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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Unified Communications
Rank 458 457 435
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -22
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 118 110 102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.22% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.54% 1.67% 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 65 59
Average daily rate
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£400 £385 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% -3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £256
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £484 £503
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £400 £398
% change year-on-year
-5.62% +0.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 7
Average hourly rate - £13.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -42.22%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £13.00 £18.25
% change year-on-year
- -28.76%

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
7686 6595 7037
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.65% 13.12% 15.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4152 3354 3398
Average daily rate £375 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 378 605
Average hourly rate £25.50 £20.00 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.50% -14.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.85 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £20.53 £23.42
% change year-on-year
+33.95% -12.32%

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 27 February 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
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 27 February 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 -12 108 £400 +3.89% 75
London -15 46 £425 +21.42% 21
South East -29 36 £378 -5.62% 18
Berkshire +4 27 £378 -5.62% 8
City of London +18 10 £438 +38.88% 7
South West -18 8 £350 +5.66% 6
Bracknell +5 6 £415 +5.73%
Reading 0 6 £400 +14.28% 3
West Midlands -2 6 £450 -10.00% 2
Bristol -3 6 £350 +33.33% 1
Newbury -4 6 £375 -18.91%
Hampshire -17 5 £313 -26.47% 2
North West - 4 £425 - 7
East of England +4 3 - - 3
York +4 3 - -
North Yorkshire -2 3 - -
Yorkshire -11 3 - - 3
Manchester - 3 £425 - 6
Birmingham - 2 £450 - 1
Wiltshire - 2 £500 - 1
Swindon - 2 £500 - 1
East Midlands +1 1 £315 - 5
South Wales -4 1 £375 -8.53%
Wales -11 1 £375 -8.53%
Tyne and Wear - 1 - -
North East - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 £425 -
Worcestershire - 1 - - 1
Surrey - 1 £475 - 3
Leatherhead - 1 £475 -

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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.

1 107 (47.98%) Cisco
2 79 (35.43%) Lync
3 57 (25.56%) Microsoft
4 53 (23.77%) Telecoms
5 47 (21.08%) Cisco Certification
6 44 (19.73%) Video Conferencing
7 42 (18.83%) VoIP
8 40 (17.94%) WAN
9 36 (16.14%) LAN
10 34 (15.25%) MS Exchange
10 34 (15.25%) Windows
10 34 (15.25%) CCNP
11 33 (14.80%) IP Telephony
12 30 (13.45%) Finance
13 29 (13.00%) ITIL
14 28 (12.56%) CCNA
14 28 (12.56%) Migration
15 27 (12.11%) Wireless
15 27 (12.11%) Cisco CUCM
16 26 (11.66%) Active Directory
17 24 (10.76%) MPLS
17 24 (10.76%) OSPF
17 24 (10.76%) Exchange Server 2010
18 23 (10.31%) MS Excel
19 22 (9.87%) XMPP
20 20 (8.97%) CCIE
20 20 (8.97%) VPN
21 19 (8.52%) BGP
21 19 (8.52%) Firewall
21 19 (8.52%) Security Cleared

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 79 (35.43%) Lync
2 34 (15.25%) MS Exchange
3 24 (10.76%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (4.93%) Exchange Server 2013
5 9 (4.04%) Office Communications Server
6 7 (3.14%) SharePoint
7 6 (2.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 5 (2.24%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (1.79%) MindAlign
10 1 (0.45%) Lotus Domino
10 1 (0.45%) CMS
10 1 (0.45%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 23 (10.31%) MS Excel
2 9 (4.04%) MS Office
3 7 (3.14%) MS Visio
4 6 (2.69%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (2.69%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.45%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.59%) Office 365
2 3 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.45%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.45%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 42 (18.83%) VoIP
2 40 (17.94%) WAN
3 36 (16.14%) LAN
4 33 (14.80%) IP Telephony
5 27 (12.11%) Wireless
6 24 (10.76%) MPLS
6 24 (10.76%) OSPF
7 20 (8.97%) VPN
8 19 (8.52%) BGP
8 19 (8.52%) Firewall
9 17 (7.62%) DNS
10 15 (6.73%) Cisco Nexus
11 13 (5.83%) Cisco ASA
11 13 (5.83%) Cisco IPT
11 13 (5.83%) PBX
12 11 (4.93%) Ethernet
12 11 (4.93%) TCP/IP
13 8 (3.59%) DHCP
13 8 (3.59%) LDAP
13 8 (3.59%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (4.48%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.90%) MySQL
3 1 (0.45%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 2 (0.90%) Eclipse
2 1 (0.45%) Axure RP
General
1 53 (23.77%) Telecoms
2 30 (13.45%) Finance
3 12 (5.38%) Banking
4 8 (3.59%) Law
5 7 (3.14%) Multimedia
6 6 (2.69%) Billing
7 4 (1.79%) Retail
8 3 (1.35%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.90%) Local Government
9 2 (0.90%) Marketing
9 2 (0.90%) Back Office
10 1 (0.45%) Electronics
10 1 (0.45%) Legal
10 1 (0.45%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.45%) French Language
10 1 (0.45%) German Language
10 1 (0.45%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.45%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 33 (14.80%) Architect
2 23 (10.31%) Consultant
3 22 (9.87%) Project Manager
3 22 (9.87%) Communications Engineer
4 19 (8.52%) Analyst
5 18 (8.07%) Cisco Engineer
6 14 (6.28%) Network Engineer
6 14 (6.28%) Designer
7 11 (4.93%) Solutions Architect
8 8 (3.59%) Business Analyst
8 8 (3.59%) Service Manager
9 6 (2.69%) Enterprise Architect
9 6 (2.69%) Network Analyst
9 6 (2.69%) Messaging Engineer
10 5 (2.24%) Senior Infrastructure Specialist
10 5 (2.24%) Administrator
10 5 (2.24%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 5 (2.24%) Senior Network Engineer
10 5 (2.24%) Senior Analyst
10 5 (2.24%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (9.87%) XMPP
2 8 (3.59%) .NET
3 4 (1.79%) Middleware
4 2 (0.90%) VXML
4 2 (0.90%) Spring
4 2 (0.90%) Ajax
4 2 (0.90%) JPA
4 2 (0.90%) JMS
5 1 (0.45%) COM
5 1 (0.45%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 44 (19.73%) Video Conferencing
2 10 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (3.59%) Clustering
4 7 (3.14%) User Experience
5 6 (2.69%) Enterprise Software
5 6 (2.69%) Machine to Machine
6 4 (1.79%) IVR
6 4 (1.79%) PKI
7 3 (1.35%) Blackberry
7 3 (1.35%) Handset
8 2 (0.90%) PMI
8 2 (0.90%) NHS
9 1 (0.45%) DTV
9 1 (0.45%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.45%) IPTV
9 1 (0.45%) Derivative
9 1 (0.45%) Spread Betting
9 1 (0.45%) Cryptography
9 1 (0.45%) FMCG
9 1 (0.45%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 34 (15.25%) Windows
2 12 (5.38%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (3.59%) Solaris
4 6 (2.69%) Linux
5 5 (2.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (1.35%) Android
7 3 (1.35%) UNIX
8 2 (0.90%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (13.00%) ITIL
2 28 (12.56%) Migration
3 18 (8.07%) Project Management
4 17 (7.62%) Service Delivery
4 17 (7.62%) PRINCE2
5 14 (6.28%) Service Management
6 13 (5.83%) Change Management
6 13 (5.83%) Stakeholder Management
7 12 (5.38%) Validation
8 10 (4.48%) Technical Architecture
9 9 (4.04%) Enterprise Architecture
9 9 (4.04%) Performance Management
9 9 (4.04%) Product Management
9 9 (4.04%) Network Management
9 9 (4.04%) Mentoring
10 8 (3.59%) Integration Testing
11 6 (2.69%) Continuous Improvement
11 6 (2.69%) eTOM
11 6 (2.69%) Network Load Balancing
11 6 (2.69%) Business Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (6.73%) PowerShell
2 10 (4.48%) Java
2 10 (4.48%) Perl
3 9 (4.04%) SQL
4 8 (3.59%) Shell Script
4 8 (3.59%) C
5 2 (0.90%) C++
Qualifications
1 47 (21.08%) Cisco Certification
2 34 (15.25%) CCNP
3 28 (12.56%) CCNA
4 20 (8.97%) CCIE
5 19 (8.52%) Security Cleared
6 14 (6.28%) SC Cleared
7 10 (4.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 10 (4.48%) CCDP
8 9 (4.04%) CCIP
9 7 (3.14%) DV Cleared
10 5 (2.24%) Degree
10 5 (2.24%) CCSE
11 4 (1.79%) MCSE
11 4 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (1.79%) VCP4
12 3 (1.35%) CCVP
13 2 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (0.90%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.90%) CIPD
14 1 (0.45%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.69%) SLA
2 3 (1.35%) QA
System Software
1 26 (11.66%) Active Directory
2 12 (5.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (2.24%) XenServer
4 3 (1.35%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.45%) XenApp
5 1 (0.45%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.45%) XenDesktop
5 1 (0.45%) vSphere
5 1 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 27 (12.11%) Cisco CUCM
2 13 (5.83%) Cisco UCCX
3 8 (3.59%) CiscoWorks
4 5 (2.24%) SCOM
4 5 (2.24%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 4 (1.79%) Cisco UCCE
5 4 (1.79%) SCCM
6 3 (1.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (0.90%) Cisco IPCC
8 1 (0.45%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 107 (47.98%) Cisco
2 57 (25.56%) Microsoft
3 17 (7.62%) VMware
4 16 (7.17%) CheckPoint
5 15 (6.73%) Avaya
6 14 (6.28%) HP
7 13 (5.83%) Juniper
8 12 (5.38%) F5
9 10 (4.48%) Blue Coat
10 9 (4.04%) Tandberg
10 9 (4.04%) SolarWinds
11 8 (3.59%) IronPort
11 8 (3.59%) Bloomberg
12 6 (2.69%) BT
12 6 (2.69%) Mitel
12 6 (2.69%) Nokia
12 6 (2.69%) IBM
13 5 (2.24%) CA
13 5 (2.24%) Infoblox
13 5 (2.24%) Symantec
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