The table below looks at the statistics for Unified Communications skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Unified Communications over the 3 months to 25 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Unified Communications
Rank 488 439 517
Rank change year-on-year
-49 +78
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 154 201 109
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.29% 0.37% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.81% 2.51% 1.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 140 75
Median daily rate £380 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.58% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £286 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £800 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £364 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
-9.06% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Median hourly rate £36.90 £21.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+71.62% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.90 £21.50 -
% change year-on-year
+71.62% -

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
8506 8009 7009
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.84% 14.78% 13.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 5156 4451 3814
Median daily rate £388 £350 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -1.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £326
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 467 401
Median hourly rate £28.50 £25.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £26.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +30.00%

Unified Communications
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Unified Communications as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 May 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Unified Communications within the UK over the 3 months to 25 May 2016.

Unified Communications Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Unified Communications
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Unified Communications within the UK over the 3 months to 25 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -69 138 £378 -11.17% 52
London -35 46 £420 -11.57% 18
South East -41 31 £365 -5.80% 19
South West +22 30 £350 -2.77% 7
Bristol +18 18 £360 - 5
Berkshire -23 10 £400 +6.66% 5
Hampshire +4 8 £375 +30.43%
West Midlands -6 7 £325 -18.75% 4
North West -14 7 £435 -45.62% 1
Northern Ireland - 7 £400 -
West Sussex - 7 £365 -
Somerset - 7 £300 - 1
Taunton - 7 £300 - 1
East of England +1 6 £414 -3.77% 1
City of London +26 5 £420 -19.61% 4
Yorkshire -7 5 £425 -30.61%
Cheshire -9 5 £435 -45.62%
Surrey -20 5 £288 -25.80% 5
Warwickshire - 5 £338 -
Belfast - 5 £400 -
County Antrim - 5 £400 -
Scotland -13 4 £410 +46.42% 1
Basingstoke -15 4 £375 -
Gatwick - 4 £350 -
East Midlands +10 3 £363 -2.02% 2
Reading -10 3 - - 3
West Yorkshire -13 3 £400 -34.69%
North East -44 3 £239 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -48 3 £239 -
Tyne and Wear -48 3 £239 -

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Unified Communications.

1 115 (42.75%) Cisco
2 74 (27.51%) Microsoft
3 72 (26.77%) Skype for Business
4 70 (26.02%) WAN
5 68 (25.28%) ITIL
5 68 (25.28%) LAN
6 58 (21.56%) Data Centre
7 55 (20.45%) Firewall
8 54 (20.07%) Cisco Certification
9 51 (18.96%) Skype
10 50 (18.59%) Office 365
11 42 (15.61%) Project Management
12 40 (14.87%) Windows
13 39 (14.50%) VoIP
14 38 (14.13%) Wireless
15 37 (13.75%) Active Directory
16 36 (13.38%) CCNP
16 36 (13.38%) SLA
17 33 (12.27%) MPLS
18 32 (11.90%) Migration
19 31 (11.52%) HP
20 29 (10.78%) MS Exchange
20 29 (10.78%) Cisco Nexus
21 28 (10.41%) Citrix
21 28 (10.41%) Avaya
21 28 (10.41%) Telecoms
22 27 (10.04%) Cisco CUCM
23 26 (9.67%) Video Conferencing
24 25 (9.29%) Finance
24 25 (9.29%) PRINCE2

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 72 (26.77%) Skype for Business
2 29 (10.78%) MS Exchange
3 14 (5.20%) SharePoint
4 7 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (2.23%) Office Communications Server
6 4 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.12%) CMS
7 3 (1.12%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.37%) IIS
8 1 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.37%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 18 (6.69%) MS Excel
2 9 (3.35%) MS Office
3 3 (1.12%) MS Project
3 3 (1.12%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.86%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 50 (18.59%) Office 365
2 14 (5.20%) IaaS
2 14 (5.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (3.35%) SaaS
4 5 (1.86%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (1.49%) PaaS
6 3 (1.12%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.74%) SoftLayer
8 1 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 1 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.37%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 70 (26.02%) WAN
2 68 (25.28%) LAN
3 55 (20.45%) Firewall
4 51 (18.96%) Skype
5 39 (14.50%) VoIP
6 38 (14.13%) Wireless
7 33 (12.27%) MPLS
8 29 (10.78%) Cisco Nexus
9 25 (9.29%) Cisco ASA
9 25 (9.29%) VPN
10 21 (7.81%) IP Telephony
11 19 (7.06%) SAN
12 18 (6.69%) DNS
13 17 (6.32%) PABX
13 17 (6.32%) Wi-Fi
14 16 (5.95%) DHCP
15 14 (5.20%) H.323
15 14 (5.20%) TCP/IP
16 13 (4.83%) Ethernet
16 13 (4.83%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.60%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.49%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.37%) MS Access
3 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 28 (10.41%) Telecoms
2 25 (9.29%) Finance
3 6 (2.23%) Billing
4 5 (1.86%) Advertising
5 4 (1.49%) Retail
6 3 (1.12%) Banking
7 2 (0.74%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.74%) Local Government
8 1 (0.37%) Back Office
8 1 (0.37%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.37%) French Language
8 1 (0.37%) Front Office
8 1 (0.37%) Games
8 1 (0.37%) German Language
8 1 (0.37%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 38 (14.13%) Project Manager
2 32 (11.90%) Architect
3 27 (10.04%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 26 (9.67%) Consultant
4 26 (9.67%) Network Engineer
5 24 (8.92%) Support Engineer
6 18 (6.69%) Analyst
7 17 (6.32%) Unified Communications Manager
8 14 (5.20%) Cisco Engineer
8 14 (5.20%) Lync Consultant
8 14 (5.20%) Unified Communications Consultant
8 14 (5.20%) Voice Engineer
9 13 (4.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 13 (4.83%) Programme Manager
10 12 (4.46%) Infrastructure Manager
11 11 (4.09%) 3rd Line Support
12 10 (3.72%) Solutions Architect
13 9 (3.35%) Network Analyst
13 9 (3.35%) Network Support
13 9 (3.35%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (4.83%) XMPP
2 3 (1.12%) WAP
3 2 (0.74%) 802.1X
3 2 (0.74%) Middleware
4 1 (0.37%) MAPI
4 1 (0.37%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 58 (21.56%) Data Centre
2 26 (9.67%) Video Conferencing
3 18 (6.69%) Social Network
4 16 (5.95%) IVR
5 15 (5.58%) Handset
6 13 (4.83%) Management Information System
6 13 (4.83%) PKI
7 10 (3.72%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (1.86%) Smartphone
8 5 (1.86%) Statistics
9 4 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.12%) Computer Science
10 3 (1.12%) Driving Licence
10 3 (1.12%) PMI
10 3 (1.12%) Private Cloud
10 3 (1.12%) Replication
11 2 (0.74%) Equities
11 2 (0.74%) Fixed Income
11 2 (0.74%) Mathematics
12 1 (0.37%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 40 (14.87%) Windows
2 19 (7.06%) Windows Server
3 13 (4.83%) Linux
4 12 (4.46%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (2.60%) Windows 7
5 7 (2.60%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (2.60%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (2.23%) AIX
6 6 (2.23%) Windows 10
7 4 (1.49%) Unix
8 3 (1.12%) Android
9 2 (0.74%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.74%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.37%) Fedora
10 1 (0.37%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.37%) Solaris
10 1 (0.37%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.37%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (25.28%) ITIL
2 42 (15.61%) Project Management
3 32 (11.90%) Migration
4 25 (9.29%) PRINCE2
5 24 (8.92%) Network Management
6 15 (5.58%) Load Balancing
7 14 (5.20%) Problem Management
7 14 (5.20%) Service Delivery
8 13 (4.83%) Stakeholder Management
9 12 (4.46%) Change Management
9 12 (4.46%) Disaster Recovery
9 12 (4.46%) Network Design
10 10 (3.72%) TOGAF
11 9 (3.35%) Change Control
11 9 (3.35%) Incident Management
11 9 (3.35%) Presales
12 8 (2.97%) Capacity Planning
12 8 (2.97%) Identity Management
12 8 (2.97%) Programme Management
12 8 (2.97%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (4.46%) 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 54 (20.07%) Cisco Certification
2 36 (13.38%) CCNP
3 21 (7.81%) Security Cleared
4 18 (6.69%) SC Cleared
5 16 (5.95%) CCIE
6 15 (5.58%) CCNA
7 11 (4.09%) Degree
8 7 (2.60%) Microsoft Certification
9 6 (2.23%) CCNP Voice
9 6 (2.23%) DBS Check
9 6 (2.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 5 (1.86%) Avaya Certification
10 5 (1.86%) MCSE
11 4 (1.49%) CCVP
12 3 (1.12%) CISM
12 3 (1.12%) CISSP
12 3 (1.12%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.74%) CCDA
13 2 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (13.38%) SLA
2 5 (1.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.74%) ISO22301
4 1 (0.37%) COBIT
4 1 (0.37%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.37%) QA
System Software
1 37 (13.75%) Active Directory
2 20 (7.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.35%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.60%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.12%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.74%) Firmware
7 1 (0.37%) Snort
7 1 (0.37%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.37%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 27 (10.04%) Cisco CUCM
2 19 (7.06%) Cisco Prime
3 17 (6.32%) Cisco UCCE
4 13 (4.83%) Cisco UCCX
5 11 (4.09%) SCCM
6 6 (2.23%) SCOM
6 6 (2.23%) SolarWinds Orion
6 6 (2.23%) Windows Intune
7 3 (1.12%) Netcool
7 3 (1.12%) SmoothWall
7 3 (1.12%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (0.74%) Amdocs OSS
8 2 (0.74%) Cisco IPCC
9 1 (0.37%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.37%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.37%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 1 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.37%) WhatsUp Gold
9 1 (0.37%) WMI
Vendors
1 115 (42.75%) Cisco
2 74 (27.51%) Microsoft
3 31 (11.52%) HP
4 28 (10.41%) Avaya
4 28 (10.41%) Citrix
5 24 (8.92%) VMware
6 19 (7.06%) SolarWinds
7 15 (5.58%) CheckPoint
8 14 (5.20%) F5
8 14 (5.20%) IBM
8 14 (5.20%) Juniper
9 12 (4.46%) Remedy
10 11 (4.09%) Nokia
11 10 (3.72%) CA
11 10 (3.72%) EMC
12 9 (3.35%) IronPort
12 9 (3.35%) Palo Alto
13 8 (2.97%) Polycom
13 8 (2.97%) Siemens
14 7 (2.60%) Tandberg
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