The table below looks at the statistics for Unified Communications skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Unified Communications over the 3 months to 3 September 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 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Unified Communications
Rank 475 513 484
Rank change year-on-year
+38 -29
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 156 103 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.27% 0.18% 0.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.94% 1.25% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 57 65
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£425 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £588 £529
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £400
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 2
Average hourly rate £35.50 - £19.75
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.10 - £15.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.70 - £24.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 - £19.75

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

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
8058 8268 7224
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 14.62% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4617 4497 3898
Average daily rate £375 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 525 460 419
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-10.31% +2.12%

Unified Communications
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

Unified Communications Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Unified Communications
Daily Rate Trend

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

Unified Communications Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Unified Communications
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Unified Communications within the UK over the 3 months to 3 September 2015.

Unified Communications Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Unified Communications
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Unified Communications Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Unified Communications
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Unified Communications within the UK over the 3 months to 3 September 2015.

Unified Communications Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Unified Communications
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 Unified Communications within the UK over the 3 months to 3 September 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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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 +40 153 £425 +6.25% 48
London -4 54 £438 - 9
South East +19 52 £400 +14.28% 12
Hampshire +11 17 £431 +1.41%
Berkshire +3 17 £338 -3.57% 7
City of London +6 14 £438 - 3
West Midlands +14 9 £420 +43.58% 5
East of England +9 8 £344 -14.06% 2
Surrey +4 8 £400 -11.11% 1
South West -4 8 £308 -33.87% 2
Buckinghamshire -9 8 £488 -37.09% 1
Hook +12 7 £431 +39.03%
North East -19 7 £498 +80.90% 1
North West -29 7 £515 +106.00% 11
Worcestershire - 7 £420 -
Worcester - 7 £420 -
Guildford - 5 £375 -
Hertfordshire +8 4 £250 - 1
High Wycombe +2 4 £488 -
Reading -1 4 £450 +28.57% 2
Manchester - 4 £369 - 7
Yorkshire -31 3 £540 +170.00% 5
Wiltshire - 3 £365 -
Hemel Hempstead - 3 £250 -
Maidenhead - 3 £338 -
Devon +9 2 £388 -
Cambridgeshire -2 2 £488 +12.06%
Tyne and Wear -22 2 £498 +80.90% 1
West Yorkshire -27 2 - - 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -28 2 £498 +80.90% 1

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Unified Communications 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 Unified Communications.

1 138 (37.81%) Cisco
2 132 (36.16%) Lync
3 102 (27.95%) Microsoft
4 68 (18.63%) Cisco Certification
5 61 (16.71%) LAN
5 61 (16.71%) Windows
5 61 (16.71%) Finance
6 58 (15.89%) Telecoms
7 55 (15.07%) WAN
7 55 (15.07%) Project Management
8 51 (13.97%) Avaya
8 51 (13.97%) VoIP
9 48 (13.15%) CCNP
10 47 (12.88%) MS Excel
11 45 (12.33%) Active Directory
12 44 (12.05%) Migration
12 44 (12.05%) Data Centre
13 42 (11.51%) Video Conferencing
14 36 (9.86%) PRINCE2
14 36 (9.86%) Cisco CUCM
15 35 (9.59%) VMware
16 34 (9.32%) MPLS
17 32 (8.77%) Firewall
18 31 (8.49%) MS Exchange
19 30 (8.22%) ITIL
20 29 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
20 29 (7.95%) VMware Infrastructure
21 28 (7.67%) CCNA
22 27 (7.40%) Linux
22 27 (7.40%) Agile Software Development

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Unified Communications 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 Unified Communications. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 132 (36.16%) Lync
2 31 (8.49%) MS Exchange
3 23 (6.30%) SharePoint
4 17 (4.66%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (4.11%) Office Communications Server
6 7 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (1.37%) CMS
8 4 (1.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
10 2 (0.55%) MindAlign
10 2 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 47 (12.88%) MS Excel
2 15 (4.11%) MS Office
3 8 (2.19%) MS Visio
4 7 (1.92%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (1.37%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.82%) Eikon
2 2 (0.55%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 22 (6.03%) Office 365
2 16 (4.38%) Cloud Computing
3 5 (1.37%) SaaS
4 3 (0.82%) PaaS
4 3 (0.82%) IaaS
4 3 (0.82%) Yammer
5 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.55%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 61 (16.71%) LAN
2 55 (15.07%) WAN
3 51 (13.97%) VoIP
4 34 (9.32%) MPLS
5 32 (8.77%) Firewall
6 27 (7.40%) IP Telephony
6 27 (7.40%) Skype
7 24 (6.58%) VPN
8 23 (6.30%) PBX
9 21 (5.75%) Internet
9 21 (5.75%) Wireless
10 20 (5.48%) WLAN
10 20 (5.48%) OSPF
11 19 (5.21%) BGP
11 19 (5.21%) Cisco ASA
12 18 (4.93%) TCP/IP
13 15 (4.11%) Converged Networks
14 14 (3.84%) DNS
14 14 (3.84%) Network Security
14 14 (3.84%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (5.48%) SQL Server
2 16 (4.38%) Data Warehouse
2 16 (4.38%) Big Data
3 5 (1.37%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (1.10%) MySQL
5 2 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.27%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.27%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.27%) Data Mining
General
1 61 (16.71%) Finance
2 58 (15.89%) Telecoms
3 16 (4.38%) Banking
4 8 (2.19%) Retail
5 7 (1.92%) Legal
5 7 (1.92%) Billing
6 5 (1.37%) Investment Banking
6 5 (1.37%) Multimedia
7 3 (0.82%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.82%) Advertising
7 3 (0.82%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.82%) Front Office
8 2 (0.55%) Law
9 1 (0.27%) Back Office
9 1 (0.27%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.27%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 74 (20.27%) Architect
2 70 (19.18%) Project Manager
3 52 (14.25%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 39 (10.68%) Communications Engineer
5 33 (9.04%) Unified Communications Manager
6 24 (6.58%) Consultant
7 22 (6.03%) Voice Engineer
8 21 (5.75%) Network Engineer
9 20 (5.48%) Solutions Architect
10 18 (4.93%) Technical Architect
11 15 (4.11%) Analyst
12 14 (3.84%) Chief Architect
13 12 (3.29%) Infrastructure Manager
13 12 (3.29%) Avaya Engineer
14 11 (3.01%) Support Engineer
15 10 (2.74%) Infrastructure Project Manager
15 10 (2.74%) Cisco Engineer
16 9 (2.47%) Technical Manager
16 9 (2.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 9 (2.47%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (6.03%) XMPP
2 16 (4.38%) RESTful
3 14 (3.84%) .NET
4 4 (1.10%) MAPI
5 2 (0.55%) CSS
6 1 (0.27%) Middleware
6 1 (0.27%) REST
6 1 (0.27%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 44 (12.05%) Data Centre
2 42 (11.51%) Video Conferencing
3 16 (4.38%) Visualisation
4 15 (4.11%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (2.74%) User Experience
6 9 (2.47%) BYOD
7 8 (2.19%) PKI
7 8 (2.19%) PMI
8 7 (1.92%) IVR
8 7 (1.92%) iPhone
8 7 (1.92%) Computer Science
9 6 (1.64%) Management Information System
10 4 (1.10%) Video on Demand
11 3 (0.82%) iPad
11 3 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.82%) Blackberry
11 3 (0.82%) Clustering
11 3 (0.82%) SecurID
12 2 (0.55%) CCTV
12 2 (0.55%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 61 (16.71%) Windows
2 27 (7.40%) Linux
3 22 (6.03%) Windows Server 2012
4 19 (5.21%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (4.66%) UNIX
6 13 (3.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (3.29%) Android
8 11 (3.01%) Windows 7
9 6 (1.64%) Windows Vista
10 5 (1.37%) SUSE
11 3 (0.82%) HPUX
11 3 (0.82%) Solaris
11 3 (0.82%) Apple iOS
11 3 (0.82%) Windows Phone
12 2 (0.55%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.55%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (15.07%) Project Management
2 44 (12.05%) Migration
3 36 (9.86%) PRINCE2
4 30 (8.22%) ITIL
5 29 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
6 27 (7.40%) Agile Software Development
7 21 (5.75%) Change Management
8 18 (4.93%) Open Source
9 16 (4.38%) Big Data Analytics
9 16 (4.38%) Analytics
10 14 (3.84%) Load Balancing
11 12 (3.29%) Enterprise Architecture
11 12 (3.29%) DevOps
12 11 (3.01%) Performance Tuning
12 11 (3.01%) Service Delivery
12 11 (3.01%) Validation
12 11 (3.01%) TOGAF
13 10 (2.74%) Network Design
13 10 (2.74%) Service Management
14 9 (2.47%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 21 (5.75%) SQL
2 18 (4.93%) Python
2 18 (4.93%) JavaScript
3 15 (4.11%) PHP
3 15 (4.11%) Ruby
3 15 (4.11%) Java
4 7 (1.92%) C
5 3 (0.82%) C++
5 3 (0.82%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 68 (18.63%) Cisco Certification
2 48 (13.15%) CCNP
3 28 (7.67%) CCNA
4 23 (6.30%) Security Cleared
5 20 (5.48%) CCVP
5 20 (5.48%) CCIE
6 19 (5.21%) Microsoft Certification
7 15 (4.11%) SC Cleared
8 12 (3.29%) MCSE
9 11 (3.01%) PMI Certification
9 11 (3.01%) DV Cleared
10 9 (2.47%) Degree
11 8 (2.19%) CCIP
11 8 (2.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 6 (1.64%) MCSA
13 5 (1.37%) CCDP
14 4 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 4 (1.10%) PMP
15 3 (0.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 2 (0.55%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.92%) SLA
2 3 (0.82%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 45 (12.33%) Active Directory
2 29 (7.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (4.11%) Hyper-V
4 7 (1.92%) XenApp
5 6 (1.64%) VMware Server
6 4 (1.10%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (1.10%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 4 (1.10%) vSphere
7 3 (0.82%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.55%) IAG
8 2 (0.55%) UAG
8 2 (0.55%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 36 (9.86%) Cisco CUCM
2 24 (6.58%) Cisco UCCX
3 14 (3.84%) Cisco UCCE
4 8 (2.19%) SCOM
5 6 (1.64%) SCCM
6 4 (1.10%) CA Spectrum
6 4 (1.10%) SCVMM
7 3 (0.82%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.55%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.55%) CiscoWorks
8 2 (0.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.55%) SCSM
9 1 (0.27%) Cisco Prime
9 1 (0.27%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.27%) Cacti
9 1 (0.27%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 138 (37.81%) Cisco
2 102 (27.95%) Microsoft
3 51 (13.97%) Avaya
4 35 (9.59%) VMware
5 24 (6.58%) Citrix
6 17 (4.66%) HP
6 17 (4.66%) F5
7 16 (4.38%) Oracle
8 14 (3.84%) CheckPoint
9 13 (3.56%) Juniper
10 11 (3.01%) Polycom
11 6 (1.64%) CA
12 5 (1.37%) IBM
12 5 (1.37%) Adobe
12 5 (1.37%) Red Hat
12 5 (1.37%) Sonus
12 5 (1.37%) Verint
12 5 (1.37%) Acme Packet
13 4 (1.10%) 3Com
13 4 (1.10%) SolarWinds
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