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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Unified Communications
Rank 461 447 443
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -4
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 116 114 84
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.23% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.57% 1.76% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 59 57
Average daily rate
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£390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £275 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £400 £386
% change year-on-year
-2.50% +3.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 5
Average hourly rate - £13.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -7.14%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £13.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.14%

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
7410 6490 7173
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.60% 13.33% 15.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4167 3461 3435
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £223 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 396 389 638
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.50 £21.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.37% -15.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 26 January 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 26 January 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 -24 109 £380 -5.00% 93
South East -18 42 £385 -3.75% 25
London -12 41 £400 +6.66% 32
Berkshire -1 21 £390 -2.50% 7
Hampshire -19 11 £333 -22.67% 7
South West -18 10 £363 -19.44% 9
Bracknell +8 9 £375 +7.14% 1
City of London +2 9 £375 +0.67% 10
Bristol 0 8 £350 +33.33% 2
Newbury 0 5 £375 -11.76% 3
Yorkshire +3 4 £250 - 5
East of England +2 4 - - 1
Reading +6 3 £400 - 1
Suffolk -1 3 - -
Wales -18 3 £400 +5.26% 1
North Yorkshire - 3 - - 1
Buckinghamshire - 3 £425 - 2
York - 3 - - 1
Milton Keynes - 3 £425 - 1
Ipswich - 3 - -
East Midlands +6 2 £270 - 3
Surrey -1 2 £406 -1.51%
Wiltshire -10 2 £500 - 1
Swindon -11 2 £500 - 1
Cheshire - 2 £425 -
North West - 2 £425 - 5
Birmingham - 2 £450 - 4
West Midlands - 2 £450 - 6
South Yorkshire +4 1 £250 -
Basingstoke -1 1 £400 -5.88%

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 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.

1 101 (46.33%) Cisco
2 75 (34.40%) Lync
3 61 (27.98%) Microsoft
4 45 (20.64%) Telecoms
5 43 (19.72%) Cisco Certification
6 42 (19.27%) WAN
6 42 (19.27%) Video Conferencing
7 41 (18.81%) MS Exchange
8 40 (18.35%) LAN
9 37 (16.97%) VoIP
10 33 (15.14%) Windows
10 33 (15.14%) Exchange Server 2010
11 32 (14.68%) CCNP
12 31 (14.22%) Migration
13 30 (13.76%) IP Telephony
13 30 (13.76%) ITIL
14 28 (12.84%) Active Directory
15 24 (11.01%) CCNA
15 24 (11.01%) Wireless
16 23 (10.55%) Firewall
16 23 (10.55%) MPLS
16 23 (10.55%) OSPF
17 22 (10.09%) XMPP
18 21 (9.63%) VPN
19 20 (9.17%) BGP
20 19 (8.72%) CCIE
20 19 (8.72%) Security Cleared
20 19 (8.72%) Cisco CUCM
21 18 (8.26%) Exchange Server 2013
21 18 (8.26%) PRINCE2

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 75 (34.40%) Lync
2 41 (18.81%) MS Exchange
3 33 (15.14%) Exchange Server 2010
4 18 (8.26%) Exchange Server 2013
5 12 (5.50%) Exchange Server 2007
5 12 (5.50%) Office Communications Server
6 9 (4.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 9 (4.13%) SharePoint
7 3 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (0.92%) MindAlign
9 1 (0.46%) Lotus Domino
9 1 (0.46%) CMS
9 1 (0.46%) Live Communications Server
9 1 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.46%) IBM Connections
Applications
1 17 (7.80%) MS Excel
2 9 (4.13%) MS Office
3 6 (2.75%) MS Project
4 5 (2.29%) MS Visio
4 5 (2.29%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.46%) Remedy AR System
1 1 (0.46%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 11 (5.05%) Office 365
2 6 (2.75%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.92%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.46%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 42 (19.27%) WAN
2 40 (18.35%) LAN
3 37 (16.97%) VoIP
4 30 (13.76%) IP Telephony
5 24 (11.01%) Wireless
6 23 (10.55%) MPLS
6 23 (10.55%) OSPF
6 23 (10.55%) Firewall
7 21 (9.63%) VPN
8 20 (9.17%) BGP
9 17 (7.80%) DNS
10 14 (6.42%) Cisco ASA
11 13 (5.96%) Cisco Nexus
11 13 (5.96%) TCP/IP
12 12 (5.50%) Cisco IPT
13 11 (5.05%) Ethernet
14 10 (4.59%) PBX
14 10 (4.59%) Internet
15 9 (4.13%) Wi-Fi
16 8 (3.67%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.75%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.92%) MySQL
3 1 (0.46%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 2 (0.92%) Eclipse
General
1 45 (20.64%) Telecoms
2 18 (8.26%) Finance
3 15 (6.88%) Banking
4 11 (5.05%) Law
5 6 (2.75%) Retail
5 6 (2.75%) Billing
6 5 (2.29%) Investment Banking
6 5 (2.29%) Multimedia
7 2 (0.92%) Back Office
7 2 (0.92%) Local Government
7 2 (0.92%) Marketing
8 1 (0.46%) French Language
8 1 (0.46%) German Language
8 1 (0.46%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.46%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.46%) Electronics
8 1 (0.46%) Legal
8 1 (0.46%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 30 (13.76%) Architect
2 24 (11.01%) Consultant
3 22 (10.09%) Analyst
4 20 (9.17%) Communications Engineer
5 19 (8.72%) Project Manager
6 18 (8.26%) Cisco Engineer
7 16 (7.34%) Network Engineer
8 13 (5.96%) Designer
9 12 (5.50%) Solutions Architect
10 9 (4.13%) Business Analyst
11 8 (3.67%) Service Manager
11 8 (3.67%) Messaging Engineer
12 6 (2.75%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 6 (2.75%) Test Manager
12 6 (2.75%) Network Analyst
13 5 (2.29%) Messaging Specialist
13 5 (2.29%) Enterprise Architect
13 5 (2.29%) Senior Network Engineer
13 5 (2.29%) Senior Analyst
14 4 (1.83%) Senior Infrastructure Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (10.09%) XMPP
2 6 (2.75%) Middleware
3 5 (2.29%) .NET
4 3 (1.38%) CSS
4 3 (1.38%) Spring
5 2 (0.92%) Ajax
5 2 (0.92%) JPA
5 2 (0.92%) JMS
6 1 (0.46%) HTML
6 1 (0.46%) VXML
6 1 (0.46%) Hibernate
6 1 (0.46%) JSP
6 1 (0.46%) COM
6 1 (0.46%) HTML5
6 1 (0.46%) LESS
6 1 (0.46%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (0.46%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 42 (19.27%) Video Conferencing
2 10 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (2.75%) User Experience
3 6 (2.75%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (2.29%) Machine to Machine
4 5 (2.29%) Blackberry
5 4 (1.83%) Handset
5 4 (1.83%) Clustering
5 4 (1.83%) PKI
6 3 (1.38%) IVR
6 3 (1.38%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.92%) PMI
7 2 (0.92%) NHS
8 1 (0.46%) DTV
8 1 (0.46%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.46%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (0.46%) Statistics
8 1 (0.46%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.46%) Freedom of Information Act
8 1 (0.46%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 33 (15.14%) Windows
2 11 (5.05%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (3.21%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (2.29%) Android
4 5 (2.29%) Linux
4 5 (2.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (1.83%) Solaris
6 3 (1.38%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.46%) UNIX
7 1 (0.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (14.22%) Migration
2 30 (13.76%) ITIL
3 18 (8.26%) PRINCE2
4 17 (7.80%) Project Management
5 16 (7.34%) Service Management
5 16 (7.34%) Service Delivery
6 14 (6.42%) Change Management
7 13 (5.96%) Stakeholder Management
7 13 (5.96%) Technical Architecture
8 12 (5.50%) Validation
9 10 (4.59%) Enterprise Architecture
10 9 (4.13%) Product Management
10 9 (4.13%) Network Management
11 8 (3.67%) Performance Management
11 8 (3.67%) Incident Management
11 8 (3.67%) Network Load Balancing
11 8 (3.67%) Configuration Management
12 7 (3.21%) Network Design
13 6 (2.75%) UML
13 6 (2.75%) eTOM
Programming Languages
1 17 (7.80%) PowerShell
2 10 (4.59%) SQL
3 7 (3.21%) Java
4 6 (2.75%) Perl
5 5 (2.29%) C
6 4 (1.83%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.92%) C++
8 1 (0.46%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 43 (19.72%) Cisco Certification
2 32 (14.68%) CCNP
3 24 (11.01%) CCNA
4 19 (8.72%) CCIE
4 19 (8.72%) Security Cleared
5 14 (6.42%) SC Cleared
6 12 (5.50%) CCDP
7 10 (4.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 9 (4.13%) CCIP
9 7 (3.21%) DV Cleared
9 7 (3.21%) Degree
10 5 (2.29%) CCVP
11 4 (1.83%) CCSE
11 4 (1.83%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (1.83%) MCSE
12 3 (1.38%) PMI Certification
12 3 (1.38%) ISTQB
13 2 (0.92%) CIPD
13 2 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 2 (0.92%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.29%) QA
2 4 (1.83%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (12.84%) Active Directory
2 10 (4.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.83%) XenServer
4 3 (1.38%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.92%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 1 (0.46%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 19 (8.72%) Cisco CUCM
2 14 (6.42%) Cisco UCCX
3 10 (4.59%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 8 (3.67%) CiscoWorks
5 6 (2.75%) SCOM
6 5 (2.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 4 (1.83%) Cisco UCCE
7 4 (1.83%) SCCM
8 1 (0.46%) Cisco IPCC
8 1 (0.46%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 101 (46.33%) Cisco
2 61 (27.98%) Microsoft
3 16 (7.34%) CheckPoint
4 15 (6.88%) VMware
5 13 (5.96%) HP
6 12 (5.50%) Avaya
6 12 (5.50%) F5
7 10 (4.59%) IronPort
7 10 (4.59%) Tandberg
7 10 (4.59%) Juniper
7 10 (4.59%) Symantec
8 9 (4.13%) Blue Coat
8 9 (4.13%) SolarWinds
9 7 (3.21%) Nokia
9 7 (3.21%) IBM
10 6 (2.75%) BT
10 6 (2.75%) Polycom
10 6 (2.75%) Google
11 5 (2.29%) Postini
11 5 (2.29%) MobileIron
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