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 29 June 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
29 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Unified Communications
Rank 403 477 449
Rank change year-on-year
+74 -28
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 203 121 123
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.36% 0.22% 0.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.53% 1.67% 1.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 80 52
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£425 £400 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £273 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £800 £528 £504
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £363 £400
% change year-on-year
+17.24% -9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Average hourly rate £22.00 - £19.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.60 - £14.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.40 - £24.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 - £19.50

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
8020 7256 6943
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.30% 13.47% 14.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 4516 3919 3521
Average daily rate £354 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.07% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 468 381 524
Average hourly rate £23.00 £19.00 £24.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.05% -22.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+38.88% -28.00%

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 29 June 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 29 June 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 +48 196 £425 +6.25% 79
London -2 93 £450 +9.09% 26
South East +19 56 £390 +30.00% 27
City of London +8 29 £475 +5.55% 7
Berkshire +26 28 £394 +59.09% 14
Yorkshire -9 18 £425 - 5
West Yorkshire -2 15 £613 - 5
Leeds -10 14 £800 - 5
East of England +6 13 £430 +49.56% 2
Surrey +10 12 £390 +30.00% 3
North West -8 10 £555 - 4
Hampshire +7 9 £340 +9.67% 7
Guildford - 8 £388 -
Essex -2 7 £430 +7.50%
Bracknell +1 5 £538 +34.37% 3
West Midlands 0 5 £420 +7.00% 6
Hertfordshire - 5 £430 - 2
Cheshire - 5 £800 -
Buckinghamshire 0 4 - - 1
Hook 0 4 £432 +39.27% 2
Scotland -7 4 £280 -26.31% 2
Edinburgh - 4 £280 -
Reading - 4 £450 - 1
Warrington - 4 £800 -
Birmingham -3 3 - - 5
East Midlands -4 3 £188 -
North Yorkshire - 3 £425 -
Colchester - 3 £425 -
Cambridgeshire - 3 £438 -
York - 3 £425 -

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 June 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.

1 145 (42.03%) Cisco
2 140 (40.58%) Lync
3 102 (29.57%) Microsoft
4 63 (18.26%) Windows
5 59 (17.10%) Cisco Certification
6 56 (16.23%) Finance
7 55 (15.94%) Telecoms
8 54 (15.65%) Active Directory
9 50 (14.49%) LAN
10 49 (14.20%) WAN
11 48 (13.91%) MS Excel
12 47 (13.62%) Data Centre
13 46 (13.33%) Migration
14 45 (13.04%) Avaya
15 44 (12.75%) VoIP
15 44 (12.75%) Video Conferencing
16 43 (12.46%) Project Management
17 40 (11.59%) CCNP
18 38 (11.01%) Cisco CUCM
19 36 (10.43%) MS Exchange
20 35 (10.14%) IP Telephony
21 32 (9.28%) Firewall
22 29 (8.41%) Wireless
22 29 (8.41%) MPLS
23 28 (8.12%) PRINCE2
23 28 (8.12%) VMware
24 27 (7.83%) ITIL
25 26 (7.54%) SQL Server
25 26 (7.54%) CCNA
25 26 (7.54%) Stakeholder Management

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 (40.58%) Lync
2 36 (10.43%) MS Exchange
3 21 (6.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 15 (4.35%) SharePoint
4 15 (4.35%) Office Communications Server
5 9 (2.61%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (1.45%) MindAlign
7 4 (1.16%) CMS
8 2 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.29%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 48 (13.91%) MS Excel
2 13 (3.77%) MS Office
3 7 (2.03%) MS Project
3 7 (2.03%) MS Visio
3 7 (2.03%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.87%) Eikon
2 1 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 19 (5.51%) Office 365
2 16 (4.64%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.87%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.87%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 50 (14.49%) LAN
2 49 (14.20%) WAN
3 44 (12.75%) VoIP
4 35 (10.14%) IP Telephony
5 32 (9.28%) Firewall
6 29 (8.41%) Wireless
6 29 (8.41%) MPLS
7 25 (7.25%) VPN
8 23 (6.67%) Cisco ASA
8 23 (6.67%) Cisco Nexus
9 22 (6.38%) OSPF
10 21 (6.09%) PBX
10 21 (6.09%) Cisco IPT
11 19 (5.51%) BGP
12 17 (4.93%) WLAN
12 17 (4.93%) TCP/IP
13 16 (4.64%) Skype
13 16 (4.64%) Converged Networks
14 15 (4.35%) LDAP
15 14 (4.06%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (7.54%) SQL Server
2 16 (4.64%) Data Warehouse
2 16 (4.64%) Big Data
3 5 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.58%) MySQL
4 2 (0.58%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (0.29%) Axure RP
General
1 56 (16.23%) Finance
2 55 (15.94%) Telecoms
3 12 (3.48%) Banking
4 11 (3.19%) Billing
5 7 (2.03%) Retail
6 5 (1.45%) Multimedia
7 4 (1.16%) Legal
8 3 (0.87%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.87%) Advertising
8 3 (0.87%) Front Office
9 2 (0.58%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.29%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.29%) Local Government
10 1 (0.29%) Marketing
10 1 (0.29%) French Language
10 1 (0.29%) German Language
10 1 (0.29%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.29%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 64 (18.55%) Architect
2 59 (17.10%) Project Manager
3 41 (11.88%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 33 (9.57%) Communications Engineer
5 31 (8.99%) Unified Communications Manager
6 24 (6.96%) Consultant
7 20 (5.80%) Network Engineer
8 19 (5.51%) Analyst
9 16 (4.64%) Voice Engineer
10 15 (4.35%) Technical Architect
11 14 (4.06%) Chief Architect
12 13 (3.77%) Solutions Architect
13 11 (3.19%) Infrastructure Manager
14 10 (2.90%) Infrastructure Architect
14 10 (2.90%) Avaya Engineer
14 10 (2.90%) Unified Communications Specialist
14 10 (2.90%) Designer
15 9 (2.61%) Network Specialist
15 9 (2.61%) Cisco Engineer
15 9 (2.61%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (6.38%) .NET
1 22 (6.38%) XMPP
2 16 (4.64%) RESTful
3 4 (1.16%) MAPI
4 2 (0.58%) VXML
5 1 (0.29%) Web Services
5 1 (0.29%) REST
5 1 (0.29%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 47 (13.62%) Data Centre
2 44 (12.75%) Video Conferencing
3 16 (4.64%) Visualisation
4 11 (3.19%) User Experience
4 11 (3.19%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (3.19%) Clustering
5 10 (2.90%) PKI
6 8 (2.32%) BYOD
7 7 (2.03%) PMI
8 6 (1.74%) iPhone
9 4 (1.16%) IVR
10 3 (0.87%) Frameworx
10 3 (0.87%) iPad
10 3 (0.87%) Private Cloud
11 2 (0.58%) FlexPod
11 2 (0.58%) Machine to Machine
11 2 (0.58%) HP StoreVirtual
11 2 (0.58%) HP Storage
11 2 (0.58%) Handset
11 2 (0.58%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 63 (18.26%) Windows
2 24 (6.96%) Linux
3 23 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 21 (6.09%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (5.22%) UNIX
6 9 (2.61%) Windows 7
7 8 (2.32%) Android
7 8 (2.32%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (2.32%) Solaris
8 4 (1.16%) SUSE
8 4 (1.16%) Windows Vista
9 2 (0.58%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.58%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (13.33%) Migration
2 43 (12.46%) Project Management
3 28 (8.12%) PRINCE2
4 27 (7.83%) ITIL
5 26 (7.54%) Stakeholder Management
5 26 (7.54%) Change Management
6 19 (5.51%) Agile Software Development
6 19 (5.51%) Validation
7 16 (4.64%) Open Source
7 16 (4.64%) Big Data Analytics
7 16 (4.64%) Analytics
7 16 (4.64%) Mentoring
8 15 (4.35%) Load Balancing
9 14 (4.06%) Enterprise Architecture
10 13 (3.77%) Service Delivery
11 12 (3.48%) Product Management
11 12 (3.48%) DevOps
12 11 (3.19%) Network Management
12 11 (3.19%) Continuous Improvement
13 10 (2.90%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 24 (6.96%) SQL
2 23 (6.67%) Java
3 15 (4.35%) JavaScript
3 15 (4.35%) PHP
3 15 (4.35%) Python
3 15 (4.35%) Ruby
4 13 (3.77%) PowerShell
5 10 (2.90%) C
6 8 (2.32%) Perl
6 8 (2.32%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 59 (17.10%) Cisco Certification
2 40 (11.59%) CCNP
3 26 (7.54%) CCNA
4 25 (7.25%) Security Cleared
5 24 (6.96%) CCIE
6 19 (5.51%) Microsoft Certification
7 18 (5.22%) SC Cleared
8 13 (3.77%) CCVP
9 12 (3.48%) DV Cleared
9 12 (3.48%) MCSE
10 11 (3.19%) CCIP
11 10 (2.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 8 (2.32%) PMI Certification
13 7 (2.03%) CCDP
14 6 (1.74%) Degree
15 5 (1.45%) MCSA
16 2 (0.58%) PMP
16 2 (0.58%) Citrix Certification
16 2 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 2 (0.58%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.45%) SLA
2 3 (0.87%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 54 (15.65%) Active Directory
2 25 (7.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (3.48%) Hyper-V
4 8 (2.32%) XenApp
5 5 (1.45%) VMware Server
6 4 (1.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 3 (0.87%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.87%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.58%) XenServer
9 1 (0.29%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 38 (11.01%) Cisco CUCM
2 17 (4.93%) Cisco UCCX
3 11 (3.19%) SCOM
4 9 (2.61%) Cisco UCCE
5 7 (2.03%) SCCM
6 6 (1.74%) CiscoWorks
7 4 (1.16%) SCVMM
7 4 (1.16%) CA Spectrum
8 2 (0.58%) SCSM
9 1 (0.29%) Cisco Prime
9 1 (0.29%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.29%) Netcool
9 1 (0.29%) Cisco IPCC
9 1 (0.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 145 (42.03%) Cisco
2 102 (29.57%) Microsoft
3 45 (13.04%) Avaya
4 28 (8.12%) VMware
5 21 (6.09%) Citrix
6 17 (4.93%) Juniper
7 15 (4.35%) HP
8 11 (3.19%) F5
9 10 (2.90%) Polycom
9 10 (2.90%) CA
9 10 (2.90%) CheckPoint
10 9 (2.61%) IBM
11 8 (2.32%) Bloomberg
11 8 (2.32%) Blue Coat
12 6 (1.74%) Oracle
12 6 (1.74%) Nokia
12 6 (1.74%) Tandberg
12 6 (1.74%) SolarWinds
12 6 (1.74%) IronPort
12 6 (1.74%) Verint
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