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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Unified Communications
Rank 466 448 513
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +65
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 174 200 123
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.33% 0.36% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.00% 2.48% 1.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 129 82
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £300 £276
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £800 £593
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £425 £363
% change year-on-year
-14.11% +17.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 0
Median hourly rate £36.90 £22.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+67.72% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.90 £22.00 -
% change year-on-year
+67.72% -

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
8693 8075 7383
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.26% 14.38% 13.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 5261 4522 3965
Median daily rate £390 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 429 488 404
Median hourly rate £28.50 £22.83 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.83% +20.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £23.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+32.63% +25.00%

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 1 July 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 1 July 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 1 July 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
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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 -28 159 £400 -5.88% 57
London -26 70 £450 +4.65% 19
South East -13 39 £365 -6.41% 13
South West +21 20 £355 - 4
Berkshire -12 18 £350 -11.11% 3
City of London +17 14 £475 - 7
Bristol +17 12 £360 - 2
West Midlands -16 9 £438 +4.16% 3
Surrey -6 7 £306 -21.47% 1
West Sussex - 7 £365 -
Northern Ireland - 7 £400 - 1
East of England +4 6 £288 -33.13% 1
Bracknell -5 6 £344 -36.04%
North West -10 6 £419 -24.54% 6
Somerset - 6 £300 -
Taunton - 6 £300 -
Hampshire +1 5 £425 +25.00% 3
Scotland -20 5 £363 +29.46% 3
County Antrim - 5 £400 - 1
Warwickshire - 5 - -
Belfast - 5 £400 - 1
Hertfordshire +17 4 £288 -33.13%
Gatwick - 4 £350 -
Edinburgh -1 3 £363 +29.46% 2
East Midlands -2 3 £350 +86.66% 3
Reading -6 3 - -
Yorkshire -14 3 £450 +5.88% 6
North East -55 3 £239 -
Tyne and Wear -56 3 £239 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -61 3 £239 -

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 July 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.

1 131 (42.53%) Cisco
2 98 (31.82%) Microsoft
3 87 (28.25%) Skype for Business
4 75 (24.35%) WAN
5 72 (23.38%) LAN
6 69 (22.40%) ITIL
7 65 (21.10%) Skype
8 64 (20.78%) Windows
9 60 (19.48%) Active Directory
10 57 (18.51%) VoIP
11 55 (17.86%) Data Centre
12 54 (17.53%) Office 365
13 50 (16.23%) Cisco Certification
14 46 (14.94%) Project Management
15 45 (14.61%) Firewall
16 40 (12.99%) MS Exchange
17 39 (12.66%) HP
17 39 (12.66%) Finance
18 37 (12.01%) Citrix
18 37 (12.01%) Avaya
18 37 (12.01%) Windows Server
19 35 (11.36%) CCNP
19 35 (11.36%) Telecoms
19 35 (11.36%) Migration
20 34 (11.04%) Video Conferencing
21 33 (10.71%) Cisco CUCM
21 33 (10.71%) VMware
22 31 (10.06%) SLA
22 31 (10.06%) MPLS
23 30 (9.74%) SAN

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 87 (28.25%) Skype for Business
2 40 (12.99%) MS Exchange
3 18 (5.84%) SharePoint
4 7 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (1.62%) CMS
5 5 (1.62%) IIS
5 5 (1.62%) Office Communications Server
6 4 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (1.30%) IBM Notes
7 3 (0.97%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (0.97%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 22 (7.14%) MS Excel
2 8 (2.60%) MS Office
3 3 (0.97%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.65%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (1.95%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.97%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.32%) Faxination
Cloud Services
1 54 (17.53%) Office 365
2 11 (3.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (3.25%) IaaS
4 6 (1.95%) SaaS
5 3 (0.97%) PaaS
6 2 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.32%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 1 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.32%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.32%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 75 (24.35%) WAN
2 72 (23.38%) LAN
3 65 (21.10%) Skype
4 57 (18.51%) VoIP
5 45 (14.61%) Firewall
6 31 (10.06%) MPLS
7 30 (9.74%) SAN
8 28 (9.09%) Wireless
9 25 (8.12%) H.323
10 22 (7.14%) Cisco Nexus
10 22 (7.14%) DNS
10 22 (7.14%) Wi-Fi
11 21 (6.82%) VPN
12 19 (6.17%) DHCP
12 19 (6.17%) IP Telephony
13 18 (5.84%) Cisco ASA
14 17 (5.52%) LDAP
15 16 (5.19%) PABX
16 15 (4.87%) Ethernet
17 14 (4.55%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (8.44%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.62%) MS Access
3 4 (1.30%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.32%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 39 (12.66%) Finance
2 35 (11.36%) Telecoms
3 6 (1.95%) Billing
3 6 (1.95%) Law
4 5 (1.62%) Banking
5 3 (0.97%) Advertising
5 3 (0.97%) Manufacturing
5 3 (0.97%) Retail
6 2 (0.65%) Legal
7 1 (0.32%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.32%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.32%) French Language
7 1 (0.32%) Front Office
7 1 (0.32%) Games
7 1 (0.32%) German Language
7 1 (0.32%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.32%) Local Government
7 1 (0.32%) Marketing
7 1 (0.32%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 47 (15.26%) Architect
2 44 (14.29%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 41 (13.31%) Project Manager
4 24 (7.79%) Consultant
4 24 (7.79%) Support Engineer
5 22 (7.14%) Analyst
5 22 (7.14%) Unified Communications Manager
6 20 (6.49%) Network Engineer
7 18 (5.84%) Infrastructure Manager
8 17 (5.52%) Unified Communications Consultant
9 16 (5.19%) 3rd Line Support
10 15 (4.87%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 15 (4.87%) Programme Manager
10 15 (4.87%) Voice Engineer
11 13 (4.22%) Cisco Engineer
11 13 (4.22%) Network Architect
11 13 (4.22%) Solutions Architect
12 11 (3.57%) Lync Consultant
13 10 (3.25%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
13 10 (3.25%) Lync Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (8.44%) XMPP
2 3 (0.97%) WAP
3 2 (0.65%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.32%) MAPI
4 1 (0.32%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 55 (17.86%) Data Centre
2 34 (11.04%) Video Conferencing
3 22 (7.14%) IVR
4 18 (5.84%) Handset
5 15 (4.87%) Social Network
6 13 (4.22%) Management Information System
6 13 (4.22%) PKI
7 9 (2.92%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (2.27%) Computer Science
9 6 (1.95%) Replication
10 5 (1.62%) Clustering
10 5 (1.62%) PMI
11 4 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
12 3 (0.97%) Private Cloud
12 3 (0.97%) Statistics
13 2 (0.65%) Driving Licence
13 2 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
13 2 (0.65%) Internet of Things
13 2 (0.65%) User Experience
13 2 (0.65%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 64 (20.78%) Windows
2 37 (12.01%) Windows Server
3 16 (5.19%) Linux
3 16 (5.19%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (3.25%) Unix
4 10 (3.25%) Windows Server 2003
5 8 (2.60%) Windows 10
6 7 (2.27%) Android
6 7 (2.27%) Windows 7
6 7 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (1.95%) AIX
7 6 (1.95%) Solaris
8 5 (1.62%) Windows XP
9 3 (0.97%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.97%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.32%) Fedora
10 1 (0.32%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.32%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.32%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (22.40%) ITIL
2 46 (14.94%) Project Management
3 35 (11.36%) Migration
4 25 (8.12%) Stakeholder Management
5 24 (7.79%) PRINCE2
6 21 (6.82%) Network Management
7 16 (5.19%) Load Balancing
7 16 (5.19%) Problem Management
8 15 (4.87%) Service Delivery
9 14 (4.55%) Change Management
9 14 (4.55%) Network Design
9 14 (4.55%) TOGAF
10 13 (4.22%) Disaster Recovery
11 12 (3.90%) Incident Management
12 10 (3.25%) Agile Software Development
12 10 (3.25%) Change Control
13 9 (2.92%) Capacity Planning
13 9 (2.92%) Identity Management
13 9 (2.92%) Presales
13 9 (2.92%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (8.77%) SQL
2 6 (1.95%) PowerShell
3 5 (1.62%) C
4 1 (0.32%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.32%) Java
4 1 (0.32%) Korn
4 1 (0.32%) Python
4 1 (0.32%) Ruby
4 1 (0.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 50 (16.23%) Cisco Certification
2 35 (11.36%) CCNP
3 24 (7.79%) Security Cleared
4 20 (6.49%) SC Cleared
5 16 (5.19%) CCIE
6 14 (4.55%) CCNA
7 13 (4.22%) Degree
8 10 (3.25%) Microsoft Certification
9 7 (2.27%) DBS Check
9 7 (2.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 6 (1.95%) CCNP Voice
11 5 (1.62%) Avaya Certification
11 5 (1.62%) ISEB
11 5 (1.62%) PMI Certification
12 4 (1.30%) CCDP
12 4 (1.30%) CCVP
12 4 (1.30%) MCSE
13 3 (0.97%) ISTQB
14 2 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
14 2 (0.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (10.06%) SLA
2 6 (1.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.62%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (1.30%) ISO22301
5 2 (0.65%) COBIT
6 1 (0.32%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.32%) QA
System Software
1 60 (19.48%) Active Directory
2 25 (8.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (4.22%) Hyper-V
4 6 (1.95%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (1.30%) Virtual Desktop
5 4 (1.30%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.97%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.97%) vSphere
7 2 (0.65%) XenApp
8 1 (0.32%) Firmware
8 1 (0.32%) Snort
8 1 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 33 (10.71%) Cisco CUCM
2 16 (5.19%) Cisco Prime
2 16 (5.19%) Cisco UCCE
3 14 (4.55%) Cisco UCCX
4 13 (4.22%) SCCM
5 8 (2.60%) Netcool
6 6 (1.95%) AirWatch
6 6 (1.95%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (1.95%) SolarWinds Orion
7 5 (1.62%) NetBackup
7 5 (1.62%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 5 (1.62%) SCOM
8 3 (0.97%) Amdocs OSS
8 3 (0.97%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.97%) SmoothWall
9 2 (0.65%) Cisco IPCC
10 1 (0.32%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.32%) ServiceCenter
10 1 (0.32%) WhatsUp Gold
10 1 (0.32%) WMI
Vendors
1 131 (42.53%) Cisco
2 98 (31.82%) Microsoft
3 39 (12.66%) HP
4 37 (12.01%) Avaya
4 37 (12.01%) Citrix
5 33 (10.71%) VMware
6 17 (5.52%) SolarWinds
7 16 (5.19%) F5
8 15 (4.87%) EMC
9 14 (4.55%) Remedy
10 13 (4.22%) CheckPoint
10 13 (4.22%) Polycom
11 12 (3.90%) IBM
12 10 (3.25%) Oracle
13 9 (2.92%) Mitel
13 9 (2.92%) Siemens
13 9 (2.92%) Tandberg
14 8 (2.60%) IronPort
14 8 (2.60%) Nokia
14 8 (2.60%) Palo Alto
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