10 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (8.33%) Office 365
3 2 (3.33%) IaaS
3 2 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (43.33%) SAN
2 19 (31.67%) Firewall
3 14 (23.33%) DNS
4 12 (20.00%) WAN
5 9 (15.00%) TCP/IP
6 8 (13.33%) LAN
6 8 (13.33%) Network Security
7 7 (11.67%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 7 (11.67%) Reverse Proxy
7 7 (11.67%) DHCP
7 7 (11.67%) Ethernet
8 6 (10.00%) Cisco ASA
9 4 (6.67%) Wireless
9 4 (6.67%) NAS
10 3 (5.00%) Extranet
11 2 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (3.33%) SSL
11 2 (3.33%) LDAP
11 2 (3.33%) Internet
11 2 (3.33%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (43.33%) SQL Server
2 8 (13.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (3.33%) PerformancePoint
3 2 (3.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (3.33%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 3 (5.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (3.33%) Metasploit
General
1 5 (8.33%) Publishing
2 4 (6.67%) Finance
3 2 (3.33%) French Language
4 1 (1.67%) Banking
4 1 (1.67%) Legal
Job Titles
1 17 (28.33%) Architect
2 9 (15.00%) Technical Architect
2 9 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 7 (11.67%) Analyst
3 7 (11.67%) 3rd Line Support
4 6 (10.00%) Network Engineer
4 6 (10.00%) Systems Engineer
5 5 (8.33%) Windows Engineer
6 4 (6.67%) Consultant
6 4 (6.67%) Support Analyst
6 4 (6.67%) Senior Systems Engineer
6 4 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
6 4 (6.67%) SharePoint Architect
7 3 (5.00%) Windows Support Analyst
7 3 (5.00%) Infrastructure Architect
8 2 (3.33%) Network Security Engineer
8 2 (3.33%) Network Support Analyst
8 2 (3.33%) Support Engineer
8 2 (3.33%) Desktop Engineer
8 2 (3.33%) Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.67%) XML
1 4 (6.67%) .NET
2 3 (5.00%) Application Packaging
3 2 (3.33%) CSS
3 2 (3.33%) SOAP
3 2 (3.33%) Web Services
3 2 (3.33%) HTML
3 2 (3.33%) XSLT
3 2 (3.33%) SAML
3 2 (3.33%) .NET Framework
3 2 (3.33%) OAuth
3 2 (3.33%) jQuery
3 2 (3.33%) Windows Identity Foundation
3 2 (3.33%) WCF
3 2 (3.33%) XACML
4 1 (1.67%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 9 (15.00%) PKI
2 8 (13.33%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.33%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.33%) Clustering
4 1 (1.67%) iPad
4 1 (1.67%) iPhone
4 1 (1.67%) PDA
4 1 (1.67%) CCTV
4 1 (1.67%) CMDB
4 1 (1.67%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 53 (88.33%) Windows
2 19 (31.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 10 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (10.00%) Windows 7
6 4 (6.67%) Linux
7 3 (5.00%) Windows XP
8 2 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (3.33%) Windows Vista
8 2 (3.33%) Windows 8
8 2 (3.33%) Windows Phone
9 1 (1.67%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (1.67%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (25.00%) Performance Tuning
2 12 (20.00%) Load Balancing
3 11 (18.33%) ITIL
4 7 (11.67%) WAN Optimisation
4 7 (11.67%) Problem Management
5 6 (10.00%) Migration
6 5 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (6.67%) Configuration Management
8 3 (5.00%) Root Cause Analysis
8 3 (5.00%) Software Deployment
8 3 (5.00%) Incident Management
8 3 (5.00%) Change Management
9 2 (3.33%) Project Management
9 2 (3.33%) Service Delivery
9 2 (3.33%) Data Security
9 2 (3.33%) Security Management
9 2 (3.33%) Web Design
9 2 (3.33%) Information Security
9 2 (3.33%) Workflow
9 2 (3.33%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 19 (31.67%) SQL
2 9 (15.00%) PowerShell
3 3 (5.00%) Shell Script
4 2 (3.33%) VBScript
4 2 (3.33%) Java
4 2 (3.33%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 14 (23.33%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (18.33%) MCSE
3 5 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (8.33%) CCNA
4 4 (6.67%) MCSA
4 4 (6.67%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (5.00%) DV Cleared
5 3 (5.00%) Security Cleared
5 3 (5.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (5.00%) CCNP
6 2 (3.33%) CISM
6 2 (3.33%) MCP
6 2 (3.33%) CCDA
6 2 (3.33%) CCDP
6 2 (3.33%) CISSP
6 2 (3.33%) CEH
7 1 (1.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.67%) SC Cleared
7 1 (1.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (10.00%) SLA
2 1 (1.67%) QA
System Software
1 50 (83.33%) Active Directory
2 18 (30.00%) Hyper-V
3 17 (28.33%) Forefront TMG
4 15 (25.00%) XenApp
5 14 (23.33%) VMware Infrastructure
6 13 (21.67%) ISA Server
7 8 (13.33%) vSphere
7 8 (13.33%) XenDesktop
8 6 (10.00%) Squid
9 5 (8.33%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (8.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 5 (8.33%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (3.33%) IAG
11 1 (1.67%) DFS Replication
11 1 (1.67%) MetaFrame
11 1 (1.67%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 30 (50.00%) SCCM
2 28 (46.67%) SCOM
3 6 (10.00%) FortiGate
4 5 (8.33%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (8.33%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
4 5 (8.33%) Backup Exec
4 5 (8.33%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (6.67%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (5.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 3 (5.00%) MOM
6 3 (5.00%) MIMEsweeper
7 2 (3.33%) MIIS
7 2 (3.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (3.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (1.67%) SAP Afaria
8 1 (1.67%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 36 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 34 (56.67%) VMware
3 20 (33.33%) Citrix
3 20 (33.33%) F5
4 18 (30.00%) SolarWinds
5 14 (23.33%) Cisco
6 13 (21.67%) Symantec
7 9 (15.00%) Juniper
8 7 (11.67%) Avaya
9 6 (10.00%) Websense
9 6 (10.00%) CheckPoint
10 5 (8.33%) IBM
10 5 (8.33%) McAfee
11 4 (6.67%) HP
11 4 (6.67%) Riverbed
12 3 (5.00%) CommVault
13 2 (3.33%) Sophos
13 2 (3.33%) Remedy
13 2 (3.33%) Red Hat
13 2 (3.33%) Blue Coat