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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Unified Communications
Rank 434 500 453
Rank change year-on-year
+66 -47
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 188 111 126
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.33% 0.20% 0.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.40% 1.45% 1.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 60 65
Average daily rate
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£431 £419 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.92% -0.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £238 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £800 £600 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £431 £378 £400
% change year-on-year
+14.17% -5.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
Average hourly rate £29.00 - £25.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 - £25.50

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
7831 7646 6987
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.77% 13.99% 13.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4478 4078 3617
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £336 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.27% +4.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 477 416 465
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+8.81% -21.56%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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 +48 183 £431 +1.41% 66
London +8 75 £430 -4.44% 29
South East +29 57 £400 +29.03% 19
Berkshire +20 25 £363 +46.46% 9
City of London 0 22 £450 +0.55% 11
Hampshire +6 17 £431 +1.41% 3
Yorkshire -15 14 £495 - 2
East of England +8 12 £430 +49.56% 4
Leeds -19 10 £800 - 2
West Yorkshire -19 10 £800 - 2
West Midlands +8 8 £420 +7.00% 1
Hook +4 8 £431 +39.03% 1
Surrey +4 7 £375 -16.66% 2
North West -24 7 £800 - 5
Essex -1 6 £430 +7.50%
South West -6 6 £400 -19.19% 4
Guildford - 6 £350 -
Buckinghamshire +4 5 £480 - 4
Worcestershire - 5 £420 -
Worcester - 5 £420 -
North Yorkshire +1 4 £438 -
Cheshire -8 4 £800 -
North East -23 4 £498 -
Hertfordshire - 4 £269 - 3
York - 4 £438 -
Bracknell - 4 £550 -
Reading - 4 £450 - 1
Warrington - 4 £800 -
High Wycombe +6 3 £480 - 1
Birmingham +5 3 - -

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 141 (38.21%) Cisco
2 140 (37.94%) Lync
3 101 (27.37%) Microsoft
4 67 (18.16%) Cisco Certification
5 65 (17.62%) Windows
6 64 (17.34%) Finance
7 62 (16.80%) Telecoms
8 57 (15.45%) LAN
9 55 (14.91%) WAN
10 53 (14.36%) VoIP
11 52 (14.09%) Data Centre
12 51 (13.82%) Active Directory
13 50 (13.55%) Project Management
13 50 (13.55%) MS Excel
14 47 (12.74%) Avaya
14 47 (12.74%) Migration
15 46 (12.47%) CCNP
16 45 (12.20%) Video Conferencing
17 42 (11.38%) Cisco CUCM
18 34 (9.21%) MPLS
19 32 (8.67%) VMware
19 32 (8.67%) Stakeholder Management
19 32 (8.67%) Firewall
19 32 (8.67%) CCNA
20 30 (8.13%) ITIL
20 30 (8.13%) MS Exchange
21 29 (7.86%) PRINCE2
21 29 (7.86%) IP Telephony
22 27 (7.32%) Agile Software Development
22 27 (7.32%) Citrix

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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
1 140 (37.94%) Lync
2 30 (8.13%) MS Exchange
3 20 (5.42%) SharePoint
4 16 (4.34%) Office Communications Server
5 15 (4.07%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (1.36%) CMS
8 4 (1.08%) MindAlign
9 2 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.54%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 50 (13.55%) MS Excel
2 14 (3.79%) MS Office
3 8 (2.17%) MS Visio
3 8 (2.17%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (1.90%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.81%) Eikon
2 2 (0.54%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 22 (5.96%) Office 365
2 16 (4.34%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.81%) Yammer
4 2 (0.54%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.54%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.54%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 57 (15.45%) LAN
2 55 (14.91%) WAN
3 53 (14.36%) VoIP
4 34 (9.21%) MPLS
5 32 (8.67%) Firewall
6 29 (7.86%) IP Telephony
7 26 (7.05%) VPN
8 25 (6.78%) PBX
8 25 (6.78%) Wireless
9 22 (5.96%) Cisco ASA
9 22 (5.96%) OSPF
9 22 (5.96%) Skype
10 20 (5.42%) BGP
10 20 (5.42%) Cisco Nexus
11 19 (5.15%) TCP/IP
12 18 (4.88%) WLAN
13 16 (4.34%) Cisco IPT
14 15 (4.07%) DNS
14 15 (4.07%) Converged Networks
15 14 (3.79%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (5.96%) SQL Server
2 16 (4.34%) Data Warehouse
2 16 (4.34%) Big Data
3 5 (1.36%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.54%) MySQL
4 2 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (0.27%) Axure RP
General
1 64 (17.34%) Finance
2 62 (16.80%) Telecoms
3 15 (4.07%) Banking
4 11 (2.98%) Billing
5 8 (2.17%) Retail
6 7 (1.90%) Multimedia
7 6 (1.63%) Legal
8 3 (0.81%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.81%) Advertising
8 3 (0.81%) Front Office
8 3 (0.81%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.54%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.27%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.27%) Marketing
10 1 (0.27%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 72 (19.51%) Architect
2 67 (18.16%) Project Manager
3 44 (11.92%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 34 (9.21%) Unified Communications Manager
4 34 (9.21%) Communications Engineer
5 25 (6.78%) Consultant
6 24 (6.50%) Network Engineer
7 20 (5.42%) Voice Engineer
8 17 (4.61%) Analyst
9 16 (4.34%) Technical Architect
9 16 (4.34%) Solutions Architect
10 14 (3.79%) Support Engineer
10 14 (3.79%) Cisco Engineer
10 14 (3.79%) Chief Architect
11 12 (3.25%) Infrastructure Manager
12 11 (2.98%) Designer
13 10 (2.71%) Avaya Engineer
13 10 (2.71%) Infrastructure Architect
13 10 (2.71%) Infrastructure Project Manager
14 9 (2.44%) Technical Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (6.23%) XMPP
2 18 (4.88%) .NET
3 16 (4.34%) RESTful
4 4 (1.08%) MAPI
5 2 (0.54%) CSS
6 1 (0.27%) Web Services
6 1 (0.27%) VXML
6 1 (0.27%) REST
6 1 (0.27%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 52 (14.09%) Data Centre
2 45 (12.20%) Video Conferencing
3 16 (4.34%) Visualisation
4 12 (3.25%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (2.71%) User Experience
5 10 (2.71%) PKI
6 9 (2.44%) BYOD
7 7 (1.90%) Clustering
8 6 (1.63%) PMI
8 6 (1.63%) iPhone
9 5 (1.36%) IVR
9 5 (1.36%) Management Information System
10 4 (1.08%) Computer Science
10 4 (1.08%) Video on Demand
11 3 (0.81%) iPad
11 3 (0.81%) Frameworx
11 3 (0.81%) SecurID
11 3 (0.81%) Private Cloud
12 2 (0.54%) HP StoreVirtual
12 2 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 65 (17.62%) Windows
2 25 (6.78%) Linux
3 23 (6.23%) Windows Server 2008
4 20 (5.42%) Windows Server 2012
5 19 (5.15%) UNIX
6 12 (3.25%) Android
7 11 (2.98%) Windows 7
8 9 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
9 6 (1.63%) Windows Vista
10 5 (1.36%) SUSE
11 4 (1.08%) Solaris
12 3 (0.81%) Apple iOS
12 3 (0.81%) Windows Phone
13 2 (0.54%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (13.55%) Project Management
2 47 (12.74%) Migration
3 32 (8.67%) Stakeholder Management
4 30 (8.13%) ITIL
5 29 (7.86%) PRINCE2
6 27 (7.32%) Agile Software Development
7 21 (5.69%) Change Management
8 18 (4.88%) Open Source
9 16 (4.34%) Load Balancing
9 16 (4.34%) Big Data Analytics
9 16 (4.34%) Analytics
10 14 (3.79%) Mentoring
10 14 (3.79%) Enterprise Architecture
11 13 (3.52%) Service Delivery
11 13 (3.52%) Validation
12 12 (3.25%) DevOps
13 11 (2.98%) Continuous Improvement
14 10 (2.71%) Performance Tuning
14 10 (2.71%) Disaster Recovery
14 10 (2.71%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 19 (5.15%) Java
2 18 (4.88%) JavaScript
2 18 (4.88%) SQL
2 18 (4.88%) Python
3 15 (4.07%) Ruby
3 15 (4.07%) PHP
4 10 (2.71%) C
5 7 (1.90%) PowerShell
6 4 (1.08%) Shell Script
6 4 (1.08%) Perl
7 3 (0.81%) C++
Qualifications
1 67 (18.16%) Cisco Certification
2 46 (12.47%) CCNP
3 32 (8.67%) CCNA
4 27 (7.32%) Security Cleared
5 23 (6.23%) CCIE
6 20 (5.42%) Microsoft Certification
7 19 (5.15%) SC Cleared
8 17 (4.61%) CCVP
9 13 (3.52%) DV Cleared
9 13 (3.52%) MCSE
10 10 (2.71%) CCIP
11 8 (2.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 7 (1.90%) CCDP
12 7 (1.90%) PMI Certification
13 6 (1.63%) Degree
13 6 (1.63%) MCSA
14 4 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 3 (0.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 2 (0.54%) MOS
16 2 (0.54%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.90%) SLA
2 3 (0.81%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 51 (13.82%) Active Directory
2 27 (7.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (3.79%) Hyper-V
4 10 (2.71%) XenApp
5 6 (1.63%) VMware Server
6 5 (1.36%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (1.08%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 3 (0.81%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.27%) XenServer
10 1 (0.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 42 (11.38%) Cisco CUCM
2 23 (6.23%) Cisco UCCX
3 12 (3.25%) Cisco UCCE
4 10 (2.71%) SCOM
5 5 (1.36%) SCCM
6 4 (1.08%) SCVMM
6 4 (1.08%) CA Spectrum
7 3 (0.81%) CiscoWorks
8 2 (0.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.54%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.54%) SCSM
9 1 (0.27%) Cisco Prime
9 1 (0.27%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.27%) Netcool
9 1 (0.27%) Cacti
9 1 (0.27%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 141 (38.21%) Cisco
2 101 (27.37%) Microsoft
3 47 (12.74%) Avaya
4 32 (8.67%) VMware
5 27 (7.32%) Citrix
6 17 (4.61%) Juniper
6 17 (4.61%) F5
7 12 (3.25%) HP
7 12 (3.25%) CheckPoint
8 11 (2.98%) Polycom
9 9 (2.44%) Oracle
10 7 (1.90%) IBM
10 7 (1.90%) CA
11 6 (1.63%) Verint
12 5 (1.36%) Sonus
12 5 (1.36%) Acme Packet
12 5 (1.36%) Tandberg
12 5 (1.36%) Blue Coat
12 5 (1.36%) Adobe
12 5 (1.36%) Red Hat
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