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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Unified Communications
Rank 413 474 445
Rank change year-on-year
+61 -29
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 201 109 104
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.37% 0.21% 0.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.53% 1.58% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 140 75 41
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£425 £425 £398
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £280 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £800 £500 £451
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £390 £345
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +13.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 4
Average hourly rate £21.50 - £24.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 - £24.50

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
7948 6904 6873
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.67% 13.12% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4423 3766 3378
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 383 558
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £43.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 +63 193 £425 +1.49% 86
London -5 81 £475 +11.76% 28
South East +35 63 £388 +3.33% 22
Berkshire +19 30 £375 - 14
City of London +19 25 £523 +19.42% 4
Surrey +18 14 £388 +29.16% 4
West Yorkshire +3 14 £613 +36.11% 6
Yorkshire -2 14 £613 +36.11% 6
East of England +18 13 £430 +95.45% 4
Leeds -1 13 £800 +77.77% 6
North West - 10 £800 - 9
Buckinghamshire +9 8 £335 -25.55% 1
Guildford - 8 £388 -
Bracknell +7 7 £425 +6.25% 3
Hampshire +1 7 £288 -34.84%
West Midlands -5 6 £400 -11.11% 4
East Midlands -6 6 £370 -17.77% 6
Hertfordshire - 6 £430 - 1
Cambridgeshire +4 5 £415 +118.42%
Cheshire - 5 £800 -
Manchester - 5 £220 - 8
Scotland -3 4 £280 -26.31% 1
Birmingham -4 4 £325 -27.77% 2
Camberley - 4 £395 -
Essex - 4 £430 - 1
Warrington - 4 £800 -
Edinburgh - 4 £280 -
Reading +10 3 - -
Milton Keynes +5 3 - - 1
Cambridge - 3 £360 -

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 144 (44.44%) Cisco
2 121 (37.35%) Lync
3 88 (27.16%) Microsoft
4 55 (16.98%) Telecoms
5 53 (16.36%) WAN
6 52 (16.05%) LAN
7 51 (15.74%) Active Directory
8 50 (15.43%) Cisco Certification
8 50 (15.43%) Windows
9 47 (14.51%) Video Conferencing
10 44 (13.58%) VoIP
10 44 (13.58%) Migration
11 41 (12.65%) Finance
12 40 (12.35%) MS Excel
12 40 (12.35%) Project Management
13 36 (11.11%) MS Exchange
13 36 (11.11%) CCNP
13 36 (11.11%) Wireless
13 36 (11.11%) Cisco CUCM
14 34 (10.49%) Firewall
15 33 (10.19%) Avaya
16 32 (9.88%) Security Cleared
17 31 (9.57%) CCNA
18 30 (9.26%) IP Telephony
19 29 (8.95%) ITIL
19 29 (8.95%) PRINCE2
19 29 (8.95%) MPLS
19 29 (8.95%) Cisco Nexus
20 28 (8.64%) OSPF
20 28 (8.64%) VPN

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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
1 121 (37.35%) Lync
2 36 (11.11%) MS Exchange
3 19 (5.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (3.70%) Office Communications Server
4 12 (3.70%) SharePoint
5 9 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (1.54%) CMS
6 5 (1.54%) MindAlign
7 2 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.31%) Live Communications Server
8 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 40 (12.35%) MS Excel
2 11 (3.40%) MS Office
3 7 (2.16%) MS Visio
3 7 (2.16%) MS Project
4 6 (1.85%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.93%) Eikon
2 1 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (4.94%) Cloud Computing
2 14 (4.32%) Office 365
3 2 (0.62%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.62%) Yammer
4 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 53 (16.36%) WAN
2 52 (16.05%) LAN
3 44 (13.58%) VoIP
4 36 (11.11%) Wireless
5 34 (10.49%) Firewall
6 30 (9.26%) IP Telephony
7 29 (8.95%) MPLS
7 29 (8.95%) Cisco Nexus
8 28 (8.64%) OSPF
8 28 (8.64%) VPN
9 26 (8.02%) Cisco ASA
10 22 (6.79%) BGP
11 18 (5.56%) WLAN
11 18 (5.56%) TCP/IP
12 17 (5.25%) PBX
13 16 (4.94%) Ethernet
14 15 (4.63%) Cisco IPT
15 14 (4.32%) LDAP
15 14 (4.32%) DNS
16 12 (3.70%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (7.10%) SQL Server
2 16 (4.94%) Big Data
2 16 (4.94%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (1.54%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (0.62%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.31%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (0.31%) Axure RP
General
1 55 (16.98%) Telecoms
2 41 (12.65%) Finance
3 12 (3.70%) Billing
4 8 (2.47%) Banking
5 6 (1.85%) Retail
6 5 (1.54%) Multimedia
7 4 (1.23%) Legal
8 3 (0.93%) Front Office
8 3 (0.93%) Advertising
9 2 (0.62%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.62%) Back Office
10 1 (0.31%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.31%) Local Government
10 1 (0.31%) Marketing
10 1 (0.31%) French Language
10 1 (0.31%) German Language
10 1 (0.31%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.31%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 57 (17.59%) Architect
1 57 (17.59%) Project Manager
2 34 (10.49%) Communications Engineer
3 23 (7.10%) Analyst
4 22 (6.79%) Consultant
5 19 (5.86%) Network Engineer
6 14 (4.32%) Technical Architect
6 14 (4.32%) Chief Architect
6 14 (4.32%) Cisco Engineer
7 13 (4.01%) Designer
8 12 (3.70%) Infrastructure Manager
9 11 (3.40%) Infrastructure Project Manager
9 11 (3.40%) Solutions Architect
10 9 (2.78%) Technical Manager
10 9 (2.78%) Infrastructure Architect
10 9 (2.78%) Network Analyst
10 9 (2.78%) Voice Engineer
11 8 (2.47%) Chief Technical Architect
11 8 (2.47%) Senior Analyst
11 8 (2.47%) Technical Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (8.02%) XMPP
2 22 (6.79%) .NET
3 16 (4.94%) RESTful
4 4 (1.23%) MAPI
5 2 (0.62%) VXML
6 1 (0.31%) Web Services
6 1 (0.31%) REST
6 1 (0.31%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 47 (14.51%) Video Conferencing
2 16 (4.94%) Visualisation
2 16 (4.94%) Open Source
3 12 (3.70%) PKI
3 12 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (3.40%) User Experience
5 9 (2.78%) Clustering
6 7 (2.16%) PMI
7 6 (1.85%) BYOD
8 4 (1.23%) iPhone
8 4 (1.23%) IVR
9 3 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (0.93%) Frameworx
9 3 (0.93%) Machine to Machine
9 3 (0.93%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.62%) Computer Science
10 2 (0.62%) SecurID
10 2 (0.62%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.62%) FlexPod
10 2 (0.62%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 50 (15.43%) Windows
2 21 (6.48%) Linux
3 18 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
4 17 (5.25%) UNIX
5 14 (4.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (2.47%) Solaris
7 7 (2.16%) Android
8 6 (1.85%) Windows 7
8 6 (1.85%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.93%) SUSE
10 1 (0.31%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.31%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.31%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (13.58%) Migration
2 40 (12.35%) Project Management
3 29 (8.95%) ITIL
3 29 (8.95%) PRINCE2
4 25 (7.72%) Stakeholder Management
5 24 (7.41%) Change Management
6 21 (6.48%) Validation
7 20 (6.17%) Agile Software Development
8 16 (4.94%) Enterprise Architecture
8 16 (4.94%) Analytics
8 16 (4.94%) Big Data Analytics
9 15 (4.63%) Load Balancing
10 14 (4.32%) Mentoring
11 13 (4.01%) Network Management
12 12 (3.70%) DevOps
13 11 (3.40%) Service Management
13 11 (3.40%) Product Management
14 10 (3.09%) Continuous Improvement
14 10 (3.09%) Service Delivery
15 9 (2.78%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (7.10%) Java
2 21 (6.48%) SQL
3 15 (4.63%) Python
3 15 (4.63%) JavaScript
3 15 (4.63%) PHP
3 15 (4.63%) Ruby
4 12 (3.70%) PowerShell
5 11 (3.40%) C
6 8 (2.47%) Perl
6 8 (2.47%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 50 (15.43%) Cisco Certification
2 36 (11.11%) CCNP
3 32 (9.88%) Security Cleared
4 31 (9.57%) CCNA
5 23 (7.10%) SC Cleared
6 17 (5.25%) DV Cleared
7 16 (4.94%) CCIE
8 13 (4.01%) CCIP
8 13 (4.01%) Microsoft Certification
9 12 (3.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 9 (2.78%) CCDP
11 8 (2.47%) PMI Certification
12 7 (2.16%) MCSE
13 6 (1.85%) Degree
14 5 (1.54%) CCSE
15 2 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 2 (0.62%) MCSA
15 2 (0.62%) PMP
16 1 (0.31%) MOS
16 1 (0.31%) CCVP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.85%) SLA
2 3 (0.93%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.31%) QA
System Software
1 51 (15.74%) Active Directory
2 24 (7.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (3.09%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.16%) XenApp
5 5 (1.54%) XenServer
6 4 (1.23%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 4 (1.23%) VMware Server
7 3 (0.93%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.62%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.31%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 36 (11.11%) Cisco CUCM
2 12 (3.70%) Cisco UCCX
3 9 (2.78%) CiscoWorks
4 8 (2.47%) SCOM
5 7 (2.16%) Cisco UCCE
6 6 (1.85%) SCCM
7 2 (0.62%) SCVMM
7 2 (0.62%) SCSM
7 2 (0.62%) Cisco Prime
7 2 (0.62%) Cisco IPCC
8 1 (0.31%) Netcool
8 1 (0.31%) CA Spectrum
8 1 (0.31%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 144 (44.44%) Cisco
2 88 (27.16%) Microsoft
3 33 (10.19%) Avaya
4 28 (8.64%) VMware
5 19 (5.86%) Juniper
6 18 (5.56%) HP
7 16 (4.94%) F5
7 16 (4.94%) Citrix
7 16 (4.94%) CheckPoint
8 13 (4.01%) Blue Coat
9 11 (3.40%) IBM
10 9 (2.78%) CA
10 9 (2.78%) SolarWinds
11 8 (2.47%) Polycom
11 8 (2.47%) IronPort
11 8 (2.47%) Nokia
11 8 (2.47%) Bloomberg
12 7 (2.16%) Tandberg
13 5 (1.54%) Oracle
13 5 (1.54%) Infoblox
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