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 22 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Unified Communications
Rank 486 466 451
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -15
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 100 110 111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.21% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.27% 1.59% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 56 79
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£390 £400 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £265 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
-2.50% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 3
Average hourly rate - £13.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -7.14%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £13.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.14%

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
7877 6938 7817
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.45% 13.47% 15.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 4484 3766 3816
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £520 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 423 647
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.68 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.13
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.95%

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 22 December 2014.

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 22 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 -35 97 £390 -2.50% 53
South East -17 37 £390 -2.50% 10
London -1 36 £400 -5.88% 18
Berkshire +3 16 £400 +10.34% 3
City of London -3 15 £375 -6.25% 12
Hampshire -16 12 £360 -16.27% 2
Bracknell +2 9 £375 +7.14%
South West -26 6 £375 -1.63% 5
Birmingham +2 4 £413 +3.12% 1
Yorkshire -4 4 £250 - 1
West Midlands -4 4 £413 +3.12% 1
North West -6 4 £425 +41.66% 5
Bristol -10 4 £375 +42.85% 1
East of England - 4 - - 2
Reading +14 3 £400 - 1
Buckinghamshire -6 3 £425 -
Manchester -7 3 £425 +41.66% 5
Milton Keynes -11 3 £425 -
North Yorkshire - 3 - -
Ipswich - 3 - -
Suffolk - 3 - -
Basingstoke -2 2 £394 -7.35%
East Midlands -4 2 £270 - 3
Surrey -6 2 £406 -1.51%
Swindon -8 2 £500 -
Wiltshire -10 2 £500 -
East Sussex - 2 £400 - 1
Newbury +2 1 - -
South Yorkshire 0 1 £250 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £390 - 1

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, 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 93 (44.29%) Cisco
2 64 (30.48%) Lync
3 53 (25.24%) Microsoft
4 51 (24.29%) Telecoms
5 46 (21.90%) WAN
6 43 (20.48%) VoIP
6 43 (20.48%) Cisco Certification
7 42 (20.00%) LAN
8 36 (17.14%) MS Exchange
9 35 (16.67%) Video Conferencing
10 34 (16.19%) IP Telephony
11 32 (15.24%) CCNP
12 29 (13.81%) ITIL
13 28 (13.33%) Windows
13 28 (13.33%) Active Directory
13 28 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010
14 27 (12.86%) Migration
15 24 (11.43%) CCNA
16 22 (10.48%) Firewall
17 21 (10.00%) MPLS
17 21 (10.00%) Wireless
18 20 (9.52%) VPN
18 20 (9.52%) Project Management
18 20 (9.52%) Security Cleared
19 19 (9.05%) OSPF
19 19 (9.05%) Service Delivery
20 18 (8.57%) CCIE
20 18 (8.57%) BGP
20 18 (8.57%) Finance
20 18 (8.57%) XMPP

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, 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 64 (30.48%) Lync
2 36 (17.14%) MS Exchange
3 28 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 18 (8.57%) Exchange Server 2013
5 13 (6.19%) Exchange Server 2007
6 11 (5.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 10 (4.76%) Office Communications Server
7 10 (4.76%) SharePoint
8 3 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.48%) Lotus Domino
9 1 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.48%) IBM Connections
9 1 (0.48%) CMS
9 1 (0.48%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 13 (6.19%) MS Excel
2 8 (3.81%) MS Office
3 7 (3.33%) MS Project
4 5 (2.38%) MS Visio
4 5 (2.38%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.48%) Remedy AR System
1 1 (0.48%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 10 (4.76%) Office 365
2 6 (2.86%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (1.43%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.48%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (21.90%) WAN
2 43 (20.48%) VoIP
3 42 (20.00%) LAN
4 34 (16.19%) IP Telephony
5 22 (10.48%) Firewall
6 21 (10.00%) Wireless
6 21 (10.00%) MPLS
7 20 (9.52%) VPN
8 19 (9.05%) OSPF
9 18 (8.57%) BGP
10 17 (8.10%) DNS
10 17 (8.10%) PBX
11 13 (6.19%) TCP/IP
12 11 (5.24%) Cisco ASA
12 11 (5.24%) Ethernet
13 10 (4.76%) Internet
13 10 (4.76%) Wi-Fi
14 9 (4.29%) Cisco Nexus
14 9 (4.29%) Network Security
15 8 (3.81%) Cisco IPT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.95%) MySQL
1 2 (0.95%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.48%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 2 (0.95%) Eclipse
General
1 51 (24.29%) Telecoms
2 18 (8.57%) Finance
3 16 (7.62%) Banking
4 11 (5.24%) Law
5 7 (3.33%) Billing
6 6 (2.86%) Retail
7 5 (2.38%) Multimedia
7 5 (2.38%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.95%) Local Government
8 2 (0.95%) Marketing
9 1 (0.48%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.48%) Electronics
9 1 (0.48%) Legal
9 1 (0.48%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 32 (15.24%) Architect
2 24 (11.43%) Analyst
3 22 (10.48%) Cisco Engineer
4 21 (10.00%) Consultant
5 19 (9.05%) Project Manager
6 18 (8.57%) Network Engineer
7 14 (6.67%) Communications Engineer
8 12 (5.71%) Solutions Architect
8 12 (5.71%) Designer
9 11 (5.24%) Business Analyst
10 9 (4.29%) Enterprise Architect
11 8 (3.81%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 8 (3.81%) Messaging Engineer
12 7 (3.33%) Communications Manager
13 6 (2.86%) Service Manager
14 5 (2.38%) Test Manager
14 5 (2.38%) Senior Network Engineer
15 4 (1.90%) Infrastructure Manager
15 4 (1.90%) Messaging Specialist
15 4 (1.90%) Infrastructure Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (8.57%) XMPP
2 6 (2.86%) Middleware
3 4 (1.90%) CSS
4 3 (1.43%) Spring
5 2 (0.95%) Ajax
5 2 (0.95%) JMS
5 2 (0.95%) JPA
6 1 (0.48%) HTML5
6 1 (0.48%) LESS
6 1 (0.48%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (0.48%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.48%) jQuery
6 1 (0.48%) Hibernate
6 1 (0.48%) JSP
6 1 (0.48%) HTML
6 1 (0.48%) .NET
6 1 (0.48%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 35 (16.67%) Video Conferencing
2 9 (4.29%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (2.38%) Blackberry
5 4 (1.90%) Handset
5 4 (1.90%) PKI
5 4 (1.90%) Machine to Machine
6 3 (1.43%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.43%) IVR
7 2 (0.95%) NHS
8 1 (0.48%) PMI
8 1 (0.48%) DTV
8 1 (0.48%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.48%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (0.48%) Statistics
8 1 (0.48%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.48%) Freedom of Information Act
8 1 (0.48%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.48%) FMCG
8 1 (0.48%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 28 (13.33%) Windows
2 9 (4.29%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (3.81%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (2.86%) Linux
5 5 (2.38%) Android
6 4 (1.90%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.48%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (13.81%) ITIL
2 27 (12.86%) Migration
3 20 (9.52%) Project Management
4 19 (9.05%) Service Delivery
5 17 (8.10%) PRINCE2
6 16 (7.62%) Service Management
7 13 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (5.71%) Technical Architecture
9 11 (5.24%) Enterprise Architecture
10 9 (4.29%) Network Design
11 8 (3.81%) Change Management
12 7 (3.33%) Configuration Management
12 7 (3.33%) UML
12 7 (3.33%) Validation
12 7 (3.33%) Agile Software Development
12 7 (3.33%) Incident Management
12 7 (3.33%) Change Control
13 6 (2.86%) Network Management
13 6 (2.86%) Network Load Balancing
14 5 (2.38%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (5.71%) PowerShell
2 4 (1.90%) SQL
2 4 (1.90%) C
3 3 (1.43%) Java
4 2 (0.95%) C++
4 2 (0.95%) Perl
5 1 (0.48%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 43 (20.48%) Cisco Certification
2 32 (15.24%) CCNP
3 24 (11.43%) CCNA
4 20 (9.52%) Security Cleared
5 18 (8.57%) CCIE
6 15 (7.14%) SC Cleared
7 14 (6.67%) CCDP
8 9 (4.29%) CCIP
9 8 (3.81%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 7 (3.33%) DV Cleared
11 6 (2.86%) Degree
12 5 (2.38%) CCVP
13 3 (1.43%) CCSE
13 3 (1.43%) MCSE
13 3 (1.43%) CCDA
13 3 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (1.43%) ISTQB
14 2 (0.95%) PMI Certification
14 2 (0.95%) CIPD
14 2 (0.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.38%) QA
2 4 (1.90%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (13.33%) Active Directory
2 9 (4.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.90%) XenApp
4 3 (1.43%) XenServer
4 3 (1.43%) VMware ESX
5 2 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.95%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.48%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 1 (0.48%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.48%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 17 (8.10%) Cisco CUCM
2 12 (5.71%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 12 (5.71%) Cisco UCCX
3 5 (2.38%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 5 (2.38%) CiscoWorks
3 5 (2.38%) SCOM
4 4 (1.90%) Cisco UCCE
4 4 (1.90%) XenMobile
5 3 (1.43%) SCCM
6 1 (0.48%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.48%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 93 (44.29%) Cisco
2 53 (25.24%) Microsoft
3 16 (7.62%) Avaya
4 13 (6.19%) CheckPoint
4 13 (6.19%) F5
5 12 (5.71%) Symantec
6 11 (5.24%) VMware
6 11 (5.24%) Juniper
7 10 (4.76%) HP
7 10 (4.76%) Tandberg
8 8 (3.81%) Remedy
9 7 (3.33%) Citrix
9 7 (3.33%) Google
9 7 (3.33%) IronPort
9 7 (3.33%) Postini
10 6 (2.86%) Polycom
10 6 (2.86%) SolarWinds
11 5 (2.38%) MobileIron
11 5 (2.38%) IBM
11 5 (2.38%) Nokia
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