The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the West Midlands region.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Unified Communications
Rank 115 98 103
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +5
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 3 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.12% 0.36% 0.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.83% 2.34% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 1
Average daily rate
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£393 £269 £650
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+46.04% -58.65%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £19.50 -
Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
363 299 318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.99% 15.23% 14.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 133 135
Average daily rate £313 £323 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.10% +9.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £144 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £431
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 34 30
Average hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £26.50 £51.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%
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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
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Unified Communications across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 July 2014.

Unified Communications Daily Rate Histogram 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 25 July 2014. 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 -5 1 £160 -64.64% 2
Coventry - 1 - - 1
Solihull - - - -
Shropshire - - - - 1
Unified Communications
England

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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 4 (57.14%) Cisco
1 4 (57.14%) Enterprise Architecture
2 3 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 3 (42.86%) LAN
2 3 (42.86%) WAN
3 2 (28.57%) ISEB
3 2 (28.57%) Citrix
3 2 (28.57%) ITIL
3 2 (28.57%) PRINCE2
3 2 (28.57%) MS Excel
3 2 (28.57%) CRM
3 2 (28.57%) Wireless
3 2 (28.57%) Workflow
3 2 (28.57%) Finance
3 2 (28.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (28.57%) Technical Architecture
3 2 (28.57%) COBIT
3 2 (28.57%) Load Balancing
3 2 (28.57%) TOGAF
3 2 (28.57%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (28.57%) Supplier Management
3 2 (28.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (28.57%) XenApp
3 2 (28.57%) XenDesktop
3 2 (28.57%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (28.57%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (14.29%) Lync
4 1 (14.29%) Office 365
4 1 (14.29%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (14.29%) Office Communications Server

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

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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 1 (14.29%) MS Exchange
1 1 (14.29%) Office Communications Server
1 1 (14.29%) Lync
Applications
1 2 (28.57%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (42.86%) LAN
1 3 (42.86%) WAN
2 2 (28.57%) Wireless
2 2 (28.57%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (14.29%) TCP/IP
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Banking
2 1 (14.29%) Retail
2 1 (14.29%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (57.14%) Architect
2 2 (28.57%) Technical Architect
3 1 (14.29%) Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) Administrator
3 1 (14.29%) Migration Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) Technical Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Enterprise Architect
3 1 (14.29%) Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Windows
1 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Enterprise Architecture
2 2 (28.57%) Technical Architecture
2 2 (28.57%) Load Balancing
2 2 (28.57%) TOGAF
2 2 (28.57%) Supplier Management
2 2 (28.57%) ITIL
2 2 (28.57%) PRINCE2
2 2 (28.57%) CRM
2 2 (28.57%) Workflow
3 1 (14.29%) Migration
3 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (14.29%) Zachman Framework
3 1 (14.29%) Data Modelling
3 1 (14.29%) Change Management
3 1 (14.29%) Online Security
3 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
3 1 (14.29%) Resource Management
3 1 (14.29%) Performance Management
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) ISEB
1 2 (28.57%) ISEB Practitioner
2 1 (14.29%) MCITP
2 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (14.29%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (28.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (28.57%) COBIT
1 2 (28.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (14.29%) QA
System Software
1 2 (28.57%) XenApp
1 2 (28.57%) XenDesktop
2 1 (14.29%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (28.57%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 4 (57.14%) Cisco
2 3 (42.86%) Microsoft
3 2 (28.57%) Citrix
4 1 (14.29%) Avaya