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 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Unified Communications
Rank 494 469 521
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +52
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 146 168 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.26% 0.30% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.71% 2.04% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 111 78
Average daily rate £405 £415 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.40% -2.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £278 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £575 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £388 £400
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -3.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £180.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £180.00

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
8540 8244 7307
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.29% 14.79% 13.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 5165 4488 3859
Average daily rate £388 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £340 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.05% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 357 445 405
Average hourly rate £28.00 £28.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.25 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £20.75
% change year-on-year
- +44.57%

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 April 2016.

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 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -49 132 £400 -3.61% 59
London -24 56 £455 -4.21% 30
South East -41 26 £358 -7.74% 9
South West +21 23 £350 -2.77% 4
Bristol +11 14 £365 +1.38% 1
Hampshire +3 9 £365 +29.20%
North West -11 7 £435 +27.94% 2
West Midlands -15 7 £313 -21.87% 7
Surrey -17 7 £279 -28.06%
East of England +5 5 £415 -1.77% 3
Cheshire -2 5 £435 -
Gloucestershire - 5 - - 1
Wales - 5 £463 -
South Wales - 5 £463 -
Gloucester - 5 - -
Northern Ireland +10 4 £400 - 1
Belfast +8 4 £400 - 1
County Antrim +8 4 £400 - 1
Yorkshire -1 4 £425 +3.03% 3
Basingstoke -6 4 £375 -
Berkshire -17 4 £450 +28.57% 4
City of London +24 3 £500 -4.30% 9
Buckinghamshire +16 3 £410 +22.38% 1
East Midlands +5 3 £363 -14.70% 1
Scotland -17 3 £410 - 1
West Sussex - 3 £450 -
Croydon - 3 £413 -
Chester - 3 £435 -
Cambridgeshire +7 2 £431 +11.29% 1
Milton Keynes +5 2 £410 -

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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.

1 110 (40.89%) Cisco
2 73 (27.14%) Skype for Business
3 69 (25.65%) Microsoft
4 60 (22.30%) WAN
5 58 (21.56%) LAN
6 53 (19.70%) ITIL
7 52 (19.33%) Cisco Certification
8 49 (18.22%) Office 365
8 49 (18.22%) Skype
9 46 (17.10%) Data Centre
10 45 (16.73%) Firewall
11 43 (15.99%) Project Management
12 42 (15.61%) Windows
13 38 (14.13%) CCNP
14 37 (13.75%) Active Directory
15 32 (11.90%) MPLS
15 32 (11.90%) Wireless
15 32 (11.90%) Migration
15 32 (11.90%) Cisco CUCM
16 31 (11.52%) Citrix
16 31 (11.52%) VoIP
16 31 (11.52%) MS Exchange
17 29 (10.78%) PRINCE2
17 29 (10.78%) Telecoms
18 28 (10.41%) Finance
18 28 (10.41%) SLA
19 27 (10.04%) VMware
20 25 (9.29%) Avaya
20 25 (9.29%) VPN
21 23 (8.55%) Cisco Nexus

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 73 (27.14%) Skype for Business
2 31 (11.52%) MS Exchange
3 12 (4.46%) SharePoint
4 10 (3.72%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (2.97%) Exchange Server 2007
6 6 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (1.12%) Office Communications Server
8 2 (0.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (0.74%) CMS
8 2 (0.74%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 21 (7.81%) MS Excel
2 8 (2.97%) MS Office
3 5 (1.86%) MS Project
4 2 (0.74%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.12%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 49 (18.22%) Office 365
2 15 (5.58%) IaaS
3 14 (5.20%) Microsoft Azure
4 11 (4.09%) SaaS
5 7 (2.60%) Amazon AWS
6 4 (1.49%) PaaS
7 3 (1.12%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (1.12%) SoftLayer
8 2 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.74%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.37%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 60 (22.30%) WAN
2 58 (21.56%) LAN
3 49 (18.22%) Skype
4 45 (16.73%) Firewall
5 32 (11.90%) MPLS
5 32 (11.90%) Wireless
6 31 (11.52%) VoIP
7 25 (9.29%) VPN
8 23 (8.55%) Cisco Nexus
9 21 (7.81%) Cisco ASA
10 17 (6.32%) IP Telephony
11 16 (5.95%) DNS
11 16 (5.95%) Wi-Fi
12 13 (4.83%) DHCP
12 13 (4.83%) Network Security
12 13 (4.83%) SAN
13 12 (4.46%) Internet
14 10 (3.72%) H.323
14 10 (3.72%) MGCP
15 9 (3.35%) NGN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.49%) Amazon RDS
2 3 (1.12%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 29 (10.78%) Telecoms
2 28 (10.41%) Finance
3 9 (3.35%) Billing
4 5 (1.86%) Advertising
4 5 (1.86%) Banking
5 4 (1.49%) Retail
6 2 (0.74%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.74%) Local Government
7 1 (0.37%) Back Office
7 1 (0.37%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.37%) French Language
7 1 (0.37%) Front Office
7 1 (0.37%) Games
7 1 (0.37%) German Language
7 1 (0.37%) Law
7 1 (0.37%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 43 (15.99%) Architect
2 38 (14.13%) Project Manager
3 26 (9.67%) Network Engineer
4 25 (9.29%) Consultant
4 25 (9.29%) Unified Communications Engineer
5 19 (7.06%) Solutions Architect
6 17 (6.32%) Unified Communications Manager
7 16 (5.95%) Cisco Engineer
7 16 (5.95%) Support Engineer
8 14 (5.20%) Analyst
8 14 (5.20%) Unified Communications Consultant
9 12 (4.46%) Lync Consultant
10 11 (4.09%) Network Architect
11 10 (3.72%) Infrastructure Manager
11 10 (3.72%) Programme Manager
12 9 (3.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 9 (3.35%) Change Manager
12 9 (3.35%) Network Support
12 9 (3.35%) Voice Engineer
13 8 (2.97%) Project Change Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (4.46%) XMPP
2 3 (1.12%) 802.1X
2 3 (1.12%) Middleware
2 3 (1.12%) WAP
3 2 (0.74%) Web Services
4 1 (0.37%) MAPI
Miscellaneous
1 46 (17.10%) Data Centre
2 22 (8.18%) Video Conferencing
3 19 (7.06%) Social Network
4 14 (5.20%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (4.09%) Management Information System
6 10 (3.72%) PKI
7 7 (2.60%) IVR
8 6 (2.23%) Handset
9 5 (1.86%) Statistics
10 4 (1.49%) Frameworx
10 4 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (1.12%) Computer Science
11 3 (1.12%) Driving Licence
11 3 (1.12%) PMI
11 3 (1.12%) Private Cloud
12 2 (0.74%) Blackberry
12 2 (0.74%) Equities
12 2 (0.74%) Fixed Income
12 2 (0.74%) Mathematics
13 1 (0.37%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 42 (15.61%) Windows
2 19 (7.06%) Windows Server
3 18 (6.69%) Linux
4 10 (3.72%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (2.60%) Windows 10
5 7 (2.60%) Windows 7
5 7 (2.60%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (2.23%) Android
6 6 (2.23%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (1.86%) AIX
7 5 (1.86%) SUSE
8 4 (1.49%) Apple iOS
9 3 (1.12%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.74%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.74%) Unix
11 1 (0.37%) Fedora
11 1 (0.37%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.37%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (19.70%) ITIL
2 43 (15.99%) Project Management
3 32 (11.90%) Migration
4 29 (10.78%) PRINCE2
5 19 (7.06%) Network Management
6 16 (5.95%) Stakeholder Management
7 15 (5.58%) Change Management
8 13 (4.83%) Load Balancing
8 13 (4.83%) Problem Management
8 13 (4.83%) Service Delivery
8 13 (4.83%) TOGAF
9 11 (4.09%) Presales
10 9 (3.35%) Disaster Recovery
10 9 (3.35%) Risk Analysis
10 9 (3.35%) Root Cause Analysis
10 9 (3.35%) Technical Architecture
11 8 (2.97%) Identity Access Management
11 8 (2.97%) Identity Management
11 8 (2.97%) Network Design
12 7 (2.60%) Business Transformation
Programming Languages
1 7 (2.60%) SQL
2 5 (1.86%) PowerShell
3 3 (1.12%) C
4 1 (0.37%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.37%) Java
4 1 (0.37%) Korn
4 1 (0.37%) Python
4 1 (0.37%) Ruby
4 1 (0.37%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 52 (19.33%) Cisco Certification
2 38 (14.13%) CCNP
3 19 (7.06%) Security Cleared
4 16 (5.95%) CCIE
4 16 (5.95%) SC Cleared
5 15 (5.58%) CCNA
6 13 (4.83%) Degree
7 9 (3.35%) CCVP
8 7 (2.60%) CCNP Voice
9 5 (1.86%) Avaya Certification
9 5 (1.86%) DBS Check
9 5 (1.86%) MCSE
9 5 (1.86%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (1.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 3 (1.12%) APMG
10 3 (1.12%) CISM
10 3 (1.12%) CISSP
10 3 (1.12%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.74%) CCDA
11 2 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (10.41%) SLA
2 3 (1.12%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.37%) QA
System Software
1 37 (13.75%) Active Directory
2 22 (8.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.35%) Hyper-V
4 6 (2.23%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.12%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.74%) Firmware
6 2 (0.74%) vSphere
7 1 (0.37%) Snort
7 1 (0.37%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 32 (11.90%) Cisco CUCM
2 17 (6.32%) Cisco UCCE
3 16 (5.95%) Cisco UCCX
4 12 (4.46%) CiscoWorks
4 12 (4.46%) SCCM
5 7 (2.60%) SCOM
6 6 (2.23%) Windows Intune
7 5 (1.86%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 5 (1.86%) vRealize
8 3 (1.12%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (1.12%) SmoothWall
8 3 (1.12%) SolarWinds Orion
8 3 (1.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.74%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.37%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.37%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 1 (0.37%) SCDPM
10 1 (0.37%) TrustSec
10 1 (0.37%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 110 (40.89%) Cisco
2 69 (25.65%) Microsoft
3 31 (11.52%) Citrix
4 27 (10.04%) VMware
5 25 (9.29%) Avaya
6 18 (6.69%) HP
7 14 (5.20%) Juniper
8 13 (4.83%) IBM
9 11 (4.09%) SolarWinds
10 10 (3.72%) CheckPoint
10 10 (3.72%) F5
11 9 (3.35%) Remedy
12 8 (2.97%) EMC
12 8 (2.97%) Polycom
13 6 (2.23%) Barracuda Networks
13 6 (2.23%) CA
13 6 (2.23%) Google
13 6 (2.23%) Mitel
13 6 (2.23%) Nokia
13 6 (2.23%) Palo Alto
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