The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Unified Communications
Rank 474 447 459
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +12
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 113 97 129
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.20% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.56% 1.34% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 44 87
Average daily rate £425 £375 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £338 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.51% -3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 1
Average hourly rate £180.00 £32.50 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+453.84% -18.75%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £180.00 £31.25 -
% change year-on-year
+476.00% -
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7257 7224 9297
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.89% 15.14% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3828 3580 4351
Average daily rate £360 £345 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% -6.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 572 627
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.63 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -23.72%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -68 106 £425 +13.33% 66
London +5 63 £425 +6.25% 23
South East -9 28 £383 +12.91% 14
Berkshire -7 13 £385 +10.00% 9
City of London -4 12 £438 +34.61% 10
Hampshire +10 6 £433 -
Reading -1 6 £350 - 8
South West -23 5 £250 +33.33% 7
West Sussex - 5 £300 - 1
Somerset -10 4 £245 +40.00% 1
Taunton -12 4 £245 +22.50%
Yorkshire -21 4 £450 - 4
West Midlands - 4 £463 - 1
Bracknell +2 3 £393 -7.64%
Newbury -1 3 £500 -
East of England -27 3 £400 - 3
Warwickshire - 3 £500 -
Horsham - 3 - - 1
Leeds -20 2 £450 - 1
West Yorkshire -22 2 £450 - 1
Essex -26 2 £400 -
York - 2 - - 1
North Yorkshire - 2 - - 2
South Wales - 2 £475 - 1
Hook - 2 £441 -
Wales - 2 £475 - 1
Stratford-upon-Avon - 2 £475 -
Cardiff - 2 £475 -
Colchester - 2 £400 -
Croydon - 2 £288 -

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 97 (42.73%) Cisco
2 77 (33.92%) Lync
3 72 (31.72%) Microsoft
4 71 (31.28%) Telecoms
5 56 (24.67%) VoIP
6 49 (21.59%) ITIL
7 47 (20.70%) WAN
8 45 (19.82%) LAN
9 40 (17.62%) Active Directory
10 38 (16.74%) Cisco Certification
11 36 (15.86%) Video Conferencing
12 34 (14.98%) Windows
13 33 (14.54%) VMware
14 30 (13.22%) Finance
14 30 (13.22%) MS Exchange
14 30 (13.22%) Citrix
14 30 (13.22%) Project Management
15 29 (12.78%) PRINCE2
15 29 (12.78%) Law
16 27 (11.89%) Wireless
17 26 (11.45%) CCNP
18 25 (11.01%) Firewall
19 24 (10.57%) VMware Infrastructure
20 22 (9.69%) HP
20 22 (9.69%) CCNA
21 20 (8.81%) Service Delivery
21 20 (8.81%) Cisco CUCM
22 19 (8.37%) Exchange Server 2010
22 19 (8.37%) Legal
23 17 (7.49%) PBX

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 77 (33.92%) Lync
2 30 (13.22%) MS Exchange
3 19 (8.37%) Exchange Server 2010
4 14 (6.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 13 (5.73%) Exchange Server 2003
6 10 (4.41%) Office Communications Server
7 7 (3.08%) SharePoint
8 5 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.88%) CMS
11 1 (0.44%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.44%) IIS
11 1 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2000
11 1 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 14 (6.17%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.20%) MS Office
3 4 (1.76%) MS Project
4 3 (1.32%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.32%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.32%) Oracle CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.08%) Office 365
2 4 (1.76%) SaaS
3 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 56 (24.67%) VoIP
2 47 (20.70%) WAN
3 45 (19.82%) LAN
4 27 (11.89%) Wireless
5 25 (11.01%) Firewall
6 17 (7.49%) PBX
6 17 (7.49%) TCP/IP
7 16 (7.05%) VPN
8 15 (6.61%) DNS
8 15 (6.61%) MPLS
9 13 (5.73%) BGP
10 10 (4.41%) Internet
11 9 (3.96%) SAN
11 9 (3.96%) OSPF
11 9 (3.96%) Cisco ASA
11 9 (3.96%) Network Security
12 8 (3.52%) NetScaler
12 8 (3.52%) MGCP
12 8 (3.52%) H.323
13 7 (3.08%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.64%) SQL Server 2008
1 6 (2.64%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (1.76%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (1.76%) DB2
4 3 (1.32%) EDMS
4 3 (1.32%) Siebel EIM
5 2 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 2 (0.88%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 71 (31.28%) Telecoms
2 30 (13.22%) Finance
3 29 (12.78%) Law
4 19 (8.37%) Legal
5 15 (6.61%) Banking
6 14 (6.17%) Marketing
7 4 (1.76%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.32%) Retail
8 3 (1.32%) Back Office
9 2 (0.88%) Billing
10 1 (0.44%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 42 (18.50%) Architect
2 29 (12.78%) Analyst
3 25 (11.01%) Project Manager
4 21 (9.25%) Consultant
5 19 (8.37%) Network Engineer
6 16 (7.05%) Solutions Architect
7 10 (4.41%) Business Analyst
8 9 (3.96%) Infrastructure Architect
9 7 (3.08%) Test Analyst
9 7 (3.08%) Delivery Manager
9 7 (3.08%) Communications Engineer
9 7 (3.08%) Network Analyst
9 7 (3.08%) Support Engineer
10 6 (2.64%) Designer
10 6 (2.64%) Cisco Engineer
11 5 (2.20%) Enterprise Architect
11 5 (2.20%) Desktop Engineer
11 5 (2.20%) Network Architect
11 5 (2.20%) Voice Engineer
12 4 (1.76%) Cisco Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.20%) XMPP
2 3 (1.32%) SOAP
2 3 (1.32%) Web Services
2 3 (1.32%) XML
2 3 (1.32%) HTML
2 3 (1.32%) .NET
2 3 (1.32%) WSDL
3 1 (0.44%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 36 (15.86%) Video Conferencing
2 11 (4.85%) PKI
3 10 (4.41%) IVR
4 8 (3.52%) Management Information System
4 8 (3.52%) PMI
5 7 (3.08%) Handset
6 6 (2.64%) NHS
7 5 (2.20%) Blackberry
7 5 (2.20%) Clustering
8 4 (1.76%) Fat Client
8 4 (1.76%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.32%) Mainframe
9 3 (1.32%) Mobile App
10 2 (0.88%) Social Media
11 1 (0.44%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.44%) Economics
11 1 (0.44%) Replication
11 1 (0.44%) AS400
11 1 (0.44%) Enterprise Software
11 1 (0.44%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 34 (14.98%) Windows
2 14 (6.17%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (3.08%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (2.20%) Windows 7
5 4 (1.76%) Windows XP
5 4 (1.76%) zOS
5 4 (1.76%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (1.32%) Android
7 2 (0.88%) UNIX
7 2 (0.88%) Linux
8 1 (0.44%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.44%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (21.59%) ITIL
2 30 (13.22%) Project Management
3 29 (12.78%) PRINCE2
4 20 (8.81%) Service Delivery
5 16 (7.05%) Disaster Recovery
5 16 (7.05%) Enterprise Architecture
6 13 (5.73%) Test Strategy
6 13 (5.73%) Migration
7 12 (5.29%) Change Management
8 11 (4.85%) Use Case
9 10 (4.41%) Stakeholder Management
9 10 (4.41%) TOGAF
10 9 (3.96%) UML
10 9 (3.96%) Service Management
10 9 (3.96%) Load Balancing
10 9 (3.96%) Supplier Management
11 8 (3.52%) Incident Management
11 8 (3.52%) Business Continuity
12 7 (3.08%) PRINCE
12 7 (3.08%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 11 (4.85%) SQL
2 6 (2.64%) PowerShell
3 5 (2.20%) Java
4 3 (1.32%) C++
4 3 (1.32%) ABAP
5 2 (0.88%) Perl
6 1 (0.44%) C
6 1 (0.44%) R
6 1 (0.44%) LINC
Qualifications
1 38 (16.74%) Cisco Certification
2 26 (11.45%) CCNP
3 22 (9.69%) CCNA
4 16 (7.05%) Security Cleared
5 14 (6.17%) SC Cleared
6 13 (5.73%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (5.29%) CCIE
8 11 (4.85%) MCSE
8 11 (4.85%) CCVP
9 10 (4.41%) PMI Certification
10 8 (3.52%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (2.64%) ISEB
11 6 (2.64%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 4 (1.76%) ISTQB
12 4 (1.76%) APMP
12 4 (1.76%) MCP
12 4 (1.76%) CCDP
13 3 (1.32%) PMP
13 3 (1.32%) JNCIA
13 3 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.08%) COBIT
2 5 (2.20%) HL7
3 2 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (0.88%) QA
4 1 (0.44%) SLA
4 1 (0.44%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.44%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 40 (17.62%) Active Directory
2 24 (10.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (5.73%) UAG
4 8 (3.52%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (3.52%) vSphere
5 7 (3.08%) XenApp
6 6 (2.64%) XenDesktop
7 5 (2.20%) Hyper-V
8 4 (1.76%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.32%) XenServer
9 3 (1.32%) Xen
10 2 (0.88%) Forefront TMG
10 2 (0.88%) VMware ESX
11 1 (0.44%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.44%) vCloud
11 1 (0.44%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 20 (8.81%) Cisco CUCM
2 11 (4.85%) Cisco UCCX
3 10 (4.41%) SCCM
4 9 (3.96%) Cisco UCCE
5 8 (3.52%) SCOM
6 6 (2.64%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (2.64%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 4 (1.76%) MAINVIEW
8 3 (1.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.88%) Cisco IPCC
9 2 (0.88%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.88%) MAILsweeper
10 1 (0.44%) Netcool
10 1 (0.44%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 97 (42.73%) Cisco
2 72 (31.72%) Microsoft
3 33 (14.54%) VMware
4 30 (13.22%) Citrix
5 22 (9.69%) HP
6 15 (6.61%) Avaya
7 12 (5.29%) Juniper
8 11 (4.85%) Symantec
9 10 (4.41%) CheckPoint
10 8 (3.52%) Mitel
10 8 (3.52%) EMC
11 5 (2.20%) NetApp
11 5 (2.20%) Oracle
11 5 (2.20%) Dell
11 5 (2.20%) Blue Coat
11 5 (2.20%) Polycom
12 4 (1.76%) Clearswift
12 4 (1.76%) BMC
13 3 (1.32%) Siebel
13 3 (1.32%) SAP
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