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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Unified Communications
Rank 483 449 489
Rank change year-on-year
-34 +40
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 107 124 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.24% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.41% 1.77% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 65 55
Average daily rate
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£400 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £523
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £25.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £25.50 -
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7602 6990 8978
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.91% 13.67% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4063 3628 3970
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £322 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.81% -0.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 406 456 702
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.60 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -

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 1 August 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 1 August 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 -16 104 £400 -4.76% 60
London +23 63 £413 -2.94% 27
South East -14 18 £310 -28.11% 13
City of London +29 14 £400 - 9
Berkshire -3 10 £248 -56.00% 4
Yorkshire +1 6 - - 6
West Yorkshire +1 5 - - 5
Leeds -2 5 - - 5
North West -8 5 - - 3
Hampshire -13 4 £425 - 1
East of England -20 4 £288 +15.00%
South West -43 4 £495 - 3
Cheshire - 3 - -
West Midlands -18 2 £393 +46.04% 4
Bristol -27 2 £495 -1.00% 1
Newbury -1 1 - -
Buckinghamshire -3 1 - -
Birmingham -4 1 £160 -64.64% 2
East Midlands -5 1 - - 1
Surrey -6 1 £450 +5.88% 2
Bedfordshire -22 1 £350 -
Scotland -23 1 £375 -
North East - 1 - -
Brighton - 1 £305 -
Middlesbrough - 1 - -
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 - -
East Sussex - 1 £305 -
Essex - 1 £400 -
North Yorkshire - 1 - -

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 95 (43.18%) Lync
2 83 (37.73%) Microsoft
3 75 (34.09%) Cisco
4 58 (26.36%) Telecoms
5 41 (18.64%) WAN
6 40 (18.18%) VoIP
7 37 (16.82%) Windows
8 33 (15.00%) Project Management
8 33 (15.00%) LAN
9 32 (14.55%) Active Directory
10 31 (14.09%) Finance
11 28 (12.73%) PRINCE2
12 27 (12.27%) Avaya
13 24 (10.91%) MS Exchange
13 24 (10.91%) MS Excel
14 23 (10.45%) IP Telephony
15 22 (10.00%) VMware
15 22 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
16 21 (9.55%) Service Delivery
16 21 (9.55%) Firewall
17 20 (9.09%) ITIL
17 20 (9.09%) Windows Server 2008
18 19 (8.64%) VMware Infrastructure
18 19 (8.64%) Citrix
18 19 (8.64%) PBX
19 18 (8.18%) CCNP
20 17 (7.73%) Wireless
20 17 (7.73%) Banking
21 16 (7.27%) Migration
21 16 (7.27%) Video Conferencing

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 95 (43.18%) Lync
2 24 (10.91%) MS Exchange
3 16 (7.27%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (3.64%) Office Communications Server
5 7 (3.18%) Exchange Server 2007
5 7 (3.18%) MindAlign
6 6 (2.73%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (2.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (2.27%) SharePoint
8 4 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.45%) IBM Connections
9 1 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 24 (10.91%) MS Excel
2 7 (3.18%) MS Office
3 6 (2.73%) MS Project
4 4 (1.82%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.82%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.45%) Remedy AR System
1 1 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (4.09%) Office 365
2 1 (0.45%) SaaS
2 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.45%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 41 (18.64%) WAN
2 40 (18.18%) VoIP
3 33 (15.00%) LAN
4 23 (10.45%) IP Telephony
5 21 (9.55%) Firewall
6 19 (8.64%) PBX
7 17 (7.73%) Wireless
8 13 (5.91%) TCP/IP
8 13 (5.91%) DNS
9 10 (4.55%) MPLS
9 10 (4.55%) SAN
10 8 (3.64%) VPN
11 6 (2.73%) DHCP
11 6 (2.73%) Wi-Fi
11 6 (2.73%) Cisco IPT
11 6 (2.73%) PABX
12 5 (2.27%) Cisco ASA
12 5 (2.27%) Internet
12 5 (2.27%) BGP
12 5 (2.27%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.45%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (0.45%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (0.45%) Data Warehouse
General
1 58 (26.36%) Telecoms
2 31 (14.09%) Finance
3 17 (7.73%) Banking
4 10 (4.55%) Law
5 8 (3.64%) Legal
6 7 (3.18%) Marketing
7 4 (1.82%) Retail
8 3 (1.36%) Billing
8 3 (1.36%) Back Office
8 3 (1.36%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.45%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.45%) Local Government
9 1 (0.45%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 43 (19.55%) Project Manager
2 36 (16.36%) Architect
3 20 (9.09%) Analyst
4 18 (8.18%) Consultant
5 13 (5.91%) Network Engineer
6 11 (5.00%) Communications Engineer
6 11 (5.00%) Business Analyst
7 10 (4.55%) Solutions Architect
7 10 (4.55%) Communications Manager
7 10 (4.55%) Cisco Engineer
8 7 (3.18%) Infrastructure Architect
8 7 (3.18%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 7 (3.18%) Engineering Manager
9 6 (2.73%) Senior Manager
9 6 (2.73%) Infrastructure Project Manager
9 6 (2.73%) Senior Project Manager
9 6 (2.73%) Infrastructure Manager
9 6 (2.73%) Enterprise Architect
10 5 (2.27%) Avaya Engineer
10 5 (2.27%) Cisco Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.00%) .NET
2 10 (4.55%) XMPP
3 6 (2.73%) CSS
4 4 (1.82%) JSP
4 4 (1.82%) HTML
5 2 (0.91%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.45%) jQuery
6 1 (0.45%) LESS
6 1 (0.45%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (0.45%) HTML5
6 1 (0.45%) Spring
6 1 (0.45%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.45%) Hibernate
6 1 (0.45%) Middleware
6 1 (0.45%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 16 (7.27%) Video Conferencing
2 12 (5.45%) Clustering
3 8 (3.64%) IVR
4 6 (2.73%) PMI
4 6 (2.73%) Handset
5 5 (2.27%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.36%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.36%) Blackberry
7 2 (0.91%) Thin Client
7 2 (0.91%) Statistics
7 2 (0.91%) PKI
7 2 (0.91%) Machine to Machine
7 2 (0.91%) Fat Client
7 2 (0.91%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.45%) CMDB
8 1 (0.45%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.45%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.45%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (0.45%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.45%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 37 (16.82%) Windows
2 20 (9.09%) Windows Server 2008
3 9 (4.09%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (3.18%) Solaris
5 4 (1.82%) Linux
5 4 (1.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (1.82%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.45%) Windows Phone
6 1 (0.45%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (15.00%) Project Management
2 28 (12.73%) PRINCE2
3 21 (9.55%) Service Delivery
4 20 (9.09%) ITIL
5 16 (7.27%) Migration
6 11 (5.00%) UML
7 9 (4.09%) Stakeholder Management
8 8 (3.64%) Change Management
8 8 (3.64%) Enterprise Architecture
8 8 (3.64%) Capacity Management
9 7 (3.18%) Network Management
9 7 (3.18%) Information Security
10 6 (2.73%) Workflow
10 6 (2.73%) Incident Management
10 6 (2.73%) Network Design
10 6 (2.73%) Use Case
10 6 (2.73%) Integration Testing
11 5 (2.27%) Change Control
11 5 (2.27%) Supplier Management
11 5 (2.27%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 11 (5.00%) Java
2 8 (3.64%) SQL
2 8 (3.64%) PowerShell
3 7 (3.18%) Perl
4 4 (1.82%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.36%) C#
5 3 (1.36%) VB
6 2 (0.91%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.45%) C
7 1 (0.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 22 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (8.18%) CCNP
3 13 (5.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 12 (5.45%) Security Cleared
5 11 (5.00%) CCVP
6 9 (4.09%) SC Cleared
6 9 (4.09%) CCIE
7 8 (3.64%) PMI Certification
7 8 (3.64%) Microsoft Certification
8 7 (3.18%) MCSE
8 7 (3.18%) CCDP
9 6 (2.73%) CCNA
10 5 (2.27%) Degree
10 5 (2.27%) PMP
11 3 (1.36%) APMP
11 3 (1.36%) Avaya Certification
11 3 (1.36%) MCP
11 3 (1.36%) CCIP
12 2 (0.91%) CCDA
12 2 (0.91%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (0.91%) QA
2 1 (0.45%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 32 (14.55%) Active Directory
2 19 (8.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (4.55%) XenApp
4 7 (3.18%) XenDesktop
4 7 (3.18%) Microsoft App-V
5 6 (2.73%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (2.73%) UAG
6 5 (2.27%) Hyper-V
7 4 (1.82%) VMware ESX
7 4 (1.82%) Xen
7 4 (1.82%) XenServer
8 2 (0.91%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.45%) vSphere
9 1 (0.45%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.45%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 12 (5.45%) Cisco CUCM
2 8 (3.64%) SCCM
3 7 (3.18%) Cisco UCCX
4 5 (2.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 4 (1.82%) XenMobile
5 4 (1.82%) Cisco UCCE
6 3 (1.36%) SCOM
7 2 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.45%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.45%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 83 (37.73%) Microsoft
2 75 (34.09%) Cisco
3 27 (12.27%) Avaya
4 22 (10.00%) VMware
5 19 (8.64%) Citrix
6 12 (5.45%) HP
7 10 (4.55%) Symantec
7 10 (4.55%) EMC
8 9 (4.09%) Acme Packet
9 7 (3.18%) Remedy
10 6 (2.73%) Bloomberg
10 6 (2.73%) CheckPoint
11 5 (2.27%) Mitel
11 5 (2.27%) Juniper
12 4 (1.82%) Polycom
12 4 (1.82%) Tandberg
13 3 (1.36%) Postini
13 3 (1.36%) Aruba
13 3 (1.36%) F5
13 3 (1.36%) Google
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