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 13 February 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.

Location
3 months to
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Unified Communications
Rank 512 476 463
Rank change year-on-year
-36 -13
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 111 117 114
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.23% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.51% 1.54% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 75 64
Average daily rate £408 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.48% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £315 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £380 £400
% change year-on-year
-1.31% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 5
Average hourly rate £43.00 - £13.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.00 - £13.00

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
7370 7607 6728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.54% 14.87% 13.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4346 4206 3499
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £219 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 320 449 391
Average hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £42.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% +26.19%

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 13 February 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 13 February 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 +3 106 £404 +6.25% 90
London +11 56 £525 +27.58% 36
South East -1 29 £365 -3.31% 16
South West 0 12 £375 +3.44% 4
Hampshire +13 10 £400 +23.07% 1
Berkshire -1 9 £365 -6.41% 9
Surrey +2 7 £303 -25.53% 1
City of London +44 5 £456 +9.22% 5
Swindon +2 4 £363 -27.50%
Wiltshire 0 4 £363 -27.50%
Bristol -3 4 £375 +7.14% 1
East of England +1 3 £490 - 1
Reading -3 3 - -
West Midlands -18 3 £135 -70.00% 7
Slough - 3 £365 - 1
Gloucester - 3 - -
Winchester - 3 £375 -
Crawley - 3 £408 -
Gloucestershire - 3 - - 3
West Sussex - 3 £408 -
Norfolk -9 2 £490 -
South Wales -13 2 £450 +20.00% 1
Wales -18 2 £450 +12.50% 1
North East -20 2 - - 3
Tyne and Wear -25 2 - - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -29 2 - - 1
Reigate - 2 - -
Stafford - 2 £135 -
Basingstoke - 2 £420 -
Hook - 2 £462 -

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 February 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.

1 104 (41.27%) Cisco
2 67 (26.59%) Skype for Business
3 60 (23.81%) Microsoft
4 49 (19.44%) Cisco Certification
5 45 (17.86%) WAN
6 43 (17.06%) LAN
7 42 (16.67%) Windows
8 41 (16.27%) Data Centre
9 39 (15.48%) ITIL
10 38 (15.08%) Firewall
11 37 (14.68%) CCNP
12 36 (14.29%) VoIP
12 36 (14.29%) Wireless
12 36 (14.29%) Telecoms
13 34 (13.49%) MPLS
14 33 (13.10%) VMware
15 31 (12.30%) Project Management
15 31 (12.30%) Skype
16 30 (11.90%) Finance
17 29 (11.51%) VMware Infrastructure
18 28 (11.11%) Migration
18 28 (11.11%) Active Directory
19 27 (10.71%) VPN
19 27 (10.71%) Office 365
20 24 (9.52%) MS Exchange
21 23 (9.13%) Cisco CUCM
22 22 (8.73%) Cisco ASA
22 22 (8.73%) HP
23 20 (7.94%) Cisco Nexus
23 20 (7.94%) Windows Server

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 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 67 (26.59%) Skype for Business
2 24 (9.52%) MS Exchange
3 14 (5.56%) SharePoint
4 13 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (4.37%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.79%) MQSeries
7 2 (0.79%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.40%) Documentum
8 1 (0.40%) Liferay
8 1 (0.40%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.40%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 19 (7.54%) MS Excel
2 8 (3.17%) MS Office
3 5 (1.98%) MS Project
4 4 (1.59%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 27 (10.71%) Office 365
2 10 (3.97%) IaaS
3 9 (3.57%) SaaS
4 7 (2.78%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
5 4 (1.59%) PaaS
6 3 (1.19%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (1.19%) SoftLayer
7 1 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.40%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.40%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 45 (17.86%) WAN
2 43 (17.06%) LAN
3 38 (15.08%) Firewall
4 36 (14.29%) VoIP
4 36 (14.29%) Wireless
5 34 (13.49%) MPLS
6 31 (12.30%) Skype
7 27 (10.71%) VPN
8 22 (8.73%) Cisco ASA
9 20 (7.94%) Cisco Nexus
10 18 (7.14%) Wi-Fi
11 16 (6.35%) Internet
11 16 (6.35%) Network Security
12 15 (5.95%) SAN
13 12 (4.76%) IP Telephony
14 11 (4.37%) DNS
15 10 (3.97%) Intelligent Network
15 10 (3.97%) MGW
15 10 (3.97%) xDSL
16 9 (3.57%) Softswitch
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.17%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.79%) MySQL
2 2 (0.79%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.40%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.40%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (0.79%) AdminStudio
General
1 36 (14.29%) Telecoms
2 30 (11.90%) Finance
3 11 (4.37%) Banking
4 6 (2.38%) Billing
5 5 (1.98%) Advertising
6 4 (1.59%) Law
7 3 (1.19%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.19%) Retail
8 2 (0.79%) Back Office
8 2 (0.79%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.79%) Local Government
8 2 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.40%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.40%) French Language
9 1 (0.40%) German Language
Job Titles
1 53 (21.03%) Architect
2 37 (14.68%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 29 (11.51%) Network Engineer
4 28 (11.11%) Project Manager
5 20 (7.94%) Solutions Architect
6 17 (6.75%) Consultant
7 16 (6.35%) Cisco Engineer
8 15 (5.95%) Analyst
9 13 (5.16%) Support Engineer
10 11 (4.37%) Voice Engineer
11 9 (3.57%) Lync Engineer
11 9 (3.57%) Network Architect
11 9 (3.57%) Network Support
12 8 (3.17%) Change Manager
12 8 (3.17%) Change Project Manager
12 8 (3.17%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 8 (3.17%) Technical Architect
13 7 (2.78%) Cisco Architect
13 7 (2.78%) Cisco Support
13 7 (2.78%) Voice Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (3.97%) XMPP
2 4 (1.59%) Middleware
3 2 (0.79%) 802.1X
3 2 (0.79%) Web Services
4 1 (0.40%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 41 (16.27%) Data Centre
2 18 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (5.95%) Social Network
3 15 (5.95%) Video Conferencing
4 12 (4.76%) IVR
5 9 (3.57%) Management Information System
6 5 (1.98%) Computer Science
6 5 (1.98%) Statistics
7 4 (1.59%) Driving Licence
7 4 (1.59%) PKI
8 3 (1.19%) Frameworx
8 3 (1.19%) NHS
8 3 (1.19%) PMI
8 3 (1.19%) Private Cloud
9 2 (0.79%) Blackberry
9 2 (0.79%) Equities
9 2 (0.79%) Fixed Income
9 2 (0.79%) Performance Metrics
9 2 (0.79%) Smartcard
9 2 (0.79%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 42 (16.67%) Windows
2 20 (7.94%) Windows Server
3 18 (7.14%) Linux
4 12 (4.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (3.97%) Windows Server 2003
5 10 (3.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (2.78%) Android
7 5 (1.98%) SUSE
7 5 (1.98%) Windows 7
8 3 (1.19%) Apple iOS
8 3 (1.19%) HPUX
8 3 (1.19%) Solaris
8 3 (1.19%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.79%) AIX
9 2 (0.79%) Unix
9 2 (0.79%) Windows 8
9 2 (0.79%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.40%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.40%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.40%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (15.48%) ITIL
2 31 (12.30%) Project Management
3 28 (11.11%) Migration
4 19 (7.54%) PRINCE2
4 19 (7.54%) TOGAF
5 14 (5.56%) Presales
5 14 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
6 13 (5.16%) Change Management
7 12 (4.76%) Risk Analysis
8 11 (4.37%) Configuration Management
8 11 (4.37%) Root Cause Analysis
9 10 (3.97%) Network Management
9 10 (3.97%) Technical Architecture
10 9 (3.57%) Asset Management
11 8 (3.17%) Enterprise Architecture
11 8 (3.17%) Load Balancing
11 8 (3.17%) PRINCE
12 7 (2.78%) Change Control
12 7 (2.78%) Network Design
12 7 (2.78%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (3.57%) SQL
2 6 (2.38%) C
3 3 (1.19%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 49 (19.44%) Cisco Certification
2 37 (14.68%) CCNP
3 16 (6.35%) CCIE
3 16 (6.35%) CCNA
4 14 (5.56%) Degree
5 13 (5.16%) CCVP
6 12 (4.76%) Security Cleared
7 9 (3.57%) CCNP Voice
7 9 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
7 9 (3.57%) SC Cleared
8 8 (3.17%) MCSE
9 5 (1.98%) CISSP
10 3 (1.19%) CISM
10 3 (1.19%) MCITP
10 3 (1.19%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.79%) APMG
11 2 (0.79%) BC Cleared
11 2 (0.79%) MBA
11 2 (0.79%) PMP
11 2 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (6.75%) SLA
2 1 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 29 (11.51%) VMware Infrastructure
2 28 (11.11%) Active Directory
3 9 (3.57%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.78%) vSphere
5 6 (2.38%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (1.59%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.19%) Firmware
8 2 (0.79%) IAG
8 2 (0.79%) UAG
Systems Management
1 23 (9.13%) Cisco CUCM
2 14 (5.56%) Cisco UCCE
2 14 (5.56%) Cisco UCCX
3 12 (4.76%) SCCM
4 10 (3.97%) CiscoWorks
5 6 (2.38%) SCOM
5 6 (2.38%) vRealize
6 5 (1.98%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 3 (1.19%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.79%) Dollar Universe
8 2 (0.79%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (0.79%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.79%) SCOrch
8 2 (0.79%) SCSM
8 2 (0.79%) SCVMM
8 2 (0.79%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (0.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.79%) WSUS
9 1 (0.40%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.40%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 104 (41.27%) Cisco
2 60 (23.81%) Microsoft
3 33 (13.10%) VMware
4 22 (8.73%) HP
5 18 (7.14%) Avaya
5 18 (7.14%) Juniper
6 14 (5.56%) Citrix
7 13 (5.16%) IBM
7 13 (5.16%) Mitel
8 11 (4.37%) CheckPoint
9 10 (3.97%) F5
10 9 (3.57%) Oracle
10 9 (3.57%) SolarWinds
11 8 (3.17%) Google
12 7 (2.78%) Barracuda Networks
13 6 (2.38%) CA
13 6 (2.38%) Hitachi
13 6 (2.38%) Polycom
14 5 (1.98%) Nokia
14 5 (1.98%) Red Hat
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