The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Unified Communications skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Unified Communications over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Unified Communications
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 56 71 64
Rank change year-on-year +15 -7  
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 4 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.63% 0.12% 0.41%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.35% 0.81% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 0
Median daily rate £400 £375 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £425
% change year-on-year +2.73% -14.11%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.90 £22.00
% change year-on-year - +67.72%  

Unified Communications is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 92 124 138
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 14.49% 14.99% 18.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 82 84
Median daily rate £400 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.28% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £200 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £483 £424
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 10
Median hourly rate £11.50 £12.50 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.00% -52.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.80 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.39 £13.55 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing Unified Communications as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for Unified Communications in Birmingham

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Unified Communications in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Unified Communications in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, 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 across the Birmingham region with a requirement for Unified Communications.

1 4 (80.00%) Cisco
2 3 (60.00%) IVR
2 3 (60.00%) XMPP
2 3 (60.00%) CTI
3 2 (40.00%) H.323
3 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
3 2 (40.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (40.00%) VoIP
3 2 (40.00%) LDAP
3 2 (40.00%) PBX
3 2 (40.00%) Finance
3 2 (40.00%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (40.00%) Skype for Business
3 2 (40.00%) Skype
3 2 (40.00%) Avaya
4 1 (20.00%) Banking
4 1 (20.00%) Retail
4 1 (20.00%) Legal
4 1 (20.00%) Information Security
4 1 (20.00%) Network Security
4 1 (20.00%) PSTN
4 1 (20.00%) LAN
4 1 (20.00%) WAN
4 1 (20.00%) CCNA
4 1 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (20.00%) Firewall
4 1 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (20.00%) Pharmaceutical

Unified Communications
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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 2 (40.00%) Skype for Business
Communications & Networking
1 3 (60.00%) CTI
2 2 (40.00%) H.323
2 2 (40.00%) LDAP
2 2 (40.00%) PBX
2 2 (40.00%) Skype
2 2 (40.00%) VoIP
3 1 (20.00%) Firewall
3 1 (20.00%) LAN
3 1 (20.00%) Network Security
3 1 (20.00%) PSTN
3 1 (20.00%) WAN
General
1 2 (40.00%) Finance
2 1 (20.00%) Banking
2 1 (20.00%) Legal
2 1 (20.00%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (20.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) Unified Communications Engineer
2 2 (40.00%) Cisco Engineer
2 2 (40.00%) Communications Support Engineer
2 2 (40.00%) Support Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) Architect
3 1 (20.00%) Collaboration Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) Lync Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) Technical Architect
3 1 (20.00%) Telephony Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (60.00%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (60.00%) IVR
2 2 (40.00%) Video Conferencing
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
1 1 (20.00%) Information Security
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) CCNA
1 1 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) Cisco
2 2 (40.00%) Avaya
2 2 (40.00%) Microsoft