The table below looks at the statistics for Unified Communications skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Unified Communications over the 3 months to 2 July 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
2 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Unified Communications
Rank 113 117 100
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -17
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 5 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.21% 0.13% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.64% 0.90% 1.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 3
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£420 £393 £175
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.00% +124.28%
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £310 £400
% change year-on-year
+37.09% -22.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 - £19.50
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
305 332 274
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.07% 13.96% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 172 154 124
Average daily rate £325 £320 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £164 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 35 39
Average hourly rate £18.00 £16.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -17.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £10.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £35.00 £27.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+28.37% -26.00%

Unified Communications
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

Unified Communications Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Unified Communications
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Unified Communications across the West Midlands region.

Unified Communications Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Unified Communications
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications across the West Midlands region.

Unified Communications Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Unified Communications
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 2 July 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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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
Birmingham -2 3 - - 4
Worcestershire - 2 £420 -
Unified Communications
England

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 2 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 10 (83.33%) Lync
2 5 (41.67%) Windows
2 5 (41.67%) Cisco
2 5 (41.67%) Migration
3 4 (33.33%) Telecoms
3 4 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 4 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 4 (33.33%) Data Centre
4 3 (25.00%) Eikon
4 3 (25.00%) Capacity Management
4 3 (25.00%) Cisco CUCM
4 3 (25.00%) E-Discovery
4 3 (25.00%) Yahoo!
4 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
4 3 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 3 (25.00%) Office Communications Server
4 3 (25.00%) Problem Management
4 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (25.00%) Reuters
4 3 (25.00%) LDAP
4 3 (25.00%) MS Excel
4 3 (25.00%) SQL
4 3 (25.00%) Front Office
5 2 (16.67%) DNS
5 2 (16.67%) Finance
5 2 (16.67%) VMware
5 2 (16.67%) WAN
5 2 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (16.67%) XMPP
5 2 (16.67%) Windows Vista

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 2 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 10 (83.33%) Lync
2 3 (25.00%) Office Communications Server
3 1 (8.33%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (25.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (25.00%) Eikon
Communications & Networking
1 3 (25.00%) LDAP
2 2 (16.67%) WAN
2 2 (16.67%) DNS
2 2 (16.67%) PABX
3 1 (8.33%) MPLS
3 1 (8.33%) Cisco ICM
3 1 (8.33%) DHCP
3 1 (8.33%) HTTP
General
1 4 (33.33%) Telecoms
2 3 (25.00%) Front Office
3 2 (16.67%) Finance
4 1 (8.33%) Manufacturing
4 1 (8.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (25.00%) Consultant
1 3 (25.00%) Architect
2 2 (16.67%) Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Infrastructure Architect
2 2 (16.67%) Solutions Architect
2 2 (16.67%) Technical Leader
2 2 (16.67%) Messaging Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Solutions Consultant
3 1 (8.33%) Support Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Consultant
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Pre Sales Consultant
3 1 (8.33%) Messaging Specialist
3 1 (8.33%) IT Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) XMPP
2 1 (8.33%) VXML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (33.33%) Data Centre
2 1 (8.33%) Clustering
2 1 (8.33%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 5 (41.67%) Windows
2 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (16.67%) Windows 7
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (41.67%) Migration
2 3 (25.00%) Problem Management
2 3 (25.00%) E-Discovery
2 3 (25.00%) Capacity Management
3 2 (16.67%) Performance Tuning
3 2 (16.67%) Change Control
3 2 (16.67%) Office Automation
4 1 (8.33%) Cisco ICM Scripting
4 1 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 3 (25.00%) SQL
2 1 (8.33%) C
Qualifications
1 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
1 3 (25.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 4 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 2 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (8.33%) Hyper-V
3 1 (8.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (25.00%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (8.33%) SCOM
2 1 (8.33%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 5 (41.67%) Cisco
2 4 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 3 (25.00%) Reuters
3 3 (25.00%) Yahoo!
4 2 (16.67%) VMware
5 1 (8.33%) Juniper