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 16 September 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG)
Rank 570 561 577
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +16
Contract jobs citing UAG 36 31 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.063% 0.059% 0.054%
As % of the System Software category 0.66% 0.61% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 16 17
Average daily rate
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£340 £338 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.74% +8.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £250 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £450 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £413 £304 £313
% change year-on-year
+35.80% -2.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 3
Average hourly rate £10.50 £32.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-67.69% +16.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.30 £26.50 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.30 £35.00 £30.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.50 £32.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year
-67.69% +16.07%

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
5445 5060 4837
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.47% 9.58% 8.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 3030 2680 2353
Average daily rate £338 £338 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £186 £192
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 663 551 583
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +3.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £31.82 £33.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +6.45%

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 16 September 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 30 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 16 September 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 0 33 £330 -2.22% 11
London +16 14 £330 -13.15% 5
South East +2 13 £220 -31.25% 2
Surrey +9 11 £425 +32.81% 1
City of London +29 9 £268 -30.96% 2
South West - 3 - - 4
Wiltshire - 3 - -
Yorkshire -3 2 - -
West Sussex - 2 £220 -
West Yorkshire - 2 - -
Malmesbury - 1 - -
Manchester - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Poole - - - - 2
Reading - - - -
Skipton - - - -
Woking - - - -
York - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - - 1
Dorset - - - - 4
Hampshire - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Bedford - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Gatwick - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Thames Valley - - - -

UAG
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 56 (81.16%) Windows
2 50 (72.46%) Active Directory
3 48 (69.57%) Microsoft
4 47 (68.12%) VMware
5 40 (57.97%) SharePoint
5 40 (57.97%) SCCM
6 34 (49.28%) MS Exchange
7 29 (42.03%) Citrix
8 27 (39.13%) SCOM
9 25 (36.23%) Windows Server 2008
9 25 (36.23%) Exchange Server 2010
10 24 (34.78%) SAN
11 22 (31.88%) DNS
11 22 (31.88%) Microsoft Certification
11 22 (31.88%) Firewall
12 21 (30.43%) MCSE
12 21 (30.43%) SQL Server
13 20 (28.99%) SharePoint 2013
13 20 (28.99%) VMware Infrastructure
14 18 (26.09%) Lync
15 17 (24.64%) PKI
16 16 (23.19%) F5
16 16 (23.19%) IIS
16 16 (23.19%) Symantec
17 14 (20.29%) ITIL
17 14 (20.29%) SharePoint 2010
17 14 (20.29%) Forefront TMG
17 14 (20.29%) Windows Server 2012
17 14 (20.29%) Microsoft Azure
18 13 (18.84%) XenApp

UAG
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 40 (57.97%) SharePoint
2 34 (49.28%) MS Exchange
3 25 (36.23%) Exchange Server 2010
4 20 (28.99%) SharePoint 2013
5 18 (26.09%) Lync
6 16 (23.19%) IIS
7 14 (20.29%) SharePoint 2010
8 7 (10.14%) Exchange Server 2003
9 6 (8.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (7.25%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (5.80%) JOnAS
11 4 (5.80%) Exchange Server 2013
12 3 (4.35%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 8 (11.59%) MS Excel
2 5 (7.25%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 14 (20.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (18.84%) Office 365
3 11 (15.94%) IaaS
3 11 (15.94%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (34.78%) SAN
2 22 (31.88%) DNS
2 22 (31.88%) Firewall
3 13 (18.84%) DHCP
4 12 (17.39%) WAN
5 11 (15.94%) Internet
5 11 (15.94%) Wi-Fi
6 10 (14.49%) LAN
7 7 (10.14%) Network Security
8 6 (8.70%) Wireless
8 6 (8.70%) TCP/IP
8 6 (8.70%) VPN
9 5 (7.25%) SSL
9 5 (7.25%) Unified Communications
9 5 (7.25%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 4 (5.80%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (5.80%) NetScreen
10 4 (5.80%) VLAN
10 4 (5.80%) Reverse Proxy
10 4 (5.80%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (30.43%) SQL Server
2 11 (15.94%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (7.25%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (4.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (1.45%) Metasploit
General
1 3 (4.35%) Legal
1 3 (4.35%) Publishing
2 2 (2.90%) French Language
3 1 (1.45%) Finance
Job Titles
1 20 (28.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 14 (20.29%) Architect
3 11 (15.94%) Systems Engineer
4 8 (11.59%) Technical Architect
5 6 (8.70%) Support Engineer
6 5 (7.25%) 3rd Line Support
6 5 (7.25%) Consultant
7 4 (5.80%) Network Engineer
7 4 (5.80%) Senior Systems Engineer
7 4 (5.80%) Analyst
7 4 (5.80%) Project Engineer
8 3 (4.35%) Windows Engineer
8 3 (4.35%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 3 (4.35%) Security Engineer
9 2 (2.90%) Server Engineer
9 2 (2.90%) Network Analyst
9 2 (2.90%) Desktop Engineer
9 2 (2.90%) Project Manager
9 2 (2.90%) Software Engineer
9 2 (2.90%) Intranet Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.25%) XML
2 3 (4.35%) SAML
2 3 (4.35%) WCF
2 3 (4.35%) .NET
2 3 (4.35%) SOAP
2 3 (4.35%) Web Services
2 3 (4.35%) OAuth
2 3 (4.35%) XACML
2 3 (4.35%) Windows Identity Foundation
3 2 (2.90%) HTML
3 2 (2.90%) CSS
3 2 (2.90%) jQuery
3 2 (2.90%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 17 (24.64%) PKI
2 7 (10.14%) Blackberry
3 3 (4.35%) CCTV
4 1 (1.45%) Statistics
4 1 (1.45%) iPhone
4 1 (1.45%) iPad
4 1 (1.45%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.45%) Clustering
4 1 (1.45%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 56 (81.16%) Windows
2 25 (36.23%) Windows Server 2008
3 14 (20.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 12 (17.39%) Linux
5 11 (15.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (11.59%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (8.70%) Windows 7
8 4 (5.80%) Windows 2000 Server
9 3 (4.35%) Windows XP
10 2 (2.90%) Windows Vista
10 2 (2.90%) Windows 8
10 2 (2.90%) Windows Phone
10 2 (2.90%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (20.29%) ITIL
2 11 (15.94%) Configuration Management
2 11 (15.94%) Performance Tuning
3 10 (14.49%) Load Balancing
4 8 (11.59%) Migration
5 5 (7.25%) WAN Optimisation
6 4 (5.80%) Software Deployment
6 4 (5.80%) Problem Management
6 4 (5.80%) Kalman Filter
7 3 (4.35%) Mobile Device Management
7 3 (4.35%) Disaster Recovery
8 2 (2.90%) Identity Management
8 2 (2.90%) Project Management
8 2 (2.90%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (2.90%) Web Design
8 2 (2.90%) Agile Software Development
8 2 (2.90%) Software Engineering
8 2 (2.90%) Incident Management
8 2 (2.90%) Information Architecture
8 2 (2.90%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 11 (15.94%) SQL
2 5 (7.25%) PowerShell
3 3 (4.35%) Shell Script
3 3 (4.35%) Java
4 2 (2.90%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.45%) C
Qualifications
1 22 (31.88%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (30.43%) MCSE
3 10 (14.49%) MCSA
4 9 (13.04%) MCP
5 5 (7.25%) Security Cleared
6 4 (5.80%) MCITP
6 4 (5.80%) SC Cleared
7 3 (4.35%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (2.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (1.45%) MCTS
9 1 (1.45%) CISSP
9 1 (1.45%) CISM
9 1 (1.45%) CEH
9 1 (1.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
System Software
1 50 (72.46%) Active Directory
2 20 (28.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (20.29%) Forefront TMG
4 13 (18.84%) XenApp
5 12 (17.39%) Hyper-V
5 12 (17.39%) vSphere
6 11 (15.94%) ISA Server
7 10 (14.49%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (10.14%) VMware ESX
8 7 (10.14%) XenDesktop
9 6 (8.70%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (4.35%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (4.35%) MetaFrame
10 3 (4.35%) Terminal Services
11 2 (2.90%) IAG
Systems Management
1 40 (57.97%) SCCM
2 27 (39.13%) SCOM
3 6 (8.70%) Backup Exec
3 6 (8.70%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
4 5 (7.25%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 5 (7.25%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (5.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 3 (4.35%) MOM
6 3 (4.35%) MIIS
6 3 (4.35%) MIMEsweeper
6 3 (4.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (2.90%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (2.90%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (2.90%) WSUS
8 1 (1.45%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 48 (69.57%) Microsoft
2 47 (68.12%) VMware
3 29 (42.03%) Citrix
4 16 (23.19%) Symantec
4 16 (23.19%) F5
5 11 (15.94%) SolarWinds
5 11 (15.94%) Red Hat
6 10 (14.49%) Juniper
7 7 (10.14%) Cisco
8 6 (8.70%) IBM
9 5 (7.25%) HP
9 5 (7.25%) Websense
10 4 (5.80%) Sophos
11 3 (4.35%) ProCurve
12 2 (2.90%) SonicWALL
12 2 (2.90%) Riverbed
12 2 (2.90%) Dell
12 2 (2.90%) EMC
12 2 (2.90%) CommVault
12 2 (2.90%) McAfee